Friday, December 31, 2010

Milk Punch.

This stuff has been getting devoured at our house all through the holidays. Apparently Ben Franklin was also a fan.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

My Light.

That i like a lot. Simple and old is just always good.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas is coming.

I've officially begun my countdown to flying home for Christmas. Two. More. Weeks. I haven't been this excited to go home since i've been in London, and i can't exactly place why that is. I think it might be the excitement that generally sweeps through the house at this time of year, and the oncoming cold and snow, and the knowledge that when i walk through the back door of my house there will be a little brother and a massive rottweiler to greet me. I cannot wait.

Belated Thanksgiving.

So, being here in London as an American, the one thing that really just hasn't felt quite right yet is Thanksgiving. Having shops open the day of, and people not understand why you want to celebrate it the day of the holiday just makes for lots of Thanksgiving feeling confusion. This year instead of cooking myself we went to a friend's house, and i of course was put in charge of making the pies. I made them the night before because i knew i wouldn't have time the next day, and i found myself flitting around the house rolling out pie crust, trying to find something to make holes in the top pie crust that was just the right size, and all the meanwhile, i did my best to talk with all of my friends and family back home. We laughed about Thanksgivings abroad, and in some ways the night before, talking to friends, felt more like Thanksgiving than the next day. There's nothing quite like video chatting with your mom across the Atlantic while you both giggle over how time consuming it is to make four pies.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Another Period Drama.

There seems to be something in the air over here in England, and lucky for me it centers around period dramas. Being saddened about the loss of Downton Abbey i've discovered a four part series on Channel Four called Any Human Heart. So far, so good. I'm only one episode in and totally hooked. Jim Broadbent stars in the series, which has been adapted from the book of the same name, and it traces the life of Logan Mountstuart, a writer growing up in the glorious 20s. Let's see where this one goes!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

London Fog.

Care Packages from Home.

There's nothing quite like the care packages that i get as a joint effort from my mother and little brother. To give you the best idea of what joy this brings me i will simply make a list of what i discovered in the latest one i received.

+ one pair frye boots i've been missing
+ one grass green sweater wrapped in ribbon for the boy
+ a box of john deere fruit snacks
+ a bag of miniature halloween candy
+ one package leopard print tissues
+ one kitten shaped hole punch
+ one package huge stick on rhinestones
+ one birthday coupon from a sushi restaurant we frequent at home
+ one portuguese postcard found by little brother at school
+ one package thank you notes
+ martha stewart cookies magazine
+ a hat my mom crocheted

I'm not positive what i'll do with it all yet, but i do know it continually makes me smile when i look at it all.

Monday, November 15, 2010


I periodically write for ArtWrit, and love so much doing so. The newest issue is out now with a piece i wrote about the Sunflower Seeds by Ai WeiWei in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern. Check it out!

Jane Eyre.

As someone who just got over the wonderful series that was Downton Abbey, it doesn't need to be said that i'm a sucker for period dramas. And that addiction coupled with my love of Jane Eyre makes me insanely excited about this new film. I've been lucky enough to meet the director a few times, and the fact that he is totally hilarious and charming doesn't hurt me wanting to see this either. The countdown begins!

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Past Few Weeks.

The past few weeks have been big ones. Moving into a new flat. A one year london anniversary. The boy's birthday. Our one year anniversary. My birthday. A housewarming party. And work work work work work. Now that it's all over i've realized that it's just now i'm getting to sit back and take all of the excitement in. Sometimes i forget that it's good to take a second to enjoy things instead of being so meticulous that you're always thinking of what's next. The past few weeks have been completely incredible.

A Fast Change.

Autumn came fast. Leaves turned colors up and down the streets i walk down day in and day out. Chillier breezes started picking up. Menus became more cozy. Days became shorter. And now all of the sudden it's seemingly winter. It starts getting dark at 4:30. All i want to eat is soup. All i want to do is curl up under a huge blanket. All i can think about is how soon christmas will rush to greet us all. It's become the time of year where everyone starts getting pensive, thinking about the year that's gone by. Where did autumn go so fast? It seemed like it just got here. I'm not ready for winter yet.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Single Color Palette.

Everything around me always seems to have the same color palette. Greyish seafoam green, coral, raspberry, charcoal. Everywhere i look around me it's these colors all the time.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Seeing Yourself.

(image by b.ferry)

This past sunday at Violet seemed to be the day the bloggers all descended on the shop. Two of my favorite london blogs b. ferry and this is naive came and captured incredibly stunning images of the shop and all of the glory of it's little details. It's funny seeing yourself, and the place you spend so much time, up on a website you frequently visit. It makes you feel removed, like you're looking at yourself in a fishbowl.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

How Things Look.


This week Violet played host to the book launch party for Claire Ptak's new cookbook all about Whoopie Pies! It was an amazing night full of champagne, and beautiful people and lots and lots of whoopie pies.

Autumn is here.

Autumn has officially arrived in london and trying to find leaves that turn color is a challenge. This is perhaps the thing i miss most about being at home at this time of year. On my walk from home to work i found a few trees that seemed to have changed just for me.

Monday, October 11, 2010


Proof that some parts of the world really are still undiscovered, but just not where we imagined them to be.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Coming back to the real world.

Being away for a week in the magical place that is Cornwall isn't exactly easy when the welcoming arms of London equals ten hour work days and cold damp weather. For seven days i was transported to a place where i didn't have to carry around anything in my pockets save a deck of cards and a flashlight, most definitely not my phone since there is no hope of cell phone service. It's that kind of week that makes you ponder whether maybe the quiet life is the good life and maybe you should just spend your savings on a humble cottage and enjoy living by the sea not needing too much. These times that make you realize how wonderful candle light is and being able to see stars at night and only hear the sound of waves as you wonder back to your house.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

What life has been looking like.

It's funny moving to a new place and learning how your day will start to look different. From waking up in a new room, to walking down your new street, to finding new routes to work, everything changes. And somehow it's all exciting, even if in this case it's actually just for a month. Here's what life has been looking like this past week.