Mums! I kinda love them. They brighten up every stoop and make Brooklyn feel so festive. I used to be such a festive person in my own home and used to decorate for the holidays, but I actually don't do that at all any more. Since it's just been the two of us, I'd rather save the time and save the money. Danny applauds me for it...he's the same way. I always thought that if we had children, I'd get back into making the holidays special. But I'm realizing right now that there's probably a way for us to make life special and magical for other kids...for example, our neighbor in her 50s doesn't have children, but she sent an email to our building and invited all the neighbor kids to come to her front door for Halloween treats. It was really sweet...
And here are few things that are fun to share:
-We HIGHLY recommend this documentary...
Danny and I saw Happy People, a Year in the Taiga and we were spellbound! It's about some people who live in Siberia in subzero temperatures and risk their lives to work as trappers during the winter. They build things like you wouldn't believe (!!!) and have the skills to survive their surroundings. If you appreciate nature, unbelievable craftsmanship, and hard working people, you will be mesmerized by this film. It's so well done.
-I found a great hair colorist in Brooklyn.
Haley, at Little Axe Salon in Williamsburg, is amazing. She did my hair recently and I have been really happy with it. I thought she did a really detailed, really thorough job and I definitely would go back. I loved her technique (I hadn't seen painting quite like it before). Rubi Jones, my all time favorite, also cuts hair at this same salon. Rubi also just moved back to NYC from Paris!
Last night we went trick-or-treating with our favorite Sun + Earth. Their mom was covered in stars and their dad was Mr. Hubble with his telescope. So great. (The children's costumes were made from Chinese lanterns, duct tape, and paint!) And oh man, I think Halloween in Park Slope might be the cutest Halloween in existence (think picture perfect brownstones and lots of amazing costumes by Brooklyn creatives.) I just love this place so much.
-Natural home scents.
LOVE using natural ingredients to infuse our home with the smell of the holidays. (I've learned recently how harmful synthetic fragrances can be and now don't go near them.) Growing up we used to simmer sliced oranges and lemons, cinnamon sticks, and clove. Lately I've mostly just used cinnamon sticks in water, which still does something amazing. But if I ever get fancy, I'd love to try these delicious natural combinations.
Every year I make homemade applesauce. No recipe or anything. I just core and slice up some apples (I leave the peels on), steam them on the stove, pour in a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon, some pumpkin pie or apple pie spice, and a bit of lemon juice. Then I just blend it all in our Vitamix. We LOVE it and it smells amazing, the color is a pretty pink from the apple peels, and there is no need at all for sugar...it tastes so good.
-I'm loving this Houndstooth Chiffon Dress from J.Crew...
A classic menswear pattern in neon pink....so great. I see they have a 25% off sale today only.
-Some great things to do in the Fall.
Fall (In Love) In New York...one of my previous round-ups.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!