Hi, I’m Jamie

A vintage loving maker with a total sweet tooth. I wear lipstick, patterns, costumes and a whole lotta hats. I like to do one too many things at all times, and share the results right here. Stay, and you’ll see recipes, personal style, DIYs, and more. Sound good? Hooray! I’m so happy you’re here!

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New York, New York

New York, New York- Paint the Gown Red

Today I attempt the crazy task of trying to tell you everything about our time in New York City, in one teeny tiny post. As I sit here, I’m not sure where to start. Should I tell you about getting lost in SoHo, the morning commute, sneaking off walking tours, our “charming” walk-up apartment, falling in love with Wicked, that time Nick’s laptop got stolen or the pianist in the park? Do you want to hear about all the subway, ferry, plane ride, car ride, double-decker bus adventures we took? How about all the pizza, dumplings, brisket, cheesecake, pastrami, perogies, bagels and donuts I ate? There’s a lot to tell you guys. But to keep you sane, I think I’ll just skip to the highlights and let you know what I enjoyed most and recommend in the city that never sleeps.

New York, New York- Paint the Gown Red

GO: To a play. Go to a bunch of plays. Theater in New York is unlike anywhere else. We were fortunate to attend two shows while in town, Wicked and Book of Mormon. Both were amazing in different ways. The theaters are ornate and beautiful, like so many of the buildings in the city. I found myself obsessed with architecture and enjoyed being able to see such different styles in each neighborhood. I loved to wander through the Public Library and Grand Central Station and think about who had been there before me. There aren’t a lot of old buildings in California and it was awesome to experience such history. The outdoor spaces are also wonderful and I spent most of my time in The Highline, Washington Square Park and Central Park.

New York, New York- Paint the Gown Red

EAT: EVERYTHING!!! My favorite part of NYC was the food. We ate so many delicious treats during our stay that we’re now required to go on a 3 week fast to compensate. But it was totally worth it. When you’re on vacation, you don’t calorie count, you don’t worry. You ask yourself one simple question, do I want to eat that? If the answer is yes, then you eat that thing. Maybe even two. No regrets. You can do a lot of damage living in that mindset for three weeks. And we did. Here’s a list of some of our favorite sweets and feasts!

SWEETS
Donuts: Dough & Doughnut Plant
Cheesecake: Junior's
Pie: Petee’s Pie
Cake: MomoFuku Milk Bar
Brunch: Cookshop
Pancakes: Clinton Street Baking Co
Chicken + Waffles: Sweet Chick
FEASTS
BBQ: Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque
Dumplings: Prosperity Dumpling
Deli: Katz Delicatessen
Pizza: Lombardi’s Pizza
Date Night: Gramercy Tavern
Asian Fusion: Pig & Khao
Salads: Sweetgreen

New York, New York- Paint the Gown Red

DRINK: craft beer! Nick and I don’t really go out to bars and clubs anymore. Instead, we get our drink on at breweries, brunch and the occasional happy hour. Our favorite spot was Alphabet City Beer Co: part beer store, part tasting room and part grilled cheese shop. ABC was down the street from us and had a chill vibe, served great beer and made the best grilled cheese sandwiches with jalapeno raspberry jam. We’d go for a pint and then leave with our week’s supply of beer. Another place with a similar style is Top Hops Beer Shop. On the weekends we explored breweries somehow making our way to Brooklyn Brewery, Flagship Brewing Company, Rockaway Brewing Company, Big Alice Brewing and Other Half Brewing Co. We got around.

New York, New York- Paint the Gown Red

Is that it? Probably not... but it is for now! New York City is a crazy place and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to live there for three weeks. That being said, I’m very happy to be home! I missed my kitties, apartment, friends, family, and you guys! I’m ready to cook up some awesome DIYs and treats. I’m ready for Summer! Let's do this!

New York, New York- Paint the Gown Red

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

Our first weekend in the city has come and gone, and man was it a doozy! Can you believe we’ve been here a whole week already? I can’t. Even though I’ve been going out and exploring all day everyday, there’s still so much left to discover. I do however feel like I’m starting to get my bearings. I am less heavily reliant on Google Maps, generally go the right way on the Subway and can make it up all four flights of our “charming” walk-up without passing out. Success! It was really nice having Nick join me this weekend, since he’s been working during the week. We wandered through downtown, sipped craft beer in Brooklyn and ate the best Chinese dumplings in the world. But after a full week of serious walking, today I’m giving my feet a well deserved break. It’s hard work being a tourist! These photos are from one of my favorite adventures so far- my walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I’ve always been fascinated by bridges. There aren’t very many near where I grew up, so it’s always a half terrifying half awesome experience driving over one. Now walking across one, that’s something everyone ought to try! Hope your weekend was lovely. Here’s to a great week!

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

We’ve Arrived!

We’ve Arrived- Paint the Gown Red

But that’s not the only exciting news I’ve got to share today. I’m being featured as this week’s Crafty Superstar over on Cut Out + Keep! That means that all week long I’m sharing some of my favorite DIYs from fun yum to party decorations and home decor. Unless you’ve been following since the very beginning of time, you probably haven’t seen ‘em all! There’s also an interview in case you want to know a little bit more about me. Like my first baking experience or my favorite color. So head on over to Cut Out + Keep and check it out. Do it! Now I’m off to explore this crazy, sexy, cool city. Keep the recommendations coming! Happy Monday!