Friday, April 6, 2018


And you can have your space... Cowboy

Not since Carly Rae Jepson dropped E.Mo.Tion have I felt this many types of ways about an entire album from beginning to end. Since it came out one week ago, I have listened to Kacey Musgraves' third album, Golden Hour, at least a dozen times. This album is getting great reviews around the interwebs, and perhaps most especially from all the people I follow on Twitter, which gives me comfort because, well, I am not a "country fan" and most of my "people" aren't really either.

Before I heard "Space Cowboy," Kacey Musgraves was in my head as a modern female country singer that I had no interest in knowing more about. On the whole, I don't love modern country music, or so I thought. And I'll admit, I had a certain pride point in labeling myself as someone who was too cool for country music—unless it was vintage and classic, like Johnny Cash, John Prine or Bonnie Raitt. But back in September I wrote a whole post about Midland, a new country band with an old school sound, whose entire album, On The Rocks, I am also obsessed with.

So anyway, I've gotten off my "High Horse," (sorry, it was too perfect) and am willing to just be real and say hey, I do like some country music, a lot of it in fact, so here we are. Me, Kacey and now hopefully, you. This album is pleasing from beginning to end, and while it does have a lot of country roots, the songs vary from heavy pop to disco, slow ballads and psychedelic wanderings. The lyrics are modern, sassy and smart, and damn if they don't get stuck in your head. I've been walking around for days singing to myself, "Baby I ain't WonderWoman / I don't know how to lasso the truth outta you / Don't you know I'm only human?"

While I think people are going to keep talking and raving and tweeting about this album throughout the spring, and I think it's going to be on repeat for me into the summer too, I still don't see a #SongOfSummer in it. And that's okay. But I need you to listen to this album all weekend so we can be on the same wavelength, which is: If we can't see or feel spring yet, at least we can listen to it. Golden Hour is warm with a chilly breeze, sunny, crisp and blooming with color—but not the hot, sizzling fire of summer. Does that makes sense? Maybe I should be done now. Listen below please, now.


Image credit: NPR

Monday, April 2, 2018


A fun thing about "Spring" is that it is really just a concept—a state of mind. At some point, flowers will bloom and bright green leaves will start sprouting from those depressingly bare trees. But for the most part, you and I are just trying to get by, filing our taxes, crying over our busted March Madness brackets and wondering if it's too soon to start making plans for the Fourth of July.

We got pummeled with snowstorms through most of March and I am betting that April will be an equally unsurprising mix of eye roll-inducing weather. But guess what... Talking about the weather is boring, and complaining about "Spring" is also boring. So let's move on and talk about something else: Anxiety!

When the tax deadline approaches, I start to get really anxious and send that stress in all kinds of exciting directions. For our purposes, I'm going to dive into all the fashions and fun and games that I want to purchase and indulge in while avoiding my looming date with Uncle Sam.

By far, I wear my sneakers more than any other shoes in my closet, and I bet you're the same way. We're creatures of comfort, aren't we? We're also creatures who crave novelty and newness, so join me in fawning over Allbirds' new 'Tree' runners in this 'Kauri Stone' color. I love love love my wool Allbirds already, and find myself very attracted to this new, slightly more summer-y beige and white update.

I stopped wearing my favorite Stan Smiths like a year ago because they became to dirty and "worn" for me to enjoy how they looked with outfits. I know some people crave that look, especially with like, Converse All Stars, but it doesn't feel stylish to me on the streets of New York. Anyway, while I love my navy-on-the-back version a lot and would quickly restock them in my wardrobe—I'm a little bit aching for a pair that feels slightly more... Rare. Not that I'm a sneakerhead, but these all-white Stan Smiths are so dope. And at least $30 more than a pair with navy or green on the heel. Is that price hike worth it? Methinks absolutely.

I know what you're thinking—Taylor, backgammon, again? You literally mentioned in the last post you wrote which was ahem, kind of a while ago. I know, and I am... Sorry? Not that sorry actually. And that's because between then and now I found this beautiful colorful backgammon set from the MoMA Design Store. I have dreams of playing under the soft afternoon sun on our little patio, but as of now it is still very much way too cold for that, so the couch it is.

I also really want a new set of Three J NYC pajamas. I have a similar shorts set that's lavendar and white, and I do end up wearing the shirt out on the town sometimes, as I often suggest to you guys in fashion stories. This crisp blue-and-white set would serve the same purpose, just a nice update for the year. (I feel like the top would be so good tucked into a white denim skirt...)

And finally—I just finished reading The Love Gap by Jenna Birch. I loved this book, it's an easy, fascinating read that dives into some of the most common elements and issues of modern dating, from the perspective of high-achieving, high-quality women like you and me. I spent many a delightful Sunday afternoon this winter reading this book while enjoying some tea and and a candle, snuggled under a blanket on my couch.

While I was home in Idaho last month, my roommate came along, and in the evenings I'd whip us up a cocktail and we'd play cards until dinner was ready. The game? Rummy 500. The drink? A homemade "skinny" margarita made with surprisingly good Sauza silver tequila.

My simple recipe goes something like this: 

  • Rim a double old fashioned glass with lime juice and salt.
  • Squeeze a ton of fresh lime juice into that glass. Like, a lot. More than a shot's worth probably. 
  • Add a few splashes of simple syrup so it's not too sour. 
  • Add a shot and a splash of that Sauza silver tequila.
  • Stir.
  • Add one large ice cube or whatever ice you've got on-hand.
  • Top with soda water. 
  • Stir again!
  • Garnish with a lime wheel.

When I recreate this drink at home (which I did for some girlfriends the other night) I also made sure to have a great soundtrack going. And I know there are a lot of bluetooth speakers out there, but I can't tell you how sophisticated I feel when my music (or podcasts in the morning) come from my extremely adult Sonos Play:1 speaker. The sound is amazing, and might I suggest this Spotify 'Happy Hour' playlist I made.

Oh also if you like condiments, you should really invest in some Sun Valley Mustard. The spicy-sweet flavor is my favorite, to the point that my parents put it in my stocking every Christmas. My holiday jar is almost empty now and I'm ready to place my order for more... And I guess I just thought you guys might like it too.

Fashions! Okay so, I have to tell you that after a lot of exhaustive and humiliating searching for a pair of those "cool girl" Levi's jeans, I finally found a pair that doesn't look absolutely terrible on me. I encourage you to look into the 501 Taper fit! They're distressed and slightly cropped, and for me, they sit at the right place on my waist to go well with tucked-in tops. If you, too, have been searching hopelessly to make this trend work for you, try these jeans maybe!

Also intriguing to me? Very extra hoop earrings and an Adidas track jacket. What? Yes. The hoops above are gorgeous and from Jennifer Fisher, which means they cost about $500. I'm obsessed, but not $500 obsessed/ So I found a very similar pair from Baublebar that cost just $36.

And speaking of expensive jewelry, have you heard of Foundrae? Oh man, this jewelry is so so so cool and so pretty. One of my favorite pieces is this gold and enamel cigar band ring that costs a very cool $2850. The creative director of the brand, Beth Bugdaycay describes the brand's pieces as "modern heirlooms," and I can't help but agree. Filing these away for the dream shopping list...

The Adidas track jacket thing I can't really explain except to say that Armie Hammer is my new style icon.

Friday, March 2, 2018


The winter... Can be a dark time. I mean that literally and figuratively of course, since we're still building up daylight hours after the winter solstice and you know, seasonal depressive disorder is real. And here's one thing I know to be true: All the Netflix in the world (even the delightful Queer Eye reboot) can't save you from the feeling that this gloomy, chilly season might never end. 

But you know what can? Fun and games—and friends. 

With my family, it's the occasional Yahtzee marathon on snowy Sun Valley nights. With a former flame, it was an introduction to "Speed Scrabble." I've also got an occasional Sunday night dinner club with friends in the city, where a high-energy, red wine-fueled game of Fishbowl always follows the potluck meal. And just the other day, I ran into friends one Saturday afternoon at a local bar, who were playing Settlers of Catan while sipping on craft beers. In Maine, we've developed a bit of a tradition around playing 'Never Have I Ever' when we're out at night. (Hey, it counts!)

My point here, unsurprisingly, is that these days and nights—not the ones spent curled up in front of the TV or even just chit-chatting with my friends—are the ones that I remember most fondly. Engaging in play as an adult is such a profoundly fun way to deepen bonds and get to know people better. Personally I tend to sort game nights into this "only on vacation" place a lot of the time, or "only once and a while," but there's really no reason for it. A deck of cards will fit in even my tiniest of purses, after all.

I want to make games non-digital games—Gin Rummy, backgammon, Scrabble—a larger part of my day-to-day social life. Not only will they strengthen bonds, but our brains, too! Endeavoring to spend less time scrolling my Instagram or watching TV has been a big priority for me so far this year, whether or not I'm achieving it is TBD. But now that my apartment is really coming together, hosting game nights is high on my to-do list.

Picture it with me: Boxes of pizza, bowls of popcorn, bottles of cold beer and high ball glasses of perfectly mixed Old Fashioneds. On the Sonos speaker, a playlist sets the mood. The hours pass easily around the coffee table with round after round of card games, Balderdash (a childhood favorite) or Liar's Dice (a new one I learned this winter). Perhaps there's even a light snowfall outside the window...

Doesn't that sound perfect? I'm still in the midst of planning said game night (and trying to restrict myself from buying too many online), but I can already feel some of those "Oh my god, it's still March!?" vibes fading away with each roll of the dice.

Below I've rounded up a few of the most fun and colorful games I could find, including a really expensive lucite backgammon board and an "adults only" version of Taboo (ha!). And for the warmer weather when it finally comes? A pastel Bocce kit and Prosecco pong!


Wednesday, February 28, 2018


You know what we don't do much anymore? Slow dance. I mean it! When I was up in Maine last week with Megan, we were at a raucous Irish bar with a really fun cover band. At one point they played a slower song, so I hopped off my bar stool, grabbed the hand of one of the guys we were with, and made him sway around with me for a few minutes, beers in hand. I can't remember the song (bummer), but I do remember the feeling—it was nice.

We have to wait until April 20 for Lord Huron's new album, Vide Noir, to drop, but in the meantime, we have a few delicious new songs to tide us over, my favorite of which is the newest, "Wait By The River." It has the kind of soulful, romantic sound that makes you want to wrap your arms around someone as soon as that first beat on the snare drum hits.

Longtime readers will know that I have a very serious and unabashed love for Lord Huron, I've featured them in MWMM posts before, and in tons of playlists, too. They're my favorite band to listen to during the fall and winter, and also my back-pocket go-to when I want to set a cozy mood at home. I saw them in concert a few years ago, and if you get the chance (their upcoming tour is already almost completely sold out, womp) I highly recommend it. Like, they are change-your-life good.

Listen to "Wait By The River" below and I dare you not to start swaying at your desk. Play this one at home while you're making dinner and dance with you broom... Or your person, I guess, if you're not strange and single AF like yours truly. Anyway... This is a great song bye!

PS: If you're a weirdo like me and would like a playlist made up exclusively of every Lord Huron song, I've got that, and you can listen or follow it right here.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


{One of the stylishly appointed rooms in Philadelphia's Lokal Hotel }

I'm finally back with a new addition to my "On My Radar" post series. I'm veering slightly off course from the "brand feature" style of the previous stories because I am currently obsessed with a micro-but-awesome travel trend, usually referred to as invisible service hotels. And by "micro" I mean that so far in the US, I only know of two, but they happen to be in two of my favorite cities, Philadelphia and Nashville!

The idea behind these invisible service hotels is that they offer the amenities of a hotel with the independence and "cool factor" of a great Airbnb find. Essentially, these hotels don't have traditional on-site staff or even a front desk, but do offer the kinds of amenities that young, hip travelers are looking for—Sonos soundbars, iPads with access to "room service" apps and completely Instagram-worthy interiors.

Sounds right up your alley doesn't it? I couldn't agree more. Here's what you need to know about these hip hotels that just might inspire you to finally book that trip to Nash or Philly and follow my travel guides down to the letter... 

You probably already know that Nashville is one of the top travel destinations in the country right now, one that's full of foodie-level restaurants, more aspiring musicians than they know what to do with, and a friendly atmosphere that will hook you in immediately. I stayed with my friend when I visited last year, but if I needed accommodations elsewhere, The 404 is probably the first place I'd go. They offer simply a king suite room or a king suite with a loft (there are only 4 rooms total), and is located in the (very trendy) Gulch neighborhood. 

When the weather permits, Nashville is a super-walkable city, and The 404 is in a prime spot to access everything from the honkey tonk bars on Broadway to all those acclaimed restaurants you've read about from yours truly and of course, Conde Nast Traveler.

The rooms are accessed with a code you receive via email when you book your room, and even though there's no "on site" staff, housekeeping will come daily and help keep things neat and clean. The rooms also each have an on-site parking spot, plus little amenities like a Nespresso machine, Turkish towel bathrobes, slippers and bougie Malin + Goetz bath products. Rooms start around $250 a night.

Ah, Philly. I meet people from the area here in New York all the time, and many of them seem rather shocked when I start effusing about how much I love that city. Despite being slightly salty about the person who introduced me to America's first capital (you can read about him here, if you care), I have retained a serious love for the history, walkability, and charm of Philadelphia.

The Lokal Hotel is an example of that charm—set in Old City, is now at the top of my list for accommodations on my next trip. It has gotten a ton of press for the "invisible service" part of the experience, but is also gorgeously appointed, and the six unique units function more like stylish apartments than hotel rooms. Lokal's goal is to help you experience Philadelphia like, you guessed it, a local. They want you to feel like you live there—without losing the adventure of visiting. Sounds pretty good to me! Oh, and if this whole invisible service thing sounds a bit daunting to you, Lokal will send someone to help you check in if you ask. Rooms start at about $215 a night.

Feel like taking a weekend getaway yet? Me too.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Every year Valentine's Day comes around and I'm like, do I want to post about it this time? A couple of years ago I was feeling feisty, and wrote about how being single on Valentine's Day is "chill as hell." Then last year I put together a little gift guide that was just basically cool stuff to wear, drink and read that were shades of burgundy, red and pink. Oh, and one of my favorite posts ever was from 2016 too, The Drake Guide to Dating!

This year I'm in an even more "meh" mood about Valentine's Day than usual. However, I'd hate to leave you guys hanging, because I know you totally rely on me to keep you emotionally stable on this day... Right? Right.

This year, I'm keeping it light and boozy—literally. Below I've outlined my best suggestions for what to drink on Valentine's Day, whether you're out at a bar with friends, on a date with your lover or at home watching the Olympics. The thread that binds them all together? All five drinks are a shade of red or pink. You're welcome, bozos!

Speaking of delicious sparkling wines (wasn't I?), let me say that champagne is so cheesy. Do you hear me? It's fine for celebrations and also Thursdays, but on Valentine's Day, we can all be more original than that. In it's place, I propose a currently trending bottle of Lambrusco—sparkling red wine from Italy. You get the effervescent pleasure of sparkling wine with the romantic delights of red wine so honestly, what's not to love? (Pun intended, obviously.)

Like I said, champagne (and all sparkling wines) on their own are a cheesy move on Valentine's Day. However, mixing said bubbles into a cocktail? That, I can support. If you're looking for something a little more bitter and festive than a traditional Aperol Spritz, try this drink recipe I found via GQ. The Negroni 'Sbagliato' substitutes the original recipe's gin for dry prosecco. The result is fizzy, festive and one of those drinks that both guys and girls will enjoy equally. (If you like the taste of Campari, that is.) To me, this is the perfect at-home cocktail to whip up if you (or you and your lover) are planning a low-key Valentine's night that involves high-key devotion to watching the Olympics on your couch.

My friend had her post-wedding brunch at Dante this past September, and in my hazy, slightly hungover state, I couldn't handle the idea of a proper cocktail. So instead, I tried their softer-but-still-alcoholic option, the Garibaldi—a mix of "fluffy" orange juice and Campari. (More Campari? Yes. I'm obsessed right now, and I want you to be, also. Sorry, not sorry.) This is a great option if you're in the mood for a morning celebration today, or will be celebrating over homemade brunch this weekend. You can find the recipe to make your own at home right here.

Okay so a disclosure here: I am not sure exactly what the recipe for this cocktail would look like, but the list of ingredients sounds absolutely delightful, and I have faith that we could figure it for ourselves out at home. There's a picture above, which maybe helps? This restaurant, Bar Cotto in Seattle, got a raving 9.4 review from The Infatuation, and their list of "musts" includes Twilight in Parma, a cocktail composed of gin, lime, lambrusco and rosemary. Whoa, right? From what I can tell you should mix the lime juice and gin to taste and pour in a double old fashioned glass over ice, then top with a lambrusco float, garnishing with rosemary. This sounds so heavenly, no?

Some of you might just be like, Taylor these drinks all sound complicated or bitter or like, strange. And you know what? I hear you. I don't think you're giving me, these drinks or your taste level a fair shot—but okay. And to you people, I present a gift. The gift is my current favorite red, from my favorite people over at 90+ Cellars. Their reserve Pinot Noir ($20) is so freaking good. It's rich and smooth and tastes far more expensive than the price tag, and doesn't have that sort of lame "I'm a light wine!" vibe you get from so many inexpensive bottles of Pinot Noir. Oh also, they put a cute label on it for the holiday, which I find incredibly endearing.

Now go forth and drink in this silly, silly holiday.

Monday, February 12, 2018


Hi! Hello! Do you find the headline of this post to be somewhat of an oxymoron? I get it. A carry-on for a ski trip sounds crazy. All those layers! All that equipment! Coats! But hear me out, because I'm about to do this myself, for real. And you can too, I promise! (I think.)

First let's first assume something: You will be renting the "big ticket" items necessary to ski; by which I mean skis, boots and poles. Kudos to those of you who have a place to keep such things in a New York apartment, because I sure don't, so rentals it is. Anyway, let's get down to the business of folding, rolling, compressing and heavy amounts of editing.

Not too long ago I bit the bullet and got myself the "Bigger Carry-On" from trendy AF luggage company Away. I know everyone's talking about them and the hype can be off-putting, but I really love this bag. The compression side of the bag can fit a ton of stuff,  and the charging port on the top is really handy. When I went to Ireland in November I brought an absolutely unbelievable amount of stuff in that bag—enough for a black tie wedding, two cocktail attire events and five days of running around in the damp Irish countryside. I have no doubt that this bag can handle my ski weekend needs.

*If you buy one through the link above (or right here), you can save $20!

Personally, coordinating items are my key to not overpacking and also making sure I have everything I need for skiing. My base layers for all activities will be this matching set (blessings to you, Sweaty Betty), and pretty much everything I'll wear with them falls into the same color scheme. The leggings and coordinating turtleneck can be layered with my burgundy Heattech fleece and down vest from Uniqlo, as well as my white Turtle Fur neck warmer. These layers should also be enough for activities like snowshoeing and cross country skiing on their own.

The big challenge with a ski trip out east is the temperatures—along with having kind of puny mountains (sorry, it's true!) it's also astronomically colder than skiing in the Rockies for reasons you need a meteorologist to explain. Getting enough warm gear into a carryon is no small feat, but here's my plan.
  • Mittens instead of gloves: I have these Swany 'Toaster' mittens, which have a zipper on top you can use to release the glove liners inside that have touchscreen capabilities—which means I can text or get at my chapstick easily without taking off my mittens completely. And, they're so warm.
  • Tights to wear under my base layer: That's right, a layer under your base layer! I often wear a pair of standard issue (but nice and high-waisted) opaque black tights under my base layers for some added warmth. They're not cheap, but Spanx are the bomb for this scenario. (I know they don't "wick" like normal sports fabrics, but whatever.) Also, they pack tiny!
  • In-boot ski pants: I have an older pair of Burton ski pants that go into my boots that I love, except that they are more low-waisted than I'd prefer. (Snowboarders are cool like that.) I've been on the hunt for an affordable upgrade that's designed for skiing, and these AFRC stirup pants look like a great choice!

What? This tip is rude? Sorry. My hottest hot tip for packing all your ski weekend needs into a carry-on bag is to realize that having a completely different Instagram #OOTD-worthy outfit for every day is kind of dumb. So what do I recommend you actually pack for going out at night, hanging around the house, ice skating in the afternoon, etc? Here we go:
  • One one pair of jeans: Personally, I'd go with your favorite high-waisted black skinny jeans, but whichever jeans you wear the most often in the winter is your best bet. Skip the cool Levi's, skip anything cropped. You want to be able to tuck your jeans into tall snow boots and let them fade into the background of your outfits so no one notices that you're wearing them multiple times.
  • Two non-athletic sweaters, maximum: This is the part that's hard for me, because I love sweaters and I love options. But the truth is, most of your ski weekend will be spent either on the mountain or flopping around on the couch in your leggings. I'd wear one on the plane, and pack the other. (Two cute options I'm considering for my trip to Maine? This J. Crew that's on major sale and my boyfriend v-neck from Grana.)
  • One flannel or denim shirt: Ski trips are not the occasion for your favorite going out top. Even in Aspen and Sun Valley, mountain nights out are more casual. Bring a shirt that does double duty for day and night, like a flannel (I like to wear a men's version) or a denim shirt that will make for the perfect Canadian tuxedo or easy contrast with the aforementioned black jeans.
  • Be choosy with your accessories: If you know you'll be going out at least one night, throw in a pair of statement earrings to go with your casual shirt. If you're tempted to bring like, a lot of hats (just me?) try to limit yourself to one beanie and one wide-brim. And if you have to throw in a beret, too, so be it. And sunglasses? Well I have a problem with always overpacking them, but I'd go with one pair of practical polarized shades (for cross country skiing or snowshoeing) and one fashion pair for everything else. 
  • Shoes! Ugh shoes are for sure the hardest part of packing for a winter trip in a carry-on. And I don't quite have this perfectly planned out for my upcoming trip (to Maine, yay!), but my plan is to pack my snow boots (similar to these from L.L. Bean) and my Allbirds, and wear the boots I'll wear the rest of the trip on the plane. (Something similar to these delicious Frye boots, because they work for day and night, bad weather and good.)

Depending on how far you're flying, you might need to be really comfortable or just comfortable enough. That said, you might fly in leggings or that extra pair of jeans you swear you need to have. Other than that, I'd do your best to wear the bulky, annoying stuff (I know, so not chic)
  • Wear your ski jacket on the plane: I know, ugh it's annoying—but if you get one that's stylish enough, you won't mind! I got this one from Topshop Sno (pictured) and love it, but there are a lot of options out there, of course. The point is, you want to pack whatever jacket is smaller, and wear the bulkier one. (Which you can always shove in the overhead bin!)
  • If you insist on bringing a blanket scarf, wear that too. A strange thing about me is that when I'm on a ski trip, I don't like scarves. I just like to wear a hat and a warm coat and call it a day—dealing with scarves in bars or when you're walking in and out of heated shops and restaurants is a pain to me. So, I don't know, if you've gotta have it, wear it.
  • If you bring the aforementioned wide-brim hat: You gotta wear that, too, or tuck it in your tote bag.
  • Make your "personal item" work overtime for you. I don't love bringing backpacks on planes, as a general theory. I think they're difficult to get into, and make it hard to access everything you need before you get on the plane. However, if you've gotta use it to fit a few more essentials, so be it. (I like this one from Timbuk2 that looks like 90s Prada.) Otherwise, I'd go with a zip-top tote bag, so you can easily stow it without worrying about spillage.