Apr 18, 2014

'Tis the season

For peonies that is. So excited my favorite flowers are back (not that you can't get them at the flower market during the winter, but the varieties that are available during the proper season are what get me excited).



Just some naturey crap to kick off your weekend. If you've ever wondered where that tag came from, it's actually from the good old flickr days. I used to contribute all of my flower photos to the "Naturey Crap" group feed, so that kind of stuck with me. One of these is SLR and one was shot by iPhone. It's pretty obvious in this set which is which!

Apr 13, 2014

The silk trench

We don't get many nice spring days in NY (I swear it will be 90 and humid before we know it), so I'll enjoy them while they last. Today was one of them. It was the perfect temperature to wear my silk trench from MaxMara. I know it's not a very practical material for outerwear, but when I first tried it on, I was sold. It's a washed silk so it's slightly more durable, and I kind of feel like I'm getting away with wearing a very fancy bathrobe in public. As for the dry cleaning bills I'll have to look forward to, well... I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.



A few weeks ago, I had my hair chopped again. What can I say? Short hair seems to be addicting.



I was thrilled that Everlane launched new warm-weather styles for their silk shirts. I ordered this white tank immediately, along with the bright blue sleeveless button-up. When it gets too hot and muggy for silk, I imagine I'll switch to the new cotton poplin tank that's set to hit in late May.



Now if I could just work some color into my wardrobe!

Apr 9, 2014

Afternoon delights

I was about to sit down to some tea – Thé du Hammam from Le Palais des Thés was my choice this afternoon – and chocolate, but couldn't help to stage a little shot to welcome my new teapot and tray to the prop mix. I picked these up from ABC Carpet & Home today (a dangerous place for me) along with some quince blossoms from the greenmarket. Here's to hoping they bloom!

Apr 7, 2014

Milan Color Play

I got back from Milan last might and am feeling extra loopy today. I usually love the jet lag from returning from Europe (i.e., waking up at 5 or 6am easily) but I never really adjusted while I was in Milan, so this "good" jet lag never happened. I'm just trying so hard not to nap right now.

I didn't take many photos while I was there (I was too busy eating and drinking!), but did manage to put together a little fun color play between street scenes and the local market scenes. The produce was really beautiful, and after endless months of winter vegetables here, it was quite refreshing to see beautiful greens again. Below are photos from the Viale Papiniano Market mixed with all-over street scenes from walking around.









(So many bikes!)

Apr 1, 2014

Recently

Pardon the lame update with photos I've already posted on my Instagram. I've been really bad about shooting personal work recently and have been slacking on the blog front. Good projects are in the works though!



I'm happy to have a print up for auction in Sang An's annual art auction to raise money for AIDS/LifeCycle. There is some beautiful work on his auction site, and it's a great opportunity to outfit your home with artwork, while getting a tax deduction :P. I am eyeing this one in particular myself.



A piece I shot for the WSJ Magazine is out this weekend. It was quite a treat to work with stylist Jocelyne Beaudoin, shooting artful piles of beautiful objects. Pretty much a dream assignment.



I'm leaving for Milan tonight, and it will be my first time in Italy. Mostly pleasure, tiny bit of business. In my usual fashion, I haven't planned a thing (except a visit to the flagship Gianvito Rossi shop...). So I'd love to hear any recommendations if anyone has them.

And if you missed it, I did a little "Day in the Life" feature for Design Sponge. It sounds like a pretty glorious day (and that particular day was), but trust me, it's not representative of my every day!

Mar 23, 2014

Kalita Wave Series

After J broke our Hario V60 Range Server for the second time, he decided to look into other options for our morning coffee routine. Enter, the Kalita Wave series. Now, our new system is not exactly unbreakable, but it's nice to change it up once in a while. (See my post from a few months ago on the coffee gear I use every day.)



I've been enjoying working out the kinks of the new system. We started with the small dripper but realized it was a little too small for two people, especially on a groggy Monday morning. The nice thing about the little guy is that it really forces you to pulse your pours, instead of dumping a heap of water onto your grounds at once. We ended up getting the larger dripper, which suits us much better. The Kalita server is also quite pretty, I think. Overall, the system looks a bit more sleek and modern than the V60.



We've also recently been getting our beans from Papa Lin's. They offer some truly special beans (you might get sticker shock from some of them), and they genuinely care about their products. They roast to order and ship the next day, and then follow up with you to see how you liked the beans and roast.



P.S. A great video on the system at work. (Though I don't personally use such a high ratio of beans to water!)

Mar 20, 2014

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

After a strenuous day at Machu Picchu, there's no better place to kick back and relax than the Inkaterra hotel, which is just a bus ride down from the Incan ruins. It doesn't get much dreamier than sitting by one of the fireplaces in the communal spaces with a Pisco Sour in hand. I remember heading back to my room after a drink and climbing under the covers, jumping up when I felt the round mound under my covers, and then being totally delighted when I realized housekeeping had left a hot water bottle under the covers to warm up the bed! It's these little details that always get me.







Above: My room and overall shots of the property.
Below: Some photos of the common areas.





I also got a nice peek at one of the larger suites, which had its own private outdoor shower and heated dipping pool in the backyard (!!). If you're feeling particularly indulgent, you can also book a treatment at the Unu spa. I had a nice massage there after a day at Machu Picchu and I cannot recommend it more.




Disclosure: This stay was part of my South America trip that was provided by LAN Airlines.