31 January 2013

Warm Your Heart on a Cold Day

This sweet video was just what I needed today for inspiration and warm-fuzzies. Animation has come so far, borrowing techniques from cinema and doing the impossible on screen. I'm loving my classes this semester and I love watching a solid piece of art like Paperman. Enjoy and stay warm!

23 January 2013

New Haircut!

I'd been feeling a little stuck in a rut. Romesick, Post-Grad Jitters... So I had a typical dramatic girl moment and cut off about 5 inches at Salon DM3 in Athens.

So refreshing. I love it!
Took in Kate Winslet's photo for inspiration. A girl can dream!

22 January 2013


Jerry Seinfeld. In Athens. Thursday. 

I'm so excited!

In anticipation, I've re-watched his web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee". The 10-12 minute episodes are exactly as the title suggests: Jerry picks up a fellow comedian (Larry David, Alec Baldwin) in one of his numerous cars and they go get coffee somewhere in LA. You'll feel like a fly on the wall with some of the most brilliant minds in comedy. 


08 January 2013


 There's just something about cities. The energy, the people, the stories... Ah, I love it. Before Christmas, I went to visit my roommate and other friends from Rome in Philadelphia. What a cool place. My friends live in the city. I'm talking skyscrapers outside the front door, on the subway line... It's awesome. They were awesome hosts and I think enjoyed being tourists in their own city. I certainly loved seeing them after seven months!

We took trains everyone, explored Old City, South Street and hit all the big tourist spots. As a big fan of America, I freaked out a bit at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall but the food, art and time spent exploring with friends was incredible.
Friends / Plaque Commemorating the First Meeting of the Supreme Court in Independence Hall/ Wideshot of Independence Hall/ Room of the First Continental Congress (GW sat in that actual chair)
Presents @ the Independence Gift Shop- Great Quote / Ornament from China... what?  

Philly Pretzel with Mustard / My leftover Cheesecake / Pho

Asian Ceramics/ Painting of a Beautiful Dress/ Matisse / Crystal hangings at the Barnes Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art
"Friendship is the new black". Right?

03 January 2013

Great Gift Idea for Study Abroad Students!

If you're studying abroad, taking a big trip or want to give your parents and family a nice thank you gift upon your return, I would definitely recommend doing something similar to my project!

My roommate, Sam, came home from an awesome ski trip in Switzerland and explained the idea to our apartment. I knew my parents and grandparents would absolutely love it. 

Here's the gist:
Take a photo of yourself in front of an important location in the cities you visit. Ask to borrow a piece of paper from the hostel front desk or bring your own. As you can tell, I wasn't consistent with the type of paper I used, but I think it made the whole thing look authentic. Use "Thanks for Giving Me the World" or come up with your own special phrase!

I started in early March with my trip to Brussels (holding the beer at Delirium Tremens). It was so fun to plan it and think about how the final result would look. I printed the pictures, framed it for my parents and grandparents and gave it to them about a month after I got home. 
Thanks- Under the Eiffel Tower
For- Outside the Prague Castle
Giving- In the Courtyard at AUR
Me- Inside an Ancient Coliseum in Pompeii
The- Delirium in Brussels
World- Fontana di Trevi
Seriously, do this. It doesn't take that much work and you'll smile every time you look at it.