Friday, August 22, 2014

The weekend is here!

Happy Friday, my darling readers! How was your week? I'm really looking forward to a couple of days off. Since Brooklyn Heights Cinema is closing (the saddest news ever!), we're planning to catch one final flick (I'm thinking this, since I still haven't seen it). Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead. Here, to get it started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

Obsessed with this Morgan James cover.

Love this book shelf.

The cutest water pitcher.

An awesome summer playlist.

Anna Wintour takes the ice bucket challenge. 

An Instagram account for J.Crew gingham.

Tees designed for selfies.

Downton Abbey: behind the scenes.

A whimsical dessert party. So cute!

Topped toast is my fave. 

Alright, my lovelies! I'm taking next week off from blogging. See you in September! xoxo

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travel Page: Padua and Venice

At last! The final leg of my European vacation this summer—three days in Padua and Venice, Italy. When Matt and I finally made it to Padua, we let out a small sigh of relief. We had trekked rom Sweden to our destination, and now we could truly kick back and relax. And since Matt had lived in Padua before, he was in his element playing tour guide here...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

O Captain My Captain

I was deeply saddened to hear that Robin Williams passed away last week. Like so many, I grew up entertained and delighted by so many of his films. Three favorites stand out: Good Will Hunting (I walked past this bench en route to work every morning for three years), Hook (I saw this in the theater with my cousins in Maine—and spent the summer chanting "Ruf-i-ooooo!"), and Mrs. Doubtfire (I still remember the tears of laughter streaming down my grandmother's face when we watched this scene).

But—as Matt pointed out last week—I had never seen Dead Poets Society, which Matt claims is his ultimate role. We rented it last week to watch, in honor of Robin, and whenever I mentioned our plan to my friends and parents, they all replied, "Carpe diem! That film changed my life. You'll love it." I did. Similar to this movie, it's one I can't stop thinking about. It reminded me of the power of a very good film and the impact of a memorable character, like John Keating, who Robin plays. 

It was nice to see a youthful Robin Williams in his first dramatic role on screen—and say goodbye.

What's your favorite Robin Williams film?

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bar Chuko

Do you like Japanese food? I recently tried out Bar Chuko in Prospect Heights. It was so hard to not order everything on the menu—each dish was so good. That said, it's easy to sample a lot since the menu is divided into snacks, bites, bowls, and skewers (all reasonably priced). For $2-3 a pop, the grilled veggie skewers were my favorite part. I tried the corn, the broccoli, the cherry tomatoes and the snow peas (don't they look so pretty?). As the night went on, I kept increasing my order, adding more and more skewers to try. Next time I go, I have a strategy: Order multiples of each from the start!

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Brooklyn nail salon

My latest Brooklyn discovery: This super-cute Hawaiian-style nail salon called Pau Hana. It's funny because I've never really felt like a quickie manicure/pedicure in New York is all that relaxing, until I found this place. If you close your eyes, it sort of feels like you're being whisked away somewhere tropical for an hour. It sounds silly, but the Tiki music, the turquoise wash basins, the wicker chairs—it makes a difference. 

My favorite part is the organic nail polish they stock. The brand I tried is called Zoya and—I'm not kidding—my manicure (in Jolene) is still chip-free after seven days! 

Do you have a go-to nail spot? What about it helps you relax?

More summer manicure ideas here and here.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

The weekend is here!

What are your weekend plans, my dear readers? I am so excited to kick back and relax. I'm also hoping to do a bit of reading. I just picked up this book—have you read it? I need to see it before the movie comes out this fall! Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead. Here, to get it started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

My favorite poem.


The large print.

Pop culture weddings you've actually attended yourself. (#1 might be my favorite.)

Crinkle fries are back!!

The prettiest yellow bra.

The best Broadway news.


A sun shade for people who burn easy (like me!).


In a word: Breathtaking.

Birthday cake crumbles.

Garlic-roasted tomato sandwiches. Um, yes, please.

(Image via Design Love Fest)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Made me laugh.

Did you know that Diane Keaton is on Pinterest? I love her boards! This pin of hers made me laugh—perfect for a Thursday, right? :)

PS: Are you reading her new book? I loved her last one!

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