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From Herb Lester Associates, three little phrase books, sized to fit in the credit card slit in your wallet. Available at shop.herblester.com or on amazon.



Photo from www.newyorknotes.dk

And, related to that last post, a beautiful blog by Rilke Lunau Storm called New York Notes: The Best of New York from a Danish Perspective. Some of my favorites are included (plus ones on my to-do list) with beautiful photography—ready to transport, lure, inspire.



Photo by Florian Holzherr for Louis Vutton.

I’m going to Las Vegas soon, and I have an appointment to see this James Turrell installation. In Las Vegas style, it is in a Louis Vutton store, and only available for viewing by appointment. More details on it all in this helpful Medium post.


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Images from www.oliverjeffers.com

A huge fan of the work of Oliver Jeffers. This world map comes with a cork backing, one yellow (HQ), 100 red and 100 blue pins to track where you have been and where you wanna go. Get yours here.


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Photos from http://gibbsfarm.org.nz 

Adding Gibbs Farm in NZ to my to-do list.

Makes me think of one of my favorite places on earth, Storm King Art Center. A magical place for many reasons, but especially for the Andy Goldsworthy installation.


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Photo from pantryhousegoods.com

I am addicted to this pepper jam. It is perfect with nice bread and goat cheese, but I also crave it in the morning with an english muffin and butter. I also have their cardamom pear butter, also quite delicious.

I bought them at the farmer’s market when I was in Santa Cruz, where my friend tried to convince me that food was a thousand times better than food in Brooklyn. I didn’t believe her until I made the visit, and my eyes were opened to the world of delicious farm fresh food and produce bursting with flavor. #californiawin


I recently recounted the time I saw Miranda July at the School of Life in London. I wrote about it at the time on my travel blog, and have decided to copy it here.


If you know me, there’s a chance you know that there is a frugal streak that runs through my family. My mom started it, setting the example that if you are going to buy anything, it will be because it’s on sale, whether you need it or not. My brother inherited this but has taken it to another degree, seeking things on sale, and oftentimes sacrificing a normal train of thought or the notion of convenience to make the ultimate sale purchase (or money-saving scheme) possible. I am the least frugal in comparison to them, but this little obsessive gene does unpredictably pop up and start controlling my comfort levels of paying normal prices for things, especially those things that might be considered mundane.

And what is more lame than paying to rent a car? The last time I rented a car, the guy at the rental counter asked me how I felt about being issued a Ford. Am I supposed to have feelings about this?

Somehow, I have discovered that the absolute best deal you can get in renting a car (and if it wasn’t obvious, this is only relative to someone who only cares about a car getting from point A to point B) is through the “Name Your Price” feature on priceline.com. I have gotten away with paying as little as $6/day for a rental car. It’s a genius ploy on the psychology of getting a good deal, as you have to name a price low enough to satisfy your good-deal needs, and high enough that a reputable rental car company will take your asking price. I’ve used it several times now and every single time have bursted out in “YES!” when the bid is accepted.

Pretty certain that my mom and brother would be proud.


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I am currently away on vacation. If you are in need of assistance and unsure of how to get away on your own, I highly recommend checking out the latest update to Tinybop’s app, Plants, available for iOS devices. It includes the addition of the Grasslands biome, an excellent get-away that you can take on your couch, at your desk, or a nearby park. And yes, we did make this app for kids (as we do all our apps), but I think it’s perfect for anyone who’s just a tad bit curious about the world we live in.