Toast

I think I could outfit just about every major element of my life(style) with items from UK brand Toast. I first heard about Toast a couple years ago when I was looking around the web for aprons. It doesn’t surprise me that I continue to see their stuff on blogs, Pinterest, etc. It all just seems so comfortable and liveable (like these PJs).

The styling of their winter lookbook is appropriately cozy and might even make me appreciate winter a little more.

The bright colors and patterns (check out that tile!) of Toast’s spring 2013 lookbook provide a nice contrast to their fall/winter lookbook, while still achieving that relaxed, comfortable vibe that seems to be what Toast is all about. Now I have my eye on this mug.

If you have some spare time, I highly recommend spending a few minutes (or more) looking through past lookbooks on Toast’s Pinterest. The locations/natural backdrops — especially the autumn 2012 campaign shot in Tusheti, Georgia, by Boo George — provide the perfect virtual getaway.

All photos from Toast

Saturday Snow

As you may have heard, it snowed on the East Coast a couple weeks ago. New York City got significantly more snow than it usually does, but we weren’t hit nearly as hard as places upstate and in Massachusetts, and, for that matter, outside Manhattan, where people are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. I still think there was more snow on the ground after the Great Snow of January 2011 — as only I like to call it — but the way people were talking about this blizzard, it’s as if that one didn’t exist.

We went out on Saturday morning to Central Park to explore the snowfall. There were sledders all over the place. The hill was covered in bright jackets of all colors, on everyone from toddlers to adults. Almost every dog I saw was even wearing a jacket. (There’s nothing quite like feeling outstyled by a canine.)

New York really is beautiful in the snow. I do wish I’d gotten myself up and at ’em a little earlier, if only to avoid the effort of trying to take photos of the snow-covered trees without people wandering right in front of the camera. But, hey, it’s good practice, right?

All photos by Taking of Toast

P.S. This is my 100th post! It only took me just under two years to do it, wahoo! Thanks for sticking with me and the blog. 🙂

Esque Studio

When I first came across this bubblegum paperweight by Esque Studio, the first word that came to mind was “whimsical.” The designers behind Esque Studio, Andi Kovel and Justin Parker, have been working together for 15 years, since meeting at a glass studio in Brooklyn. The idea behind establishing their own studio — which is based in Portland, Oregon — was to “[create] modern, functional, concept-based glassware aimed at the design industry and away from the pedestal. Through the years the duo has lead the movement of trend in glass, by breaking the rules and outdated notions of craft and material associated with their medium.” Even the studio’s name highlights this, by “refer[ring] to the suffix meaning ‘in the manor of,’ and is an intentional nod to and acknowledgment of outside influences and inspiration.” Esque Studio’s unconventional approach to designing glass is obvious in their body of work, from the Venom Candlestick Set to the Honeybear Vase.

I’ve put together some of my favorite items.


1. Beaker-Esque | 2. Lucidare | 3. Slumped Vase | 4. Ripple Vase | 5. Waterdrop Jug 2012
6. Mid Century Coolade Set | 7. Wall Tears | 8. Wax Collector

I love the bright colors of vases and pitchers. Find more of Esque Studio’s work — all of it special and gift-worthy — in the shop. Which items are your favorites?

All products and images from Esque Studio and the Esque Studio shop

Recently

I thought I’d share some recent photos from my non-adventures over the last few weeks. I try to bring my camera with me when I know I’ll be doing something special, but I think my phone does a pretty good job (occasionally, with some editing here and there) when I’m just walking around.

As I may have mentioned in an earlier post, we went to Bobo for brunch on New Year’s Day. I’ve never sat down there, but I do like the look of bar area on the first floor of the restaurant. Still hoping to one day have a meal on the terrace. A few days later, on one of my days off from work, I decided to attempt soufflé! For my very first try, it wasn’t too bad. I gather a successful soufflé has a small amount of luck involved. At least I didn’t open the oven door to check on it?

I think the photo on the left was taken on a surprisingly warm day following a cold snap. I decided to walk home across Central Park, and it turned out to be at just the right time for taking advantage of the late afternoon light. We went to Chelsea Market in mid-January, and I was happy surprised to see all the string lights still up.

I think we’ve already had more snow this year than we did all of last year. Snow in the city tends to stay white for about half a day, before it gets muddy. Later that day, I had to cut up some limes for a party, and I had to stop halfway through to observe to myself, “I always forget how pretty citrus fruits are!”

I may have discovered my new favorite chocolate chip cookie, from a coffee shop in midtown of all places. It’s conveniently located a few steps down from a relatively new dumpling restaurant (which has a tiny library, pictured below), so you can get justify the cookie with a real meal. ( … Not that I would judge anyone for just having the cookie, or just having half the cookie. I’m a BIG chocolate chip cookie fan, and I can’t ever finish this one in one sitting.)

As I suggested above, nothing too exciting these past few weeks, but that’s okay! January’s meant to be relaxing, isn’t it?

All photos by Taking of Toast, edited with VSCO CAM