Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An Upper East Side Evening

Last Friday I got out of work early and decided that since it doesn't get dark until so late these days (love that), I would make the most of my late afternoon/early evening. I went to my new favorite coffee shop, Cafe Jax (Scalamandre wallpaper!), then went for a walk up Madison Avenue to a neighborhood called Carnegie Hill (it's a very nice neighborhood). Since it was a Friday afternoon in the summer, it was blissfully empty and peaceful. And, shocker of all shocks: I took my camera along and actually TOOK IT OUT AND TOOK PICTURES. Yup, it's been a long while since that's happened! They're nothing crazy but it felt good to get back in the game. This weekend (it's only Wednesday, I'm getting a little ahead of myself, I know!), I have no plans, which I kind of love, so I'm hoping to be able to motivate myself to go somewhere and just snap away. Maybe to the Upper West Side, where I hardly ever go...or perhaps down to the West Village, because I'm seriously craving Sockerbit. It's nice in the summer, because even if you want to sleep late and read all day, the late sunsets mean that you still have so much daylight to take advantage of! Hope everyone's having a great week. 

photos by me

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Doughnuttery

When was the last time you had a warm, fresh doughnut, hot out of the fryer? Never? Yup, me too. That's why I'm newly obsessed with The Doughnuttery, an adorable little shop tucked waaaayyy in the back of Chelsea Market, which is frying up incredibly delicious mini doughnuts right before your very eyes.

This is where you watch your doughnuts getting fried up. Those ones on the right are frying on the bottom side, then the little contraption flips them over as they float along in the aisle, so the other side can get fried! How cute is that. You can watch a video of it happening on their site here. Then they drop out of the fryer to get sugared. 

 Here are just a few of the unique sugars available at The Doughnuttery, which they combine to create unique flavor combinations on their doughnuts. For example, I got the Paris Time, with a mix of pistachio, lavender, and vanilla sugars. There's a Mulled Apple Cider doughnut, with fall spices, green apple, and orange zest, the Lemon Pop, with lemon, vanilla, and poppy seeds, and Speckled Strawberry, with strawberry sugar, lemon thyme, and sprinkles, to name just a few. In addition, they have classic glazed, powdered, and cinnamon sugar doughnuts, as well as dipping sauces (which I regrettably did not try). 

I was excited to try the interesting sugar combination on the Paris Time, but what I wasn't expecting was how warm they were, with a perfectly fried, slightly crisp outside, and a moist, soft center (don't ask me why I wasn't expecting that, I watched them get fried right in front of my face :). I've had lots of doughnuts in my life obviously, but never any like these. They were just so, so delicious. I seriously wanted to eat a hundred of them but luckily, I only bought six. Since they were so mini, I didn't feel guilty. Solid logic, right :)

425 West 15th Street between 9th and 10th Avenue (inside Chelsea Market)
Open Monday through Saturday 8:30 AM - 9 PM, Sunday 8:30 AM - 8 PM

iPhone photos by me

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kate Spade Trays

Remember when I blogged about my adorable Odds and Ends tray from Kate Spade that I'm obsessed with? Well, a few weeks ago when I popped in to their Flatiron location with my sister to look around, I realized that they made two new additions to the collection:

SO cute! I especially love the mail one...perfect whimsical pieces for any entryway!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Around Here

Loving the summery vibe of this green and pink Rifle Paper Co. notepad

Really glad that I snagged this black and white striped J. Crew tray that I blogged about here. It's a classic little piece that I don't think I'll ever get sick of. 

Inslee's illustration from her 2012 calendar perfectly captures that breezy summer feeling. 

Got tea roses for the first time. They died almost immediately (so annoying), but I loved their pretty, dusty rose color while they lasted. 

My sister and I made these sticky sesame chicken wings from Smitten Kitchen, and they were so easy and tasty! I can't wait to make them again, but with bigger chicken pieces.

When I saw this picture on Cup of Jo, I had to know where those sandals were from. Turns out, Target! For $20. None of the other sandals I tried this summer really fit the bill, so I returned them all and am going with these. I love them and am crossing my fingers that they won't give me blisters (and if they do, welp, I only wasted 20 bucks, not 100). Yay, bargain shopping :)

The sunsets this summer have been seriously beautiful. I've never appreciated my west-facing view more! 

Have a great weekend!

photos by me, except for photo of girl in dress, which is by Julia Robbs via Cup of Jo

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book to Big Screen: Before I Go To Sleep

It always captures my attention when I see that a book I've read is going to come to life on the big screen, so I was intrigued to discover that S. J. Watson's Before I Go To Sleep will be hitting theaters in September. I read the book a while ago and though I remember having some issues with it, I'm still interested in seeing how they adapt it. The novel's narrator is a woman who has a form of amnesia - every day she wakes up with no memory of who or where she is, or most anything about her life (kinda like Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates). Every day she wakes up beside a stranger, who has to explain to her that he is in fact, her husband, and she has had amnesia since she suffered an accident years back. Each day she then pieces together the bits of her life through reading the journal that she keeps to remind herself of who she is. One day she opens her journal and discovers a startling message from herself, which sets into motion a chain of events that prompts her to begin to investigate what happened to her, and to question if she can trust anyone in her life at all.

The one thing I didn't love about the novel (which, given the plot, seems kind of unavoidable for the author) was the way it kept jumping back on itself. Since the narrator is an amnesiac who forgets everything when she goes to sleep at night, the novel kept jumping back to Point A, where she wakes up and has to re-learn everything she discovered the day before (by reading her notes to herself), and so it felt repetitive. However, I really like the concept of it (just wasn't in love with the execution) and so I'm excited to see how they pull it off in movie form. I'm also pretty psyched because it's starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman - a great cast is always a great starting point. Check out the trailer and let me know what you think! If you've read the book I'd love to hear your thoughts as well.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Central Park in May

A few pictures that I took in Central Park back in May, that I never got around to posting:

Most of the time we all take pictures of events and big occasions and such, but sometimes it's nice to have pictures that just remind you of something simple, like a walk on a pretty spring day.

photos by me

Friday, July 11, 2014

Two Good Reads

Today I want to share with you two books that I've read recently and enjoyed:

Rosamund Lupton's Afterwards was an entertaining and unusual read. I loved her first book, Sister, and I think her sophomore effort was just as good. There's something about the way that she writes that I really enjoy....she has a distinct style that really helps you feel the emotions that her characters are going through. Afterwards follows a mother and daughter as they watch things unfold around their bodies, which are (you need to suspend your disbelief for this), both laying in comas in a hospital after a terrible accident occurs. It sounds like a concept that could go wrong, but Lupton pulls it off. Throughout, they're watching their family deal with the devastation of what's happened, while also trying to solve the mystery of how the accident occurred and who is behind it all. Both Sister and Afterwards are similar in that they're mysteries and a bit like thrillers, but with great character development and emotional depth. They're like literary page turners, which is my ideal kind of book. 

The Vacationers was just perfect for poolside reading. Great, believable characters, sticky situations, and an idyllic island backdrop set the scene for family drama to unfold in this novel, and Emma Straub really gets you to care about these characters and what will happen to them. I zipped through The Vacationers and enjoyed every second.  It was very well-written, and even though it was light, it didn't feel at all like fluff. There was just something really charming about this book. I couldn't put it down and I didn't want it to end...I could definitely see myself returning to re-read this book every summer! 

Has anyone read these? If so, let me know what you thought! 


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