2018

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Hello, New Year.

After getting hammered with back to back bugs, the flu, sinus infections...I am healthy and thrilled to welcome the new year. My son and I were fortunate to tag along on my husband's photoshoot last week to enjoy a few days under the Mexican sun...

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While it was wonderful, it feels so good to be home; my favorite place. I am excited to be back in the studio and finally back to my regular schedule this week.

While on break I've been hitting my local library hard. The two books I am currently reading and loving; The Lonely City by Olivia Lang. From the first few pages...

Loneliness is by no means a wholly worthless experience, but rather one that cuts right to the heart of what we value and what we need. Many marvellous things have emerged from the lonely city: things forged in loneliness, but also things that function to redeem it.

And Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, which I learned about from his wonderful conversation "What Matters in the End" with Krista back in October. 

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My husband gave me these perfect little earrings from Bing Bang for Christmas and I don't know that I will ever take them off. Initials for the two boys in my life. They make me wish I still had multiple holes from my 1990s youth so I could have more...

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I also love these tiny skulls...

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I upgraded our kitchen glasses over the holidays and picked up these bodega glasses from Food52 and am loving them. I have the 12oz size and also the squat 7.5oz size which, just like the description says, I use for everything: small dishes for mise-en-place, condiments, ice cream...

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Speaking of Food52, I discovered these gluten-free and vegan spicy ginger cookies on the site and have been making them possibly a little too often...

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I did reduce the cloves to 1/8 tsp and added a handful of chopped candied ginger. They are heavily spiced and delicious first thing with a cup of coffee, or late afternoon with a mug of peppermint tea. 

Another new addition to my kitchen is this fantastic silicone ladle from GIR...

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The GIR spatulas are the only ones I use. I have three of the ultimate size and four of the mini ones. I use them every single day for pretty much everything.

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Lastly, I wrote a few months back about my favorite non-toxic deodorant and I have a new one to add to the list. AER from Vapour Beauty is fantastic. It is a gel to powder formula, super effective and long lasting. I bought it online but just saw it at my local Pharmaca

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Vamos a la Playa

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My son and I are getting ready to take a little trip with my mom to Mexico. I'm packing light with just a carry-on that I can carry on my back which isn't too challenging considering we only really need the essentials: swimsuits, sunscreen and flip flops. 

A few things I'm packing...

This Stella McCartney Adidas swimsuit that I super love (especially the back)...

My favorite Beautycounter sunscreen has to stay at home because of the size but I'm bringing along their body stick and this stuff in the 2.5 oz version that my friend Omar likes. And my favorite face sunscreen from Suntegrity...

I'll also be wearing my favorite trucker hat from Machine Machine...

And my new favorite denim shorts...

My son has these swim goggles which are fantastic. More like a mask than traditional goggles and they are super easy to adjust. I bought an adult version for myself as well.

I am also using this great (and affordable) linen shirt from Uniqlo as a beach coverup...

Forever and ever Ray-Ban New Wayfarer shades...

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I'm also packing a small medical kit my husband put together and this elderberry syrup that we all take regularly at home. It's great for extra immune support and is anti-viral and anti-microbial.

And this is the bag everything is going into, the MLC from Patagonia...

I'm also using this pared down backpack from Topo Designs...

Packing cubes are super helpful to keep everything organized.

Last but not least, two new paperbacks for me! This and this. Uno, Spot It, a Koosh Ball, crayons, colored pencils and a coloring book.

Now it's time to brush up on my Spanish. 

 

October 12

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I mentioned the Away suitcase a few posts back, but now I'm also smitten with similar "smart luggage" maker Raden. It has the same bells and whistles but it also weighs itself with the help of an app. Plus, it just looks beautiful. I favor the matte black...

Dreaming of teaching in a pair of these cashmere sweatpants when the temperature really starts dropping.

It sounds like we have an epic storm approaching tomorrow and into the weekend so we spent this gorgeous day at the park. Followed by peanut butter cookie making...

This is the first time I've made Heidi Swanson's recipe and they are pretty stellar. (Might I mention they are vegan and refined sugar free to boot?) We like them straight out of the freezer.

My son's Boba Fett Halloween costume is a wee bit big...

Thankfully I happened to read this article on Food52 today and promptly ordered a Micro Stitch. Problem solved. 

Feeling crafty already.

 

 

NYC

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Last week Aaron was photographing a project in New York City and I was able to meet him there after for a quick three day trip, my first ever to the city. I am already thinking about when we can return. A few highlights...

We stayed at The High Line Hotel in Chelsea which was pretty perfect. It's a small hotel, our room was great and we couldn't have asked for a better location. The High Line is across the street which you can see above the street in the first photo below (taken from Cook Shop where we ate breakfast both mornings). If you've never seen it, google image it. It's the coolest park/promenade I've ever seen and the landscaping is killer. I was taking notes for my own yard.

Walking above the street...

Intelligentsia has a little coffee shop in the lobby, so in the morning I'd go down for a pour over and bring the tray up to our room while we planned our day...

The courtyard to the hotel...

You can hang out and drink coffee by day and then at 5:00pm it turns into Alta Linea for cocktail and dinner service where you can sip on a stellar frozen Negroni...yes, yes, yes. Never before did it occur to me that we need a slushy machine at home.

We ate really well. Joe's among them...

And The Spotted Pig! I may be new to NYC but I've long wanted to eat at April Bloomfield's establishment. (You can check out both of her cookbooks here and here.)

Dinner did not disappoint.

Happy...

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We also went to the Whitney in it's new location which has a stellar collection of American art. We bought our tickets online the night before to avoid the lines and then just walked The High Line from our hotel down to the museum after breakfast. 

There was also a delicious glass of sparkling Pinot Grigio and fritto misto shared at Santina next door...

I could go on and on. Our time was too brief but now I understand how to get around, where things are and where I want to spend even more time. Things to accomplish next time...definitely a trip to Brooklyn.  A little shopping at Clare's shop in Nolita and Steven Alan (which was also just a block from our hotel). And of course, The Ballet.

Until next time NYC. You made quite a first impression.