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Must. Have. This.cake stand

It’s beautiful. And inexpensive. And on July 1, is so totally mine!!!
http://www.fishseddy.com/browse.cfm/6,1517.html

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My favorite shot from the Tranquil Living NY shoot:

Street Fare

taken w/ iphone.

I am somewhat picnic-obsessed. Dining outdoors (al fresco!), or in unusual places (a roof, by the ocean, middle of the living room, on top of a parked car…) is always preferable to a kitchen or dining table.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t class it up. There has to be wine, and some sort of difficult-to-pronounce cheese, and serving utensils, and cups, and even plates. Not paper. There also has to be a blanket, and perchance something else to sit upon.

This is an awful lot of gear. But WHAM. Look what I just found.

http://www.crateandbarrel.com

I feel like I’m a pretty reasonable person. Definitely not a douchebag. Definitely not a tool. But something about this decidedly yuppie item makes me giddy. I could put candles on it, rest the glasses and wine bottles on it so they don’t topple over in the soft earth, keep the crawlies off of my plate… I’m pretty sure I need this.

How picturesque my little picnic would be! Now to check out the coordinating tablecloths….errr… i mean… just kidding.

**sneak peek**

Yesterday was my first real photo shoot, for Tranquil Living New York (a yoga/spa lifestyle magazine). The magazine is being launched by my neighbor and friend, Kellye, and the shoot was for the first issue. I was so nervous; I kept panicking that maybe my camera settings were changing, the lighting was bad, the pictures weren’t saving to the memory card… and then there was all that anxiety about the uploading/editing (would I lose the originals, would the card be corrupted and not upload the pictures, leaving them to vanish into thin memorycard air?)

The editing process is underway now, but I wanted to give you a quick sneak peak of the results! So, I give you: salad.

What happens when you have a jar of applesauce and three hours to kill?

Why, applesauce cookies of course. Initially these babies were going to be sugar-free, but I caved when I smelled the ingredients and knew they needed some good ol’ brown sugar (who doesn’t need a little brown sugar every now and then? Diana knows what I’m talkin’ about.)

Can you handle it?