Friday, April 27

Have a Productive Weekend!

What are you all up to this weekend?  I'm hoping to check some errands and chores off my list tonight so I can enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Remember when I wrote about Domino Magazine's new project?  It hit newsstands today!  I'm going to be one happy camper when I get my paws on a copy.  It's been too long, my dear friend...

A few roundups from the world wide web:

Some gift wrap to make even the worst cookies and cakes presentable, a wonderfully functional and attractive general store, the most aesthetically pleasing way to present a mix tape, a dream work chair with a non-dream pricetag, and a recipe for some mini brown sugar cakes I am hoping to try soon. 

Photo Credit: Unknown

Thursday, April 26

Mother's Day Gift Guide

With Mother's Day just around the corner, I've put together a little Mother's Day Gift Guide, with prices ranging from $12-$135.  I hope you can put together something special! 

For the earthy mama who loves all things natural and free...

This frame made of reclaimed wood, filled with your favorite photo.

A beautiful hammock so she can enjoy the spring and summer outdoors.

A small window planter, so she can bring the outdoors in.

For the mother who needs some relaxation...

A copy of the newest Kinfolk magazine, so she can have some quiet time to reflect.

A crisp, clean pair of vintage-inspired pajamas she can look forward to after a long day.

A simple glass arrow, which will make the sunlight dance. 

For the fun-loving, colorful mom who brings light to any room...

The newest issue of Anthology, which features stories and photos of strong, humorous, and quirky individuals. 

A timeless pair of sandals in a bright, vibrant red. 

This colorful kaleidoscope print scarf, to jazz up any outfit and keep her warm on breezy spring nights. 

For the worldly lady who supports craftsmen across the globe...

A fair trade woven basket from Ghana, traditionally used to bring home food from the market. 

Some beautiful, handmade necklaces, which support artisans in Uganda.

These reversible handmade placemats, made from vintage cotton saris. 

For the woman who could spend hours on end tinkering in the kitchen...

This cookbook, filled with indulgent recipes and beautiful photographs. 

A ladylike apron that works well in any season. 

This heirloom recipe box, made of salvaged wood by local craftsmen, so she can remember all her favorite creations.  

Do you have any go-to Mother's Day gifts?  Everything fell into place this year for my gift (sorry mom, it's not any of the gifts shown here), so I'm really excited for May 13th to arrive!

Wednesday, April 25

Ahhh... The Transition Into Spring

Is anyone else feeling like they've been in fashion limbo the past few weeks? I feel like we've been experiencing an extended 8 month fall.   Since September, most days have been in the 40s and 50s, with only a few colder or warmer days.

All that monotony has resulted in my wearing the same 4 or 5 outfits day in and day out.  I think I'm just too excited to break out my warm weather wardrobe... When will spring give way to summer so I can bring out my sandals and throw on some of these lovely options at J.Crew, Anthropologie, and Madewell?

Photo Credit: Sart(re)orial

Tuesday, April 24

Touch Tours

Those who know me well know that reading A Cup of Jo is my favorite morning routine.  Joanna balances posts about fashion and design with relevant world news and how-tos, so she manages to keep my attention more than any news source or blog out there.

Well, this morning she wrote about museum touch tours, where individuals who are blind or partially-sighted are allowed to touch artwork in places like the MoMA, Met, and Whitney.  I can't say I had ever heard about this, so I was completely intrigued.  What a beautiful opportunity for visitors to explore works of art in an accessible way. 

* As a general rule, I try to come up with my own original posts, but I thought this was such a beautiful idea that I could break my rule and share someone else's post with you all... Thanks for the information, Joanna!

Photo Credit: Matt Ducklo

Monday, April 23

Weekend Wrap-Up

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!  I had a chance to do everything I wanted to (sleep in, relax, catch up on shows and magazines) and since we're fresh out of groceries, I splurged on french toast at the cafe around the corner and burgers and root beer at Bareburger, and a midnight calzone run last night.  Calorie overload.

I've been listening to a bunch of new-to-me music lately, so expect some Listening Library posts soon! 

P.S.  Isn't the photo above just adorable?  You should check out Andrew + Carissa, one of my favorite blogs.  It's full of beautiful photography, music suggestions, and stories. Those sandals above are Salt Water sandals, available online at Madewell.

Photo Credit: Andrew + Carissa

Friday, April 20

Caine's Arcade

Have you all heard about Caine's Arcade?   Nine-year-old Caine Monroy built an elaborate arcade in the front of his father's used auto parts store, where he was spending his summer vacation.  By sheer chance, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick stumbled across Caine's Arcade while he was searching for a replacement part for his '96 Corolla.

I can't recommend this video enough... It's only 11 minutes long and it's guaranteed to brighten your day.  Enjoy!

P.S. Caine's Arcade was recently highlighted in The New York Times.  Since this video was released on April 8, it has received more than 5 million views, and more than $170,000 had been donated for Caine's scholarship. What a wonderful reward for such a creative and dedicated little guy!

Have a Lazy Weekend...

What kind of plans do you all have for the weekend?  I'm returning from a week-long work trip, so I'm planning on lounging around with a stack of magazines and sleeping in as much as possible. 

I officially start at Anthropologie tomorrow and I've already got my eye on a few things to pick up after my shift.  Remember how I mentioned Kinfolk magazine last week?  Anthropologie has the newest issue, so I can read an issue before committing to the annual subscription. 

A cheery song to lead you into the weekend, a simple card for someone needing a little pick-me-up, and some sweet Mother's Day gift options curated by Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo (especially great for those new mamas out there).

Photo Credit: unknown

Thursday, April 19

The Aftermath of Chalking

For those readers of Rockstar Diaries, don't you just feel happier after seeing pictures of Eleanor and Kingsley? This set of pictures takes the cake for me...

Photo Credit: Rockstar Diaries

Business Cards

DesignSponge (my go-to source for all things design) recently had a great feature about business card resources. I thought I would share some of my favorites, in case anyone is looking to roll out a new look for their business!  I'm considering opening my own business just to be able to pass out some of these attractive options. 

Print and Grain has some bold options for those in a creative field...

InHaus Press offers simple calling cards for those wanting an air of mystery... 

And Oh Happy Day Letterpress has some light and cheerful options.

What would you choose?  Check out some of these creative business card ideas, or learn how to make your own!

Photo Credit: 1, 2, 3

Tuesday, April 17

Listening Library: Beach House

Looking for a few singles to listen to while trying to unwind?  Enter Beach House's newest tracks, Lazuli and Myth.  Beach House's forthcoming album, Bloom, is set to be released in mid-May, but they've graciously given us fans two tracks to tide us over.

One day, I will highlight one of their previous album Teen Dream in the Listening Library, but this should suffice until then.  Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Off the Radar Music

Monday, April 16

NYC Garden

Our apartment has caused me to accept a number of things: we will never be able to have more than two overnight guests at a time (and that's pushing it), we won't be able to cook a whole turkey in our oven, and bicycles are going to have to wait until we move into a different building. 

But one of the trickier issues is how to fit and grow plants in our apartment.  We have three windows, but only one gets enough sunlight to support a living plant, and that window sill just happens to house our A.C. and our radiator. 

I've been looking into hanging planters lately, and it seems like the perfect solution.  I love these from PUTIKMADE, for sale on their Etsy site.  Does anyone have any advice for growing succulents, like those shown in the picture?  I don't have any experience with them, but they're for sale all over NYC, so I imagine they're hearty enough to survive studio apartment growing conditions. 

Photo Credit: PUTIKMADE

Friday, April 13

Have a Refreshing Weekend!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Do you have any fun plans?  I have a work trip next week to Washington D.C., so I'm trying to squeeze in as much warm NYC fun this weekend as I can. 

I start at Anthropologie this Saturday, and I can't wait to meet all my new coworkers!  Working from home can be a challenge at times, and it looks like everyone is a big, happy family at the Soho store.

Some roundups from the world wide web:

I think it's time I subscribe to Kinfolk, some simple jewelry you could wear everyday, and a new product that turns your bike into a turntable... ridiculous or kind of cool?  I'm on the fence.

Photo Credit: unknown

Minimalist Traveling

I know these are teeny tiny, but I love these modern mini cabins in the wine country of Valle de Guadalupe.  Wouldn't it be relaxing to have your own little retreat overlooking the mountain wineries for a weekend?

I especially love how well the Endemico Resguardo Silvestre EcoLofts complement the natural landscape.  The Corten steel exteriors will rust over time to become even more beautiful and fitting in this space. 

The cabins don't open until July 1, but you can reserve a spot on their website now.   You'll have access to an on-site winery, restaurant, and outdoor pool. 

Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy

Thursday, April 12

Closet Visit

Do you all know about Jeana Sohn?  She's the lovely lady behind a few blogs, including Bap Story and my favorite, Closet Visit

I've always been interested to see what other people's closets look like, and this is a roundup of some of the most happenin' ladies and their beloved trinkets, clothing, and home goods. 

A few of my favorite shots from Closet Visit...

Photo Credit: Poketo, Closet Visit

Brazilian Doormats

Laurent and I drag in our fair share of NYC dirt and grime into our apartment, so I've been on the hunt for an attractive doormat to cut down on the constant need to Swiffer.  Today, I found these beautiful Brazilian doormats from Joinery in Brooklyn.  They have perfectly subdued hues, are made with all-natural vegetable dyes, and are only 22 bucks! 

Unfortunately, Joinery doesn't have online ordering, but you can call 347-889-6164 to reserve one if you live near Brooklyn.  I'm picking mine up this weekend, and the staff couldn't have been more helpful.  

Photo Credit: Joinery

Wednesday, April 11

No. 6 Clogs

I can't seem to get enough of overly supportive wedges and flats these days.  The other day, I saw Kate Miss on Emmadime's Lovely Ladies feature, and I loved her seventies style clogs.  After some searching, I found they also make them in wedges for added comfort! 

The price is pretty steep for these No. 6 Wedges, but the burnt orange color would go with just about everything, and I've heard these are the most comfortable and weightless options out there. 

Photo Credit: Emmadime, No. 6

Tuesday, April 10

Grandma Flats

These Gee Wawa sandals from Anthropologie are about as geriatric chic as you can get (my favorite kind of chic).  I think 90% of my attraction is due to the fact that my grandma Ruth owned a very similar pair while in her seventies, and she was one happenin' lady.  If I buy now, I could get a good 60 years wear out of them. 

Photo Credit: Anthropologie

Monday, April 9

MaeMae Paperie

Oh MaeMae Paperie, you do everything so well.  Birthday cards, business card stamps, address stamps, etc.  If I had to choose, I would order the Quimby Initial Stamp.  It would add such a pretty touch to all your letters!

Don't you just want to snatch all these things up and send handwritten notes to everyone you love?  Heck, everyone you've ever met who might read a letter? 

Photo Credit: MaeMae Paperie

Weekend Wrap-Up

My sister and her friend Melissa stayed with Laurent and I this past week, and we jammed as much sight seeing and fun into a few days as possible.  It's so much fun to show guests around the city because you end up stumbling upon new places yourself.  We went to all my favorite spots - Cascabel, The Brooklyn Flea, and Sarabeth's - but one of my favorite stops was a restaurant we just stumbled upon, Epistrophy Cafe.  The CHOCOLATE MOUSSE, oh the chocolate mousse.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I'm going into detox mode to recover from three straight weekends of having friends in the city. 

Photo Credit: Tucked

Friday, April 6

Have a Carefree Weekend!

Hope everyone has a chance to get out and about this beautiful weekend.  We have plans to see Once on Broadway, head to the Brooklyn Flea (it's headed back outside after a winter of staying indoors), and stroll around Soho and Chelsea. 

I just received a muffin tin from my parents as an early Easter present, so these are on my mind. I think I'll try my hand at them for a little Sunday treat.  Happy holidays!

Photo Credit: The New York Times

Listening Library: Little Dragon, Stevie Nicks, No Doubt

Some lovely ladies to lead you into the weekend...

Thursday, April 5

Lip Service

Let me premise this by saying there are very few lip products on the market that are better than the Original Chapstick.  But for special occasions I've found Fresh makes the absolute best tinted lip balms.  They're light and creamy, but somehow they last for hours.  I've tried the Rose and Passion shades, and they add just the right amount of color.

My sister just bought the brown sugar lip polish scrub and she's already in love.  It exfoliates dry, chapped lips and conditions them so they're smooth and supple.  I think I'll have to sneak some before she leaves...

Photo Credit: Fresh

Tuesday, April 3

In the Kitchen: Vegan Berry Muffins

Summer is nearing, which means raspberries will soon become much more delicious and affordable.  I can't wait to try out this recipe I saw over on The Little Deer come Sunday morning.  

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup spelt flour (or all purpose)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt 
2 1/2 cups of fresh raspberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Whisk oil, soymilk, syrup and nectar in a bowl. Combine flours, baking powder and salt in another bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients; fold in blueberries. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake until muffins are golden brown and a knife comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm.  

Photo Credit: The Little Deer
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