Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Girl: She works two jobs to afford Brooklyn rent, but she wouldn’t live anywhere else. Her favorite things are weekday concerts, sweet potato fries, menswear, and Prospect Park in the fall.
Her Room: Her ground floor studio is filled to the brim with pattern and color, family hand-me-downs and vintage second-hand purchases. She looks at her night stand and smiles, remembering sleepovers at grandma’s when she was a little kid.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
A more recent addition to my playlist are several songs by the band Mumford and Sons, my favorite of which is Little Lion Man. This is the tune Nate came to me with, and I was immediately captivated by the song’s bold sound; the perfect pluck pluck pluck of the string instruments combines with the lead singer’s rough voice to make this a bit of rock/bit of folk musical combo. Adding to the quality of the music is the beautiful art direction of the video itself. Of course, it helps that the four scruffy-bearded musicians look like they fell out of the movie Newsies. Helloooo vests. But the lighting, the setting, the angles, the dramatic motions of their playing make each and every frame a carefully thought-out photograph. See below.
Third favorite song: The Cave
You can find a few more on my playlist, but to be honest, I recommend going on iTunes and buying their album. Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
1. Tory Burch Jacquard | 2. Sperry® Top-sider | 3. Chooka Plaid | 4. Burberry Shimmer Check | 5. Aigle® Equibelle | 6. Ralph Lauren Tartan | 7. Target Ditsy Dot
1. Lands End | 2. Hunter | 3. Mod Baltic | 4. Bella Pagoda | 5. Kate Spade
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
one girl her room
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
BEFORE: Nate and I bought this table on Craigslist three years ago for a mere $45. I loved it then. I hate it now. The overall size and shape – especially with the lower shelf (not shown here) – is perfect for our needs, but the finish was too red and it just didn’t go with all of the white and espresso wood throughout the rest of our apartment. So, I called up my gal Bailey to borrow her electric sander (which I am now convinced I need to invest in), ran to Home Depot for some white paint, and got to work.
STEP 1: Using an electric sander and very course paper, I went over the entire table 2, 3, 4 times to eliminate the varnish, the stain, then whatever leftover marks remained. This was definitely the most difficult part mainly because it took so long. I was sanding for at least an hour, and the table isn’t that big.
STEP 2: Clean off the excess dust, then sand the table once again with a very fine sanding paper to smooth out the wood. Once again, clean off all the dust, and look at that beautiful wood!
STEP 3: Using a water-based white paint, I painted a small strip of wood. Immediately after applying a coat to a small section, I took a dry rag and rubbed the paint into the wood, exposing the wood grain and lightening the overall color. Here you can see a section that had just been painted, and the section next to it that I had already rubbed in.
STEP 4: Eventually, I went over the entire table with two coats. With each coat, I used the dry cloth to rub the paint into the wood grain. Seeing the wood gives it more of a rustic feel, which is the look I wanted.
Monday, October 18, 2010
1. Chantal tea kettle | 2. Crane stationary | 3. Anthropologie chair | 4. Iomoi coasters | 5. Baccarat glasses
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This weekend was round two of Rue in the City, West Coast style. The five of us – Caitlin, Anne, Crystal, Bri, and I – reunited in the Bay Area for photo shoots, another launch party, and of course, to have some fun!
SUNDAY NIGHT: West Coast Launch Party! Here’s another secret: Kate Spade stores = toy store for grown-ups. Saturated colors, luxe fabrics, sparkles galore – what’s not to love?
As soon as I walked in, I spotted the much debated and adored saucers.
MONDAY: I went back to Fillmore Street for some more shopping. I spent at least 20 minutes in my new favorite home store, Nest. The merchandise included darling ceramic accents for entertaining, collage art, French scented candles, John Robshaw quilts, and so much more. I highly recommend stopping in if you’re in the neighborhood.