while i was looking for a new pasta sauce recipe, i came across this one from smitten kitchen. the pasta at scarpetta has always been one of my favorite dishes, and i am happy to report this is (almost) as good as the original.
this nyc winter has been brutal on my skin, so i finally decided to invest in some high end serum to see if it was worth the price.
i started with chanel’s le jour de chanel and la nuit de chanel, both available at nordstrom’s. i have been using them consistently for about a month, and i am please with the results so far. my skin is looking a bit brighter, and they have reduced the tightness/dryness i usually feel in the winter (even though i don’t use them with a moisturizer). however, because i do not have much experience with serums generally, i am not sure whether the price justifies the results.
when it is this cold outside, nothing sounds better than piddling around the house taking pictures of your favorite things.
vince cashmere sweater. i want to wear this every day after taking a lotion bath. tmi?
i don’t know about you, but i tend to keep makeup long past its expiration date (especially mascara…ewwww). because i don’t wear makeup very often, i often forget to throw it out. i spent last weekend cleaning out my medicine cabinet, and tossed an item if i couldn’t remember when i bought it.
here is a handy guide for makeup and beauty products expiration dates.
since i got rid of all my mascara and lip gloss, i picked up these two replacements from sephora. the lip color looks very pink in the tube, but is gorgeous on.
i have already professed my love for journelle here and here, but i feel the need to do so again for a moment. i have taken many friends there to get fitted and redo their lingerie wardrobes, and i have gotten to know several of the lovely sales associates in the process. i was tickled when i received a note and a bottle of their lingerie wash in the mail the other day, as a thank you for my patronage.
even in this age of online shopping, it is wonderful to see that old-fashioned customer service and gratitude still exist.
i moved into a new (bigger!) apartment at the end of november, and i have been having a great time getting it into shape. my first order of business was to paint the walls (previously a heinous glossy (why???) taupe) a matte light gray (i used benjamin moore’s moonshine in eggshell). the reason the walls were so important to me is because my home never feels like a home until my art is up.
i fiddled around with the arrangement of my gallery wall since my last place, and i am much, much happier with it now. i am by no means an art hanging expert, but here are a few things that i learned since then:
1) try to avoid mats. most pictures don’t need them, and they tend to create unnecessary holes in a composition.
2) hang pictures in a set together. i know this sounds silly, but i would try to mix and match everything before, which was clearly a mistake.
3) try to create horizontal or vertical lines of space between pictures throughout for harmony. i used 3 such lines.
4) try to put the piece with the heaviest visual weight (in my case, the trumpet player drawing) in the center. otherwise, it will tend to drag the eye to wherever it is placed.
5) don’t rush! i never buy art to fill a space. i buy what i love, and then i find a place for it later.
now that we are in the middle of winter in nyc, i thought i would share my 3 favorite winter essentials from target. target is probably the store i miss most living in this city, so i stock up on these when i am home in tennessee.
the gloves are my favorite because they are only $11 and you don’t have to take them off to use your phone. i don’t know about you, but i am constantly losing my gloves in the winter…