Spring Shopping: NYC

spring shopping: nyc | simple pretty


After taking a year off, I’m so excited to be heading back to NYC for this year’s Stationery Show. Walking the aisles of Javits, seeing friends, and yes, a bit of NYC #exploring are all on the docket.  I have lists aplenty underway (NSS booth numbers, restaurant options, and of course, my Google Map* of places to go, which includes this nifty new shop devoted to pencils).

A few favorites I’ll be looking for while in town:

  1. Brock coat and Calvin Klein Collection sweater at The Line    The first place I went when we hit NYC for #collegetours last month was The Apartment By The Line, where I tried on and instantly fell for this gorgeous coat from Brock. It’s an investment, so I held off, but I can’t stop thinking about it. (London is definitely a coat town.) And then it was featured in the look above, with a gorgeously simple Calvin Klein Collection sweater. Off-the-charts temptation levels at the moment.
  2. Brooks Brothers White Button-down Shirt   Not really an earth-shattering choice, but there’s something so classic about a white shirt with jeans. Brooks Brothers fitted dress shirt features wide-enough-to-move shoulders without looking sloppy everywhere else. (And bonus points for being machine washable.) Since Brooks Brothers, like many US retailers, adheres to the “we’ll just change the currency sign” method of pricing in the UK, it will definitely pay off to pick one up while I’m in the States.
  3. Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick   This isn’t on my shopping list per se, as I already own it, but I’m such a fan of Chanel lipsticks. A flattering range of colors (something for everyone) with great formulas and gorgeous packaging. I’ve been wearing their newly launched ultra-hydrating lip colour in ‘430/Marie’ non-stop since I picked it up on a whim on one of my March trips to Paris. It’s the perfect Your Lips But Better shade, and it might require a second tube so it’s always handy.
  4. Olaplex    As someone who spends more time than she’d like to admit at the colorist, I’m quite intrigued by Olaplex. The line was developed around a bond multiplier that promises to make your hair stronger and less prone to breakage if you use it while coloring your hair. Olaplex is a three-step process: the salon treatment is broken into two steps (using products No. 1 and No. 2), but there is a take-home component, No. 3, that you use once a week to further strengthen your hair. Want it. Need it. Have to try it.
  5. Muji A4 PP Card Folder    I don’t know why they don’t sell this product at the London Muji shops, but they don’t. (As an American, UK retailing can seem perplexing and exasperating.) I think this PP card folder will be brilliant for organizing and displaying favorite business cards from the weekend. Because let’s face it: if you want to see the best in business cards, the Stationery Show is where it’s at.

image credits: 1. theline.com 2. brooksbrothers.com 3. chanel.com 4. olaplex.com 5. muji.us

I have created custom Google Maps for favorite cities. Each map is so easy to set up, and once it’s done, I have all my must-see spots accessible at a glance. It makes my travel strategizing so much easier, and it’s a breeze to share my picks when friends + family ask me for recommendations.

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Letterpress Love: Birdwalk Press

birdwalk press herbarium greeting card | simple pretty

herbarium card

With just under a month to go until the 2015 Stationery Show, I’ve found myself with letterpress on the brain just a little more than usual. One recent find is Birdwalk Press. Based in Bozeman, Montana, the line is the brainchild of Ian Johnson and Mina Talajoor Johnson. The husband-wife team draws design inspiration from Mina’s background as a plant pathologist and life-long art lover, as well as Ian’s affinity for film and photography.

I’m smitten with their simple, nature-inspired images, letterpressed on a Gordon Old-Style treadle press with plenty of white space: more than a few items from their Etsy shop are bookmarked for my next letterpress shopping spree. (Online portfolios highlight their custom work for weddings, baby announcements, events, and other creative needs.)

birdwalk press hello script greeting card | simple pretty

hello card

birdwalk press nested greeting card | simple pretty

nested card

birdwalk press grizzly greeting card | simple pretty

grizzly card (perfect for california lovers!)

birdwalk press logo | simple pretty

the perfectly simple birdwalk press logo

images from birdwalkpress.com and birdwalkpress.etsy.com / product images link to shop page

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Photo Favorites: April 2015

NYC wall | simple pretty photo favorites, april 2015

love, somewhere in NYC

Just two weeks ago, I was in Boston confronted with lingering piles of snow in Beacon Hill. Now, it feels like spring has sprung up everywhere (Boston, I trust that the snow has melted and you’re reporting the same?)

April in London has been sunny — so far — which means it’s been terribly difficult to get anything done. But who’s complaining? We’ve earned it. Here’s to spring fever in all its glory: picnic season is right around the corner.

A few of my photo favorites from the past month:

  1. untitled
  2. It was a cold smoggy day ….
  3. a wilma doodle
  4. adding this to my list ….
  6. My 2nd baby. ….
  7. Elveden Armchair
  8. afternoon experiment ….
  9. BAR
  10. 100.0 // Holy moly. ….
  11. Ruffles and frills.
  12. untitled
  13. my happy place
  14. A favourite table shot ….
  15. Our favorite bunny, Miffy
  16. I am wandering ….
  17. The Moon. La Lune. ….
  18. Chillin’ on the last day of spring break.
  19. What a beauty
  20. Happy days ….
  21. This cake ….
  22. Union Station ~ Los Angeles

photo at top by jane potrykus

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Shop Visit: La Garçonne, NYC

la garçonne, nyc | simple pretty

an artfully presented corner of the shop

Proof that Instagram lies: those of you following my #collegetours photos no doubt have envisioned an idyllic romp through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, replete with leisurely lunches and afternoon shopping. Nothing could be further from the truth: the tone for our odyssey was set on day one when we left our morning school appointment in a frenetic rush to catch a taxi to our afternoon school appointment. Lunch? At the ever popular Vending Machines. (Menu: Pop Tarts + Coke! The height of nutrition and sophistication.)

However, there were still moments of bliss, and stores that I refused to miss out on, even if it meant rearranging the day (read: skipping a tour). One of those stores was La Garçonne, on Greenwich Street in TriBeCa. As I’ve spent untold hours scrolling through their online inventory, there was no way I was missing the chance to shop in person. As you would imagine, it’s a gorgeous, minimalist space. Amusingly, it turned me into a temporary maximalist, as I wanted everything. (I can’t wait to go back next month when I’m in town: the store director, RiQ, mentioned that they will have The Row pre-fall sometime in May!) A few of the La Garçonne wares I’m currently coveting:

raquel allegra slip skirt at la garçonne | simple pretty

raquel allegra slip skirt

raquel allegra bustier dress at la garçonne | simple pretty

raquel allegra bustier dress

6397 knee-length skirt at la garçonne | simple pretty

6397 knee-length skirt (a potential purchase next month)

martiniano low mule at la garçonne | simple pretty

martiniano low mule

As for what I bought, I chose a very Sofia Coppola-esque cashmere sweater from La Garçonne Moderne (the in-house line, and it’s all très utilitarian luxe®, as you would expect):

mariel sweater at la garçonne | simple pretty

mariel sweater

la garçonne, 465 greenwich street, nyc

shop photo by jane potrykus; all product photos from lagarconne.com (images link to product)

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Fall 2015: Samuji

samuji fall 2015, look 25 | simple pretty

look 25

Lovely tailoring at Samuji for fall. Just enough to keep it minimalist, yet interesting. See the complete collection (with some fun prints for those who indulge!) at Style.com.

samuji fall 2015, look 6 | simple pretty

look 6

samuji fall 2015, look 31 | simple pretty

look 31

samuji courtesy photos for style.com

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