Salt Surf Boards in NYC
I love the concept behind Salt Surf shop in New York City. People in the city of New York always forget they live so close to the ocean and the fun surf. This shop reminds people that it's okay to surf more and work less. The shop offers, beautifully crafted surfboards shaped by Mauricio Avila, bags, t-shirts and hand painted, hand cut and one of a kind DL skateboards from Williamsburg, NY. If you are in the area or want to check their online shop click here and enjoy!
The Cross Decor and Design, Vancouver Canada
On my trip to Vancouver last year I came across a store called The Cross Decor and Design right on the corner of Homer and Davie St. This shop has a large variety of home goods and accessories, it's beautifully decorated and if you check online you can see an even larger range of furniture. They are known for their choice of bold colors and classic design. They carry all those pieces that will make a loud and stylish statement in your home. If you are planning a trip to Vancouver be aware of all the great boutiques, as well as the beautiful outdoors and the friendly people. For more on this great shop click here, for more on my Vancouver review click here.
All Saints Store in New York City
I had these images from my trip to New York city last September and all the great memories from this store came back. I walked into the All Saints store in the Meat Packing District and instead of feeling like I was walking into a typical shop, it was more like a contemporary industrial installation exhibit. The space was the perfect combination of inspiration and history. All Saints has an impressive line of women's and men's clothing made with a an eye for style and high end details with an edge. If you are a fan of All Saints, they are having a great SALE right now, visit All Saints here.
New York City
These are some of my personal photos taken while in New York. I walked all day long for three days and I found great shops, unique products and the always stylish New Yorkers. My feet were tired but my brain is still filled with inspiration to take home. The images were taken in Williamsburg an the Meat Packing District. Be sure to see the rest of my trip stops here.
Bu and the Duck Kid’s Shop. Tribeca, NYC
Walking around Tribeca in New York, I found this beautiful, vintage inspired children shop called Bu and The Duck.
Bu and The Duck has been designing their own label of classic kids wear for 14 years. The shop is well stocked with boys and girls clothing, shoes and accessories. You can feel right at home when you step in this store and that was my favorite thing about this shop.
Their line is known for their beautiful and high quality fabrics and their stylish and classic looks. These are great pieces that last multiple generations. This shop is located at 106 Franklin Street.
Catbird. Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Catbird is a charming little boutique filled with the work of talented jewelry designers from the area. They carry anything from small conservative earrings to wedding bands and bigger statement pendants. Everything in this shop has the handmade and unique touch of independent designers. All the jewelry is displayed in these vintage glass cases that brings you back in time and makes you feel right in your grandmother's jewelry case.
The quartz pendants on the picture is from the Brooklyn based studio Fort and it is only $92. Catbird is located on Bedford Avenue between North 4th and North 5th street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. If you are an online shopper like me you can click here to visit their website.
Scandinavian House, Williamsburg, NYC
My last and most exciting stop in Williamsburg was the Scandinavian Design House. I found this home accessories shop on my last trip to NYC and I knew this was a place I wanted to come back to check out again.
Scandinavian Design House is a piece of heaven for any party host. This shop is filled with bright colored home accents, dishware and unique cooking tools. This is also a great place to get inspiration for contemporary patterns and color combinations.
Everything in the shop is from Scandinavian designers, which mean everything is thoughtful, with clean design lines and filled with fun details. This shop was made to make your home and better place.
If you are in the area and you love good quality home goods, THIS IS A MUST! you can view some of their products online or you can visit the shop located on North 9th st between Bedford and Driggs....
Task in Williamsburg. Brooklyn, NY
Task is a fairly new shop located on North 3rd street between Berry St. and Wythe ave. in Williamsburg. This shop wins "The Most Welcoming Shop" award in Williamsburg from Putucos. The selection of homegoods, jewelry and clothing is elegant and contemporary. Shopping for a gift for mother's days or x-mas doesn't have to be so intimidating anymore, Task has the exactly what you need when if comes to gift shopping. I highly recommend everyone to stop by Task and I'm sure you are going to find something you want for yourself or a loved one. Finally, for all the out of town readers you can shop online!
The Sketchbook Project. Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
This is by far my most exciting find while travelling to the Big Apple. The Art House Co-op is the home to The Sketchbook Project library. Here is a quick way to explain this great source of inspiration, thousands of artists sing up every year, they receive a list of themes and a blank sketchbook, at the end of the assignment everyone returns their sketchbooks and the Art House Co-op sorts them by theme and storage them in a library located in Williamsburg. There were about 10,000 sketchbooks this year and you can stop by to sign a sketchbook out. You can also visit the digital library to enjoy the resources and learn about artists all over the world. As a designer and avid sketchbook lover, this seems like the perfect way to connect with others and see how every artist views and interprets a theme. They are already planning a world tour where they will take the 2012 sketchbooks on the road for everyone to enjoy. For dates on the tour and to learn how to be one of the sketchbook art...
Whisk. Williamsburg, New York.
Here is another discovery since my last trip to NYC. Whisk is a beautiful, french inspired, kitchenwear shop on Bedford Avenue. They carry the classic and contemporary brands of cookware, bakeware, dinnerware, accessories and linens. This shop is whimsical and it makes you want to cook and have friends over for dinner. This is the only kitchen specialty store in Northside Williamsburg which makes it even more unique. The shop is filled with colorful pieces and lucky for people out of town we can all shop online at Whisknyc.com.
If you are visiting New York I highly recommend you visit Whisk for your cooking and hosting needs. Whisk is located on Bedford Avenue between N 3rd and N 4th Street. Let me know if you go and how you liked it.
ID New York. Williamsburg, NY
ID New York was my second stop in Williamsburg and this store was a new addition to Bedford Avenue since my last visit to the area. ID New York is a men's contemporary boutique that dresses the classic and stylish men of Brooklyn. They carry a great range of denim, footwear, shirts, bags and accessories. This shop is complete with everything you need to look the part in the city. I love their offering of ties and bow ties from General Knot & Co. The store is filled with great little details and if you are in the area you have stop here to take a peak, this will also be a fantastic place to get a gift for the man in your life. ID New York is located on Bedford Avenue between N 4th and N5th street.
Jewelry at Mini Minimarket. Williamsburg, NY
I just got back from my wonderfully inspirational trip to the city of New York. As always I had to go to visit my old neighborhood, Williamsburg. My first stop was at Mini Minimarket where they sell clothing, accessories, shoes and jewelry. What caught my eye in this shop was the jewelry variety and quality. All these pieces are under $100 and they are great statement pieces. The bicycle pendant is from the Australian label Polli made with recycled brass. The other three pieces are from Brooklyn based Sasha Nash. These and many other great and affordable designers can be found at Mini Minimarket on Bedford Avenue between N 4th and N 5th street in Williamsburg.
Alice Supply Co.
I love the collection of housewares tools created by Alice Supply Co. The brand has everything from tool boxes to brooms, scissors, dust pans and hoses. Everything has their signature spark of fun with beautiful stripes, camo prints, and even a new Trina Turk pattern. Everything in this collection is about bright colored tools that make house work just a little more fun. For more on Alice Supply Co. click here.
Vancouver Adventures: Capilano Park
On our last day in Vancouver we decided to get even closer to nature and visit the Capilano Park where we found the longest, higher and oldest suspension bridge I have ever walked on. My fear of heights was overtaken by the surprise of something so majestic. This bridge was super wobbly and shaky, it was as if I was on a boat in the open sea, all my pictures of the bridge were out of focus due to the movement, it was so hard to get it right!
The bridge was just one part of the park's attractions, there is also a very energizing nature trail around the forest and a tree top walkway that was super fun and much more stable. I highly recommend visiting this park if you have a few hours to spare, this was a fun, relaxing and revitalizing way to end our visit in Vancouver.
Vancouver’s Public Market
Our second day was wet and colder than we expected but we decided to brave the rain and walk to across the Granville Bridge to visit the Public Market. This is the perfect place to get a bite to eat, get to know the local farmers and buy great souvenirs for the foodies in your circle of friends. They have the freshest produce, baked goods, coffee, teas, honey and prepared foods.
I had a clam chowder puff pie soup which was was super delicious. You may be wondering where the picture of the soup is, well I started to eat it and by the time I remembered to take the picture the soup was gone. It's a good excuse to go back to Vancouver soon.
Vancouver on a bike ride
I've been meaning to add more on my trip to the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC. On our first day in the city we decided to rent bikes and ride around Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown and Yaletown. This is the perfect city to bike all day long while also getting to know the area. It is a very bike-friendly city and finding a place to rent a bike is easy, I highly recomend checking out Vancouver by bike at least one of the days you are in town.
These are a couple of the pictures taken that day. The first one was taken in on the Stanley Park Bike trail while watching sea planes land and take off and the second picture was taken at the Sun Yat Sen Park in Chinatown.