last night, i made the lively up yourself lentil soup from 101 cookbooks. often times i’ll start cooking and then josh, our resident chef will come in and take over because i get annoyed or just throw in the towel, since he’s such an amazing cook, i let him take over to ensure that i don’t screw things up. i made this soup all on my lonesome. josh worked late last night and didn’t get home in time to take over or save me from my frustration. there was none really. this soup is easy peasy. i altered the recipe slightly. i used homemade chicken broth (made by josh, our freezer is well stocked with this stuff but that’s a whole other food post) instead of water and i didn’t add a poached egg since i haven’t figured out how to do that so well yet. this soup is so good people and you have to splurge on some saffron to make the saffron yogurt, it’s so worth it.
p.s. beet soup & black bean soup
i’d like to think that i was doing pretty okay with the whole clean look. just didn’t last that long. i’m too much of a scatter brain to be consistent with what i wear, but i do like to think that what i wear is me. it took forever, but i finally took this skirt to get tailored and couldn’t resist wearing the whole shebang. way back i wore the blouse and i have to admit the whole thing is pretty crazy. i think i’ll tone the skirt down with a white blouse or tank in the spring. i was a secretary for a real estate company during the first two summers of high school. i dressed nothing like this. i would grab whatever i could find and drag myself to work. many of the agents just checked their messages and the broker just needed someone to answer phones so i was often alone and would sleep at my desk between rings. the rings would rouse me and i’d try to not sound like i was just napping and put on my best phone voice. ah the old secretary days.
outfit details: blouse and skirt set vintage, shoes marais usa, earrings handmade in bklyn
this is hands down the best short film ever made. if you’d like to take a tour of paris in the late 50′s, then you must see this film. i first saw this in french class, in high school and to see it again was even more impressive and magical.
the red balloon remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time. in this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of paris. the two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere.
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forty-two years ago today, my parents got married. forty-two years long…forty-two years strong! giving thanks.
p.s. this photo may look familiar, i posted it for their 40th. i just love it so much.
these pants reminded me so much of the ones i saw on the madewell site and while on a trip to target in which i intend to just have a “look,” at the clothing section. i ended up coming home with these. i’m getting much better at not being and impulse buyer. i really thought this one through, it was much more affordable than the pair i originally wanted. i wore this outfit to work and then again during our trip to atlanta for thanksgiving. yes, these pics are not in nyc, neither was the last outfit post. we were in atl for thanksgiving. all the leaves were peaking and the weather was perfect. i had so much fun hanging out with my old college friend who lives down there and of course josh’s 92 year old granny. nothing like a southern thanksgiving. the pecan pie was delicious! my m.i.l. is amazing at making tasty gluten-free meals. our entire thanksgiving dinner was gluten free and so good.
this blazer didn’t fare too well between our two cats and my in-laws two dogs…lots of hair
outfit details: denim blouse f21, blazer vintage, necklace vintage, pants target, boots boutique 9 (old), purse gifted
look who decided to make an appearance! my lovely husband and photographer. he’s my favorite!
this film is so well written, though melancholic, had just enough comedic moments to not weigh too heavily on sensitive hearts. michelle williams is incredibly intuitive as margot, a happily married twenty-eight year old, who is trying to figure out whether to weather the “gap” in her marriage or follow her instincts. seth rogen’s performance as lou, michelle’s cook book writer husband is stellar. emily, thank you so much for suggesting the film to me.
p.s. michelle williams was also amazing in blue valentine
this little dress was given to me by a friend who couldn’t bring herself to donate it to the goodwill. this dress reminds of me my primary school days, i wore a uniform from first to twelfth grade. i wore a jumper dress, which was similar to this one, but plaid and not as tailored. although i received a very traditional education. i was lucky enough to grow up in a home with a father who was very political and without hesitation would tell us the truth about the history of our country. nine years ago, when i got my certification to teach in nyc, i taught middle school humanities, the program directors gave each teacher a copy of the book, lies my teacher told me by james loewen. here’s an excerpt from the book: “…the teaching of history, more than any discipline, is dominated by textbooks, the books are boring…[they] exclude conflict or real suspense. they leave out anything that might reflect badly upon our national character.” it was such a great resource. this book, along with a people’s history of the united states by howard zinn is what i used to guide my teaching of history. giving thanks for these books and for all educators who’ve guided my teaching and who teach children the truth about our history.
outfit details: hat h&m (old), blouse f21, dress vintage gifted, purse gifted, loafers vintage, earrings vivid
i saw this film back in the late 90′s and decided to watch it again last week. it did not disappoint. back in 2005, i took a short walk to the brooklyn museum where there was over a hundred pieces of basquiat’s work. it was quite eery to see his art there. some of his work was on doors and scraps of wood and metal that could have easily been seen around the lower east side in the 80′s. with so much time between when i saw it last, it was like seeing it for the first time.
my hats fit me differently now that i have short hair. i wasn’t so sure how this one was going to pan out, but i really like it, more so than with shoulder length hair. last autumn when i taught high school english literature, i wore this skirt regularly. socks and wedges look much better than tights and wedges, but it’s a bit too cold for that. i wore these wedges a ton last fall too because it gave me the height and i could be on my feet all day with these. by the way, thanks for the advice about being coffee free. i sometimes have a little bit of green and peppermint tea mixed with more peppermint then green. just a tiny pick me up as i’ve been sleeping so much since quitting coffee. it’s been pretty good. i don’t feel like i’m existing in fast forward anymore. i’m sure in a week or two i’ll be all balanced, where i have a good amount of energy, but still feel fairly relaxed, at least that’s what i’m hoping for.
outfit details: hat vintage, silk blouse vintage, skirt vintage, cardigan h&m, wedges (old) j.crew