Spotted: At the Steps of the Met

Darlings, for nearly two years now (since January of 2009), many of you have paid daily visits to Café Fashionista – my little humble abode on the World Wide Web. During that time, I have received an enormous amount of questions about myself, all of which have gone unanswered. You see, when it comes to fashion, music, and books I possess a little something called the gift of gab; finding it hard to hush in regards to three of my favorite subjects. Quite the opposite can be said when it comes to talking about…moi. Until now, that is. Oui oui, my loves! I am finally un-pursing my lips (currently lacquered with mark’s Juice Gems in Juicy Fig) to answer some of the questions I am asked most frequently by lovelies like yourselves, and to give you un petit peek into la belle vie that I lead. Fabulous, mais oui?

Where do you live?
A. Southern California by way of New York City. I was born in Greenwich Village, lived in Brooklyn, moved to New Jersey as an infant (a place where I spent many a-summer traipsing along the boardwalk of the Jersey Shore begging my mother to buy me hermit crabs displayed in the storefronts), and, at the age of five, migrated to Southern California. Despite the fact that I spent only a brief time in The Village, I am convinced that it is responsible for my creative side – a notion only made stronger after reading Suze Rotolo’s A Freewheelin’ Time. If you haven’t read it; you must.

What would your perfect day consist of?
A. Alone: People watching at Starbucks accoutered in Tigerlily’s Alis V Neck Sweater; or endless cups of coffee, curling up in By Malene Birger’s Baquilla Mohair Sweater, and watching non-stop episodes of Gossip Girl. Come to think of it, stop by on a Saturday afternoon, and you will find me doing the latter – sans the By Malene Birger piece, that is…it’s a bit too rich for my blood at le moment. With Friends: “The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation that you ever had.” What does that say about my perfect day with the besties? Anything and everything is fabulous!

Who is your fashion muse?
A. Blake Lively a la Serena van der Woodsen of Gossip Girl. She effuses a bohemian free-spirit that I envy – yet does so in the most sophisticated of manners and dress. To put it bluntly, her style is so undone, that she appears perfectly put-together – if that makes any sense at all.

What do you always order from Starbucks?
A. Grande Light White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino – No Whip. Have that awaiting my arrival, and I will love you forever. Seriously.

7 Passions:
A. Books, music, animals, friends, family, shoes, and….life!

What are your obsessions?
A. Blogging. Serena van der Woodsen. Boots. Oversized sunglasses. Mix tapes. Gossip Girl marathons. Eloise. Writing. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent. Almost Famous. Music. Lip gloss. Fairy lights. Sparkles. Peter Pan. Vanilla Bean Frappuccinos. Skeleton keys. F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Little Prince. Marie Antoinette. Sofia Coppola. Cocktail rings. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Coffee shops. Carousels.

What is your favorite quote?
A. Given the fact that I collect quotes the way a bibliophile collects books, naming a single favorite is very, very wrong in my mind; nevertheless, I will leave you with my current favorite - “A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.” – Marilyn Monroe.

What is your favorite season?
A. Fall, fall, fall! The changing colors that accompany Autumn; crunchy leaves piled high to dive into; cozy, cable knit sweaters; boots; pumpkin patches; apple cider; hay rides; trips to the apple orchard; the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks; fireplaces roaring to life; the smell of cinnamon and spice in the air. I truly cannot imagine a more magical time of year!

What is on your bedside table?
A. My cat! Gypsy does adore the cool breeze that comes in through the window above my nightstand. Sitting next to her is my 16GB iPod Nano (pink, of course!), along with my journal and BlackBerry Curve 8900. Sitting underneath her is the September issue of Town & Country magazine – please tell me I’m not the only one who adores what Stephen Drucker has done with it since he took over as Editor-in-Chief; F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned; and Choderlos de Laclos’ Les Liaisons Dangereuses - another thing Gypsy adores is lying on my reading material!

What’s on your playlist?
A. Sway by The Kooks; Private Affair by The Virgins; Armistice by Phoenix; Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters by Elton John; I’m Not Your Toy by La Roux; Any Fun by Coconut Records; Wild Wolves by Athlete; Time to Pretend by MGMT; and Love the Way You Lie by Eminem feat. Rihanna – just to name a few. Every girl needs a bad boy in her life, mais oui? Presently, Eminem is mine.

What’s always in your bag?
A. My iPod, BlackBerry, a small notebook, an assortment of pens (red ink is my current favorite!), Oliver Peoples Chelsea Sunglasses, business cards, wallet, and, being a typical girl, a cosmetic bag which houses a mix of mark Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss and Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss (for reference, I am the lip gloss queen!). I have tried to downsize numerous times over the years, but that attempt has proven unsuccessful time and time again.

Your turn, my loves! Post your answers to these very questions on your blog so that I can learn more about...vous. After all, you've just learned quite a bit about me; it's only fair. Besides...you know you want to.

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to la sister, Tiffany Sorocco, and Tumblr for the pictures.


Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

You cat is called Gypsy??? Fabulous!!! Thanks for naming your pet after my blog! :D It's great to get to know you better Erica!
Love love love!!!


Secondhand Stella said...

I love Serena van der Woodsen too!!!! Sometimes I feel like I watch GG just to see what she is wearing ;)

www.janetteria.com said...

I really love reading this FAQ! :)

Kristen Gillette said...

I <3 your playlist right now. Sway by the Kooks is one of my all time favorite songs and so is Time To Pretend. And I love Love the Way You Lie at the moment.

Heading over to my blog to post this!

Laura Gerencser said...

This was great!! Thanks for sharing!:)

Grumpy old man said...

Very interesting facts Erika, I enjoyed reading all of that about you. Thanks for sharing, love your pics, lovely choice.

Hope your week is going well.


ps, no you dont want me to answer those questions... :)

Arushi Khosla said...

OMG I completely agree with you. Everyone's always all "Blair, Blair, BLAIIIRR". Never liked her character, she's annoying, elitist and snobby and her clothes after season 1 got too buttoned up and granny esque.

Serena is my favorite character. Her clothes, her hair, everything. And she's just so NICE.

Although, I did love a lot of Jenny's clothes in season 3 as well. Can't wait for Paris <3

Also, you look amazeballs and this was long awaited!

Unknown said...

This is a wonderful post Erika, i def got to know you a little better!

My answers:
Where do you live?
Springfield VA but I spend most of my days & nights in Washington D.C.

What would your perfect day consist of?
Lets see probably an amazing breakfast that would include of eggs, home fries, toast & of course coffee followed by a shopping spree at my fav mall with the bff, def ppl watching while eating dessert and listening to my fav tunes, more food and a long walk w my little Pomeraninan Lolita.

Who is your fashion muse?
Currently obssesed with Catherine Baba and Alexa Chung.

What do you always order from Starbucks?
A Tall Caramel Mocchiato with lots of whip cream! LOL ( im bad when it comes to watching what i eat and i love sweets) ooups!

What are your obsessions?
Just like you Im obsessed with cocktail rings, also maxi skirts, turbans and Jeffrey Campbell anything!

What is your favorite season?
Def Fall! even tho D.C seriously only has a week of it! We are stuck with long summers and winters SAD ;(

What is on your bedside table?
Right now my piggy bank! it's almost full! ;)

What’s on your playlist?
I have everything from Draggonete -Fix on the thrill to Lady Gaga- Summer of course Eminem-Space Bound and a little Trey Songz-your side of the bed.

What’s always in your bag?
my evo, lip gloss, sunnies, ipad, my big key chain, OFF!-bug repellent!

Have an amazing day Erika!

Valerie said...

Erika, it's so fun to hear more about you! And how cute that you have a cat named Gypsy. I'm also obsessed with Blake Lively a la Serena Van der Woodsen. Hope you have a fabulous day!


Tiffany Kadani said...

Erika, this is so fantastic! You are my favorite blogger and I love that I learned so much more about the wonderful Cafe Fashionista. And The Little Prince is my all time favorite book.

Couture Carrie said...

We DO love you, gorgeous!
Adore Serena of GG and all your obsessions... I am totally going to do this tag, darling!


Sootjeelina said...

Love the questions and the answers. And Blake Lively is currently on of my style muses too!
Btw, thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, I really appreciate it

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I love your 7 passions =-)

Natasha said...

It's so cool that you answered these questions so the whole blogosphere can know more about you. I love Starbucks, too, but switch the White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino with a Soy Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino with the whip. I love writing, Almost Famous and Blair Waldorf. Teehee!

Vivian said...

I LOVED learning more about you!! We have tons in common... from GG marathons to Starbucks to clothes and style and music! xx

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

So nice to learn more about you! I love fall too :) My Sbux drink of choice has to be the skinny vanilla latte!

Josie said...

Oh, dear, it was so fun to read a bit more about you! My S.Bucks order fluctuates between a Tall Skinny Vanilla Latte and a Light Caramel Frappuccino -- no whip, depending on the season. And LOVE me some Gossip Girl!
xo Josie

Meream said...

Aww you're a cat person! I think I love you more now. :)

Aaand I will join. But this won't be published until Monday, perhaps. Haha

Lila said...

Love getting to know you better. So fun to find out what others in the world do and think and how they spend their days, love people watching too.

Leia said...

Loved learning more about you, Erika!



Everything I learn about you makes me think we would definitely hit it off if we ever met. I can people watch with the best of 'em. x


Angela said...

Great to learn more about you! : )

my healthy twist said...

Great questions/answers and you look beautiful in purple! XOXO, Natalya

Devea said...

Thanks for this post! I have learned so much more about you! I am so with you on Blake Lively, I love her free spirted style!

Unknown said...

Erika, you are lovely! I adore your answers! Hoping you are enjoying a wonderful Wednesday and having a light white mocha for me too!

xoxo Mary Jo

Emikos Weird Unexplained thoughts said...

wonderful! you love starbux and have a cat and love new york. u are nothing but simply wonderful things!!! happy blogging!!!

ellie said...

Awesome, you have a cat named Gypsy!

I have a cat named Missy. A lot of my stories are based on friends. Usually, though its stories that don't ever happen in their lives. They are just inspiring. Or I'll hear something from someone and think..what would that character do if that happened to them?

Jessica said...

Love it darling! Again on the twin thing, so much I totally agree with!!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

So great! Glad to learn more about you.

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm so glad you revealed yourself! You're just as fabulous as I imagined!

Sherin said...

I am so glad you posted this Erika. It definitely makes me feel that I know you a bit better.

I especially loved reading about your obsessions: I love Almost Fanous as well.

Emily said...

it was so nice to learn more about you!

Anna Gray said...

I loved reading each and every question/answer! I adore fall as well and am ready for the cooler weather to come! I'm ready to put on some skinny jeans, sweater boots, and long sleeves again! =)

By the way, Pumpkin Spice lattes rule the world! My mom and I love sipping those! ♥

Saretta said...

Yeah, finally some info on you! I was born in Greenwich Village in the 1960's too! But you look too young to have been born in the '60s!!! Love that Tigerlily sweater! ;-)

Unknown said...

It's good that you found the time to answer all those questions!

Gypsy sounds so cool and fabulous! :)


paislea said...

this is so cool! i love reading things about you! it's always fun getting to know someone through their blog!

first off - we share the same love of blake lively. she is my all time favorite fashionista. she's so gorgeous and i want to be just like her. i love her outfits and i completely understand when you said: her style is so undone, that she appears perfectly put-together. i completely agree.

and, that picture of you is so gorgeous! you look so pretty! such a cute outfit! i hope you have a great day lovely!


Anonymous said...

great post!! i love to read these, but being an anonymous shopaholic, i'm not sure i'll repost it :P

Tights Lover said...

AH!! I absolutely LOVED reading all of your answers!!!

We really do have a lot in common. I'm often known to make multiple daily Starbucks trips myself (although I hardly ever stray from my Grande Nonfat Latte, if I did now, I think the baristas might think there's something wrong with me)!

Fall is also my favorite season. It's usually very nice here in New England, being a bit crisper and cooler than Summer...and it allows you to mix things up fashion-wise...always important.

Thanks for this awesome post...from one cat owner to another!!

E said...

Oh your look is so cute! I'm so glad you shared a bit more about yourself :-)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Best. Post. Ever.

I love reading all about you!! You could seriously do one of these posts every week and I would never grow tired! :)

And um, I'm not trying to be exactly like you or anything (yes I am) but I wrote down all those books you mentioned so I can get them at the library. Hehe! ;)

Ohhhh you are one of the bloggers who I really wish lived in the same town as me. Or, in this case, I wish I lived in socal with you. Ha! I just know we'd have a blast together!

Anaiz said...

Loved this post! I have to say I love Fall too! I'm going to answer these questions in tomorrow's post for sure! It's always interesting to learn more about bloggers :)

L'Amour et la Paix said...

Great post, doll! Your ideal day sounds a whole lot like mine, and my absolute favorite season is also autumn! Love it! xo


Theresa said...

It's almost eerie how much we have in common, dear! I now feel the need for a good gossip girl marathon and a pumpkin spice latte on a lovely mid- fall day. :)
I think I might just do this on my own blog. <3

Anonymous said...

Cute pics;)

Wrecked Stellar said...

Hi hon! Fabulous answers- we are so alike with the bi-coastal thing :) Did you go to Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant, or Island Beach State Park? Super cute photos too!! xo, mel

Gorgeous Glam said...

Awe it's so great getting to read about you doll! Thanks for sharing with us and hope to read more in the future! hugs

lucy and sarah said...

Great answers! hmmmm..I loved lavender and I like to grow it too.

Jen said...

That starbucks drinks sounds amazing!! Guess what I'm going to order the next time I'm there? Yup, that drink! Thanks dear!!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

this top with the belt is great. loved learning more about you.


hobovogue . said...

love this post. your ideal day spent alone sounds scarily similar to mine... hehe . had no clue you were from socal for some reason, you seem so new york! (it's a compliment haha although i do wish i were from la instead of norcal..)

<33 [v] hobovogue

OneCraftyFox said...

Hey gorgeous, it is so nice to finally *meet* you, lol! I luv that you luv mixed tapes. I honestly can't remember the last time I ever listened to one, but the memories... sigh. My cat loves to sit or lye on my desk or end table too and enjoy the sun and breeze from the window :)

Maria said...

You sound like an amazing friend to have! Most people I know get bored with people watching. Except my lovely roomies, we spend hours on our balcony with cocktails-to-go (another reason I love Prague) and watch the people below. And I'll be joining but not for a little bit I think xx

Rachel @ The Haute Notes said...

I love getting to know more about other bloggers. And I love that you did this post because I feel you're one of the few bloggers I knew nothing about! It's nice to know more about you, Erika.

For one, you look gorgeous in the photos! Love the outfit on you! Serena van der Woodsen is certainly a fashion muse of mine as well. She always looks amazing. Don't you just wish you could raid her wardrobe?

And you've totally got me craving a Pumpkin Spice latte from Starbucks! :)

Clare said...

I love this post and love your gorgeous self portraits, too! And we have the same Starbucks order (except mine w. whip hehe)

I love your seven passions to!! This post is very gorgeous it is good to see your personality is as beautiful as your blog!

Punctuation Mark said...

it's nice to know a little bit more of those people you love to read from... hope the 3 digit heat in SoCal is getting cooler... have a nice one!

Sarah Whitney said...

Yaayyy! So nice to see/know more about you!! I too am a New Yorker who migrated to SoCal... it must be the terrible winters that make so many of us leave! lol

Grace said...

Haha, no I'M the lip gloss queen! Seriously, I'm obsessed. I'm so glad to get to know you a little more. And that's one of my favorite quotes, too.

Francy said...

Awww, I loved reading through these! I too spend a lot of time people-watching at Starbucks, and am highly anticipating my first pumpkin spice latte this fall! So neat you were born in Greenwich Village. I loved it there when I visited.

Rick said...

Loving that you remember your roots in NYC and gave a shout out to my hometown (Brooklyn!)

It was so nice to read and learn more about you. Now your recent comments about Blake Lively have additional meaning for me, given how much I know you like her. I'll see if I can get a "lookbook" out of her for a future story on Icon Americana :)

Shop N' Chomp said...

I loved this, Erika! I already knew you were cool but this confirms it. :D

Stephanie said...

thanks for sharing! starbucks + people watching = the best!


C said...

Love those boots btw!
Have you seen the new trailer for sofia Coppola's new movie?
It looks great (and Stefen Dorff is sooo hot LOL!)
thanks for stepping by my blog sweetie!

best regards from Barcelona


FashionJazz said...

You are gorgeous babe!! Loved your post and thank you for sharing : ) xxxx

Sara said...

Erika this was so fun to read! I am so glad that you did this post :) lol we are so much alike in some aspects it is funny. I am smitten with fall. Sweaters & flannel? I am there! I still love carving pumpkins, usually while watching "The great pumpkin" (Charlie Brown :P I think it is so awesome that you collect quotes! We could go lipgloss/chapstick shopping too lol. I also think Gossip Girl for you is Gilmore Girls for me. We can have a happy medium and watch the sisterhood :D I hope that you do posts like this more often, it is great to get to know the blogger :D :D


Jolie said...

I just loved this post! Always great to learn about Erika! Great pic too! Bravo!

J. said...

The real Cafe Fashionista comes out! I love it! You and your blog are brilliant and thank you for sharing yourself with us! I've been wondering for quite some time now...

Nikolett said...

Loved getting to know more about you! When I first stumbled upon your blog I honestly thought you lived in New York City and then became so confused when you mentioned Southern California ... but you've officially been in all the places I want to visit if I ever do a road trip in the states!

Love the name of your cat and the answers to these, I might take this survey myself :)

And P.S. Grande Light White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino -- I NEED TO TRY THIS, it sounds amazing. In Vancouver I always had a Tall Light Caramel Frappuccino with no whip ... but I need to change it up definitely. Hope you have a great rest of the week :)

little luxury list said...

Friends that you can talk for hours with or sit with silently truly are the best friends.

I miss fall and changing colors :(

Oh and to have Serena's wardrobe (and body!)
Thanks for sharing dearest!

WeShop said...

Erika - what a wonderful post, it is so lovely to find out about the girl behind the blog. One question though - when you say Southern Cali (as a Scots lass) I'm not sure what that means - quite far away from San Fran (where my friends live)? xx

ediot said...

how fun! nice to learn a bit more about you! really love that dress youre wearing btw.

ediot said...

how fun! nice to learn a bit more about you! really love that dress youre wearing btw.

Oana Roxana said...

So nice to know you better,Erika, knowing your obsessions! ;)
Fall is my favorite season too.Not a fan of the rest.:D

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I love learning more about my bloggin' buds :)

Mara said...

oh I LOVED learning more about you!! You should do this more often Erika!

Samantha said...

Ahhhh so now we know who you really are.... Hee hee :)

Islandia Lane said...

adore reading more about you! and I LOVE the title of this post ;-) also never miss an episode of Gossip Girl - totally my fav!
We definitely have similar taste in music and movies. I LOVE Almost Famous also and just watched it again the other day a few weeks ago after a long break of viewing it and it re-inspired me all over again! Quotes coming from that again soon, I'm sure ;-)
I just might have to repost this also- haven't done a 'get to know me' post in awhile! Happy Friday Love.

Denisa L said...

aww it's great to find more about you!
I absolutely love GG, both the episodes and books, ohh well the ones I found here:)
Also, here they don't have that coffee at Starbucks...so weird..
I usually get a grande caramel machiatto

Denisa L said...

ps: you're gorgeous!

Midtown Girl said...

You are such a beautiful girl!! Love seeing pics of you darling <3

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

I am love, loving this post! It is great to get more of an insider view of your life =)

And I'm betting you could bring me up to speed on Gossip Girl! I'm so behind.

HitomiNeko said...

I love Blake's style also, and she def have the body for all those of clothes! i'm so jealous. haha

xoxo HitomiNeko xoxo
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Unknown said...

Oh my goodness Erika I just randomly read this today and I am so thrilled to know that someone else out there is a fan of "A Freewheelin' Time!" Seriously made my day. That is all.

Michigan DUI said...

you are looking so pretty and sexy.

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