A ROOM, A CHALLENGE: Do you follow those neat One Room Challenge link ups that lots of wonderful design bloggers take part in? Another one finished up this week, and I always love seeing how different (but equally amazing) everyone’s style is. Compare Tobe, Christine, and Albertina’s rooms. All so different, all so beautiful to look at (can you believe they did this in 6 weeks?). I feel like I need to do this challenge at some point just on my own!
TARDE DE MAYO: In case you didn’t get your taco eatin’ in on Cinco de Mayo (or, in fact, if you ate too many), here’s a Mexican inspired salad to whip up this weekend.
FUN FACT: My senior year of high school, in my AP/IB Bio class, another friend and I made a presentation that somehow managed to incorporate sound clips of quotes from Office Space in it. We also might have gotten in trouble for a few of them. Is it a shocker I got every single answer in this quiz right? (Why should I change? He’s the one who sucks.)
ALL THAT FRENCH SHOULD REALLY COME IN HANDY: A really fun post about how much French one really needs in Paris. In other news, I recently hired a French teacher living in Germany to start having Skype conversations with me twice a week for an hour at a time, only in French. It’s hard and my brain hurts after. Also, the things/people you can find on the Internet amaze me.
MMM, LE PAMPLEMOUSSE: You know I can’t resist me some grapefruit. Joe hates the flavor, so I guess these Grapefruit and Mint Negronis will have to be a solo cocktail affair!
PACKING QUEEN: My girl Hitha is doing a big collab with Quarterly to help teach YOU how to pack your shiz better when you go on trips (she’s really the travel queen, y’all — there’s no disputing it!). Her first box contains a few of her fave travel and packing tools, plus advice on how to pack your shoes in a suitcase!
LOVE (UN)LOCKED: If you’ve ever been to Paris, did you put a lock on the Pont des Arts (or any of the other bridges crossing the Seine)? If so, you should know it might NOT, in fact, be there forever. There’s a petition to get rid of ’em!
HUMANS OF THE MET GALA: The wonderful photo blogger Brandon Stanton (he of Humans of New York fame — GO RIGHT NOW if you haven’t already!) photographed the Met Gala this week. I couldn’t love these little anecdotes more (also, I adore the fact that David and Victoria Beckham are canoodling in the background of the last photo).
This was a weird week. One of those that started off so fast, where I woke up and was like “Oh, Wednesday, THERE you are,” and by Thursday night was like, “Hey Friday, can you add another 12 hours to you for me to get stuff done?” I had a fun time stuffing my face at a belated Cinco de Mayo party on Tuesday (yes, in addition to the dinner party I had over the weekend. Of that, we will say nothing more than that it ended with a midnight dance party. And some really, really good pictures.), and — oh lord, I can’t believe I’m writing this — broke down and bought a pair of those silver Birkenstocks this week, too. My rationale is that I needed something insanely comfortable but also insanely cool to walk around Paris in next month. You know, back in the 90s I never actually owned a pair (I think I saved my allowance and bought a knock off pair at one point), and all my teenage angst made me feel incredibly uncool without them (or a pair of Doc Martens boots, et al). It’s funny thinking about the “cool” things of your childhood coming back into style when you don’t need your mother’s approval to buy them! I’m definitely interested to see what all the fuss is about.
Any fun plans for the weekend, chickens? I’m spending part of Saturday with my sister-in-law and her family at the zoo (nephew time!), but other than that, we’re going low key. Don’t forget to show your mama some love this Sunday for Mother’s Day! And if you’re a mama yourself, bask in it.
All images via my Instagram.