Tuesday, February 9, 2016

{ PERSONAL STYLE } WHISKEY WILL DO...



{ Bridge & Burn t-shirt (c/o) / Loma London cardigan (c/o) / Forever 21 faux fur stole (sold out, similar) / Paige Denim flare jeans / Vince ankle boots (sold out, similar) / Celine sunnies }

Wearing jeans and a t-shirt takes on a whole new meaning when you add a flare silhouette into the mix. Suddenly there are heels involved and you're feeling anything but casual. I love that such a simple switch-up completely changes something you might sleep in to something you can wear out to dinner.

This outfit is basically feels like I put all of my current favorite things—faux fur, cashmere, black flare jeans, red lipstick and chill t-shirts—put them in a blender and hit purée. I feel a little bit comfortable and a little bit fancy, and really there's no place I'd rather be.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

THE DRAKE GUIDE TO DATING

I read an article once where the author referred to Drake as the Taylor Swift of R&B. That idea has stuck with me, and rings true year after year as Drake continues to crank out hits—many of which have themes of love, loss and sweet revenge. He's never been shy about wearing his heart on his microphone, and we love him for that.


Most rappers market themselves through their lyrics, purporting to be the best, the greatest, the most important artist on Earth. But few are able to infuse their grandiose musings with as much self-awareness and humor as Drake. We love him because he's smart, he's in on the joke, and he's wildly proud to be Canadian.

We can all relate to his lyrics, which oscillate between sensitive and thoughtful to spiteful and cutting, sometimes within the same song. Even when he's guest starring on a track for Rihanna or The Game, his signature touch of romantic realism is always present. He raps and sings rather emphatically about his love and respect for women, especially the ones who are as fun and beautiful as they are independent, educated, and above all—loyal.

The truth is, if you extract the best lines from Drake's extensive catalog of albums and singles—even the ones that ostensively have nothing to do with relationships—you can piece together a pretty comprehensive collection of wisdom, truisms and advice that are perfectly applicable to dating in 2016.

And so, here we are! Because Valentine's Day is this weekend, I figured there was no better occasion to spend most of my free time listening to Drake and Googling song lyrics that were worthy of what I'm calling The Drake Guide To Dating. It's more lighthearted than The Dating Manifesto I published last year, but may be filled with even more pearls of wisdom because, come on, this is Drake we're talking about. He's basically the musical Shakespeare of our time.


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

{ PERSONAL STYLE } IT'S SWEATER (DRESS) WEATHER...


{ Forever 21 sweater dress (sold out, similar) / Forever 21 crossbody bag / Vince ankle boots / Celine sunglasses (c/o, these Le Specs are just as glam) / Covergirl lipstick }

Can I have a transparent blogger moment with you guys for just one second? The streets of my neighborhood are so gross right now. There are trash bags piled high on almost every block and nasty, dirty mounds of snow everywhere. I love Avenue A, but ughhh post-snow storm is not its best look. That said, I'd ask you to just sort of disregard the background of these outfit photos, if you don't mind.

Anyway! This is my new favorite knit sleeping bag. I found this cozy sweater dress on sale at Forever 21 last week and sort of can't stop wearing it. Most days I've rocked it with tights, but once again the weather is on the fritz and this weekend it was warm enough to expose a bit of leg...

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

{ SNOW DAY SHOPPING } I THINK I NEED THE ADIDAS SUPERSTAR...


{ A smattering of Adidas Superstar outfits, via Pinterest }

At this point I think it's safe to say that I have a healthy addiction to Adidas shoes. First came the return of the Stan Smith last winter (seen last here in the summer and here in the fall), and then I fully committed over the summer with the Adilette slide (last seen here and here).

Well apparently two pairs isn't good enough—and now I must have the Superstar sneaker. True, they are nearly identical to the Stan Smith, except for the iconic three strips on the side. I know this is silly, but I don't care. My mom always said that when you find something you love and it fits you well, buy it in more than one color... So yeah.

Mostly I'm excited for the outfit potential with the Superstar this winter. I love how it looks paired with skinny black jeans or leather pants—exposing just a flash of ankle—and a longline coat or cozy sweater, plus a statement-making mini bag. (Also, how awesome do they look with a knit skirt and sweater in the top left photo?)

My point is, if you're on the East Coast right now, you're probably bundled up watching the snow fall and either binging on Netflix or really embracing that #addtocart online shopping problem you have. In this—I am with you. And I'm recommending the Superstar as our snow day treat.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

SO THERE'S A SNOW STORM COMING, FINALLY?


Rumor has it that NYC could see more than six inches of snow this weekend, finally. We shouldn't be all that surprised because, you know, January—but since the end of last year was basically a suspended state of fall, it's cause to get a little excited. Personally, I love the snow, and that first day of the white stuff in New York—before all the slush and the dirt takes over—can be magical.

While it's yet to be seen if this storm will be the blockbuster Nor'Easter Al Roker claims it will, or just another flurry, I say it is always better to be prepared. You've gotta have your entertainment lined up, potential romances brewing and your most stylish snow outfits ready to go.

// THE SHUT UP I LOVE THAT BLIZZARD PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST //

1. SCOUT YOUR NEAREST WALKABLE BAR: To avoid cabin fever and keep your spirits up, you'll need spirits—this is key. Once you've "accidentally" consumed all the wine meant to last the whole weekend by about 11 p.m. on Friday, you'll realize you need to venture out. If you don't already know it, figure out which of your local watering holes is most likely to be open in inclement weather. Do the owners live upstairs? Do the bartenders live nearby? Find out. (If you're in need of a winter coat update to brave the cold, these might help.)

2. GET YOUR APPS IN FIGHTING SHAPE: If the giant letdown that was Juno taught me anything last winter, it's that a storm is the perfect excuse to pour yourself half a bottle of Montepulciano and start six to eight new relationships via your phone. Before the snow even starts to fall you'll want to update your photos and add something in your "About Me" that mentions shotskis or snowball fights and nothing about 'Netflix and Chill' because you're better than that. 

3. CUE UP YOUR STREAMING DREAMS AHEAD OF TIME: To me there are few things more frustrating than settling down for a long winter's binge and having so much difficulty deciding what to choose that you end up re-watching episodes of Friends I've seen 45 times already. Plan ahead and pick out some shows and movies "You've totally been meaning to watch" and actually watch them. For what it's worth I'd recommend: Ex Machina (Amazon Prime), Pride & Prejudice (Netflix), You're The Worst (Hulu Plus), and perhaps revisiting House of Cards since the new season starts in March.

4. DIG OUT YOUR SNOW BOOTS: Yeah, mine are buried somewhere under my bed too. (And if I can't find them, I want these.) It's time to dust them off, lace 'em up and prepare for step five of the SUILT blizzard preparedness checklist. (Oh, and if you still need some, Shopbop has got you, as does Amazon Prime shipping.)

5. GO OUTSIDE AND HAVE SOME FUN. I know that your Roku is taunting you like, "Nah girl! Just get in bed for the next 12 hours and watch both seasons of Mozart in the Jungle today!" But if your hands and feet are warm and your hat is cute, there's no reason not to go out for a snow day walk, brunch, epic day-drinking marathon or an igloo-building date in Central Park. The first big snow of the year just happens to be falling on a weekend—make the most of it! Fresh snow makes New York at least 30 percent prettier and 60 percent quieter, the ideal combination for a stroll (and accompanying Instagram). 

Also note that if you were waiting for an excuse, now is a perfectly great time to invest in winter's coziest pants: the fleece-lined legging. Might I also recommend L.L. Bean cozy camp socks, an aggressive trapper hat (if not now, when?) and of course, an awesome intarsia sweater.

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Image credit: Vogue

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

{ PERSONAL STYLE } PLAID ON PLAID...


{ Bridge & Burn dress (c/o) / Velvet turtleneck / Schott 'Perfecto' jacket / Vince ankle boots (sold out, similar) / Madewell plaid scarf (old, similar) / Club Monaco beanie (men's) / Ray-Ban aviators }

Okay guys so here I am—trying to live up to the promises I made in my last personal style post. I am trying to wear more dresses this winter. This particular day—Martin Luther King Day—was something like 30 degrees, with a windchill of about 18 degrees. Not an ideal day to go sans pants. However, these reversible DKNY tights have two layers, making them even warmer than some of my jeans.

The layering (and elastic waistband, natch) made for the perfect weekday brunch outfit. Amanda and I made a day of it, and had a decadent meal at Freeman's followed by a little happy hour and brainstorm across the street at Loreley.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

CELEBRATING NATIONAL BOOTLEGGER'S DAY, THE OLD FASHIONED WAY


Okay so I'll start here: I'm not usually one for celebrating innocuous but not particularly historic holidays. However, when it's a day that encourages imbibing historic cocktails? Just tell me where and when and if I should bring my own glass.

And wouldn't you know it, yesterday was National Bootlegger's Day. As you might know, Prohibition officially became the law of the land on January 16, 1920. Out in Iowa, an enterprising man named Alphonse Kerkhoff began producing high-quality whisky known as Templeton Rye (in the town of Templeton, natch). It soon became the liquor of choice for American gangster Al Capone, and central to his bootlegging empire. This whiskey-soaked holiday happens to fall on Capone's birthday, so you see it all fits together nicely.

To celebrate, I gathered a few friends for an Old Fashioned happy hour. Templeton Rye was kind enough to supply us with "The Good Stuff," and I supplied the rest. One of the reasons I love the Old Fashioned is that it doesn't involve anything too complicated, just a bit of upper arm strength and only slightly more patience than is required when assembling a mixed drink.


To give our little party some options, I supplied both lemon and orange as garnish (absolutely no maraschino cherries, guys), as well as club soda for those desiring a splash. To keep things classic (and make Al Capone proud, I hope), I went with Angostura Bitters.

To make our Old Fashioneds, I looked to two authoritative sources for tried-and-true (only slightly varied) methods: The New York Times and Esquire. A few dashes of bitters and a splash of club soda muddled with one sugar cube makes the base, followed by a generous pour of rye. Personally, I like to line my glass with orange, and use one of those gigantic square ice cubes when possible.

I don't think I need to tell you guys this, but just in case—celebrate responsibly :)


Huge thanks to Templeton Rye!