My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality // Oscar Wilde

Tag: family

// care package heaven.

Amidst all of the hustle & bustle, the missed trains, the late-night taxis, and the rooftop laughs, I got TWO care packages this week! Can you believe that?! TWO.

Up first, the lovely Allison’s gift. She is a handmade/thrift/yard sale junkie, so her box was filled with one-of-a-kind finds. Four individual servings of oatmeal from a Nashville shop (because I have been complaining about running out of the door too quickly in the mornings), four mini oat snacks (perfect for my trip tomorrow), an adorable tote she wove and printed herself, a little pouch (also woven herself!) that will be doubling as my clutch this weekend, an oversized denim tote found at a yard sale, a new notebook to fill with my adventures, photos of people I don’t know to add to my collection, and finally, a piece of polka dot paper. Because she knew I would be photographing my present. And she wanted to have a part in the styling, of course.

Allison always knows just what I need. My package arrived just before I leave for TX tomorrow, when I was in the midst of some sort of meltdown, mostly caused by the NYC heat wave this week. What did I do to deserve such great friends? This is my third care package, my twelfth piece of mail, and I’m drowning in knick-knacks I’ve been collecting but can’t afford to send to people.

DSC_0005 DSC_0007 DSC_0008 DSC_0012In my second package, I had little gifts picked out from my mom and sister. Bath salts and toys, a rain coat that is actually waterproof (it’s been a monsoon up here), my dear boyfriend jeans that I’ve been missing so much, a set of sandwich coasters because who doesn’t need sandwich-shaped coasters?,  an owl-shaped pin cushion, and a book lamp. Tucked away in the bottom of the box was a little note. Which made me realize just how much I miss my family, despite the busy days and never-ending evenings.

DSC_0015I haven’t mentioned how work has been as of late! It’s been busyContinuing the endless process of archiving materials at Isaac Mizrahi, managing social media at Gabriela Moya, researching prominent fashion companies’ use of social media and making comparisons, helping to update some sales info at Wendy Brandes on weekends, and coming up with new ways to grow the business with Stacy Lomman after-hours. Whew.

Oh yeah, I’m also job hunting. Like a grown-up. So if you know of anyone who might want to pay me to be awesome, you just let me know.



Lines / red & blue.

Outfit details // Blue & white striped top, thrifted // Red patent leather belt, Target // Black cargo skinnies, Sanctuary // Blue suede ankle booties, Sam Edelman // Emerald green ring, borrowed // Dooney & Bourke leather satchel, thrifted

My little brother turned 18 this week! The family went to Surin for dinner. He and I took several very unflattering photos. As did one of my photographers of the day.

Saturday mornings with Nana.

She is my heart.


I could have danced, danced, danced all night.

So many beautiful things to report–other than my tests. Birthday celebrations continued between cramming for midterms.

Nadene, Alyssa, Sara, and I made dinner on Thursday night. I finally got to make the Smitten Kitten recipe I’ve been talking about since this post!

Note: I’m going to try to revive my very aged digital camera and see if I can get better photos with that than my iPhone.

Nadene had a yummy recipe for Shepherd’s pie!

(the BB pie was Sara’s vegetarian version)

I got to come home for the weekend! Yay! It was lovely to see everyone! Friday night, I got Bandito and had Lefthand Milk Stout, courtesy of Nicholas. Then, we had a group of people watch The Human Centipede. Luckily, everyone talked enough that I hardly focused on the movie. Which was gross. And disturbing.

On Saturday night, after a full day of shopping with my family, we saw one of my favorite plays, My Fair Lady with my older sister, Kelsey, and my Nana.

I could have danced all night, I could have danced all night, & still have begged for more. I could have spread my wings & done a thousand things I’ve never done before.

A great weekend, spent.

This weekend has been so enjoyable–my older sister, my mom, and my grandmother all came to visit! They got in around dinner time on Friday, and we spent our first evening eating sandwiches and watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Downton Abbey.

We also looked at hundreds, possibly thousands, of photos of teacup animals. I WANT A TEACUP SMOOSH-FACE KITTY. I am prepared to spend my meager life savings on one. Here are some links to the BEST websites, for those of you that are also interested in becoming a miniature cat lady.

Dollface Persian Kittens

Sweetheart Kittens & Cattery Boutique

Mini Purrs

My sister was also intrigued by this Miniature Schnauzer website.

The afternoon was spent apartment-hunting and shopping. By dinner time, we were all exhausted and ordered-in Chinese. We are now finishing the night off with Fried Green Tomatoes and Jane Eyre.

Evelyn Couch: Hey! I was waiting for that spot! 
Girl #1: Face it, lady, we’re younger and faster! 
[Evelyn rear-ends the other car six times
Girl #1: What are you doing
Girl #2: Are you crazy
Evelyn Couch: Face it, girls, I’m older and I have more insurance.

Rochester: I offer you my hand, my heart. Jane, I ask you to pass through life at my side. You are my equal and my likeness. Will you marry me? 
Jane Eyre: Are you mocking me? 
Rochester: You doubt me. 
Jane Eyre: Entirely. 

What a lovely weekend it has been–only to be followed by a mountain of homework.