it's a stay-cool giveaway!

Y'all, it is HOT in Brooklyn. We've had days and days and days of exhausting heat. I grew up in Texas, you'd think I could handle it, but there is something extra confining and claustrophobic about intense heat in this city! 

One of my saving graces besides the central air in our apartment (thank the LORD) is my new Aquasana water bottle! The great folks over at Aquasana sent a few for us to try and we have LOVED them. They are perfectly sized, I love drinking out of a glass bottle (it makes me feel cool, pun intended) and the sleeve is a great buffer for condensation. They come in really cute colors too - 

I would really hate for you to get overheated, so we're doing a giveaway to help you stay cool! I'll be giving away 2 Aquasana Water Bottles to 3 different readers! Here are your simple giveaway instructions:

1. Share this post! Take your social media pick!

2. Choose the color (blue, orange, green, red, light green or teal) you want and tell me in a comment on this post! 

3. Don't melt!!

That's all! Have fun!

diy herb & plant labels

In our current Park Slope apartment, we have something glorious and green and rare. 

A backyard! We share it with our upstairs neighbors, who we love, and try to be outside as much as we can. Our neighbors even left the massive wood herb planter / garden thing over to me so I could start an herb garden!!! So excited, I tell you.

On a particularly beautiful day a month ago,  I walked up to our local 'catch all' store (you know the ones that have plants, paint, shower curtains, ceiling fans, elmers glue, white t-shirts, etc.) and picked out a bunch of herbs! They were all two bucks! I took home cilantro, sage, oregano, green onions, tomatoes and jalapeno! 

Now, my little garden is just thriving (no thanks to me!) completely because of the crazy amounts of sun and rain we've had over the past few weeks. I'm on the hunt for cute herb label ideas and came across these at Terrain

I'm using these as inspiration for creating simple diy herb labels and challenging myself to only using $5 on this little project! Between wooden spoons and chalkboard paint I already have, I think I just may be able to stay within budget on this one. I'll keep you posted! 

 

9A Then & Now

This past weekend, Brooklyn Boy and I made the quick drive down to Potomac, Maryland to see the last of my 4 original roommates from 9A get married! All 4 original roommates and their now husbands made it to the wedding! 

It's hard to even describe what it was like to live in our Upper West Side's 9A apartment, with these girls. To say the least, it was fun, hilarious, filled with baking and talking and Bachelorette watching, 1 shared bathroom, a kitchen always stocked with ingredients for dump cake, spotted with trips to visit family in DC, lots of time at the beach, Monday night Bible Study, a little write up about our apartment, and Joe, our delightfully pushy Yugoslavian super who was always worried we'd never get married . . . . If only Joe knew!

Taken in front of the sketch NJ motel we stayed in one summer - it was on the beach! 

Potomac, Maryland.

Eating banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery. 

And here we are this weekend past at Emily's wedding! 4 years later!

Love these girls and loved seeing them this weekend! To think what can happen over the course of a few years . . .

100 Cameras

Have you heard about 100 Cameras? I've mentioned them before a while back. A friend of mine introduced me years ago and I've been hooked ever since. As someone who works full time in the photography (via producing at an ad agency) industry, I'm inspired by this intentional and purposeful way to use photography.

The premise is so simple.

Their site says it best. 100 cameras empowers marginalized children to document their lives through photography and to create positive change in their own communities. 100% of the money from the children's purchased prints is used to raise awareness and capital to meet physical needs and empower sustainable growth within their community.

Practical way to get involved? Stop by their site any purchase a print. Looking for affordable and interesting art? Here's your chance! 


Amazing, hu? 

Give photography. Change a community. 

100 Cameras

finally, some curtains

I'm taking a cue from Jenny and will be posting a little more of my in process / totally not perfect projects. It's more real life right :) 

We have these great windows in the living room of our new apartment. Since we checked all the main furniture pieces off our to do list it was time to address the details. Like curtains. I'd been itching to get curtains - our living room really needed a punch of fabric and pattern - two of my favorite things. Well.....it's driven me crazy. Originally, I thought solid white linen. Then thought blue and white large scaled pattern. Then ikat. Then solid. Then patterned again. Should I buy fabric and sew them? Find ready made? Bla bla bla. These are laughable serious problems here! Sarcasm

So we've had bare windows for a while. 

Which, praise the Lord, came with really great iron curtain rods - already up! 

Ha. What a view.

Our living room in two words: Leather + Black Rug

So with our leather furniture, black rug and wood pieces. What the heck was I supposed to do with curtains! 

 Mom came to the rescue, and verified, that some curtains I'd seen online, were in fact, affordable and really cute! So I got them. Last night. And I'm LOVING them.

These West Elm Cotton Canvas Woodland Panels!

And here they are in the space. Please ignore the small space ship on our ceiling.

Brooklyn Boy was so sweet and told me he loves them too. Which I needed to hear! 

It's a work in progress, but we're loving the new apartment!!