Brooklyn is probably one of my favorite places to go out and get some delicious food, and I’m not just saying that because I live in Brooklyn (Williamsburg to be exact). But there really is an amazingly widespread selection of super cute restaurants and coffee shops that I’ve discovered in the past year of me being a Brooklynite. House of Small Wonder is one of these fab discoveries. This small and charming coffee shop/sit-down eatery makes you feel like you are literally sitting in a tree house. The window panels on the ceilings let a bunch of natural light in, and there is a tree growing straight through the middle of the restaurant. Inspired by European cafes, but with a very zen, Japanese style influence thrown into the mix, House of Small Wonder makes for quite the unique lunch/late lunch experience. I say lunch because it closes at 7pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends. The menu is quite extraordinary, as well. Every dish is an interesting fusion of all sorts of cultures. Everything I’ve tried so far has been out of this world divine tasting. The Grilled Chicken Sandwich Plate is one of my favorite dishes (see above). The chicken literally melts in your mouth, and the bread is slathered in the one of the most savory mayo spreads I’ve ever tried. A side of tomato salad is a refresher in between ever bite, which is basically heaven. Trust me.
Pam & Gela dress, DANNIJO choker (shop similar HERE), Free People sunnies, DV by Dolce Vita boots
Flashback to a few weeks back at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Sun, delicious food, overflowing bottles of champagne, awesome friends and some really good people watching (never before have I seen so many pastels and wedges in one place). This was my first time at a polo match, and it actually was a lot of fun, until the storm kicked in and we were forced to head back to the city. If I ever get the chance to go again, I’m definitely wearing the biggest hat I can find.
Spring is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still jump on the spring cleaning bandwagon and give new life to the old in your closet. H&M is currently working with DoSomething.org, a not-for-profit organization aimed towards getting young people involved within their communities without having to spend any money. Together they created the Comeback Clothes program, something that comes in super handy for us fashion people with overflowing closets that just keep growing and growing. It’s a fabulous way for us to give back by recycling our clothing and promoting a more sustainable fashion culture. Working in the fashion industry, I know the ups and down of consumerism. It’s always more, more and more. Trend up trend upon trend. Sometimes we can find ourselves getting lost in the materialism of trends coming and going, and never letting go of this wasteful cycle is harmful not only to the environment, but also to our minds. Fashion can be a very beautiful thing, but it’s even more beautiful when it can be shared and recycled.
Comeback Clothes encourages customers to bring their unwanted clothing or collected clothing (any condition, any size, any brand) to any H&M store and drop them off in the garment recycling bins in exchange for 15% off their next purchase.
It’s never too late to edit down and give something old to new hands so the fashion stories can keep on being told and passed along. Get on it people.
I feel like I haven’t taken the time to sit down and write a really thoughtful blog post in awhile, and since today is Thanksgiving and I feel at least a tiny bit more revived after my 12 hour affair with my bed (which I still currently am in), I thought that today would be fitting. HAPPY THANKSGIVING all you wonderful people, my new readers and the ones who have been with me since . . . wow, 2009?? Back when Color Me Nana was just a random idea put out there from a girl straight out of college and living in the valley, trying to figure out what path her life was supposed to go in. That path is still being figured out, but things have gone a far way from where they started that’s for sure. And although my Thanksgiving will be as chill as can be, away from home and family for the first time ever, and possibly wrapped up with Chinese food and a date with Netflix with some people still in town, I want to wish you all who celebrate it a very, very magical one and for it to be spent with the ones you love and who make everything around you special, even during the lower parts. I’ve come to realize that Thanksgiving is more than just a day to celebrate the country we live in and the history of it. It’s a concept that we should be embracing each and every day of our lives. And not just in America, but in every single part of the world that you all live in. Thanksgiving is a mentality, a way of life, an endless appreciation of everything we have come to experience, discover and look forward to making a part of our lives. We all make a huge point of giving thanks specifically on a day just like today, but why isn’t it something we call out and work harder to remind ourselves even more so on the regular? Just in the past nearly 5 months of my life, I’ve had an endless amount of new experiences that have been everything from super subtle to super mind-blowing amazing and a bunch if things in-between that have made me be like wow, life really is freaking rad man. I’m so happy to be here, to work for the company I work for, to be able to see my family on the west coast as much as I can, to work and be friends with inspiring, creative people, to take on projects that some people only dream about . . . to drink that bad-ass beer in the new bar that opened up down the street, to eat In n’ Out in Cali with my family just a few days ago, to take a walk in Central Park in the midst of its best autumn dress, to discover that one song and listen to it on repeat each morning on the subway and to just get into that zone where I feel completely at ease with everything around me (including the elbows in my face), to catch up with friends that I haven’t seen in the longest time. The little things in life really are spectacular enough that they deserve to be blown up to magnificent proportions even on the most simple of days. My family, my friends, the the new city I live in, my home, my work, the places I’ve been to, the places I know I’m going to visit soon, the people who read my blog and are inspired by it, my camera, my love of creativity, my freaking wardrobe! (haha), the sun, the moon, the sky above our heads, food, music. Yes, I know this is super duper cheesy, but I do cheesy like no one else, and I’m proud of it. Happy Thanksgiving to ya’ll, and a happy reminder to appreciate the little and big things in your life each and every single day. xo