Inspiring Nostalgia

personal musings of a native Torontonian, currently living in Philadelphia. she predicts she will turn into Emily Gilmore when she gets older.
Hello darlings! 
It’s been awhile since I’ve last posted.  Since moving to Philadelphia with T, I’ve managed to go up 2 to 3 dress sizes.  So, all the lovely Club Monaco and Theory dresses that are supposed to fit no longer do. During one warm weekend, at my complete horror that I can only fit into one pair of shorts, I decided to order a juice cleanse.  
It’s day 4 of my 5-day juice cleanse and I can say I’m definitely excited to eat solid food in 24 hours. I wish I could say I didn’t cheat at all during this cleanse but here are the violations: 1) one soft-shelled crab that T made at midnight after I nearly passed out on the street on our way to the movies; 2) 3 miso broths; 3) 1 egg; and 4) 1 thai bubble tea (after a 45 minute walk). I’ve been told that I’m supposed to feel better after this cleanse but I’m not so sure. I feel a little less heavy, I suppose but I can’t say I feel energized or clear-headed.  In fact, I’m reminded of the late David Rakoff when he went on a 20-day fast (of juices and empty broths): 
“This fast hasn’t lessened my usual feelings of venality and guilt. If anything, they’ve increased a little because my days are taken up in this narcissistic rumination about my intake and my output. Between the hours of making the broth and the enemas, this is one of the most self-obsessed things I have ever done in my life. And I say that as a first-person journalist.” - David Rakoff, 2004
If anything, I can’t stop thinking about food, especially about salt.  I’ve been sleeping constantly to stave off the fact that I’m not eating and that I haven’t left the apartment.  Any revelation I’ve had is, in fact, how much I love food.  I don’t travel to exotic places just to dine at exclusive restaurants for naught.  And what’s worse is that my self-containment has shown me how much of my social life revolves around food itself. 
At the end of this, in 24 hours, I don’t know whether I would recommend this to anyone.  Perhaps a 3-day cleanse may kick start healthier habits but I’m not so sure.  Like the late and great Rakoff, something that is supposed to be cleansing and purifying is perhaps the one thing that’s become the most narcissistic and self-involved thing I’ve done.  And I say that as a twenty-something millenial - IN

Hello darlings! 

It’s been awhile since I’ve last posted.  Since moving to Philadelphia with T, I’ve managed to go up 2 to 3 dress sizes.  So, all the lovely Club Monaco and Theory dresses that are supposed to fit no longer do. During one warm weekend, at my complete horror that I can only fit into one pair of shorts, I decided to order a juice cleanse.  

It’s day 4 of my 5-day juice cleanse and I can say I’m definitely excited to eat solid food in 24 hours. I wish I could say I didn’t cheat at all during this cleanse but here are the violations: 1) one soft-shelled crab that T made at midnight after I nearly passed out on the street on our way to the movies; 2) 3 miso broths; 3) 1 egg; and 4) 1 thai bubble tea (after a 45 minute walk). I’ve been told that I’m supposed to feel better after this cleanse but I’m not so sure. I feel a little less heavy, I suppose but I can’t say I feel energized or clear-headed.  In fact, I’m reminded of the late David Rakoff when he went on a 20-day fast (of juices and empty broths): 

This fast hasn’t lessened my usual feelings of venality and guilt. If anything, they’ve increased a little because my days are taken up in this narcissistic rumination about my intake and my output. Between the hours of making the broth and the enemas, this is one of the most self-obsessed things I have ever done in my life. And I say that as a first-person journalist.” - David Rakoff, 2004

If anything, I can’t stop thinking about food, especially about salt.  I’ve been sleeping constantly to stave off the fact that I’m not eating and that I haven’t left the apartment.  Any revelation I’ve had is, in fact, how much I love food.  I don’t travel to exotic places just to dine at exclusive restaurants for naught.  And what’s worse is that my self-containment has shown me how much of my social life revolves around food itself. 

At the end of this, in 24 hours, I don’t know whether I would recommend this to anyone.  Perhaps a 3-day cleanse may kick start healthier habits but I’m not so sure.  Like the late and great Rakoff, something that is supposed to be cleansing and purifying is perhaps the one thing that’s become the most narcissistic and self-involved thing I’ve done.  And I say that as a twenty-something millenial - IN

— 2 days ago
#juice cleanse  #diet  #personal  #food  #david rakoff  #fast 

Absolutely inspirational! I always hope that I’d be able to do this at some point but knowing my type A personality, maybe not - IN

nevver:

Couple restores abandoned French Chateau, starts a blog

(Source: chateaugudanes.com, via youbroketheinternet)

— 3 weeks ago with 8785 notes
#france  #chateau  #country home  #country chateau  #french chateau  #restoration  #old home  #restoring old homes 
A sweet moment amidst all the gloomy rain we’ve been experiencing in the Northeast - IN

A sweet moment amidst all the gloomy rain we’ve been experiencing in the Northeast - IN

(Source: taketheworldbutgivemejesus, via my-quarterlifecrisis)

— 3 weeks ago with 4946 notes
#couple  #couples  #brownstone  #townhouse  #rainyweather  #rainyday  #umbrella  #city 
These chevron style floors are incredible. While I am not a fan of minimal/pop art style decor, the simplicity and colors in this photo are very inspiring - IN

solitaire-solidaire:

Mes caprices belges

These chevron style floors are incredible. While I am not a fan of minimal/pop art style decor, the simplicity and colors in this photo are very inspiring - IN

solitaire-solidaire:

Mes caprices belges

(via seulementpourlesautres)

— 1 month ago with 23 notes
#interior design  #interior decorating  #Parisian  #parisian home decor  #chevron floors  #bleached wood floors  #home decor  #parisian apartment  #parisian architecture 
Could it really be Spring in Philadelphia? - IN

vermillons:

Marie Egner, In the Blossoming Bower (detail), 1896.
Could it really be Spring in Philadelphia? - IN

vermillons:

Marie Egner, In the Blossoming Bower (detail), 1896.

(via prettystuff)

— 1 month ago with 18303 notes
#Marie Egner  #in the blossoming bower  #art  #painting  #oil painting  #floral  #floral painting 
coffee + books are always a good combination - IN

coffee + books are always a good combination - IN

(Source: date-a-girl-who-reads)

— 1 month ago with 120 notes
#coffee  #book  #books  #afternoon tea  #afternoon treat  #afternoon light 
I believe that Spring is almost here but there is still a chill in the air and I love the simplicity and the coziness of this beautiful wrap coat.  A perfect counterpart to frosty winds - IN

I believe that Spring is almost here but there is still a chill in the air and I love the simplicity and the coziness of this beautiful wrap coat.  A perfect counterpart to frosty winds - IN

(via classy-in-the-city)

— 1 month ago with 3581 notes
#grey coat  #grey wrap coat  #fall coat  #wool coat  #fall fashion  #winter fashion  #fall/winter fashion 
i’ve been trying to organize my “inspiration” board over my desk.  the board itself is constantly changing so it’s always a bit of a puzzle to reassemble all my different pictures.  i love the simplicity of this person’s wall. by just using green tape, the photo and the wall are left undamaged and her/his inspiration can change as much as possible - IN

i’ve been trying to organize my “inspiration” board over my desk.  the board itself is constantly changing so it’s always a bit of a puzzle to reassemble all my different pictures.  i love the simplicity of this person’s wall. by just using green tape, the photo and the wall are left undamaged and her/his inspiration can change as much as possible - IN

(via dailycandy)

— 1 month ago with 11 notes
#interior design  #interior decorating  #office  #office decor  #inspiration board  #home office  #home decor 
Sunday afternoons with old Domino magazines - IN
@dominomag #dominomag #interiordesign #magazines (at Rittenhouse Square)

Sunday afternoons with old Domino magazines - IN
@dominomag #dominomag #interiordesign #magazines (at Rittenhouse Square)

— 1 month ago
#dominomag  #magazines  #interiordesign 
A token of London fashion from a dear friend - IN
@somersethouse #isabellablow #isabellablowfashiongalore #london #londonfashion #britishfashion #fashionicon #somersethouse #postcard #InstaSize

A token of London fashion from a dear friend - IN
@somersethouse #isabellablow #isabellablowfashiongalore #london #londonfashion #britishfashion #fashionicon #somersethouse #postcard #InstaSize

— 1 month ago
#fashionicon  #isabellablowfashiongalore  #somersethouse  #postcard  #instasize  #london  #britishfashion  #londonfashion  #isabellablow 
Dreaming of Spring - IN
@vintaframe @kinfolk #kinfolkmag #amymerrick #florals #flowers

Dreaming of Spring - IN
@vintaframe @kinfolk #kinfolkmag #amymerrick #florals #flowers

— 1 month ago
#flowers  #kinfolkmag  #florals  #amymerrick