March 1, 2010 § 2 Comments
I took the two hour venture into Toronto on Saturday to meet with my lovely lady friend Julia for lunch. It’s always a good time when you mix the two of us with food and coffee, especially coffee, since I don’t drink it often and when I do, I get pretty enthusiastic! After stuffing our faces with Sadie’s Diner’s breakfast burritos, the two of us headed west on Queen to check out the aforementioned Coriander Girl flower shop, which was so cute and smelled amazing! I wish I could have bought one of her pigeon toe ceramics, but I just don’t see myself trying to jam that into my already overflowing suitcase when I head back home to Brooklyn.
After checking out a few more stores, Julia and I parted ways and I walked from Ossington back east on Queen Street. I ran into a few people on the street as it had turned into a nice day, but what I enjoy most is walking around Toronto alone. I love to walk and take it all in, the old buildings and people and happy dogs wearing doggie clothes on the street. Not to mention that there have been so many adorable shops popping up lately! Queen Street between Niagara and into Parkdale is really starting to remind me of Brooklyn. The area around Trinity Bellwoods is great. The fairly new bookstore Type is wonderful and actually had some of McSweeney’s Panorama in stock, so I picked one up and was instantly excited to head home and read it!
I know I’m trying to move on and live in New York permanently, but I will always have a special place in my heart for good ol’ Toronto <3
[photos above taken by me on Sat. Feb. 27 - Trinity Bellwoods, flowers outside a corner store, and the view from Chapters at John & Richmond]
February 26, 2010 § 4 Comments
Today through Sunday at Dalaga in Brooklyn, you can receive 10% off when you purchase a spring jacket and a dress. If I were home in Greenpoint right now, I can guarantee you not only would I be taking advantage of that deal, but I’d probably be walking away with a couple other items as well.
I love this tiny wooden play set of New York! It’s also pretty decently priced at only $14 online, but I’m going to wait until I get back to NYC and head over to Muji to pick one up for my apartment. They also have models of Tokyo, London, and Paris.
I have yet to venture into Toronto’s Coriander Girl, but the shop that boasts both flowers and antiques sounds lovely. I have really gotten into flowers the past couple years and am currently keeping a lookout for the perfect wedding bouquet to take to NYC City Hall with me. I may need to meander in to this shop tomorrow and record ideas in my brain.
February 16, 2010 § Leave a Comment
Amazing photos from the National Wildlife Federation’s 2009 photo contest.
Gorgeous New York designer Alexandra Grecco.
Daydreaming about hiring this Los Angeles photographer to photograph my eventual wedding.
Loving these Fjall Raven backpacks.
I am going to sign up for the next online class at 503 Photography.
Ryan Jacob Smith’s prints include those with outlines of America, with the messages “Sorry” and “We’re Totally Fucked”. Awesome.
November 24, 2009 § 2 Comments
I don’t know when it was exactly that I started appreciating fonts, but I would guess it goes back to high school’s Graphic Arts classes. I would scroll through the very limited list of fonts available to us on our old Apple computers and design logos for my then-band, Shannon Doll, so I could print out stickers in class.
The subculture of font lovers, admirers, and appreciators has just revealed itself to me within the last 5 years or so. I’m glad I’m not alone, not the only person who would sometimes spend a Friday night in or an entire afternoon at work, downloading new typefaces and feeling both productive and excited about Da Font’s new additions.
In the past 30 minutes (while I should be working on an article), I have found these two products sure to excite any font nerd.
Type, Volume 1: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles, brought to my attention from Word’s holiday book list