Stars and Stripes


Today is Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, in the United States. Although Memorial Day is now often a day reserved for barbecues, summer blockbusters and the like, the holiday originated after the Civil War to honor the dead. Like Veterans’ Day, Memorial Day is an opportunity to just take a moment out of your day remember those who serve – both living and dead.

Today I want to focus on the people who give something back to the troops, particularly the USO. The nonprofit provides morale and recreational services to the U.S. military, and many entertainers have participated in live shows for the troops since the Second World War. Some photos:

Bob and Delores Hope


Marilyn Monroe


Carrie Underwood


Scarlett Johansson


Stephen Colbert


For more information on the relationship between Hollywood and the United Service Organization, visit here. Have a great day, everyone.

~ Sarah

Summer in the City


Last Friday, I took a city day. The news of bin Laden’s death and subsequent reflection of 9/11 made me really emotional, and I wanted to pay my respects at Ground Zero. After I left campus in the afternoon, I bought a bouquet of daises and took the 4 to Lower Manhattan. I saw the One World Trade Center under construction, gleaming in the late afternoon sunlight. I walked around the block, and as I headed to St. Paul’s Chapel, I ran into some Buddhist monks. One of them began talking to me, asking me where I was from and what I was doing in the city.

We parted ways, and I wandered into the chapel’s graveyard. There were a lot of visitors, and I waited my turn to see the Bell of Hope, a gift from the City of London after the terrorist attacks. I placed my daisies there, said a little prayer and walked inside. St. Paul’s Chapel, an Episcopal church, was a site of refuge and rest for many volunteers and rescuers the months following the attacks. I cried as I walked the church’s exhibits honoring the volunteers and the victims. I’m not a very religious person, but afterwards I wanted to sit and reflect. Another one of the monks was sitting near me, and we started talking to. And then he asked me to take a picture of him and his friends. Only in New York, right?

After I left St. Paul’s, I took the 4 train back uptown, since I was meeting some friends for dinner on the Upper East Side. I was a little early, so I took my time wandering down Lexington Ave. I found this little Colombian (!) bakery, between 82nd and 81st, and I couldn’t help but see what they had to offer. I ordered an empanada, and when I was about to walk out, I saw their soda case. I immediately ordered a Colombiana, which is possibly my favorite soda ever. Oh, and it all cost me $2.25. I was a happy girl, but I only got happier once I had dinner with my friends at a Turkish restaurant (we’re classy).

It’s evenings like that one that remind me why I love New York City, and why I always dreamed of living here. And I’m looking forward to having a lot more days like that. This morning, my friend (and occasional photographer) Christine and I finalized our plans to stay in the Bronx this summer. We’re subleasing a lovely little apartment off-campus, and we’re both interning around Midtown. (I’ll be blogging for Lovelyish – check the site out sometime!) As weird as it is getting ready for my first summer away from home (and by home, I mean my mom), I’m actually getting really excited. New York is supposed to be amazing during the summer, and I’m looking forward to exploring. Any suggestions as to what I should add to my NYC summer bucket list?

☀ Sarah

P.S. You know a pair of heels are a keeper if you stay comfortable walking across the city in them. Payless, I salute you.

P.P.S. Watch this space, because tomorrow I’m wearing an outfit styled by Cathy from Minister of Style as part of the Paper Doll Project. Get excited!

“All You Own is Earth”


I hope everyone had a pleasant Earth Day, and at least remembered to do their recycling! I don’t have a heavy-duty post planned for today, but I just wanted to share this comprehensive article from CF on the harmful effects of bottled water. It’s also worth watching this video on bottled water from the “Story of Stuff” people.

While not everyone may prioritize their sustainability efforts, I think eliminating water bottles is as an easy change that most of us can make. What do you think? Do you use reusable water bottles?

☀ Sarah