Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Long story short… as we all know, I blogged about the leopard loafer style a couple weeks ago. Tried on the Cole Haan version in Bloomingdale’s while I was in New York. Left the store empty-handed. Thought about them. Talked about them. Dreamt about them. Low and behold, black Friday rears its beautiful head. Turns out they’re 20% off with free shipping at Cole Haan’s website. Damn you, sales! You get me every time! They should be arriving this week. Happy dance.
Ok, and the shopping freeze starts… NOW.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Then I saw these two beauuuutiful tiny nuggets of a room and my world was turned upside down. Bedrooms that look perfectly perfect despite not having a proper bed frame and headboard finishing off the space? How is that possible? I’ve realized it comes down to the petite size of the space and the uber luxe linens (Porthault hearts) and accents (helloooo, blue chandelier) drawing your eye away from the missing headboard.
So now I’m wondering… do I even need one? It’s a small room, and the bed is framed nicely by the art and the bedside lamps. Sure the linens are West Elm and Anthropologie, and the lamps are a JCPenny bargain. But they do the trick. And the large Euro shams kind of act like a headboard. Do I invest in a third to really fill the space?
Monday, November 28, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
sunglasses | necklace | bracelet (similar style) | gloves
So this is what happens when there are only two people on a trip together. You get a lot of individual shots and you kind of look like you were traveling by yourself. Oh well, we had a fun day in Central Park, snapping photos in the beautiful fall weather while we made our way to a photo shoot on the Upper West Side. This was my first official attempt at color-blocking thanks to my spankin’ new green skinny jeans I picked up at the Zara on 5th Avenue. With the $35 price tag, bright hue, and comfy stretch, I was sold. In fact, I plan on getting them in red, as well! And with Danielle’s out-of-this-world orange coat, we looked like a couple of rainbow skittles running around Manhattan. It was wonderous.
Friday will be the last installment of NYC photos, so make sure to come back after you get your fill of Thanksgiving delights!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
View more photos from the night at Danielle’s blog, Breakfast at Toast!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Where to begin! I FINALLY made it to ABC Carpet and Home. And it is just as overwhelming and amazing as you’d expect. The six-floor mecca of interior design and home goods kept Danielle and I busy for hours last Wednesday when we arrived in New York. Nothing impressed me as much as the collection of Aquasilk rugs we were presented with when we stepped off the elevator on the sixth floor. I couldn’t help but stop and laugh, it was that great. The colors and sizes of these hand-woven beauties were unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Even the famously beautiful Madeline Weinrib showroom couldn’t quite compare to the dramatic Aquasilk pieces. Saturated pinks, yellows, and turquoises layered one on top of the other, with steep price tags ranging from $5,000 up to $30,000 (at least that was the highest one I saw – wouldn’t be surprised if it went up from that). Still, it was pretty fantastic seeing Weinrib’s black and white Endless rug that is captured on her homepage up close and personal.
A few other items of note:
1. Loved seeing the Tom Dixon copper globe pendants in person! They are large and in charge.
2. Oh, how I wanted those blush pink porcelain plates… especially loved them paired with the charcoal grey version of the same style. Alas, $40 for a salad plate just wasn’t in the cards.
3. Until the day when my dining room table is surrounded by a collection of Wegner wishbone chairs, anytime I see one, I will sit in it and have my photo taken. That’s love.
While there, we also dined at ABC Kitchen, an entirely organic offering of sandwiches, pastas, pizzas, and entrees. I had the portobello sandwich and Danielle had the margherita pizza. Both were delish. As were the fries. The place settings were simple and charming, a combination of rustic white pottery and vintage-looking gold-rimmed china. The best part was that all of the plates, linens, and furniture in the restaurant are available for sale in the store. I’d definitely recommend enjoying a meal there, but be sure to make a reservation at least a few weeks in advance. We got there right when it opened so we were able to get a walk-in table, but within 20 minutes the entire restaurant was full.
The remainder of the day was spent walking through the city in the rain, popping in and out of some of our favorite shops picking up new goodies. You can read all about that on last Friday’s post!And you can view more photos from ABC over on Danielle’s blog.
Have any of you been to ABC Carpet and Home? What was your favorite part of the store?
*Note: All of the super pretty photos were taken by Danielle. The others are from my iPhone.