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100 books in 1001 days

100 books

1001 goals: join a book club, start a family book club, stop buying books in hardcover and hating them, read regularly before I go to sleep,                                  and read 100 books in 1001 days

  1. Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
  2. History of a Voyage by Jean de Léry
  3. Personal Narrative by Alexander von Humboldt
  4. Women through Women’s Eyes
  5. Biography of a Runaway Slave by Miguel Barnet
  6. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  7. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  8. The Cloud Forest by Peter Matthiessen
  9. Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
  10. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (2x)
  11. The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Guevara
  12. Silence on the Mountain by Daniel Wilkinson
  13. Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
  14. Yanomamo: The Fierce People by Napoleon Chagnon
  15. Darkness in El Dorado by Patrick Tierney
  16. Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr
  17. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  18. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
  19. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly
  20. A Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon
  21. Inferno by Dan Brown
  22. The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K Rowling/Robert Galbraith
  23. Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  24. The Son by Phillip Meyer
  25. The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
  26. La Sombra by Benito Pérez Galdós
  27. Doña Perfecta by Benito Pérez Galdós
  28. Tristana by Benito Pérez Galdós
  29. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  30. Turn Right at Machu Piccu by Mark Adams
  31. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriaty
  32. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  33. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  34. American Rust by Phillip Meyer
  35. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  36. The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol
  37. After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman
  38. Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
  39. The Dark Frontier by Eric Ambler
  40. All the Names by José Saramago
  41. The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
  42. TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
  43. The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene
  44. The Opposite of Loneliness  by Marina Keegan
  45. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  46. Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
  47. The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
  48. The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
  49. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling
  50. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
  51. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
  52. I AM THAT GIRL by Alexis Jones
  53. Ceremonies of Possession by Patricia Seed
  54. Off the Sidelines: Raise your Voice, Change the World by Kirsten Gillibrand
  55. Framed by Gender by Cecilia L. Ridgeway

this day in history…


April 10, 1925: The Great Gatsby is published. 

101 in 1001


visit ten new cities


go on a road trip


make my own fabric headboard


dance all night in my first pair of Louboutins


read 100 new books & join a book club

Inspired by Mackenzie and spurred on by Lent, I have decided to start 2013 with not just one, but 101 resolutions to accomplish in 1001 days. These are goals, fantasies, hopes, and dreams – all rolled into a perfect list. In 1001 days – September 2015 – I will have graduated from college and started the transition into real life, and before then, I hope to accomplish quite a bit. So far, I have written 64 goals and plan to add as my world and life direction changes. Wish me luck!

  1. come up with a list of 101 goals
  2. inspire someone to write and achieve their own 101 goals
  3. speak Spanish fluently
  4. apply to graduate school
  5. apply for a Fulbright scholarship
  6. take the GRE
  7. graduate college cum laude
  8. write and defend a thesis
  9. join a book club
  10. start a family book club
  11. regularly read before I go to sleep
  12. stop buying fad books in hardcover, hating them, and regretting the purchase
  13. read 100 new books
  14. work for a company, organization, or person I admire
  15. volunteer consistently for one semester
  16. set up a LinkedIn account
  17. discover and buy the perfect power suit
  18. write 100 handwritten cards in one year
  19. begin a proper address book
  20. invest in personalized stationery
  21. business cards?
  22. stop buying Starbucks coffee
  23. visit 10 new cities: 1. Chicago, January 2013 2. Santiago, March 2013
  24. return to Ferrara, Italy
  25. travel to Patagonia
  26. take my mother to tea in London and lunch in Paris
  27. live somewhere long-term I never have before
  28. go on a road trip
  29. find a skincare reimen that actually works
  30. get a facial
  31. throw a surprise party
  32. host a holiday party
  33. invest in 5 pieces of classic, diverse jewelry
  34. dance in my first pair of Louboutins
  35. personally make a fabric headboard
  36. have all rings resized to actually fit
  37. learn to fishtail braid
  38. wear a floor-length dress to an exciting event
  39. commit myself to the paleo cleanse
  40. attend a Soul Cycle class
  41. attend a hot yoga class
  42. run a 5k
  43. take a private ballet class
  44. continue to grow art collection
  45. learn to like seltzer
  46. go to 5+ concerts
  47. attend a music festival
  48. ride on a Vespa
  49. celebrate 21 in the United States and abroad
  50. no sunburns (premature aging!)
  51. swim in a new ocean
  52. visit the West Coast
  53. wallpaper something
  54. as my mother says, “put some color” on my lips (habitually)
  55. go on Kairos
  56. visit the 9/11 memorial
  57. write a Letter to the Editor
  58. conquer a fear
  59. attend a mass at St. Ignatius during Lent
  60. spend a night under the stars
  61. treat myself to a full-body massage
  62. ride on a sailboat
  63. go to brunch in Boston
  64. put $10 in savings for every goal accomplished

happy new year’s eve


black dress

kate spade kisses

What a year 2012 has been! Despite a few bumps (a broken nose, a cranky teacher, the usual), 2012 has treated me so well. Tonight, I plan on celebrating the end of the year with as much joy as the year has brought me. I wish you ice in your drink, the perfect sparkly black dress, and a kiss at midnight. Here’s to 2012 and 2013 – tonight, celebrate your accomplishments and your goals and your past and your future. Cheers!

1 / 2kate spade advertisement

flower friday 11.30.12



Can you hear those sleigh bells ringing? I certainly can…two weeks from this moment I will have completed all of my finals and on my way home to celebrate the holiday at my family’s tree-trimming party. Prepare for some procrastination posts, as this entire weekend is dedicated to writing the 40ish pages I have put off. Eek! My spot in the library will soon be my new home if anyone wants to come save me from Bolivian risk assessments, Fair Trade, and the Inquisition.

I hope your weekend is not as Microsoft Word-document filled as mine, but instead one with white christmas lights, hot chocolate, and the holiday spirit.

ps. Christmas Angel – feel free to send me a couple pairs of cashmere socks. I’m really cold.

happy thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! This year, I am so thankful for the comfort of a home-cooked meal, the humor and love of my parents, the sarcasm of my brother and the Italian voices of my grandparents. I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving, pie on your table, and family by your side.

flower friday! 11.02.12

Happy (official) weekend! Though I may have began my weekend celebrations onWednesday, with Halloween, I am so excited for the next few days. My parents and brother are coming to Boston for the weekend and I can’t wait to order room service, go to bed early, and enjoy their love. I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of fall leaves, winter scarves, and a good book.


happy halloween!


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happy birthday, caroline!

To my dearest Caroline, happy birthday.

I always thought that the first person outside of my family that I would really love would be a boyfriend, but then, tah-dah, I met you. I love you for your contagious humor, your devotion to your values and faith, your unparalleled ability to mock me, and your kick-ass accessories. I love you for inviting me to be a part of your family, for accepting me as a brunette sister, and for always texting me back at just the right time. I love you for being so incredibly Caroline. I love you for being okay with not always having a plan, for introducing me to that crab cream cheese thing, and for being my most devoted blog follower.

 I wish you a year of joy, of great outfits, of discovery and adventure and mischievousness. I wish you a 550 on your SAT II, additions to the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, and a future appreciation of thank-you notes. For your next twenty years, I wish you a Sweet Caroline at every bitter moment, trips to Venice together, and Godmotherships. I can’t wait to get ready next to you at my wedding and at yours, to finally not have a long-distance relationship, and to celebrate 21 ;) Here’s to you, here’s to us, and here’s to 20, sweet Caroline.



“October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields stunned themselves in the aftermaths.

Anne reveled in the world of color about her.

‘Oh, Marilla,’ she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs. ‘I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at these maple branches. don’t they give you a thrill – several thrills?'” – Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery


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