October 21, 2014


Who :: David Byrne & St Vincent 

These days I have very little music on my ipod because I've listened to everything on my computer a million times and I need new music... David Byrne & St Vincent are still on there though. They come and go (I don't want to get sick of the songs by over-listening to them in a short period of time) As is Thom Yorke's new album (perfect timing, Thom. Thank you, and I approve.) Thankfully Pandora is an amazing website and I have been listening to music and making a list of albums to get. Tom Waits is a big one, more Bob Dylan, some Edith Piaf, some Chopin. Need to get into some more Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Talking Heads, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Neil Young... any suggestions? I love when they appear on my Pandora stations. 

October 20, 2014


Pars - Montmartre - David Byrne Paris - David Byrne

How Music Works by David Byrne

Over the summer, I finally got my hands on How Music Works by the master himself, David Byrne. It's over 400 pages long but I managed to stay interested throughout the whole thing (I say this as if it's a triumph because I've been having a hard time finishing books lately!) As a musician, I thought it would be cool to maybe... kind of... sooort of understand the music industry... you know, it could come in handy. How Music Works was wonderful and so useful. I don't know what someone who isn't in the music world would think – if you are a big Talking Heads fan, then it's a must, if you don't really care about knowing more about music or David Byrne, well, get your hands on another classic because we only have one life and there are far too many books to read (I always get anxious about this. I'll never read them all). If you are interested, here are some real reviews:

October 18, 2014


spoleto's 2 spoleto's 1

Forgive me guys, I realize these are not the most appetizing pictures. I didn't take my camera so I asked a friend if I could use her iphone. And, well, you know, there you go. 

spoleto's 3 spoleto's 4 spoleto's 5

In early September, Northampton (oh this lovely town) had a "Northampton Restaurant Week". A long list of restaurants participated. They each offered special 3-course meals for 20 or 25 dollars. Not too bad for three courses! So I grabbed four other friends and we went to a place I'd never been to before: Spoleto's. I have to say, we were all really really happy with our meals. I got the filet mignon with fries and it was amazing. I live in France, shouldn't I have had filet mignon by now!? This may be normal (or not) but I usually always need ketchup with my fries. That's just how I like them. Well the filet mignon pepper sauce was delicious and I didn't even bother with ketchup. Finally, the trio of chocolate mousse, chocolate flourless cake and chocolate dipped strawberry... so good! We left (very) full and satisfied! 

spoleto's 6 spoleto's 7

It's the middle of October and I still have a bunch of places I'd like to go to before I leave in the middle of December. How will I fit them all in my schedule? Or actually, where will I find the money? If you are ever in Northampton, ask me for a list of recommendations! I've been around. 

October 16, 2014


Style Icon - Fashion - Trend

beautiful photo from The Northern Light

Can someone please tell me how the whole "posting pictures from Pinterest onto your blog" thing works? I see so many blogs that post pictures they've found (on Pinterest or other blogs) and then link them or don't link them back to the original source. Is it technically illegal but people do it anyway? I've started looking up every single source for the pictures I post and am only posting if somewhere on the website/blog it says something along the lines of "feel free to use my images as long as there’s a clear link to this website." I think we should all do that... 

Because of my fear that, hey you're not supposed to be posting pictures that are not yours, I will be sharing many links from now on. 

  • when I pinned this image, I got some Pinterest notifications right away. Beautiful, right?
  • Olivia Palermo, so effortless, so lovely! HERE
  • again, the girl from the first picture. Love this image.
  • not that I'm so into colors these days (I wear what I have but if I want to buy something new, it'll be black) but this is lovely
  • see? all black. Looking cool.
  • ooooor black & white & grey
  • also my uniform - HERE

Though I pin a lot of images to my style board, I don't actually know what is going in the fashion world. What is trendy, fashionable these days? Why is everything so baggy? I'm small with kind of wide hips (I think), baggy looks even less attractive on me. A lot of crazy stuff out there... I like simple à la Audrey Hepburn. Oh that lady has style... She's a fashion icon. 

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