September 29, 2014


Rachel Green

Sometimes I realize, damn I really should not be watching another episode of... oh it's happening. FRIENDS is, as I may have mentioned before, one of my favorite TV shows. It's a classic. And I am in love with everything Rachel and Monica wore in the first two or three seasons! It's all the good part of the 90s. So I made a little something silly for y'all. A few outfits I could see Rachel wearing back then.

September 27, 2014


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I've definitely talked about Candelaria. I even wrote a whole post about how much I love that place (here). I think I went back once this summer, but I wanted to go back in August and absolutely forgot to. Good thing I'll be moving back to Paris in January. They've made changes, and the tacos have gotten a bit more expensive (still not that expensive though!) but I still love it. I go even though I hate the idea of getting there when there is a crowd. It's SO worth it. Oh, and look, that's my name on hot sauce. I'm so hot (I'm actually pretty mild, but delicious). 

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I recently wrote a review for this restaurant. I usually think about how long a person is staying in Paris, and where I would want to take them. If you're staying in Paris for less than a week, maybe the ideal thing is to stick with everything French - French pastries in the morning, street crepes for lunch, French restaurants for dinner drinking French wine... but if there's no rush, if we're just going for a nice, simple yet really good lunch and you'll be around for a while, I might say "Hey let's go to Fuxia." The style is Italian and I've never been disappointed. 



Kady enjoying falafel from Maoz. Yo, these exist in the US too. Not expensive, and very yummy. I don't have much to say about it. I like that you can add your own ingredients (I like control over my food, thanks) and even though I, myself, only get these maybe once a year (too many places to try, I can't repeat that often) it's always a nice backup plan if anything ;) 

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La Caféothèque 

Oh, those few days it was actually hot in August... I went out with my dad one sunny Sunday. I was in a crappy mood (I know it happens often. There's not much to do when that happens, though) and didn't feel like talking or doing much. I had a book, and my journal and we sat in la Cafeotheque and ordered two iced coffees. My dad didn't quite enjoy his because he doesn't drink black coffee and adding sugar to iced black coffee is not great. It annoyed me that he didn't get the iced latte but I guess you're never too old to make mistakes. It also annoyed me that he forgot his book so I felt guilty about reading while he did nothing on his iphone. But I did it anyway. I definitely want to go back. Their shop is very interesting, they have tons of things to try, and their pastries looked quite delicious! 


(The Fumbally – this is in Ireland but I wanted to post this amazing latte anyway... I love and miss you, the Fumbally... so so much!)

And that officially ends the posts about Paris for the next three months!! Until I move back to Paris in January, my blog posts will be about life in Northampton, MA, or travels and restaurants around the US, and mostly about my last semester at Smith College.

September 25, 2014


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tank top: H&M • skirt: Naf Naf • bag: Penneys • shoes: made in Italy

A sunny day in Paris before going to Les Cocottes for lunch.

September 23, 2014


Valentina Cartagena

I like to call this a "high-end demo" of 'Billy'. There are so many versions of this song I could make... If you've been following for a while, you might remember my, eh... "deep, dark thoughts" about the whole process back in April. It was a hard process. Aaron sent me a finished version in May and it took me until August to be able to upload it on SoundCloud and share it with the world. I kept putting it off. Self doubt, all that fun stuff. 

I remember saying I'd have an EP out by the end of 2014... HA! But I have accomplished quite a few things, nonetheless. Yes, I've put out a single. And I opened at the Iron Horse twice last year which is huge. Even better, I opened for Anais Mitchell when she came to Smith – now,
that, I still only half believe happened.

Because I'm graduating in December, I keep getting that same damn question "What are you going to do after college?" (which is just as hard as answering the "where are you from?" question. I don't know. Paris, but also Colombia, oh and I'm American... it makes sense, I swear.) I want to say that I'll focus on music. But the whole publicity/sell-yourself part doesn't appeal to me and that's huge. I want to write at my own speed, work with people I admire and trust. Maybe I'm a bit selfish with it. It is
my music, written because I have to, not because anyone is telling me to. I had an awful time explaining myself to my family not long ago. In the end, I came off as not being serious about music. Money ruins it but also fuels it. I don't mind having a job on the side as long as what I create is honest. I absolutely will work hard for it but I would feel insincere trying to shove my music down people's throats. It should grow organically, too. 

Those are my half formed thoughts for the night. Here is 'Billy' again. I like Billy, he's very special (in my crazy imaginary world). Please feel free to share it (that is, after all, how this grows) and join the party that is my (never updated) Facebook page

--- Billy ---

Billy was quiet; he was never bold

He welcomed the subtle signs of growing old

He traded being a son to feel like a star
Then poured all his battles and fears into one guitar
He was who he was and he wore it well
Oh Billy, the fights you’ve been fighting will be finished in hell
When she died, Billy cried a thousand tears
She left him in the spring, then he left for another year
He was a pilgrim and a happy traveler
He was a pilgrim and a happy traveler


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1. easy carrot cake 
2. apple, redcurrant & carrot juice
3. tea notes! (making tea fun, I am)
4. beet, apple & cucumber + cauliflower & broccoli w/ lemon tahini sauce 
5. rainbow of plums 
6. beet & tomato vodka pasta w/ pistachios
7. fruit salad (perfection!)

Sometimes I want to share recipes, but sometimes I just really want to be that person who takes pictures of her food because oh my god. Some of these pictures aren't actually that exciting but give you more of a realistic view as to what I might eat on some days. Hello, plate of apples and redcurrants, you're good but not super complex. Here's food. Yep. Bye.

September 21, 2014


hand Valentina Duracinsky Blog

Alcohol & Cocktails

Food for thought (or just food)

  • Pumpkin everything! I wonder if I've shared these already...
    one // two // three // four // five
  • Garlic soup here
  • polenta pizza here
  • soba noodles with peanut sauce here
  • avocado chickpea salad here

Pretty, Beautiful

  • beautiful Vogue covers
  • I like this dress
  • I love this dress
  • what a beautiful color (dress)
  • Jumpers - are these still stylish? can I still love them?
    'cause I do... 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 

September 20, 2014


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Some pictures of Paris. I've been trying to remember to take out the ol' iphone or camera and take pictures of everyday life in Paris... because it's beautiful and amazing and I love the little things. Picture 2 is the empty metro 13 (shocking, if you know metro 13) on a weekday at midnight. I kind of like having the metro to myself. Unless a guy talks to me. I do not like strangers talking to me on the metro. No, no, no.

September 18, 2014


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cardigan: zara • top: H&M • skirt: thrifted • necklace c/o Shlomit Ofir • bag c/o Pili Barreneche

August in Paris was ok. As in, I was able to go out without melting in the sun. As you can see, I even wore cardigans and sweaters from time to time. Sometimes I forget where things I wear were purchased (like the shoes) so I'm going to go ahead and pretend I didn't notice I didn't include "shoes" in the outfit list above... great fashion blogger move, I know. So how's everyone's day?

Other Shlomit Ofir items I really love: 

September 16, 2014


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Voilà, the second batch of pictures of Cartagena. Nothing to say, I hope the pictures speak for themselves.
See pictures in Part I.
And that ends all the pictures of Colombia taken this summer. Even though I'm already back in Massachusetts for my last semester of college, you can expect a feeeew more pictures of Paris from this summer. I've just been super behind with the posts... I do hope to get all Boston, DC and Northampton posts done in the next four months. DC... you know, when I went back in March. And Boston, where I went in –ahem– October 2013. I have a few restaurants and places I'd like to recommend! So look forward to that, eh.

September 14, 2014


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