Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The brown and white option above is my favorite. Can you imagine how much more exciting lugging your work home with you would be if you had one of these nifty bags to keep it all organized?
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Love this model's look from Carolina Herrerra's Fall '11 runway.
Here are few of the key ingredients necessary for creating her pretty at home.
For deeper color, layer the gloss over the original lipstick shade.
2. Rosy Pink Cheeks
Chanel Jouse Contraste Powder Blush 99 in Rose Petale
Lightly sweep a rosy petal inspired shade over your cheeks for subtle, sweet flush that doesn't directly compete with your lip color.
Chanel's option is apparently a favorite of Emma Watson. Hermoine forever!
3. Simple Eyes
NARS Cream Eye Shadow Duo in Pink Panther
Line those peepers with Clinique's Quickliner in Black Brown and finish with a sweep of Diorshow Mascara. Love.
4. Dark Nails
Monday, September 26, 2011
I was beginning to think I should just accept defeat and pull out my old North Face from the college years when I spotted this gem on Etsy.
(images courtesy FM 908's Etsy shop)
Sunday, September 25, 2011
fresh sunflowers from the corner store
homemade grilled terriyaki chicken sandwiches with spinach, tomato and red onion
cute boy shoes
gorgeous sunset as seen from the Williamsburg Waterfront while...
Friday, September 23, 2011
Happy Friday! It's gray and rainy today and I'm looking forward to cozying up at home this evening. S and I plan to watch Bridesmaids and pig out on something naughty!
Crossing our fingers that the rain stops before tomorrow evening. We have plans to see The Walkmen and Fleet Foxes at the Williamsburg Waterfront. Hoping to avoid waterproofing ourselves...
Here's to a fun few days off!
P.S. Hooray for side ponies!
I love this unconventional grouping of fruits and flowers. It makes such a fun, unexpected centerpiece for a dinner party table. That cabbage flower is awesome.
I wonder if this idea would look as lovely with a different collection of items?
Definitely filing this idea away for a day when I need to prep for company on short notice....
Thursday, September 22, 2011
How do you guys keep fit?
For years, I struggled to find an exercise regimen that I would stick to. I discovered I was not a "runner." Other realizations? I'm also not a kickboxer, bootcamp cadet or much of a cyclist. Still, skipping exercise all together was not an option my health or vanity would allow.
Luckily, I found Physique 57 and to say I'm addicted is a bit of an understatement.
Focused on giving your entire bod a long, lean dancer look, this class uses tiny movements to create amazing results. A combination of pilates and light aerobics (with a few yoga stretches thrown in for good measure), this class is one of the hardest things I've ever physically done.
A fast pace, upbeat music and immediate results keep me coming back for more. I also like the class's focus on working the whole body in an hour. No more Tuesdays-are-for-arms sort of schedule. The New Yorker in me LOVES the time efficiency!
Physique has three studios here in NYC, one in the Hamptons and one in LA. They also have two sets of DVDs that work wonderfully well. Order them here.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
These charming video tutorials feature simple, straight forward instructions that are beautifully shot. Using sophisticated fonts and interesting, non-traditional "cooking show" music, these videos explain recipes the same way your mom or friend might simplify their means of preparing a favorite dish.
Super cute. Check out the vid for a seasonally suited apple galette.
I also wouldn't mind whipping up a batch of mojitos with homemade chips and salsa
or even a warm and salty mall pretzel.
P.S. The amazingly talented creator of these videos has a gorgeous jewelry shop on Etsy. I purchased two of her dainty creations for my sister's last birthday. She loved them!
Despite the cruel realization that winter will indeed come next, fall is still my absolute favorite season.
To celebrate, I'm posting this lovely little collection of what makes autumn awesome.
Soups, fireplaces and scarves...doesn't it make you excited for the leaves to change?
(image courtesy tip her)
Monday, September 19, 2011
Adorably illustrated by the fabulous Jo Brown, this bouncing story features a hilarious cast of jazzy owls. One by one, they get ready to "holler and hoot" at the party on Saturday night. At last, they are all ready to get down at the hootenanny!
Jo's owls are out-of-this-world amazing. They are bright and hilarious. They also dance, wear hats, boogie and more! Your eyes do not deceive you...one even sports a bow tie.
There's even an awesome song to accompany the book (hear it here).
As if working on this book wasn't fun enough, Jo and I received the news yesterday that Hootenanny! was selected as a 2011 National Parenting Publications Award Winner! How rad is that?
I'll be reading this book at the Apple Store in NYC on 10/22. Feel free to stop by if you're in town!
Party time, indeed.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
This shirt's slim cut is uber flattering. Its strong yet feminine lines remind me of Katharine Hepburn's iconic style. It feels so right with trousers!
Pair this shirt with wide leg black pants and leopard print pumps for a fun office look. Anyone want to buy me these Tory Burch pumps? Anyone?
This shirt also works for more casual endeavors.
Pair with dark wash jeans, fun flats and a statement necklace for a less structured weekend get up. Top the look with a casual up do.
This top makes a great option for that first hint of fall when a sleeve is necessary but not yet a jacket.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
S LOVES Orangina. I'm always opening our fridge to find random half finished bottled of the oh-so-French beverage.
Personally, I could take or leave the bubbly citrus drink, but this vintage ashtray (spotted on Matchbook Mag's The Daily Spark) should be mine.
Less for smoking and more for holding random trinkets, this ashtray would look killer on a desk in a home office don't you think?
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
While it's almost impossible to describe the depth of the spicy, woodsy fragrance it emits, it's official description sites the notes as follows: African ginger, rich mahogany, deep Taboti wood and Grains of Paradise? None of those scents immediately ringing a bell to you either?
Here's the deal. It smells wonderfully autumnal. Pair it with a glass of red wine and a fuzzy sweater for an ultimate relaxing evening in.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The restaurant comes from the same trio behind Locanda Verde (yummy, yummy brunch) in Tribeca lead by chef Andrew Carmellini.
The restaurant serves each table a charming little loaf of spiced cornbread. I also noticed that the cocktail menu heavily favored Tito's vodka (my favorite). We were off to a nice start.
Our table kicked off with the Little Oyster Sandwiches and the Asian White Boy Ribs from the "Snacks" portion of the menu. Both were rich and delicious.
Next, we sampled the Local Beets, Smoked Egg and Dill appetizer. With these beets, I fell in love.
The orange and red beets, the chopped, smoked egg, the yogurt sauce, the pumpkin seeds=perfection! I would eat this every day if I could.
For the main course, we ordered the black cod with smoked mushrooms (sadly, not much flavor), the scallops with sweet corn, bacon and chipolte (a classic, tasty dish) and the grilled quail (tender with a little zing).
The winner of the main course was the duck with figs and rice pilaf with pecans.
The Dutch's pies come heavily recommended. My favorite was the Peach Cobbler Pie whose quiet sweetness was surprisingly complimented by the subtle flavor of tarragon.
All in all, I think this place is slightly overhyped, but it was a super tasty meal. The beets alone are worth a return visit!
Next time around, I plan on hitting up The Oyster Room. Lobster Cocktail? I'm looking at you.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
This sticky confetti tape is too adorable for words! I love how it pops against my favorite wrapping paper ever: plain brown paper.
I have a few happy birthday gifts to wrap over the next few weeks... I wonder if I'm crafty enough to pull this off?
Apparently, all you need to create this pretty confetti garnish is double sided tape, a mix of colored tissue paper, a hole punch and (I'm assuming) a pretty powerful vacuum cleaner.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
It's been rainy and chilly in NYC for the past few days. It feels like someone switched the flip straight from summer to fall.
Some of my friends at work have even gone as far as to break out their tights! I'm still holding off, but when the time comes I plan to stay nice and cozy in a great pair of cableknit tights like those seen above.
Score your own pair here. They do look great with poppy and leopard print.
(images courtesy wit & delight and steven alan)
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I've spotted the above quote on a few blogs lately and it conveys such a nice sentiment. Isn't it heartbreakingly true?
It also makes me think of this Apache Relay song....which I really like.
Friday, September 2, 2011
It's a special, long, last bit-of-summer sort of weekend so please, whatever you do, get down.
Before things get going, take a gander at this awesome collection of photos of the terribly romantic Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
While I was down-and-out a few weeks ago following my wisdom tooth extraction we watched "The Long Hot Summer" starring the famous couple.
As the plot unfolds, the couple's chemistry was really fun to watch. Random factoid? The film is based on stories by William Faulkner.