June 5, 2013


One of my favorite photos from my #bigfatgreekvacay // photo by me, myself and I (at Φηρά (Fira))

One of my favorite photos from my #bigfatgreekvacay // photo by me, myself and I (at Φηρά (Fira))

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February 4, 2013


Christening my new #anneklein watch 😍

Christening my new #anneklein watch 😍

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January 12, 2013


A pre-brunch treat for #memyselfandI: a pistachio #macaron from @FinancierNYC  (at Financier Patisserie)

A pre-brunch treat for #memyselfandI: a pistachio #macaron from @FinancierNYC (at Financier Patisserie)

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January 11, 2013


It needs #nofilter. I am craving beignets from Café du Monde cc: @chartastical #NOLA

It needs #nofilter. I am craving beignets from Café du Monde cc: @chartastical #NOLA

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December 24, 2012


Headed home sweet home with some yummy goodies to tide me over! (#perrier #jingos #pierreherme)

Headed home sweet home with some yummy goodies to tide me over! (#perrier #jingos #pierreherme)

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December 21, 2012


These are the best macarons ever! Three cheers for Pierre Hermé and the lady who brought these back from Paris (Ms. Christine Young)

These are the best macarons ever! Three cheers for Pierre Hermé and the lady who brought these back from Paris (Ms. Christine Young)

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October 20, 2012


Rome, here we come! #motherdaughtertrip (at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK))

Rome, here we come! #motherdaughtertrip (at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK))

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August 28, 2012


Back to Basics: The T-Shirt

Back to Basics: The T-Shirt

(left to right: R13 - Vintage Rosie Tee: $210.00, LaGarconne.com;  Topshop - Cropped Tee: $16.00, Topshop.com;  Quiksilver - Nautical Stripe V-Neck Tee: was: $44.00 sale: $22.00, karmaloop.com)

It’s nothing new or ground-breaking… For the most part, the perfect outfit boils down to a t-shirt and jeans. Even Anna Wintour, reigning queen of Vogue said it one time or another. (I can’t remember where I read it now, but) Back in the day, before her editorship and all that, Anna’s wardrobe staples were cool vintage tees and jeans. The Olsen twins built an entire line around the concept of the perfect tee (The Row). So is it so wrong that I love my t-shirt and jeans? Pair them with flats, heels, boots, sandals, brogues and just about every other shoe in your arsenal and you’re ready to go.

My perfect combo of the moment is my white tee, my darkest wash jeans and a thin tan belt. Come fall, the most I’m likely to do is transition to a grey tee instead. It’s funny how something so simple is perfect for every season. For the record the tees I’m talking about are the scoop neck, cropped, and v-neck variations, not the kind crew neck kind you have stowed away for those trips to the gym.

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August 12, 2012


Twenty-Four Hours in… Toronto

If I could have any super power, I’d want to be able to teleport. I’d go as far as to dive into a vat of toxic goo to get it…

Yes, that’s how much I love to travel. I fantasize about teleporting from one place to another constantly, so the question is – if you had twenty-four hours to spend anywhere, doing anything (minus the airplane rides and the jet lag) where would you go and what would you do?

If you’re teleporting to Toronto…

Niche Coffee Bar - Niche BenedictNadege Toronto - My favorite patisserie!REDS BistroClick to EnlargeImage Map

Start your morning off right with breakfast at Niche Espresso Bar. While I’d usually do this a little later and call it brunch, if we’re going to pack as many events into twenty-four hours as possible – this is where you start. I recommend the Niche Benedict. Yes it’s an espresso bar, but if it’s a choice between coffee and my eggs benny, I’m going for the latter. The signature eggs benedict plate at Niche is the picture of perfection with two poached eggs, pemeal bacon and hollandaise sauce piled on top of a generous portion of simply delicious cornbread. (BEST. COMBO. EVER.)

Ed Note: If you go in the summer – ask for a seat out back.

Now that you’re full, it’s time you walk it off. If you’re going to see a city properly you can’t stumble upon the best things in the city in your car – you just can’t! Since I was in high school, I’ve been walking down Queen St – finding jewelry, dresses, vintage shops and so much more – go ahead, window shop and browse. Here are my usual stops on the lane… Spoof, Get Outside, Style Garage, Black Market Vintage, The Beadery and whatever else catches my eye.

For the good stuff, make your way to Kensington Market for a mix of vintage shopping and yummy snacks. Whatever you do – you must try a spinach, feta and pesto scone from Cobs. If you’re interested in vintage scarves and buttons – head to Courage My Love. I’ve been known to sit on the floor and rifle through their scarf bin – each scarf goes for about $3.00 (CAD). On the subject of buttons, some of people are content with whatever buttons a garment comes with, for the rest of us Courage My Love has the wall of buttons. I’ve probably spent $100 dollars here – which is saying something because these buttons aren’t that expensive. Peek into Flash Back and peruse the vintage shirt racks on the street, then make sure to take a long and leisurely stroll in Bungalow – my favorite vintage store of all time. Almost every vintage pencil skirt I own came from this place, and I’ve also scored quite a few blazers here too. Their stock is carefully curated to give you just about everything you could want when you walk through those doors.

Lunch Time: saunter back down to Queen St, heading further west to my favorite French patisserie – Nadege. Order up a croissant sandwich – whichever one your heart desires. I’m likely to grab the one with smoked salmon, cucumber, dill and cream cheese (but Fresh Figs and Goats Cheese on a Nadege croissant are equally as delectable). Grab some goodies to go, like mini madeleines and homemade marshmallows – chocolate covered, regular, or flavored (I’m still savoring my strawberry and basil marshmallows).

Walk around the city some more, sit in the park across from Nadege, or head up to Dundas and head east towards Yonge Street. You’ve still got time to pop into the Art Gallery of Ontario - so go. Or, make your way to the waterfront and take in the sunset over Lake Ontario before you head over to REDS… When Holly Golightly said that thing about the mean reds, these weren’t them. With the greatest wine selection in Toronto, this is a must stop for the visiting wino. Order the crab cakes and lap up the vino. And, in the event that you’d like to dance the night away - head to Wet bar on Peter St or Guvernment on Queen’s Quay down by the lake shore.

Ed Note: Full disclosure, I don’t think I could ever get everything I wanted to do crammed into 24 hours in Toronto. I grew up there, so having to see friends and family trumps this itinerary.

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August 10, 2012


The Fantastic Four: Burgundy Bags

I can think of quite a few things I love that come in the color burgundy: wine, my ballet leotard from when I was 9/10 years old, and these bags…


Melie Bianco Silvia Double Handle Woven Satchel; $59.40 - 6pm.comThe original, Hermes Birkin (in burgundy); $17,999.00 - Portero.comRebecca Minkoff - Large Affair; $495.00 - Zappos.comMadewell - Heritage Leather Satchel; $228.00 - Shopbop.comImage Map

I haven’t bought a new purse in an eternity, and when I say that I mean it. It’s not like me saying I haven’t bought a nice blouse in a long time, knowing full well I went on a mini shopping spree last weekend and bought five. I need a new bag, and I don’t want a plain black one (although I may want a white one) - the color I’ve been drawn to as of late is burgundy. The Rebecca Minkoff - Large Affair is my current fave.

With fall on the way, what colors are you looking to add to your wardrobe/handbag collection?

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