The perfect paper planner

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So, you know all about my obsession with paper planners. Good news: I just found the perfect one! It’s made by — you guessed it — the one and only Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. and it has all the qualities this paper-loving girl could ever want.


First, it’s not massive (sorry, Day Designer, I gave you a whirl, but you are just too heavy to carry all over town!) — I can slip it in my purse unnoticed which means I don’t have to run around town with an extra bag just to have my planner with me at all times.


Second, it’s beautiful. Anna’s illustrations are tough to top. It makes me want to write all my plans in my fanciest cursive and only use the most elegant pens.

Third, it’s a planner that’s well-planned. The layout leaves ample room to write out appointments and agenda items without going overboard and wasting space. You can also see the week at a glance, which (in my book) is essential for properly balancing out the week.

Last — and most importantly — it’s affordable. At $34, it’s the cost of a manicure/pedicure.

Do you prefer paper or digital these days for keeping track of your schedule? To be quite honest, my life uses a blend of both, but writing out my week on paper will always be a guilty pleasure of mine.

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The New Whitney Museum

Have you been to the new Whitney Museum? Truth be told, this would have been one of the things at the top of my summer bucket list except that Matt and I finally made it over a couple of weeks ago. The original location was just a few blocks from my old apartment on the Upper East Side, so I used to go frequently. While I loved the intimacy of the old address, the new Renzo Piano-designed space is stunning.
My most favorite part of the design is how you can move from floor to floor via exterior stairways. It’s the best way to take in the sweeping city views. We started on the top floor, then worked our way down until we landed at this Mary Heilmann exhibit filled with sculptural (and colorful!) chairs arranged to make it easy for museum visitors to hang out.
In all honesty, we left feeling like we barely scraped the surface — a feeling we never used to have at the UES location. There, you could see all the art in an hour — two at most.

Have you been to the new Whitney Museum yet? Do you have a favorite work of art?

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Summer bucket list

This weekend, Matt and I started researching plans for Labor Day. Labor Day. I immediately got freaked out and suggested we make a list of all the things we need to fit in before summer is over and it’s time to bust out our puffer coats yet again. My plan: We’d create a summer bucket list.
The idea came to me via Megan over at the Fresh Exchange. I really like her suggestions for how to build a realistic list, but also one that challenges yourself to try things you’ve never experienced before. Also important to think about (per Megan): Your intentions. What’s the end goal of your bucket list? Is there a feeling you hope to find? Something new you hope to learn so that when September hits, you’ll look back and say, wow, now that was a great summer.

Okay, so here we go. My intention: To get to the end of summer and feel like I experienced a couple of new New York-y things, but also devoted time to savoring my favorite summertime classics (movie night in Brooklyn Bridge Park, ice cream from Blue Marble, riding bikes on Governor’s Island). We’re still brainstorming our list (via shared Google doc), but here are a few things that are at the tippy top:

1) Visiting the CloistersIt’s a picnic-perfect extension of the Met and I’ve never been. How is this possible after living in NYC for 7.5 years?

2) Hosting an outdoor BBQ in Brooklyn Bridge ParkThose grills + that sunset = the best place ever to entertain in the summer.

3) Watching High Fidelity (or Goodfellas) under the stars. Yes, there’s SyFy Movies with a View, but I’m super intrigued by this new film series in Red Hook. Have you been?

What’s on your summer bucket list?

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The weekend is here!

tumblr_npi960k4Pp1ts7x8eo1_1280Happy Friday, my darling readers! Have anything fun planned for your next couple of days off? I’m taking a watercolor lettering class in Brooklyn. 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:

The best TV shows of the half year.

Do you use drugstore mascara?

Obsessed with this polar bear tea holder.

Verb for beachy waves.

Wafer ice cream sandwiches. Yum.

My next weekend craft.

Contemplating overalls.

How to start your day on a happy note.

This trailer.

What kind of drunk are you?

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Brooklyn dinner with friends

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of summer entertaining in Brooklyn with family and friends coming to town. It can be a challenge to find places to eat that make everyone happy, especially when the heat is on (ooh, those 90 degree days are killer in New York!). Over the last several weeks, I’ve rounded up a handful of crowd-pleasing spots:
Pair Wine & Cheese has become my new favorite place and it’s perfect for guests looking for a light snack. Plus, if you visit during off hours, you’ll easily score a primo seat on the back porch — a beautiful spot that’s surrounded by tall trees and vine-covered brownstones. Order a sampling of cheeses and a glass of rosé or opt for heartier fare (like the potato raclette).
the-12-best-waterfront-bars-in-nycFOR DINNER WITH A VIEW
This one’s easy: Fornino in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The seats are plentiful, the pizza is delicious and the counter-service is quick and simple. Time your meal for sunset — the views of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge are unreal — and your guests will be impressed.
Buttermilk Channel has an al fresco option, but the interior design of the space is spacious and cool. For guests that need a break from the heat, this Carroll Gardens restaurant is perfect. My favorite part: There’s a separate menu with a full range of entrées just for vegetarians. Oh, and the Buttermilk Whipped Potatoes. Yes, please.
It’s a Brooklyn classic for a reason: Frankie’s 457 has one of the most beautiful backyards for al fresco dining ever. It’s so pretty, they even host weddings here. The Italian-focused menu comes with tons of options — and don’t be surprised if you spot a few flashing fireflies while you’re sipping your wine.

Where do you like to entertain when friends and family come to town?

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