This post is just a quick update on what’s been going on in my life, as opposed to my daydreams.  It won’t be nearly as exciting as sailing through Andromeda on a spiral staircase made of ostrich feathers (which sounds like a beautiful adventure to me), but rather more subdued and decidedly tangible.

Least importantly, I got my hair cut!  Well, I cut it myself for thrifty purposes.  And I learned a new method of mermaid waves from somewhere in the reaches of Pinterest.  Simply roll a small section of hair into a pin curl (don’t actually pin it) and then clamp the flat iron down on the pin curl for 10 seconds or so and voila!  Let it tumble down into a perfect beachy wave.

Pin Up Hair Medium Blonde

Apparently, I am very surprised. Or there’s an oncoming car in my house? I don’t know.

Girl Tattoos Travel Paris

Old tattoos. Sometimes regrettable.

Beachy Waves How To

I used bigger sections for my hair for more glam-style waves. (pinterest)


Of medium importance, I’ve been working on upcycling lingerie into feminine and flirty vintage-style dresses.  Here’s a quick peek, though I’m not quite finished as I am in desperate need of lace trim.  All of the pieces are hand-dyed with lovely organic dyes from Dharma Trading.

Vintage Slips

Vintage Slips

Vintage Slip Dress Upcycling

Also of medium importance, I’ve begun working on my fiction novel again after losing a quarter of it in the great hard drive crash of 2012.  It is a slow struggle, but I will get there with bottles of wine and glasses of honeyed whiskey.  What is it that Hemingway said, “write drunk, edit sober”?

Vintage Typewriter Smith Corona

My vintage Smith Corona typewriter and my favorite mug

Second to most important is that my cats are still being ridiculously cute.  I also found out recently that they are both Korats, with the boy being a Thai Blue Point (the one that looks Siamese).

Thai Blue Point Cat



Korat Cat Female

Lady Grey

And most importantly…

I’M MOVING!  Yeah!  Finally!  I’m still debating between many gorgeous cities in this diverse and beautiful country, so help me out?  My requirements are:

– On the coast.  No rivers or lakes, just miles and miles of crashing waves.  I am okay with bays, harbors, and sounds.

– Must get snow and lots of it.  Love the cold and how it makes everything so magical.

– Which goes with: no eternal sunshine.  I currently live in LA and the sun depresses me.   Also, I like being pale.

– Not a big city, but not completely rural either.  Ideal TV towns: Capeside (Dawson’s Creek), Cicely (Northern Exposure), Rosewood and Mystic Falls if they were coastal (Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries, respectively).

– Friendly people who are genuine, like cocktail parties or get-togethers, DIY and crafty projects, literature and art, and are in-tune with what’s going on, but not obsessed with the scene.  Seattle scares me for that reason.

– Excellent nearby hiking.

– Historic architecture and sites

With all of this in mind, here’s what I’ve been considering: Portland Maine, Salem Mass, Portsmouth NH, and possibly somewhere on Long Island.  So please, if you have any suggestions or advice, I’d love to hear it!  I’m from PA/NJ, so I’ve visited all the places I’ve mentioned, but I welcome local insight for sure.  I would love to hear about any other towns or cities you think might suit me.  I have until October 1 to make my official decision.

Portland Maine Old Port

Old Port in Portland, Maine (

Portsmouth NH Waterfront

Portsmouth, NH (


Hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday.

toujours. xo.



  1. mothcaterpillar says:

    wow! I really enjoy reading this post of yours! it sounds so optimistic and uplifting, which is exactly what I am longing for right now… I love your criteria for a place to live, especially the cold! I am about to move myself: I came to US 2 years ago and now it looks like I will be off to go back to Europe… moving can be very scary, but it also can be an exciting new start! thank you for reminding me of it! :-)

    • Aw, thanks lady! So lucky, moving (back) to Europe!! The best of luck to you; I am insanely jealous. The culture and architecture is just captivating. Not to mention the diversity of food across the continent. Mmm. I hope your move goes smoothly and that you are so happy (and that you enjoyed your time here in the US). One day, I’ll sail my caravan across the pond and move there myself…a girl can dream :)

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