Friday, August 31, 2012

pretty flowers don't lie

Happy long weekend readers! Hope you all get to do something special to celebrate the last unofficial weekend of the summer. New York has started to cool off significantly at night and in the mornings – I can hardly believe the change from feeling clammy at 7 AM compared to now really needing a sweater to walk to work. It feels like fall is coming, and I really want to hang on to a few more hot days. This weekend I head back up to Boston – this time to spend time with my friends. Looking forward to going out, having brunch and just hanging around relaxing. I also seriously want to take a little nap one afternoon, I really don’t know why that sounds so amazing on a list of things to do this weekend – but like a thirty minute snooze seems amazing in my mind right now. Have a great long weekend!

(The photo makes me laugh, from Ants' Factory)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

i feel naked

Imagine my delight when I saw this amazing Tobias Funke doll online - since I love Arrested Development. I love his cutoffs so he is never nude- and blue for his Blue Men Group auditions. Definitely one of my favorite characters - just the things that he would say - so ridiculous. This completely made my day!

(photo from Dooby Brain)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

my heart, my soul

At least once a year, I sit down and watch all of the original Anne of Green Gables mini-series, even if it comes on PBS - I can't turn away. I watched this about a hundred times when I was a child to which I owe the Disney Channel for playing it regularly before they moved to trendy shows. I love this movie, and this love story. Who doesn't love watching Gilbert wait for his Anne-girl for years while she slowly realized how much she loved him? Funny, sweet and endearing, the characters are truly lovely. I could watch this over and over, and be warned- I don't want you to ask me to stop once I am in the middle.

(photo from Musings of a Carpenter's Daughter)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

summer in the city

Long on my list of places to visit in New York has been Governor’s Island. Only open on the weekends in the summer, this island park has been a bit of a mystery to me – but I knew I wanted to go and explore it before the summer ended. Over the past weekend, I enlisted my friend T to join me on my adventure. After an extremely short Ferry ride from the South Ferry (right next to the Staten Island Ferry), really it felt like you could have swam across if it wasn’t the harbor, we arrived and started walking.  We toured Castle Williams first, which was ideal for me, as I have an unhealthy obsession with former prisons. This would be my 3rd tour of old prisons, which may sounds creepy but I find it so fascinating (I’ve been here, and here, and planning to see this one in October).  So imagine my delight that I was going to see another historic jail/ military facility – I was giddy with joy. The tour was free and the Park Ranger was very knowledgeable and had lots of interesting insights on the old building and the park itself. I had no idea that there was a little town of Coast Guard families living on the island until 1996, and I would have loved to have been able to walk through the old buildings if we were allowed to. After we wandered a bit through the park, around the old officers’ quarters, and Fort Jay. It was a truly beautiful day and full of history. I’d definitely come back to take in some of the cultural events again.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Letters to Norby #1

I’ve decided to add a new series to my blog, “Letters to Norby”. I am partly inspired by Jimmy Fallon’s thank you notes (I love those – I find them so funny) and I am terribly excited to be an aunt, and cannot wait to have a relationship with my nephew. I thought it would be fun to write him letters about things going on around him, funny things about his family, and reminding him that even before he was born he was incredibly loved by many. Maybe one day he’ll look back and roll his eyes at his Auntie, but hopefully be secretly glad I did this. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I am enjoying writing them.

Dear Norby-

I am not very patient when it comes to meeting you, but I will say I’ve been waiting a few years to have a little nephew to spoil and love.  I cannot wait to take you to see all the fun kid friendly places in New York, including the Natural HistoryMuseum – to explore the dinosaurs, The Transit Museum – to see the trains and play, The Bronx Zoo – to make funny faces at the animals, and to Dylan’s CandyBar – to make you even sweeter. I am sure we will do lots of fun things when you come to visit, but I’ve already started my list.

See you soon.

Love your favorite Auntie

(photo from The Natural History Museum

Friday, August 24, 2012

wild horses....

I believe it was about sixth grade when scrunchies were a major fashion statement- remember when you would wear them around your wrist when you weren't ponytailed? I cannot quit the habit of having a ponytail holder (no longer the fabric covered scrunchy popular with gymnasts) on my wrist at all time- unless it's in my hair. I do kind of feel a bit like a kid still since I am brought right back to middle school when I see my wrists. I decided it was high time to find a more grown up looking - or shall I say more bracelet like. I found these adorable hair ties from Mane Message. I love how they look like ribbons on your wrist but look very cute holding back your hair.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

kicking sand from beach

Just a few last pictures from my week on the cape- I happened to get a great shot of a sailboat that made it look like there was nothing else in the water. I often like to speculate what it would be like to live on a boat and see the world- wouldn't it be lovely to just decide where to head to next after seeing a great port. I also got an interesting shot of the jetty with a cloudy sunset - I am already thinking about when I can head back to the beach- it's one of my truly happy places in the world.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

be true to your school

As everyone else is getting ready to go back to school, I love to do a bit of fall shopping too – big sis is a teacher so she still follows the seasons like we did when we were kids. JCrew is having a great sale right now- 30% off all sale items with the code LoveIt. I found a few items that  I couldn’t wait to add to my closet.

Love love this anchor t-shirt – completely fun and fits in perfectly with all the navy I already have in my closet. I cannot wait to pair it with….

This amazing bold red skirt – so it’s a little fourth of July, but red is reminding me of the leaves changing over anything else.  Leaves and fresh picked apples- so good!

And last but not least a fun color blocked top- I think I can pair this with some skirts for work as well as jeans on the weekend.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

this is the tale of the castways

It felt very appropriate while in Cape Cod, to be reading a book based in Nantucket. I was killing time at the airport before my flight and was perusing the 50% off pre-read books to see if any looked good or were by authors I’ve read before, when I spied The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand. Having read books by her in the past, I figured this would be a great vacation read since it should be a little scandalous, happy little beach read. Oh boy, was I ever right – think of four couples who live on the island who intermingle in each others lives, some in aspects that are a bit shocking. Everyone seems to have a love interest outside their own two-some, and seeing the weaving landscape of the group and their dynamics is interesting to say the list. Definitely consider this for a great escape from deep thinking books – no googling needed, just a great way to enjoy passing time in the blissful sun.

Monday, August 20, 2012

go chasing rabbits

While on vacation on Cape Cod, my family and I had a neighbor that liked to stop by to say hello and snack on the grass. I was able to capture this little guy on camera, and I got very close - not so close to pet wild animals but close enough to see his soft fur.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

let me go home

I really think I devour books- I am the book monster these days. I spent another night wide awake finishing The Road Home by Rose Tremain. This novel takes place in London, following Lev- a Russian gentleman seeking his fortune after he is widowered and left jobless in his homeland. I loved his work ethic and drive to succeed, while he strived for a better life and opportunity for himself and as well as his family and friends left behind. This novel hit home on the personal relationships in Lev’s lives, how his friends and family were so important to him, and that he’d do anything in his power to improve their lives. I found the contrasts to life in Russia and the more modern London very interesting – making me wonder how people lived in both communism and post communism times.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

anniversary made for you

My blog turns one year today. It is actually something I wasn't sure I'd see through for an entire year - I have a habit of starting blogs and doing one post and then never doing anything again. On this one I managed a heck of a lot more posts just having fun bringing my thoughts on various things to all of you. Thank you for coming and visiting me, if you like what you see I hope you come back, say hello and enjoy!

(photo from pinterest)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Beach blanket bingo

Just a small smattering of pictures to start vacation week. So many umbrellas- and not a soul using most of them.

Friday, August 10, 2012

watching the sun shine

Happy Friday Dear Readers. I am heading off on vacation today, and I couldn't be more excited  to get away from work and the hot city and relax on the beach for a week. I am looking forward to toes in the sand, saltwater and sunscreen.  Hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.

(photo from style me pretty)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

who are you?

I love mysteries – there’s something about trying to figure out the ending before you get to read it that keeps me guessing. A Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante is written in the voice of a woman with Alzheimer’s, who is suspected of murdering her neighbor and best friend. The voice of this novel is all the reason to read it, told from days that are good and bad for Jennifer, so you do truly feel what it must be like not to remember your family or what day it is. The book has it’s sad moments as well as it’s happy points. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for an interesting viewpoint for any book, its not very often the voice of someone with a declining memory is the narrator of a story. I also think you'll enjoy trying to figure out if Jennifer is truly capable of murder.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

love and marriage

I am no expert on marriage, but I did find this article from Parade on how to make marriage last full of good advice on how to make any relationship work better. Just like anything, hard work makes something go well - and you have to take responsibility for yourself and your relationship in the end. Hope you enjoy reading this.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

swing swing swing

When I was a little girl, my mother couldn't get me into pants, I was the one in the dress all the time, until second grade and my first pair of jeans. I still love dresses and skirts and wearing pants usually means I had to plan that outfit very carefully. This cotton dress from The Gap is ideal for these hot summer days- the skirt is flowy and the cap sleeves a nice length.

Monday, August 6, 2012

breaking up is hard to do

No, this is not a post bashing a previous relationship – lately my dating life involves a bad date here and there, maybe someone that is worth a second date, usually ending with me thinking that I don’t mind so much the fact that I get to decide what I want to do without factoring someone else in. It’s not ideal, but hey I guess it’s better than feeling like I am missing out for now.  I’ve watched a few friends go through some recent bad break ups – and watching them and remembering your own painful experiences just sucks, particularly when you thought things were going well.  I’ve definitely had the blindsided break up, you think this is going pretty well, maybe there’s something here – the two of you are making plans, hanging out, staying at each other’s places, and then he comes over and tells you he doesn’t feel that way about you. It’s a complete bummer in life, because honestly most singles would like to meet someone who will be in it for the long haul.  To find out someone doesn’t have the feelings you are hoping/expecting hurts, hurts a lot. I’ve also experienced the fade out, the slow progression of talking less, hanging less, fewer text messages (anyone else hate what smart phones did to dating? Remember when you had to call someone to make plans?), and then nothing. I mean I’ve done it myself to guys too, and it’s really not a grown up approach to anything – but then again neither one of you is pushing too hard to try this or force a conversation. The only thing worse is prolonging a break up, because as long as you hold on, the longer it takes to move forward, and potentially meet that special person. I think the important to remember is to be kind to people, even when you are going to end the relationship- after all we all are a little fragile some times.

(photo from life in quotations)

Friday, August 3, 2012

summer turns to high

Happy Friday Lovelies. Hopefully you are all getting ready for another fantastically hot summer weekend. Typically these are the weekends where I have no plans to be near any form of water, but this is rare occasion where I am going to a gathering around a pool (a big treat for city people) one day and the beach the next. It’s pretty much the best of both worlds, as long as I pack plenty of sunscreen. Are you a beach or a pool person? I really don’t mind either, I just don’t love going in the ocean and being salty for the rest of the day unless it’s so hot I want to melt, I tend to stay on land. I love the breeze and the ocean, and the sand between my toes.  Pools are fun too – plus you can always see the bottom which was one of the reasons I liked life guarding at pools. There’s something to be said for that crystal clear water and that smell of chlorine.

(photo from FaKeeRa)