Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cut-offs and T-Shirts

Image courtesy of Wild Child

The weather has finally turned, with predictions of temperatures up to the seventies for the remainder of this week.  With the warmer weather, my mind starts thinking about jean cut-offs and t-shirts, usually worn with a pair of old school Vans or Vans slip-ons.  My favorite t-shirts are the ones that you wish you could wear everyday, the ones you've owned for so long and have been washed and worn to the perfect consistency and softness. 

Here are some that could be in the running for new favorite t-shirt this season.

From Tender Loving Empire

From Built By Wendy

From Brooklyn Industries

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Good for you

My dear friend Kristen came over a couple Sundays ago.  We walked to the neighborhood co-op for fresh produce and came back to my house for a lunch of polenta and roasted vegetables and a wee glass of wine.  Kristen showed me how to cook a bunch of kale that I had bought on a whim, not really knowing what I was supposed to do with it, and that was added into the mix.  Since then, my mind's been on all things kale.  It goes into my salads, sometimes into my Green Monster smoothies in the morning.  Today, I saw this recipe for kale chips via Smitten Kitchen

I think this is one to try with Kristen very soon. 

The recipe can be found here.

Image courtesy of Smitten Kitchen

Bits and baubles

Almost three years ago I bought this wishbone necklace as a birthday present to myself.  It's been around my neck nearly every day ever since.

Some more good ones to consider. 

From Erica Weiner Jewelry

From White Fly

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Getting my hands dirty

Last year I had my first foray into gardening. 

Well, I really can't call what I did actual gardening.  However, I did go to Lowe's, buy the cheapest (but nicest) looking flowers as well as bags of dirt, dug holes in the ground, and managed to keep everything alive until the end of the season.  Also, my very sweet neighbor had a few extra tomato plants as well as a little pepper plant that were also stuck in the dirt and somehow managed to stay alive. 

It felt really good to walk out the back door to snag a couple of sun-warmed and very sweet tomatoes for my salad.

Lately, I've been thinking about an actual garden.  Like, the real deal digging stuff up and planning it out on graph paper kind of garden.  I have the perfect space for a garden in the back yard, and anything that lessens the amount of lawn that I have to mow is very appealing.  Admittedly, I have no idea what I am doing but the plan is to do some research and ask for pointers from friends, choose the veggies prudently (I've been told several times to only get a couple zucchini plants), and then dig up the yard, make some holes, and stick some little plants in the dirt.

I want to be able to walk out the back door and snag an entire salad from my garden.

This may end in disaster. 

Or it may end in something kind of amazing.

We'll see how this goes. 

Photo courtesy of Sunstone Herb Farm

To remember

Originally uploaded by searchingforsimon.

Yesterday, my dear girlfriend wrote to me, "We are ready to be wooed."

My response, "Oh yes, thank you for the reminder."

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Alone doesn't mean lonely

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I am single.  Single and squarely in my 30th year.

Truth be told, I have been enjoying myself very much and am very thankful for this life that is filled to the brim with loved ones, family, lots of laughter, music, travels, etc.

However, one thing that I do miss is cooking on a consistent basis with someone.  There's just something about having someone sitting at my kitchen counter chopping vegetables while I tend to whatever is on the stove, all the while talking and snagging sips of wine while things are cooking.  Things don't feel the same when I'm rummaging through the fridge, trying to throw together a quick bite before I run back out of the house.

I stumbled on this collection of essays and recipes last year, shortly after my last relationship ended.  My ex and I had cooked a lot at home, and even though I joke about my shortcomings in the kitchen, cooking is something that I did and still do enjoy (however infrequently it happens nowadays).  This book reminded me that there's something special and significant about feeding just yourself, making a meal (however weird it is) for one.

Color Me Katie

me and my footprints, originally uploaded by ColorMeKatie.

This girl inspires me.

She inserts art into her daily life and transforms the ordinary into something much more interesting and unexpected. It's nice to find people who make their world fun.

Hello lover

It is no secret to those that know me that I love shoes. I used to have a rule that if a new pair was purchased an old one had to go. Notice I say "used to". If you're a size 8 1/2 let me know. I feel a shoe purge coming on.

Currently liking the oxfords that have been popping up all over the place. Seychelles Oxford Heel: The Blimey
A hidden platform and the substantial stacked heel make these relatively comfortable to wear. American Eagle Billie Jazz Oxfords
A feminine take on the traditional flat oxfords. Also, on sale for $14.99.

Etsy is great to find new and vintage versions. Goldenponies offers these oxfords in a number of other colors other than the metallic version.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Nutella Pound Cake

(Image courtesy of danatreat.com)

Good lord.

This recipe will certainly be made and shared.

Amy Ruppel

I learned about Amy Ruppel several years ago.
The story goes like this:
My good friend Tex was an avid collector of the prints available through Tiny Showcase. I fell in love with this print, first seen in her home on display, but because it was sold out I had to settle for the pins.
A few years later, dear Tex is living in Portland. We went into a little shop carrying goods from local artists and craftspeople and I immediately recognized Amy Ruppel's work.
Cut to today, and on one of my favorite street style blogs, Urban Weeds, who should be featured but Amy Ruppel herself.
It is nice to pair a face to the work that I have loved and admired for years.

I left my heart in Brooklyn

Brunch with the wife, originally uploaded by Science heroes.

This weekend was spent traveling back to New York City. I had a family wedding to attend on the Upper East Side. As I always do, I stayed with my best friend in Greenpoint.

My favorite moments with her in her new city and her lovely neighborhood are when we get to eat brunch, after staying up much too late, and review the previous night's adventures.

If you're in the neighborhood, head to The Manhattan Inn. You won't regret it.