Friday, June 29

This Exists.


Buy yours here.

Photo Credit: Urban Outfitters

Have a Charming Weekend!


Do you all have some fun plans for the weekend?  It's been a long and hectic week filled with one technology mishap after the other, so I'm looking forward to some cold beers and laughs. 

Can you believe how quickly summer is flying by?  I can't wait until I have some time off next week with my family back in Indianapolis.  The pool awaits!

Some round-ups from the world wide web...

- Take a look at Andean Collection's lookbook... I love the Infinity Scarf in quarry and the Lupe Hat in ivory.  I think it's time to start saving up my pennies so I can travel to the beautiful Dominican Republic.
- A helpful guide for buying organic produce
- Anyone attending a summer wedding?  Check this dress out... I will take it off your hands afterward
- A gorgeous and inviting home tour over on DesignSponge.  What is it with these Kinfolk people?  Were they all bred to have cozy home and gorgeous wardrobes?
- An interesting study on the effects of family dinners
- Haha, AV Club you do it every time

Photo Credit: That Kind of Woman

Wednesday, June 27

Listening Library: Foreigner

I think it's time that we introduce a little over-the-top power rock on this blog, don't you?  Foreigner's "Juke Box Hero" and "Hot Blooded" seem to be appropriate tunes to get you through the workweek.

Indulge me as we head back to the late '70s/early '80s...


Saturday, June 23

Have a Sunny Weekend!


What are you up to this weekend?  We somehow managed to deep clean the entire apartment yesterday, so the rest of the weekend is going to be spent enjoying the beautiful weather! Aside from that, I'm going to continue on in my quest to make the perfect fruit salad (Laurent and I have made two pretty-damn-good recipes, but we're still hoping for perfection). 

Here's a little roundup from the world wide web to get your weekend started:

- A little song to get up and dance to
One, two, three easy summer night tops (by Madewell of course)
- Lucky Magazine's West Coast Editor, Marlien Rentmeester, gives us a sneak peak of her closet
- A beautiful design team who uses reclaimed materials - I love the Cyclone Chaise, made using reclaimed wood from the Coney Island boardwalk!

P.S. Sorry for the erratic posting lately, I promise to get back on a more consistent schedule!

Photo Credit: Unknown

Friday, June 22

Style from the Silver Screen: Moonrise Kingdom


Laurent and I caught a late night viewing of Moonrise Kingdom last night, and I've been dreaming of retro summer camp style ever since. 

Set on a small island off the New England coast in the summer of 1965, the movie tells the tale of 12-year-old romantics Sam and Suzy who run away together, and of the adults who try to find them. 

Here's a little roundup of some similar crisp summer classics:



Photo Credit: Sabotage Times, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Thursday, June 21

Listening Library: David Byrne and St. Vincent


Who else is excited for this collaboration between St. Vincent and David Byrne?  Their album is set to be released in September, but we can get a teeny tiny sneak peek today.

Hallelujah for some fun new tunes!

Photo Credit: The Gazette

Sunday, June 17

Happy Father's Day!


Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads out there! I'm sending a little love to my dad, who has successfully survived many, many years in an all-female household.  He taught me:

- a real man can wear a fisherman's hat with pride
- a deal is only a deal if it's an additional 50% off at Goodwill
- two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do

 Love you, dad!

Tuesday, June 12

In the Kitchen: Raspberry Ice Cream Pie


Whoa baby, I cannot wait to try this recipe Whitney Johnson of eat sleep cuddle shared over on Rockstar Diaries. Won't you join me for a guaranteed-to-be-delicious summer treat?


Ingredients:

1 pkg (6 oz.) of raspberry Jello
1 container (1.5 qts) of vanilla ice cream
fresh raspberries
8 graham crackers
6 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. sugar

Directions:

Crush graham crackers and mix together with butter & sugar. Press evenly into dish and chill in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.

Add 2 cups of boiling water to a package of raspberry jello in a large bowl and stir until dissolved. Add 1 container of vanilla ice cream to water & jello mixture, and stir until ice cream is evenly mixed throughout.  Pour into prepared graham cracker crust, and put in the refrigerator to let set for about 2 hours.  Serve with fresh raspberries.

Photo Credit: Rockstar Diaries

Friday, June 8

Have a Colorful Weekend!


What are you all up to this weekend?  It's gor-geous here, and if a slide like this existed here in NYC, I would be all over it.  Instead, I'm going to pack up a little picnic and relax in Central Park.  Fingers crossed the weather holds out all weekend. 

Have a great time this weekend.  I'm sending some birthday wishes to Chicago... Happy birthday, Julia!

P.S. Has anyone seen The Pajama Game?  I'm taking recommendations for some fun old-timey flicks.

Photo Credit: Kate Spade NY Pinterest

Hot Fun in the Summertime


With summer quickly approaching in ONLY 12 DAYS, and I wanted to have an awesome beach/park blanket on hand for my outdoor adventures. 

Enter the Tassel Blanket from West Elm.  It's big and cushy (so you won't feel those twigs in your back when you're reading outside), but lightweight enough to tote around all day.  Plus, it's a timeless design I know I'll hang onto for years.   

They're going fast, though!  I snagged one of the last ones in NYC stores, and it looks like they only have the raspberry online. 

Photo Credit: West Elm

Thursday, June 7

Glass Beach


Have you all heard of Glass Beach?  It's part of the MacKerricher Park in Fort Bragg, California and was once the site of an unrestricted dump. 

In the early 1900s, residents of Fort Bragg discarded their trash - bottles, appliances, and even cars - over the cliffs of what is now known as Glass Beach.  For years, the cliffs remained cluttered and the problem was largely unacknowledged by officials in the area.  However, Mother Nature took the matter into her own hands, tumbling the discarded bottles into beautiful, polished glass pebbles.  

Public officials have since removed the larger debris and trash from the water, and what's left is a glimmering beach.

P.S. You can find similar beaches in Benicia, California, Guantanamo, Cuba and Kauai, Hawaii. 

Photo Credit:  Unfinished Man

Tuesday, June 5

Sunset Sail


Last Saturday, Laurent and I went sailing on the Hudson River on a 1890's style schooner. All week, I was nervous that the weather wouldn't work out (thunderstorms were predicted with a 60% chance of rain!), but when Saturday rolled around, the skies were clear and the weather was perfect. 

I got tickets for the Sunset Sail, a two-hour ride that leaves from the Chelsea Piers.  The crew takes a wheelbarrow of champagne, beer, and wine on the boat and you're encouraged to bring snacks or dinner on board as well.  The Chelsea Market is a great place to grab a meal beforehand (we had milkshakes and macaroni and cheese at Ronneybrook Farm Dairy), or you can pack a little dinner for the ride.

It was so relaxing to get out on the water and see the city from a distance.  It made us realize just how many enormous building we couldn't identify and how quiet it can be a few hundred feet away from the hustle and bustle. 

Photo Credit: Bart Stiller

Sunday, June 3

The Ultimate Birthday Card


Isn't this a great idea for a birthday card? The card comes with 100 birthday candles, and you fill in the appropriate number of candles. Genius! 


Photo Credit: W + K Studio
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