Best of Basics: Filt Net bag


If you live in New York, you know what it means to be a bag lady. We are always carrying totes upon shopping bags to haul around our everyday belongings and treasures we pick up throughout the day… free newspapers, groceries at the farmer’s market… you get the idea. I’m always looking for reusable bags that I can store inside my smaller handbags. I recently picked up this Filt net bag from The Line and it hasn’t left my side since. When it’s not being used to store my beach necessities or my CSA veggie haul, it lives inside my handbag, just in case. In France, net bags are called ‘filet’ and were originally used by fishermen on the coast of Normandy since the 17th century. The bags are made from 100% cotton which makes it comfortable to hang on your shoulder all day. The net is durable and expandable to accommodate all of your necessities. Shop the Japanese version here, or more French options from MoMA and Amazon.


Interior Inspiration: A Minimal Home


After living in a New York apartment for more than 4 years without moving, things start to get a little claustrophobic. We are at that point in our apartment. We want to purge everything and start with a clean slate. This is wasteful, so obviously we won’t be purging everything. But we have slowly begun to clear out our unused books, clothes and miscellaneous objects that fill various closets and drawers. In celebration of this, I have collected some of my favorite minimal home imagery to get us to a more paired down place. It’s about the integrity of the materials, the honesty of design and the importance of comfort. For more inspiration go here.


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Beauty Supply: Glossier Stretch Concealer


My summer beauty routine simplifies as soon as I get a little color on my face. This summer, I am pretty reliant on the Glossier Stretch Concealer. After I moisturize with organic jojoba oil and rose water spray, I use Glossier Stretch Concealer to cover the dark circles under my eyes and to reduce the redness on my eyelids and the around my nose. It glides on easily without drying and is easily adjustable. Free from harmful chemicals and unnecessary ingredients, this concealer is a great alternative to RMS Beauty’s un-cover up. (Some people can’t use RMS because of the coconut oil base). Do you simplify your beauty routine for the summer? Leave your favorite summer beauty tips in the comments…


Roundup: Straw Market Bags


Carrying heavy leather tote bags in the summer isn’t ideal, so when I started the search for a lightweight summer alternative I looked to straw market bags. Versatile in their simplicity; carry it in the summer to tote vegetables at the farmer’s market or towels to the beach. During the colder months, use it as storage in your home for newspapers or blankets. Whether you go for a more structured style like this one by Dosa at La Garconne (pictured above) or opt for a more traditional Moroccan straw market bag from Amazon, you will find endless uses for this bag. Here are my favorites, all priced well under $100.


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Musical Ensemble: Summer in the City


Summer is in full swing here in New York, from 90+ degree days to summer Fridays. I put together a playlist to keep you company while you brave the city summer heat. Listen to the Summer in the City playlist on Spotify.