Jodi McKee

it's christmas time in the city 🎶 (+ a free wallpaper download!)

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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!

stars at time warner center, new york city
anthropologie window detail
tons of ornaments at the peninsula hotel, new york city
holiday lights in new york city
rockefeller center christmas tree, new york city
holiday light bokeh, new york city
rockefeller center christmas tree, new york city
holiday window at anthropologie, rockefeller center, new york city
grand central terminal, new york city
holiday lights, new york city

And now some holiday festiveness for your smartphone or desktop! Simply click on the photo to enlarge, then right click to save. Enjoy!

gingerbread house

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building a gingerbread house

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!

decorating a gingerbread house

it's not perfect by any means, but it was a fun activity to get us all in a christmassy mood.

building a gingerbread house is fun for families!

have you ever made a gingerbread house? did you actually eat any of it? let me know in the comments!

holiday decorating

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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!

decor:

ornaments:

cards & gift wrap:

candles:

garnet hill hudson house

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garnet hill hudson house

I recently attended a wonderful autumnal retreat up in the Hudson Valley hosted by Garnet Hill. A small group of us spent two days exploring, eating great food, and soaking up the sunshine and fall colors, all while wrapped up in cozy Garnet Hill pieces.

foliage in old chatham, new york

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.

garnet hill hudson house

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.

garnet hill hudson house
garnet hill hudson house

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.

hudson valley
hudson valley

This was the view just a short walk from our house. (!!!!!)

fall foliage in the hudson valley
cows in the hudson valley
hudson-chatham winery

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.

hudson-chatham winery
garnet hill hudson house
garnet hill hudson house

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.

garnet hill hudson house

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.

hudson, new york

The next day, we headed in to Hudson, NY for a little shopping and lunch before boarding the train back to the city.

autumn in the hudson valley

Lunch at Cafe Le Perche was a great end to our mini trip.

garnet hill hudson house lunch at cafe le perche

Thanks so much for having me, Garnet Hill! It was a wonderful couple of days.

boston

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a few weeks ago, the mister and i headed up to boston for a long weekend. we stayed a small, but efficient airbnb in beacon hill. such a charming & beautiful neighborhood!

we didn't do much shopping, but i did stop in to black ink and loved it. super cute gift shop.

we wandered around beacon hill and then cut through boston common and boston public garden. the common was fine, but the garden! so lovely!! i wish we would have made a point to hang out there again, but the time got away from us.

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.

the next morning, we go up and headed over to the new boston public market where we breakfasted on the most amazing doughnuts from union square donuts. ZOMG, you guys. SO GOOD. we went back for seconds and made a point at stopping at their somerville location on our way out of town.

after fueling up for the day, we did some geocaching and walked a bit of the freedom trail.

the next day, we hit the suburbs to get some chick-fil-a (coming soon to manhattan!), then drove out to cape ann to visit our friend steph and chill out by the shore.

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!

the next morning, we got up and headed out to the boston museum of fine arts. i had seen some instagrams of the beautiful modern wing and we also wanted to check out the hokusai exhibit.

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.

Wes Anderson on a Citibike

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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, it got picked up by vulture and paper. pretty cool, right? i was getting lots of re-tweets and feeling kind of awesome.


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!!

#LiveItalian with Giada

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#LiveItalian with Giada

I recently attended a magical evening at one of my favorite Brooklyn restaurants, Frankie's 457. The dinner was hosted by none other than Giada De Laurentiis and Frangelico.

Frangelico Frizzante

The evening started off with two tasty cocktails mixed up by Micaela Piccolo of Distilled. The Friar Tuck was quite tasty and the Frangelico Frizzante was pretty good, too.

An Evening with Giada & Frangelico

The tablescapes were lovely and each place setting had a tiny potted succulent as a take home favor. 

Micaela Piccolo of Distilled

Micaela Piccolo was a drink making machine! Also, she is so cute and friendly. It was a joy to watch her work.

Bufala Mozzarella & Arugula

All of the food was SO GOOD.

Ryan Silverman with Mike Bono on guitar

A little Aperitivi entertainment from Ryan Silverman and Mike Bono on guitar.

The Sunset Sour

The Sunset Sour (Frangelico, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Lemon Juice, Spiced Simple Syrup, Egg Whites) was my favorite drink of the night. Quite tasty!

Giada De Laurentiis

The lovely Giada telling us about one of the courses.

Giada's Almond Cake

Everything was delicious but the desserts! Giada's almond cake was perfect and the Hazelnut Torte was amazing!

Giada De Laurentiis & Jodi McKee

Thanks to everyone involved for a wonderful evening!