Friday, October 29, 2010


"All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction." - Oscar Wilde





I love this Oscar Wilde quote. I think we all deserve to be a little spoiled every once in awhile, especially if it makes us more charming! I wanted to show you guys something that is part of my outfit every single day: my charm bracelet. My mother gave it to me for my twenty first birthday. It was hers growing up, and every year for her birthday my grandmother would give her a new charm. I used to love playing with it when I was little, and I was so surprised and happy when she gave it to me. What I love most about it is that the charms were important to her. There are lots of horse charms because she was very into horseback riding when she grew up. There is also a Scotty dog, similar to ones that her family had when she was young. That charm sticks out its tongue when you press on its tail! There is also a nursery rhyme, the old lady who lived in a shoe, which looks like a regular charm but when you open it there are little statues of children inside. There are more; a fishing basket, a scottish thistle, a treasure chest which opens and closes, a canoe which you can move the oars on, etc. I love them all, and this bracelet is probably my favorite possession because it has so much sentimental value. I decided to photograph it sitting on top of another of my favorite things, my Dad's tripod from Africa. You can even see a little bit of African mud still on the top!




Tonight I am going to finish getting my Halloween costume together. This dress is going to be part of it so I wanted to make sure that I wore it to see if it is too short before it is actually Halloween and I have no other costume choices! I am going to be a Beatles song...can you guess which one?
What are you being for Halloween?
Boots: Vintage; Tights: M&S; Dress: Borrowed from my roommate...thrifted?

Monday, October 25, 2010

CMJ...totally off the chain

Dudes. Sorry things have been a little slow on the ole blog as of late. I have a good excuse though, I promise. I went to so many CMJ shows for my real person job that I was too exhausted to document mah purty clothes. I thought I should share the fruits of my labor (awful saying by the just slithers off your tongue like a fat gross thing...ew!) with all of you who were not in NYC for CMJ madness. I like to pretend like I live a rockstar lifestyle but in reality I saw some of these bands because of the promise of free pizza. Don't worry, I'm classy.


Yo La Tengo


Robbers on High Street

The Blood Sugars

Ingrid Michaelson
Ingrid 3

The Dewars

Surfer Blood
SB 4

Young Friends
YF 6

Braids 8

Gobble Gobble
Gobble 8
Buke and Gass

L'Atra 9

...and there's so much more, but I figured this would be enough before you got toally bored! If you're interested in this, I often post about my new articles on my twitter so check it out. And holla at me if you're on twitter too!

I am always looking for new bands to go see...who has good recommendations?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Some Farm Time

Hi ladies and gentle-hearts,
Here is the promised outfit post from our fun on Red Hook Farm. Sorry for being a little distracted, I've been running around like a mad lady writing up shows for my real life job! It's CMJ this week in NYC and that means there are bands everywhere and everything has become a venue. Perhaps that is why I have been hearing British accents in Williamsburg lately? I have lost my hearing in my right ear because I practically stood with my head in a speaker last night and forgot to bring ear plugs. Le sigh. My dear mummy (who is a nurse) would so not be proud of my cavalier attitude to maintaining my hearing abilities!
Anyway, I miss you all and thank you so much for all the great comments lately, you guys are too cool for school and you TOTALLY rock my socks! There is an exciting project that I'm starting with 9 other bloggers in the works right now, and I can't wait to tell you all about it soon!

Farm Time

Farm Time

Farm Time

Farm Time

Farm Time
Boots: Vintage; Tights: Marks and Spencer (Dear M&S, please come to America...I miss your tights, chocolate cake and vegetarian moussaka!); Dress: Thrifted grandma nightgown I lopped the bottom off of; Belt: Vintage; Coat: From vintage leiderhosen outfit; Purse: Thrifted; Scarf: Edinburgh Woolen Mill

I hope everyone has exciting plans for this week, tell me some gossip or what you've been up to, I love it!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Vanity Alert!

This weekend I got some of my nearest and dearest friends together for a little autumnal gathering. We had a wonderful lunch and then headed down to the Red Hook Community Farm for a little pumpkin harvesting, apple cider drinking, and general merriment. It was great to see what the local community has done in Red Hook; the farm has bees, chickens, and rabbits; a huge compost heap, and tons of delicious winter vegetables and leafy greens growing. All of this on a large patch of asphalt that has been re-purposed for gardening. What a nutritious and wonderful use of space!
Luckily, a few of my friends are just as photo-whorish as I am, so we had fun doing silly photo shoot to practice with my new camera.
Ok, buckle up, because you are about to be inundated by inane photos!

Happy days at brunch! We are all normal!
Farm Time

Be like really hot by the fence:
Farm Time

Hot by the fence round two:
Farm Time

Be sexy with a leaf! (This one didn't turn out so well...)
Farm Time

Be awkward!
Farm Time

Be the kings of the compost heap!
Farm Time

Be jumping!
Farm Time

Be hobbits under seige!
Farm Time

Pretend Engagement:
Farm Time

So happy they are pretend engaged:
Farm Time

Be really hot with the wall!
Farm Time

Be mimes!
Farm Time that was self indulgent. Outfit post coming later today!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Doing the Charleston


Ok so about that last post where I said that I wouldn't do any more posts indoors? Whoops. I just had to show of the things my new camera can do! I eventually gave in and bought a DSLR (why hello debt, nice to get to know you better) because I've been covering some concerts and it got to the point where I just needed a better camera to take pictures in the low light. I got the Canon Rebel t2i, which I've had my eye on for awhile.



I took these pictures in my living room before I went out with some friends, and I think it looks like I'm heading out to do the charleston with my big faux fur coat and headpiece. This coat is one of my favorite items in my wardrobe, and you're going to be seeing a lot more of it as it gets colder. I found it at Goodwill after searching for the perfect faux fur coat for ages. I saw it but I thought it was overpriced ($70!) for Goodwill so I had to leave it behind. Well then of course, I just couldn't get it out of my head so I went back a few days later to get it. Now...this is so bad and you'll probably all hate me but I pulled the tag off because I thought it was such ridiculous price, and had one of the staff reprice it. Well she put it at $40! Oh gosh, I am dreadful, I essentially stole $30 from Goodwill. I am a notorious haggler, I once got a pair of boots in Urban Outfitters for $8 which were originally $80 because I complained that one boot was a lighter color than the other. I don't feel bad about that, but about Goodwill...that's just awful!
Anyway, that's is my beautiful coat. I wear it all the time and it is so warm (but really keeps breaking all of my hangers!).

Headband: f21; Coat: Goodwill; Dress: French Connection; Tights: UO; Shoes: Kelsi Dagger



I am going pumpkin picking tomorrow, and I am looking forward to bringing my camera along and getting some good pictures. I hope you're all having the most fantastic weekends! Make me feel better and tell me some of your haggling stories!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

From The Safety of my Bedroom

Room 4

Room 5

Room 6

So...duh duh are my first indoor shots on this blog. I know, so not cool, right? I actually went and wandered around Brooklyn with my tripod trying to find a good place to get some shots, but for some reason it was all hustle and bustle at 7am this morning (insomnia alert) and I couldn't find a quiet corner away from the many peering eyes of everyone heading off to work. I am hoping this won't happen again anytime soon, but if it does I promise I am going to figure out some of the lighting issues I had.
I decided to play around with my film camera in these pictures. This is what I really wish I could take my photos with because I have so many helpful lenses to go with it, but the self timer on it is a seriously moody B and refuses to work half the time. I have a pretty crazy set of photos that I took on the roadtrip with it, and I want to share them but I have to figure out how to transfer them to my computer first. I had many more rolls of film, but guess what...we were in such insane temperatures in the desert that five different rolls of film melted inside my camera. Now that is hardcore. I almost melted too, but luckily I am still in one piece, ready to brave the winter months!
Headband: Handmade with zippers and love; Silk shirt: Beacon's Closet; Belt: Vintage, Free 'P' Star, Paris; Shorts: Thrifted; Shoes: Thrifted


Room 8

Room 7.

What are your tips for shooting indoors?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tartaruga Acquatica, or Chocolate Pecan Turtle Cookies

These are some of my favorite cookies because my mother used to make them all the time when I was little, and they are the perfect thing to bake if you want something fast, that looks like it took a lot of effort! I made this batch for a friend's Oktoberfest party. Her Italian boyfriend asked me what the cookies were called, and I told him turtle cookies. When he didn't understand we looked up the name for turtle in Italian, which is tartaruga acquatica. He burst out laughing, and really, if you think about it, it is pretty hilarious that we call these turtles!

Crust Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup pecan halves

Caramel Ingredients:
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all of the crust ingredients except pecans in a large mixer bowl. Beat at a medium speed until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press into the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking pan. Place pecans evenly over unbaked crust.
Combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a 1 quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the entire surface of the mixture begins to boil. Let it continue to boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Pour evenly over pecans and crust.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until entire caramel layer is bubbly. Make sure you do not overbake. Remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and allow to melt slightly (2-3 min). Swirl chips, leaving some whole for a marbled effect.

Let cool and cut into bars. Store at room temperature in a loosely covered container.

Also, I'm sorry for being so hopeless about posting, I have been stealing pictures from my friends because my camera charger is at a friend's house and I haven't managed to get it back yet. I promise things will be back to normal soon though. And thank you all for being so encouraging about my last post. I love you guys and every single one of your comments always brightens my day a little bit.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunset on the New York Skyline



Here's a little post of photos that I took last week when we were having a heatwave. I didn't realize that my belt was falling off in all of the photos, oops! I went apple picking this weekend, and I have some photos to show you from that, but unfortunately my camera ran out of battery so most of them are on friend's cameras. I'm just waiting for them to come over the interwebs to me!
To tell you the truth, I've been feeling a little down in the dumps lately. I have been looking for a job for so long, and I just can't find anything. And I have tons of work experience and an MA for heaven's sake! It just seems so unfair to have recently graduated during this time when there are so few jobs. I really hope something turns up, because it's lonely being home all day when all of the people I want to hang out with are working! I've been trying to get through it by going to yoga, cooking lots of yummy food, and forcing myself to get out of the house even though it's raining a lot these days. And of course spending time with my brilliant and amazing friends! What do you guys do to cheer yourselves up when you're feeling down? I'd love to hear suggestions!



Isn't the New York skyline beautiful! I'm going to miss having this roof top to take photos new apartment doesn't have roof access or a backyard so I'm going to have to venture out to find new photo locations I think!
Sandals: UO; Shorts: French Connection; Belt: Vintage; Shirt: UO




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