Month: August 2011

…flying to Italia

I am planning my trip to Italy within the next week. It’s quite stressful since, as per usual, I’ve waited until the last minute to do this. However, I needed to wait until the last minute just to get everything in order.

It’s so expensive! However I am trying not to freak out and recognize that I’m paying for an experience, and that it will be worth it in the end when I click “accept payment”.  Did you know that flights are more expensive if your trip lasts longer than 21 days? I was not aware of that.  Such a disappointing revelation, but a lesson learned.

In the meantime I look to my favorite fashion critic, the fabulous Tim Gunn and tell myself  —



…almost a couple

Happylovejoyjoy (Ellen Von Unwerth photo)

…that’s how I’m going to describe myself when people ask me if I’m single. I’m laughing out loud now at the idea! So when a person asks me if I’m single or not, I’ll say not.

“Do you have a boyfriend?”.


“Do you have a girlfriend?”


“Well then, how are you ‘almost a couple’?”

And that’s when I’ll tell them that I’m almost a couple because I’m only missing one thing – the perfect man for me. Let me preface that by saying that ‘perfect’ does not mean that the man is perfect. It just means that the man is perfect for me.

I’m half-way there to coupledom. Send me good wishes! 😉

…on music

Music soothes my soul.

I love all kinds of music, I find peace in it. Or sometimes anger, frustration, elation, love, or joy. Depends on my mood. I remember my mom telling me once that she always knew what kind of mood I was in by the music I played. I remember thinking, yeah right! Of course, as an adult, I now know that she was definitely right.

Recently they’ve been playing a Target commercial that features some young people playing bocce ball with some elders, and the elders kick their butt. Love it! What I realize is that I enjoy watching not only the fun of their interaction, but also because the music makes me want to be there with them. Marlena Shaw, thank you! Music does that to me. I love music in film for the same reason — it takes me someplace that I’ve never been, and allows me to become a voyeur to some imagined event. I love how music can ascend and then crash, become light and then return with full bass, how it accelerates in and out and swirls all around. I can feel it.

Lately I’ve been playing Florence and the Machine. She has an ethereal voice and I like her lyrics as well as the musical arrangement of her songs. Last week I saw a world hip-hop concert featuring Blitz the Ambassador, and a group Marthin Chan and Malverde who closed their set with a Spanish version of Dead Prez’ “It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop” — yes, that was hot!  Blitz was amazing – I’ve never even heard of him before. He and his band gave us a little musical history lesson as an intro.  But that’s what I love about music – you could discover new music every day for the rest of your life and never be able to listen to all that the world has to offer. The possibilities are endless.  Since I watched part of American Idol this past season and Scotty won (go-Scotty-go since I knew you were going to win from the day you auditioned – yes, ask my co-workers), now I want to explore some country music. I like certain songs but I’ve never actively sought it out until Scotty.

Raise your expectations and release your assumptions when it comes to music.  If you see me driving on your street, I might be blasting Achi Lagti Ho or something from Khaira Arby’s musical trove. Or I may be in a Florence kind of mood… Happiness hit her, like a train on a track…

Varied, ’cause that’s how I do.


An outdoor seating area from, Isabelle and Brandon's home

Are you kidding me? As I was driving to work, I saw a medium-sized truck pass by with the word “Poliform” on it. I immediately wondered what type of company it was, and then thought that it might be something related to furniture made out of polyester. I mean its such a odd name, right? Like very industrial-sounding, and seemingly very functional with no style.


I get to work and peruse the Apartment Therapy blog (since I have a latent desire for interior design) and come upon a small studio apartment designed by Paul — it is a beautiful work of art I must say. Geez! Anyway, at the end of his explanation of what inspired his design he goes on to say that he would love to have his whole house designed by…wait…for…it…

Poliform! Coinky-dink? I think so. Now I must look this company up, because if its anything like Paul’s apartment, its something that I would love. Not only is it a look that I enjoy (its how I’d want my future male best friend’s apartment to look like), but its also “made in Italy”! The company has lots of style, although not mine in particular, but it has very chic yet masculine lines.  Hey Universe, are you trying to tell me something? In the meantime, I will satisfy myself with the pic above of what my future outdoor dining area will look like…