Friday, May 13, 2016

Shopping for souvenirs in New York City: Fishs Eddy

If you're anything like me (and most people in the world, really), every time you travel to a new place, you NEED to bring home a souvenir. In New York, it's super easy to find all that cheesy stuff, it's all over town. But souvenirs that are a bit more original, sometimes are hard to find.

That's when shopping local gets even more fun! Not only you're helping the community you're visiting, but you also get products that are unique and get to experience a bit of the local culture and way of life.

So, here's a tip for super fun, cute and well priced souvenirs in New York City: Fishs Eddy. Fishs Eddy is right by the Flatiron Building (a must-see in NY, even if you're a seasoned traveler), making it an even more convenient place for a little shopping session. They have a ton of New York themed items, housewares, home decor,  wall art, gifts, books etc. so, even if you're not into the city-themed thing, you will definitely find something that suits you're taste there.

On my visit to the shop, I bought the water tower model (from Boundless Brooklyn) on the picture above. I remember, I was so impressed with the number of water towers I saw when I first visited NY, it stuck with me as an icon. I had fun putting my kit together and now it lives in one of my shelves.

So, there yo have it: a cool, local and fun place to get your souvenir next time you're in NYC. I think the point of this post is, not only to share a nice place to visit in the city I now live in, but also to make us think a little more about our behavior when we visit a new place- if you enjoy the city you're in, why not help the locals, right? :)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

New York: coffee shops - part 2

Hey blogosphere, it's been a while! But what better way to come back other than with a second installment of coffee shops in NYC? ;) So, without further ado, here it goes! disclaimer: I am NOT a coffee connoisseur, I just enjoy visiting cool places.

First up is Ground Central Coffee Company. It has 3 different locations in Manhattan, but the one I usually go to is the one in Midtown East. It has a super cozy seating area on the back, with comfy chairs and shelves full of books, but it also has a nice long table by the window, right next to a big collection of LP records that you can listen to. Staff is always super nice, but it can be packed (really really really packed, with lines out the door) at the most random times of the day.

Next up, is ever so famous Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Stumptown has 2 location in NY, I've only been to the one at the Ace Hotel. Lines can be pretty long too, but it's just so nice to grab a coffee and a pastry and sit at the lobby of the hotel with all the cool kids! I've been several times, and it's always great.

Lastly, is Bluestone Lane. Bluestone Lane is an Australian-style coffee shop and café. They have several locations in NY. I've been to one coffee shop (Midtown East) and one café (Upper East Side). Unless you're living under a rock, you've probably heard that Australian coffee shops is the "new thing". And for a good reason. Staff is SUPER friendly and coffee is so good! But there's a plus if you visit their UES location, just look at the pictures below! The café is located in what I believe was once part of the adjacent to church. It's just too beautiful and really worth a visit.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pretty pretty finds: wood watch by JORD

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen that I'm very much loving my new watch. I have to admit I'm not a big watch-wearer, but it's been a while since watches are no longer something to only keep track of time, they're also a beautiful accessory. And that's the main reason I jumped at the chance of featuring JORD watches here on the blog and on my Instagram. How cool is it that they are made from wood? And just look how stylish they are!

Delmar, Ely and Fieldcrest. Images by JORD

My watch is the Fieldcrest in green sandalwood. My wrists are small and thin and I could never find a watch the wouldn't look gigantic on me, but the Fieldcrest is just the right size! I've been wearing it non-stop since the day I got it in the mail- it's super lightweight and it adds so much to even the most basic of the outfits.

Maddox approves it! ;)

There's also something really cool on JORD's website- they gather all images shared by people that post their watches on Instagram under their hashtag #jordwatch. It's a great source for outfit and photo inspiration, if you're looking for some!

Full disclosure: I was provided a watch for review purposes;
however all opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter! (with naturally dyed eggs)

Around this time last year, I was coloring easter eggs for the first time ever. Unfortunately, because I moved, Chelsea and I couldn't get together to do it again this year. So, during the week, we decided we should do it on our own and share our pictures with each other. And yesterday was the day to do it. While she went all fancy and did some really cool dripped patterns, I decided to try my hand on natural dying. I wanted baby blue eggs, so the internet told me red cabbage was the vegetable of choice.

The process is pretty easy, just chop half the cabbage, put in a pan with about 5 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, bring it to a boil then simmer for half an hour. The liquid become very very purple. Then you dip the eggs and leave it for as long as you want - the longer you leave, the darker the egg will get (picture below).

It was really fun! I even tried doing some patterns using electric tape (last picture). Apparently that's the best type of tape for this project and luckily I had some at home. My favorite is the one on the picture above. I didn't even use tape for that one, just dipped the egg in different positions for different amounts of time.

Well, that was it for this Easter. Make sure you check out Chelsea's eggs on her Instagram, they are beautiful. I hope you have a Happy Easter! xx

Monday, March 14, 2016

New York: coffee shops - part 1

I've been in New York for a little less than 2 months now and I've visited quite a few coffee shops in the city. Since I always take at least one picture while I'm at a new place, I thought I would share some of them in the blog from time to time. So here are the first ones, starting in the Upper East Side and going down to DUMBO. disclaimer: I am NOT a coffee connoisseur, I just enjoy visiting cool places. ;)

First up is Birch Coffee. They have multiple locations in NY, I went to the one on 62nd St. This location is tiny, doesn't offer a seating area and only has a counter on the (huge) window with some stools. Nevertheless, it's so pretty and cozy, with beautiful wallpaper, amazing tiled floor and pretty lights. They had a bunch of pastries to offer and staff was very friendly.

Up next, is Maman. They now have two different location in NY, one in SoHo and one in TriBeCa. I went to the one on Centre St, SoHo. This is the most adorable coffee place ever! The decor of this shop incorporates influences from South of France and every corner is picture perfect. Rustic tables, chairs and benches, plenty of windows and plants. The snacks and coffee were really good, but they also serve salads, sandwiches and soups.

Kobrick Coffee Co. is a super cozy coffee shop in the Meatpacking District. I stopped by after an afternoon of walking and it was just the perfect place to rest for a few minutes before heading home. They offer snacks, brunch, dinner and also cocktails. I loved the dark walls and comfy chairs and the staff was really really nice.

Last, but not least, is Brooklyn Roasting Company. We visited their DUMBO location, where they also roast their coffee. It's actually pretty cool to see them at work. The shop inside a big warehouse, with lots of seatings, and it has a really cool modern-artsy-industrial decor.  They also offer a bunch of different snacks and food.

Do you have any favorite coffee shops in the city? If you do, I'd love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments or via email!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Small changes

Maybe you've already noticed, I've made a few changes to the blog. The orange header is gone and a black and white one (<3) is up. The ads between posts are also gone. There's a new tab ("New York") and I've updated the "About me" page with my new city (number 4 in the US!). The "Boston" tab is still there because there are so many good things in there, I just couldn't bring myself to remove it. I hope everything is looking good at your end, but if you notice any glitches, please do let me know!

Friday, March 4, 2016


Just a quick post to say that I've been snapchat-ing my way around New York. I've been actually using Snapchat a lot more than Instagram- it's easier and a lot of fun since you don't edit the image and post as you go. In case you'd like to follow along, my username over there is @scavengenius. See you around! ;)

Monday, February 22, 2016


Well, it took me a little longer than planned to come back since the last post. The truth is, we're still doing some unpacking and decorating in the new apartment. It feels like forever, but it's only been a month since we moved in. I'm hoping after we're settled, things will get back to normal here on the blog and I'll resume sharing pretty things I find online and places I visit (now in New York!).

Now, for a little reality check of life in New York- our bedroom is so small, we could not fit our bed + a dresser in it without having to block the window (picture above). Oh well!...

Friday, January 22, 2016

New beginnings

In case you missed my post from yesterday on Instagram-

image by Anna Winchell

Things have been a bit crazy over here, and that's why I've been quiet. The reason is that, as of last Sunday, we're officially New York residents. Nelson wasn't looking for a new job, but an opportunity knocked on his door and we decided he should take it. Boston was good to us and we made a few friends that will be in our hearts forever. It was sad to leave, of course, but we're SUPER EXCITED to explore our new city. So, if you're ever in NYC and want to have coffee or lunch or dinner or just walk around the city, let me know, I'd love to get together!