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2013

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Between graduation and starting my career, I knew 2013 was going to be a big year, and it was. What I didn’t anticipate were the little turns, both highs and lows, that it would take me to get to these two major life points. And when people say you don’t know what a day holds, you really don’t know…still takes some getting used to. I’m so grateful for the doors that opened and closed in all aspects of life this year that have led me to my current state. I could not be more pleased with how my job, my friends, and my life turned out through the roller coaster ride of the year. I’m excited to share some big news in the next month and the 11 thereafter. Thank you, friends, for following along. Happy 2014 and happy new beginnings.


Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current favorites.

I hope everyone had a restful holiday season and a wonderful new year to come! Here’s what is on my radar this week…

1. Christmas Flash Mob at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston—I love to watch these, and not-so-secretly have always wanted to witness a flash mob (or participate in one). I love how coordinated this one is, especially considering it’s a flash mob (maybe they rehearsed beforehand?), and it is a chillingly beautiful reminder of the spirit of Christmas, which can get lost amidst the stresses of gift-giving and travel. Thanks to Barbara for this tip!

2. Recently signed up for Joss & Main, a Gilt City-type daily deal website for furniture and home decor items. Can you tell I’m exciting about moving into an apartment?…Hopefully good news to come soon!

3. Spotted these silver-painted kale bouquets at a flower shop in the Prudential Center—love this innovative and festive design! I’ve never seen anything like it—have you?

4. My favorite Christmas presents—a tiny and delicate necklace (designer unknown) and a beautiful little souvenir from Santorini from my sister, which I’m using to hold small jewelry.

Have a safe, joyous, and restful holiday, friends! 
Con affetto, DXF

Have a safe, joyous, and restful holiday, friends!
Con affetto, DXF


…My ultimate girl-crush, on three of my favorite things: shopping, wandering, and Paris.

Bundle up, snowy regions. It’s going to be a looooooong winter.

Bundle up, snowy regions. It’s going to be a looooooong winter.

An adorable little message on my new daily notebook.  (Also: Poppin over Moleskine.)

An adorable little message on my new daily notebook.
(Also: Poppin over Moleskine.)

Turtlenecks remind me a couple of winter-themed things, but most of all, they remind of my awkward phase through middle school when I wore some unflattering fit of the turtleneck every day from December to March. I don’t even know how I pulled it off (or didn’t), but since I retired the look in high school, nary has my closet ever seen the passing of another high neck. Perusing through J. Crew’s social media though, I came across this picture featuring an Aran Crafts for J. Crew cable turtleneck and I’m considering bringing the infamous hickey-hider (…middle school…) back into rotation. Soft, cozy, and texturized layers update the look, and a muted red lip and the signature J. Crew “don’t care hair” look tops it off for both on- and off-duty.

Turtlenecks remind me a couple of winter-themed things, but most of all, they remind of my awkward phase through middle school when I wore some unflattering fit of the turtleneck every day from December to March. I don’t even know how I pulled it off (or didn’t), but since I retired the look in high school, nary has my closet ever seen the passing of another high neck. Perusing through J. Crew’s social media though, I came across this picture featuring an Aran Crafts for J. Crew cable turtleneck and I’m considering bringing the infamous hickey-hider (…middle school…) back into rotation. Soft, cozy, and texturized layers update the look, and a muted red lip and the signature J. Crew “don’t care hair” look tops it off for both on- and off-duty.

COLDPLAY—Strawberry Swing

Via musicalbums



Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current favorites.

Between work, friends, Christmas-present shopping, and learning to take care of myself on my own, it’s been a stressful few weeks so any down time I have has been allocated to pure relaxation (read: reading, sleeping, eating, in reverse order). Here’s what’s keeping me going through a busy month:

From top left:

1. I’m an avid reader of Matchbook Magazine, which I’ve always found to be a great source of inspiration: from features on up-and-coming fashion entrepreneurs to new hot books on the market to interior design. Every first Monday of the month, I’m stalking my inbox for the Matchbook Magazine “new issue!” notification. The December issue features some of my favorite bloggers (Carly Heitlinger of The College Prepster and Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling) and some great gift ideas!

2. I procrastinated on pre-ordering Brandon Stanton’s book, Humans of New York, based on his photo-blog of the same name. So you could imagine my excitement when Barnes & Noble and Amazon announced a 50% off deal on Black Friday for this book, for which I bolted to the nearest store to grab a copy. 

3. My sister introduced me to this cool new iPhone app, Wrapp, that allows you to give free gift cards to places like American Eagle, Hulu Plus, Alex and Ani, H&M to your Facebook friends. Always a nice treat to get a little extra discount on holiday shopping (especially if you follow my habit of “one for you, one two for me”).

4. My local Target store (and possibly many other retailers) now carries Panera Bread’s delicious Mac & Cheese, one of my favorites—second only to Beecher’s Cheeses' version. This is basically the best thing to happen to grocery stores since sliced bread (in my opinion). Is this news to you? Or have I just been living under a rock?

Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.


--Nelson Mandela, 1918 - 2013

In Boston’s arguably most charming neighborhood of Brookline, the favorite past time of the residents (or maybe just my handful of friends there) is brunch. Zaftig’s is a big name in that area (and perennial favorite), but after one too many matzo balls, I decided to branch out and met up with friends at The Regal Beagle for brunch…and proceeded to revisit the Beagle the following week with a certain man friend, thereby converting him into a Beagle Brunch person as well. As I’m sitting here writing this post, all I can think about is the pumpkin pancakes and stuffed berries and cream French toast croissant (a mouthful, literally…I know). And if the fact that the restaurant was a full house exactly eight minutes after opening on a Sunday isn’t enough to convince you, the menu definitely will.
What to get here: I’m always a fan of the eggs Benedict (they can make the eggs anyway you like), but keep your eyes out for the weekly special. More often than not, they have been the source of major food envy/satisfaction depending the position I happen to be in.
What to drink: A classic cup of java, but their mimosas sound delicious.
Where to go afterwards: Picking up groceries and fresh flowers at Trader Joe’s, browsing new books at Brookline Booksmith, or new look at Mint Julep.
What are some of your favorite brunch spots in Boston?

In Boston’s arguably most charming neighborhood of Brookline, the favorite past time of the residents (or maybe just my handful of friends there) is brunch. Zaftig’s is a big name in that area (and perennial favorite), but after one too many matzo balls, I decided to branch out and met up with friends at The Regal Beagle for brunch…and proceeded to revisit the Beagle the following week with a certain man friend, thereby converting him into a Beagle Brunch person as well. As I’m sitting here writing this post, all I can think about is the pumpkin pancakes and stuffed berries and cream French toast croissant (a mouthful, literally…I know). And if the fact that the restaurant was a full house exactly eight minutes after opening on a Sunday isn’t enough to convince you, the menu definitely will.

What to get here: I’m always a fan of the eggs Benedict (they can make the eggs anyway you like), but keep your eyes out for the weekly special. More often than not, they have been the source of major food envy/satisfaction depending the position I happen to be in.

What to drink: A classic cup of java, but their mimosas sound delicious.

Where to go afterwards: Picking up groceries and fresh flowers at Trader Joe’s, browsing new books at Brookline Booksmith, or new look at Mint Julep.

What are some of your favorite brunch spots in Boston?

It had been a while since I was in Boston, and I had forgotten what a beautiful city it is. You could put it in a snow globe. It is a beautiful, compact, and, of course, watery city.

I like the manageability of Boston: its size. I thought of an expression I heard about Florence, years ago. The expression is an Italian one: ‘within the hand of man.’ Florence is a city within the hand of man — walkable and all that — and so is Boston. I don’t mean to call it dinky. It’s just — manageable, a city on a human scale.


--Jay Nordlinger, “Boston Souvenirs

Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current (Connecticut food!) favorites.

On travel jobs, the only thing more important than the work at the client site is the food you’ll be eating for lunch and dinner. Despite the fact that our hotel in Milford, Connecticut the past week was fully equipped with a kitchen and fridge, it was considerably easier to just pig out explore the local cuisine, which included these favorites of mine that I plan on revisiting once I’m out there again for the audit in March…

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TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB—Something Good Can Work

A recent favorite, discovered via Spotify Radio.



Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current favorites

I’ve had a busy but exciting week in the office and working (for real!…not training or going to orientation). On Monday, I’ll be heading out to New Haven, Connecticut for my first travel job and—like the company has been apt to do—I’m looking forward to exploring another new city. This weekend will be full of preparation for the business trip, pampering, and spending quality time with friends. Hope you all have a relaxing weekend!

From top left:

1. I’m in love with the gold sheen on my new Fig. 2 Design stationery, a little souvenir from my Chicago trip and acquired at the most charming and beautiful stationery shop I’ve had a chance to visit: GREER.

2. A beautifully lit-up TD Garden and Zakim Bridge, on my walk from the office to the train station.

3. I love this Refinery29 interview with Cindy Joseph, a 63-year old model, who provides some of the best advice on beauty.

4. Just finished reading this book, written by one of my favorite bloggers Leandra Medine. Leandra is hilarious and the book equally so—a wonderfully entertaining light read.


Discoveries, thoughts, travels, and inspiration on a dairly basis.