Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
last night, i attended the opening night performance of the new york city ballet. it was magical. truly. going to the ballet is so romantic. a luminous celebration of art and beauty. everyone dressed for the evening. ladies and gentlemen. the feel of it all. one of my favorite ballerinas came as a guest dancer from the paris opera ballet, aurelie dupont. seeing her perform was indescribable. her artistry, energy, grace.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
we spent saturday evening celebrating beatrice in a rather stately city apartment. elegantly decorated with muted colors and row upon row of books. a gathering of delightful friends and a birthday girl who looked like a delectable piece of cake!
and happy birthday to my nana!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
fall in love with new york! travel to times square! in the simplest of ways, coming to this rather absurd part of the city makes me feel like a kid again. absolute astonishment. looking up and in one million directions. lights so bright you always think it's daytime. signs for broadway shows, chain restaurants with everything fried and delicious on their menus, the double-decker sightseeing buses. oversized and over-the-top. tourists from everywhere taking pictures of each other. smiling. new york city. feel the energy.
sometimes i think that no matter how sleepy my little west village street is, forty six blocks away, there it is. times square. it seems as though it is a different world.
i've only lived in manhattan for (almost) a year, but i hope that for how ever long i am here, times square will always give me the same feeling it did visiting when i was nine years old. glamour. excitement. magic. and i hope and hope that even the most supercilious of new yorkers feel the same.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
last night, i went to see la danse: le ballet de l'opéra de paris at film forum. it was a two and a half hour glorious journey behind-the-scenes of the paris opera ballet. i had waited and waited for this film. and it certainly lived up to everything that i had dreamed of. they said that the ballet is a present to the audience. and everything that leads up to that fanciful gift was shown in this film; the costumes being sewn, the props constructed, the music being practiced, the meetings with the artistic director, the endless, endless rehearsals.
they quoted maurice béjart saying that a dancer is "half nun. half boxer." that is the perfect description. so much work goes into each performance. so much thought. dedication. diligence. to result in effortless beauty.
oh and the film even showed the beekeeping above the palais garnier.
annie rescued a heap of old photographs out of a trash can in uruguay. she let me take these two home. love!
hannukah/christmas gift this year: a 2010 abt subscription? i can not think of anything that i would greater adore.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
with every treasure i have, i am constantly surrounding myself with beauty and happiness. naturally, the music that i listen to represents this. going to the ballet is one of the greatest joys in my life. truly. the dancing, the costumes, the glamor. the music. it is comprehensively glorious to me. i am so lucky to live in a city where the most beautiful of performances are held. and i feel fortunate simply having the ability to realize my favorite things and pursue them.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
some smells are certainly more pleasant than others.
my favorites; fresh bakery bread, a few seconds of an opened-door nail salon, the fresh and fluffy fragrance from passing by an apartment building's laundry room dryer vent, the horse and carriages of central park, burning nag champa from the woman selling incense in front of the w4 subway station.
but none are more wondrous to me than the saccharine scent of nuts 4 nuts on a chilly, autumn night.
i love collecting vintage greeting cards. they seem a little bit lovelier than the ones that are created today. less obligatory, in a way. more charming. polite. thoughtful. set in an era where they were more likely to be adored.
Monday, November 02, 2009
in college, we had this lovely costume store called old gold that everyone would rush to in the beginning of october. throughout the years, i got my costumes there. it was wonderful. and easy.
this is annie circa junior year.
a very detailed hiker-mom created in a jiffy!