That’s a Wrap!

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Last week my sister and I had breakfast at Lafayette, and it was the best way to start the day. So many great flavors in our dishes, and the restaurant is charming. This was the bakery’s autumn set-up (above) – could it look any more autumn? Insert hearty-eyed emoji. I still need to see Birdman, and haven’t really been catching up on all of my favorite shows. Once Upon a Time and Revenge are becoming priorities since the storylines have gotten very tangled and unpredictable. I can’t believe Halloween is in a week. While I love the holidays and autumn, I weirdly don’t actually do much to celebrate Halloween. This might have to change next year. Now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Excited to read this book. Also, what an amazing cover.

* The temperature dropped suddenly, so this recipe has my name all over it.

* These salty oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies look like perfection. Ina Garten can do no wrong.

* Maybe this is why I developed a serious love for food at such an early age.

* Tom Hanks wrote a story for The New Yorker.

* Behind-the-scenes of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

* The glamorous gowns and women of Oscar de la Renta.

* Dexter becomes Hedwig. Amazing.

* I can’t get over how delicious these look.

Have a fun weekend!

{photo by lauren}

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Around Town: Ralph’s Coffee – New York City

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When I first heard about Ralph Lauren’s coffee shop, Ralph’s Coffee, opening, I knew I’d eventually have to find out what it was all about. I’m so glad I did. Located on the second floor of his 5th Avenue flagship store, Ralph’s is adorably charming. With tiled floors, a large seating area just outside of the shop, and a stack of books behind the tables, Ralph’s is a perfect place to meet a friend for coffee or to have a business coffee meeting. The logo is amazing and I enjoyed the coffee (and I don’t normally drink coffee). The ham and cheese scone was just okay. Nothing spectacular. Next time I go back I’ll be bringing my work and camping out with a latte.

Ralph’s Coffee: 711 5th Avenue, New York City

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{Photos by Lauren}

Best Breakfast Nooks

When it comes to breakfast, I love the idea of relaxing in a nook that is comfortable and visually stunning. Why not start (and end) the day in a private corner enjoying good food, conversation, or a book? These are my 10 favorite breakfast nooks…

1. The light in this room is perfect. With the high wooden ceilings, black bordered windows, and open doors out to a patio, I would never ever leave this nook.

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2. Another classically clean and airy room, these linen chairs and pillows look great for snuggling up on and enjoying breakfast in the mornings.

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3. The striped booth and pillows give this breakfast nook a chic quality. And that candle chandelier – amazing!

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4. For a more eclectic morning, this nook is simple and unique.

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5. A new spin on the nook – put it against the kitchen island. I like it.

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6. A chic, upper-scale diner look. Love it.

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7. These bursts of color through the cushions, pillows, and flowers add a great vibe to this room.

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8. Gorgeous huge windows and a simply corner seating area make for a lovely morning drinking coffee and reading.

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9. More eclectic details here: gallery wall, cool table, unique pillows, and a basket lamp.

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10. Stairs leading up to a private nook? This is fantastic. What a beautiful kitchen, too.

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Which breakfast nook is your favorite?

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That’s a Wrap!

levain bakery

I tried my first-ever Levain Bakery cookie this week, and it lived up to the hype. It was chewy and had a brownie-cookie quality. As you can see, the cookie was so heavy that I had to use all of my fingers to hold it up. Birdman comes out today, and with an amazing cast and interesting story-line, I’m excited to see it. There are long choreographed scenes in the movie, which I am such a fan of. I love when movies do long takes that feel like you’re actually watching a play, and for the plot of this film (about a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero who must overcome his ego and family trouble as he stars in a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory), that makes total sense. And now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Starting a business with a sibling? I share my tips on The Huffington Post.

* 10 rare Hollywood props.

* I kind of really like this collaboration.

* Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola reunite.

* Crumbs 2.0.

* The perfect butter tray.

* How Keli Lee made television more diverse. Still not diverse enough, but glad to see that changes are being made.

* Pizza from around the world.

* The most incredible houses from movies.

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

Around Town: Boba Guys – San Francisco

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I can’t get enough bubble tea. While I used to only like bubble tea shakes, once I tried the milk tea, it became a weekly must-have. During my visit to San Francisco, I knew I needed to find a boba fix fast. Enter: Boba Guys. I love their logo and what they’re all about, so it was obvious I needed to try their bubble tea. They do loose leaf brews (I tried the oolong) and have flavors that are more unique than other boba places. Their tapioca is sweeter than I prefer (not much of a sugar girl when it comes to bubble tea), but it tasted fresh and will be a treat for tea lovers. The tapioca can be pretty filling, so one of these drinks is a perfect post-breakfast/brunch treat or mid-afternoon snack.

Mission Store: 3491 19th St, San Francisco CA
Union Square Store: 429 Stockton St., San Francisco CA

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{Photos by Lauren}

Kitchen Accessories for Autumn

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It’s that glorious time of the year when you can give your kitchen a little makeover and add new accessories to spice things up a bit. You can make more major changes such as a quality Le Creuset pot, or for an inexpensive and stylish change, add a towel with a cute pumpkin print or switch out your plastic measuring cups for these russet ones from Anthropologie. Wreaths will elevate the look of your kitchen in seconds, and this folk art wreath is gorgeous. The Ramen spork is perfect in every way, and I seriously think it’s going to change my noodle game for the better. Any kitchen could easily benefit from a chalkboard with a built-in planter for herbs. Convenient, useful, and beautiful! What accessories are you adding to your kitchen this autumn?

1. Chalkboard Wall Planter

2. Stainless Steel Ramen Spoon/Fork

3. Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron, Caribbean

4. Russet Measuring Cups

5. Folk Art Wreath

6. Autumn Pumpkins Apron and Dishtowel

That’s a Wrap!

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Happy Friday! Food and film-wise, this week was pretty great. I mostly went out, or got take-out, to eat, so I’m craving some quality kitchen time. However, I can’t complain, especially when there were potatoes and a huge blueberry pancake involved. That pancake (yes, singular) is literally a cake. It’s that big. This weekend, I’ll be watching a couple of movies from my 100 Films List. Which ones have you seen? For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Elevating dinner for one.

* Meet the young men of UnbrokenCan’t wait for this movie!

Loving Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder.

* This is the coolest water bottle ever! So practical for tucking between planners and notebooks.

* Cinnamon Spice Rice Krispie Treat S’mores. That’s a (delicious) mouthful to say.

* 6 movies about the magazine industry and what they’ve taught us.

* Shonda Rhimes is awesome.

* Why do women read more novels than men?

* What a funky kitchen backsplash! Here are some others.

* Great food photography tips!

* Scandal‘s costume designer Lyn Paolo talks about dressing Olivia.

Have a lovely weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}