Have you heard about the new app, Waterlogue? It’s a fun iPhone app that turns your photos into gorgeous watercolor paintings! There are a couple different watercolor styles to choose from and I am just obsessed with it!
Last Thursday I headed to the Peabody Essex Museum for one of their monthly parties — this month’s was La Vie Bohème, an homage to French café culture. I had a wonderful time touring the museum (my first time at PEM) and especially enjoyed their Impressionist exhibit, Impressionists on the Water, and the presentation by author, Adam Gopnik.
One of my favorite things that Gopnik talked about was the French café and the impact of having an intimate, yet public place where you could order both alcohol and caffeine (coffee/tea). This is what started the modern day restaurant! Gopnik noted that there aren’t many other situations in life where you can be in an intimate setting with someone, yet still in public. And the wine during dinner gives you a “tunnel vision” of sorts, which is terrible for things like driving, but perfect for an intimate date setting, where you’re more inclined to be focused directly on your date!
And to have the presence of both alcohol and caffeine (which apparently are opposites and according to Gopnik they cancel themselves out) makes the French café trump the British restaurants, which segregate their drinks by pubs and tea rooms.
Adding to the ambiance of the night was live music by French singer Marine Futin. A Brooklyn resident, Futin’s smooth, jazzy voice was the perfect choice for creating a café atmosphere in the PEM’s large atrium. Be on the look out — her debut album is coming soon!
One of our main reasons for visiting New York City this Christmas was to see a very special painting at the Frick Collection. A beautiful painting, and subject of a very wonderful book, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. When I found out that the painting was traveling to New York for a short period of time while the Mauritshuis in the Netherlands was under renovations, I knew I had to go see it.
I don’t have any photos since they aren’t allowed inside the galleries, but I will say if you are in New York City anytime between now and January 19th, head over to the Frick so you can see this beauty! It truly is one of the most beautiful paintings I have ever seen. And while you’re at it visit Ladurée for a macaron, their NYC location is right around the block!
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