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The Weekender

Listening to:

“Never Win” by FischerSpooner

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Drinking:

Rum Rita

Mixologist: Jamie Mulholland of LOTUS

Ingredients
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.

Wearing:

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. 

Lusting:

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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Doing:

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. 

FASHION BASH
WEDNESDAY DEC 02, 2009 
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM 
GOLD BALLROOM @ HOTEL PENN
401 7th Ave New York, NY 10001

The Weekender

Listening to:

“Shoes” by Tiga

 

 Drinking:

American Beauty at wd~50

50 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002 

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Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

 

Wearing:

Dolce Vita Marley Booties

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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

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Lusting:

All of Lavin Spring 2010

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While eagerly checking my Style.com 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.

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Doing:

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.)

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The Weekender

Listening to:

“Get Myself Into It”, The Rapture

Drinking:

Pisco Punch

You can always trust the Pegu Club to whip up a tasty Cocktail. Thank goodness New York Magazine stole the recipe.

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Ingredients:

Pineapple Pisco
1 750-mL bottle of Pisco Capel
1 pineapple
Lime Syrup
2 limes
16 oz. simple syrup, chilled
Grapefruit Syrup
1 white grapefruit 
16 oz. simple syrup, chilled 
Punch
750 mL pineapple-infused Pisco
8 1/2 oz. lime syrup
8 1/2 oz. grapefruit syrup
12 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

Pineapple Pisco
Cut pineapple into chunks, and put into a covered jar. Add bottle of Pisco. Cover, shake to agitate, and refrigerate for 3 days. Strain and store in refrigerator.

Lime Syrup
Zest the rind of 2 limes into 16 oz. of cold simple syrup. Cover, shake to agitate, and refrigerate for 24 hours. Strain off zest and store in refrigerator.

Grapefruit Syrup
Zest the rind of 1 white grapefruit into 16 oz. of cold simple syrup. Cover, shake to agitate, and refrigerate for 24 hours. Strain off zest and store in refrigerator.

Punch
In large bowl, combine pineapple Pisco, lime syrup, grapefruit syrup, and lemon juice. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Place ice block into bowl before serving. Garnish chilled cocktail glasses with pineapple leaves. 

 

Wearing:

Flippa K Dress

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Flippa K Dress

My mission as of late has been to master the day to evening look. Creating a wardrobe that works as hard as you do is rather daunting. A simple stand-by is a basic dress with stand-out accessories. 

This Flippa K dress has a simple neckline that keeps the goods under wraps, but also but shows enough to be able to “sex it up” for evening. The strong shoulders both keeps it in toe with the 80s ubiquitous reincarnation. 

Pair with a pair of peep-toe bootie, like the Brian Atwood pair featured below, with a patent sheen and enough height to parlay this dress  to your evening venue. The necklace by Dirty Librarian Chains, which let’s be honest, half of the fun is calling it by name, is a perfect pop of gold, with staggered lengths that will keep this look from being an office snooze.

 

Pair with the following:

Card Catalog Necklace by Dirty Librarian Chains

Card Catalog Necklace by Dirty Librarian Chains

Brian Atwood Bootie

Brian Atwood Bootie

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Miu Miu Tote

 

Lusting:

See by Chloe Dress

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See by Chloe Dress

Envision a dimly lit club on Little West Twelfth. Smelling of sweet liquors swigged by dark gentlemen in tipped fedoras, melded with the gentle musk of cologne. After confidently striding past the bouncer in stomp worthy stilettos, you  make your entrance.

Your low-slung bag taps gently against your swaying hips as you move to the soft techno mix of the house DJ, slash your  soon to be BFF. It’s not your look that screams party girl, after all you chose to toss on that 80s vintage boyfriend blazer hidden in your mother’s closet, it’s just merely your attitude. 

As you engage in your usual social dance across the room, you steal the attention of every bad-boy you meet, drowning in a world of glamour, vanity and champagne.

As you awake from your delightful day dream, make sure you thank Chloe for your make believe moment as Ms. Vanderwoodsen.

 

 

Doing:

Painting My Apartment

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Moving back from New York has proved to create a longer To-Do list than Nancy Pelosi’s. 

I recall a time, I believe maybe it was first grade, when your social status was define by both you and Crayola. I kid you not! You had committed a social faux-pas if you were missing one of the three critical colors; Razzle-Dazzle Pink, Jungle Green and Robins-Egg Blue. If only it were still that easy t stay among the in-crowd.

As a throwback to our Crayola Crayons of Old, when choosing what color to splash against my bedroom walls, I turned fondly to a familiar color. Adorning my bedroom walls will be a harmonious blend of Robins-Egg Blue, splashes of black silhouettes and white and black printed accents. Definitely not Elle Decor, but an attempt to make the drabness of  beige and white a bit more bearable and perhaps bring back a memory 

 

The Weekender

Listening to:

“Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs


Drinking:

The Kate Winslet

It’s been said that Kate Winslet, nominated for her role as a concentration camp guard in The Reader, doesn’t really drink, but she has been seen holding a glass of Champagne from time to time. For a cocktail that looks as aristocratic as Winslet does, start with a mixture of London dry gin and red-currant jelly and top it off with dry sparkling wine. Bejewel each glass with a garnish of fresh red currants.

2 Tbsp red-currant jelly
2 oz water (1/4 cup) 
4 oz (1/2 cup) London dry gin
1 (750-ml) bottle well-chilled brut Champagne or Prosecco

GARNISH: fresh red currants

• Heat jelly and water in a small saucepan, whisking, until jelly has dissolved. Stir in gin and chill until cold. Divide gin mixture among 6 Champagne flutes, then top with Champagne.

 

Wearing:

Amrita Singh Earrings

If you have already seen the film Slum Dog Millionaire, you were undoubtedly captivated by the spellbindingly striking elements of Indian culture. Perhaps it was the inspiring romance, perseverance or passion of the characters as depicted in the film that only perpetuated my intrigue. The lavish hues, opulent gold embellishments and airily draped silhouettes mesmerized, jumping off the silver screen. When shopping at Pinkmascara.com I encountered Indian designer Amrita Singh. These contrasting red and gold earrings will add an opulent charm to your ensemble, accessorizing you look with the allure discovered in this epic story and for a mere moment you too can feel like an exotic Indian beauty.

 

Lusting:

Rebecca Taylor Peasant Dress

After lines are presented at fashion week, depending on the designer, the designs are either taken back to design or are taken straight to product, where they begin to mull over the logistics to make these garments available to the mass market. Therefore, some designers sell a line that is inspired by their runway pieces or, as in the case of Rebecca Taylor, the items you fell in love with at fashion week can be the newest lust-worthy additions to your wardrobe within mere months.

I loved the bohemian feel of Rebecca Taylor’s collection. These hippie inspired pieces captured the laid back chic of summer. Casually airy peasant dresses captured my heart and I knew this particular dress had to be mine. Paired with a studded pair of deep mahogany gladiators and a braided head-wrap you will have the perfectly relaxed look for spring.

 

Doing:

Visiting Chicago

Eskell Boutique, Bucktown.

While my loyalty will always lie with New York and 7th Avenue, there is definitely something to be said for combining the excitement of an urban Mecca and grounding it in good ole’ Midwestern charm. After loosing the battle with the economic turbulence of 2009, I devastatingly lost the boutique where I first fell in love with fashion. With this disappointment, it would be an understatement to say that I needed some cheering up. My solution came as a delightful weekend getaway. Instead of opting for an Oceanside daiquiri
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while relaxing and soaking in the salty breeze, I preferred a weekend filled with sample sales, boutique scouring, and absorbing the trends sported by the fashionistas of the windy city. This trip should garner the knowledge to allow me to parlay the best of Michigan Ave. to all of my favorite readers.
Please check out these websites for two of my favorite boutiques, so you too can have a little taste of Chicago. Please stay tuned for a glimpse of some of this city’s up and coming stores.

 

 

The Weekender

Listening to:

\One Week of Danger\


Drinking:

Vodka Martini  

 1 1/2 oz Vodka

3/4 oz Dry Vermouth 

1 Olive

Mixing Instructions:

Shake the vodka and vermouth together with a number of ice cubes, strain into a cocktail glass, add the olive and serve.

This is the martini that James Bond drinks in the books and films. (Although he drinks it somewhat drier than this – more Vodka, less Vermouth).

 

Wearing: 

White Cocktail Dresses
Constanze Racer Back Dress by Acne

While the little black dress is undoubtedly a staple in any woman’s wardrobe, I urge you to push against the ridiculous alleged fashion faux pas of wearing white after labor day and invest in a beautiful season appropriate white cocktail dress. When most women turn to the LBD as a standby, you will stand out in your  white satin dress. The crisp cut and elegant fabric will allow this piece to translate from Fall to Spring. The key to avoiding a fashion disaster is fabric weight. If you choose a material that is bi-seasonal you will be able to break the ridiculously rigid “rulebook” and secure your status as a true fashionista.

 

 

 

Lusting:

Tickets to Fashion Week

For any lover of the fashion industry, this week is an incredibly exhilarating time. While breathlessly awaiting the preview of what is to line the pages of Elle, the racks at Bendel’s and grace the ladies of Gossip Girl come Fall of 2009, but its painstaking not to envy those lucky few who have made their way to Bryant Park to aid in the chaos of Fashion Week

While checking the web page for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week daily is unbelievably thrilling, I cannot help but turn green at the though of my lucky friends assisting backstage, helping to call models, handing out gift bags, helping celebs find their seats, and enjoying the thrill of absorbing the excitement of the epitome of U.S. Fashion.

 

Doing:

Playing Hostess

In traditional fashion, my roommate and I will be hosting a little soiree this evening, on the eve of St.Valentine’s day. The collision of today, Friday the 13th, and the Saint’s day of lovers has persuaded us to put side the more conventional sentiments of romance and focus on an

atypical notion, grounded in mystery, excitement and suspense. This evening, inspired by the romanticism of films by filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, will showcase a peculiar intoxication of the haunting scenes of his classics. This twist on a seemingly predictable holiday should prove to be an interesting evening. 

 

 

Look forward to updates on  the Fashion Week trends and please don’t forget to post your your style dilemmas for “Fashion Finder”. 

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!

The Weekender

Listening to:

\”Sugar Baby\” by Morningwood


Drinking:

La Poire Peartini

 INGREDIENTS 

2 parts GREY GOOSE La Poire Flavored Vodka 

1/4 part DISARONNO Originale Liqueur 

3/4 parts simple syrup 

3/4 parts lemon juice 

1 thin pear slice 

 

INSTRUCTIONS 

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until the outside 

of the shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat. Strain into a martini glass and 

garnish with pear slice. 

TIPS 

If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, adjust the simple syrup and lemon juice to 

3/4 parts each.

 

Wearing:

Dresses by Tibi

 

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 While my true love will always be Nanette Lepore, I may have developed bit of a new designer crush. While I have always adored the feminine but modern prints of this contemporary line, however, I never appreciated Tibi’s ability to create pieces that are current, but also maintain a classically unique appeal that make them accessible season to season.

 

 

Lusting:

Hot Pink Accessories

The key to any successful ensemble is perfect placement of “pops” of color. Yesterday, while working at our annual sample sale, I found myself suggesting to nearly every client to add a range of accessories in this neon hue. 

Not only does adding a neon pink accessory balance a basic ensemble, but it you the opportunity to standout, when a traditional black dress may look phenomenal but will only help you blend in.

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I know that adorning this trend may be a bit intimidating for the conservative few, but when paired with other neutral pieces, this once item will become the focal point for your look and you can be certain that it will not overwhelm the eye.

I am a bit embarrassed to say that I have seen a few episodes of “The City”, a reality series on MTV. Aside from its hilariously delusional portrayal of the fashion industry, its drama is a guilty pleasure that I would rather not indulge in. I would like to take my pathetic encouragement of the series a bit further, to suggest the possibility of styling an outfit with the sequined beret above, as seen on the series’ character Erin, while at a club downtown. Despite my desperate attempt to discourage my peers from emulating these reality TV show characters, my lust for this accessory is beyond my control.

Here are a few additional possibilities to spice up your basics:

Speed RacerUrbanOutfitters.com > Patterned Rose Square ScarfASOS | ASOS Coloured Satin Knot Belt at ASOS

 

 

 

 

 

Doing:

At the time, your best-friend’s camera Nazi-ing may have irritated you beyond belief, but in hindsight having evidence that “Yes dear, Mommy did have friends,” and that your youth was spend exactly as it should be – close girlfriends in hand, ready to take on the town. 

My love for interesting coffee table books and my disinterest for scrap-booking, led me to digi-labs.net. A site that specializes in transforming a reel of film into a delightful coterie of memories suitable to adorn your coffee table.


The Weekender

Listening to:

Goldfrapp \”Ohh La La\”


Drinking:

Catch-22 Cocktail  

  • 6 tablespoons Batavia arrack
  • 6 tablespoons manzanilla Sherry
  • 6 tablespoons Clément Créole Shrubb
  • 6 teaspoons Homemade Chocolate Liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • 4 orange peel strips

 

Chill 4 Martini glasses in freezer 30 minutes. Combine all liquors in cocktail shaker; add ice cubes and shake to chill. Strain mixture into cold glasses. Garnish each with orange peel strip.

 

Lusting:

Party Dresses

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Maybe, it is my constant desire to play hostess or my dream that cocktail attire might soon become suitable day wear, but I find myself looking to indulge in yet another fantastic party dress. 

This fuchsia number, by Cynthia Vincent is one pair of Manolos, a batch of Magnolia Cupcakes and a glass of champagne away from a satisfying get-together with friends.

 

(Magnolia Bakery. Vanilla Cupcake Recipe)


Live a little. Indulge your inner hostess!

 

 

Wearing: 

Tights

Yes, a trend that might seem so last season, but I cannot imagine surviving winter with out this functional garment.  My go-to garment not only accessorizes but provides the possibility to  endure the despicable winter chills. 

Add these inexpensive supplements to a basic outfit to revive any seemingly monotonous ensemble. While I am a firm believer in adhearing to your own fashion rules, to those who seek the approval of Anna Wintour and Co., no need to worry Style.com, Vogue’s on line home has endorsed and even encouraged this fashion trend. (Read Vogue Article)

Too shy to rock the mini-dress in the middle of winter? No problem. Solution: Opaque tights. This alternative to leggings is much sleeker, season appropriate and a bit more conservative. Feel free to experiment with patterns, lace, brights, metallics, solids and liquid finishes. This accessory is fashion meets function or what I like to call a match made in heaven.

 

Doing:

Getting Centered

I started off as a complete yoga skeptic. For a extreme type-A personality, the idea of quieting the constant barrage of thoughts, holding still, my head bowed between my knees,  focusing on the subtle in-and-outs of my breath, had previously seemed impossible. I, like many, have difficulty in situations in which I lack feelings of mastery. The thought that I found the simple task of slowing down and quietly listening to the wants and needs of my body incredibly daunting, bothered me to no end. Therefore, with the persistent effort of my roommate, I made several guest appearances at Cleveland Yoga, each time attempting to become less incarcerate by judgement than the last.

After a rough week, I made my way to the yoga studio sans my roomie. I had given in to the idea that yoga would simply be my physical activity for the day, but not the religious experience it has now become for my BFF

Maybe, it was my desperate need to connect to something greater, a class with a different Yogi or the emotionally taxing events of the week, but I was soon conquered by the out-of-body experience, I yearned for.

I connected with waltz of my breath. The pirouette within my chest cart-wheeled into the humid room,  then circling to the beating drums of the loud-speaker, only to again pull inward, and thus subsiding all my thoughts, fears and hesitations. I was finally put at ease with the world around me. As I woke from the meditation, I again remembered how truly blessed I am. 

(Find a class so you too can get centered.)

 

Please enjoy your weekend! I hope you too find a way to connect with how lucky you too are to be alive!