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In honor of Halloween, I’m watching my favorite commentary on the holiday (at least from the perspective of the ladies):  Mean Girls

A low-quality mashup of this scene can be seen here:

Or you can practice your Italian listening comprehension here, which I find completely awesome:

And for something a little more wholesome, some of my favorite moments from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:

Between Snoopy’s stiff upper lip to Sally’s tirade, how can you not love this?

Happy Halloween!

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Have been listening to this quite a bit today.

Some days, it’s good to embrace la dolce vita italiana, and others–well damn, it’s good to be Irish.

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La cucina;

One of the less-expected aspects of our trip was having a kitchen at our disposal to make dinner at night, which of course sounds completely counterintuitive to going on vacation.  Growing up, going down the shore usually meant that we would eat out every night, something we never did while at home.  But this vacation would be different.  In fact, aside from Monday (already accounted for) and Thursday evening when we were able to take advantage of an amazing Piemonte tipica meal (more on that to come), we ended up in the B&B’s kitchen to sip wine and devise some pretty amazing, simple meals.

But it feels fitting that before I show you the meals we came up with that I first show you the gorgeous (heehee) space we had to work in:

1781–year the hearth was built. (more…)

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Arial is not Helvetica;

Unisex Helvetica Alphabet T-Shirt

(Image obviously from American Apparel)

It goes without saying that I irrationally want one of these.  Along with this.

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After our first meal in Acqui Terme, which, being Monday in Italy, consisted of falafel because everything else was closed up, we opted to walk back to the B&B instead of trying to make a night of it in a town that we had yet to really explore (save for buying Tamarin-brand toothpaste at one of the local farmacias) and that was, for the most part, pretty dead.  Besides, we had bottles of wine to taste back in our room, courtesy of what I’ve dubbed “the magic closet where wine appears every morning” and honestly, that held more appeal to us than awkwardly flubbing our Italian as we tried to hang out.

And given the fact that the main strata that took us back to the B&B was pitch-black save for the light of passing cars, it was probably a wise decision.  But as we made our way back, there was no way Michael was going to miss taking sunset shots (given his general preoccupation with them), and he grabbed some gorgeous views:

Shot of the train tracks (the same line that would take us to Torino)

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I’m taking a teeny breather from posting Italy photos to share Eddie Ross’s blog with you.  He’s a contestant on the second season of Top Design (which I need to start watching as it seems it’s been significantly improved since the first season seemingly eons ago) and a Martha Stewart acolyte.  His aesthetic is repurposed thrift-store chic–and in today’s uncertain climate (as well as paying more attention to reducing, reusing and recycling) it’s refreshing to see someone embrace vintage so openly, but also without artifice.  Happy to trawl through Goodwills and Salvation Army stores, he sees the potential in amazing items and watching his creative process through a short series of photos is quite astounding.

Currently looking for houses with his partner, a recent post detailed a visit to three unique possibilities, but it was when I saw this that I felt compelled to write about it:

(From Eddie Ross.com)

I was immediately transported back a few years ago to college, and to our friends’ house a few blocks away from campus where Michael and I spent many a weekend cooking dinner for eighteen of our closest friends, going to a themed party (Spies & Generals, anyone?) or enjoying cocktails out of gorgeous vintage glasses.  We used a stove very similar to this to make a giant pot of marinara–usually on a Thursday night that entailed raw garlic being consumed and various sherries and ports being poured into the sauce. 

We’d also go on thrift store hunts ourselves–our friend J had an internship at the Germantown Historical Society, and in the vicinity he found a fantastic thrift store that boasted some of our most notable finds, including some fluted shot glasses made of this gorgeous, heavy glass and my 1983 SEPTA map that was listed at $5, but that day was 50% off.  Score.

Eddie’s work speaks to me so because it seems that the reigning “right” look for many homes is a forced faux-spartanism that I’ve railed on recently, and his approach flies so smartly in the face of that.  It’s less Zaha Hadid (seriously, she lives the minimalist lifestyle they lampoon on AbFab back in the 90’s) and more like the Glass family apartment as imagined by J.D. Salinger.  And with the world being a strange, kind of scary place right now, a little quirk complete with the patina of age is something we can all use right now.

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A map, courtesy of Google, of Acqui.  Fitting in part due to the fact that my most popular post is dedicated to transit cartography.

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