Movie Page: Born to Be Blue

Over the weekend, I popped over to the IFC Center in the West Village to catch Ethan Hawke’s new movie Born to Be Blue. In it, he plays jazz legend Chet Baker, the infamous 1960s trumpeter and singer with a not-so-guilty pleasure: Shooting heroin (“It makes me happy,” he describes.)

The film is absolutely remarkable and Ethan Hawke is extraordinary to watch (take a peek at this stunning clip). After following his career for quite some time now, I am in awe of the choices he continues to make both in theater and on the big screen. He nails this performance — something that’s caused me to spend the remainder of my weekend downloading an insane amount of Chet Baker tunes (like this one) and brushing up on his real life story.

Watch the trailer here and let me know what you think. Will you see this film?

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The weekend is here!


My darling readers, happy Friday! What do you have planned for the next couple of days? I’m so excited to celebrate a small family bridal shower this weekend — a major reminder that my wedding is less than two months away. (How is that even possible?!) Here, to get your weekend started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

You guys: This Hamilton performance.

I’m definitely on board with this cast iron skillet.

What if your dog was a giant?

Um, I want this dress.

How 7 women spend their first hour at work.

The art of creating a new dish.

Our engagement photographer’s beauty uniform. (See our pics here!)

Things only runners understand.

Thoughts on downsizing the things we carry.

Made me laugh.

(Photo via Pinterest)

Pizza in Brooklyn


When friends and family come to visit, I’ve learned: The best way to introduce them to Brooklyn is to introduce them to the pizza. As a result, I’ve spent the last few weeks giving an unintentional pizza tour. It’s never a bad gig, especially with places like the following three on the list.

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We started with Roberta’s (their bee sting pie is incredible). That was actually just a concert date with friends in Williamsburg, but when you’re near Williamsburg…Roberta’s is a pizza must.

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Next up, we went to Juliana’s down next to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Our friends were visiting from South Carolina (see the selfie above!) and wanted a slice of Brooklyn’s best. Sure, Grimaldi’s is next store, but with the OG—Patsy Grimaldi—serving up the very same recipes next door, we knew Julianna’s would be the perfect spot.

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Last, but not least, the best pie ever in Brooklyn: Di Fara. My sister was in town to help with wedding to-do’s, so this was her reward. Here’s the thing: We prepped her for a looong wait (and arrived an hour before the doors opened, just in case), but totally lucked out. The owner even opened up 20 minutes early. Score! At Di Fara, we explained: The regular pie—no toppings added—is the best way to go. Still, we treated ourselves to the square pie, too, just so we could compare and contrast.

What’s your favorite pizza in Brooklyn? Here’s where I stood about two years ago. But JSYK, I’m adding Juliana’s to my short list of the best.

TV Page: The Wine Show

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You guys: As a major wine lover of all kinds (red, white, rosé), I’m counting the minutes until I can watch/download/stream this delightful British show creatively named The Wine Show. It features two of the most charming wannabe wine connoisseurs that ever there were–Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys–and I can’t wait to watch.


Basically, according to the show’s trailer, the delightful pair will travel the Italian countryside as they sample delicious wines from around the world, all the while uttering totally adorable phrases like “Knock me down with a feather!” as they taste-test blend after blend.


I’m so impressed by the person who came up with the idea for this show. There are 13 (13!) episodes in total, so save the date: It premieres this spring.

PS: My favorite wine from last summer.

The weekend is here!


Happy Friday, my darling readers! What do you have planned for the next couple of days? My sister is coming to town and we are digging into wedding details. (We also might go check out this cool Greenpoint spot.) Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead. Here, to get it started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

I want/need this eleplanter.

In my next life, I’d like to study ballet.

These Kate Middleton family ski pics are the cutest!

Finally saw this film and loved it.

OMG, the NYC pizza project.

Counting the minutes until the Hamilton mixtape comes out.

I heart this saddle bag.

The Girl Scouts are the smartest.

Could you go 60 days without shopping?

This home makeover is unreal.

(Photo via Wit & Delight)