comfort & style. yes, please.

i love anything that allows me to think minimally about what i am wearing. when i was younger, wardrobe was a large part of my life. because prior to getting married and spitting out some kids, you tend to care a little bit more about what you look like. now that i am an old married lady, i still care, i just don’t have as much time. i have lots of dresses like this in my closet, when the weather gets warm and the flip-flops are once again, socially acceptable, i load my body with items like this. add some tussled hair, braided to the size perhaps, (my fave look) a cute belt and bam, you are ready for the day. also, this is nice for those of us who are not stick thin. i blame my italian heritage as well as my running legs for my not so pencil thin body but whatever the case, this item flatters it nicely.

plus the stripes make it hard to really zone in on those “problem areas”

you can pick this lovely article up at your local jcrew or if you are like me, say to hell with that and order it online. it’s a steal for only $98.00.

while you are doing that, purchase a beefy, chunky sweater to compliment it nicely when the sun goes down and it gets just a little chilly.

the last plus about this, and the last thing i am going to say, is that it also works as a functional piece. when you have a hot date and things get spicy, the whole thing can just slip right off.

go to www.jcrew.com to take a look at all their other fantastic dress options.

a french bistro, i can not live without

there is something about cafe henri in long island city, ny that just hits all of my sweet spots. you wouldn’t really know to look for it unless someone told you that it was there. it’s in, what i would call, an up and coming neighborhood. while living in new york city, it was one of the few reasons i was truly happy. walking in there every sunday morning, made me feel like home, i felt right. i wanted to be there. it was amazing. the service, is unlike anything i have ever experienced. when you walk in the door, there is the same woman there every week, with this delightful french accent, just smiling at you with warmth illuminating around her. she makes you feel like you have been best friends for years and instantly recognizes you. (or me in this case) the food, is spectacular, crunchy french toast made from good bread. little side salads which pair perfectly with your breakfast selection. fresh fruit. amazingly decadent cappuccinos in large cups with froth that is like whipped cream. the atmosphere is delightful but rustic, with wine bottle adorning the walls and a kitchen as small as your own. every morning, here in maine, i long for this place. for the smells, for the feeling, for the food, which literally danced in my face. if you happen to find yourself visiting this little neighborhood, go here. sit, enjoy. bask in the moment. you will fall in love just as i did.

promise.