Spotlight on Stephanie Simmons & Malia Carter

I’m a sucker for illustrated books. I really, really am. Books that you don’t have to read from front to back are also my jam. There’s something so inviting about the type of interaction they encourage. Flip through, stop on a page, read it. Magic.

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I was recently given a sneak peak into Stephanie Simmons’ latest work, All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe. Illustrated by the extremely talented Malia Carter, when I saw the cover, I was hooked. Simmons’ cheeky voice combined with Carter’s stunning illustrations make for a perfect pairing, and while some readers will want to read this book front to back in total enjoyment, it can also work great as a coffee table book for those who like to flip. Filled with 121 rules and an assortment of water colors you won’t be able to take your eyes off of, this book is a work of editorial art. Nicely done, ladies.

Here are some sneak peaks at some of my favorite illustrations from All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe. Be sure to check it out on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble!




All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe

5 Things That Make Me Happy

It’s been a while since I’ve written a “5 Things That Make Me Happy” post. So let’s get straight to it – NYC edition. Colors and parks and parties, hell yeah.image

^^ 1. Some painted outside doors in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. How can these not brighten your day? ^^

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^^ 2. Just your average Saturday at Fort Greene Park.  Music Pumping. Giant Dance Party. Yeah, we live in the cool neighborhood. ^^

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^^ 3. This artwork on the outside wall of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Each color represents one worker’s daily route. ^^


^^ 4. Potential new favorite park discovery in Manhattan and I can’t even remember the name of it. ^^

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^^ 5. Graffiti in lower Manhattan. She’s giant and beautiful.^^

Prospect Park on a Weekday

Spent some more time at Prospect Park in Brooklyn yesterday. I can’t decide if I like it more during the week when it’s open and spacious, or during the weekend when it’s packed with families and fun to people-watch. Either way, I like it.
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Photos c/o Joseph Speer

Five Minutes


One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.

-Tom Wolfe

Hudson River Park, Manhattan

Today the bf and I decided to head over to Manhattan. Shortly after arriving, both of our phones died (we’re not good planners), and with no real destination in mind and no real idea of where we were going, we just walked. That’s always my favorite kind of day. Unplanned exploration. After about an hour, we stumbled upon Hudson River Park. Lucky, lucky us. With 16 piers and free activities that range from a skate park to free twenty minute kayaking, I could have hung out there all day. And the water, of course. Something, always, about being by the water.
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Photos c/o Joseph Speer