February 28, 2013 § Leave a comment
Happy Thursday! I’ve been back home for almost a week now and I must say, things have been not too shabby.* As always, a combination of planning and being open to whatever has been key.
On the planning front, I made sure that the house was in Ready Mode when we arrived with a stocked fridge c/o Fresh Direct and some lovely flowers from Emily Thompson (http://www.emilythompsonflowers.com/):
There is also the matter of making sure that my agenda for the return week was set to a certain degree. Before I left, I divided my “Work”, “Home” and “Personal” To Do lists into “Before You Leave” and “Upon Return” segments. I’ll spare you the contents, as many things were as mundane as “order diverter for shower” and “complete the E&O Insurance Application”, but every list feels better when you have it in something pretty. I count my blue diary with refillable inserts among one of those things, even if the checkbook sticks out:
And in the diary, I reminded myself to schedule some fun and some maintenance. So, brows and facial this afternoon with the lovely Robin Evans who keeps me from looking like a teenage George Whipple (http://robinevansskincare.com/) and dinner at The Modern (http://themodernnyc.com/) last night, with a wonderful view of one of my very favorite gardens in the city…
Nothing like this kind of view to make you feel less glum about leaving the sparkle of the sea and unlimited amounts of guacamole. Also, the wine and painstakingly prepared and served food helped.
And this evening, dinner with a Bestie — just us girls — as the most excellent 606 R&D (https://somecozynight.com/2012/06/12/cool-places-606-rd/). Donuts may be consumed, so I was good and had some steamed broccoli for lunch.
As for the unexpected, I managed to unpack on Saturday (this almost never happens to me), leaving me with a free Sunday. So, I decided to head uptown to buy some hankies for the upcoming and dreaded allergy season. In addition to discovering that the watch repair place was open (ON A SUNDAY!!), I also happened upon the last few boxes of my absolute favorite plain note cards by G. Lalo. I am a great fan of the handwritten note and these could not be more stylish…
They are still on my dressing table because the boxes make me happy. I will put them away, but not until a trip to Ladurée occurs, I think. Macarons are immensely cheering, no?
The weekend will be at the beach, where large amounts of working out will hopefully occur, as will the consumption of a fabulous Saturday lunch c/o Topping Rose House (http://www.toppingrosehouse.com/), one of the best additions to our little town out there.
And that is about all I have for now, except to say that I have more to say about the Fall Collections, but for now, I will leave it at this: Is it me, or was there WAY too much fur?? (For me, “none”, is best.)
*Except for my inability to rise at a decent hour to work out or meditate. Hoping to re-set on that one this weekend.
(Photos: Some Cozy Night)
February 22, 2013 § Leave a comment
How can it be our last day? I’m bummed to be leaving the warm weather, but glad to be getting back to the city to see friends, try a few new places for din din and getting my brows done. (Maintenance is a pain sometimes.)
I also make it a point to make a list of trip details that I want to focus on more next time. Next year, I plan to use this space to meditate more:
The times I did were divine…and then somehow I didn’t do it enough. Sometimes the whole “tomorrow is another day” keeps you from enjoying today. Which, come to think of it, is a good thing to keep in mind generally. Especially important during a Re-entry situation, but also worthwhile for any day, lest one’s list of “should haves” be too long for comfort.
(Photos: Some Cozy Night)
February 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
Reading books on the iPhone is great.
There, I said it. And this is coming from a serious printed book nerd. While I wouldn’t use it for books on design or anything highly illustrated, the darn thing is perfect for frothy novels poolside. Even better than the iPad, I think. And if you can avoid checking email, the news and the rest of the outside world while reading on your phone, even better.*
And that is all I have for now.
* Yes, another Development Area for me. But I am trying.
February 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
Greetings from the Sea of Cortez. While it may be a little chillier than usual, I am making excellent use of my time away by sleeping, reading, reapplying sunblock and eating some more. I have also been thinking about the latest things I’ve been into and thought I would share…
New York Collections for Fall
Yes, Fall, but you know the drill by now. From my iPad, I didn’t see much that knocked my socks off, but Narcisco Rodriguez, Proenza Schouler, The Row, Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta presented some of my favorite things. Check them out at nymag.com for a little inspiration and please note those shoes at Proenza: low heeled and to die for.
K. Jacques Sandals
This little obsession started last summer and it is only growing with my new “hippie” pair that I’ve been wearing with my more bohemian coverups…
I have even been wearing some gold jewelry with the look. A little outside my comfort zone, but only for like five seconds. Yay.
The band. I discovered them on Nowness, and find that while they aren’t as interesting as Goldfrapp, they are great to run to.
The Eye Has To Travel
Goodness, just watch it and get sucked into the fairy tale that Dianna Vreeland created and lived in. Sad to say that she could never be today, at least not in magazines. But maybe in some other way…here is hoping.
And that is all I have for today. Happy weekend!
February 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
So you may have heard that the Northeast had a little bit is “weather” yesterday. I don’t think New York was hit nearly as bad as New England, but things were definitely accumulating last night. And this morning, this is what was on offer:
See…not that bad, but still required shoveling and such. Thankfully, all this mess isn’t keeping us from leaving tomorrow morning, and after the sort of views I’ve been enjoying today, I am most definitely looking forward to some of this tomorrow:
Truth be told, I don’t mind it all that much when we get a big snowfall like this — the city is so quiet and it almost feels like a holiday. Still, with all this cold and whatnot — which tends to make me a little hysterical by this time in the season — I think our actual holiday is just in time.
Keep warm and cozy.
(Photos: Some Cozy Night)
February 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
Or something like that. After the flower-cade from last Saturday, some of the more delicate flowers in the arrangements were a tad past their prime by Wednesday. But I make it a point to never toss out the good with the bad, so I set to work tidying them up and making new arrangements with the material that was in fine form.*
Originally from the Out-of-a-Dutch-Still-Life arrangement in the dining room, some of the magnolia branches add a perfect bit of color in my rather monochromatic bedroom.
Tulips from everywhere found a place to be all swoon-y in the library…as did some anemones and ranunculus…
And I never forget the bathroom, which always benefits from a little floral matter. This time, I took some smaller magnolia branches and used them as support for some other tulips…
Happily, these have kept the place cheery during our nutty week that is now meant to end with some serious snow — and hopefully a flight out to our Nothing-is-a-Problem Hideaway on Sunday. Fingers crossed and keep cozy!
*This also works well with arrangements you might not like, or are too big. When you spy a juice glass or teeny cup at a tag sale or in your basement from who-knows-when, think about the possibilities.
(Photos: Some Cozy Night and Mr. H)
February 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
Heaven knows that I was delighted to read that the Groundhog’s Day Projection is only six more weeks of winter. Nevertheless, I think that we needed to banish an impending Winter Doldrums stat. So in addition to having some good friends over for a leisurely dinner this weekend, I also decided to go a little insane in the flower department — courtesy of the wonderful Emily Thompson. The dinner definitely chased away those blues, making the latest snowfall more charming than dreadful. And clean up the next day was vastly improved by all those lovely flowers…so I thought I would share them with you. Enjoy!
Just six more weeks!!
(Photos: Some Cozy Night)