I look forward to reading the New York Diet on nymag.com every Friday. I know, nerd alert! Why is it so fascinating to see what people eat? Anyway, I would be the happiest clam if I ever got to do one. Or even illustrate someone else’s!! A recent gem was Ottavia Bourdain, wife of Anthony- my favorite person on earth (favorite person on earth that I don’t actually know, I mean). Also, Christina Tosi from Momofuku Milk Bar, who pretty much embodies my dream life- sugar ALL. DAY. LONG. Love her!
Last summer while pregnant, I wore long flowy dresses every day. The summer before that (and EVERY summer before that), short little patterned dresses. I mean, what’s easier than throwing a dress on?? Nothing I tell you! There is no thought involved. This summer however, is different. When I am not rolling around on the floor at Appleseeds, I am bending over to pick things up that Alex dropped on the floor, crawling after her up the stairs, or just getting down to her level for a smooch.
It’s time for shorts, I’m afraid. I loathe shorts. Always have. But now I am in the market for them. Not lacy tap pants from Zara (which are sooo adorable), but something slightly longer. The other day, I was in a store that some might describe as tween, and I saw some hole-y denim rolled up cut offs that were the perfect length. I had been thinking about going back to get them ever since. Until I saw this chic mom. Ugh. This one would surely never be caught dead in cut offs. What to do? Maybe white denim would be more simple, elegant. Or highly unflattering. Will try some on and report back. Until then, I will be wearing my jeans in the sweltering heat.
Ohhhhh how much do I love Lonny this month????!! There are no words. There’s my little flag. I was particularly smitten with John Dransfield and Geoffery Ross’s home. What style! When I worked at Ralph Lauren I was fortunate enough to visit their design studio/factory. Imagine having a team of seamstresses just ready to whip up whatever pops into your head. What a dream.
Today I will be playing in the grass with Alex and coming inside every now and then to go through the issue. Is that a perfect Sunday or what.
I had my first summertime bottle of sparkling Rose last weekend with Kyla, which means the season has officially begun, and now that it is Memorial Day Weekend, it has OFFICIALLY officially begun! Enjoy your weekend!
UPDATE: My brother is a veteran and he reminded me that this holiday has far more significance than a bottle of wine and a day off of work. So, today I am thinking about the men and women who gave all for our freedom, and how lucky we are.
There are a million reasons to love NYC right now, including the yellow tulips in full bloom on Park Avenue, and the cherry blossoms on my favorite block (10th Street between Fifth and Sixth) that seem like they’re so heavy the tree could just collapse. But I think the pleasure of perusing the soap aisle at Rite Aid with Tom Colicchio, then riding the elevator with Thom Filicia at ABC Home in the same day takes the cake. I mean, where else could that happen? Love this place.
Are you yard salers and thrifters? When I was a kid my favorite thing in life was buying a $20 table or chair from a thrift store to paint/sand/decoupage. John Derian are you hiring??
Sometimes I get to branch out and work on something totally different and fun. One of my favorite ladies asked if I could whip up some dots for her, and I thought I would take you through the steps. I’m holding off on showing you the final piece, as it might be coming to a publication near you sometime in the future.
I bought a 40″x60″ piece of Arches watercolor paper from DaVinci, which I had to carry two blocks back to my apartment, and all I can say is thank God it wasn’t windy, otherwise it would have been like a sail carrying me away to the Hudson River. I cut it down to 40″x42″ and I busted out the Sumi ink. I just love the marks Sumi ink can make, so I played around with that for a while, then I started practicing the dots. On a large piece like this, I always practice first. Then I got to work, and it was actually more difficult than it looks…making sure the dots are balanced…making sure it doesn’t make you dizzy, etc. I’m happy with how it came out and it’s off to the framer now. Will keep you posted!