Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Andy Monument

Hi D,

I love the chair! Especially the fabric. So "Deweese"! Also, that's hilarious about your neighbor. Just goes to show that there's no time to waste if you see something you like on Scavenger... best to grab it up quick!

So spring is long overdue and I gotta say, I feel that the new site-installation art in NYC is telling us to get over it and just get outside already... regardless of the temperature!

First, Will Ryman's Roses on Park Avenue. Let me hear a collective: "awwwwwww"

Then yesterday, a brand new installation called The Andy Monument was unveiled in Union Square (the location of his later "Factory" in the late '60s). Nick and I checked it out:

(Here's a better pic on and others in situ here and here )

It looks like a monument (full body sculpture on a pedestal) but its all hyper reflective and pop-y, too. I think Warhol would have loved it (it was about him, after all!). He's got a camera and a Bloomie's bag and everything. As you can see in the pic, people have placed "offerings" (?) of Campbell's soup cans and Brillo boxes. Cute, creative, etc...but having seen PBS's American Masters on Warhol as well as, of course, Factory Girl, I don't think I'll be leaving any offerings to Mr. Warhol! (Nick is asking me to insert here that I know Factory Girl is a bad movie and basically fiction).

Anyway, Nick and I often meet in Union Square for lunch and in fact, we occasionally wonder about what it was like when Andy Warhol roamed the streets...and also what it must have been like the day he was shot! So now we have a specific place to visit and ponder (for the next six months anyway).

What do you think? Do you think its weird that this "monument" is situated in a park that includes monuments of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Gandhi?

Side note: While we were there some dude came up to it and thought it was a street performer! He tried to startle the statue before his girlfriend hissed under her breath: "ugh, honey, its not a real person, let's go". HA!


PS-I finally, finally got the Warby's I want. After a short-term love affair with the "Huxley" style, I ended up with the Sinclair's in Burgundy Fade, and its true love.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I'm so impressed with all of the runnin'! As a non-runner, I am always amazed by people who go out there and get it done. And 'Banks and L-Smith doing a marathon? Wicked cool.

I'm still getting my head screwed back on from our trip. Our apartment looks like Mount Vesuvius erupted. Slowly but surely I know we'll get back to our routine and hopefully a laundry fairy will stop by our house in the night...

In the mean time, I wanted to show you a lil' something I picked up right before we left for Italy. You know I check Apartment Therapy's Scavenger religiously, so you can imagine that I jumped right on this...

I paid $80 for it which I felt like was a pretty good price considering I don't have to touch it. I just don't have the space right now to rehab furniture and I'm obsessed with the dwell fabric which is a pretty penny. Right now it's in our living room, and I love it!

Best thing about this positive Scavenger/Craig's List experience: When I was carrying the chair into our apartment building, a group of people were walking in behind me and I heard a woman say "Oh my God! I saw that chair on Apartment Therapy today!" So funny. So I stopped and showed her the chair and she was super jelly.

I think Scavenger is such a good resource, especially since I don't have a Housing Works nearby. Talk about jelly!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Via: Credit: Egan-Chin/News

Welcome back to the blog! The pictures look gorgeous! Love your signature "texture" shots...especially of the Trevi. Can't wait to hear all about it.

Over the course of last week I asked you to look at about 50 links, check out two TV shows, and even a new decor purchase. Sooooo, I think I'll give you a break and let you get back in the swing of things.

Instead of my usual, I'll take this lil' Tuesday to send a shout out to the amazing runners I know that ran races this past weekend....(there were a lot of us!):

  • My family ran the Shamrock Shuffle in Manchester, NH in the BITTER cold! So impressed!

  • L-Love and I ran the NYPD vs. FDNY road race in Central Park in the VERY cold! Whoop!

  • And Deweese, get this... our girl L-Smith AND (i just learned) our guy 'Banks (!!!) ran an ENTIRE MARATHON in "balmy" DC! Seriously friends, CONGRATS!

Despite the freakishly cold weather, I'm loving that everyone is just going for it! Cheers to all:

Via: Credit: Sabo/News


PS: The above pictures are of the 2010 New York City Marathon... aka my absolute favorite day in NYC. They're part of a great slide show from the The Daily News. You gotta come cheer with me next year!

Monday, March 28, 2011

I'm Baaaaaack!

Hello! I missed you! Thanks so much for all the updates! I'm afraid if I type too much more it will begin to not make sense. I'm still a bit hungover with jet lag. I think for now I'll just share a few photos of our trip which was totally amazing! More to come!


PS... Atty turned 7 YEARS OLD yesterday. Can you believe it!

PPS... Congrats on being a new auntie!

Friday, March 25, 2011

For when you get back... grand finale!


Beyond thrilled that you are loving Roma. I seriously can't wait to see the pictures and hear about every detail! But really, you should probably wrap things up in beautiful Roma or else my list of things to discuss with you is going to get just way too long. So here's the Grand Finale. Just a random assortment of what "caught my mouse" this week!


(Left to right: hoodie, shoes, bodysuit)
European baby clothing companies are just better. Even big chains. I love Boden, Petit Bateau and Zara so, so much. Can't wait to see what you got for our little miss! This week my eye has been drawn to baby boy stuff... all because of an adorable new addition to my extended family (aka my newest, nearest, love bug)!!!


Two words: Llama Drama. The Fabulous Beekman Boys has got to be one of the best shows on TV. The main characters are: goats, pigs, a llama named Polka Spot and two ex-urbanites with Martha Stewart ties. Nuff said. I'm so buying their soap.


Left to Right: Straw, Turquoise, Gray

I recently signed up for the Zoe Report (she's a new mom!). Its pretty good so far, and through it I discovered an (fairly) inexpensive and supah cute handbag company, melie bianco. I think I might splurge for the spring/summer... hmmm: boho or bright, boho or bright.



Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

For when you get back ... chapter 2 (bling edition)


HA! Loved the postcard! So glad you are having fun!

Ok, so on to chapter 2 of stuff I want to talk about when you get back. I scored something BIG at Housing Works. Big in terms of size, impact, and my amount of obsession with it...

That's right, a huge, old (and I mean old), mirror for my entry way. Originally Nick and I were just going to repaint a preexisting mirror that we already had, but once I saw this ol' lady, I had to have her! We lugged her home, cleaned her up and now she's ours.

She's blingy, she's glitzy, and she's definitely seen better days in terms of condition. But that's what I love about her! Whenever Nick and I get a piece of pre-owned furniture, I always love imagining where it came from. I like to picture the house it was in before and the people that used it first... and then I like to imagine what it will look like in our imaginary future home someday. I guess the entire life of the furniture flashes before my eyes!

For some reason, I picture this glitzy old lady in someone's old garden or solarium. Like at an old mansion that is run-down but still gorgeous and now has a spooky quietness to it.. you know, Great Expectations, The Secret Garden, all that kinda stuff.

She might be awkwardly overwhelming our dresser, but we're still figuring out if we can hang her properly (she's heavy!) on our plaster walls. For now, the leaning kinda reminds of her old home in a creaky, overgrown patio somewhere.

You like?
She fits into my recent blingy-bling phase, don't you think? (Evidenced here and here)


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

For when you return ... chapter 1


That's incredible! What a thoughtful gift. And I think it beats "Let us dine on birds and mammals" ... a random quote written by Mr. David Sedaris to us from a recent book signing!

Sigh. So right now you are probably sitting in a piazza people watching and eating something delicious. And you are most decidedly very, very far away from your computer screen (yay!). Alas, I'm still going to write to you this week just so I don't have to remember everything I want to show you. Remember when I went on my honeymoon and you kept a running list of everything you wanted to talk with me about when I got back? Yeah, like that.

So the first thing I want to discuss with you is Emily Henderson:

We read her blog, I watched her win Design Star, but do you actually watch her shiny new show? I love it. It's completely new material for HGTV. For example, I really like the double reveal format of the show...she designs the room, shows the home owners and gets their feedback, and then makes changes and reveals it again. She really takes the ego out of it. In the first episode she creates a "boho meets mid-century modern" room. Um, hello? 100% Nick and Blythe. Here are some of her interiors from the show...

That couch and coffee table? Yes, please.

Nick loves the lamp and the armchair. I love the seat covers and the rug.

How cool is this? She did Oh Joy's place! What other tv show is featuring ridiculously cool bloggers?

So much thrift and vintage. Not your typical HGTV. So, when you get back, Tivo it...mmmkay? We must discuss.


*All images via

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mr. Pollan Comes to Washington

Thank you again so much for the recommendations. I have them all written down in my little notebook. I'm all packed and ready to go. Just anxious to get there!!!!

Before I head out, I want to show you the most amazing gift we received this week. Jeff was in San Francisco for work and stayed with our friends Nat and Wes. They got us a signed copy of Omnivore's Dilemma from Michael Pollan! Can you believe it!? I want to frame it! Here's the note below, it says "Vote with your forks! Eat real food." I worship at the Michael Pollan food altar, so this is very special.

I'll miss you!

PS... I'm SO excited about this. And I think this is a really good decision.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Familypalooza in Roma: Part Two


The countdown to Roma is officially on... and I hope you didn't think I forgot to follow up with Part Two of my Roma suggestions.

First off, I love the outfits. I'm digging the boho chic coastal look big time. Also, did you see this dress on the cover of Lucky? Reminded me of you.

So, on to my second goal of Roma suggestions:
  • Occasionally have you feeling like you are off the beaten tourist path so you can experience some real life Roma.
Like I said, I assume you are going to all the must-see spots already, so I don't need to go over those. Due to that, this list has become very random... but here goes! Some are touristy, but at least a little unusual. Pick and choose as you please!


Via: Randy OHC on Flickr

Its near where you are staying and since your family rented an apartment, I thought it would be a perfect fit for you! You can buy some deliciousness to bring "home" and enjoy on your own time. I would go on a week day, maybe it will be less touristy (oh and its closed Sundays).

This is where I lived. Before I left DC it was described to me as the AdMo of Roma. College nightlife: YES! But I am not sure if it is an exact match:

Via: The Wolf on Flickr

Via: R Stanek on Flickr

Via: Climens on Flickr

If you go, I'd get there by walking across a tiny foot bridge called Ponte Sisto for some picturesque-ness. Then check out the blingy-bling mosaics and stunning ceiling at Santa Maria in Trastevere. Stay for a meal (see Dar Poeta in Part One) and then wander the streets and browse the jewelry stands and little boutiques that are open late (with the rowdy bars). Oh and if you feel like it, please stroll down teeny tiny Vicolo Moroni for me? My old street!

Since you are already across the river in Trastevere, if you are feeling super duper adventurous, I encourage you trek up to Janiculum Hill to catch some of the best views of Rome for free!

D, that view was on my walk to school. Sigh.

Moving on to things you can actually potentially squeeze into your agenda:

BORGHESE (Galleria and Gardens)
Go check out some paintings by Carravaggio there. Dude was a Roman artist accused of murder who fled Rome to Naples. Super haunting. Oh yeah and an absolutely beautiful painter:
St. Jerome, c.1605, oil on canvas, Galleria Borghese
My family loved it when they came to visit. And not just because of Angels and Demons!
Via: mortimer? on Flickr

In terms of shopping, girl, what can I say. I'm not going to tell you shop on Via del Corso because that's like saying "Oh you are going to New York? There is this great street called 5th Avenue. You gotta check it out!". But the reality is, I didn't do too much shopping. My moolah was spent on train tickets and lots of vino rosso della casa!

I'm going miss you like cray-zay. Have a blast. Take photos (a lot) and eat, eat, eat!

Ciao bella,