I was recently having brunch with a friend of mine who was wearing a simple ring above her knuckle. I’d seen it before, but for some reason this time I couldn’t get it out of my head. Fast forward one week – I was window shopping in my favorite section of the east village for vintage and unique pieces (7th and 9th Streets between 1st and 2nd Avenues) when I noticed a new(ish) jewelry store called Verameat. I popped in and discovered this little ditty that was (very) reasonably priced at $20. It’s gold-plated brass so I’m not sure how long it will hold up, but so far so good!
Every woman has at least one or two items in their closet that they are convinced will, SOMEDAY, get worn. For me, it’s multiple, multiple silk scarves. Instead of tossing them like every organizing guru tells me to do, my goal is to actually wear them. The plan is to channel the effortlessness of Jackie O while I pretend to be fancy in the Hamptons this summer.
What I love about what I like to call “the future” (the internet, smartphones, ipads, etc) is that I not only found amazing inspiration on how to wear these neglected accessories, but also guidance on how to actually tie them so I look like I know what I’m doing. There’s even an entire blog dedicated to tying silk scarves.
And then there’s THIS…which really blows everything else out of the water.
I recently coordinated an auction for a charity I’m involved with. One of the items was a pestemal robe along with two pestemal towels and a collection of soaps from Turkey. I had never heard of the fabric before but for some reason the items called to me. I just picked up the pieces last night and am already envisioning how I’m going to rock the towels as a cover up by the pool this summer!
My boyfriend and I spent Memorial Day weekend relaxing in Saratoga Springs, NY. Since it was off-season at the Saratoga Race Course, it was very peaceful. We spent most of the weekend walking through the park to the main race track (which was closed, unfortunately) and browsing the small shops on Broadway.
We also had some notable meals. Our first stop was lunch at Sperry’s Restaurant. The food was nothing to write home about, but the outdoor patio and attention to detail made it a perfect spot to relax after a long drive.
Hattie’s Fried Chicken was a completely different story. The decor was very kitschy, but it was the best fried chicken I’ve ever had in my life, just as promised. But the highlight of our trip was our excursion to the Roosevelt Baths. We each took 40 minute baths in the slightly disconcerting brown-colored water (the natural minerals straight from the earth cause the discoloration). The old-fashioned tubs make you feel as if you are stepping back in time, maybe all the way back to the 1930’s when the Baths were constructed.