Windowbox

April 30, 2009

windowboxA lovely Ranunculus display in Brooklyn.

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If you are a daily reader of this blog, well first off I just want to say: “Hi, Mom and Dad” and secondly, you probably read all about the importance of a statement necklace as it relates to your spring wardrobe. My mother, a well known fashion maven and fab dresser, was in the city this past weekend to attend a charity event for a great cause, Promise: the center for learning disabilities. And as with any fashion event, we both spend lots of effort and way overthink what we are going to wear, in order to look chic and effortless, like we don’t care at all. “I don’t have a statement necklace!” she exclaimed. And after reading my 6 things to get you through the spring season, it was apparent that this was indeed a must have for any wardrobe. The idea was further confirmed when we arrived at the event and saw that practically every neckline on the stylish New York set was adorned with glimmering jewels. Lets just say in the land of statement necklaces, our skimpy strands were left with little to say. And then in a stroke of fashion destiny, we look down at the silent auction table and what is up for bid but the exact necklace I blogged about mere days before? It had materialized from a Thing I Like To Look At and suddenly became a Thing My Mom Likes To Be A High Bidder On. And for a good cause no less. Pure fate, I tell you.

By the way I was going to title this “The affair of the Necklace” but that has to be the only period film that I really hate. Ugh. Hilary Swank just does not have a face for that era.  

Open face lunch

April 30, 2009

open face luncheon

Some of my favorite meals are a just a series of snacks. The other day I was hit with some sort of bruschetta/open face sandwich craze that sent me directly to the bakery for a baguette and some cured meats. The result? Fresh bread topped with herbed ricotta, caramelized onions, arugula and prosciutto. Then pears and ricotta with honey for dessert. Wash it down with a strawberry apple cider spritzer (from Red Jacket Orchards) and you just had yourself a delicious lunch.

Kumquat Cupcakes

April 30, 2009

Kumquat cupcakery

One of my favorite finds at the Brooklyn Flea last weekend. Despite the fact that a mini cupcake is a bit redundant (its already a small cake!) I kinda love the adorable tiny-ness of these things. One bite of perfection. Makes eating a dozen scarily doable.

chocolate blueberry delish from kumquat

Flan for two

April 30, 2009

 

I hate to miss a day in the blogosphere and sadly I haven’t been writing recently because I have been busy working and enjoying the sunny weather. 

Yesterday was a little of both and I got to enjoy New York again in my favorite way. Eating and drinking al fresco. When I first moved here I had a theory that a night of going out wasn’t complete until you visit 3 places. Obviously this seems excessive anywhere else, but in NYC I am imbued with sort of “bar ADD” and so staying on the move makes the night feel like a fun and diverse tour. I haven’t engaged in my 3 place tradition in some time, but the warm summer air last night brought out that infectious bar hopper in me.

This pic was from the first stop. Flan is not a notoriously beautiful dessert, and so maybe it was the happy hour margaritas talking but I just had to take a before and after. (I think the drinks were stronger than I thought because because mid-photo I plopped my entire iphone directly in the lovely dish. whoops!)

 

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You gotta love the requisite “no, you have it” wedge that is left when sharing a dessert. I like to think of it as an offering to the dessert gods. An “angel’s share” if you will. On second glimpse I think there might even be a found heart in that pic somewhere…

30 Rock

April 26, 2009

I love this show so much that I get tingles in my feet when it comes on and I often laugh myself to tears. What makes it brilliant are these little writer moments that aren’t plot related and could easily slip by unnoticed. One of my recent favorites:

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Roosevelt Dime

April 25, 2009

Roosevelt Dime
These guys Roosevelt Dime were playing outside the Brooklyn Flea Market today and their old timey sound was just right for the warm sunny weather. I even saw a baby clapping along.

500 Days of Summer

April 25, 2009

This movie has all the makings to be an instant favorite. Boy meets girl story. Zooey Deschanel. Silly dance sequences. And one of my favorite Regina Spektor songs in the trailer. Can’t wait to see it.

One of the many hats I wear is a personal shopper and wardrobe stylist. Since I am always in the process of cleaning out my closet and assessing what I really need, I thought I would share this list for  Six Spring Must Haves with you. This year it’s all about streamlining and shopping smart. At least that’s my mantra for now.

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The Statement Necklace

 

The best Spring investment as far as I’m concerned is a great necklace or piece of jewelry. It can be worn every day, always fits and usually yields more compliments than any item of clothing. This season its about statement pieces that take risks and dress up an outfit. Pick one that speaks to you and has a bold style.

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The Nude Heel

If you don’t already have a nude-ish heel in your closet than you are missing out on a big fashion workhorse. Not only do they create the illusion of legs that go on for decades, but they look elegant and springy with everything from bright colored dresses to white pants. Unfortunately, some of the cheaper versions are made with an icky leather that looks like those comfort sneakers nurses wear. Be sure to look for a pair in suede, patent leather or snakeskin will help to avoid that strange, fleshy tone. Chunky sandals in a neutral tone will work too.

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The Tulip Skirt

The tulip skirt is a great new silhouette that looks fresh for spring. It somehow manages to conceal wide hips while creating a tailored waist. They key is to find one that isn’t too snug, hits above the knee, and has an interesting print. You will be amazed at how this chic look goes from work to cocktail in a snap. Extra points for pockets!

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The T- Shirt Dress

I cannot emphasise the importance of a great simple dress enough. When it comes to the warmer months, its just a no brain-er that you would want the simplicity of a tee shirt in dress form. Its so easy to dress it up or down. I even have a few tank dresses that I layer under sparkly dresses for a more casual look. The look has a rocker edge when it’s not too snug, highlighting what you add to it- accessories, cardigans and structured jackets.

 

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The Boyfriend Jean

 

It seems that the trend in denim is slowly migrating away from the skinny jean. While the pencil thin leg is still a relevant shape, a look that is more current and comfortable is the Boyfriend jean. They are best when beaten up as if you’ve spent weeks working in the field or on the railroad (you know, the usual.), and then paired with some fab heels or top for an unexpected twist. Roll the bottoms up to keep the silhouette dainty and chic.

Marimekko for Anthropologie

 

The Printed.. Anything

One big mistake most people make is stocking up on basics like tees and jeans and forgoing the special “impulse” buys. Remember that if you don’t have a few fun things you love, then you’ll end up with a closet full of nothing to wear. Indulge in a few special pieces that speak to you and make you stand out. A sign of a truly stylish lady is one that isn’t afraid of prints and spring is the time to celebrate that artful side. I love when I see someone in a bright Orla Keily coat that seemingly doesn’t match with anything she’s wearing. Sometimes impulse buys end up being the pieces you are really passionate about and thus withstand the test of time. A splashy scarf or a printed sundress is a a good, recession-friendly way to add spice to your wardrobe. 

For more information or personal styling visit www.britaolsen.com

Some of you may remember my previous post about the Coco Chanel movie. I finally found an English translation of the French trailer. Well, sort of. The translation is done by a high school freshman in her second semester of French. Via Videogum.

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I have been learning French at home with the help of a podcast on iTunes so I am pretty much at the same level as this girl.

Ok… I’m not even that advanced.

Also related: A Poster for the film was banned in France because Audrey appears with a cigarette. Seriously?! Banned in France?! The country that invented chain-smoking? What’s gotten into you, France? You are acting all, dare I say it.. Américain! Read about it here.

 

Inspired Bicycles

April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day everyone. Since biking is the greenest mode of transport, here’s a little video to make you rethink your surroundings. Incredible!

Thrifting

April 20, 2009

Best Bar, bar none.

My spell-check is objecting to my use of “thrift” as a verb, but as I’m sure many would agree, its the only appropriate way to refer to the act of spending an obscene amount of time pilfering through other people’s old discarded treasures. (whew, run on sentence, to boot!) It also happens to be be a favorite activity of mine, mostly because I get to fantasize about how to re-purpose old teacups and one day having the largest collection of milk glass in all the land. And most importantly, after all this is said and done, I usually leave empty handed (you may remember me explaining this shopping practice before). Such a trip happened last week and I happened across this enthusiastic sign which reminded me why I love thrifting in the first place. Quirky shop keepers and their equally quirky tags.

I must say, it was a pretty cool bar.

Clam pizza

April 20, 2009

Fornino's clam pizza

Sounds wierd, but it’s good. From Fornino in Williamsburg.

Grey Gardens

April 19, 2009

Grey Gardens

Yesterday was a lovely Saturday afternoon spent doing some of my favorite things.

1. Rearranging furniture (It pleases me to no end when you can instantly reinvent the space you live in. It also sets in motion a vacuuming spell which I enjoy but don’t do nearly enough.)

2. Listening to music (Kind of goes hand in hand with #1. and is essential to productivity)

3. Baking cookies (because why not?)

4. Watching a movie (We had a screening of Grey Gardens with some of our HBO challenged friends. More on that below..)

5. Eating Nachos (I may have mentioned this before but I consider nachos the perfect snack. Cheese melted on chips? Yes, Pleeease.)

I didn’t really know what to expect with Grey Gardens. As we know, I love a good fashion- related flick, and I had heard many praises of this one, including that Drew Barrymore was so committed to the role that she promised to learn how to kick her habit of speaking out of the side of her mouth. Which I am happy to report she didn’t do at all and then some. She was completely transformed and I found the whole thing to be divine (which is a word I have since incorporated heavily into my vocabulary). The production design was stunning, eerie and spot on. The costumes and special effects makeup had me transfixed (how did they make her arms so crepey?) The performances, amazing. I even loved Jeanne Tripplehorn as Jackie O. I am not a connoisseur of the original Grey Gardens but I think this one did a pretty good job of a remake. Oh, HBO, you always give me reason to keep paying that stupidly high cable bill each month.

Peonies

April 17, 2009

Peonies

I was just thinking how excited I am to get a big bunch of peonies, now that its spring and all (well according to tomorrows forecast only).  Then I happened on this lovely blog Peonies and Polaroids. Two of my favorite things! Just goes to show you that if you like something, somebody somewhere has probably dedicated an entire blog to it. Case in point, my fave twitter pal: Wierd News.