Friday, March 28, 2014

DIY Clear Envelope Clutch

I'm really excited to share today's DIY. Clear clutches have been cool and trendy for years now but I haven't bought one for myself because I was never able to find one that I thought was affordable (re: under $20) but still cute. So, I did what I always do and I just made one myself.
I drew inspiration from these Nasty Gal clutches (1, 2) which are $38 and $48 respectively. My clutch cost about $6 to make (materials only, doesn't include tools like scissors, ruler, etc.). Not bad, right?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

D.C. Trip is Booked

My best travel buddy and I are heading to DC in a few weeks. Her sister lives there and she generously agreed to host us so we have free lodging! Whee! Thanks, J! Also, buses from NY to DC are so common, convenient, and affordable so this is going to be a lovely cheap trip. We used Megabus to book our tickets and we were able to score the cheapo $1 seats for our trip down but our trip back up set us back around $35 each. That's still not bad considering DC2NY is always $30 each way and Amtrak is usually something like $200. Honestly, Amtrak is awesome though because train schedules don't get delayed by traffic so it's much more consistent and reliable and comfortable so if you don't mind the price difference, I'd say it's the best option.
As you may or may not know, I was in Baltimore for over a year (for work) and so I popped down to DC here and there - mostly for EDM shows - but I haven't had a proper fun DC holiday since 2009, I think. Two of my great friends from high school were down there for the summer so myself and another friend wiggled on down and we spent an awesome long weekend together. L and I took photos at the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, we walked around the Mall and popped into a few of the museums, you know, the usual touristy stuff. We also went to the National Cathedral, which has the coolest gargoyles, and ate at the Good Stuff Eatery (hello, Spike from Top Chef). We also went to the NGA Sculpture Garden, dipped our toes in the fountain (everyone else was doing it too), while a live jazz band played in the corner.
For this upcoming trip, D and I don't have any specifics planned but we're both hoping that the cherry blossoms stick it out until we get down there. Oh, and we've both got our fingers crossed that the weather will be lovely and sunny and warm and we can sport skirts and dresses. Here's what I'm thinking of packing right now. I've obviously got high hopes that it'll be seriously lovely and warm. I'm also going to be rocking a lot of "girl hot" looks, you know, because there are a lot of things like red lipstick and wedged heels that guys think are ugly but that girls love and since it's a girls' trip, it's the perfect time to really rock those things.
washington d.c. in april

Generally, I tend to plan way too far in advance and there are always some major changes made to my packing list just before it's time to leave. But that's fine because I love planning. I think it's fun. I'm wondering if it'll be sandal weather, and if so, I'm going to have to get a pedicure. Oh my gosh, I can't wait for pedicure weather (not because I like painting my toes, even though I do, but I'm just excited for the warmth). I'm definitely packing a few evening outfits as well, as I believe we plan on doing at least one lovely dinner

As always, I will share all of my snaps afterwards. Man, travel blogging is so much more fun with a good camera. I love it. I wish I could just go on holiday all the time.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

France Itinerary & Costs

So one of the activities we did in Houston that I haven't talked about yet was planning out our trip to France. The cousin and cousin-in-law that I visited in Texas are going to France with us! The four of us haven't been on a trip together since Hawaii so this is long overdue because the four of us make an awesome traveling quartet. I'd planned out an itinerary on my own, just as a rough guide, thinking that I'd just share it and we'd discuss and and everyone would give feedback and we'd do some rearranging here and there. But everyone was on board with what I'd come up with (either they all trust my judgment or they're lazy bums that can't be bothered with decisions) so we just booked everything right then and there! Easy!
There are so many cities that I want to visit but I picked a few that were at the top of my list. I wanted to be able to spend a decent bit of time in each place so we're going to three cities (not including Paris): Lyon, Annecy, and Nice and we're spending at least 24 hours in each. Annecy has been one of my dream destinations for forever - probably since I saw it in a French textbook back in seventh grade - so I'm chuffed about that one in particular.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

DIY Prints (2)

I just thought I'd share these prints I made for a friend because I think they came out really cute.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Volta 2014

After brunch at Isola, my favorite friend and I headed to the Volta show. Lucky for me, my friend is super cool and a gallerist whose lovely gallery (Dillon Gallery) had a booth at the show and she invited me to tag along on Sunday, the last day of the show.
I thought last year's show was a bit more fun (I just looked through my archives and I guess I never blogged about it, whoops) but we did see a few really great pieces and I fell in love with one of the last booths we visited (which you'll see once you scroll down). I will warn you that I didn't jot down every artist's name so I can't label all of these. Sorry, but I was trying to enjoy myself and not turn this outing into a chore.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

My Favorite Weekender Bag

I'm sharing my favorite weekender bag today. I bought it four or five years ago at TJ Maxx for $20 - I actually bought two, one for my sister (in black) and one for me (in the olive pictured below) - and I still think it's a great bag.
Here's just a quick shot of the back. The two zippers open up to the same compartment - I don't really know the reason for that but it's kind of neat.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Houston Part 3

Here's my third (and final) installment of photos from Houston. These are my favorites. We went to David Adickes Sculpturworx Studio to see the giant presidents' heads and the giant Beatles sculptures. It was so much fun, despite the fact that we had a bit of trouble recognizing all of the presidents. There were a bunch of duplicates which confused us even further. I did my best to label everyone but I'm bound to have made a mistake. Feel free to correct me.
At first glance, it just looks like an abandoned lot until you see these guys, just jamming out.
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