I just came across this quirky and whimsical “ode to architecture” and visual catalogue of artist Jose Guizar’s weekly wanderings through his home city. I love the way the fresh colors and simple lines make your eyes almost overlook the charming details of each window! Watch his collection grow each week at windowsofnewyork.com
Man oh MAN! I’m still glowing from an absolutely fantastic show on Friday night! Here are a few of my favorite photos from the evening, courtesy of super heroes Sarah Clark and the Bearded Beau. Thank you to everyone who helped pull everything together, and hey– –! The folks at Emulsion Apparel are fantastic! I literally cannot say enough good things about them, so…hit them up for all of your screen printing needs!
Hello! Many apologies for my epic silence of late; I’m afraid I’ve been swamped… Without further ado I’ll tell you why: I’m pleased to announce that I’ve teamed up with screen printers Chris Fiftal and Dave DiAngelis at Emulsion Apparel to try something new and substantially less dusty than my favorite medium.
The Studio—as my beaded beau and I have taken to calling my lovely little apartment—is in disarray, filled to capacity with drop cloths, paint brushes, wood filler, sand paper, boxes of fabric, strips of felt, rubber stamps, gigantic homemade chalkboards, and a wild animal or two.
Here’s hoping I can pull it all together by Friday, February 1st…
Hope to see you there!
I have so many things to be thankful for as my favorite season of the year winds to a close, not the least of which is the fact that (much to my continued surprise and amazement) home & business owners in Boston are still giving me the privilege of drawing on their walls! The world is spinning much faster than I can possibly hope to keep up, but as usual I’m game to try. In addition to officially starting the Chalk & Ink business, I’ve now taken over the direction of all non-alcoholic beverages at Journeyman (because, why not…?); thus, in a strange twist of fate, my life can once again be summed up in two words: Dust and Coffee (…okay, maybe three: dust, coffee, and mocktails).
I have pulled more all-nighters in the last three months than I did in the combined years it took me to earn a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees, and Date Night with the amazingly patient Bearded Beau is all-too-frequently a homely combination of sweatpants and napping. But!—Purply black eye circles be damned, I’m still smiling and still hungry for more. Gotta pay off all of those student loans somehow, right?
Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things from the last couple months:
1. Being a cover artist!!
2. Scones. Ohhhh my goodness I eat waaayyyy too many scones.
3. A bull in a labyrinth, the life cycle of a lentil, and Old World Wines
4. Beautiful, beautiful black tie weddings (…& beautiful brides! Love you Mars!)
5. Incredible yellow orange days and twinkling white nights
6. Wood burning stoves
7. Twenty-seven year old Bordeaux & scrumptious potluck Thanksgivings
8. Housewarming parties, live music, & drinkable souvenirs from the west coast
10. Lady Boston in her infinite hues of beauty…
I am so honored to be the cover artist for Boston Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants issue this year! Check out their blog post on the making of the cover, which features my time lapse video of the project.
The artistic work of Bruce Peterson and Kara Butterfield provides a simply stunning glimpse into some of Boston’s best eateries, including Journeyman Restaurant, where I’m luck enough to work as part of an incredible team led by chefs Tse Wei Lim and Diana Kudayarova. Congrats Journeyman!
I’m afraid I’ve developed an incurable obsession with mother/daughter jewelry designers Kathie and Lindsey Fieldman of Ripegoods. They flawlessly mix old with new, both in their blend of old world and modern techniques and in their use of recycled/repurposed and new materials. Their jewelry walks a perfect line between rustic and feminine: it is earthy yet fresh, bold yet delicate, and just simply pretty. I want everything…
Loving this new edition to The Selby series!
So long summer…
Whew! Summer has somehow raced to a close and autumn has decidedly stepped in. My world is spinning faster than I can possibly hope to keep up but I’m doing my best to try; here are a few highlights and photos from the last month and a half:
- A beautiful beachside cottage in Nantucket with bearded beau & co
- Seashells, bike rides, and outdoor showers
- Vintage car collections
- Wind up toys
- Cheese. …So. Much. Cheese. nom nom.
- Chalkboarding at Eastern Standard!
- Reconnecting with old friends
- Special guests from the south
- A promotion
- My first official business trip
- A serendipitous visit from a dear friend from home while on that business trip
- Midwestern temperaments
- A freshly tuned sewing machine and brand new projects
- New neighbors!
That’s it for now; stay tuned for a very exciting announcement in the next few weeks!
My bearded beau recently won a 36 hour whirlwind trip to LA! This lovely video he made—-set to one of my favorite summer jams by Phantogram—-showcases his impeccable eye for beauty and the sunshine in his spirit.
Shot with iPhone 8mm app.
If there’s better music out there to add an airy spring to your step despite the oppressive August humidity, I don’t know what it is…
Trails and Ways, “Mtn Tune”
My new favorite way to start the day is with a coconut & kale smoothie. It’s light, refreshing, and gives you two servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit by the end of breakfast! Add more colors and lean protein on the side to keep yourself going ’til lunch.
Feed your body & your mind:
1 cup of kale contains over 80 different nutrients, and has more nutrition per calorie than any other plant. It is extremely high in vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and contains at least 45 different flavonoids that help fight inflammation, cancer, and heart disease, and support cellular detoxification processes.
Blueberries contain at least 6 different classes of phytonutrients which provide antioxidant activity, cognitive benefits, and cardiovascular support.
Basil is high in vitamin K, iron, and calcium, and boasts phytochemicals that have both antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties.
Coconut contains a lot of saturated fat; however, 50-70% of that saturated fat is made up of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are metabolized differently than the long chain fatty acids found in animal products. While the body of research on MCFAs is still fairly young, the news so far is good: they appear to be vital for important for nervous, immune, and cardiovascular system development, and consuming a diet rich in MCFAs during pregnancy and while nursing can have long-term positive health implications for a woman’s offspring.
While we’re at it, watch this:
A handful of my favorite people in the world joined me on my new porch this week (we even phoned one in from Austin!) to celebrate the fact that I have finally unpacked my last box and am officially settled (ish) into my new apartment. The evening couldn’t have been more perfect…cool night air, cocktails, cheese, and each of my friends simply glowing with the excited energy of new endeavors on the horizon. Congrats to Sarah, Nick, and Adrienne on your new jobs, to Andrea on your budding ice cream sandwich business, and to Lonnie, on your future life as a movie star… xoxo
Midsomerville Night’s Dream Cocktail
This is my trifling attempt to recreate a concoction made by the one and only Sam Treadway of Backbar. He used bourbon instead of rye and macadamia nut orgeat instead of Cardamaro. Alas, I was fresh out of homemade macadamia nut orgeat, and let’s be real——sherry makes everything delicious, so…this worked too:
2 oz Rye Whiskey
1 oz Cardamaro
1.5 oz Amontillado Sherry
Top with Ginger Beer
Serve on ice, garnish with lemon oil and, (if you’re feeling decadent) starfruit or a sprig of fresh rosemary.