Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Old Navy Bags

I've been watching Old Navy's bags evolve over the past couple of seasons. They get close, but not quite there. I can honestly say that this season they've finally got it (with the exception of one irremovable shoulder strap). The faux leather isn't great to the touch, but for the price what do you really expect?







I love the shape of this bag, but you can't remove the shoulder strap...kinda a fail. It comes in 3 other great colors. I love the taupe... or as Old Navy calls it, taking a page from this seasons Essie Colors,"chinchilla". See image below.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rarities Tattoo Bracelet

I follow Taylor Jacobson (from Rachel Zoe Project) on twitter. The majority of her tweets are her answering questions from fans. The most popular question? Who makes your horizontal cross? The answer Rosark in L.A. The price tag? $495-$695. YIKES.



Looking for a more affordable alternative? Try the Tattoo Bracelet from Carol Brodie's Rarities Collection. Same concept, a little more bling, and a fraction of the price.



Rarities Tattoo Bracelet : $89.90 (or 3 easy payments of $29.97 - gotta love HSN!)

Halloween : SOCIAL *media* BUTTERFLY

Y'all know I love my social media! Love it enough to go as a SOCIAL *media* BUTTERFLY for Halloween? You bet. Let's face it, a Halloween party is just another opportunity for me to partake in my favorite past time : Shameless Self Promotion! Plus I'm thinking the costume will be easy, an American Apparel turtleneck dress and a pair of crazy social media butterfly wings. Want to make small talk with me at a Halloween party? Want to know what I do for a living? See the wings buddy boy...see the wings....

Some inspiration:




SIDE NOTE: Slutty Halloween costumes are tacky past the age of 21. Period.

If money was no object...



First it would be this Vivienne Westwood Drape jersey dress.



Then this Rebecca Minkoff bag... in this order.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jodhpur Rugs

I was about to throw out last month's Elle when I came across this layout they did called "Sweet Dreams". What really caught my eye was the Patchwork Jodhpur rug by Matta NY. I love the organic shapes and calming colors.

You can find a 3x5 version at Matta NY for $197




-OR-

You can find a larger (4.3 x 5.3) version of the same exact Jodhpur rug at Something Borrow, Something New for $150.

In addition to getting more bang for less buck, 10% of each sale will go to GiveIndia.org. GiveIndia.org is a charity that helps to ensure basic rights , health, education, and empowerment to all Indian women.

Chloe & Reese

Shopping on Chloe & Reese = my new obsession. This custom ready-to-wear contemporary collection is my dream come true. They have every dress shape and fabric color you would ever want, and you get to pick and choose just the way you want it. Think it would cost a fortune? Nope. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the prices were very competitive; Mid $200's - low $300's.



These are some of my favorite Chloe & Reese shapes. Does it get any better than the shoulders and buttoned waist on the lower right? Not to my knowledge.



Pick from any of these fabric swatches below!



With a few quick clicks the dress will arrive on your doorstep in 14 days. Beautiful.

Fall Outings : Queens County Farm

Can you believe this is in Queens? This is a must see to believe.


It may officially be Fall, but the weather we had this Sunday should be a reminder to all that the outdoor activities should not stop. Practicing what I preach, we grabbed a hot drink at 101, hopped on the boat, and sailed out the 5 Mile River and onto the sound on the sunniest of Sundays. Don't have the balls or a boat? Check out Time Out New York's list of fall outing suggestions. My favorite suggestion was for Queen County Farm. I had no idea there was a farm in Queens, not to mention the 3 acre corn maze they have on the property. The maze is only open till November 1st, so go before you miss it! $8 for adults and $5 for kids.


[via Time Out New York via Non-Society]

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mount Sinai's Fall Fete

PAYDAY pick


WARNING: This weeks PAYDAY pick is not yet available on Anthropologie.com. I had to get the images from Preloved's fall look book, and trust me, they aren't doing this cardigan any justice. I've been fixated on this thick knit since it made its way into stores a few days ago. For those of you new to the line, Preloved manufactures all of its pieces using recycled fabrics. What now is an amazing blend of pattern and texture very well once could have been curtains and men's slacks. Love that. This pieces does run small. I am usually a small-medium (4 or 6), but in this I took a large, and that was without a long sleeve underneath. This is definitely a piece you want to try on since each are cut a little different.

Preloved Miss Ellie Cardigan $168 (and well worth it)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

White Collar


White Collar Premieres Tonight on USA at 10pm. To celebrate USA network and Thomas Pink will be having a complementary men's and women's custom shirt fitting. Join the cast, Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, and Tiffani Thiessen from 9:00am to 6:00pm in Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens (5th between 47th & 48th).

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Montauk : The Ditch Witch

If you couldn't tell by my 1/4 life post a few days ago, I've come to a major cross roads. One that has left me wondering for the first time things like, what is really going to make me happy? This past weekend Kiira and I filmed another k.t.c.. I was so inspired by the passion and enthusiasm she has in the kitchen. I left her house feeling motivated ... but not really sure towards what, which made me feel uneasy and unsure. I have all the drive in the world but lack a real focus; I like fashion and food, but also travel and technology. I could blog or backpack and I honestly can't answer which would make me happier. The point is I've been feeling a bit lost. At the risk of sounding totally cliche, I've been looking for a sign just letting me know I'm on the right track. I wasn't looking for anything huge - just something small to let me know it was going to all work out. This is where I really needed faith to come in, but I don't have religion, I just have Montauk. Montauk signifies peace and a sense of grounding in my life. Some people wear a Cross or a Star of David around their necks, I wear a Montauk daisy because that is what I believe in. Which is why when I was randomly handed a Ditch Witch t-shirt last night my eyes immediately filled with tears. Crying over a perfect fitting youth large? I'll admit that finding the perfect T is something worth shedding a tear over, but it really just signified that there can, and will, be peace in my life...no matter the form I find it in. It was just the reminder I was looking for that it all always works out, and that is something I know I have taken for granted the past few months. So whether I spend my life, or the next 5 months or 5 years, blogging or broke with a back pack, I got the sign I needed that I'm on the right track and focusing my very scattered energy on all of the very scattered right things.

Miu Miu Flats : ON SALE!




I'm obsessed with these Miu Miu banana bow flats. They are currently on sale from $445 to $213 on Net -A -Porter.com.

Blog-Love for K&T : Corks + Caftans


Corks + Caftans : He loves wine, she loves fashion. And I just plain love the both of them! Corks+ Caftans is run by a young married couple, Rob and Carey, and they are intelligent, creative, but most of all very fun loving! (If you love Pam & Jim, you will love them!) I adore everything about their blog which is why I was so pleasantly surprised to see this write up they did on Kiss and Type! Be sure to check out there blog... I promise you'll love it!

NEW BBM

(My bar code - scan away!)

Old, but still relevant news - If you haven't downloaded the new software for blackberry messenger than you need to do so. The formatting is new and improved, there are fun new symbols like beers and coffee, and you also get bar code (as show above). Once you have the new messenger than all you have to do is take a picture of a friends bar code and they are automatically added to your contacts. Get ready for how technology is going to change the game, yet again.

To download the new messenger click this link from your blackberry!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

The XX in New York



I know I'm not alone in saying that The XX has had recent domination on my iTunes. If you aren't familiar with The XX go to their myspace page to check them out IMMEDIATELY. I feel like I'm doing them an injustice to recommend only a couple of songs to download, but if I had to they would be Islands, VCR, Basic Space, andCrystalised (for the record that is the spelling on the album).

And I know it would be enough to introduce you to get great new London based band, but it gets better... they are in New York this WHOLE week!

The line up:

October 21 8:00 pm - Mercury Lounge (all tickets sold at the door)
217 E Houston St. A.

October 22 8:00 pm - Live at the SoHo Apple Store
on stage at 7:00 pm
103 Prince st.

October 23 8:00 pm - Music Hall of Williamsburg with School of Seven Bells
125 E 11th st.

AR!NY

Most of the time I find events like this kinda drab, but Art Rocks really does just that, ROCK. I promised I would have all the information up once I received it, so here you have it. I love everything about this event; the venue, the people, the music, and the cause. See you there!



k.t.c. : Beef Bourguignon

video


Kiira scores an A+, me on the other hand... D- . Remind me to never film a k.t.c. sans shower and on 4 hours of sleep again!!!


Beef Bourguignon
(loosely adapted from Ina Garten's recipe)

2 lbs. chuck beef cut into 1-inch cubes
2-3 leeks, tops and bottoms trimmed, sliced into thin half moons (1 large yellow onion could certainly be substituted for the leeks and shallots)
4 large shallots, roughly chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, grated
2 packages of button mushrooms, sliced
1 bottle of burgandy (we used a bottle of bordeaux)
1 can beef broth
2 tbsp. tomato paste
6 sprigs of thyme (or 3 sprigs of rosemary, finely chopped)
2 tbsp. butter
1 bag of whole wheat, yolk free egg noodles (get ready to be AMAZED)*
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1-2 tbsp. butter

Preheat the oven to 250F. In a large dutch oven over medium high heat, season the beef with plenty of salt and pepper and brown on all sides (for about 3-5 minutes) in a little olive oil. Once the beef is browned, remove from the pan and set aside. In the same pot, add in a little extra olive oil (if needed) and saute the leeks and shallots until they are lightly browned (about 4 minutes). Add in the grated garlic, some salt and pepper, and cook for about 30 seconds. Return the meat to the pan (along with any juices accumulated) and add the bottle of wine plus enough beef broth to cover the meat. Add in the tomato paste and thyme sprigs and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid and place in the oven for an hour and a half.

When the stew has about 10 minutes left, saute the mushrooms in a little butter and olive oil until brown. Season with a little salt. Set aside.

Combine 2 tbsp. of butter and the flour with a fork until it forms a paste and stir into the stew. Add in the sauteed mushrooms. Bring the stew to a boil on top of the stove, then lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes. Check for seasoning. Serve with a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

*We served this over whole wheat egg noodles simply dressed with some butter, parsley, salt and pepper but it certainly stands on its own with a side salad and crusty bread and a mandatory glass of red wine and excellent company.

get ready : k.t.c.

I'm still working on the edits for the fourth installment of Kiss the Cook, but I promise it will be up within the next 24 hours. If you are new to Kiss and Type, check out the past episodes of k.t.c. and get ready for a two boozy girl cooking experience like none other!!!

Kiss the Cook 1:
White bean crostini & Grilled Calamari

Kiss the Cook 2:

Simple Sangria, Steak Sandwiches, & Prosciutto wrapped Figs

Kiss the Cook 3:
Beat Salad & Zucchini Ribbon Salad

k.t.c. Bloopers

Sunday, October 18, 2009

FLORIDA!


I just booked a plane ticket to FLORIDA! I'm going down the second weekend in November to see my family. What makes this trip even more special is that it's the weekend before my little sister's birthday! I'm really looking to getting back to Florida, even if it's only for a long weekend! What most of you don't know about me is that I was actually born and raised in South Florida and with the weather we've been having in the North East I'm starting to wonder why it is we ever left?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Press: SLOUCH BACK!

Check out the article that was just written about the Slouch Back in the Roger Williams Alumni magazine... also check out my killer quote second paragraph from the bottom. Nice work boys!
xx

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vampire Weekend : Horchata

Vampire Weekend has a new CD set to release on January 11th, but if you want a sneak peak you can go to the Vampire Weekend site to download the single for free! I wasn't crazy about it at first, but like all Vampire Weekend songs after a few listens it really grows on you.

So what is a Horchata? It's a Mexican rice milk drink usually served with a little rum. You can find Horchata's at authentic Mexican restaurants or try making your own.


Horchata Recipe:
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1/4 cup ground, blanched almonds or almond meal
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Put the rice in a blender and grind to a powder (about 2-3 minutes). You can also use a spice grinder or coffee grinder for this. Grind the mixture as smooth as possible. Combine the pulverized rice, ground almonds and cinnamon stick. Cover tightly and allow to set overnight or at least 6 hours.

Remove the cinnamon stick and place the rice mixture in the blender. Blend for 4 or 5 minutes until the mixture is smooth, powdery and no longer has a gritty texture. Add 2 cups of water, and blend again for about 15 seconds.

Strain into a pitcher through several layers of dampened cheesecloth (or a coffee filter). Do not skip this step or the drink will have a chalky taste.

Add 4 more cups water and the vanilla and sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves. If the mixture is too thick, add some additional water. Horchata should have the consistency of milk. The drink is supposed to be sweet, so taste and add more sugar, if desired.

Cover and refrigerate. Horchata will keep several days, refrigerated. Serve it chilled in tall glasses over ice. Makes 1-1/2 quarts.

PAYDAY pick


Another better late-than-never- PAYDAY pick. These just arrived at Anthropologie the other day. I am obsessed. I know bib necklaces are just a passing trend, maybe not worth spending $218 on, but this piece is incredible. If you think the picture is good you should see it in person. Add it to anything; A simple dress, a plain white T, really anything. Must be mine.

Dressed-Down Bib Necklace $218

Lucky Magazine & Charlotte Russe


I can't remember the last time I was a. at the Danbury Mall or b. in a Charlotte Russe... but either way I felt obliged to pass this along since nothing happens in CT north of Greenwich Ave.

Click here to RSVP

Hey Europe!

Since my blogging has really slowed down the past 2 1/2 months I haven't been that closely tracking my site traffic. I just pulled up my analytics maps for the past three months and it was really amazing to see. I currently have daily viewers from all 50 states and 117 countries! And here I was just in my last post giving you guys the hand, gosh, I'm sorry! What I found most surprising were all of my new viewers from Europe recently (not to mention the 7 viewers today from Iran...).

To my new readers : email. text. tweet. I'm here and ready to listen.

Again. Sorry about the whole hand thing.

Check it out:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

1/4 life


Clearly, I haven't been blogging. I think this picture is a fairly good representation for the way I've been feeling recently. That said. I vow to get my act (read:shit) together within the next 24 hours. If you think that my efforts with Kiss and Type have been weak you should see my laundry/room/life.

My head hasn't been in the right place to blog recently. I. Am. Having. A. Quarter. Life. Crisis. I feel as though I am currently crippled by a fear of making the "wrong" decisions and, well, its about that time when those decisions have to be made. I have a friend who's motto is, "you are where you are supposed to be", and I want so bad to believe that, but the past week I've entertained jobs/moves to NYC, Miami, Cambodia, and Maryland, leaving me feeling as though I may just be the exception to that rule. The simple truth is that I've made mistakes, big HUGE life changing geographic mistakes. And I don't want to do that again. To those people who say "you have to make mistakes to end up where you are today" to that I call bull shit. Speaking as someone who has made the mistakes, there was a simpler, cheaper, more time effective approach to life than the one I took. This is fact. And I would do it ALL differently given the opportunity. So now, when faced with making another big decision, I am frozen. One day you wake up and realize that this isn't a game, this is your life, and the stakes all the sudden get that much higher.

Anyway. That is why I've been blogging at a snails pace. I figured I could make excuses or just be honest. Please stay with me as I muddle through my quarter life. As for my plan? I'm just going to keep doing what I do best... Keep Calm and Carry On.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

SALE! Roberta Roller Rabbit


Making a fall pilgrimage down RT27 for the Hamptons Film Festival this weekend? If so, be sure to pop into Roberta Roller Rabbit and check out the sale. Up to 70% off select merchandise! If for nothing else go in to pick up one of the season's must have accessories, the bib necklace!

White Collar

Tonight I'm attending the private screening for USA's new series White Collar. Is it just me or has USA really stepped it up with their originally series? First Royal Pains, now this. I can't wait to get a first look at this hot new show, not to mention trying my odds with Neal Caffrey (played by Matt Bomer). Tonight is kinda like a date; Me, Matt, and 75 studio exec's...sounds magical doesn't it?

White Collar premieres Friday October 23 at 10pm.

Monday, October 5, 2009

La Mer Watches


Left : My customized creation Right : Gold Pyramid Wrap Watch



It's a find like this that makes me grateful I receive the The Zoe Report daily. I'm very into these watches, they have an Hermes feel to them at an accessible price point. I'm not rushing out to buy any of the ones in the collection, but I did have some fun customizing one of my very own and only for $84. Can't beat that.

Customize your own at La Mer!

AR!NY

Just got this save the date for what was one of my favorite events of last year, Art Rocks! As I get more details so will you. Look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Travel and Leisure : Elizabeth Kiester

Kiss and Type's favorite heroin, Elizabeth Kiester, was in this month's Travel and Leisure. Pick up the October issue (page 68) and check it out. South East Asia back-packing part 2 : Siem Reap, Cambodia?

Have laptop. Will travel.