The Brooklyn Way

An update, of sorts, because it sort of feels overdue.

In case you missed out, Derrick and I are back in Brooklyn. 

Like so many people say, New York has always felt like our city. We met in South Slope when he was visiting a friend, dated long distance for three years here, and finally got married at Manhattan City Hall.

For two people who have lived in so many places, this kind of feels like the place where we belong the most. It's the place that's the most ours.

Brooklyn, New York | Second Floor Flat

Another reason our new life and apartment in Brooklyn is a big deal: it feels embarrassing to admit but it's the first time we've really, truly lived alone. A few years of transition left us sharing spaces and leases with family and as nice as that's been, it feels ridiculously overdue for us to have a place of our own.

So now, being back in Brooklyn, in our first place, it feels wonderful and adult and real. We're in a perfect little flat in a big building with crown moulding and large windows. I feel like I can hide in it but still be a part of it all. It's ours, and it's heaven.

I also started a new job which feels like a wonderful fit. I feel really, truly happy, settled, and satisfied. Maybe a little tired, but where would we be without a single complaint, right? 

So as I type this from our new fourth floor flat, I can (but really) hear the birds singing on the tree outside our fire escape. Thinking of what that tree will be in like in a few more weeks into spring, and about how I'll dangle my feet out the fire escape to tan them once summer arrives (but nothing more - safety first, folks). How I'll get to introduce my niece to my favorite city and see it through her eyes. It all makes me ridiculously happy and – perhaps better – satisfied at a true, deep level.


So that's the update. We're here in Brooklyn, and it's home. We're home, finally.

Boutique Bucket List: Part II

Take II on Boutique Bucket List, a feature where I choose a few of the stores that I would visit on my dream boutique road trip.

Aside from longstanding favorites like Need Supply Co. and Amelia, there are an endless list of boutiques that I'm desperate to see in person rather than just shop online.  Part I of the Boutique Bucket List included Sydney's Girl & Graaf, New York's The Apartment (brick & mortar shop of The Line), LA's Poketo, and Paris's The Broken Arm. Here are the rest of my faves:

WESTERLIND - Nobody but nobody does outdoor gear like New York's Westerlind, which is self-described as a place where "technical gear and apparel meet a style-minded boutique". Dream. Westerlind has curated a collection of cozy sweaters, wool blankets, and snuggly slippers that somehow all make perfect sense sitting next to something like an axe. P.S. - I also profiled Westerlind for KEEP a few months back! At this point, I might be at certified stalker level. 

Favorite Westerlind finds: Samuji Kamu Sweater ($299) + Military Wool Blanket ($184.50)



TENOVERSIX - TENOVERSIX is one of the original cool-girl shops and, aside from the killer store decor, offers the must lust-worthy shoes, accessories, and beauty products ever from designers like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Clare Vivier, Rodin, Want Les Essentiels, and tons more. Also, the owner is the wife of Jason Schwartzman. If that doesn't convince you that TENOVERSIX is the best store ever, nothing will. 

Favorite TENOVERSIX finds: 3.1 Phillip Kim Quinn Loafers (now $487) + Lizzie Fortunato Jewels Safari Clutch ($339)



BROOK FARM GENERAL STORE - I kick myself on a daily basis for not visiting Brooklyn-based Brook Farm General Store when I lived in Greenpoint. Featuring a well-curated selection of home, cooking, and lifestyle goods, BFGS (we're that close) is basically a small town country store right smack in the middle of NYC's trendiest neighborhood. It doesn't get better than that.

Favorite Brook Farm finds: Waxed Canvas Book Bag ($108) + Enamel Butter Pot ($45)