Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Weekender

Listening to:

“Never Win” by FischerSpooner



Rum Rita

Mixologist: Jamie Mulholland of LOTUS

Note: One fluid ounce equals two tablespoons. 

2 2-inch cubes watermelon 
1/2 ounce simple syrup 
2 ounces Bacardi Límon 
1 ounce triple sec 
1/2 ounce Rose’s lime juice 
1/2 ounce sour mix 
Garnish: 1/2 lime

Simple syrup
1 cup granulated sugar 
1 cup water in a saucepan

Mixing Instructions
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add juice and rum, and top with chilled champagne. Garnish with a pineapple leaf.

Simple syrup
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil for a few seconds. Set aside to cool.


Tangled Machine Necklace by Made Her Think

What’s problematic about falling love with this season’s statement necklace? Unfortunately, the semi-coy, strategic mixing of this piece into your daily wardrobe has a much shorter shelf-life then the accessories of seasons past .

When I discovered the Made Her Think line, I was overcome by curiosity, smitten with their distressed, rusted and well-worn industrial pieces. Since acquiring my well-loved longer version of this necklace, I have made it an inseparable, day-to-night  permanent staple.

As all you ladies know, getting ready for a night out usually entails a brief run-down of outfit possibilities with the usual coterie of gal pals. However, it is a fairly bad sign when your friends can stop you mid sentence, their ESP rendering you completely speechless, knowing your exact strategy for accessorization. This may make for an embarrassing moment now and again, but I will easily overlook a brief cheek flush for this must-have accessory. 


Sequin Dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim 

 Don’t you just love holiday parties? Whether your swinging back eggnog, while a Bridget Jones look-alike is treating you to an off-key rendition of christmas karaoke or you are enjoying a flute of bubbly with your closest friends, while counting down to your fresh start in 2010, it is essential adorn an absolute show stopper. Many opt for a LBD, but we all know that you can’t settle for blending in, so why not stand out in dazzling sequins from head to toe. With options from Alexander Wang, Ashish and this little number by Phillip Lim.

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Attending the Sassy Chicks Fashion Bash

Yes, I concur. It may be a thoroughly questionably named event, but with the prospect of purchasing a few self-indulgent  pre-holiday gifts, I am willing to overlook it. With prices up to 80% off you need not worry about making it on to Santa’s naughty list. 
Enjoy  a complementary cocktail or two while browsing deals from Chanel, Prada, Dior, Gucci, Nanette Lepore, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg and  many more

Consider purchasing two VIP tickets for $20 which will ensure you get the fist dibs on the designer goods, avoiding the predatory fashionistas. If that isn’t enough to sway you, you will also be treated to a gift bag of goodies, complementary cocktails and complementary spa services. 

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM 
401 7th Ave New York, NY 10001

The Weekender

Listening to:

Bullet by La Roux


Town Asia




1 and 1/2 sticks lemongrass, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 
Juice of 2 limes 
1 and 1/2 teaspoons simple syrup, or to taste (recipe below)
1 paper-thin slice of peeled fresh ginger 
2 ounces Tanqueray No. Ten gin 
2 ounces club soda

Mixing Instructions:
Place lemongrass, lime juice, simple syrup, and ginger in a food processor, and purée. Allow to rest for 30 minutes. Pass purée through a fine strainer. Pour the juice into a shaker filled with ice, and add the gin. Shake well. Strain into a glass filled with ice, dilute with club soda, and stir to incorporate.

To make simple syrup: 
Combine 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil for a few seconds. Set aside to cool.


Jennifer Gold Mine gloves by 2BD


I recently acquired a disturbingly fabulous Alice & Olivia dress ridden with larger-then-life shoulder pads and a strikingly sexy open back. Just when I couldn’t have been more pleased with my find, Serena van der Woodsen just had to make me wish I had purchased it in green, when she dazzled in it on this weeks episode.

To make the dress my own again, I have been on a hunt for fingerless driving gloves to add a rocker edge to this 80s style dress. Instead, I happened upon a scandalous array of studs on everything from sunglasses to shoulder pads at  the online boutique 2BD. However, it was not until I saw their array of gloves, especially these Jennifer Gold Mine’ Gloves and the Chain Reaction’ Gloves that I was absolutely smitten.


Combat Boots by Rag and Bone

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Those who know me could safely say I am definitely not a ‘combat boot person’, but this irrefutable clash reverence and femininity, makes these boots a pair that I would love to hate.  After styling your new utterly wicked alter ego, with the help of a bag and dress by Alexander Wang and a disastrous necklace of chains by Fallon, you will love the you, you no longer recognize. 


Sample Sale ing

Let’s be honest…. who doesn’t love a good sample sale? And this weekend there are plenty to choose from:

What: Lela Rose
Why: Seventy-five percent off fancy outfits with a Southern sensibility.
When: Nov. 18-20. Wed. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 224 W. 30th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 13th flr. (212-947-9204).

What: Christain Lacoix
Why: Coats, jackets, pants, tops, and dresses from past seasons are 75 percent off.
When: Nov. 18-21. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 260 Fifth Ave., at 29th St., grd. flr

What: Rebecca Minkoff
Why: Our girl with the mean bag-making habit unleashes her latest (which includes ready -to-wear).
When: Nov. 18-22. Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 17 W. 17th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Ave

What: Inhabit
Why: Classic cashmere items are $80 (reg. $278-$328). Cotton basics are $50 (reg. $158-$198). 
When: Nov. 18 & 19. Wed. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1441 Broadway, b/t 40th & 41st Sts., 24th flr

What: Steven Alan
Why: Blowout featuring labels you love (The Lake & Stars, Sophmore). House-label shirts for dudes are $65; Demylee cashmere cardigans for gals are $90. 
When: Nov. 19-22. Thurs. & Fri., 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 87 Franklin St., b/t Broadway & Church St. (212-219-3305). 

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The Weekender

Listening to:

“Shoes” by Tiga



American Beauty at wd~50

50 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002 







3 drops white crème de menthe
1 1/2 ounces cognac (preferably Courvoisier)
1/2 ounce dry vermouth (preferably Noilly Pratt)
1/2 teaspoon grenadine
1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice, strained
1 teaspoon port


Pour the first five ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, and shake well. Put 1 teaspoon port into a chilled martini or tulip glass, and strain the liquid from the shaker over the port.



Dolce Vita Marley Booties


Who doesn’t love a peep-toe bootie? Add a little hardware and a wicked wedge and you’ve found yourself  a day-to-night companion for your urban safari. While flaunting your still summer kissed legs for a few final days, pairing these booties with a contrasting classic tweed mini and a slouchy thick-knit cardigan will make your look a sassy meld of 


Style with:

Bop Basics 5 Band Miniskirt

Tibi Sequin Blazer





All of Lavin Spring 2010


While eagerly checking my app. between classes, I found myself helplessly drooling over the sumptuous silhouettes of designer Alber Elbaz for Lavin. Their showing in Paris was a parade of delectably light fabrics, in which Elbaz transformed characteristically structured separates into freely sweeping shapes, sexily caressing the female form.  This allowed the line  to remain refreshingly youthful, yet still maintained a the typical Lavin sophistication.

I continuously find myself daydreaming about striding in to the office, stilettos clacking against the marble lobby floor, pulling off my tall leather gloves in a single swoop, as my airy pencil skirt sways and my blazer is gracefully swept aside as I stride forward revealing the soft neutral beneath. However, as the dawning of reality peeks over the horizon, I am brutally reminded that I will have to endure four months of Lavin deprivation before my stiletto clacking dreams become a reality.




Embracing My Inner Frugalista

While unfortunately penny-pinching has become a mandatory hobby for the masses, it has also opened a new door of creativity, causing those dedicated to staying in accordance with Vogue’s creed to resort to alternate measures. While retail as a whole has been swimming desperation, resale, consignment, vintage and thrift stores have been monopolizing this resurgence. Repeatedly embracing the life of the unpaid intern, becoming a bit resourceful never hurt anyone. 

Manhattan is scattered with opportunities to make  someone else’s forgotten treasure and make it your own. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • DAHA Vintage175 Orchard St. LES  
  • Screaming Mimi’s, 382 Lafayette St.
  • Cheap Jack’s Vintage Clothing, 303 Fifth Ave. (at 31st St.)
  • Chelsea Girl, 63 Thompson St., Soho
  • Cherry Men, 17 Eighth Ave., West Village
  • Encore Designer Consigment, 1132 Madison Ave., Upper East Side (near 84th St.)