Archive for February, 2014

February 27, 2014

Floating Shelves

I have a massive empty wall in my apartment that stares me in the face each time I watch TV or enter my main room. I know I need something to fill the void and I’m thinking that one or two floating bookshelves would do the trick. The only problem is that I can’t decide whether I’d like to go the rustic, modern, or more traditional route.

1. JNMRusticDesigns  |  2. West Elm  |  3. HDC  |  4. Pottery Barn  |  5. Grace Feyock

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February 26, 2014

Hydrangea Care

Hydrangeas have been my favorite flower for as long as I can remember. Blue, white, purple, or green… I love every hue. They’re a sure sign that summer has arrived and there’s nothing better than that reassurance.

The one downside to keeping hydrangeas indoors, though, is their short lifespan. I’d buy them from my local street vendor on a Wednesday and come Friday, they’d be sad and wilted.

After getting some advice from my sister and doing some research of my own, I’ve managed to make my latest bouquet last for 4 weeks–and they’re still going.

I followed these foolproof steps and could not be happier with the outcome:

1.  Diagonally cut the bottoms of each stem

2.  Slice a line up the center of each stem–approximately one inch

3.  Place the flowers in room temperature water

4.  Boil water and place the stems in a cup of said boiling water for 30 seconds

5.  Place back in original water

6.  Clip off each green leaf

7.  Mist the flower petals with water every other day or so

8.  Voila! Your hydrangeas will be looking pretty for days–maybe even weeks–longer

February 24, 2014

a rug for every room

My sisal rug has seen better days so I constantly find myself perusing replacements online. I’m drawn to lighter hues–grays, tans, and blues–but I always find myself going back to this Dash & Albert rug. I want something low maintenance and easy to clean, but I want it to be easier on my feet (and Riley’s) than my sisal.

Ah, decisions, decisions!

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February 21, 2014

*better at Piperlime

It reached a high of 80° in Charleston yesterday, which makes me oh-so ready for dresses and sandals. Apparently I’m not the only one, as Piperlime is offering 20% off both dresses and sandals with promo code BETTER, ending tonight.

Milly | Parker | Dolce Vita | Enzo Angliolini | Dolce Vita | Nine West | Tibi

February 20, 2014

flowers + sweets

My Valentine was a bit late due to NYC’s 100th snow storm weather, but I was sure to brighten his day regardless of what time his flight landed. We’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day, but we’re big on flowers + sweets so we take advantage.

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February 18, 2014

Brunch at The Whip

The Whip Bar & Grill in Stowe, VT is one of my favorite restaurants. It’s sophisticated–yet cozy–and far from pretentious. The food is always spot-on, the wines are affordable, and the waitstaff is kind and accommodating.

The Whip will always be a favorite of ours for dinner, but the Sunday Brunch has just officially climbed the ranks on my list of favorite brunch spots. Complimentary banana bread is served pre-meal, and their blueberry pancakes are out of this world.

February 17, 2014

Birds of a Feather

Our feathered friends will begin to fly North for the warmer months before we know it (I hope), so it’s just about that time to put the furs away–into hibernation–and bring out the feathers.

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1. ASOS dress  |  2. Sarah B. Martinez print  |  3. SunaharA Malibu bracelet  |  4. Kate Spade clutch  |  5. Pamela Love earrings

6. Fletcher and Fox feathers  |  7. Serefina necklace  |  8. Reed Krakoff sandals  |  9. Cynthia Rowley skirt  |  10. ASOS necklace

February 14, 2014

Valentine-Inspired

1. Equipment pajama set  |  2. OPI Big Apple Red nail polish  |  3. Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses  

4. Chinti and Parker top  |  5. Etsy print  |  6. Ariel Gordon ring  |  7. Sugar Paper stationery  |  8. Sarah Chloe bracelet

9. Crate & Barrel bottle stopper  |  10. NARS Jungle Red lipstick  |  11. West Elm mug

February 12, 2014

Billy Joel at MSG

Growing up, there was always a playlist. Whether we were road tripping to Southern Utah, Sun Valley, Upstate New York, Vermont, Mattituck, Hilton Head, or the beach club, my Dad had a soundtrack to make each experience even more memorable and fun.

Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Police, Van Morrison, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Elton John, Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Simon & Garfunkle, Steve Miller Band… An array of talented artists and classic songs would play as we’d all sing along and my Dad would ask, “Who sings this song?“. He always knew, of course, but that simple question has made me a music master.

My favorite musician on those road trip playlists was always Billy Joel. A born and bred New Yorker, raised on Long Island, just like me. I knew every album, every song, every word–although I didn’t quite know what they meant at the time.

My first cassette tape was Billy Joel’s Storm Front. I followed in my Dad’s footsteps starting at the ripe age of seven and I’d create playlists of my own–most of the songs being sung by none other than The Piano Man. My parents took me to my first Billy Joel concert at The Delta Center in Salt Lake City and I’ll never forget it. It was my very first concert and it couldn’t be more fitting. Hit after hit, we sang and danced through the night.

Fifteen years later, I finally made it back to see Billy Joel perform live–this time, at Madison Square Garden. He was entertaining and funny, and although it was long overdue, he sounded just as he did on my cassette tapes.

February 10, 2014

L’Artusi

It’s hard to believe that out of all the Italian restaurants Mike and I have been to, L’Artusi never made the cut; but after eating there on Monday night, it’s hard to believe it took us so long.

Not only was the food delicious, the prices were actually reasonable–for Manhattan. I ordered the bucatini, which had just the right amount of kick, and Mike ordered the cavatelli special (I may have swayed him a little bit, seeing as it’s my favorite noodle). The cavatelli was incredible and I highly suggest they add the dish to their everyday menu, a.s.a.p., please. We also ordered a side of their famous brussels sprouts which were light, fluffy, and perfectly seasoned.