Chota

Chota

Thursday, 29 March 2012

{quotable thursdays}

I apologise I've been rather absent over the past few weeks. It's been super busy. I had an amazing but very busy time in DC, & a post on that is to come. But for today, here's a brilliant quote:
{zsa zsa bellagio}

{be pretty}
{via zsa zsa bellagio}

{be witty a la holly golightly}

la prof
{une femme doit toujour etre a son meilleur: a woman ought to always be at her best}


{via zsa zsa bellagio}
the essence of grace? audrey of course:
{via listal}


gorgeous
{elegance}

ta ta for now, 
L


Sunday, 18 March 2012

{spring in NYC II}

Today is a glorious day. The sun is shining & it's in the 20s (C)--simply divine!
Last I left you I had had an amazing day in NYC, visiting the Frick, enjoying a yummy lunch & exploring the NYPL.
The next day I went to the Met. I was excited to check out the new Islamic galleries, which were really fantastic (a NY review here & the Met's page here). The Damascus Room was a highlight--an installation of an 18th-c room from Damascus:


I of course had gone to NYC to see the Renaissance portrait exhibition, which is closing today. It was fantastic & so wonderful to see all those portraits together...in close proximity to compare them, and to have seen some portraits in the flesh again, which featured in my thesis.
{gorgeous portraits adorning 5th ave, en route to Met}
{my little Met admittance button}
 Much time was spent in the Met, but I also made sure to get some shopping in...
ABC carpet is always a fun place, but I have to be honest, everything is so ridiculously priced:
{lovely linens at ABC carpet}


I also stumbled upon Fishs Eddy, which I absolutely just loved: 





Seriously a delight for the eyes!!
Much time was also spent just wandering the streets of NY, admiring the gorgeous buildings, the chic people (plenty of handsome men in this city!! & well-dressed at that!), & enjoying being in a big city again...


{Time Square video...can you find me??}
{now?}

{I had a really really yummy lunch at Mangia}




{typical nyc view from my hotel}



{woke up with the NY times at my door every morning}

{had coffee & a croissant in this funky cafe--i really loved the lights in this spot}

{& the cosy back with bookshelves}
well friends, I'm off to DC this week, so I'll be happy to report on my trip there for the RSA conference (which coincides with the cherry blossom festival)--bring on spring!!
xo
L

Saturday, 17 March 2012

{spring in NYC I}

NYC was fantastic. The weather was gorgeous--warm, sunny skies--perfect for walking about. I arrived at JFK around 7am & by 9am I was wandering through Central Park on my way to the Frick Collection.
{sunny springtime in Central Park, NY}
 I had never been to the Frick before & it really is amazing, housing the Frick family's collection, the museum feels very much like the residence it was built for.




After, I strolled down 5th Ave, until I realised I was starving and so I wandered into Eataly, thinking it was merely a deli/gelateria from the exterior. Inside, an amazing foodhall awaited that rivals Harrod's. Organised around different food groups such as verdure, pesce, pizza etc...each bar/counter has something delicious to offer you, prepared right in front of your eyes. The emphasis is on freshness & wholesome food.

 I ended up sitting beside this Frenchwoman from Paris who was super sweet & we ended up talking the whole lunch. I had the special--razor clams, which was one of the most delicious things my tongue has ever tasted:
I also visited the NY public library--such a beautiful edifice, containing everything I love: gorgeous architecture & filled with great minds...in the books that line the shelves & the brains thinking therein.
(also the site of the jilted wedding of Carrie Bradshaw in SATC).



{gorgeous interiors}
 






{those new yorkers sure like their sun & sitting out in public spaces at lunchtime}
There's much more to report, but that'll wait for another blog.
xo
L

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

{off to nyc}

{via zsazsabellagio}
It's spring break & I'm enjoying the pause from teaching. I wanted to catch the Renaissance Portrait exhibition at the Met (which closes this Sunday), and thought I'd take advantage of spring break to go. Only a couple of nights in the Big Apple, but I'm sure it'll be filled with delights. The weather is getting warmer, so I'm hoping it'll be a lovely little spring sojourn...I decided to splurge a tiny bit & am staying at a boutique hotel in Manhattan: The Time. a little glamorous escape...
8 Palettes from Design Seeds
{decor8}
{sujean rim}
spring in nyc! I'm looking forward to wearing less layers... (& one thing I love about a big city like NYC, you can be a little adventurous with your style...)
so here it goes, inspiration from Carrie Bradshaw to Parisian chic:
{sjp as carrie bradshaw, via the cassandra monologues}
{I have a skirt, slightly similar to this one, which I hope to pair with a casual striped T, & pearls . via brown eyed belle}


{I love love love this look snapped in Paris after Chloe, on the sartorialist. the skirt is an unexpected length, but not made to look old granny b/c of the colour & the slightly see-through sexiness. love the heels & just the colour combo}
{for some reason, spring & bikes just seem to go together. via the terrier & lobster}
{now there's a skirt that screams 'spring' via the simply luxurious life}
   

ny
{via brown eyed belle}

{manhattan inspired from d*s}

& off I go...
xo, 
L