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I had the pleasure of visiting Boston last weekend, and spent a day sailing with a friend and her family. The harbor was stunning and the weather was beautiful. I learned a thing or two about the sport - like what a keel is - and yeah, I might have worked on my tan too. We also enjoyed a day at the beach and plenty of lobster, of course. Blueberry martinis on the porch didn't hurt either.
Getaways in the summer feel so much more liberating and fun, and I'm not sure if it's the heat of the city, or the season, but I'm embracing it wholeheartedly. Have you taken any trips lately, or have any coming up?
Last week, I had the pleasure of taking a fabric dyeing class at Brooklyn Central, courtesy of CourseHorse. I've always been really intrigued by hand-painted and hand-dyed fabrics, so it seemed like a really fun learning opportunity. The BKC space also happens to be conveniently located in DUMBO, where I work, so it was very easy to say yes.
I attended with a few other ladies, and loved the small class size. Rawan Rihani,
our lovely instructor, walked us through basic color theory, shared
some color inspiration, and then we got right to work! I loved how
quickly we dove into getting our hands dirty - first, experimenting with
swatches, and eventually, moving on to bigger pieces to create
tapestries. I brought a simple cotton tank that I had fun dip-dyeing
with a vibrant purple shade as well. As you can tell from the photos,
it's a bit of a messy process, but really spontaneous and creative too.
Merging interesting color combos and tying fabric to create pattern was a
lot of fun to experiment with. I also learned that it's really easy to
dye your own fabrics - all you really need is some fabric dye, cotton or
silk fabrics and some hot water. The rest is up to your imagination.
you want to take the class (and I highly recommend it!), there is
another one happening in DUMBO on July 18th - you can book it through CourseHourse right here!
And if you're looking for a fun class to take in NYC on a variety of
subjects to learn something new or refine skills you already have, CourseHorse has tons of other classes in its catalog to choose from.
Do you guys remember last year's photo shoot in DUMBO? Well, it's June again, and my friend Andrew is back on his photo project grind. Megan and I were the subjects on June 11th. We chose an East Village rooftop as the setting for the evening. I had a blast and here are the results. Thanks for including us in your photo project, Andrew!
Have you guys ever been to the San Diego Zoo? I've been fortunate enough to have visited 3 times now. The best thing about it is that the animal habitats are much more spacious than other zoos, and while it's still not quite the wilderness, I think it's definitely one of the better environments I've seen for animals in captivitity to be in. From a visitor perspective, it's fun to walk around the paths, get lost among the exhibits and watch the animals in action.
These are from my trip to the west coast a couple of months ago, but I couldn't resist sharing a few fun shots. Which one is your favorite? Mine is obviously the panda...
Are you guys familiar with Tiny Atlas Quarterly? I stumbled upon it recently and am in love with the photography, poetic narrative and travel inspiration it's been providing. It was started by a group of designers, photographers, stylists, etc. traveling the world "on set" together, to share the experiences and locales they were capturing as they did great work for clients. The work is a beautiful travel scrapbook, and I encourage you to check it out. I'm already looking forward to their next issue.
I'm just dreaming about sunshine and beautiful scenery today. New York City spring is in full swing, and it's hard not to be in a great mood. Sharing a couple of leftover snaps from California, and heading outside to enjoy the gorgeous weather. This week was off to a rough start, but it's gotten better by the day. The weekend is near - do you have any fun plans?
My good friend Kristina lives in West Hollywood and during my visit to LA last month, we took a quick peek at the city from her rooftop. It's a really cute space that would be perfect for lazy afternoon lounging. A storm was moving in though, and the clouds over the hills looked ominous. But I found it to be a really striking combination against the blue skies.
And then I couldn't resist taking a snap of her pup - super cute, even if he loved stealing my socks.
One of my favorite meals (of many) in LA was at Joe's Restaurant on Abbot Kinney in Venice. I went with a group of good friends and we were seated at a sunny corner table for brunch. Bloody Marys, mimosas, biscuits, egg scrambles and my short rib hash were enjoyed. The atmosphere was classy, lively and upbeat. It was a great morning meal after a late night concert, and we even made friends with a pup on the street.
Remember my recent trip to California? Well, as soon as I stepped off the plane, Kristina picked me up and we proceeded to head straight to the beach. Manhattan Beach, to be precise. It was a slightly overcast day, but I didn't mind. Seeing the Pacific Ocean was a great start to my trip, and we walked out on the pier to take some photos. I loved the contrast of the seafoam green railings against the white concrete pier and the sand and ocean as a backdrop.