Saturday, March 16, 2013

29 Years

It's kind of weird to me that I am going to be 29  in a couple of weeks.  People ask me how I feel, if I have accomplished the things I wanted before I turn 30, am I depressed that my youth is seemingly coming to end.  My response is that I am actually in awe.  I can't believe that I have existed on this earth for 29 years, I have always thought of myself as a child of sorts. A worried child wondering what is in store for me in the coming day, week, or month.  Never have I ever thought of time in years...and here I am with 29 of them under my belt.

I have been thinking about my life ( a relatively short lived one in some people's opinions) and what comes to mind are the most mundane moments.  Those moments that have been stored away for some reason in my brain, only to re-surface when prompted, and become important again.  The moments when I felt "on top of the world," or at the very bottom. As if nothing could get better, or worse.  All at once the emotions from that very time come rolling into my brain, and I have to stop them from taking over.

As an ode to the years I have been in existence I thought I would list a few, to remind myself that life is good, and there are more of these moments to come...

1) I just turned 8.  It is my birthday party, and I have dressed in my very favorite blue sweatshirt.  It has trucks, or animals on it.  I can't remember exactly.  I am blowing out the candles on my birthday cake, and I remember feeling that it couldn't possibly get any better than this.  My family is hovering around me, my favorite homemade cake, and presents.  It is a child's dream, and I am living it.

2) I am 10, it is summer and we are waiting out the last remaining days of our short time living in Oregon.  I am running around in my uncle's rural backyard in my underwear.  I have just started to grow breasts, and I know that this in the last time I will be able to run innocently almost naked and free.

3) I am 15 and laying in bed watching Hocus Pocus with my best friend in her room.  After intervals of feeling highly insecure after my move from Catholic middle school to public high school, I finally feel accepted into my new life.  We are inseperable and I am safe.

4) I am 17 and sitting in chemistry class.  I am thin, I have my favorite Calvin Klein jeans on and a brand new shirt from Next.  My Doc Martin sandals weigh heavy on my feet, and for the first time in my high school career I feel like myself.  My friend Sara sits behind me, and we make plan for the weekend.  I am satisfied and happy.

5) I am 19 and laying on a lounge in Barbados holding hands with my sister.  In front of me is the most spectacular view of the world I have ever seen.  The air is warm, and the waves soothe me as they crash.  I can't believe I am here, that my parents accomplished this much, that we (our family) have accomplished this much.  It is breathtaking, and I am stunned.

6) I am 21 and riding the train with my love to New York.  I get a phone call that my best friend is dead.  It is from her phone number and it is surreal.  I am in shock.  I go on with my plans.  I wear sunglasses for the entire journey to, during, and from the day of her funeral.  My heart is shattered, and one piece I know will never be re-attached.  I am still alive, and I am devastated.

7)  I am turning 22, and my love plans a birthday weekend for me.  He takes me shopping, to a special event at the Guggenheim, and throws a party for me at a club.  I am queen for the weekend, and then hungover for one of the first times ever.

8) I am 23 and at a summer music festival overlooking NYC.  It is dusk and Radiohead has just come on.  I am in a trance, living in the moment, and being taken away by their amazing sound.  I am transfixed.

9) I am 24, I have graduated from college, and I am on the subway with the new love of my life.  A gift from my Mom for graduation.  He is hidden in the canvas bag on my shoulder.  I can't stop gazing down at him sleeping on my lap.  A little furry miracle.  Mike meets me at the subway station to go and get him some supplies, and instantly falls in love.  I am living in New York, I am in love doubly, first with my love, and now with this little dog named Zeppelin.

10) I am 28, on the verge of a nervous breakdown at my job, when I ace my second interview for a new job.  I get called immediately after.  I have a new job, and my confidence is renewed.  I am valuable.

Well, there you have it.  Memories so vivid that when I think about them it is almost as if I am there.  Of course, there have been many more, but when my mind wanders these come to mind most often for some reason.  Life is weird, now the job that felt like such an escape is a burden, but something else will come along and lighten the load, that I am sure of.  It is a constant ebb and flow.  I can just hope that the good continues to outweigh the bad, and that I can continue to have times that are branded on my brain.  That I can look back when I am much older and see a life well lived.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013


Just some things to brighten an otherwise dreary Tuesday.

Gorgeous home.  I love the mis-matched chairs to go along with the wood and tile floor.

Simple sweater, tee, and jean combos.  This could be my uniform if I let it happen.

 More denim!  Love love.

Simple must try recipe for cold days.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Inspiration on Monday

via 1/2/3

Mondays are tough.  I just end up wishing the weekend was one day longer.  Yes, that would be ideal, 4 days on 3 days off.  It helps to force myself to get back into the grind, and wander around the interwebs hoping to find something to propel me through.  A quick Dali quote and a couple of images of the great Kate Moss seemed to do the trick.  Here's to next weekend.

City Bakery

I have been craving this since last weekend. I just may have to go back for more. Why not?
Happy weekend!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Weekend Musing

This makes me wish I were in Miami instead of in cold NYC.

However,  I will make the best of today.  Another event has occurred in my life, well in my family's life to remind me once again how important each moment is.  You don't have many, and to waste any of them is such a shame.  Life is so precious.  The times with the people that you love are precious.  So instead of wishing for the beach I will bask in the sunshine on this brisk day, laugh to myself at Mike's rambling frustration with eBay, order the shirt and blazer from J. Crew that I want even though my J. Crew card is almost maxed out, and love that I am alive and well.  Thank you Mary for the love that you bestowed upon my mom, and the spirit you have given to our family.   I feel like I knew you even though we had never met...and thank you for reminding me again to live life as I see fit, every moment and everyday.  I know you will continue to grace my mom with your positive presence and protect her in mind and body.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...

Unfortunately I have been in bed fighting of the flu, which has left me some time to find a couple of images and ideas to make me feel a bit better.  I am hoping to be back on my feet tomorrow.  Until then  I will be dreaming of these favorites:

Wasabi Bloody Mary?  I must try!

I love snow when it looks like this.

How Smart!

Such chic packaging!

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Much Needed Weekend

Oh my goodness...this week was a doozy. I am SO glad to have time to laze about drinking cappuccino, reading, and not thinking about work. I hate that sometimes my whole life is consumed by work. It really leaves my mind to tired to ponder things that really matter, or consider beauty in daily life. This weekend I'm focused on that, so here is picture I found last night to start this off. Charlotte Gainsborough, who is almost 40 looking absolutely stunning. Have a beautiful weekend.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Monday Musing

Oh back to work for the first full week after the holiday break.  Sigh... It's always hard for me to transition from the excitement and bright lights of Christmas, to the dismal cold January weather in NYC.  So far (if you count one week as being far) so good though.  I have managed to remain positive, even when it pertained to getting out of bed this morning and starting the work day.

Since Mondays are hard, I decided to try and gather inspiration to keep my mind focused on the lovely things that i would like to incorporate in my life.  Here goes:

Note to Self, one of my favorite blogs opened a print shop today.  This would look amazing in a bathroom or dressing room.

One of the most beautiful Anna Wintour pics ever.  Tres Chic!

Simple twinkle lights in Paris.

A gorgeous necklace that I need straight away.

Honest words of wisdom from one of fashion's smartest guys.

A yummy soba recipe to warm the soul.

Oh, so true!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

No Expectations

Upon discussing resolutions with my mom before New Year's Day she came up with a great motto for the year, "No Expectations." So often the new year means goals that end up not being achieved and promises that aren't kept. Everyone hopes for a better year, but in reality fate always steps in, and life must abide. This year I have come up with some simple ideas that would make life in 2013 more enjoyable including blogging more often (about whatever comes to mind,) having nice dinners on Sunday, continuing morning green drinks, trying to be better with money (a never ending goal,) not letting things bother me so much because in the end "que sera sera, whatever will be will be," and if I don't have any expectations, I will be able to wholly accept the outcome of my daily life, and be happy with it.