The snow is thawing, the ice has melted, I am receiving my daily allotment of Vitamin D, and spring seems to be creeping around the corner. Even little bulbs find themselves poking through the soil and tulips are back in our local bodega. We’ve officially entered the season of pastel hues and lawn picnics.

Spring Has Sprung
The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_Tag-300x34
  1.  – The Sia cropped T-shirt in slub-cotton by Elizabeth and James is the perfect peach.
  2.  – Crafted from crisp cotton sateen, this classic pencil skirt sports a lush and lemony floral print that’s arguably a wearable work of art. It’s from Italy’s Luigi Verga, founded in 1940 and famous for its digital and hand-painted motifs.
  3.   – A simple, elegant leather sandal with a single wide strap at the front and leather heel cup at the back. Go ahead and frolic.
  4.  – Functional, versatile, yet playful, the Sally is a key bag for Spring ’15.
  5.  – A delicate gold bracelet featuring a spring green enamel diamond-shaped clasp. Go green.
  6.  – Betsey Johnson’s Spring Fling purple flower rhinestone stud earrings belong in your costume jewelry collection.
  7.  – Guard against the unpredictable seasonal weather with Burberry Prorsum’s  umbrella.
  8.   – This elegant pillow adds a luxurious style accent to the home. It’s hand loomed from a blend of beautifully soft llama, merino wool, pure merino sheep fur detailing.
  9. – As inspiration Stelton watched the changing colors of Danish nature. The highly insulated glass insert in these jugs will keep your beverages hot (or cold) whilst looking great. Perfect for your morning coffee, afternoon tea or spring-time lemonade.
  10.  – Go ahead and celebrate the weather. The unique design of GoVino’s set of four champagne flutes makes it easy to enjoy all your favorite bubbly on-the-go.
  11.  – Sharon Montrose has a way with animals. This little flamingo is better and brighter than your favorite plastic lawn ornament.
  12. – Even if you don’t possess a green thumb, you can still bring the tranquility of nature into your home with artist Melissa Moore’s illuminated ecosystem. A minimal, contemporary bell jar frames and protects the fragile mosses and spindly greens inside.

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” ― Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg

Article
0 comment

Falling for Autumn

The crisp in the air, the spotted gourds, the harvest pumpkins, the flint corn and the bales of hay: things I love about the final quarter of the year. In the northeast, especially in New York, we feel the four seasons quite distinctly. Although I might be pretty isolated from expansive farmland, we Brooklynites still feel the harvest season in special ways.

Pernille Folcarelli Unika Hand Prints of leaves, feathers and herbs

Pernille Folcarelli’s Unika Hand Leaf Prints

The sunday farmer’s market carries arugula, apples, chard, chestnuts and Crispin apples (my husband’s favorite – juicy and tart). Sweater weather also brings the best layering fashions. I am a sucker for heavy-knits. Finally, the leaves! In Carroll Gardens, I happen to be pretty close to some of the trees planted in the Million Trees Project, a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs over the next decade. The foliage on my street is astounding! I also happen to have a 70 year old dogwood tree in my backyard.

Pernille Folcarelli Unika Hand Prints of leaves, feathers and herbs

Pernille Folcarelli’s Unika Hand Leaf Prints

The various shades of the deciduous trees and shrubs on my walk to work range from fire-engine reds, to a crimson brick, to cornmeal yellow, sunset oranges, tyrian purple, and worn-leather brown. The tones are inspiring.

Harvest Season, Autumn Decor and Fashion via The Walkup blog

  1. Leaf Print Shirt by Christophe Lemaire 
  2. Falling Leaves Necklace by J.Crew 
  3. Special Fit Harvest Sunglasses in Crazy Tort by Karen Walker 
  4. Frappa Pillow by Crate and Barrel 
  5. Votive Set in Dark Rum, Vetiver and Tobacco by Malin + Goetz
  6. Leaf Suede Chukka Boot 69 CA in Ruby Wine by Vans 
  7. Fall for Autumn hat by Wooden Ships
  8. Pearl Branch Earrings by Shaun Leane 

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus

Botanists and scientist know a lot about this yearly phenomenon. As the trees are ridding themselves of chlorophyll and reabsorbing it along with other nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous to store them for the winter, they also suddenly begin to expend energy creating anthocyanin. Chlorophyll normally masks the yellow pigments known as xanthophylls and the orange pigments called carotenoids — both visible when the green chlorophyll is gone.  We understand the chemical changes of the colors, but plenty of questions still remain to as to ‘why’.