Wednesday, October 31, 2007


The costume:
Alvin and the Chipmunks

The trick: a maze of spider webs when you walk through the door

The treat: blood orange juice, Campari and vodka - with doll limbs sticking out

The verdict: not sure which is more scary... the holiday or our sense of humor

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

Why looking up the lyrics can be a good idea

"La Cucaracha, la cucaracha, ya no puede caminar. Porque le falte y necessite marijuana a fumar."

The story is that this song was written about Pancho Villa's car. It means "The cockaroach, the cockaroach, can go no further. Because it's lacking and it needs marijuana to smoke."

... and now you know.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Spin, Spin Sugar

Every year at at Halloween time I go to CVS, buy a bag of candy corn and end up eating the entire thing in the span of an afternoon. Which instantly sends me into a sugary-wax induced coma that doesn't end for 356 days, when I go and do it all over again.

Italy doesn't have candy corn... I checked. So instead I am od'ing on homemade squash soup. It's delicious, but the effect just isn't the same.

Friday, October 26, 2007

When Fashion Unites

The reason we are laughing so hard at last night's fashion soiree was because:

a. I tripped a Ferragamo by accident
b. Nicki's glass of wine was bigger than half of the waists there
c. two designers got in a catfight over the last salmon puff
d. too much wine and not enough snacks made us delightfully delirious

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Love a Good Fight Club

crowls: Piece of advice: you might not want to advertise that you watch gossip girl.
me: i live in italy. selection is limited
it's like how in middle school you didn't want people to know you were actually friends with the loser in your math class.
oh, i watch it. and i love it.
but it's very fight club.
me: fight club.

Once a Blonde, Always a Blonde

That's it... it's official. I am going back to my true roots (or hair color) in a few weeks. No doubt momushka is reading this and crying out of pure joy.

It's Getting to Be That Time of Year

The chill in the air can only mean one thing... my Christmas shopping has begun. And since I won't be home for Thanksgiving, that greatly reduces the chance of me getting tipsy and telling everyone with a giggle what I bought them. Maybe...

Monday, October 22, 2007

Icicles in the Shower: Chapter 1

With an apartment so cold my nose was turning to ice, I had to flee to the nearest cafe to finish working on a school project. 25 minutes and 2 lattes later and my feet still haven't defrosted.

In high school, my best friend's parents used to hang sleeping bags over the windows during the winter to keep the warmth in. I am so not above doing that. We could call it Strawberry Shortcake Chic.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Panic! In The City

Seeing as my winter clothes are still being held hostage in a basement in the Midwest and mywallet is still hyperventilating from the recent purchase of new boots, I am none too thrilled with the sudden cold spell that has taken over. Cold means jackets. And jackets are one of the few things not living in my closest right now.

Do I wait until I am reunited with my long lost wardrobe in December? Or do I close my eyes, hand over my credit card and wrap myself in the luxury of warmness?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Like a Lover Scorned

Fashion school has ruined shopping for me. Not to the point I didn't buy those new boots, but the feeling just wasn't the same.

When Friends Cook for You

Yesterday I came home from writing to a late lunch of miso salmon, horseradish mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. Tonight I was treated to a dinner of homemade curry and samosas (did I spell that right?).

I guess the real question is, why on earth would I ever jeapordize my dishwashing skills by learning to cook when I have such wonderful friends that cook for me?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Thinking of Stopping the Blogging

So I am thinking of not having this blog anymore. Just not feeling it so much these days. Plus with my new side gig writing for, I have my creative outlet filled.

I dunno, I may change my mind... I am prone to do that from time to time.

Lychees, Tahini and Sweet Chili Sauce, Oh My!

There is nothing like stumbling upon an international market on the way home and spending entirely too much on nothing but condiments from every country imaginable only to come home to an empty fridge with nothing to put them on.
mmm... mango chutney on cucumber?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

October Means Olive Picking In Italy

I was sold at "you get to climb trees". Unfortunately I did a whole lot more sleeping on the couch than picking of olives. But that didn't stop everyone else...After hours of picking, this is what they harvested (they had 10x more last year!)
Lucky for me, I woke up just in time to put out the chairs and watch the sunset.
Ridiculous beauty, right?

It's cold and I have a cold

Can someone please tell me why what is a little cold to everybody else is a full blown, have a fever, sleep 18 hours a day, cough and sneeze for me?

But since I am feeling better today I am going to go buy myself something warm to wear. Preferably in the cashmere variety...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Our Little Family is Growin

Nicki got a crab for her birthday that she appropriately named Slash. So now it is me, Nic, Steven Tyler the fish, Powder the albino frog, and Slash all in one apartment.
Oh, and our little Filipino house cleaner Renaulto.

The Trend that NEEDS to Die

This is seriously so not okWhy, why, why do people think the turban is ok to wear? If beyonce wasn't already busted before, she is now. Time to fire your moms and get a real stylist.

I'm a Bit Lazy Right Now

I am feeling a bit lazy right now. Well, lazy and with lots of school work.
Sorry, will update soon!


Friday, October 12, 2007

Who Is It?

I just read this blind item:

"What actor, Mr. X, is having an affair? The file on him is that he’s screwing his (female) tennis instructor. Yup. His actress wife is going to become a Lion when she finds out!"

Who is it??!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

People Crush #11 (I think)

Meet: Markus
From: Swizzyland
Last time I traveled to Europe with Markus, he told me that I couldn't go to sleep until 5am because "What do you think, this is a children's birthday party?" Oh, and he had us sleep on benches in a park. Then my sister married him. Now he just acts as the tour guide and makes sure we see the sights and have plenty of cocktails. Five nights, three women and not one complaint... he definitely deserves a little something special from his wife!

Now If Only I Could Spell

So aside from basically being my saving grace for all things Florence, my friend Lindsay also helped hook me up with my latest adventure... writing weekly fashion articles for a website here. This should be interesting...

Take a read!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A Bit of Randomness

You have her pictures
You have her pictures
You have her pictures

He Sure Does Love His Pink

PrettyinPink: carolyn just sent me this photo
me: love it!!!
PrettyinPink: yep
PrettyinPink: my sweater looks nice against ur skin tone

Monday, October 8, 2007

Ready, Set, Hide!

"Hide!" was all the text message said.

And like a little girl up past her bedtime I raced into the bedroom and hid under a blanket.
Our landlord was on her way up to get our rent and I didn't want to face her and the inevitable question, "So, what did you think of my friend?" I am too chicken to tell her what I really thought, but I am pretty sure the text messages and phone calls (scusi!) that I never returned said it clearly enough to him. So, instead, Nicki paid our rent while I pretended not to be there.

Shameless, I know.

When Family Comes to Visit, Part 3

After their whirlwind tour of Florence, it was time to take the fam to Venice. While some of us read educational literature on the train, others chose to use the time to nap...After checking into our apartment, it was time to follow Markus the Tourguide and check out the city.
Which of course meant lots of stops for drinks and snacks.
(look a beer as big as his head!)
I would tell you where they are standing, but I don't know. Sorry! But I can tell you this...
watch out of the Venetian pigeons... when one comes at you, they all come at you. Eww, gross!
Then they all went back on a train to Swizzyland.
The end.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Very Happy Everything

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."

*bonus points*
can tell me who said it?

When Family Comes to Visit, Part 2

After a long train ride I grabbed the threesome from the station and put them in a cab to their hotel. 45 minutes later I was finally able to find their hotel. First stop, drinks. Second stop, Ponte Vecchio. Third stops, drinks and snacks. And after much more walking, our final stop, dinner. The next day we walked all over Florence. Sights, shopping, food. Along the way, Kristin made friends with a statue...
who was actually alive!Then we walked along the Arno and checked out all of the little street vendors. These little guys were my favorite.
Wanting to make sure they had a memorable final night in Florence, I dragged my beloved visitors up to my favorite spot to drink wine and watch the sun set over the city.
Up next: Venice

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Hey Team Hot Mess

Look who I found last night...Taurine's Italian cousin! I tried to devise a plan to sneak it back with me, but without a canoe I was stranded!

And the journey countinues...

We are off to Venice for a few days. In the meantime, here are some pics...

hugs and kisses,

Monday, October 1, 2007

Here Comes the Family

The mom, the sister and the Swiss guy arrive today. Last time I talked to Momushka she told me that she wanted to "hang at a cafe with the homies..."

Stay tuned!