Kyra picked a restaurant for us to try recently based on her favorite color palette, navy and rose gold. A cozy neighborhood joint on a tree-lined street of Soho, Navy is excellent for oysters and fresh fish. I personally loved the design of the space, with canvas sails nailed down with brass rivets, and smooth blue and white tiles that reminded me of Lisbon to house the espresso machine and the oyster shucking station. We also totally loved the teeny tiny bathroom, where you pull down the sink from the wall, wash your hands, and then dump the water by folding the sink back up. If you love the design of Smith & Mills, the owners other restaurant, then you’ll love the style and bigger space of Navy.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (as in, “I’d like to thank the Academy”) quietly posted some awesome costume design sketches from my favorite movie last summer. Phyllis Nefler, leader of the super-rich yet confidence-lacking Troop Beverly Hills, had ensemble after fabulous ensemble, all designed by Theadora Van Runkle. Remember when Phyllis waltzes in late to divorce court after taking her troop to a school for the blind to describe the latest fall fashions? She announces to the judge that her stunning dress is a Van Runkle. Van Runkle’s papers and drawings from the movie are housed at the Academy Library, and a few were posted online, including this oral history where she discusses the red dress with giant sequin shoulder bird.
Well, I am relishing in this Friday folks. Yesterday’s weather forecast literally said, “abundant sunshine”–gotta love that description! I feel like in the past couple months there has been a deluge of such bad and sad news what with not one, but two earthquakes rocking Nepal’s world. And the constant police/civilian deathly altercations, and now, the Amtrak derailment in Philly. It just doesn’t seem to stop. . . but then if you’re able to shift your perspective, there’s also a lot of good stuff happening out there. Continue Reading
Hilary Mantel sure has managed to continue to generate buzz after buzz for herself with her Thomas Cromwell/Wolf Hall trilogy series, but before I embarked on that in-depth reading dive, I thought I’d first see who the author was as a person. As told from her own perspective in her memoir. . . Continue Reading
Sunny days are great for so many things, chief among them a day in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and lavender shortbread. After spotting an artisanal bakery on a stranger’s Instagram feed this past winter, I’ve been wanting to go. So, having breakfast at Bakeri followed by a sunbathing session in the park and a trip to a locally-owned bookstore, made for a pretty cute Greenpoint day. Continue Reading
The foremost museum of American Art in New York City has totally heard my personal mutterings as I trudge through the Upper East Side snow, nowhere near my apartment, and done me a straight up solid. They have abandoned their Marcel Breuer building and created a new one from scratch designed by Renzo Piano conveniently located 4 blocks away from my apartment. I mean, I can pick up a yogurt, walk leisurely along the High Line, admire the seasonal foliage, toss my empty yogurt cup into the trash can situated just so at the entrance, flash my membership card, and roll myself right into one of the world’s best museums. Thank you, New Whitney, thank you for allowing me to exert no effort whatsoever to show up whenever I damn well please.
Dun dun DUNNN!!!! It’s time to bare your legs, and yes, butt too – for it is Spring, which means day trips to the beach are right around the corner. So I’ve been hitting the gym and this past weekend, hitting the trail too. Breakneck Ridge is a mountain along the Hudson River just about 90 minutes upstate by train. If you muster up the energy to wake up and grab a green juice by the 8:43 train out of Grand Central, you’re in for a treat. Exiting at Breakneck station is entertaining in itself, as you have to exit by one set of doors only onto little wooden makeshift steps. Out of those doors pour the hikers, backpacks and hiking poles in hand. And some dogs. A short walk leads you to the trail head, and from that point on, you are in for it.
There are few things better than a vacation in a beautiful locale, except when you do it with 20 other people that you know and have great parties together. Spring Break? Close. Try Catered Spring Break. My friends threw a couple beautiful parties right on the cliffs of The Rockhouse and The Caves in Negril as the sun set. With glowing lanterns and banana cake and little shells at every place setting, they could not have been more magical. Well maybe if Taye Diggs was there it could have been more magical. But it was pretty great, nonetheless.
Sometimes the ideas and crafts and food creations people devise really do amaze me! I mean, watercolor cookies? Yes, please! Take a look at how to make these fun and adorable edible cookies! And see if you’re inspired to make some tasty hand-made desserts as an alternative Mother’s Day gift!
The central bank of Norway, Norges Bank, invited eight firms to submit ideas for fresh banknotes for the country. Snøhetta, a design firm from Oslo whose projects have included New York City’s 9/11 Memorial Museum, took top honors, and their new bills are expected to go into circulation in 2017.