Friday, February 22, 2013

Travelogue: The Printed Catch-Up | New York Public Library

It's 5 A.M. and I'm blogging.  Has it come to this, dear cyber world?  That the only time I can write is in the wee hours of the morning?  Not so much, but my impending flight is delayed and as such, I couldn't think of a better way to spend an hour than to catch up on some much needed B&R time (that's Blog and Rest time).

In the attempt to combine a date with a working session, JZ took me to the New York Public Library a couple weeks ago.  As such, flashes of epic historic moments flashed before my eyes as we walked through the hallowed, tourist filled corridors.  The Gutenberg bible housed there, the scores of poems inspired by it, and, hell, Carrie Bradshaw nearly getting married to Big with a bird on her head.  Yes, I went there.

Rather than blather on about books and such, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.  

Exterior of the New York Public Library at night.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

An Honest Look: LOVE by Prabal Gurung x Target

For lack of a better way to phrase it, I got bored last weekend and decided to go to not one, but two Target locations in the metro Atlanta area to check out the launch of Prabal Gurung's latest collaboration.  If you've been reading the blog, I've been incredibly jazzed about this about this for a while.  Sad to say, however, I was a tad disappointed in not the quality of the clothes, but just the product inventory that they decided to bring.  Mind you, this is Target and not Bergdorf's, but nonetheless, I'm a big proponent of stick with what you market.

I got to both stores in the late afternoon on Sunday, and was keen on acquiring a pair of black strappy heels and a red ruffled dress (you know, for dates with JZ...).  Unfortunately, both stores only possessed neon items of both varieties.  Not to mention, much of the items paired in Target's lookbook weren't available, as one item was there and another item was no where to be found, which was insanely disappointing for those wanting to recreate looks.  I'm not sure if this was the case in every store, but it definitely was the case in the two different locations I visited.

I ended up pulling 3 different pieces, and proceeded to pull a massive self-picture session in the dressing room.  No shame here.  Check out the damage on the next page.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Deals & Steals 2/5 - 2/12

It's still Tuesday, I know, but I'm still insanely excited for this weekend.  While it's not exactly the best of weeks, especially coming after January Let's-Get-Rid-of-All-Our-Merch sales, but hey, we're entering a new season!  Filled with groundhogs predicting early spring, Beyonce's world tour, and everything in between.  Alright, my excitement is a little more targeted.  For starts, Prabal Gurung finally launches his collection for Target on Sunday, 2/10.  Not to mention, Barneys New York just started their warehouse sale website.  It's not that cheap, but it sure is pretty to look at.  Check out a listing of this week's deals and steals below.

Monday, February 4, 2013

In Transit: Train & Vignettes

I think this time around I'm going to take a new approach to planning out my life.  Instead of making promises that I'll break like telling people that I'll write more, I'm just going to preach the value of "no."  It appears that every time I say "yes, I will do something", life happens to body slam me with work.  This month, I vow to say no in the vain hopes that that no will turn into a freer schedule.

That said, I thought about this morning how nice it would've been to write a fantastic little vignette on riding trains and being free-spirited.  Instead, I worked my little toosh off from New York City - Penn Station to Providence, save an hour nap and a snapshot or two from Instagram.

Manhattan skyline taken from the Acela, via Instagram.

I love trains.  Something about a train station just breathes whimsy to me... with the very specific exception of Penn Station, which is an awful place.  Yet, train stations in their glory evoke a sense of vintage and old school romance, a la 2009's Chanel No. 5 commercial... and while, working on a train on Monday morning is stressful, there is nothing better than getting off at my little station and Providence, heading for a sandwich at CafĂ© la France, and all the while singing Simon and Garfunkel songs in your head.