Coffee Catch Up

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Grab a cup of coffee and your pastry of choice while I give you a quick catch-up on my life.

o n e || Obviously, I have been really bad at posting the past two weeks! After I got back from Berlin, it was my Paris best friend’s last weekend in town and then it was time to pack up and fly back to the States for my 5th college reunion. As is typical for alumni of my school, I have a huge amount of love — bordering on obsession — for my college days; I’ve been waiting for my 5th reunion since the moment I graduated. I got back to France on Monday afternoon and have been wallowing in nostalgia and mild depression ever since. In any case, we’re back on track now!

t w o || In other big news, I only have about a month left in Paris — everything is beginning to take on the tinge of nostalgia, even my laundromat. On July 10, I have a one-way ticket from Charles de Gaulle to Berlin Tegel Airport where I’ll be spending a month living with one of my best friends, whom I somehow convinced to join me from New York. I love Paris very much, but I’m also beyond excited to get to know Berlin.

t h r e e || A final life update: I’m moving back to New York in August to go back to school! I’m not too excited about the idea of returning to New York (I know, I know, I’m trying to adjust my attitude), but I’m very excited to be hitting the classroom again, especially to study creative writing.

Thanks for bearing with absent me the past few weeks, and hold onto your hats as we go to London this weekend, Paris for a few more weeks, off to Berlin for a month, and then back to the Big Apple!




Pardon the Interruption


Hi everyone! I’m working on some back-end stuff for Sunnyside Tuxedo this week, hence the slightly slower rate of posting. Not much is going to change on the surface here, but I’ll give you guys a full update when I’m done.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear what your favorite kinds of posts on here are, and if there’s anything about which you’d like to hear me ramble. Hope you are having a great week!




Welcome to Paris

IMG_0226Hello everyone! I’m so sad that I missed Place Settings yesterday, but I honestly spent the entire day traveling and napping, so you didn’t miss much. Just wanted to let you know that I’m here and that regular programming will resume tomorrow on this blog, and on January 19th over on my Proust blog. Hope you all had a great weekend!



One-Way Ticket


Happy Wednesday everyone! I have a somewhat exciting announcement to share with you all today: I’m moving to Paris. I have a one-way ticket from JFK to Charles De Gaulle on January 4th. I’ll be teaching children English, (hopefully) picking up some freelance writing assignments, and writing a novel. Part of me feels incredibly naive doing this; “But Earnest and F. Scott did it” is not exactly a great rationale for packing up one’s life and carting it across the ocean. However, my literary fantasies are not my only motivation: I’m ready for a career change, I’ve always wanted to take advantage of my UK citizenship (thanks, Dad!) and live in Europe for a while, and, frankly, I’m unhappy in New York.


Saturday Catch-Up

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“The sun shone, if only to be polite, on a town whose residents were all indoors murdering, by one method or another, the hours of their too-short lives.” – Douglas Watson, “The Era of Not Quite”

I’m not sure what I was doing this week, but it apparently did not involve blogging. It took me several days to recover from the sadness of leaving all my college friends after last weekend’s wedding, and then my work and social schedule exploded (including a Duke game and unhealthy amounts of fried chicken at BonChon and the launch party for Supercompressor). I’ve also been resting up for the half-marathon I’m running tomorrow, and somehow Sunnyside Tuxedo got dropped through the cracks. I’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming tomorrow with a special race-day edition of Place Settings.

Congrats to Ana from Pretty Pink Pebbles who won my book giveaway and will soon be receiving a book with some of my chicken scratch permanently inked inside it.

What have you been up to this week?

500 Thank Yous

I have a somewhat self-promotional announcement to make today: I have 500 subscribers! I try not to think about this too much because it makes me nervous and messes up my writing, but I’m letting myself think about it today. Knowing you all are out there is so much more satisfying than I thought it would be and your comments always make my day. Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this blog!

As a thank you, I thought I would do a quick giveaway. Since many of you discovered Sunnyside Tuxedo via the Freshly Pressed post, the winner will receive a copy of his or her choice of the following three books with a personalized dedication: Girl With Curious Hair, Swann’s Wayor Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, PerishClick through for the rules and details. (more…)

A Thought on Content

When I sat down to write this post, it was going to be a round-up of some dinosaur-themed products that I like (don’t worry; I will actually write that post one day). However, as you can see from the lack of dinosaur imagery, I didn’t end up doing that. Instead I wanted to spit out a brief thought I’ve been having about the content of this very young blog. I started Sunnyside Tuxedo with barely a hint of a plan regarding what I wanted to write about (cats! skincare! food!), and since then I’ve been posting about whatever topics seemed to wrap themselves into neat little blog-post-sized bundles, of the ilk that I enjoy reading so much on other blogs. These posts are fun to research and write, and I do not intent to stop blogging about cats and skincare and food, because these are things that I find entertaining. However, as I was looking over the list of posts already on this blog and the list of posts I have planned for this blog, I felt like there was something missing that would make Sunnyside Tuxedo fundamentally mine.

I have yet to discover exactly what that something is, but I think it involves a broader cultural perspective and a slightly more analytical lens. That sounds horribly dry, but I really do believe that there are worthwhile insights to be found amongst the cats of the internet and the pages of fashion magazines, and given how much time I spend looking into the abyss of the internet, I feel strangely qualified to make some insights of my own. Which is all to say, basically, that I will be posting the occasional short essay, and trying to cut back on multi-paragraph rambles about orange lipstick (though I still maintain that I need all seven of them). Such are the growing pains of a pubescent weblog.

To compensate for the self-absorption of the previous paragraphs, here is a picture of Charlie making a funny face while sitting in a Settlers of Catan box.


Welcome to Sunnyside


Hello reader.

I recently moved to Sunnyside, Queens with my tuxedo cat, Charlie. We’ve never lived alone before, so we thought we would blog about our life. Here are some things you can expect to find:

Edibles: I love to eat, so I spend a lot of time figuring out how to eat tasty things. I’ll be posting recipes and documentation of delicious foods whenever I encounter them.

Caturdays: Because nothing goes together like cats and puns, Charlie will be getting his own post every Saturday. I’d like to think that many Caturdays will be reviews of cat products and tips on living with an entertaining cat, but I can’t promise that some weeks will just be a cat .gif.

Beautiful Mondays: No one likes Mondays, so I thought I would inject a little pampering into the first day of the week with a beauty post.

Books, Music, Art: I love these things and like to talk about them.

This is far from an exhaustive list, and all those categories may change, but however it turns out, thank you for visiting, and come back soon!