rennes

3.22.2011



















Just some random shots from around the house past week. Things seem to be moving in slow motion, but I'm grateful for that because it has given me a lot of time to reflect. I feel about a million times better than I did just a week ago and I can't even put into words how good that is. Some of the scotomas that had been developing in my eye have retracted a bit and the inflammation has gone down. I feel much better sewing and am getting in the swing of things already.

We are going to New York on Thursday through Tuesday to get a second opinion from another doctor, but have made the trip a bit longer so we can have some fun too! I'm excited because I haven't been to the city since last fall - and I don't think Jesse and I have gone on a trip since the summer - so it's about time! Which leads me to another point, could you recommend some fun things to do while we are there? I tend to do the same things over and over again (re: shopping, museums, food) because I like them, but I want to mix it up this time and would love some suggestions! I'm especially keen on eating sushi, so if you know of a great sushi place I would be excited to hear about it. One thing I'm excited to do is check out the Pip-Squeak Chapeau shop in Brooklyn - I've never been but love their style so much. And of course there is more than one fabric store on my list. I'm also hoping to find a place that would carry the Margiela Tabi's so I can try them on in person - don't worry, I would never buy them, but I can dream. I see that Totokaelo has them in black now - and while I love the nude color, I know I would destroy them in a year. Black is a bit more practical.

19 comments:

victoria / cats dreaming in keylime said...

Those look like our pancakes, except chocolate chips instead of blueberries. I just love the way a batch of pancakes looks on the griddle ... why? I don't know...

Marmalade said...

I recently tried sushi at Tomoe in the West Village and it is absolutely the best sushi I've ever had in my life. Here is the link:

http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/tomoe-sushi/

It is a bit pricey and usually there is a wait around dinner time but so worth it!

metrode said...

ooh have fun at the pip-squeak chapeau store.. I'd love to go there!

jennifer said...

I second Tomoe! That place is great, but make sure to get there a bit before they open or late. There's usually a really long wait.

Also, Sushi Yasuda is fantasic, but on the pricier side. There's also this great place called Sakagura that makes their own soba noodles. Both are on E. 43rd close to Grand Central.

Have fun!!

Kristien said...

A few of my favorite NY things:

--Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn side--pizza at Grimaldi's...hint, if you call ahead while you're walking on the bridge, you can pick up your pizza and eat it on the dock looking at the Manhattan skyline instead of standing in line for an hour!
--Frick Museum (UES)
--Tenament Museum (LES) (vegan cupcakes at Babycakes around the corner, and cool grocery stores/vintage stores/fabric shops in neighborhood). The tours are incredible, and the gift shop is awesome.
--Highline Park on the West Side Highway...enter at 23rd St. and walk downtown. Amazing views and near 15th St., these cool rolling lounge chairs on the old railroad tracks.
--If you are interested in a transformative Japanese eating experience, try Aburiya Kinnosuke on E. 45th St. btwn 2nd and 3rd Aves. No sushi, but the food is out of this world.
--Brooklyn Flea
--Chelsea Market
--Gotham Girls Roller Derby (they have a match this Sat. night!)

I could go on and on--have a wonderful weekend and I am crossing my fingers for you that you continue to get good news about your eyes!!

Amee said...

i have radiators in my house too, i've always avoided putting art on them, do you find that it's ok and doesn't warp the frame/art? i know the heat mostly come out the top...

Liz said...

my favorite sushi place is oyama, which is on 1st ave between 11th and 12th. they always have 1/2 price rolls and it's delicious! my boyfriend and i always always always go there for sushi. 5-6 rolls, with a carafe of sake, miso soup and edamame is never more than $40. we always look at the check in shock because it's so cheap! here's the info on yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/oyama-japanese-restaurant-new-york

check out the brooklyn museum - it's free! you should also check out the brooklyn flea which is on saturday and sunday. if you feel like it, check out the play/show schedules at BAM too.

this weekend i went to grant's tomb on the upper west side, which was so beautiful. the park and neighborhood are great and it look out over the hudson river.

last but not least i will suggest that you head to greenpoint! there are a couple really great stores (dalaga, alter, in god we trust, petit boudoir) that sell items by local designers in addition to better known brands. greenpoint also has amazing food (paulie g's pizza, brooklyn label, papacito's and calexico to name a few). it's definitely worth the trip to north brooklyn!

NICOMADE said...

- dim sum in chinatown and lunch at friedmans. i saw kiefer sutherland the last time i was there, which was weird... also - loving the dieppa restrepos which are perpetually on my wishlist. are the comfy? i'm paranoid they'll make my feet look huge...

valerie said...

i'm so glad to hear the good news about your eyes, julia. i hope the nyc doc can offer you even better news.

pipsqueak chapeau is lovely...and in greenpoint, so you can check out the wonders described by liz. all i ever want to do in my wanderings is eat as well...brunch at five leaves is nice! (and at the bottom of greenpoint)

simple things said...

Good luck at the doctors. I hope you get good news. I am so glad to hear that you are feeling much better, too.

I can't offer much in the way of NYC advice. But I do want to say if you find a place to try on those tabi shoes/boots then PLEASE take pictures to share with us! I can never get enough of them. And let us know what they are like to wear too!

Have fun!

Janney said...

wow... your house is so.... clean!!!!

karinalane said...

I happen to be going to New York this weekend too! To see this exhibit: http://www.folkartmuseum.org/infinitevariety

Have fun and good luck at the doctor.

ellen said...

!! so glad you still have that shark print !! call me when you're in new york. can't really help you on the sushi front, but i CAN! help you find fun places to go/see/eat! have you been to PS1?? think you'd love the brooklyn flea too. it's in my neighb!

spoon said...

Have you been to Love Adorned? It's a pretty amazing store. It's on Elizabeth just South of Houston.
I also have to second the Gotham Girls Roller Derby this weekend; it's going to be awesome!

P R I M O E Z A said...

glad to hear you're feeling much better. and have fun in new york. i had a few meals at cafe gitane and they were always very good!

Olga said...

Glad that you are feeling better! Beautiful pictures, too -- every time I see a pic of your bird, I want to get the same kind as a pet! So cute.
As for sushi, my favorite place is Blue Ribbon Sushi (119 Sullivan) -- the horse mackerel is incredibly good there, as is the "special miso soup". As for fabric stores, I am sure you have your haunts, but if you have time (on weekdays only), maybe try Metro Textiles -- nice owner, not crowded, good selection, and sometimes they have the same fabrics there that you'd fine for twice the price at other places in the district.

julia / rennes said...

Thanks so much for your suggestions everyone! I'm going to go google them all right now and write them down in my little book! Already looked up a few of the places and am pretty excited :) Thank you thank you!

beth said...

Lovely pictures!

*I'll also give a cheer for the gotham girls roller derby- my sister is actually a jeer leader for them!
*Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge is always a favorite time
*Coney Island is pretty swell
*Snug Harbor and/or the Brooklyn Botanical Garden are always lovely; the Cloisters are too!
*Rent a boat in Central Park- pretty romantic
*Romeo and Juliet is at the Met on Monday
*Bottle scavenger hunt at Dead Horse Bay in Brooklyn
*The Noguchi Museum is pretty rad

When I travel to cities I've gone to again and again, I like to pick one or two new things and commit to them, and then if I want to go back to my more familiar haunts the rest of the time, so be it. Have fun!

herminevandijck said...

What a lovely pictures, the bird, the sunken treasure-calender, the shoes, .... . Wauw !!