Mani Monday – Goldfish Edition

“Harry!  Where is Sally?” I am  panicked.  “I know ten days is a long time, but the time-release feeder still has some food left.  Did you eat her?  Did you eat Sally?”, I plead, desperate for a response I know I’ll never get.

Where could she be?  She jumped to her almost death once before. I came home just in time to put her back in the bowl.  I don’t see her or any remains on the floor near the bowl.  What happened to her?  I knew ten days was too long.  I had planned on eight and ended up extending my trip to San Francisco.  Not since I transported them from 30th and Madison to 13th and University have I been this worried.

Harry and Sally were the perfect New York City pets.  They greeted me each night when I got home.  Cleaning their tank satisfied my need to care for something other than myself and just looking at them lowered my blood pressure (or so I read). I had won them at the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy within a few months of moving to New York.

For the next four days I eye Harry suspiciously each time I walk by the bowl.  One afternoon I get home early from a meeting and catch my bi-monthly housekeeper on her way out.

“Hello, Consuelo.”

“Hello, Ms. Jennifer.”

“Do you know where Sally went?”

“Who?  Do you have a roommate?

“The fish, the smaller one.”

“Oh, she was stuck to the floor last time.  I cleaned the floor.   I am so sorry.  You were in California and I did not want to bother you.”

“I am so relieved.  I thought Harry ate her.”

She gives me a puzzled look.

“I’m sorry about your fish.”
“Me too.  But I’m relieved Harry isn’t a cannibal.”


The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Surrounded by Studs” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Star T-shirt

Navy Corduroy Bootie

Tapestry Blazer

Navy Leopard Print Top

Rugby Shirt

Gucci Mule in Gold

Floral Dress

Sequined Dress

Striped Shirt

Happy Monday!




Mani Monday – September 11th Edition

I will never forget.

I will never forget how lucky I was and am.

I will never forget the sounds of the plane and the sounds of the crash.

I will never forget the texture of the air.

I will never forget the horror.

I will never forget the kindness and compassion that I felt from fellow New Yorkers in the days and weeks after.

I will never forget.

This week’s mani honors the Twin Towers and September 11, 2001.  The colors are “Make the Cut” and “Surrounded by Studs” both by Essie Gel Couture.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.



I wrote about my experience on September 11, 2001 in New York last year here.


New York in Pebble Beach

Growing up on the Monterey Peninsula I longed for a more urban life.  My dream was to live in New York or San Francisco and I did live in both places as an adult.  It was hard to appreciate the relaxed lifestyle and natural beauty as a teenager.  I also hated the fog and lack of “summer”.  Visiting mid summer this year was refreshing for a week.   It was nice to break out a sweatshirt and bring a little New York to Pebble Beach. This sweatshirt has quickly become a favorite.  The sleeves are a little shorter which allows for cuffs and bracelets.







Shoes (similar here and here)

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New York State of Mind

I miss New York City on a daily basis.  I loved my life there even if I did feel like money just fell out of my pockets when I left my apartment.  Sometimes I am in shock that I have now lived in Los Angeles for eleven years.  I am married to a New Yorker that has no desire to move back.

In the meantime, I love this J. Crew New York T-shirt.  I featured it this summer in New York on the Vineyard and wore it on September 11 when we “visited” New York at Legoland’s Miniland in Sliding Doors.  It is back in stock along with the Paris version that I featured in Cheers to the long weekend! and I’ll take Paris and the Vineyard.  It is definitely time to plan some travel, but I will enjoy having my two favorite cities on my t-shirts while I dream about my next trip.

I styled my New York t-shirt with my favorite J. Crew for NET-A-PORTER coat that was previously featured in Keeping Warm in the Butler’s Pantry, red flats, jeans, sunglasses and a Sunday New York Times.


J. Crew New York t-Shirt

J. Crew for NET-A-PORTER striped faux fur coat

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses

J. Crew Denim (similar here and here)

J. Crew Suede flats (similar here)

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Mani Friday – I ♥ NY Edition

On Monday I wrote about my experience at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 in Sliding Doors.  New York is definitely one of my favorite cities in the world and it holds a special place in my heart.  A friend gave me a I NY tee shirt during my visit back after I had moved to California.  The anniversary of this horrific and tragic day makes me want to hug all those close to me and give New York a big hug.

The color is “Alpine Snow” by OPI.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Happy Friday!



East River Sailing Club

Sailing the East River? That sounds fun. A friend and I kayaked the Hudson River one afternoon. We were alongside the garbage barges at various points. When I lived in New York City I lived in the West Village and occasionally walked home from work along the Hudson River. I did not spend that much time on the East Side, except for a few restaurants, uptown shopping and museums, of course. The one thing I really miss about New York is how easily accessible things were in comparison to Los Angeles. Sporting events, concerts, museums were all just a subway ride or (usually) quick cab ride away. I LOVED not having a car. I went to a lot more of these events. I’m sure accessibility had a lot to do with it. It’s a major hassle to get across Los Angeles to an event at most times of day. I’m on the West Side and I feel like Pasadena is another world.

While I lived in Manhattan I did and saw a lot. I had lots of visitors and did just about every touristy thing, too. It was a lot of fun. I have been trying to make sure my family does not stay too insulated in our little corner of Los Angeles. In yesterday’s post I talked about our trips to Griffith Park. We try to explore different areas as often as possible.

This t-shirt made me long for a New York trip this summer. We are heading East soon, but not to New York. In the meantime,  I’ll think about sailing the East River and my next trip to New York. I love the blue of this t-shirt and I styled it with my Liberty Gemma flats and favorite white jeans.



J. Crew T-shirt (on sale plus 50% with code 48HOURS )

J. Crew shoes (on sale plus 50% with code 48HOURS )

AG Prima Jeans

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