Monday, September 30, 2013

Instagram Diary - weekend of eating..

Roasted figs- I drizzled with honey, olive oil, and a little balsamic. They were delicious with the cheese!
 Cheese, bread, roasted figs, stuffed mushrooms, olives, pear, wine. Perfect dinner.
Saturday morning homemade baked donutsI used a variety of flours mixed together to make these a little healthier - including white whole wheat cake flour (you can make cake flour by adding cornstarch to regular four); oat bran flour; oat flour; and buckwheat flour. I also always cut down sugar in recipes by 1/4 cup.  The texture of these donuts was amazing, and although I just topped with some cinnamon and sugar, these would be delicious topped with chocolate ganache. mmmmm!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Instagram Diary

Murray Hewitt looking cute on a cowhide.
 oooff... trying to organize
 organized and clean!
 hanging on the couch with Sophia

 Sunday roast.

 photo shoot for new items!!

mani / pedi and pretty rings. Twisted ring and 'V' ring from this shop.
Little diamond stacking rings from this shop.
 Sven clogs = Amazing.. I want all the styles
 Celebrating on Wednesday for launching the new line!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ironic Dish Ware...

I am so loving this dish ware by LA PHILIE.
Evelyn Bracklow hand paints vintage china pieces to look as though they are becoming infested with ants.. in the most beautiful way possible.

To me, it makes me think of the original use; and users of the beautiful china.  As though a biscuit crumb or drop of honey was left behind, and is just now getting discovered by ants, and by us.

I mean, I would totally understand if this isn't your thing..
but I'm slightly obsessed


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Instagram Diary 9.3.13

Hope everyone had an amazing long weekend!
We went home to Massachusetts. We had a great time, even though is was thunder storming the whole time! Always great to see the fam, and stuff my face with good food. :)

Now that I'm back, and it's the start of fall I am really hustling to get the new line out! Time to get to work!

Sophia doesn't want me to go back to work either:

Friday - on amtrak with a lot of nuts :)   Emerson fry shoes; A.P.C. Jeans.

family cook out with my stylish sister and cousin.

Monday- on Metro North my Emerson Fry shoes matched the floor perfectly.

Obsessed with my new It's Okay My Dear 'prowl shorts'. So good! Black and white embroidered top by J.Crew.  (Also dying for this top)

Back to work also means back to the gym..
These nikes are even more comfortable than I expected, the cushioning is amazing! I actually hate running, but I love to take power walks; go to step classes; and Pilates classes.

Also back to a healthful diet. This was a good one, oatmeal with cinnamon with sliced figs. The flavor combination is divine!

I have more totes to bleach this week, which I am dreading. If I didn't love the effects of bleach so much, theres no way I would be doing this.. oh, what I do for my customers. :)
I'm really happy with how this batch came out, can't wait to show you all!
(below is a close up of the new hand-dyed bleached totes)

New season means new packaging. Here are some thank you cards, with a thank you and a reminder on the back to tag your photos with #giftshopbrooklyn or @giftshopbrooklyn. I love seeing all your pics!!

Going forward I am also attaching itty bitty lavender sachets to your order, to make it even more special.  You can hang it in your closet, put it in your lingerie drawer, or under your pillow for a fresh burst of lavender.

Ok, like I said I am working very diligently to get everything done for fall asap. We are doing the look book photo shoot this Friday with my sister modeling, and my friend and amazing photographer Justyna, I am so excited! Will definitely keep you posted on the progress!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Recap via Instagram Diary

I have been super busy with orders, and working on my the line after hours and on weekends, pretty much since March.  I am so excited about the new line, but no sneak peeks! :)   However, I can show you what else has been going on around here..

Sophia sleeps in the best positions, I seriously waste so much time taking pics of these cats.
Beautiful sunset in the park, with dinner that we brought (and I made shockingly!) I rarely make dinner, I always tell Alex we are having leather scraps for dinner, because I'm always up to my ears in them when he gets home from work. 
I made bbq chicken and pasta salad.  I always use the Grandma's molasses bbq sauce recipe; the recipe used to be on the back of the bottle but you can get it here.  It's really easy, and it tastes so much better when you make it yourself!
I also made some pasta salad with deliciously in-season cherry tomatoes and basil, and chopped kale.
With Brooklyn Brewery Pilsner (because it seemed appropriate), and dark chocolate and blueberries for dessert. I love picnics! :)

Ok, so I have been wanting to get one of these cat caves for a while now, I finally purchased one. The cats literally were all over it as soon as I took it out of the box. It's made of felted wool; cats love wool because they can still smell the animal. Sophia alternates between laying on it, and trying to eat it. If you have a cat I highly recommend the cat cave; and colors are beautiful!
I bought this beautiful wall hanging from this shop on etsy. The colors are gorgeous! I think it is suppose to hang vertically, but I liked it horizontal in our bedroom on the wall at the end of our bed.
A less-attractive cat cave.. I just can't get rid of this eyesore, Murray is obsessed with it! awww...


I finished this brides maid order, I really love these perfect little pouches.  I think small clutches are dainty and elegant, with a vintage feel especially for a wedding.
It's funny to think back at my wedding, before I started Gift Shop Brooklyn, and I bought clutches for my brides maids! 

Weekend date night. Vintage Liz Claiborne dress (Im assuming from the 90's), with a belt I made, and Rachel Comey shoes from a few years ago. I also have around my neck a pearl / cameo style pin my grandmother gave me she used to wear when I was little. I love it as a necklace! Thanks Nan! xo

Sunday we went to see Beck in Prospect Park. It was so amazing! If you know me, you know my deep love for Beck haha.  It was a really great show!

 And lastly.. if you follow Garance Doré then you have seen her posts on white Birkenstocks.. it took some persuasion, but I'm sold!

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All of my items are hand crafted by me in my Brooklyn, NY studio. I believe in USA hand made, supporting local, and supporting quality. All materials I use are sourced and purchased from vendors in the USA. I truly am inspired so much by nature. Just walk outside and there's millions of things to be inspired by, whether city or country. At different points in my life, or year, or day I can look at the same thing and see it in a completely new way. I realize Im not the first person to be inspired by nature, but I find it amazing how we can all be inspired so uniquely by it. I am a pretty practical person; I feel designs should have form AND function. I USE all of my designs to ensure ease of use, aesthetic appeal, and versatility. If at the end of the day I don't love it, it goes back to the drawing board; or on the back burner; or just tossed on the 'prototype' pile. I also make sure all my designs are items I personally would love to give as gifts.