Tuesday, July 28

the new york botanical garden

I haven't done a post like this in quite a while. As I mentioned yesterday, I love visiting to the New York Botanical Garden. It's one of those things I look forward to each year. While I've been in the past for the orchid and rose shows, I have never seen an art exhibit there as well. They currently have the Frida Kahlo exhibit going on. A garden is set up to replicate the one at her home, complete with a work desk and lots of color. The sheer number of Mexican plants they brought in is impressive, and I'm always in awe of anyone who can keep a plant alive. I have failed at keeping both english ivy and spider plants. That shouldn't be possible. 

I enjoyed the garden area. It was a bit crowded with lines forming to snap certain pictures and read descriptive posters, but I'm used to that part, that's almost always how it goes. The art exhibit was another story. It was very crowded and overshadowed by a security guard announcing the viewing protocol every thirty seconds. People were pushing each other, shouting, and constantly setting off the protective sensors. It felt more like being at the center of rampant mob than it did an art exhibit. The pieces themselves were interesting, nice to see one of her self portraits in person. I always find it fascinating to see paintings that are so familiar, famous in person. If you are interested in going I would recommend either visiting very early in the day or on a weekday. 

Monday, July 27

juliet

loft top {old / similar here and here} . j. crew shorts {old / similar} . mulberry handbag

Over the weekend we took a quick trip up to visit the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden. I always love visiting the garden, even if I do pay for it in intense sinus pressure after the fact. The exhibit was interesting, and overcrowded at parts. I plan to talk about that a bit more tomorrow. It was quite hot this weekend so simple and light layers were key. I've been wearing this blurred / brush stroke dot top on repeat all season, with everything. It's really light and the material looks silky but it is machine washable and can go in the dryer. At this point in my life, that excites me more that it should. Things that don't need to be dry cleaned? Swoon. 

Another thing I've been wearing on repeat is this necklace. I'm not sure if I've really discussed it here before, but as I was recently asked what it meant, I thought now might be a good time. It's a nautical flag, Juliet to be exact. I happened upon these pretty little charms in Newport one year and spent the following thinking about how I should have bought one. When I returned that next July, I ran through the list of meanings again and picked my favorite. And while I hope to never need to use it, Juliet means "I am on fire and carrying dangerous cargo, keep clear." Now I know what you're all wondering. The answer is yes, if Taylor Swift cast me in her video for Bad Blood, my name would be Juliet. 

Thursday, July 23

garden party

This week has been weird and my head is elsewhere so I figured I might as well see how a drink post does on a Thursday, hope you don't mind. If all goes well tonight I just may tell you where exactly it's been. 
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
As I mentioned last week, drink choices have been heavily relying on what windowsill plant needs to be chopped down. While the mint is still making it's way down the building in hopes of one day becoming ivy, the basil is behaving like a magic bean stalk. Basil it is. And we recently picked up a bottle of aperol as it's been noticeably included on popular brunch menus across the city. It was about time. So I looked up some recipes that included the two, basil and aperol, and came across this one from Food & Wine. (Note: If you click to the original recipe, you'll notice that they have it listed as a more challenging cocktail, ignore that, it's easy as pie, and much easier than that pumpkin pie cocktail, which you can find here!) In true fashion I of course altered it slightly to suit my needs, which is highly encouraged! If you don't have an ingredient, improvise! I did not have any prosecco on hand - gasp! - and wasn't about to use the special bottle of champagne taking up residence in my fridge on an experiment, so I substituted for soda water to give it a little fizz and upped the amount of simple syrup. 
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
GARDEN PARTY
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces aperol
3/4 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
5 basil leaves
soda water 

In a large glass combine gin, aperol, lemon juice, simple syrup, and basil leaves. Shake with ice to bruise the basil, strain, and top with soda water. Garnish with a basil leaf if so desired.

I very much enjoyed this one. Aside from it's bright orange, almost neon color, which I suppose could be seen as off-putting, it was light and refreshing. I'm a big fan of using basil in cocktails, especially with gin. The two together have a such a lovely, summer profile. And I especially like the name of this drink, garden party. I certainly wouldn't mind sipping one of these at one.
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park

Tuesday, July 21

little arrows, part two

j. crew top {last seen here / similar and on sale!} . anthropologie shorts {last july / similar here and here} . mulberry handbag . le specs sunglasses . soludos espadrilles {in pink / solid}

I almost didn't want to link back to the first time I wore these shorts on this blog as they clearly looked better then. There's nothing like photographing yourself wearing clothes to prove that you have in fact packed on a few. Spoken by someone who just ate two cupcakes from Billy's in a sitting. #priorities. I only have myself to blame, and their proximity to UCB. 

I wore this outfit a couple of weeks ago for a casual Saturday in the city. Loose and lightweight pieces are key when it's hot out here, especially as hot as it's been this week, though I probably wouldn't dare to wear a silk top right now, not with this weather. The air is so thick and soupy, it feels like walking out into a sauna that you can't leave. I have never been closer to going for the big haircut than I have this week.  I haven't made an appointment, and I doubt I will, but if this keeps up I'll have a Grace Kelly cut by the week's end. 

Monday, July 20

trainwreck

Do you ever sit down with very good intentions of doing one thing and end up in a completely different arena? I've been trying to check the weather for about 45 minutes. Then I remembered I needed to check my work e-mail, and that I forgot to check it last night. Oh and I just had this good idea, I should write that down so as not to forget it. I should probably write about last week too. And so here we are, I'm all set to tell you all about the Trainwreck panel and my thoughts on the movie and I have absolutely no idea what the temperature outside is going to shoot up to this afternoon. (UPDATE: There is a heat advisory and it's supposed to feel like soup.)

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to go to a panel discussion at AOL for Trainwreck. I stood in the same room as Judd Apatow, Bill Hader, and Vanessa Bayer and smiled like a crazy person as they talked about the casting process, filming, and fielded some questions from the audience. I didn't get to ask one of my own, but the one I had at the top of my list was answered within the first three minutes. I had heard that Amy Schumer wrote the script and that it was semi autobiographical so I was curious, seeing the cast, how much of it was improvised. The answer: a good portion. How could you not just let Bill Hader throw a few lines in there? I also learned some fun facts, like that Kristen Wiig's part in Knocked Up was all her. The part wasn't in the script, Judd Apatow brought her in and let her do her thing. They compared Vanessa's role in this film to that, small but memorable, the kind of thing that leads to much bigger things. What was probably my favorite bit was the result of a question from the audience. Their favorite SNL sketches, characters, etc. A few weeks ago I made an attempt at at answering the same question. I felt cheesy saying "the van down by the river". Everyone loves that one. It's a popular choice, but it also is most likely to be the one someone who's not very familiar with the show would say, "oh yeah, of course, that one... with the, yes, right." I thought a lot about my answer afterward, hoping it didn't sound cheap. Both Vanessa and Bill answered the same. It's always so fascinating to hear answers like that. 


I saw the movie over the weekend. While I'm not generally a fan of the loud character Amy plays, I have gradually come around, she is so smart and talented. I really loved the movie. It was funny, sweet, and sad. There were a few parts that made me tear up and many more that made me laugh. And as I do with most movies that I really like, I thought about it after leaving the theater, the things that I liked and didn't. I'd hate to give anything away, so I'll keep quiet but I do want to share this one little bit that was discussed in the panel. There was a part where Amy and Bill's characters were having an argument, and Judd directed Bill to fall asleep. Apparently that had been a thing that Judd did during a discussion with his wife, so they put it in the movie. I loved that.


Have  you seen Trainwreck? If so, what did you think?

Friday, July 17

raspberry mojito

raspberry mojito | prosecco in the park
raspberry mojito | prosecco in the park
raspberry mojito | prosecco in the park
raspberry mojito | prosecco in the park
raspberry mojito | prosecco in the park
raspberry mojito | prosecco in the park
Keeping things very short and somewhat sweet this week. If you saw my fake coffee table you'd understand why. It looks like a paper factory exploded. No joke. I'd post a photo but don't see the point in further embarrassing myself.

So, this week I wanted to do something light and summery and cut back the mint that has grown into an out of control bush on my windowsill. That seems to be the way these things go lately. The questions "what do you want to drink" and "what needs to be chopped down" are one in the same. Mint and basil are at the top of that list. They're both such stubborn plants, fighting each other to see who can take up the most space. Hence the mojitos. I could make a hundred of these and still have too much mint. 

RASPBERRY MOJITO
2 oz light rum
.5 oz raspberry liqueur
a handful of mint leaves
half a lime
.5 teaspoon sugar
soda water

In a larger glass, muddle sugar, mint, and lime with a dash of soda water. Stir in rum and raspberry liqueur and top with soda water. Garnish with a slice of lime, mint, or even a raspberry. Enjoy!
raspberry mojito | prosecco in the park

Wednesday, July 15

summer date night

Are you sick of all of those round ups of the pre Nordstrom sale yet? Well you're in luck because I do not have access to it, which is probably a good thing for my wallet in the long run. I do not need a new coat, but I did see one that I liked, and I'd rather just not think about coats right now. A good sale is a good sale but it's July! 

Let me preface this by saying that I know how unrealistic this dress is, especially on my budget, but I just love the shape, print, everything. I actually featured the handbag version of it a while back {see here}. It reminds me of Greece, summer in Santorini, the place right at the top of my travel wish list. Hopefully one day I'll make it there, but in the meantime I'm happy to day dream about wearing this dress for a dinner date in a hidden back garden with twinkling lights strung overhead. I like rooftops, don't get me wrong, but there is something so sweet about ground level outdoor spaces in Manhattan. They're as good as gold in my book.

Monday, July 13

little white dress

little white rag and bone dress
little white rag and bone dress
little white rag and bone dress
little white rag and bone dress
little white rag and bone dress
little white rag and bone dress
rag and bone dress {very old / similar} . steve madden sandals {old / similar here and here} . fossil clutch {last seen here / similar} . le specs sunglasses . essie nail polish in "marshmallow"

I have had this dress since 2006 maybe, 2007? It's been a long time, almost ten years regardless. I once wore it New Years Eve in Tortola. Way back then I used to feel much more comfortable wearing things this short, my legs used to look smaller. It was a time when I was very young and felt okay about the cheeky swimsuit bottoms that now make me feel like I might be offending someone. Don't mistake this for false modesty or a desperate plea for compliments, I've made peace with myself, I'm just saying. It's funny how back then, I remember, especially in high school, not seeing the big deal about wearing things shorter than your fingertips. I recently ordered a dress that fell to this length and when I tried it on, JD commented that there is no way in hell I'd wear it outside without pants. Well surprise, surprise, I still love pulling this number out every once in a while. Not as much as I used to, but I figure there's only a small amount of time left before I go full puritan. My favorite Halloween costume after all is Amelia Earhart. Only the bottom half of my face is exposed if I have the goggles down. Oh, and I returned that dress. I'm just no longer comfortable with the possibility of flashing my ass in public, not that I ever was, Amelia costume for reference. I do still love this dress though. Usually I wear it with boots or flat sandals to balance it out a bit but this time I changed things up with heeled sandals and my favorite old clutch.

Happy Monday, thank you so much for reading!

Friday, July 10

blackberry gin fizz

I was considering not posting at all today as this week has been odd and the the ratio of my excitement about to the reception of these drinks hasn't exactly been what I would hope for. I could blame it on the holiday weekend, summer vacations, etc. but I get the impression that Fridays in the blog world have become the universal day off. What would you think if I moved these cocktails to Thursday?

It's funny how much things have changed in a year. Looking back on when I first starting doing these last summer, I remember scouring pinterest for ideas and even worrying if I would be able to come up with something new each week. My process has changed so much. While I do still occasionally draw inspiration from pinterest, menus, and books, I mostly just open my fridge, survey the layout and come up with something based on what I have. I've certainly learned a lot, the most important lesson being that it is insanely easy to make your own "fancy" cocktails at home. 
blackberry gin fizz | prosecco in the park
blackberry gin fizz | prosecco in the park
blackberry gin fizz | prosecco in the park
blackberry gin fizz | prosecco in the park
blackberry gin fizz | prosecco in the park
I bought blackberries last weekend and have been incorporating them into my meals all week long. On Monday I mixed them into my yogurt, plated them with sliced mango for dessert on Wednesday, and tossed the remaining on top of a summer salad yesterday. A drink was a no brainer. 

I love fizzy drinks in the summer, there's something so refreshing about them. This one is light and just the right balance of tart and sweet for me. The very best part may be that it tops out around 150 calories, another perk of making your own drinks! As delicious as they are, a lot of those frozen concoctions will cost you. Drinking bushwhackers on the beach in Tortola is one of our favorite pastimes, but at 500+ a pop it's no wonder why there's no room left for lunch, but I digress. 

BLACKBERRY GIN FIZZ
2 oz gin 
3/4 oz lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
4 mint leaves
4 blackberries
soda water

In a large glass or shaker muddle blackberries and mint with gin and lemon juice. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Top with soda water. Pour over ice (straining is optional depending on if you like the fruit at the bottom of your glass). Garnish with mint, blackberry, and / or a slice of lemon if you please, enjoy!
blackberry gin fizz | prosecco in the park

Wednesday, July 8

off the shoulder

hat . sunglasses . top . nail polish . sandals . handbag . skirt

My oh my, I can't believe it's already Wednesday. Where is this week going? It's just flying by. I'm going to keep things short and sweet today as I've got a bunch of things going on and I'm so behind on my emails I should be embarrassed. This week's is a breezy anytime look, just as good for steamy days spent strolling city sidewalks as it is on the seaside boardwalk. The off the shoulder look is one that I love on everyone else but haven't hoped on board myself. I love that you can adjust this top be be off or on the shoulder. I'd certainly feel comfortable testing the waters with this pretty lace number.  I'd pair it with a flowy blush skirt, metallic sandals, and a mini handbag just for the essentials because it's too hot out these days to want to lug anything heavy around all day in this humidity soup.

Monday, July 6

little striped dress, two ways

LOFT striped strappy flare dress
LOFT striped strappy flare dress
tall ships in greenport
LOFT striped strappy flare dress
joie lena wedges
LOFT striped strappy flare dress
kontakosta
LOFT striped strappy flare dress
LOFT striped strappy flare dress
kontakosta
LOFT striped strappy flare dress
loft dress {on sale / runs big / similar} . belt borrowed from mom {similar} . joie wedges . keds sneakers {very old / similar} . le specs sunglasses . mulberry handbag . jouer lipstick in "grace"

Hello, Happy Monday. I hope you all enjoyed the lovely holiday weekend, I know I did. Having a summer vacation the last two weeks has been wonderful, even if my primary occupation was "dog butler". We went to the beach, at barbecued crab legs, took a day trip out east... I'm so sad to see it come to a close, but I will get to relive it just a little bit through the pictures in this post. Last Wednesday we took a ride out to the North Fork to visit a few wineries and have lunch in Greenport. One of the tall ships was in while we were there so we walked around and admired all of the intricate carvings from the dock. 

I ordered this dress online what now seems like a very long time ago and debated returning it for nearly as long. It runs a bit big and while I have been exercising, trying to lose that last bit of winter weight, I certainly haven't shrunk down to nothing like the size of this dress would indicate. You have been warned. I decided to belt it in an attempt to reel it in but the loose bits still bunched over the sides when I gave up on constantly pulling it down. By the time we reached Kontakosta, our last stop of the trip, I decided to ditch the belt and wedges and walked out to the bluffs to have a glass of wine as the sun began to set.