Friday, November 21, 2014

Well Said: Be Curious


I love when I spot little snippets and sayings around the city, and this was one that caught my eye above the Aesop store downtown. I think it's a great sentiment and something that I'm continually striving to bear in mind in my own life.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Molly's Cupcakes

If you're looking for cupcakes in the West Village and you're not in the mood to wait out the line at the original Magnolia Bakery, I definitely suggest checking out Molly's Cupcakes. It's a really cute place with a retro vibe - they play old music, they have wooden swings at the counter instead of bar stools, and they even have shelves of old board games for patrons to play with. Besides all of that though, the cupcakes are seriously delicious, with creative flavors like Butterscotch Caramel, Peach Cobbler, Cake Batter, and more. Over the summer I had their Spekuloos cupcake (which sadly, they don't have currently) and seriously LOVED it.

On my last visit, I got their Apple Pie cupcake. The cake itself was really flavorful, and then inside, there was actual apple pie filling with real apples! Seriously delicious.

228 Bleeker Street 
West Village

photos by me

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jonathan Adler Muse d'Or Candle



The other day I stopped in the Jonathan Adler store on the Upper East Side (love it there), and treated myself to this Muse d'Or candle that I've been obsessed with as of late. I've had the Muse Noir forever and it's always been one of my very favorite items, so when they put out the gold version, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would have to spring for it!


It's even more gorgeous in person that it looks in photos. This is definitely more than a candle (although it does smell lovely) - it's more like a piece of art, in my opinion. And could it be any more perfect for this time of year? The gold makes it feel festive and cozy for the winter, but I love that it's not specifically "holiday-ish," - keeping it perfect for all year round. I think this would make an absolutely amazing holiday gift for anyone who loves gold accents, art, quirky or offbeat items, Jonathan Adler, or even Kelly Wearstler, as this feels very much like her style as well.

photos by me

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Outfit: A Cozy, Chunky Knit (with Elbow Patches!)

As the fall and winter seasons descended this year I found myself on the hunt for one particular piece: a cozy, comfy, oversized, chunky knit sweater, in ivory. I tried on a few but nothing was quite hitting the mark, until I had the luck of randomly coming across a Rachel Zoe sample sale at Chelsea Market the other weekend. Pretty exciting for me, because I think sample sales (similar to consignment stores) are a little bit like a treasure hunt - and I was super excited to finally find my chunky knit - for 65% off retail!

Monday, November 17, 2014

How to Find an Apartment in New York City


Ever since I had my home tours published, I get readers emailing me from time to time seeking advice on finding an apartment in NYC. As much as I wish I could help, I don't have much advice to offer because I was lucky enough to find my rental apartment through my job. I mentioned to my friend Victoria how I always feel a little bad about not being able to help the people who email, and she (brilliantly) suggested that I ask a few of my favorite bloggers for their apartment-finding recommendations and share their answers in a post. So, I did just that! I think that anyone looking to move to NYC (or just apartment-hunting in general) will be able to gain a lot of useful insight from these lovely ladies. Read on for advice from the NYC bloggers behind With Love From Kat, Design Darling, Victoria McGinley Studio, Stripes and Sequins, Daisy O, and Society Social

Friday, November 14, 2014

Well Said: The Goldfinch


This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite sections of The Goldfinch. I'm planning to write a little more about it in my next book round-up, but I have to just say...wow. The Goldfinch was absolutely, utterly, amazing, entrancing, and affecting. The writing was beautiful, the characters three-dimensional, unique, and unforgettable, the story devastating and brilliant...it certainly has spoiled me because I feel like no book that I read subsequently will live up to it! In short: read it.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend - stay warm!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bookshelf Envy


I had a major moment of bookshelf envy when I spotted this gorgeous photo posted by Caroline Cala, blogger at Hello, I'm Flawed, and contributing editor at Cup of Jo. I truly love this, so much. It's an Ikea Billy bookshelf, and I think it looks artfully cluttered, colorful, and amazing. It fills me with all sorts of happiness just to look at it.

I already have two bookshelves, admittedly, and yet I can't help pining away for one just like this that I could slowly fill with my favorite reads (and there's nothing like an empty bookshelf to make you feel that buying more books is perfectly justified, even necessary!). Reminds me of this post from way back when...my taste for stuffed bookshelves has not wavered, and never will!

image from Caroline's Instagram 

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