Monday, August 31, 2009

A Good Sunday

A good Sunday starts with fresh baking banana bread in the oven, brunch with friends and mimosas, followed by an afternoon cookout that lasts into the evening, and is topped off with a classic film. A good ending to the last weekend of summer. I hope you had a nice one, too.

Best banana bread recipe I've come across so far:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hello Fall

It's a cool, rainy Saturday morning here, and it's got me so excited for the upcoming change in seasons. I'd love to wear all of these items from Santoki Vintage.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Say Anything

Do you love this movie as much as I do? John Cusack makes my heart beat fast. <3

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A museum of dresses

Zooey Deschanel talks about her personal style and fashion inspiration. Love her.

a trip to neverland

i love all things peter pan - the book is one of my favorites - so i am absolutely loving the idea of this peter pan-themed party over at black*eiffel.

I would've loved to have had this adorable tote to take along to the farmer's markets all summer long.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Most Wonderful Time

It's my third favorite national holiday (behind Christmas and Halloween)....

J.Crew Fall Collection Time!!

That oh so special time of year when I know the sweaty, I-can-barely-breathe-it's-so-hot-days are limited in number and soon I'll be able to pull on a sweater, a jacket, layer up with dresses and skirts and tights - Oh My! Today as I wandered through the store, running my hands over the perfect tees, stretch knits, and cashmere cardigans, I could barely contain myself. I left with these pants, but I'll be back for more. A teacher needs her fall wardrobe, after all.

What I'm coveting right now:

these tights (I'm just going to have to get them)

these "toothpick" cords

The outfit I could wear every day and not get sick of:

Bring on the cooler weather!

Back to School, Part 2

In case you haven't noticed, I've got back-to-school on the brain.

sweet globes, colored pencils, and containers from sweetshorn vintage

clipboards from le vintage maison

linen zipper bag from jen hewett

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Have a Wonderful Weekend

I took this photo on my camera phone last night of the Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC in Saratoga Springs. We laid out ample picnic blankets, pillows, and had a perfectly wonderful dinner consisting of wine, cheeses, olives, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Does it get any better?

I hope you have a truly wonderful weekend.

little reminders

I like these prints from compulsively created.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Some Exciting News...

I've opened up an online shop where I'm selling a few of my photographs as prints. Right now photos are available as 5x7 or 8x10, but other sizes can be arranged if you're interested. I'll be updating the shop periodically, right now it's filled with summery goodness. Stop by!

Back to School

It's coming on that time of year again - just a couple more weeks until school begins again. I've always loved back-to-school for all of the freshly sharpened pencils, brand new notebooks, crisp new clothes, and that hint in the air that fall is just around the corner. Since I work in a school, I get to indulge every year when September rolls around. I'm loving these adorable items from the vintage Etsy shop, trampoline (originally seen on cup of joe).

vintage felt pennant

steelmaster filing drawer

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Summer in the 518

If you live in the Albany area, head over to AllOverAlbany to read my recommendations for stuff to do during the last weeks of summer.

And Hi to everyone who found your way here from AOA.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 17, 2009

richard avedon

When I was at the Museum of Modern Art last week, I got to see all of these photographs (and many more) on exhibit from the great photographer, Richard Avedon. So many unforgettable images of some of the greatest icons of our time.

Bob Dylan
Brigitte Bardot

Twiggy, fashion model

Let The Right One In

I watched this movie for the second time last night--
it is so quietly beautiful and disturbing.

Happy Anniversary <3

Joe Cocker's unforgettable performance, Woodstock 1969

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend

I'm laying low today, trying to keep cool.

(image via design*sponge at one of my favorite house tours, ever.)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Summer Love, Part 3

I thought I'd round out our second week in August with a short list of a few more things to love.

sundresses and sandals

outdoor flea markets

county fairs


Previously : summer love one and two



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