memphis snapshots

i took a quick weekend trip to memphis last month.  i had fun exploring another city in my home state that i had not been to since i was a kid.  i remembered, however, that i as much as i love tennessee, i do not miss those 90 degree summers.

memphis 1 my open face breakfast sandwich.memphis 2 the afternoon light in our room at the peabody hotel.memphis 3my chair at the beauty shop.  so fun.
memphis 4 a pensive cat in a pet store window.memphis 5 i was oddly intrigued by this wallpaper/tile combination at graceland.memphis 6 i also loved elvis’s fabric lined game room.memphis 7 the site of mlk’s assassination.memphis 8 the view of the mississippi river from the roof of the peabody.memphis 9beale street at dusk.


these shoes were made for walking

hands down, the most worn pair of shoes in my closet are my black pointy flats.  as much as i love my heels, with all the traveling that i do, i need shoes that are stylish but comfortable.  plus, its much easier to run to catch a flight in flats than heels.

my old black pointy flats were from london sole, and while they are cute, they did not hold up well this year (despite my preventive measures).  i had my eyes on these tabitha simmons hermione flats, but waited until the 3rd markdown on them to take the plunge.

tabitha 1 tabitha 2

i love how elegant they are, and the mary jane strap adds just a bit of fun.  i will report back on how they are holding up.  they need a trip to the cobbler before they are ready to brave the streets of nyc.


sugar paper

okay, i went a little crazy during the sugar paper la sample sale.  i love sending handwritten notes to tell people i am thinking of them, and i completely agree with everything printed on the lovely card that came with my goodies.

sugar paper 1 i learned how to letterpress in college, and i completely fell in love with it.  there is nothing like running your hands over luscious piece of think paper and feel the indentions of a hundred year old press.sugar paper 2as you can see, i stocked up on christmas cards to give out later this year.


color study: red

i have been in a pink phase for the better part of this past year, but there is something about this summer that is making me rediscover red.  these beautiful red peonies were a lovely gift that match with my new iro peony this jacket is the perfect complement to pretty much everything in my wardrobe.  it makes a simple t shirt and jeans look so much more special.iro jacket 1 iro jacket 2


just in: isabel marant in black and white

my marie kondo-ing of my closet helped me identify some holes in my wardrobe, namely nice blouses that i can wear with a pencil skirt for work but with jeans for a night out.

of course isabel marant has the perfect solution.  these blouses are the same fabric but slightly different styles and colors.  the silk jacquard has a subtle print, and is still substantial that the top is not at all see through.

isabel marant blouse the black version shows a bit too much skin for work, but i should be able to swing it with a blazer over it.  the neckline is so flattering.isabel marant blouses


sailor stripes 4eva

i was doing very well with my shopping fast this spring because i decided that a new shower was more important than clothes.  but then i visited the isabel marant store in soho with a dear friend.  why are sailor stripes are so much more interesting than subway tiles?

isabel marant stripesin true marie condo style, i am trying to be more cognizant about what i bring into my home.  these definitely spark joy.


marmalade – puerto rico

i spent last week in puerto rico for work and managed to sneak in a few days of vacation beforehand.  a good friend recommended marmalade for dinner, and she was totally right.  the menu was a prix fixe tasting menu, with plenty of vegetarian options.

the food was so flavorful and creative – probably one of the best meals i have had in a while.

IMG_4976 ceviche with yucca chipsIMG_4977IMG_4978 IMG_4979 a playful take on spaghetti and meatballs, with lentil balls and squash spaghettiIMG_4980 IMG_4981 black truffle tagliatelleIMG_4982 IMG_4984 IMG_4986

yea my desserts don’t look like this either


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