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!
Happy Tuesday! Last week I attended a Juicy Couture event thrown by SheKnows for the launch of Juicy’s new perfume, Viva La Juicy Couture Gold. It was held at Gold Bar downtown, which was the perfect venue since not only was the name fitting but the decor was extremely decadent and dripping with gold embellishments. There was champagne to be drank and perfume to be spritzed, plus a super fun photo booth that Casey and I beelined for where we draped ourselves in a pink boa and funny accessories. The night was quite a success and I’ve actually been wearing the perfume nonstop. It has notes of vanilla, golden amber, berries, honeysuckle and caramel. Super sweet, but somehow not overly so. Casey sure seems to like it, so that always helps. :) If you pass a Sephora or Nordstrom anytime soon, stop in and give this perfume a try and let me know what you think! xoxo
This weekend I experienced my very first NFL game by going to a Browns home game in Cleveland. Truth be told, I grew up in a more baseball-centric household, so football was never really on my radar. But recently, I started paying attention to the Seahawks as my Seattle friends got me involved in watching the games while I was home, and then of course when we won the Superbowl, that sure helped a lot. :) But I don’t pretend to be a diehard football fan for the Seahawks or any other team since I am so new to it and don’t want to seem like a fair weather fan.
That said, Casey IS a diehard Browns fan and hasn’t missed a home opener game in over twelve years. So we decided to turn the weekend into a mini road trip and drive from New York to Ohio. (Thanks for loaning us a car, Ford!) We borrowed a cute little white Ford Fusion Hybrid and left bright and early on Saturday morning. It took us about 8 hours with only one or two stops along the way and luckily we didn’t hit any traffic or road work. We listened to music, talked, caught up on our week and laughed a lot. I love road trips.
Sunday morning we tailgated for three hours (I opted for tea :) then headed to the stadium at 1PM. If any of you guys are Browns fans or heard about their win, the touchdown happened in the last few minutes and was pretty incredible. I think Casey is still in shock that the Browns actually won a game.
The crowded walk to the stadium.
All is all, it was a great weekend.
Today we are back on the road again to start heading home to New York, but first plan on swinging through either Pittsburg or Columbus to break up the drive a bit. If any of you are from either area, I would love suggestions on what to do, where to eat/stay. Thanks! Hope your weekend was nice and relaxing. xo
P.S. Are you guys football fans? If so, who do you root for?