Wednesday, December 23, 2009

white [christmas]

hello and happy whatever you celebrate! i haven't posted in a few days, and i'll tell you why: i am effing exhausted. i don't know that i would be able to describe myself as a "night person," since i usually fall asleep watching a movie at about 12 pm, but i can safely say i am not now nor have ever been a morning person, and waking up at 6 am most days (or 4 am this morning, to be there at 5 am) is really taking its toll on my desire to get dressed up after coming home in the afternoon covered in cake batter. don't get me wrong, i love the job and i'll totally get used to the early rising, but at the moment i am absolutely wiped out.

however, a couple reasons for posting today, before the holidays come and i head out of town; one, of course, to wish you all a lovely couple of days, hopefully a nice break from work and a good fews meals. i baked pashka to bring to sam's house and am very excited at the prospect of sleeping in for a couple of days. secondly, though, i wanted to do a post dedicated to the lovelymiss kennedy holmes, who has not only a lovely blog but also a fantastic etsy shop. i recently was lucky enough to win a contest on the equally beautiful and charming erin of calivintage's blog, and the prize was a surprise vintage package from kennedy. i received it a couple of days ago and was completely taken with it: a vintage hatbox tied with yarn, topped of with a lula and filled to the brim with vintage goodies, including a slip, a beautiful beaded cardigan, pillbox fur hat, and two gorgeous purses, one containing two hairpieces and a necklace. i wear the necklace and cardigan here, and hold one of the purses; the rest is soon to come, as i looove it all. thanks erin and kennedy!

slip: vintage
skirt: gift from a friend, i shortened it (and now i can see the thread i left hanging, oops)
shoes: steve madden
belt: thrifted
necklace: kennedy holmes
cardigan: kennedy holmes

all right, i feel like an old lady but it's 10:27 and i can barely keep my eyes open. i'm going to close them, and my computer. until after the holiday - have a lovely weekend, safe travels to all!

xo audrey

Saturday, December 19, 2009

golden girl

what is happening with my hair here, i can't say. the ever-ongoing attempt to grow it long continues, and gets pretty awkward in the winter months as the humidity isn't around to curl it as much and it kind of gets dry and floofy instead. anyhow.

sam and i are brewing beer and yesterday, after 2 weeks or so of fermenting in our hall closet, it was bottling day. we started off the day by heading to a goodwill near our place, where i went into the dressing room with my arms full of sweaters and came out with three choice picks at $4.99 a piece - only to realize, as sam pointed out to me this morning, that one of them has "SAMPLE" written across the back in sharpie. fail. from there we headed to a fabric store in south brooklyn that was completely jam-packed with stuff i wanted. the second we walked in i stopped in my tracks and murmured, "oh no, this is trouble." i kept myself from going too crazy, though, and just bought a couple of embellishments that i'll find a way to incorporate, and some thread so i could finally get some hemming done and repair some shoes.

from there, a record store in park slope where we scored two velvet underground reissues and i winked my way into picking up a used copy of abbey road for three dollars. we stopped at the grocery store and then sam ran into the homebrew shop; by this time we were both ravenous, so we headed home and i made some rigatoni with soysage, onion, garlic, and shiitakes in a cream sauce. we bottled the beer after supper and stowed the bottles back away for a couple more weeks of fermentation.

i'm determined to take on making cheese next. the process actually seems pretty simple, and how cool would that be?

my outfit for the day's to-and-fro:

shirt: a little boutique in red hook
jacket: snagged on super-sale in a shop in portland, OR
pants: OTTE online's outlet store
shoes: you can't see 'em, but they're devotte
necklace: ebay
belt: thrifted

it's snowing outside, nat king cole is on the record player and i have soup to make; i'm thinking beet-carrot with some goat cheese. winter is definitely here, and i am totally out.

have a lovely weekend, everyone!

xo audrey

Thursday, December 17, 2009

ok, but just one

quick wedding-related post. when i was back in chicago i had a custom invitation side business that kept me pretty busy; i made mostly bar and bat mitzvah invitations, but dabbled in some wedding work. i love doing calligraphy and even then i could appreciate how special it is to be a part of someone's wedding. so i've been thinking i'd love to do the invitations myself, especially since i have plenty of time to do so, but then i found these, thanks to selena (she has a great blog too, check it out!)

they are from RIFLE design, whom, from the looks of things, is actually launching a wedding line on their shop any day now, so i may be in luck! what do you guys think - i'd love to design my own, but these seem pretty perfect. . .

xo audrey

mmm clothes

found these charming photos that manage to combine two of my greatest loves by katrin schacke via my friend margot's blog, pitch design union - i've mentioned her blog before but it's a must-read, her taste is spot-on and she is always digging up beautiful and charming design from all over.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

so this is love

growing up, my family didn't have television, but what we did have was every disney movie ever made. to be honest, that stopped right around hunchback of notre dame (my siblings and i were getting older and losing interest,) but it's the older ones that i like the best anyway; the time before computer animation made everything so polished, when the songs were just great songs (well, sometimes.) the "sing sweet nightingale"s and just about anything from dumbo. i've had this one stuck in my head for the last couple of days; maybe posting it here will release me from its clutches (even if it does mean revealing my disney dorkiness to the world.)

anyway. a couple of quick outfits to catch me up to date. i got a job at a bakery a couple weeks ago which means early mornings donning jeans, a t-shirt and some onitsuka tigers; comfy indeed, but rather anti-climactic for posting purposes. so, instead, here's what i was wearing friday night (right before he proposed) and the night after, when we went out to a friend's for dinner, then to a benefit, and i drank a lot of champagne in celebration.

top: h&m
sweater jacket: thrifted
jeans: cheap monday
boots: 80%20
pearls: thrifted

top: anthropologie dress
pants: anthropologie
shoes: devotte
purse: etsy, vintage

not sure if there's anything new here clothing-wise but i'm trying to mix it up a bit with location.

one more disney song before i'm out - found this behind-the-scenes of one of my favorite disney songs of all time, he's a tramp. has there ever been a sexier song in a kids' movie? and i had no idea that peggy lee had written/performed it! and i love the line, "it painted our hero as quite a gay dog with the ladies." enjoy.

the wedding isn't going to be until sometime in 2011 (we're thinking spring or summer. . . or fall. . . sometime warm) so i'm trying not to be too crazy about posting stuff, but i already have a few things i've been eyeballing that i'll post soon.

until then,

xo audrey

ps - to the couple of inquiries about the stevej & yonip dress - after a few days of no one inquiring, i decided to take matters into my own hands, and i started to alter it so i can more easily wear it every day. sorry! i will post photos once i'm done with it.

Monday, December 14, 2009

he liked it; therefore he put a ring on it

i'll keep this short and sweet for now - my face hurts from smiling so much and my to-do list seems to have grown exponentially over the weekend. friday night the man of my dreams asked me to marry him, and i said yes. for now, a quick shot of the ring he proposed with (his mom's, i absolutely LOVE it) - we're picking out a new one this weekend.

i apologize in advance for the abundance of wedding dresses and other maritally related posts in the future. i cannot contain my excitement; i have never been happier in my life!

so please, dear readers, be patient with me - the posts will come, but i have to go happy dance around my apartment for awhile first.

xo audrey

Sunday, December 6, 2009


i'm trying something new for a few days - attempting to look at the camera. i have to use the photos for something else as well - something very exciting that i'll talk about more later - and i think they want to see my face, which i hate, but am trying to oblige.

this is a collection of pieces that i saw and wanted. badly. but couldn't justify the cost of, so i kept stalking them (in the case of the shirt and the skirt, i actually kept returning to the stores to try them on and see if they had decreased at all in price, in the case of the boots by googling them repeatedly) until i finally managed to convince myself that they were "affordable." and here they are, all in one coincidental outfit. the skirt i absolutely loved in the store but never really found a good shirt to pair it with, so it's hung basically unworn in my closet for the last few months - until miss emma pillsbury has been wearing it (in two different colors!) on glee lately and i decided i had to pull it back out.

shirt: interlud
skirt: j crew
boots: irregular choice
socks: american apparel
necklace: my mom
purse: vintage

the blouse is so lovely, with the multi-layered color and the little silk details on the sleeves; and the boots i drooled over on urban outfitter's website, only to have them go on sale when i was dead broke; they disappeared in my size and my tiny-footed friend erika got a pair and started wearing them, making me want them that much more. months later, they reappeared, and i snatched them up. so here they are.

sunday night post-falafel movie time. catch you later -

xo audrey

Friday, December 4, 2009


i've been finding lots of inspiration these days in the form of emma pillsbury, aka jayma mays' character on glee. she wears lots of bright colors and very cute vintage-inspired modern pieces, and lots and lots of cute little details like bows. there is even a site dedicated to shopping the looks she wears in every episode.

early meeting at a bakery this morning, so i wanted to be a bit more polished than usual; i thought this look was very emma pillsbury.

blouse: church & state
pants: rodebjer
shoes: devotte
hat: vintage, from dublin (my parents got it on their honeymoon)
purse: vintage, a gift from sam

tonight - making dinner for some friends. i haven't decided what the main course will be but dessert is cooling in the fridge - nutella creme bruleés, yum!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

circus circus

hi everyone! my gosh, how is it december already?! it doesn't really feel like it - 64 degrees outside according to my weather widget, but that's neither here nor there.

some happenings in the recent days: i've watched about a dozen movies. some epic (the warriors,) some unwatchable (in the loop.) made coconut/blueberry/pecan granola. assisted sam with mushroom paté. got halfway through 'lolita.' made a second attempt at fishing. went thrift store shopping in a small town in northern jersey.

sweater: thrifted in Jersey
skirt: my dress from guy baxter (i'm in loooove)
belt: thrifted in Chicago
tights: anthropologie
boots: alice and olivia for payless, ebayed

my friend kt just arrived so i must away for now, more soon!

xo audrey

Thursday, November 26, 2009

time, travel

sam and i packed our bags and headed to sunny california tuesday afternoon, and this is what i wore. i find myself getting dressed up to travel often; i don't know why i have the impulse, perhaps it's nostalgia for a time i never experienced, when getting on a plane was a big deal and everyone wore An Outfit and you were served steak and smoked cigarettes from holders the entire plane ride. (i'm glad some things have changed.)

new york was strangely warm when we left, so i didn't even throw a coat on over this, but of course nothing compares to southern california. yesterday was nearly 80 and sam and i sat outside in bathing suits and read in the sun.

dress: flea market
fur collar: etsy
hair comb: etsy
shoes: a gift from seychelles

i have to run off to make apple pie and drink egg nog. i hope everyone has a lovely thanksgiving!

xo audrey

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

light as a feather

hello! it's been a busy few days here, and i'm in the midst of a great apartment clean-up, so i'll make this quick.

one - i got a job! a really cool one! more on this as the story develops. (i am terrified of jinxing it.)

two - got a few new things in the mail in the last couple of days, and this outfit incorporates two. i broke down and bought the guy baxter dress, but i really like the underslip better than the two parts together - i wore the slip yesterday (christine from mystylepill came over and i made us breakfast, black pepper shortcakes, potato galettes, scrambled eggs and fresh strawberries and blueberries) and i'll post that soon. the lace overslip has kind of weird sleeves that are tricky to wear, but i think i figured out a way that i like it.

dress: guy baxter, with a slip under from victoria's secret
belt: salvation army
shoes: kennedy holmes' etsy

back to work for me.

xo audrey

Friday, November 13, 2009

scallops, sliced

a lazy, cold thursday holed up in my apartment inspired me to remix my pink scalloped aka dress yesterday afternoon. i have this red corduroy button down dress that i bought on sale at anthro a year or so ago but have found it a bit cumbersome to wear - it's a size or two too big for me (i have this retarded problem at anthropologie where i'll buy things too big if they are super on sale, telling myself i'll take them in [which i sometimes do] or find a way to make them work as is [which i may have finally done with this pairing.]) i've had a half-cocked notion of turning this dress into a dressy overcoat of sorts, since it unbuttons all the way; i really love pink and red together, to such a degree that i actually replaced the little buttons that came on this dress (they used to be fake-fancy black and rhinestone dealies) with red heart buttons that i found on etsy.

under dress: aka, from gilt
over dress: anthropologie
shoes: alice and olivia for payless
headband: UO
belt: salvation army

the radiators are on in my apartment and despite the cold, it is a bit too toasty in here. so i'm going to take this warm laptop off my lap and get into the day.

xo audrey

Thursday, November 12, 2009

guy baxter

!!! run, don't walk, to guy baxter's online shop. i am heavily eyeballing the ellen dress, which i spotted online somewhere weeks ago but couldn't figure out who made it; imagine my delight upon not only to stumbling upon it here, but seeing it marked down to $55 from $342!!

it's such a charming print softened with the floral chiffon overlay. absolutely everything is on sale for 50% off the final sale price if you use the code gb7696. i can't tell when the sale ends so i'd get in there.

this has been a public service announcement.

xo audrey


last night i went out for wine with christine from mystylepill. ladies and gentlemen, do not be fooled. this girl is slight, sweet and all smiles, but she will drink you under a table. after two hours and a few glasses of white wine, i was unable to form sentences while christine was outlining quantum theory on our cocktail napkins. okay, not actually, but she walked home with grace while i poured myself into a cab. christine, i tip my raccoon tailed hat to you. you are one classy lady. and you can really handle your veltliner.

today's outfit definitely draws its inspiration from the lovely erin at calivintage and her recent scalloped blazer. i browsed my closet today and found two scalloped items that haven't seen much airtime and decided to pair them together. this blouse is stupidly hard to wear - the sash is a little weird, it's too high-waisted for most pants and skirts and too frilly to wear with anything fancy or anything too casual. i like this pairing, though, and think i'll go back to it in the future.

shirt: vintage, picked up from old hollywood
dress: aka, scoured from gilt
shoes: alice & olivia for payless, ebayed
necklace: ebay

xo audrey

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

heavens to betsy, i love etsy

sam and i went to new jersey this weekend to go fishing, as i may have mentioned, and came back sunday afternoon with some striped bass in the freezer and this hat on my head. i bought it on etsy late one night last week after quite a bit of wine, and now i'm obsessed with it. we went to a wolfmother/heartless bastards concert that night, and it was unseasonably warm - like ridiculously so - and i wore some denim cutoffs, one of sam's plaid shirts and my new favorite accessory.

and for today, a skirt i haven't pulled out in a while. i bought it on sale at anthropologie but by the time i got to it they were out of my size; i've taken it in an inch or two since i wore it last so that it fits a bit higher up on the waist, which is how i seem to be wearing everything these days.

shirt: very old, from express
skirt: anthropologie
socks: american apparel
shoes: nine west

debating going out tonight or hermiting it up in my apartment and baking all night long. french pastries are a dangerous addiction, folks. don't get mixed up in this shit.

xo audrey

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

accidental wonder woman

yesterday i did a big organization overhaul, and in the midst of the cleaning i found a very bright red lipstick i had to wear in a shoot for work a couple years ago. at the time i thought it hideously bright; but i've been searching for a perfect shade of red lipstick lately, and i now absolutely adore it.

shirt: vintage, etsy
skirt: american apparel
shoes: jeffrey campbell
belt: vintage, thrifted

i find that i accidentally dress like wonder woman about once every two weeks. the worst case of it is probably this one. i'd originally had on cowboy boots with this outfit but that seemed just a tad too superhero for my tastes.

been baking up a storm lately: fresh country bread, pumpkin cinnamon raisin rolls, blackberry and blueberry clafoutis, and white chocolate blueberry cookies in the last couple of days.

more soon to come, and much love until then -

xo audrey

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

what i (actually) wore

well, a peek at the weather made no tights somewhat unrealistic, and the intense discomfort of those boots paired with the fact that i planned on walking the 2 miles to dumbo kind of knocked those out, too. i never really take photos in all my winter gear, so here's one: what i actually wore out the door.

dress: same as before
belt: not pictured but there
hat: old, purchased in ireland in the 80s
coat: anthropologie
gloves: who knows
shoes: pour la victoire
tights: dkny

and this is why i don't look at the camera. i look like a total creeper.

and i'm off! sushi dinner and a nice early goodnight, i hope.

xo audrey


hallo! today i bring you a post made up of things that have been lying around my apartment - either in my fridge or the back of my closet - for some time now.

i got home from job hunting at around 7:00 pm, a bit chilled, tired, and starving. i set out to use some of the copious amounts of leftover food in the refrigerator after days on end of cooking meals from scratch. the first course was easy enough: a variation on the carrot soup recipe i posted a couple of weeks ago. i made a big batch this weekend and had plenty left over, so i reheated one portion on the stove, added some balled and sliced granny smith apple, and set that aside. next to use up the rest of the apple, some of the cheeses taking up space in the fridge after a (very disappointing) lasagna last week, and some wheat sourdough bread about to go bad. sautéed the bread, added ricotta, prosciutto, tomato, and granny smith apples, and voila! a nice little soup and sandwich combo. i added a hard pear cider for good measure.

post-dinner i retreated into my bedroom for some reading until my friend amy arrived from portland. in new york for one night only for work, we spent the evening drinking wine. . . plenty of it. . . and chatting until she had to head to her hotel. as a strange result of this copious wine consumption, i woke up this morning and checked my email to discover that i had somehow purchased a raccoon-tailed hat off etsy late last night. i have no regrets.

today a dress i bought almost a year ago at a pop-up flea market in chelsea; a belt i bought at urban outfitters that has but once seen the light of day; and a hat i picked up at an odd shop in my neighborhood and can't quite figure out what to do with. it perches on my head in such a way that it kind of looks like a bonnet; i considered naming this post "little miss muffet" because that's what i feel like in it.

dress: flea market
belt: UO
shoes: alice and olivia for payless
hat: small antique store in fort greene

i'm out again to paper brooklyn with my resumé. have a lovely afternoon, everyone!

xo audrey

Monday, November 2, 2009

dreams for sale

okay, that sounds super sad. it really isn't. but i bought this dress months ago after salivating over it for a few weeks; it's beautiful in person, but i've only worn it once or twice and i just never liked it in person as much as i did on the model. (go figure.) it wasn't cheap, so i want to just put it out there that i'm willing to sell and see if there are any takers. it's the beaut seen here:

and here:

it's a size small, and it has an elastic waist so there's plenty of room for a good fit. there is a bit of fraying on the pleated silk in the front, but it really doesn't detract from the dress; other than that, it's as good as new.

if you're interested, email me ( or leave a comment.

xo audrey

the ground on which i walk and the roof over my head

i keep talking about how much i love my apartment. i am not a skilled enough photographer to take beautiful photos of the entire space, but one of my favorite things about the apartment (which is quite old) is the tin ceilings and different floors. almost every room has a different pattern on the ceiling and the floors are so tattered but absolutely gorgeous.

i'm off to union square for coffee with rachel of glasses glasses. ttfn!

xo audrey

clad in plaid

monday, monday. had to wake up briefly this morning at the ungodly hour of 6 am to help sam out the door; i pretty promptly fell back asleep until about 10 am, woke up, had some cereal and coffee and a few pages of john lennon: the life, a brick of a book that i'm about halfway through and can't get enough of. if you are any kind of beatles fan, or just like a well-written biography (a rare enough book, in my experience) i can't recommend it enough.

after posting yesterday i had a nice supper of falafel with all the fixings and then settled down with a nice belgian beer, my boy and big trouble in little china. i know i can't shut up about how good life is, but man, domestic bliss is kind of awesome. i love my apartment and i've become such a homebody lately, but in a way that somehow doesn't feel sad or lame. i am very ready for winter and the excuse to sequester myself in my cosy apartment for a couple of months.

shirt: actually a dress, by esley, i bought it in portland (you can see the full thing here)
skirt: bought from that amazing thrift store outside of philly
belt: also from said thrift store
necklace: ebay
bow tie: one of my shoe clips
shoes: devotte
socks: american apparel

today i'm sending off resumés to as many restaurants as i can find via my school jobs board, then making a list of dream bakeries in brooklyn, the plan being to stop in personally and attempt to charm them into giving me a job. this couple of months of worklessness has been fun, no doubt, but it's time to wake up from the fairy tale and get back to real life.

currently jamming to mayer hawthorne, passed on to me by a good chicago friend. great, motown-y sound with a more modern edge; two thumbs up. to summarize, i recommend reading the john lennon biography, perhaps while listening to mayer hawthorne, drinking duvel and watching big trouble in little china. you won't be disappointed.

until tomorrow,

xo audrey

Sunday, November 1, 2009

a zebra can't change its stripes

hello and happy fallback morning! did anyone else not have a clue the time changed last night? sam and i had set an alarm for ten am (pretty standard for a weekend morning) which we usually snooze for at least an hour before actually arising, but this morning it seemed really easy to get up and get the coffee going. now i know why.

it couldn't hurt that our night last night was a pretty tame one. i grew up without trick-or-treating - my parents thought of halloween as "the devil's day" and we were forbidden from getting dressed up and partaking in the all-important childhood ritual; as a result i still have a rather sour taste in my mouth for halloween, and it seems i skipped the years of my life when i could have been something fun like a disney princess or the empire state building and skipped to being surrounded by peers dressed as a slutty ________. last night at a party there was a girl dressed as a slutty troll doll.

but, in the spirit of the hoiday, i went through my closet in search of an idea for a costume. i'd debated being a 60's stewardess, rita from arrested development, and betty draper; in the end i decided to keep it simple, and go as a zebra.

jumpsuit: h&m
tail: a sock and a few pieces of an old stocking
shoes: enzo angliolini

i didn't have a short sock and my ears were a bit too pointy so i think i may have ended up looking more like a cat. one guy at the party said i look like hobbes (of calvin & hobbes)'s sister. i kind of liked that.

sorry, again, for my infrequent postings: excuses include that the light was out in my dressing room and i couldn't figure out how to change it (seriously) and that my wisdom teeth are coming in and i. am. dying.

much love!

xo audrey

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

clear and sunny and definitely meatballs

hello! happy wednesday. had a friend over for dinner last night and although i didn't even stay up that late, i didn't get much sleep and i find myself quite foggy this afternoon. regardless, a friend is in town and a couple more are coming for dinner, so i must persevere! making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner (meatless balls for sam) and garlic bread from homemade baguettes, with a pecan pie for dessert. there is more than a small part of me that wishes it was 1950 so i could do this for the rest of my life.

sweater: thrifted from the warehouse in camden
pants: thrifted from the warehouse in camden
boots: 80%20
necklace: thrifted many, many years ago

i'm maybe going to try to sneak in a nap while i let the bread rise and the sauce simmer.

have a lovely evening!

xo audrey

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


one of the many things i've been wanting to do once i got my own apartment (and kitchen) was to start jarring fruit and veggies, making my own jams, and pickling things. yesterday was sunny and warm so i went on a neighborhood stroll and bought some carrots and daikon root and stopped at the hardware store and bought a bunch of jars. my first project was to pickle them in an attempt to recreate banh mi, delightfully light and refreshing vietnamese sandwiches. i made the baguettes in the early afternoon and then, while the dough was rising, sliced up the veggies and bottled them up with some white wine vinegar, warm water, salt and sugar. i then made some homemade mayonnaise and a coconut milk corn soup and proceeded to enjoy the meal with more than my fair share of wine and beer.

the corn soup i kind of made up as i went along, but it turned out really delicious; i've become obsessed with soup recently because my sister bought me an immersion blender for my birthday last year and it makes it so easy to turn anything into a soup. i start with a veggie and basically just add stuff until it tastes the way i want it to. as a result i'm usually full by the time the soup is done, but i always find room for dinner.

coconut corn soup

2 ears of fresh corn
2 TB butter
one can of coconut milk
about a cup of vegetable broth
a few strands of saffron
plenty of salt
white pepper

i cut the corn off the ears and put them in a large pot with the butter. sauté the corn until it is pretty soft and tastes about right; salt to taste. i added some cayenne at this point, then poured in the coconut milk and let that simmer for awhile. add the vegetable broth and continue to simmer. add about 4 strands of saffron, a couple pinches of white pepper, and as much cayenne as you want to give it some spice. you can blend it at this point or just let it be a little chunky. salt more to taste and voila! i served mine with a sprig of cilantro and a slice of avocado.

i ordered this sweater off gilt a few months ago, after stressing over whether to order and extra small or a small. at the last minute i went with the small and i've regretted it since - the sweater is just a littttle too baggy to be cute, but not quite big enough to wear as a dress. i compromised by wearing it with these very loud sparkly leggings from american apparel. i am not a proponent of leggings as pants, but if the sweater is long enough to cover your rear, i think exceptions can be made.

sweater: cacharel, gilt
leggings: american apparel
shoes: pour la victoire

to everyone who asked about the thrift store i visited while in philly, i asked sam and apparently the shop was in camden, not philadelphia proper. it was definitely a somewhat sketchy neighborhood, but isn't that always where the bargains are? the name of the thrift store was 'the village. check it out if you have the chance.

until we meet again,

xo audrey

Monday, October 19, 2009

this is what a kitchen should look like.

i'd include the mess of the flour in that statement. many apologies for my silence of late. it had been so long since i posted something that when i decided to this morning, it went like this - look for camera: 1 minute. look for camera charger/battery: 20 minutes. take photos: ten minutes. look for cable to connect camera and computer: 13 minutes. now that i've located all the necessary accoutréments (i just made up that accent mark, i hope it's in approximately the right place,) i should be able to keep up a little better.

what have i been up to in the meantime? cooking. lots and lots of cooking. some things i've made (at least what i can remember) in the last couple weeks:

eggs benedict. homemade pasta with cherry tomatoes, cheese, basil and topped with an egg yolk. basil infused creme brulée. ginger macaroons. carrot soup with granny smith apple and beet slices. beet soup with a cucumber dill garnish. mushroom goat cheese soufflés. a pear almond tart. huevos rancheros. homemade bagels. banana nut espresso muffins.

so basically i have just been living a life i didn't know could exist. where i am so happy it feels like bliss might start oozing out of my ears. but that's no reason to be so lazy about posting, and you guys have been very patient with me, so here we go.

i actually have quite a few new outfits to post - sam and i were in philadelphia last weekend and he dropped me off for a bit at the biggest thrift store i've ever seen - a huge warehouse full, and a REAL thrift store, where a pair of pants costs $1.90, not $19 like so many of the 'thrift' stores i see in brooklyn and manhattan. i picked up several things, and i really feel like a good trip to the thrift store can change your entire style, at least for awhile - i picked up two of these rather old-fashioned, high-waisted pleated skirts and i really adore the shape they make. also grabbed a few more high-waisted mom pants that you'll be sure to see a lot of, and a perfect lacoste cardigan that will definitely be making lots of appearances this winter as i attempt to stay warm in my three-quarter sleeve length coat.

top: vintage, artists & fleas
skirt: thrifted in philly
gloves: flea market
shoes: aldo

gave up on the hair straightening after one try. i think i like it better unruly anyhow.

more soon. honest.

xo audrey

**edit** i just realized i didn't even remember to black out the background of this post. THAT'S how out of practice i am i guess. i'll do it for tomorrow's post.

Monday, October 5, 2009

katherine hepburn

friday night: furniture moving. homemade margherita pizza. too much wine.

saturday: ikea (surprisingly painless,) furniture assembling (not-surprisingly painful,) banana-pecan pancakes for breakfast and dinner.

sunday: atlantic antic during the day, dinner party in the eve.

today was find-a-goddamn-job day, so i tried to tone down the weirdness and wear something relatively professional. perhaps not surprisingly difficult to do with my wardrobe. the good news is i have something brewing that i feel pretty hopeful about; i'll keep the details under wraps until i know something for sure. i'm not superstitious, but you know.

shirt: thrifted
pants: OTTE online
shoes: devotte
necklace: ebay
ring: gift, from sam, from atlantic antic
purse: thrifted

i am determined to be better about posting, but this one alone has taken forever because my internet still isn't up and running. more soon.