Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"amelie" remixes.

it's now 7:35 pm!...& i've been in the columbia library since 10 this morning, furiously finishing up that big thing i'm writing for my degree. i'm going a little stir crazy while also managing to get lots done. spending almost double-digit hours in the library has given me lots of quiet time to listen to lots of music, & for a bit in there i was having a grand time listening to remixes of the amelie soundtrack (which i still get goosebumps when i listening to those opening notes of "j'y suis jamais allé." i love it)

this one is really nice:

this one is also kinda fun:

& this one was...interesting. but i mean it was fine. i listened in the name of education, people! (but really, i was doing something education-y while listening to it):

anyway, just some fun & random listening for your...what is today, tuesday? :/

Monday, April 14, 2014

spring shoe sunday: bows on heels.

so a new little series i want to try & get started is something i made up called "spring shoe sunday."  i've recently acquired a few pairs of shoes that i'm kind of excited about, & that, combined with the beautiful weather the past few days that i'm hoping will usher in spring full-time, meant that some sort of celebration had to happen!...sorry that the celebrating had to come in the form of a series of posts of me posing in silly ways in outfits that you may or may not love, but such is life. anyway. "spring shoe sunday." the series might edge its way into summer, & it might not always be posted on sundays, but i figured "spring shoe saturday" also sounds nice, so that gives me a little leeway.

first up is this pair of leather heels. they're a beautiful neutral color that means they match with...a lot of things. this is both convenient (you can pop these suckers on your feet with almost any outfit & it'll probably look great!) & incredibly overwhelming - it's almost nice to have a piece of clothing with a color or pattern that so obviously matches well with only a few things. but let's forge on!

look number one centers around this incredibly delightful skirt. with that much color going on, i wanted to choose other outfit parts that wouldn't distract from that. enter a slouchy white shirt & the neutral-colored shoes. don't want nothing to distract from the skirt...can you tell it's a favorite of my 'drobe? (i'm pretty sure no one shortens "wardrobe" to "'drobe" but maybe we should all start). anyway, skirt as focal point. 

shirt: gap, watch: michael kors, skirt: thrifted, shoes: j.crew (looks like they've only got them in black now), bag: kate spade (it's this kind), lipstick: mac "morange."

ben was all, "lift up your skirt so we can see the shoes!" hence this, uh, "pose" (i think he just wanted to catch a glimpse of my ankle, which is sooooo 1870s of him, am i right?! scandalous):

random fact: this skirt used to be a dress, which i once wore backwards (because of a weird stain in the navel area) & documented here. my sister helped turn the dress into a skirt (by way of an enchanted spell).

here's the second outfit, really playing on that whole pastel bit that's so nice in the spring.

& the weird wasteline bumpage the sweater is doing in this one (#notababybump):

sweater: zara, pants: zara, purse: urban outfitters, necklace: anthropologie.

& a funny thing: as i was standing there for the pictures, i misstepped a little & got some mud of the heels of one of the shoes. as i was sitting & trying to clean them off a bit, i used a bit of salty language in my anger (I'VE SINCE REPENTED), & ben was quick enough to capture those precious moments right after, as the echoes of the cussing still hung in the air around us. haha:

look number three is kind of a fun "american in paris"-y look with that full skirt & stripes. the skirt is a dream - i found it at h&m & unlike some things there, it's really quite hefty & doesn't feel cheap-y. it's a nice denim skirt i'm planning on getting a lot of wear out of this summer - i'm thinking pair it with slouchy white t-shirts & saltwaters this summer, perhaps? (you can make it less american in paris-y by switching the red belt out for a brown one, maybe?). i keep pairing this watch with everything but i just love the look of it. & red lipstick always makes things feel crisp.

shirt: american apparel (men's section!), skirt: h&m, belt: thrifted, purse: madewell, watch: michael kors, lipstick: maybelline "red revival"

& then there's this little camera purse that i really, really enjoy:

& now here we are at the end. my outfits are often shoe-centric (i often tend to put together outfits from the shoes up), so this post was a fun one to do. good night! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

"rocky" on broadway.

so i've been hearing some rumblings about rocky on broadway for a few weeks now. it's only been at the winter garden theater now for a couple of months, so it's still a new phenomenon. i've seen photos here & there on the instagrams, on some of these morning news shows, reviews in local newspapers...& they've been good rumblings. i've been intensely curious - so curious i went & bought ben & i tickets to catch the show this last week (we went on a weeknight, which was the best decision ever: cheaper tickets, lots of empty seats [we had an entire row to ourselves!] & not a ton of weekend subway crowdedness). & let me add my voice to the rumblings: rocky is AMAZING!! we loved it. it was so fun. anyone & everyone should go see it. i should say i tend to be a pretty fair critic & want the best for everyone on the stage at any given time, but despite this, rocky was some of the most thrilling stuff i've seen on broadway (not that i've seen a whole lot, mind you), especially the italian stallion's big fight with apollo at the end. here's kind of a funny video i found on the youtube that does a really good job of communicating the feel of the musical:

here's what the show looked like at the beginning. we sat in the very last row of the theater (cheap seats!), but the view was still fantastic, & look how empty it is! only one other couple came & sat in front of us after this picture was taken:

giddy at intermission:

& the photo i slapped up on instagram with the caption "seeing "rocky" tonight with this knockout" (that's ben. ben is the knockout)

at intermission they had this pretty hilarious countdown to the fight, & every two minutes or so the days would tick down...if i remember correctly, by the time the second half of the show started it was 33 days to the fight:

so they definitely DID do all the good parts from the movie, they sang "eye of the tiger" & "gonna fly now," rocky ran up the stairs triumphantly, punched the hanging meat at paulie's job, shouted "adrian!" after he goes the distance with apollo...all of it. all with great seventies outfits (i want apollo creed's fabulous wardrobe) & really quite nice music.

& they did the coolest thing for rocky's fight with apollo at the end. they had the first 20 rows of seats stand up & go watch up on the stage (you can see them in the bleachers there, under that big jumbotron) & then they pushed the ring out on top of those seats - so the fight was kind of out in the audience! we felt so close to the action. & they make it this whole big espn type thing, with live video & stats & announcers &...it was unlike anything else i've seen! the audience got really into it, too, like it was a real fight. 

do you see the people in front of us, like, standing out of their seats & craning their necks to watch the fight? so funny. don't worry, we also totally did that - we actually stood up for a lot of it, because we were in the very last wall & there was only wall behind us.


they also slipped these great bookmarks into our playbills, but then i went & lost mine. but hashtag rocky broadway!

& he's watching us all with the eyyyyyyeeeeeee...of the tiger!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

scotland run.

last saturday morning i ran a 10K in central park. it was the "scotland run," & they did things like post bagpipe players playing away at every mile mark...& that was kind of it. i wish it had been a little more festive, because scotland is pretty great, but anytime bagpipes are around i'm on board. there was a silhouette of scotland on the official race t-shirt i wore (that ben so awesomely picked up for me the day before), & i did see several older gentlemen running in kilts, but i'm trying to erases those latter files from my mind palace. BUT. it was a beautiful morning for running (i tend to be more of a run-as-the-sun-goes-down kind of runner, or "twilight runner," for shorthand). here are some photos of the run taken with my phone, which, is it just me, or is the quality of iphone 4 photos getting worse & worse?:

before the starting gun:

i did a big report/accompanying poster in 8th grade on my family's scottish ancestry, so I GOT THIS GUYS, i got this.

spotted this zealous runner in a wedding dress...i imagine that sort of situation (running in a wedding dress, that is) would get old & be highly regrettable within .3 miles of beginning a 10K, but what do i know?

winding roads of people mid-run:

on that green sign: "event alert level: LOW." that's.....good, i guess...?

& while i was patriotically running to the stirring sounds of the bagpipe, ben scampered off to levain bakery a few blocks away to get me one of their huge cookies (dark chocolate chocolate chip, please) & a chocolate brioche to share. it was a magical ending to a good run, & i felt all sorts of happy eating my daily caloric intake in one cookie because i had just finished running.

because that's one of the main reasons i run, people! so i can feel less guilty when i eat sweets after. it's an arrangement that's been working out awesomely.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

leonardo + swan.

& now for a very important photo of leonardo dicaprio & a swan:

conference weekend getaway.

this last weekend we went with friends up to a cabin about an hour outside of the city, & it was the best. our friends jon-david & becky found the place through airbnb, & it was the perfect little cabin. enough room for everyone that went, a fireplace & a big front room where everyone could hang out, a porch overlooking a large & woodsy front yard, a huge kitchen - basically all the beautiful & wonderful things NONE OF US get in our, uh, "cozy" nyc apartments. 

six couples went - we borrowed vans, rented cars, rode scooters, & did whatever it took to get up there for what we knew was going to be a fun weekend - & it did not disappoint! we went with some of the greatest friends we've made here, some of whom were some of the very first friends we met soon after moving in. we've all been in essentially the same life situation - married, no kids (although only for a few more months! a few will be having sweet little ones later this year [hashtag not an announcement]), working, and/or working on graduate degrees. the weekend was even a little bittersweet - some of these friends will be graduating & moving on within the next month or so, & it's crazy that time has already gone by that fast that they're done with their columbia programs. so nothing says, "goodbye, we'll really miss you!" like a cutthroat game of risk:

we love kathryn! (see the fun photo shoots we've done with her here & here)

& kathryn's photog skills in action:

the mcdonnels are one good-looking couple. check out jordan's smolder:

we loved sitting on this built-in bench all weekend. it was up on the kitchen/dining room level & from it you could look out over the front room/entryway/fireplace. a couple times we would look up & ryan would randomly be standing up there, leaning against the sill, looking over the room. we joked that he looked like some kind of political leader looking out over a gathering crowd or big brother, silently watching & thinking to himself, "yes, this activity is going exactly according to plan...." i mean, look at him up there on the right in these two photos, looking out over us unsuspecting peoples/his subjects:

so funny, right??

so yeah, we loved this window. sitting up on it was the most comfortablest of things. i'm pretty sure one entire session of conference i sat with my back leaning against the wall on the right, legs stretched out on the bench in front of me, & i wanted to basically live in that spot (from left to right: ansley, megan, kathryn, becky, your 7th favorite blogger, brittany):

& then of course the window provided for lots of entertainment all weekend from our jumpy, springy, sprightly husbands who kept challenging each other to do some kind of run-&-jump out of it (we were totally safe & we didn't break anything):

taking a "laughing photo" (& a hilarious spouse-less sitch there in the middle):

taking a "laughing photo" part 2:

taking a "laughing photo" part 3:

we've gone camping with the jorgensens a few times, & one time we shared a tent with them...& we joked that ben & jon-david would sleep "on the inside," next to each other, & becky & i on the outside, by the tent walls. it was a night that would bind these two together as "tent buddies" forever. haha (sorry about the lighting! the photo was taken in the moment - to have moved it somewhere with better lighting would have ruined the spontaneity):

that stomach touch. precious:

love these two future parentals:

us two goobs:

photo of a photo (plus jon-david: "i just really want to be in their picture!")

we found this well in the front yard (& when the guys lifted up that wooden slab to look inside, they found a huge snake! luckily it was kind of being lazy & just lounging)

the pretty cabin we stayed in!:

& a few of the husbands playing frisbee in the minutes before we left, while we wives simply enjoyed that sunnnnnnshine (why doesn't the sun decide to just, i don't know, stay a while? like, more than one day at a time?)

wouldn't this front yard be absolutely beautiful to see in the fall?

so yes, we had the best time. good food. great friends. we played a few hilarious games, had some awesome conversations, & were able to catch the messages from the leaders of our church. the sort of experience that leaves you saying, "we need to do this sort of thing MORE OFTEN" - which is always the sign of a successful weekend :)