Monthly Archives: October 2011

Paris Je T’aime

“I don’t think anyone would dispute that the French are the masters of leisure and purveyors of refined hedonism. Meals, apéros, discussions, and strolls are all to be conducted tranquillement – without haste and with an utmost respect for life’s little pleasures.”
-Lindsey Tramuta, Hip Paris

Fall Foliage, Frat Boys and “Football”

Fall foliage, frat boys (*ahem* men) and “football” really only mean one thing to your average twenty-something meaning of life-pondering college grad: Homecoming. And last weekend I got to experience this delightful autumnal tradition anew as I road tripped to the College of William and Mary (attended by the likes of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Monroe, and my boyfriend). The weekend was full of long strolls through Colonial Williamsburg, a fireworks display (step it up Vandy), delicious food and plenty of mixing, and mingling. Here are a few photos I snapped:

The sun shining through the trees (stop rolling your eyes)

Charming old school soaps sold in a Williamsburg market

Candy displayed in the amazing sweet market. Still. Salivating.

Pretty sure I said I’d never return after first semester freshman year. Oops.

I was tad hungry and irritable when the boyfriend made me pose for this but it actually turned out pretty cute…(don’t tell him I said so and we’ll see if he really does read this as closely as he claims).

Hope you all have a fabulous week planning Halloween shenanigans for the upcoming weekend!

Nashville Weekend Recap

Returned home last night from a delightful couple of days spent in Nashville, TN. The weekend jaunt for a close girlfriend’s wedding was just what I needed: fried food, fun and some good ole’ honkey tonk! Here are a few pics I snapped…

View from the hotel room at The Lowes

Balloons about to be released at the end of the wedding ceremony

The guy I picked up off the street turned out to be pretty a decent date 😉

M&Ms stamped with the bride and groom’s faces and names (kinda hard to see in this pic but so cute!)

<3 mason jars used as drinking glasses!

Vandy ladies posing at a photo booth during the wedding reception (I’m the blonde in front w/ the mustache!)

A few trip highlights…

* Taking Le Beau on a tour of Vanderbilt campus on Saturday (It was cool to share part of my college life with him)

* Delicious lunch at Jackson’s. Capri Torrado w/ Fries, you have been missed!

* Boutique browsing in charming Hillsborough village

* Sipping a yummy latte at Fido (It was quite nice to be there without a paper to write, I must say)

* Ginormous BBQ dinner and live blues music at BB Kings in downtown Nashville Saturday night

* LOTS of much-needed girl-bonding time

* Beautiful ceremony and reception at the exquisite Cheekwood plantation (complete with lovely fall foliage and crisp autumn weather)

*Final breakfast at The Pancake Pantry…still full…

Oh how I adore weekend getaways 🙂

Here’s to the crazy ones

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

~ Apple Computers

Skull Couture

Skull Couture

Skull Couture by rebeccarubin featuring a box clutch

Absolutely enamored with Alexander McQueen’s take on the recent skull trend. In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, I’ve assembled a frighteningly fashionable sampling of pieces from this lust-worthy collection…

Alexander McQueen peep toe platform pumps
$1,195 –

Alexander McQueen stiletto heels
£580 –

Alexander McQueen box clutch
$1,840 –

Alexander McQueen box clutch
£845 –

Alexander mcqueen jewelry
$260 –

Alexander McQueen gold jewelry
£160 –

Alexander McQueen silk shawl
$352 –

Rose/Red Skull Scarf
$295 –

The Girl Effect


Today marks day one of The Girl Effect, a global campaign to spread awareness about the plight and potential of over 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty worldwide. The movement is built on the following premise: When girls have access to education, health care, legal protection and career training, they will succeed. And this success creates a ripple effect of positive change for their families, communities, and the world at large.

The movement is about starting a conversation, so please spread the word. Show these videos to the people you love. Tweet. Digg. Share on Facebook. Liberating girls from the shackles of poverty has the power to change the world.

This cause is very close to my heart. I encourage you to take a moment today (as I will be) to express gratitude for the MANY luxuries and liberties you enjoy. Consider giving a donation or micro loan to this very worthy cause and have a happy Tuesday evening 🙂

Last Week’s Highlights

Highlights from last week…

* Penning fall goals and indulging in restorative yoga at the Urban Women’s Yoga Retreat led by Kimberly Wilson at Tranquil Space + attending 2 additional yoga classes

* Learning more about Google AdWords at the Google Engage annual conference in NYC

* Downing far too many Pumpkin Spice and Chai Tea lattes (it’s actually liquid crack)

* Dining at Black Market Bistro for my mommy’s birthday dinner…absolutely delish!

* Mingling with family and friends at a Rosh Hashanah party

* Getting a great annual review at work…cannot believe it has been a year, where does time go?!

* Donning boots and sweaters (YAY FALL!)

* Mini soiree at the boyfriend’s apartment (I sipped chai tea while all the big kids drank beer)

* Obsessively checking Gawker

* Teaching yoga to a lively bunch of middle and high school girls at PALS

* Chick flick + heart to heart with my beloved sister who was visiting from NYC

* Fall shopping with said sister…we did some damage…

* Reading Jivamukti Yoga by Sharon Gannon and David Life

* Free pizza lunch at work on Friday (plus getting videotaped for the company website #awkwardbutsecretlyfun)

* Cuddling and watching Mad Men with Le Beau 🙂

* Watching The Vampire Diaries (OMG OMG so good. I am way too obsessed with this show– someone please intervene)

*Munching on candy corn while hanging a string of silver glittery skulls in preparation for Halloween–so festive!

*AND laundry, errands, getting my car repaired and a few other similarly dreary tasks…

Have a wonderful week and stay sparkly!