London and Paris

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image source: Paris in Four Months

I’m bursting with excitement because (drum roll, please)…I’m going to London AND Paris for the first time this fall!!! Words can hardly express how very psyched I am (I need like, a hundred heart eye emojis). I’m going with three of my friends from work at the end of October. We’ll be staying at The Bailey’s Hotel in South Kensington, then taking the Eurostar to Paris (not sure yet where we’ll be staying there).

I’ve never been to Europe, and I’ve been dying to go to London for quite some time now. For some reason I’m even more excited for that than I am for Paris! I’m going to be a total tourist and hightail it right over to Notting Hill and Chelsea, which seem to be the most adorable and charming neighborhoods ever. I can’t wait to photograph the pastel colored houses! That feels like quintessential London to me, and nothing gets me more excited than the thought of having a new and entirely different place to photograph.

We have about five days in London (I assume I’ll be losing some hours to jet lag) and three in Paris, and right now we’re brainstorming ideas for what to do. If anybody has any recommendations, please share! And also if anyone follows any great London or Paris bloggers or Instagrammers, please let me know as I’d love to follow along and pick up recs that way as well. Here are a few items on my agenda thus far: Read more ››

A Few Good Links

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It’s going to be 99 degrees in NYC this weekend – not a good look for the city. Which is why I’m rather happy to be leaving for the weekend – heading home to Long Island for a family event and hanging by the pool – the only place to be when it’s freaking 99 degrees outside! I’m bringing this book, which seems like a perfect poolside read.

An amazing NYC townhouse: On Wednesday I attended the J. McLaughlin resort/holiday press preview, and not only were the clothes and accessories gorgeous, but the backdrop was amazing – it took place in founder Kevin McLaughlin’s Upper East Side townhouse. With its high ceilings, leopard stair runner (!), cozy art- and book-filled rooms, and bright yellow front door, this space had my heart fluttering. You can see it here on Traditional Home.

Book to movie: Have you guys seen the trailer for Tulip Fever? It looks soooo good! I need to read the book before it comes out.

How did I not know about this?: My friend recently told me about Google Photos and…life. Changed. Every time I open my phone it informs me that I’m out of space on iCloud, and I kept on meaning to transfer my camera roll to my computer (which is an amazing waste of time). With Google Photos all you do is download the (free) app, and it puts your entire camera roll into their Google backup system. Then you can access them anywhere you are, with the app or by signing into Google on any computer. I also downloaded the desktop app and I think it’s going to backup all of the photos on my computer. I’m still kind of getting the hang of it, but it’s basically the most amazing thing ever.

Summer reads: This sounds like a good one.

Everything is better with a British accent: My newest obsession (and yes, I’m always like, two years behind the 8 ball on TV shows) is Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I cannot tell you how great this show is. First of all, he’s hilarious, but also they talk about the most interesting/appalling political and social topics which you would never think were interesting…or just that you had no idea were going on. Really eye-opening but also really, really funny and entertaining. His great British accent does not hurt either. If you don’t get HBO, you can see most of the content on their Youtube channel….I’d like to recommend a segment to watch first, but they’re literally all good.

What summer home dreams are made of: This Sag Harbor cottage is my dream Hamptons getaway.

A few purchases: Came to the realization that I don’t really have a good summer bag (the horror!). Every year I use my J. Crew straw bag, but it’s starting to get really old, and all of my other bags are pretty much black. I’ve been using my perforated Transport Tote but I decided to order a nude tote from Nordstrom (not on that anniversary sale you might have heard about on every single blog you read, but super well-priced nonetheless). I’ve really been wanting a nude/stone/greige tote, so we’ll see how this one is. I also ordered this cute tank (after seeing it look so good on Olivia), and this dress.

Pretty in pink: I’ve been wanting to visit Cafe Henrie for a while now but haven’t quite gotten around to it. domino recently profiled the restaurant, whose color scheme makes it an Instagram favorite (and a natural fit for my newest Pinterest board).

You can probably relate: Keep Me Posted is a new web series about friends attempting to stay in touch through a haze of social media, texting, and busy lives…sound familiar? Creator Hillary Nussbaum has done a ton of cool work in the television and film world, and is currently involved with the South Brooklyn chapter of The Filmshop, an independent filmmaking collective. You can support the series on their Seed and Spark here if you’d like!

A little design education: Ever since starting my design course I’ve been interested in learning more about architectural design styles (Tudor, Colonial, etc), so I found this infographic on iconic home design styles quite helpful…I’ll definitely be referring back to it.

OMG: Did you hear? An ICE CREAM MUSEUM is opening in NYC!

The most amazing photography: Just when I thought Kate’s newborn photography couldn’t get any more magical, she goes ahead and photographs newborn baby twins. Cute barely begins to cover it.

My wallet will thank me: how to enforce your book buying ban (I really need to get a library card).

And after watching that disheartening litany of lies last night, I leave you with this (via Curtis Sittenfeld on Twitter, where I turned for commiseration):

“It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” – Mark Twain.

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Artist I Love: Molly Wright

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Snow Day in the City

I discovered the work of Molly Wright when I happened to her mentioned in a Twitter convo between Sarah Tolzmann and Nikki Rappaport – which isn’t really that weird, but for some reason I totally feel like I eavesdropped on their conversation. Anyway, Sarah mentioned her aunt, Molly Wright, is an artist, and knowing that Sarah has excellent taste and artistic abilities, I figured anyone related to her must be worth checking out – and I was right.

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The Waiting Game

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On The Horizon

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And Then She Was Grown

Isn’t her work just lovely? The colors and brushstrokes are beautiful, and they feel poignant, happy, and somehow nostalgic all at the same time. “Snow Day in the City” will be making its way to my apartment very soon if I have anything to say about it! You can purchase Molly Wright’s art on Fine Art America, and learn more about the artist and her work at mollywrightart.com.