Thursday, December 18, 2014

Anna Bond x Penguin Classics: The Puffin In Bloom Book Collection

Being the big, huge bookworm that I am, I of course think that books make the very best holiday gifts. Whether it's a big, beautiful coffee table book, a contemporary novel, or a gorgeous edition of a classic, I can't think of any present that I enjoy giving, or receiving, more! So I was very, very happy to receive these Anna Bond-designed Puffin classics as a gift from my friends over at Penguin. I've been obsessed with these illustrated hardcovers ever since Rifle Paper Co. founder and illustrator Anna Bond started showing peeks of the design process on her Instagram, and I'm so happy to finally have these beauties in my possession! Can you even stand how pretty they are? A few more pictures after the jump!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Tree Delivery in NYC

Every year that I've lived in the city, I've gotten a Christmas tree. In years past I've bought tabletop trees from the guys on the sidewalk (see last years here), but I was never fully satisfied with this arrangement. First of all, the sidewalk guys charge about $80 for a tiny tree (stand NOT included), and last year's tree, while pretty, did not have that Christmas tree smell (which was sorely, sorely disappointing). So this year I decided to do things a little differently. After getting the idea from Victoria, I realized how much easier it would be to order a tree and just have it delivered to my doorstep. I did a bit of Googling and decided to go with nyctrees.com. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! Read on for more pics and more resources for tree delivery in NYC. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas on the Upper East Side

One thing I love about the Upper East Side? Store owners and residents really get into decorating for the season. There are beautiful flowers and window boxes in spring, pumpkins and ghouls galore in October, and now, for the holidays, every home and store is decked out to the nines in wreaths, ribbons, and greenery. I had a great (albeit chilly) time walking around this past weekend and taking in all the festive decorations, trying to stay warm with hot chocolate from the adorable cocoa cart outside The Mark Hotel. Read on to see a few more pictures:

Friday, December 12, 2014

Dominique Ansel's Milk and Cookie Shot

Often when things are so super hyped up and everyone's talking about them, and then you finally check them out - they're a disappointment. Well, I can name for you a few hyped up things that for me, have actually lived up to all the chatter: 1. Serial. If you're not listening to it, YOU MUST. 2. Game of Thrones on HBO. I'm anxiously awaiting its return. WINTER IS COMING! 3. The milk and cookie shot at Dominique Ansel Bakery.

In case you haven't heard of it, the milk and cookie shot is a creation of famed pastry chef Dominique Ansel (who runs a wonderful, albeit often crowded, bakery down in Soho), consisting of a shot-glass shaped chocolate chip cookie along with fresh, cold, Tahitian-vanilla infused milk, which you pour into the cookie shot glass. IT. IS. AWESOME.

It's not just like, an average chocolate chip cookie, and it's not just a gimmick. This was honestly the best tasting chocolate chip cookie that I've ever had. And it's not a big surprise, seeing as they make everything fresh daily in the bakery (right in front of your eyes, since their tiny kitchen is enclosed in a clear cube). The milk that you pour in - I mean, it's infused with fresh vanilla. How bad could that be? I happen to love vanilla so seriously, I could drink gallons of that milk. It's insanely delicious. Put the two together....magic. Pastry magic.

The bakery is currently offering holiday flavors for the milk and cookie shots, which I'm dying to try. They've got an oatmeal cookie shot with honey milk, a gingersnap with eggnog, a peanut butter cookie with chocolate milk, and a sugar cookie with peppermint milk. Sounds to me like a great way to get in the holiday spirit!

photos by me


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Behind the Scenes at the 2014 Holiday House with Kapito Muller Interiors

I'm so excited for today's post! I wrote a lot about the 2014 Holiday House (here, here, and here), but I saved my absolute favorite space for last - the Mother's Day room by Alyssa Kapito and Vivian Muller of Kapito Muller Interiors. The designers created a feminine, sophisticated ladies office, and I'm thrilled to have them here on the blog today answering a few of my questions about their design. Their space is super tiny, but that certainly didn't stop them from making the most of it. Using a soft, neutral color palette, rich materials, and an elegant mix of accessories, they created a softly glamorous, chic space that I imagine any woman would be thrilled to call her own. I've been a huge fan of Kapito Muller Interiors ever since discovering them via Instagram (you must follow them - their feed is absolutely gorgeous), so I can't say how happy I am to have them on the blog today. Read on to see more of their gorgeous space and learn a bit about how it all came together.

Monday, December 8, 2014

#73SpringShop

If you follow me (or pretty much any NYC blogger) on Instagram, you've probably been seeing pictures of #73SpringShop. It's the most adorable pop-up shop ever, put together by Society Social, Inslee by Design, Loren Hope, Design Darling, Three Jane NY, and Persifor. It's taking place until December 13th in the shared Soho studio of Roxy (founder of Society Social) and Inslee, and showcasing items from all of the talented small business owners/entrepreneurs above. It's absolutely festive, girly, colorful, and basically a dream space full of gorgeous items. I wanted to buy one of everything...Inslee's insanely beautiful art calendar, adorable decorative accessories from Design Darling, baubles from Loren Hope, a bar cart from Society Social...or a couch (hah). Read on for more from this delightful shop:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ideas for Personalized Gifts

If you're looking for something really special to give someone for the holidays, personalized gifts are always such a nice way to go. It's fun, exciting, and surprising to receive a one-of-a-kind gift that is both unique and personal. Here are a few ideas that I've had success with in the past:

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