Number 31

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!

NYC + Brooklyn City Guide: Shopping

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)

Black Friday

November 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Why get up at 4am to fight over sale items, when you can shop online, while your husband is still sleeping, in your pajamas, drinking tea? It is 2011 after all.

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]

Rainy Day Comfort

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.

Wouldn’t it be nice to do one or the other wrapped up in this Wrap Hoodie Robe while wearing these Cashmere Slippers?

Both from Journelle.

Pajama time

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

Flannel Roll Up Pajama Pant – Gap

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!

Bandeau Swimsuits

July 19, 2011 § 2 Comments

I wasn’t exactly what you’d call a swimming enthusiast growing up – I don’t think I learned to swim in any capacity until I was about 14 – but now that I live in New York, I appreciate the rare opportunities to swim much more.

I have only ever owned one swimsuit at a time and usually only buy them once every few years. Now that I have regular access to a pool and have actually made it to the beach twice this year already, I think I’m ready for an upgrade!

The trend this year seems to be the Bandeau style suit, which is perfect because I’m quite tired of the weird double triangle tan I get with my halter top bikini. What is a Bandeau, you ask? Well here are a few of my favourites:

Ruffle Skirt Bandeau Bikini

Tori Praver Swim Betty Bandeau 

Tyler Rose Lookin Like A Lady Bandeau

What kind of swimsuit are you wearing this year? I am curious!

Summer of the Ugly Shoe

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

According to Elle Magazine, it’s the Summer of the Ugly Shoe. By “ugly”, they of course mean comfortable, sensible, and affordable. As someone who never learned to walk in heels and picks simple over fouffy on a regular basis, I can certainly get behind this trend!

This summer, my shoe rotation is shaping up to look a little something like this:

Bensimon – the french tennis shoe

Toms – the surprisingly comfortable, feel-good shoe

And the prettiest of the ugly, the Seychelles sandal flat.

What does your shoe wardrobe look like this summer – pretty or ugly?

From the desk of Mark Zuckerberg

May 24, 2011 § 2 Comments

Now, this is right up my alley.

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg commissioned designer Ben Barry to create some gorgeous stationery for him. I don’t know what’s more impressive – the bold and fun design or the fact that Mark Zuckerberg still corresponds by mail.

(Source: Design Work Life)

Time for the weekend

February 4, 2011 § 3 Comments

Do you have any interesting weekend plans? Nick didn’t get much of a weekend last week, so we plan on some sleeping in together tomorrow, but also heading into the city to pick up a couple things before we celebrate the lovely Courtney‘s birthday with her at one of our (mine & Courtney’s, not mine & Nick’s, haha) favourite restaurants, the Sidewalk Cafe. Sunday morning, if I’m up to it, I might stop by my current yoga studio to do Gentle Kripalu on TV! We’ll see about that one ;)

Here are a couple posts from around the interweb that I’ve been enjoying & forwarding on today:

Speaking of yoga, I’d love to ditch my mat and try out Yoga Paws!

Everything in this listing of Nerd Valentine ideas is amazing, especially the someecards with the Steve Jobs reference.

I love my giant sectional couch, but these ones are so stylish and have built-in coffee tables.

This trinity of Black & Grey tattoo books feature some really amazing artwork on skin. It got one big WANT from my husband!

Get ready for another snowstorm, feet!

January 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

The weather authorities are telling us New Yorkers that we are about to get another dumping of snow tonight and that dumping could result in as much as 14 inches of cold white stuff. I immediately thought of my feet. I walk everywhere I can and my Tretorn boots just got holes in them after the last storm. Way to let me down when I really need you, boots! Well, I guess I had them for three years so it must be time to upgrade.

This morning I ordered a pair of Hunter boots over the internet. It’s not so much the warmth I’m concerned about than the dryness. Dryness is the essence of warmth afterall, right?

What’s your favourite footwear for winter? I still need some more ideas so I stop wearing my military boots every day.

Keep warm & dry, East Coasters!

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