We have a deep love for both Sheridan French and Mrs. Lilien, so imagine our delight in seeing Mrs. French’s (aptly named!) Lillian skirt as part of Mrs. Lilien’s summer uniform this week! Cheers to these two lovely ladies!
Have you seen Tomboy Style? Freelance writer and all-around cool girl Lizzie Garrett mixes inspiring vintage photos, well-curated product roundups, and interesting Q&As with kindred tomboy spirits to great effect. I always find out about something cool after each visit, and feel less guilty about my collection of men’s shirts.
Image of Daryl Hannah via Tomboy Style
It’s getting warm (!!!) in the Bay Area, which has me craving all kinds of summertime treats – burgers hot from the grill, fish tacos, popsicles, and a good iced coffee. I’ve resolved to make this the summer that I finally try cold-brewing coffee, but there are so many cool (and local!) companies doing it, that I might opt for those instead: Jittery John’s is based in San Francisco and does pop-ups in Dolores Park so you can enjoy some coffee with your Bi-Rite ice cream; Milton & Small is an Oakland-based brand that delivery around the Bay Area; Slingshot offers both ready-to-drink and concentrate versions around the South; and Brooklyn-based Grady’s Cold Brew is a New Orleans-style coffee with chicory – yum. If you want to try cold-brewing at home, here’s a recipe from Bon Appetit.
People who know me well (or a little) know I like two things – tacos and scarves. I’ve had my eye on Block Shop Textiles scarves for awhile now, and they’ve just started accepting preorders for the next round. Sisters Lily and Hopie Stockman collaborate with a family of master printers in India to create their scarves, supporting a small community of block carvers, dye mixers, master printers, seamstresses, and dhobi wallahs through their partnership. Now which to pick?!
I still love the older Knowles sister, but I have been developing a girl crush on her younger sis Solange. Her song “Losing You” has been in heavy rotation on my morning commute, and I want to go to one of her dinner parties after reading this Elle article. (Solange, if you’re reading this, can we be friends?!)
(Solange and her seven-year-old son in their Brooklyn home)
I just booked my first trip to Austin for the end of April and can’t wait for hot weather, lots of live music, and great food. The promise of citywide breakfast tacos sold me, but now that I’ve started my research I don’t know how I’ll be able to cram all the places I want to eat and things I want to do into four days. Papi Tino’s and Elizabeth Street Cafe are definitely on the list so far – do you have any favorite spots in Austin? Any must-do activities?
My family’s proclivity for gin and tonics means we’re all on a constant search for ways to improve our favorite summertime drink. My mom’s latest discovery, Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic Syrup, is really shaking things up…especially when mixed with life-changing Sodastream sparkling water. I loved reading about the original Jack Rudy, great-grandfather of the company founders, pilot, inventor, and “marvelous” dancer. Next, I’m trying their Small Batch Grenadine, and making myself some very fancy Shirley Temples.
Sadly, there’s a lack of Girl Scouts in my neighborhoods, which has meant a few Thin Mint-free years for me. Little did I know that all that’s standing between me and an ice-cold, after-dinner minty treat are three ingredients: Oreos, semisweet chocolate, and mint extract. (Thank you for changing my world, Top With Cinnamon!) I only worry that now that I know how easy it is to whip some up, I won’t be able to ration them into disciplined three-cookie servings. (Did you know February 8th was National Girl Scout Cookie Day?!)
Have you seen Polpo, the cookbook from the London restaurants of the same name? I flipped through it at a bookstore the other day and wanted to eat everything I saw. It has all the elements of a great cookbook – lots of homey dishes like flourless orange and almond cake and cauliflower and Gruyere gratin, and LOTS of pictures.