Postcard From DIA Beacon

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This past weekend I spent the day in one of my all-time favorite museums, DIA Beacon. Located just over an hour outside of New York City, it is well worth the day trip. As a former Nabisco box factory with over 34,000 square feet of skylights, the industrial space was repurposed into a museum in 2003.

The contemporary art that fills the galleries of this museum range from minimal to massive. From the delicate linear drawings of Sol LeWitt and the Robert Smithson mirrored sand pieces, to the monumental Richard Serra installation that inspired the DE SMET Asymmetrical Overcoat.

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Going Paperless Saves Trees and Time

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Everyone is always asking if you’d like to go paperless, from your electric company to your bank. Where I prefer to go paperless is with party invitations. Over the past year I’ve used Paperless Post to design invitations for birthday parties, housewarmings and even our casual courthouse wedding.

From cards and envelopes to RSVPS, and even stamps. countless trees were saved by going paperless. I didn’t even have to compromise on my vision, I simply designed my own invitations and uploaded them to the site. Our courthouse invitation is pictured above.

Helping the environment is always an easy choice, but in reality, the time saved by using Paperless Post is move valuable. From pulling addresses from my email account to tracking every invitation to see if your guests received, opened or RSVPed. This allowed me to spend more time designing the details of the event. I found it most helpful when planning and managing multiple events at one time, especially around our wedding. If you haven’t used Paperless Post yet, follow them on Instagram to see the endless possibilities, you won’t be disappointed.

This post was publish in partnership with Paperless Post.
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Must Read: Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School

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Most people aren’t formally taught how to cook, we pick up things from our friends and family and often refer to Google for quick answers. When perfecting recipes, there is a lot of trial and error, which takes time. Last month, I attended the launch party for Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School cookbook and since then, it has transformed my kitchen. From the founder of Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School, Alison Cayne brings us a book that gives us the tools to “build a lifetime of confidence in the kitchen.” It is unlike any other cookbook in my small, edited collection, a true how-to. Not only does this book tell you how to stock your pantry and refrigerator but it also lists the tools and equipment needed to run a successful kitchen. For this alone, it makes a great house-warming or college graduation gift. There are ‘lesson recipes’ which help you perfect the art of cooking rice, how to layer flavors and how to compose a successful dish.

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Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

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There are only a few days left to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. I’ve gone a few times, enjoying new corners of the exhibit each time. The sheer size of the exhibit is awe inspiring, highlighting her wardrobe, her art and famous portraits of her. It gives you a true glimpse into how she lived throughout her life. I was delighted to hear that she made some of her own clothes (including the silk dresses pictured here). The tiny pintucks were made with such precision. There’s no doubt this exhibit will influence coming collections in the fashion industry. I overheard many women commenting on how they would wear many of the clothing featured in the exhibit. This just reinforces her timeless style.Georgia-okeeffe-exhibit-brooklyn-museum-2-desmitten

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Travel | Tokyo Suggestions

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I am heading to Asia next month and I am looking for your favorite places in Tokyo to stay, shop and eat (especially if you know of any great vegan restaurants). If you are looking for Tokyo suggestions, this 24 Hour guide from Cereal Magazine is a good start. Remodelista also has a Tokyo city guide with restaurant recommendations.

Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below or email me directly: christina@de-smitten.com. Thank you in advance!

 

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