the weekend list no. 29

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Hi, everyone! How was your week? It was a fairly eventful one for me with lots of random celebrity appearances (including Jessica Biel, who is stunning, and Jay Manuel, who gave me heart palpitations), lots of snacks, and fun time spent with my best friend. Here are some things that caught my eye lately...

These paintings by Rochelle Redfield are right up my alley. I love the serene landscapes paired with the fun confetti. In fact, I actually feel like these paintings really represent my personality.

This kind of art really isn't the typical kind I'm into, but Brenda Cablayan's paintings of Hawaii are so gorgeous. The style reminds me of what Edward Hopper does with the East Coast.

I really enjoyed this article from The Everygirl about the inadequacy that's ingrained in women's minds throughout life as well as the competition between women that stems from it. I think most girls would relate to what the author is saying, unfortunately, but being aware of it is the only way to make positive change.

Caitlin has a great post about how she packs for her travels. I've always liked the idea of making a lookbook of outfits (a la Erika Jayne) so that you don't have to think about styling while on your trip.

As a former Unilever intern, this makes me really proud.

The Cut ran this piece a little while ago with the premise that "certainty is the enemy" and I completely agree with it. 

Loved this post from The Positivity Blog about ten things you can do to improve your overall happiness.

Is this not the happiest sweater?

Love, love, love Gwyneth and really enjoyed her Top Shelf on ITG!

Amber's husband did a guest post on her blog and shared the cutest photos of him tossing their kids in the air. I thought it was so fun to see all of the photos together in one spot. Lots of flying toddlers!

a few cultural things i'm looking forward to

Happy Friday! I wanted to do a quick post today talking about a few things I'm looking forward to right now. Some of them are upcoming, others are already in existence but things that I haven't yet experienced. So, here we go!

Books

What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership, and Power by Marianne Schnall
Somehow, I only just heard about this book and it sounds so interesting. The writer's 8-year-old daughter asked her why we have never had a woman president in the U.S. which prompted her to research and write this book. It includes interviews with prominent figures to discover the answer to her daughter's question and what could get us to a point where a woman is elected to the office.

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur
Another political non-fiction book, this one was written by Katy Tur, an NBC correspondent who reported on the 2016 presidential election and was personally attacked by Donald Trump. Her experience was pretty crazy---at one point, the Secret Service had to escort her out of an event because Trump had riled the crowd up against her so much. I cannot wait to read this one!

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
As you know, I adored Angie Thomas's first book The Hate U Give and can't wait to read her second novel which comes out this June. It's about a teenaged girl named Bri (something I can obviously relate to) who is an aspiring rapper. It's also set in the same universe as her first novel which is fun.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
The first in an upcoming series, this story follows a teenaged girl who has been living on the road with her mother. When her grandmother, a famous author of dark fairytales, dies, the story take s a turn. The girl's mother is taken by a figure who claims to have come from the supernatural world in her grandmother's stories. So, she teams up with one of her grandmother's fans to find her mother. 

Movies

Thoroughbreds
I am such a huge fan of Anton Yelchin, so it will be bittersweet to see this film which was his last role before his death. Honestly, I still can't believe it happened. He looks amazing in Thoroughbreds, which seems to be a film that's right up my ally. He appears alongside Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke in a story about an upper-class teenager and her best friend. I don't want to spoil much of the plot, but this has major Heathers vibes. Watch the trailer here!

Submergence
Alicia Vikander is another person of whom I'm a big fan and she's in a new film that's kind of hard to explain. It involves British spies and submarines but it's all very subtle (directed by Wim Wenders who did Paris, Texas and Wings of Desire). Here, watch the trailer. This film got pretty bad reviews but I still want to check it out.

The Florida Project
I'm sure you've all heard about this film by now and I'm surprised I haven't gotten around to seeing it yet. I absolutely adore Sean Baker's film aesthetic and Willem Defoe. Plus, the film is set in Kissimmee which is very close to where I grew up, so I'm excited to see how that area was represented. I've also fallen in love with Brooklynn Prince, who plays the little girl in the film. Please watch this video of her and you will fall in love with her, too. I think I'll watch this over the weekend!

 

Other

Spyscape Museum
I'm majorly into spies and anything relating to spies, so I was super excited to hear that this new museum is opening in the city today! I'd been dying to visit the Spy Museum in D.C. but now I can just go here! The museum has interactive experiences like codebreaking, spy challenges, and even a laser agility course. When you visit, you get a special 'spy identity', too. I am so excited just thinking about it. 

Roman & Williams Guild
The decor brand Roman & Williams recently opened shop in New York. It's more than just a store, though. There's also a flower shop and a gorgeous café where everything is for sale. This is such a beautiful space that I can't wait to visit soon!

day in the life: valentine's edition

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My best friend Caroline is in town, so we were able to spend Valentine's Day together yesterday and had the best time! We spent most of the day in Williamsburg at some of the cutest places, so I figured I'd share a little 'day in the life' post.

I wanted to dedicate a good portion of the day to a project I was working on, so I headed out in the morning to do some work in Williamsburg. I had originally planned to go to Toby's Estate but there weren't any seats so I went across the street to one of my other favorite little places, Caprice's. 

I had a Mason Jar of raspberry lemonade and worked on my laptop while staring at all of the pastries, baguettes, and gougères. Caroline met me shortly after and we talked for a bit while I worked, then we headed out to start our fun day!

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The next spot we visited was Sweethaus, which I've mentioned here before as being one of the cutest, coziest places in the city. Caroline had the tomato soup and grilled cheese that I tried before and I ordered a turkey, cheddar, and fig jam panini that came with the yummiest side salad. I'm not sure what the dressing was but it had a slightly Asian flavor to it! So good. 

Again, how cute is this place? This time, I noticed even more cute details than before----like that 'Frosting Room' sign! It can't get much cuter.

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After lunch, we walked over to Martha's Country Bakery to split a dessert. I had never been here before and, wow, this place is like heaven on Earth! You walk in and there is a long line of displays with every sweet you can imagine from cupcakes and eclairs to pies, cakes, and big trays of banana pudding. We ended up ordering the strawberry shortcake which was delicious. 

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The next stop was Bedford Cheese Shop where we chatted with the cheese expert and sampled a couple of different types of cheese. If you have a cheese shop in your town, this is such a fun little outing to try. We ended up leaving with the most incredible goat cheese which we spread onto rosemary crackers.

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I didn't take any photos of our next stop because I was too zen to remember. We stopped at the Rituals store and both got hand treatments. Mine was using the Ritual of Anahata collection plus the Ritual of Dao body scrub. She started by using a shower oil followed by a scrub, a cream, and then a moment of meditation. 

After that, we went over to Madewell in search of bellbottoms. We had no luck there but I did find a couple of really cute white t-shirts and bandanas to add to my wishlist. We finished off our exploration at the cutest clothing shop. I'll probably end up doing a whole post on this place because I seriously want to buy everything they had!

All-in-all, it was such a good Valentine's Day and I was so happy to spend it with my best friend. Hopping around to a couple of different food places and boutiques is such a fun, easy way to spend the day with someone you love. 

my fashion week favorites

Are you all following along with fashion week right now? It's all over my feeds and also just a fairly large presence in the city, so I'm following along by default. I've been into fashion since I was very young and have always followed the fashion months, so this year is no surprise. If I'm being honest, I don't get as excited about fashion week as I used to. A lot has changed and it really just isn't the same. 

BUT, I've seen a couple of things this season that I really loved. Here they are:

Oscar de la Renta
The entire collection was beautiful, as always, but I was particularly fond of these two neutral looks. With a little shift in proportion, these are two outfits you could easily wear on the street. As much as I've been getting into bright color, my go-to will always be a classic, clean neutral look with traditional elements like cable knits and crisp white button-down shirts.

Tory Burch
Tory always puts on a beautiful show and this season was no different with the gorgeous floral surroundings. Weirdly enough, I felt like this Tory collection looked more like what I'd expect from Kate Spade than what the Kate Spade collection actually looked like. I, of course, loved the classic outerwear pieces but especially loved them layered over the feminine, boho-meets-preppy pieces Tory is known for. Also, the beauty looks in this show were so lovely.

Mara Hoffman
Mara Hoffman is a designer I've been getting more and more into recently, particularly after trying on one of her gorgeous gingham coats. The Fall 2018 collection was shot against a serene, desert backdrop which was the perfect companion to the colorful dresses and relaxed separates. 

Brandon Maxwell
This was such a gorgeous show. Brandon Maxwell is quickly ascending to the very top when it comes to producing phenomenal red carpet-type looks. One of my very favorite styling tricks is pairing high with low and he did it so well with this collection. I love the little white t-shirt tucked into a ball gown as well as the simple sweater and skinny trousers with that gorgeous satin bow.

Desmond is Amazing at Gypsy Sport
I met Desmond in passing late last year and you guys, he's the sweetest kid. He's also an incredibly cool, award-winning LGBTQ activist and drag. He walked in Gypsy Sport's show this year (which, by the way, was 100% the most diverse show I've ever seen) and absolutely killed it. I thought it was super adorable when I heard that he watched old Anna Sui shows from the 90s to practice! 

putting together a 'welcome basket' for your guest room

Maybe it's because I'm from the South or that I work in events, but I've always been very into hospitality and creating pleasant experiences for people. One of my favorite little methods of hospitality is creating welcome baskets for house guests. I'm sure you've all seen some of these on Pinterest, as it's definitely a very Pinterest-y thing to do but they're very easy and can be super affordable to put together.

You don't have to go over-the-top. The whole point is just to make your house guest feel as welcome and comfortable as possible. Even when I go home to my parents' house to visit, my mom always sets out a few things in my room to create an experience out of it.

Here are a few ideas to get started on putting together your welcome basket!

Bath & Shower Products 
If your guests are arriving by plane, they likely haven't packed their larger bath products like body wash and lotion. To give your guest room a luxe hotel vibe, keep your welcome basket stocked with essentials plus a few fun extras like a bath bomb or bubble bath liquid. You can go all out with luxury products, but you can also find a lot of great brands at a grocery store like Whole Foods. 

Necessities 
You never know what might come up, so be sure to provide some necessities like Tylenol or Ibuprofen, tissues, toothpaste, and even an extra toothbrush. 

WiFi Login 
You can make this as cute or as simple as you'd like, but providing the WiFi login upfront is such a nice thing to do. I know I sometimes feel annoying asking for the Wifi password and honestly, who even remembers their login off the top of their head? An easy, cute way to do this is to print out a little card with the info and put it in a cute, inexpensive frame in the guest room.

Water Carafe 
Providing a carafe of water and a glass on the nightstand is a super easy way to show some hospitality. Most people get thirsty at some point in the night or when they wake up but don't feel comfortable wandering through a strange house in the dark, so having it right there on hand is wonderful.

Linens
Of course you will have made the guest bed with fresh sheets and pillowcases, but also consider laying out fresh bath towels and an extra throw blanket for those who get extra cold in the night. 

Snacks 
Another thing that can sometimes be a little uncomfortable when staying at someone's house is getting hungry between meals and asking for snacks. You can alleviate this by putting a few snacks like pretzels, cereal bars, candy, and even fresh fruit in the welcome basket.

Entertainment 
To make sure your guests are adequately entertained during downtime, provide a few magazines, books, or even movies for them to stay busy.

Room Fragrance
Having a nice candle or room spray in your guest room is another great way to create a luxurious space. You can pick up really great smaller candles at Anthropologie (there's almost always some on sale) or even from the dollar section at Target as well as nice room sprays from Bath & Body Works or Rituals.