coffee break | tunes, words and recipes for july

Hello, July!

Do you have a few days off for Independence Day?  I do, and man, am I looking forward to the long weekend.  Until then, here are some fun things to read/stare at/listen to/browse to get you through the next few days.

To me, there’s no such thing as too much good music.  This morning, I’m entranced by the emerging UK singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin.  She has amazing style, and her songs really hit Home.  Don’t miss The Power of Love.

gabrielle_top shop

Traveler of the Year.

Super cool beach paintings.

A pretty great guy.


transformed space.

Love this little poem.

S and I made these on Saturday – YUM.

Some 4th of July recipes.

And I think I’ll make these for our rooftop gathering:

White Skies_SW

Image by Stanley Wong on our office rooftop last year.  In three years of living in NYC, I have yet to experience the fireworks live.  Can’t wait!

What are you doing for the 4th?




fashion friday | double date night & lazy saturday

Happy Friday!

What a week it has been.  Major life changes are happening and I have lots to be thankful for (more on that later).  So, naturally, I booked myself busy every night this week.

Tonight, S and I are heading to The Park for a double date with one of our favorite couples, M & J.  I think I’ll throw on something like this.

date night

Since the weather is supposed to be warm but rainy (and since I’ve been traveling like crazy), I’m planning on having a lazy Saturday.  Perhaps a movie marathon with S or a whole day of reading…we’ll see what strikes my fancy after my first morning of sleeping late in longer than I can remember.

lazy saturday


What’s your favorite date night ensemble?  What’s your favorite lazy day activity?



fashion friday | baking blogging and brunching

This Saturday is all about relaxing with girlfriends.  It isn’t too often that I have a free day to spend lounging and laughing without an agenda to be aware of, but this one has been in the calendar for a month.

Bring on the balcony lounging and girl chatter with two of my fabulous NYC girlfriends (and fellow bloggers, too!) Blair and Ali.

Girls Day In - Baking and Blogging
What are you doing on this rainy Saturday, New Yorkers?

coffee break | city spots and design favorites

I’m beyond excited to hear the chef at ABC Kitchen just opened another restaurant, ABC Cocina.  I hope they’ll have a new dessert as amazing as their salted caramel sundae!  Can’t wait to try it.

Love this dress.

I keep seeing these pillows in odd shops around the city from designer Alexandra Ferguson.  Aren’t they fun?  My favorite:

be nice or leave_cityclecticdesign

I always check the showroom Suite NY when I need some modern classic furniture for clients and they’re currently featuring this awesome chair by Designer Lorenz Kaz in a new mix of leathers.  I would love these around my future dining table.

Pelle Chair_cityclecticdesign

I want to plan a craft day so I can try a few of these.  How fun!?  I love the sachets and the laptop sleeve.  One day, I’ll find the time…

felt_flower_sachets_cityclecticdesign via purlbee

Watched this film last week with S and loved it.  Every character is real (except the robots) and perfectly flawed (I know that’s an oxy moron, but it’s true), and I was saddened and joyful all at once by the end.  Highly recommend!

Can’t wait to go to this rooftop next week on a double date with one of my roommates.  She says the city views are incredible even if the drinks are a bit pricey.  Have you been?