Thursday, June 30, 2016

TBT - Fig & Olive

About three weeks ago we went to the Fig and Olive restaurant at the Meatpacking District for dinner. The dinner had two purposes; to celebrate my daughter's graduation from Middle School, and it was also a goodbye party for my au pair. Very bittersweet. The Fig & Olive is one of the well know NYC restaurants, and not least because it's the favorite of Fredrik Eklund of Million Dollar Listing, or at least it's where Fredrik often meets with clients. I'd been there a few times but had kind of forgotten about it before seeing it on the new season of the Million Dollar Listing NYC. Anyway, it's a very nice restaurant, with great atmosphere and of course superb food.

We started with a cheese platter. This stuff was gone in about 10 seconds flat. 

Then we ordered these caramelized onion and goat cheese crostinis for everyone. Yummy! 

For the longest time I had been looking for an opportunity to wear this eccentric ring and wrist jewelry piece I got from my sister-in-law. It's not your everyday going to the local kind of look. But it was perfect for this occasion. 

This was my daughter's salad with salmon. 

And my order was this super delicious sea food paella. 
It was a great night - good times with good people in a good place. I probably won't go there anytime soon again, but if I see Fig & Olive again on the Million Dollar Listing, I'm sure to get a bit nostalgic.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Midsummer's Eve - Juhannusaatto

The Swedish midsummer festival takes place at the Battery Park every year on Midsummer's Eve. I used to go with friends every year when I still lived in the city, but I don't think I've gone once since I moved to Long Island. Too much traffic and too much hassle. This year, however, we had to be in the City on midsummer's eve, and I figured, let's show the kids what the Swedish midsummer is all about. The swedes erect the midsummer pole (juhannussalko) and dance around it in traditional costumes (kansallispuvut). A band plays traditional music, and you can buy Swedish goodies, beer and vodka shots. People bring their picnic stuff and meet up with friends. Since we were schlepping around the city all day, we couldn't bring much picnic stuff, but no worries, there is a gorgeous new food market at the world financial center, by the new Brookfield Place mall, called Le District. We got a couple of sandwiches, a salad, and some drinks there, and picnic was set. The kids got to make the flower crown (kukkaseppele) and we had a great time telling stories and relaxing in the beautiful sunshine gazing out over the Statue of Liberty and the Jersey City skyline.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Keep Reaching for the Stars

Today was a new milestone in my daughter's life as she graduated from eight grade. I am a super proud mama and especially proud because she aced her finals and regents and got very good grades. She worked really hard on her honors classes, studied on weekends and evenings, and the hard work paid off. Next up in the fall is high school with new challenges and adventures.

More than two hundred kids in her grade graduated. 

I'm so proud of you daughter! You worked hard and you aced it. You can do anything that you put your mind and effort into. Step by step you will conquer the world! 

The white dress girls

The President of the Board of Education gave some good advice to the graduating class in her commencement speech. One thing that especially resonated, was to not always follow your friends. Do what you like, try out different things, join clubs that interest you, even if your friends won't join with you. You will discover new things that you might be really good at, have fun and make new friends in the process. 

On this day we also had to say goodbye to our lovely au pair who had to leave to go back to Finland. What an awesome girl and we were so very lucky to have her in our family, and to get to know her. She definitely has a bright future ahead of her. She is very smart, very personable, down to earth, with great sense of humor, responsible, capable, and of course beautiful on the outside as well. We will miss her dearly!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Dear Diary,

You may be wondering what the heck is going on since it's been nearly a month from the last time I've written. I feel like life is making a whoosh sound passing by in a frenetic pace and I don't have the time stop and reflect. But that will change now. I need to stop and smell the roses. Or at least memorialize some of what's going on, otherwise it will just disappear in the vacuum of time. And as those who know me know, I don't have a very good memory...  must start blogging again!

So here's what happened last Sunday, i.e.  Father's Day. It was the first Sunday in a long time that there was no basket ball, tennis or softball practices! In the morning daddy got an awesome breakfast at home, and was celebrated with cards and gifts, kids' drawings and letters, and then an awesome dinner at his favorite restaurant in the evening. In between he got to do stuff he loves -- home improvements & shopping :-) All in all a perfect day for him!

I wore my new H&M knit dress, which I swear looks just like a Prada or Marni design. I wonder if it's a knockoff? 

My blue Rebecca Minkoff bag goes perfectly with the color of the dress. 

For dinner I switched to sandals and different jewelry. 

My old Kenneth Jay Lane "emerald" earrings were perfect color match with the dress.