Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Parisian Dreaming

Have you ever had a moment with a piece of clothing (or pair of shoes or some other accessory) where you thought, "It will be mine. Oh, yes, it will be mine"? That was me with this yellow jacket—and yes I just made a Wayne's World reference. 

I first spotted it on Pinterest and immediately tracked it to Zara online, but knew I'd need to try it on (thanks for the wide shoulders, Mom). Later that night, we had a fateful moment through the window as I passed Zara with Jess and Hallie after SoulCycle. I couldn't admit my obsession then, but the jacket and I made a date for Tuesday and the rest, as they say, is history. 
It's been buried in my closet for nearly two months, but the last few beautiful weekends have finally justified its grand arrival and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to shoot it on this quiet street near Washington Square Park. Once I looked at the photos, I realized my look was rather Parisian—which felt appropriate, since across the street from these pics is the Institute of French Studies for NYU! I was so hoping to finally make a trip to the city of light this year, but duty my sister's wedding calls. As of now I'm just testing out my wardrobe for when I do finally get to make the trip—Paris does call for the best version of oneself (c'mon, 2015!).
Zara Jacket || Madewell Linen Tee || Anthropologie Scarf || Boyfriend Jean (25% off with code INTHEFAMILY14)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Painterly Prints from Amy Sia

Today's post comes from a Pinterest "success" story—I discovered artist Amy Sia when someone I followed had re-pinned one of her works; more often than not trying to track the original source of images, even with Google's help, can be frustrating and lead to a lot of dead ends (and more links back to Pinterest). Thankfully this was not one of those cases, and I've since started following Sia on her own Pinterest page (warning: gorgeous images ahead). She designs beautiful, water-color like prints that are available in an abundance of accessories and home goods over on Society 6. I've been eyeing several versions of her pretty, conversation-worthy iPhone cases and colorful scarves (in need of several to jazz up my go-to white t-shirts!). When I finally get around to having my own place, her throw pillows will be the starting point for pops of color. 
Check out her Society 6 page to see all her shoppable products, make sure to follow her on Pinterest for STUNNING images (both her own & her incredible eye for re-pinning covetable images) and stop by her website & blog for more info and images of her work—even if you just need a color fix!

*All images via Amy Sia (website and blog)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vintage New York

I have to let you all in on a little secret—I'm in love. Capital L-O-V-E...with New York City. I can't really tell you when my fascination began, since I don't even really know what prompted me to move here, but after nearly three years I've discovered a deep love for not only the hidden secrets and beauty of present-day NYC, but an appreciation for its past. There's rarely a day I don't pass an old building or notice a unique architectural detail and wonder about the history of the property. It's amazing and completely mind-blowing to think about the millions of people who have walked these streets before you!

If you're interested in learning some of the crazy, unique things about New York City's history, a few of my favorite blogs that post regular updates are: Vanishing New YorkEphemeral New YorkForgotten NY and Lost New York City. And, if we ever meet in person, I'd be more than happy to share with you some of the secrets I've learned—many of my favorites are about the NYC subway system, including a recently-discovered abandoned station down near the Bowery.

P.S. I'm thinking about starting an NYC guide of some of my favorite places to eat, shop and visit around the city—sound off in the comments below if you have thoughts or suggestions!
Images via Vintage Everyday

Friday, April 4, 2014

On the Waterfront

 Ahh, sunshine! It *seems* like spring is finally starting to poke its head from the bunker it's been stashed away in, but I'd rather not gush too much for fear of jinxing any hope we have of ever putting our coats and jackets into storage.

A recent sunny weekend and a friend in town called for a walk along the riverfront in DUMBO...after brunch at Joseph Leonard, puppy playtime with some fuzzy friends across the street and a stop by my favorite hat shop in the West Village. This was naturally followed up by a tour of several of my favorite croissant stops, including Balthazar for almond and Bottega Falai for cream-filled (both around NoLIta) 
Definitely earning my#croissantconnoisseur status.
Catbird and WWAKE rings (in ring finger stack)

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