diptyque sample sale finds

i was going through my camera roll and realized i forgot to post my purchases from the diptyque sample sale earlier this year.  i usually avoid sample sales because of the crowds and the fact that they tend to occur during weekdays.  however, the diptyque sale was around the corner from my office, so a co-worker and i ducked out to see what was not already sold out.  i got pretty lucky and found a candle of what may be my favorite scent.

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i have never tried any of their perfumes before, but the eau duel is a wonderful light, spicy vanilla that will be great for summer.


the soap is so beautiful, i will be sad to use it.

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south indian vegetable curry

now that the weather is finally warming up here in nyc, i’m so excited about the light and fresh fruits and vegetables that will be stocked at the farmer’s market.  i did take advantage of a recent cold rainy night to make one of my go-to comfort dishes – a south indian style vegetable curry.

of course now i can’t find the recipe that inspired the dish, but i will link to it if i find it later.


chanson nyc

while running errands this weekend, i dropped by a new french cafe and bakery in my neighborhood called chanson.  completely charmed by the decor and friendly staff, i picked up a few treats to try out.  of course i can’t remember the name of the pastry, but it was filled with hazelnut cream and was one of the best pastries i have had outside of france.

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souffléd omelet

one of my favorite traditions is to get up early on saturday morning and make brunch.  i have gotten into a frittata/pancake rut lately, so when i saw something called a souffléd omelet on instagram, i was instantly intrigued.

after some googling, i settled on this recipe.  the only changes i made was to use spinach instead of asparagus and spoon the goat cheese filling on top instead of instead and folding it over.  it was still delicious, and fancy enough to make brunch feel extra special.


union square cafe brunch

i apparently left the flash on when i took these photos, so the quality is meh.  but i wanted to post them anyway to commemorate my first time back at union square cafe in its new location.  the restaurant has always held a special place in my heart, as the first great restaurant i went to in nyc.

the food, the service, and the overall experience was wonderful as always.



princess shoes, part 2

remember these from a few years ago?  i ended up returning them because they were half a size too big and just a tab too fancy for my life style.  well i apparently still wanted a pair of princess shoes in my life, because i have had my eyes on these valentinos all season.  i managed to find them on super clearance before my self-imposed shopping ban, and they make me so so so happy.


ha long bay, vietnam

we stayed at the beautiful vin pearl ha long bay resort during our first stop in vietnam.  it was probably the closest i have ever felt to living out a james bond movie.  a small boat takes you to the resort, which occupies its own island in the bay.  for some reason, the resort was pretty unoccupied most of the time we were there, so we had the beach entirely to ourselves.  i was definitely too busy relaxing to take many pictures.