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Pants:¬†Languid and loose, these wide-leg pants are our au courant silhouette (and let us give our skinnies a much needed break). ¬†Printed Wide Leg Pant by Alice + Olivia in Sunflower Print, via.¬†/ Room: The Designer’s Guild wallpaper is hand¬†drawn and beautifully printed. The Amalienborg wallcoverings are inspired by the rococo elegance of royal St Petersburg, its architecture and decoration, via.

Pants:¬†Vero Moda Pant in Geo Retro Print by Asos has a decidely seventies vibe with a bit of neon Navajo thrown in,¬†via / Room: Juju Papers out of Portland, Oregon¬†¬†is a small wallpaper studio. Founded by Avery Thatcher in 2010, we have taken great care to develop a line of wallpapers.¬†Primarily inspired by folk art of all kinds, our designs suggest the simplicity of an elegant old-fashioned signature, or the impossibly perfect collection of driftwood and sea glass on the shore. The word juju means ascribing magical powers to inanimate objects, most commonly objects in one’s home.¬†Perhaps this print will give your lifestyle and home a bit of a hocus-pocus charm? Via.

Pants: LARA PRINTED 7/8TH PANT in Bright floral by Forever News, via. / Room:  A cozy floral paradise with hints of the blue oceans by Debi Treloar for Homespun Style by Selina Lake via Heart Home Magazine.

Pants: DKNY EVA PRINT ANKLE SKINNY TROUSER WITH SEAM DETAILS Printed trousers are hot property this season so be sure to invest in a striking statement pair. These perfectly skinny and incredibly comfy stretch cotton trousers will look effortlessly stylish paired with luxe block colour separates. Alternatively you could go all-out and wear pair with the coordinating top for catwalk worthy cool. Via. / Room: Cheryl Tiegs by Andy Warhol, room by Martyn-Lawrence Bullard found via La Dolce Vita.

Pants: The Mysterious Universe Soft-touch Leggings by Romwe, although you might know the size you are in these pants, their ever stretching fibers will leave you pondering the size and expansiveness of the celestial bodies, via. / Room: An entire wall of perfectly spaced of 18th century Asa Smith astronomy prints courtesy of Elle Decor.

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A Moveable Feast

What do you get when you cross Williamsburg, Brooklyn with a veritable cornucopia and sm√∂rg√•sbord¬†of food options? A Smorgaburg! Let’s break this down for a second, a smorgasbord¬†is a type of¬†meal served¬†buffet-style with multiple dishes of various foods on a table, originating in¬†Sweden.¬†In¬†English¬†and also in Scandinavian languages, the word¬†sm√∂rg√•sbord¬†refers loosely to any¬†buffet¬†with a variety of dishes.

Smorgasburg happens every Saturday, rain or shine.  Part of the Brooklyn Flea Market,  Smorgasburg brings together food entrepreneurs and established purveyors from New York City and across the region selling both packaged and prepared foods, fresh produce, and other food-related stands (kitchen utensils, housewares, etc.), for a total of approximately 100 vendors. I have gone to this market several times and it is still my favorite NYC STAY-CATION. In my (very) humble opinion, the best foods hail from:

1. Asia Dog:   Asiadogs are hot dogs with Asian-inspired toppings incorporating flavors found in China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and more. Try the WangDing: Chinese BBQ Porkbelly + onions or the Vinh: Vietnamese banh-mi style: aioli + pate + cucumbers + pickled carrot and daikon + cilantro + jalapeno.

2.¬†Bon Chovie:¬†This¬†is what¬†happens¬†when a¬†chick¬†with a metal head¬†and a green thumb moves fromSeattle to Williamsburg andmarries a charter boat captain¬†and all-around seafood maniac¬†from Florida’s gulf Coast. If you know what’s good for you, have the fried anchovies “jersey style” (head’s on) and relish in the smoked paprika mayo and pickled sweet peppers on the side. Finally, if your thirst need quenching, they have a¬†non-alcoholic sangria that has more fruit than a Chiquita banana headdress.

3.¬†Brooklyn Soda Works:¬†An artist and a chemist making soda and carbonated juices from scratch, using fresh and seasonal ingredients. If Willy Wonky had a soda factory and a seltzer bottle, he would be making these drinks. Using foraged ingredients like sassafras, knotweed, shiso, fennel and peppercorn, soda works makes the freshest (never from syrups or concentrates) and most refreshing fizzy lifting drinks. I want to use EVERY one of them in cocktails as mixers. Your best best will be the ‘grapefruit, jalapeno & honey’ pop.

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4.¬†Schnitz: Schnitz is the Shit(z). It is¬†a quick-serve food business dedicated to serving your favorite comfort food:¬†Schnitzel! For those who didn’t get the memo, schnitzel is thin, breaded and lightly fried pieces chicken, pork or veal. All sandwiches are served on a pretzel bun, your options include Sweet Onion: panko crusted crumbs + jicama radish pickle + beet tzatziki¬†or Bamberg: panko parsley crumbs + cuco-daikon pickle + caramelized opinion mustard. My grandmother made schnitzel like it was her job, mostly because she was a stay at home mother and this was her “job”, to cook schnitzel. She was from the Polish shtetl and knew good schnitzel, this stuff comes close.

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5. The Good Batch: This purveyor of ice cream sandwhiches began with a simple mission:  bake pure, not overly sweet, delicious food. Anna Gordon, the founder and pastry chef of The Good Batch, has a lot of Dutch people in her life, and after years of receiving eager requests for making fresh stroopwafels, she finally did it. I must admit, the classic Goodwich style ice cream sandwich featuring vanilla ice cream and an irresistible oat cookie loaded with Belgian milk and dark chocolate chunks, and topped with sea salt was the PERFECT combination of salty and sweet.

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Honorable Mentions: We Rub You, Mighty Quinn’s¬†

And then we took the East River Ferry home back to the isle of Manhattan and lived happily ever after…