Take Note 10•24•14

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Just popping in to say Happy Friday – I hope everyone had a great week! This is our first full weekend home in quite some time, and I’m really looking forward to Pizza Friday, pumpkin picking, dinner with friends and curling up with a great book, favorite cashmere throwFall candle!

  • After a scrumptious meal (here, here, here or here), strolling along The High Line is one of my favorite “digestifs”! The Lowline – a planned sunlit underground park located in a historical trolley terminal, uses solar technology to bring sunlight underground – is blowing my mind! And the LES isn’t short on great places to eat either (here, here and here are just a few of my favorites)! Learn more and how you can contribute.
  • We’re going pumpkin picking this weekend, and while I’ll be sure to pick out a few pretties for display, I also want to get 1-2 that are best suited to bake with (dying to make this recipe!).
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  • Looks like retailers are trying to unload their Fall merchandise to make way for Holiday, because there’s a ton of great sales going on! I’m taking full advantage and starting my Christmas shopping early – 25% off full price and 30% off final sale at J.Crew {code: TGIFALL – I always stock up on their cashmere sweaters and am obsessed with this silk bib top!}, 30% off sale at Furbish {code: SALE30 – this pillow is the perfect Fall update and I’m obsessed with this quilt that’s on major sale}, 25% off at Anthropologie {code: EXTRAEXTRA – this dress would be perfect for upcoming holiday cocktail parties and these gingham hand towels are a chic way to add a little Christmas cheer to a powder room}. Shop more of my favorites below.

J.Crew:

Furbish:

Anthropologie:

 

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Weekday Uniform

Working in a creative industry, my client meetings for the most part are pretty causal. During the warmer months I typically turn to a dress (that’s now on major sale!) or my favorite pencil skirt for an easy look. But when the weather starts starts to dip down, a beautiful silk top (size up – it runs small!), waxed denim (or slim wool pants) and a blazer that fits like a glove (in a gorgeous color) is perfect for chillier mornings and warmer afternoons. Top is off with a chic pair of glasses, pumps that mean business, a little bit of sparkle and a workhorse bag to house my laptop & daily essentials – and I’m good to go!

I always perform better when I feel confident in the way I look! Are you the same way? It seems so silly, but really works wonders!

Take Note 10•17•14

Take-Note-Jenni-Kayne-Lake-Tahoe-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJApparently I’ve had a thing with row boats these past two Fridays?! Not sure why – seeing as I’ve never actually been in one – but they do seem to be quite romantic, a la The Notebook! Here’s a few additional things I found inspirational this week:

  • Strolling around museums is one of my favorite ways to decompress and find inspiration. When traveling I try to see as much as possible – b/c how often are you going to be in Paris, Rome, Florence, etc? But when I’m home I typically try to stick to one exhibit to actually absorb the art. But truth be told, I usually feel in a bit of a rush to see it all. This recent NYT article, The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum, suggests slowing way down and savoring the moment – love this approach!
  • Just dug into this book last night and am already impressed – a definite must-read for women in business!
  • Obsessed with one of my favorite affordable artists, Wayne Pate, collection of pillows for Serena & Lily! This mermaid and whale would be seriously adorable in a little one’s room, while I’d love to see this guy in a beach house!
  • Excited to check out Pascal & Sabine’s new Fall menu this weekend!

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Recent Pursuits • Wölffer’s Harvest

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Fall Staples, Day to Night + {Shopbop’s Friends & Family}

The sale that happens but twice a year finally here – 25% off Shopbop’s entire site {w/ code FAMILY25}! While my “imaginary cart” is quite full, I’ve been narrowing it down, and so far this sweater and these leather leggings will definitely make it to checkout! We’ve been traveling quite a bit the past couple weeks, so I really need pieces that can easily transition from day to night. I love how the pairing looks casual with this great pair of snakeskin high tops, baseball hat and perfect everyday bag (in my favorite pop of color for Fall – red!); while a sexy pair of heels, bold lip and fur vest make chilly nights out super sexy!

Take Note 10•10•14

Take-Note-Pok-Pok-Michelin-Star-Fall-Throws-MOMA-Brown-Sisters-Serena-&-Lily-Friends-and-Family-Sale-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Hamptons-NY-NYJust popping in to say Happy Friday and share a few things I was inspired by this week!

  • Exceptional food, low prices and a no-reservation policy already made getting a table at one of my favorite Brooklyn restaurants, Pok Pok, challenging. This month they earned their first {and very well deserved} Michelin star. My trick to getting a table – go for lunch on Saturday or Sunday, they recently started opening at noon on the weekends.
  • Loving these Fall throws.
  • Excited to check out this exhibit at MOMA next month – would be a great concept to draw inspiration from for your annual Christmas cards!
  • One of my favorite home retailers, Serena & Lily’s Friends & Family sale is currently underway. Shop my favorites below.
  • Other sales of note – 50% off at J.Crew Factory {no code needed – and my favorite sweatshirt’s finally back in stock!}, 30% off select styles at Madewell {OHFALL}, 20% at Piperlime {FALL20}, and save up to 40% at Gap {NEWOUTFIT}!

Serena & Lily Friends and Family favorites:

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Lemon Lavender Yogurt

Lemon-Lavender-Honey-Greek-Yogurt-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMy abundance of lavender has generously perfumed the backyard air all summer long, and with our first frost not too far off, I brought big bunches of it inside to dry the weekend before last. I love the way it looks hanging on a little hook, and once it starts to get too brittle to hang, I pack it up in little mason jars so I can enjoy its perfumed aroma until the new batches pop up in my garden next year. I love adding a pinch of it to my tea leaves, stuffing sachets with it for little gifts to friends, and my most new favorite way to enjoy it is in my morning yogurt (but if you don’t have lavender on hand, you can always buy it here)!

Bunches-of-Lavender-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJLemon-Lavender-Honey-Greek-Yogurt-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ 1Billy and I were at Toro a a few weeks back and we had a lemon-honey gelato infused with lavender sitting on top of chucks of chewy granola. I was in heaven – I could literally eat that dessert every day! Seeing daily scoops of gelato {unfortunately} aren’t part of my regular diet, I put together this little Lemon Lavender yogurt recipe which is, and mimics all of the flavors I loved. I’ve been eating it every morning for the past week and a half – a definite must try, and it’s SO incredibly easy to make!

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LEMON LAVENDER YOGURT
Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 lemon zested
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh lemon juice {depending on how acidic you like it}
  • 1/2 tsp. dried lavender, petals removed from stems
  • serve over granola, garnished with a sprig of lavender, slice of lemon & mint {optional}

Preparation

  • Combine first 5 ingredients and let sit for at least 15 minutes so lavender petals can rehydrate {if you have time, let it sit overnight}.
  • Place granola in a bowl, top with yogurt mixture.
  • Garnish with a sprig of lavender, slice of lemon & mint

Servings: 1 • Size: 1 bowl Calories: 170 • Fat: 0 g • Protein: 18 g • Carb: 27 g  Sugar: 25 g
Sodium: 67 mg {not including granola & garnish}

The recipe above serves one, but I like to make multiple servings of the yogurt mixture and store them back in the yogurt container – then I have breakfast for the entire week!

A Fall Weekend out East

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Although summer is probably my most cherished season overall, my absolute favorite time of year to head out East is during the fall! The light in the Hamptons is somewhat notorious for its unique color spectrum created from the ocean and sound both sourcing reflected light; and to see the change of the leaves amongst it is simply magical! Add in the abundance of farmers markets & pumpkin patches, the nonexistence of traffic, along with the fact that Kardashian’s and such like crews have skipped town – and the quaint little Hamptons towns are actually quaint once more! We’re heading out this weekend for Wölffer Estate’s annual Harvest Party, and I’m really excited after the amazing time we had last year!

A Fresh West Coast Interpretation of East Coast Tradition

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I was flipping through the new House Beautiful last night, and fell pretty hard for this gorgeous Los Angelos cottage designed by Schuyler Samperton. I adore the fresh West Coast interpretation on the traditional East Coast Shingle Style cottage; complete with vibrant pops of colors, wallpaper galore and a relaxed sense of elegance.

What also really appealed to me was how heirloom antiques were used throughout the home. Our trip to Bordeaux afforded us the opportunity to not only stay at the Ren’s gorgeous Chateau (opposed to a hotel), but also live their day-to-day lives to a degree, including being surrounded by their gorgeous antiques. What pleasantly surprised me was that the antique furniture was actually being used (my clothes hung in a gorgeous 18th c. armoire), opposed to being shoved into a parlor room never to be touched (or seen for that matter). I’ve always been a fan of using antique furniture in a room, as it adds a level of history that typically can’t be achieved in new furniture. In addition, antiques are typically much more affordable than their brand new counterparts of similar quality – and quite often, the craftsmanship far surpasses most of what is made today.

Are you a fan of having antiques in your home?