Monthly Archives: May 2015



I’m off tonight to spend the long weekend in Charlottesville with a few of my closest friends from college.  I love that New York always feels exciting, but it also can sometimes be tough and going back to Charlottesville just feels like a warm hug.  Most of my friends from college live in the South and I really don’t get to see them as much as I’d like, but whenever we catch up it’s like no time has passed.  I’m really looking forward to endless girl talk, wine tasting and maybe some crazy nights we won’t share with anyone else.

Playing with Lighting

I’ve lived in my NYC rental for two and a half years.  Right now, it looks like I’m going to be staying put for a bit so I want to fix up some of the things that have always bothered me.  One of these constant annoyances is the light above my dining table.  It’s a simple frosted globe pendant that’s not offensive, but for some reason it was installed about a foot away from the wall and therefore isn’t centered above my table.  Besides just being unattractive, it is also positioned perfectly to bump your head into.  I’d love to switch the pendant out for something a bit prettier and something I can actually position above my table.  Since I’m in a rental I don’t want to any real electrical work so my current plan is to install a light where the current one is and use a chain and ceiling hook to swag it over the table.  Here are some of the pendants I’ve found that I think would work:

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From clockwise:

Imogene Brass Pendant / Dominique Chandelier / Milano Chandelier / Amelia Wood Bead Chandelier / Marlowe Pendant / Anya Blown-Glass Chandelier

Also my current table and chairs

A European Adventure…


This week I booked round trip flights to Paris in July.  To say I’m excited would be an understatement – Paris has always been on the top of my list of places I want to visit.  And the more research I do, the more exciting it all is.  My current plan is to spend 4-5 days in Paris by myself and then my boyfriend will join me for 8 days and we’ll rent a car and travel to either Burgendy and Switzerland or Brussels and Cologne.  That part of the plan is still in the works, but for now here are some of the things I’ve been reading about Paris:

Hey Natalie Jean’s recent Paris recap – she also traveled alone and I have to say I’m so glad that’s what I’m doing!  No one to get tired of shopping and art and gardens!

Reader recommendations on Design Darling – making lists now of all of my must go-to’s

Earnest Home’s complete itinerary – especially helpful since she also recaps Burgundy

Victoria’s city guide – she lists all of the market streets to check out!



Party Pics

Following all of the red carpet pictures from Monday’s Met Gala, I really enjoyed these by Daniel Arnold posted on Vogue.  They are the opposite of what you see on E! and they are completely un-posed.  They actually make the event look like a party!