Suomi Underground, a shop that carries beautiful silk scarves, recently posted an illustrated guide of ten ways to wear a scarf. My favorites are the front knot, the handbag knot, and the beachy headscarf, which are pictured below. You can view the rest of the illustrations here. Do you have a favorite? How would you wear a silk scarf?
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I usually arrive at Panera Bread early in the afternoon, two hours or so after lunch, and I am usually one of only a handful of customers, many of whom are sitting alone like me. These are the quiet hours, when Panera is my own and I am so at ease and so comfortable at my cafe table for two that I may as well be at home on my couch and in my pajamas. Sometimes I even prop my feet up on the chair across from mine and become so lost in scribbling in my notebook that I completely forget my surroundings until I'd like to refill my tea.
Business picks up around four, at which point I become distracted by the hustle and bustle of the people around me and the buzzing of the pagers that let customers know their order is ready. (I used to check my phone every time one of the pagers went off but now that I am a seasoned veteran of long afternoons in Panera Bread, the buzzing blends into the other sounds, such as the blender, the espresso machine, the conversations, and the hammering footsteps of people in a hurry.) Fortunately, as soon as Panera reaches it's peak dinner hours and suddenly there are people waiting for tables, it is time for me to go to the dance studio next door.
I don't mind the hustle in the evening too much (the background noise of chatter and footsteps and silverware clinking can be soothing in it's own way), but I always long for the quiet hours, when I am alone with my notebook and my tea, when the rest of the world fades into the background and the pen in my hand glides smoothly across my paper.
Monday, April 29, 2013
|Russian Tea Bear by David DePasquale|
Today I was feeling like I was stuck in a bit of a rut, but every time I looked at this illustration by David DePasquale, I couldn't help but smile. DePasquale describes his illustration: "Even the most fearsome of creatures need to break for teatime." As I poured my own cup of tea this afternoon, I couldn't help but picture the Russian Tea Bear. Although he may be a fearsome creature, I think he is also rather charming, and I wouldn't mind having tea with him (so long as he didn't eat me with his crumpets).
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
|Photo by Julien Haler|
"Yes, but what kind of dessert? What does it taste like? What is a macaron?"
And finally, I confessed: "I don't know. I've never had one."
"Then why are you blogging about macarons, if you've never even had one?"
"Because macarons are cute."
I laughed and felt a little ridiculous. In school, my teachers taught me to write what I know. I did not listen, apparently.
How about you? Have you ever had a French macaron? Was it as delicious as it was cute? I've heard that macarons are mostly made of powdered sugar and melt in your mouth. Is that an accurate description?
(I created the "Happy Macarons" graphic using clip art by Pugly Pixel with Kawai details by Karli Plant. I also used the following fonts: Airstream and Pea Shelby Raye.)
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
If you ever find yourself spending several hours at a time in Panera Bread (or any other coffee shop or restaurant for that matter) then you may find the following survival guide (which is in no way weirdly specific to my unique situation) incredibly useful and informative, and so, without further ado, here are my wise words about how to pass an afternoon (or at least how I passed an afternoon and how you can too) at Panera Bread...