With my 22nd birthday less than a month away (when did I get so old?!), I can’t help but daydream of beautiful goodies I would kill to unwrap come February. Today’s snowy day off from work has gifted me a slow morning filled with homemade oatmeal (thanks, T), cozy pj’s past noon, and ample couch time to….do….well….what else is there to do but compile a wishlist (emphasis on the WISH) of gorgeous things on a snow day anyway?
This first week back post-layoff proved far more challenging than anticipated. I could go on and on about my tight calves, sore achilles tendons and lack of stamina, but instead I will just assure you these past 5 days have been a real struggle.
At the start of the season, I decided to reward myself for staying strong through all those injured months with some new Catbird goodies. The Brooklyn-based jewelry brand’s Cyber Monday sale seemed like the perfect time to invest in a piece from their coveted ballerina collection (obsessed) and score a few other baubles with free shipping and a gifted tote bag as part of the promotion. The indulgent package of pretties was the perfect pick-me-up in the middle of such a hellish week.
and checking out Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker as the third installment of my seasonal ballet sampler. Happy Nutcracker season, all!
My all-time favorite jewelry brand, Catbird, has just launched a new line of dainty earrings and bracelets inspired by ballet. Each “long, lean, and graceful” piece evokes the delicate nature of a prima ballerina. Checking out the collection in their charming store in Williamsburg the other day, I immediately pictured each and every piece with pointe shoes and a bun. I’d had my eye on the opal teardrop ring (pictured below) for quite some time, so none of the ballerina-suited baubles came home with me this time, but now I’m really lusting over those rose gold “barre” earrings and the matching barre bracelet.
I did pick up the opal ring and also a rose gold threadbare for my pointer finger…
…and I’m loving the way they look with the turquoise ring my boyfriend bought me at one of my favorite boutiques in Paris. Oh and with the lovely tan line on my middle finger…ha. Happy Sunday!
Apologies for my unannounced absence from the blogosphere, I was busy hanging out in nyc! When a few of my lovely friends from RISD invited me to come up and visit for a few days, I couldn’t say no.
We actually ended up spending a fair amount of time in Brooklyn, which was fine with me. I’ve always wanted to explore the up-and-coming artsy neighborhood of Williamsburg. With a pizza dinner out, (check out Juliana’s– my friend’s older brother did all of their signage! ….oh and their pizza is delicious), a (nonnegotiable) stop at Catbird for some new ring a ding dings, a spin around the infamous Beacon’s Closet thrift store where hipsters of all spectacle-shape and and crop-top color flock like moths to a flame, a visit to The Bedford to nosh on a kale-heavy lunch, a walk around The Bedford Cheese Shop, and a few minutes of ogling the cluttered constellation-like lights of Manhattan from across the East River, we covered a lot of bases.
Back in the city, there were fancy craft beers to drink at Proletariat, and fun shopping to be done around Soho (check out Artizia). It’s been a while since I’ve seen the summer in nyc. Refreshing, in a sweaty, too-many-people, two-days-is-more-than-enough, kind of way.
With this massive heat wave here in Providence, there’s little else to do besides quickly transfer from one air conditioned enclosure to another. See also: spend long periods of time in a pool and eat frozen yogurt.
As a survival technique, I’ve been sporting lots of easy sundresses, including the neon-stripey new Ace & Jig number I got on sale at Anthropologie the other day. Love! Also accompanying me are a few new first knuckle rings from whoelsebut? Catbird. Voila! Shiny!
Exciting news to come tomorrow…suspense…stay tuned.
Lately I’ve been finding myself surrounded by ultra-girly things…and loving it…
On my dresser: A framed drawing of my favorite flower (a pink peony) done by my Valentine, making friends with a colorful new necklace.
By my window: A set of Parisian Rifle Paper Co. cards I’ve been eyeing for quite some time- gifted to me by the roommie for my birthday. I plan to frame and hang those bad boys as soon as I get some free time…
In the porcelain dish: My current daytime ring collection (that teeny Catbird memory ring is a new addition!).
On my nightstand: A stack of stylish books, two of them birthday gifts from friends who know me oh so well.
On my fingers: Last week’s funky manicure. Hashtag confused ring finger.
On my dining room table: A pretty bouquet of pale pink birthday roses from the boyfriend. I’m a lucky girl :)
On deck for tomorrow: The return of Sandra Jennings to the FBP studios and some major Agon work. Oh, and more of Viktor Plotnikov’s Orchis. Happy Weekend! xx
an early xmas present to myself- katrina lapenne braided ring via Catbird NYC
stripes on stripes: a cyber monday purchase from Madewelltwo miniature flower arrangements I made last weekend to jazz up the bathroom and the living room
holiday inspiration on our rustic antique framed chalkboard
a string of felt gingerbread men I made last winter hanging on the door
cinnamon scented potpourri on the coffee table
Just a little roundup of the things that are making me smile these days. Today, I’m prying my sore-backed self off the couch to travel to Beantown for Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker- yay! Happy Sunday. xx
I’ve been obsessing over Catbird‘s super delicate alphabet rings ever since spotting them on HonestlyWTF. I have an old, teeny silver knot ring that never leaves my left hand (it’s lucky), and while I do have a rather impressive collection of chunkier, beautifully stone-clad, special occasion rings, I thought it might be nice for the teeny knot to have a teeny friend. Enter this Catbird heart ring. I toyed with the idea of purchasing initials, and decided they are better suited for girl’s sporting their significant other’s initials, don’t you think? Much more sentimental than reminding everyone that my name begins with a “k” every time they look at my hand (although the little lowercase letters are darling). But instead, I opted for the classic heart. I love it SO much and can’t wait to begin a collection of these ulta-stackable wisps of rings!
(ps, yes I did opt for the free gift wrapping…I figured when you’re treating yourself, you might as well go all out, right? ;)