Friday, September 30, 2011

Blythe's Friday Photo of the Day!

Dear Deweese,

Happy last day of politics! By now you are done! What a surreal/important day. And markers, well, done and done. :)

I was going to make my "Photo of the Day" a snapshot of the day we had planned with our cousins in Central Park ... but as it turns out the Black Eyed Peas are having a huge concert tonight and they closed the park to set up from 73rd to 85th street. Ah, ok. Thanks, Fergie-Ferg.

So instead, here is a picture of my favorite dinner, home cooked by me and Nick last night:

Somethings, like spagetti marinara with garlic bread, never get old!


PS: Yes, those are enormous plates of pasta, and yes, we both ate the whole thing!

Deweese's Friday Photo of the Day

Last day in Politics! And look what my office gave me as a sendoff (among other lovely gifts). 
They know me so well!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Deweese's Thursday Photo of the Day

Cotton candy makes me happy.

Blythe's Thursday Photo of the Day

A walk to work (especially past the Zoo!) sounds incredible. I really miss walking to work.

Today's photo shows off yesterday's DIY Project:

Recognize that fabric? More details to come!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Deweese's Wednesday Photo of the Day

What fun! Looks like maybe you guys are having nice weather too. DC is SOGGY. Your photos of course are gorgeous and I like to see Nicky in the outdoors after that insane project kept him at the office until the weeeee hours.

I posted a pic of my soon-to-be-outdated Union Station commute the other day. This is what I walk past on my way to my new job. That's right, no trains and I get to pass the Zoo and wave to my animal neighbors. Heaven.

Love hearing about your staycation adventures!

Blythe's Wednesday Photo(s) of the Day

Such a cool pic! Ok, noted. Gotta check out Moneyball -- glad you liked it! 

Yesterday, Nick and I literally walked ALL over Manhattan.  We stopped for lunch at Birreria, which was funny because neither of us have been dying to eat there. I think we were both just really excited about the idea of going there with absolutely zero wait, since it was 3:30pm on a Tuesday (there's usually notorious lines):

Verdict: it was tasty but a little Disney/Vegas-ish.  In other words, just like the rest of Eataly!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Deweese's Tuesday Photo of the Day

Hey! You guys are reading two of my faves. Especially Sweetness. I really liked Hunger Games, but it did give me bad dreams. No suprise there, I'm sure.

Speaking of media, Jeff and I saw Moneyball this weekend and both really loved it. The old theater by our house is playing it and I totally recommend you guys see it during staycation!

Blythe's Tuesday Photo of the Day

Our afternoon yesterday.  "Hunger Games" for Nick, "Sweetness at Bottom of the Pie" for me (via Kindle) and both of us trying to hog New York Magazine.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Great idea! And I love the preview!

Last week of getting off at the Union Station Metro stop. Not a bad place to emerge from the ground for the last two and a half years!

Happy Staycation!

Staycation + Photo of the Day?

Hey Deweese,

I had not heard of Jessica Culter, thanks for the juicy gossip! How was your weekend? Our weekend was awesome for many reasons... mostly because Meg and Drew (some of my and Deweese's closest friends to everyone reading) came to visit and we had so much fun catching up with them.  The weather was a less than perfect, but we brightened the mood by having yummy everything bagel egg sandwiches, huddling in some very cozy neighborhood restaurants, and by getting $9 manicures (well that part was just the ladies).

The really, really, really big news I have to share is that Nick has just finished a HUGE project at work. After lots of long nights and weekends, he is done! For those that don't know, Nick is a visual effects artist for documentary TV. The program he's been working on is a 4-part series for PBS called "Fabric of the Cosmos".  Check out the trailer:

Pretty great, right? Needless to say, Nick and I are both ready for a little relaxation and quality time together... so we decided to do the unthinkable. We are taking this entire week off as a "Staycation"! We couldn't be more excited. No packing, no traveling and FREE! Since we moved here (three years ago already!) we've noted so many things we'd like to do/see. This week we'll finally have the time to enjoy NYC to the fullest (and get some much needed rest, too!).

To celebrate/kick this off, I have an idea.  For this week only, I was thinking you and I could each post a "photo of the day" of a something cool we saw or did, a meal we ate, whatever!  I think it would be a great to stay in touch and share some great memories from this week... AND I'd love to see what you are up to (especially with your new your career). Show and tell!

Diving right in, here's a pic of me and Meg on Saturday at Citifield for the Mets game.  Nick was upset that it was so bright/washed out... but I love the pastels!

D, you in? If so post away!


PS: Thank you for the sweet words about the plant and the artwork! I will definitely take a close up photo of the sculpture.  As for the plant, we have no idea what it is called, we just liked the look of it and threw away the tag! Oops! Also, we are killing it slowly. Seriously.  Does anyone out there know what it is and how to care for it?? Would love some advice!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Book Update


I LOVE the new table! It's gorge. I've been really obsessed with marble lately and I think this is a perfect fit in your living room. The whole room makes me so happy, it's soothing and interesting at the same time. My favorite elements? The sculpture to the left of the window (can you post a close up of that? It's so awesome!) and the plant to the right of the window. Is that weird? I love that plant. Is it easy to care for?

I'm so glad you liked the post on my career update. It was kind of cathartic to write, I've been on auto-pilot recently with two jobs and some babysitting sprinkled in. It was nice to sit down and realize... "Whoa. I did that!". Wild. I also got the sweetest emails from friends in response to the post... which I have been remiss to reply to yet. Eeeek!

In all of the changes going on in Deweese-land, my reading picks have seriously diverged. I typically read a mix of fiction and non-fiction, though I'll always be a fiction girl at heart. Recently thanks to Ms. Claps, I've developed a chick-lit habit! The two culprits are Washingtonienne by Jessica Cutler and Skipping a Beat by Sara Pekkanen. Neither are exactly Pulitzer worthy, but I'll tell you, I couldn't put them down! And both are based in DC which I always think is fun.

Washingtonienne is the novel based on a real-life scandal that rocked DC in 2004. I was mildly aware of the story when it was happening, but I don't remember much. As you remember I was trying to figure out how to live on $25k a year... but obviously didn't take the same path as Jessica... I just put the groceries on my credit card.  This novel is probably the raciest book I've ever read (which I realize doesn't say much). I was literally up all night blushing.

I was planning on uploading the 
Washingtonienne book cover here, 
but realized it might be too racy for work. 
I wouldn't want someone to 
walk past your desk and see it. Boobies! 
You're welcome.

Now that I've scratched my annual chick lit itch, I'm back to my norm and reading a book that Alan Bradley, author of my fave Flavia stories recommends: Still Life by Louise Penny. It's the first in a series of murder mysteries that take place in Quebec. So far I'm really enjoying it!

Ahhh, a nice, safe, work appropriate book cover!

Have a great weekend!

PS... do you think people might be on to us that babies aren't on the radar quite yet by our recent table purchases. We both seem to be in sharp-corner-mode instead!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Out with the old, in with the "new".


I literally sat down at the computer yesterday morning, checked the blog, and a HUGE smile spread across my face.  I am so glad that you shared your story! It is an inspiration to me, and I know me (and everyone else readin') will benefit from hearing about your journey.  Of course, I think you would have made an excellent therapist/hair dresser (actually kinda similar when you think about).

Speaking of out with the old and in with the new on a MUCH smaller scale, Nick and I finally found a new coffee table.  As you might remember, we've been toying with a lot of different styles and we really didn't know exactly what we wanted.  This is unusual for me.  I usually know way too specifically what I want and end up going on a wild goose chase.  Seriously, I've been know to be like, "well, I mean, I'm just looking for, um, an olive green wool coat that comes to my knee with an unusual collar and cuffed sleeves". Having never seen one before. Fun times.

Well with the coffee table, all I knew was that we needed the following:

1. square or a circular shape... was leaning toward circular
2. needed to be lower than the couch... the horrible height of our current table made for many knee bruises!
3. upholstery would be nice? Maybe wood again? Hmmm.

For some reference, here's a shot of our trunk/coffee table that Nick and I bought off craigslist 4 years ago when we first moved in together:

A nice, solid, cedar-lined trunk...but horrible as a coffee table. Clunky, too high, wrong shape.

So anyway, back when I was in New Hampshire, I happened to be strolling a thrift store (shocking) and stumbled on a large, low, marble, square, coffee table for $97.00. I thought it was a great deal for such a heavy solid piece of marble.  Things that make you go Hmmm.

So in my usual style I debated this for a while, especially with Nick not there to weigh in, and eventually ended up walking away. Then when my cousin Melis wanted to make a second trip back to the store (to score an INCREDIBLE rug, but more on that later), I knew it was fate.  Check her out:

What do you think? I am actually thinking of painting the legs brass. Because, well, I am obsessed with brass. In fact, my cousin pointed out that they were definitely originally painted brass. Check out my inspiration here (and while you are at it, follow me and I'll follow you, too!).

Sorry I forgot to take a wider shot of the living room so you can see how it fits in the space between the couch and the daybed. It's much betta than ol' clunky if I do say so myself!

So here's the Living Room list update.  Its been veeeery slow.  However, this falls brings much more free time so expect a lot more activity, I promise!
  • Plants. The room is beggin' for them. I need help, though! How do I keep house plants alive?!
  • Curtains. I just ordered these. Now that my friend, is a good deal on curtains. Still working on the curtain rod, though.
  • Blinds. I want to switch out those lovely apartment standards for something warmer and more polished.
  • Artwork hung on either side of window (at least). I need the aforementioned curtains hung first to see what kind of wall space I'm workin' with.
  • Hang art over the couch (we're thinking huge Ribba frames framing blown up photography, like this). We've got some great shots for this from our Florida trip!
  • Hang art around the desk (maybe a gallery wall?).
  • Purchase a new coffee table (we reeeeally don't like the clunky chunky trunk anymore, but aren't sure what's next).
  • Purchase bookshelf for next to the "Eames" Lounger (something low and not too big... hoping Housing Works will come through).
  • Purchase rug for under the "Eames" lounger (I gotta figure out proportion on this one, but overall  thinking patterned, like this) .
  • Purchase small end table next to the couch.  If we have end tables on either side of the couch, maybe we don't need a coffee table at all!*Decided to veto this -- furniture overload!


PS: This isn't my first New Hampshire thrift store find. Remember The Story of a Chair? 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

And then I quit my job.

Dear Readers,

I want to catch you up to speed on some recent changes in my life...

After seven years of working in politics in DC, I'm changing course and going into interior design. Yes, a total 180. I've known for a few years that politics wasn't "it" for me, but  wasn't sure what was going to be next. I went through lots of phases: teaching, social work, hair dresser? Then, and with the help of this blog, I decided that my real passion is interior design. So now I'm switching politics to my hobby, and interior design to my job and it's awesome.

How did this happen!?!?!

Earlier this summer I decided to start doing some information collecting about interior design. I needed to figure out how I should go about it. Should I go to school? Should I apprentice? I had no real familiarity with the field other than I wanted in. So I began setting up informational interviews with some design schools in DC and started what I thought would be the slow process of changing careers. I figured it would take a year at least.

One day I was chatting with Elizabeth, the woman I babysit for and whom I also consider a friend, and she was telling me that the interior designer she works for was looking for a new part-time design assistant. Would I want to apply? What!? No! I couldn't do that!

Wait. Yes I could!

I went home to talk to Jeff about it. I didn't want to get my hopes up that this career transition could be this easy. Could we even afford for me to work part-time? How would this all work? I was content in my current political job, was I really ready to leave?  Jeff was more supportive than I even could have imagined. He assured me that the money wouldn't be an issue, we would figure it out. Now was the time to do this, start over. We don't have kids or mouths to feed. We don't have a mortgage or lots of debt. We can eat ramen if we need to to make this work. It was a rewarding feeling because for the last year we've been really focused on eliminating debt (except some student loans) and saving everything we could. In some ways, without knowing it, we were putting ourselves in a financial situation to be able to take this kind of leap. All our saving and hard work would pay off!

So I applied, interviewed and got the job. I'm still pinching myself.

I told my political job that I would be leaving and gave three weeks notice. I also offered to work part-time while they looked for a replacement. They took me up on it and since the beginning of September, I've been splitting my day, 4 hours at each place. Right now I'm training my replacement and at the beginning of October, I'll be able to focus all of my attention on my new interior design job.

About the new job... I work for an experienced designer (Annie) who started her own business and has built it form the ground up. She has a great and varied portfolio of clients all over DC. My main tasks are to keep the administrative parts of the business up to speed. Working in a database, ordering components etc. As I'm still learning the ins and outs of the business, Annie has been really inclusive with the design process and supportive of me learning all I can. I couldn't ask for anything more in a mentor and as my mother (an attorney) always says: "We must remember to lift other women up with us". Right on.

So, I'm three weeks in to my new career and couldn't be happier. I feel like I'm in a dream.  And I can't thank Blythe, Jeff and Elizabeth (my now co-worker!) enough (and Nicky and Dukester, too!) for being so supportive of this endeavor. With their encouragement and the positive feedback from 75th + Sedgwick readers, I'm on to a new chapter and loving every minute.

This is the view from my new perch:


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's Most Wonderful Time of the Year


Absolutely love the anthro choices. You are going to love the wide leg jeans... so comfy! Speaking of comfy, those dresses look beautiful and feminine AND so wearable! Love the last one especially. Well done, D!

What's going on fashion-wise here in NYC, you ask? That's a really good question. I know it was Fashion Week and all, but all I can think about is interiors/home goods. Oops. Ya see, the beginning of the fall at Housing Works is so amazing, I just gotta devote a post to it. Each branch saves all their good stuff for a big fall preview, and anything that doesn't sell just stays on the floor. Behold, pictures I took walking around the Chelsea branch.  These are all from one visit:

I'd definitely buy just about all of that stuff above... except maybe the broken canary Eames imitation that's priced at $845.00.  Yikes.

Oh, and I almost bought this to fulfill a childhood dream.  I'm kinda regretting not picking it up! 

Sigh.  Do another Groupon, Housing Works!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Dearest Blythe,

Hope you had a great Fall weekend in NYC! It was pretty cloudy here all weekend, but nice and cool. We slept with the windows open which is devine after a summer falling asleep to the loud and often not-cool-enough window AC unit in our bedroom. Though the open windows reminded me that we live on a very noisy six-lane road.

With all this cool weather comes cool clothes and I've dived into the season. While we were in Orlando last weekend to celebrate my brother's return to the States we hit up some malls and outlets. What's a better way to celebrate America than shopping!

My Mom went to town for me and my sister-in-law and funded some pieces for our Fall wardrobes. Yes, Christmas came early this year and in the form of Anthropologie. The best kind of holiday! Here's what I got...

I think I could wear this every day.

You know I love stripes!

This Velvet brand dress is the best dress I've owned in a long time. It's like wearing pajamas.

Finally bit the bullet on high-waisted jeans!

I was hesitant about this, but it looks way better on a person than the hanger.

Love the small details on this dress. Very Katharine Hepburn.

Now the hard part begins. The switching of the closets. I don't know why I call it this, I don't have two closets. But I'll pull out the Fall/Winter clothes from under the bed and put away the summer dresses.

This year I am determined to not keep articles if I don't have anything to wear with it. I seem to have all these tops that I don't have bottoms for and vice-versa. I think that's why I stick to dresses to much, it's just so easy! When I wear pants to work, my co-worker gets worried about me... "Are you feeling okay? You have slacks on." 

What's on your list for Fall? What are the ladies in NYC wearing this year?