Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
On the eve of my Tampa arrival, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on New Year’s Eve’s past. Above is a shot of me with my friend Shannon (the person I’m flying to Florida to see) in our awesome 2006 glasses. You see, when Shannon and I first discovered these flashy, eye-catching, stylish 2006 glasses being sold for $10-a-piece on a table in Boston Common, we were thrilled. In fact, we dubbed the glasses, ‘The best purchase of 2005!’, a title we continue to reference to this day. Every year since, we have made it our mission to track down flashing glasses to place on our faces when the clock strikes 12. Now, as 2010 approaches, the double-zero effect that has worked so well for the last nine years is no more. Here, some examples of how the ‘10s will look:
Goggles and Glasses
Shades of Fun
Monday and Tuesday this week seem to be nothing more than a tiny pause — the lame duck days of 2009 — before the New Year’s festivities begin. Me? I’m traveling to Tampa, Florida where I plan on becoming a fair weather fan of the Northwestern Wildcats at the Outback Bowl. The way I see it, I didn’t have a college team to support. No football team in grad school either. As a result, this New Year’s trip is kind of a big deal. I’m ready to go full force with my Wildcats pride - my friend’s fiancé is an alum and I’m relying on him to teach me all I need to know to blend in. Something else I’m contemplating? Making an investment in some team merch to wear to the Big Game. After all, purple is my favorite color.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
That dream turned into a reality this weekend. Nothing like a Nor’easter to get everyone in the holiday spirit! It also changed my travel plans quite a bit. Instead of returning from Boston on Sunday, I (luckily) was able to switch my Sunday afternoon bus ticket to a Saturday evening ticket on the Acela Express. I was sad to leave Boston early, but being on the train in a blizzard was just so cool. The entire ride was an adventure, up to the final minutes when we approached a city without a skyline, thanks to the white out weather conditions in New York. Anyways, once I arrived and found a cab, I managed to hang out the window and snap a few pics. Enjoy!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
A quick peek inside the Scholastic bookstore in Soho led to the discovery of one of the cutest kids’ books I have recently read. “Penguins,” by Liz Pichon is about a rambunctious and silly group of Penguins that come across a camera that’s been left behind by a tourist at the zoo. It takes a while for them to determine it’s purpose, but once they do, oh the good times they have! The story is sweet and fun — I snagged a copy right away.
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Capshaw for the next cover of New York Resident magazine. Capshaw is the newest member of the Grey’s Anatomy cast — she plays Arizona Robbins, a role that began as a three-episode story arc in season five, but quickly evolved into a permanent gig in season six. Our interview was a phoner (I'm based in New York, she films in LA), but Capshaw was genuine and lovely from the moment she said hello. Even more impressive? The girl can multi-task. She seamlessly answered my questions while navigating California traffic on her way to do some last-minute Christmas shopping on her day off. The holiday frenzy, the pace of LA traffic, her GPS system barking directions at her every few hundred yards — it’s enough to make anyone nuts. But Capshaw was unfazed, never losing her train of thought for the nearly 40 minutes we were on the phone. Eloquence and efficiency? That's a combination of skills I can't help but admire.
(image courtesy of imdb.com)
Monday, December 14, 2009
Blame the invention of DVR — I finally watched the fall finale of Glee Monday night, almost a week late since it aired last Wednesday. But tacking on the extra few days only added to the build up. What an episode! I was so happy to see so many story lines resolved. And the singing! Rachel Berry’s version of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” was inspiring. It makes me miss my days singing a cappella oh-so-very-much. Our group never took on Barbra, but Aretha, Madonna, Bob Dylan — they all made our set list.
(image courtesy of aceshowbiz.com)
Come Christmas time, there’s nothing that makes me happier than carefully picking out, writing and sending holiday cards to friends and family. Seriously, it’s my favorite tradition — I snuggle up with my address book and a black ballpoint pen, listen to Christmas music or watch a holiday movie on TV (most likely Home Alone or White Christmas; if time allows National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). Choosing which cards to send? That’s the tough part. This year, I relied exclusively on Kate’s Paperie. Above are my top choices, including the winning design!
‘Tis the season for dressing up! But a pretty dress means nothing without pretty shoes to go with it. A pair just like this one was a recent investment from a boutique on my block, and ever since, I’ve decided that shoes without sequins just aren’t worth wearing.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
It was a mix of holiday parties and holiday shopping, buying gifts for others and a gift for myself (this sparkly ring from Topshop — you like?). I saw The Princess and the Frog (l-o-v-e-d it!) and enjoyed a few too many glasses of Multipulciano at Brio Saturday night. Finally, it wouldn’t be the holidays in New York without trip to Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree. My cousin and his wife surprised me with a visit and that’s exactly what we decided to do. We pushed our way through the holiday crowds, but this was as close as we could get. We had to stand on a bench, but we still enjoyed our photo op!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tonight I saw an early screening of The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend. I particularly enjoyed Jim Broadbent’s cameo as King William, but most of my praise is reserved for Blunt. She was captivating as Queen Victoria, and brought new life to what otherwise could have been a slow-moving, period film. Of course, the best part of the evening was the celeb spotting at the screening. Blunt made her own cameo at the film’s start, while Chris Noth and Martha Stewart stayed until the final credits rolled. Me? I was hoping to see John Krasinski's face in the crowd, but sadly, Blunt's fiancée was MIA.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
As a Massachusetts girl, the 10-15 degree temperature difference in New York City (it’s warmer!) tends to be something I consider a pro of living here. Except when word comes of a snow day at home. Then, I think of sledding, and hot cocoa, or just being cozy indoors. I mean, the rain today isn’t that bad. It certainly makes for an easier commute. But some pre-holiday snow would be nice…right?
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sure, on a good day, I try to pack my lunch. But with my new part-time gig in Soho, I can’t seem to resist a midday bite at Dean & Deluca. For the most part, I keep it simple — I go straight for the soup line in the back. That way, I’m in and out, spending approximately $7 for a large cup. However, today, my normally calculated visit was interrupted by a Golden Star vendor offering me a sample taste of his White Jasmine Sparkling Tea. “It’s light and refreshing,” he said. “A non-alcoholic drink that pairs well with others.” Oops, impulse buy!
(image courtesy of thekitchn.com)
Sunday, December 6, 2009
One of my favorite things about the holiday season in New York has to be the sight of evergreen Christmas trees lined up for sale along random blocks in the city post-Thanksgiving. Why? Because, when walking by, not only are you granted a temporary reprieve from the (aromatic?) scent of New York, but you’re also given a tangible reminder of the spirit of Christmas. The lights, the smell, the red bows tied to the treetops — add a light dusting of snow and I just can't explain it. I immediately hear Bing Crosby singing in my head.