Tuesday, June 29, 2010


hello my loves. i made it to roma safe and sound. our flight was pretty easy, and despite a bit of a stomach bug on my first evening here, our first few days have been lovely.
italy is beautiful as always. the weather has been warm but not oppressively hot. the skies are blue and mornings and evenings are crisp and cool. and the city. oh the city. roma is alive and well. its bustling and bursting with life. and amazing as always. here is a random assortment of photos from my adventures so far.

afternoon on the balcony overlooking via giuliana.

street cafe and a lolita girl.

saint peter's basilica. flooded with light during mass. astounding as always.

fireworks over castle sant'angelo in honor of the feast day for st. peter.

families riding the carousel.

first nights meal, mussels with fresh pasta and caprese salad.

zucchini flowers from the market for frying.

sunrise this morning from the kitchen balcony.

i'll be back with more photos soon, friends. hope you're well and enjoying summer adventures too. ciao ciao!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

my bags are packed

and i leave first thing tomorrow for what i hope will be a delicious and inspiring adventure.
i'll be spending the month of july in italy visiting my family, eating, drinking, and exploring.
can't wait.
i'll also be stopping in to share some of the adventures with you friends, so i hope you'll stay tuned.
ps. i miss you already.

photo via.

circle circle dot dot

this is perhaps the most darling love story i've laid eyes on in some time. it tells the tale of a sensible straight line who was hopelessly in love with a dot. yet alas, the dot was madly in love with the wild and unkempt squiggle.
its pretty fun and creative little piece of beauty that won the 1965 academy award for short animated film. hope you enjoy.

picnic love

heres a bit more picnic love, just for good measure. these were taken a few weeks ago with some pretty old rolls of film and many of them turned out on the underexposed side. still, there were a few that i liked enough to share.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

tuesday wisdom

“and above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

- roald dahl

quote via
photo via this lovely flickr stream

Friday, June 18, 2010

summer majestic

i've been enjoying the summery tunes of his clancyness today. his sound and this video set a nice tone for the weekend.
have a lovely one, friends. xo.

color + light

feeling inspired this afternoon by the lovely flickr stream of california photographer andrea cheng. her images have a beautiful palette of colors, amazing light quality, and such texture. this lady's got an eye.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

i think i need to go to iceland

apparently, in iceland everyone is really happy and they dance around all the days and have a real good time.

also, i kind of love that dancy tune in the background...

Monday, June 14, 2010

picnic on the banks of the marne, 1938

how was your weekend, friends? i'd say mine was a success. it was filled with friends, picnics, croquet, ice cream, soccer and laughs. all very summer, no?

speaking of picnics, i saw this photo in the henri cartier-bresson show at the moma last week and it keeps returning to my mind. i just love it, the composition, the texture of the scene, the man pouring the wine. i wonder what was on the menu that afternoon and what they're chatting about as they enjoy their meal?
such a lovely peak into a moment long forgotten. long live picnics.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

clear water

when i opened my eyes this morning, my very first thought was a visceral longing for these beautiful waters of my youth. oh how i miss swimming in the florida's springs. floating on your back in this crystal clear, 72 degree water on a hot summer day is such bliss.

photo of ginnie springs via.

Friday, June 11, 2010

summer is for picnics

i think there is no better date than a summertime picnic. last night i joined a favorite handsome fellow for a sunset picnic in church hill. we ate delicious foods and watched the sun disappear behind the city.

the sky turned the loveliest of colors and fireflies twinkled.
ah, summertime, you're the best.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

au revoir simone at the met

david black takes beautiful photos. i'm particularly fond of this shoot he did with the lovely ladies of au revoir simone at the met.

he also directed this beautiful video their song 'all or nothing.' i'm in love with the french version.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

huckleberry wanderlust

oh my. after a lovely long weekend of magic and fun in the city, i'm finding it ridiculously difficult to concentrate on simple tasks like thesis research. i'd rather be embarking on more summer adventures.
the truth is, i do have quite the adventure on the horizon, which increases my wanderlust and consequent inability to be productive right about now.

speaking of adventures, i don't know these boys, but i'm thinking i ought to. apparently, last summer they built a raft and huckleberry finned it down the james river for several weeks.

that looks like a bona-fide summer adventure if you ask me.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

away we go

i'm off the big apple for a weekend of fun in the city, friends.
planning on catching a free yeasayer show on governor's island, seeing my long lost sisterlove, attending a birthday party, making new friends, hitting some museums, and eating lots of delicious foods.
hope you have a lovely weekend and magical june adventures!

ps. photo from the u.s. national archives' flickr. lots of treasures there, folks.

lost and found

yesterday my sister sent me this photo she found of my mom and her siblings taken on easter sunday, sometime in the early 1950s i'd guess. i love stumbling across old gems like this. my dad raised my sister and i as a single parent, so these types of treasures feel like a special sneak peak into a world i never knew.
my mom is on the far left, and i love the sweet, but perhaps a little secretive (?), smile she's wearing.
i also love their fancy easter hats. so lovely.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

homemade maraschino cherries?

yes please.
apparently, they're not as sticky candy sweet as those old jarred ones found in the shirley temples of our youth, but are actually quite delish.
can't wait to try these.

image via

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

adieu, mrs. bourgeois

i was quite saddened this morning to hear of the death of louise bourgeois at 98 years old.
though her work went unnoticed until she was 70 years old, today bourgeois is recognized as one of the most influential woman and feminist artists of the twentieth century.
stumbling across her work when i was 18 years old forever changed my thoughts about art and its power to change the world. in a way that was playful, yet charged, bourgeois made emotional topics of pain, fear, loss, death, gender and sexuality her subject matter during an era that clearly favored the masculine and the non-subjective.
she always challenged the status quo and spoke out about the male dominated art world in a manner that was brave and momentous.
bravo, mrs. bourgeois, you'll be missed.

(photo of bourgeois by robert mapplethorpe.)