i heard this song a couple weeks ago for what must have been the first time in several years and it almost brought me to tears. it reminded me so strongly of my childhood - i think my dad must have played this one a lot. it made me so happy and i've been listening to it a lot lately, so i thought i'd share.
it's been quite a week. and by that i mean i have been so busy i can barely remember it. i have been working on a big project that involves making lots and lots of french macarons, which today i assembled and boxed up.
other than that it has been work, work, work. the bakery where i work has been getting lots of tv time lately (we've been featured on a few food network shows) which is fun and exciting but when it comes down to it just means a lot more orders and, thus, much more work. we recently won best cupcakes in the city - again, flattering and awesome, but oh, my aching feet.
other week highlights:
* going for a run and nearly killing a chihuahua when i ran right into his leash and dragged him a couple feet (I KNOW. thankfully i was running so i apologized profusely and then ran away.) (he was fine. but pissed.)
* eating top ramen for dinner twice this week (and it's only wednesday)
* watching and re-watching the season premiere of mad men (!!!)
* a lengthy email chain with my sisters about the bachelorette (a guilty pleasure for all of us)
so. . . it's been a slow week. except! a week ago yesterday i got to feel like a movie star. i was invited to an event at juicy couture, for erin fetherston, who has a line coming out for them; i turned it down, partially because it was a tuesday and i have to work super, painful early wednesday mornings, and partly because i honestly thought. . . juicy couture? probably not my thing. but the (sweet, wonderful) woman who invited me hinted that i should probably try to find a way to go, and i trust her, so i went.
i have to admit, when i attend events i often feel just crazy awkward. i mean - i am surrounded by fabulous, chatty fashion bloggers, many of whom do it full time, or at least work in fashion in one way or another. then there's me - i wear jeans, a t-shirt, and some beat up asics about 90% of the time for work, so i kind of go into "i am not worthy" mode and get really quiet and weird. this event was a total blast. i met up with the sweet, stylin' christine of mystylepill beforehand and we headed over together. we walked in the door and were greeted by a girl in this fabulous jumpsuit - a weakness of mine - and when we complimented her on it, she said, "oh, it's juicy!" a good sign of things to come. we drank down some champagne taittinger prestige rosé (yum) and took our seats for dinner to find place cards with a complimentary sony bloggie (which i of course left with christine and have yet to get to play around with.) we were served an amazing three course meal (asparagus and frisee salad, arctic char with cauliflower, and a chocolate something - i remember the food, of course, but forget the dessert!) and chatted with the people around us (across the table from me was the new york editor of refinery 29. i tell you, it was absolutely surreal.) we were then whisked away to the juicy store, which opened up just for us, and told we were allowed to pick two things - whatever we wanted. WELL. consider me a convert. i found these shorts AND the bag, both of which i absolutely adore. i dressed them up with a little madmen inspiration - joan's outfit from the premiere was just divine.
shorts: juicy top: church & state bag: juicy shoes: seychelles
(sorry for the crap quality - all i could find was a screen grab.)
i've always thought that since i was a, ahem, larger chested girl, i shouldn't wear high necked things - they make me feel bigger than i already am. well, christine hendricks has proved me wrong on that front, and i'll never wear this blouse the same way again. may i someday wear my (much less extreme and hot) curves with as much grace as she does.
okay. i have another event tomorrow night and then i am going to attempt a master cleanse. has anyone attempted this before? i'm going to maine with the man of my dreams (aka my fiancé) a week from tomorrow and i cannot. wait.
that's NOT SAFE FOR SAM. i've made sam promise not to glance at the blog until i've posted enough to get this one past the first page, so sam, my dear, i love you dearly, but if you've made it this far, STOP. i'm about to post something you don't get to see for another 11 months or so.
so. . . i found the dress!! i'd been looking and looking and then i realized that there really isn't any way to pick a dress until you've decided what kind of wedding you're going to have. how fancy do i want this affair? inside, outside? what food? i didn't want to buy an expensive, floor-sweeping, long-trained masterpiece if i was going to be eating barbecue outside, barefoot. so after making some key decisions: the wedding will be outside, it will be kept pretty small and intimate, with local, seasonal, family-style food to be served on picnic tables, and sam and i are going to do everything we can ourselves. so i decided a short dress made the most sense. and that i wanted to spend as little as possible on the dress, because really, the food is what matters most to me. well, the hunk standing across the aisle is what matters most. but the food is important too. so i was absolutely delighted when i stumbled upon this on hihlo studio's etsy:
it came in the mail a couple days ago, and it fits like it was sewn for me. i am beyond thrilled. and how much did this beauty set me back? $62, including shipping.
more wedding stuff to follow (although i will certainly be doing more recipe posts soon, it's been too long!)
bonjour! happy bastille day everyone! i happened to (not planned, i swear,) manage to wear red, white and blue both to bake in this am and now to continue my day in. it's a full one, too; home for a quick post, then heading to the new museum to see what's what, then to a friend's going away party this evening. my weekend has been planned for months - a couple of my best friends are getting married, and i have the honor of not only baking the cake and making the dinner, but i also get to revise my roll as reverend audrey of the universal church of life. it should be a wonderful few days.
and where the hell have i been? everywhere, it feels, except home! i've been working tons, and in a hot bakery at that- and with the summer we've been having in new york, working in a hot kitchen wears you out faster than any workout i've tried. the last couple of weekends have been spent with sam, upstate at a bed and breakfast, relaxing and fishing and swimming. . . all without internet access. this is my last weekend out of town for a couple of weeks, at least, so hopefully i'll be a bit more prolific.
shirt: urban outfitters skirt: american apparel belt: little boutique in claremont, california necklace: ebay shoes: urban outfitters
i find myself gravitating much more towards this sort of outfit this summer. last summer i was all about the vintage dresses, the silk, the heels - but i'll be damned if it doesn't feel good to be this comfy.
this is a quick one, but i have another lined up for later, i promise!