Friday, July 3, 2015

suddenly sudeley

On one particularly blustery English day, we woke up to cold rain, chilled winds, and a 14-mile hike awaiting us. So instead of squeezing into mud-caked hiking boots, we donned our "best" (worn jeans and rain coats) and took to local Sudeley Castle. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

walk this way

After years of thinking about going to the gym, attempting to juice once a day, and pretending I've done some serious hiking, I finally have real street cred here in Colorado, thanks to some small, retirement villages in England. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

june most loved

1// Shaun the Sheep 
I've been a Wallace and Gromit fan since day one. When I visited Marine in Cork, her boyfriend insisted we watch the new Shaun the Sheep movie, a film starring Wallace and Gromit's famed sheep from "A Close Shave". I'm obsessed. Shaun and the rest of the flock are so funny, so sweet, and the story is so heartwarming, a particular achievement since it lacks any dialogue whatsoever. I've been watching clips from the Shaun the Sheep TV show nonstop. The movie comes out in American cinemas on August 7 and you can bet your ass I'll be first in line. 

2// asian noodle soup
Rare beef pho and ramen. I can't get enough lately. It's comfort food at its finest. I've already picked out favorite soup spots in Fort Collins. Luckily, I haven't had the same waiter twice yet. My father: Oh, it's lucky because you can meet more people this way. Me: ...or because I don't want them to know how often I frequent the pho place. 

After spying crowds of tall, blonde, beautiful Dutch women dancing through the streets of Amsterdam in sleek sneaks, I needed a pair for myself. These Nike's are chic and comfortable, my M.O. They pair with everything in my closet, dressing down a silky romper or skirt, or adding a stylish twist to my usual t-shirt and jeans combo. I've said it once and I'll say it again: Thank God for Normcore. 

4// bike riding
Bike extraordinaire Andrew souped up a used mountain bike for me and I haven't left the saddle since (I take back almost every snarky comment I've made about bikes or your bike-lust, Andrew). Cruising around on the thing has proven to be the best way to get familiar with my new neighborhood. I take it out for an early morning spin to a local coffee shop or downtown to run errands. I'm looking forward to visiting my first local farmer's market on bike and coming home laden with flowers and produce. 

Roll-on deodorant appears to be big in Europe, since I can never seem to locate it in the states, which is a damn crying shame. 

6// Celeste and Jesse Forever
I've enjoyed this movie for a few years now, but had a re-watch this month and fell in love all over again. Rashida Jones is perfection in this film as post-break-up-know-it-all Celeste, who, understandably, struggles to move on from her own decision to end her marriage with Jesse (Andy Samberg). All of the characters are deep, complex, and just so honest. The cinematography is gorgeous. ...I'm going to watch it again tonight (probably with a bowl of pho). 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

the take home

As you know (or will see in the upcoming couple of weeks), I've spent the past month traveling. After three weeks of hiking in England, reminiscing in Ireland, and bouncing around The Netherlands, I found myself unable to sleep on a plane bound for Denver (about a day and a half before I'd board yet another plane headed to Washington, D.C.). I began to think about travel. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

may most loved

As you all know, I have a long-standing love affair with anything Scandinavian. British journalist Helen Russell has complied a comprehensive, witty, well-crafted report/memoir on nearly all aspects of Danish life, a labor of love that was sparked by her first year living in rural Jutland with her husband. After years of being stressed and over-worked, Russell approached her move to Denmark as an opportunity to embrace the lifestyle of the world's "happiest people". What she discovered about how Danes live, work, and play is totally fascinating. I'm already incorporating bits of Danish lifestyle into my own world (candles, lots and lots of candles, although hygge is a more of a winter thing). 

Since our move to Colorado, obviously Albie and I have been spending more time outdoors on long walks or afternoons at the dog park. Albert has a tendency to get a little over-excited on his adventures outside. In typical Jewish mother fashion, I get worried every time he tugs on his leash. We've been using the Puppia Sports Harness, which straps around his chest rather than his tiny neck. He is more secure, walks with more obedience, and just generally looks so cute in his orange-mesh ensemble with this harness. 

3// Kolaches 
Get some. Now. The Czech meat-filled kind, preferably with cheese and mini-weenies. I discovered a wonderful, magical place called the Kolache Factory just before I left Omaha. Unfortunately, the corporation has locations in only a few states, Colorado not being one of them. I won't tell you how many times I dined at Kolache Factory in the week I stumbled upon it before I moved, but I will tell you it was no less than three. 

4// Matte Black Birkenstock Sandals 
It's that time of the year again folks! These babies will be glued to my feet until first frost. 

Oh my god. OH MY GOD. I love a good Sci-Fi flick and Ex Machina did not disappoint. The entire film had me questioning who was telling the truth, who was "good", and who was "evil", questions that aren't as easy to answer as one may think when dealing with artificial intelligence. Each member of the four-person cast is spectacular. The cinematography is gorgeous, clean, and essentially the aesthetic of the millennial generation. Just please, do me, yourself, the future of technology as we know it, and director extraordinaire Alex Garland a favor and watch this film. In theaters. 

After months of stealing a friend's, he finally caved and had my very own simple Casio shipped to me. It hasn't left my wrist. I'm obsessed with the immaculate, tasteful design. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

this and that, here and there

A very dear friend helped me move out to Colorado. Between taking two-hour-naps and unpacking a whopping one box a day, somehow we managed to fit in some fun. Although nothing we did was necessarily exciting enough to warrant its own post, here are a few bits and bobs from the past week or so in the centennial state.