Sex and the Ivy

Snapshots and Snippets From New York

Filed under: New York, Travel — Elle April 8, 2008 @ 1:04 am

I tend to hate the photos taken of me next to my laptop. I’m a blogger, so naturally, reporters ask me to pose with my weapon of choice. I don’t mind acquiescing, especially since I’m not a photographer myself and it’s not like I have a suggestion for a better shot. Still, I can’t help thinking that the more obvious setup the setup, the less meaningful the picture. It’s strange that the easiest portrait to shoot is the one that appears the most contrived. I never look natural in my photos next to computers.

But this one I like for some reason. He took it Saturday night. We’d just gotten back to the hotel from coffee on the Lower East Side. I was looking at my Tumblr dashboard when he shot this (you can tell from the screen it’s Tumblr). I didn’t know until we scrolled through his photos later that he had taken anything at all.

An actual candid of me. Pretty rare.

Another interesting photo (from our coffee earlier that evening). I started taking pictures of him with my cell phone and he responded by snapping me with his digital camera at the same time. It was war.

Got back from New York this morning after sleeping at some atrocious hour last night. 72 hours in New York. Christ. Things I did this weekend (with helpful links):

* Got two dresses at AuH2O, this fantastic East Village clothing store with one-of-a-kind pieces made from recycled fabrics. Kate, the owner (who’s only 23!), is doing a custom piece for the Guy. New York fashion students, intern for this woman. She’s responsible for cool, creative, affordable stuff like this Metrocard dress.

* Had a cup of New York’s best coffee at Abraço

* Best meal of the weekend: dinner at a great French place in the East Village called Antibes Bistro. The desserts are amazing. What I recommend: butternut squash ravioli and the chocolate terrine.

* Brought the Guy and the dog along for a fascinating meeting with a downtown production company.

* Visited the International Center of Photography. Really enjoyed the Glenn Ligon exhibit critiquing Robert Mapplethorpe’s The Black Book (a volume of homoerotic images of black men)

* Saw a lot of people, just generally. Consumed a lot of coffee and Haribo gummi bears, just generally (the latter brought back from Germany when I visited Kennedy over spring break).

* Hung out at night with the Guy’s sister who studies fine arts in the city. Wound up in Williamsburg both Friday and Saturday night after disliking the pretentious crowd at Plumm and D’Or. Jules (my down-to-earth NYC companion from last summer who was the only person I knew who lived in Brooklyn) would’ve been proud.

* Took plenty of candid photos and video, somewhat against my perfectionist will, but oh well.

Good drive. Good company. Great weekend.

Really Non-committal Weekend Plans

Filed under: New York, Philadelphia, Travel — Elle November 8, 2007 @ 2:27 am


9:00 a.m. Greyhound from South Station, Boston to Port Authority, New York City.
1:30 p.m. Lunch at Odeon with my boss and CollegeOTR founder, Doug, in Tribeca
3:00 p.m. Back to the classy Port Authority for departure to Philly.
5:00 p.m. Arriving to Philadelphia via Greyhound.
6:00 p.m. (Unless I fuck up directions) with Jessica at her apartment.
7:00 p.m. Dinner, followed by partying. The works.


11:00 a.m. Breakfast. Gym with Jessica.
1:00 p.m. Shopping. Eating. Unbridled consumption.
6:00 p.m. At some point, seeing my friend from the University of the Sciences.
8:00 p.m. Dinner. Hot date with Penn boy at McDonald’s.
10:00 p.m. Marbar with aforementioned hottie. Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll.


11:00 a.m. Depending on the previous night, either breakfast in bed or a far tamer brunch.
1:00 p.m. See ya, Penn.
3:00 p.m. Hello, Manhattan. Pit stop at Beacon’s Closet?
4:00 p.m. Coffee with any number of New Yorkers, but most importantly RKB and Jules.
10:00 p.m. Back to Boston. With no school on Monday, maybe more partying?

New York This Weekend

Filed under: New York, Travel — Elle October 4, 2007 @ 2:07 am

Very rough list of Columbus Day weekend activities/tasks include thus far:

-4pm: Target Free Fridays at MoMA
-Visiting the office
-Dropping off my heels at my favorite shoe repair place
-Dinner at Koo Sushi, my favorite sushi place
-Visiting my piercer and possibly getting another piercing

-10am: Crossfit NYC (free beginner class)
-Central Park
-Picking up altered cardigan from Henri Bendel
-Coffee with a Cornellian
-”Big big amazing party” in Brooklyn with Steph on Saturday night
-Jules, Jules, Jules

-Brunch at egg in Williamsburg
-Hitting up Beacon’s Closet
-Picking up heels (from Friday)
-A wholesome activity with Kay
-Partying, continued

-Leaving town!

Get in touch if you want to hang out. If you can’t catch me this time, I’ll next be in town for Veteran’s Day weekend in November.

Also, on a separate note, I’m hoping to do Europe for Thanksgiving. If not, going to visit Summer Guy in D.C. Yay for getting out of Cambridge!

On The Way Out

Filed under: California, New York, Travel — Elle August 31, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

Currently sitting in a too-nice, too-expensive Tribeca studio, where I’m temporarily crashing post-Long Island. Cece left this morning at dawn and I’m following suit tomorrow at 4:30pm, flying from JFK to Long Beach.

It’s been a pretty fantastic 13 weeks — I’ll wax nostalgic once I’m near the Pacific again. In the meantime, I’m spending my last 24 hours doing a few of my favorite things: shopping at Henri Bendel and Beacon’s Closet, having sushi for dinner, boozing (of course), brunching with Jules, and … taking care of my new piercings. Ended up getting two out of five — decided to skip getting second lobe piercings.

Estimated time of arrival to my dearly beloved California is 7:30pm PST. For now … peace, kids. I’m going shopping.

Last Week in New York

Filed under: New York — Elle August 27, 2007 @ 12:18 am

This is a sort-of schedule for my final week in the city. If you’re in the city and we haven’t yet met up, email/call me! I’m dropping a few absentee friends a note tonight.

Cleaning and packing
“Sex and the City” date with Jules

Dropping by the office
Manicure/shoe repair/lunch in SoHo
Dinner with Rellim/Blaser
Getting pierced (in five places, no joke)
Hookah date in East Village

Long Island during the day with Cece who’s in town from LA
Dessert in the city at night

Lunch with JM
Henri Bendel/Molton Brown/general midtown madness with self
Getting my hair cut by this man
Dinner (anyone?)
Drinks (ditto)

Cece leaves town in the AM
Lunch (anyone?)
Shopping downtown and in Williamsburg
Meeting Jules’ father (possibly)
Sayonara brunch/drinks with Jules
Leaving for JFK at 2:30pm to make 4:30 flight to Long Beach

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