Archive for January, 2011

January 31, 2011

celebrating the diamond

Valentines Day is just a couple of weeks away and while moseyman and I don’t really celebrate it I can’t help peering at these beautiful different colored diamond rings. I never showed any interest in diamonds until I chose my wedding ring, and when they’re set against this raw-like band, a new look is created. Are you a V-Day celebrator? Better yet, are you a diamond ring wearer?

Green diamond

Blue diamond

Silver diamond

Tiny black diamond (only $60!)

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January 26, 2011

peeking at proenza

Peek peek! Proenza Schouler – warmer wardrobe ideas that seem totally doable.

Fall transitions into spring. Warm colors, collars under sweaters and bare naked legs.

Summer days with flattering strapless tops and high-waisted belted shorts. And… a small wrist drowned by bracelet.

Shimmy shimmer summer soiree. Another chunky bracelet is necessary. So are gold sandals.

January 24, 2011

a painted spring wardrobe

Spring seems pretty far away still with these freezing NYC temperatures, but this paint tie top belongs in my Mosey 2011 closet now! The painted details are messily gorgeous… especially the back. Fit for an art gallery.

January 22, 2011

a collection of frames

I would love to recreate this kind of miss-matchy framed mess (via west elm)… especially love the frames on a string. Of course it couldn’t hurt to have those iron and white washed brick wall details to compliment the look.

January 19, 2011

little red

Stunning red booties… oh how I love you.

January 16, 2011

color crazy

Love these bright and cheery pendant lights via decor8, from Denmark’s rie elise larsen. Wouldn’t they add that perfect jolt of color to a white washed room? Wishing Scandinavia would make their beautiful products more easily available to the US folks! Pretty please?

Been trying to get my hands on some colorful light cords for eons now!

January 13, 2011

the happiness project

I visited Anthropologie during my lunch break today (my office is dangerously close by) and peaked through bits and pieces of books about happiness. I suppose it’s special stock for the winter time isn’t it? It’s interesting how much advice there is on this subject from different perspectives, but it all seems to amount to the same sort of theory in the end: If you think that you are happy, you will be happy. Ever read a book on happiness?

Pre-winter photo of our neighborhood park at night.

 

January 12, 2011

BEST OF TEL AVIV GUIDE (vegetarian friendly)

Visiting Tel Aviv? Please enjoy my BEST OF TEL AVIV GUIDE…


I lived in Tel Aviv for 3 years with my husband and wanted to share our favorite parts of it. I’m skipping hotels since I have no experience there. If you know of a great hotel that you think I should add to this guide please let me know. Enjoy!

FOOD (for vegetarians)!
Tel Aviv is a little beach city that stretches along the beautiful Mediterranean. Amongst locals it’s known for its long summers, temperate waters and great food from all over.

Best Humus
Abu-Hasaan: A real old gem. This little place opened in Jaffa in 1966, and has been serving the best humus around ever since.
You’ll get their Masabacha topped off with chickpeas, served with fresh warm pita bread.
(1 Dolphin St., Tel Aviv)

Best Sushi
Onami: Let’s start with the unexpected. Israel is not known for its great sushi. But that’s not what makes this place special. They just serve great, fresh sushi every single time. There’s plenty of space here so it’s also something the whole family can comfortably fit in and enjoy. You may need to make a reservation first though, it’s popular.
(18 Haarba’a, Tel Aviv)

Best Vegetarian Breakfast
I had a hard time summing up as we ate lots of different amazing breakfasts in Tel Aviv. In fact, breakfast became my favorite meal there. Here are a few places I can happily recommend.

Cafe Michal: Get the french toast. French toast is served a little differently in Israel and I love it. My first experience eating it made me sad as I looked for maple syrup on the plate. But then I tried the alternative which is yummy chopped up seasonal fruit with creme fraiche. Immediate convert. YUM!
(230 Dizengoff St., Tel Aviv)

Love Eat: This place looks a little generic from the outside and it’s also a small chain, but the food is served quickly and it’s actually very nice. I don’t even like yogurt & granola much but I used to LOVE their granola, yogurt and fruit dish.
(at the corner of Dizengoff St. and Jabotinsky, Tel Aviv)

Chader Ha Ochel (The Dining Hall): A little more upscale, this place is located at Tel Aviv’s Opera House. Take a seat at one of their long wooden communal tables. Tables are set like a friendly kibbutz only the design is super clean, conscious and modern. Order the regular Israeli breakfast. It comes with fresh oven-baked bread and all sorts of surprisingly tasty spreads.
(23 Shaul Hamelech Blvd)

Best Vegetarian Lunch
Sorry, I don’t have a lunch-specific recommendation. I would go eat humus for lunch at Abu-Hassan. That’ll work!

Best Vegetarian Dinner
Puah: I miss Puah. I miss the lovely vintage table cloths and furniture. I miss the laid back, beautiful atmosphere. I miss the fantastic veggie burgers with potato wedges. If you just have time for one of these foody recommendations, go to this one. The service may not always be A+ but it’s still impossible to leave there in a bad mood.
(3 Rabbi Yohanan St., Jaffa)

Best Italian Food
Amore Mio: Go there and get the giudita – big homemade noodles with rose sauce made with mascarpone cheese. A big warm treat for your Italian loving belly. YUM!
(100 Even Gvirol St., Tel Aviv)

Best Croissant
Bakery (next to Brasserie): Lots of Frenchies live in Tel Aviv and thank goodness they do because French pastries are my best friends. The Bakery is located next to its mother ship, Brasserie (also a great place to eat).  I’m not crazy about eating on busy sidewalks though, which is where the bakery sits, so I would just order a to-go croissant and stuff your face with buttery flakes along your way.
(70 Even Gvirol, Tel Aviv)

Best Dessert
Well it just so happens that the best dessert is also located at the same place as the best sushi. Not to sound awful but I usual really dislike asian inspired desserts. This place is just the opposite. The chocolate fudgey cake thing is one of the best desserts I’ve ever tasted.
(18 Haarba’a, Tel Aviv)


SHOPPING

I didn’t shop much in Tel Aviv. I had a hard time finding things I loved that were affordable. Shamefully, I mostly shopped at non-native stores such as Zara & Top Shop at Dizengoff Center. There were a few local designer shops I enjoyed but I can’t seem to find all the information on them now. I’ll work on that. For now, just head down these streets & areas and you’ll find plenty to look at:

Gan HaChashmal
, Shenken Street, Dizengoff Street

DO & SEE CHECKLIST

√ Old Jaffa Port
√ Days at the beach
√ HaCarmel Market
√ Neve Tzedek
√ Old Yemeni neighborhood behind the Carmel Market
√ Eat a typical Israeli breakfast (eggs any style with lots of little sides and cheese spreads)
√ Namal (the pier)
√ Park Yarkon


January 12, 2011

empty space

Our bedroom is still quite stark and I keep thinking that once we find a place to buy, I’ll invest in making it super sweet and cozy. One place that feels very empty right now though and needs a somewhat immediate fix is the space above our bed. Looking for some quick, creative ideas… is there anything you’ve done or seen somewhere that you think would work?

Like this Polaroid art idea via what’s up whimsy?

I wouldn’t go this dramatic but the idea of putting fabric behind the bed could maybe work. Via full house

January 8, 2011

coming home

Today is the day! Today is the day that my moseyman FINALLY comes back home to the dog and me in NYC. He has been back and forth to Tel Aviv for the last 5 months trying to complete his film and I’m happy to say that we’re at the end mark. I’ve been going months at a time without his companionship and so I’m relieved for that time period to be over.

His film (Never Too Late) is a beautiful road trip story set in Israel. I’m so incredibly proud of him and I can’t wait for it to get out there! Now I need to clean the shit out of this place and make it feel like home for his arrival. Hope you’re all having a lovely 2011 kind of weekend!

[ our apartment shortly after we moved – before we put the bed on a frame. ]

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