vintage pink.

I went vintage shopping with my mom about a month ago, and she bought me this lovely pink glass dish. It's held many precious items since then, including dark chocolate pretzel bark I made for a dinner party this weekend.

Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark

+3 bars dark chocolate (the best you can afford)
+1.5 cups pretzels, broken in pieces

Melt chocolate over a double broiler. Stir in half of the pretzels. Spread melted chocolate-pretzel mixture on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Sprinkle remaining pretzel pieces on top. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until chocolate has hardened. Break chocolate into pieces and--this is the most important part--display in darling vintage pink candy dish.

Serve to best friends!


vintage new york.

I detest it when things like day jobs get in the way of things I'd
really enjoy--like telling you all about my (well, now, not so) recent trip to New York City! *pouts*

But now that I finally have a chance to breathe in, breathe out, it seems like the perfect opportunity to share a few details (provided you're still interested, of course).

My best gals and I had the loveliest of fall weekends in NYC. We strolled and shopped, nibbled and imbibed, reminisced and giggled. And, even saw a celebrity or four (Vince, Reese, Jake, and Alton!).

The highlight? It's hard to single out just one, but I would have to say that the
vintage cocktail bar crawl my darling friend Kate (of vintage suitcase fame) planned is at the forefront of my memory.

We started the evening at Ward III, where the sweetheart of a bartender asked me for my favorite book (On the Road, of course!) and proceeded to mix me (what he called) an "Autumnal Whiskey Cocktail Worthy of Kerouac." Exquisite.

From there it was on to Warren 77, followed by the briefest of pauses outside Little Branch (okay, there was a line) before we were ushered downstairs. And, while we had the best of intentions to continue on our exploration of vintage-inspired speakeasies...well...the dance floor was calling.

And you know how that goes.

Do you have a favorite vintage-inspired bar in NYC?


and, more vintage suitcases.

I absolutely adore this mini
DIY rolling bar cleverly fashioned from a vintage trunk. It reminds me of my dear friend Kate, who makes up for a tiny apartment with fabulous style and superb organization. In fact, I'd call her design aesthetic "efficient chic."

Readymade has the "how-to".