One of my all time favorite coffee houses in Jersey City. I covered it in an earlier post here. I stopped by the other day and was once again taken in by the loft-like open space, with its wood-paneled ”nouveau rustic” walls. Saturday mornings can be quite peaceful there. For me it is the perfect working space and great for group meetings, too. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello.
The jumpsuit is fundamentally a utilitarian garment. In seeking to elevate it to couture one might pair it with lighthearted nearly frivolous accessories. The juxtaposition of workman like substructure and impractical garnish creates the tension that makes the outfit. I have always loved the dungarees but I never really thought about the jumpsuit until I came across this denim example, last fall. I love the idea of the jumpsuit because it makes getting dressed so effortless. This particular jumpsuit has a funtional aesthetic; to take the look from casual to dressy I paired it with booties and a bold necklace, and since I didn’t have the right belt to break up the look I decided to tie a scarf around my waist instead. I have a feeling this item is going to be part of my wardrobe for a long time.
During our last visit to San Antonio, Texas. We stopped by Two Brothers Barbecue Market for some good ‘ol Texas barbecue. We chose this particular joint because it boasted classic Texas pit barbecue. The restaurant is family friendly, and miles away from mainstream San Antonio. We wanted to avoid the tourist traps and find authentic local food, and we managed to do just that. The diner has a rustic feel with live oak trees indoors and out. Once inside ordering was easy, with so much to choose from we finally settled on beef brisket, chopped beef, sausage, creamed corn, and peachy beans. The food was moist, and tender, smokey and delicious. My verdict, Perfecto!
New York City is one of the most populous industrial cities in the world, and, to be quite honest, it is not the prettiest. It doesn’t have the romance of Venice or Paris—no canals or afternoon strolls along the Seine. But when it snows, New York is beautiful. A blanket of white covers the city and what you get is a wintery tapestry.
The day after however, is something else: salt, melting ice, muddy streets and cars churning up black slush make getting around quite messy. On drab winter days I often feel the urge to stay indoors. When I finally throw away the covers, I brew myself a cup of coffee and add a pop of color to beat the blues. I especially love Mac’s Ruby Woo, and this yellow sweater is a ray of sunshine cutting through the gray.
These days any outfit casual enough to run around with Tiger (without the boots, of course) yet stylish enough for date night or girls night out is a keeper. Thanks, Seyi, for the outfit shots!
Last Thanksgiving we were invited to Houston, TX. Since we would be spending time in Texas anyway, we decided to visit San Antonio, a place we’d never been. Excitedly we booked the Hilton Palacio del Rio because of it’s prime location, including a dining room patio that opened right onto the River Walk.
What I expected during our stay was fairly warm weather and long, lazy strolls along the riverside walkways. What we got was quite the opposite. Autumn breeze as cold as the one we left in New York. A peek through the tall glass windows of the hotel during breakfast was all it took to brave the cold weather outside.
San Antonio — what a beautiful city! Arched stone bridges, colorful rows of umbrellas, waterside tables, idyllic waterfall, nearly empty colorful tour boats. This city is so rich in art and architectural history: LaVillita to the King William Historic district. Before I knew it was all over. Despite the cold, I had a great time and look forward to visiting again hopefully in better weather.
An iconic bridge in the North Woods
New York City is a city of landmarks, each of them a monument to engineering and daring. The Empire State Building. The Statue of Liberty. The Brooklyn Bridge. The George Washingtion Bridge. Even Central Park. Many people may not realize that New York’s garden jewel is a wholly artificial ecosystem, a meticulously drained and erigated swampland turned picturesque park. Despite it’s man made nature, it remaines deeply evocative of nature and naturalism and a New York City highlight attraction. A while back I was in one of my favorite parts of Central Park, the North Woods, a fugacious forest of oak, maple, and ash that encourages exploration. Spend sometime wandering, the rewards are plenty, and you will come upon beautiful rustic structures: benches, oak bridges, and gazebos all built from trees that have been pruned or removed from the park, none is wasted.
Wisteria arbor near 72nd street and Central Park West