Our Holiday Card

December 24, 2015

The City and Us | Artifact Uprising Holiday Cards

Happy Holidays! What are your plans over the next several days? Doing anything fun for New Years? I hope you have a relaxing holiday and soak up time with your loved ones.

The City and Us | Artifact Uprising Holiday Cards

Do you send holiday cards to friends and family? I didn’t get around to sending one the past couple years, but this year, I tried Artifact Uprising for the first time. I love their selection of simple designs, and their photo gifts are great, too.

The design we picked is part of their 3-in-1 card series.  With perforated seams, recipients have the option to tear away the ‘happy holidays’ piece and repurpose as a gift tag, and keep the photo for year-round display. Cool idea, right?

The City and Us | Artifact Uprising Holiday Cards



PS. This post is *not sponsored by Artifact Uprising. I just really love their products and mission.

9 Cute Hedgehog Products

December 21, 2015

The City and Us | Atticus the Hedgie

Joining the lot of Random Posts on The City and Us is this roundup of cute hedgehog products. Maybe you’ve noticed the Internet’s recent obsession with all things hedgehog, maybe you haven’t (maybe you have a hedgehog?). Either way, they seem like sweet, delightful little critters, and there are plenty of hedgie products online these days. This roundup is inspired by my friend Stephanie’s hedgehog, Atticus, pictured above…don’t you just want to (gently) squeeze him?! Click or tap each picture for details…

The City and Us | Hedgehog Washi Tape

The City and Us | Hedgehog Pendant Necklace






The City and Us | Hedgehog Table Lamp

Rubber Stamp






The City and Us | Hedgehog Christmas CardThe City and Us | Hedgehog MittensThe City and Us | Hedgehog Bristles Doormat






Which is your favorite? I like the toothpick holder and table brush. For an overload of cuteness, follow Atticus on Instagram.

The New York Times’ Best TV Shows of 2015

December 16, 2015

The City and Us | NYTimes Best TV Shows of 2015

What’s your favorite TV show? There have been so many good shows on this Fall. What have you been watching? Dan and I are into a handful of excellent ones, and I was curious to see if our favorites matched up with any on the New York Times TV critics best of 2015 list

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My New Favorite Candle by Bijou {Plus a Discount Code!}

December 8, 2015

The City and Us | Bijou Candles

I love burning candles in our apartment, especially during the colder months when they make our space feel calm and cozy. ‘Masculine’ scents like sandalwood and cedarwood are my favorites.

Recently, I discovered NYC-based Bijou Candles, a company dedicated to promoting the beauty of upcycling and DIY. Their luxury candles are poured in beautiful Parisian-inspired bases that make a pretty accent dish, jewelry container, or desk accessory when repurposed. I love this idea of refilling the Bijou or giving it a second life in your home, don’t you?

The City and Us | Bijou Candles

We’ve been burning the Royal Cuir scent all week and it’s easily my new favorite candle. It’s described as, “luxurious leather joins a complex blend of cedarwood, eucalyptus, lime, tonka and sandalwood. Bright yet mysterious, this scent is both masculine and alluring.” It makes our apartment smell amazing. I’d highly recommend it.

The City and Us | Bijou Candles

Bijou is offering The City and Us readers 15% off all purchases with code TheCityandUs15 until December 20th.

Thank you so much, Bijou!

Holiday Shopping Inspiration

December 6, 2015

How’s your holiday shopping coming along? I haven’t bought anything yet, and somehow it’s already December 6th. I keep seeing warnings like “ONLY 3 days left to place your order to get it by Christmas Eve,” so apparently I need to get going. In case you need some holiday shopping inspiration today, here is my growing list of favorite places to shop…

For gifts for the home like candles, coffee mugs, kitchen trinkets, garden supplies, and more:

For clothing, shoes, accessories, and beauty products:

For photo gifts like photo books, calendars, journals, and notebooks:

For the little ones:


For art and design gifts:


New True-Crime Documentary Series

November 11, 2015

New True-Crime Series: Making A Murderer

We’ve talked about true-crime stories like Serial (can’t wait for season two!) and The Jinx before, but this December, Netflix is joining the ranks and releasing a true-crime documentary called Making a Murderer. The 10-episode series, directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, will cover the life of Steven Avery, a man who served 18 years for a crime but was later exonerated by DNA evidence. What’s most shocking about Avery’s story: after his release he became a suspect in a new murder case and was sentenced to life in prison in 2005.

Ricciardi and Demos, who spent the last decade following the story, said in the press release, “If we had not been there to witness these events we would have trouble believing they actually occurred.”

Thoughts? Will you watch it?


(Image via The Atlantic.)

Face The Foliage on Instagram

November 5, 2015

Face the Foliage on Instagram

A couple years back, designer and blogger Justina Blakeney started the Instagram project called Face The Foliage. The project shares detailed portraits made with leaves and flowers by Justina and people all over the world. It’s one of my favorite Instagram accounts. Here’s a peek…

Face the Foliage on Instagram

Face the Foliage on Instagram

Face the Foliage on Instagram

Face the Foliage on Instagram

What do you think? Which is your favorite?


PS. Another fun Instagram account.

8 Funky Cake Toppers by TheRocShop

October 26, 2015

RAD Cake Topper

Just for fun, here are eight fun cake toppers from TheRocShop. They’d be perfect for birthdays, weddings, graduations, or when you just need a random pick-me-up. I love their geometric-inspired typography.

HELL YEA Cake Topper

HELL YEAH Sunglasses Cake Topper

And 5 more… Read More

New IFC Series: Documentary Now!

August 17, 2015

Have you seen previews for the new IFC docu-comedy Documentary Now! created by Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers? The six-episode series is hosted by Helen Mirren and is a parody of some of the world’s best-known documentaries.

Here’s what IFC says about the new series, premiering this Thursday: “Starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, each episode is shot in a different style of documentary filmmaking, and honors some of the most important stories that didn’t actually happen.

Paying homage to everyone from the Maysles to Errol Morris, topics range from guerilla-style filmmakers who vastly underestimate the danger in exposing a drug cartel to a soft rock doc about a Chicago band’s rise to fame with their hit album “Catalina Breeze.” ”

And Seth Meyers told Entertainment Weekly, “A lot of the great documentaries bring you ‘never-before-seen’ footage. And even though in this case every part of our show is ‘never-before-seen’ footage, within that footage there will be scenes framed as ‘never-before-seen.’ ”

Here’s the trailer, if you’d like to watch…

The first episode is a tribute to the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, the story of eccentric “Big Edie” Bouvier Beale and her adult daughter “Little Edie” living in a dilapidated East Hampton mansion, and looks hilarious.

Thoughts? Will you watch it? Have you seen any good comedies lately?


(Photos and trailer from Documentary Now!)

The Long Chalkboard and Other Stories

June 10, 2015

The Long Chalkboard

A few weeks ago, while house-sitting in DUMBO, I found this charming illustrated book for adults sitting atop a large stack of novels. “The Long Chalkboard” is a trio of delightful and witty stories written by journalist and stand-up comedienne Jenny Allen and illustrated by her husband Jules Feiffer, renowned cartoonist and children’s book author. The first story, “The Long Chalkboard,” is about the life and times of people who encounter this almost magical long chalkboard and the role the chalkboard plays in each person’s journey. “What Happened” is the second story, and it’s about two children’s book authors with similar works who, at first, are at odds with one another but then find themselves growing close. And “Judy’s Wonder Chili” is the third book in the trio, which concerns a fabulous chili recipe that has healing powers but eventually wreaks havoc on Judy’s life when it gains media attention.

Have you read it? I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a short and sweet read, something perfect to read over coffee on a lazy weekend morning.


PS. Another great book.

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