Sunday, November 29, 2009

New Faces

When I lived near Northampton, MA, I enjoyed dropping by Faces. Now that I'm in Brooklyn, I think Fred Flare in Greenpoint will do well to pick up the slack. It's got oodles of amusing and inexpensive goodies.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

In the 'hood

The cover page of today's real estate section featured a photo that I recognized right away. This block- Washington Ave between Willoughby and Myrtle is one I travel often, it's right around the corner from my house. There's many great wood frame homes in my neighborhood. This article shed some light on their history. I love living here.

Here's how the newly famous facade looked today when I walked by:

Monday, November 23, 2009

home sweet, tiny home

I wonder if the people from Impactist would consider making my models for me? They seem to have a knack for it. If I were designing a home for a gnome I'd definitely give them a call.

What's the deal, Urban?

I was at UO today with my man and noticed some things I'd like to add to my Christmas wish list. As straight men can't go by description alone, I logged on to the UO website to make matters easier for the poor fellow. ALAS! The items I saw in store eluded me online. However, I did make some worthwhile discoveries (see below).

Ecote Strapless Dress

Hard Heart Purse

Bring it on, Winter

I think these Sorel boots are just the thing to keep winter enjoyable well into March (please, God, not April). Frostbite will be conquered and fashionability will be maintained. What else could a snow bunny wish for?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

the drama's on the wall

What a cute idea, especially for a children's room. No mess, inexpensive, little bits of scenery for the interior from walldecors.

What's your favorite color?

Whatever it is, you can now express yourself by coloring your clothes. The Colour-In-Dress is like your own wearable coloring book. Add a little here, a little there, and your dress evolves each time you wear it! I like this idea in theory, but am not crazy about the print or marker selection. Guess I'll just have to design my own...


So, I broke down and ordered the Liefsdottir coat I've been drooling over when it came up for sale on Gilt Group for less than half off. When it arrived I made the most delightful discovery- an "L" themed lining! Had I known that I might have considered paying full price (in an alternate reality where I'm a pro football player who frolics amongst leprechauns and unicorns). See below for full visual explanation of delightfulness:

Taste of Fall

We've had a lot of pumpkins come into our lives this fall! Many dishes have arisen from these pumpkins, including two I got to savor today. Pumpkin pancakes started the day off sweetly, and pumpkin risotto brought it to a savory close. We've also enjoyed 3 varieties of pumpkin soup. The classic (I always insist on the classics) and the inventive have contributed to a delicious Fall.


I've been implementing a John Cassavetes film festival in my house recently. Although, I don't always agree with the writing (or improv as is often the case), I do enjoy the performances he elicits from his wife, the stunning Gena Rowlands.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wish List

Now that the Rockefeller Center tree is up (unlit, of course) I figure it's time to make my list for Santa. ModCloth is making it easy to get started. I love their selection, and their prices are within reach, but I wish they had pics of people modeling the clothing to get a better idea of the fit.

Here are a few items in the running.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

This guy

He makes me happy. I'm not a Star Wars fan (or Star Trek or whatever the eff it is) but what's not to enjoy about this big fuzzy blob snuggling a bunny? Love.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


The common denominator in all these looks takes me to my happy place. Alexis Mabille is in my fantasy closet.

Happy Days

I need some cheering up. To kick off the cheer I will blog about things that make me happy. First topic: COOKIES! One of my favories is rainbow cookies. I've found them to be consistently good from bakery to bakery. Always moist, delicious, and colorful.

Another favorite is the classic NYC black & white cookie. These can differ quite significantly from place to place. I used to enjoy the local Grand Union (defunct NY supermarket) variety as a kid, and now my local favorite is from Bergen Bagles on Myrtle Avenue. I've even gotten my upstairs neighbor addicted.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Prentice Hicks

My Mother-In-Law lives in Chattanooga and has a lot of great local shops at her disposal. She's given me a number of these goblets from Prentice Hicks in different colors. They make drinking even more enjoyable. I took this photo over the summer when I was giving myself ridiculous manicures to have something cheerful to look at while at work. I may need to give the gold tips their encore this week.

Monday, November 16, 2009


I rather enjoy these earrings from Rachel Roy.

I like my new BFF, The Glamourai's take on them sans danglies. I love discovering fashion motivation.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

nothing more than feelings...

The 99 Feelings project from Art Mind takes a series of babushkas, and personalizes them to a feeling.

"It can be anything you feel as there is no 'right' feeling for it. Each feeling is subjective and personal.My sculptures are created as art objects. A lot of time and love goes into each one. "

The sweet feeling caught my eye first. I like to feel sweet.












Friday, November 6, 2009

Nobody Does it Better

My man is THE MAN when it comes to roasting pumpkin seeds. He dresses them with garlic and salt. I'm going to claim a team win though, since I am very skilled at having enough patience to remove the pumpkin innards from the seeds (it helps to be watching old episodes of Bev 9er on the Soap Network). Go, team pumpkin!

Makin' me look bad...

This piece of artistry from Stephen Wiltshire took place at my school, Pratt Institute, so I was lucky enough to see it in progress. This guy flew over the city ONCE and then drew it from memory. People were looking at the drawing, and pointing out their houses and confirming their accuracy. Soooooo... yeah. Try presenting on the same floor as that. No excuses accepted! Seriously though, it's pretty cool going to school surrounded by inspiration like this.