Have A Dreamy (Halloween) Weekend!

Happy early Halloween, guys! What amazing plans do you have lined up for the weekend? Are you dressing up?

We're throwing our 3rd Annual Dia De Los Muertos party tomorrow night and I'm so excited! In fact, I'm a little nervous. There's been so much build up for tomorrow, and countless craft nights with my crafting team. We cannot wait to see the outcome and people's reactions to the work we've done. I'll update you guys on Monday (actual Halloween:))

Have fun + be safe! xo

Link time!

Briliant: Tank Dog

Can't wait to see The Great Gatsby!

Perhaps I'm late on this, but I just got into Mad Men! Halloween Mad Men costume guide. Are you a Joan or a Betty?

Amazing Chanel parody with Kristen Wig "Red Flag"

Halloween cocktails to get you in the mood:)

Very funny New Yorker article about Day of the Dead

Amazing Earth shots. I want to go to this place!

Do you know Emma's Design blog? You will fall in love.

And a Fall playlist.

Rigatoni with Kale + Prosciutto

I made this dish last night and it was yum, yum, yum! A cheesy plate of pasta is definitely one of my favorite comfort foods on a chilly day or night. What's your go-to comfort food?

Guest Post: Megan on Magazine Racks

Iron and burnished leather rack
Michael Sodeau Sprung Magazine Rack
Front Page Magazine Rack by Kartell
Ringo Magazine Rack by Black + Blum
Magino Stool / Magazine Rack

Today we have a Guest Post by our lovely friend Megan, who likes interior design as much as we do. Enjoy! xo

Hey DOPT readers - Initially, when I started this post, I wrote all about my former life in California, and how this lead me to dreaming about the land of magazine racks. Then I deleted my entire post by accident and all I had saved were these images. So I suppose that is all the universe wanted me to share with you :) Do you like them? What do you do with your magazines? Do you lay them out on a table? Are they hidden underneath your bed? Do you own a magazine rack?

From Pumpkins to Pumpkin Seeds

We finally got around to carving our pumpkins, which always makes me feel like a kid again. But I must admit, my favorite part about carving a pumpkin is using the leftovers, like roasting pumpkin seeds! We roasted ours in olive oil, salt + pepper, and I'm still snacking on them!

Do you guys have any good leftover pumpkin recipes? If so, I can always buy another one. ;)

(photo via Kitchen Stewardship)

Shipley + Halmos on The Selby

Just stumbled upon the Shipley + Halmos studio visit over on The Selby and if you haven't seen it yet, check it out now! The design duo cannot be more awesome and their space is absolutely to die for. My favorite part? Their rolling library ladder! I want! 

Images via The Selby. 

Have a dreamy (designy) weekend!

Hello sweet peeps! It's Claudia, the oldest of the three sisters here. I'm very excited to be posting today since it's been aaaages. How have you all been?

I've been quite busy with work and a move (le sigh!). For those still getting to know us, Lisa Michelle and Karina both live in hip Williamsburg, Brooklyn, while I live a few minutes away in Manhattan with my husband, Alex.

We recently moved from the East Village into a charming pre-war apartment in Chelsea. This weekend we'll be rolling up our sleeves, and unpacking the last of the boxes. I'm also hoping to decorate. I already got started with the frame wall above (that's Alex and me, bottom left, on our wedding day :). I'm obsessed by frame walls.

How about you, peeps? Working on any design projects this weekend? Hope it's productive! :)

Now, some fun links for your Friday...

New York home design for small apartments (Thanks, Megan!)

Jennifer Aniston's Hipster Evolution (funny.)

Topshop Tumblr, I love you

Martha Marcy May Marlene
- I watched an early screening Wednesday. Kinda intense but amazing. Opens today in NYC. Highly recommend.

Inspiring video - Elle's Women in Hollywood

For my vegetarian friends, I made this last night and it was quite yummy!

Halloween - Get into the tasty spirit with Martha

And lastly, our pumpkin carving party last year :)

Have a dreamy weekend! xo!

Film: An Officer & a Gentleman

This week I had some time to cozy up on my couch and pick a movie from my Netflix queue. Top of the list: An Officer & a Gentleman. Have you guys seen it?

The film is about a rebellious guy (Richard Gere) who enters Navy Flight school training and falls for a local factory worker (Debra Winger)...and it is steamy. Gere and Winger's chemistry is so believable, and to top it off, Winger is pretty much the coolest girl ever. Husky voice, amazing newsboy caps, and high-waisted fitted jeans. All the while, being easy breezy and supportive of her man in uniform. If you guys have Netflix instant play, add it to your list. A couple cheesy 80's moments happen, like slow build up clapping when the guy gets the girl, but a fun watch nonetheless. :)

Mornings like these...

                          (Image via Bippity Boppity Boo)
Yeah, I wish I was in bed this rainy morning too. Dreamy sigh...

Happy Wednesday, lovelies!

Salmon Sandwiches

If you're anything like me, deciding what to eat everyday for lunch can be really boring. Yes, I live in New York and I should have a plethora of amazing eating options but my office is in a weird location and not much delivers to us. And on top of that, ordering lunch everyday is expensive! So starting now, I am making a commitment to be better about packing my own lunch. And with recipes this delicious, I think I can really have fun with it. Yum, yum.

Images and recipe via Big Girls Small Kitchen.

Thoughts on Sober September

Image via the NYT

Last month, I decided to challenge myself to 30 days of not drinking. I have to admit, I did not think it would be possible for me to do. It's not that I am a heavy drinker per se, but I am definitely very social and find myself meeting up with friends multiple times a week to hang out and catch up. And what do we do when we get together? We enjoy wine, beer and the occasional cocktail. All of this is pretty normal, right? Yes, perhaps. But after a very fun summer and with the approach of fall and winter holiday parties, I knew I wanted to take a step back from the busy pace of my life and have a solid month to cleanse and reflect.

Have Dreamy Weekend!

Can you believe it's Friday? Sorry for a late post, but this day, week, has gone by at lightning speed. Which I'll admit, I'm pretty happy about since I'm still in the throws or organizing our new pad. Do you guys have special plans for the weekend? What about my non-New Yorkers? We've been having gloomy weather these past few days...would love to know what it's like in your neck of the woods!

Link time, baby!

Can't get enough of Claire Thomas recipes.

Since my move, I like listening to this classic song. :)

Woah! This baby treats a magazine like an iPad.

Your fall color palette.

Disclaimer: slight terrifying photo of model's foot after a month of runway shows.

Ain't this the truth!

Gia Coppola directs for Opening Ceremony. Love her!

The 9 most annoying things you can say to a single person. haha.

New Lars Von Trier movie, Melancholia, looks trippy and amazing!

Don't underestimate Michelle Williams. I adore her and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she'll be amazing in My Week with Marilyn. What do you guys think?

Have a dreamy weekend!

(photo via For Rainy Days)

Fake English

If you've ever wondered what English must sound like to foreigners, check out this cute little short film. Although there are very few words I can pick up on, I feel like I totally get what's going on.

Also, I want sparklers on my next birthday cake. So festive!

Cooking French!

(photo via Food & Wine)

Today I read an excerpt from the book, The Table Comes First by Adam Gopnik, in Food & Wine.

In it, Gopnik described his take as to why the preference of Italian food dominates over French cuisine. His take: Italy represents in the American - or at least New York - mind, a reflection of the easy Old World. Olive trees and cheap red wine, pasta and garlic, tomatoes cooked down - it all feels accessible, whereas French cooking has some evident degree of difficulty about it. The simple acts of French country food - separating eggs, beating egg whites, reducing sauces, making liaisons of a sauce and a thickener..to name a few, are hard, or harder, anyway.

Which sparked a thought for me: how do we all appreciate food when we cook?

I, for instance, feel greatly accomplished rarely making something intricate and detailed. But feel equally gratified in knowing I can whip something up in five minutes or less (which is few and far in between, I'll admit!) But now I have set out to challenge myself: learning to skillfully cook intricate and traditional French recipes! Don't get me wrong, I love Italian cooking! But this could be a fun way to educate myself in cooking challenging cuisine.

Do you guys have any French food classics you live by or have tried out? Or perhaps a foreign cuisine you'd like to know more about? I would love some suggestions! Perhaps I can start with Truffle-Infused French Onion Soup. Yum!

Have Dreamy Weekend!

(photo via Pink Preppy Lilly Lover)

I'm moving this weekend! Yep. A whole fifteen blocks away. I'm moving in with my boyfriend, Charlie, and we're really excited about creating a little nest and planning dinner parties and movie nights. And this week, he brought home two pumpkins so we can have our first carving party! I've definitely moved a lot in my day, but this move has a totally different feel...less stressful and more happy. :) The only source of stress might be trying to figure out where I'm going to put all my shoes!

How about you guys? If you moved in with a boyfriend (or girlfriend), did it feel different and exciting or were you nervous?

A few links to get you thru this Friday...

RIP, Steve Jobs. :(

Really pretty cider.

Matzo ball soup recipe, for the fall cold. Yum.

For New Yorkers and those visiting: go to this restaurant! It feels like you're in Europe, and I saw Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is way too adorable.

I'm painting our kitchen with chalkboard paint this weekend! I'm so excited. Any tips?

Cute couple Halloween costume!

My seesters are in LA casting for After the Wedding! I miss them, but I'm excited to see more! Check back for details...

Pardon my overuse of the word 'excited' in this post. It is a very exciting time...and the weather is perfect here in New York. :)

Have a dreamy weekend! ♥

Rosewater Meringue with Black Currants + Cream.

(Photo and recipe via Nigel Slater)

Is this not the most decadent dessert you've ever seen?  Must try this stat!

Off to LA

Image via Pinterest 

Claudia and I are off to Los Angeles tomorrow to do casting for our upcoming film, After the Wedding! I've been to LA several times and Claudia lived there a few years ago, but surprisingly, we have never gone together. So I'm excited not only to do our casting, but I also love traveling with my sister and I'm glad she knows the city better than I do. I'm also looking forward to seeing old friends, driving, and being in the warm sunshine.

Any suggestions or must-see spots we should check out while we're in town? We'd love recommendations!

Happy birthday, to my husband Alex!

You are an incredible husband and man...

Because you are always a great sport...

You make an amazing dance partner...

Could rescue me in a dark alley...

Look bad-ass in black shades...

And at the end of the day, are an amazing listener, cuddler + my best friend.

I love you so much, Alex. Feliz cumpleaƱos! Love, Mrs. Big Head xo!

Film: Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

Images via IMDB

This weekend I took advantage of the chilly, rainy weather on Friday night to stay in and watch Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery. Have any of you seen it? I had never heard of it before but as with most Woody Allen films, I loved it. It has the perfect amount of wit and comedic suspense. And the cast! How could I not love anything with Angelica Huston and Alan Alda? 

Among my favorite lines: 

Carol (Diane Keaton): You know what I mean? I mean, I don't understand why you're not more fascinated with this. We could be living next door to a murderer, Larry.
Larry (Woody Allen): Well, New York is a melting pot. You know, get used to it.


Larry: Could you? That's great. That's... you know, you-you have all these skills, and you're beautiful, and you can write so well... and now it turns out you play poker. This is, uh, too good to be true.
Marcia (Angelica Huston): Well, I wouldn't say beautiful.
Larry: Oh, I would.
Marcia: But I do have tremendous sex appeal.

If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend! Perfect for a weeknight movie.
(By the way, this film is in color! I could only find b+w stills though.)
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