March 2021

The Monthly Missive

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With no travel on the horizon, I have been doing more NYC exploring than in years past, and found myself beneath Prospect Park's Endale Arch which has been beautifully restored. It’s as magnificent as it looks, and worth the visit, even if a lot of the real joy of the park is greener than this arch.

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’ve spent more time in the last year focusing on improving my home environment than ever before. With work and life taking place all in the home I’m always looking to make things more serene and aesthetically-pleasing. One of the many vendors I've stumbled upon in the last year is Orange Furniture in LA.I have been swooning over some of their rattan pieces, this bar included.

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Greenwich Village in NYC is full of exquisite and grand homes but sometimes the small details are the most captivating; this hand door knocker had me at hello.

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This is on the wish-list; it’s from Accidente Con Flores which is a creative studio based in Mallorca and Ibiza. They offer local ceramic art pieces, and clothing and accessories, which they design, cut and sew in their atelier. I love the quality and artisanal nature of their products.

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Without movies, theater, concerts, and until recently, museums, this year has been a cultural desert-like none other. Which is why I was enthused about the opportunity to go see this (Covid-safe) Geometric Properties experience below Chelsea Market that they’re calling “an immersive audio-visual experience through fractal dimensions”. It was, in fact, immersive, and also successfully escapist, in the sense that you felt like you were on a 4d animated Disney ride (Soarin’, anyone?).

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I love a delicious Spring treat, but I love it even more if it looks as good as it tastes. I have this glorious (cubist-looking) tart on my list of to-dos this weekend (image courtesy of @chefsperfect). If I can ever perfect this I’ll probably never make another desert again.

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Cedar Point County Park is a fabulous place in East Hampton, NY for a long walk on the beach; the 607-acre park has commanding views of Gardiners Bay and also features this stunning lighthouse right at the end of the point overlooking the bay. 

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This is a favorite from a visit to Guild Hall in East Hampton called Group Thread by Renee Gallanti. It has me (almost) tempted to try something similar on my own.

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I loved the simplicity and warmth of this textile piece by Ann Lombardo that I saw at Guild Hall. I think mixed media can bring tons of texture to a home and complement all kinds of textiles, artwork, upholstery when done right.

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These are the bodega-sourced daffodils that I constantly replenish in the Spring for my apartment; daffodils bloom in late winter or early spring and while the traditional daffodil flower may be a showy yellow or white, there are many varieties and colors available in most places.

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I take a less-is-more approach to hair the minute the weather starts to get sticky. With naturally curly hair it’s easy to succumb to curls when there is humidity or you’re by the beach; hair combs or headbands are the perfect friend to wearing my hair long and natural. I love these Born in the Sun headbands for everyday for the summer ahead.

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Perhaps one of the activities we miss most in our home of New York City is idly hanging around book stores, browsing fiction, art or lifestyle books, and reading book jackets and the first few pages of something we can’t wait to take home. Our go-to for fiction is McNally Jackson in Soho, but we love Bookmarc Manhattan for books on fine art, film, fashion, and photography when we need a shot of creative inspiration.

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There is nothing I love more than a beautiful hat (and protecting my skin) which is why we were over the moon to discover this amazing brand Corazon Playero on Instagram that sells handmade Mexican hats. Bright colors plus customizable options make these a must-have for summer.

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I have been eyeing this mid-century Italian game table on Chairish for months. Something about the cerulean blue and the millwork is so special. Among our favorite pastimes is trolling the site for vintage finds, floor samples from local showrooms, and well-priced, gently-used antiques.

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In my recent city explorations I paid a visit to C. W. Pencil Enterprise on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. If you enjoy hand-written to-do lists and snail mail as much as I do, you’ll find this place to be heaven. They have pencils from all over the world, in every color, with every weight and in every shape you can imagine. 

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I can’t help but want a beach bag every time the weather warms up. We prefer something unfussy, inexpensive, and classic like this one from Maison N.H. Paris that can be home to a fouta, sunblock, sunnies, and a book. It also folds up beautifully for travel, should you need to throw it into a suitcase.