Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Have you been watching Bloodline on Netflix? I'm a big fan. I originally dismissed it as riding in on House of Cards' coattails, but after watching almost the entire season (I'm on episode 9 out of 13)- I'm 100% addicted. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Internet wisdom

Happy Easter weekend to those who celebrate.

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  • Looking forward to watching this HBO documentary by one of my favorite directors about one of my favorite subjects. 

  • I'm planning to make this as a side for a pre-Easter dinner Saturday night.

  • I recently stopped using water and started using this to wash my face. So far, so good.

  • I'm really feeling these shoes. Don't they look perfect on Mary?!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Paris: observations

One of my favorite things about traveling is making cultural observations.  I also just love seeing what people are wearing. Being there during Paris Fashion Week did not disappoint.  Here are some of the more interesting things I noticed in Paris:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Internet Wisdom

I'm in Vegas for the weekend. I've never been here! It's really...something! Have a great weekend.

  • I can't resist personality quizzes: Are you an Upholder an Obliger a Questioner or a Rebel? I'm an Obliger with occasional Rebel tendencies. 

  • Has anyone watched this new Netflix series? Drama! Florida Keys!! Super hot dad/coach from Friday Night Lights!!! SISSY SPACEK!!!!

  • Suddenly questioning why anyone ever iced the sides of layer cakes.

  • I just bought these, and I plan on living in them.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Paris: part 2

On the first "normal" day of our trip (ie not the day we arrived & tried to stay awake for 48 hours) we had signed up for French cooking classes taught in English in Montmartre. Ellie took a French desserts class and my mom and I took a 3 hour (!) macaron class.  These classes were really fun and really everything you could hope for in a cooking class. They made us feel a little like Paris insiders. We met locals (the chefs) and visitors (our classmates). It was the perfect first day thing to do. 

On the second day (Tuesday) we set out for the Louvre. There was no line! Turns out (guide book  user fail) the Louvre is not open on Tuesdays! This wasn't a big deal. We headed for the Musee d'Orsay instead and then the Saint Germain des Pres area for some shopping and Laduree for some tea and...more macarons.

a playground in Montrmarte.

We took the Metro on the first day. It was a little daunting to figure out, but there is a Paris Metro app that makes things pretty easy. By the end of the week, we had the hang of it.

Sacre Coeur in the background.

 No line at the Louvre! No line at ALL.

 Musee d'Orsay clock overlooking the city. 

We'd read about these fountains in this guidebook & it was fun spotting them around the city.

Apparently Parisians aren't crazy about all these locks because they're making the Pont des Arts bridge dangerously heavy. Whoops.

Behind that graffiti plywood is locks that stretch across the entire bridge on both sides. 

 Another fountain.

Macarons from scratch = really complicated and very detailed. Also, our extremely French chef/teacher is also a huge fan of Myrtle Beach, SC! 

 Folding food coloring into the dough for the cookie part of white chocolate lemon macarons. There is one recipe for the cookie part of the macaron; the only difference is the addition of food coloring. The flavor is added via the filling. We made salted caramel, dark chocolate passion fruit and white chocolate lemon. Choosing a favorite would be like choosing a favorite child.

 These girls made four different kinds of desserts in a fraction of the amount of time it took us to make macarons.

The girls' chef, Constance. She was as sweet and adorable as she looks.

The girls' finished products. That molten chocolate cake lasted about 10 seconds.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy spring to you.

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  • Even with two English degrees, I still Google stuff like this. Happy spring!

  • On our trip I made hundreds of mental notes about Parisian street style (comme ├ža).

  • I haven't watched this show yet, but it's on my list: Kimmy Schmidt reacts to 2015

  • Round is the new aviator. These are on my wishlist.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Paris: part 1

We made it to Paris. But what a week we had prior...

Around 4 AM on Monday, I woke up to the sound that strikes fear in the heart of parents everywhere: the the I’M GONNA THROW UP wail. The stomach virus had landed.


I had intended to spend Monday thru Friday:
  • brushing up on my French
  • packing with some semblance of organization
  • buying groceries for Chuck and Sarah Kate
  • and getting my “I’s” dotted and “T’s” crossed at work