Valentine 2014

14 02 2014

Valentine 2014

Dear friends,

Ali, Audrey and I love dinner parties and this year we’ve hosted some epic ones: Boxing Day dinner, a birthday garden party, one or two Ebelskiver brunches. We went to quite a few, too, with new friends and old, and some old friends that are new again. An ideal Valentine’s Day party would be all of us around a big old table with an abundance of yummy food and numerous stories, don’t you think?

Wishing you and yours another year full of laughter and love.



Valentine for 2013

14 02 2013
Valentine 2013Dear friends,

Happy Valentine’s Day! This year I spent a lot of time nesting in our new home in Brooklyn. It brings me great joy to stay close to home, biking around the neighborhood, hosting dinner parties, writing, baking and knitting. This valentine is also inspired by the fact that the nineties of my youth have become retro. So I dressed Ali and Audrey in sweaters designed back in the day.

Here’s wishing you and yours another year filled with love.

XO – Christa

Valentine’s 2012

14 02 2012

2012 Valentine

This past year has been full of incredible change and fun. I started a new job, took on a couple of writing projects, and had a lot of good times with family friends. New York City has been good to me, so I’ve featured it in this year’s valentine. Much love to you all!

Happy Valentine’s Day 2011

14 02 2011

Dear friends,

Here is the 2011 edition of my valentine – the 17th in the series. This has been an exciting year full of literary adventures and world travels. Shakespeare & Co. is a famous bookstore in Paris where Ali and I spent an afternoon in real life this fall. It seems I spend most of my time these days with my nose in a book or writing one, inspired by all the artists around me and that came before me.

Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and lovely 2011,

Valentine 2010 edition

15 02 2010

2010 Valentine
Happy Valentines Day 2010, friends.

I’m happy to share this – the 16th valentine in my series. My inspiration this year was my love of ice cream.  Moving to Brooklyn last year gave Ali and I expanded horizons on which to seek out the wonders of east coast frozen delights. Gelato, Italian ice, diner shakes… the list goes on. Our favorite ice cream stand is 3 blocks from our house and is one of the sweetest rewards on a summer’s night.

I wish all of you a happy, healthy, and sweet 2010!

Holiday vacation

28 12 2009

Yesterday Ali and I circled the universe to accomplish a very important mission: shopping on post-Boxing Day! We first  hit the Adidas Originals store, a staple destination for Ali. Place was mobbed by Italian tourists, many of them buying $40 classic-style sneakers for toddlers. Ali found her dream shoes, and bought them online later.

Broadway was appropriately mobbed, and like good New Yorkers we wove our way in and out of the crowds, barely distracted by the double-decker tour buses riding by. This time last year I was way overwhelmed by crowds, holding my breath as I played frogger with cars, bikes, and mid-west tourists. But this year I’ve noticed I’ve got the hang of it.

When we first moved here, I took stock of couples and pairs of friends carrying on smart conversations or laughing, even, as they wove through crowds. Back then, I wondered if that would ever be me. Yesterday, it was. Easy city navigating paired with deep and meaningful conversation and laughter at funny New Yorkers or overheard conversations. Brilliant.

Seems strange that it has taken almost fifteen months of living here to feel this way. Ali and I both thought our transition into New Yorkerhood would be much swifter. Being here is lesson in patience in more ways than one.

We walked up to Union Square past the holiday market and took the L to Williamsburg. I’ve been dying for some hometown espresso, and remarked to Ali as we stepped off the train that I wondered where they brewed Stumptown. We decided it was in Greenpoint, not Wmsbrg.

I can count on one hand the times I’ve been to hipster mecca (avoidance due to inconvenience and lack of interest), but it was cool to go there again with a clear mission. We hit the overstuffed Buffalo Exchange and came out with some socks. Then we headed to the South side, with a quick stop into the Rabbithole to get a surprise Stumptown latte! It wasn’t quite right – but it was a taste of home.

We ended our shopping at the Brooklyn Industries outlet (our second BI of the day) where we both got schweet new discount duds: Ali a hot blue polo, and me a coveted stripey sweater and sleek black pants. Our recession-style sale shopping was a mighty fine way to celebrate our holiday vacation together. We walked back to the G and topped off our day with a couple of rounds at Barcade. My favorite game is Moon Patrol.

Overheard in New York

2 04 2009

Ali’s submission is featured on Overheard in New York.