Friday, May 15, 2009
I'm heading to a wedding this weekend and the rehearsal dinner is tonight at Maison Boulud, yum! The food is excellent and the service is divine (as is the GM!). I've met chef Daniel Boulud a couple times in Beijing and New York; it's refreshing that he is a joyful, genuine guy. Image
Located in the Legation Quarter, the setting has a blemished history. Foreign legations fist located there in the 1860s, but after the Boxer Rebellion (1900) a wall was built around a cluster of structures and Chinese residents were forced out. For a period the American Embassy and diplomatic residences were located there, sealed off from the immediate environment--it became a city within the city exclusively for foreigners with many Chinese nationalists resenting the Quarter as a symbol of foreign aggression. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) looting and vandalism were rampant and only a few stately structures survived. One of those now ironically houses Maison Boulud, bon appétit. Image
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Last night I met with an American fellow who had traveled to Beijing to visit his father and because of a slight temperature when he was tested at the airport, he was quarantined in a Chinese hospital for a week (mind you his temperature was normal and he never had any other symptoms the entire week). Not exactly a warm welcome, but he seemed to be in pretty good spirits, here's his story. In addition, pork is no longer being served at many restaurants and China has banned pork imports from 36 states. Man this nickname for the H1N1 virus is giving pigs a bad rep. Image
Friday, May 8, 2009
Back from a glorious weekend out at the Great Wall. Apparently the Domino tag sale was well picked over in the first hour, so I'm feeling my weekend without the lines and the hassle was especially well spent. I love this illustration by Noumeda Carbone entitled the 'Passion of Puccini,' it feels feminine without being girly. He uses ink, pigment liner and photoshop to create little surprises.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
HBO's documentary about the earthquake of May 12, 2008 looks like a powerful piece. Not surprisingly it's not airing in China, but I will do my best to get a copy of it somewhere. Premieres on Thursday, May 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Sometimes wearing a handband makes me feel more put together, this is especially true with my new headband with feathers (on sale!). It's petite and subtle. My sister got the second one, which didn't look good with my curly hair, but looks very 1920s chic in her auburn locks.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Hats are back. And thank goodness because I burn so easily. I just got this straw fedora which is perfect for summer; it shields me from sun as well as unwanted eye contact:) I wear the brim flipped down in the front--not as shown in the picture.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sometimes on my vacations an unplanned mascot emerges. Such was the case with 'Peggy Sue,' a blow up Penguin purchased at a dollar store in Beijing, who tagged along on our recent trip to the Philippines. I love the first picture of 'flat laura' created by my friend's niece and mailed to my friend in Beijing to take along with her during a trek through Nepal.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
My friend taught me a great trick to keep ballet flats and other potential potent shoes odor free even after a long hot summer...put them in the freezer! Apparently most odor causing bacteria are killed off by the low temp. Here's a full tutorial.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Ok, I'm a bad blogger. I left for vacation which included Easter, Passover and a wedding, 3 states in ten days not to mention a 14hr flight there and back and just didn't do any blogging. Anyway on NPR today, I came across this image of Queen Rania. I don't want to get into the Israel debate here, but in a style/fashion sense, she really puts the glamor back in royalty.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I first saw these dramatic beauts at city sage and followed the link to artist Kari Herer. These would be perfect hung in a set of three over a bed, so much so that I was finally motivated to sign up with etsy and paypal to complete the purchase. Hopefully the hubby agrees, otherwise they will be gifted to lucky friends and family:)