Brooklyn

Raggedy Threads

June 24, 2016

I get a lot of you that say, “Wait, you take Owen to work with you. Where do you do this? How do you do this?”. For those of you that have been wondering, this is the place – Raggedy Threads. My friend Jaime owns the shop and has had a spot out in LA for 14 years. I worked at the LA location in college, did my fashion design homework in my down time, and now I’m here all over again as a mom with my baby.

Raggedy Threads is located in Williamsburg at 602 Grand St. and each and every piece in the shop is handpicked by Jaime herself. She travels all over the country and at times, the world, to find these vintage pieces, and even sells a select few lines that are newly designed. The girl has taste. Impeccable taste. Most of our inventory is what folks in the business would call workwear. And we have quite the variety. We carry French, Japanese and American workwear dating back to the 1920’s to the 1940’s. The workwear is wonderful, but the items that really make me question wether or not I should blow my paycheck at the shop are mostly t-shirts, sweatshirts and denim. Like I said her taste is impeccable, and her basics are no exception. She also has a GORGEOUSLY curated jewelry case that I just about die over. Really, I try things on and just cross my fingers they don’t fit because I can’t buy everything. That being said, I’ve done a really great job at restraining myself, but it’s tough. She does an excellent job at providing something at almost every price point. Really rare pieces can get up in the high hundreds, but Jaime sells plenty of basics that are well below a hundred or even fifty dollars. What I love best about this space and all of her spaces she’s had over time is that they have this home like feeling. I’m obviously biased because I’ve worked in two of her spots, but truly, we have furniture that allows customers to take a seat and chat, she hand repairs items if folks aren’t as into the distressed look while they wait, we exchange names, sometimes websites/social handles/business cards and create more of an experience than just a one time stop. Jaime’s goal is always to sell items to people who really love them the way she did when she handpicked them. That’s what it’s about for her.

For those of you that are still asking yourselves, “But how does she do this with a baby?”. Here’s a day in the life. And please take in to account that this schedule is always changing, but this is where were at today.

7:30 AM – Wake up, nurse, play, eat breakfast, get Owen dressed for the day.

9:30 AM – Owen goes down for a nap (sometimes nurses, but I think we’re starting to drop this feeding). Once he’s down it’s mad hustle time. I have to get ready, pack our lunch, snacks and Owen’s dinner, take the dog out one final time, pick up the apartment if time permits and head out the door by 11 (this means putting Owen in the carrier even if he’s sleeping).

11 AM – Walk to the train. G to Williamsburg.

11:35-40AM – Arrive in Williamsburg, maybe stop for coffee, walk to the shop & get ready to open.

12PM – Open up, clean and get set up for the day.

12:30PM – Nurse Owen and feed him and myself lunch.

1:30PM – Get Owen down for a nap. A lot of the time this means he’s in the carrier, but today I got him to sleep in the Portacrib so we might just be making some progress.

*All of this time I’m still working, greeting people as they come in, chatting, checking them out and what not. Sometimes this includes putting new merchandise out, taking inventory, listing items on Etsy or other computer work. Also changing diapers, rotating Owen between his Portacrib, Bumbo and my arms.

3PM – Owen is up. We play, he nurses again and has a snack. And then we play and work and play and work and play and work.

6PM – Nurse Owen and feed him dinner. Hang and play and work.

7:30PM – Close the shop and head home.

8:15PM – Arrive back in Park Slope. Walk home.

8:30PM – Nurse Owen put him down to bed. (Sometimes this takes almost an hour).

9:30PM – Relax until I have to do it all over again and eat dinner, then work on Household, or hang out with that guy I married, and probably take a shower cause lets be honest I probably smell.

Night.

*Owen is waking up once or twice a night at the moment, as always I know this will most likely change. Crossing my fingers he magically starts sleeping through the night again, but he only has two teeth which means we have a lot more teething ahead of us.

Photography by Amy Frances.

Williamsburg

June 22, 2016

Williamsburg is not the prettiest part of Brooklyn in my opinion. Although, Amy did make it look quite nice in her photos here. Despite Williamsburg not being a sight for sore eyes, it is definitely a desired place to live given it’s proximity to Manhattan, and it’s laundry list of great bars, restaurants and shops. Plus it’s really cool. Hah! But really, it’s where a lot of the cool kids live and hang and all that jazz – see I’m cool too! Notttttttt. Despite not necessarily fitting in with the cool kid crowd, I love that I get to work in this neighborhood. It gives me access to all these incredible gems without living in the heart of it all. So here is my list. It’s a long one, but if you find yourself in the area try to hit up at least a few of these spots. Ready, set, go..

1. The West. Coffee. Really great coffee. Oh, and there’s room in this coffee shop, and outlets. So fancy.

2. Blind Barber. Coffee, cocktails, bacon and tomato grilled cheese, and haircuts.

3. Campbell Cheese & Grocery. Sandwiches, groceries, small gifts, and the BEST peanut butter cups you’ve ever had. Ever.

4. Norman’s Kill. It’s a whiskey and grilled cheese bar. Need I say more?

5. Williamsburg Pizza. Yes, yes, yes, yes. Do it!

6. Mama Pho. I’m a big fan of their classic bahn mi sandwich. It’s also $5.50, and no, don’t make the same mistake I did my first time and order two items cause they’re obviously small at that price. Nope, they’re normal adult sized and affordably priced. What a concept! 😉

7. Gimme Coffee. You probably need another coffee to wash down all these sandwich spots of recommended, correct?

8. Raggedy Threads! I’ve got a full post on my lovely place of work coming at you, but you don’t want to miss this spot so add it to your list.

9. Pies and Thighs. Best breakfast in NY.

10. Larry Lawrence. One of my favorite bars.

Photography by Amy Frances.

Brooklyn Roasting Company

May 16, 2016

Amy and I had planned to shoot in dumbo for a number of reasons. 1. The neighborhood itself. 2. We thought it would be the perfect location for our shoot with Everlane. & 3. And most importantly, coffee from this place – Brooklyn Roasting Company. Owen has been waking up more frequently the past couple months so I insisted that we start with coffee and pastries here. Anyone else feel like coffee doesn’t make you wired anymore, just that it makes you somewhat level? On a good day that is?! Haha. This is their headquarters and roasting spot, plus it was one of the first coffee shops I ever went to when I was just visiting New York. I hadn’t been in some time and thought it would be nice to check it out again. The space is huge which is great to note if you’re traveling to the city with a group – finding coffee shops in both Brooklyn and Manhattan with room is often times really difficult, but Brooklyn Roasting Company is incredibly welcoming and spacious. They had some packaged gluten free options for Amy (!) and various milk substitutes if you’re on a dairy free diet. I kept it old school with my order and grabbed a drip coffee and croissant. Although I don’t know when I’m going to learn that a baby in a carrier and croissant flakes don’t pair well together. Haha. But I guess there are worse things. Anyways, back to the roasting company. These guys offer the highest quality of fair trade, rainforest alliance, and organic certified and sustainable coffees. They roast in small batches to deliver the perfect roast and best cup of coffee possible, and are all about “green thinking”. On their about page they state, “We’re not coffee snobs, we’re just very dedicated coffee lovers that only settle for the best.” and it’s crystal clear when you visit their location.

Photography by Amy Frances.

Dumbo

May 13, 2016

Dumbo is one of those neighborhoods lots of vacationers end up in. It’s on the water, it’s one stop on the train to Manhattan, it has the gorgeous views of the city, you’ve got Brooklyn Bridge Park there, and it has those classic cobble stone streets in addition to incredible lofts. It’s the perfect place to snag some photos without judgement because, well, most people are also doing the same. We had a shoot to do for Everlane so it we thought hey, this is a Brooklyn neighborhood too, lets feature it. Amy, Owen and I joined forces on the train and headed to Dumbo. We grabbed coffee at Brooklyn Roasting Company, creeped around some alley ways to get the right shots and then went down to the water. There’s something magical about this area that just gave us that gitty feeling like, “We live here! This is our city!”, and those moments are always unbelievably special. A couple other favorites in the area; West Elm Market, Front General Store, and an obvious one – Shake Shack. Amy might have had to discourage me from wanting to get burgers at 10:30 in the morning. We came here on a Monday which was really nice and less crowded than it tends to get on the weekends – just a helpful tip if you’re visiting!

Photography by Amy Frances.

Milk + Honey

April 21, 2016

Amy and I did our research before heading out for lunch. Milk + Honey came highly recommended and neither of us had visited their location – so bam, our decision was made. We stepped in and it was much different than I expected. A little loud and chaotic (I know I’m an old lady. Haha!) , but they had incredible, fresh salads, tasty drinks, and friendly staff. It’s strictly counter service, which I tend to prefer when dinning with a larger group – no one wants to deal with splitting the tab, am I right? Plus they have a full coffee bar which is a large plus for someone like me who is relying heavy on coffee after nights with very little sleep. 😉

Photography by Amy Frances.

Ditmas Park

April 20, 2016

Last week Amy, Owen, and I all checked out Ditmas Park. Amy had roamed the few streets that comprise the neighborhood, but i had never been and we figured it was a perfect Brooklyn neighborhood to feature. Maybe it was because it was 70 degrees, maybe it was because of all the normal sized homes (anything over 1,000 square-feet has somehow become a mansion in my eyes…blame it on that New York mindset), or even the architecture, but it felt like we were in Pasadena, CA. Essentially what i’m getting at is it was such an incredible little escape. It might not be what you’re looking for if you’re traveling to New York from a smaller town, but this little tucked away pocket is truly a gem, and for those of you New Yorkers looking for a quick little retreat from the madness I highly recommend walking around Ditmas Park. We picked up flowers at Stems Brooklyn which is in the Flatbush/Ditmas Park area and is adorable, and then grabbed lunch at Milk & Honey – more on that tomorrow!

Photography by Amy Frances.

Cafe Luluc

March 30, 2016

NOT ONLY IS CAFE LULUC INCREDIBLY CHARMING, BUT THEY TRULY HAVE THE BEST PANCAKES I’VE EVER TASTED. RESEARCH THIS PLACE AND THAT IS SIMPLY WHAT YOU WILL FIND. NOT A WEBSITE, JUST COUNTLESS REVIEWS ON THAT STACKS YOU SEE BELOW. SO HERE I AM LEAVING YOU ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE REVIEWS. I HAVE BEEN THREE TIMES MYSELF. THE FIRST TIME WAS WITH A GROUP OF MOMS AND KIDDOS THAT THEY HAPPILY ACCOMMODATED IN THEIR GARDEN, THE SECOND WAS WITH AMY AND OWEN THE MORNING OF MY BIRTHDAY, AND THIS LAST TIME WAS WITH THE SAME CREW JUST LAST WEEK. ALL THREE TIMES I ORDERED THEIR PANCAKES WITH NUTELLA, AND YES, THEY TRULY ARE THE GREATEST PANCAKES. A LITTLE CRUNCHY ON THE OUTSIDE AND FLUFFY ON THE INSIDE. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. HEADS UP IF YOU GO, THEY ARE CASH ONLY!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY FRANCES.

COBBLE HILL / BOERUM HILL

March 29, 2016

Amy and I (& Owen) met at the Carroll St. F/G stop last week for coffee, a nice walk, and breakfast. Our initial plan was to cover Carroll Gardens since that’s where we were meeting, but since these neighborhoods are so small we quickly found ourselves in Cobble Hill and then Boerum Hill, so we decided to switch gears and focus on those two. We grabbed coffee off the carroll st. stop at Smith Canteen (technically Carroll Gardens) this is a place I hope to feature some day because I love, love, love their coffee and their baked goods, plus their space is gorgeous. After stopping there we then headed out in search of breakfast and Amy photographed as we walked. We ended up landing at Cafe Luluc – which I will share with you in my next post, but there are so many great spots in this area. Here are a few if you find yourself here, Moo Burger, Blue Bottle Coffee, 61 Local, and Van Leeuwen.

Photography by Amy Frances.

Fort Defiance

February 25, 2016

We’ve had the hardest time finding breakfast restaurants we would return to in New York, but Fort Defiance is an exception, and yes, we’ve already been back. As someone who worked in the service industry for ten years, primarily in breakfast restaurants, I appreciate a high quality casual restaurant more than I can put into words. The folks at Fort Defiance are doing it right. They source their eggs and the majority of their seasonal produce from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op, their milk is from Batten Kill Family Creamery, and their bread is made fresh in Soho at Grandaisy Bakery which is right down the street from their butcher shop, Pino Prime Meats. I had their all-american breakfast and Amy and Zack each had the biscuit egg sandwich. Both meals were a+++. We all had coffee which was fantastic as well – they serve pour over drip coffee along with espresso drinks. Considering Owen is up early we were happy to discover that these guys open at 9am for breakfast/brunch on the weekends which is slightly rare in our area where brunch seems to being at lunch time. On top of it all fort defiance is kid friendly – high chairs and all! If you’re in the red hook area i definitely recommend checking this place out, plus they serve lunch and dinner as well.

Photography by Amy Frances.

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