Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thank You Thank You Thank You

I try to always remember to write thank you notes. I will admit it doesn't always happen, but I do try.  Writing a thank you note is such a good way to trick someone into thinking you are thoughtful and well-mannered. Leah Dieterich has taken it to the extreme with her blog THXTHXTHX. Although sometimes silly, it is a nice reminder to be appreciative of things.

These days there are so many instantaneous  ways to communicate that taking the time to hand write a note  and put it in the mail feels rather substantial. I try to write thank you notes for the following things:

gifts- especially if someone MAILS me something
staying at someone's house
a thoughtful favor
a meal- traditionally called a bread and butter note, I save these for relatives, older people or someone I don't know well (a friend of a friend etc), because if I wrote thank you notes every time i had dinner at a fiends house i would be writing thank you notes ALL THE TIME.

thank you note from near modern disaster

some resources:

emily post on thank you notes

a treasury

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hostess Gifts

I feel like a lot of young people don't know that when someone throws you a nice party or lets you stay at their house, you should bring them a Hostess Gift! I was excited to see this slide show on Refinery 29 this morning. I would be tickled pink if someone gave me the Soapsicles!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

a summer bridal shower

Photos by the insanely talented Danielle

A few weeks ago I threw a bridal shower for my BFF, Brittney. Well, really, my incredibly generous and talented mother hosted it, I just flew in from NYC, made these tiny endive boats, put on a pretty dress and answered the door. My mother did all the real work.

endive boats
cucumber sandwiches
pickled shrimp
roasted pecans
brie wheel and jam in puff pastry
german chocolate cake (from Charlie's)
mini poundcakes
citrus punch
spiked mint apricot tea

Brit didn't want any of the crass games often played at bridal showers, but I found this fun vintage bingo game (stole the idea from my friend Allison). The game was great because a lot of the wedding related items are so outdated that many of the younger ladies had to ask the moms, aunts, and grandmas to explain them.

Some inspiration for your own shower, here.

Being a gracious hostess is hard work.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

scranton 1920

scranton 1920 by Least Wanted
scranton 1920 a photo by Least Wanted on Flickr.

i love these old mugshots.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I Read A Book!: Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein

A few weeks ago a friend of mine handed me a book, "it won't tell you anything you don't already know, but it's a good read." Having just admitted defeat in my attempt to read Villette (I am no longer allowed to pick the book club books) I was glad to tear into something that was thought provoking but not written in 19th century British English.

Although, now that I am thinking about it, in a way the two books are related. Both deal with how girls are educated and related frustrations, be it in the early 19th century or today. While I had a hard time breaking into Charlotte Bronte's 19th century prose, I found Peggy Orenstein's work very accessible and easy to read on the train. That is very important, since I do most of my reading on the subway, and more often than not if something is too engrossing or heavy, I won't realized I have missed my stop until I am halfway to Canarsie.

I enjoyed that Orenstein broke gown "girlie-girl" culture and the marketing machine that promotes it, but also articulated a desire to not belittle things that are gendered as female and not teach her child that "boy things" are better.

As someone who both studies fashion and feminism, I am often confronted with the way the fashion industry participates in a lot of rather harmful practices. Especially things the promote negative self image in women and girls. But one of the reasons I love fashion, and fashion theory, is that our clothing can be so freeing. Dress has the ability to break so many boundries, mores, and gender norms. I think it is important to remember too that fashion can be a way for girls to express themselves and experiment with identity and gender and not just something the creates an unobtainable idea. I just wish the fashion industry would remember that....

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

FIT Special Collections

I had a pretty exciting meeting with the director of Special Collections at FIT yesterday afternoon! I am very excited to start working on some projects and try to get my thesis back on track.
It is so easy to feel overwhelmed by research, especially when the subject is something you are really passionate about and also something that seems really large and overarching. Rereading my initial proposal last night made things seem less daunting. I am excited to see what feedback I get on it. I am really ready to have this part of my life be complete and be out of academic limbo!

and really, i can't wait to show the world how these two things are sartorially linked.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


This past week I went down to Atlanta for the first time since I moved away (not counting one 36 hour trip for a family event, and a few layovers in the airport). It was really wonderful and I think I had forgotten how much I loved that city (and the people I know who live there).

Some highlights included:

this dog. babies. Decatur. a hike to a waterfall and ruins! croquet! cruising in a golf cart. a swiming pool fed by a natural spring. AND KATHLEEN GETTING MARRIED. i did forget to get any chick fil a or boiled peanuts... oh well, in another five years...

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Summer has officially begun in NYC.

I did mean to write about my trip to California, but I never got around to it. It was wonderful, and I am jazzed to see Kristen and Kyle next week at a wedding we are going to in Georgia. I am hoping we get to do some adventuring while we are there.

This past weekend I went with a group of friends to an island, in a lake, in the Adirondacks. It was pretty magical, although thunderstorms did put a damper on some of the fun times.

My summer is filling up with little trips and weekend activities. I am excited for summer fridays and bike rides. Hoping to make some progress on figuring out what I want to be when I grow up, but trying to stay more stress and anxiety free than usual.

I think it is going to be a very hot summer, but i really want to try to be outside as much as possible.

maybe i will even blog more!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

another project

not sure what will come of this, but here it is.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Unidentified woman boarding the Orange Blossom Special train: Sebring, Florida

Look a-yonder comin'
Comin' down that railroad track
Hey, look a-yonder comin'
Comin' down that railroad track
It's the Orange Blossom Special
Bringin' my baby back

Well, I'm going down to Florida
And get some sand in my shoes
Or maybe Californy
And get some sand in my shoes
I'll ride that Orange Blossom Special
And lose these New York blues

"Say man, when you going back to Florida?"
"When am I goin' back to Florida? I don't know, don't reckon I ever will."
"Ain't you worried about getting your nourishment in New York?"
"Well, I don't care if I do-die-do-die-do-die-do-die."

Hey talk about a-ramblin'
She's the fastest train on the line
Talk about a-travellin'
She's the fastest train on the line
It's that Orange Blossom Special
Rollin' down the seaboard line
-Ervin T. Rouse

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

National Velvet

National Velvet is one of the first movies I remember watching. I wonder how many girls were inspired to learn to horseback ride by the film over the years?

I know I had quite a few Halloween costumes inspired by Elizabeth Taylor's turn in Cleopatra!

Friday, March 11, 2011

edward hopper

Edward Hopper is one of my favorite American artists.

Friday, March 4, 2011


My mom told me once that she regrets not having a camcorder when we were kids. I can't even imagine how many silly videos of me like this there would be, except they would be much more painful.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Salvation Mountain, Slab City, California

I went to California last week to visit some some very dear friends. I'll write a real post about the trip soon, it was so wonderful.

Friday, February 18, 2011

heart of glass

My inner five year old is dying to have these. and so is my outer 27 year old. Paper dolls, especially the Tom Tierney Fashions of the... series, were one of my favorite things when i was a kid. These Debbie Harry dolls would have been right up my ally!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

too thin

oh vera. your dresses are lovely, but couldn't you let the models eat something?

image from fashionista.com

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


image from fashionologie

So much of fashion is nostalgia. I love the ribbon hiedi braids from the fall Rachel Roy collection. Long braided hair always reminds me of my mother.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

new york

one thing i love about living in New York is sometimes, you can be walking down the street and if it is foggy, or rainy, or you squint a little bit you can forget what decade you are living in. Well until your iPhone reminds you.

image from shorpy.com

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mr. Beene

One of my favorite jobs in grad school was working in the archive at Geoffrey Beene. I came across this blog last week and it made me think about what an amazing experience it was to see all of his amazing creations up close. Even though his clothes (especially in the 80s) could lean a little loud, the construction was always so immaculate and amazing. I feel like the rise of high end ready to wear has killed the sort of fashion designing that could come from knowledge of the human body and the ability to design for an individual body, not just a sample size.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Creature Feature

The history and evolution of natural history museums is a very interesting thing. This post on gothamist has some awesome old photos from the AMNH.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dance party

Rye Rye is awesome. The original of this song is insipid, but this remix makes me want to dance (with awesome adorable boy friends to do back up).


Monday, February 7, 2011

with thanks

My mother always stressed the importance of writing thank you notes. I find this site very refreshing.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

more awesome things

a letter from buddy holly to his parents.

my friend sam is haveing a V day sale in her etsy shop

buy some valentines.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011


this has shown up on almost all my friends blogs/tumblers/shared feeds today. and each time it makes me laugh. so i thought i would share the love.

credit: dan gneiding