Saturday, February 28, 2009

trader joe's

If I Made a Commercial for Trader Joe's from Carl Willat on Vimeo.

It's fantastic how I know (or have purchased at one time or another) everything in this video, except maybe that strange aloe drink. Love the little girl dancing at the end. And I am absolutely guilty of buying those bananas one at a time, only to realize I've placed six in my basket. I've stopped making TJ lists because they are a complete waste of time, and if they ever changed those canned corn labels, I'd probably be more upset than would be normal.

Friday, February 27, 2009


Gwyneth and I would be fast friends. I find her weekly newsletter blog Goop to be thoughtful and inspiring, especially her most recent post on Paris. I loved this:
On the plane back to London he asked me if I knew why we had gone, just he and I, to Paris for the weekend. I said no, but I felt so lucky for the trip. He said, “I wanted you to see Paris for the first time with a man who would always love you, no matter what.”

couer de pirate

Yes, this is most assuredly today's idée fixe. So sweet. Now I can look to both Carla Bruni and Coeur de Pirate as my French escape artists.

take me away

I need the world:

SANTORINI, to recover my heart I left behind.
MAINE, a sailing stargazing sojourn.

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, because I've never turned down an invitation to dance.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Ina Garten's Back To Basics Cookbook was tried and deemed true on our Tahoe girls' trip this past weekend. We cooked our entire dinner from this cookbook, and everything was just too darn good for words. I am going to buy it because a) it was a culinary success and b) it reminds me of my friends. We made a mozzarella, fontina, goat cheese, and arugula pizza hor d'oeuvre, mushroom risotto served with flank steak, and oatmeal raisin pecan cookies to appease our sweet teeth. I admire my friends because:

The fact is that it takes more than ingredients and technique to cook a good meal. A good cook puts something of herself into the preparation - she cooks with enjoyment, anticipation, spontaneity, and she is willing to experiment. - Pearl Bailey



This past weekend was spent with three beautiful friends I couldn't live without. The image above reminds me of our friendship: ebullient, refreshing, and absolutely necessary.

[image via fffound by way of Design Crush]


Saltines - that cracker you forget about until the flu strikes. So, you purchase a box remembering how they help settle your stomach, go on to eat an entire sleeve in one sitting, and then recall why it was you forgot about them in the first place. Still, this necklace by Emily Elizabeth Jewelry is vair vair for me.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

little brown pen

I've become such a fan of Little Brown Pen, an Etsy shop that sells PDF stationary.  I  recently purchased their Children's Valentines and their Keep Calm Carry On Spoof Calendar and have been thoroughly happy with both.  In fact, I adore them.

Owners Nichole and Evan Robertson recently moved to Paris with their young family, and Nichole keeps a blog detailing their new Parisian life.  I really enjoy her honest and well-written posts.  She offers a fun perspective on Paris - not the cliche portrayal but a witty, real one.

Check out a recent interiew with Nichole here.

And although I like them all, this post was especially pleasing to my color palette.

[Image via here, also designed by Little Brown Pen.]


Last weekend while browsing at Gum Tree, I found these beautiful peacock feather print cocktail napkins by Paper Products Design.  I'm saving them for an exceptionally special get-together, TBD.  Perhaps to celebrate a certain transcontinental relocation?  We shall see.

[Read up on Gum Tree here.]

Friday, February 13, 2009

peanut butter love

I arrived at my desk this morning to find the cutest Valentine's Day gift. My co-worker Lisa, fellow peanut butter aficionado to the ultimate and one of the most thoughtful people I know, left for me a peanut-butter themed present. In addition to the best card I've ever received and the peanut butter goodies (all wrapped up inside a darling pink paper bag), Lisa gifted me Peanut Butter Bomb cookies from Isabella's Cookie Company. I have never tasted anything better in my life. So much so, I'm struggling with adjectives appropriate enough to describe them virtually. Well, let me try:

Imagine waking up one morning to learn that someone has developed a way to remove every last calorie from peanut butter. In doing so, it was discovered that an excessive diet of peanut butter has positive medicinal consequences and as such, should be consumed with every meal.

The euphoric feelings conjured by my hypothetical story translate as 1/4 of the euphoria felt when actually eating one of Isabella's Peanut Butter Bomb cookies. I highly highly recommend running to your nearest Whole Foods - or better yet, the Cookie Company itself - and making the best purchase of your life.

Oh, and after perusing their website and fighting off the urge to eat the computer monitor, I cannot wait to sample the following: Isabella's Original, The Twister...and I've just realized I'm about to list every cookie they make. I suppose the Big Cookie Sample will just have to suffice.

Read up on Isabella's via Daily Candy here.

Monday, February 9, 2009


Designed by Assouline and made by Cole Haan.  Yes.  Please.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

reading currently

My reading currently list has grown out of hand. It is comprised of books that are individually deserving of all of my attention, not one-fourth of it:

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Glory by Vladimir Nabokov
Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik

I resolve, for February, to read these four books. It shouldn't be too difficult, as I've already started all of them.

[Image via Toast]

and she quotes

Kelly from Design Crush routinely posts amazing quotes in her And I Quote selection. I always look forward to them, as most seem to pluck a particular string or hit that perfect note.