Florida - April 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

If you've followed Fashionable Collections in the past you'll understand why this post doesn't require many words. For those of you who are new to the blog - check out my sentiments on the sunshine state here

Simply put, family is everything

*Photographs taken by Gabriela Monsanto.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

When I first went to the gastroenterologist I was terrified that I'd have to go gluten free. No pasta or bagels - that would be a nightmare for my diet. I was only afraid of going dairy-free. About a night or two after learning of my dairy allergy I had this terrible thought that I would never eat chocolate peanut butter ice cream again. Now, I have nightmares where I eat other decadent desserts (only to wake up and realize I cannot actually eat them). I also longingly gaze at the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese boxes when shopping at the supermarket. 

Obviously the change in my diet has not been all smooth sailing - major life changes never are. However, I am pleased to continue to find great dairy-free dessert options, such as Jeni's sorbets.

As I related in a previous dairy-free post, I am not a sorbet person. I hate how most restaurants and supermarkets only sell two flavors - mango or raspberry. The beauty of Jeni's sorbet is that each flavor is incredibly different. I could easily subsist on the Riesling Poached Pear sorbet. 

Nothing is more refreshing than a bowlful of Jeni's sorbet on a hot summer's day. As the weather in NYC continues to get warmer I look forward to trying out new Jeni's sorbets for dessert. 

*Collages created by Gabriela Monsanto. Photographs taken from Jenis.com

Wednesday 4.29

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Tee: c/o Walk Trendy, Jeans: American Eagle, Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target, Sandals: J. Crew

I have always been a fan of graphic tees - IMO the cheekier the better. When I was contacted by Walk Trendy to style something on my site I was instantly drawn to this "Hey Sailor" tee. 

The shirt is even BF approved, few of my clothes are, so I expect it will be making numerous appearances this summer. 

*Photographs taken by the BF.

Lost Without Color

Monday, April 27, 2015

I have a new found affinity for agate necklaces. Occasionally I will search for the hashtag, #agatenecklace, on Instagram to find shops that sell unique pieces. One such designer, Lost Without Color, is one of my finds - and now a favorite shop on my Etsy feed. What I particularly like about this designer is that each piece contains multiple colors. Some of the necklaces even have color combinations you wouldn't normally think of, such as the necklace I purchased which combines the colors brown and blue. 

I currently have my eye on two more chocker-esque necklaces - I think one of them will make its way into my closet very soon.

*Collages created by Gabriela Monsanto. All photographs taken from Lost Without Color.

Thursday 4.23

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Vest: Cos, Dress: Vintage, Bag: Michael Kors, Shoes: Target

*Photographs taken by the BF.

The Paying Guests

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

When I told my mom I was reading The Paying Guests she said, "ooo, that book was weird". I have yet to decide if I fully agree with her, however, the storyline is certainly out of the ordinary. The novel centers around Frances, a lesbian, in the 1920s. We follow her through an affair and a murder trial. My favorite part of this book was reading about being a lesbian in the 1920s. I found this particular aspect of the novel very intriguing and I wish it was explored in further depth. Instead, the novel focuses primarily on Frances's lusty affair. 

I did find that The Paying Guests was very easy to read and I finished it rather quickly - especially in comparison to my last unbearable reading experience. NPR published a book review on  the novel that states that the last 100 pages or so, "feel padded". NPR, I have to disagree - I found the book to be just the right length. I also particularly enjoyed how Sarah Waters ended the novel - she leaves the reader in a precarious spot, questioning what the future will hold for the characters. 

In my mind, Sarah has only breached the surface of an incredibly interesting topic. I dare someone to further explore the social dynamics of being a lesbian in the 1920s - that's a book that I would really love to read. 

*Collage created by Gabriela Monsanto. 

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