The long weekend was very welcome. Just like last year, it was hot and sticky, but it was still relaxing. I even got some art supplies to fulfill my recent desire to become more “crafty.”

Even with my infrequent posting, I still find myself drafting posts during the week, either for immediate posting or for sometime in the future. I started this one a couple weeks ago and then managed to forget all about it. So, here’s a round-up of stuff I’ve liked around the web and around the city. (Maybe a new “regular” feature?)

+ I had a very good meal at Boca Chica a couple weeks ago and would definitely go back. In addition to the friendly service and modest prices, there were many an avocado option (always a good thing in my book).

+ I am really looking forward to seeing First Position. I was supposed to see it two weeks ago, before I got a bad cough that prevented me from going out. But it’s finally happening this week!

+ I’ve never really had an opinion on whipped cream, but I’m certainly intrigued by the idea of Earl Grey-infused whipped cream with ginger syrup.

+ There’s lots to like from Leif. I’d heard about the shop before, but I’d never spent much time exploring the site. These trivets and necklaces from Leif are so bright! I really like the paperweights, too.

+ Did you see the post on Black*Eiffel earlier this month about Olafur Eliasson’s Rainbow Panorama installation at the ARoS Museum in Denmark? It looks amazing. This is definitely one place to add to the list for when I (someday) go back to Scandinavia.


Fathom It

I’m so excited to explore Fathom for Kate Spade’s City Guides, including the one for my own city. I just discovered Fathom via L.A. in Bloom (also a new discovery, after one of her videos was posted here — round and round it goes, that Internet/blogging world!), and it looks like a site where I could spend lots of time.

Sometimes, you just want to indulge your wanderlust (without leaving your desk, for better or worse), and sometimes, you just need practical travel information and tips. Fathom looks like it could be the answer to both!

(On a different note: Memorial Day already?! What. Have a good long weekend!)

Image from Fathom for Kate Spade’s City Guides

Weekend Welcome

It’s (almost) the weekend! I think the beautiful weather of the last couple of days is due to continue over the weekend, or so I’m hoping. I think I will spend some time walking around Chelsea and maybe try out a recipe or two. Enjoy your Saturday and Sunday, and here’s to some just-right weather!

Photo of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank (edited with Instagram) by Taking of Toast

Sugar Paper

Sometimes I wish I could open a stationery store and design all sorts of letterpress items … or at least buy letterpress posters and cards to my heart’s content. Sugar Paper, an LA-based stationery/letterpress company, recently updated their online shop with lots of new items. It’s hard to resist spring colors and beautiful typefaces.

Clockwise (from top left): Bright Notes, Yellow; Cheers Coaster; Thanks, Raspberry; Casual Thank YouAmpersand Print; Confetti Monogram

I found this print a few months ago and find myself thinking about it at the most random of times. I think it’s a good reminder.

I also like this list of favorite fonts (among other things) from the Sugar Paper staff. I’m sure they know all the good ones.

All products from Sugar Paper

Tea and Thread

Upper left: I have long been looking for a program similar to InstaPaper that I could use on my Android phone). Pocket (formerly known as ReadItLater), which I downloaded last week, seems to be doing the trick. It means I’m more likely to read articles that I come across but am not in the mood to read at the time. Those articles, more often than not, just don’t get read. I’m not a frequent user of the program (yet), but I’ve been pleased so far with the layout of the articles on both my phone and computer.

Upper right: I have become a bit of a master tea drinker as of late as I attempt to cure my sore throat and cough. By “master tea drinker,” I mean I’ve been drinking three (usually caffeine-free) cups of tea a day for the past few days. For someone who’s often vowing to drink more tea and not following through, this is something.

Bottom left: Even though I have an e-reader, I knew I had to have this copy of Emma, with cover design by Jillian Tamaki, part of the Penguin Threads collection (I felt okay with the purchase because the e-book was free, and I’ve been doing some of my reading at home from the book). I remember reading about the embroidered covers a couple years ago and adding them straightaway to my wishlist. The actual book covers are embossed, not embroidered, but my copy of Emma still feels so special, and it looks like real thread from afar. Check out the detailing on the cover of The Wizard of Oz, designed by Rachell Sumpter!

Bottom right: Ever since seeing this preview post of ASOS Salon‘s spring/summer collection on Park & Cube (via Note to Self), I’ve been waiting for it to appear online in full. Color! Lace! Flowers! I could never wear this dress, but I love the watercolor-like flowers.

Tea and book photos (edited in Instagram) by Taking of Toast. Pocket app photo via the official site. Dress photo via ASOS Salon.