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Friday Flotsam

In Fashion, Flotsam, Food on July 9, 2010 at 5:30 am

1. Karen Walker Crazy Tortoise shades via Mrs. Lilien.

2. Paper Plane airmail coin purse, via The Fabric of My Life.

3. Vanessa Jackman’s photo of Carine Roitfeld’s killer combo: camp shirt and white flared jeans.  Try this, or this, and definitely these.

4. Cold drink Inspiration via The Kitchn.

5. Check out their salad dressing roundup while you’re at it.


Friday Flotsam

In Flotsam on July 2, 2010 at 10:47 am

1. This bar cart for my imaginary city apartment.  Via If The Lampshade Fits.

2. 15 fresh picnic salads from The Kitchn.

3. Zen lunch box via Apartment Therapy.

4. This pepper mill via quintessentially b.

5. Best outdoor light roundup at Apartment Therapy

6. This sea chest via Red Ticking.

7. Vegetable scrubbing gloves via The Kitchn.

8. Chef’s pencils via Shelterrific.

July Playlist

In Flotsam on June 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm

A bit of flotsam I may occasionally throw in the 5thjoy mix: playlists.  The focus will remain food, fashion, and home – but isn’t music almost always the backdrop?

Would you like to see this become an once-in-a-while feature?

I used to listen to music on my laptop in our little New York studio, ensconced in a private auditory bubble.  Now here we are in a rambling house, hosting generation-spanning dinners and a revolving cast of weekend guests, and the wordless music I write to won’t do.

The July list has to please a crowd:  it’s got to have a little folk, some really good 80s tunes, a mostly sunny disposition, and it can’t drive me bonkers.

Side note: we haven’t invested in a music system, mostly because we’re convinced whatever we choose will be obsolete in 3.2 seconds (although this looks promising), but also because we’re fond of this radio.

In no particular order:

  1. Sweet Disposition / The Temper Trap
  2. This Time Tomorrow / The Kinks
  3. Unthought Known / Pearl Jam
  4. Here Today / The Beach Boys
  5. I’m Amazed / My Morning Jacket
  6. Summertime / The Sundays
  7. Under African Skies / Paul Simon
  8. Elenore / The Turtles
  9. Touching the Ground / Brandi Carlile
  10. Never Going Back Again / Fleetwood Mac
  11. Head Full of Doubt Road Full of Promise / The Avett Brothers
  12. Six Different Ways / The Cure
  13. Amongst the Waves / Pearl Jam
  14. America / Simon & Garfunkel
  15. Two of Us / Aimee Mann and Michael Penn
  16. In Your Eyes / Peter Gabriel
  17. The End / Pearl Jam
  18. Home / Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  19. Nick of Time / Bonnie Raitt
  20. No Reason to Cry / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  21. The Weight / The Band
  22. Cool, Clear Water / Bonnie Raitt
  23. Bright Side of the Road / Van Morrison
  24. Something Good Coming / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  25. Fugitive / David Gray
  26. Living for the City / Stevie Wonder
  27. Maybe I’m Amazed / Paul McCartney
  28. Heaven Can Wait / Charlotte Gainsbourg
  29. Far Away / Ingrid Michaelson
  30. Sound and Vision / David Bowie
  31. White Blank Page / Mumford & Sons
  32. Kathy’s Song (Live) / Simon & Garfunkel
  33. Wildflowers / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  34. The Way I Am / Ingrid Michaelson
  35. Maybe / Ingrid Michaelson
  36. Be OK / Ingrid Michaelson
  37. Chicago / Sufjan Stevens
  38. Plundered My Soul / The Rolling Stones
  39. Giving Up the Gun / Vampire Weekend
  40. Finer Feelings / Spoon
  41. The Mystery Zone / Spoon
  42. I Should Have Known It / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  43. Gloria / Van Morrison
  44. Tenderness / General Public
  45. Ten Thousand Words / The Avett Brothers
  46. Laundry Room / The Avett Brothers
  47. Loving Cup / The Rolling Stones
  48. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper / Blue Oyster Cult
  49. Well Respected Man / The Kinks
  50. You Still Believe In Me / The Beach Boys
  51. God Only Knows / The Beach Boys
  52. Cecilia / Simon & Garfunkel

Friday Flotsam

In Feathering the Nest, Flotsam on June 25, 2010 at 5:30 am

1. Affordable, fun studs by Kendra Scott Jewelry.  Via The Neo-Traditionalist.

2. If you don’t fancy paying $40 for a rope knot here, try Design*Sponge’s DIY version.

3. Add Paperfinger’s stylish return address stamp to your registry.  Via The Neo-Traditionalist.

4. Love this DIY chessboard from Centsational Girl.  Oh, what a little stain and a steady hand can do.

5. Kahler Omaggio’s vase, via Bliss.

6. This blanket, via Seesaw.

7. A moleskin notebook jacket for your Kindle, via Unclutterer.

Friday Flotsam

In Fashion, Feathering the Nest, Flotsam, Food on June 18, 2010 at 5:30 am

Get a load of this peony!

It popped up in our yard and we have only the previous owners to thank for planting such a beauty. As it aged the petal tips turned electric purple.

All right, on to an especially bountiful Friday Flotsam.  I hope you enjoy this week’s random roundup.  It’s a baker’s dozen.

P.S. I am off to pick up the first CSA share of the season, so expect recipes next week, plus an exciting before and after reveal on our den project.


1. Bowtie necklace by Baptiste Viry via Caroline of It Looks to Good to Me ‘s insanely good wish list guest post on Camp Comfort.


2. Pickled radishes via The Kitchn.

3. Erin Fetherston’s entire resort collection via Design Love Fest. Very Victor/Victoria.

4. An herb garden in tea tins via {wit + delight}http://desmitten.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/iosseliani.jpg

5. Stacked rings by Ioselliani via Desmitten (and their brilliant flea market version).

6. Ikea goes soft on us via Love. Obsess. Inspire. I love it.

Steve Madden 'Kinnetic' Flat

7. Steve Madden’s sparkle flats via Design Love Fest .

8. Slowood Studio’s table via Design*Sponge.


9. Steven Alan’s beach blankets via {frolic!}.

10. 5 plants even I can’t kill  – or so says Apartment Therapy.

11. Tops that make your old jars reusable via Shelterrific.

12. A church pew headboard via Design*Sponge.

13. Retro iphone charger (with functional handset!) via automatism.

Friday Flotsam

In Fashion, Feathering the Nest, Flotsam, Food on June 11, 2010 at 9:30 am

1. Eat retro kitchen sign.

2. Crustless Quiche, via Design Love Fest.

4. Brahms Mount blankets via oodles of sources but most recently Bliss.

3. Transportable ceramic herb garden via A Cup of Jo.

5.  This lady’s whole hair situation, via Daucus Carota.

Saturday’s Friday Flotsam

In Fashion, Feathering the Nest, Flotsam on June 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm

A day late, with any luck not a dollar short.  Here’s what I’m loving this week.

1. Jersey knot bracelet, $30 from Tanya Aguiniga.  Via bows + sparrows.

2. Decanter lights by Lee Broom.  Via Apartment Therapy.

3. 3.1 Phlip Lim’s caftan, $250 at Net-a-Porter.

4. Hand bound map journals, $32 at Campbell Raw Press.  Via The Neo-Traditionalist.

5. Typeface: a documentary about American craft in the digital age.  Setting: Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  Posters:  brilliant.  Via freshlyblended.

Friday Flotsam: Fake-Out Watch Bracelet, Wooden Book Blocks, Watermelonade, Gingham, and a Sailor’s Wallpaper

In Fashion, Feathering the Nest, Flotsam, Food on May 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

Friday Flotsam: wherein I share all the best that’s floated my way this week, courtesy of brilliant blogs.

Since some have asked, flotsam refers to anything that accidentally falls overboard, whereas jetsam is anything cast overboard deliberately.  Ah, the delights of nautical terminology.

Before we get to the flotsam, I’d like to thank all the new readers.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to have you.  I’d love to know what you like (and dislike, really) about 5thjoy, so email me (admin@5thjoy.com), message me on Twitter, or leave comments below.

Now, let’s kick of the summer with something shiny, shall we?

1. Tom Binns bracelet.

2. Leanne Shapton’s reimagines classic novels as wooden blocks, available at John Derian. Via The Neo-Traditionalist.

3. Watermelonade: perhaps the perfect summer drink.  Via food52.

4.  This gingham bakeware is begging to take a field trip on a floral picnic blanket.   Via thekitchn.

5.  Fine Little Day ship wallpaper, so apropos in your kid’s living quarters.  Via Poppytalk.

Friday Flotsam: Parm-Thyme Crackers, Ballet Leggings, Stripes & More

In Fashion, Feathering the Nest, Flotsam, Food on May 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Remember these lamps and how I was stumped on what to put in them?

Well, I step out my door one morning to find a delivery from the driftwood fairy:  a gorgeous knotty bunch, tangled with seaweed and tied in salvaged rope.  Thanks, Mom.  Can’t think of a better way to set off the marble top and silver candlesticks.

Now, onto Friday Flotsam.  Lots of stripes, and don’t expect them to let up anytime soon.  I can’t seem to get enough.

1. I’m making Mary Ann McCormick’s parmesan and thyme crackers this weekend. Via the ever-relevant Heather Atwood.

2. This hat packs a lot of style for $50. Via Mrs. Lilien.

3. Get your little ones connect-the-dot thank you notes. Via Black Eiffel.

4. One cannot have too many sources for affordable art. Welcome Art Muse, via Apartment Therapy.

5. These leggings are fun. Via High Street Market.

6. The New Brahmin wants to bring back the off-white dinner jacket. Huzzah!

7. French Connection’s sunrise weave clutch, via Who What Wear.

8. This crazy-good-looking Vineyard home in Elle Decor may have made me a Meg Ryan convert.

Friday Flotsam: A Giant’s Pocketwatch and 4 Modes of Storage

In Fashion, Feathering the Nest, Flotsam on May 14, 2010 at 5:30 am

1. Design*Sponge’s DIY pocket watch wall clock.

2. This coffee sack basket is perfect for flip flops or magazines.  Via sfgirlbybay.

3. Ilemi bags, via Seesaw.

4. Lock & Co.’s hat box, via quintessentially b.

5. The only backpack I’ll ever wear.  Here’s hoping it comes back in stock.  The only place I’ll wear it as a backpack:  my bike.  Via {frolic}.