Are you excited for the holidays yet? With all of the craziness and uncertainty in my life lately, it has taken me longer than usual to get into the holiday spirit. I’m also not going home for Thanksgiving, so it will be a different kind of holiday this year. I’ve really been trying to make an effort to make things special, though, and it’s definitely helping me feel a bit more festive. This weekend we’re squeezing in as many NYC holiday activities as possible: the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, department store windows, Union Square holiday market, and maybe ice skating in Bryant Park. I’m also making a pie crust from scratch for the first time, which should be memorable if nothing else (and will not look as good as the awesome pies above). Whatever your plans, I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing holiday with lots of good food, friends, and family. And safe travels to any of you hitting the road this weekend! (image via Style Me Pretty)
Gourmet always had the most beautiful covers. I found this one in a used book shop and it had to come home with me.
Well, my first full week in New York has had its ups and downs. Starting over in a new city is rough, but I’m still so glad I made the change. Here’s to a weekend to recharge and regroup. Below are a few fun links to start your weekend off right. Hope you have a good one! – A great read when you’re in need of a pep talk, as I was this week (via A Cup of Jo) – Real women, as told by Garance Doré – A perfect cat eye. – I’m so excited for fall, and more importantly, fall recipes! I’m planning on making pumpkin everything this year, starting with these, this, and this. [image via Glitter Guide. How good do these pear nectar and thyme mimosas look?]
One of the only good things about being unemployed in New York City is that I have plenty of time to wander around, taking in the newness of it all (while making a long list of all of the shops and restaurants I want to visit once I have a steady paycheck). On this afernoon’s ramble I came across an antiques store called The Upper Rust, filled with gorgeous painted wood furniture, tons of ironstone, and beautiful, unique art. I took a sneaky photo of this mirror to add to my “future apartment inspiration” file: At my friend’s recommendation, I also stopped by Big Gay Ice Cream in the East Village. I got the Monday Sundae, a nutella-lined waffle cone filled with twist soft-serve, dulce de leche, sea salt, and whipped cream. Best decision ever. In addition to their other brilliant concoctions, Big Gay Ice Cream offers toppings like olive oil and sea salt, pumpkin butter, elderflower syrup, and sriracha(!). I will be taking all future visitors to this place.
Next time you find yourself in New York City, please, please go to Doughnut Plant. I need to live vicariously through someone as they enjoy the most amazing carrot cake doughnut ever. Yes, that’s right. Carrot cake DOUGHNUT.
… A few weeks ago Brendan and I took an impromptu trip to New York to visit some friends and see the premiere of Upstream Color (highly recommended!). After the movie we ducked into this tiny café to decompress… I loved the marble tables, massive old espresso machine, and classic orange-striped dishes.