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Sweatshop Coffee Brooklyn

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sweatshop coffee Brooklyn

Sweatshop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has pretty much everything I love in shop.  Painted brick, dark gray walls and concrete floors, wood tables and stools and even a neon sign in white.  Sweatshop is known as Creative Space + Espresso Bar.

Sweatshop Coffee Brooklyn

Sweatshop Coffee Brooklyn

I love the gray cups and saucers and the enamelware tumblers in black and gray.  Every detail in this shop is sort of perfect. I might need to order a few of those for summer entertaining on the patio.  I found them here. 

Sweatshop Coffee Brooklyn

A delicious scone, a beautiful latte in a lovely coffee house and time spent with my daughter, Madeline = a perfect day!  Sweatshop is located at 232 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Next stop Devocion!

 

 

Black Brick Coffee, Williamsburg

Monday, March 21, 2016

Black Brick CoffeeWilliamsburg, Brooklyn.  Last week Madeline and I spent the morning in Brooklyn.  The main purpose of our trip was to see Clare at Arrojo. Before and after our appointments we checked out four pretty cool coffee shops.  Our first stop was Black Brick on Bedford Avenue.  We found it after seeing it on the instagram of Coffee Cups of the World.

Black Brick Coffee Williamsburg Brooklyn

Black Brick Coffee Williamsburg Brooklyn

Black Brick Coffee Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Look up, down, everywhere there were details not to be missed in this eclectic shop.

Black Brick Coffee Williamsburg Brooklyn

It took almost 90 minutes in morning traffic from Connecticut so I sort of knew I might not make a healthy choice. Boy, was this a great place to start. The dulce de lece donut was worth every calorie. We chose a seat at the window. I’m not sure why some seats are designated as computer free tables, but we were okay with that. Clare mentioned later that we missed the secret garden in back. I guess maybe they sensed we were not locals…and therefore the garden remained a secret?

Black Brick Coffee Williamsburg Brooklyn

Next stop, Sweatshop on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg.

 

14 Things to see in New York

Sunday, March 6, 2016

14 things to see in New York that involves six landmark buildings, two parks and four coffee shops–There’s so much to see in a city like New York, but if you have, say a couple of hours and want to see some cool stuff and have coffee on the way….here’s a few ideas.

I decided to start my morning at The City Bakery.  It’s big, has great coffee or hot chocolate and amazing bakery items. You can almost always find a seat. Sidenote: Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant had an ice tea at the table in the window in Music and Lyrics. Once you’ve had your caffeine, if it’s a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday then head back over and check out the Union Square Greenmarket. From Union Square head back to Fifth Avenue.

The City Bakery NYC Union Square

Coffee cups at The City Bakery

The Flatiron Building is at 175 5th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets. While you’re in the area, you may want to check out Toby’s Estate Coffee at 169 5th Avenue. It’s a beautiful shop with a few seats. Straight through the coffee shop is a lovely flower shop and a mini Strand Book Store.

The Flatiron Building and Yellow Taxis

Toby's Estate Coffee Flatiron

If you have a little extra time, you can literally stop and smell the roses. The flower markets in NYC are located between West 28th Street between Avenue of the Americas and 7th. You’ll know you are in the right place when all of a sudden the sidewalks are lined with plants and flowers. (Weather permitting of course). I like this article on the NYC Flower Markets.

The NYC Flower Markets

This brings you to your next coffee stop at the Ace Hotel on West 29th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. A beautiful place to charge your phone or just to sit and relax in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. The restrooms are downstairs, on street level there are sofas and chairs that are quite comfortable if you are lucky enough to find one available. It’s cozy in the winter and the darkness of the lobby in the summer is also quite nice on a bright sunny day. Stumptown Coffee Roasters can be reached from inside the lobby or from 29th Street. There’s a few stools along the window. When you leave, take a right and head back over to Fifth Avenue and walk toward 30th Street.

Ace Hotel New York

Stumptown Coffee Roasters at the Ace Hotel New York

The Empire State Building is at 350 5th Avenue at 33rd Street. Did you know the Empire State building is open 365 days a year from 8am until 2am?  Last elevator up is at 1:15am.  Are you thinking of the ending of Sleepless in Seattle?  From here you could head over to Macy’s if only to ride on the original wooden escalators. Think Miracle on 34th Street. I had not been in years, but recently a friend reminded me of the wooden escalators and I’m glad she did!

The Lobby of The Empire State Building

The original wooden escalators at Macy's Herald Square NYC

Now head over to the New York Public Library walking through Bryant Park on your way. The NYPL has amazing exhibits and always free. The building itself is stunning and worth taking the stairs and walking the hallways. If you haven’t had enough to eat or drink, there’s an Amy’s Bread on the main level.

The New York Public Library

If it’s a beautiful day head back over to the Grace Building on 42nd Street across from Bryant Park. Bluestone Lane has a beauitful shop in the Grace Plaza Pavilion on West 43rd and Sixth Avenue. The outside plaza is a wonderful place to sit and relax before heading back to Grand Central Terminal.

Grand Central Terminal

Three hours, three or four cappuccinos and four or five landmark buildings. A good day in New York.

New York Botanical Garden + J.McLaughlin

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Where do you go if you really really need a little dose of Springtime in New York during the month of February?  The Conservatory of the New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx, of course.  My husband and I met in Phoenix so I think the cacti and succulent garden in the Conservatory is my favorite part.  For this post J. McLaughlin supplied all the clothing and the tote.  I love the Rale Cashmere Poncho from J. McLaughlin, I’ll be wearing this all spring and on cool evenings at the beach this summer.  They come in every color.  The black pants are the Felicity pant which are great for everyday and wonderful for travel.  The perfect pant to get you from Winter to Spring. The Everywhere Tote is so well made and strong enough to carry my laptop and camera and everything else I need without looking overpacked.

New York Botanical Garden Conservatory in Winter

The Conservatory at New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Gardens + J. McLaughlin

The Cacti Garden in the Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden

Rale Cashmere Poncho from J. McLaughlin

The New York Botanical Garden in Winter

The New York Botanical Garden in Winter

It’s pretty quiet this time of year, but still a lovely place to visit.  The restaurants and the beautiful gift shop are open.  I can’t wait for May when this walkway is lined with peonies!  Thank you J. McLaughlin for the beautiful clothes!

Bluestone Lane Upper East Side

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bluestone Lane Upper East Side

My daughter and I are big fans of Bluestone Coffee, known for their recognizable blue to-go cups that you see on the streets whenever you are within several blocks of one of their outposts.  However it was only recently that we discovered their cafe on New York’s Upper East Side.  It’s located across Fifth Avenue at the entrance to the reservoir at Central Park and also adjacent to the newly opened Cooper Hewitt Museum at 91st Street and Fifth Avenue. It is the most beautiful place I can think of to enjoy a cup of coffee.  The cafe is within the Church of the Heavenly Rest.  Seriously, it’s almost a religious experience just to sit and enjoy your coffee within the walls of this lovely cafe.  It was freezing the day we went, but they have lots of outdoor seating for warmer days.  You will almost want to enjoy one cup within the cafe to take in all the loveliness of the space and then maybe a cup or two outdoors where you can watch the cars and people go by on Fifth Avenue.

Bluestone Lane Upper East Side

Bluestone Lane Upper East Side

They have a large communal table in the middle and alcoves with cozy booths on one side and a bar with stools on the other side.  And as you can see above, lots of outlets to charge up.  Service was friendly if not impeccable.

Bluestone Lane Upper East Side

Bluestone Lane Upper East Side

Bluestone Lane Upper East Side

I love cafes that have menus with things like toast.  Who doesn’t love a nutty bread with a smear of butter, ricotta and little honey?  We actually split an order with our chai and cappuccino.  Next time you want to escape the city for an amazing cup of coffee and bite to eat, try Bluestone Lane’s upper East Side Cafe.

 

Holiday Brunch + J.McLaughlin

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

When J.McLaughlin asked me to do a lifestyle post that would include a few beautiful pieces from their holiday line….well of course I said yes!  I’ve always known about J.McLaughlin because they have a shop in my own town of New Canaan, Connecticut.  They originally started in New York on the Upper East Side back in 1977.  They have grown to over 100 stores and each has its own character which is often seen in the delightful sketches of my dear friend Patrica van Essche.  I was invited to visit the beautiful Greenwich store.  The Greenwich store is large and besides stocking almost every item that is also available on their website, the shop is stunning.  Even the dressing rooms are beautiful with nice lighting and space that makes you feel as though you are in the comfort of your own home….except there’s someone right outside helping you with sizes and styles.  I chose clothing with a holiday brunch at home in mind.  My husband and I love to plan get togethers and part of the planning always includes a trip to the Union Square Green Market.

Holiday Brunch + J.McLaughlin

I’m wearing the Langley Vest and the Savannah Shirt in plaid. The shirt is tailored beautifully with a fitted shape so it’s flattering on its own or under a vest or sweater.  I’ve worn it so many times.  It barely even needs ironing. (In fact I usually wash it and hang it to dry and wear it the next day).  The vest is comfortable and I love the pockets, especially at the market.  I wear it on its own or under a sweater or coat for an extra layer.

Holiday Brunch + J.McLaughlin

Holiday Brunch + J.McLaughlin

Holiday Brunch + J.McLaughlin

Holiday Brunch + J.McLaughlin

Holiday Brunch + J.McLaughlin

Holiday Brunch + J.McLaughlin

 

I’m greeting my guests wearing the Ryann Cardigan Sweater in Camel.  It’s the perfect combination of a structured piece, but still soft and comfortable.  Under the cardigan I’m wearing the perfect white blouse.  I love a white blouse and the Briar Shirt in Swiss Dot  has enough detail to wear with a sweater or on its own. The Becca Leggings have become my go to pant for everyday and are perfect for travel.

Holiday Brunch + J.McLaughlin

Holiday Brunch + J.McLaughlin

#makingitmerry at brunch!

This post made possible in product trade with J.McLaughlin. All words and opinions are completely my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support Most Lovely Things!

 

Paris in the fall

Friday, November 6, 2015

Paris in the Fall

Paris in the Fall

I have discovered the best thing about Madeline’s study abroad program….meeting her in Paris!  Okay, true, that’s my perspective, but what a beautiful time to be in Paris.  We had amazing weather which made it perfect for walking all over the city in search of coffee and other delicious things.  One of our first stops on Saturday morning was the newly opened cafe at Shakespeare and Company.  As soon as we walked in to order we noticed Nichole Robertson’s book Paris in Love!  Nichole was one of the first people I followed when I started reading blogs.  Her charming books filled with beautiful photographs invite you to see Paris and (almost) everything in an entirely new way.  It’s always been about the little things and Nichole has a way of bringing that to light.  Whether it’s a photograph of graffiti, a door, or gold lettering on a window….she captures Paris in a way that makes you feel present.  Walking down the streets and through gardens on our way to museums and restaurants with Madeline in the fall was a moment in time I will cherish forever.

Paris in the Fall

Paris in the Fall

Paris in the Fall

Paris in the Fall

Paris in the Fall

Paris in the Fall

Paris in the Fall

Paris in the Fall

Paris in the Fall

I can hardly wait until it is time for Madeline to return.  In the mean time I’ll be dreaming of Paris and learning a word of French a day from these instagram accounts.  French Every Day actually gives you an audio pronunciation.

Goldfish School – goldfish_frech

French Every Day – frencheveryday

We Learn French – welearnfrench

 

 

New York City + Autumn

Saturday, October 17, 2015

I love autumn in New York City and I love architecture.  Walking through the city in the fall and seeing how people decorate their little piece of outdoor real estate or their front stoop is one of my favorite things to do.  So many of the buildings in the city are perfect for autumn colors and Halloween decorations.

New York City + Autumn

New York City + Autumn

Wouldn’t you love to trick-or-treat at this building off 5th Avenue?

New York City + Autumn

New York City + Autumn

New York City + Autumn

Another thing I love about this time of year is that anemones are in bloom from Central Park to Washington Square Park.  I love these delicate white flowers and after seeing them last fall, I planted several in my garden last May.  It will be a while before they look like these, but eventually…. I’ve never been a patient gardener.

New York City + Autumn

New York City + Autumn

We haven’t tried Mary’s Fish Camp yet, but I love the look of it and of course those bright orange pumpkins caught my eye.

New York City + Autumn

A trio of pumpkins along side summer barrels of coleus adds a nice touch at the Ralph Lauren shop on Bleecker Street.  Enjoy the season, wherever you are!

Steele Canvas Basket + Made in America

Steele Canvas Basket + Made in America

Last week I had the opportunity to tour Steele Canvas Basket in Chelsea, MA with Director of Marketing, Frank Geffken.    Everyone knows (whether you realize it or not) about this company.  You’ve seen the large trucks in hotels, on college campuses, the post office….they are everywhere all over the country supplying every industry.  The recognizable old school STEELE logo is still hand stenciled on almost every item.  The company has been in business since 1921 and has been supplying industries with durable products like the industrial trucks and baskets and in recent years they have been meeting the demands of homeowners who want these items for laundry rooms, mud rooms, play rooms and the garage.

Whether the items are being used on construction sites or in someone’s laundry room…Steele’s products are built to last.  They have been made the same way (by hand in their factory in Chelsea, MA) for almost a century.  They try to source the materials in the United States.  For example, the wood slats for the construction of the large trucks come from upstate New York.

Steele Canvas Basket + Made in America

The last several years this family-run business has been collaborating with companies like J.Crew, Crate & Barrel, west elm and  Anthropologie to bring their products to the public for the same reason commercial industries have been using them for years.  Quality and durability.

When time allows, the team tries to produce a new bag a month.  They meet and discuss what they would want in a bag and come up with new products that their customers will appreciate.

I loved actually seeing how these products are made from start to finish.  How the fabric is cut (with very little waste) and constructed into the products that will stand the test of time.  “A guarantee is better than a warranty any day of the week.”  There is so much detail and quality control that goes into each item before it goes out the door that it’s no wonder they have been in business since 1921.Steele Canvas Basket + Made in America

Steele Canvas Basket + Made in AmericaSteele Canvas Basket + Made in America

In May the company brought back the iconic Steele Sling Chair also known as the butterfly chair.   It was first introduced in the 1960s and just recently brought back into production.  Of course they use high quality materials like powder-coated hand bent and welded steel frames and industrial grade duck fabric slings that are available in several colors.  Buying a chair or any one of their products feels good to know that you have an item that will stand the test of time in both design and durability.

Thank you Frank for taking time to show me around the company and letting me see first hand how companies used to make things and how it’s still being done at Steele Canvas Basket, 201 Williams Street, Chelsea, MA.

 

 

Museum Hopping + Queens, NY

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

When my daughter said she wanted to see the Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image, I said “heck yes!”  She has Fridays off from her internship in NYC so every Friday we plan a field trip so to speak.  This Friday was Queens.  Turns out we’ve spent very little time in the borough of Queens.   Sure we spend lots of time at JFK and LaGuardia airports, but even baseball….we’re Yankees fans.   So you won’t find us at CitiField.   Yesterday we spent the afternoon museum hopping all in about a three mile radius.

The first museum was the Museum of the Moving Image for the Mad Men exhibit.  It was a hot day so we started with a sparkling water in the cafe.

Museum Hopping + Queens

Museum Hopping + Queens

Don’t let this image fool you.  There were plenty of people in the museum, but at this moment we had the cafe all to ourselves.  All white with a view of the minimalist garden.

Mad Men Exhibit + Mesuem of the Moving Image

Can’t you just smell the stale smoke while viewing this image?!  Matthew Weiner’s  Mad Men exhibit is open through September 6, 2015.

Next, we went to MoMa PS1.  We are regular visitors at MoMA in Manhattan, but we had never been to  MoMA PS1 that occupies the space of a 100-year old Romanesque Revival school building.  The building was still very much like a school with all the school lighting, doors and windows that seemed to be original to the building.  Again…no museum tour is complete without a stop at the cafe where Madeline posed as if she were a school girl during morning attendance.

MoMAPS1 + Queens

The cafe at MoMAPS1 + Queens, NY

Our last museum of the day was The Noguchi Museum.  I have been wanting to visit this museum for years.  My familiarity with the artist was through his design of the popular Noguchi Table  produced by Herman Miller.  I am so intrigued by the artist and his painstaking methods of working on pieces of granite to create these large sculptures.  The building itself is incredible.  Indoor/outdoor space with atrium like gardens and white painted brick walls and salvaged wood floors throughout the galleries.  Walls of windows creating gorgeous light flooding through the space.  The garden was closed for restoration, but don’t miss the Socrates Sculpture Park just a few blocks away like we did!

The Noguchi Museum + Long Island City, Queens, NY

The Noguchi Museum + Long Island City, Queens, NY

The Noguchi Museum + Long Island City, Queens, NY

Madeline is always rarely open to modeling.

Gastroteca, Astoria Queens

Gastroteca + Astoria Queens

But we did manage to find a great spot for lunch at Gastroteca and an adorable shop called Lockwood on the way back to the car.  We had a great afternoon.  All in we spent about 6 hours and 2 of those were driving.  So three museums, a little lunch, a tiny bit of shopping and six hours with Madeline….I’d say that’s a perfect day.  Well to me anyway!

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