October 10, 2012 § 3 Comments
Yesterday’s birthday was wonderful. Having a birthday on a Tuesday kind of takes the pressure off, you know? Instead of planning anything huge for it, I used my day to its full potential, concentrating on doing what I wanted to do instead of what I should do.
I woke up at 6:30 to get ready and head into Midtown for Grind’s “Rethink the Interest Graph” at 8:00, which was a talk about online social media content. Noah Brier spoke while I sipped Intelligentsia coffee and ate a bagel.
I decided to take the 7 train home specifically because I’ve been meaning to take photos of the group of buildings it passes in Long Island City that are absolutely covered in brightly coloured graffiti. Gotcha!
Daytime was work as usual, but broken up by constant Facebook comments, Tweets, Instagram posts, emails, and phone calls wishing me a happy birthday. You guys sure know how to make a birthday girl (or should I say lady? 31!) feel special. Also thanks to Starbucks for my free birthday drink and don’t mind my yoga hair-do.
Nick came home early to make me feel even more special. Roses!
A Howard Wolowitz bobblehead!
A Kate Spade wallet!!!
And then we ate pizza.
One of my favourite birthday gifts was just this video of my niece and nephew sent from Jenn. I mean….!!!
I wasn’t called a cougar this year, but what a great birthday. The celebrations continue tonight at a Yankees game as we head into Nick’s birthday tomorrow!
July 30, 2012 § 2 Comments
Like restaurants, New York has countless stores. Some people come to New York just to shop! With all the choices you have out there, sometimes you need a little guidance, someone to point you in the right direction. If you have taste similar to mine, I’m sure you’ll enjoy my Top 10 Places to Shop in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
1. Uniqlo - Manhattan
This store makes New York the envy of every other North American city. Well, maybe it’s just one of the reasons. Really though, with their incredibly affordable basics and great jeans, I can’t begin to tell you how many Canadian friends ask me to buy them things here to bring home when I visit. Do yourself a favour and make sure you hit up one of their three NYC locations when you’re in town and stock up on your favourites!
2. Strand - Manhattan
This legendary bookstore is a must-visit for bookworms visiting New York. It’s full of new and used books as well as great Strand and NYC merchandise.
3. Dalaga - Brooklyn
My personal favourite clothing store for the past three years. This boutique is owned by sisters Michelle and Mary, but every lovely lady who works at this store is friendly and helpful. Have a question about how comfortable that shoe is? Chances are, one of the girls working there is wearing that pair and can tell you all about it. The best part is that the clothes are gorgeous and unique, but are still affordable. I love to bring friends visiting here and watch them buy half a new wardrobe.
4. Catbird - Brooklyn
The mecca for cute, beautiful, and unique jewelry. Much nicer than costume jewelry, but it won’t break the bank. They also sell letterpress cards, Saipua soap, and summer hats.
5. ABC Carpet & Home - Manhattan
A perfect destination for window shopping, interior design lovers. Even if you can’t afford that $1500 end table, you will be inspired by their displays and merchandise.
6. Journelle - Manhattan
This lingerie shop is the anti-Victoria’s Secret. Find pretty underthings from Eberjey, Elle Macpherson, and Fortnight that make you feel beautiful instead of like you’re some kind of unfamiliar raunchy version of yourself.
7. J. Crew - Manhattan
I love J. Crew’s new, fresh, colourful, and fun looks these days. Great for bright jeans, cute tops, purses, shoes and more. A great place to go just to get outfit inspiration.
8. Madewell - Manhattan
Sometimes called “J. Crew’s little sister”, Madewell is a chain that’s clearly in-tune with the latest fashion trends. The store in Soho can be a little overwhelming as it fills up fast on the weekend. Just take your time and try to shop through all those racks of cute stuff while dodging people!
9. Word - Brooklyn
I’m lucky to have my favourite bookstore right in my neighbourhood! This shop is cozy and on the smaller side, but this just means quality over quantity. The staff gives great reading recommendations and their comment cards provide the perfect opportunity to get rid of your “reader’s block”. I buy almost all of my greeting cards here too.
10. Eastern District - Brooklyn
This beer and cheese shop is such a treat for food lovers. Order a turkey sandwich with gouda and bacon marmalade on fresh bread, pick up some tasty cheese, try some new craft beers, or take home some tasty treats (anything from chocolate to honey to pickles). You’ll be glad you did!
(photo: Benjamin Lozovsky)
December 29, 2011 § 2 Comments
I just got the chance to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo this afternoon, and after confirming that it was in fact as fantastic as it looked, I can post my last Best Of List for 2011! So here we go, in no official order, my favourite movies of 2011:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Fantastic, dark, intelligent and appropriately violent! David Fincher did a great job turning this book into a movie. He makes the lead character, Lisbeth Salander, more instantly likable than the books did and cut out some of the unnecessary meanderings of the novels. I hope he makes the other two. Until then, I’ll be waiting anxiously.
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2
My favourite book-to-movie series every, the 10-year Harry Potter movie theatre reign came to a bittersweet end this year. Bittersweet because the last two movies were great, but now there’s no more to look forward to! However, I did take solace in knowing they were all made well and that I never lost interest. Thanks for everything, Harry!
Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen’s love letter to Paris in the form of a film was the final push Nick and I needed to decide to visit the city this summer. The movie tells a funny and unique story while at the same time showcasing legendary writers and featuring gorgeous Parisian landmarks. What’s not to like?
Funny, sad, and beautiful all at the same time.
Just plain funny.
Bill Cunningham: New York
A must-see documentary for any lover of New York or fashion. The 82 year-old New York Times fashion photographer leads a simple, yet full life specializing in candid and street photography and scoots around Manhattan on his bicycle.
What was your favourite movie this year? Did I miss anything great?
December 15, 2011 § Leave a Comment
For those of you who don’t know, I love Dalaga. I do almost all my clothes shopping there, quite often while wearing clothes I’ve bought there in the past. They have the sweetest owners, sisters Michelle and Mary, and adorable, helpful staff members who also wear mostly Dalaga clothes so they can give you honest recommendations on the comfort of shoes, pants, and whatever else you might have questions about.
It’s about time this shop has been recognized on a nation-wide level. I just hope they don’t get too big for Greenpoint and move to Manhattan! ;)
Congratulations again, ladies!
See more photos of their What Not To Wear shoot here.
November 25, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Here are some great discount codes I’ve come across for some of my favourite brands:
Seychelles Footwear – get 30% off with the code: BLACK FRIDAY
J Crew – get 25% off with the code: YOURGIFT
BC Footwear - get 30% off with the code: BLACKFRIDAY
ASOS – get 20% off with the code: HAPPYBLACKFRIDAY
Dalaga – Free shipping on online orders of $150+, or if you live in New York, visit their Brooklyn store to get 10% off everything on Saturday!
Have fun (and let me know what you bought)!
[Swan print shirt photo from ASOS]
November 16, 2011 § 2 Comments
On a rainy day like today in Brooklyn, I love to work with the windows open. I alternate between listening to moody music like Radiohead and Hayden and just listening to the rain. I also usually feel like either watching one of my favourite movies (maybe Harry Potter or Lost in Translation) or reading on the couch.
Both from Journelle.
November 15, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Just a few photos from my Pinterest collection to brighten your day, this particularly cloudy Tuesday.
October 17, 2011 § 3 Comments
Fall is here and the cold weather is on its way. I will soon be spending more nights inside, watching movies with my husband in cozy pajamas with a glass of wine. My anchor-patterned Paul Frank pajama pants have finally fallen apart, so I’m in the market for some new ones. Here are some of my favourites…
Vintage Pajama Set - J Crew
Dot Boyfriend Pajama Pant – Steven Alan
Chambray Sleep Pant - J Crew (my favourite, but they’re sold out!)
What do you wear to bed? Do you sleep in something you think I’d like? Please share!
September 20, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Well guys, tomorrow is the first day of Fall. Summer seemed to fly by this year. Just as I had my summer wardrobe perfected, the weather turned and now I’m taking stock on all the new clothes of the season.
I find that a good sweater or cardigan is the easiest way to transition into Fall – you don’t have to put away all your summer favourites yet, just add some layers. Here are some sweaters I’m loving so far.
Reese Witherspoon for Lindex
Have you started your Fall shopping yet?
August 24, 2011 § 5 Comments
Nick and I arrive in London tomorrow night! We will have two days to explore the city before spending Sunday at the Reading Festival.
I’ve never been to Europe before, let alone a European music festival, so I’m sure it will be an experience! Both of us are bringing our “wellies” and I’m hoping the weather will be warm enough to wear shorts & a tanktop like this pretty lady:
…but I’m also realistic in knowing my festival outfit will probably look more like this (if I’m lucky!):
Suddenly, I’m worried my boots aren’t high enough!
I’d love to hear what your festival must-haves and rules are – have you ever camped out at a festival? Do you swear by a certain outfit? Do you rely on layers? I’m slowly packing my suitcase throughout the day and would love to hear what you have to say!