Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Dress

I love weddings. I plan to have several (kidding, Mom!) I woke up this morning giddy.

When I saw her step out of the car, I found myself clapping in my half slumber. I couldn't believe how reminiscent it was of Grace Kelly or even Ivanka Trump (total girl crush) dress. I thought it was class and I couldn't help but fall into the fairytale.

I wish everyone a really good weekend. It's been an interesting Friday already full of wedding history and good news!

Mother's Day Gift Guide

The older I get, the harder it is to buy a gift for my Mom. She's the sentimental type who loves anything made from the heart or hand. Don't get me wrong, I'm more than willing to pull out the glitter and construction paper, however, she deserves a little materialistic glory every now and then.

I'm currently tossing around these ideas:

Blue Facet Light - I think this is fabulous and I could see my Mom getting a kick out of it.

Longchamp Large Foldable Tote - I think everyone in NYC owns one of these. Maybe she could start the trend in North Dakota?

Grill Tray - I've heard so many good things on this simple contraption and she would never, ever buy this for herself.

Crosley Portable Record Player - My Mama loves her music. We used to have this giant commode type record player/stereo in our living room/basement for years. Patsy Cline, here she comes.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Royal Wedding

I'm one of those. I'm one of those who will be getting up at 6:00 AM (EDT) tomorrow to watch The Royal Wedding of Prince William & Catherine Middleton. I can't wait. I'm going to plop a squat in front of the television,wearing pajamas and a fancy hat.

Such cute buttons! You can buy them here.

Here's to everyone finding their Prince!

Front Yard Farms

I think everyone should enjoy the beauty of a farm. I love the idea of a Front Yard Farm.

They may not be farming, but they surely have a green thumb.

{photos via renest}

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom

What a nice little reminder.

{photo via insidetheloop}

Wheat Jewelry

There is nothing better than watching a wheat field dance in the wind. Being a farmers daughter, my memory and heart are full of these images.

I love wheat brooches and necklaces, especially. That way, you can wear them closer to the heart.

Much love to everyone today.

1. Just Me - Dried Wheat Glass Bottle $30

2. Vintage Wheat Broach $28

3. Harvest Necklace $35

4. Wheat Spray Brooch $20

5. Antique Brass Wheat Necklace $38

6. Shimmering Wheat Brooch $7

7. Small Wheat Necklace $249

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Sometimes, we all need a little reassurance.

{photos via lovliness}

Successful Saturday

I love Saturdays where I have the preceding Friday off as well. It makes the day feel like a really good re-run of your favorite show.

This successful Saturday was made possible by:

1. A stop at Financier Patisserie - A new location opened on 6th/22nd, which was an excellent excuse to satisfy my sweet tooth.

2. Panyc Salon - When I first moved to NYC a year ago, I walked up to this salon and was extremely hesitant because the entrance seemed quite shabby, but it turned out it was quite fabulous. (Note to self: apply this ideology when dating men)

3. The Jane Austen Handbook - I came across this book and immediately loved the light hearted and satiric tone. I almost bought it...almost.

4. Lilies - I wasn't able to get an Easter Lily for my table, but I was able to get a beautiful substitute lily instead. Read some fun facts about lilies here. I never knew there was such a thing as a cassablanca lily bouquet! (Of all the flower shops in the world, and you had to walk into mine)

5. Chocolate Covered Strawberries - I make these all the time. I think this invention is right up there with the wheel. You can use this recipe here, but often I just buy Baker's Dipping Chocolate because I love convenience almost as much as chocolate covered strawberries.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Simple Note

What a lovely find.

{photo via apartment34}

I hope all enjoyed their weekend! I had a very nice one, filled with adventure and friends. I wish all a great start to the week.


Lentils and Spinach

On my last night in London, we ordered-in Indian food from a restaurant around the corner. While anxiously unpacking the large paper bag, I could smell the wonderful aroma of cumin and garlic. I was pleasantly surprised it was coming from a simple order of lentils and spinach! My friend Kristina passed on her recipe, and I must say, it's near perfection.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

People all over the world are celebrating with picnics. Plan your own here.

A Very Good Friday

For some reason, Easter brings up a lot of memories for me as a child. I remember one morning waking up to a giant pink bunny in my room (I had begged for this and never thought in a million years I would get it). I remember feeding my dog Peeps and watching, as he too, did not enjoy them. I remember the decorating of the eggs and the mess of the green sisal grass. I remember the white dress I couldn't wait to wear.

It was spring and the sun was starting to shine again.

With this Good Friday and the upcoming holiday; whether you celebrate tradition or religion, I wish you all the happiness in the world and the chance to make memories.


P.S Check out this Easter basket! Catering to the adult version of ourselves. Red Wine & Dark Chocolate Easter Basket™ - $89 - $149

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hot Air Balloon


{photo via cakewithgiants}

Have a Good Friday tomorrow!

Lego Architecture

I used to love legos. I miss the nights where I was sprawled on the basement floor for hours building houses or just seeing how high I could stack them without tumbling down. I think that is why I'm so transfixed on Legos Architecture Series. Their new addition is the Mies van der Rohe’s Fansworth House (1951),which is also a historic landmark and located in Illinois. It's fun reading the history and ode to these beautiful works of art.

I wish all a good day today!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom

Just a little reminder...

{photo via dalecarnegielondon}

Country Chic

While walking past a Bath & Body Works store in NYC, I saw a giant sign in their window "Country Chic". I immediately wondered what could possibly be labeled as Country Chic (besides me, of course).

Bath & Body Works new line, Country Chic is quite lovely, actually. When smelling, you will first notice the citrus/lemon notes followed by the wildflowers and woodsy note. Quite fitting.

Bath & Body Works® Signature Collection Triple Moisture Shower Cream Country Chic™ -$12

Bath & Body Works® Signature Collection Scent Stacker Fragrance Mist Country Chic™ - $12

Bath & Body Works® Signature Collection Body Butter Country Chic™ - $15

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wishful Thinking

Is it ice-cream weather yet?

{photo via insidetheloop}

White Chip Island Cookies

I'm going to be honest. I haven't been in the mood to bake anything lately. However, while strolling through the grocery store this weekend, I came across this recipe and decided I needed a little island get away. I loved stirring in all the different island ingredients and could feel the sand beneath my toes (ok, so maybe it was the brown sugar that fell to the floor) but, regardless.

I wish everyone their own temporary getaway.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Successful Saturday

Everywhere I went this weekend, I saw flowers. I literally stopped and smelt the flowers on several occasions; from the Upper West Side to Union Square, to my own kitchen countertop, this successful Saturday was made possible by:

Will Ryman's 'Roses' Rise On Park Ave - Now that it's springtime, these beautiful sculptures seem even more special.

Pink Tulips (Union Square) - Did you know pink tulips were named for the headdresses worn by the Persians of the Middle East over a thousand years ago?

Lilacs (3rd Ave) - There is a Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY May 13-22, 2011.

Hydrangeas (Kitchen table) - I bought these from a bodega on 19th Street. These are one of my favorite types of flowers. Learn all about hydrangeas here.

Eucalyptus Flowers (23rd Street) - I had to text my sister asking what these were called because all the colors confused me. I'm used to the baby blue, like these here.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Stockholm Attic Studio

I love cozy places. Too much space overwhelms me and leaves me cold and empty. Which is why I love the attic studio in Stockholm featured in dwell! I adore the fire logs neatly stacked, the gentle staircase and the cozy nooks tucked away in every corner. One day...

I wish all a good Friday. Here's to finding our own cozy nooks!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Smirnoff Experience

When it comes to vodka, I'm a Patron kind of girl. Even when mixing it into a margarita, I rarely veer away from the top shelf. Is it starting to smell a little snooty in here? Not at all. Because Smirnoff captured my weakness as a consumer, and introduced an experience that makes me want to buy one of their bottles.

Have you ever bought something breakable just to pop the bubble wrap? {Anyone?} Or enjoyed the POP when you unravel Pillsbury biscuits or cinnamon rolls? Oh, Smirnoff. You make me want to unwrap you and now possibly drink you.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011