Over the Weekend

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Hello! Even though Spring is not quite in the air yet, I had a very colorful weekend. Did you?

Photos 1-5 taken at 5 Pointz//Photo 6 taken at PS1//Photo 7 taken in my laundry room



Cat Art

We all know that cats rule the internet, but in the past few weeks I have come across a couple of artists that use cats as their muse to create captivating, often hilarious and irresistible works. Check them out:

Heather Mattoon




There is something so endearing about the kitties in Heather Mattoon’s Cats in Clothes series. I love that the outfit completely defines the personality of each cat. Also, I love how they feel so dignified and stately, albeit they are cats in clothes. She has prints, greeting cards and custom portraits available on her website.

Casey Weldon

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I am confused and fascinated by Casey Weldon’s four eyed cat paintings. I can’t look away. Check out his blog if you want to get lost for a few hours in his pop culture and nostalgia driven pieces. They’re compelling.

Mimi Vang Olsen

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Mimi Vang Olsen is a pet portraitist with a shop in the West Village. Although she paints all kinds of pets, her cat portraits are what really shine for me. I love all of the pattern play and folk quality of her work. I would love to visit her shop someday.

And, because I am a true cat lady, here are my favorite portraits of my own kitties via Instagram:




Imaginary Outfit: Spring



It has been windy, snowy and wet the past few days in New York. Here is an imaginary bright and fun Spring outfit to take the edge off.

1. Target//2. Target //3. Hue//4. Need Supply//5. Dav//6. Medal

Have a wonderful weekend, friends. Here are a few links I enjoyed this week:

Wild Belle’s new album Isles is streaming here and sounds like summer.

I love this oak bag.

I get to wear this gorgeous dress at my best friend’s wedding in June.

Speaking of, I keep thinking about my Matron of Honor speech at the wedding and have read this post (and cried) about seven times now. It is lovely and true and wonderful.

And, for fun, here is a photo of me and the best friend on Wednesday night behind the bookshelf bar The Quail built for our bonus room:


It is a beautiful piece and really deserves its own post, but this photo is too great not to share right now.

Have a good one!



emeraldPantone announced their choice for 2013’s Color of the Year was Emerald, describing it as

“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty 

                                       that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”.

In that spirit, I did a little round-up of jewelry featuring emeralds. Some of it is dainty, some of it is over the top. All of it is lively, radiant, and lush.

emeralds1. Blanca Monros Gomez//2. Lana//3. Two Feathers NY//4. Ross Simons//

5. Erie Basin//6. Jennifer Meyer//7. Gems out of Africa//8. Carla Caruso




I recently downloaded Instagram (my username is makaylamota, by the way) on my phone and here are some photos I snapped and posted this past week. It has been sunny and lovely in New York, so there have been a lot of walks around town, park visits, and fire escape people watching. Our roommate did move out a few weeks ago, so we are in the process of switching bedrooms. We painted the new bedroom green and are working on getting all of our things moved! I am planning on doing a “before and after” post soon, and I am so excited for everything to come together! We also discovered the entire series of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” is on Hulu, have you ever seen it? We spent pretty much all of yesterday afternoon watching episodes and it is my new favorite thing. The stories are strange, great and so dramatic! I also love checking out the furniture and the clothes!

lemon yellow + bright blue



I have wanted to do a lemon yellow + bright blue combination since  Gina’s comment on my peach + turquoise post. Lemon yellow + bright blue is such an easy warm weather combination, don’t you think? The weather in New York has been very warm and incredible this week. I’ve had the luxury of leaving work a bit early everyday and walking around the city, which has been so vibrant and alive. I love this city so much sometimes, still.

1. J. Crew + Old Navy

2. Fishs Eddy + Fishs Eddy

3. Buffalo Lucy + Essie in Mezmerised

4. Old Navy + Old Navy

5. Daffodils + Dovie Moon

peach + turquoise

I am a big fan of the unexpected color combination. I clearly remember first thinking about this when I was  much younger and reading the Flowers in the Attic Series (remember Carrie’s deep love of  combining red and purple?). Peach and turquoise are just lovely together though, don’t you think? What is your favorite color combination?

1: Loved By Time & Urban Outfitters

2. Sparkle Farm & Asos

3. J. Crew & Topshop

4. Vaunty Victorian & Pottery Barn

5. Falcon Wright & Topshop & Loft

Girly This and That

I got very girly with this collection, but I think it is so fun and pretty. Enjoy!

1. Recycle Buy Vintage Train Case

I love pretty vintage cases for storage, and this pinky-orange one is fantastic.

2. Jessica Illustration Always Audrey Print

Who doesn’t love Audrey? This would look so pretty in a soft pink bathroom.

3. J. Crew Glitter Purse

Take this dancing. Immediately.

4. Rifle Paper Company Botanicals Notebook Collection

Prettiest notebooks ever and perfect for writing and doodling while you travel.

5. The Best American Short Stories 2011

I am a huge fan of the short story. This book would be perfect for passing time while you travel, or curling up with during the cold winter months.

6. BHLDN Rosy-Cheeked Coupes

I love this vintage-feeling rose glasses with gold rims. Perfect for toasting the new year with the one you love.

7. Victoria’s Secret Afterhours Satin Pajama

Smooth satin polka-dot pajamas, need I say more?


Jewelry I Love Right Now

I had every intention of finishing up the Holiday Gift Guide posts I had planned, but instead I spent the end of last week and all weekend sick on my couch. I realize it may be too late for this holiday season, but I thought I would post some of the collections I have been bookmarking for the past few weeks. First up is jewelry!

1. Future Standard Astrology Necklaces

I have had my eye on these dainty astrological sign necklaces for awhile now. They would also make great birthday gifts.

2. Catbird Heart Ring

Sweet. Simple. Perfect.

3. Noble Town Vintage

I love the geometric shape and that they’d be swingy on my ears.

4. Collette Ishiyama

I have obsessed over the Collette Ishiyama collection since I saw photos from her Lookbook posted online months ago. Brass and stingray, so chic.

5. Stone and Honey

Love, love, love these long dangling earrings. The turquoise beads, clear quartz and black triangle combination is so perfect.

6. Fail Jewelry

I bought my bridesmaid’s gifts from Christine Fail’s Etsy shop and she couldn’t have been kinder or more gracious. I love so many of her pieces, but I keep going back to these bangles.


I love a statement necklace. I want to wear this one with a white v-neck T, a long cardigan, jeans and boots.