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?




anticipating autumn | fall comfort & end of summer checklist

There’s something bittersweet about the end of summer.

In New York, particularly, there’s an obvious shift in the season. The Hamptons empty and the city manages to fill up further than the already-at-capacity feeling it seamlessly contains in the warm, travel-filled months. The office atmosphere tightens back up as all your coworkers return from their last vacation and prepare to buckle down until Thanksgiving.  Ice cream trucks are swapped out for hot chocolate vendors and women are already stocking their wardrobe with Fall’s best new pieces.  Previously accessories, scarves become necessities when Central Park works backward in the rainbow from green.

To help you make the most of these last few summer weekends, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite summer activities.  While you’re enjoying those, it can’t hurt to daydream about the new booties you can’t wait to bust out next month.

Visit the beach one last time – my favorite: Silver Beach in St. Joseph, MI

Wear your brights!

Take a road trip with the windows down and savor the warm summer air whipping through your hair.

Visit the Hampton’s and go to Tate’s (above) and Wolffer Estate Vineyard (below).

And don’t forget to be spontaneous:

Stroll through outdoor parks and stop to read – one of my favorites: the cluster of Bertoia chairs at Lincoln Center.

Take in the scents and sites of summer (or stop and smell the roses, whichever you prefer).

…then pick some wildflowers and enjoy them before they’re gone.

Eat ice cream!  – My favorite: ABC Kitchen’s Salted Caramel Sunday.

Then go dancing, because that’s the best activity any time of the year.

It’s almost time to mix those pumps with your favorite comfy sweatshirt…

…and eat warmer, gooey goodies (get these at Baked by Melissa – they’re awesome).

And some parting words to sit on until I see you next:

1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14 – me | 3 | 6 | 12 | 13 | 15

april showers…me with gifts? | birthday month wishlist

As April approaches, I can’t help but get excited for a little double holiday on Earth Day…my birthday!  While birthdays aren’t quite what they used to be when I was a kid, I still look forward to an excuse to hang with my friends and family…and splurge on a little something for myself.  Even though most of the items I’ve been dreaming of are out of the normal gift price range…well, a girl can dream.  Without further ado, this years wishlist:

The best gift, always: a gathering of close friends and family.

This year, my dad is visiting me in New York City (he hasn’t been here since he was 9!) and I’m excited to enjoy a birthday brunch with him at ABC Kitchen to celebrate.

1 | Canon EOS Rebel T3i – $799 from Best Buy

2 | Gift Cards – J.Crew, ZARA, H&M and Starbucks, please.

3 | Vacation! I’d love to visit Venice, Italy…especially if I had #1 (hint, hint).

4 | Oster Beehive Blender from BB&B…smoothie time!


And, since I’ve been itching to do this for a long time, I’m treating myself this year – and taking an oil class!  Hopefully by the time I’m done, I’ll walk out with 2 paintings looking something like these (big goal, I know).  I just can’t wait to have another medium to create with – for gifts and my own home decor!

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