Saturday, March 9

Block Shop

Have you guys heard about Block Shop?  Sisters Lily and Hopie Stockman work with master printers in Bagru, India to make hand blocked scarves inspired by the high desert of California.  

I would buy these scarves for the patterns alone, but I especially love that they were able to honor a traditional craft while still appealing to the modern market.  You can pre-order now to receive one April 1... I think the Flock Scarf in Marigold would be my first pick!

Photo Credit: Block Shop

Friday, March 8

Apartment Hunting

Laurent and I have been considering moving apartments in August if our rent increases, and our non-negotiable in our new apartment is more natural light (fingers crossed, we can find a spot that allows dogs, too!).

Right now we live in an itty-bitty studio that we've been very fond of over the past year and a half, but the apartment faces into a courtyard, and we barely get any sunlight, even in the summer!  Ah, wouldn't it be lovely to wake up in these sun-drenched apartments?

Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3

Saturday, March 2

Catskills Road Trip!

Eep! I'll just breeze over the fact that it's been over a month since I last posted and just dive right into a new post.

I've been dying to go to the Catskills since we moved to NYC, and I finally took the leap when I saw The Graham & Co. hotel featured on DesignSponge.

It's located in Phoenicia, NY a little hamlet (that's seriously what it is - not a city or a town) of just 309 people.   We booked a reservation in June to take advantage of the pool, free bikes, outdoor movies, and yes... the tubing.

Does anyone have any travel suggestions around that area? We're planning on renting a car at this point to take advantage of some spots nearby.

Photo Credit: The Graham & Co.

Friday, January 18

Creating a Home Bar

In an effort to introduce a little more boozin' into our lives, Laurent and I put together a home bar this week, complete with glasses from Fish's Eddy and tools from NYC's Cocktail Kingdom.

We've tried our hand at a few whiskey sours and French 75s, but I'm ready to try some of the recipes over at The Backyard Bartender.

I think my next attempt will be the Bloodhound:

- 8 raspberries
- 1.5 oz gin
- .5 sweet vermouth
- .5 oz. dry vermouth
- .25 oz. lemon juice
- splash of simple syrup

It seems pretty easy... just muddle the raspberries with the simple syrup, fill a mixing glass with ice and pour in the raspberry/simple syrup mixture, gin, vermouth, and lemon juice.  Shake, strain, drink.  I can do that.

P.S.  We used this book for some guidance, and we've got our eye on this one, too.

Photo Credit: Lovely Girls Events

Saturday, January 5

Happy New Year!

How have you been spending 2013?  So far, we've cooked up a couple enormous brunches (eggs, toast, hash browns, fruit salad - you name it, we ate it), completed a little pre-spring cleaning, and dove head first into a pile of books we've received over the holidays.  And, we finally got around to ordering a chair for our desk, so watch out, world.  Productivity in this apartment is about to soar!

This year, I've resolved to master the art of preparing chocolate mousse, watch more Criterion films, be mindful of all the food we have in our fridge (I reluctantly admit that too often we're tossing expired food), and really unwind throughout the chilly winter.

Photo Credit: Old Brand New

Monday, December 17

Stocking Stuffers VI

Today I wanted to highlight one of my favorite jewelry designers, Kate Miss of For Me, For You.  She recently started working with clay and I'm crazy about this piece.

Photo Credit: Kate Miss Jewelry
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