Monthly Archives: July 2011

Field Notebook

Making a..

Field Notes

Field Notes

to-do list everyday is part of my routine. I don’t mean to be an enemy of the earth, but if I don’t write it down on paper I simply forget. I bounce around notebooks until I really find one I like. With Field Notes you’ve got options – graph, ruled or plain paper, whatever suits your note taking fancy. Perfectly sized for a pocket or thrown into one of these. Need even more variety, go here to get some.

Photo: Jim Barraud

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Betterfly

Let’s be honest..

Betterfly

Betterfly

we all have something that makes our New Year’s resolution list every year but never ends up getting “resolved”. Spanish classes is mine. Now living in New York, I really have no excuse – classes are offered at tons of places throughout the city and at any hour I could ask for. But, for whatever reason, finding a place can be overwhelming, making it real easy for me to procrastinate on.  A new site called Betterfly is making it harder for us to not try new things. It’s all about helping you learn, look and feel better. Betterfly offers the largest directories of teachers, coaches, instructors, trainers and stylists throughout the country. So you’re looking to take up the guitar? Enter your zip code and read about the best in your hood, including reviews and ratings from others.  You can even schedule an appointment and pay online.  With Betterfly out there, there’s really no excuse to keep procrastinating on that “thing”. Well, there will always be excuses but let’s be honest we feel better when we’re trying new things and doing what we want, so check it out and get Betterfly on your radar.

Photo: Betterfly
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BBQ Spices

This summer is..

BBQ

BBQ Spices

flying by, so no better time than now to have a BBQ. I asked my dear friend Jackie from Savory Spice Shop to give us a list of 5 essentials for barbecue fare. Here are her savvy suggestions:

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak

An incredibly versatile blend you can use on just about any kind of meat. Perfect rubbed on chicken, turkey, pork chops or steaks. Mix it in with ground beef when making burgers, meat loaf or even in stuffed green peppers.

Team Sweet Mama Kansas City Rib Rub

Team Sweet Mama

Team Sweet Mama Kansas City Rib Rub

A sweet and smoky rub that contains sugars, salt, paprika, hickory smoke salt, black pepper, mustard, onion, celery, ginger, allspice, cayenne and spices

Jamaican Jerk

Jamaican Jerk

Jamaican Jerk

A spicy hand mixed blend that is great on chicken, ribs, pork, shrimp and steak. Want to spice it up even more, try the extra hot Jamaican Jerk.

California Citrus

California Citrus

California Citrus

Add this salt-free blend to pork or chicken before grilling.

Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning

Red Rocks

Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning

A perfect combination of herbs and spices that compliment the best cut of red meat. A hand mixed blend from hickory smoke salt, Hungarian and California paprika, roasted garlic, toasted onion, black pepper, hickory smoke flavoring and Greek oregano.

Best part about it, you can get all these spices from here delivered right to your doorstep. Add some sangria to this BBQ and now we’re talking.

Photos: Hipstapotamus, Savory Spice Shop

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melt bakery

Another..

melt bakery

melt bakery

 

Hester Street Fair food vendor that’s hard to resist. New York based company, melt bakery makes innovative updates to one of my favorite childhood treats: the ice cream sandwich. It’s kind of two desserts in one, so what kid (or adult) wouldn’t be a fan? The company was founded by pastry chef Julian Plyter and businessman Kareem Hamady in the Lower East Side. And with the “lovelet” – red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese ice cream, or the “elvis” – banana ice cream with peanut butter cookies, theses aren’t your ordinary chipwiches. They offer delivery – from the East River to the Hudson River all the way from Canal to 96th Streets. In addition to selling these irresistible treats on Saturdays at the Hester Street Fair , they’re available in the Standard Hotel underpass Friday thru Sunday all summer long as well as some local spots around the city. With all of the flavors, it’s a tough decision, but I think I’m going with the “thick mint” – a chocolate cookie and  peppermint ice cream. Not to fret, there is always the “classic” (chocolate chip walnut cookie and vanilla ice cream) for those looking to take a trip down memory lane.

Photo: Serious Eats

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Rody

If you’ve..

Rody

Rody

got kids, then Rody is probably already on your radar. However, if Rody is new to you, then it may just be the best gift to give a kid. Kind of a funny but slightly freaky pony type, this ride on toy offers endless entertainment. It’s made in Italy, comes in 13 different colors, and it helps to develop coordination and balance. Yes, another kid item added our home decor, but something I don’t necessarily mind hanging out in our living room.

Photo: Rody Toy

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Popupshop.net

Straight out of Denmark..

Popupshop.net

Popupshop.net

comes Popupshop.net, a line of high quality organic basics for boys and girls. The collection consists of a ton of totally classic, stylish, well-made, wearable pieces that are designed with the idea of  mixing & matching in mind.  Popupshop.net was founded in 2007 and uses innovative sustainable fabrics to create two collections per year – one for spring/summer, the other for fall/winter.   I love the muted color palette, understated details, easy silhouettes, and timelessness of the collection. If only I were under the age of 12!

Photos: Popupshop.net

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Baxter of California

Choosing grooming products..

Baxter of California

Baxter of California

for guys can get overwhelming. I may be a little late to the game on this one, but the products from Baxter of California seem pretty great. They’re affordable and the assortment is pretty impressive. They’ve got all the skincare basics covered, but some extras I’m also digging are this pocket comb and candle. I’m happy to see that you can get some free samples (if you cover the minimal cost of shipping) to test out the products. I always find it to be such a commitment when you have to buy something you just aren’t sure you’ll LOVE! Also if this is new territory, you can find fabulous grooming wisdom on the Baxter of California site. No fuss, guys grooming essentials at its best.

Photo: Baxter of California

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Whale Money Clip

Came across..

CXXVI Whale Money Clip, $96

CXXVI Whale Money Clip, $96

this money clip as well as the marlin spike knife on CXXVI and am really into the intricate scrimshaw drawings. I hadn’t ever heard the word “scrimshaw” before, but after a little research learned it’s a technique that was created by American whalers while at sea for long periods of time. Out of boredom, they would scratch detailed pictures into spare pieces of whale tooth and bone; the outcome, some really amazing art.  These small goods from CXXVI use that same technique, so each piece of ivory is etched by hand, filled with black india ink and coated with archival wax for protection. The knife is currently sold out, but I’ll be sure to keep checking back. In the meantime, the money clip is a pretty darn good option.

CXXVI Marlin Spike Knife
CXXVI Marlin Spike Knife
Photos: CXXVI

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Wedding Attire

This weekend..

Bird and Banner

I am headed out of town to attend a wedding, one I am actually very much looking forward to. The setting will be serene and beautiful as it’s being held on a horse farm. Like a true procrastinator I have waited until the last minute to find a dress, and to add to the challenge I like pieces that are versatile yet also comfortable. It’s a day wedding so I think I can go a bit more casual, but if the weather is anything like last week I need to dress thoughtfully. I think I’ve got it narrowed down to a few options, so here is what I am considering as my wedding attire.

Pixie Market Dress

Pixie Market Dress

The color of this dress is just lovely, available at Pixiemarket.

Tsumori Chisato
Tsumori Chisato

I fawn over anything Tsumori Chisato, and find her whimsical dresses a fun alternative to black. Although the price tag is quite hefty, they can usually be dressed up or down to get the most use out of them.

Silk Sheer Top

Silk Sheer Top

Sheer Pleated Skirt

Sheer Pleated Skirt

Flowy, light and two pieces that can definitely be integrated into the rest of my wardrobe. Both top and skirt from Mikkat Market.

On a side note, I am planning to get the happy couple one of these as their gift.

Photos: Bird and Banner Greeting Card, Forward by Revolve, Pixie Market, Mikkat Market

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Nico Drawstring Shoulder Bag

Thinking..

Benah Nico Drawstring Shoulder Bag, $395

Benah Nico Drawstring Shoulder Bag, $395

the Nico Drawstring Shoulder Bag by Benah may be a must-have for fall. It’s available for Pre-Order on MYCHAMELEON, an online store that’s got a well-curated assortment of contemporary goods as well as emerging designers from around the world.  Since being introduced to the Australian site a few months ago, it’s become a regular when I’m browsing online shops and it’s hard to leave without finding something to add to my wishlist.  This well-constructed shoulder bag is made of  suede and leather – the color is absolutely stunning and something tells me it might just get better with wear.. if that’s even possible.  In addition to a drawstring closure and the strap that looks perfect for over the shoulder or wearing cross-body, it has a cotton lining and pockets on the inside and outside. It seems totally functional, really great looking and something that’s going to last for a long time. I want!

Photo: MYCHAMELEON

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