I'm still alive. Work has been owning me lately, lots of late nights and weekends thanks to my new boss. The industry is filled with angry, bitter women who have no friends or significant others. I can see why. Working these crazy hours doesn't leave you much time for a social life! Or even time for yourself. I haven't seen any friends for weeks and I rarely get to speak to my boy during the day.

Luckily, a few weeks ago the best friend and I had our annual Fall trip to Boston. Being only a couple hours away by car, its the perfect place for a mini getaway. Every year when the air gets crisp and the leaves start changing colors, we both have one thing on our mind.

All of our trips revolve around food. This trip was no different.

Perfect quote! I love Flour's sticky buns and cookies!

I'm not really a big fan of sushi, but Snappy's on Newbury St was good!

Heading home. I love sunsets.


avec eric

When the boyfriend and I first started dating, he took me to his favorite restaurant in the city, Le Bernardin. I was wowed by the amazing presentation and every delicious course that came out of the kitchen by Eric Ripert. Ever since then, hands down Le Bernardin has become one of my top New York City restaurants. In my fan club, is the New York Times which has given it 4 stars and the Michelin Guide which given it 3 stars over a span of 20 years.

Eric Ripert has a new show on PBS called Avec Eric. We get to follow him on his travels around the world. We see where he finds inspiration, meets people along the way and then takes what he learns to bring a dish that is easily prepared by you! I know sometimes coooking can be intimdating, but he makes it so easy. I am literally drooling everytime I watch this show!

He had a screening of his show and Q&A session at the Whole Foods on Bowery.

But, the boyfriend and I couldn't even hang on until showed up
. We were so hungry and the thought of watching all the delicious food made us delirious. We ended up leaving and catching dumplings at my favorite place in St. Marks, Dumpling man. The pork seared and chicken seared ones are my favorite!



I'm looking for a new job. I've been at my current company for 3 years and I'm just not feeling it anymore. I need a new year with new beginnings.

I feel like I'm in such a slump with my portfolio. I wish I had a full month to dedicate my brain just to concentrate on it and make it best I can.

I quickly did a few groups for an impromptu interview a few weeks ago. I hate being rushed though.

My favorite part has always been making the mood boards. I love coming up with ideas of who this girl is, where is she going and what does she want to wear. If I could just make mood boards for a living, I would be quite happy.

They're looking pretty rough. I love ink drawings. I hate when I have to paint them with color and they start looking cheesy to me.


new season, new hair

I found more inspiration pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow's hair in the November issue of British Elle. She is so cute! I love having pictures to bring to my hairdresser.

Here's what my hairdresser Motoki came up with. I'm not used to having my hair so short in the back. I feel like Kate Gosselin. It's going take some getting used too, but I do love this light and airy feeling to my hair. I wanted to maintain my hair since this high maintenance haircut requires daily straight ironing and blow drying. I finally got my hands on the Moroccan oil everyones been raving about. I LOVE it. I have tried just about everything out there for dry hair and this worked instantly. My hair is so soft, that I end up touching my hair all day long. It smells so yummy too. I'm a believer!



I've always been a little skeptical about socks worn with sandals. I just imagine touristy Americans that wear white tube socks with Tevas and fanny packs. The much copied and beautifully styled J.Crew catalog made me rethink my previous notions.

Then Leighton Meester shows up at the Louis Vuitton S/S 10 show with the socks/sandal combo. So I decided to give it a try. It did garner some weird looks from coworkers, but my socks made me happy. Thats all that counts right?

American Eagle cardigan, H&M dress, Vintage necklaces, H&M socks, Nine West sandals

So many bruises on my leg. I bruise easily. :(

I love this vintage locket. I got it for $1 at a huge antique market that happens every year in Brimfield, Massachusetts.


an apple a day

Last weekend, a few of my friends and I made a road trip to Princeton, New Jersey to go apple picking. The weather was drizzly and cold, but since we made the drive out we decided to make the most of it. When we got there luckily the rain stopped just enough for us to pick a few apples.

The farm we went to, Terhune Farm has both vegetables and fruits to pick all year round.

The pumpkin patch.

At the on site store, we were lucky to get a just out of the oven batch of apple cider donuts. They were

We started a bit late in the apple picking season, so most of the varieties were all picked.

I loved the tart little crab apples. I was picking and eating at the same time.

With our fruits of labor, we made an apple crisp.

Freshly made with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Heaven.



Jcrew tee, UO shorts

Forever21 ring

Forever21 chains, Vintage type writer key necklace from a craft fair vendor.

I'm feeling so uninspired with my outfits lately. I wish I could wear my sweatpants and hoodie everywhere or just dress like a boy.


need to get my hair did

My hair is so blah right now. The ends are dry with split ends galore. Its in a weird in between length that makes me just want to put it in a low bun or pony tail everyday. I need a change. I was thinking of doing the blunt medium bob a la Gweny. I've loved her style, since the days she was dating Brad Pitt. I thought her hair and clothes were always spot on. I guess things haven't changed. She still looks amazing!



American Apparel top, Uniqlo jeans, Gap necklace, H&M bracelet, Gucci watch, Seychelles shoes.

I just dug out my American Apparel raglan pullover and forgot how much I love it. Its so comfy! I need to get more colors. I always have trouble finding jeans. Uniqlo's straight leg and skinny jeans fit perfectly and you cant go wrong with free hemming!

I found this bracelet at H&M for $5! I love its chunkiness.

This necklace was a steal from the Gap last summer. They have some really cute pieces in stores right now!

Lately, I've been gravitating to the jewelry section more and more. There's nothing like a big statement ring or necklace to pop an "old" outfit.


dark delights

I cant even begin to tell you how excited I am for the Tim Burton retrospective at the MOMA. Opening on November 22, the exhibit will feature his earliest childhood drawings through his mature work with paintings, storyboards, digital and moving-image formats, puppets and maquettes, props, costumes, ephemera, sketchbooks, and cartoons.

He made me fall in love with Johnny Depp when I first watched Edward Scissorhands. I love his signature dark, moody, quirky vibe in all his work.

This months Harpers Baazar, features a fashion editorial of Tim Burton's world re-imagined.

there he is!

saving the best for last.


no. 6 black hole sun

I cant believe we're already in October! Time sure does fly and the temperatures have dropped accordingly. During the fall and winter months, my closet usually looks like a black hole like most New Yorkers. I've always been drawn to black and any shades of gray. Hence, my blog name.

Sisley blazer, Aqua sweater tunic, Gucci scarf, American Apparel leggings, Seychelles wedges.

Excuse the blur mark on my face. In the blogosphere, I like to stay somewhat anonymous.

The other day, I passed a consignment store near my work. They have an amazing shoe and bag selection. My two weaknesses. I scored these brand new Seychelles wedges for $45! I love the curve of the heel. They don't break my feet, which is always a plus!