Happy Memorial Day weekend (or bank holiday if you are across the pond). It’s been rainy and cold here in New York for the past few days, but the sun is looking promising this morning and hopefully we’ll squeeze some nice weather in before the holiday is over. I couldn’t help but have my mind in a sunny, vacation-ready spot this morning and thought I’d share a secret I learned last summer with you all…
I have always been in search of the perfect beach blanket. In Oregon however, that means it needs to work on sand, allow your dog to run all over it, deal with lumpy grass/rocks and clean up easily. In New York, it also needs to be lightweight and packable. Well, I think I’ve found it – the steven alan beach blanket.
Good news is they have it listed again for the year on their site just in time for Memorial day to kick off (it’s a seasonal item each summer). You can grab it in most locations, but if there isn’t a shop near you, they are selling them online this year. Only downside is that you can’t choose your color (although it says you can call if you want a certain color to arrange it).
Made of a super lightweight woven, these blankets are so easy to throw into a tote bag and carry around for the day without feeling like you are a pack-mule. For only $48, I’m definitely heading down to the shop in our neighborhood to get another one for this summer. I bought one in Venice last year and had planned on tossing it after leaving California so I wouldn’t carry the bulk of it, but couldn’t bring myself to do it because I was so attached.
Central Park NYC – August 2012
Venice Beach, California – July 2012
If you are looking for that perfect summer addition that can ride along to the park or throw into a suitcase for a beach vacation, I recommend checking this bad boy out. I couldn’t be more impressed with my newest summer essential. It’s really large (60″ x 84″) so it fits multiple people, or folds in half nicely for a spacious area for one. Did I mention it’s only $48?!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend, and I am over the moon that this Sunday is really more of a Saturday this week. Cheers to the beginning of summer (no matter how grey or sunny it may be where you are)!
Happy Friday lovelies!
If you follow me on Twitter, then you definitely know by now that today I am a guest speaker over at Quirky. As part of their weekly Feedback Friday series, this week they have assembled a panel of Trendspotting experts. Needless to say, I was so excited when they reached out to me to come get in on the fun!
They did a great post over at the Quirky blog, so make sure to check it out.
[Image via Quirky.com]
There are many ways to do this, but the best way to think like a trendspotter is to learn directly from trendspotters themselves. Thus, we decided to go straight to the source, and assemble a stellar group of trendspotting experts for this week’s live Feedback Friday broadcast (Friday, 3pm ET). After a panel discussion on trendspotting in product design, we’ll open the conversation to questions in the chat.
If you want to log in and see what all of the fuss is about and meet the other ladies I’ll be chatting with, sign up for a free account over at Quirky.com and use the invention code: Trends
What: Trendspotting Feedback Friday
When: This Friday at 3pm ET
Who: A panel of trendspotting experts, and you!
Where: Only on Quirky.com/Live
I have expressed my love of Jenna Lyons and her creative eye numerous times here. I find that anytime they turn the camera on her the passion she has and love for what she does just radiates. Yet another fantastic example of this is in the new video J Crew released this morning called “Shiny Ponies.”
Between leopard being a “neutral” and proclaiming that when she throws on a silver, 5-inch pump and all of a sudden she feels prettier; I love her honest passion about not only shoes, but the ones they make as a brand.
What do you think? Do you have certain shoes that make you feel empowered or put an extra spring in your step? I sure do. Maybe even my fully golden glitter mary-jane pumps I picked up on sale at their store to celebrate finally selling my car…
“There’s a sense of sparkle in a shoe… and I don’t mean sequins.” – Jenna Lyons
Wow. What a whirlwind.
A lot has happened since June 30th. I took the first step in this new adventure and what a crazy ride it has been! I apologize for the absence here on the blog, but I didn’t have a computer for awhile, and no internet for awhile after that. I’m now back in business however and excited to be back!
A quick roundup of everything you missed:
I moved to Chinatown.
I moved to the Upper East Side.
My shoes moved everywhere with me (and somehow each time I unpacked there were a few more pairs).
I had some awesome visitors.
Including the birthday girl (Miss Morgan).
And the boy (who found a job on his trip!).
I flew home for two amazing weddings.
I moved yet again to Brooklyn.
The boy moved to New York!
We found our apartment.
Then there was a hurricane and a snowstorm all within roughly a week of that.
Finally the pup moved to New York!
And next thing I knew, it was the Holidays.
Whew. What a whirlwind, yeah? It seems so crazy that I’ve been gone from Portland since July. I now live in one of the greatest cities in the world and am shocked every day when I remember that I am not flying back to home at the end of the week.. It’s been a bit of a gypsy life up until now, but it feels so great to finally have a place to call my own and a real routine again (and be reunited with my sewing machine!).
Above all, it feels good to finally be a New Yorker.
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Tagged LA, sunshine, Travel
Good Morning lovelies, Happy Fourth of July!
Sorry I have been absent for a bit, things have been crazy! Since we last spoke, I made a huge move… to New York! I’m offcially an employed and working girl in Manhattan and the adventures have just begun. I’m out in New York right now to start work, then start the hunt for my new home. Talk about a lot at once! On Saturday I will head back to a more familiar time-zone and be living in LA for the month to work out of the office there with one of y new teammates. Come August, I’ll be back in New York and ready to go… I can’t wait!
The hardest part of course, has been leaving behind all of the amazing people I have in my life back home. Not only all of my fantastic friends and my amazing family, but my beloved boy and dog are still there. Alas, I must get the work going out here to get things settled and nailed down in order to have the perfect landing pad for those two to come join (and I hope soon because I miss them terribly!).
One thing I will express my extreme thankfulness for however, is that these days you can connect back with your loved ones so easily! Skype, FaceTime, and even following everyone on Instagram helps a ton, and luckily planes are so easy to track down I have faith I won’t ever have to feel too far… and even better, everyone can come visit!
With that, I must say, what better week can you kick off an amazing new adventure to restart your life? Happy Independence Day everyone! I’m thrilled to be in New York City this year on such a perfect day. I’m planning on eating hotdogs, watching fireworks, and even having a few festive cocktails to celebrate a new chapter and our country. I hope you all have amazing plans ahead for the day because the sun is out and this city is buzzing!
Have an amazing holiday!
[Illustration above by the talented Katie Rodgers of PAPERFASHION]