You’d think that since living in a large, bustling, metropolis myself, New York City wouldn’t feel all that special – but there’s something scintillating about the place that’s hard to put into words. There’s a palpable energy that beats through the streets – you can feel it the moment you land, and it’s veritably intoxicating. While the shopping scene is wonderful (both on the fashion and decor front), this time it was the food that stole the show. Apart from seeing the city from the “top of the rock”, we skipped the touristy bits this round and really just focused on meandering as we saw fit. Amidst our four day jaunt, we ate the most delicious brunch at Buvette, found out what the hype was about at both Levain and People’s Pops, we wined and dined at Balthazar, and we took in a hilarious show at Comedy Cellar (of which I can’t recommend highly enough). Here’s a peek, in photos.
I know the last thing you’re probably looking for during swimsuit season is an indulgent banana chocolate espresso muffin recipe, but if there were ever a muffin recipe that were well worth the muffintop, this would be it. I whipped up these bad boys on a grey and rainy Sunday a few weeks back on a whim, and didn’t originally have any plans on sharing them. But one bite and I knew it would be wrong to keep them a secret.
If there’s one thing that I think every room should have, it’s a rug. Not only does it both define and anchor a room, but it also adds a layer of softness that instantly makes said space feel cozy and approachable. Now, I know from firsthand experience that rugs are one thing that can very quickly deplete a budget (ahem: I’ve fallen in love with my fair share of $30,000 versions). And while I’m all about splurging on them when the funds allow for it, I’m aware it’s not always possible. Now, I know that $500 isn’t exactly chump change, but when we’re talking rugs (in natural materials*), it really is a steal. I recently switched out the matted white shag one in my office for this funkier Urban Outfitters one, and love how it instantly updated my space. Here are 12 other awesome inexpensive area rugs I adore, all for under $500.
*For the most part I try to avoid anything viscose, nylon, polypropylene and the like, which is what you’ll typically find for affordable rugs. They are great as temporary solutions, but they don’t feel soft and cushy underfoot, and they don’t usually wear all that well. They’re great for a playroom, under a dining table, or in similar “less precious” locations, but they simply aren’t made to last.