App Obsession: Waterlogue

Buvette
Small plates and cocktails at a favorite New York spot, Buvette.

Last week my friend Domonique mentioned the app Waterlogue in her Friday Favorites post, so I had to check it out immediately.  Waterlogue miraculously transforms your photos into watercolor paintings with the click of a button.  Fair warning: I was up hours past my bedtime playing around and watching the magic happen.  The following are a handful of photos I converted from my travels and instagram roll to share with you.  It’s great fun to experiment with whatever you’ve snapped (who would have thought the above not-at-all-good photo would make such a charming “painting”?) but landscapes and photos with an inherent graphic quality seem to work best.

Grazing Belties in Wisconsin.
Grazing Belties in Wisconsin.
Little J in the powder, Telluride
Little J in the powder, Telluride
Hank in the study
Hank in the study
Vintage Land Rover, Vineyard Haven
Vintage Land Rover, Vineyard Haven
Apple picking, Wisconsin
Apple picking, Wisconsin
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Surprise catch, Vero Beach
Surprise catch, Vero Beach
View from a cottage porch, Menemsha
View from a cottage porch, Menemsha
Ladurée, UES
Ladurée, UES

Waterlogue is available through the App Store for $2.99.

Sunday Suppers with Bea of La Tartine Gourmande

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A few weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of attending a photography and food styling workshop taught by Béa Peltre of La Tartine Gourmande fame.  It took place over two days in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, much of it at the envy inducing Sunday Suppers space (I don’t think a single person left not wishing they could move into that fabulous light-filled loft!).  We shopped together at the McCarren Park Greenmarket, prepared meals, took gazillions of pictures, bombarded Béa with questions, and closed the weekend with a delicious, seasonal picnic lunch.  Not only did I come away with more applicable knowledge than I thought possible in one weekend, I spent two wonderful days with a group of women who enjoyed talking photography and food (and eating!) as much as I do.  picniccollageimage one: late summer offerings from the McCarren Park Greenmarket. image two: lunch at Sunday Suppers, clockwise from left – heirloom tomato and nectarine salad with herbs, greens, and fresh mozzarella; lime-coconut milk rice pudding with stewed stone fruits; bucatini with mixed herb pesto

Packing for New York

Packing for New York

I am traveling to New York soon for a great friend’s 40th birthday celebration, so I thought it would be fun to put together a virtual packing list for inspiration.  This fantasy suitcase is filled with all things practical and fabulous.  Not possible, you say?  Read on.

  • When isn’t black cashmere appropriate?
  • Dark, undistressed skinnies go with just about everything.
  • Sleeveless outwear fends off chilly weather while preventing overheating when you are popping in and out of doors. The above Belstaff vest looks off-the-charts incredible.
  • A gold chain link necklace is substantial enough for heavier day pieces but it won’t compete for center stage in evening ensembles.
  • You need to travel with a cosmetics case, so why not choose this luxe version from Smythson?
  • Though I love a great heel, flat shoes are a must for walking the sidewalks, shops, and museum corridors of the city.
  • Dark polish on short nails is a fall/winter must, and this grey makes a perfect neutral.
  • The tweed peplum top with leather trim pairs beautifully with jeans and heels for a casual evening of drinks and dinner.  And it provides a bit of warmth. (You could even wear it over a slim, long sleeved top for an alternate day look.)
  • Satin and lace underpinnings feel amazing under anything.  Especially heavier fall layers.
  • The beauty of matte jersey is that it does not wrinkle, so this aubergine cocktail dress from Cut 25 is perfect for packing.  Who wants to mess with ironing, steaming, or sending your dress out with the chance it may not return?
  • A cross-body bag with dressed up details blends seamlessly with all pieces here.  During the day it allows for comfortable hands-free walking, and in the evening you can tuck away the strap for an over-sized clutch that will hold all of your essentials.
  • This Reed Krakoff leather cuff is sleek, sexy, and versatile.  It dresses up a white tee, cardigan and jeans and brings a dose of cool to cocktail attire.
  • These Jimmy Choo leopard print heels are absolute perfection.  Enough said.

Jersey dress
oxygenboutique.com

J Crew knit top
jcrew.com

Rebecca Taylor top
rebeccataylor.com

Belstaff
stylebop.com

J Brand j brand
amrag.com

Agent provocateur
net-a-porter.com

Agent provocateur
net-a-porter.com

Jimmy Choo high heel shoes
bergdorfgoodman.com

Reed krakoff
colette.fr

Smythson
barneys.com

Nars cosmetic
barneys.com