I had my last day of photography class on Saturday…kind of sad! On the plus side I’ll get to sleep in on Saturdays again, instead of trekking to 46th street in the snow (not exaggerating, it rained or snowed EVERY SINGLE time we had class). While I do still have a TON to learn, I’m shooting pretty much exclusively in manual now which is an awesome improvement from where I started. I took the above picture of the 59th Street Bridge on Saturday on my way back from class, while it was, of course, snowing (eventually I did regain feeling in my fingers). When I’m not in the mood for frostbite, I’ve been practicing in my apartment.
Finally made it to a place I’ve been dying to try for brunch – Maison Kayser on the Upper East side, with my fab new friend Alexis (hi Alexis! :). The decor was charming and very Parisian, the food was excellent, and the waiters wore cute striped shirts. I can’t wait to go back to try their croissants and extensive bread selection.
I’ve been trying a lot of different juices as an alternative to my usual breakfast (aka nothing). The Blueprint cashew milk is INSANELY yummy. I’m obsessed with it. The one on the left in the first picture was my first foray into actual green juice. I wouldn’t say it was delicious or anything, but it wasn’t terrible. Then the beet juice just kind of tastes like fruit juice, but it’s obviously healthier because it doesn’t have added sugar and chemicals.
On a nice, non-freezing day a little while back I walked around Chelsea and passed by Billy’s Bakery. It’s super charming, but since I was crazy stuffed from lunch I only peeked in the windows. Hi mini cupcakes!
Maison 140 is one of my favorite stores to browse in Chelsea (how could anyone resist that striped awning?) Everything is French-inspired or imported from France, and I’ve gotten my favorite hot pink candlesticks from there, as well as this soap which is amazing (cherry blossoms…mmm). BUT I’m not shopping so I didn’t go in!
Passed by some charming townhouses. I loved this ivy-covered one…
And this branch covered beauty. So romantic.
LOVED this book. And it’s clear from the enthusiastic comments on this Instagram post that I’m not the only one. I raced through it and really didn’t want it to end – definitely one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
Inslee Haynes makes the most incredibly gorgeous calendars. Each month is a different illustrated print that you can frame or hang up, and it’s a delightful surprise to change it and see what pretty picture is up next. I realized that the old years that I have of her calendars are too pretty to let languish inside my drawer, so I decided to re-use my oldest one. Above is January 2012, and look how pretty it is! And since it’s been a year since I’ve seen it, every month will still be a surprise (which is half the fun of this calendar). And do I care that the actual calendar part is not 2014? Nope.