Monthly Archives: May 2011

Fresh Mangos, Johnny Depp, and Three Day Weekends! (aka my weekly love list)

Photo: Cupcakewine.

A random assortment of things that made me smile this week…

*The upcoming three day weekend, yay for Memorial Day!

*Boating in Annapolis last Saturday

*Karl Lagerfeld’s twitter profile

*The Bloomingdale’s lingerie department…and shoe department…and basically the entire store!

*Eating deliciously fresh mangoes

*Outdoor movies! Check out this comprehensive list for DC summer 2011 (such a fun summer date idea)!

*Discovering Ed Westwick’s thoughts on tattoos, “they’re addictive. Get one. You’ll never look back. Live fast, die young. Be a good looking corpse. Leave a good-looking tattoo.”(as seen in City Brewed) Amen!

*Reading Marie Claire (I’m always very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the editorial content!)

*Eating a deliciously bad hot dog at the Nats v Orioles game on Sunday

*Lusting over Johnny Depp in the new Pirates of The Caribbean movie (the man can pull off eyeliner. enough said.)

*Listening to Adele’s Rolling in The Deep on repeat

*Bikini Shopping

*Spending quality time with my little sister 🙂

What did you love this week?

Feeling artsy? A Collection of Inspirational Quotations on Creativity

Inspirational quotations about art and creativity…

“Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity & awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.”
-John O’Donohue

“Art washes from the soul the dust of every day life.”
-Pablo Picasso

“I am my own work of art. I am my own experiment.”

Nothing is Original – Cool Quote

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable, originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery-celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Goddard said: “It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to’.”
-Jim Jarmusch

Food for Thought


A brief collection of cool quotes about food…

“Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate.”

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
-Virginia Woolf

“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.”

“Desserts are like mistresses. They are bad for you. So if you are having one,
you might as well have two.”
– Chef Alain Ducasse

“The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in it’s evocation of innocence and delight.”
– MFK Fisher

“Leave the gun. Take the cannolis.”
– Clemenza, in The Godfather

Amen. Wishing you all a weekend of deliciousness!

Pretty Sushi, Strawberry Mountains and Chandeliers (aka my weekly love list)

Here’s a little roundup of last week’s fabulousness…

Digging in to amazing sushi (just looking at this makes me hungry)! If you are ever in Nashville you MUST visit Sushi Yobi and sample their Whiskey on The Rocks Roll like I did last week, it is the prettiest yummiest sushi experience you will ever have!

Devouring this MOUNTAIN of strawberries at my sister’s graduation party was absolutely heavenly…as was the Champagne that accompanied it!

Reuniting with my mom and sister always makes me smile 🙂

Visiting the beautiful DC Botanical Gardens was lovely, highly recommend!

Rooftop bars + cool chandeliers = bliss! I absolutely can’t get enough of The W Hotel in DC or the antler chandeliers they have hanging from the wall…how cool are these?!

Last but not least, I love slipping on your hot new summer heels for the first time…and then having everyone make fun of you as you walk back to your car barefoot, aforementioned torture devices slung over one shoulder…on a dirty city sidewalk…I truly am a hippie in high heels!

What did you love this week?

How to make better decisions

Photo: CarolineXHearts.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
-Samuel Beckett

From jobs to boys to ice cream flavors, I feel strongly that wishy washyness is a terrible and dangerous affliction. As someone who used to routinely find herself drowning in pro con lists and feelings of self-doubt, take it from me: listening to your gut is always, I repeat, ALWAYS the best course of action.

Here are some useful tips for tuning into that inner voice:

*Ask the question right before you go to sleep and see how you feel in the morning

*Free write in your journal

*Consult a pendulum

*Write down what you think you’re ideal self would do

Now repeat after me: No FOMO (fear of missing out, isn’t that great?!) and go ahead and make the decision already!

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves as well. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen accidents, meetings and material assistance that no one could have dreamed would come their way. Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
– Goethe

Sunday evening girl power!

Photo: We Heart It.

The following poem was written by a personal hero of mine, the playwright, actress and global women’s rights activist, Eve Ensler. Hope you find it as beautiful and empowering as I do!


I love being a girl.
I can feel what you’re feeling
as you’re feeling it inside
the feeling
I am an emotional creature.
Things do not come to me
as intellectual theories or hard-shaped ideas.
They pulse through my organs and legs
and burn up my ears.
I know when your girlfriend’s really pissed off
even though she appears to give you what
you want.
I know when a storm is coming.
I can feel the invisible stirrings in the air.
I can tell you he won’t call back.
It’s a vibe I share.

I am an emotional creature.
I love that I do not take things lightly.
Everything is intense to me.
The way I walk in the street.
The way my mother wakes me up.
The way I hear bad news.
The way it’s unbearable when I lose.

I am an emotional creature.
I am connected to everything and everyone.
I was born like that.
Don’t you dare say all negative that it’s a
teenage thing
or it’s only only because I’m a girl.
These feelings make me better.
They make me ready.
They make me present.
They make me strong.

I am an emotional creature.
There is a particular way of knowing.
It’s like the older women somehow forgot.
I rejoice that it’s still in my body.

I know when the coconut’s about to fall.
I know that we’ve pushed the earth too far.
I know my father isn’t coming back.
That no one’s prepared for the fire.
I know that lipstick means
more than show.
I know that boys feel super-insecure
and so-called terrorists are made, not born.
I know that one kiss can take
away all my decision-making ability
and sometimes, you know, it should.

This is not extreme.
It’s a girl thing.
What we would all be
if the big door inside us flew open.
Don’t tell me not to cry.
To calm it down
Not to be so extreme
To be reasonable.
I am an emotional creature.
It’s how the earth got made.
How the wind continues to pollinate.
You don’t tell the Atlantic ocean
to behave.

I am an emotional creature.
Why would you want to shut me down
or turn me off?
I am your remaining memory.
I am connecting you to your source.
Nothing’s been diluted.
Nothing’s leaked out.
I can take you back.

I love that I can feel the inside
of the feelings in you,
even if it stops my life
even if it hurts too much
or takes me off track
even if it breaks my heart.
It makes me responsible.
I am an emotional
I am an emotional, devotional,
incandotional, creature.
And I love, hear me,
love love love
being a girl.