a month or so ago (life is blurry),
dawn and i did something we have wanted to do for years – we packed
our backpacks for a bike ride and a sleepy night at a bed and
breakfast. we rode from st. charles to the tiny town of augusta. we
explored, hot tubbed (it was chilly), and had delicious eggs benedict
in the beautiful victorian house we booked. definitely one of
the best treats of my summer. it was a good 53 miles total, and was
so much fun i don't even regret my sore booty (yeah, definitely
getting a cushion for my seat next time!).
hope you've had a good adventure this
france's contributions to my life thus far: macarons, avene thermal face mist, CONCORDE.
ever since the lucky moment i stumbled on their music featured in a video at garance dore's blog, i've been in deep, deep love with this indie pop band. their album SUMMER HOUSE snaps me into happiness and keeps me there for its entirety. i mean, i love it so much that i have a hard time telling anyone about it because i want it to be my little secret. but i'm telling you now, and you should give 'em a listen (below).
actually, when i began listing france's contributions to my life, i found it difficult to come to a stopping point. other important things of note include crepes, serge and charlotte gainsbourg, audrey tautou, the triplets of belleville, the etch a sketch, edith piaf, chanel's "chance" fragrance, hot air balloons, champagne, lea seydoux, delicious onion soup, brigitte bardot. i feel i could go on forever.
wow, a big thanks to the french for making my happiness possible.
this year, national geographic got itself a tumblr. let's just say it elevates their cool factor in my eyes. not that they weren't extraordinarily hip before. it's just that i'm kind of in love with the publication on a new level now. the tumblr goes by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FOUND, and although they've only recently begun digging up precious gems to share, the collection has already won my vintage loving heart. here are some of my favorites so far...
want more vintage photo love? check out this recent post which is filled with old photos i recently bought
jeeze, i'm a little late on this but wanted to bring deepak chopra's 21 day meditation challenge to your attention. these little "guided" meditations are perfect if you (like me) are short of patience and RUSTY in the realm of quieting your mind. oh yeah, and it's free. &&&, although it began on the 5th, it isn't too late to sign up and listen to the recordings every day. OHM.