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

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. 

Tuesday 4.21

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sweatshirt: Forever 21, Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Pants: Kate Spade, Shoes: Madewell 

*Photographs taken by the BF.

Kate Spade New York

Monday, April 20, 2015

My mom and I have made it a tradition to visit the Kate Spade store for a wonderful VIP shopping experience (more on our first trip here). I am a huge fan of Kate Spade's designs - everything is so whimsical and fun. The Spring 2015 line is even more playful than usual with incredibly cute animal shaped bags and bold floral prints. 

I absolutely love visiting the Kate Spade store for this special experience. It really makes me feel like a princess for a day. 

I did some significant damage during this shopping trip. The BF and I are going to Florida on Friday and I plan on bringing many of my new items with me on our vacation. 

It's hard to say what my absolute favorite purchase is from this weekend's haul - I'd say it's a toss up between the Splash Out Fish Tote and the Chinese New Year Sheep Clutch

I'm already counting down the days until my mom and I go back to the Kate Spade store for our Fall 2015 shopping extravaganza.

*Photographs taken by Gabriela Monsanto.

Thursday 4.16

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hat: Monki, Bag: Unknown, Sweater: Calypso, Turtleneck: J. Crew, Jeans: American Eagle, Shoes: Madewell

*Photographs taken by the BF.

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