Pin Game Strong

November 9, 2015

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Suddenly my Instagram feed is full of pins … beautiful, cool, weird pins.   I’ve a hankering to sport a few on my coats and sweaters this fall.  There are some I have my little eye on….


Eyeball pin from Etsy
Super, megababe, awesome pin set from Zara
Feminist w/ a to-do list from Etsy

Top photo from Egan Day Instagram feed.


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We’re in the home stretch of the Kickstarter campaign, with only $710 left to raise of the $15,000 goal!! If you might be interested in giving and want to read more about the project, the link is right here. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a post I did about the project (the first of many from Stand Sure Media).

Doing a kickstarter has been intense and emotional experience and has given me new respect for anyone who puts together a campaign like this. Every time someone gives my sister and I have been close to tears at the generosity of often complete strangers (and friends and family too!).   We couldn’t be more thankful for your support.  I saw the final film yesterday and it knocked my socks off.  The story is poignant and powerful and the Rockaways look like something out of an Antonioni film, in other words, breathtaking. I’m so proud to have had a tiny part in bringing it to the big screens.  The production team has been submitting it to festivals all over the US and Europe so with a little luck it will play at a festival near you! Again, thank you for all your support and well wishes on this project.

On Set-The Surf Report-Photo Bex Wade

Photo © bex wade





Daily Dose of Green

September 1, 2015

Via Jim Stephenson via Desire to Inspire


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I’ll be trying out some new columns in the next few months … one of them is a Best of Yesterday post where I write about something I did … yesterday.

As those of you who’ve been following along for any length of time will already know, I have an abiding passion for any kind of scouting – used books stores, thrift stores, ebay listings, auctions, odd little house museums.  This obsessive looking extends to the natural world too, be it hunting for beach glass, rocks, or as the case may be, fossils. Yes, fossils. [click to continue…]

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One of the projects I’ve been working on this summer is starting a multi-media production company with my sister Tate Nova. The company is called Stand Sure Media and our first project is producing a short film based on my sister’s award-winning feature script, The Surf Report.  The film is a supernatural love story that unfolds as two men look for answers where the ocean meets sky and city meets wild in Rockaway Beach, NY.   The film is directed by Courtney Powell and produced by an amazing all female team.  It has been a privilege to watch them put together this powerful story that needs to be told.  We’ve put together a kickstarter to help defray the post-production costs.  I hope you’ll take a look at the video and contribute if you’d like (the prizes include awesome tote bags and surf lessons!).  Thanks, as always, for your interest and support!


The landscape of the Rockaways lends a haunting quality to the film.  I can’t wait to see it on the big screen.


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A few weeks ago when we were all baking in the hot sun and 99% humidity at the playground a friend saved the day by whipping out this mini sunblock.   I went out and bought one for my bag the next day and love it.  It’s a solid and rolls on, so it does need some rubbing in.  But on the upside, it doesn’t leak and it’s tiny!


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Thank you so much for all your thoughtful comments on what you’d like to see on the blog. It was so clarifying and helpful for me. I wish I’d asked the question years ago!  Lots of you really wanted a peek into the apartment – and since I love seeing other people’s spaces, I totally understand.  We had a dinner party on Saturday and our friends were running a bit late so I took 15 minutes and took some iphone photos for you of our clutter free (at least temporarily) apartment.  The light was low and so the quality isn’t that high, but, at least you’ll get a sense of what we’d done and what remains to be done. I’ve tried to walk you through the flow (always something that frustrates me on house tours online!) and mentioned some of the sources. Here is the floor plan, if that helps you! If there is something you’re interested in and I don’t source it – just ask!  Also, I thought it might be fun to see two other apartments we’ve lived in. The first tour, on Design Sponge was seven years ago!  The second tour, on Cup of Jo, was three years ago. As you’ll see, a lot of the furniture is the same and so is my style! Ha!  Also, the photos on Cup of Jo are stunning and show what a professional photographer (Seth Smoot) and a stylist (Kendra Smoot) can do vs my crappy iphone pictures.  [click to continue…]


Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 11.13.38 AMThanks to Stephanie for pinning art teacher Cassie Stephens’ original project.  Head over to Cassie’s site for the full DIY which is much clearer than mine!

Alex and I spent the morning making these detailed leaf prints … using gelatin in a jelly roll pan! This takes a little planning because the gelatin takes a few hours (ideally overnight) to set.  I used two boxes of Knox Gelatin in three cups of water (note that Cassie suggests using more Gelatin and more water but I didn’t have more gelatin).  Once the gelatin is set, you roll on some paint, place your leaves (I used leaves from various houseplants and my mother’s day bouquet) and do the first print.  This will be high contrast. [click to continue…]


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Here’s a shot of my slow progress turning the new apartment into a home // a new striped dress I’m wearing today // some flame stitch upholstery I saw at a regional auction // some country house inspiration found on Pinterest and a new cutting board I’m crazy about (Thanks, Kate).

I really meant it when I said I was trying to blog more often.  I’m curious – what do you most enjoy seeing / reading here? And, what do you think about some new columns for the blog?  Let me know in the comments and as always, I so appreciate your time and insights. 

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Hi there!  If you’ve come over from Joanna’s blog for the first time, welcome!  If you’re a long time reader popping over because you’re curious what I’ve been up to recently, I promise I’m trying, truly, to blog a couple of times a week! I am much more active on Instagram these days – “Instagram! It’s the new blog! Ha!” So come over follow along if you like what you see. Thanks, as always, for reading! 

I just spotted this shibori patch sweater at Madewell, which reminded me of a sweater I bought at ASOS over the winter with faux tattoo patches on the elbows.  It’s turned into one of my favorite sweaters because it looks pretty simple and basic until you catch one red faux tattoo patches and then it’s kapowy! [click to continue…]



I’m not really a morning person in the first place, but the shock of waking up to a blaring alarm somehow always felt a bit like adding a tiny insult to the daily injury of waking up before I’m ready to face the day.  A few weeks ago I bought a fitbit at Costco, mostly because my husband has one and I like competing on our daily steps. I was also fascinated by the sleep data Tim was recording every night and somehow wanted in on this window into my subterranean sleep life. I’ve really enjoyed having it and definitely am walking more than I was before.   All of this is well and good and I’m sure many of you have fitbits and enjoy the data-watching as much as I do. However, the best part about the fitbit, in my mind, is the ALARM feature.  It vibrates against my wrist at 6:45 on weekdays and manages to not only completely wake me up (I’ve traditionally been a remorseless snoozer) without the blaring nature of a typical alarm.  Best of all, it doesn’t wake up anyone else.  And, if Tim has to wake up early (like 5am) his alarm doesn’t wake me up.   In any case, if you have a fit bit and you haven’t tried it – and if you’re an anti-alarm person, give it a try! PS my two cents: I would not recommend the fitbit I have – the Flex – the strap is ANNOYINGLY hard to close.  I like the one Tim has – the Fitbix Charge HR – it has a normal “strap” and is also a watch, which I find I keep wanting.  It’s a little wider and larger, but, I think worth it for the daily annoyance of putting it on.




I went on a reading bender this weekend and read these fantasy / fairy tale retellings and enjoyed them all:

The Cold King by Amber Jaeger: There is nothing I love more than a Beauty and the Beast re-telling and this is a goooood one, folks!

Bound by Kate Sparkes:  Second to Beauty and The Beast retellings, I love any story that features healers with a bit of magic / journeys on horseback / a good romance.  This has all three, told in a compelling, readable way. I’m on the second in the series now.

 The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher : Sort of a Bluebeard retelling but definitely with more of a horror bent than some I’ve read.  As a gentle warning to long time readers, it is a little bit more gruesome than the books I typically recommend, but, I really enjoyed it for its very down to earth heroine who keeps her wits about her in some very chilling times.

Then, I just listened to this gripping Radio Lab about an urban voyeur.  Insert eyeball emoji!



Daily Dose of Green

March 30, 2015

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Click through for lots more photos of the amazing house and gardens at Middlefield by Gil Schafer and Deborah Nevins.

Hey! It’s Monday! Don’t you wish we were sitting in adirondack chairs looking at this view and talking about everything and nothing while we drank our coffees?  Then, at some point, we’d take out our kindles and read whatever we wanted with no interruptions? CAN YOU IMAGINE?? HA! All I can say is we all need our dreams and they might as well be good dreams.

PS: Since fantasies only take you so far, and it is Monday, I’ll include this article on the scientific case for cold showers.  I’ve been thinking about it non-stop and trying to put it in practice – let me say cold showers are indeed COLD.


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I visited a friend and long time reader of the blog last weekend and she looked at me with a sigh and said “I’m getting tired of seeing that cashmere dress every time I check for a new post” and that’s when I knew it was time to climb back up on the blogging horse. Nancy is always reminding me that life is full of cycles – of growth, of rest, of struggle and of ease.  So I guess that applies to my blog too, that it has it’s own bizarre life cycle of activity and rest. I’m not sure I totally understand the cycle but I’m giving over to it and making it ok that sometimes I take a break.  A few of you have emailed in the last couple of weeks, checking in and telling me that you missed my posts (mostly, it seems, my book recommendations! ha!).  Whenever I stop blogging it’s usually because I’ve started to feel that I’m talking to an empty room.  So I appreciate all your emails and the enjoyment you may take, small or large, from what I do here.  My crocus are pushing through the soil of my window box, so I take it that spring is around the corner. 

This photo from Deborah Needleman’s Instagram caught my eye this week while I was looking for images of her amazing garden.  Who doesn’t love a hammock?  But three, together? Seems like pure bliss.  Dreaming of summer days and relaxation from a currently grey and rainy NYC.

PS: Some book recommendations:

The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr I usually avoid short stories, since they leave me feeling like I didn’t get enough food at a cocktail party, but Doerr’s stories, especially the first, The Shell Collector are ELECTRIC. I’d say they are like getting hit by lighting but that sounds unpleasant.  So maybe it’s like riding a unicorn?  Not sure, so I guess you’ll have to read it and let me know how to describe them.  In any case, highly recommend!

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel  This is a post-apocalyptic story that features a traveling caravan of Shakespearian actors – any story with a caravan hooks me!  This took me a few chapters to get into it but once I did, I couldn’t put it down.

Small Victories by Anne Lamont  This is a collection of her work published elsewhere and so some of the essays are a little dated. I’ll admit I skipped a few of the essays that date to the Bush administrations, but, I like Anne Lamont because there is always one “truth arrow” in her writing that hits me right between the eyes and I think “yes! yes! she’s so right!”.  I was raised in a pretty agnostic household, so I always fascinated to read about people and faith and how faith sustains them.

I promise it won’t be another six months before I post again.