Friday Scraps

{Pre-event walk-through!}

. Babs is running for prez!

. Harmonious kitchens are stunning.

. Easter projects for the ambitious and design inclined.

. Loving Roseline’s series of great love stories. Swoon.

I don’t know about you guys, but this week has been oddly long. This weekend is our annual black tie affair for work, which is always equal parts excitement and stress. I’m looking forward to some yoga, some sleeping in, and a mani/pedi to help me relax and get zen before the big night.

What are you doing this weekend?

New York Eating

Coming from THE foodie city, I am always a little skeptical of rave restaurant reviews. I challenge anyone to find better Asian fusion than Burma Superstar, or a more delicious deep dish pizza than Little Star. Heck, even our food trucks are worthy of a Zagat rating. The Indian burrito at Curry Up Now will blow your freaking mind.

That being said, even though New York is New York, the alleged center of the universe of all things awesome and hip, I was still like, “Whatever New York. Show me your goods, because I’m prepared to be unimpressed, no pressure. Bring it.”

And bring it, NY did. I was even able to indulge in my insane pumpkin obsession in some new and surprising ways, for which I give NYC some extra points. Points I wish I could trade in for an Indian burrito now that I’m home. Too bad it doesn’t work like that.

{Pumpkin and salted pretzel fro-yo at Momofuku Noodle Bar}

{Salty, lemony oysters at The Mermaid Inn}

{Top notch spicy hot dogs on the street}

{Pumpkin tempura at Hane Sushi Bar}

{Ricotta, sausage and broccoli pizza at John’s Pizzaria}

{Classic skinny latte at Joe: The Art of Coffee}

{Pumpkin scones at Alice’s Tea Cup}

{Embarassingly tasty pumpkin donuts at Dunkin Donuts}

What’s your favorite restaurant? And why? Let’s talk food, people!

Friday Scraps

{My polka dot pumpkin. Or something. Swiss cheese, anyone?}

. I’ll definitely be following her!

. Excited that this cool guy came to work last week! My job is fun.

. Shoot!

. A fashion motto I can certainly get behind. (And yes, it’s true. I have a lady crush on our super classy FLOTUS. I admit.)

. Hot!

Young people! I’m off to New York! Since we land at 7 a.m., the first item on the agenda is coffee. That’s a mandatory. After that, I’m just looking forward to a weekend of fun food, Broadway shows, museums, libraries and the glorious city-ness of it all.

Happy weekend, you guys. Make it a good one!

Happy Birthday To Me + A Present For You

Hi guys! Today is a wee bit nuts: it’s opening night at this crazy place, I leave for NYC tomorrow, I’m not fully packed (gah!), and today is my birthday. Whirlwind. I am one.

Despite today’s windy, everywhere-but-here feeling, I just wanted to pop in to say bonjour, and thank you for reading! This year has been difficult, wonderful, and interesting enough for me to stick around. I hope you can say the same.

Thank you for being here with me. I appreciate it. And to show my appreciation, I am announcing a little giveaway – a Gourmet Style Girl first!

Any readers who leave an NYC comment this weekend will be entered into a drawing (ie, I will pick a number at random using an app of some sort) and the winner will be announced next Friday. Think a recommendation, a tip, a memory, or anything pertaining to the city that a first-timer might find helpful. The winner will receive something small and adorable from my trip. I don’t know what it is yet, but I do know that it will be awesome and you will be excited to receive it. If this works, then I hope to be doing more giveaways in the future!

You have until Sunday at midnight. Reeeeeady…GO!

XO – Hilary

Bob’s Pumpkin Patch – Updated!

Thank you, inquiring e-mailers! You are nice! Chambray shirt and black jeans are Banana Republic, the boots are Ralph Lauren, the ring is Tiffany, the shades are H&M (total steal at $6!) and the watch is vintage Timex. 

Last weekend, I went down to Half Moon Bay with friends to visit Bob’s Pumpkin Patch. Picking out the perfect pumpkin was the easy part – I’m a decisive lady and when a pumpkin speaks to me, I listen – it was the cheesy senior portrait photo shoot in the patch that was the hard part. I’m off to college you guys! So fun! Right? Right?

Here’s what we learned at the pumpkin patch: It’s totally possible to find your doppelganger in a seasonal gourd, tiny pumpkins are not delicious, and no carving party is complete without a dog. For ambiance, not for carving. You know what I mean.

Many thanks to Bob, wherever he may be, and to my dear friend D for capturing my senior moments.

Friday Scraps

{Bonfire on Ocean Beach}

. More about Le Diner en Blanc from its creator! The event was a blast – I can’t wait to share pictures!

. Litquake is such a gift for a girl who writes. This panel was so inspiring!

. Mason Jar love.

. Loving this subtle, mellow band. Perfect for bittersweet Fall days.

. This website redesign is gorgeous. Duchess Kate approves!

. Goodness she’s getting so skinny! (Please read this in a worrisome, motherly tone, not a tone of envy or congratulations. Because yikes.)

. If anyone wants to buy me bedding, I’d take this!

Happy Friday! As mentioned, I’m off to Yosemite tonight for a weekend of hiking and star gazing and roasting things over an open flame during these fleeting days of Fall. Wherever you go, whatever you do – have an amazing weekend!

Ansel Adams + Yosemite

A match made in heaven.

 {Half Dome}

{Cathedral Peak}

{Yosemite Valley}

I’m heading out to Yosemite tomorrow for the last of the season’s camping trips. I can’t wait to hike in the crisp Fall air, snuggle into my sleeping bag at night, and wake up outside!

What are you doing this weekend?