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over 4 years ago | Queenie Takes Manhattan: Queenie Takes Manhattan

Happy weekend, kiddos! It's a gray Saturday here in New York, and I have a day of chores and errands ahead of me. Before reality sets in, though, let's take a look at this week's Treasury.Up first, these gorgeous posters from Brooklyn Larder, a wonderful specialty foods shop that sits on Flatbush Avenue at the intersection of Park Slope and Prospect Heights. All of the posters are marvelous, but I'm particularly partial to these two, representing salumi and gelato. (Head over to their site to see the others, including beer, cheese and pastries.)I'm loving these gold, crystal-studded pyramid earrings from Etsy seller Tiny Armour. They're  a little bit tough, a little bit girly, and all around awesome and right up my alley. (They come in rose gold, too, for those looking to embrace that particular trend.)As a city-dweller, I'm always on the lookout for ways to bring the outdoors in. Right now, as autumn bears down on us, I'm loving this birch sculpture from Urban + Forest. It's simple and neutral, but would add texture and oomph to any space. I'm seeing it as part of a soothing gray, navy and white bedroom, yes?

Bad experience with Tata photon Plus speed

over 4 years ago | Niranjan Sarade: InLoveWithNature

A few months back, I finally cancelled my Tata Photon Plus / Tata Docomo subscription due to very low speeds that I consistently faced. If you read their advertise on http://www.tataphoton.com, it says :-Tata Photon Plus is a High Speed Internet Access Service (HSIA) in the form of a USB Modem offered by Tata Teleservices Ltd. The speeds offered are        Up to 3.1 Mbps (Downlink)        Up to 1.8 Mbps (Uplink)Allured by the high speed numbers, I subscribed to their USB Modem Tata Photon Plus postpaid plan and since then my journey onto the internet had been drastically slow. The speeds were so pathetic (0.10 Mbps to 0.25 Mbps Downlink) that opening any page during any time of the day would take 30-90 secs. Watching videos with this speed was a nightmare. On complaint, one of the Tata Indicom engineers visited my home and checked my network settings, machine configuration and found those to be up to the mark. Then he told that there might be a network issue with Malad West tower and they were getting many complaints regarding the speed/connectivity. Finally I got a call which stated that we could not resolve this issue unless and until we launch a new site (may be a new tower nearby) in the area.My concern was why was then issued a connection if it was not going to serve at least half of the advertised speed and why should I pay their highly charged postpaid bills. I continuously followed up with the customer care team and was really frustrated with the replies that I received. Here are some of the replies :---------------------We would like to inform you that we have verified your screen shot and found that you are getting average speed of 256kbps and there is no speed issue.Please be informed that if you are facing slow speed issue which is less than the average speed i.e.256kbps kindly revert us back which will help us for further proceedings. --------------------We would like to inform you that Photon Plus connection provides speed up to 3.1 Mbps. However, the actual connection & browsing speed depends on a variety of factor such as,1. Number of simultaneous Photon Plus users in your area,2. Time of the day internet is accessed3. Webpage accessed4. Speed of processor5. Virus & Malware presence in the back ground6. Size of RAMThus, in most real-world situations, you can expect average speeds of 256-600 Kbps (Kilo bits per Second)”FYI - my machine configuration was one of the best - 6 GB RAM,  Intel i5 Dual Core 2.4 GHz, 64-bit OS--------------------We request you to bear with us interim and you will be duly intimated about the resolution for newly site plan.--------------------I wish I could have posted the entire email chain, but I think the above replies are sufficient to judge their service and advertisement.So please DO NOT trust their Advertising speeds. You have every right to ask them questions! Verify the actual upload and download speeds with http://speedtest.net/  -> Click 'Begin Test'

Daily list of questions for my projects

over 4 years ago | James Torio: Designing the experience

For project teams: Is my team happy? How are we performing against our work plan? What impediments do I need to remove? Do I need to reallocate resources? Are we on target to deliver? What coaching opportunities are there? What are we learning? e.g. Have we gotten on smarter on the domain -if so Does the […]

Drinking on the Bowery isn't what it used to be.

over 4 years ago | Queenie Takes Manhattan: Queenie Takes Manhattan

Over the last ten years, the Bowery, once the place where dreams went to die - usually in a flophouse - has become the place where hotels and restaurants go to open. Several of my favorites are on or within a stone's throw of the Bowery (Peels, Five Points, DBGB, Acme), and now I can most definitely add the bar at The Bowery Hotel to the list. The drink that did it? Their Black Manhattan, made with bourbon, bitters, and Averna. Averna - an Italian liqueur made with herbs and caramel - replaces the traditional sweet vermouth, and does a super smooth job of it.  And just look at this little dandy on their cocktail coasters. I can't quite tell if he's a gentleman or a Five Points gangster, but either way, I like his attitude.

Something neue.

over 4 years ago | Queenie Takes Manhattan: Queenie Takes Manhattan

I love it when Louisa comes to town. Not only because I get to spend tons of quality time with my best friend (living thousands of miles apart can be rough), but also because having her here reminds me to take full advantage of the wonders of the city.When she was in town in September, we spent a day on the Upper East Side. We managed to do some shopping (thank you, Joe Fresh and J. Crew Collection), but before that could happen, we needed sustenance. Enter Café Sabarsky, one of the very best things within walking distance of my apartment.Housed in the Neue Galerie - itself dedicated to German and Austrian art - Café Sabarsky is a recreation of the cafes of Austria, right down to the Thonet chairs, Hoffmann fixtures and sausage-rich menu. On this visit, we ordered a green salad to share, plus two different plates of sausage (my roasted bratwurst came with riesling sauerkraut and dijon potatoes; Louisa's was flavored with cheddar).The food (and the coffee and hot chocolate we enjoyed afterward) was, as always, delicious. But, for me, Café Sabarsky is always about the experience as a whole. That gorgeous room, that wonderful atmosphere...that sparkly chandelier. I just love it there. I'd say it's something you could only find in New York, but that's obviously not true. But I'm sure glad it's here.

Late summer supper.

over 4 years ago | Queenie Takes Manhattan: Queenie Takes Manhattan

A few weeks ago, my friends Nick and Louisa were in town, which always means I'm in for a few good meals. Even though they've swapped the wilds of rural Ohio for the wonders of Austin, they're still aiming to get a serious New York food fix whenever they visit. Their first night here, we met our friends Liz and Carrie for dinner at Prune, Gabrielle Hamilton's perennial neighborhood favorite, best known for its insanely delicious (and popular) brunch.  I ordered a Junipero Gibson (a gin martini garnished with housemade pickled onions) and nibbled on fried chickpeas while I waited for the others to arrive. (They were coming from pre-dinner drinks at Ten Bells; I was trekking in from having my hair done by the lovely Holly in SoHo.) The cocktail was perfectly cool and crisp, and kept me company all through dinner (and for a while afterward, to tell the truth). I started with a special kale salad, which went so fast and was so delicious that I forgot to snap its photo.The kale was shredded and dressed with crumbly cheese, garlic and lots and lots of olive oil. I've had many kale salads, but this one was something special. My main was the grilled steak with a tomato and onion salad. The steak was perfectly cooked to medium rare, and the rings of red onion were just crunchy and spicy enough to set off the sweat, meaty tomatoes. A bit of bleu cheese butter rounded things out, and reminded me of one of the things I love about Prune: the food is exuberant, but not overdone. They know that all you need is a touch of cheese in each bite, not an overwhelming heap of it on the plate.In another nod to disappearing summer, we ordered a side of peas for the table. They arrived, beautifully green, perfectly cooked (English peas, snow peas and - my favorite - sugar snaps), spiked with horseradish and topped with honeycomb. The horseradish accentuated the peas' natural vegetal bite, while the honey upped their sweetness. Peas, amplified. Finally, dessert. We went a bit over the top here, ordering three different ones to try. A rhubarb bourbon bread pudding, a summer pudding with whipped cream, and a pound cake with fruit syrup. All three were wonderful (and the blazing color of the summer pudding outshone the rest), but the bread pudding was my very favorite. The perfect end to a late summer feast. Next time, squash and brussels sprouts will replace tomatoes and peas, and nothing will be quite the same.Now there's an excuse to go back if ever there was one, right?

PSA.

over 4 years ago | Queenie Takes Manhattan: Queenie Takes Manhattan

Blue Bottle makes one remarkably delicious caffé mocha. Consider yourselves informed, insert a The More You Know gif here, etc.Either way, get yourself to the nearest Blue Bottle as soon as possible.

Hello World!

over 4 years ago | Sven Kräuter: makingthingshappen blog.

Transforming an existing and effective product team with its own existing processes into an even more effective SCRUM team is quite a challenging task. You need to get to know both people and organization and see how you spread agile values amongst both best. In a current client’s assignment we reached a point where the process is learned and the values & mindest widely settled. Now the risk of boring the team with repeating facilitation techniques is high, which is a luxury problem I am quite glad to face ;-). Finishing the preparations for todays retrospective I started retrospect the state of making things happen a little. Starting my own business this february was quite a ride. I was lucky to have a product vision ready for my venture - Strategic Play helped developing it in an awesome CoCreAct workshop. With some local companies waiting for me to work for them the biggest challenge was the bureaucratic means necessary to go into business. Since then my concept of offering both Process Coaching and Application Development - knock on wood - works out quite nice. I sometimes need to explain how I am able to offer both, but that’s another story. Finding my own product vision (image: 5v3n.com) <!-- more --> One challenge you face working as a contractor is the not too surprising fact that no start up or company hires you because she wants you to learn something new from her. Most of the time she searches someone to teach her something new from your portfolio instead. Of course every project makes you learn and adds useful skills to your agile or tech tool belt. But if you really want to advance or even pivot a little you have to invest the time in your own learning. One important aspect of my approach to learning is inspiration. There are inspiring people in my surrounding already. A place to maximize the specific inspirational density nonetheless are barcamps and community events. During the last quarter there were two very special events of this kind where I found loads of inspiration. The first one was the UX Camp Hamburg. Being asked to talk about UX concerning the infamous Internet of Things beforehand was awesome - I wrote about my experience from the Maker’s perspective at Makers & Co already. In addition I did not hesitate to put a spontaneous session called “UX & Agile” on the planning board. Knowing your audience is key to preparing a talk. Since I didn’t know anything about them and had to open the event with the first talk I just improvised a little. I used a flipchart, pens and the biggest track room full with a lot of curious people. Went quite well I’d say since there were lots of questions. Opening UX Camp Hamburg with “UX & Agile” (image: twitter.com/suzhi) I felt we had a real nice conversation going on and I scribbled a lot of pages with viualisations of agile metaphors since that’s the way I explain best. I even received some friendly coverage, i.e, from Hamburg’s Digital Media Women so I think I pleased the audience. Being asked to repeat both sessions in the afternoon was quite reassuring too. Having paid my barcamp dues with leading two sessions myself I enjoyed visiting some sessions without a bad conscience. The main topic UX is quite self evident working in (or being brought in to establish) lean and agile contexts. Seeing the different approaches how to include it in classic project setups and the pains you have there was quite interesting. Amongst the sessions I enjoyed the most were “Lean UX” where Karen Lindemann gave a brief overview of the way Thoughtworks is integrating strategies to focus more on UX in their agile & lean workflow. Karen on Thoughtwork’s approach: “Lean UX”(image: twitter.com/gabormolnar) Chatting with the participants was very inspiring too - all in all a saturday spent more than well. The other event that stood out was Railsgirls Hamburg. I guess you are asking yourself the question why I list an event where I coached people without any experience in Web App Development at all amongst the events I learned from most. Let me elaborate. Concentrated learning...Concentrated learners (image: 500px) Designing web applications these days we talk a lot about the infamous “Embrace Constrains” paradigm. It basically says: “By constraining your product you will see the core of your product” and is applied concerning mobile vs. desktop browser, small vs. tall budget and so on. What I found out at Railsgirls by embracing the skill constratint is what’s in the core of my way to drive product development. We had some tutorials we should go through which I adjusted a little by adding IxD skribbling up front. Then this picture basically sums it up: Action!Skribble - Implement - Ship! (image: EyeEm) It all burned down to: “Skribble - Implement - Ship!” Then check the result, rinse & repeat. Of course we left out the Product Visioning here, but basically this is what it’s all about. Plan, Do, Check, Act as Deming would have put it. So besides being a great idea in general and the coaching being a real pleasure I also learned a lot. What comes after the inspiration is choosing the topics worth further persuasion. I developed the habit of starting spare time projects to learn new technical skills preferably in teams of fellow knowledge & experience seekers. On the process side I read quite a lot in the past but the best way to sharpen my existing skills or learn new ones is learning by doing as well. Ok - so why is this post called “Hello World!”? It’s a test balloon to see if what I write about my experiences is of any interest to you. So please go ahead and tell me. Share the post, give me feedback or even better: tell us about your tactics in the field of knowledge acquisition. I am curious!

Queenie's Treasury

over 4 years ago | Queenie Takes Manhattan: Queenie Takes Manhattan

Hello, my doves! Today is the first day of autumn (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least), so it seems fitting to share with you some of the things I've been craving (food and otherwise) in the name of the new season.First up, these delicious Tate ballet flats from the ladies at Marais USA. I absolutely love the animal print, and I'm delighted that feminine, pointy toes are back in this fall. Just imagine these with a pair of cropped trousers or a full skirt. Perfection, yes?Next, a lovely little print from Ana Victoria Calderon's shop on Etsy. The colors are just perfect for autumn: a little muted, a little soft, all cozy and warm. Just looking at it makes me crave apple cider. And bourbon.Finally, some actual food! This plum and mascarpone pie screams early autumn to me, what with its gorgeous purple color and rich, caramelized glaze. And mascarpone makes everything into its best self.

Windswept wedding.

over 4 years ago | Queenie Takes Manhattan: Queenie Takes Manhattan

We've had some wild weather in the northeast as of late - tornado warnings every other week or so, which are, simply put, not normal for this part of the world. A couple of Saturdays ago, a tornado touched down in Queens, and I headed out of the city for a seaside wedding in my hometown, Old Greenwich, Connecticut.Most of the (spectacular) rain fell before things got underway, but the evening remained damp and breezy throughout. The views were gorgeous and moody - plus, I had a sparkly clutch (my prized, vintage Whiting & Davis, which I bought on eBay for a song about 8 years ago) and a well attended to glass of bubbly to brighten things up. Sadly, I didn't smooch anyone on the dock. But I sure hope someone did, because it was awfully pretty.

Bonjour!

over 4 years ago | Queenie Takes Manhattan: Queenie Takes Manhattan

See, I'm alive! (And I took this picture of a really pretty pre-autumn sky over the Plaza last week as proof!)Sorry it's been so quiet around these parts of late, kids. I've been a bit crazed, both personally and professionally, and haven't had time to tend to the blog as you've come to expect - and, frankly, as you deserve!I'll be back soon with lots of stuff (a few delightful meals out and about, plus one or two late summer recipes to use up that eggplant and zucchini). In the meantime, thanks for being patient and awesome and dedicated and delightful.

Love is Power

over 4 years ago | Daniel Higginbotham: Flying Machine Studios

"You can't park like that, you dumb bitch!" A man, not ten feet away, had just shouted this at my then-girlfriend Su. It was the middle of winter in New England, and the streets were narrow with large snow banks piled on each side. Earlier, Su had called people all day trying to get someone to remove the snow -- to no avail. That night I was helping her get groceries out of the car, parked temporarily in front of the house, and the snow bank made it hard for other cars to pass. She laughingly commented that "now people can't get through!" Besides being unable to finding someone to plow the snow, a lot of other stuff had gone wrong that day, and the best we could do was laugh. And then that man starting shouting at us from inside his truck. We took it in stride, but then the guy rolled down his window. He just wouldn't stop. He parked up the street, got out and continued shouting, even after we told him we were parked there because Su's disabled and that we'd call the police if he didn't stop. When he finally left I was furious. This was right before heading to aikido practice, so I thought to myself, "What's an aikido way to deal with this?" If you don't know what aikido is, it's pretty much a martial art for hippies. Here's a quote from its founder: Aikido is love. You make this great great love of the universe your heart and then you must make your own mission the protection and love of all things. -- O'Sensei In aikido you train to extend love to all things - including angry jerks yelling at you for no reason. Including people who are attacking you, whether physically or verbally or indirectly. So I took a step back, and tried to see it from Angry Jerk's perspective. Clearly, he was distressed. For someone to blow up uncontrollably like that they have to be in some kind of emotional turmoil. And that freed something up inside me. Thinking about Angry Jerk with love and compassion opened up enough space for me to realize that, actually, I was completely OK. Sure, this guy had made me scared, but right then I was physically safe and unharmed. What I found was that extending love and compassion towards the people attacking you forces you to be OK. You have to be full in order to give, and the act of giving creates fullness I went to AJ's house. When I knocked on the door, he answered it, and I said something like, "I know that the way we parked made it hard to drive -- in fact, we were about to move the car when you came by. We're sorry it made it hard for you to drive." We went back and forth a little, and the guy said he thought Su was laughing at him. When I told him she was laughing at the situation, not at him, he started saying he was sorry over and over, sorry for being a jerk, and I should tell Su he apologized. In this situation, many people would feel like they had to "set this jackass straight". They'd feel the need to assert their manhood or otherwise angrily retaliate to demand respect. But think about it - how likely are you to respect someone who's blowing up at you? Fear them, maybe. Respect them, no. Besides that, you risk escalating the situation to the point where it does become physical. And finally, you end up losing sight of the fact that another human is in distress. You diminish your capacity for compassion. We never invited the guy over for dinner or anything, but I think the situation was resolved pretty happily. It was pretty awesome to be able to confront the guy in a non-threatening, non-accusatory way, and to have him end up apologizing. There have been many other times during my life where I've employed this technique, and it has never failed me. It empowers me to protect myself and in the process lift up others.

What are you personal goals for the project?

over 4 years ago | James Torio: Designing the experience

Do you know your teams goals? Not the typical goal of delivering a project on time and under budget. Their personal goals, what they hope to get out of a project. Before a project kicks off, I chat with each team member individually to understand their goals. It varies widely from trying out a new technology, […]

60 days at expedia India

over 4 years ago | Subodh Gupta: Subodh's Blog

I am about to complete 60 days in expedia and till now the ride has been fun.I joined expedia hoping challenging work, participating in building a good team and workplace full of geniuses. To be frank everything is as close to reality as i thought. The experience is amazing, people are awesome, the new office is great, parties are crazy, but the most important think is freedom to express yourself and asking questions. And people around you listen and have enough patience to make you feel comfortable ;) .Work wise finishing user stories (part of on-boarding process), building a team by interviewing brightest mind in the industry and ideating about new ideas to make it a better workplace. And to emphasis working on one of the biggest ecommerce platform is not easy. Its a great earning opportunity and even bigger to contributing in one of the fastest growing industry.I hope this answers whether you should join here or not.Looking forward to see on board ;).

Installing Samsung Printer on Ubuntu 12.04

over 4 years ago | Karan Nangru: Karan Nangru

Searching for a printer in my network I found a  Samsung ml 1676 printer. To setup this printer on my Ubuntu 12.04, here’s what I did : Luckily, Samsung provides Universal Drivers for Linux.  I downloaded the Samsung printer driver for Linux from here. (You’ll be downloading UnifiedLinuxDriver_0.92.tar.gz) Don’t worry of your Samsung printer model at this point. […]

Introducing MultiConfig gem for ActiveRecord

over 4 years ago | Shadab Ahmed: Shadab's Blog

If you need your model to use a different database from the default databases(production, development etc.) then you have to call method establish_connection in the model. The parameters are either complete database config or a key name as specified in database.yml like other_test or other_production etc. If u need it to dynamically change according to the environment then you write: MyModel < ActiveRecord::Base establish_connection "other_#{Rails.env}" end This messes the database.yml a bit as you end up with a database.yml with configs it should not have, since the other configs are not really environments. This gave me an idea to create a gem which allows you to specify separate config files for models which access other dbs. It's this simple: # In your Gemfile require 'multi_config' # In your model MyModel > ActiveRecord::Base self.config_file = 'other' end Your config file config/other.yml just needs to have similar environments to database.yml. You can see it is much simpler to maintain and cleaner. This is how it works: ActiveRecord stores the configurations read from database.yml in ActiveRecord::Base.configurations hash (copied from Rails.application.config.database_configuration). When establish_connection connection is called with a string argument, it loads the config from the configurations hash having key same as the argument. Multi config extends this hash. It prefixes filename_ as a namespace in the keys to avoid collisions. Then it calls establish_connection with the namespaced key for the current environment. That's the core really; rest of the code deals with railties initialization, error conditions and the majority is tests. I have been absolutely obsessive about tests and documentation. I have added comments to every detail like Bundler.require etc so that it can serve as goto guide for writing gems for myself and maybe for you too. Similarly CHANGELOG and README are created as per best practices. For continous integration I am using travis which is really easy to integrate with github. One interesting thing I did: # In your environments config file (e.g. development.rb) ActiveRecord::Base.config_file = 'other' Now, all your models will use the new config file. Though this can also be done by setting DATABASE_URL environment variable There are some cavieats of course, like migrations. I may add support for those as well in future. Meanwhile you can do this : Migration om different DB I will be glad if you download/install the gem, fork the repo or share this article. Thanks for reading. view source here

My first lightning talk !!

over 4 years ago | Lalita Chandel: My View

Last month, I gave a lighting talk presentation on my passion "Ayurveda". I made a small video by collecting  various images of this ancient medical science along with some mind boggling thoughts about the long term affects of stress in our daily life.The overall speech and the video presentation went very well. Happy to spread across the awareness of this unique gift to entire mankind from our own "India". !!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pPBWt45nXQ

Releasing Foreman

over 4 years ago | Daniel Higginbotham: Flying Machine Studios

My first ever Mac app is out. Get it while it's hot!

Recently.

over 4 years ago | Queenie Takes Manhattan: Queenie Takes Manhattan

I've been trying to enjoy the last of summer's bounty these days. The evenings are falling earlier and earlier, but I managed to sneak in a meandering twilight stroll around my neighborhood last week. The Guggenheim looked gorgeous all lit up by the setting sun to the west. The tomatoes have been ridiculously good. I made a little sauce with the San Marzanos and ate the heirloom ones with avocado and red onion. A couple of Saturdays ago, I stopped into Joe for a pick-me-up cappuccino and a delicious hour of reading. I've been plowing through books on my Kindle this summer; I just finished The Dog Stars and started a Louise Penny mystery. I spied this cookbook when I popped into Barnes & Noble to pick up a gift for a friend. I'd never heard of Leon (a restaurant in London), but I think I might need this book sooner rather than later. Anything with a cover like this one has to be full of deliciousness. 

Fix for Passenger “unexpected end of file detected”

over 4 years ago | Shadab Ahmed: Shadab's Blog

I recently saw this error on one of our servers – Passenger/Nginx error “unexpected end of file detected.”. This was giving no clue at all in the stack trace on what was the exact problem. Everyone has wracked their brains over it with no solutions. We have an apache/passenger stack with REE 1.8.7. No matter what version of passenger we installed, it was giving the same error. On further digging in the apache logs I saw: *** glibc detected *** Passenger ApplicationSpawner: /opt/apps/current: free(): invalid pointer: 0x0000000002eb1780 *** and somewhere down in stack trace 7f66ac1f8000-7f66ac215000 r-xp 00000000 fd:09 5360931 /opt/ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2010.02/lib/libtcmalloc_minimal.so.0.0.0 7f66ac215000-7f66ac415000 ---p 0001d000 fd:09 5360931 /opt/ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2010.02/lib/libtcmalloc_minimal.so.0.0.0 7f66ac415000-7f66ac416000 r--p 0001d000 fd:09 5360931 /opt/ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2010.02/lib/libtcmalloc_minimal.so.0.0.0 7f66ac416000-7f66ac417000 rw-p 0001e000 fd:09 5360931 /opt/ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2010.02/lib/libtcmalloc_minimal.so.0.0.0 Reinstall REE I did a quick google on tcmalloc and found out other people also having the same issues. So I installed ree without tcmalloc. REE doesn’t require it but generally performs better. TCmalloc is part of google-perftools which REE includes. It is an improved memory allocator. You may still want try to look into why it’s not working with tcmalloc. To install without tcmalloc just extract the REE archive and run this: ./install --no-tcmalloc Voila! this solved all the issues. Of course I had to whip up a quick bash script to reinstall bundle for all the apps on the server. I will update this post if I make tcmalloc working :) Update: Seems like a version issue. I was using ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2010.02 earlier. I compiled ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2012.02 with tcmalloc and i did not face the tcmalloc issue.

Queenie's Treasury

over 4 years ago | Queenie Takes Manhattan: Queenie Takes Manhattan

Happy long weekend, folks! (Well, American folks. Happy regular weekend, rest of the world!) It's a sunny, hot day here in New York, and I'll be heading back out into is just as soon as I refuel with my iced coffee. In the meantime, here are a few tidbits to keep you entertained while you prepare for your Labor Day festivities. (Mine include shopping; your mileage may vary, of course.)First up (and I realize I'm late to the party on this one), the incredible work of designer Olympia Le-Tan, who creates embroidered clutches and handbags based on classic book covers. I want them all, of course, but since they cost about $2,000 apiece, I'll have to settle with admiring them from afar for now.I first spotted Christine Lindstrom's work in West Elm (I love the way they're showcasing independent artists in each collection these days), and I love her richly hued watercolors. Her Etsy shop is full of wonderful prints, stationery, and original works. If I had to choose just one, it would probably be this watercolor, entitled Grove, which puts me in mind of a fairy tale forest.On this Labor Day weekend, I'll leave you with a little bit of Paris. Freunde von Freunden's interview with textile designer Céline Saby is great, and I absolutely love the photos of her salon and apartment. The latter has a sort of Parisian surfer chic vibe to it, and I can't get enough of it, or this little reading nook in the windows.