Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Portland Whirlwind Pics

June 8, 2011

I am back from a whirlwind visit to Portland to play with my best friend from college, Jodee.  I took the train, and really enjoyed the relaxing (and inexpensive) ride.  As much as I am trying to not be a consumer, these chairs created from old tires captured my fancy at Cargo.  I can’t stop thinking about how handsome they are.

I had heard that Portland had a motherlode of food trucks.  I couldn’t believe a city block, surrounded on three sides by these tasty choices.  It was so sad that we were full.  But our lunch of veggie burgers at little big burger was quite worth it.

And in true Portland greenest-style-around, a solar trash compactor.


Sandwich Board Wisdom

June 3, 2011

Words of wisdom on a sign in front of Brooklyn restaurant.

Brooklyn Flea Market

May 20, 2011


A highlight of our recent trip to New York City was our day in Brooklyn, starting with the Brooklyn Flea at Ft. Greene on Saturday.  (There is a Sunday session of the Brooklyn Flea  at One Hanson Place.)  The Evans-Ramos team of The Good Husband Raoul, and tour guide/subway masters Morgan and Eileen hit the flea as soon as it opened.  I was meeting my newest friend, Kathy Malone of Fofolle and Clementine Events, for a skirt/poncho special delivery. 

I had spotted Kathy’s designs in this extremely handy book, Markets of New York City by Karen E. Seiger.  After a couple of introductory emails back and forth, we had a plan to meet in person at the flea.  I loved my new skirt on sight!  It will be the perfect travel clothing – as it doubles as a poncho/shoulder wrap or an ultra-comfortable skirt.  Kathy has since introduced me to Karen.  I can’t recommend her book enough.  It contains the best info on the artisan, farmer, food and flea markets in NYC.

This flea has lots of vintage wonders.  What an amazing collection of vintage eyeglass frames.

These repurposed barstools were spectacular.

The handmade crafts were most tempting.

Eileen modeling her new dress.  I bought a little flowered number from this charming designer, Cornelius.  I’m sorry I didn’t get a better picture of him.

Team E-R was well fed. 

The puposa stand provided our favorite selection.

I bought several pieces of Wrecords jewelry made from recycled vinyl records.

We spent the rest of the day exploring the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn – finding another great flea market, terrific food and one indie shop after another.  It was heaven!

Twinkies, Salt and More in NYC

May 18, 2011

We are just home from five fun-filled days visiting our youngest son in New York City.  Morgan moved there three years ago, and we really enjoy visiting.  Each time there are new neighborhoods and shops to visit, new food places to try, and the people watching is tippity-top.  This picture is a display of rock salt serving pieces at The Meadows, a shop devoted to an amazing collection of salts for sale.

Our tour guide extraordinaire, Morgan, and hubby Raoul.

Another memorable foodie stop was the Lulu Cake Boutique.  I had read about their twinkies being served as the wedding cake at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.


Next up – The Brooklyn Flea Market.

Claire’s World Tour

August 18, 2010

Our granddaughter, Claire, is already a veteran traveler.  At the ripe old age of 14 months, she has been visiting 12 countries in Europe!  Here she is in Krakow, Poland strutting her stuff.

Wonderful Window

July 22, 2010

A wonderful window display I saw on our recent adventure to New York City.  This is the swanky Stella McCartney shop in the Meatpacking District.  Expensive shoes and purses sitting on simple cardboard boxes.

Downtown Chic

July 21, 2010

I enjoyed Cortney and Robert Novogratz so much on their recent reality show, 9 by Design, on BRAVO that I had to order their book.  Downtown Chic arrived recently, and it’s my kind of book – useful info, great learn-from-our-mistakes stories and lots and lots of vibrant pictures.  Their eye for design is brave – they combine vintage pieces with ultra modern choices.  Plus they have seven children!  Check out their website, Sixx Design, to learn more about them.

So on our recent trip to NYC for our son Morgan’s wedding, we arrived a day before the festivities started to see some new neighborhoods in Manhattan.  Like any self-respecting nosy-butt, I wanted to see the Novogratz’s latest home, which was featured on the television show.

Here I am – looking quite pleased with my successful pilgrimage!