Chicago from far, far above. (at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD))
Photo from Rifle Paper & Co.’s Travel America Calendar
Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current favorites.
I’ve had such a great week so far—with the start of my new job and a trip to Chicago early next week and quality time with some friends in the city. The blogging might not be as regular as it has been with the new job starting up, but rest assured, I’m not going anywhere! Have a great weekend, friends!
1. Doodling with the app Paper by Fifty Three on my new work iPad.
2. An adorable little treat from Barbara, in honor of my first day of work yesterday.
She was completely comfortable with herself. She was determined to become an editor at that point, so she did what we all do—she apprenticed. In those days, you learned at the feet of the people who knew what they were doing, and then you could do it yourself…You learn by doing, and Jackie was willing to start at the beginning.
Barbara Burn, on Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Jackie as Editor
On a related note…today is my first day of a ‘big girl’ job!
Paper Fashion by Katie Rodgers
A dream I have for my future apartment (aside from finding one, which is the current struggle), is to have gallery walls filled with prints, postcards, posters, and art collected over the years and from travels. Because getting my favorite painting moved in would be completely unrealistic (not to mention way way out of my budget), I’ve been setting aside some of my favorite personal photographs and browsing Etsy for fun prints and illustrations. I recently discovered Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion. Not only was she a former Boston resident (…girl after my own heart), her illustrations are utterly beautiful, gracing top fashion magazines and resulting in high-profile clientele, which includes Kate Spade and Calypso St. Barth. I’m in love with every one of her prints (especially the one below). Her blog and Instagram are total eye candy and a running wish list of gallery wall additions.
**All photos courtesy of Paper Fashion.
Last weekend, on a complete whim, I ended up purchasing J. Crew’s merino boyfriend sweater (on sale!) in neon amethyst. It seemed like a great color addition to my closet when I was trying it on in the store but when I got home, I was stumped on interesting ways to style this bright color that would still be work-appropriate. While I think J. Crew’s neon amethyst looks great with neutrals like black or dark grey, the combination seemed a bit harsh and predictable. By adding ‘color’ through accessories and switching out blacks and greys with a deep midnight navy in varying fabrics, cuts, shapes, it becomes a much more interesting outfit—one I know better speaks to my own personal style.
Do you have any other ideas on styling J. Crew’s neon amethyst?
Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current favorites.
After an eventful weekend last weekend, I was happy to settle in at home for the week….for about two days. As much as I have appreciated the free time I have now, I can’t wait to get settled in at work in the city next week. Have a great weekend!
1. My first matzo ball soup from brunch at Zaftig’s in Brookline (it was delicious!).
2. Finally cold enough to pull out both quilted jacket (Ralph Lauren) and favorite leather boots (from Italy). Also, I should note that L.L.Bean Signature makes the perfect olive green pant (they feel like pajamas, and they’re work appropriate!).
3. A sweet present from Barbara, who just returned from a European adventure (including a stop in Venice!). I love the delicate lace bookmark!
4. Beautiful fall foliage in the neighborhood on the drive home from Boston.
Not a huge sports buff, and definitely not the one at the bar spitting out batting averages like others recite multiplication tables. But! I do love Boston, and that includes all its athletics in addition to its food and skyline. That said, I’ll be following and watching the World Series this year, cheering on the one and only. Good luck out there, Red Sox! [Photo c/o Sports Illustrated]
It’s about that time again! I’m due for another haircut. And since I loved my last one so much, I’ve decided that I’m heading the same route once more: long layers, collarbone length…or maybe shorter? More flounce, more volume? Oh, I don’t know. Seeing Emily Weiss’ chic bob makes me question it all.
Yesterday I found myself in an inexplicably terrible mood. I couldn’t focus on the book I was reading (or anything else for that matter). I was bored. I had lost my voice and was still raspy from a recent cold, and my patience was like a levee that snapped under pressure, letting negativity flood all my thoughts. On a whim, I ended up watching YouTube videos of Beyoncé performances (Superbowl, Inauguration etc.) and stumbled upon this video of her singing Etta James’ “At Last” at the Inaugural Ball back in 2009 during President Obama’s first election. There is no doubt that Beyoncé’s fierce independence and success makes her an empowering role model, especially for women. But I believe what makes Beyoncé an exceptional singer is the way she puts all of herself into her singing; it is such a consistent quality, evident in every performance she gives.
So then, it is heartwarming to see her tear up towards the end of this performance, like she was fully aware of what a momentous occasion it was and couldn’t be more honored or humbled in the presence of the First Couple. It is a great reminder that strength doesn’t have to mean being detached and showing emotion isn’t merely a “weakness.”
What do you do to cope with stress or the occasional ‘bad moods’?
Head of the Charles Regatta 2013 | Boston, MA
My hometown of Shrewsbury has seen its fair share of regatta races, being bordered on the west side by the infamous Lake Quinsigamond. A few of my friends from high school had been on the crew team, and while they spent the bulk of their time on Lake Quinsig, the most anticipated race of the year would be the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. This year, I made plans to go watch a portion of the HOCR, which took place this past Saturday and Sunday, with a friend. Neither of us have been before, despite having lived in the Boston area most of our lives and both having gone to schools in the city.
The HOCR races could not occur at a more opportune time. Fall foliage is so commonplace here so I often take it for granted, but it really is among the crown jewels of Massachusetts. When combined with crisp weather not yet ready for winter cold, the last bit of beautiful leaves still clinging onto branches, all the autumn-flavored snacks and drinks, the smooth but powerful synchronized skating of boats along the river, and the deep history of such events, it makes up the ultimate tourist ad campaign. It’s an absolute New England wonderland.
Have you been to/were you at the Head of the Charles Regatta?
…is realizing that there is a new How I Met Your Mother episode at night.
I’ve had ample free time lately, so tell me: what are some of your favorite shows to watch?