Tuesday, April 28, 2009

my so called life

I love Jordan Catalano.

even more


[via here]


[A picture, above all]...should be something likable, joyous and pretty - yes, pretty. There are enough ugly things in life not to add to them.

Pierre-Auguste Renior

[painting titled In the Meadow by Renior]

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Oh my.  What a weekend.  It was a whirlwind of sights seen and phenomenal meals shared.  We enjoyed the Met (my favorite exhibit was John Vanderlyn's Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles), were inspired by In the Heights on Broadway (so so good), did a bit of shopping and a lot of walking, and ate the best restaurants I've eaten at in so long.  Yes Mom, it isn't all about the food - it's about the company.   BUT.  The these restaurants are absolutely worth mentioning:

They all have in common Italian food and relatively expensive menus, but they are definitely doable sans-parents, aka appetizers and a glass or two of wine.  I'm very much looking forward to going back.

Having my parents here made this place feel more like home.  You are too good to me, and while thank you and I love you seem hardly sufficient, I mean those words from the bottom of my (very full) heart.  Miss you already.

Friday, April 24, 2009

the parents

Managers have been very accommodating and granted me the remainder of the day off, as my parents are in town. I'm off to catch up with them at the Met. Have an astounding weekend.

p.s. Phantom tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

37 days

What does it take to fully inhabit your life? It takes realizing how important the I that is you is to the equation. This is not about other people, it's not about changing the world in big ways, it's not even about doing great things - rather, it is about doing small things that give you life, bring you joy, help you inhabit the stories of your days, and, by extension help change the world and the lives of others around you. To fully live, you must be present in the biggest way possible. - Patti Digh

I've been really enjoying Patti Digh's blog 37 Days. So much so, actually, that I've ordered her book Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live. How fantastic is Amazon.com and the fact that you can purchase used books for hardly anything?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

happy birthdays all around

Happy birthdays to Amanda May and Genevieve Lorraine. So glad to have my best friend visiting from Huntington Beach, and it seems that she brought with her the beautiful southern California weather.

We had a delicious birthday dinner last night, sampled wines from four different countries, and enjoyed tapas on the sidewalk at BIN 14, a trattoria/wine bar on Washington Street. To further our friend/food feast of a weekend, we woke leisurely this morning and whipped up a decadent breakfast of chocolate chip banana blueberry pancakes.

A walk by the Hudson is on the agenda for this afternoon, and possibly a trip back to that great shoe boutique we passed on the way to dinner. We're both looking forward to celebrating with friends tonight. And along with the great weather, Amanda also brought with her red paint, as we've big plans to paint the town a shade of something indulgent.

Enjoy your weekend! Sending love.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

santa maria novella

In need of a new perfume, I'm anxious to visit NYC's very own Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. The original pharmacy inside Santa Maria Novella dates back over 600 years ago. Really, I'll do anything to pretend I'm back in Firenze.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


When I saw this post from here, it made me think of the multiple Moleskin notebooks I've gone through that now sit stacked in my closet. Anyone who prefers Moleskin is worth loving (Matisse, Hemingway, van Gogh, specifically).

Credit and kudos to Design Crush.


Last night I watched Hors de Prix, a light, lovely French foreign film starring Audrey Tautou and Gad Elmaleh. Can't put a price on love!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

tennis and pending weekend excitement

As I try and level out my work/life balance, my posting tendencies may be more sporadic than I’d like. I am beginning to develop a routine, however, and as I have officially checked the DMV off of my list, I’m feeling more and more at home in my new state. Happy to report my new license photo is an absolute improvement; no longer do I look like a little boy missing a tooth.

You’ll be happy to learn that yes, after my nap, I checked out the gym a few blocks from my home. Great facilities, treadmills with TV’s that play music videos (love that), and even towel service (love that even more).

And last night, my friend Zack – also an LA transplant and Lexus analyst – invited me to play tennis at his club in Chatham. Gahh, I would just die for a membership. The facilities are down right beautiful, and we hit on clay. I’ve an important decision to make: a fitness club conveniently a few blocks away, or an incredible tennis facility with a gym and a pool and good people to hit with that will probably cost one arm/one leg/both. Hmmm.

Moving on. Amanda visits tomorrow! My childhood best friend is flying in for the week, and I am looking forward to having her here. Possible activities include:

Tea at the Plaza in dual birthday celebration
Exploring both sides of the Hudson
Possibly re-enacting our dances to Britney albums 1-3 or the entire Mulan soundtrack (minus the water ballet)
Sampling Hoboken restaurants and bars
Catching up on all things familiar, etc.

On another note, Gum Tree’s website is up and running! Lori was very sweet to recognize me in her press section. Vair vair flattering. The site looks fantastic! And now that I live on the East Coast, I’m really looking forward to stopping by her husband Will’s Australian bar and restaurant Eight Mile Creek on Mulberry Avenue. It’s just a minute’s walk from Jess and Taylor’s apartment, can’t wait.

I hope today finds you well.

p.s. Thank you to Allie for her thoughtful encouragement.

[image via is a belle]

Sunday, April 12, 2009

easter ease

Hello again.  It's been awhile.  No need to reacquaint; I'll just jump right back in.  So, I realized I've been judging my level of feeling settled against three very vital things:
1. Internet/cable installation
2. City parking permit
3. Gym membership
As 1 was checked off yesterday (finally!) - 2 has yet to actualize (read: I find the DMV unnecessarily obnoxious) - and 3 I intend to take care of today, after my nap, you know, yes, right, I think I'm well on my way.

This weekend, while filled with crucial R&R after a blurry two weeks, was relatively productive.  My activities ran the gamut, but highlights an impromptu concert in Montclair on Saturday night and the making of an incredibly simple strawberry jam recipe:
4 cups strawberries
1 cup sugar
Put ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring and skimming off froth until slightly thickened, 20 to 30 minutes.  Let cool.
It has been so long since I've perused the blog world for delightful second-hand inspiration. I think you will enjoy Nichole's vivid spring post, as well as this fantastic print from the love shop.

Enjoy your Easter,  I'm off to take a cozy nap.