wardrobe planning: chanel light ballet flats

so something a bit crazy happened while i was in australia.  an opportunity came up for work in singapore, and i was invited to go for a few days.  i immediately said yes, but then realized i had nothing to wear.  now, i’m not being dramatic.  i literally had nothing.  all i brought to australia were flip flops, sneakers, t-shirts, and shorts.

i spent a day running around melbourne to get some basics to look decently business appropriate, and even had to buy makeup.  when it came to the shoes, i was faced with the decision of buying a cheap pair that i would just wear and toss after singapore or a pair that has been on my list forever that was (a bit) more expensive but would be keepers.

i bet you can guess which one i chose.

say hello to my beautiful chanel ballet flats.

chanel 1 chanel 2 when i came back to america, these babies went straight to the cobbler and then were coated twice with leather protecting spray.  paranoid much?chanel 3i sometimes just want to look at them all day.


spring / summer wardrobe planning

last season, when i put together a shopping list, i didn’t know what to expect.  as i said, i am never going to be a minimalist who stops shopping altogether.  looking back on the last few months, however, i found that the list helped keep me focused.  although i strayed on a few occasions, i also realized that something i thought i wanted (a printed cashmere sweater) was a passing fantasy.

emboldened by my (partial) success, i decided to make a new list for this season.  the navy pants carried over from last time, because i still have not found the perfect pair (well i have, but they are so expensive, i can’t justify them unless they go on sale).

i have found a few of these pieces already, so stay tuned…

list also i love june in nyc.  fresh flowers everywhere and the weather is perfect.  these daffodils look so sweet in a blue mason jar.daffodils

everyday luxuries

i thought it would be fun to post about my little every day indulgences.

muji notebooks and uchida le pens.  i spend all day writing (for work and pleasure) so nothing makes me happier than using lovely stationery.  while not the most expensive notebooks, they are a huge step up from the notepads and post-its that i used in the past.

stationery i swear these pens make everyone’s writing beautiful.uchida le pen china teacups and saucers, from teroforma.  i don’t drink tea, so i use these for my morning coffee.  it is such a civilized way to start the day.teroforma teapcups luxury candles.  one of my best friends gasped when she learned how much i spend on candles and exclaimed: “you are literally burning money!”  point taken.

this is a billy reid candle.  because of course he makes wonderful candles.

billy reid candle


entry makeover

this is probably one of my smaller before and afters, but i really do love the changes i made in my apartment entry.  the entry was painted the same shiny taupe as the rest of the apartment, and it had a sad, standard-issue light.  it also had a weird, combo hanging hook situation.

hallway before 1 the aforementioned sad, standard-issue light.hallway before 2and here is the after.  it feels much calmer, and cleaner.

not sure why this picture is crooked…hallway after 1beautiful clear glass chandelier.  just feminine enough.hallway after 2hallway after 3


abc kitchen

i had an impromptu dinner at abc kitchen with a dear friend last week.  we didn’t have reservations – just walked in early on a monday and ended up snagging the table of a couple that had cancelled their reservation.

abc kitchen has been on my list for a very, very long time, but i was never able to get a decent reservation time/day.  i was so happy to finally try it – and it was worth the wait.

sorry in advance for the crappy iphone pictures.

abc kitchen 1

housemade ricotta with rhubarb topping, and grilled breadabc kitchen 2pasta with parmesan, pistachio pesto, and swiss chardabc kitchen 3 mushroom pizza with fresh eggabc kitchen 4 salted caramel ice cream with caramel cornabc kitchen 5

australian drugstore finds

as i mentioned in my last post, i love going to drugstores when i travel to pick up local beauty products.  after a trip to priceline (the australian walgreens/duane reade), i came home with these goodies.

drugstore findsafter using them for a few weeks, my favorites are the pawpaw ointment (it heals everything!) and the rose mist.  i noticed that a lot of local beauty products had rose hip oil in them, which is supposed to be great for your skin.  the rose mist is so refreshing and has an added fragrance, which i absolutely love.


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