a spring giveaway with bridge & burn.

    April 25, 2017

    This giveaway is sponsored by Bridge & Burn, makers of classic apparel for men and women.

    In a week when we’re off traveling, to the Pacific Northwest of all places, it felt particularly fitting to host a giveaway with Portland, Oregon-based Bridge & Burn. Even more apt, this year their spring collection is inspired by “road trips, unexpected detours, and the changing landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.”spring giveaway with bridge & burn | reading my tea leaves 
    The good news? It works as well on foot in the wilds in Brooklyn. I recently played tourist in my own city and test drove a few of their new pieces on a walk around DUMBO.spring giveaway with bridge & burn | reading my tea leaves

    The spring collection includes pieces made from travel-friendly fabrics in easy-to-wear designs with the hope that the clothes will be simple to pack and simple to put to work. 
    spring giveaway with bridge & burn | reading my tea leaves The 100-percent cotton Finney Plaid Dress is one of the best examples of easy breezy pieces from the spring collection. For pocket lovers, it has in-seam pockets, equally good for stashing seashells or metrocards. spring giveaway with bridge & burn | reading my tea leaves

    I paired the dress with their Dana Midnight Jacket. The Dana was inspired by the 100-percent cotton jackets from Bridge & Burn’s men’s collection. It’s beautifully tailored and comes with a drawstring for cinching in at the waist, in case that’s something you like to do.spring giveaway with bridge & burn | reading my tea leaves

    This season, Bridge & Burn has expanded their selection of warm-weather accessories. I really loved the Komono Devon Tortoise Sunglasses that I’m wearing in these shots.spring giveaway with bridge & burn | reading my tea leaves
    And what’s a good travel day without a bag to tote things around in? Bridge & Burn stocks Portland-based Wood & Faulk’s Shuttle Pack in North Coast Grey, among other travel-ready accessories.spring giveaway with bridge & burn | reading my tea leaves
    The waxed canvas bag can be worn as a backpack or slung on one shoulder and it’s just the right size for stashing an extra layer, a wallet, and a water bottle.spring giveaway with bridge & burn | reading my tea leaves
    For any fellow travelers looking to add something new to their spring wardrobe, Bridge & Burn is offering Reading My Tea Leaves readers a chance to win a $300 gift card to use in their online shop.  

    spring giveaway with bridge & burn | reading my tea leavesTo enter the giveaway, submit your email address into the form below. (Bonus entries for folks who follow Bridge & Burn on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest!) The giveaway closes on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST. A randomly selected winner will be contacted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (Apologies to international readers, this giveaway is open to readers in the US only.)

    Ready to take the plunge? Reading My Tea Leaves readers get 15% off Bridge & Burn items with the code TEALEAVES15. The offer expires on May 2, 2017 at 11:59 PST.

    This post was sponsored by Bridge & Burn. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Reading My Tea Leaves.

    habit shift: dinner outside.

    April 24, 2017

    picnics | reading my tea leaves
    Spring is always pretty fitful around here. There are blazing hot summery days where it feels as if the whole of Brooklyn is trying to find shade under the same young trees in the park, followed by days that are blustery and cold with that feel-it-in-your-bones kind of dampness. Oh, well. That just makes it all the more imperative to seize the moment on the days when weather cooperates. For us, that means staying outside through dinnertime. I like to joke about there being a special warm weather food tax in New York City, namely, those extra dollars that you might be tempted to spend on foods and drinks because you’d rather wile away the hours before sunset outside than inside a dimly lit apartment. The tax, I’ve found, is greatly lessened by a simple embrace of a fairly humble mid-week picnic. In other words, we embrace the philosophy that picnics aren’t for weekends and newlyweds, only.picnics | reading my tea leaves 

    There’s a sidebar in my book about our picnic routine, but here are a few other tips that help shift our habit toward eating dinner outside whenever possible:

    + Pack a basket (or a backpack). Entrenched as we are in the stroller-stage-of-life, a picnic basket is a thing that makes sense for our family. We stick ours in the stroller’s undercarriage and rumble our way to the park. Whatever you use to tote your supplies in, I’ve found it to be helpful, if not truly necessary, to have a devoted basket or bag for the purpose. I keep our reusable picnic plates, two travel sets of flatware, and “picnic” napkins stored in our picnic basket. When we return home, we wash everything that needs washing and then stash it in the basket again. And while it gets tucked into deeper storage above our closet during the winter months, this spring and summer I’m keeping the whole basket on top of our fridge for even easier access.

    + Bring a blanket. Whether it’s a tablecloth, an old sheet, or a bona fide picnic blanket, having something to sit on makes a picnic far more enjoyable. To cut down on bulk, we use a thin tapestry that I’ve had since college. Faye likes to help with spreading it, but no, I don’t have any foolproof tips for getting a toddler to refrain from trampling through the middle of a picnic spread.

    + Plan ahead. Most of my favorites foods are those that can be easily transported. Spend Sunday morning preparing a spring-vegetable tart and la di da, you’ve got a picnic dinner sorted. Sturdy salads filled with veggies and beans and nuts makes for easy mid-week dinners outside and with a bit of planning can usually come together fairly quickly in the morning before work. When there’s less time, we’ll call dinner an an assortment of cut-up veggies paired with a big scoop of hummus or baba ghanoush and pita from a local market. Other nights, it’s veggies and olives and other briny things with hunks of cheese and crusty bread. When we’re too tired or unprepared, pizza or pre-made quiches from a local baker always work.

    + Embrace a bit of disorder : Perhaps the most important thing is to remember that a picnic is an opportunity to eschew business as usual. In our experience, Faye is sometimes very into sitting quietly on the blanket eating every scrap from her plate and other times she’s very into running around the park making friends with every young couple trying to have a romantic dinner out. (Sorry!) Sometimes our picnics look like Martha Stewart herself packed them, and sometimes they look like, well, not at all that way. But who the hell’s watching? The point is to eat outside, as often as possible. Everything else is secondary.picnics | reading my tea leaves

    For the curious:

    + Our picnic and camping utensils.

    + Our picnic plates.

    + Our picnic knife (+ corkscrew).

    + Our picnic basket is unmarked, from a thrift store. Here’s a similar one.

    + Our pie plate is my mom’s, saved from a local pie place some thirty years ago.

    my week in objects (mostly).

    April 21, 2017

    five little things that made my week.

    1. these daffodils.
    {never enough. thanks, grammy (and faye).}

    2. this book.

    {for being a non-whackadoodle look at essential oils.}

    3. this ice cube tray.
    {because for the first time in six years, our ice cubes don’t taste like freezer.}

    4. this clear dresser top. 

    {and moving the baby changing station back to the kiddo’s space.}

    5. this spring growth.

    {for being tangly and otherwise perfect.}

    other things:

    yes, please.

    100 woke women.

    hand me up.


    light locations.

    the heart of whiteness.

    i’m easily grossed out by fridges. but i’m into this.

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