Year: 2014

Autumn in New England: Burlington, Vermont + New York City

When in Burlington, Vermont: Breakfast of gingerbread banana pancakes, hot granola and fruit, and biscuits and herbed vegetarian gravy at Penny Cluse Cafe / champagne truffles at Lake Champlain Chocolates / lakeside walk at Battery Park / vintage shopping at Dirt Chic, Old Gold, Downtown Threads / lunch at The Farmhouse – try the Vermont cheddar soup, roasted root salad, and a pumpkin ale / stop by the place where Phish found their start, Nectar’s Lounge / window shopping along historic Church Street / freshly pressed juice at The Vermont Juice Company / dinner at Trattoria Delia – Verdure Stufati, Maltagliati, Pollo alla Diavola; and of course, affogato / nightcap tasting at Vermont Brewery / cozy up by a fire with a good book (or, watercolors and a mission to DIY wedding invitations). Heading south, drop by Windsor, Vermont: Wonderful concoctions and conversation at Harpoon Brewery – Boston Irish Stout black and tan, gingerbread ale, pumpkin cider, PB&J brew, and Grateful Dead – a mix of a cranberry harvest ale and Leviathan IPA / Brattleboro, …

Autumn Wellness Rituals + How To Make A (Damn Good) Hot Toddy

There’s something so wonderful about the cool air that comes with the first weeks of fall. Like clockwork, those crisp mornings signal some primal rhythm in me. Hunt, gather, slow down. I start to crave citrus, warm tea, hot baths, and five more minutes under the covers. Autumn also has a way of welcoming inspiration and ideas into my life. This year it means a new little series for Rose & Fig: Wellness Rituals. Each post I’ll highlight the routines that help me to be well, stay stylish, and live verdantly. First up, autumn wellness rituals! Start with Super Tea: Bee Pollen, Spicy Honey, Ginger, Citrus Steep these in a mug of hot water for a one-two punch against colds, congestion, and fall allergies. Containing every essential amino acid, bee pollen is one of nature’s most nourishing superfoods – and when I buy locally, both pollen and honey seem to help a lot with fall allergies. I use Atlanta Honey Company’s Hotlanta Honey, which clears up congestion and doubles as a nourishing shampoo treatment. Ginger, …

A Year Without Retail Fashion: The Nothing New Challenge

September marks three-quarters through my Nothing New project! This week I’m talking shop with BodhiLuxe Magazine about how I’ve nearly gone a year away from retail fashion, along with some tips to jump start your own shopping fast: NOTHING NEW: A YEAR AWAY FROM FASHION RETAIL Via BodhiLuxe: Could you go a full year without buying brand new clothes? Queen of dressing Jess Hunt set herself this very challenge at the start of the year. Read on to find out what sparked the idea, how she’s getting on, and how to get started if you want to give it a go yourself! The ‘nothing new’ idea sprang up this April when I realised I’d already gone since New Year’s Eve without making a single retail clothing purchase… It was tax season, and my finances illustrated just how much of of my annual budget I’d spent on clothes the year before. I’d also been editing my wardrobe and defining my personal style, and I noticed a lot of newer purchases ended up in a donation bin because I was buying …

What To Wear: Light Hiking, City E-Biking, Outdoor Exploring

Labor Day means heading north for a weekend at Big Canoe to share home cooking and football over campfires and Georgia beer with family. And at last… riding boots! Have a wonderful weekend, y’all. Frye Paige Boots (on sale). Bespoke bag designed in collaboration with the wonderful Andover Trask. Quartz necklace from Le Fortune (similar on Etsy). Michael Kors Runway watch. Thrifted Madewell Alley Jeans (true to size), LOFT space dye tee, Ralph Lauren fishing vest. Vintage Ann Taylor belt.   Pruning the Roses Sep 13, 2014 The other day I was on our back deck with a cup of coffee when I came eye to eye with one brave little squirrel. Paws covered in peat, she paid me little mind, disregarding the sunshine and the wind in the trees alike as that walnut-sized brain seemed to cry out “Winter, winter, winter!”. We’re not so different there. Lately I’ve kept busy stocking up and storing away, following that seasonal instinct to squirrel away the seeds of ideas and projects as the weather starts to cool …

Clean Your Closet: 5 Steps to a Better Wardrobe

2018 update: I’ve made big changes to the R&F guide to cleaning out your closet and building a better wardrobe. You can find the new version here!     A year after first documenting my wardrobe editing process and lessons learned, I’ve just finished a fresh all-seasons closet clean out. And since making a concerted effort to identify my style, create ‘uniforms’ that work well together for cold weather and the warmer months of spring and summer, and be more honest about so-so purchases and bad shopping habits, every cull goes by a little bit quicker, and letting go and shopping smarter has become second nature. If you’re also whittling, grab a cup of coffee and start your own round of super duper strength, five step wardrobe editing with me?

Barcelona + Ibiza, Spain

BARCELONA // Within hours of stepping off the overnight train into town, Barcelona shot up the list of my favorite cities in the world. It’s easy to spend whole days here “wandering without purpose”, as our bartender in El Raval said it, finding your way from Barri Gòtic to El Born down to the gentle waters at Barceloneta. The narrow streets are dotted with the most incredible tapas bars and local boutiques, all leading to the big thoroughfare of La Rambla and open market at Boqueria. This entire city is kissed by the magic of Gaudí, Dalí, Picasso, Miró – the art, architecture, clothes – everything is vibrant and alive in Barcelona. IBIZA // Sprinkled with white-washed taquerías and discotheques, Ibiza was a sun-drenched paradise. We ate dinner at a little spot by the water, Bodega, every night – fresh seaweed, cod fritters, prawns, patatas bravas – listening to DJ sets and drinking Mahou and Hierbas as the sun set over the roof of the two-thousand-year-old sleepy village of Dalt Vila. A place so old …

Paris, France

Summer in the City of Light means late sunsets and long picnics along the Champ de Mars, listening to guitar strums, breaking bread and drinking Bourdeaux over good conversation. Walking along St. Martin Canal, walking down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, walking up the hill to Sacré Cœur de Montmartre, walking everywhere you can. And the thing about Paris, is, everything is art in Paris. The sign posts, the metro stations – the doorknobs, the ceilings – a billow of extra cream in a warm café noisette. Every little thing is dressed in fleurettes, red and blue broadcloth, and a tailored adornment of toujours la politesse. Layering at the Louvre: You may already be privy to my aversion to checking luggage. Efficient packing is that sweet spot where my contingency planning tendencies and an intense love of all things miniature collide. For our recent 10-day trip I crazily whittled down to hand luggage only and when I saw a lone suitcase languishing on the open tarmac of the Madrid-Barajas airstrip – bravely standing like a wheeled …