The Coffee Table with Jocelin Donahue

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The Coffee Table with Aimee Bidlack

Joining us at The Coffee Table this lovely Thanksgiving day is San Francisco fashionista…

Currently Brewing

My day job consumes most of my time. I’m the Men’s Accessories Assistant Buyer for Banana Republic, which basically means I get to decide what fun, gentleman-ly items we’ll carry in our stores. I’m currently working on pulling inspiration for next years Holiday line, so that means pulling lots of tear sheets and perusing the internet for inspiration, all while listening to Christmas music, obviously. I love my job, so it often feels seamless when I’m working in or out of the office.

I try my best to update my personal blog, which I would (or rather, would not define) as I feel inspired. I ‘m also working on re-decorating my kitchen. I’m currently digging through Craigslist to find the perfect mid-century brass bookshelf to store cookbooks and bourbon.
 Favorite Drink
Black coffee. Always. I rarely consume overtly milky products. I’m lucky enough to live in San Francisco where the coffee culture is extremely prominent. Drip coffee’s from places like Four Barrel and Blue Bottle have such intricate layers of flavors, that I can’t imagine watering it down. On the very rare occasion, I might enjoy a dry Cappunccino. Otherwise, if I don’t consume a large, black coffee by 10am, I would recommend avoiding me at all costs.

It’s the Little Things

My Coffee Table

My coffee table is an old steam trunk I picked up at an estate sale in Oakland. I was coffee table-less for quite some time until I found this gem, and now I can’t quite imagine utilizing anything else.

Voluspa candle – I have this strange conception that lighting candles in my apartment makes me a better woman. Whenever I’m home, there’s usually a candle lit in every room.

Stack of fashion mags – This makes me feel pretty superficial, but I do subscribe to the majority of major fashion publications. My coffee table may or may not look like a doctor’s office. I am, however, very particular that the magazines must be from the current month. Archives get stored in my bedroom.

Hypebeast – Hypbebeast is this crazy cool men’s fashion publication. I have a friend (Jerry Buttles ) who shot the Maison Martin Margiela feature in this issue. Sick.

Words of Wisdom

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting” -The Alchemist

Follow Aimee and visit her blog.

Thanks for joining us this week!

(Posted with love by Amanda)

Blue Bottle Coffee’s New Orleans Style Iced Coffee

This week’s Coffee Table guest, Jackie Shuman, shared her favorite drink with us. We found some cute drawings to further explain the New Orleans Style iced coffee process made at Blue Bottle Coffee:

iced coffee

What You Need (via 

New Orleans Style iced coffee

Step 1

New Orleans Style Iced Coffee

Step 2

New Orleans Style Iced Coffee

Step 3 


The cafe even sells your own DIY kit to make it at home!

DIY kit

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♥ K

The Coffee Table with Jackie Shuman

Oh hi there! Happy Thursday! This week we bring you a Los Angeles born, Brooklyn-living lady who is sure to have you skipping to the beat of a new tune. Drumroll please for music supervisor:
coffee stain

Currently Brewing

I’m still reeling from all the incredible shows I saw during CMJ in October – Mac DeMarco, Slam Donahue, Team Spirit and Foxygen blew my mind…but I also came across some emerging artists I hadn’t heard before.  I get such a thrill out of incorporating undiscovered bands into my work and introducing people to their new favorite songs.

My next project is coordinating music for a short film from the very talented New York photographer Julian Ungano.  Julian has spent the past few years creating incredible video art in the fashion world for everyone from Narcisco Rodriguez to Esquire Magazine and I cannot wait to work on his first narrative film.

                                                        Favorite Drink

There’s a Blue Bottle Coffee a few blocks from my apartment in Williamsburg and I basically give them all my money.  Their “New Orleans” cold-brewed iced coffee is made with chicory root, simple syrup and whole milk…and it’s nothing short of incredible.  It supposedly takes an entire day for them to make, and I believe it.

                                                     It’s the Little Things

  • Clean white sheets, fresh from the dryer. I seriously value my sleep.
  •  My best friend, Stephanie. I only get to see her a few times a year since I moved to the East coast and every time we talk it lights up my life.
  • Those first few times you hear a song and realize it’s going to be your newest obsession, and then the following few weeks when it’s all you listen to.

My Coffee Table

Coffee Table old trunk

My “coffee table” is an old trunk I found on the street in my neighborhood one day last year.  I saw it sitting outside a house, tried lifting it and decided it was coming home with me.

billboard magazine

Sitting on the table right now: my glasses, a collar necklace I just bought from Jewelmint that I’ve been wearing with every outfit regardless of whether or not it makes sense to do so.  There’s also an old issue of Billboard, a gorgeous typewritten letter my friend Hannah sent me, today’s “to-do” list, some paint swatches for a wall I’m decorating, and perhaps my proudest purchase of the summer: a $1 CD of Fleetwood Mac covers by everyone from The Cranberries to Elton John.

 Words of Wisdom

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows no victory or defeat.”-Theodore Roosevelt

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(posted with love by Kathryn)