Beacon, Briefly

A few weekends ago, we took a day trip to DIA Beacon, the contemporary art center off the Hudson River in Beacon, NY. I was introduced to a number of contemporary artists whom I hadn’t heard of, and I found myself rather amazed at how big the museum was. It seemed to stretch and stretch, filled with natural (and sunny!) light and lots of colors. While no photos were allowed inside the museum, I made up for it by taking photos of the grounds and Beacon itself. If you’re in New York and looking for a day trip, I definitely recommend driving or taking the train out. It’s an easy (and worthwhile) trip.

All photos by Taking of Toast.

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Whistles Wishes

Aah, Whistles. I’ve mentioned the UK label in passing before (and thought about posting about it many times), mainly to comment on, well, just how much I like their clothes. There’s a certain aura about Whistles, which I can’t identify or really explain, that makes it seem extra special to me. My wish list grows by the month, as they upload new stock to their website. I was invited to a trunk show of their A/W 2011 collection, held at the Savoy Hotel of all places. Oh, if it had been held at a hotel in New York rather than London! While I mainly check their website to look at their clothes, Whistles also has a number of beautiful accessories, ranging from scarves to jewelry to hats. They also have a great selection of shoes made by brands that are almost always new to me. And so the wish list grows. Here are a few of my favorites (I’m not sure I’d wear the hat, but I do like to imagine myself as someone who would).

1. Dip Dye Wool Pashmina | 2. Evelyn Handbag | 3. Scallop Ring | 4. Small Square Spot Silk Scarf | 5. Enamel Bangle | 6. Felt Trim Fedora Hat

Also worth checking out is the site’s new feature on Whistles’ fall/winter coats, featuring illustrations by artist Milly Jackson. I’m trying to come up with a better description than “So pretty!” but that’s all I got. I can only imagine that the coats are even better in person.

All photos from Whistles. Ink brushes from Brusheezy via Spoon Graphics.

Start the Week: Florence + the Machine

No matter what kind of day I’m having or how my work week is, there’s something about Florence Welch’s voice that always makes things better. I can’t wait for Florence + the Machine’s second album, Ceremonials, due out on October 31. From the sounds of the first two singles, “What the Water Gave Me” and “Shake It Out,” it promises to be a more than satisfying follow-up to Lungs. I’ve been listening to “Shake It Out” a lot lately, finding myself affected by it every time. Here’s to a productive, Florence-filled week!