Friday, April 18, 2014

Loving, Lately

Hatch Lily tank: Okay, it's kind of funny that I'm putting this on a wish list because yes, it's a maternity shirt. But look how cute those straps are! I've never seen anything like them. And let's get real, don't we all have those times where we wouldn't mind having on a maternity shirt? 

I'm usually exclusively a Baies girl when it comes to Diptyque candles (I have the white and the black). But, at the Garance Dore event a few weekends back their Oranger candle was burning, and it smelled so subtly wonderful that I still haven't forgotten about it. 

Caitlin McGauley is an incredible artist - I have her Washington Square Park watercolor print and it's one of my favorite pieces. She did two large canvases for Pottery Barn Kids, and I think they're so awesome. I love this floral one especially, as I think it would be appropriate anywhere, not just in a child's room. For example, I think it would be perfectly appropriate in my hallway ;)

Florals are one of my favorite patterns on the planet, but I'm very picky about them - of the millions out there, only certain ones really appeal to me. I'm absolutely head over heels for this one.

In case my Victoria's Secret sandals don't work out (still waiting for them to arrive), I've got my eye on these from Nordstrom. They look comfortable and very similar to a pair I have and love and which badly need replacing.

Totally interested in reading Astonish Me, by Maggie Shipstead. I loved her first book Seating Arrangements, and Astonish Me takes place in the world of ballerinas, which I find intriguing. Speaking of reading, The Goldfinch just won Donna Tartt a Pulitzer...I need to get on that!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Eva Chen's Bargain Bag

Speaking of Instagrammers I all follow Eva Chen, editor-in-chief of Lucky Magazine, yes? She is so awesome. She's in the "fashion world," and yet she seems so funny, silly, down to earth, and real. I love her signature cab shots where you get to see her fabulous shoes and bags (and the ever-present shiny red apple!), as well as her manicure shots and all of the peeks into her life as she galavants around the city. She just seems so fun.

Anyway, a few weeks back I saw the above cab shot on her Instagram and immediately kind of freaked out for that fantastic black studded tote. I clicked for brand info with low hopes, figuring it was probably Alexander Wang or Gucci or something else egregiously out of my price range. I was SUPER shocked and thrilled when the brand that popped up was actually Aeropostale! I haven't shopped there in years, and I was surprised and impressed to see that Eva mixes high and low like that...very cool!

By the time I got around to looking for it it was sold out, so I turned to Ebay and luckily, I found it new with tags! Yaaaay. I seriously love it so much. It's edgy, it's lightweight, it's roomy, and it was CHEAP (like 30 bucks). The best part of all is that IT'S COVERED IN BLACK STUDS (in case you didn't notice). Thank you Eva Chen!!

first image via Eva Chen's Instagram

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Favorites from Jonathan Adler

I've always been a huge fan of Jonathan Adler, mainly because I love a little quirk in interior design. I think we can all agree that nobody does quirk quite like JA! My Muse Noir candle (pictured above) is one of my favorite items, because it's so eye-catching and unique. I'm a big fan of Jonathan Adler's sense of fun and whimsy - I mean, what's a room without a sense of humor or a little wink? I also love the materials that he chooses for his pieces. He uses lots of gorgeous, shiny brass, and my Muse Noir candle is rendered in ceramic. Ceramic feels to me like somewhat of an earthy and rustic material, which I think provides a great contrast to the modern eclecticism of the piece.

Jonathan Adler has tons of fun new arrivals for spring, as well as classics that I've known and loved for a while. Here are some of my favorite products that would add a little fun to any space:

I have a thing for elephants (especially my little newspaper-covered guy you saw in this post). I think this brass elephant box would look so cute on a coffee table tray along with a few stacks of books. 

As I said, obsessed with my Muse Noir candle. So of course I'm loving this amazing Muse d'or gold-glazed version. Every room needs a touch of metallic!

I love studs. And I love that this box is white on white, rendered in a matte porcelain. Edgy + elegant + classic. I seriously love this so much - it's simple, but not boring. Boxes like this are perfection for corralling ugly stuff like remotes. 

This is pink, which I think is a sufficient explanation for why I love it. A bubblegum candle? How cute is that (and well-priced!)

Again-every room benefits from metallic! This is just so dang pretty. A champagne candle - I love it. I can just imagine how fab it would smell!

Um, hi. This trivet is gorgeous. Agate with gold edging...just lovely, and neutral enough to fit into anyone's decor. Every room needs some natural materials, like agate. 

How cool is this brass magnifying glass? It feels like something that would be in the library of a grand old English estate (like very Downton Abbey-ish or something). 

Cool fact I recently learned about Jonathan Adler while perusing the site: he was actually a potter before he became the brand-name interior designer/maker of home goods that he is now. How cool is that? He was an artist first and foremost. His pottery pieces all still originate in his Soho studio, where he and his team design them and make the prototypes - love that. If you want to learn more about him, click here and scroll down to his "About" timeline - it's seriously laugh out loud funny.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM New York City

Sprinkles has this thing called a Cupcake ATM. Yes, that's right. An ATM. For cupcakes. For the longest time they only had one in California (where they originated), and if you know about me and my penchant for sweets, you can imagine my jealousy as I saw people posting about their adventures at the Cupcake ATM on Instagram. So then you can also imagine my utter delight when I found out that Sprinkles had finally opened one here in New York City! And just a short little jaunt from my apartment, no less. Unbelievable luck. That's something I love about this city: you never know what wonderful establishment will pop up right around the corner - and all the better if it's one that's offering up cupcakes in the most charming way possible. Of course I had to hightail it over there as soon as I could!

Here's the touch screen where you choose your flavor and swipe your credit card!

My selection. 

Not pictured: me almost missing out on grabbing my cupcake/almost getting my hand chopped off because I was trying to take a picture of my cupcake in the little window that opens to deliver it. Smooth move.

And what's that next door? Sprinkles cookies and ice cream coming soon! Not just cupcakes anymore, folks. 

The full selection inside...gimme. 

The Sprinkles Cupcake ATM is on Lexington Avenue between 60th and 61st. As with anything in this city, if you want to avoid waiting on line I recommend going earlier in the day or especially on a weekday, when you will have the ATM all to yourself (I passed by on a weekend and there was a line down the street, and also a television camera). The ATM is open 24/7 and is stocked at regular intervals until 2AM, then restocked at 9AM. My recommendation at Sprinkles: the Triple Cinnamon. So good!

all photos by me

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Charming Upper East Side Home

I have a lot of favorite Instagrammers, and Jessika Goranson is at the top of my list. From her shots of gorgeous architecture on the Upper East Side of NYC (obviously I have a soft spot for that :), to her jaunts to the English countryside (seriously amazing), to the glimpses into her charming shop Holiday in Boston's Beacon Hill, there's just something about her taste and eye for photography that I love. Best of all though, have been the peeks into her cozy UES apartment, complete with working fireplace (love), dashes of leopard, and antiques galore. So I was surprised and excited when my friend Alexis mentioned that Jessika's home had actually been featured in a past issue of Lonny (can't believe I missed that!). I was beyond thrilled to see a full tour of the gorgeous space that I've loved getting glimpses of on Instagram:
Love the wallpaper and that gorgeous little print! 

Who wouldn't love to stay in this adorable guest bedroom, with the pom-pom pillows and the Hermes blanket? So inviting. (Also I have to say I love Lonny's use of the term "intimately proportioned"-that's a really good way of describing apartments in NYC!)

Another view of the amazing living room. It feels like a room in an old country house in England, doesn't it? That's what I love about it. It's got that cozy, eclectic, antique-y vibe, with the mixed patterns, the leather couch, and the secretary in the corner. It feels very sophisticated, but still fun and interesting. 

Have you ever seen a black and white color scheme look so warm? The whole apartment is just so cozy and inviting. Also, feminine, but not TOO feminine. How elegant is that wallpaper, and the demilune table? And those lamps! That's actually kids wallpaper, which I think is brilliant - so great to pull from unexpected sources. 

Ok, and once I read this quote from her, I became convinced that we could be decor besties:
I couldn't agree more. I've always dreamed of having a library room so large that it requires a ladder. That's partly how I justify buying so many books-gotta fill my future library!

Be sure to check out the full home tour in Lonny's Jan/Feb 2013 issue - tons more to see of this charming abode, and all of Jessika's design advice is spot-on. 

All photography by Patrick Cline via Lonny 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Straight Leg Sweatpants

Sundays are all about lounging, right? So let's discuss my ongoing search for great pairs of straight leg sweatpants. It might sound dumb, but even though I just wear sweatpants around my apartment (I will never master that whole J. Crew, wearing sweatpants with heels to go out look), I still want them to be cute. And a good straight leg pair is seriously hard to find! They need to fit well - as in, be fitted enough that they're not huge and droopy, but also not be tight because duh, they're sweatpants (not leggings). I especially like when they're banded on the bottom, like guy's sweats. I recently snagged a pair at Old Navy that I think hit all of the right notes, and they come in tall which is a necessity for me:

I'm loving them because they have a good slim fit but are still totally comfortable, and they're really lightweight, which is great (I hate when sweatpants are suffocatingly heavy). I got them in black (just nice to have something different from gray). They also show a bit of ankle, which I like for the warmer months ahead. Also they're crazy well-priced. They're on sale right now, AND Old Navy is having 15% off on sale merchandise, so you can practically get them for pennies.

Here are a few other straight leg sweats that I'm loving:

These just look so cool and slouchy. Love the color options too. I used to have a similar pair and they were very comfortable....actually thinking back to how much I liked that pair makes me want to buy these. 

Love the color of these, and they're on sale too! Don't they look kind of soft and romantic? (I'm really liking that lace top too) I happen to know that Aerie makes good loungewear, because I got one of my favorite, softest sweatshirts ever from there about a jillion years ago. 

Another Old Navy pair, which means they're crazy well-priced. I like the banded bottom on these and the pockets, which come in handy when I'm doing my laundry (need to bring my keys). Gosh, I have such a glamorous life. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Perfectly Perforated

I have a major thing for perforations. I've realized that I have an obsession with clothing and accessories that are covered in circles, whether it's grommetsdotspearls, or studs...and perforations are just the latest iteration of this. Luckily for me this seems to be a pretty big trend at the moment, so I shouldn't have too tough a time fulfilling my hankering for perforated pieces! My absolute FAVORITE at the moment is this:

I have the regular Transport Tote in black, and I can't even tell you how useful it's been. I love the raw leather, the contrasting handles, and the fact that it's light while having enough space to hold a ton. It's versatile, simple, and goes with's got the unfussy, downtown vibe that Madewell does so well. It's just incredibly easy to wear, and it's held up well over the years that I've had it. So when I saw the perforated version...I instantly fell in love. It pains me how badly I want it, and how much I do NOT need another tote bag. 

I'm really liking Club Monaco's perforated espadrilles too:

I like how the black leather and perforations take the espadrille out of it's typical prepster territory, and to an edgier place. They also come in white, for a more spring-y look. 

Also obsessed with Kelly Wearstler's perforated jewelry pieces. So, so amazing. They're edgy, but still simple and elegant:

Perforated Cuff | Cubist Ring | Idealist Cuff | Perforated Ring

Are you guys into perforations, or are they a little too out there for you? I think they're a perfect mix of being kind of funky, but not too "look at me!" 


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