Clearly I should have worn the layered button down blouse with my over-sized handbag and above the knee skirt. What was I thinking?! In this overly pulled together skirt suit and classic bag I screamed standard, safe…predictable. I didn’t stand a chance under the black and white lense. It wasn’t my fault, exactly. No one told me that there would be a geometric overlay. In two colors no less. My shoes were adventurous but how would you ever know? And it’s not like his shoes were anything exciting. But they were visible and that’s something, I guess. Next time I’d know better. I’d loose the understated but eternally classic double button jacket. I’d shorten my skirt. And I’d inevitably second guess the change when I spotted her looking just like I do today.
As If It Were A Dream is an ongoing series in which I will pair an image with some of my own writings. Previous installments: 1 / 2 / 3
Image via here
I hope you all had a restful weekend. It was a pretty gloomy/rainy Saturday and Sunday in NYC and I (literally) fell into a bit of bad luck to culminate the weekend. Needless to say, I’m happy to shake it off and begin a new week. But before putting the weekend completely behind us, enjoy today’s round of pictures from the weekend.
Julie – Bozeman, MT
Lauren – New York, NY
Following instructions on a rainy day.
Janna – New York, NY
Conde Nast building, bright and sunny.
The best cookie plate ever — at the ritz Carlton Central Park, making the best of the rain
Brooklyn bar suggestions at the Double Windsor, Windsor terrace.
Nick – Big Sur, CA
I’ve been thinking lately, now that she’s back and settled, I really miss following Farrell’s travels through her posts here. There were a lot of things about her travel posts that I liked, one of which was her Noteworthy series, a kind-of collections of lessons learned on the road. I had a bit of an adventure away from home last weekend so I thought I’d revive the idea.
~Read the paper, start with the Arts section.
~You don’t have to go far to feel like you’ve gotten away.
~Keep band-aids on hand for the transition from winter to summer shoes.
~Whatever you’re feeling right now is okay.
A few weeks ago, I saw a picture on Instagram of these beautiful vintage flower stamps. Farrell and I are throwing a bridal shower over the summer for our soon to be sister-in-law and knew we had to have them for the invitations. I just think they are so beautiful and feminine.
They also reminded me of this array of flowers, which I snatched on my way out of a conference a couple of weeks ago (they started as a centerpiece that I broke into smaller bouquets). Aren’t they just lovely?! They mostly lasted a pretty long time and felt like such a treat to have in little arrangements all around my apartment.
(warwick saint for i-d, 3/99)
I just can’t listen to enough music these days. I’ve also been doing a lot of DJing for my office mates at work. From time to time, we have what we call Power Hours in which I pick (or take a request for) a specific musician/band. We then listen to that artist for as long is left in the day, or until the Power Hour reaches another such natural conclusion. A few of our recents that quickly come to mind are Tina Turner, Ella Fitzgerald, The Brian Ferry Orchestra The Jazz Age and Elvis Presley. It makes for a good time.
Meanwhile, I’ve also been building my own rotation:
When Farrell moved out of New York, I inherited her plants and they have completely changed the feel of my apartment. They literally add so much my life to my space. I’ve been waiting for the nicer weather to come to do some repotting, and I think the time is either near or here.
It’s about time for something new
You got to grow, got to grow
I have officially planted my herb garden! Because we have no outdoor space, I bought 3 planters for underneath my long window. It was hard to decide what herbs to plant and how to pair them. After extensive research on drainage and pairing herbs, I was set. Here they are in all of their glory!
Planter 1: Dill, Rosemary, Sage
Planter 2: Jalapeno, Cilantro, Jalapeno
Planter 3: Apple Mint, Peppermint
I know there are many other herbs to have in your life, however I felt like these were a great start. Yay!!
Earlier in the week I went to a really interesting talk about Africa. It was wonderful for many reasons, one of which includes the illustration that was shown (above) to convey the size of the African continent in relation to other – more familiar – places in the world.
I remember reaching the point in life in which I realized that my global education had been incredibly European-focused. What that meant to me at the time was that ‘they’ had largely ignored teaching me about Asia. While I wouldn’t say that I was completely clueless about Africa before this talk, it was still reminiscent of that first realization of how much I didn’t know. It was also a strong reminder of how gratifying it is to take advantage of the resources that surround you, something I plan to do more of.
(The True Size of Africa via Information is Beautiful)