Good morning! (Or is it afternoon already? This day is going by too fast.) I'm up to my nose in work at the moment, but I'll be back tomorrow with a normal post. In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful, productive day!
I'm working from home this afternoon, but I wish I were still at the cozy rental house my family stayed at this summer in Martha's Vineyard (pictured above). I can't imagine a lovelier place to work!
Whimsy and whatnot from an all-time favorite, the Curiosity Shoppe. I've had my eye on those long-handled tasting spoons for months, but if I had to choose just one item from this list? It'd have to be the do-it-yourself clothing label. Brilliant!
What's not to love about a marshmallow? Light as air, white as snow, perfect in a cup of hot chocolate on a cold afternoon. This weekend, holed up in my apartment on a snowy Saturday, I attempted to make a batch fromscratch for a post on the cooking and crafting blog, Thursdays. Judging from Monday's cookie worship here on sho & tell, I must have dessert on the brain these days - but what's new, really?
Read more - and see the recipe - on the Thursdays blog, here.
Teenage baker Elissa's blog, 17 and Baking, was introduced to me recently by a friend well-versed in all things dessert; this weekend, I spent several hours sifting through its mouth-watering archives. Number one on my list of recipes to try? These chocolate lavender sandwich cookies, inspired by Pepperidge Farms's ever-popular Milanos. See the full post with recipe, here.
London illustrator Lizzy Stewart keeps an online diary that's sweet, sincere, and so much fun to read. Though I haven't had a diary since high school, (it's since been put through the shredder - it was that embarrassing), I would love to start a project like this. Oh, and that last entry, about the trials of working from home? Story of my life this week.
Read more, here, and visit Lizzy's website, here. Have a lovely weekend!
Kim Welling's Instant Comfort Pocket Boxes are brilliant, aren't they? I first spotted them months ago on You Are My Fave, and have been a fan ever since - which is why I was thrilled to receive one of my very own for Christmas this year. (Turns out, this is a wonderful and unexpected perk of having a Pinterest account - I found quite a few of my pins under the tree.)
I recently checked in on Kim's Etsy shop, and was delighted to discover a special series of Valentine's Day boxes, pictured below. The first one, in particular, warms my heart.
My pocket box - which features a handsome little rabbit declaring, "Wishes will come true!" - sits on a shelf beside my desk. And you know what? Looking at it really does bring me instant comfort.
The last week of my long visit home, I spent an afternoontaking portraits with Lou Mora, the talented photographer I blogged about this past summer. Lou and his wife, Sarah, are some of my favorite people, so it was such a pleasure, and so much fun, to do this. Now that I'm back in New York (where, as I write, tiny snowflakes drift lazily past my window), I look at these pictures and can't help but think, "Wow. I look so warm." See more, here. Thank you so much, Lou!
Tiffany & Co.'s "True Love In Pictures" features Instagram shots by blogging superstars (and real-life couple) Garance Dore and Scott Schuman. Check out the gallery, here, and let the countdown to Valentine's Day begin...
Tiny wonders found on Etsy: a brick-red tin train, a clay city perfect for shelves or sills, a hand-drawn Harold and Maudebrooch, and a ladder madefrom a page of an antique constellation book. You can still see the stars, if you look closely.
I love these descriptions of teenage bedrooms, posted this fall on the Commune design blog. My own would be far too embarrassing to share,but I wholeheartedly admire the honesty of whoever offered this confession: "If I had to describe it in one sentence, it was Miami Vice meets the interior of a van." Priceless.
This year, I celebrated two Christmases: one on December 25th, as always, and another this past Friday, when Margaux decided to clean out her closet. As you can imagine, this was a very exciting day, and I now have an extra suitcase - stuffed to the gills - to bring back with me to New York later this week.
When it comes to clothing, I say, the quirkier the better. A few of my fashion favorites: the Rolling Stones. Eva Fontanelli. Iris Apfel. (Did you see her interview on Into the Gloss earlier this month? I loved her opening line: "Getting older ain't for sissies, I'll tell you.")
Who are your style icons? Anyone with especially oddball taste that I should know about?
Barbara Iweins does what I wish I had the courage to do: talk to strangers on the street. My Brooklyn neighborhood is host - and home - to a vibrant, and often very stylish, cast of characters. The fact that I live next to abar whose patrons seem to have stepped off the pages of the Sartorialist only adds to the excellent people-watching.
I find myself wondering all the time who these people are and where they came from. But the thought of actually asking has never crossed my mind. On her popular blog, Au Coin De Ma Rue, ("at the corner of my street" in French), Barbara does just that.
I'm so inspired after paging through Barbara's archives that I'm thinking of adding another New Year's resolution to my list: talk to strangers. What do you think?