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Soir de fete;

One of my only serious designer indulgences over the past few years has been Hermès pocket squares–while I love the silk scarves, I have yet to figure out how I could realistically wear one that would justify their insane cost.  My tidy collection of squares instead give me great options to wear in my hair or on a purse, plus the husband can wear one of the solid-color versions with his suits (therefore negating their cost even further).  Given that I avoid logo bags, expensive jeans or triple-digit shoes, I’m OK with indulging in a little scarf now and again.

It’s been ages that I’ve purchased one, of course, but I always love checking in on the new patterns that the luxury chain has to offer, and I especially love seeing creative ways of wearing the scarves (especially since I refuse to buy one until I can realistically say that I will actually wear it).  Enter Benjamin Nitot and his series of gorgeous women and men wearing Hermes silk (as found via Hebden) and it makes you want to pull out any scarves and channel a film ingenue:

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(via nitot.org)

Of course, the day I want to start busting out the scarves is the day that it’s rainy and even a little snowy–due to their vegetable-based dyes, it’s strongly encouraged you to not get them even a little bit wet.

But the spring, it is a-coming….

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In the five years I’ve either lived or visited New Haven, I had never found an opportunity to visit Louis’ Lunch, the famous, teeny joint whose claim to fame is having served the first hamburger.  It’s right across the street from BAR, which is one of my favorite restaurants thanks to its delicious, cheap pizza and delicious, cheap house beers, and usually when we’re in that part of the city it’s to go to get pizza instead of hamburgers.  But while we were out on Friday celebrating a good friend’s successful thesis defense, our buddy C proposed a quick trip across the street for no other reason other than none of us had been there, and it’s a piece of New Haven’s culinary history.

Care to check it out?

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Front façade of the building, which is charmingly small and is the establishment’s fourth location after having a lunch wagon in two parts of New Haven and a tannery which has since been demolished.

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Acqui Terme, Italy.  October 11, 2008, 2:24 PM.

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I apertivi;

One small part of Piemontese life that we didn’t experience extensively was the bar culture–specifically, the before-dinner-drinks, or apertivi.  Most of our time spent in town (or in Torino) was in the afternoon and we were content to sip on either a beer or a glass of wine with a slab of pizza to tide us over before the dinner hour, and having some amazing wines completely at our disposal meant that cocktails weren’t given much consideration.

In the months since we’ve returned, though, I’ve taken to flipping through the completely gorgeous book Autumn in Piemonte, a shower gift from a dear friend, and I recently caught a section that described aperitivi and some of the traditional libations that accompany this oh-so-elegant alternative to American happy hours:

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New York City, September 2004.

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In an article describing Microsoft’s newish application Photosynth, Slate’s tech writer Farhad Manjoo muses for a moment on the nature of digital photography in the modern age:

There is something vaguely embarrassing—even narcissistic—about our new era of mass photography. Because we’re always carrying cameras, we’re moved to document every moment of our lives—sometimes to the exclusion of actually experiencing that moment. Take a look at this picture of Barack and Michelle Obama at one of the inaugural balls. Everyone in the audience has a hand up with a cell phone pointed at the stage, but nobody is actually looking at what’s going on. The scene is puzzling: If the guy next to you is taking a picture—one that you can be reasonably sure will end up on a photo-sharing site somewhere—why do you need one, too? But we do this often these days. Win Butler, the lead singer of the band Arcade Fire, once told Terry Gross that he and his band mates have stopped going out into the crowd to perform because nobody pays attention to them—everyone’s got their cell phones and cameras in front of their faces.

I remember Michael mentioning something like this when he was trying to find live song videos of The Decemberists on YouTube some time ago, and that so many of the ones that were available were crappy phone-camera renditions which he found disappointing.  He also had no problem in teasing me when I took two Facebook-album’s-worth of photos from our good friends’ wedding back in August–was I really enjoying myself if I was caught up in documenting the entire day, especially as I was not the actual wedding photographer? (more…)

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Penny tagged me on Friday on this nifty little meme and I have been itching to do it when my laptop came home.  Well, it’s home now, and the rules for this are as follows:

  • Go to the fourth folder on your computer where you keep your photographs.
  • Choose the 4th picture.
  • Explain it.
  • Tag four other people.

Here’s mine:

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At the beginning of November, back in 2007, Michael, our friend Timmy and I were slated to go to Boston to go see The Decemberists in two shows as part of their Long and Short Of It tour.  And then one of the band members got “sick” or something and they canceled the entire tour the night we were leaving to head up there and stay with a friend of a friend.

We obviously ended up going there anyway and had a fabulous time–that night we went to a pub in downtown Boston that had a whole selection of board games, met up with a friend from high school, and around 1:30 AM I took this picture when said friend and I walked across the street to hit up the ATM.  I love how the Citgo sign appears to be floating in mid air…

And with that, I tag Kallipher, Diana (even though she is on siesta right now), Sara, and Nicky.

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