Our Easter Weekend with the Fam

April 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Posted in life | Leave a comment
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Trying to build upon traditions we started Easter Sunday at home and let Jack play with the goodies he found in his Easter basket. This year he even got some candy, which (selfishly) was for Daryle and me to snack on when Jack’s not looking. Then we put our Easter pastels on and drove to my parent’s house to see the loads of bunnies on display. My mom loves Easter, it’s always so special to see every last one of the bunnies she’s kept safe from year to year from when she was a child, through my childhood, and now for Jack’s! We spent the afternoon in the art studio next to my parent’s home where there were plenty of stations for Jack to stay entertained. There was a sandbox which must have kept him busy for a solid hour! And an art table with paper and crayons. My mom dug out old 78’s so we could listen to my grandfather playing jazz drums with Billy Maxted’s band in the sixties. It was the perfect way to spend a(nother) rainy afternoon. Jack was happy and we were happy to have mimosa after mimosa, because, that’s just what you do on Easter, isn’t it? Yes, that’s Jack trying to drink from an empty orange juice container. Hope you had a happy Easter!

This time last year, look how little Jack was when we were away at the beach!

Hands down BEST auction house to get your Mid-Century Modern furniture*

March 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Posted in decor, design, mid-century, modernism | Leave a comment
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And no, it’s not eBay.

In my attempt to be a minimalist (amongst the many piles, haha) one thing I can’t stop doing is reading shelter magazines and blogs looking at mouth-wateringly awesome ideas to furnish my home. We’ve stuck to a pretty strict classic-mid-century-modern decor with the smattering of IKEA closet structures and kitchen essentials. I had been hearing about Richard Wright’s premium mid-century auction house called Wright 20 that he runs out of Chicago over-and-over as Daryle and I frequented our favorite modern furniture shops around town. So finally I took the hint and signed up for Wright 20’s auction emails just to see what it was all about.

There, photograph after photograph, the most perfect original you-name-it piece staged in perfect lighting, showing the viewer (moi!) what I can’t live without, if I were ahem, a millionaire*. Yeah, this stuff is the opposite of affordable. But it truly is for the most part, one of a kind, iconic, and in the mint-est of condition: mid-century sofas, credenzas, chairs, pendant lamps, tabletop pottery, you get the picture. So while it is the auction house for let’s just say The Elite (Daryle tells me Brad Pitt, a self-defined modernist bids on auctions frequently), it’s fun to dream and get ideas from. A lot of similar styles are available at your local modern shop for much cheaper, they just require a diamond-in-the-rough eye to get a sofa re-upholstered (yes, I watch HGTV) or a sideboard spiffed up with some teak oil, and it could work nicely in your own home. At least, that’s been the way Daryle and I do things.

We are all under the same moon. — A mobile art installation.

March 27, 2013 at 11:59 am | Posted in contemporary art, outsider art, photography | Leave a comment
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I was drawn to these photographs the moment I saw them. Russian artist Leonid Tishkov has built his own mobile art installation that he travels around the world with. When he chooses a spot, like on top of an apartment building with a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower, or in a rural area of The Arctic, or an unnamed city in China, Tishkov collaborates with photographers to document a calm moment with the illuminated crescent moon displayed prominently, watching over the scene. Tishkov said “the moon is a shining point that brings people together from different countries, of different nationalities and cultures – and everyone who gets in its orbit does not forget it ever.” His statement resonated with me. For there are so many people that remain close to my heart, yet I don’t see them often enough. When I’m missing them, I’ve always remembered that no matter how far apart we are, we are always under the same moon, and for that, I feel just a little closer to them.

The Best Homemade Biscuits You’ll Ever Have

March 26, 2013 at 8:33 am | Posted in food | Leave a comment
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These biscuits are my most favorite thing to make when I have unexpected company, or I’m making a big pot of soup, or it’s a crappy rainy/snowy day like yesterday and I need something super yum-o. I love them so much because I always have all of the ingredients in the house and they take maybe 20 minutes to make from mixing the ingredients to smearing some jam on a warm golden-brown biscuit right out of the oven.

2/3 C white whole wheat flour*
1 TBL baking powder
1/2 Tsp salt
2/3 C milk
1/3 C olive oil*

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 475 degrees F. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and oil. Then combine both mixtures and stir until everything is wet. No need to over mix. Place teaspoon-sized batter on a cookie sheet 1/2-inch apart (I always use parchment or foil so the biscuits do not stick.). Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Enjoy!

*You may substitute all-purpose flour instead of white whole wheat flour
*Canola oil works just as well too

The photos above are of two batches of biscuits. I normally make just one when it’s only Daryle and me.

Retro One-Pieces and Groovy Bikinis — A Spring Bathing Suit Wishlist

March 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Posted in design, fashion, spring | Leave a comment
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I’m fantasizing about warm breezes, sandy toes and a new bathing suit for spring! What’s with the grey skies and icy chill in the air, DC? There are tons and tons of fabulously eye-catching bikinis with a retro inspired (more modest) shape. I am in love with one-pieces too, they’re cute and girly and super flattering. Do you have any vacation plans coming up? Daryle and I remain the worst planners-in-advance, but for the last few years we’ve spent time in Cape May, NJ the weekend after Memorial Day. Though I’m hoping we can get away at least once more before then.

Here are some of my very favorites: a nineties floral one-piece by Anthropologie, a striped and floral one-piece by Madewell, a polka dot one-piece by J Crew, and a groovy floral one-piece by Trina Turk.

Pictured above: floppy hat, groovy two-piece, anchors away one-piece, sheer cover-up

[East Coast] Washington, DC’s best DJ for Weddings, Events, and Clubs

March 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Posted in DC, magazine industry, music, Washington | 1 Comment
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Really exciting news … Daryle, ahem, I mean DJ D-Mac and his DJ Associates have picked up so much steam that they had a major feature in Washingtonian magazine’s special wedding edition! His business is proving to be a niche market on the East Coast. No longer are people looking for a guy in a mustache to Dee Jay their wedding and make unfunny comments into the microphone. They’re looking for their own individual party of the universe! I know that’s what we wanted when we planned our wedding (and yes, Rusty B. one of Daryle’s associates DJ’d our wedding and our friends are still talking about it 2+ years later!).

I get the feeling that when people think of a DJ, they tend to think two categories: 1.) Cheeseball; or 2.) Too clubby. Daryle and his boys are neither. They’re music fanatics, people who obsess over finding a rare Northern Soul 45 and freak out when finding a dusty flea market go-go track on cassette tape. They love their indie but they also love Daft Punk too. And they also have no problem throwing down a little top 40 or your favorite Madonna track from the late 80’s. They simply mix-it-up (literally, all of the DJs mix in-and-out of tracks as opposed to your “DJ” next door who selects tracks [i.e. turns one song up and the other down.]) and keeps you guessing.

Daryle has built such a following just doing what he loves. I’ve crashed a few of his wedding and have seen with my own eyes, mother’s of the bride with sweat running down their face, their arms held up to the sky dancing their tails off. That’s actually how we met and fell in love — I threw a party and was in need of a DJ. A mutual DJ friend (Neville-C, also an Associate) introduced us and well, after that party, it was all history. Every Friday and Saturday, and even some Tuesdays, I’d stay out till the wee hours dancing with friends and sometimes with strangers if I couldn’t find anyone to go out with, to his tracks at Saint Ex, Local 16, ESL, Marvin, Dodge City (to name a few) and he always rocked the dance floor. Today, he still DJs out on the town, but spends the majority of his time playing for newly married couples and their closest family and friends. Music creates such a powerful emotion and on such a major day in a couple’s life, you should probably have someone who is equally passionate about playing the best songs that you’ve ever heard (like your favorite-est favorite songs that you have to instantly Shazam because you forgot all about that song. You know what I mean?!)  And I know I’m going on-and-on about my husband, but this feature story on him in Washingtonian is the truth! I’m so so happy that Daryle and his crew are getting the recognition that they deserve! I know this sounds so much like a “sponsored post” but if you are in need of a DJ (they will travel anywhere) and want an awesome DJ for your wedding, birthday bash, corporate or holiday party, you should at least take a peak at Daryle’s (DJ D-Mac’s) website and get an idea of the style, and vibe that they are creating. Daryle has a bunch of DJ Associates that are essentially playing the same gospel as he is and you won’t be let down. (Says the wifey.)

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