Bright Lights on Koseli of Original Archiving Co.

Koseli (pronounced like closely) Cummings of Original Archiving Co. is here to talk about her favorite things, and if you’re tuned into her discoveries at Design Mom, you know that they’re going to be good. Koseli’s blog posts are always thoughtful, beautifully written, and tastefully put together. I’m so excited that she’s sharing a bit about her life in Brooklyn here today!

Frock Files | Bright Lights on Koseli of Original Archiving Co.

What do you do for a living?: I spend the majority of my time with our 1 1/2 year old little boy, Silas. I’m also a freelance copywriter and blogger. Last fall, I began writing for Design Mom as her Discovery Editor and also started my own blog, Original Archiving Co. I also have another big blog project in the works that I’m super excited about! Think, Geographically-based mom blog that’s not a mom blog.

Places you’ve lived: Texas, Utah, California, and now, New York. The thing I miss most in Brooklyn is the mountains.

Place you’d most like to visit: Japan. I’m really fascinated by Japanese pop culture and urban living. I’d actually love to live there for a few months to really absorb the sites and culture.

Your favorite indulgence: Blue Marble cinnamon ice cream or Grom chocolate gelato! Or imported stickers. I love cute stickers.

The best advice you’ve ever received: Treat yourself gently.

If you could pick just one local eatery to take a visiting friend to, which would you choose?: We’d grab a whole pizza at Di Fara in Brooklyn. The best pizza in all of New York!

Frock Files | Bright Lights on Koseli of Original Archiving Co.

I love to read. I’ve fallen a bit off the bandwagon since becoming a mom, but I’ve been reading a bit more lately. I just read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and loved it so much. If you love Young Adult fiction too, you’ll love it. I also love the classics and a lot of post-modern work.

This grapefruit spoon. A simple tool that makes all the difference when you’re eating a delicious pink grapefruit. My favorite is from Crate and Barrel.

Even when my son was a newborn and I was a freaky-looking loungewear frump queen, I still wore perfume. My favorites are Tocca Stella, Fresh Pink Jasmine, and Origins Ginger Essence.

I’ve been searching high and low for a perfect shade of lipstick for no joke, like three years. And this weekend I finally found it. I finally feel like a real woman. Guerlain lipstick in Girly. It lasts all day, doesn’t smear, and I forget I’m wearing it. It’s perfect.

Nerd alert. I love new apps! I’ve been using the new Days app to visually record our small everyday happenings and I really love it. It’s an easy way for me to journal our adventures and capture my son’s milestones.

Miniature ice cream cones from Trader Joe’s. Have you tried them? I’m not going to say the ice cream is anything spectacular BUT. They’re mini ice cream cones. Who could resist?

Bright Lights on Melissa of Lulu the Baker

We’re making Monday celebratory again with the Bright Lights feature! I put Bright Lights on hiatus over the holidays, but now that spring is right around the corner, it’s back — and I couldn’t be more excited than to re-launch with my gorgeous friend Melissa from Lulu the Baker! Melissa’s beautiful blog features delicious recipes, sweet crafts, and occasional stories about farm living. You may have seen her lovely business cards featured on the many Alt Summit recaps. I practically clobbered Melissa with hugs every time I ran into her at the conference. Read on and you’ll be equally smitten!

Frock Files | Bright Lights on Lulu the Baker

(Melissa & me at Alt Summit! Pretty sure that guy works for Smilebooth.)

What do you do for a living?  I used to teach high school Chemistry, but I “retired” 6 years ago to stay home with my kids. Retirement is awesome!

Places you’ve lived:  In chronological order: Philadelphia, Honolulu, Maryland, San Antonio, Las Vegas (with a little Utah and 2 months in Monterey thrown in somewhere), and now Eugene! And I don’t think we’re going anywhere; we’ve put down roots.

Place you’d most like to visit:  Oh, this is such a tough one! I love going anywhere warm and tropical. And I’d love to go to the Mediterranean. And then Prince Edward Island, which is the polar opposite of tropical or Mediterranean! (And yes, I’m an Anne of Green Gables fan!)

Favorite indulgence:  I love creme brulee! If we go out to eat and it’s on the menu, I have to get it. And it really never disappoints!

Since February’s theme is love, how did you and your husband meet?:  We met ice blocking at the park with a big group of people in Las Vegas. He made some joke about a golf cart that looked like a “surrey with the fringe on top,” and that was that! Oklahoma is my favorite, so we were meant to be!

Frock Files | Bright Lights on Lulu the Baker

Books: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson; I’m usually a fiction girl all the way–non-fiction puts me to sleep! But this is one of the best books I’ve read in years, and it is 100% true! It tells the story of the Chicago World’s Fair, and it is just plain gripping–I promise!

Technology: I try not to let my kids play on my smart phone a lot, but I’ll download apps and games for them every once in a while. Toca Boca has great kids’ apps, and I’m actually a little addicted to Toca Band. There are 16 different characters in the game, and each has a unique noise or beat. You can mix and match them and make these really awesome little songs. It’s pretty cool. That’s about as techy as I get!

Fashion: I love looking through the mini Boden catalog! They have the sweetest little dresses and tops and rompers. It’s seriously too bad I’m not 8 anymore–I’d love their clothes! I like the women’s clothes too; there’s just something especially cheery and joyful about their kids’ line.  This little outfit is one of my faves!

Beauty: I’m really particular when it comes to perfumes. I think lots of fragrances smell great on other people, but when I try them on, they drive me crazy! One of the few perfumes that I love to wear and can’t get enough of is I Want Candy from Tokyo Milk. If it were a food, I would eat it. Seriously! And I love their product packaging and the names they choose for their perfumes. The next one I want to try is called Sea & Sky, and Honey & the Moon sounds pretty great too!

Cooking: I’m not usually a fan of big, clunky kitchen contraptions that don’t multi-task. However, I make an exception for our apple peeler/corer/slicer. We really only use it during the fall (to make applesauce, apple pie, apple-banana bread, apple crepes, etc), but I just can’t imagine life without it, and it somehow earns its keep in those few short months of use.

Crafts: I’m kind of obsessed with yarn right now, especially for making pom poms. And the great thing is, cheap yarn works really, really well for pom-pom making. As long as it’s soft, it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive!

Thank you for sharing all your fantastic finds, Melissa! (I can’t wait to get my hands on an apple peeler.) Stop by Lulu the Baker each day to see Melissa’s latest recipes. But beware: they’ll make you hungry!

Bright Lights will be back every other Monday with generous friends sharing their favorite things. Check out past Bright Lights here!

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