The Pure Trilogy

Monday, July 21, 2014

 A colleague of mine pointed me in the direction of the Pure Trilogy after she heard about my love of post-apocalyptic teen fiction - yes, that is a genre. 

I loved this series. I am heartbroken that it's over! I am so torn up about finishing these books that I pouted about starting my next novel. The BF picked up on the problem immediately, "It's that it's not teen fiction, right"? 

He's totally on point - I love a good teen read. I can't believe I have to venture back into the world of adult literature. As my mom always says, "all good things must come to an end".

I decided to write this review as a joint three-booker, because in all honesty, I could not put these books down long enough to write three individual posts. 

The series is centered around several protagonists, Pressia, El Capitan, Helmud, Partridge and Bradwell. All the characters are survivors of a nuclear detonation. Some of them live in a destroyed United States, while others live in a Dome that was protected from the bombings. Those who live outside the dome, like Pressia, are grossly disfigured by the nuclear attack. Many of them are fused to various objects and have burns on their bodies. Throughout the three books, we follow their journey as they try to learn more about what lead to the detonations. The characters also struggle to figure out a way to bring together those outside the dome and those inside it. Unfortunately, joining those that are privileged, and those that are not, does not always end peacefully. 

I love these books. I miss reading them. Between my obsession with post-apocalyptic teen novels, and World War 2 fiction, I think I've got my reading list set for life. 

*Collages created by Gabriela Monsanto. Sketches taken from,,

Wednesday 7.16

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sunglasses: Rag and Bone, Necklace: Vanessa Mooney, Blouse: Eileen Fisher, Bag: Alexander Wang, Shorts: American Eagle, Sandals: MIA

Exploring various neighborhoods in Manhattan, and its' outlying boroughs, is one of my favorite pastimes. My friend and I recently became acquainted with Park Slope. 

We shopped, we dined, we walked - it was a great time. I even suggested to the BF that we visit homes around Park Slope when we want to purchase our first apartment in a few years. 

We shall see what our future holds. 

*Outfit photographs taken by the BF. Other photographs taken by Gabriela Monsanto.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

When I was growing up there was a running joke that girls on Long Island had a uniform. That uniform consisted of some type of Birkenstock, So-Low or Hard-Tail pants and a North face fleece or jacket. Fast forward 10 years later, and Birkenstocks are fashionable

To say I was shocked is an understatement

I was hesitant at first to wear my old brown Birkenstocks as anything but slippers, however, after an inundation of Birkenstocks on blogs and social media, I decided to give them a second try. 

I have to admit, I was not disappointed. 

Birkenstocks are incredibly comfortable, specifically my old worn-in pair. Thankfully, I have a plethora of options from my high-school days - I own both the Arizonas & Madrids

I fell in love with my old pairs so much that I bought the Arizonas in all black as well. As I get older I realize if I love something, I should get it in as many variations as possible - comfort cannot be compromised.

This is the official announcement - my Birkenstocks are out of retirement and I could not be happier

*Photographs taken by Gabriela Monsanto.

Monday 7.14

Monday, July 14, 2014

Necklace: Free People, Tee: IRO, Bag: Balenciaga, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: Urban Outfitters

*Photographs taken by the BF. 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

In my parents' NYC apartment they have a set of four uniquely printed dishes framed on their dining room wall. 
The idea is pretty brilliant

I am beyond obsessed with the mixture of genres in the Seletti dishes featured above. Down the line, when the BF and I purchase a home, I'd love to take a page out of my parents' decorating book and frame some Seletti chinaware to feature in our own dining room.

It's such an interesting idea to take two different dishes, from two different cultures, and meld them into one product. The final effect is both interesting and stunning. 

*All photographs taken from Collages created by Gabriela Monsanto.

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