Month: April 2014

Pictures on the Wall

I believe in visualization leading to manifestation.

I know its sickeningly new age and probably breaks a number of Roman Catholic laws.  I can’t ignore my present life playing out exactly how I imagined it all those years ago.  My parents called this “Lisey Land,” my sixth-grade teacher called it ADD, a taxi cab driver from Brooklyn called it “psychic tendencies.”  Nonetheless, I love and hate my ability to get lost in my imagination. Today, as I look back on the last handful of years here in New York, I know this old habit of mine has been a bit dormant.  Perhaps I’ve been busy trying to “corporate-ify” myself… forcing myself to only pay attention to the calculated path.  The truth is, I’ve never worked well with a plan – and somehow my life seems to work best the less I try.

Continuing with the theme of adolescent day dreams, below are a handful of 2002 Spring/Summer ad campaigns that made me fall in love with fashion.  I had no taste, and no knowledge of what was actually respected in fashion (still arguable).  All I cared about was the name, the feeling, and one day possibly becoming a part of it all – whatever that meant.  Today, I’m so close, and I can feel it manifesting…

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Thirty-one

Hubby turned thirty-one today.  It is strange to think ten years ago was his twenty-first birthday.  My, how the years have passed.

I left work early to surprise him with a Spring pasta dish and a yummy treat to complete the meal.

Linguine with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Olives and Lemon is much less complicated than it sounds.  As long as you have a blender or food processor, this recipe is actually quite easy… very minimal chopping!

Below are ingredients:

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1.  De Cecco Linguine  –  2. 1 Cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes  –  3.  1/3 Cup Olive Oil  – 4. One Clove of Garlic  –  5.  Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon  – 6.  1 Cup Green Olives  –  7.  Salt & Pepper  –  8.  1 Cup Packed Basil  –  9.  Grated Parmesan Cheese

Click the link above for step by step directions.

For desert I stopped by Magnolia Bakery, a landmark bakery here in New York City.  I picked up a small Red Velvet Cheese Cake, perfect for just us two.  I would have loved to be able to find these little bomb candles…  I’ll have to keep and eye out.  We ended the meal with some Elderflower Soda – a light citrus tasting soda in this pretty bottle.

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10.  Magnolia Bakery Red Velvet Cheesecake  –  11.  Belvoir Elderflower Soda  –  12.  Bomb Candles

The Perfect Layer

About four years ago I picked up this flared Miss Sixty pea coat and it stays in my closet for three out of the four seasons.  I love the weight of this coat and structure.  Of course it wasn’t purchased as perfect as it is today – I had the sleeves lengthened, and the waist taken in a bit to emphasize the flare.  Again, making these little tweaks to ensure the perfect fit always pays off.

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I paired a black Helmut sweatshirt with a high collar under the jacket, having the dramatic collar stick out of the jacket.

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Throw on a HUGE pair of Prada sunglasses and voila!  You’re ready for brunch after a late night and no one will notice you aren’t wearing make up!

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A Fresh Slate

Today was beautiful.  The sun was shining, peaking through the buildings as I walked down 5th Avenue this morning on my way to work.  It was still brisk, but the kind that makes you feel awake and happy to be out of bed.  After a much needed birthday shopping binge earlier in the week, I’m feeling rejuvenated.  I think my outfit matched my attitude today.

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1.  Printed Skinny Trouser, Zara  –  2.  Lightweight Knit with Sheer Shoulder, Zara  – 3.  Shield Necklace, H&M  –  4.  Wool Scarf, Gucci  –  5.  Neutral Pointed Flats with Gold Plate Ankle Strap, Zara  –  6.  Multi Color Tortoise Sunglasses, Prada  –  7.  Cluster of Bracelets, H&M, Zara, Fendi,  8.  Classic Trench, Zara