found on the darling blog, the paris apartment
Friday, May 25, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
May started with a whirlwind of good-byes, hellos and birthdays. From the start, it has been a month full of rainy days or nights which has made the sunny spring days in between even sweeter. It has also made for a very happy garden as I have been devoting myself regularly to the flora and fauna right in my back yard. I happily have recently added a soft and sweet wind chime into the ramshackle I call my hideaway.
I've started back on my exercising and have begun juicing in the mornings. This is an attempt to trigger my energy reserves, because with two jobs I am going to need all I can get. Also, I fear, bikini season is upon us.
I've brunched with with family and friends.
I enjoyed my first proper pedicure of the season.
I created a wild & whimsical crown for a best friend's bachelorette party.
I attended said party.
The feral cats in my neighborhood all had litters of kittens.
And I did my fair share of getting around town...
my maternal grandmother (holding my mama) & brigitte bardot (on her wedding day)
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Terme di Aroma spa, one of my favorites in the entire city. It is cave-like, Tuscan inspired and extremely tranquil. I make every effort to visit at least once a year. Their packages are very reasonable. This time I chose the Aroma which included a facial and full body massage. Two hours of bliss. Simply delightful.
Ela in Queen Village. My companions and I unanimously decided on trying one of the house specialty cocktails-- The Daisy, a refreshing combination of gin, fresh cucumber and rhubarb liqueur. The service was warm, the dining room was open and airy and there seemed to be happy diners everywhere I looked. I would love to go back to eat since we did not sample any food on this venture. Instead we relocated a few blocks southwest to Bibou a darling French byob. Between bottles of Mumm and Sancerre we sampled escargot, foie gras, soft shell crab, black truffle risotto, and veal. Dessert was equally as satisfying and decadent. It may be a hard table to reserve but it is absolutely worth it. After saying our bonsoirs, we went forth happily into the cool night as rain was beginning to fall lightly.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Saturday was a festive day full of good times. I meandered over to a friends house for their annual Kentucky Derby party complete with a roasting pig, a live Dixieland Mariachi band, cucumber sandwiches , pinatas and hats, hats, hats! And it was the Super Moon. What a day!
Friday, May 4, 2012
Apartment Therapy began their annual contest for the small, cool apartment of the year. I thought about entering many times over the years since I always somehow find myself renting a petite abode somewhere under 1000 square feet. This was finally the year I decided to make the effort and I entered with gusto but perhaps a bit late in the game. I was never chosen to be in the running but followed the contest closely. After pouring over all the other entries I realized how similar most of them were. There was an undeniable theme running through them--very contemporary with a touch of mid-century style not brimming with much more personality than a staged Ikea or CB2 catalog. It was not very inspiring to me and slightly disappointing. Don't get me wrong, there were some standouts. My point is that the winner was picked by the readers and I think it reflects on them and what they are used to seeing as "stylish home decor". As you will see from my entry below, my home is nowhere near cookie-cutter. It's a split trinity rowhome, approximately 625 square feet and difficult to define space and purpose in each room and floor. That is a challenge I find extremely inviting. I think my home comes across as a quirky, charming and uniquely pleasant place to live. Perhaps I will try again next year or submit it for one of their tour profiles. Have a look at the finalists and winner here.