02 November 2015

hello there

new bike

Remember when I blatantly lied and said I would be posting more often? It was completely unintentional, but I have to say I was busy having the best damn summer I've ever had as an adult. It's pretty much lasted for all of the spring and well into the fall. It was just that good. And if you follow me on Instagram you'll know that Rich and I got married 2 weeks ago. So many exciting things to share about that coming soon.

During that time I had a lot of feelings about blogging and most of them were pretty negative. Blogging was supposed to be this outlet for creativity, just a fun hobby where I could connect with fashion minded friends. And reading blogs was an alternative to the unattainable and glossy world of magazines. It felt like a community. Now that advertising has taken over the blogging world almost all of my favorite bloggers have either quit or gone full-time professional. While I'm happy for their success, I just don't feel that I relate to most of them anymore. Only a few have managed to make it their full time gig without alienating their audience (Erin, I'm looking at you, you magical unicorn). I decided that I want to keep blogging, but I will tell you right now, I can't keep up with the pros and I kind of just have to acknowledge that to anyone still reading.

In other news, I got a new bike! It's a Brooklyn Bike Co. 7 speed Willow model. A Dutch-style commuter bike, I use it daily for my commute to the train and on weekends to run errands in town. Its the first brand-new never been ridden bike I've had in the past 15 years, and I'm surprised at how much I love it. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new daily rider, and especially for someone who isn't very confident in traffic (that's me now since the bike accident! SO WEIRD).

Its got a very upright seat with a smoother ride than you'd expect from such a lightweight bike. Since I live in an almost comically flat area, I can't tell you how it would do on hills, but its a beast when I'm breaking the rules and riding up the boardwalk ramp. I haven't had to make many modifications to it either. For safety reasons I've attached a headlight and taillight. Its also got really great balance I just swing my bag over my shoulder and go, so eventually I'll get a basket but its still great without one. My only complaint is that it only has hand brakes rather than a combination of coaster and hand brakes but I guess I can't have everything.

19 April 2015


Last month Rich and I went to Florida to visit some of his family and attend a friends wedding in the Florida Keys. While we were there we spent a few days basking in the heat of Miami Beach. Here were some of my favorite things.
Yardbird BBQ. We sat outside on the big patio after the sun went down in just tee shirts, drinking cocktails with big fat berries in them watching the nightlife.
Flowers, flowers everywhere.
The buildings were all so beautifully geometric.
The Cadet Hotel where we stayed. It was old and charming, it even had a "Clark Gable" suite.
Enjoying the beach before the Spring Break crowds arrived.
Abbey Brewing where we spent an entire evening drinking beer and making friends.
Bodega for Tacos...
...and Bodega for after dinner cocktails.

12 April 2015

nine to five

Getting dressed for work everyday used to be SO. MUCH. FUN. Experimenting with colors, silhouettes and styles every day was totally my jam. When I moved to the city it was even more fun and I feel like I really hit my stride and found a style that consistently worked for me. Sixties vibes, miniskirts, shift dresses, skinny ankle pants and high waists paired with fun tees and tough tall shoes.

Over the past year or so I wouldn't say my style has drastically changed, but taken a more practical turn. From phasing out heels in favor of boots and sneakers for my walk to the office to streamlining my wardrobe down to just things I wear all the time to make getting ready in the morning a breeze. My commute is well over an hour and a half in both directions so any way I can save time and stay comfortable take priority.

There are no clear cut dress rules at my new job which is pretty awesome, so now I don't even have to toss heels in my bag or let them pile up under my desk anymore. This makes picking outfits out easier and harder at the same time. Most of my "work" clothes are too dressy and everything else is too casual (ie: my skirts are too short and I like crop tops). Luckily, it gives me inspiration for writing blog posts while I try to figure this out again.

I'll never be disciplined enough to have a true work uniform but this article really resonated with me. I've had so many moments over the past few years where my outfit left me running late and frazzled, feeling uncomfortable and worrying that I looked sloppy or too dressy or a million adjectives in between. I've thought about establishing a uniform much like Matilda Kahl, but my uniform in high school wasn't even that regimented. Although, it was a uniform and I remember how freeing that was on days when there were more important things to worry about than what I was wearing. I'd say what I'm going for now is more a personal "dress code" rather than a strict uniform.

Here's what I've been gathering up as inspiration for my dress code...
Adenorah and imaginist
Adenorah, The Imaginist
Streetstyle. Sandra beijer.
 PinterestSandra Beijer
Chloe and ac for AG
Chloe, AC for AG

02 April 2015

the boring stuff

After three years at CNN I and moved on to something new at A+E Networks. I don't talk much about my job on the blog because its very important to me and I wouldn't want to jeopardize it in any way. I work in media after all! Also, I keep my mouth shut because most people think its dead boring. Seriously, when I try to explain what I do to people I can see their eyes glaze over.

If you're interested: I'm a media researcher and my job is a blend of communications and social science and I analyze media usage trends (for TV in particular). What are our viewers watching? Why? When? What else do they watch? What else do they like? How can we use this information to create better TV and bring relevant advertising to the network?

Oh, did you stop reading? That's OK. I know most people find it monumentally boring, hence, keeping it off-blog.

So now I'm in this new and exciting role in a new office in a different part of Manhattan and its all just taking some time to get used to. I had a very good routine at CNN for a long time, until I didn't anymore, and that's why I haven't been writing here as much.

Life around here is boring in the best possible ways. Wedding planning, hanging out with my cat, deciding I like food shopping better than shoe shopping. I got food poisoning on my birthday and then thought I was going to die from an ulcer. We went to Miami and got drunk and ate tacos. I started getting manicures and stopped getting haircuts. Boring but good.

Since this is a fashion blog, I guess we can talk about clothes and stuff too. Last year I got hit by a car and I was really uncomfortable in my body for a pretty long stretch of time. It didn't move right and it didn't feel right. Then of course I gained weight from not moving around and the last thing I wanted was to take pictures. What would I even take pictures of? I was wearing the same thing every day.
For awhile before the accident I felt completely disconnected to fashion blogging. So many inspirational bloggers have stopped blogging. Then there's a handful that wear mostly gifted clothes or have made blogging a full time gig. I felt like I just couldn't compete with that. The point of my blog all those years ago was to find my style, and I did that. Now I rarely shop for new things and I've sort of settled in to what works for me. But I still have the urge to share, because while I know what works for me I'm still really interested in fashion and I miss the sense of community I felt when I was heavy into blogging and sharing.


I found a whole bunch of blogs that inspired me to start blogging again. My job makes me happy and I have a better work-life balance. I'm freaking getting married to the coolest dude imaginable!! More to come. Sooner rather than later.

11 February 2015

brussels (mini guide)

Backtracking to last fall, which I can't believe was already so long ago, Rich and I spent a few days in Brussels, Belgium. Originally the whole trip was supposed to include a day in Utrecht and a day in Antwerp after leaving Amsterdam, but we were so in love with the city we just kept extending our time there. If we hadn't been catching our return flight to New York from Brussels we may never have left our little nest in de Pijp.
Another reason we weren't bouncing from city to city was that it was very shortly after my biking accident and I was having a hard time getting around. It was heartbreaking not to be able to bike at all, but walking was still somewhat difficult and slow at that point. Unfortunately by the time we got to Brussels I was completely shot. The city doesn't have the easiest street plan to follow and with lots of hills and winding streets taking a wrong turn caused me major anxiety. For that reason I ended up being a bit of a drag while we were there. That isn't to say it might not be a wonderful place for you to visit and maybe someday I'll get back there to give it another try. Here is a mini-guide to Brussels that mainly concerns the area around Bas de la Ville where we stayed. It was touristy, but there were a few places I really liked that weren't as crowded as everything else.
Nuet Nigenough
It translates in English to "one who never has enough." A lovely restaurant that focuses on high quality interpretations of Belgian dishes matched to a complimentary beer. We discovered it through a friend we made that day during a brewery tour at Cantillion. He'd been to Brussels several times and told us when he's in town he never misses a chance to eat here. I wouldn't skip it either if we were to go back. It's very popular but quite small and there wasn't a seat inside but it was super cozy with warm light and art nouveau and art deco details. We sat outside on the street and ate the most amazing beef stew and veal meatballs. The servers were beer experts that knew all about the pairings, if you're not sure what to drink they will help you out.
Nuet Nigenough
Moeder Lambic Fontainas
We went here on our very last night of the trip, I was limping like crazy and we were both exhausted but I'm so glad we didn't miss it. Instead of dinner we had the cheese and meat plate and a quiche to share which was the perfect compliment to the beers we were drinking. And we were drinking a lot, the menu was one of the most extensive I've ever seen. The bottle list was the size of a thick novel. I wouldn't miss the cheese and meats plate if you go, there was one cheese that was so bad we still joke about it, but the rest were incredible.
Delirium Cafe
To borrow a description from Rich: Do you know the scene in Star Wars (A New Hope) where they go to the bar in Mos Eisley? That is what this bar is like. Its smokey (even though you can't smoke inside) and dark and crowded but its fantastic. The bartenders are amazing, we made friends with the people we were pressed up against the bar with, we tried a whole bunch of new beers and it was just great. It was just the kind of dive bar down a tiny alley you always envision when you think of wild nights out in Europe. Not to be missed!
Elisabeth Chocolatier
I was looking for some nice chocolates to bring home to my family and we stumbled on this shop while looking for little souvenirs. I thought the sign was pretty and I could smell the chocolate wafting into the street from the door. Inside we got to try all kinds of chocolate dipped nuts and nougats. Everything inside was beautiful, there were the most intricate chocolates shaped like autumn leaves and berries. I'm not a huge chocolate eater though so I bought myself some berry gummy candies and saved all the chocolate treats for my family at home. Since it was the end of the day the proprietor even tucked a few extra chocolate covered waffles into our bag so they wouldn't go to waste.
Elisabeth Chocolatier
Bier Tempel
A bottle shop for the obscure beer lover in your life (in my case, I'm marrying one). He spent a solid hour carefully selecting beers that we wouldn't be able to find at home that he could share with our friends. Then another 20 or so minutes choosing glassware to go with it. A fantastic place to pick up beers to bring back home with you or to have with a picnic lunch while wandering the city.
Bier Tempel
Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillion
Easily my favorite spot, and well off the beaten path. This is the exception to my places near Bas de la Ville. Founded 115 years ago in the same place it stands now, its location is an integral part of the spontaneous fermentation process by which it obtains its flavor and uniqueness by the bacteria and yeasts in the air in the region. Its a lot less gross than it sounds and I learned all about that while touring the working brewery which also serves as a museum. After an informational session with a brewer there's a self guided tour accompanied by an extensive pamphlet of information. You can take as much time as you like wandering the old rooms, looking at all the tools that look like artifacts but are still used today. At the end you get a tasting, and if you're us you stay until closing drinking rare beers from 2008 and making friends with an American brewer who was also visiting.Cantillion 2

06 January 2015

black. blue.

It's definitely winter. All I want to wear is Uniqlo's Heattech layers under sweaters with an extra pair of socks. For Lindsay's birthday brunch back in December I wore this easy black and blue outfit to stay warm on the city streets. Though not quite as cold then as it is now, it was good practice for frigid days. It was also one of the first times I was able to wear actual heels since my accident in August and the first time I got to wear my new Vagabond boots outside of the house. Now that I'm a bit of an expert, my advice is that if you ever have a hip or a leg injury make sure you get rubber soled shoes, even high heels. The heel on these is sturdy but cushions your step on the sidewalks. As an added bonus, being able to lace them makes them even more comfortable when you can tighten and loosen them as needed.
BDG corduroy skirt (similar here in red)
Vagabond Grace boots
A Wool Story hat
Topshop coat (similar here)
Uniqlo tights and turtleneck
Clare Vivier bag

01 January 2015

ringing in 2015

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great night to ring in 2015. This year Rich and I went to Queens to have a fancy-dress slumber party with Remi and Sam. When we arrived there were multiple bottles of champagne to be drunk.
nye 2015
We had the most amazing take out tacos with champagne for dinner and a tostada for dessert.
nye 2015
Had on my vintage dress I bought with Sam about a hundred years ago at Loveday 31 and my new Vagabond boots. If you were curious, Rich had on Levi's from head to toe and a knit JCrew tie.
nye 2015
Breaking into the liquor cabinet
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An intense talk about beers and whiskeys
nye 2015
Four years with this handsome guy at midnight
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Just a few minutes until midnight, a group shot was in order
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Counting down and waiting for the fireworks to start
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Keeping the lights low and settling in for the slumber party portion of the evening. We started by watching the wedding documentary episode that featured Sam and Remi, and moved on to Grand Theft Auto
nye 2015
nye 2015

31 December 2014

into the future

be optimistic
2014 was hard and a lot of shit happened. 2013 was harder though. Since things are looking up, tonight its cocktails and champagne and good friends because that is what I want 2015 to be filled with.

Here's what I'm looking forward to:

Tomorrow is my 4 year anniversary with Rich and we're going to get married.
Long runs and bike rides with the wind at my back.
Reading and writing as often as I can.
Making moves in my career.
Getting better at math...seriously.

Be safe. Happy New Year.
Image from here.
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