Monday, May 30, 2011

Into the Great Wide Open

The day is finally here, I am heading to Uganda for a summer internship!  Posting will be sporadic, but I make every effort to get some photos up from my travels ASAP.  Happy Summer!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Week in Review #17

Photo by J. Miller
Back from a very exciting trip to Detroit for my cousin's wedding.  Congratulations to Kevin & Katie Haller!  Hard to believe I now have less than two days left in the States before heading off for the summer!  Tomorrow will consist of a lot of packing.  Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

What a lovely village.  Doesn't it seem like a place where a Bronte would write?

Awesome Harry Potter tribute video.  I think I am going to re-read book seven again this summer.

Delicious-looking recipe for a Mediterranean turkey burger.

Check out this new Brooklyn poster - and pick one up at ABRGS.

Guide to outdoor summer movies.

A funny list of "words we don't say."

Eight important magazine covers.

Really wish I had time to catch the Alexander McQueen exhibit at The Met.

SFGBB visits New York!

What a Trailer! I Heart Mikael Blomkvist

Holy crazy, this trailer makes the American version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo look amazing.  Daniel Craig sure does seem like he will make an awesome Mikael Blomkvist!  I read all of Stieg Larsson books last year and loved them.  I also saw two of the Swedish film adaptations and I didn't enjoy them very much - too many liberties were taken in order the make the films a manageable length and they were rather boring.  This trailer makes it seem like even if things are cut out, perhaps the action makes up for it!  Also, check out the killer supporting cast - Captain Von Trapp!

Can't wait until this film comes out at Christmas!  Via Pink is the New Blog.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


With my cousin's wedding fast approaching this weekend I can't wait to see everyone and celebrate!

Via Once Wed

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Today ...

is Oprah's last show!  I've always been a peripheral Oprah fan, if I happened to be home when it was on I'd check it out.  For the last year and half though (since I got DVR) I became a bit more invested since I could tape it and watch later.  This year alone has been FANTASTIC!  The Sound of Music reunion!  Favorite Things!  Australia!  Makeovers!  Also the last few weeks featuring follow-up on former guests has been awesome.  Last night I learned about this amazing Rwandan family.  All this to say, I'll miss Oprah (and getting a good cry in 9 times out of 10).  Having the BFFs over tonight to watch :)

The Oprah Winfrey Show in the 1980s. Photograph: Everett Collection/Rex Features

Some fun coverage:
-Daily Intel on the changing nature of daytime TV.
-Slate on Oprah's most memorable giveaways!

Love the Look

Saw this photo over on sfgirlbybay a while ago.  Fantastic bedroom all around - especially love the pop of color on the wallpapered wall!

Via sfgirlbybay via Alvhem

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

Well, tonight was the night, John and I finished the fifth and final season of Friday Night Lights.  I bawled my little eyes out for most of the final episode because I was sad to have it end and because the writers did a fantastic job of wrapping everything up.  If you haven't yet, do yourself a favor and start watching now!  John even said he might start the whole series over again this summer (he also recommended we be Eric and Tami Taylor for Halloween this year).  So long FNL, it's been fun.

Monday, May 23, 2011


We went to Smorgasburg on Saturday and boy was it delicious.  Tip: get there early!  By arriving at 12:00 PM we missed some of the lines, but by the time we were contemplating seconds (and thirds) things were out of hand.  We went with our friends Robyn and Joe (parents of the cute children pictured below) and collectively some favorite items were:

  • Pork sandwiches from Porchetta - $5!
  • Hot dogs from The Meat Hook (note: they are very juicy, the shirt I was wearing is ruined)
  • Crack pie, Arnold Palmer icees, and blueberry cookies from Milk Bar
  • Garlic toast from Scratchbread (note: this is pure garlic, we received a critique of our breath a full 24 hours later)
  • Boysenberry chai popsicles from People's Pops
  • A giant biscuit with clotted cream and blueberry jam from King's Crumb (they also served savory biscuits with sausage gravy)
With the exception of the $16 lobster rolls which we didn't get, everything was $5-$7.  Such a deal!  The only thing missing was a beer vendor (hint).  Here's to fitting in a little bit of Brooklyn summer before I head off!  Our gluttony led us to need a little nap in East River park after :)

Photo by Oh MG

Friday, May 20, 2011

Week in Review #16

Via Miss Moss via Shorpy
BUSY WEEK.  I have literally been to every chain store in NYC comparison shopping for the supplies I need for my big trip.  The pile of items I am going to attempt to pack keeps getting bigger and bigger so I bought a vacuum packer to minimize the amount of space clothing takes in my suitcase.  Also, I got a dress for my cousin's wedding next week :)  Have a great weekend!

Love this oversized tie-dyed scarf.

Next week I will try to make this pomegranate frozen yogurt.

A funny list of hipster baby names.

Wowza, awesome Denmark country house.

Jennifer Lawrence does Letterman - mentions The Hunger Games.  See also, first look at Katniss.

I should probably have an iPad before coveting iPad accessories, but this is funny.

A Draper!?  Nope, not a Don Draper.

Oh me, oh my ... True Blood is no longer a draw for me, but this guy is.

Lovely day for a picnic.

Consumer slice index.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

How Great is This Photo?

I think The White House flickr photostream is just genius.  Whether at work or at play, it's fun to see what the Obamas are up to.  This photo caught my eye earlier this week ... something about how animated the young girl's face is, and how seriously she is shaking the President's hand, is just awesome.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with a young girl after arriving at Miami International Airport in Miami, Fla., April 29, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Abbey Road (Webcam)

How cool is this?  Check out the Abbey Road webcam, chances are, you might see a group trying to recreate the iconic Beatles cover.  Watch for cars though!

I Heart Blazers (and Yes, I Get Goop)

Yes, it's true, I get the Gwyneth Paltrow's newsletter GOOP.  While I haven't tried out any of her newfangled cleanses, I do like her style (and secretly I would like to check out her cookbook).  Behold, today's email had a fantastic set of spring outfits - gotta love those blazers.  Via Goop.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thank goodness ... now can you come to Brooklyn?

It is a sad truth that there is only once place to get a good burrito in New York City - that's Dos Torros and it hasn't even been around for that long.  The other day I was forced into Chipotle just to sustain my craving for a burrito-like food item (Dos Torros was on the other side of town).  Last winter when I arrived home for the holidays my first request was a stop at Gordo on College Avenue.  All this to say, I am SO GLAD Dos Torros - a taqueria created as an east coast homage to Gordo - is expanding to the West Village.  Now what about Brooklyn?  There are quite a few store fronts open on 7th Avenue.

From Eater late last week:

As was somewhat expectedDos Toros, a popular one and a half year-old sliver of a taco and burrito spot by Union Square, is expanding.
Reps reveal that the owners, brothers and San Francisco expats Leo and Oliver Kremer, will open a West Village branch of the shop on 11 Carmine Street on Tuesday, May 24. The original branch serves Bay Area style burritos along with some tacos, quesadillas, and larger plates and is a favorite of Mario Batali and Mexican fiends in the area. Bonus: Per PR, "they have a new braising pan that will be making their carnitas more caramelized and succulent."

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Week in Review #15

Still from the miniseries Lonesome Dove.  Credit: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
Sorry the Week in Review is a little late ... let's get to it.  Hope you are already enjoying a fantastic weekend.

A really awesome before & after.

Precursor to The Sartorialist.

Anyone in the market for a very special sweater?

They seem like a very lovely couple.

Hunger Games casting switch.  Darn, I really thought John C. Reilly would have been good.  Plus.

In case you are looking for sad books.  I have only read on the list and I'll admit, it was so sad I didn't sleep well for a few nights.

The way they were.

Some more photoshopping.

I would really like to visit the Oregon coast one day.

Friday, May 13, 2011

P.S. 22 does ... THE SMITHS!

Wow, LOVE P.S. 22!  Love this song.  See below for other renditions of "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want."

Original Version

Instrumental version from the Ferris Bueller's Day Off museum scene

Cover by She & Him from the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Almost to the Finish Line!

...and I am feeling quite happy about it.  The Biostatistics exam is done (it went surprisingly well!), now I just have two papers to finish by tomorrow evening.  Trying to hang in there ...

Photo of Cate Blanchett by Annie Leibovitz

Monday, May 9, 2011

So Good!

Still from Friday Night Lights.  2006-2011, NBC.
Almost done with Season 4, heading into season 5!!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!  Wish I was in Tahoe celebrating with my mom and sister.  XOXO.

May 1986 - Disneyland!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Week in Review #14

Opening day atop the Empire State Building, 1931.  Photo by Samuel H. Gottscho via Life.
Have a wonderful weekend and Mother's Day!  It's the home stretch of finals for me - in a few days I'll be able to focus on the summer (note: so much to do!).  Until then ... off to the library.  Some favorite posts from the week ...

I might have to drop everything - there is a new Erik Larsen book!

This weekend: a very cool walking tour.

Obama welcoming a fabulous group to the White House.

Brooklyn brownstone ... this one belonging to Felicity!

Interesting indoor concept.

Advice from Jennifer Egan.

MTV News in the 1990s - just hysterical.  See if you can spot Aiden from SATC in there.

Hmmm, perhaps my next recipe to try.

Real estate in Big Sur (sigh my favorite place).

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Required Reading

This week I was finally able to browse through last month's Vanity Fair.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a great article on one of my all-time favorite movies (seriously top five) - All the President's Men.  It's excerpted from a just-released book that I think I will have to check out.  From The Sundance Kid to Ordinary People to the film festival - I want to know it all!

Still from "All the President's Men" - Warner Bros. Pictures, 1976

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Costume Institute Gala

The Met's Costume Institute Gala is tonight.  I'm already excited for tomorrow's best and worst dressed slideshows - like this one from last year.  

Some great looks from year's past ...
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at the 1979 Costume Institute Gala

Princess Diana & Liz Tilberis, 1996
Liv Tyler, Kate Hudson, & Stella McCartney, 2009
The Costume Institute houses a collection of more than thirty-five thousand costumes and accessories spanning five continents and as many centuries. Among the preeminent institutions of its kind in the world, The Costume Institute began as the Museum of Costume Art, an independent entity formed in 1937 and led by Neighborhood Playhouse founder Irene Lewisohn. 
Each May, the annual Gala Benefit, its primary fund-raising event, celebrates the opening of the spring exhibition. Under the leadership of Honorary Trustee Anna Wintour (Editor-in-Chief of Vogue), who has been co-chair since 1995 (excluding 1996 and 1998), the gala has become one of the most visible and successful charity events, drawing a stellar list of attendees from the fashion, film, society, business, and music industries. The brainchild of publicity doyenne Eleanor Lambert, the benefit was introduced in 1948 as a midnight supper and dubbed "The Party of the Year." Co-chairs in past years have included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1977–1978) and Patricia Taylor Buckley (1979–1995).

Musical Study Break - Jens Lekman

It's impossible for me to get through a busy work/school phase without some good pick-me-up music.  One of the best artists for this: Jens Lekman.  When will he come out with a new album and tour again?  Until then, some of my favorite of his songs ...

You Are the Light - This one always makes me smile.  The first line is so amusing: "Yeah I got busted, so I used my one phone call to dedicate a song to you on the radio."

Postcard to Nina - A great little story of unrequited love.

Maple Leaves - I admit, this song is on most of my mixes.