Way up on the top floor of the High Line Hotel, overlooking the snowy courtyard, is a tiny corner jewelbox of a room. With two dormer windows, a worn and colorful oriental rug, graphic blue wallpaper, and cup full of sharpened pencils (my favorite!), the room was such a cozy getaway. The High Line Hotel is two blocks away from my apartment, and I spend every Saturday morning here with a cup of Intelligentsia coffee and little sketching journal. When I saw a 20% off sale on Tablet, I booked months and months in advance. I love having something sweet to look forward to in the middle of winter.
Rebecca Szeto is an artist with a love for art history and for the humble, dirty old paintbrush on its last leg. With her paintbrush portraits, she is referring to the history of painting by using its own tool. She whittles the handle of the brush in order to make a canvas. By whittling, she is “reducing the brush to its core value or essence.” In this series of ladylike portraits, she celebrates lost, obscure women across history and geography.
Amber Seagraves is the creator and designer of the accessories brand Lasso Abode. Handmade in Los Angeles, it’s a collection of beautifully bohemian fringed pillows and bags inspired by what Amber calls “Nordic Western” style. I met Amber at a business conferences for marketers and creatives, Unique CAMP. Her story is fantastic: it’s a cross-country journey with well-established brands at her back and her own entrepreneurial adventures ahead. Amber was incredibly kind to take time to share her story and offer up her expertise with All + Sundry. Please enjoy and sign up for Lasso Abode’s newsletter to see the new products that pop up and the occasional sale codes!
Anya Von Bremzen is a very well-published food writer, a regular contributor to Travel + Leisure, and author of the cookbook Please to Table. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is not a cookbook – it is an evocative memoir of growing up in Soviet Russia. She also discusses her frustrations and her fascinations with the brightly colored boxes of American food, paralyzed by the multiplicity of choices after emigrating to the United States. I was drawn to this book for the love of food writing, and of course by the playful cover illustration that captured my fancy.
The food is Soviet Russia was affected very much by who was in power at the time, so Anya’s memoir runs in order of Lenin (during the Russian famine), Stalin (in which locals spent hours in food lines for soured vegetables), and then Kruschev (so much corn, wayyyyy too much corn and too little of everything else).
Around this time last year in the winter evening, I found myself at a dream catcher craft class. And as I was thinking back about how I loved making something tactile and getting out of my normal winter blues groove, I was reminded how it’s probably a good thing to occupy the brain with other fun stuff over the next few months to get through the monotony of winter. Continue Reading
Before it even opened, Renzo Piano’s new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art, a nine-story structure of asymmetrically stacked glass and steel became a hot spot for stylistas. So it’s not surprising that the structure has generated its own fashion statement. Italy’s Max Mara has collaborated with the architect’s studio, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, on the Whitney Bag.
I love this creepy creepy book about a little girl named Merricat who is essentially the Bennington, Vermont version of the The Bad Seed. Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the story of the three remaining members of a wealthy family who were murdered by dipping into the sugar bowl. The poisoned sugar killed them at their prosperous dining table; the townies, resentful of their stingy wealth, are thrilled. Constance, Merricat and Uncle Julian are the reclusive survivors who spend their days cooking, pulling vegetables and flowers from the garden and cleaning the house to an obsessive-compulsive degree. They add to the never-ending rows of jars of pickled veggies and jams in the basement. They talk to their cat…and also listen to their cat. Impaired Uncle Julian spends his days documenting the minutiae of the last living day of his family in a draft of a never-to-be-published book. And the townies sing a song in mockery about poisoned tea with sugar.
It’s femur is the size of a sofa; its teeth aren’t sharp but they perform like big rakes for foliage; and while its being referred to as one of the titanosaur group, it’s so new that it still hasn’t been given a name. The skeleton fills an entire room of the museum and is still so big that the curators playfully have his huge head peeking out from the doorway entrance.
Check it out now at the American Museum of Natural History on the dinosaur floor through January 2020.
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Last week Celine Dion’s longtime husband, René Angélil, died from throat cancer. She says he’s “the only boyfriend I ever had.” I’ve seen this brilliant woman perform four times in Las Vegas, and she always goes for and hits the highest, hardest notes. I’m thinking of how this loss will affect her joy, and therefore her will to perform, and I hope she reaches for and overcomes this high, hard note with the same aplomb.