Dear wanderer,

Perhaps you grew up dreaming of receiving your Hogwarts letter, or stumbling upon Narnia. Perhaps you long to visit Pemberley, to Defy Gravity, or to go to the ball. I will write you that letter, and build you that wardrobe. [A metaphorical wardrobe, that is.] Here you will find step-by-step lesson plans with takeaway homework assignments that show you how to embody fictional heroines in the everyday. This means chasing your dreams and making the impossible happen with your own inner magic.

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You have the potential. Heroine Training provides the tools.

Welcome to our headquarters, where dreams meet reality, where fiction is cherished, where magic is real.

Sincerely, your guide on this journey,

P.S. Read more about Heroine Training

moma and the simplicity of staircases

^ from a corridor at moma in nyc

i saw some incredible works of art at moma. monet, matisse, piscasso, and perhaps most enchanting of all: [my computer wallpaper of three months] van gogh’s starry night. what really struck me about moma, however, was the structure itself. there are tucked-away galleries, but the building’s center is open and visible from all floors. the staircases celebrate simplicity. the walls and floors too are without complication, complementing the art without dominating. it is an overwhelming collection in size, but the building gives hints at where to begin, allowing parts of exhibits to peak into view, encouraging exploration most politely. it allows room to breathe. 

the cupcake report part one

^ that’s me, photographed by the lovely perrine in a little picnicy area in greenwich (what my head refers to as “the marc jacobs area”). dress: dorothy perkins. bag, watch: betsey johnson. cupcake: magnolia bakery.

i have deep respect for the difficult art of the cupcake, perhaps the greatest art in the pastry world. a cup filled with cake – what a lovely concept! how simple, how useful, and yet how incredibly challenging. cupcakes are not just about cake and frosting, but the harmony of the two. i make an effort to sample cupcakes from around the globe, seeking candidates for my prestigious list of best cupcakes in the world. the current champions are thus:

* Kara’s Cupcakes ~ San Francisco

* Kickass Cupcakes ~ Boston

* The Cake Shop ~ Oxford

* Sweet Tooth Factory ~ London

on my recent visit to new york, i continued the tradition. while i found the infamous magnolia bakery’s frosting too sweet, i discovered a new favorite in the form of another local staple:

Baked by Melissa ~ New York City

her mini cupcakes are the epitome of minimalism, urging the taster to savor each tiny bite: quality over quantity. that is…if you can limit yourself to just one, which is a challenge perhaps even more difficult than the act of mastering the perfect cupcake recipe to begin with. 

calm in the crazy city

^ a small unassuming chalkboard sign [which i later learned is for this bridal shop] against an iron fence in greenwich village that caught my eye with its mysterious simplicity

new york is not a minimalist city. new york city is noisy. there is a distinct, gritty, stench. in summer it is muggy and sweaty. but what i love about the city is how it is a collection. the beauty of its architecture is in the stacked buildings that make up its skyline. the liveliness of its culture is in the vast variety of foods, shops, events. it is not a minimalist city, but it enriches the minimalist lifestyle: its array of option increases the possibility of finding the perfect gem in the form of a designer handbag or a quaint coffee shop or anything in between and around. my mission is to find these gems, in all forms, because they make my life sparkle