I’ve been holding onto all of the images from my trip to Greece for far too long. I finally put them on my computer and the first thing I want to share with you all is the hands-down best bite I had on my 9-day trip to Greece. The best part about it was probably that I happened upon it by surprise. Nestled in an article in Food & Wine was a mention of a restaurant Assyrtiko that said you had to try the fried saganaki with fig marmalade. To my dismay, I could not for the life of me find the restaurant when we arrived in Santorini.
It wasn’t until my last day in Greece that I stepped out onto our hotel’s terrace to spot the restaurant sign, and less than a block from where I was staying no less. I convinced my friends to pop in to try what I was promised would be a delectable treat. There are so many words for delicious, but nothing comes close to describing the incredible ride my taste buds were on. The way the salty-sweet combination of the melted cheese blends with the fig marmalade, as the flaky pastry melts on the tongue, it’s positively exquisite.
Ipapantis 40, Fira, Greece
(take the stairs up to the restaurant)
I can’t wait to get this piece for my little home bar. Because besides fashion, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel had a way with words. These in particular are words to
live drink by. So yes, I drink champagne on two occasions – when I am in love, and when I am not from my new Marquis by Waterford champagne flutes of course. I got mine from Joss & Main, but here’s a similar (and slightly cheaper option).
On a regular day, I don’t wear makeup, I’m lucky if I even remember to moisturize. (Cardinal beauty sin, I know.) Every now and again I get myself into a beauty habit, it usually lasts until I realize I can squeeze out an extra ten minutes of sleep if I stop primping in the mirror.
One year, I felt particularly pale and felt the need to add a bit of color with bronzer. Another year I grew quite fond of the eye-widening powers of white eyeliner. Little known fact, black eyeliner on the inner rim of the bottom lid accentuates almond shaped eyes. Last year, I rekindled a love affair with Estée Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme mascara.
These days I’m in love with a tube of matte red lipstick. My new lacquer of choice is “Rich Red” from Max Studio, similar here.
With each passing year, we’re all called to do a bit of reflecting. All that reflecting led to me reviving this blog, even if it’s only for a little while. The last twelve months have been an interesting and tumultuous to say the least. The thing is, I wouldn’t change most of it for the world. Sure, like anyone, there are things I wish never happened, but I’m making a point to go into 2014 with as few regrets as possible. In lieu of the face that my Facebook year in review failed to capture the highlights of the past year, here’s my highlight reel, the way I see it.
I checked another destination off of my travel list when I took a trip to Greece with a couple of my best friends and a few new friends. From Athens to Mykonos to Santorini, we had a great time exploring, lounging and eating. Take a peek at the pictures here.
2. My First Solo Apartment
I guess you could say I struck out on my own nearly 3 years ago when I moved to NYC all on my lonesome. But this year I took another, bigger step to what some might call real adulthood. I moved into my first non-roommate apartment, and I’ve enjoyed setting up “house.”
3. Disney Trip
Short and sweet, but a memory I’ll share with my sister forever. It’s the first trip to Disney we can both remember (because the last time we went, she was a toddler and not the chatty teenager who won’t stop reminding me that she’s taller than me). Sure, Splash Mountain was a hell of a lot smaller than I remembered, and it rained entirely too much, but it was a great trip nonetheless.
For my annual birthday trip, my best friend and I took a trip to Mexico for a bit of fun in the sun. We explored Chichen Itza, drank quite a bit of tequila and relaxed. (Full disclosure: I’m not a relaxing vacation type of girl, I like exploring, day trips, and always having something to do, it was nice to do Cancun once, but I’m not sure I’ll ever go back). See the pics here.
5. The Dream Job (at least for now)
Picking this one was a doozy, I couldn’t really figure out what to end this on, but where my job is concerned this year has been a dream. It’s had it’s crazy moments where I thought I was going to explode, where it really and truly seemed like a nightmare. The truth of the matter is, when I cried my eyes out a year ago, not knowing whether the new job I’d taken was the “right” choice, I didn’t know how right it was. I sacrificed a safe place for something that allowed me to grow immensely. If I ever doubted myself, this past year has taught me that I can do whatever I set my mind to…
It’s been an interesting year, of that I am sure. I can only hope 2014 will be even more nerve-racking-ly awesome. Thank you to my friends who have listened to me whine, drank bottles and bottles of booze with me, and walked me through some truly character-building moments, all of which 2013 was not short on, My resolution, if I were to have one would be to keep pushing myself the way I always have and to do something today that my future self will thank me for…(I also hope I can muster up the energy to update this thing every week)
 Baroque Side Table; $675.00 – NeimanMarcus.com  Alessandra Di Tommaso Baroque Skull Lava Ring; $369.00 – Luisaviaroma.com  Murano Mosaic Millefiori Tumblers; $99.00 – Gumps.com  Mystery Gold Murano Necklace; $238.00 – Boticca.com  Josh Goot Slim Skirt; $450.00 – ShopBop.com
My trip to Venice sparked an adoration for Murano glass and re-ignited my love for the baroque style. The city floats on the Adriatic Sea, it’s beauty unveiled in every corner and crevice. My mom took to repeating “Venice is like a fairy book,” an interesting combination of fairy tale and storybook. From the Realto Market to the bridges and old doors on the canals and the man playing his violin in a corner at sunset, it’s not hard to imagine how the quiet magnificence of this city sparking a Renaissance. The spirit of the city is somehow captured in my picks and all of the plethora of pictures I took.
Sweaters are one of those few items the fashionable masses go gaga for that are just as functional as they can be indulgent. Whether it’s cashmere or wool, sweaters offer that cozy hug that keeps you warm when you’d otherwise be stuck in the teeth chattering cold (and a jacket of course).
From top left to bottom right:
Pullover Bow Sweater, $29.95; Gap.com | Royal Blue Bat-Wing Sweater, $53.99; Romwe.com | Colorlane Pullover, $59.99; Madwell.com | Tanya Taylor – Dorothy Sweater, $795.00; FarFetch.com