Monday, May 30, 2011

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Vacation is FINALLY here!

Hi Deweese,

I'm sure you did the right thing. You are asking the wrong girl about getting convinced to buy products. I just got my haircut last night for the first time in six months. And that's pretty good for me. She tried to push the Bumble and Bumble and I just mumbled "no thanks". However, my hair still smells really nice. Hmmmm. $30.00 isn't too much to spend on leave-in conditioner, is it? Yes, yes it is.

Anyway, anyway, on to the good stuff. At 5pm today it is officially V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N! With so much going on lately, Nick and I have been feeling a lot like this little guy who we spotted at PETCO while picking up Sr. Diez:



Now that hamster(?) can MOVE. Seriously, he wasn't even panting!

Well I am panting... and ready for more than a little relaxation. Something more along the lines of this:
Beautiful Photograph by Photographer Valerie Chiang.

With a little bit of this action (or, er, lack there of)...
Via: Flickr

And definitely a little (or a lot) of this...
Photo: Unknown, Via: readymade.com

So, we'll be away from the computer screen for a couple of days, but will be back bloggin' shortly. I hope everyone reading this blog has some relaxation in store, too... whether its a beach vacation or a staycation. Soak up the sun with a good book. (And some Blue Lizard! C'mon now, safety first!)

Here are some links to help make the day fly by!

  • My mani/pedi choice for the trip.
  • New from SJP.
  • Apparently Urban Outfitters has been stealing the ideas of some independent artists. Not cool, Urban.
  • Has anyone ever tried this? I am intrigued.
  • Whoa. Just, whoa.
  • Spotted this in the Container Store travel section. Genius or holy paranoia? Maybe both?

See ya tomorrow, D! Cant wait.







PS: A year ago this weekend some of my best friends got married and we partied in this rad tent. How cool is that? Just had to share. Happy Anniversary, Stenny!

Photo by Nick!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Snookered: The Story of a Facial

Blythe-

Love all the new blogs! Gotta add these to my google reader. One of my new favorites is Lauren Conrad's: The Beauty Department. It's a gorgeous blog and it has really good and totally achievable beauty tips which I'm always looking for. But I still wonder if I'll ever really be able to put eye-liner on.


Speaking of beauty:

I don’t get facials regularly. I got a few before our wedding at the recommendation of Meggie V, which was a terrific idea. Recently I’ve been feeling a little like my face thinks I’m 14 again, so I decided to seek professional help. My co-worker has been telling me how much she likes Dermalogica, so I found a place in DC that uses their products. Easy enough, right? Blemish-free in no time!

I made an appointment for a ‘Spa Signature Facial’ which cost around $100 for 60 minutes. Pretty standard for what I’ve found in DC. But I didn’t leave with a regular facial. I was SNOOKERED! There I was on the table, with the bright light and eye pads and a gorgeous aesthetician ‘mapping my face’. Turns out, not only am I 14, but ALL of my pores were clogged, I had major blockage and my face couldn’t breathe! THE HORROR! So obviously I agreed to a more in-depth facial with two ‘add-ons’ of extraction (OUCH!) and oxygenation (still no clue what this is but I had to take three deep breaths so that I had more oxygen in my body). Oh and let’s not pretend that I didn’t walk out with a new toner and night cream only because the cleanser and exfoliant were out of stock. Those are next on my list.

Some members of my new zit army.
So what’s a girl to do? Opt for the $100 facial that ‘won’t even begin to fix your problems’ or take the plunge and get to the root of the problem. I would like to note that the aesthetician was perfectly lovely and merely concerned for my poor pores.

Do you facial? Do you let yourself be bamboozled with beauty products?

My new fear (as I patiently wait for my pores to continue detoxing, read: more zits) is that I’m going to clog my face back up with sunblock at the beach next week. Oye. I’m definitely going to bring the Blue Lizard that we have left over from our honeymoon. It’s the best sunblock I’ve tried. Super heavy and greasy, but Jeff and I are one pale pair and we didn’t get an ounce of red in the Dominican Republic last year. Yay!

I haven't been able to focus on anything but our upcoming beach trip next week so I've added some beach fun to our etsy faves. GET ME TO THE BEACH!

See you soon!




Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bloggy Blogs

To My Beloved Bookworm Deweese,

I love your summer reading list! It inspires me. So does the Kindle. Dude, I recently found myself reading my kindle while walking underground in the vast tunnel that is the Union Square subway station. Now THAT is dangerous. I am currently reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and so far so good. The writing style is completely different from what I normally read. However, next week when we are on the beach (!) I will probably switch to Are you there Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. Cause, c'mon, its vacation.

Truth be told, I mainly read BLOGS. I find that there are constantly so many new beautifully crafted blogs out there and I just can't get enough. I thought I'd share with you a (very) small percentage that have recently entered my daily routine. These are not really new, some are actually super established, but nonetheless..

The City Sage. From one of the creators of Rue...


Rock Star Diaries. Stories of a DC-based adorable young family...

Posing With Friends.
Our friend Lucy's little brother's overnight success of complete hilarity...

Anthropologie's new tumblr blog. BRAND NEW. But c'mon, I know I'm gonna love it!

And just for fun, here are Nick's looong time favorite blogs, both are random in content and lots of fun:

So, how do you find out about new blogs? For me, mostly my friends (or my constantly-in-the-know cousin, Melissa) email them to me to check out. Other times I find them through the blog lists that my favorite bloggers post on their blogs. (That sentence reminds me of "how much wood coulda wood chuck chuck"...) Also, I just (JUST) started using the site bloglovin' to track my blogs and have found a couple of blogs through it that I am, in fact, lovin'.

I have to be completely honest, though.

Sometimes my heart starts to beat really fast and I feel really overwhelmed that there are just TOO MANY blogs and that I'll never, ever see them all! And then I narrow it down and get real. The fact is, many of our friends have some pretty incredible blogs themselves! These guys are always in my rotation, and keep me perfectly content. I never miss a post:



Do you (or anyone else reading this) have any new blogs you'd like to share with me? I'd love to check them out!


love from the blogosphere,






PS: Can we begin an official countdown to Beach Trip 2011? It will definitely help me get through this week. T-minus 4 days until I see you, all the other amigos, and hopefully plenty of sunshine! More beach-related eye candy to come on Friday... but here's a teaser:

Photographer Unknown, Source: Pinterest.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Summer Reading List

Thanks for the anniversary wishes! Jeff and I are going to Florida later this summer to celebrate but Sunday evening after we delivered the Lil' Deuce Coops to their parents (with not a scrape!) we headed to the rooftop bar in our neighborhood and enjoyed such a lovely night. I definitely didn't expect to wake up on our 1st anniversary with a 2 and 5 year old, but it was a great weekend and we had a blast. 

I'm obsessed with your new chair. I'm a bit shocked considering the other chairs you've purchased recently. I think it's great that you're mixing up the styles. The latest addition looks like a perfect place to curl up and read...

I like reading. I like reading so much that strangers stop me on the street and tell me that walking and reading is dangerous. I'm not sure if 'dangerous' is the word I would use, but it's probably not advisable. Some other examples of unadvisable reading habits...
  
On our honeymoon last year I was reading the first installment of the Stieg Larsson series. Jeff gave me those honeymoon eyes, and I said "Can I just finish this chapter?" No beuno.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree because when the Doctor came to tell my Mom she was ready to deliver me, Dee said "Let me just finish this chapter." Hmmmm.

So here's my latest reading guide:
I'm currently reading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I love BK because she's from Kentucky, but I have an awful time getting in to her books. Usually I'm halfway through before I get to a happy place. I've previously read The Lacuna and Prodigal Summer. BK's former sister-in-law is a member of my Mom's book club, which is oh so.... Kentucky.

Jane Mount

Below are some recommendations from a girl who reads and walks:

Great Summer Beach Reads:
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Cult Classics that you should read if you haven't already:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (JLAW just got cast as the main character!)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

For when you're feeling a little deep:
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Old Classics I have read recently and recommend:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Next up on my list:
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Recommendations from Dee:
The Piano Teacher by Janice YK Lee 
A Death in Tuscany by Michele Giuttari
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 
The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille

Whew!

What's on your reading list for this summer?

xo,

Monday, May 23, 2011

Story of a Chair.

Hi D,

How was your weekend? First and foremost, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.!I hope that you and Jeff had a fabulous day yesterday. I will never forget your pool and chartreuse wedding day (and all the fun we had in Louisville leading up to it) and how happy you two were that day! I'll always remember excitedly watching guests arrive from the windows on the 2nd floor of that gorgeous ol' mansion, and standing in that beautiful, beautiful courtyard watching you two get hitched, officially... sigh. And I know people are still talking about your pie table, girl, you nailed it with that one!

Now back to reality. As an added bonus to Familypalooza, my brother was able to bring down a chair Nick and I purchased at a thrift store in my hometown in New Hampshire. Here's the story of how we got it...

Way back at Christmas Nick and I were searching for a china cabinet and decided a great place to look would be the thrift stores in New Hampshire. These stores are amazing to us New Yorkers because the prices are AWESOME, there is a usually a huge selection, no crowds, and they often have some really beautiful things. While wandering around a thrift store in my hometown I happened to notice this chair and snapped it with Nick's iphone:

Notice the New Hampshire scene out the window... snow and a stone wall!

We forgot all about it and continued our search. As you might remember, we ended up going "big box store" on the china cabinet front and are happy with the results.

Fast forward to April. Nick and I were riding the train to Hudson for our anniversary and I was scrolling through the pictures on his phone. (Nick's phone's photo album is basically a living history of our time in NYC and it is super sweet/nostalgic/hilarious to scroll through. I do it all the time.) So I scrolled to the chair and GASPED. All the sudden I HAD to have it. I sent the pic to my mom and texted: "Have you been there recently? Is it still there?". Mind you, this is 4 months later. In NYC, if you return 4 hours later to Housing Works on a Saturday to see if your "dream whatever" is still there, it's 100% gone. Then and there you learn the lesson to impulse buy, buy, buy.

So my mom, who first taught me about the joy of the shopping hunt, was on it. She drove over to the store and wandered around. No chair. Assume the game is over? No, no, no. She walks over to the shop owner and shows her the picture. This is where the story gets really "New Hampshire":

Mom: "Do you remember this chair you had in your shop around Christmastime?" (This store is actually a huge old house and has rooms filled with the stuff.)

Shop Owner: "Why, sure! That's my neighbor's chair! It never sold."

Mom: "Really? Because my daughter might be interested..."

Shop Owner: "Wonderful! Let me give my neighbor a ring right now."

Ring ring...

"Hey it's me, yeah, someone wants to buy your chair!"

The shop owner said that on the other end of the line she heard her neighbor call out: "Hooooooney, get up off the chair! Somebody wants it!" Apparently her hubby was reading the paper or doing a crossword or something and leaped up to bring it over to the store.

I love New Hampshire.

So what do you think of it?



What I love most is that the upholsterer placed a branch in the center of the chair instead of a flower. I feel overall the style could get pretty preppy, so some mixing of patterns and layering hopefully makes it more folksy/grandma chic. Can't wait for you to see it in person!

Love,







PS: I saw two things I want to share with you from CBS Sunday Morning (yes, I'm a grandma who watches CBSSM religiously, and yes, I suggest you try it, too). First, check out this photo tour of colorful home. That living room?! I want to go there. Also, check out this blog of the latest good-looking cat toys and furniture. Yeah, you read that correctly.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Oh So DC...

Blythe-

Those kicks are awesome. You gotta get the brown sandals. No clue about Zara shoes. They are all so cute, but for the price point they better hold up for at least a season.  I love shoes and think they can totally make an outfit, but I hate buying them. I hate spending money on them. I should probably be better about that.

I got in supa late last night. I went to a black tie event with my Dad at one of the museums in DC.   The event was an award ceremony for a company that he works with. I don't typically partake in this DC circuit and it was fascinating to attend an event like this. Lots of tuxes, name-dropping and bad wine. It was hysterical and I had a terrific time with my dad and his colleagues.

And... the centerpieces were terrariums! I saw a woman leaving with one and I'm so upset I didn't think of it!





























So pretty! After the event we stopped by the Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel, a storied place. Their specialty drink is the mint julep, so we were right at home.

I'm also excited to report that Jeff and I are babysitting the Lil' Deuce Coops for the whole weekend. We have a really fun weekend planned full of parks, farmers markets, scootering and pizza!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Summertime Kicks

Hi Deweese,

I know exactly what you mean about flattery vs. lame. Normally when things become too trendy I have this strong negative reaction. This happened with both NKOTB and DMB when I was younger. I disliked them just for being popular. I didn't even have a favorite New Kid (ok, Jordan, but still).

However, I have to admit I totally want Tom's (these ones) and have a few other trendy items on my love/hate list that I too wonder if they are too cliche/robotic! Tom's are definitely OK no matter how trendy... buying them serves a great cause. I want them to get even more popular than they already are, don't you?

Speaking of Tom's, I'm totally on a summer shoe kick lately. Must be the fact that NYC weather has had me in my wellies all week.

So I know this seems sorta anti-female but I am not particularly into shoes. I know, I know, I love them... but I am not into them any more than I am into any other garment. And I'm definitely not into them as much as I am into a chunky beautiful ring, necklace or earring. Just saying. Anyways, this season there's lots to love and I feel like a real shoe lover. Here's my must-have list:

  • Kicks for kickin' around Central Park (already purchased):


  • These hot wedges to pair with wide leg jeans and with shorts (inspiration from Buffalo District!). A splurge for me, but I've loved them for weeks. Might be time to bite the bullet:


  • These Flats (when they go on sale) for color blocking outfits at work and baby/bridal showers, etc, etc, etc:


  • Sandals (still debating about these) for, well, everyday:
Now I just need some super comfy flip flops. Comfy enough for me to make the 3+ mile walk home from the office. Ssekos? Reefs? Maybe I'll go back to my ol' standard: Rainbows. They fit right in with my whole 70's boho vibe.


Love,




Oh, and how awesome are these?

Are Zara shoes comfortable? Because I want to buy the whole website!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Flattery or Lame?

Dear Blythe-

What a weekend, looks like so much fun. You know I love it when you use your china and your photos are amazing per usual. We have to start planning our trip to NYC next month. I want to do all of these things! How do we fit them in less than 48 hours?

So, when I was little I went to pre-school with twins who always had the coolest and latest pony-tail holders. You remember, giant plastic globes in all different colors and the like.  I was constantly coveting their hair bobbles. I would beg my Mom to take me to the drugstore after school to see if we could find what the twins had worn that day. The twins didn't seem to mind my copycat status and my Mom assured me that imitation is the fondest form of flattery. It's one thing to imitate and get ideas from your friends. But what if you're just imitating the masses?

Let me explain. 

Lately I have been craving a pair of Toms. The only problem is that when I'm walking to my office from the Metro, every other woman I see is wearing them. Sure there are different styles and colors and they are obviously good commuting shoes. But sometimes I worry that if I indulge my craving, I'll end up feeling like I'm joining a tribe of robots on their way to 8 hours of cubicle life.

Toms are just an example of the constant array of trendy items that I covet. And I don't mean Vogue trends necessarily, just stuff you actually see on the street or blogs on a regular basis. Below is a sample of such trends I have loved and some I still love. Some indulged, some resisted and some I just haven't gotten to yet.

1. Ray-Ban Wayfarer
2. Keep Calm and Carry On Print
3. Ork DC Poster
4. Toms Coral Linen Women's Classics
5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry Gold Watch
6. Silhouettes by MissCrowland
7. Organizing Books by Color
8. Longchamp Planetes Tote
9. Succulent Terrariums

Have you given in to any of these? What's your trendy weakness?

xo,

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Familypalooza Recap

Hi Deweese,

I am so glad that your weekend was fun! The W looks gorgeous! We'll have to hit that up next time I'm in town... BTW, when am I "next in town"? We need to get on that. I want to try Founding Farmers and I'm craving some Levante's hummus!

Ok, so my Familypalooza is (sadly) over! It was sooooooo fun and I'm soooooo tired. Too tired, in fact to make cohesive sentences. So here is a random assortment of photographs with some captions!

First up, small family brunch at our place. The french toast was a success, so here's the recipe!

Sigh. Look at those little feet on my new baby "nephew". I'm so lucky to have so many little babies with little feet in my life!


Then, MoMA. Dad was pumped to see one his faves, Tres Musicos. Here's a shot I liked from the current design exhibition:

And a close-up of Water Lillies:
It was fun to go to MoMA with family that never gets to go and even some that have never been. It's feels all warm and fuzzy to visit Starry Night again and yet kinda for the first time.

Add in a reboot for Nick (MoMA carries his favorite kind of coffee, Columbe). He was so psyched:

Then lots more stuff happened including two dinners Saturday night! We couldn't decide on where to eat so we had apps and cocktails at the Central Park Boathouse and dinner at The National. This is a great way for visitors to experience two NYC restaurants in one night!

Then we said goodbye to some family and hello to some more! With this new crew we got to ride the Roosevelt Island Tram... 100% just for fun. I love how having people visit gets us to try things we'd never get around to doing.



So, D, there you have it. Between the two of us I think we hugged enough people. ate at enough restaurants and taken in enough sites (plus a wedding!) to earn an entire weekend of couch time next weekend!



Love,

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wild Weekend!

Blythe-

Hope familypalooza is going well! Can't wait to hear all about it!

I didn't get much sleep last night because Jefe, Lil' Q and I went to see Billy Woodward and the Senders at the Black Cat. They were SOOOO good! Billy is amazing. To me he looks like Johnny Cash, has Jerry Lee Lewis' hair and sounds like Elvis. What could be better?

We had a terrific weekend celebrating Jefe's graduation from GW Business School. There was a ceremony Friday night, followed by a delish meal at Founding Farmers. On Saturday my parents and I drove to Philly for the wedding of my oldest friend, Christian. It was so fun and turns out the happy couple was featured in the New York Times Weddings/Celebrations page. Whoa! Sunday we had brunch with the whole fam and then hit the rooftop of the W Hotel for drinks and laughs. What a view of the city and it was such a beautiful day!



Im out. Happy Monday!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blythe's Familypalooza!


Hi Deweese,

I hear you on breaking fashion rules! What about: "horizontal stripes make a girl look heavier no matter what". Not true! It's really all about fit, don't you think? I break all of those rules you mentioned too (even the white/labor day one). I think my rebellion from "the rules" started at my first internship when my boss told me wearing brown and black together is very "sophisticated". Life is just way more fun this way!

What are you up to this weekend? I'm having a Familypalooza of my own! Loads and loads of family members are coming into town this weekend and we have lots of plans including (but not limited to):

  • Brunch at our place. If the french toast recipe I'm trying is good, I'll post it next week. Quality control comes first on this blog!!
  • An afternoon at MoMA. Have you seen this? I could read those all day!

  • Dinner at the Central Park Boathouse. I've never been (!) and it always reminds me of one of my favorite movies: Little Manhattan. So we'll be headed there if the weather is good, and...
  • Oh yeah and a stop at the original Patsy's a bit later in the weekend. One time Nick and I got sucked into an hour long TV show on PBS or the Food Network or something trying to explain the 100+ year old pizza saga in NYC between Grimaldi's, Lombardi's, Nick's, Ray's, Totonno's and of course Patsy's. I'm still trying to figure it out.
YUM. Talk about a classic NYC weekend, right?


Miss you!







PS: I used hydrangeas to decorate my apartment for this weekend... so I thought I'd feature this gorgeous photo I found by Gardner41 on Flickr. Enjoy!

PPS: Sorry for the delay in our post this AM, dear readers! Blogger was having a "Friday the 13th" moment. Also, hopefully yesterday's post will reappear soon.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fashion Rules

Blythe,
I'm kinda diggin' the feathers. I feel like I need to see them in person though. Do you giggle when you see women wearing them? They kind of remind me of the 'tinsel' that Adrienne Maloof from Real Housewives: Beverly Hills wears in her hair. Even the NYTimes thinks so! 

Speaking of fashion, I had a chuckle the other day on my walk to work. I realized that my 9 year old self would have had a fit if she saw what I was wearing. I was guilty of mixing stripes and a floral pattern. When I was a pre-teen I thought there were specific fashion rules to live by, and wouldn't dream of defying them. Maybe it's because one day in the third grade a teacher noticed that I was wearing plaid shorts with a striped shirt and said "Oh! Someones Mom must be out of town!" Okay, so my Mom was out of town and my fatherly ponytail was probably a dead giveaway, but that comment really stuck with me! Here are the rules as I saw them: 
And here's a glimmer of what I was wearing on Tuesday...


Only the striped (go figure) scarf is a new addition to my closet. The floral skirt is vintage, as in my Mom made it in the 70s. Not only is the pattern adorable, but it has pockets and a zipper and a lace hem to boot!

I'm not saying it's the cutest outfit on the block, but I had fun wearing it!

I would say that I break each of the above rules on a regular basis with the exception of wearing white after Labor Day. I typically feel like white is safe after Easter or at least Derby. But you won't catch me in it the first week in September. I guess old habits die hard!

Guess who else breaks the rules...

What rules to do break? Are there still rules you live by?

xo,





PS... Tuesday is also the day a bird Sh*t on me. Good luck my A*s!

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