Coming Up Roses.

This vibrant recipe for marinated mango (sprinkled with chili, salt, and wild rose petals!) stopped me in my blog-scrolling tracks yesterday. Dreamed up by nutritionist Sarah Britton of the excellent blog My New Roots, it's exactly the type of dish that makes me so thankful it's summer (and with the sort of weather we've been having this year, I need all the reasons I can get).

See the recipe at My New Roots. I can't wait to try it. (Also, you can read about the last time I experimented in the kitchen with roses, here.)

Photo by Sarah Britton for My New Roots.

In Her Clutches.

Before I started working from home, I carried what seemed like my entire life with me in my bag. Books, magazines, laptop, note pad, umbrella,  iPhone, the odd lollipop or Hershey's Kiss - in New York, when you're car-less, you've got to haul it all. For me, this required carrying a ridiculously large purse - my "mom purse," as I called it. (Note: I am not a mom.) 

Now that I no longer commute, however, I find myself leaving home with decidedly less: my keys, my phone, my Metrocard. It's got me thinking that it may finally be time to trade in the mom purse in favor of something a little more petite. Like one of these quirky clutches from Roxy Marj. The size, the shape, the cheerful prints - I'm smitten.

Shop more at Roxy Marj, here. (Bottom two photos via the Roxy Marj blog. Check it out - I'm a huge fan!)

Olden-Day Olympics.

Though I've never been much of a sports fan, the Olympics get me every time - stumbling across these photos of athletes in the 20s and 30s (and earlier!) made me so happy. 

Images, from top to bottom: Los Angeles, 1932, Bettman/Corbis; London, 1908, Topical Press Agency/Getty Images; Los Angeles, 1932, Bettman Corbis; Antwerp, 1920, Bettman/Corbis.

Tonight, I'll be meeting friends to watch the opening ceremonies - I've been looking forward to it all week. Will you be watching, too? Whatever your plans, have a wonderful weekend! 

Via The New Yorker. (Be sure to click through for the stories behind these photos.)

Locating Legends.

I'm completely fascinated by Bob Egan's PopSpots, a website dedicated to tracking down the sites of famous films, photographs, and paintings in New York City. "Manhattan is constantly being torn down and rebuilt anew," Bob writes, "And I'm trying to find these places while they are still around." 

That last shot just might be my favorite - The Who will always be my #1!

See more at the PopSpots website, here. Found via Twisted Sifter. 


This week on the Equals Record: thoughts on spending much of my day in front of a screen, and the nagging temptations to disconnect... excerpt from the new post: "On the rare occasion that I meet someone who’s not on Facebook, I find myself having two distinct reactions: first comes surprise; next comes envy. What would it be like, I wonder, not to have the urge to scroll through a newsfeed; not to be concerned with checking to see if it’s someone’s birthday; not to feel obliged to comment on a friend’s new profile photo?"

See the post in its entirety at the Equals Record, here. Thanks so much for reading!


Shortly after I posted about Rob Sweere's Silent Sky Project#, I received a message from the lovely Liz Grant with a link to another stunning, sky-related photo series by artist Eric Cahan. Below are a few of my favorites. You can see more from the series here. Thanks, Liz!

Learn more about the artist, here.

Supermarket Stitch.

As part of a project she calls "Supermarket Stitch," artist Holly Levell turns ordinary items - mustard cans, Marmite, toothpaste, Toblerone - into quirky masterpieces using needle and thread. 

She's even stitched her receipts. Mind blown.

See more at Holly Levell's website, here. (You can purchase her work, here.) 

Have a happy Monday!

Cool People, Cool Cameras.

How cool are these photos of Michael Jackson, Nick Drake, Robert Plant, and Jimmy Page wielding awesome old-school cameras? Makes me want to abandon my iPhone and tinker around with my vintage Polaroid this weekend (even though it takes blue-tinged photos every time).

Any plans for the next couple of days? I have a friend visiting from San Francisco so I'll be playing tour guide. Luckily, the heat should taper off just in time. Have a happy weekend!

Via Retronaut. (Know the photographers? Please share!)

Retro People.

Each piece in Swedish designer Adriana Bellet's "Retro People" espresso set is inspired by a forgotten face. Writes Adriana: "I once found in a flea market a box of photographs. In it, was the whole life of a pair of twin sisters, from their black-and-white childhood to their 90s granny haircuts. Regretfully, that day I did not take them home with me...ever since, I scout every flea market and thrift store wherever I go in search of other forgotten pictures." So cool.

See more at Adriana's Etsy shop, here. Happy Thursday!

On My Own.

This week on the Equals Record: thoughts on spending time alone... always, here's an excerpt from the new post: I get the feeling that being on my own, much like many other aspects of getting older, is something I’ll get better at with time. Right now, I’m perfectly happy to shop alone, cook alone, watch movies alone, jog alone (how anyone can run and hold a conversation at the same time is beyond me anyway). But there are certain activities I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to attempt solo: going to dinner at a nice restaurant, for example. Or spending a weekend away. I love the idea of these things, but I know I’d feel self-conscious—and maybe a little lonely—if it actually came to doing them.

See the rest at the Equals Record, here. Thanks so much for reading!

PS: That's me in the photo above, wearing this yellow polka-dot dress. (It's one of my favorites.)

Reading, Writing, Rainbows.

This kaleidoscopic Parisian primary school, with its multihued hallways and tomato-red floors, is making me reconsider my own apartment's stark white walls. Could this be the new happiest place on Earth?

Photos via Fubiz. Found via Handmade Charlotte.

Pint-Sized Personality.

Conductor of frogs, friend to panda bears, and master fryer of enormous sunny-side up eggs - I get the feeling this little girl, captured brilliantly by Nagano Toyokazu, has never known a dull moment in her life. What a rock star.

See more at Toyokazu's Flickr page, here. A big thank you to Elizabeth for the introduction.

Happy Birthday, Blog!

This past week was such a busy one that I completely forgot - last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of my very first blog post on Sho & Tell. (I wrote this on July 5, 2011.) As I've mentioned before, pressing "publish" on that post was no easy feat. I had no idea what to expect from blogging, and, quite frankly, was terrified that no one would be interested in what I had to say. But I took a leap...

...and one year later, I couldn't be happier that I did. I'm stunned, thrilled, and so thankful to have "met" all of you. Thank you so much for your comments, emails, and support. It means so much to have you join me on this adventure - I can't wait to see what's next!

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend. Any exciting plans?

Photos by Max Wanger. (Click here to read more about this gorgeous series.)

Weird & Wonderful Words.

The A-Z of Unusual Words is a set of prints created by an Ireland-based illustration and graphic design team called The Project Twins. Each print represents a "strange, unusual and lost" word - and I have to admit, as I scrolled through, I didn't recognize a single one. Some of these terms are so lovely, though, I think I'm going to start incorporating them into my everyday speech. Like yonderly, which is another word for absent-minded,

or montivagant, which refers to the act of hill-wandering. 

And why doesn't anyone talk about tarantism more often? Apparently, it's "a disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to dance." (Sounds good to me.)

See more at The Project Twins website, here. Found via The New Yorker.

Dream Job(s).

There was a part of me that hoped that donning a cap and gown at my college graduation would magically mean an end (or at least a diminishment) to my confusion over what I wanted to do with my life thereafter. For as long as I can remember, I've had many, many ideas about what I wanted to be when I grew up, and these ideas changed often. In fact, they still do, and I suspect (and hope!) that they'll keep changing as I get older. I wrote about this, and the notion of dream jobs in general, in this week's Equals Record post, which you can find here.

An excerpt from the new post: "At various times [in my life], I've considered being an actress, interior designer, photographer, stylist, screenwriter. For a brief period of time, I even dreamt of joining a circus. (Don’t laugh.) Of course, it’s perfectly normal when you’re a kid to daydream about the future, to change your mind about these things on a daily – or hourly – basisIs there a point, though, when it stops being okay? When is it no longer acceptable not to have a clue about what you’d like to be when you grow up?"

Read the rest at the Equals Record, here. Thanks so much for your support!

Freaks, Frocks, and Felines.

Recent Pinterest discoveries that made me smile: these curious cats, (top photo by Petrina Hicks; bottom photo by FlOrEcItA),

these beautiful dresses, which, sadly for us humans, are made for dolls,

and this inspiring print, from the Etsy shop Confettie. (I, for one, whole-heartedly agree.)

Happy Tuesday!

Cloud Gazing.

Since the beginning of the month, I've lost count of the number of times I've exclaimed breathlessly to a friend, "Can you believe the year's half over?" It seems like just yesterday that we were ringing in the New Year. How is it that so much time has passed so quickly? Have I just been so busy that I've failed to notice?

Artist Rob Sweere's "Silent Sky Project#"is an inspired reminder to slow down and savor the simpler things - participants are challenged to indulge in a half hour of peaceful, uninterrupted sky-watching. Sounds like a great way to break up the day, doesn't it? Below are just a few of Sweere's photos of cloud gazers around the world: The Netherlands, India, England, Greenland, Brazil, and Australia. 

See more at Rob Sweere's website, here. (Thanks, My Modern Met.)

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