I’m a huge fan of maxi dresses and wear them often in warmer months. I love how effortless they are; I can throw one on and my outfit is made–so easy. And when it’s hot and humid–as it often is in NYC–soft, free-flowing fabric is cool and comfortable.
But spring temps in NYC can be tricky. Sometimes on my short walk to the subway, it’ll be warm and sunny in Brooklyn, but 45 minutes later, when I arrive in the Meatpacking district in Manhattan, the wind in whipping and it’s chilly. Lately, I’ve been wearing a button-down shirt as a top layer. But the other weekend, I pulled out this black faux leather jacket and paired it with an easy maxi dress. I bought this jacket several years ago, and to be honest, I’ve only worn it a handful of times. It’s one of those pieces where I liked the idea of it (and it was only $60), but it just hasn’t been something I wear very much. However, it was the perfect layer over a casual weekend maxi dress.
Two weeks ago, on my drive back to Brooklyn from Vermont, I stopped by The Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, MA. The wildly popular pop-up flea market, fondly referred to simply as “Brimfield,” is a treasure trove for antiquers and junk-lovers. This was my first trip to Brimfield, and it actually wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I pictured something similar to fairgrounds at a country fair, but instead, shops were setup along both sides of the main street that goes right through the quaint town of Brimfield. You could wander off the main drag and down pathways, driveways, and dirt roads that were also lined with shops.
I admit that it was a bit overwhelming at times–there are thousands of people wandering through the markets, but in general, I had a great time! If you’re able to tag along with someone who’s been the Brimfield before, I’d recommend doing that. Luckily, I was with a group of people that know Brimfield well (they have a tradition of going each year, which I thought was pretty fun!). They acted as our casual tour guides and knew of the best shops to visit and the most convenient place to park. They also knew exactly where to get coffee and amazing donuts–both necessary for an early start at Brimfield!
Although I didn’t have my heart set on buying anything in particular, I’ve wanted a cowhide rug for quite some time, and I love the idea of hanging an antique American flag as wall art (like this one behind a brown leather chair). So, I looked for both a rug and a flag, and I ended up finding several amazing, affordable cowhide rugs but didn’t make a purchase. I’m hoping to go back in September and get one! Probably my favorite items at Brimfield are those canvas floor baskets and beautiful indigo throws pictured above. And among the most peculiar things I saw where these decorated deer heads…thoughts?
Have you been to The Brimfield Antique Show before? What did you think? If you enjoy antique shopping and flea markets, I’d highly recommend going, and you’re in luck because there are two more shows this year (July 14-19 and September 8-13)!
(I posted a couple more pictures on Instagram, if you’d like to see.)
These days it seems increasingly more difficult to make plans than it was just out of college and even those first few years out of college. Remember when making plans only required one or two days notice? It used to be as easy as sending a group text with a time and place and everyone was there. But, now, when everyone is being pulled in every which way, especially during late spring and summer months, finding a free weekend is daunting. So this video and these women from The BreakWomb made me laugh out loud…hilariously accurate!
Do you have any fun plans for the long weekend? I’m look forward to our road trip to Ohio. If you have suggestions on things to do or see in Dayton, I’d love to hear! Also, I’ll be posting some photos on my Instagram account, if you’d like to follow along. I hope you have a great long weekend. And here are some links from around the web, if you’re in a blog reading mood…
And, lastly, are you subscribed to FRONTLINE’s YouTube channel? Eye-opening clips and videos are published regularly on topics like politics, food safety, education, death (‘Being Mortal’ documentary), and technology. I’d definitely recommend it.
Have a good one and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday. xx
(Photo from a recent walk in Prospect Park. Bubble recipe via HuffPost Parents.)
Do you have a Memorial Day getaway planned? Tomorrow night, Dan and I are meeting up with our good friends and driving to Dayton, Ohio for a wedding. We’ll be there for the long weekend (which makes the drive a little easier to swallow), and I’m looking forward to a few days out of the city while catching up with friends we haven’t seen in a long time.
On Saturday, we’re hoping to explore Dayton a bit, and then the wedding celebration is on Sunday. So, what to pack for a getaway weekend that includes a casual day of adventure and a wedding? Here are some items I have in mind…
1. An easy weekender bag (currently 30% off) with a smart bottom pocket for your shoes. (I have a version of this bag that’s great for overnights and day trips.)
Did you watch the finale of ‘Mad Men?’ What did you think? There were so many predictions rolling around the internet about how the show was going to end (like this one), and I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t even attempt to guess what Matthew Weiner, the show’s creator, had in store for the finale.
So, a few seconds into the scrolling credits, I turned to Dan and asked, “Did I miss something? Does Don go back to NYC with this idea for a Coke ad and it turns out to be that commercial?” I was stumped. The slight smile on Don’s face with a sunny California backdrop made me think that Don must return to his NYC life with this incredible idea for “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke.” But then, without even a pause, Dan said, “It could mean that life goes on and what’s most important is that you’re happy and you do something that you want to do with your life.” After I mulled that over for a minute, I realized I like Dan’s interpretation better than mine. And so I like to think that Don finally found some peace at that hippie retreat and lived out his life there. And I like to think that the group at McCann Erickson–lead by badass Peggy Olson–continued on and produced impressive work. Because that is after all what Peggy does. Either way, the final hour of ‘Mad Men’ was ambiguous, but I’m sure that was the point.
What did you think of the ending? I’m going to miss this show so much!
(First image by AMC via NYTimes. Second image by AMC via Rolling Stones.)
Every few weeks, I’ll get in this mood and I’ll clean our apartment for a couple of hours. It’s mindless work; sometimes I just want to do something that doesn’t require brain power but makes me feel productive (and who doesn’t like a clean house?). But that mood doesn’t come along that often for me. Instead, I do small cleaning jobs throughout the week–‘tidy as you go’ is my cleaning motto. I’ll wipe down the front of the refrigerator and counters with a damp dishcloth after cleaning the dishes, and after drying my hands with paper towels, I’ll wipe up dust bunnies from the corners of the room. I keep a small brush in the shower and a spray bottle under the sink, and about once a week while I’m in the shower, I’ll give it a quick scrub. But I couldn’t be bothered to clean the shower unless I’m already in there–anyone else like that?
Do you have those friends who say they love to clean, it calms them or whatever? My friend Kendra actually kicks her boyfriend out of the house on Sundays and cleans her whole house and, get this, she enjoys it! I’m not that person. Sometimes I wish I was that person. It would certainly decrease my stress level when I try to carve out an hour an hour before guests are due to arrive for the weekend. But one thing I’ve noticed about myself when I’m trying my darnest to be an adult and clean more regularly is: When I put on sneakers I’m more likely to focus and clean instead of, say, wipe down the counters and then check my email. Kind of random but…on second thought, cleaning can be a workout, so maybe sneakers are required and I’ve just missed this detail all along…?
Thoughts? Do you like to clean? Any weird tricks to pump yourself up for a morning of cleaning? : )
For the past several years, my mom, sister and I have spent Mother’s Day weekend gardening and spring cleaning at our family home in Vermont. Sadly, I wasn’t able to travel to Vermont last year for Mother’s Day, but this year, I rearranged my schedule–I was determined to not miss another weekend of playing in the dirt with them!–and took a bus from Manhattan to Hanover, New Hampshire (about 20 minutes from our family home).
The lush beauty of spring in VT was so refreshing and peaceful; the trees were bright green, the mountain tops were kissed by misty clouds, and the fiddleheads were starting to uncurl. On Saturday morning, we went for a long walk on a back road, and I remembered to bring my camera (!). Here are a few photos, if you’d like to see…
And the two happiest walking partners (ever): Dixie and Fiona:
Now that I’m getting settled back into my routine, I’ll be back to posting regularly next week. See you then and have a great weekend! xx : )
My office in the Meatpacking District is generally pretty casual, shorts and “athleisure” are fair game. But it’s also not unlikely to spot a suit or LBD with stilettos. My style is casual and comfortable, and I don’t want to think too much about what I’m wearing every single morning. So, these days, I wear a version of this outfit to work each day: black jeans, a button-down shirt (I have about four on rotation) and black booties.
I’m wearing black skinny jeans from Zara, $40. They’re comfortable for everyday wear and can be dressed up for a night out. I couldn’t find the exact pair I bought, but this pair (also $40) looks very similar). I recommend buying one size down because they stretch out (I actually ended up returning the first pair I bought for a size smaller).
My button-down is from J.Crew’s “perfect shirt” line. I’ve had it for a few years, so this particular one isn’t available anymore, but this grey stripped one, $78 (currently 25% off with code SHOPNOW) is pretty and something I’d wear to work.
My bag is the popular Transport Tote from Madewell, $168. Madewell totally nailed it with this bag. I see it all over the city. Mine was a Christmas gift a couple years ago and I highly recommend it. I use it every day.
I’m wearing these exact gold Ray Ban Original Aviators (58 mm), but I bought them a few years ago on ideel for $115 (versus the $150-$170 you’d pay at, say, Zappos.) Sites like ideel and Rue La La can be a little tricky for buying popular items like Ray Bans because they sell out in a matter of minutes–so be (really) quick about it!
For the past few months I’ve toyed with the idea of featuring outfit posts on City and Us; a lot of blogs feature outfit posts. It’s a great way to discover new pieces, trends, and tips (like this one) that you may not have found otherwise. But, still, I wasn’t sure.
I appreciate billowing maxi dresses, power clashing, and wide-brimmed hats as much as anyone. But when relatability and attainability swiftly see themselves out the door in matching Valentino Rockstud pumps–that gets to me. And I have no interest in that.
What I am interested in doing with outfit features is: Keepin’ it real. When I score a $17 pair of jeans or buy my beloved Ray Bans from ideel, I’ll tell you all about it. (Both true, by the way.) I’ll share what I’m actually wearing–like in real life–and not, as my sister said, random stuff on the internet that everyone is posting.
So, coming up is my attempt at an honest, (dare I say) transparent series of outfit posts. I hope you like this new addition to City and Us!