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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I had a dream ...

I usually only share my dreams with Eric first thing in the morning, and then with my mom over the phone, and then via email with the rest of my circle, but I have to share this one with you.

Picture this: It's winter, I'm in New York City with my dad and brother, and we're going to Bloomingdale's. Fine. Perfectly normal. We enter the store through a doorway I've never seen before and are suddenly in what looks like a very old book store. I find my mother standing in a nook of dark, wooden shelves loaded with books floor-to-ceiling. The floors are lined with old Persian rugs that are overlapping each other. 

The following conversation ensues:

Me: "What is this place?"
Mom: (in a very matter-of-fact tone) "This is our storage space. All families who lived in the city in the late 70s and early 80s were given their own storage space in Bloomingdale's. We still have ours."

Of course?

I look around and a coffee table book on one of the top shelves catches my eye. The title reads, "The New York Times: A Retrospective on Sleep Apnea in America." The book is large and square. On the cover of the book is a photograph of my father from the early 1990s. He is sporting a beard, wearing a casual plaid shirt and glasses that look like this. It was his usual off-duty look that he donned back in those days. It looks like someone snapped the photo while he laughing at a very funny joke. It's a nice photograph, but I wonder why I never heard about this book until now? I notice the top shelves of another nook of shelves right next to ours. It holds hundreds of books about raising children. When I ask my mother about these, she says, "WE have TWO storage spaces, of course. Those are mine."

And then I woke up.

Friday, March 21, 2014

FoodFaceFriday! Volume 9

It's Friday again! Yesssssssssssss. It's been a savory-sweet week for me, Chompers. Most days I couldn't get enough Trader Joe's Cat Cookies and Cookie Butter, but there were other days when nothing but an entire pizza would do. What is my body trying to tell me? Don't answer that. As always, we deserve a treat -- I'm thinking something that's both sweet and salty. How about some chocolate covered pretzels? Or some chocolate covered pretzels that have been crushed and sprinkled over ice cream with a salted caramel drizzle? And some hot fudge for good measure? And some sprinkles? Maybe this is the weekend I should actually start running again.

Internet Gems:

Now these are truly iconic looks.

I love this beautiful mama's simple beauty routine (don't worry, the only child I foresee in my future is the one I already have, and his name is Barkley).

I love brunch, but I always feel cheated. Why would anyone REALLY want to cut out lunch? Here is an article in defense of lunch. It made me hungry.

Subway Pizza. It actually sounds pretty good for when you're in a pinch and need something to eat (which is me, always).

A peak inside the Barilla factory! And a peak inside of the controversial world of olive oil production.

This man WALKED almost 3,000 miles through China. And he filmed it. Ahmahzing.


This potent trio of serums (and I say potent in the best possible way) to amp up my current favorite skincare products to cure all of my skincare woes.

And this jacket. 

And this bag.

And a room full of these black and tan beauties.

What are you doing this weekend? Are you planning on eating anything special? I want to know! Tell me in the comments.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Blush Crush!

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Clockwise: Zara Coat /J.Crew Crocheted Lace Tank / Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses / Bobbi Brown Lipgloss / BaubleBar Earrings / Clare Vivier Leopard Print Clutch / BB Dakota Boyfriend Jeans / J.Crew Flats

It all started with that blush coat. I've been looking for something like it for months, and I'm totally smitten with this version -- so much so that I'm about to throw it in my shopping basket, click order and check my mail incessantly while I wait for it to arrive. 

I'm loving blush right now. I'm seeing pastels everywhere for spring, but spring is nowhere to be seen. Blush seems like a year-round color to me, working just as well in the dead of winter as it does in the fall or early spring. Therefore, this coat is a perfectly transitional piece, although with my luck, we're going to go from Polar Vortex-cold to August-heat with no in-between ... I suppose I can always wear this beauty in the fall!

When it comes to coats, I tend to gravitate towards darker coats -- blacks, purples and reds, mostly -- so this is stepping outside of the fashion-box for me. Sometimes it's hard to work in a new silhouette or color to the wardrobe, but I think this one would be easy. Blush is practically a neutral. That being said, what else would I wear this with? It would look just as snappy with the outfit posted above as it would with my beloved leopard print slip-ons and Paris T (mine is no longer available, but this one is very similar).