the beautiful things

{things i learned} hippity hoppity


[the best--worst?--thing about candy bunnies? chocolate for days]



[two of 460 eggs scattered across the city in 2014's 'the big egg hunt new york']


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[pastel raspberry and cream macrons]



[palms from last week's mass]



[gorgeous cherry blossom blooms]


This weekend's always a good one–Easter's the perfect time to eat delicious food, reconnect with family, reflect on life's blessings, and celebrate spring. Have a great holiday! 


{things i wore} linen jacket

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Though temperatures in New York have dipped–boo–I'm still in full on spring-mode. I'm not normally drawn to light colors and find beiges and browns hard to style, but as plants start to bloom and the skies are brighter wearing them seems so much more natural. This linen jacket was a clearance rack find at Zara (the best kind of purchase), and though I didn't get too much use out of it in the fall it's perfect for the current season.


Jacket with Combination Sleeves, Zara [$89]; Tank, Forever 21; Skinny Leg Cropped Jeans in 'Coolidge Wash,' Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Jeans [$79.50]Braided Shopper in Brown, Zara [$149]; Emmie Flats in Brown, Lucky Brand [$59]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175]; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44]; X3 Diamond Ring, 18k Gold Diamond Anniversary Band [$1400]

{things i covet} easter basket goodies

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Set of Three Fashion Fairy Tale Memoirs [$60]

'Katie' Bunny silicone iPhone 5 cover, Marc by Marc Jacobs [$50]

Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash, 200ml, Ren Skincare [$27]

Knickers of the Week (et of Seven Briefs), Stella McCartney [$195]

Open Stone Bracelet,Tai [$50]

'Antonia' Ankle Strap Sandals in 'Gummy', Alexander Wang [$475]

'Neon Angel' Lipstick, Ilia [$26]

Candy Acrylic Clutch, Jimmy Choo [$875]

'Matt' Pilot Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples par Isabel Marant $378


{things i made} pastiera di riso



Pastiera, an Italian Easter "pie," has always been part of the holiday's menu for me. It's a unique dessert, like a creamy baked rice pudding (you could thank the addition of ricotta cheese for that) with a soft, golden crust. Though the recipe is now ascribed to a Neapolitan nun who added ingredients symbolic of the Resurrection (eggs) and spring (oranges and lemons), the dish may ironically have pagan roots. The grain component (here I use rice, but wheat or einkorn could be substituted instead) links it to the goddess Ceres and the festivals welcoming spring's return. Since the pie tastes better when the flavors have a chance to blend, traditionally it should be mixed on Good Friday, baked on Holy Saturday, and eaten on Easter.


1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tbsp honey
1/4 cup oil
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tbsp marsala or vermouth
scant 1/4 cup milk (or less as needed)

2 cups cooked rice (arborio preferred)
1/2 lemon, zested

1/2 orange, zested
2 tbsp oil
1 cup milk
2 cups ricotta
2 whole eggs, plus two yolks
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp orange juice
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Follow the directions on the package of rice to make 2 cups of cooked rice. Let cool. Reheat the rice in a saucepan over medium heat with the oil, milk, and lemon and orange zest. Bring it to a low boil for about ten minutes, stirring occasionally. Place the mixture in a large bowl, let cool, then place in the refrigerator.
2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the ricotta, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and orange juice. Place in refrigerator, preferably overnight, to allow the
flavors to meld.
3. To make the dough, sift the flour, cornstarch, sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Add honey, oil, egg, zest, and liquor. Stir briefly until the mixture is lumpy. Add the milk gradually as needed and knead until the mixture is smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 15 minutes.
4. Roll out about two thirds of the pastry and place in a greased 11-inch spring-form pan or a deep tart pan with removable bottom. Trim the extra pastry around the edges and add to the remaining pastry. Roll out the rest of the pastry and with a crimper pastry wheel cut long strips about 1-1/2 inch wide.
Fold the rice mixture with the ricotta mixture. Fill the pastry-lined pan. Gently place the strips on the edge of the pastry in a lattice pattern. Brush gently with beaten egg whites and bake in a pre-heated oven at 395° F for about 60 minutes or until the top is golden. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan. (Pie is best served one day later.)

{things i wore} heeled sandals

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Sandals! In April! In New York City! I'm so excited to finally have been able to break out my favorite shoes from last year  for the first time this year and not completely freeze while wearing them. The weather's been that good, and other than some rain it's going to stay this way. Happy, happy spring!


Shirt [old]; Belt [vintage]; Café Capri, J.Crew [$89.50]; Leather Sandal, Zara [$80]; Bowdoin Clutch, c/o Hayden Hartnett [$248]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175]; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44]X3 Diamond Ring, 18k Gold Diamond Anniversary Band [was $1400, available here// 'Style Hunter' Nail Polish, Essie [here

{things i learned} all our graces


[so excited to be able to finally wear this pair of shoes]



[two of my favorite indulgences in one treat: whipped cream and chocolate]



[facade repetition]



[greek keftedes + tzatziki = happy me]



[descriptive and instructive graffiti]


How is it mid-April already? The days may seem longer–and take a while to pass sometimes–but the calendar dates are just flying by. This Sunday is Palm Sunday which means Easter is just a week away. I hope to squeeze in three of my favorite activities this weekend–shopping, baking, and cooking–so fingers crossed the weather and my schedule stay sunny and clear!


{things i wore} printed blouse

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I haven't been talking about the amazing weather–maybe I'm in denial or maybe I didn't want to jinx it, but this warm-up has been great. Good-bye coats, heavy knits, and gloves–hello no coats, no heavy knits, and no gloves. Okay so while we may not be at tank-top/skirt/sandal temperatures just yet, any improvement over the worst winter ever is good enough for me. To celebrate, I'm wearing some floral Phillip Lim–perfect for spring!


Long-Sleeve Blouse in 'Floral Print,' 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target  [$30] // Artist Crop Pant in 'Black,' American Eagle [$40] //Emmie Flats in Black, Lucky Brand [$59// Holly Bag in Black, c/o Oushka London [$240 $65] // Large Metal Aviators Gold Frame, Ray Ban [$150] // Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175]; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44]X3 Diamond Ring, 18k Gold Diamond Anniversary Band [was $1400, available here] // 'Style Hunter' Nail Polish, Essie [here


{things i covet} try, buy, spy




 a time-saving life-hack that uses the microwave to peel garlic [read]

a eye-lifting brow pencil that's also a highlighter [purchase]

simple floating flower arranging [learn]


l.a.m.b.fernley pointy toe heel [$465]

patent leather-trimmed jewelry case, anya hindmarch [$350]

brass tic tac toe set, jonathan adler [$195]


jenna lyons reissued a beloved j.crew bathing suit– just because fans asked [read]

a cell phone charger that can fit in your wallet's card slots [preorder]

an artistic response to some close-minded feedback [watch]


{things i made} salad with marinated peppers and pecorino

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This salad started with the cheese. The wheel of the semi-soft sheep's cheese was in my fridge and other than just breaking off chunks to snack on (which is never a bad idea), I wasn't sure what to do with it. This salad bursts with simple but complex Italian flavors–the lemony capers, the creamy cheese and garlicky peppers all pair so perfectly you'll be wondering why you never thought to mix them together in the first place. I always roast my own peppers–not only do you get to subtly nuance their marinade yourself, you can know for sure that no unappetizing additives or colors get into the mix.



4 ​peppers (red, yellow, or mixed​), quartered and cored
tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp water
1 tsp brown​ sugar
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 sprigs of thyme
​Salt and pepper
, to taste​

basil leaves​, thinly sliced​ (to taste)
greens of your choice
50g pecorino fresco cheese, shaved
tbsp capers, drained

1.​ ​Preheat​ ​oven to 375 F.​ ​Place peppers on a baking tray​, drizzle with olive oil,​ sprinkle with sal​t, and​ 


​roast for 35 minutes or until soft ​and blackened​. Remove from the oven​,​ place​
​ in​ ​a bowl​, cover with​ ​plastic wrap​ ​and​ ​
l​e​t steam​ for 30 minutes. 
​Then r
emove peppers' skins by peeling and thinly slice the peppers into strips

​. ​

​2. ​Whisk together all the ingredients for the marinade. Pour the marinade over the peppers ​and​ add the thyme.  Leave the peppers to marinate at room temperature for at least an hour or overnight in the fridge.

3.​ Toss together the basil and greens​. ​Top with the peppers, pecorino, and capers. Drizzle with the remaining marinade, season to taste ​and​ serve immediately.



{things i wore} flared jeans


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There's no easier item to style than a chambray shirt. Flared jeans are up there too–put on some chunky heels, a tailored shirt, sleek blazer, or cropped jacket and you're good to go. I've bought a lot of denim button-downs since this one but it remains my favorite, mostly because I love the pale color (I'd never have jeans that would match it). I also love the memory of buying it: I had just started to notice people wearing denim-on-denim in a fashion-y way and spotted it on a impromptu Target trip. My sister and I agreed the price point was good enough if the trend didn't stick–ironically it's had legs for years now.


Chambray Button-Down, Mossimo Supply Co. for Target [similar] // 'Iris' Flare Jeans, Buffalo David Bitton [similar] // Rocco Duffel Bag in Black with Pale Gold Hardware, Alexander Wang [$925] // Balnit Peep-Toe Slingbacks, Aldo [$110] // Razor Blade Ring, Tom Binns [$140]; Gold & Pavé Diamond Tiny Disc Ring, Sydney Evan [$375]; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44]; Diamond Anniversary Band in Yellow Gold,  X3  [$1400 $839] // Style Hunter' Nail Polish, Essie [here





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