Of Note.







Let’s file today under supermegaonethousandpoundsofweightonmyshoulderswillIeverpassthebarlifefreakout, shall we?

Remember how in college, when one was  suffering from one of the panoply of tragedies of college life,  the AIM away message provided such release and solace?  Sappy song lyrics, cryptic ex-boyfriend-targeted quotes, “I had the best night ever last night and you weren’t there!” messages,  the endless supply of carpe diem quotes.

Just me?

Well, here are the song lyrics that I would surely post on my AIM tonight, if only dancegirl51585 hadn’t ridden off  into the sunset with the dawning of google chat.

But you’ll fight and you’ll make it through
You’ll fake it if you have to
And you’ll show up for work with a smile
You’ll be better
And You’ll be smarter
And More grown up and a better daughter or son
And a real good friend
And you’ll be awake
You’ll be alert
You’ll be positive though it hurts
And you’ll laugh and embrace all your friends
And you’ll be a real good listener
You’ll be honest
You’ll be brave
You’ll be handsome and you’ll be beautiful
You’ll be happy.

…Rings pretty true tonight.  Thanks Kim (and Rilo Kiley).

I Can’t Get No…

To be fair, I did say I was going to clean up my diet this month.  But, to be fair, it is ridiculously difficult to properly do so when tempted by pandora’s box of fine food options provided courtesy of another’s law school summer clerk program.  Alas, tonight, the war waged on.  Heirloom tomato and fresh buffalo mozzarella salad?  Yes, please.  Tuna tartar with garlic crostini and green olive tapenade?  Yes, please.  Risotto del giorno with bacon, jalapeno, fresh summer corn, and a crispy-skin chicken breast?  Yes, please.  Honeyed donuts with housemade chocolate and espresso gelato?  I SURRENDER.

No reasonably sane human could refuse these offerings.  If only it weren’t so creepy to bust out an iphone and photograph these masterpieces, I’d surely have posted pictures of them here. 

All this to say, however, that I thought tonight about true satisfaction.   Is there anything more satisfying than  a great bottle of wine, a relaxing slow dinner filled with delicious food and good conversation?  Surely, nothing.  I think the Italians have it right here–I spend so much of life just rushing around to nowhere, and I hardly ever stop to slow down and just enjoy the bounty.   Yes, I’m stressed about the bar exam, work, and life.  But a couple of select hours just enjoying others’ company with great food and a good bottle of wine sure does lend a certain perspective to all of life’s stress.  There’s so much here on this planet for us to enjoy.  La vita e bella, truly.

Gallery Wall

Hello hello, long lost blog.  What can I say to excuse my absence except that bar exam studying calls?  Anyway, moving on.

As I prepare to move into a new, downtown apartment I’ve been obsessing really thinking a lot about how I’ll decorate it–this being my first time to actually “decorate” in a non-student living space.  One conundrum–how to place a TV in the space without getting that ugly man cave-esque entertainment center corner.

Solution:  the gallery wall.

from apartmenttherapy.com

Can’t wait to install a version of this in my own place.  It solves (a) the man cave problem and (b) presents a place to put all my books/photos on full frontal display.  Since I won’t have built-ins installed in a rental, I’ve been thinking of other ways to create this look without custom shelving.

First, the Ikea Expedit TV storage unit:

Also, (thanks to Beth) I’m thinking of doing a wall with floating shelves and one long low bookcase on the bottom.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress!


I have a lot of things on my mind to post about today, but first, this.  So simple, yet so easy to forget.

From RunEatRepeat

Be Bold

Speaking of ikat…

Some days, you’re just feeling bold. Today is one of those days.

-ikat polka dot dress, on sale from Kohls
-Lands End Canvas cardigan in orange spice

Treasures of Years Past

So I’m back from a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend at home with the fam, where sister and I prepared quite the Italian feast for our mom, aunts, and other very important women.  Pictures from the meal, which I’ve deemed “Under the Tuscan Sun-themed,” coming soon.

We managed to only slightly overcook the pork tenderloin and also served grilled veggies, prosciutto and melon, caprese salad made with heirloom tomatoes and drizzled with pesto, rosemary and roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and with a little help from good ol’ Central Market, tiramisu for dessert.  I managed to extricate CM’s tiramisu from its grocery store packaging and deftly pieced four of them together in my mom’s 9X11 pyrex.  After some smushing with a spatula, it appeared appropriately homemade to me, and no one seemed to notice.  For the record, I have made tiramisu before.  But if you ask me, such skilled faking is in itself a culinary accomplishment.  Plus I was busy making Martha’s divine blueberry mint lemonade.  Ms. Stewart is not known for quick and easy recipes, but ohmygosh is this stuff good.  Recipe is not available online, but lives in this beauty:

You can this book at Amazon, here.  (Sidenote:  I got this cookbook as a gift for Christmas and it has not failed me yet, full of good recipes and pretty comprehensive).

In other news, this weekend I spent part of the afternoon going through my grandparents’ things to clean and get their house more organized.  Just being there made me miss Mimi and Papa terribly, as I have such vivid memories of spending time there growing up with two of the most wonderful, kind-hearted people that ever were.  Also, because I have a fat kid’s heart, it brings back memories of so many great treats consumed at the Casa de Mimi.  Orange slices, chili cheese fritos, macaroni and cheese with hot dogs, Mrs. Baird’s honey buns (microwaved with butter and syrup on top, no less), Peter Paul Mounds bars, oh and that time Mattie, Annie, and I stayed up all night eating two whole  family-sized bags of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Clearly we are quite the health-conscious family.  But, eating habits aside, my grandparents truly taught me so much about what it means to love others, love life, and live  well.

Most of my grandparent’s things have yet to be divised among the kids and grandkids, but in all of our cleaning and sorting, I was able to come away with this wonderful treasure.

A scarf of Mimi’s that I guess to be 1970’s or earlier.  It is clearly fantastic, as Mimi had fantastic taste.  I actually wore this last night to a cocktail thing that was quasi-casual, as I used it to dress down my White House Black Market tiered chiffon strapless dress.

Prior to acquiring this beautiful orange, navy, and cream scarf, I was stumped by this conundrum.  Turns out its not easy to dress down silk chiffon, but this scarf and nude Aldo pumps did the trick (at least IMO).  Also, maybe someday  I will graduate from grainy iphone photos.  Maybe.

So, thanks Mimi for all of your wisdom (fashion/beauty related and otherwise) throughout my youth, and for this beautiful scarf that will remind me of you at every wear!  And with that, I leave you with one of Mimi’s greatest pieces of fashion wisdom:

Powder and paint make a woman what she ain’t.” –Thanks, Mimi!  I clearly heard you on this one 🙂

Anchors Away


If I can’t be on a yacht in the South of France, at least I can lust over these adorable (and affordable!)  nautical-inspired pieces.

Nautical Striped Tee by Lands End Canvas available here, only $29.50.  I would like to buy and pair with a white high waist circle skirt or white skinny jeans.

Orange Coral Pillow by Etsy Seller Kainkain, sold here for $19.

Miss Trish for Target Seahorse sandal.  A huge bargain at $24.50, buy them here quick before they sell out!

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