These are just a couple little things I picked up in Berlin.

I hardly ever wear them so this is my first new pair of sneakers in a long time. I spotted these at the Adidas Originals store in Mitte and thought “I’m in Germany. Why not pick up some good German products?” Of which, Adidas is one. I just learned that the company was originally founded by two German brothers that got into a bit of a squabble and went their separate ways– one formed Adidas and the other Puma.

Anyway, history lesson over – these are my cute new Adidas Gazelle’s, on sale for 45 euro.

These I designed myself! Yes! I got them at Tukadu, a cute little jewelry store full of little charms. I spent about an hour trying to figure out what combination I wanted. This is the result – a little Russian girl and her airplane : )

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I’ve heard such good things and I’ve always wanted to go. Finally the boyfriend and I were able to take a little weekend trip to Berlin. I was not disappointed. Great food, design, parties! What else could you ask for?

Friederchstadtpassagen – Beautiful mall

Friedrichstadtpassagen

Mmmm….carrot puree appetizer at the Cookies and Cream hidden restaurant. Yes, hidden, you have to walk down the service way behind a hotel, through an alley and ring a door bell. Inside this is the sort of yummy vegetarian dish that awaits!

Cool architecture at the Jewish Museum

It wouldn’t be Berlin without a party at Flamingo

So much good ethnic food in Berlin. This was our Sunday morning dumpling brunch at Yumcha Heroes.

I seriously didn’t want to come home.

Just arrived home in Brussels after a long vacation. I’m playing a bit of dress up before heading out for ramen at our favorite Japanese noodle bar just around the corner.

SALT glasses, Vero Moda shirt, bebe skinnys, Franco Sarto Heels – Chesterfield couch

Acai blue purse from Furla

Available at: http://www.zappos.com/furla-handbags-thalia-bandoliera-m-cervo-acai-blue

Just finished watching one of my favorite films, Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona. So many beautiful images… This time around, probably the 10th or so, I noticed the way the neutral wardrobe of the characters contrasts with bright splashes of color in the scenery or vice versa…Something I’ve been trying to recreate in my own outfits. I especially like the brown with bright red in the Juan Antonio photo below. Neutrals with a *pop*!! 

Vicky

Cristina

Maria Elena

Juan Antonio

 

NYU’s Maison Francaise, tucked off a tiny side street that looks like it was transported straight from Provence.

 
 
NYC’s wild blue flowers…hehehe
 

Lilac toenails in the lilacs!

Window shopping- JF & Son

I love a good red door.

There are few places in the world better for people-watching than Washington Square Park. On a warm, sunny day, sitting on a bench in the little green heart of Greenwich Village I am overcome by the energy of my surroundings: children playing in the fountain in their new spring clothes, a harried old man and his saxophone, the lid of its case propped open and the bottom filled with dollar bills, NYU hipster-fashionistas, pensive artistic types with thick black-rimmed glasses and open but blank-paged Moleskine journals, an old woman with her grocery cart, a sidewalk chalk muralist, and a pianist who has somehow managed to push his piano underneath of New York’s very own miniature Arc-de-Triomphe and is now most appropriately playing the theme song from Amelie.

And to think this was almost wiped away with one foul swoop! By Robert Moses in the 1960s. Moses, one of New York’s most powerful city planners, was a leading advocate of a movement known as “urban renewal.” Urban renewal involved little more (and little less) than demolishing entire city blocks and rebuilding them with new housing and commercial spaces. In the early 1940s, Moses proposed the development of a Lower Manhattan Expressway cutting straight through Washington Square Park sparing little more than the Arch itself and connecting 5th Avenue downtown. Moses, the brains behind Lincoln Center, the Triborough Bridge, and the United Nations Headquarters seemed an unstoppable force in the city. That is until he met with Jane Jacobs. A housewife, mother, and writer with no college degree, Jacobs hailed from Pennsylvania coal country but had been a longtime resident of Greenwich Village, long before it was a posh place to live. Jacobs organized, got the press involved, even recruiting her own children to hit the streets petitioning to save the Park.  With no formal urban planning pedigree, Jacobs was brave enough to identify urban planning for what it was—an excuse to demolish vibrant low-income neighborhoods, displace residents, and ultimately replace their homes with lucrative investment properties. And Jacobs did all of this while reflecting her own unique sense of style…Known for being frugal, Jacobs would frequently wear the same big chunky necklaces over and over. With hair pulled neatly back, she is often depicted bare-faced with thick black-rimmed glasses. She shows us there is nothing sexier than confidence. “You sort of fell in love with Jane when you met her. She was exuberant, original, strong-minded—and a very kind woman,” said a former editor Jason Epstein. (Anthony Flint, Wrestling with Moses, New York: Random House, 2009.)

Thanks to Jacobs’ efforts Washington Square Park is still alive and well, and seems to only get better with age. Much like one of its biggest supporters, you can’t help but to fall in love with a space so exuberant…so original…