Friday, July 25, 2014

The weekend is here!

Happy Friday, my darling readers! What do you have planned for this weekend? I'm taking a calligraphy class! My grandmother always used to practice this art form, making beautiful prints that still hang on my parents walls today. I'm excited to give it a try. :) Wishing you a lovely and relaxing weekend ahead. Here, to get it started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

Saturday-inspired nails.

Revisiting the South of France.

Pretty Kate Spade swimsuits. With bows!

How to properly pack your toiletries. (Bonus: What to bring for two weeks of travel!)

A DIY project I can't wait to try. (Thanks, Joy!)

Before the website re-launch, a few New Yorker favorites like this one and this one and this one.

Origami picnic boxes.

Summer hair.

Royal families on vacation.

Kristen Bell as Mary Poppins. Love.

(Image via The Daily Muse)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Brooklyn Pizza Tour

My love of Brooklyn pizza has gotten very serious over the last year and a half since moving to my new 'hood. Even better, I've gone on many a pizza taste test with my pizza-loving pals Dominic and Shannon. This weekend, our efforts will continue with a visit to a relatively new joint called Emily's in Clinton Hill. I can't wait!

In honor of the occasion, I thought I'd pay homage to my top five Brooklyn pizza spots. Of course, Emily's has a real shot of nudging someone off this list—but they'll have to work very hard to do it. ;)

Here goes:

1) Di Fara: I call this destination pizza. Even though I live in Brooklyn, it's a hike on the subway. I've actually been twice, but only after renting a car each time. This pizza is life-changing, from the sauce to the olive oil and hand-snipped basil leaves.

2) Speedy Romeo: Great pies and great service. That's a tough combo to find. And despite being a backdrop for the recent season of Girls, I've still never had to wait more than 15 minutes for a seat. Impressive.

3) Roberta's: The Bee Sting isn't on the menu anymore, but this specialty pie is my go-to order here. It comes with honey. Need I say more? Plus, the backyard bar area illustrates Brooklyn at it's best.

4) Paulie Gee's: Delicious pizza, but an even better late night scene, given that Paulie himself visits the tables to check in and make sure your pie is perfect.

5) Fornino: You know my love for this place runs deep. This spot is all about pizza with a view. What slice won't taste great when it's enjoyed next to the Manhattan skyline under pretty globe lights? :)

Honestly, it was tough to narrow the choices down—and I'm totally open to debate. What is your favorite Brooklyn pie?

(Image 1, 2, 3, 4)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pretty in purple

Do you have a go-to summer nail polish? I keep going back to an Essie color I discovered last year, called "Under Where?" It's a soft, orchid-like purple, and with two coats, it goes on opaque, but still nice and light. It's also one of those colors where you don't notice polish chips as easily, something that makes it easier to extend the length of time between manicures—an ideal situation for summer. Anyways, I love it so much, I'm still wearing it a full year (and a few months) after it first came out!

How about you? What color do you paint your nails during the summer?

PS: Another nail polish trend.

(Image 1, 2)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Birthday, Prince George!

It's nice to have some happy news to focus on! Just when you thought Prince George couldn't get any cuter, his Royal parents go ahead and release these adorable pics from their visit to London's Natural History Museum's Sensational Butterflies exhibit, in honor of his big day. Taking his first steps and delicately interacting with butterflies? George is too sweet for words!

Discover how well you know the little prince with this fun matching game from USA Today!

Plus, a look back at his first year:
- The Great Kate Wait
- His Royal Arrival
- A Royal Christening
- George's first Royal Tour

Happy Birthday, Prince George!

(Images via The Daily News)

Friday, July 18, 2014

The weekend is here!

Happy Friday, my darling readers! What do you have planned for the next couple of days? I'm New Hampshire-bound for a friend's wedding. I can't wait! Wishing you a lovely and relaxing weekend ahead. Here, to get it started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

A physical analysis of When Harry Met Sally.

Behind-the-scenes of the prettiest business cards.

Love this tea towel, inspired by Teddy Bear.

Will you see this film?

Summer tunes.

DC in three outfits

Why I love French grocery stores

The coolest kitchen gadget for summer.

Yada, yada, yada.

Since I'm wedding-bound this weekend, a favorite.

(Image via 500px)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Travel Page: Antibes, France

At last: all about Antibes! For anyone who has been keeping up with my travelogue of my trip to Europe this spring, this was the next stop (links to the other places I visited are below). From Provence, we took the high speed train to Antibes—a gorgeous coastal spot in the South of France, just past Cannes. After checking into our hotel, meandering through the streets, and finding a delicious cafĂ© for an al fresco lunch, I already knew: this would be my favorite spot of the entire vacation. Here's why...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A view from the ferry

Any time I've visited my friend Barb in New Jersey, I've traveled by train. This time, she recommended that I take the ferry. Brilliance! Seeing the Manhattan skyline from the water is breathtaking, and something everyone in New York should do at least once. 

Bonus: It's surreal to pass the Statue of Liberty on a "commuter" boat. I've lived here six years, but seeing that sight still gets me every time. 

PS: Another view from the water.