Soho cast iron façades

Soho facadesAren’t these buildings beautiful? I recently learned they’re made of cast iron — or, more accurately, their façades are. The material came into favour during the Industrial Revolution because it was cheaper than traditional masonry and easier to manipulate into ornate details. See those large windows and Grecian columns? Made possible because of cast iron. Much sexier than the newer brick and steel buildings that abut them, no?

Oven Roasted Mushrooms

MushroomBakeA sleepy Monday on a long weekend calls for an easy-to-assemble brunch. T and I found that in a one-dish mushroom bake. We were inspired by the roasted maitake skillet we enjoyed this Saturday at Brooklyn Sandwich Society. While our version was delicious, theirs sang from the addition of a duck egg, crème fraiche, and a side of lightly pickled jalapeños. We will be sure to add those to ours next time.

Oven Roasted Mushrooms
(adapted from Bobby Flay’s Boy Meets Grill)

1 lb mushrooms, various (we used enoki, hen-of-the-forest, and wood ear mushrooms, which we had on hand from a recent trip to Mitsuwa)
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pats (or 1/4 cup good EVOO)
6 sprigs fresh thyme + 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 tsp lemon zest (optional)
salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine the mushrooms, garlic, butter, and pepper in a large roasting/baking pan, and stir to combine. Add the sprigs of thyme and roast in the oven until golden brown and all of the liquid has evaporated, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with lemon zest, salt, and chopped thyme.

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St. Lucia

Even though T and I were lolling about the island’s beaches a mere week ago, it already feels like a distant memory. Today, I’m daydreaming about the warm sun on my skin and saltwater in my hair. Here are a few of my favourite photos from the trip. xx

GrosPitonAt the base of Gros Piton.

AnseGerAnse Ger beach.

BarracudaCoalPotFresh-caught barracuda at Coal Pot restaurant.

PoolOceanView2The view from our home.

GoatAnd just ’cause, our little goat friend.


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Ann Hamilton’s ‘The event of a thread’

Much has been written about Ann Hamilton’s evocative art installation, ‘The Event of a Thread’, but I wanted to add my little voice to the choir.

First off, if you ever get a chance to head over the the Park Avenue Armory, please do. It’s a wondrous space and they host many interesting events throughout the year, a list of which can be found here. When T and I went, we found many kids and their families just hanging out and playing chess in the eerily appointed reception halls. Doesn’t it feel straight out of Harry Potter?

Armory Reception Room

Secondly, I just loved listening to the flowing fabric. T and I laid down underneath the curtains and it felt so soothing to hear the heavy silk whipping around. It reminded me to do that more often: lay and listen.

Ann Hamilton 1

Ann Hamilton 2

Paul Octavious

is awesome.

I first discovered Octavious via 20×200. He has a gift for photographing familiar things and places (books, hills, records) in a way that’s unexpected. It makes his work arresting but still accessible. Check out his full portfolio here.

His latest series, Lean With It, captures oddly angled trees paired with people bending parallel to them. Familiar, yet unexpected, right?

The other thing I dig about Octavious is that he picked up his first camera in 2006, at the age of 22. You often hear about photographers who held their grandfather’s camera as a pre-teen and knew *instantly* that this was their destiny. Not every story is so convenient and I love how Octavious stands as a good reminder to be open to new passions…and to lean into them when they appear.

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Simple silver

Four years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to Shana Tabor, the badass owner of In God We Trust. Have you heard of this label and store? It’s so rad.

Shana and I met to exchange wares: I gave her a couple vintage type trays I no longer had room for and she parted with this gorgeous hammered bar necklace. Clearly, I got the better end of the deal.

I haven’t taken it off since.

This summer, I bought a few more simple silver pieces that I’ve become equally enamored with.

These dot earrings made from recycled metal by Karla Wheeler. Similar ones can be found at Steven Alan.

This sweet ring by elephantine. I love how subtle the flat diamond shape is.

What have you been wearing non-stop recently? I’d love to know. xo

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