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Easter Recap

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! I am exhausted today after hosting my first real dinner party in my apartment yesterday! It was really fun to pull out the fancy tablecloth and set a proper table, and of course to spend the day cooking! And then eating!

Easter is one of my favorite holidays, mostly because it signifies the true start of Spring. So I really wanted to celebrate that! I tried to keep things fairly simple, but of course ended up going a little overboard. The table was a theme of blues, pinks and greens. I folded the napkins into cute rabbit ears and used hard-boiled eggs as placecards- then used napkin rings to prevent them from rolling off the plate. The result was whimsical but elegant:

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For the food, I probably bit off a little too much to try to cook AND serve in my tiny kitchen. I went with a nontraditional choice of Brisket over an Easter Ham- but it ended up being a huge success. And everyone LOVED the chocolate Mouse- with freshly made whipped cream and raspberries.

The Menu

White Lillet Cocktails

Frisee, Radicchio and Fennel Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Braised Brisket with Bourbon Peach Glaze

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Mustard Mashed Potatoes

Chocolate Mousse

As you can imagine we were STUFFED by the end but it was all so worth it and the festivities lasted late into the night. Once everyone had gone I had a little time to unwind- finishing up the wine and tidying up the kitchen. I’m not gonna lie that the triumphant feeling at the end of the night is very addictive- I can’t wait until my next excuse to plan a party.

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“Cyber”tecture

In honor of Easter, I was scouring the internet for an interesting egg shaped structure to showcase here when I stumbled across this:

How cool!

This “Cybertecture Egg” by James Law is scheduled to be built in Mumbai India, pushing the limits of architecture and design. But its not just the shape that makes this building remarkable. James Law is known for “Cybertecture” – his special brand of architecture for the 21st century that brings together architecture, environmental design, intelligent control systems, and evolutionary engineering. These buildings of the future are highly conceptual and pushing the limits of what a “green building” entails.

The concept behind the Cybertecture Egg comes from the planet being a self-sustaining vessel with an ecosystem that allows life to exist, grow and evolve. In the same way, the building attempts to be self sustaining and will be one of the most technologically advanced green buildings, incorporating sky gardens for sun shading and oxygen replenishment, photovoltaic cells integrated in the facade and a water recycling system.

You can read more about the building design and green features here. I for one am really excited to see the finished product of this building. It would be amazing if the future of architecture really does mean self sustaining buildings and less impact to the environment. Technology has permeated almost every aspect of our life- why not the buildings we live in too?

In the meantime, check out a few more of these amazing James Law Cybertecture structures:

Parinee I

The Capital

Wadala Tower

Edu Park

Indra Tower

 


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Easter Outfit

Per yesterday’s post, I’ve put together this outfit as a “what I would wear to the White House Easter Egg Roll”, taking inspiration from one of my favorite color trends this season- Mint. Take off the bonnet and it would be a perfect outfit for the remainder of Spring! (but don’t forget to pull it back out come Kentucky Derby time!)

What will you be wearing this Sunday?

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday by erika-g featuring pointed toe pumps


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Easter Egg Roll

This Sunday is Easter, so I’ve decided to dedicate this post to one of my favorite holidays (yes, I know- all of them are my favorite). Besides being the most important Christian Holiday, Easter is a celebration of Spring on a National level. In fact, one of the biggest Easter celebrations takes place right at the White House.

Every Easter Monday, the White House hosts the Easter Egg Roll- one of our nation’s longest standing traditions. Egg rolling originally began around Washington DC in the 19th century (with a lot of push-back from the groundskeepers) but it wasn’t until 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes invited kids to the White House lawn that it became a tradition. Since then, year after year (save for the World Wars) our nation has watched these kids donning Easter bonnets and racing their eggs along the grass.

The Egg Roll of today has evolved into quite the event, with live bands, dressed up characters, endorsements and sponsorships. But I love the simplicity of these images from years past. I mean… SO CUTE!!!

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