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TREAT YO SELF: To My Top 10, Part II

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Aaaand, we’re back!  Part II of “Treat Yo Self” is here for consumption! The latter half of the Top 10 list is ready for your perusal. . . Continue Reading

5 For Friday

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Yas, yas, yas, it’s Friday. Praise to the high heavens! After two weekends back to back filled with activities, culture, out and about moves, I’m ready to take it easy and enjoy the warm weather. Continue Reading

TREAT YO SELF: To My Top 10

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A+S is doing something a bit different around here today. . . we’ve invited a guest blogger! She’s one cool cat, and always has a flair for words, and the best of the best parts: She’s my sister! Continue Reading

5 For Friday

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Oh, glorious day, Friday, how I greet you! Today and the weekend is going to be a very Spring weather one with rain, wind, and fluctuating temperatures, but you know what? It’s all good because a dear, dear friend is here to visit and hang out with allll weekend long! At long last! It’s been in the making for over a year now, but she arrived last night, and we’re going to spend QT together and with our ol’ gal group from the old company days. Lots of good meals, laughs and even some burlesque will be experienced! Here’s to a fabulous weekend ahead!

1–This natural cure of jet lag peaked my curiosity. And I’m thinking of checking it out/following its course come August, if plans go accordingly to be able to travel to London. It sounds full proof!

2–So many good shows are back at for April, and I can’t wait, here’s the laundry list as to what I’ll be diving into: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mindy Project, VEEP, and Catastrophe. 

3–Enjoying the thought of this outfit: This dress + these shoes + this ring. Wish I could snag them all. . .

4–I don’t think it has been mentioned on here, but I got myself an Apple watch a couple weeks ago, and to say the least: I’m absolutely loving it. In its essence, I wanted a new watch in general, so it’s already meeting that mark. But the pings about getting up to stand and to move around are such great, and important reminders, I’m listening to it about 95% of the time. And the fun, smart part is Apple made the bands easily interchangeable. So there’s a ton to go and lust after.

5–David Sedaris has a new column out in The New Yorker about shopping in Japan, like always and forever, read it so you smile today.

How cute is the cacti planter above?

Things I Googled This Week

google searchSometimes I like to think back to the week, and really get some perspective and what better way to see what you got into and thought about then reflecting on your Google searches? Continue Reading

Grace Coddington Talks Heavy Cream and Fainting

Swoon and sigh. Elettra Wiedemann, host of Elettra’s Goodness, was invited over to Grace Coddington’s actual Manhattan apartment to make a super luxe Potatoes Dauphinois. Grace “I don’t do sales or leftovers” Coddington warns that no one at Vogue should ever eat this disgustingly fatty dish. And then… excuse me… Bart the cat is chilling in the kitchen. Bart is a completely floppy and luscious ragdoll. And of course, there are chic framed photographs all over every available wall space in the kitchen.

I like Grace because she doesn’t let her judgy friends tell her that her red hair is too orange. I like my hair the way Grace likes her hair.

Now excuse me, I need to go sketch things and cook something British so I can be more like Grace.

Fairy Tale Fashion

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Power. Vanity. Greed. Innocence. Truth. Strength. These are all characteristics of our fictional fairy tale friends and enemies. And their clothes – from magnificent velvet capes and long pointed nails to sad little dresses in tatters – are representative of exactly what the characters are like within. (If only people were that transparent everyday.) The Museum at FIT celebrates these traits with an entire exhibit dedicated to how fairy tales have influenced designer fashion, Fairy Tale Fashion. It is like a witch’s gingerbread house – sickly sweet with an undercurrent of evil.

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5 For Friday

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Well, here we are approaching the weekend, and approaching Easter weekend Easter always is one of those holidays that just sneaks up on me, and sort of blind sides me, perhaps because after moving to NYC it’s never been a holiday to celebrate in any special way. But probably will go for some brunch and then will let the day slip away doing relaxing Sunday things. So no Easter egg hunts for me this year. . . but found this cute idea for extra/leftover eggs that you might have bought for dyeing but never got around to using. A new way to showcase flower buds! Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend, enjoy the links below, and see you back here next week!

1–Enjoying these illustrated prints of iconic stylish women and their solid “Truths” to live by. I know a few gals in my life who I could gift these to for their next birthdays very easily!

2–If you have the new iPhone 6 or 6s, then you know about taking “live photos” with your camera app. But there’s a new app, Live GIF that will take those live photos and turn them into a GIF for posting on your fave social feeds. Oh, the fun ways your phone continues to just suck you in. . .

3–And speaking of social feeds, Instagram is going the ways of Facebook, and taking away chronological feeds and replacing it with an algorithmic display of “most important”. I know a handful of folks, including myself, who are not so keen on this change, because all it will do is make sure we don’t gloss over the ads. Bah humbug is what I say to the changing of ways with these engagement algorithms.

4–One of my favorite online shops and websites talked about countless times on this blog, Everlane, received an office upgrade, by way of 8,000 square feet! The new office housed in an old 1920s laundry facility. It’s sleek, bright, white and down right gorgeous.

5–Ever the Whit Stillman fan for life now by way of my boyfriend, it’s always a big deal and big news when he’s got a new film making its way into the world. And this time, Stillman takes Jane Austen’s unfinished novella “Lady Susan” and pairs her story with some of his old but fave actresses from Last Days of Disco to deliver Love and FriendshipSo May 13 will be eagled eyed on the calendar from hence forth.

Photo from here.

Currently Watching

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Lately, as in the last few weeks, I’ve been checking off a lot of films on the “to watch list”. A slew of come in at the library and my “hold” queue is delivering like none other, and alongside that, it seems the streaming providers have been releasing documentaries, all for the viewer’s taking! Here’s what a slice of what I’ve been watching as of late. . . Continue Reading

A Brief History of Seven Killings

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The latest novel to win the Booker Prize is the incredible A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Jamaican author Marlon James. It tells the tale of the rampant gang culture that took place in Kingston during the late 70’s and early 80’s, including Bob Marley’s assassination attempt. While the characters are fiction, the historical period is not. The political parties, the ghetto dons, the CIA operatives, the rule of Michael Manley, and the Rastafari ideology – all are accurate historical references. The story is told in multiple voices: gang members who “chat bad,” a philosophical ghost, one woman who reinvents herself with a new name and a new city every time she appears.

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5 For Friday

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Hello Friday, all the way from the Gulf Coast/Naples, Florida! I managed to work around a crazy work schedule and steal some time away to catch some rays for a weekend (although, admittedly still checking email quite regularly to not be considered a true vacation, such is life with work these days. . .). Continue Reading

5 For Friday

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Seems like yesterday I was approaching last Friday, and here we are again! Hooray for Friday! I’m singing this chant to myself all day long as we roll into the weekend, and I’m also thinking about how delicious and pretty all at the same time these macaroons look! It just be a macaroon kind of weekend, and I might have to find myself visiting Lauderée for some legitimate ones when in SoHo on Saturday. The weather is certainly settling into Spring-like temperatures, so it will be pleasant to stroll about. Hope you’re able to get outside and enjoy the temperatures this weekend!

1–How many home makeovers can one internet universe take? Apparently a lot, and I’m always amazed by them (it’s no wonder that Fixer Upper is all the rage and these home makeover shows are still garnering views) but this one, I not only looked at all the pictures but actually read all the captions and text–that’s how interested I was in it.

2–I got to see one of my favorite musicians, Ray Lamontagne, in a private free album release show (backed by My Morning Jacket) at The McKittrick Hotel last week, and it was everything. Now, Ray is talking about his new album with Rolling Stone in his always off-the-cuff, just don’t care, here’s who I am attitude.

3–Yes, please to these melon pink peep toe Rachel Comey block heel sandals. They’re just so unique and cute!

4–I’ve really, really got my eye on this Provincetown, MA new hotel that opened up. I’m a sucker for bright, white spaces and are brand new, what can I say?

5–I also finally got to see Leon Bridges in concert at The Beacon this week, and the man did not disappoint. In fact, all I can think about is getting his album Coming Home on vinyl and listening to his sweet sounds on analog.

Image from here.

Shopping For Spring

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‘Tis the time of year where I start to seriously peruse the website for new spring wear with the weather changing full swing back and forth between 20 degree difference in a single day.  Continue Reading

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and everyone is asking this question: What would a better world for women and girls look like? Street artist Kelsey Montague has a mural in Soho this month to raise awareness of the power of women’s voices. Created by FEED’s #ItStartsHere movement, it encourages women to complete this sentence: “I want a world where women and girls everywhere…” My pal created a video that is featured on the FEED site, and invited me to do a voiceover. I was beyond thrilled. Are you kidding me? We broke into an unused office, I spoke into a fuzzy microphone while he directed me, and the final product is here! Just in time for International Women’s Day. Now, all I need is to be besties with Emma Watson.

Jet Lag Journal: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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In January, I was hunkered down in my office literally pounding both fists on my desk and groaning like a baby grizzly. The floor to ceiling windows behind me, while normally a perk, were showered all day with hail – plunk….plunkplunk….puh-LUNK – and it was just so gray and disgusting that I was convinced I would never see sun again. That persistent gray and precipitation – it is just soul-sucking. Like Ghost of Jacob Marley-type soul-sucking. I whined and whined. And then I turned my head ever so slightly to the left and looked at my roommate Dewi, who was similarly moaning and groaning and pounding and whining, and said “UGH. Let’s just get out of here and go to Jamaica.” She shrugged and said, “Well, OK. Book it.” She was too busy to plan so … I was in charge! My favorite thing! Being in charge of fun!

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Marcel Dzama at David Zwirner

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If you’ve been to the New York City Ballet recently, you will have seen Marcel Dzama’s amazing illustrations and dioramas throughout the lobby. Plus the oh-so-rude polka-dotting of the normally sedate, buxom marble sculptures. This is just Dzama’s month, because he also has an exhibit at the David Zwirner gallery that he did in partnership with Raymond Pettibon called Forgetting the Hand.

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Alex Nero

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Alex Nero is a Ukrainian artist living in New York City. He experiments with the physical dynamics of paint when put inside vessels of water. So while he works with paint, his actual product is digital photography, not painting. I love this idiosyncrasy and of course, also love the way the paints curve and bloom. They also retain their colors, instead of melding into a mush of gray and browns.

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5 For Friday

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Another week, come and gone! Crazy how fast they fly by if you’ve gotten into a routine and are just IN IT. This week with not much on the calendar it still managed to go by fast. But now I’m ready to just jump into the weekend (Aren’t we all?). Continue Reading

Art Garments

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I’ve fallen in love with a new Instagram account, and I’ve been meaning to share it here on the blog for a few weeks. So I’m very excited to share with you @artgarments!  Continue Reading

Belle Bird Handmade: Baubles from the Other Side of the World

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I am so charmed by the coppers and neutrals in the handmade jewelry created by Belle Bird Handmade. These designs are created in Launceston, Tasmania (Tasmania!) and include custom creations with feathers, polymer clay, and my favorite – little hand painted pieces of china. I oohed and ached for some time over her Instagram feed before realizing they that are totally affordable! Most of the sweet pieces are under $50. Which means, of course, that a package is on its way to me right now from the other side of the world.

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5 For Friday

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Pink! The color for Spring fashion, and a color that has me yearning for Spring weather. I booked a long weekend to Florida with one of my best gal pals next month, and I’m hoping that the weather down there is down right steamy.  Continue Reading

In Other Words

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There are some authors I biased toward, it’s true. And Jhumpa Lahiri definitely falls into that category, so with her new book, In Other Words, I pre-ordered my copy last month as soon as I heard it was coming out, and knew before it even made its way into my hands, I was going to be fond of this one.  Continue Reading

New York City Ballet: The Most Incredible Thing

Ah, the New York City Ballet Art Series. I mean. In life, there’s Christmas, and then there’s Villanova basketball, and then there’s the New York City Ballet Art Series. Good grief, it never disappoints. This year’s featured artist is Marcel Dzama, an illustrator/film producer/costume designer/sculptor/watercolorist/renaissance man. He created the costumes for the premiere of Justin Peck’s newest ballet, The Most Incredible Thing, with music by Bryce Dessner of The National. In addition, he filled the lobby theater with enormous movie screens featuring Amy Sedaris dancing freakishly with a painted eyeball on her forehead.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Sea of Buddha

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I can’t recall the first time I saw Hiroshi Sugimoto. It was possibly at the Hirshhorn in Washington, DC in 2006 when he took life-size portraits of wax figures of the Tudors. What I really love is his overexposed Theaters series, but I can’t even remember if I’ve seen them in person, or if I’ve read my coffee table book so many times that I feel like I have. One time while in line at the Guggenheim gift shop, I overheard a woman with long gray waves talking about how she had the opportunity to buy a Hiroshi Sugimoto Seascape for $5,000 when she was in her 20s. But then, $5,000 was far too expensive because she was a struggling artist. I don’t know if she’s still struggling, or still an artist, but she can definitely afford that Seascape now and has regretted her art purchasing decision, or lack thereof, for years.

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