Good Reads: 8 April 2016

As much as I hate to say it, I'm afraid that the delays between blog posts will be regular from this day forward. Having just started a new job, I just don't always have the time to update as much as I'd like – though know that you are most certainly always on my mind, you lovely blog reader you.

All of that being said, this blog is going nowhere and I'm super excited to bring you both some home decor thoughts and something from the lovely Megan Huntz in the coming days. You know Megan – she's the glorious, Atlanta-based designer who is as talented of an artist as she is charming of a gal. Yep, that's the one.

Until then, I've included a few favorite reads of late along with new submissions to the independent design directory.

Happy weekending, all! We've certainly earned it.

Empire State Building | Second Floor Flat

these clean, good-smelling, and (wait for it) effective cleaning products are rocking my apartment/world lately. (the all-purpose tea tree is a favorite.)

have you guys heard about thrive market? i might give it a try.

and speaking of good smelling things, this recently came into my life along with a palo alto bundle. both have been game-changing.

full on, crazy-person level obsessed with "the people vs. o.j. simpson" after finally giving in and watching it. who's with me?

dalmation jasper and pink pearls? you had me at "dalmation".

was so thrilled to share a #lessonimalwayslearning on girl gift gather recently. (thanks for having me, gals!)

bernie and hill will debate within half a mile of my apartment next week! currently taking tips from that charming little bird on how to attend said debate.

gorgeous handmade shoes.

on my must-read article list.

obsessed with the whole vibe of this new online shop from solange.

(finally) reading some nora ephron after (finally) reading the vacationers. now that i'm back on a commute after working from home, i'm going through my books at lightning speed. any recommendations?

loving this new organic skincare line.

shopping in tokyo with david sedaris. (lolz for real)

looking for some new smoothie ideas outside of the whole "spinach-strawberry-banana" thing. anyone have a go-to recipe or pairing they'd recommend?

boarded the glove shoe train, and i'm oh-so-happy that i did.

my mom recently saw this documentary and recommended it – sounds like such a crazy story.

really, really liking all the things on the lovely waiting for saturday shop.

 

favorite independent design/retail finds of the week:

la ligne / one six five / article& / rugbygur / conifer / carla colour / sophie bille braehe / kowtow / all birds (wool sneakers! via cup of jo)


Good Reads: 19 February 2016

This weekend is all about logistics. We just secured the lease on a new apartment in Brooklyn, I'm starting a super duper exciting new job soon (more to come), and we're doing things like BB&B-ing (Broad City-style), couch buying, and finally, finally, finally getting settled. I even ordered that damn Glossier moisturizer I haven't tried but have wanted to forever, and a Tangle per a friend's recommendation to help me put my nervous hair twirling to better use.

Look out, world.

Logistics aside, I'm spending the weekend hanging with my niece, eating veggie BBQ (it exists, and it's amazing), and having a long overdue coffee/breakfast situation with some friends. Since the next weeks are busy, I'll probably be a little quieter on here though I'll certainly post when I can. Until then, you know the drill – Instagram for updates and maybekindasorta Snapchat. I'm obsessed with it but don't really know what the F I'm doing. Alas.

Anyway, before the hustle of moving into our new place begins, I wanted to share a few links for the week – hope you have a good one!

industry standard jeans, common good linen water, betsy & iya earrings, little arrow studio print

agree, agree, agree with this piece about judging women and their food habits. what women eat (and the way they talk) is their business. case closed. 

megan huntz sent over the most beautiful, delicate separates this week. can't wait to share these gorgeous pups.

this episode of fresh air was powerful, to say the least.

a great piece from last week on the power of "formation".

shoppers recall their first purchase at barneys (oddly captivating).

technically for teens, this witty, informative newsletter contains just enough pop culture news that i feel hip. diggin' clover.

i'd like to live in mansur gavriel's fall 2016 presentation.

me, talking coffee table books, on domino.

some street style inspiration for the win.

artist jordan grace owens shared her beautiful bungalow with me for clementine daily.

market starts this weekend. best of luck to all of my friends at capsule!

 

new additions to the design directory:

koja / leigh miller / marlow goods / vuela / agmes / fabric / nahanni arntzen


Good Reads: 29 January 2016

The snow's been gone for just a few minutes and I miss it already. I always think that if it's going to be cold, it should snow. Cold, grey weather is a little boring.

This weekend will be pretty chill. There will be some some thrifting (see below on faux fur coat thoughts), some donut eating, some new product sampling (I'm having a big moment with skincare) and some all around, generally great hanging. 

Before it begins, there was some gold on the internet this week, so maybe check out the links below before you take off. Have a good one!

feeling pretty proud of this dude and his photography work. 

best thing i read this week. this was the second best.

saw this really beautiful, interesting movie this week. if you like miranda july-ish stuff, you'll like this.

official: we run this thing.

a gorgeous pre-fall collection

score 100 for mattel. (the foot thing – how is that just now being fixed?)

excited for this short film, the mission behind it, and the mission behind this awesome project.

on the hunt for a great faux fur coat. anyone have any leads for me?

almost died over these shoes this week.

thankful for the day i started following kanye on twitter. (#waves)

bread forever.

folks in the north carolina area, go to my very talented friend's store opening party on saturday!

 

a few new additions to the designer directory: sara barner / the stell / home-work / aeron / the great lakes goods  

more by me: how to start a feminist podcast / home tour: jordan grace owens


Good Reads: 15 January 2016

Bowie.

I'm not over it, even in the slightest. Has anyone else been hit as surprisingly hard about this as I am? He seemed like someone that would never die, and I don't really want to believe that he did.

As I have been all week, I plan to spend the weekend listening to Bowie playlists. Otherwise, I'll be catching up Oscar noms and getting rid of some of that remaining holiday and winter clutter accumulation. (Adulting, as its finest.)

A few favorite links of the week are below for some reading before you check out on Friday. Whatever you're up to, I hope you have a good one!

Bed Stuy, Brooklyn

leslie jones, showing us all how it should be done.

just when i thought transparent couldn't get any better – there was season two.

what to do if you win the lottery.

this very smart post may be holiday themed, but it can be applied to any weekend or vacation. routine = key.

an inspiring interview with refinery29's christene barberich.

"life should be fun and full of girls who inspire each and every day." liking this new site.

adding to my "to read" list.

all about that simple, geometric jewelry. betsy & iya just launched their unu collection and it's a total winner. 

a beautiful, heartbreaking read.

with the onset of some actual winter weather, this blanket is starting to feel like a good idea. (don't judge)

by this point, i'm sure you've seen "making a murderer", right? (confession: i'm a #stranger)

 

david bowie, class act.

and

"thank you, mr. bowie. you changed our lives."

 

a few new additions to the designer directory :

penny sagereality studio / heart heart heart / away / sunday supply / sophie monet


Good Reads: 20 November 2015

This is a slightly blurry photo that I took when I was last in Paris in August of 2014. It was beautiful and perfect and filled with love and light and pastries, as Paris tends to be, and of course still is.

Like most life-changing events, this time last Friday we had no idea what was about to happen. I know that's how "life" goes, but it'll never cease to surprise me how one minute we can be so caught up in nothing of importance, and the next minute everything can change.

Anyway, I know everyone is feeling the same way right now but I wanted to share a photo and a couple of quick thoughts about what was, is, and will always be one of my favorite places on Earth. Paris.

Hoping everyone has a wonderful, appreciative, and safe weekend. A few links below for some quick Friday reading, most of which are much lighter in theme than this.

Wishing you and yours all the best.

this.

one way to help.

"what would I do if I weren't afraid?" probably nothing." this piece on imposter syndrome is reading my mind.

loving ursa major's new kits, and wanting to try their natural deoderant. (their moisturizer is my personal all-time favorite.)

so much gloria steinem goodness – here she is with rgb, and here she is with lena dunham. also, has anyone read her new book?

a genius gift idea, especially for those of you who are looking to gift a little more intentionally this season.

aidy bryant's tokyo travel diary is gold.

really, really, really like the concept (and design) of this beautiful new mag.

if you're married, or would like to be at some point, did or would you change your surname? an interesting podcast on this topic. (i didn't, so i love this discussion.)

women as witches (love this). 

 

this week's additions to the independent designer directory:

association / prae / wind blown / faris / horses atelier / annie costello brown / olyver / monk oil / saskia pomeroy 

 


Good Reads: 30 October 2015

Rather than getting drunk and dressing up as a cat, impersonating Lucille Ball, or eating sugar and scaring myself with old movies to the point of throwing up (all tales of Halloween past), this weekend we're celebrating by leaving town and heading to the mountains. But in the spirit of the holiday, I booked us to stay at a small farm house in the middle of the countryside on Halloween night. Just to keep things interesting, and because in planning the weekend I didn't think about the fact that I was basically writing a horror movie. 

Speaking of interesting, next week is my birthday. 30th, that is. I'm not sure how I feel about it – it didn't bother me in the slightest leading up to it, and I'd like to say that it still doesn't, but it does feel kind of weird. Like, how am I 30? But at the same time, all of my friends are over 30 already so it feels a little dramatic to even go on about it. Just having some thoughts is all.

I hope you're up to something fun and festive than includes either shacking up with strangers in the middle of nowhere or getting drunk and drawing on your face. What I'm trying to say is happy Halloween and weekend in general! Hope you have a good one and in the meantime, check out some of these very good reads before you go – 

one of my favorite things about the cold-weather season.

zadie smith's rules of writing.

looming birthday in mind, this book feels appropriate.

i know we're all sick of this at this point (actually though, i'm not) but i could watch drake dancing to the rugrats theme all day long.

nyc gals – come hang out with dear kate in a few weeks! were i going to be in ny, i would definitely be there.

cienne's fall/winter collection looks gorgeous and, even better, warm and snuggly.

love this bed stuy loft.

what are you reading? i've just finished my mindy kaling-athon and have moved on to this gem

love the idea of this brilliant and beautiful new site.

all hail jesse kamm.

brilliant women, brilliant interviews: jenny slate on rookie, carrie brownstein on fresh air

hudson + daughter asked me a few questions over on her blog. thanks for having me, rebecca!

 

new additions to the independent designer directory + favorite independent finds of the week:

laura slater / hechizo / kindred black (via the american edit) / mquan / modernhaus / k studio / toit volant (via lisa says gah)  / marigot collection / loela


Good Reads: 15 October 2015

This weekend has been specifically reserved for fall activities of all sorts – pumpkin patches, state fairs, and seasonal beer-drinking during weekend morning viewings of the rugby world cup.  Not my typical cup of tea, but there's a pub in Raleigh that shows all of the rugby world cup games and for the past few weeks we've been making our way over to hang out for a couple of hours with 30 or so other South African expats. It's awesome and uniting in a way that makes me so glad that I was once an expat, and married an expat, so I could know what the community is like. 

Otherwise, I'm beginning to get obsessive about holiday planning in a great way. I'm heading to Atlanta for Thanksgiving (let's meet up!) and then...drumroll please...London for the holidays and New Year's. Because you can't teach an old dog new tricks about not obsessively buying international plane tickets, and because we have family (and dear friends) in London who we're very excited to see.

That's what we're up to. And you? 

don't mind me, i'm just parading around in my new american-made cape from lovely cocoon. it's warm and comfy and perfect for in-between weather.

so, so much good reading this week. in case you missed it, jennifer lawrence talked wage inequality on lenny, miranda july interviewed rihanna, and an nyt mag profile on nikki minaj was far more interesting than i expected.

and speaking of that jennifer lawrence piece, there's also this grain of genius.

oh ace & jig – you slay me.

realized that i've been seeing leslie williamson's work all over the place, but only now have i learned her name. in love with her bay area home, and pining for one of her books for my bedside.

this new magazine looks lovely.

i've been faced with some pretty crushing anxiety lately of the post-move, post-life change sort, and it's been causing me to question myself, my talent, and my career. needess to say, i needed this this week. and this.

there are still a few more ring lariat necklaces available if you're interested!

hold the phone – rebecca atwood released a collection of wallpaper this week. the marble cloud is breathtaking.

 

favorite finds and new additions to the independent designer directory

hus huscocoon / ann howell / windy chien / jalune / rebel & quill / hello polly / daggandstacey / anjedixon rye