Monthly Archives: April 2011

Botanical Gardens

I recently reconnected with my friend L, who is back in town after having to evacuate her internship at an NGO in Egypt. We are both fairly ignorant of Atlanta’s cultural offerings–going to high school in the Buckhead Bubble will rid you of general knowledge about the rest of the city, I swear–so we’re trying to figure out what to do around these parts.  We went to the Dogwood Festival last weekend, and when we walked past the Botanical Gardens to get to Piedmont Park, we realized that we should go.

So we went on Saturday morning, which turned out to be a great time to go.  Atlanta was cool and foggy overhead, which made for minimal crowds and really vibrant colors.  I took about a billion pictures, and I am apparently pretty knowledgeable about plants (nature was my best subject at summer camp!) because L kept saying, “You know so much about plants.  How do you know this stuff?”  That’s me, a wealth of esoteric knowledge.  I am one step closer to my goal of being able to talk knowledgeably about anything.

Anyway, here are some pictures.

Desert garden:
L making a face when I mention Buckhead’s social scene:
Tropical garden (fantasmal poison dart frogs not pictured):


Happy Easter


Here at Casa BlogStyles, we’re eating Hot Cross Buns and Cadbury Creme Eggs. I hope you’re having a similarly enjoyable day, wherever you are.

Better than sunblock


My hair tends to get in the way, but in other news, Atlanta is beautiful these days.

East Village story

Friends, what beautiful weather we’re having in Atlanta these days! I love both sun and rain, and it seems we’re having both in equal measure this April. During last night’s thunderstorm, Bro was so scared that he actually hopped into the shower with me for a minute before he realized that he was going to be standing under streams of water.

Weather in New York was significantly less nice, but that didn’t stop me from walking around Brooklyn and all over Manhattan and seeing friends in the city. I somehow ended up spending a lot of time near or around the Canal Street station, but I ventured uptown to see some of my friends from college, and even further up for brunch with my friend M. I visited two of David Chang’s establishments (does that make me a Momophile?) and D and I went to Central, Owl’s Head, and High Line Parks, too. And for my birthday, I went to Peel’s with a group of old and new friends, and when we got back to Brooklyn, D’s parents surprised me with an ice cream cake. Fact: this was the first ice cream cake I’ve ever had, and it was delicious.






patch of sunlight

p and maizee on the patio




'at street level' I


hole-in-the-wall dumpling place


huge can of asahi superdry

waffle cart

As always, more pictures are viewable on Flickr.

A port in the storm

I’d just like to mention that a big thunderstorm is rolling through the A right now. While I am perfectly content to sit in bed and listen (see figure above), my dogs are pretty scared. Bro, our big lion, likes to curl up to the smallest possible size and hide under furniture. Chip just pants and follows me around. Sometimes they sleep on my bed–and, I might add, hog the covers. My room becomes Dogtown.

As sad as it is to see them so scared, it’s also kind of funny because their facial expressions are priceless. Here’s a picture of BroBro from the another time we had a storm. He had jumped into my bathtub.

Oh, here comes Chip now. I’ve set up a little dog bed next to my bed, so hopefully I’ll have my pillow to myself this time.

Another successful weekend

Another successful weekend was had by me. I kicked things off on Thursday by having lunch and walking around midtown with my dad–who, incidentally, is turning the big 4-0 today! Happy Birthday, Dad! I also met up with the Js, saw my sister for a few hours before she shipped back out, and rendezvoused with some awkward people from my high school back in the day (note: I didn’t know them). Lastly, I did battle with a giant mango margarita and I think I won. It’s finally gotten warm again, but I won’t be sticking around long to enjoy it; this week I’m heading up to New York for my birthday and to hang out with some friends, and California and Seattle are coming in a few weeks’ time.