Friday, December 30, 2011

holly golightly

Dear B,

I'd ask Santa, but Christmas is over.

All my love,

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

alice walker

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.

[image via here]

Sunday, December 4, 2011

j.k. rowling

'Fat' is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.

I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain.

I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’

‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’

What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.

[image via here]

Sunday, October 30, 2011

the honey trees

A lover of all things Breakfast at Tiffany's (the movie and the book, but especially the book), this cover of 'Moon River' performed by The Honey Trees - a duo band from San Luis Obispo, CA - is very sweet. Becky Filip sings with perfect dreamy wistfulness. Also, fall in love with their cover of 'Edelweiss'.

six-word memoirs

Blog here. Book for purchase (used for $.28) here. So many favorites, but the title of the compilation may take the cake.

Friday, October 21, 2011

meghan whitmarsh

I miss school supplies. But these, created by the talented Meghan Whitmarsh, would do well to erase the longing.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


I feel the need to share my good fortune - Manta Savignon Blanc: my beautiful Chilean obsession that costs, on average, a whopping seis dólares. Good luck introducing an alternative that tastes better than this one, never mind the attractive price point. Salud.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

albertus swanepoel

The collaboration of Target and New York milliner Albertus Swanepoel will mean an affordable, fashionable collection of hats come October 30th. I am anxiously awaiting that day when one or five of these beauties will make their way from my head, into the cart.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

in the make

In The Make is a fascinating blog that showcases artists and designers in their studios. The blog explores creative environments and reveals how space can influence art. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

shaun ferguson

See No, Speak No acrylic on board by Shaun Ferguson; additional works here. I would be content with having zero furniture and a wall patterned with art that pokes/prods/stirs up the norm.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

paul newman & joanne woodward

Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.

Joanne Woodward on her husband, Paul Newman

[these images and more via snippet & ink]

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

william henry channing

B and I love this quote, and so a few weekends ago, we typed it up and framed it. It has become our symphony.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

pistol annies

So good. August 23rd can't come soon enough!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

dwight schrute

What is my perfect crime? I break into Tiffany’s at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No. I go for the chandelier; it’s priceless. As I’m taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It’s her father’s business. She’s Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico but I go to Canada. I don’t trust her. Besides, I love the cold. Thirty years later I get a postcard. I have a son. And he’s the Chief of Police. This is where the story gets interesting: I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris by the Trocadero. She’s been waiting for me all these years. She’s never taken another lover. I don’t care. I don’t show up. I go to Berlin. That’s where I stashed the chandelier.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

gertrude stein, 1973

Miss Stein's letterhead. The ring of text at the very top reads 'Rose is a rose is a rose' from her poem Sacred Emily.

Monday, June 27, 2011


B is golfing, and I am home alone reading this and cracking up.

a scrub

Nichole is very generous with her functional, creative beauty product knowledge. 

[image via little brown pen]

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Especially when they are of the watermelon mojito variety.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

margaret atwood

I myself have 12 hats, and each one represents a different personality.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


"B, should I spend my birthday money on these?"

"Sleep on it.  And if you still love 'em tomorrow, then get 'em."

Pretty generous advice from a guy who conscientiously works to dissuade my shoe-buying habit.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

it's my party

I didn't hesitate for a second in my giddy request for a third coat. It's my birthday week and I can cry/paint my nails any way I want.  


Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.

[Thank you Mama, your perspective is lovingly wise.]

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.

[image via here]

Monday, April 4, 2011

antoine de saint-exupéry

You alone will have the stars as no one else has them. In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night. You - only you - will have stars that can laugh.

[image via tete perdue]

Friday, April 1, 2011


My beautiful friend Kendal read this book to her first grade class.  She was so great to capture this darling face and make my day week.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

no small dreams

I love Allie's honesty. Take that hair down, girl!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

kiki & polly

I love her spirit. And I can't get enough artist Lisa Golightly. 

Etsy store and website; enjoy.

sylvia plath

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.

[image via fffound]

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


This is lively.  I'll take it.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

a saturday afternoon

Warm homemade bread and salted French butter make everything right in this world. She would agree with me.

Friday, March 11, 2011

dear blank

Aren't these brilliant? They are the combined genius of Jared Wunsch and Sapling Press.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

maya angelou

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

[image via here]

natasha tsakos

My cousin put the following talk on my radar yesterday, and it moved me in a big way.  Tsakos says a lot, but this excerpt resonated powerfully:
There is a revolution. It's a human and technological revolution. It's motion and emotion. It's information. It's visual. It's musical. It's sensorial. It's conceptual. It's universal. It's beyond words and numbers. It's happening.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

a letter to a cereal box

Dear Cocoa Puffs,

You are downright dangerous. Consider it luck, the way you surreptitiously plopped into our cart, but I guarantee it won't - it can't - happen again. I attribute our recent love affair to my very organic upbringing, but too much of a good thing is just sickening.  Literally.

As ever,

Monday, March 7, 2011

cheap date ideas

I love all 26 of these fun - and of equal importance  - cheap date ideas. Especially the book club for two feature.  I don't think B would object, but it might mean waiting for the next Vince Flynn novel to come out (starring covert counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp). Compromise is my second middle name.

Friday, March 4, 2011

shopping as an editing process

Parisian woman in the Place de la Concorde by Jean Beraud, 1890

If she can’t afford it, she won’t buy it. If it doesn’t fit (or make her feel good, or flaunt what she’s got), she won’t wear it. If she can’t find it, she won’t compromise. If she loves it, she won’t toss it. She reuses it, rethinks it, lets it age.

When a French girl shops, it isn’t a solitary act of buying something new. It’s part of a lifelong process of editing her environment, making small but meaningful additions to her home, her closet, her life.

When you shop like a French girl, you buy only one of anything – and make sure it’s the best quality you can afford.

norma kamali

Oh me oh my. I am speechless. How is it I am just now learning about the phenomenal Norma Kamali?

jj heller

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Admittedly, I could use a reminder every now and again.

tony walker & co.

Earlier today, I was gifted with an exclusive behind the scenes look into Tony Walker & Company, a brilliant shopping epicenter in Williamsville, NY. The tour came about after winning a contest via TW&Co.'s Facebook page - a fun surprise to reward a silly poem I wrote describing a posted picture of the company's Art Director. 

The tour was exceptional, informative, and drool-worthy (in-store brands include Alice + Olivia, Elizabeth + James, DVF, La Perla, Lululemon, and Vince to name a few favorites). While there, I set up my virtual closet, registered for my 50% off birthday coupon, and was handed a darling TW&Co. goody bag. 

I decided to give up shopping for Lent, meaning I have six days to get my fix before I put a lid on it. Meaning I may return for my second tour, tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

jeanine payer

I love these Jeanine Payer quotation earings - anything with meaningful text and I'm done for.

coco chanel

There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.

Monday, February 28, 2011

song of the day

A new song every day, thanks to NPR. Can't think of a better way to broaden my music horizon/grow my iTunes Purchased playlist.

[image of The High Highs - "Open Season"]

really raw honey

I am the biggest believer in raw honey - it is nature's most powerful healer. The facts are impossible to ignore, as are the testimonials. I went through a jar when I had my tonsils out, and it has been one (or two) spoonfuls every morning, since.

oscar night

After hosting family and friends for the last two weekends, it felt so good to sit and watch the Academy Awards with B. We shared Prosecco with a squeeze of a Meyer lemon, makeshift appetizers adapted from Saturday night's feast, and savored the completion of the new wall unit, a project three months coming.

We burned through our winter cord of wood earlier this weekend, and it took a few moments to understand why the table saw was screeching just moments before the red carpet began. But, when B walked in with huge armfuls of former 2x4's, it made my night. He knows that where there is fire, there is cuddling. Smart boy.

p.s. LIFE's Best Oscar Photos

Saturday, February 26, 2011

dennis lehane

Your first family is your blood family and you always be true to that. That means something. But there’s another family and that’s the kind you go out and find. Maybe even by accident sometimes. And they’re as much blood as your first family. Maybe more so, because they don’t have to look out for you and they don’t have to love you. They choose to.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Chloé's simple and sophisticated Summer 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection is now available in boutiques.  Both B and my bank account are thankful there are zero Chloe boutiques in Western NY.

tub caddy

A necessary companion for the clawfoot bath tub.  Or any bath tub, really.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

chelsea james

Chelsea James was recently showcased at Santa Clara University's de Saisset Museum.  This is awesome for several reasons.  The de Saisset resides contently on the campus of my alma mater, James' color pallete simulates every single hue I claim to be my most favorite, and all of a sudden, the basement's laundry room sink is industrial, inspiring, and no longer in need of replacement.

[Thank you to ali loves curtis for the virtual introduction.]


[image via here]

Thursday, February 17, 2011

a band aide

It was a rough/tumble yesterday for a myriad of reasons.  B saved the day with the ultimate remedy - a vanilla soft serve cone from McDonald's.  He even restrained himself from taking a lick or two as it melted down his hand while en route.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

gwyneth paltrow

No chance I'll forget these shoes any time soon, or the pink feather earrings.