Tag Archives: New Year

My Favorite Blog Images From 2009

January 2009

I love Louise Brooks and think this manga version of her is adorable.

February 2009

Just so cute. What do you think he’s listening to?

March 2009

The 2009 Rose Ball in Monaco. “The prettiest sight in this fine pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges.”

April 2009

I wear this every day in varying degrees of smokiness.

May 2009

Monica Bellucci, so effortlessly beautiful.

June 2009

The Paris skyline. I want to write a story from this gargoyle’s point of view. Imagine what he’s seen.

July 2009

I can’t tell you how many heirloom tomatoes I’ve put away this year. They are so yummy.

August 2009

I love making my own pizza.

September 2009

Here’s to you, Coco.

October 2009

There’s nothing like turning your world upside down to remind you that you’re not the center of the universe.

November 2009

Oh, how I miss New York and the arts.

December 2009
Then I remember why I moved to California in the first place.

Happy New Year.

2008 End of Year Meme

twinkle, twinkle little stars/gold

I borrowed this meme from Michelle at bleeding espresso. I didn’t include all of the questions. You can see the complete list over at her blog. I encourage you to answer these questions, too. It’s a nice little retrospective of the year.

What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Grew tomatoes, crocheted a scarf, made chocolate truffles, spun out on a race track.

Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year? Last year’s resolutions were to were more skirts, wear cuter shoes, and learn Italian. I did wear a lot of cute shoes and wore a skirt more often but I didn’t get very far with my Italian lessons. Perhaps I need an Italian boyfriend?

What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? An Italian boyfriend.

What was your biggest achievement of the year? I made a pretty good start on two novels that I am writing. When I run out of juice on one, I pick up the other, and vice versa.

What was the best thing you bought? My Ferragamo icon purse and my Macbook.

What did you get really, really excited about? My writing projects.

What do you wish you’d done more of? Took time off.

What do you wish you’d done less of? Worried.

How did you spend Christmas? With family.

Did you fall in love in 2008? Yes, with my cousin’s two children, age 2 and 4.

What was your favorite TV program? Gossip Girl. XOXO.

What was the best book you read? I’ve been reading a lot of Young Adult fiction this year. Some of the best were Uglies/Pretties/Specials and Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld, A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb, and I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.

What was your greatest musical discovery? The Fratellis.

What did you want and get? Lots of ideas.

What did you want and not get? Younger.

What was your favorite film of this year? Didn’t see many. I kinda liked The Jane Austen Book Club.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Lots of scarves.

What kept you sane? Wine, work and meditation.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Katie Holmes. I’m not a huge fan but her haircuts have gotten me more than 200,000 page views. Runner up for blog traffic: French actress Audrey Tautou, who will be playing in a movie about Coco Chanel.

Who did you miss? My family on the East coast.

Who was the best new person you met? My blog friends, although I guess we haven’t technically met.

What valuable lesson did you learn in 2008? It’s not all about me.

Time For More Resolutions

Image by Erte

My 2007 resolution was to wear more skirts.

Well, I can count on one hand the number of times I wore a skirt to the office last year. But on a positive note, in preparation for this skirt-wearing, I bought many pairs of really cute shoes.

So, this year my resolution is to wear more shoes.

This way I can show off all of those skirts.

I also want to study Italian. Maybe if I wear my Italian Ferragamo shoes while I study the Italian language, all of those nouns and verbs will sink in faster.

What are your resolutions for the new year?

Time To Say Goodbye to 2007

Here are Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli singing Time To Say Goodbye:

Such a romantic song.

Happy New Year!!!

Champagne and Other Bubbly

Champagne Flutes

Get ready to toast the New Year with a nice bottle of champagne or sparkling wine.

Real champagne only comes from Champagne, France. Here are some favorites:

Dom Perignon
Dom Perignon 1999 Vintage – $149

The commitment of Dom Perignon is a commitment to creation. It’s a quest for excellence; it is about taking risk, taking a challenge from the vintage, making it to the style of Dom Perignon. Every single vintage of Dom Perignon is an exclusive wine; it is the harmonious dialogue of style and vintage. Dom Perignon Vintage 1999 goes straight to the heart of Dom Perignon. This wine is radiant, pure and vibrant. It is a story of seduction and sensuality.

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998 Vintage – $155

La Grande Dame 1998 has a pale gold color with jade glints. The wine is crystal clear, with unbelievably fine bubbles. The aromatic, impressively complex bouquet is confirmed in the mouth. On the palate, the wine is clear-cut and pure, perfectly balanced with a delightful silky smoothness. La Grande Dame 1998, with its lace-like construction, has a long, lively, and structured finish.

But there are some other great bubbly choices from around the world. Here are a variety in a more affordable price range:

Cristalino Non-Vintage Brut Cava From Spain – $7.99

Straw color, smooth and fresh aromas; fine and fruity palate with a dry aftertaste. Clean, dry and crisp with citrus and apple flavors.

Sparkling Wine
Roederer Estate Non-Vintage Brut from North Coast, California – $19.99

Roederer Estate Brut, the first California sparkling wine produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer champagne among the most sought-after in the world. The Roederer Estate Brut debuted in October 1988, and has since established its reputation as one of California’s premier sparklers, remaining true to the heritage of excellence and style of its French forebears.

Canella Non-Vintage Prosecco di Conegliano from Veneto, Italy – $14.79

Brilliant straw yellow with fine, persistent perlage, fruity aromas of peach, apple, pear and citrus fruit, the palate gracefully balances zingy acidity and a subtle hint of sweetness, richness and silky-smooth texture.

All notes and prices from wine.com