Brooklyn

Walter’s & Fort Greene

August 26, 2016

Amy and I met on the train. This is something we’ve somehow mastered – the art of coordinating to meet on a specific car at a particular train station. I’m always impressed and always reminded of this scene in Broad City. Mostly because I’m normally like Ilana, and Amy is normally much more prepared like Abbi. I’m blaming my tendency to be late on Owen, that’s fair right?! That and farts? Haha. Anyways, we took the G a few stops into Fort Greene, walked around, snapped some photos for Ace & Jig and ate dinner at Walter’s. Fort Greene is one of those neighborhoods I never visited before I lived in New York, but have truly come to love. The streets are lined with brownstones and large trees like you see here, there are some exceptional restaurants and bars in the area and some great kid friendly parks as well. I really explored this neighborhood for the first time this summer when my parents were visiting and staying in an Airbnb in the area. It’s honestly one of the few other spots I can see us living in Brooklyn, but if you’re visiting New York, or are local and just want a change of pace I highly recommend checking it out as well.

Amy and I have made this a bit of a monthly ritual and I really love our nights out together. We typically head to a neighborhood we haven’t covered here, take some photos and check out either a new restaurant or one of our favorites in the area (and maybe a bar or two). This time we checked out a new spot, Walter’s. It was so delicious. We had boozy cocktails, Amy had the salmon, like the classy lady I am I had the steak. Haha. I don’t take these kidless nights out lightly. Give me all the meat and booze please. We reflected on the fact that as we completed this ritual last month we talked about Amy moving to full time photography and quitting her day job, and we chatted about my freelance work and how I was getting the feeling it might lead me in that direction too, and as we sat down to dinner just a month later this was already in the works for each of us. Amy’s last day of work was a week ago, and my last day at the shop was almost three weeks ago. Things happened quickly and I have to pat each of us on the back for busting our asses and making it happen. Cheers to Amy who is going to kill it this year as a full-time freelance photographer (and cheers to me cause now I have her a little more at my finger tips)! It’s a win, win all around.

Photography by Amy Frances.

Documented Workshop

August 15, 2016

Hey guys, by the time this is published Amy may have sold the final seats, but as of now there are two seats left for her documented workshop and if you can make it you should really come! The workshop will take place in Park Slope – Brooklyn, NY on Saturday August 27th. As much as I get routine tips from Amy, I’m really looking forward to sitting down and getting a full on lesson. (I might be equally excited to have a little me time, eat some delicious food and be surrounded by good company.” Here’s what you need to know:

“It will be a day full of meeting other parents in Brooklyn, a basic photography lesson, learning tips and tricks for successfully documenting your everyday moments at home with your kids, a delicious catered lunch, and one on one time with Amy Frances and Keetch Miller (of Keetch Miller Photography) to ask any of your burning questions when it comes to using your camera to its potential. We will also go over a few tips for taking better iPhone photos and specific apps/editing tools that we love.

The workshop starts at 9:30am with coffee and pastries, and will continue with a few lessons from both Amy and Keetch. We will go over things like, “what does this button do?” and “what exactly is aperture?”  We will keep it beginner friendly as this is NOT meant to teach you all to become pros. This is meant to teach you the very basics and bare bones of how to successfully and efficiently use your camera to document your everyday moments with your family.

We will break for lunch around 1pm when your families are welcome to join us. After lunch there will be time for you to ask questions, hang out, and practice taking photos with Amy and Keetch near by to help out if need be. We have the possibility of arranging childcare, so if you need to bring your child to the first half, please let me know when signing up so we can plan accordingly.

We will have some lovely goodies for all the participants, as well as some fun stuff for the kiddos as well.”

Hope to see you there! 🙂

Della & Windsor Terrace

July 22, 2016

Zack and I recently set up a schedule to give ourselves a little more time alone each week. This time is intended for whatever we want or need so long as it’s out of the house and independent from the family. This is a hard system to get used to because I value our time as a family so much, but I’ve learned the hard way that it’s essential to take in a little me time. Mondays are my evenings and this past Monday I decided I needed a little bit of a break – I’ve typically been using my “me” time to work. I met Amy at Della, a restaurant and bar we both had been dying to try after her sister recommended it in Windsor Terrace. Windsor Terrace is Amy’s neighborhood, and call me a bad friend, but I’ve only been a couple of times. She clearly gets a gold star for typically coming to us – this was true in my pregnancy and since Owen has been born, but either way we hadn’t seen each other in far too long which meant there was tons to talk about as we indulged in a couple glasses of wine and dinner.

Dinner was fantastic. You can check out their menu here, but we each had a couple glasses of the Grenache-Syrah and I had the roasted chicken and Amy had the cacciucco. Both we’re excellent. Windsor Terrace is located right off the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop if you’re taking the F or G which makes it super accessible. It’s a great little neighborhood with numerous hidden gems like Della. If you’re local and haven’t been I highly recommend checking it out, and same goes for all you summer travelers. This definitely isn’t an area filled with tourists and I can guarantee you’ll enjoy it!

Photography by Amy Frances.

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.

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