Monday Memos // 9

[Apologies for the two-week hiatus---but vacation was just too good to open a computer.] 

Listening:

I caught the end of a piece on NPR's "weekend edition" recently. They closed out the episode with Chet Baker's "My Funny Valentine" melody sung under Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." 

Long story short, it got me on a Chet Baker kick. I have loved "My Funny Valentine" since I heard it as a child. 

A quick skim through his biography, the man led a whacky life. (image via youtube.com)

A quick skim through his biography, the man led a whacky life. (image via youtube.com)

Reading:

After minimal internet exploring on my trip, the last few days have me reunited with all my favorite blogs. I have been reading so many different things. 

A smattering of favorites: 

Missed Connections For A-holes (via cupofjo)

lder and wiser: documenting advanced style all over the world (via cupcakesandcashmere)

What It Was Like to Be Photographed by Bill Cunningham (Love you Bill! via joythebaker)

Bill Cunningham at the Carolina Herrera Fall 2013 fashion show in New York. CreditCindy Ord/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Bill Cunningham at the Carolina Herrera Fall 2013 fashion show in New York. CreditCindy Ord/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Craving:

Pizza. Vacation involved a lot of pizza and once you eat a lot of pizza, your body identifies best with it's deep love of pizza.

The trip began with shrimp pizza with my parents at Birroteca in Baltimore. We had zero leftovers. Red Shrimp, Herb Pesto, Asparagus, Melted Cherry Tomatoes, Asiago, Fontina, Roasted Red Peppers.

In the middle of the trip, Ellen and I feasted on a frozen Amy's pizza in our Oak Bluffs rental house. We had our slices with a view of a setting sun and the sparkling waters of a pond and a sound. Roasted Vegetable Pizza topped with marinated organic shiitake mushrooms, roasted red peppers, sweet onions and marinated artichoke hearts.

On the last day of the trip, back with my parents, we devoured a special pie at Joe Squared in Baltimore. I lost track of the squares I ate. The Whitlock Community Farm Pizza: Crushed tomato, arugula, bacon, ham, mozzarella, smoked gouda and rosemary.

I love you pizza, especially with friends and loved ones. 

Pizza bean bag. (image via sweetyhigh)

Pizza bean bag. (image via sweetyhigh)

Wearing:

Simply put, I have been wearing a lot of black. Black layered on black. Black jeans with black tees. Black dresses on top of black dresses. Black sandals and black clogs.

I know it is summer, but it feels best. 

What would Leandra do? (image via manrepeller.com)

What would Leandra do? (image via manrepeller.com)

Watching:

I missed watching the last two episodes of "Game of Thrones" in real time, so last night I caught up. It was exciting to watch two momentous episodes back to back! Mini binge!

Also, I can't believe we have to wait another year (roughly) to see it again. Sigh. 

Theon and Sansa: would you call them BFFs of sort? (image via HBO)

Theon and Sansa: would you call them BFFs of sort? (image via HBO)

Wanting:

I've been seeing these strappy, often suede sandals in every color and iteration. Each one makes my heart flutter. So simple! The colors! 

Lower cost option: ASOS FORTRESS Flared Heel Sandals (via asos.com)

Lower cost option: ASOS FORTRESS Flared Heel Sandals (via asos.com)

Higher cost option: Marais Usa JARDIN HEEL, CHERRY (via maraisusa.com)

Higher cost option: Marais Usa JARDIN HEEL, CHERRY (via maraisusa.com)

Highest cost option: MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH PALMA SANDAL in AMETHYST METALLIC (via Mille)

Highest cost option: MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH PALMA SANDAL in AMETHYST METALLIC (via Mille)