Have a relaxing weekend

November 21, 2014

gathering from scratch retreat: old stone farm, VA

What are you doing this weekend? We’re lounging and maybe checking out the Winter Flea + Holiday Market in Crown Heights. Have you been? It seems as though winter showed up in Brooklyn this week. It was so cold and windy! I’ll be wearing hats a lot in the coming months to sustain windy NYC. I especially love this knit pom hat that comes in a few different colors–the blood orange is fun. Stay warm this weekend, and here’s this week’s link roundup:


Not your typical fashion story: Brooklyn’s Hasidic Hipsters (very interesting!)

I really enjoyed this TED Talk by Stefan Sagmeister’ titled Happiness by Design.

The United States of Thanksgiving: Recipes that evoke each of the 50 states.

An 11 by 14 foot cabin in the woods built in six weeks for only $4,000 (I love the Mexican ceramic sink).

Have you seen these cartoon characters brought to life with makeup on Laura Jenkinson’s face? Impressive.

Yesterday’s ninth episode of Serial. Are you listening yet? What do you think about it?


A few posts you might’ve missed:


(Photo by Beth Kirby. Thanksgiving recipe article via The New York Times. Brooklyn’s Hasidic Hipster video via Refinery 29.)

Happy Birthday, Mom!

November 20, 2014


My mom’s birthday is today. I love both of these photos of me and my mom. Hiking and beaching. And can we pause for a minute and just appreciate my mom’s biceps and those rad sunglasses, please. Awesome.

Ma, we love you so much! Can’t wait for fondue at Thanksgiving :)

Happy birthday, Mom! See you soon!


Etsy Find: Beautiful Bud Vases

November 19, 2014

These small bud vases by Emily Reinhardt of The Object Enthusiast are so beautiful. I love the combinations of neutral colors with the copper and gold leaf polka dot detail. They would be lovely on a mantel or included in the centerpiece on a dining room table. Check out Emily’s whole Etsy collection here.

What are your favorite Etsy shops? I’d love to hear. Share in the comments, if you’d like. :)


(All photos from The Object Enthusiast.)

Nutella Tee

November 18, 2014


Exactly : )


(From Melissa Harrison.)

PS. NYC’s Nutella bar!

Serial Podcast

November 18, 2014


Have you guys been listening to Serial, the new podcast from the producers of This American Life? I listened to it on our bus rides to and from Rhode Island this weekend and I couldn’t be more hooked!


Here’s the summary from the Serial website:

On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She’d been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae’s body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.

Sarah Koenig, who hosts Serial, first learned about this case more than a year ago. In the months since, she’s been sorting through box after box (after box) of legal documents and investigators’ notes, listening to trial testimony and police interrogations, and talking to everyone she can find who remembers what happened between Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee fifteen years ago. What she realized is that the trial covered up a far more complicated story, which neither the jury nor the public got to hear. The high school scene, the shifting statements to police, the prejudices, the sketchy alibis, the scant forensic evidence – all of it leads back to the most basic questions: How can you know a person’s character? How can you tell what they’re capable of? In Season One of Serial, she looks for answers.


Another interesting aspect of the podcast is that the team is basically reporting while they write each episode (i.e. no binge listening unless you’re catching up on the first 8 episodes). So, as listeners, we’re not that far behind the action, which makes it even more riveting for me.

Are you listening? What do you think? I’d love to chat about it!


(Image taken from the Serial website. Thanks, Joanna, for suggesting the Serial podcast!)

It’s a trap!

November 17, 2014

I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet.

This print by Emily McDowell is an important reminder, and I really appreciate what she wrote in the product description:

“I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet. It’s so hard, isn’t it? The downside of having so much access to inspiration and information at our fingertips is that it’s easy to get caught up in how amazing / accomplished / fun other people’s lives appear. It’s a trap! We can’t compare our real lives to other people’s carefully curated highlight reels. It’s just not the same thing.”

Here are a few other items from Emily’s shop that I love/made me laugh out loud:

Awesome, right? They would make great gifts too, don’t you think?


(All photos from Emily McDowell.)

Have a great weekend

November 14, 2014


What are you up to this weekend? We’re going to visit friends in Providence, Rhode Island. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone and exploring downtown Providence. Have you been? Any recommendations on places to go or things to do? Hope you have a good one, and here are some fun links from around the web…

This Brooklyn treehouse, made with wood from an old water tower and panes of glass found in dumpsters, might go up for rent–I’d be first in line!

I want to hang out with Penny. She’s sassy.

Love this long blazer in mint.

Wine pairings for a Thanksgiving menu.

Pretty (and easy) DIY gold mugs.

Have you seen any of the documentaries on this list? Surprisingly, since we’ve been watching documentaries a lot lately, I haven’t seen even one.

Such a pretty bedroom.

And in case you missed it: Yesenia’s helpful tips on health and fitness.


(Picture of friends camping via.)

Healthy Living Series: Yesenia Whipple of A Tastier Life

November 13, 2014


My friend Yesenia Whipple writes the blog A Tastier Life, a source for fitness and healthy eating inspiration. She lives in Florida with her husband and two-year-old Aviana and 11 month old Everly. While balancing life as a mother of two lively girls, Yesenia carves out time to focus on her fitness goals and healthy eating plan. She’s in amazing shape! So, when Yesenia agreed to share some insights into how she maintains a healthy lifestyle, I jumped at the chance! Here, she explains her approach to portion control, exercise, juggling life as a mother of two, and her favorite skinny pop…

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TCS NYC Marathon 2014

November 12, 2014

NYC Marathon 2014

This year, the TCS NYC Marathon took 50,564 participants through the five boroughs of NYC and over the Verrazano-Narrows (the longest suspension bridge in the US), Queensboro, Pulaski, Willis Avenue, and Madison Avenue Bridges. Dan and I watched the beginning of the race from 4th Avenue and 6th/7th Street in Brooklyn, which was around mile marker 7.5. We saw several athletes from the wheelchair division, the elite women, elite men and then thousands of runners from the first and second waves (there were a total of four waves this year). Even though it was cold and the wind was brutal (the wind was so hard that mile markers were blown over), there were so many supportive, happy spectators out cheering on the marathoners. It was an awesome feeling to be part of the crowd.

I was so psyched to see the elite women running–especially American runner Kara Goucher (in the top photo she’s the tall athlete at the back of the pack wearing black shorts and a pink top). Kara has been fighting injuries over the past few years, and before the Philadelphia half marathon in September, she hadn’t run a race in 15 months. She’s such an inspiring athlete, and although she didn’t run the race she wanted to in NYC, she finished–which is a huge accomplishment in itself. If you’re interested, Kara wrote a recap of her race (read it here) and it’s a great reminder that hard work is never lost even if you stumble.

NYC Marathon 2014

NYC Marathon 2014

NYC Marathon 2014

American runner, Meb Keflezighie, leading the men!


Have you run the TCS NYC Marathon or watched it in person? I’d love to hear what you thought about it!

Fall Loafers

November 11, 2014


Ever since Everlane released their first shoe at the beginning of October, I keep going back to their beautiful, modern loafers. I love the sleek black ones and the olive ones are gorgeous. They’d go with every fall outfit including casual jeans and a cozy sweater look or a dress and tights for date night, don’t you think?



What shoes are you wearing this fall? My sister recently bought these booties and she’s wearing them with everything (on sale for under $42!). And, of course, I love these : )

PS. I love this collaboration.

Top photo via Kim Thomas. Second and third photos from Everlane’s Instagram feed.

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