Thursday, April 21, 2011

Holy Meringue

Aren't they beautiful?! Mini lemon meringue pies at Glaser's Bake Shop on the UES.

The freshly baked pastry smell that hits you when you walk into Glaser's is incredibly enticing.  Around since 1902, it's mostly full of locals but definitely worth a trip uptown for visitors.  And for any of you Nashvillians reading this blog, you'll undoubtedly feel as though you've just walked through the old doors of Becker's.  Blue and white tiled floors, oak cabinets, and a pressed tin ceiling make it easy to imagine what it felt like to enter this sweet shop over a century ago.

1670 First Ave
(bw 87th and 88th St.)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Non-Plan Plan

This weekend I'm going here:

I'd like to see this at the de Young Museum:

I bought this jacket (at 40% off!) to wear the entire weekend at some point:

I hope to do this:
*Haha, don't worry KTW, I won't make you pose for a backlit picture of the
two of us on a romantic drunken wine tasting...maybe...

And eat somewhere like this, I need that antler chandelier:

You see, as stated many times over, I'm a planner.  I like to know what dinner is tomorrow night and what I'm going to wear for a wedding three months away.  But, I've found that my happiest moments have been unplanned and unexpected.  So, although I have a "loose" list above of things I'd like to see happen, I'm going to do my best to go with the flow and enjoy whatever we're able to do/not do over the holiday weekend.  KTW and I will also be celebrating two years of dating fun-ness!  So maybe that backlit romantic wine tasting picture will happen afterall...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Project Inspiration: Watercolor

I've started working on a few watercolor projects for friends and have found some really interesting, clever ways to use the medium.  Although I've played around with watercolor many times, it's always good to take a look at what others are doing.  The two invitations below both caught my eye.  Both are so unique and the artists' ability to keep the paint from not bleeding and so crisp is really impressive.

The image used for this invitation was based off the couple's engagement photos.  The artist is Ashley Hoiland, the couple's cousin.  The portrait is sweet, modern, and memorable.

Swiss Cottage Designs and Love, Jenna collaborated and produced this gorgeous save the date.  The watercolor envelope liner is the client's grandmother's artwork, how special is that?!  Her signature is even visable.  And the calligraphy really is a beautiful contemporary compliment to the art.

Bring It On

I think I can speak for most New Yorkers when I say we are all routing for Spring here! Rainy dreary chilly weather peppered with sunny 60ish degree days has become the usual.  And it's pretty much all I've been reading about in blogs, talking about with my friends, and seeing on the news.  COME. ON. SPRING!  We're ready for you!

I love that this gown has a surprise in the back so that when the bride walked down the aisle, all of her guests could take in the beautiful colors.  Perhaps New York has a colorful surprise for us?!  Please do yourselves a favor and go over to Green Wedding Shoes to see more of this eclectic colorful celebration.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Forsythia For You

Trying hard to get back into blogging more frequently.  If you've been following my blog for some time, you know that I experienced a chaotic but wonderful March complete with two out of town bachelorette parties, one out of town wedding, a complete office renovation, and a blissful week with KTW in town from CA.  These events and some possible upcoming life changes have left my mind reeling and nowhere near focusing on writing everyday.  But, as I was kindly reminded today by one of the brides, this blog can serve as a good distraction too.  That's one of the things I've discovered I love about blogging.  Taking a few minutes out of the day to reflect on something a bit indulgent, fantasizing about a trip, dreaming of making some wonderful recipe, this blog affords me to drift away for a few moments and dream. 

Let's all try to do that more often, k?

In all my dreamy-ness, I forgot where I found this picture, anyone? Anyone?  I love how such a simple arrangement of forsythia tied around these columns with twine makes for such a dramatic result.  What a great way to disguise industrial columns.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


I have died and gone to pantry heaven!  Which, I realize, does not fully explain my absence for the past two weeks.  So sorry readers, been swamped with work, weddings, more work, more weddings, etc.  I promise to resume regular posting as soon as I've recovered!  For now, let's all be envious of this incredible Alabama pantry, complete with my favorite, cans and cans of San Marzano tomatoes.