Gray Malin Photography

Gray Malin Photography
Manly Beach Swimmers by Gray Malin

I am guilty of accumulating photos and prints that sit around waiting to be framed. In college, there were strict guidelines for frames on our walls, but after graduating laziness and aversion to custom framing were to blame! I’m ready to bring life and personality to our walls, starting with this print I purchased by photographer Gray Malin.

I love that his work tells a story from above always in punchy, bold, and very saturated hues. For his “À la Plage, À la Piscine” series, Malin captured stunning beaches and colorful beach goers in 6 continents and 16 helicopters.

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Bondi Beach: Sydney, Australia

Initially I gravitated toward  ”La Dolce Vita” series that transports me back to my time living in Rome and traveling the Amalfi Coast for my birthday weekend. The vibrant yellows of Positano remind me of laying on that rocky beach in a sea of yellow and white umbrellas.

Gray Malin Positano Town

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Gray Malin Umbrellas

Ultimately I decided on the first print taken at Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia because it takes me somewhere new. Plus, that teal is my jam!

One King’s Lane had a print sale over the weekend and there are just a few left through tomorrow, May 21. Be sure to check it out! The prints arrive unframed, but with a hefty discount the oversized prints would bring heat to any home (especially in the Mitten State)!

See more of Gray’s stylish home here
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Gray Malin Interior
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Baked Lemon Drop Cake

Baked Lemon Drop Cake

Our fruit basket is overflowing and with spring in the air, I had every excuse to make something decadently sweet and refreshing for a late Easter brunch. Weekends are perfect for ambitious baking projects; waking up early, leisurely eating breakfast and cuddling the pups and tearing up the kitchen in full sunlight. The cake was finished just as Bloody Marys were poured and dinner served. Seriously, set aside a few hours to make this tart treat especially if you aren’t an accomplished egg separator or if you have to run out for forgotten cake flour.

I’m pretty sure we used every kitchen tool and utensil available between my cake, Easter honey baked ham, Neil’s amazing onion garlic potatoes, and roasted veggies and it was all worth it!

lemon curd

The recipe doesn’t specify, but I used Meyer lemons for this recipe to cut the acid a bit. I would love to live somewhere I could grow my own! I threw the leftover slices in my water jar.

The lemon curd is the star of the cake and tart, but not sour. I’m going to attempt the same cake with orange curd and maybe add some blueberries or raspberries to garnish!

Read on for the full recipe and check out the Baked cookbook. Every dessert I’ve tried so far was decadent to the last bite!

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Sunday Funday

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I love when Sundays begin slowly, creeping through our drapes just after 7a.m. so that I reach for my silk eye mask and wait for the sound of the dogs at the bedroom door to start the day. Today, I read in the living room and sipped on my tea and a smoothie to hold me over until brunch (or “devil’s meal” as my best friend calls it) with friends at Cygnus 27.


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Cygnus 27
Neil and I love a leisurely weekend breakfast. Anna’s House, the Westsider Cafe and San Chez are among our most frequented spots. For exceptionally beautiful spring beginnings like today, Cygnus 27 Sunday brunch was great.  (Also here).

Tyler & Emily
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Spencer

Wednesday night (half off signature martinis) happy hour there is also wonderful, but the several dinners we had there weren’t so great. Brunch is what really shines, especially with the city in full sunlight and tables of pastries.

Cygnus 27
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Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Bailey’s in your coffee…such a perfect start to the afternoon. All of the small plates are included, there’s an omelette or sushi bar, bruschetta, and always a massive table of desserts to satisfy my sweet teeth! My favorite is the coffee crème brûlée. In fact, my usual Sunday ritual of baking all afternoon is sitting out in favor of food coma and Kindle time.

After Brunch
I never thought I’d have shoe envy for a boyfriend’s shoes. Neil’s new Cole Haan suede shoes from A.K. Rikks are crispy!
Cole Haan

Have a great week!