Monday, April 30, 2012

for many years i truly rejected the whole red white & blue thing. i suppose it was a bicentennial hangover from 1976..i had patriotic burnout..though i never gave up on my..
blue and white striped t's! and so the other day in NYC..sort of looking like this (not..but you know..)
and wearing also a vera classic scarf.
i realized i had been having a super red white and blue moment..and so is NYC!!
everywhere we went..we saw lots of it
like all these awesome bags from furla..
to all the outfits on the street
the vibe is everywhere.
and really it is no wonder given how much of a naughty nautical trend there is right now
i sort of can't get enough of it!
somebody stop me!

Friday, April 27, 2012

new design crush {rebecca taylor}

i dropped by one of my fave stores in boston...wish on charles street in beacon look for spring tops
lucky me..i discovered rebecca taylor..and all i can say a hole in the head! her clothing is wonderfully easy and lovely. it is sexy and breezy and deceptively in..oh i could have designed this.
before i knew it i had spent too much money..but!!
thinks be me..i will wear these pricey items into the ground
below is exhibit A..looks better on me..just sayin..i adore this print, and shocker..the kelly green is fun with dark hair.
and this..which i have the feeling when things get so hot this july..and i have no AC in the will never be taken off!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

the every girl

danielle and alaina from the every girl came to the studio this week to photograph and hang out with all the various talented ladies of our studio here at 369 congress street in boston.
it was infectious to spend time with the energetic pair who oohed and aahed over every nook and cranny of our studiomates biznezzes and spaces...
i can't wait to see the photos from the shoot and descriptions of who we all are and what we do here as it is always interesting to here another's impression of your world.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

just enjoy the show

i watched moneyball last night and loved it. when billy's daughter sings this song by lenka..the movie just sort of stops. i found it so reminiscent, sweet, and lovely. ultimately i cannot stop singing this wonderful song.

Monday, April 23, 2012

trina turk wow!

oh! i love you trina turk!
this weekend i saw trina bathing suits at Lord and Taylor, and i was blown away!
they are so bright and fun and happy.
i think i want them all. i saw that joss and main are having a sale on..
trina turk home!
oh her stuff just rocks..
i want all of this too.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

our chevron desk set @ neimans

when i walked into my son's school this am..
his teacher showed me this from neiman marcus's spring catalog..i just love the way this turned

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

joss and main sale

joss and main are having a gigandor sale tomorrow on all things jill..
pillows, rugs, furniture, poufs, bedding and a wee bit of pottery.
i couldn't wait, and so i went over there..
and got a little preview.
they do such a fab job with images.
merci beaucoup joss et main

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

orchids oy

my friend laird brought these amazing orchids to our studio in december..
the violet planter in hampton links is a new item..that was designed as a trash receptacle!
the really amazing part is that no matter what i do, and no matter how much i really love orchids..i killlllll them. why then are these alive..oh yeah now i asisstants ichiko and jessica are looking after this baby! thank you.

Monday, April 16, 2012

mustard and charcoal review

i thought i would post this fall-y plimpton flame in awesome mustard and charcoal combo on what must be the summery-est day of the weirdest weather year i can remember.

Friday, April 13, 2012

a dinner party?

this weekend i am having a dinner party! oh..what to cook?
i do love having people over, but like many of you i imagine, entertaining is intimidating due to the fact that it is on the host to provide something delicious for her guests. so i thought i would share a recipe for pork shoulder stew which we enjoyed over our christmas holiday at judith's house in seattle. judith says making this is easy peasy with a slow cooker (which i do not have) and i can verify how yummy it is.
i borrowed this recipe from the website which is a good place to start..but judith had some suggestions to add to this base. add something sweet like apple or orange juice and some carrots..which will bring out the sweetness of the pork. and in the end add some cannelini beans..and serve it with creme fraiche cilantro, and polenta, or grits as a side.


8 cup(s) (2-3 medium bulbs) thinly sliced fennel
1/4 cup(s) chopped fennel fronds
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 1/2 pound(s) pork shoulder or Boston butt, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 2-inch chunks
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) kosher salt, divided
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper, divided
2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3/4 cup(s) dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
4 clove(s) garlic, minced
1 tablespoon(s) finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoon(s) finely chopped fresh oregano
1 can(s) (28-ounce) whole tomatoes, drained


Spread fennel and onion in an even layer in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and refrigerate fennel fronds.
Sprinkle pork with 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add about half the pork and cook until brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker. Repeat with the remaining oil and pork. Add wine to the pan and scrape up any browned bits; remove from the heat.
Sprinkle garlic, rosemary, oregano, and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper over the pork. Top with the drained tomatoes and pour in the wine from the skillet.
Cover and cook for 5 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low. Stir the stew well to combine; serve garnished with the reserved fronds.

i will let you know how it turns out!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Improper Shout Out

lookee lookee! Improper Bostonian put lawrence and me in their most recent issue in a story about how amaazing etsy has been for all of us crafters.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

new buckley chevron bowls

ichiko and jessica just brought these bowls out of the kiln..
and i could not be any happier about them.
simply gorge-y!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

gold and grey {classic or classy?}

what can i say?
this combo has always been good..but it seems to be having a huge moment these days..
and i for one am psyched.
we just made a new plimpton flame lamp in this ubiquitious combo..and i jaaadore!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

need a little spring..

ooo..i just got this from my sweet friend chris who snapped my hampton links vase over at designer mallory marshall's house last fall..this makes me happy!