Monday, July 20, 2009

The Southern Part of Heaven

Chapel Hill,NC, nicknamed "The Southern Part of Heaven", is one of my favorite places in North Carolina. Being home to UNC (University of North Carolina) and having that college town feeling, I absolutely adore this place. Since I'll be leaving, to go back to NYC/NJ soon, I just didn't want to leave without visiting CH. Every time I go I love grabbing something to eat, walk around downtown, checkout the cute shops and then go over to Carrboro, which is a small town 3 minutes away from downtown CH, to grab some ice cream.

So, this past Saturday my parents and I decided to go down there. Here are some of the thing we did...

Yummy Noodle's

Hunting for good noodle restaurants is our new favorite thing to do and this time we discovered Noodles & Company, which is a small casual restaurant chain from Denver,Colorado.
Me enjoying my noodles
Dad excited about the menu (cute menu design by the way)

I definitely recommend Noodles & Company, so if you see one stop and have some yummy noodles!

Franklin St.

After the yummy noodles we went for a walk down Franklin street (name after Benjamin Franklin), which in this case is like the main street of town where you can find cute vintage thrift shops, indy cafes, restaurants and bookstores. I always like to stop at Time After Time which has been in business for over 25 years now. They have everything from one of a kind buttons to old cowboy boots.Franklin street sidewalk

Carrboro, NC

Then we decided to go to the historic Carr Mill Mall, located in Carrboro, which was build in 1898 and used as a cotton mill. The mall has nice shops and eateries. I always stop at Mullberry Silks, a fabric store, they have a small but exclusive selection of fabrics and buttons.Nina and Dad at the Carr Mill Garden

After browsing around Carr Mill's we went across the street to Maple View Farm Ice Cream where they make their own ice cream from the milk of their own cow's. It is just homemade goodness allover! I had the Carolina Crunch which consist of vanilla ice cream with butterfinger, heath bar and caramel. In front of the creamery!

Sometimes I say that I'm going to change my major and go to UNC and of course live in CH or Carrboro, but NYC is where I am and where I have always wanted to be. Then again never say never, maybe in the end this is where I'll end up.

So, if you have a chance to come to NC pass by Chapel Hill, you'll love it.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Dad's Oxfords

As I said on my first post, I'm majoring in Accessories Design and one of the most exciting parts about it is that I get to learn about footwear design. One of the assignments last semester (S09) was to design and construct an oxford, which I was very excited about because I've been wanting to learn the process of making them, plus that it wasn't another mule or pump.

I decided to make a Men's oxford and go traditional but make it more casual.

Although the fit was a little tight, they turned out to be a great gift for dad. I'm currently working on a pair for me, because I just couldn't resist.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Focus on: Chanel Pre-Fall 09 Accesories

About a month ago while I was "youtubing" I came across the Chanel Pre-Fall 09 Accessories video. I decided to share it, because it is just gorgeous and I can't stop watching it. You might have already seen it, but I couldn't resist. The music is so calming and relaxing that I've been hunting for it allover, but I just haven't had any luck.

My favorite piece of the collection is the Matriochka (Russian doll) bracelet bag, she is so adorable.

Hope y'all enjoy the video.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Intro.

First of all, my name is Nathalie and I'm originally from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, a town located in the central north coast of the island. My parents currently live in North Carolina and I stay with family in New Jersey while I attend college in NYC. Ever since I stepped foot in this great city I knew this was the place that I wanted to go to school. I'm currently a student at the Fashion Institute Of Technology majoring in Accessories Design, which is one of my many passions.

I love to explore and learn about things that inspire and are unknown to me. Everything like: music, art, food, cultures, languages, and places, but most importantly about fashion and how it comes to life. With this blog I will share with you things I find interesting and inspiring as well as life experiences and daily thoughts.

Sometimes I like to express myself in spanish, but I'll try my best in translating or explaining it in english. If you have any comments, questions or corrections feel free to tell me (I know I'm no the best at writing), it will be well appreciated.


Photo: Vega Baja beach"Marbella", just a few minutes from my house.
Picture taken in September 2007 by Nina (my mom)

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