From the yearly archives:


In the mood for a dinner party

December 30, 2010

These world paper placemats ($26 at Plastica) make me want to plan my next together. (PS Ashley and Aron, these made me think of you two traveling dynamos!)


Grocery Scouting

December 30, 2010

This Biker Soap from Shikai is my new favorite kitchen hand soap. It is truly non-drying.  $7.50 online or at Whole Foods.

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Daily Dose of Green

December 29, 2010

From The World We Live In


Christmas!  It’s over!  It went in a delirious blaze of wrapping paper and cookies.  Alex, teething three teeth at once, slept poorly and woke up at 5:30am this morning. To allow my in-laws and sweet Tim to sleep in on Christmas Day, Alex and I drove around suburban Boston listening to 102.5’s Top 40 Country count-down, looking for coffee. Sixteen hours later, in my post-Christmas sleep deprived state,  this living space seems like just the kind of calm refuge I’d like to open a door and discover in my house.

In other news, my fashionable sister-in law rocked these Sorels ($129 this weekend and I  just snagged a pair for myself (we are supposed to get two feet of snow in Boston tomorrow!). And, as I just discovered when I checked out, through the end of the year, all shoes are 25% off at Amazon!

My favorite present was this book, Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide To Everything on Earth ($30 on  It’s delicious (look at the gems!) and something I know Alex will love poring over with me someday soon.

I hope everyone is recovering and merry merry!


A Polar Christmas

December 20, 2010

We’ve gone polar (bear) in this house and those two cuties ($15 at Michael’s) may have a permanent place on our mantel.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but our wreath has a little polar bear too.  I made the stockings last year from a sample of a Josef Frank fabric.  See our Christmas decorations last year and 2007.


Santa, Just one of these photographs from artist Yuji Obata (which are of actual snowflakes as they fall from the sky!). I’ve been a good girl, I promise.

See more over at Danziger Projects.


Happy Friday

December 10, 2010

My orange nails make me feel like a young Mick Jagger. Found at an interesting exhibit  up at the Gagosian Gallery.  Hope you feel like a young rock star this weekend.


Mornings Around Here

December 9, 2010

Mornings around here start promptly at 6am; after breakfast (and I’ve had some coffee) there is reading of books, singing and head rubs.    After admiring the bright nails of Jenny, Ashley and Leigh, three of the nicest and most stylish ladies I know, I got my nails painted with Essie’s One of a Kind last night.  Which, for those keeping score at home, matches my winter coat in its hunter’s orange.  I basically pranced around the apartment last night exclaiming “I have fancy hands! I have fancy hands!” until Tim couldn’t take it anymore.


Seeking Order

December 8, 2010

Pantry traditional kitchen
I’m feeling the holiday burn; this week is the make or break week and then its good bye productivity until 2011.  So, where could you find me last night at 10pm? Organizing the pantry and cabinets like a mad woman.  Tim found me combining jars of ground cinnamon and bottles of vinegar with a vengeance.   I feel an uncluttering moment coming on!


Current Obsessions

December 6, 2010

I bought this parka ($140 from Land’s End Canvas) earlier in the fall (I was just so tired of black coats) and I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to put on a coat.  The electric orange color makes me happy and everyone, from the security guards at work to my facialist, has something to say about it. One person told me it reminded her of her favorite crayon.

This isn’t exactly a new product, but, I impulse purchased one of the tiny purse sized Tide mini stain sticks ($5.99 for two) while in the checkout line of Target.   I have to say that these are as close to a miracle as I’m ever likely to get. Just this afternoon I managed to spill tomato soup down the entire front of my shirt (%!!#$). Enter the mini stain stick and one hour later you’d never know it.  Life saver.

I recently got a facial for the first time in probably three years.  The very kind and patience woman who worked on my aging and post-pardum skin used this Olay Regenerist product and suggested I use it twice a week at home.  I’d read lots of glowing reviews of the Regenerist line in woman’s magazines and had fairly cynically assumed it was just paid hype.  However, I have to say I’ve been shocked at the effectiveness of the Regenerist microdermabrasion and peel system ($20.41 from Amazon) product.  Let me rave for a moment: I have glowing skin; I look younger; I feel younger.  It’s easy to use, no icky scent, it’s not too harsh on my fair and fairly sensitive skin. Bottom line: I no longer look like the mother of a 18 month old child.


Daily Dose of Green

November 29, 2010

I can’t get enough of the website Photograph by Frank Olsen.


An Advent Calendar for Alex

November 29, 2010

I’m really getting into the holiday this year (maybe because the sleep exhaustion of a new born is fading!). I made Alex an advent calendar and am really looking forward to the next 26 days.  I used red and white striped bags from Etsy seller In The Clear ($7.50 for 50 bags) and stick on numbers from Staples.  Inside the bags are a variety of small toys and stickers.  Most of the toys came from a great used toy and book sale in Westchester of all places. I think I spent $5 dollars on the toys and $5 on stickers.


Things Organized Neatly

November 17, 2010

My current blog obsession.


Advent Calendar

November 16, 2010

 November is a tough month for me; its dark and usually cold (not this year!) and somehow I’m always busy and stressed.  December, however, I love — for the lights and parties, for the togetherness.  Advent calendars are one of my favorite parts of December.   This one from Uusi is lovely.