Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday Morning Bloom's 8/30/09

Sunday's are my favorite day of the week, something about Sunday is so calm and magically to me. The air always seems more fresh, the birds seem to chirp just a little bit more, mornings are filled with church bells and afternoons with laughter over brunch with dear friends. Sunday's are the kind of days I like to stroll down the street or ride my bicycle with the wind blowing in my hair... Sip tea while getting caught in a mid afternoon daydream... Stroll through my local farmers market, fresh baked bread in hand... Browse a few flea markets, looking for hidden treasures... and of course picking up a lovely bunch of fresh flowers to bring life to my week ahead. Ahhh.... Sunday's are special! So now go, get out there and enjoy your Sunday. In case you need a little help getting started, press play below and repeat if necessary. Oh and don't forget to pick up some fresh flowers.


{photo credit: The Secret Garden... via}

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Anthropologie Meets "The Sartorialist"

Anthro catalogs are always so inspiring to me and this month was not a disappointment. I love these images from the new August 2009 Anthro Catalog. They have a very"sartorialist" feel to them, which in my opinion is genius given the popularity of The Sartorialist as well as his new book released in July. Anthropologie traveled the streets of NYC, London and Paris to find real stylish people to model their clothes. Above are my favorites from the bunch... to see the rest, click here and to shop the catalog click here.

The Sartorialist book available here. Oh, one more thing... while were Sartorialist book, you MUST click here and check out the video created over at Style Bubble.


{photo credit: Anthropologie}

A Cup of Tea...

I have been on the hunt lately for vintage teacups to hang under my kitchen cabinets, which got me thinking about other creative uses for both teacups and teapots. Aren't this images just lovely?! Of course, flowers in a tea cup isn't exactly the most creative idea, but I still love the concept. My favorite of the bunch is the first one of the teacup light fixture, how unexpected. All of these ideas would look great in my apartment. Now I just have to find the perfect teacups for each project. The joy of the hunt continues...

{photo credit via: 1: 2: Gordon Gossip 3: unknown 4: Duet-Weddings; 5: Code For Something}

I (heart) Macaron's!

Lately my days at work seem to be getting longer and less enjoyable... which is more the reason for a little "NYC Hustle and Bustle detox" better know as an evening spent with a dear friend noshing on macaron's (not to be confused with macaroons) and sipping on espresso. What better place for said evening to take place that MacarOn Cafe NYC located on 36th and 7th Ave. What a delightful place. I had never been there before but will for sure be back again. Upon walking in the staff was very friendly and attentive, while I pondered over which delish flavor to choose, I was in aw watching one of the pastry chefs hand-making a batch of macaron's. In the end I went with vanilla, grapefruit and raspberry while my friend choice pistachio, passion fruit and caramel. One word...YUM!!! Overall the cafe was a nice little spot, the decor wasn't 100% but I liked where they were going with it and the macaron's were amazing.

Where are some places you like to go for a little detox from the stresses of daily life?

{photo credit: via my iphone}

Novel(ty) Illustration

I have said it before and I will say it again... I LOVE Ruben Toledo's illustrations. Toledo has teamed up with Penguin Classic's to create the fabulous, "couture inspired covers" featured above. I found out about this must have collection via The Daily Candy Weekend Guide. I actually am a little embarrassed to admit that I have not read a single one of these, but certainly plan to now. I mean, who wouldn't want to be caught on the train reading Pride & Prejudiced with such a fabulous cover as this.

Penguin Classic's are in my opinion all around chic and fabulous! Check out the newly released cloth bound classics I discovered via Design*Sponge.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Day in Brooklyn...

Blueberry Muffin's & Green Tea for Breakfast

The gardens at Habana Outpost

The bathroom ceiling at Habana Outpost
(Featured on the Travel Channel as one of the Top Extreme Bathrooms)

"The Hill" Clinton Hill, Fort Greene & Wallabout

Bespoke Bicycles, Lafayette Ave.

Love the sign!!!

This is why I love my neighborhood...
you see things like Mike's Sharpening Service
Read more about this nostalgic service here.

Vanderbilt Ave.

Yesterday it was raining off & on throughout the afternoon, which seemed to scare off most of the vendors at the BK flea, but how does the saying go... "when life hands your lemons, make lemonade" =) So my friend and packed our umbrellas and headed out for to play . Our first stop was still the flea, although with not many vendors I wasn't able to do my top 5 picks, but we did enjoy some fabulous Mexican food from one of the (correction) THE only food vendor there that day. After that we ventured down Lafayette Ave. making a stop at Bespoke Bicycle Shop, where I picked up a lovely white metal basket for my bicycle as well as a pair of cork grips and a free NYC Bicycle map. Then it was off to the hardware store for coffee mug hooks for under my kitchen cabinets... mojito's (plural) at Habana and our last stop at The Green Grape. Rain or was just another fabulous day in Brooklyn.


{photo credit: via my iphone}

Sunday Morning Bloom's 8/23/09

Last Sunday I went to the farmers Market in Dumbo and picked up a rather lovely bunch of Sunflowers, which lasted the entire week! And at only $5, who can complain. I plan to head down to the market later today, for some more fresh flowers, veggies and fresh baked bread. Oh and by the way the adorable young lady framed in the pic above is my mother on her wedding day about 26 years ago. Isn't she fabulous!?!

Happy Sunday Everyone!


{photo credit: via my iphone}

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Featured Photographer: Bharat Sikka

Oh joy! is right... I came across this fabulous photographer Bharat Sikka featured on the fabulous blog Oh Joy! Alice in Wonderland is a favorite fairytale of mine, which is why I find these Wonderland inspired photos every so delightful. I love the use of the over-sized key in the first image and the giant Ace of Hearts in the second. Originally from India, Bharat Sikka came to NYC to study photography at the prestigious Parson's School of Design, from which he received his BFA in 2002. To view more of his work and also see the full images of those featured above, click here.

{photo credit: Bharat Sikka}



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