I’ve been having fun lately planning a trip to New York in the fall! I’ll be heading there with my friend, and fellow blogger Sherri. We’ve been looking at renting an apartment, and I just had to show you some of the amazing apartments that we’ve seen so far! Check out that wallpaper in the top picture! And the apartment below totally reminds me of Nate Berkus for some reason… I want to move in. Now I just have to make a decision!!
Does anyone have a favourite place that they stay when they’re in New York? What area? Favourite restaurants? Must see shops? If you’ve got any suggestions, we’d love to hear them!
I love the look of chunky vintage letters on display. I know that I’m in the house of a kindred spirit when I come across random type hidden on a shelf or leaning against the wall. The last time I was in NYC, I found an enormous, vintage red letter G at Paula Rubenstein, a store for all things fabulously worn. Had I been able to fit it on the plane home I would have probably named my first born something that started with a G, just to feature the letter on his nursery wall. Well, maybe not, but you get what I’m saying.
Photo Credits: Pewter + Sage, kitschcafe via sfgirlbybay, Michelle Mason via Design*Sponge, Restored Style.
Before we left for our holiday to Maui, I did my research on gluten-free friendly places to eat, and treat! One of the hot spots on my radar was Ono Gelato. Turns out that they make the best gelato ever! While we sat and indulged in the gelato and air conditioning, some other items caught my eye. Aprons and bags in beautiful colors and designs were tempting me from the back wall. I was told that the owner (originally from Victoria) makes all of them and sells them on her Etsy store, Ono Designs Maui! I bought the turquoise sling bag that was calling my name, and I’m hoping that the warm, cheery pattern will bring a little spring to the Westcoast here very soon!
Sorry for the long delay in posting, but the boys and I were away in Maui soaking up some sun! Sneaky, I know. ; ) I didn’t check email for the first four days of our holiday (oh, the luxury!) and enjoyed the rest. This is the first time I have ever flown somewhere warm during the grey months of winter, and I would happily pick another warm destination again next winter.
That said, I could have lived without the tsunami sirens and hotel alarms sparking panic throughout our final sleepless night. And packing at 2am, while the floors below us evacuated… that, I hope to never experience again. I think I perfected my praying skills that night. We are so thankful to be back home safe and sound. I actually felt guilty as we flew back home, because my heart goes out to the people that don’t have the option to leave the horrific situation in Tokyo right now.
Check out this great idea! I have a friend who used to live in Vancouver, but over the years she’s jumped around from New York, Montreal, Toronto, and now back to New York! I found this little tube sitting on my doorstep this week, and of course there isn’t anything much more exciting than mail!! Out popped tinsel and green paper bits, and inside I discovered a plastic container sealed with a label that read “The keys to your Manhattan apartment.” What a great idea to send to all your friends when you’ve just moved and want them to come visit! Of course, I didn’t need any encouragement… I will always happily make my way to New York to hang with friends!
Jason and I just got back from a much needed night away in Seattle, without kids! It took us five hours to get there, since the border was a mess of holiday travelers, and we ran into a snowstorm on the way back, but it was worth it. We enjoyed the abnormal amount of uninterrupted talking, shopping, eating, and walking… by ourselves. It was wonderful. And the hotel was amazing! A little bit of luxury for one night in the recently renovated Alexis Hotel. We’ll be staying there again next time we’re in Seattle! I love boutique hotels.
My favorite part of cross border shopping is checking out the latest offerings from stores that we don’t have in Vancouver… Nordstrom Rack, for jeans and shoes, Crate & Barrel, for furniture and home, Anthropologie, for clothes, Watson Kennedy, for those beautiful treasures. What are your favorite shopping places south of the border? Am I missing any gems?
The Land of Nod, and the overwhelmingly amazing University Village, was new to me this time around, and I fell in love with The Land of Nod bunk beds and the idea of the boys sharing a room. Although I don’t know if the reality of room sharing would be as ideal as the bunk beds themselves. Anyone tried having their kids share a room before?