dreaming of . . . summer, warm breezes, glowing skies, dining al fresco, sun-kissed skin . . .
wishing you all a healthy and prosperous new year filled with love and laughter. xo
Christmas time in New York City does not disappoint. Everywhere you turn, there are decorated store windows, Christmas tree sidewalk lots, and pretty lights. Here are a few of my favorites from the past few years . . . and keep reading for a holiday wallpaper download! Happy Holidays!
And now some holiday festiveness for your smartphone or desktop! Simply click on the photo to enlarge, then right click to save. Enjoy!
next up on the gift guide circuit are fun finds for the kids! click through for shoppable images.
my husband and daughter brought a gingerbread house* kit home from the grocery store a few days ago and we had a lot of fun putting it together!
* buy this in your local grocery store vs. online; you don't want a package of broken gingerbread!
it's not perfect by any means, but it was a fun activity to get us all in a christmassy mood.
have you ever made a gingerbread house? did you actually eat any of it? let me know in the comments!
have you started your holiday decorating yet? we did a little decorating in our apartment over the long weekend, which led me to dreaming about having a larger space to decorate one day. here are a few of my favorite finds that i would love to add to my collection, plus some cards and gift wrap because i'm addicted. ;)
shop some of my favorite recent finds below!
cards & gift wrap:
the sunset last sunday was nothing short of spectacular! i was so lucky to be riding in the car and able to pull over at this rest stop by the verrazano narrows bridge to capture the epicness. so magical!
need a quick DIY project to add some halloween vibes around your home? i've got just the thing for you!
It wasn't quite peak leaf-peeping season while we were there, but still very nice. And it's always such a treat to get out of the city for a few days.
The beautiful home we staying in was amazing in its own right, but the added layers of Garnet Hill home goods made it feel extra special.
The duvet in my room was a lovely aqua and white Hable Construction print. I've been a fan of Hable ever since Grace Bonney had her sofa recovered in one of their fabrics. I don't think this pattern is for sale yet for Garnet Hill, but keep an eye out for it soon! Oh! And my room came complete with a hidden doorway! You can see the bookcase on the left swung open to lead up a short flight of stairs.
This was the view just a short walk from our house. (!!!!!)
We spent part of the afternoon at Hudson-Chatham Winery. Dominique led us through a wonderful tasting and gave us some history of the winery. We even picked some apples off of the trees in their yard! Everything was so tasty; I made sure to pick up a bottle of the Blanc de Blanc to enjoy at home.
We returned to the Garnet Hill House for an amazing dinner prepared by Carlucci-Simons Catering. Everything was so delicious and locally sourced. Soooo goooood.
After dinner, we enjoyed some more wine from Hudson-Chatham Winery and roasted marshmallows by the fire to make s'mores. A perfect end to the evening.
The next day, we headed in to Hudson, NY for a little shopping and lunch before boarding the train back to the city.
Lunch at Cafe Le Perche was a great end to our mini trip.
Thanks so much for having me, Garnet Hill! It was a wonderful couple of days.
we didn't do much shopping, but i did stop in to black ink and loved it. super cute gift shop.
next up was a bit of a wander down newbury street. a mix of boutiques and chain stores, and the buildings were all so lovely.
steph dropped us off at good harbor beach and we immediately started planning a vacation there for next summer. absolutely picture perfect.
after steph was done working for the day, we wandered around her town of rockport. to say it was charming would be a massive understatement. so quintessentially new england!
hokusai was way too crowded for any decent photos, but the modern wing! so good!!
after the museum, we had lunch on newbury street and then took an uber over to check out the lawn on d. unfortunately, i missed the fact that they were throwing a block party that day. needless to say, it was crazy crowded.
we were close to the water, so we walked that way instead and hung out on the harbor for a bit.
it was such a lovely long weekend. hope to make a return visit soon.
on tuesday, i was walking down broadway, and crossed 19th street to stop in to fishs eddy. i noticed a guy on a citibike and thought he looked familiar. so, like any photo nerd, i snapped a few iphone photos. as the light changed and he started to pedal away, i thought, "holy crap. that was wes anderson! on a citibike!" and promptly tweeted it.
later that evening, i got an email from gothamist asking permission to use the photo. i said yes, and the next thing i know, it's up on their site.
THEN, a friend posted on my facebook page that my photo had made it to @midnight. OMG, chris hardwick said my name on TV!!! how awesome is that?? (if you click through to watch the video, the segment starts around 14:04.)
and to top it all off? chris hardwick totally tweeted back at me. =D
yay for lucky celebrity sightings and manhattan and internet randomness!!
The tablescapes were lovely and each place setting had a tiny potted succulent as a take home favor.
Micaela Piccolo was a drink making machine! Also, she is so cute and friendly. It was a joy to watch her work.
All of the food was SO GOOD.
The Sunset Sour (Frangelico, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Lemon Juice, Spiced Simple Syrup, Egg Whites) was my favorite drink of the night. Quite tasty!
The lovely Giada telling us about one of the courses.
Everything was delicious but the desserts! Giada's almond cake was perfect and the Hazelnut Torte was amazing!
Thanks to everyone involved for a wonderful evening!