10th October 2014
This week has raced by in a blur of trip planning and holiday season project brainstorming, it’s been so nice to be back in Hong Kong for a little bit! And guess what? The weather has turned enough to allow for me to actually do my hair (without it turning into a Marge Simpson-esque bird’s nest in 5 humid minutes). It’s the little things sometimes… Read on for my links to eyeball this weekend. And have a lovely one guys!
Zack Seckler’s pastel paradise in Botswana. TAKE ME THERE NOW!
The perfect minimalist sandal can be hard to find, but these are perfect (but pricey).
Being happy is all about training your brain to remember the good, forget the bad.
You’ve probably seen this before but Maddie makes me smile every day (or whenever they post).
Is it bad that I want 100 of these?
The creative’s conundrum… Should I work for free? (Oldie but so relevant)
Ready to move into this Brazillian beach house
Currently reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and loving it.
Photo above taken last weekend at Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay) in Hong Kong, can you believe this crazy city can be so beautiful? Follow my day to day here.
9th October 2014
No trip to New York is complete without a lazy day spent in the West Village, where all you’re required to do is eat, stop yourself having to re-mortgage at Diptyque and top it off with a glass of wine. Funnily enough, for me the West Village feels like a small pocket of respite in the middle of such a hectic city, with leafy streets and gorgeous ivy-covered brownstones. Just make sure to take a map with you, the grid layout you’ll have come to love North of 14th becomes a tangle of gorgeous, and yet bewildering, streets.
Take the A, C or E trains to 8th Avenue and 14th streets, which lands you in the north of the west village, from where you can easily make your way to Bleeker streets and begin your wandering.
The key to an amazing day in the West Village is to wander, finding all those cosy corners that make it interesting and delightful. We started on Bleeker Street, took a left at Christopher Street and wandered down until we got to Grove Street then walked back up Hudson, branching off to check out the side streets as we saw fit. Just get lost I say! Make sure end up at gorgeous Washington Square Park!
The major stores in the area are located on the top half of Bleeker Street where you’ll find a heap of high end fashion boutiques, Book Marc, Diptyque and lots of others to get excited about. Once you’ve had your fill of the more recognisable stores, wander a bit more to find
- Greenwich Letter Press: Gorgeous stationary to remind you of your NY trip, we went ker-razy here!
- Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks: we loved all the vintage cookbooks here, but sadly didn’t have any room to bring them back.
- Aedes De Venutas: Candles and fragrances
- Bleeker St Records: An institution
- Goorin Hat Shop: Best panamas around, they have another store on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg
Eat & Drink
- Jeffreys Grocery:
- Hamilton’s: Gorgeous new soda shoppe (open til midnight!)
- Tartine: Very cute brunch spot, but just as perfect for a glass of wine
- Magnolia Bakery: I’m sure I don’t have to tell you anything about Magnolia, one thing to know is that the Banana pudding is the BEST thing on the menu.
- Mary’s Fish Camp: lobster roll goodness.
- Frankie’s Sputino 570: The perfect place for an evening drink.
- Sockerbit Candy: Oh so minimal Swedish candy store.
Wearing: Club Monaco jacket, top and shorts
Brunch at Tartine…
The ubiquitous white box
I have this thing with floors
Soda fountain shops that take me back to my days of reading Archie comics
It’s not possible to choose just one!
Addicted to the facades of the West Village
One of each please
Taking a load off
Make sure you take a friend along with you for your day off
Soda shoppe love
More perfect brunch spots
8th October 2014
Home and interior DIY projects are a great place to start in the world of craft if you’re not feeling up to the challenge of crafting your own dress. And something that differs between home and fashion DIYs is that unlike an upstyled skirt, your new ladder wardrobe or hanging shelves are out in the open for you (or your frenemy) to admire as you walk to and from the fridge. One of the things about home projects is that they can feel daunting if you have to pick up a drill (although trust me, it’s not as hard as it looks!), so something super easy that takes only a few minutes like this coat rack is the perfect place to whet your appetite for home improvement. Read on to see how – although this is so easy that I’m guessing you already know how to make it
- 4 or 5 dowels – these are pretty much broom stick handles and can be bought at your local hardware store.
- A length of leather cord
1. Start by holding your dowels all together and arranging them into a teepee shape crossing them over about a foot down from the top so you have somewhere to hand your hat and bag.
2. Once you’ve got your shape organised (and yes it’s a bit awkward and you’ll probably drop them a few times but whatever), start wrapping with your leather cord.
3. Wrap around and around until making sure to do it tightly until you’ve secured them all together. You want to make sure they all stayed crossed over as you do this.
4. Once you’ve finished wrapping, tie off the cord and snip and extra you don’t need. Hide the ends of the cord inside the wrapping. You’ll notice the cord has a small amount of give in it allowing you to adjust the angles of the dowels if you need to. And that’s it, all done! I said it was easy didn’t I?