Saturday was sort of a rainy, so we were pretty low key. In all honesty, we binged watched episodes of The Blacklist before finally peeling ourselves off the couch to head to Long Island City for a dinner with friends. Sunday was full of football and brunching, but then later on in the evening Casey and I met up with our friends Liz and Zack to go see The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze! We hopped on the train at Grand Central to Croton-Harmon and it only took us about 45 minutes to get there, which was nice. We had dinner up there, and then around 9pm we walked down to the festival site where we were blown away by what we saw. I had a lot of questions upon entering so if you’re interested, here is their FAQ, which explains everything you need to know.
A few fun facts: as far as the pumpkins go, many are real but some are Funkin “art pumpkins.” But every single Jack O’Lantern is individually hand-carved on site at Van Cortlandt Manor by their team. Also, since not all the pumpkins survive for the full run of the Blaze, they order more than 10,000 live pumpkins, which weigh between five and fifty pounds each, which equals out to be about 200,000 pounds of pumpkin! Impressive right?! Here is a video I snagged from their site if you want to see the Blaze in action! xo
During Fashion Week I was asked to host an event at the Marimekko Flagship store on 5th avenue. I was excited to host and be a part of this because my relationship with the brand goes back to my days as a home design editor when I was working in magazines. So this time around, it was fun for me to be involved in the clothing side of things versus only home decor. I loved picking out my outfit – hello striped shirt and amazing horse pants! And to feel extra special for that evening, I was able to snag appointments beforehand with The Stylisted to get my hair and makeup done. The day of the event, I felt so pampered. The girls,Kailie Joe and Natasha Vinson came to my apartment and all I had to do was sit there and watch a movie while they worked their magic. It took the stress off of me of having to get ready because all I had left to do was show up at the Marimekko store, change into my outfit and I was ready for the night!
Needless to say, the party was a blast with so many fun people there supporting the brand. I gave a little speech at the beginning of the night, then spent the rest of the time mingling and meeting a lot of customers who have been wearing Marimekko for decades. There was a DJ, champagne and a photo booth, which I think almost everyone used at least once. (I know I used it at least three times!) But I would say the photos above and below, taken by Andrew Werner, tell the story of how colorful, electric and fun the event really was, so make sure to click below to see the rest of the photos from the event. They’re really fun, trust me. :) xo
Happy Monday! The weather this weekend was pretty perfect – warm and beautiful – but definitely still hasn’t transitioned into fall weather quite yet. I’m patiently waiting to wear my leather jackets and scarves but I will soak up the sun in the meantime. And I did exactly that this past Saturday while spending some quality time outside with my dear friend Stephanie who is moving back to Seattle today. (I’ve known her since I was 16, when we met in high school during choir practice!) I’m so sad to see her go, but luckily I’ll still get to see her a lot when I go back home to Seattle every few months.
In the early afternoon, we wandered down Bleecker and checked out the different street vendors, then made our way to Stick, Stone and Bone, which is a really neat shop. I left with some candles, sage and a couple beautiful crystals. Afterward, a group of us went to the East Village UCB to see some improv, then Casey and I ran over to Champagne Charlie’s to wish Grace a Happy Birthday! (Alicia also celebrated her Birthday on Saturday and yesterday was Helena’s Birthday! So fun!)
Sunday I headed out to McCarren Park in Williamsburg for a little goodbye party for Stephanie and Grant (her husband), then finished up my evening at home on the couch sneaking bites of Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding while watching movies and working on my computer.
Hope your weekend was great and here’s to a happy and productive week! xo
Good morning! So I have a funny little story to share about this outfit…
Yesterday, on my way uptown to meet Casey for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, I stopped into Starbucks to grab a mocha and get him a tea. I made it all the way up to midtown on the train without spilling a drop of coffee on myself, which was impressive, seeing that I was wearing all white. I was crossing the street at 8th ave and 50th street when I did a silly thing. I decided it was a genius idea to balance my almost finished mocha on top of his tea and TEXT. While walking. Genius right?
Why I didn’t finish crossing the street, put my coffee cup down and then text I have no idea. Sigh. Needless to say, my coffee toppled off and as I grabbed for it, I must have squeezed the cup, because it dumped all down the front of me onto my favorite white button down shirt, new jeans and bag. In complete shock, I managed to sort of pull myself together and make my way into a drugstore. I beelined to the Tide pens and used two of them on my jeans, and multiple hand wipes to clean off my bag. Miraculously the coffee wiped off my bag completely, I lifted the majority of stains from my pants, but the shirt was a lost cause at that point.
I allowed myself to fume for a few minutes, took a lot of deep breaths and then bought a three-pack of Hanes tank tops. Luckily I had a denim jacket in my bag, so I slipped it on over my new top and continued on to have Casey take these outfits shots. We also made it to see Jon Stewart, which made everything better. Once we got home, I washed my shirt in Clorox twice and I have to say, I just check it and it looks as good as new! Thank goodness for Tide to Go, Wet Ones and Clorox Bleach – these three products really saved my outfit.
Photos by: Casey
Man, did I learn my lesson. Because really, I shouldn’t have been doing something that silly in the first place.
Casey snapped these photos right before I ducked into The Marlton to have lunch at Margaux with the Lauren Ralph Lauren team. It was such a fun way to spend the afternoon. The food was really good (hello cauliflower custard!) and I caught up with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while.
Photos by: Casey
The rest of the day was fairly quiet with a trip to the gym and then home to make dinner. Lately, I’ve found that mid-evening, around 8:30, has become my favorite time of day. It’s after we’ve finished eating, the dishes are washed, and it’s time to just relax with tea and a good movie or show. Last night we watched Rudy (total tearjerker) and then started The Green Mile, both of which we’ve seen before but I always love re-watching classics. Such a nice end to a great day. Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely Tuesday and here is to Wednesday and the week being half over! xo
This past Saturday morning I was up by 7:30AM. I’m not a morning person by nature, but I have to say I really enjoyed the quiet time to myself, where nothing was required of me besides sitting on the couch, sipping coffee and watching Friends reruns. I eventually met a friend for breakfast at 10:30 then ran some errands in Soho. Afterward, Casey and I went for a bike ride along the Hudson River down to Battery Park where we sat in the grass, enjoyed the warm weather and played with the new Hyperlapse app. Have you tried it? It’s super fun. Later that evening we went and saw The Skeleton Twins at the Angelika, then went grocery shopping for the upcoming week. What a wild Saturday night, right? As much as I love to be social and go out with friends, I also love spending a quiet night in, organizing/tidying up the apartment, prepping food for the week and getting a good night’s sleep.
This beautiful tote was handmade by a woman named Mamuye, who works for fashionABLE. The site’s mission is to help create sustainable business in Africa, with the main focus on creating opportunities for vulnerable women. So for every purchase that is made, jobs are being created so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy. I also love how every product offered on the site is named after the woman who made it. Read about Mamuye’s story here. xo
I’ve been a fan of Alexis Bittar’s jewelry since 2005, when I was first introduced to it while working as an intern in the accessories closet at InStyle. I remember the pieces that the editors would call in for shoots and thinking how chic and amazing the rings, bracelets and necklaces looked. I continued to admire his jewelry whenever I would pass by this store on Bleecker, thinking how fun it would be to wear one of his amazing statement bangles. Flash forward to 2012 when I was working with a client and we were pouring over her collection of Alexis Bittar pieces that she had cumulated over the years, I was still admiring the style and shape of his jewelry. And now, here we are today, where I get to style up my very own selected pieces from Alexis Bittar’s collection and share them with you on my blog. Pretty exciting in my book!