01. Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities – This book’s simple illustrations will make you want to go back to Paris and move to New York. Here’s hoping.
02. The most simple and delicate, gold chain necklace you’ve ever seen.
05. Cat T-Shirt – This is pretty sexy for a crazy cat lady shirt.
06. Hoodie Pillow – Because I know you can’t sleep on airplanes.
07. Tiny rings that go on the tops of your fingers –
I You really, really, really need this.
01. Brass Bell for your bike – Ding ding.
02. Handsome yummy lambswool sweater for your handsome darling.
03. Electric Tea Kettle – My sister recently wondered aloud why the US hasn’t caught on to this. I wondered how Europe hasn’t caught on to the clothes dryer [grin]. We need this for the French Press.
04. More Art – Simple illustration of a couple. He’d love it. I’d love it. Win.
05. USB Flash Drive – Way faster than the standard USB drive.
06. iPhone Camera Lenses – Fish Eye, Macro and Wide-angle.
01. Ukulele – Jack loves music and playing with my guitar. A guitar teacher friend suggested a ukelele because it’s a manageable size for little ones. Plus, you can really play some fun tunes.
02. Racing Cap and Goggles – To wear with the red tricycle. At the very least, I’ll have his Halloween costume ready next year.
03. A Red Tricycle – Even if Jack is not coordinated enough to pedal, I know he’ll love pushing himself in one of these Schwinn bad boys.
04. Pop-out animals – To practice animal sounds.
05. Sesame Street Tickle Time Elmo – Let’s talk about Elmo. Jack loves the iPhone app Elmo Calls. Elmo has taught Jack to make animal noises and say “excuse me” after a sneeze; so I have a feeling he’ll fall head over heels for this little red monster.
06. Stackable Crayons – Because I want to color too.
07. Wooden Alphabet Puzzle – Jack knows almost all of his ABCs because of this game.
08. Moomin – Book One – An adventure fairy tale series by Swedish-Finn writer + illustrator Tove Jansson. The first book was published in 1945; and they all have just the right amount of weird in them.
09. Where the Wild Things Are – Always a classic.
10. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! – We read this book every day and it makes both of us laugh. There’s a whole series too.
01. Porcelain berry container with salad seed packets – ready for spring
02. Vintage inspired salt & pepper shakers
03. A beautiful walnut serving bowl
04. Handprinted houndstooth tea towel
05. Fox door knocker
Are you a Tom’s Girl (or Boy)? I am. I literally walked all over London and Paris in my navy blue pair. And you know what? I thought I looked really cute too. I can’t believe how comfortable they are. They stood the test and I’m still wearing them (almost) daily. So now, it’s time for another pair. I’m psyched that Tom’s let me in on an awesome sale — $10 off purchases over $50. (Free shipping is included.) The sale begins 11/28-12/2.
Use this link and the $10 will automatically come off your purchase when you go to check out. It’s a done deal, yay!
Check out this video of Daryle in action at one of his weddings. In addition to himself, Daryle sends out 10 other guys under his DJ D-Mac & Associates brand. It’s sort of like going to a candy shop; you can choose which DJ you like based on their expertise and style. Now he’s offering lighting services in addition to rocking the party. They’re available for all sorts of events too — like corporate, or private; Daryle has even DJ’ed for our son’s playgroup before.
Our friend Adam Krell, a DC documentary artist, masterminded the filming and production of the video. Seeing it makes me long for the days I danced until the early hours of the morning to Daryle DJing. He’s seriously the most talented and creative DJ; and so are his guys. It’s pretty amazing how he started this company almost 10 years ago DJing at clubs and at friend’s house parties — and now he’s made a name of himself. As you can tell, I’m pretty proud of him. Hope you like what you see.
Have you had those friends that come back from Italy, Spain or some other European country and tell stories about how they hung out with friends until the wee hours of the night, while drinking bottles of wine in “the square.”? I’m always like, “what is this ‘square’ they are referring to?” In the US, I can’t really think an equivalent, mainly because drinking in public places is illegal, unless you’re at a festival (and that’s something entirely different).
I was so impressed how my sister and Mick came up with completely different places to gather, mingle and celebrate their upcoming nuptials for all seven days we were in town. I don’t think I could ever come up with such a range of different places to hang out in DC. (Georgetown one night, H Street on another, U Street, maybe Chinatown or 11th Street in Columbia Heights …)
My favorite gathering in Paris was having wine and charcuterie along Canal Saint Martin, located near their apartment. Items were delegated for each of us to bring: bottles of water (Evian of course), baguettes, meat, cheese, wine, some Kronenbourg 1664 beers, jam and butter, and a bunch of chocolate croissants. They set the time and we gathered and perched on the edge of the canal, peering at the water, downing small glasses of wine and ripping off hunks of french bread. I had a moment: I was in a total state of bliss. There was nothing so simple and so pleasing as people watching along the streets of Paris, meeting new friends (mostly of Irish descent [hearts+stars]), and noticing the sky change from blue, to sunset-y pinks, to a dark mid-night shade of blue. As I sipped another glass of warm red, holding Jack in one arm, and Daryle’s hand in my other, I said a little prayer to myself that I never wanted to forget that moment, as long as I live.
I’ve always loved art deco engagement rings. That intricate design that holds tiny diamonds around the setting is just breathtaking. And, oh my goodness, aren’t these rings stunning? My favorite wedding shop, BHLDN now offers (new) vintage inspired wedding rings that are each made by hand in white, yellow and rose gold. I particularly love the ring with the giant red ruby. Would you ever have an engagement ring without the traditional diamond?
See the entire BHLDN selection here.
Repeat after me: Pecan Pieeeeeee, Pecan Pieeeeee. There are a couple of recipes that I insist on having at the table every Thanksgiving whether I’m hosting (which has happened exactly once), or it’s at someone else’s house (mostly, my mom’s). I’ve got a couple tried-and-true recipes that I want to share. They are delicious, mouth watering, they contain plenty of heavy cream, which in my opinion makes the world a better place. Happy almost Turkey Day!
Creamed Pearl Onions – A simple and classic Thanksgiving dish of creamy little morsels with a little baked breadcrumb crunch on top. Yum.
Green Bean Casserole – Best. Recipe. Ever. Even people who don’t like green beans love this dish. I make it every single year and by the end of dinner, the casserole dish is empty. Martha Stewart is serious about her beans. Of all the Thanksgiving recipes, this is the one I cannot live without.
Chocolate Pecan Pie (without corn syrup) – A new favorite of mine. Only this year, I decided that I don’t want to use corn syrup in any of my baking. I found this recipe by Mark Bittman that turns the pie into more of a custard. Forget the pumpkin pie, it’s all about chocolate, sugar and pecans.
Wine – I used to love me some white wine, but now it just leaves me with a rocking hangover. So I’ve turned into the person who drinks red wine with fish and poultry, in the summertime, and even with vanilla ice-cream (so crazy!). So fill in the blank as you wish. Here is a fun NYTs article about good white and red wine pairings for turkey. Voila!
What are your family traditions? Do you have any standby recipes you prepare every year? Tell me! My other favorite dessert is sweet potato pie. For some reason people at my Thanksgiving table always choose pumpkin over the sweet potato pie, so I wind up eating the whole thing all by myself. It goes terrific with a cup of coffee in the morning.