The weekend is here!

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Happy Friday, my darling readers! What do you have planned for the weekend? I’m hoping to make it to this pop-up shop on the Upper East Side. Looks so cool, right? Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing weekend ahead. Here, to get it started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

An awesome ode to Spanx! (From last week, but worth the share!)

Another big part of my weekend plans.

How to shop the farmer’s market.

A flower-inspired wine selection.

The next High Line!

Love this cute gingham dress!

Potato donuts.

Why Julia loves Amal. (Plus, Clooney. Sigh.)

Real ads from the Mad Men era.

What a cool music map.

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The end of an era

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Are you excited for the absolute very last ever episode of Mad Men this Sunday? I am excited to find out how it will all wrap up, but also so sad to say goodbye to such an amazing show. So much has happened in such a short final season — I am so intrigued by how the iconic series might end.

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This D.B. Cooper plot is by far my favorite conspiracy theory (and also the most out there!), especially given everything that went down in the recent episode titled “Lost Horizon”. Here’s a handful more theories to contemplate as the countdown to the final episode ticks down. Plus, did you see this teaser trailer for the finale? Definitely a tear jerker!

What do you think is going to happen to Don, Peggy, Joan and crew? (On a side note, I’m still reeling from what happened with Betty last week.) I’m planning to mix up a Manhattan (or my fave cocktail) and watch!

PS: Don’t forget to visit this Mad Men exhibit!

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A recipe for pimento cheese

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The foodie in me can’t help but continue to crave two staples of Southern cuisine: fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese. I found a way to take home the first, thanks to a friend we met in Beaufort who tipped me off to the town’s General Store. There, they sell local green tomato pickles from Low Country Produce, perfect for summer BLTs. As for the second, that same friend shared the secret to creating the best pimento cheese above the Mason-Dixon line…

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NYC cherry blossoms

Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetMy absolute favorite time of year in NYC is when the cherry blossoms hit peak bloom. I thought I would miss it this year due to our trip, so my plan was to catch peak bloom in D.C. instead. In a strange turn of events, we missed peak bloom down South, but timed it perfectly in New York.
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I don’t think there could be a prettier shade of pink! We bopped over to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to take in the view of the Cherry Esplanade, but tree spotting around the neighborhood has been such a lovely surprise.
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Then, there’s the aftermath. This patch of wilted petals is from the same tree in the middle pic. Amazing what a difference a week makes!

PS: Did you know that Macon, Georgia is actually best known for their cherry blossoms? According to locals, it’s as big as NYC and D.C.!

Brooklyn gift ideas

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During our vacation to the South, we encountered some of the friendliest, most hospitable people we’ve ever met. To say thank you, I’ve been trying to come up with Brooklyn-only gift ideas to send their way to say thanks. When I traveled to Paris last year, I remember how much I loved this blog post of cool gifts to bring back to family and friends. So, I thought I’d try to curate a similar list here.

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For the foodie, some easy-to-ship gift ideas include Mast Brothers Chocolate Bars (each bar is wrapped by hand at their Williamsburg-based shop), Birthday Cake truffles from Momofuku Milk Bar (if you can find a way to chill them, even better!) or Garlic Dill or Spicy spears from McClure’s Pickles (my go-to booth at Smorgasburg every weekend). If you’d rather send something pre-assembled, visit By Brooklyn or Stinky’s Bklyn for a mash-up of delicious made-in-Brooklyn treats.

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If you want to send something wearable, I love this No Sleep ‘Til tee from Brooklyn Industries. Another favorite? This Brooklyn Bridge necklace (Matt gave this to me for Christmas!).

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For a friend who loves to entertain, I’m a huge fan of these cheese boards from Brooklyn Slate Company (not to mention, everything else on their site!). Other ideas: A Brooklyn-inspired wine tote (fill it with wine from Brooklyn Winery!), stationery that calls out the most notable landmarks in the borough, or a local cookbook (The New Brooklyn Cookbook is an oldie, but a goodie!).

What gifts do you send to represent Brooklyn?

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