On my Mind…Lately

Yay, it’s Friday!  It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and the busyness continues on Monday when Tom and I head to NYC and then San Diego for his work.  I’m lucky enough to tag along so that I can explore and hunt for vintage treasures, and I’m really excited for the trips even though I’ve been to both cities before.  Here are the things that have piqued my interest recently!

1.  New York City.  Alright folks, where should I visit while I’m in NYC?  I’m looking for good/cheap restaurants, flea markets, thrift stores, hidden gems…so if you know of any please let me know!!

2.  After the Jump Podcasts by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge.  I discovered these podcasts right before Christmas, and I’m officially hooked.  They are great inspiration for small business owners, creatives, bloggers, and anyone who is interested in art and design.  The first one I listened to (episode 99) featured Emily Henderson and a few other creative-type business owners, and they discussed working for free in the design community (not necessarily a good thing), and why you need to charge what your time and skills are worth.  You should definitely check this out if you need a little  creative education!

3.  Shrimp Pad Thai.  

I loooooove Thai food but have never attempted cooking it before.  Last Saturday all that changed though, and I may not order shrimp pad Thai ever again.  This recipe from Cooking Light is AMAZING, and was actually really simple to make!  You need to try this!!!

4.  Etsy Shop.  

This foo dog, the ginger jars and the brass and lucite candlesticks will all be listed in my shop!

Y’all!  I’ve finally started photographing the items I’m going to list on Etsy!  I’m hoping to start listing items next week, so stay tuned!

5.  DIY Confetti Sprinkled Linen Napkins.  

Aren’t these the most darling napkins?  And they are a DIY project too!  My sewing skills probably aren’t good enough to make these, but the tutorial on Design Mom is really thorough, so maybe one day I’ll give them a shot.

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  1. January 16, 2015 / 10:45 pm

    While your in San Diego, try going to Solana Beach! They have lots of different shops and you will probably be able to find some treasures. You really can't go wrong anywhere in SD. If you are looking for a good coffee house or waffles, try LION Coffee. You can find it on Market St. downtown. It's wonderful! Have fun on both trips! Sounds exciting!

  2. January 16, 2015 / 10:46 pm

    Ohh, that is a recipe I am going to try. Thanks!!

  3. January 17, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Hi Katie, I love your blog + style! As a NYer I'd be happy to suggest some of my favorite neighborhood restaurants that I think you'd love.
    West Village: Cafe Cluny (for brunch or lunch, and you will love the decor), Jacks Wife Freda, Joseph Leonard, Aria Wine Bar. Don't forget to check out Magnolia Bakery in the area, which is just a block away from Carrie Bradshaws apt in SATC on Perry St.

    Meatpacking: Bubby's (amazing brunch/lunch), and definitely check out Chelsea Market + The High Line

    Soho favorites are The Smile and The Dutch.

    I'm not sure if this is still going on but Williamsburg, Brooklyn has amazing flea markets that are accessible from Subway.

    have a wonderful trip

  4. January 19, 2015 / 1:13 am

    That Pad Thai that you made was amazing! Loved having you home! Come back home soon and we will find some more treasures together! You're the best!

  5. February 7, 2015 / 11:43 pm

    Hi Whitney, thank you so much for these wonderful suggestions! I'm DYING to go to the flea markets in Brooklyn. Unfortunately we left early Saturday morning so we weren't able to hit them on this trip. Hopefully next time though (once it's warmer!). I was able to go to Chelsea Market and walked the High Line a bit. Such a neat experience!!

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