Weekend Whimsy: Sundays

Some late whimsy but whimsy neverthless. A few reads and recipes from around the web to make your Sunday morning a little more delicious. I’ll be cozied up drinking tea and reading articles with Michael.


I want nothing more to walk into my kitchen this morning and find that some wonderful Sunday Morning Fairy has whipped up these homemade English Crumpets. If that doesn’t end up being the case, I’ll probably just bake them next Saturday afternoon.

Embrace your inner Stone Fox Hippie this morning and read Molly Guy’s interview on The Coveteur. It’s an oldie but a goodie. And now I have a new dream for the end of my wedding day – cake in bed followed by ribs at Five Leaves.

And whilst we’re embracing hippies, this NYMag article on the cult versus the culture of Yoga is quite lovely (and very correct).

I’m seriously considering following The Man Repeller’s advice and going on an iPhone cleanse – it sounds sort of magical. I’m one of those people who secretly loves when they lose their phone or it breaks because it means I’m unreachable and it’s not my fault. Is that super weird? Maybe.

And finally, some inspiration for next week — everything sounds better when Ira Glass says it.


Weekend Whimsy: Grey Skies

Seems it will be a pretty grey weekend in Brooklyn over the next few days. Perfect for roasting a chicken, cleaning the apartment and reading a few articles — maybe even writing one.

Looking for books to read this winter? Bustle has pulled together Hannah Horvath’s Reading List and Judy Blume and Lena Dunham curated a reading list for The Cut.

Darling have partnered with Soul Pancake to create the digital series That’s What She Said — their first video looks beautiful and touches on the always interesting concept of body image.

This easy face mask might be a nice addition to a lazy weekend. Plus, a winter skin saver!

Meryl Streep wins every time. Plus, I’m sort of obsessed with the idea that she and Emma Thompson are friends – throw in Diane Keaton and you have my dream dinner party.

Hope it’s a beautiful weekend folks!


Weekend Whimsy: June Moon

These days in Brooklyn have been quite delightful. Sunshine, cool breezes and plenty of friends to celebrate with. Michael’s show (which got reviewed in the New York Times!) ends next week and though I know he’s really sad to see it finish, I’m a little excited to get him back during the evenings. Summer nights in New York become so, so special as the weather warms up. They are this short, cool respite from the crazy intense heat that persists all day long. I am looking forward to buying a popsicle and taking a late night walk through Brooklyn together. We’re planning on making a special date for a midnight walk tomorrow evening to see the ‘super moon‘! The moon will be closer to the earth than it has been all year.

Before he’s back to his regular schedule, I’ve got a couple of girly evenings and outings:

Lilli and I are booked for a movie date to see Frances Ha. Lilli has already seen it and wants to see it again with me – I cannot wait. Plus, we both also want to see Bling Ring – mostly out of curiosity.

Checking out the new Balinese restaurant in Brooklyn, Selamat Pagi, with my god sister who lived in Bali and will be the best test taster! (It’s owned by the same folks who own Van Leeuwen Ice Cream so I have high hopes.)

Obsessing over The New Potato – a food and lifestyle website founded by two sisters. Their interview with Man Repeller was pretty awesome. (Also, finally got my copy of CherryBombe, I’m headed for an afternoon in the park with it now!)



I was blessed with a beautiful weekend filled with good friends, good food and good weather. It was so wonderful to relax and enjoy myself in the company of the people I love. Today, I enjoyed the sunshine while it lasted and now I am sitting in my kitchen listening to the Summer rain. It’s such a refreshing sound. This June is the wettest on record for NYC and while I am usually a sun worshipper, I have found something soothing about theses rainy afternoons. I know the muggy heat of August is ahead of me and I’m trying to enjoy these breaks in the heat while I can. 

Michael and I have planned our Summer trip this year and I’m very excited to share that we will be taking a road trip from Portland, Oregon to Los Angeles, California. We are beyond excited to see the Red Woods, swim in the ocean, camp out near Big Sur and discover the likes of Portland and San Francisco. We haven’t quite figured out our agenda on all of our stops so any recommendations would be wildly appreciated. I am hoping to blog from the road but we all know how well that turned out last time…

I’m also  excited because Michael and I will be flying to Portland via Austin, TX. This means we’ll stay with my dad for two days before we start our drive. One of these days is my birthday. I can’t remember the last time my dad and I got to celebrate my birthday together and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with him! It’s shaping up to be a beautiful summer…

On the topic of my dad, I was sad not be able to spend this Sunday with him celebrating Father’s Day –  he was in my heart all day long. Today’s post is dedicated to my dad who taught me to love words and to always, always pursue happiness. He’s a pretty amazing guy. I think I feel a post all about him brewing…maybe even a short story. For now, I will leave you with this picture of him and I a few days after I was born and encourage you all to call yours dads today. Because a call on Father’s Day is nice, but a call just because is even nicer.

Have a beautiful weeks folks! 



Weekend Whimsy: Bare Legs

The sun is here and everyone is out to play! This weekend Michael is out of town so I’m working, cleaning and maybe even doing a little sunbathing.

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I want to spend all of my Sunday mornings in these cozy pajamas with a cup of tea, the newspaper and anything from Sleepy Jones. I would also like this ceramic mug from Leif to be a part of that little daydream.

I discovered The Equals Project this week. It’s an amazing website featuring essays and photographs by women. They’re in the process of creating a print magazine – your should check out their indiegogo campaign and donate a litte.

Also, I’m wishing I could be attending the Food Book Fair this year. It’s being held at The Wythe Hotel and it features speakers from NY Times, Smitten Kitchen and the Diner Journal!

Finally, I can’t wait for the new book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work to be at my desk. It’s either a perfect inspiration tool or a perfect procrastination one…

Have a gorgeous weekend, this seems like the right way to start it!

Weekend Whimsy: Simple Things

It’s a beautiful Spring weekend and I am looking forward to enjoying the sun and some simple pleasures. Tomorrow morning, I’m making pancakes with my boyfriend because lazy mornings with blueberry pancakes and fresh squeezed orange juice are the most important.

I spent this morning at the McCarren Park Green Market – it’s a small market but it’s finally filling up with tulips,  apples and parsnips.

I’m headed to the Shops at The Loom tomorrow for a little date exploring the East Williamsburg/Bushwick area.

Tomorrow is the return of Smorgasburg – it’s outside again and I am ready to lounge on the waterfront eating tasty treats!

I think I might make some homemade ricotta this weekend. My lovely friend Lilli made some for a dinner party last week and it was just delicious. This recipe looks pretty simple.

Happy Weekend Friends.


April is National Poetry Month so I’ll be sharing some of my favorite poems this month instead of Weekend Wisdom.

The Guest House 

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Weekend Whimsy: Spring Holidays

This week I was given the most perfect gift – a daffodil plant. It means a lot to this Welsh girl to have a bit of home on her windowsill.  I’m spending Sunday with my very dear friend Lilli – we have a standing date each Easter and I’m looking forward to a long, lazy brunch. I hope you all have a lovely long-weekend and fingers crossed, there’ll be some sunshine!

I just discovered the website/video series Smart Girls At The Party by Amy Poehler. It’s a smart and charming site dedicated to encouraging young women to find success by simply being who they are. Check out Amy’s interview with the legendary Irma Kalish below.

I attended a housewarming party this weekend and brought a bottle of Dorothy Parker Gin. It’s my new favorite hostess present because it’s distilled just two blocks away from my apartment and it is a real (and delicious) taste of Williamsburg. I highly recommend it for your friends (or you!)

I so want to get my hands on a copy of The Gentlewoman – it looks like the most beautiful and compelling magazine and it’s the perfect place to find inspiring women and funky brands/artists.


Also, started watching Homeland this week – my life is over.

Some Weekend Wisdom for us all.


Weekend Whimsy: Lazy Lady


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I’m hoping for a very relaxing weekend: sleeping in, watching movies, walking around aimlessly, reading and drinking tea. I’m trying to make a conscious effort to relax and make time for myself. I always work better when I’ve had a little space form the busy, dizzy world out there. Wishing all of you a lazy weekend with long baths and baking.

I quite fancy making Smitten Kitchen‘s coconut bread tomorrow morning.

I found this blog from my college. It’s filled with images of iconic Sarah Lawrence women and lots of photos taken from the school’s archive. It makes me all whimsical for my college days and for the days before I arrived when it was a charming (and pretty wild for a period of time there) playground for women looking to learn.

I recently discovered the website The Great Discontent. It is a journal of interviews with artists and creators. I think it’s going to be my new favorite place for finding new talent and inspiration. The interviews are very compelling and interesting. (Also, I just love the name).

Michael and I saw the Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts at IFC this week. It’s such a fun date and the films are each so different and incredible. My favorite was Fresh Guacamole by the filmmaker PES. it’s so clever and humorous. Don’t you think? His other videos have a similar cheekiness and beauty to them.

Weekend Whimsy

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A lazy weekend in Brooklyn for this Violet. I intend on laying very close to my fan whilst drinking ice water and reading my book.

I’m also going to see this movie on Sunday afternoon. (NYC movie theaters can afford far more air conditioning than I.) It’s getting great reviews and the writer/director uses a lot of improv in her films. I love directors who leave room for actors to play and create. I think it  gives film a sense of spontaneity. Reviews to follow.

I’m also listening to Fiona Apple’s new album non-stop. I read this article on her before I listened. I think the journalist fell in love with her a little and I really like it.

My favorite Moth Story. Thank God she didn’t have Facebook…

I had the bread rolls at the John Dory Oyster Bar at the Ace Hotel this week. They are so good. Like perfectly hot and salty and crusty and too, too good to imagine. Thank God they are $5. It would be dangerous if they were any cheaper.

I plan on staying cool by making a pitcher of this.

On the 4th I learned that Rockaway Beach now has a Caracas and a Steve’s Ice Cream. So much goodness and a beach? Brooklyn (I think it is technically Queens) you treat us well.

Happy weekend folks.