The Sketchbook Project, a real #TBT

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Art / Life

A few weeks ago, I got an email that told me “Emily just viewed your sketchbook” at the Brooklyn Art Library, which, as it turns out, has been storing some 36,000 sketchbooks completed for the Sketchbook Project so far.

I’d totally forgotten about doing this in 2011 (this = filling up a light Moleskine sketchbook and sending it back to the Sketchbook Project  for a roving exhibition around the country). I recall getting an email about it being transferred to Brooklyn for permanent storage, but never did anything with it.

But now that I’m living in New York, I decided I had to go find it.

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Fall at Storm King & Bard College

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📍 Storm King Art Center and Bard College | November 4-5, 2017

Last year, I visited Storm King for the first time and was floored by the autumnal beauty on display. My first thought was Wow. My second thought was I want to bring my family here (especially my mom, who has a rather visceral appreciation for trees).

Earlier this month, it happened, and I’m so thankful. This time around, we visited a couple of weeks later in the season than I did last year. Leaves were sparser, but the Storm King vantage point was impressive all the same.

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NYC Day Trip: Beacon, NY

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📍 Beacon, NY  | October 28, 2017

It was one of those fall weekends when it seemed like everyone in New York City went to an apple picking farm, Storm King, Breakneck Ridge, or somewhere else along the Hudson River. Jason and I wound up going with that last one. As a sucker for convenience, I picked Beacon, because the Metro-North train station is walking distance from both Main St. and a few parks with trails (Jason was a bit disappointed said trails had no “incline,” but that was my plan all along…)

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Instagram for Nostalgia: Finding Home Via Location Tags

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Life / Odes

Ever since my colleague pointed out that I can check how many hours I spend on a particular app in a day or week on my iPhone (under “Battery” in Settings), I’ve grown more cognizant of just what I’m doing on Instagram—by far my most used app and, as a visual person, my preferred online community. 

I’ve written once about how I think Instagram can be productive, namely by using the “Collections” feature to track and organize ideas and inspirations. But lately I’ve come across another use that I don’t consider a total waste of time. 

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Becoming a Morning Person, Part I

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Life

You know how sometimes somebody says something and you like the sound of it and you end up not only believing it but also sticking by it for maybe the rest of your life? For me, one of those nuggets of timeless “wisdom” came from my high school tennis coach, who, at the beginning of one fall season, challenged us to not complain for 30 straight days, because that’s how long it takes to establish a new habit (the exact number, if it exists, is up for debate, according to the internet.)

With this idea loosely in the back of my mind, I embarked on #projectmorningperson at the beginning of September, buoyed once again by the back-to-school spirit and its promise of New Beginnings.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines for Target…

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Style

Today on Curbed, I updated our news post about Chip & Joanna Gaines’s upcoming collection for Target to reflect the fact that the whole product line (pricing included) is now available for preview (ahead of its November 5 arrival in stores and online)…and well, I’m very, very intrigued.

Intrigued is maybe not the right word, because there’s nothing exactly groundbreaking here. But as any Fixer Upper fan would understand, everything is just so freakin’ cute, cozy, and/or Generally Pleasant. And then there’s the consistent palette of greens and earthy tones playing to my color preferences. Hoping to preview the collection in person soon…

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Hay: Designs to Upgrade the Everyday

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I first heard about Hay when Kelsey Keith, our editor-in-chief at Curbed, wrote about the Danish design brand’s “pop-up” Mini Market at the MoMA Design Store in SoHo in 2015. Well, it’s 2017, and the Mini Market is still there—and I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve stopped in to find a gift for a friend, and sometimes, for myself.

My first Hay purchase was a Kaleido tray by Clara von Zweigbergk for Hay (as seen in the photo above). My most recent Hay purchase was the green Time hourglass seen in the gorgeous ‘gram below—I saw it on my feed and couldn’t resist. At this point, I would like more of both, in different sizes and colors. But there are already new temptations.

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