Take Note 12•12•14

This-Holiday-Best-Sales-Last-Minute-Christmas-Shopping-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJHappy Friday!!! I hope everyone had a great week! I got the majority of my Holiday decorating {& a few clients} done last week, so this weekend I have to wrap up the rest of my Holiday shopping to meet free standard shipping delivery deadlines – I buy almost everything online, overcrowded stores kinda freak me out & I just don’t have the time to battle the lines! Here’s the sales I’ll be shopping:

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Take Note 11•7•14



  • A warm-weather winter getaway needs to be booked stat, solely based on Loeffler Randall’s Resort collection that was just released. I’m drooling over these ankle tie sandals, these snakeskin scalloped flats, these peep-toe booties and these snakeskin & leopard heels!
  • For anyone who loves documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd), I highly recommend checking out the two below (accompanied by a nice glass of wine!):
    • SOMM takes you on the adventure of four men vying to pass the highest level of sommelier, The Master Sommelier Exam, an immensely intimidating test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. Aside from the a few drawn out scenes and the lack of female candidates (?!), overall I found it really informational & interesting!
    • city.ballet, produced and narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, is an online series documenting the trials and tribulations behind the scenes of what it takes to ascend from a backup dancer in the Corps de Ballet, to a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet  – the “ultimate stage”. The first season was amazing, and the second season released this week is just as good!
  • Cold temps completely transforms my normal-to-oily skin into a dry-itchy mess. Lightweight moisturizers need to swapped out for more intense versions, and coconut oil has been my favorite for quite some time now. However, there are days when I just don’t have time to let it soak in, and really don’t want to ruin my clothes and/or sheets, so I’m going to give this diy lotion bar a shot this weekend! Have any of you ever tried anything similar? You can check out more of my cold weather skin care essentials here.
  • Speaking of cold weather, I found the perfect wool fedora!
  • Have you checked out Kate Spade’s collaboration with Gap Kids yet?! It takes adorable to a new level!!!

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Take Note 10•31•14

Take-Note-Ina-Garten-The-Barfoot-Contessa-new-book-Make-it-ahead-Pumpking-Decorating-Henna-Wood-Burning-Oversized-Fall-Plaid-Scarves-Vegetable-Spiraler-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJHappy Halloween everyone! Any festive plans for the weekend? Our neighborhood is full of young families, so we get a ton of super cute trick or treaters – which is always fun!

  • I’m usually very much on-th-go during the weekends. But lately, the chiller weather has me wanting to stay home, invite over a bunch of friends, cook a big pot of something delicious and open a nice bottle of wine. I just picked up this cookbook, and am salivating over the make-ahead recipes that are perfect for such occasions!
  • Speaking of cooking, this is my new favorite kitchen gadget (and a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies – just peel the zucchini first and it looks just like spaghetti!).
  • Looking to get crafty with your pumpkin decorating? Loving these malachite pumpkins, and these henna & wood burned pumpkins are just gorgeous!
  • For me, Fall weekends are all about dressing cozy, which is probably why I have a serious obsession with oversized scarves – this one, this one and this one are high on my list right now! Which is your favorite?
  • I’m not typically a fan of reality TV, but this reality TV star’s office has me swooning!

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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!).
  • 5 steps to fortune.
  • 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.





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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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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Take Note 11•8•13

Take-Note-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI find inspiration from so many different sources – art, music, nature , books – to name a few. Of course the blogosphere is chock-full of yummy goodness, here’s what I’ve found inspiring this week:

• I’ve been dying to read Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book – this retrospective on 1st Dibbs solidified the deal.

• Made this skinny carrot ginger soup for dinner last night and it was incredible (and super easy)!

• How to take better photos at a party.

• A little bit of old and a little bit of new, makes for the perfect Thanksgiving table.

• I’ve had this playlist on repeat for the past two days! Listen to it on Spotify for free here.

• How to highlight and contour your makeup based on the shape of your face – oval, oblong, heart and round.

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