Thursday, June 30, 2011

All smiles

Even during a busy week, it's good to remember not to take life too seriously. My mom shared this photo with me on Monday — it's a shot of me working hard at my chalkboard as a kid. Clearly, I had plenty of time to take a break and ham it up for the camera! :) Wishing everyone a happy Thursday. Remember, the long weekend is just one more day away!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Signs of summer

A pretty summer dress and a bowl of blue ice cream? Talk about finding the secret to a perfect summer day. Do you have a dress that's your summer staple? What's your favorite flavor of ice cream? My go-to dress this season has been this orange one by Steven Alan. For ice cream, I can't get enough of Blue Marble's vanilla bean with sprinkles. Yum! 

(Via Bleubird)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ladies Who Laugh

It's a busy night for me, thanks to the fifth annual Ladies Who Laugh, one of New York Women in Communications' most beloved summer events. Looking forward to hearing the comedic stylings of Karith Foster, Marion Grodin, Helen Hong, Jodie Wasserman and Kristen Schaal. In case you live in New York, tickets are still available. Don't miss out on this incredible night!


Monday, June 27, 2011

Back to the Jazz Age

My dear readers, tell me — have any of you ever been to the Jazz Age Lawn Party out on Governor's Island? A hop, skip and a 10 minute ferry ride from Manhattan or Brooklyn, it's like going back in time to a Gatsby-like affair. Between the stylish 1920s attire and the music provided by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, you really do forget you're living in New York circa now. Something to note if you go next year: pack your own picnic lunch. The lines for food are long so it's best to be prepared!

(Image 1 by Image 4 by Gabi Porter, Image 2 and Image 3 by tammyloh via Flickr)

Friday, June 24, 2011

The weekend is here!

My dear readers, happy Friday! How was your week? I'm really looking forward to a couple of days off. This weekend also happens to be Matt's birthday — not only did we score a reservation for dinner at ABC Kitchen, but his sister and brother-in-law flew in from San Francisco to join in on the fun! Should be a great time. What do you have planned for your Saturday-Sunday off? Here, to get your weekend started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

My music playlist! (Thanks Narry!) 

Budding fashionista, at a young age.

Wish I was here.

An iconic clocktower for rent. 

Safari dress in yellow. 

Lioness v. baby at the zoo.

A home for a famous Friend.

The perfect summer salad

Party in the woods. 

Summer fun!

An umbrella with goggles.

Because a photo booth is always fun. 

Beach day! 

(Image by Jon Zander via 100 Layer Cake)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rolling in the Deep

I'm on deadline this week for a variety of assignments, which is why the video above comes as a welcome distraction in the midst of all this work. Are you familiar with the a cappella stylings of singer Mike Tompkins? His version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" is as musically fascinating as it is fun to watch. Check out a couple of his other songs here and here, but before you do that throw some headphones in and check out the tune above. Makes you look at a cappella music in a whole new way, am I right?

(Via YouTube)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A pool with a view

As New Yorkers, we all can agree — come summertime, the city gets HOT. What if there was a floating pool in the East River, right next to the Brooklyn Bridge, where you could easily go to cool off? That's exactly what the guys at +Pool have in mind. Their proposal for a pool in the shape of a plus sign (modeled after a New York City intersection) is just starting to take shape, calling for a new city landmark that makes it possible to swim in clean, filtered river water without leaving town. To learn more about the concept, watch their video here. Tell me — would you go swimming in a city pool like this?

(Via Swiss-Miss)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bronx Zoo

So, there was a small change of plans this weekend — instead of going to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit, I went last minute to the Bronx Zoo. My parents have photographic proof that I went as a kid, but this is the first time I've been where I'm old enough to remember the trip. :) I'm still amazed that a zoo like that exists so close to Manhattan! I loved seeing the tigers and the polar bears the most, but the peacocks also put on quite an impressive show. We didn't find out about the Monorail tour until it was too late in the day to go, but that only means one thing: we have a definite reason to go back!

Have you been to the Bronx Zoo before? What was your favorite animal to see?

(Image 1 by Cactus of the New World and Images 2, 3, 4 by kowarski via Flickr)

Friday, June 17, 2011

The weekend is here!

Happy Friday my darling readers! What a week this was. Between the Bruins win and Matt's website launching, there was a lot going on. I'm looking forward to a low key weekend. My big plan is to finally check out the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met. Have you been? It looks incredible, and I think a day spent wondering around a museum is exactly what I need. Wishing each of you a lovely weekend ahead! Here, to get it started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

A new perspective on NYC traffic.

Summer shades.

Bets way to leave a quick note.

A 24/7 beach escape. 

Channel your inner cowgirl

Sign your life away

Country air.

Kate does it again and again. 

DIY rolodex.

Just in case it's a starry night. 

When you're in the mood to dance. 

(Image by 1photoblog via Urban Scarlet)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Say 'I do' in Palm Springs

Two points for directness. I love the way that Lilia and Ryan, the gorgeous couple above, dubbed their wedding exactly what it is: the best day ever! From the invites to the bride's bright pink lipstick, this Palm Springs celebration looks like it was a ton of fun. The photos — taken by Sean Flanigan — really capture the spirit of the day, right down to the last dip on the dance floor. Are you planning your own wedding? Where are you getting hitched? 

(Images by Sean Flanigan via 100 Layer Cake)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Root for the home team

Forget the fact that I currently live in New York — I'm a Red Sox fan, born and raised. Based on this, you can only imagine my delight upon watching the video series above from New Era. In Rivals Are Forever, John Krasinski and Alec Baldwin go head to head in support of their respective teams. Krasinski (a die-hard Sox fan) and Baldwin (a Yankees fan, natch) prove their comedic chops, not to mention their ability to trash talk with the best of them. If a video like this doesn't make you run right out to buy a hat in support your home team, I'm not sure what will.

Bonus: Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.

(Game On! via USA Today)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pop-up NYC

This collection of pop-up art from Daisy Lew features some of New York's most iconic scenes. I love her 3D depictions of the Big Apple, the taxicab and the Chrysler Building — each replica offers a cityscape view from both the top and the side. And there are more scenes to choose from! What an innovative way to celebrate New York.

(Pop-Up NYC via Black*Eiffel)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gone swimming

I'm back! My dear readers that live in New York, did you survive the heat wave last week? It looks like the humidity is arriving in the city a bit early this year. As a result, I can't stop thinking about the beach! But if I can't go swimming, the photos above are the next best thing. I love photographer Julie Chamton's colorful ocean shots from Egypt (images 1 and 3), not to mention Marc Loyon's photo of San Sebastian in Spain. Talk about serenity now. What's your favorite beach in the world?

More beaches here and here and here.

(Images by Julie Chamton and Marc Loyon via L'Affiche Moderne)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Breathing space

One glimpse at this photo and I'm willing to bet we're thinking the same thing: that's one heck of a view! I'm not sure where it was taken, but the lush and rolling hills in combination with the cloud cover make me wish I was there. This week is a busy one for me, so I thought this photo would be the perfect way to ease into it. Unfortunately, as a result of my schedule, I have to take a brief break from my blog. Don't worry — it's a short one! I'll be back on Monday next week. In the meantime, here's to an interesting week ahead, filled with lots of surprises, and fun!

(Image via A Note on Design)

Friday, June 3, 2011

The weekend is here!

Happy weekend dear readers! This four-day week has flown by. I'm not only thrilled that it's Friday, but also that the weather in New York has had a change of heart — it feels like spring again! What do you have planned for the next couple of days? Matt and I are considering going to Coney Island for the first time. Have you ever been? If you have, I would love any recommendations for can't-miss rides or games to play. Here, to get your weekend started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

Summer eyelash trends.

Cute idea: hair turbans!

What I'm reading this weekend. (This too!)

This photo makes you wonder — what lies beneath?

An efficient salad bowl. (And a recipe to try.)

Bring back the ice cream social!

The perfect motto.

A strawberry scent. 

Sail away.

Because a little enthusiasm goes a long way.

Gold flats.

Beautiful coastlines.

The summer of sax. 

(Image by Laverrue via Flickr)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hotel in the sky

Visiting Sweden anytime soon? Make a reservation to stay at the Treehotel, an eco-friendly resort set deep in the forests of Harads. Each "room" offers a bird's eye view of the region and a unique opportunity to experience nature from the comfort of your own room in the sky. Although there are seven Tree rooms available to stay in, my favorite has to be the Mirrorcube. Accessible by rope bridge only, the exterior is all mirrors, designed to create a perfect reflection of your surroundings so you can just blend in.

What do you think? Would you stay at a place like this? I love the added sense of adventure it brings! I'm curious — does it remind anyone else of the computer game Myst?

(Via Honestly WTF?)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Magazine covers to keep

When it comes to magazines, are you more likely to save or toss an issue after you finish reading it? Natali over at Narrylikes raised this question last week and it got me thinking. I'm definitely a girl that likes to hold onto copies of magazines I've read. Why? I love the thought that one day I'll frame each one and get to see the design and style changes that took place over the years. That said, my New York-sized apartment is forcing me to be a bit more selective about the issues I keep!

It seems there is one other way to save the magazine covers I love — knit a replica of each one! At least that's what Inge Jacobsen decided to do with her favorite issues of Vogue. Pretty clever idea, no? I'm so impressed by the detail of her work! 

(Via Narrylikes)