what did you eat today?

I was reading a blog post today of a French girl's trip to Berlin. Some of my favorite pictures were her pictures of the food. When I was in France, I took A LOT of pictures of my food. I don't know why I stopped when I got back to the states.

There are two things you will notice from my pictures:
1. I became obsessed with the salty duck confit and ordered almost everytime we were at a French bistro.
2. French fries come with just about everything.

My family and friends would write me emails making fun of how many pictures I took of food. But let's face it, not only do I love eating and cooking, but I like looking at food too.

I also took a lot of pictures of food that my friend, Nezia, and I cooked at home:

I just realized the insane amounts of food I ate on a daily basis while there (yet, I still lost about fifteen pounds.)

Maybe I should start taking more foodie pictures since they make me smile. What do you think? Do you take pictures of your food?


a little face lift...

It really wasn't a Joan River's style surgery. I just added a few small items to the blog - an "About Me" and a "Contact Me" page right under the header. I hope you will stop by and have a look. And feel free to email me anytime. I love meeting new people!

{image from here}



Excuse this short post but I have a date with Anna and the September issue that came today. Ta ta....


i don't need an umbrella

One of my first memories is when I was around three or maybe four. During the summer, when it was hot enough, my mom would let me go outside in nothing but my underwear and run around and jump in puddles while it was raining.

It has been raining on and off here, cooling down a bit. And sometimes instead of being couped up inside and doing laundry, I really just want to go and run around in the rain (with clothes on, of course). But I have a feeling my neighbors will think I am a little nutty. Doesn't it suck to grow up sometimes?

{image from The Sartorialist}


for all you shabby chic people...

I thought these Valentino rain boots were clever. I am still ok with my polka-dot rain boots from Target, though. The price tag on these is $295.

{image from here}


shop zara, online, in 2011

I was a little jealous when I found out that you could shop Zara online in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK starting September 2nd. For someone who lives in a place with almost no good clothing stores, online shopping is wonderful.

But I only have to wait a bit longer. Zara is set to offer online shopping to the US in 2011! Now we just need to work on H&M...


unique wedding guestbook

Do you remember my "old" wedding? Do you remember the feel I was going for from here? Well I was browsing through Etsy and came across this beautiful guestbook that would have fit perfectly.
So for all your people with your beautiful fall weddings go check out Cottage Creek Arts on Etsy. The stuff in the shop is beautiful. I definitely would have used some signs from there as well.


finished the bridesmaid jewelry!

I finally finished the bridesmaid jewelry! I am so excited to share it with you (just please excuse the horrible on-the-futon pictures). The bridesmaids already know they are getting jewelry; I am just not going to share who's is who's.

The girls that will be in halters (my maid-of-honor and junior bridesmaid) will be wearing stud earrings and bracelets. The bracelet on the left is made with blue magnesite gemstone beads and the earrings are blue howlite cabochons set on 14 karat gold-filled studs. The other bracelet is made with turquoise gemstone beads and the earrings with turquoise cabochons.

The girls in strapless dresses will be wearing necklaces. The top necklace is made with magnesite, the left bottom necklace is made with turquoise, and the right bottom necklace is made with Czech-pressed glass beads.

What do you think? Would you ever consider making your bridesmaid jewelry?


a relaxing weekend

I have been trying to get over this horrible cold since last Wednesday so I hope I can relax this weekend. But I also hope to get a few other things done.

I am hoping to make it to the beach to see my friend, Tanya, who is in town.

I would like to straighten up the house and get a little laundry done.

And maybe I will make some sun tea to drink while I work on finishing up the bridesmaid jewelry and working on some new items for my Etsy shop.

What do you plan to do this weekend?

{images from here, here, and here}


dirrty glam

I don't know if I am a little behind but I came across this great online magazine called Dirrty Glam. It has great photo spreads. And what is even neater about it? Their entire team is made up of people 19 to 22 years old. How cool is that?

Unfortunately, though, you will need to be able to read a little French if you want to see what they are talking about. But this isn't really necessary. I guess a picture really is worth a thousand words.


new places i want to visit (outside of the US)

One thing I hate about being right out of college with a car payment and hellish student loans is the lack of disposable income to travel. Now I am not being a whiny baby, I promise. I have been very fortunate in my life to start traveling at a young age and to live abroad during college. But every once in awhile, I get really restless and want to be thrown out of my element. (If you have lived abroad you probably know what I mean).

I love lists and I love traveling, so I figured it would be fun to make a list of the places I would visit right now if I had two months and funds to spare. (Here's an idea of places I have already visited: France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Spain, Norway, and the Dominican Republic.)

In no particular order:

1. Argentina - I have no idea what started my obsession with going to Argentina - maybe it is the wine. But if I go, I definitely want to visit Mendoza to visit the Malbec vineyards. And I would like to go to Buenos Aires.

2. China - I had wanted to learn Mandarin and go to China since middle school. Again, I really am not sure why. I studied Mandarin my first two years in college and loved it, although it was difficult. I think I would probably visit Shanghai, Beijing, and Xian.

3. Morocco - I have no idea why I didn't go to Morocco while living in Bordeaux. I guess I didn't realize, until after I left, how close I was to Africa. I definitely want to go to Morocco to eat, eat, eat. I LOVE Moroccan food. And I think it would be so great to go to the different markets.

4. Egypt - When I was little, I had a hieroglyphic stamp set. I loved it! I also thought that one day I would go and visit Egypt and see REAL hieroglyphics. My friend was getting my her masters from the American University in Cairo when I graduated college. I thought seriously about going to see her, but it would have left my bank account completely depleted. And since I didn't have a job yet, and the economy was bad, a lot of people told me not to spend the money. I wish I wouldn't have listened.

Where would you go? Have you been to any of these places?

{images from here, here, here, and here,}


i need a bike

I need to learn how to ride a bike so I too can have these legs. Yes, I do not know how to ride a bike. I semi-learned in college with the help of a few friends but I bought a bike without gears which only worked on completely flat terrain.

So I sold the bike and I am bike-less. But the weather yesterday was so beautiful. It would have been so great to go for a bike ride. Maybe I should put it on my Christmas list...

{image from the sartorialist}


a gripe about "jeggings"

Jean leggings. Or "jeggings" as most stores have started calling them.

I first saw them a few months ago. I was passing through Macy's and saw a bunch of Hue packages that looked like they were for the usual tights. But no, they were leggings made to look like jeans. "Ugh," I said out loud in disgust.

And now they are EVERYWHERE! If I shielded my eyes every time I saw them, I would be blind to the world. I really don't get it. I think that jeans should be fitted, not baggy, but shouldn't look like they are painted on. Painted-on jeans remind me of middle school and early high school when, if you could breath in your jeans, they weren't tight enough.

Now, I will say this. I have not actually gotten up close and personal with a pair, as of yet. And I have certainly not tried any on. Maybe they aren't that bad. I do enjoy a great pair of black leggings. And I hate how sometimes regular jeans don't create clean lines up front where the button is under a long fitted shirt. Maybe I should just try a pair?

And maybe this will remedy those ladies that insist on wearing their jeans a size too small thinking it will make them look thinner when it fact it creates that muffin top and makes them look bigger. Maybe these "stretchy" jeans won't allow for the muffin top anymore.

What do you think of "jeggings?" Have you tried any? Do you own any? Has your life been forever changed by a pair of jean leggings? Just please tell me that they haven't make the back pockets on jeans disappear again.

(Maybe I could take them more seriously if everyone would stop calling them "jeggings.")

{image from Bloomingdale's}


for the next 2 1/2 months...

Yes, I know I did not blog AT ALL last week. And yes, I am still alive. I spent all last week writing thank you notes for my bridal shower and putting away shower gifts - a lot of fun but VERY time-consuming.

So I am going to warn you: for the next couple months, my blog posts are going to be somewhat sporadic. Between preparing for the wedding and trying to get my Etsy shop up and running (oh and going to my day job), I am swamped. But, hey, maybe I will even go off my normal schedule and even post on weekends!

I don't want you to have to keep checking in everyday, so make sure you follow my blog. (Yes, this is my pathetic attempt to get you to do so.) I just found out a few weeks ago how to follow a blog that doesn't have a "followers" section directly on their blog. If you have blogger, go to your dashboard, scroll down and click on the ADD button. You can put the web address of this blog (and others) and new posts will now show up in your blog roll. (And don't make fun of me for just figuring this out.)

If you have something other than blogger, please share your secret on how to follow another blog.

I cannot wait for my Jamaican wedding/honeymoon/vacation. Then I can get back to you lovelies...