Fall TV Shows

October 20, 2014

What TV shows are you watching this fall? Dan and I love The Walking Dead and Homeland and the first few episodes of both shows have been great. Have you guys been watching The Walking Dead or Homeland? We binge watched the first two seasons of Homeland and were hooked immediately, and last season, we watched it week-by-week. It’s fun when you have all of the episodes and you can binge watch a season, but it’s also nice to have a week to process an episode–especially for Homeland, since it can be intense.

WalkingDead

Recently, we started watching The Americans and HBO’s Girls. Do you watch either of these series? Both are great. Girls is about four twenty-somethings living in Brooklyn and navigating romance, career, friendship and the struggle to “make it” in NYC. It’s hilarious. The Americans is about two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple living in Virginia during the Cold War. Interestingly, the drama series was created and produced by a former CIA officer.

What other shows are you watching these days? We’re always looking for new series to get hooked on. Share below…

 

(Photos from Business Insider.)

Scratch-Off Art in NYC Subways

October 15, 2014

Subway Mosaic 1

This article in the New York Times shared some interesting photos by photographer Kevin Shea Adams of print advertisements in NYC subway stations. Layers and layers of old advertisements exist behind the current ads and when scratched-off curious, collage-like art is produced. Here are a few images from the article that caught my interest and an excerpt:

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To subway riders feeling impatient, restless or a little destructive, the print advertisements lining the walls of a station can make irresistible targets. Kevin Shea Adams, a photographer, began taking iPhone shots of ads in various states of decay and modification about four years ago. When layered on top of one another, the ads produce collage like art, as strips are peeled away to reveal underlying images. “They’re participatory, they’re public, they’re sort of chaotic and random,” he says. Because Adams commutes between Bushwick and Greenpoint, most of the stations he has frequented are in Brooklyn, where they tend to be less well maintained. “The ads are very tactile,” he says. “When you’re standing waiting for a train, bored out of your mind, you just want to pull them.” Julie Bosman

Subway Mosaic 3

Subway Mosaic 2

(Photos by Kevin Shea Adams.)

Have a great weekend

October 10, 2014

Brooklyn, NY

What are your plans this weekend? Tomorrow, we’re going to “bottomless brunch” (brunch is the thing to do on the weekends in NYC) with a few friends. I’m mostly excited about bottomless these. Hope you have a good weekend, and here are a few links from around the web…

 

A letter to New York by Zadie Smith: Find Your Beach.

Flannel shirts.

Renters: 10 temporary and removable products you should know about including temporary wallpaper!

Easy DIY Halloween glassware decals with cute copper mugs.

I wear these regularly (normcore in Vermont and New Hampshire) and am stopped at least three times a week for details on where to buy them. Ha.

How Madewell Bought and Sold my Family’s History. (Interesting.)

EVERY school should have a Read and Ride room!

This maple cornbread looks delicious.

The 1924 shop is stocked full of amazing vintage finds. Their instagram feed is one of my new favorites.

The Sheila Maid takes air drying laundry to the next level. It’s now on my wish list.

 

And, thank you to everyone who visited the blog this week! I love having you here. xo

 

(Sheila Media found via Erin Boyle. Madewell article found via Lauren in the Afternoon.)

Fall Style Inspiration

October 9, 2014

For the past two weeks, photos of New England’s bright, beautiful fall leaves have been popping up on my Facebook feed, and it makes me miss this time of year in New England. The leaves are just starting to change colors in Prospect Park and Central Park and there is a crispness in the air, but with the warm weather we’ve been having in the city little bits of summer are continuing on. Fall brings us the most beautiful weather, don’t you think?

Until a few days ago, I was comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt during the day, and although the evenings are cool and sometimes windy, a long sleeved shirt was plenty to keep me comfortable. But, yesterday, I pulled out my sweaters and green military jacket from the back of my closet, and I’m looking forward to layers, scarves, wool socks and plaid. Here are a few images inspiring my fall style lately.

PS. More fall fashion inspiration.

(All images found on Pinterest.)

Gone Girl

October 7, 2014

Did you see the movie Gone Girl last weekend? We went to dinner and then saw it with friends on Friday night and…

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Fall Wreath

October 6, 2014

This wreath made of dried bay leaves, lavender, nigella, millet, and broomcorn by Terrain is beautiful. I’d love to hang it in our apartment this fall.

 

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An Evening on the Met’s Rooftop

October 2, 2014

Roof deck at the MET

The outdoor setting of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s rooftop combined with delicious cocktails and breathtaking, panoramic views of Manhattan made an evening in mid July our favorite NYC experience yet. The city’s buildings create these jagged walls surrounding Central Park, and it’s surreal to look out over the contained treetops from the fifth floor rooftop (especially since, until then, we had only explored the park from ground level). The Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar serves a variety of cocktails, wine, beer and mocktails. If you’re in the mood for a drink, Dan and I loved the The Suburban. This year, the rooftop is open until November 2nd, and if you’re planning a trip to the city (or if you live close by), I’d highly recommend visiting the Met’s rooftop! Since our first visit in July, we’ve been back a couple times and brought a group of friends there too. It was a big hit. We’re planning to go again soon to see Central Park’s fall foliage, and I can’t wait!

A bit about the art exhibit, if you’re interested: This year, American artist Dan Graham (born 1942, Urbana, Illinois) in collaboration with the Swiss landscape architect Günther Vogt (born 1957, Balzers, Liechtenstein), created a site specific installation titled Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout featuring curves of steel and two-way mirrored glass. The structure has been described as “part garden maze, part modernist skyscraper façade” and is “both transparent and reflective, creating a changing and visually complex environment for visitors.”

Roof deck at the MET

Roof deck at the MET

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Staghorn Ferns

October 1, 2014

Staghorn Fern

The tenants before us in our Brooklyn apartment had two Staghorn Ferns hanging from the walls behind their couch. I distinctly remember seeing them when we viewed our apartment because they were big and mounted on these unique wooden plaques. They looked more like art than plants and the dark green, antler-shaped leaves popped against the apartment’s white walls. The tenants bought them at the Brooklyn Flea a few years ago and said the plants are great for them because they require very little watering and attention. I love the idea of adding a Staghorn Fern to a gallery wall like Megan Gilger points out in this step-by-step DIY project for mounting a Staghorn Fern.

For the life of me, I couldn’t remember the name of the plants until my Mom texted me the picture above of a Staghorn Fern hanging in her colleague’s classroom (thanks, Mom!). This particular plant is 10 years old. Pretty amazing! Now I can’t stop thinking about where to hang a pair of these awesome plants in our apartment.

A little side note: Staghorn Ferns get their name because their fronds look like the antlers of a staghorn deer.

staghornfern

(Second photo via Design Sponge. Third photo via The Fresh Exchange. DIY mounting project with Corey Mason of Clyde Oak, here.)

Do or Don’t: Teva Sandals

September 30, 2014

Tevas

The people of Brooklyn are known for their eccentric, fun, and sometimes all-out weird fashion sense. One trend I’ve noticed on the streets recently is the revival of the Teva sandal. Known for their Velcro straps, rubber soles and brightly colored geometric patterns, Tevas were popular in the 90s amongst the “‘strap in and go,’ spontaneous, go-anywhere, do-anything” adventurous types. They were also a popular Dad shoe, if I recall correctly, and I vaguely remember a few of my grade-school friends donning the durable (read: chunky) sandal. But for the most part, they’ve been out of sight, out of mind for the past two decades.

So, naturally, after I caught a glimpse of this cool, pink and orange pair on Instagram, I visited Teva’s website. I was pleasantly surprised to find a variety of new, colorful options (larger selection here) and even a leather polka dot pair. Tevas have officially joined Birkenstocks in the return of Ugly-Pretty footwear, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the trend. Would you wear them? Not for you?

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(Instagram photo by Jesse Chamberlin. Bottom photo from the Teva website.)

Blogshop Intern Day 2

September 29, 2014

Scenes from Blogshop NYC

Last week, I wrapped up my 2-day internship with Blogshop at the beautiful Shio Studio in Brooklyn. Here are a couple pictures I took from the second day of Blogshop and a picture of the me and the two other Blogshop NYC interns, Jennifer and Julia.

Scenes from Blogshop NYC

Saucy by Nature catered Blogshop and the food was so tasty! An assortment of cold sandwiches were available each day along with a fresh salad. I loved their zucchini and arugula salad. On Thursday, Saucy by Nature brought brown butter cookie, salted caramel and coffee ice cream sandwiches from The Good Batch that were out-of-this-world delicious!

Blogshop NYC Interns

A bit grainy, but here’s a photo the three interns!

 

(I can’t remember who took the picture of the three of us. If you do (or if it was you) please let me know so I can add the photo credit.)

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