Tuesday, April 5

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO


My first and last Spring Break. Tear tear. Naturally, my friends and I chose Puerto Rico. I couldn't imagine sharing a resort w/ some real co-eds in Punta Cana, so I thought this was a good compromise on price and atmosphere! It's not that I didn't think Punta Cana, or say, Cancun, would be boring, it's more of the fact that the incredibly toned and spritely undergrads wouldn't want lame me around to spoil their fun!


We stayed on Condado Beach, which was a great location. We could go to the beach and explore the Old City a short cab ride away. Old San Juan was so darn pretty, the building colors were just gorgeous.



My friend Naina and I did some light shopping ;) Mostly just to take a peek at the streets. I swear.


How cute are these headbands I found? Definitely considered buying one but of course these were not made for adults!


I think this is a panflute of some sort? Definitely reminded me of a Zelda: Windwaker item.




The nightlife was low key, which was nice for this first-time but old Spring Breaker, hah.


Condado Beach was really nice! I know it's not the most luxurious Caribbean beach, but I don't care. Give me sun and sand and I'm good! And if <-- that is not the cheesiest, most plaque-able pinterest statement ever, I don't know what is. Told you I'm getting old.


Even at dusk I was all *starry eyes* beach.


Couldn't make a post w/o acknowledging J's perfect photo op.

Just as an aside: I'm part Puerto Rican, so it is naturally my absolute favorite food ever. And I'm not a snob about it. My favorite food is a 1/4 roast chicken w/ 2-side plate (maduros and rice) from a place near my hometown. It's a lunch special served on a styrofoam plate that costs $5.95. I don't need a fancy setting or presentation to love the food.

Here's the thing, though. The food in San Juan was by and large, pretty mediocre.

Mediocre Puerto Rican food, what! No such thing, I thought.
Worst part is, I checked Yelp for most of my food recommendations.

I consistently chose places w/ 4 to 5-star ratings. And guess what? They were mediocre to just simply bad.

So if you're in San Juan, be very aware that Yelp can overwhelmingly be false, inaccurate, and likely rigged there. I've never encountered this level of falsity before w/ Yelp. It's probably not Yelp's fault, since there are businesses that people can pay to write good/bad reviews.

It's awful. The two places we had really, really good meals were Cocina Albierta and Bar Gitano, which are not classic Puerto Rican restaurants. Really good just not particularly local cuisine.

Okay that's it. Puerto Rico was gorgeous and we did the BioBay tour, too!

DANA

MIDDAY THOUGHT

Classic blogger talk. I haven't posted at all really in the past year.
It comes down to the fact that I'm not sure if I should blog at all.

The other day as I was listening to Wendy Williams in the shower, she said that she doesn't want to know anything personal about her doctors or lawyers. These professionals, she said, are best shrouded in secrecy. People want to see them do their jobs and that's it. Anything else is a distraction that would give off the impression that the professional doesn't put her job first.
With these professions, people expect the jobs to come first.

Okay, we all know this is a huge (YUUGE) generalization. It's Wendy! I love Wendy, but she's kind of generalizing, but also kind of right. I think there are awesome blogs that showcase how to have fun with fashion in a professional atmosphere, like a medical or law practice. Fashion blogs, really, that don't give a lot of background. But a lifestyle blog? I don't know of any.

I don't know if it's really appropriate.

When I start working this fall, I want to mesh seamlessly into my firm's identity. I don't want to create any issues of representing them in any way other than professionally. My firm has some of the most down-to-earth professional people I have ever met. Many of them have side hobbies and I want to as well!

But one this public? Not sure.

So maybe come fall I'll have to say goodbye to this blog. I won't be a "co-ed" anymore, really. I know I will take my instagram account @dlpellegrino private when I start working, so if you want to follow me, do it now!

I've also been working on my living luxe w/o the big bucks instagram account, @thenakedcoed! There I post fun finds for cheap. It's a great reincarnation of my blog to which I see it naturally moving towards.

So I'm not saying goodbye just yet. Just putting out my thoughts on the matter. I used to L.O.V.E. love love love blogging so much. Now I don't know if it is something that's going to continue. And it makes me really sad! Stupidly sad.

Okay one more thought: anyone else find lifestyle blogs dwindling?
I used to read so many everyday and now I'm down to maybe 3 that still post on the reg.
I'm not accusing anyone, since that would be incredibly blatant hypocrisy, but I do miss them.
Instagram taking over? I don't know.

Anyway. Okay I already miss blogging so I'm going to post about my trip to Puerto Rico. Maybe I'll make some travel posts happen in the future. Those are pretty innocuous, right?

DANA

Saturday, January 16

RECOVERED (PASSWORD)

Wow. So like a huge dummy, I lost my gmail password and couldn't log into blogger for a few. Right onto life...

Christmas was awesome. I love Christmas.


My family had the usual Christmas Eve party, and the tree was big and beautiful. Let's not address the 70 degree weather that night. Grr. It's still the most wonderful time of the year. Sometimes I think Christmas has to be totally awesome in order for it to compete w/ the glory of summer.


I also went to J's Chanukah brunch, which was great. Bagels and pastries...can't do much better than that. Plus Ringo hugs. It's a hug because I'm hugging him, not because he wants to hug me. A unilateral moment of affection.

Other than holiday festivities, I had an extra long 2 and a 1/2 week winter break from school and I sat on my couch and watched TV for approximately 75% of it. It was amazing. Pretty much just Housewives all day. And lots of movies!

Does anyone else feel like their attention span is waning so they can only watch short TV shows or movies? I can't bring myself to start a series...or finish one (I'm sorry, Dr. Thackery).

And I ate WAY too many leftovers. I made five trays of baked ziti, two of which ended up as fridge mainstays. Then all the cookies...Italians love to bring cookies to holidays. Let's just say tea and cookies was a daily event.

Of course I still had to hit up the city one day w/ my Mommay. Thrifting and shopping and eating in Chelsea.


City Bakery for a snack of coffee, hot chocolate, baker's muffin, and TWO glorious pretzel croissants (eaten before photo opp.).
The pretzel croissants are a top ten food for me.
Crunchy, flaky outside w/ salty specks. Bready, gooey interior. Perfection. Mouth-watering. Like right now.

This was our day! My favorite thrift shops are highlighted with stars (along w/ City Bakery, hah). I got a gorgeous '30s-inspired Alice Temperley dress for $12 at Beacon's Closet.


Fast forward. I just got back to school a week ago and it's been...not fun.


Guess what: I still hate flying. But it's cool because I have ONE SEMESTER LEFT. Unreal! Just one. I never thought I'd be such a frequent flyer, but that's life.


My homegirl Naina and I took a photo in front of the law school to commemorate our "last first day of school." We've really been through it all together and it's been indispensable to my sanity.

What else...I still like blogging. I think it's really a diary for me. My favorite blogs were always the diary-like ones...lifestyle blogs w/o the monetization. DIY and fashion blogging has really become shopping blogging...sponsorships and PR opportunities. Careers. There are few blogs out there that keep the personal diary model alive and I cling to those dearly.

So now that I've said that, hahah. I just cleaned my apartment all day and am going out tonight with my homegirls.
It's warm in NC, like 57 degrees. Life.

This semester I'm taking some cool classes: Entertainment Law, a clinic, an ad hoc seminar on Organized Crime. I'm excited! Crazy to think law school will be over soon.
I have been SO indecisive about classes. I keep freaking out that it's my last chance to choose!
What if I never took the "right classes?" It's cool because the deadline is this week and decisions will be made.

This semester will hopefully include more traveling...I vote for by car but my friends don't agree, hahah. Looking forward to adventures nonetheless.

DANA

Friday, September 25

GETTING READY

I love reading Into the Gloss.
One of my favorite Top Shelfs is Liv Tyler's.
To prep for events, she luxuriates by slowly getting ready, with a bath, steam, then the super primping.
The events she goes to are pretty epic.

Tonight I'll be going to my law school's Fall Cocktail event, hah. Not so grand. But it's fun to take the time to get ready and such, I guess. I've put six hours into painting my dress...it's an old Betsey Johnson I wore when I was 15...so the rainbow flowers on it are kind of not up to my speed these days. Dye-na-flow black paint, an old eyeshadow brush, the Scream Queens premiere and four episodes of The Knick brought it up to speed.


I've been cleaning up around my apartment, putting things in order, doing laundry, etc. My apartment is like the little treehouse I always wanted. It's snug and cushy and it needs a bit of work in the decor department but it's getting there!
Today was the first day of torrential rain since I've been in NC (awesome timing for tonight) and it makes everything even cozier! Which is dangerous, y'know.

I gave myself a blowout (shoddy), did my nails white and toenails grey (insta-inspired), and will use a Kylie Jenner makeup tutorial later (modified, hahah).
It's no bath and steam and essential oils and la mer but it'll do.

Gosh, I am riveting.

I am also watching A Walk to Remember right now...daymn.

DANA

Saturday, August 29

BLOCK ISLAND


Block Island is my favorite place in the entire world. It's like, absolutely beautiful and a place I'm familiar with. I've been going with my family since I was six months old.

They've probably grown tired of going. I could never!
I am so fulfilled waking up early, eating oatmeal, going to the beach until right before sunset, grabbing dinner at sunset, reading a bit afterward, and then going to bed. Over and over again.

Seriously I could do that forever.



My dream has always been to own a house there.





I love the North Light. Above is a photo of me at the tip of the island, where the currents from the West and East meet.


It's gorgeous. Not somewhere you might swim, but somewhere you can pick rocks, walk to the lighthouse, and look out at the sailboats.


My nose got soooooo burnt this summer = lots of zinc on my nose.

Honestly New England is so dreamy, though.



I look so miffed in this photo! Ugh. But actually I'm thrilled. Hahahahahah.
Seriously. It's the beach at sunset. Right across from the old hotel we used to stay at for many years. I miss it a lot.


I often think about what it would be like to still go there and see everyone grow old. We stopped going when I was about 17. The hotel closed and then reopened years later, but the crew that went every year, our vacation family, all moved on, including us.


DANA