Monday, November 25, 2013

Found: Gone with the Wind Winter Fabulous

This girl adores a good vintage store.
That's been established, if you know anything about me. Come on, now.
Haven't I taught you anything?
I'm an old lady, an "old soul," if you will...trapped in a wild child body.
It's like Freaky Friday but... every day.
 
With that preface, hand me a beautiful coat, cape, what-have-you, and I'm going to twirl and twirl like a crazy Kenya Moore on a tropical vacation.
 
**If you've deprived yourself of the pleasure/trainwreck that is the Bravo network's "Real Housewives of Atlanta," then do yourself a solid favor and press play below.
You're welcome.


Now that we're all on the same page, I'll finish. Give me a good coat, and I'm twirling. Give me a fabulouuuuuus vintage 70s faux fur coat AND a hunter green floor-length cape?
 
I'm going to be dancing around the porch in a frenzy, all the while being fabulous, honey.
...And, you guessed it...
Gone with the Wind Fabulous.
Your mission for the day:
slide that little phrase into a conversation.
You'll be wondering how you ever communicated without it.
 
Kenya Moore, girl, thank you for this. You've provided us all with an incredible 30 seconds of pure heinous entertainment and an everyday, functional phrase that I shall forever be indebted to you for.
 
I found both of these second-hand beauties, on the same afternoon, while meandering in Park Slope after another pre-Halloween trip to the historic Green-Wood cemetery. I wasn't even "hunting," as I tend to do. It wasn't a seek and destroy mission of mine. This was purely a "look what I stumbled upon!" lucky day.
Hats off to you, Guvnor's Vintage, for providing me with a store-full of enticing, unique pieces to choose from that don't break the bank. Oh, and if you sign up for their once-a-month email (any more than once-a-month is a sure-fire way to get "trashed" by me), you can receive 20% off.

Exhibit A:

Off-white 70s faux fur coat
Perfect with a shorter dress, and knee-high boots
 
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Exhibit B:
 
Hunter green floor-length hooded cape
Making Little Red Riding Hood green with envy...
 
  
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Righttttttt?
 
Again, these may not be exactly your style, but hey...they're interesting. Functionally speaking, they're warm. They're not the coats in the windows of H&M and Forever21 that every single girl and her mother will be wearing next you on the street, in the elevator, at the table next to you, sipping wine. That's the worst! And, I can guarantee you that those awkward run-ins will occur. For about the same price tag, give or take, you can own something incredibly unique. Personally, that's my absolutely favorite aspect of vintage and consignment shopping. Try some things on that you normally wouldn't have pulled off of the rack in that megastore of fast-fashion.
You just might surprise yourself when you take a risk...
or, at the very least, entertain yourself.
 
Now,
twirl, twirl, twirl.
 
You deserve a good spin on a Monday.

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

What I Wore: First Chill in Chelsea

 
So, it officially feels like winter here in New York. No, no. Not fall. Definitely not. Where was fall this year? Oh, was it that random two week period awhile back when I donned a trench coat?
 
But, good news! It's the holiday season--Cue Bing Crosby, maestro!--and this elf can hardly contain her unmatchable excitement. This is my element, and I'm out and proud. I can finally (finally!), publicly, blast holiday music, and refuse to hide or justify my incessant watching of cheesy, winter movies. Thanks, Mom, for that addiction. I blame you after years of being hog-tied to the couch, drinking hot chocolate and being forced to view Hallmark and Lifetime movies.
 
Pull out your scarves, gloves and earmuffs. You're going to need them. I was in Chelsea on this particularly beautiful, albeit biting, morning. Chitter. Chatter. Those are my teeth.
A faux leather skirt, interestingly-colored tights (re: not black), a woven hooded coat, and a cozy sweater all worked together to provide me with some semblance of warmth before my morning cup--OK, three--of coffee. The accessories, including a studded headband, cocktail rings, and a leopard clutch steered this easy outfit of separates out of the "boring" category. Getting dressed to face the cold can be stress-free, and dare I say-fun?!-when you have plenty of layers and winter accessories to play with.
The more, the merrier, honey.
 
 
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The Vitals:
 
-Gap grey and white color blocked sweater, Similar HERE
-BCBGeneration faux leather A-line skirt, Similar HERE
-Banana Republic plum ribbed tights, Similar HERE 
-L.A.M.B. Carlisle leopard clutch/tote (2 in 1! It folds over!), item unavailable now on Nordstrom's, but you can find this bag similar options by L.A.M.B. on Ebay HERE
-Dolce Vita Pace black suede wedge booties
-Vintage woven hooded coat
-BCBGMaxazria silver spike headband, Similar HERE and seen HERE
 
So, this week, I've regained my footing, being back here in the city. Per usual, I was out and about, doing, seeing, and exploring.

Highlights included:

*A trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
On a perfect morning, I chose to walk the hour-long trek from Williamsburg to Crown Heights. The Botanic Gardens offer free admission during the winter weekdays, and then, on weekends from 10AM-12PM. I walked in at 12:02, but thankfully, the gentleman working the entrance had pity on me, after my four-mile walk, and the fact that I was profusely sweating. I took a guided tour and meandered through the numerous "mini gardens"--Chinese, rose, herb, oak tree, and they continue. Although it is off-season, the Botanic Garden was just the oasis I was looking for to feel as if I'd been transported back out of town again. I can hardly believe that such an expansive, breathtaking gem exists in the midst of a bustling city and neighborhood.
 
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*"Gangs of New York" walking tour around the Lower East Side
Big Onion undoubtedly leads some of the best, most informative walking tours around. Seriously, even NYCers take these. The information can be a bit offbeat, and you'll learn so many quirky and historical antidotes. Big Onion offers a tour of almost every neighborhood. I've attended several, and I still have a few more to go on, and coming up for me is "Satan's Seat: New York During the Prohibition Era," which covers all of the old speakeasies, culture, and general climate during the roaring 20s. Sounds amazing, right? Very unlike like 6th grade American History class I snored through practically on cue every day at 1PM. Look up their schedule, and I highly recommend making this a priority, whether you reside here in New York or are visiting.
 
*Dallas Buyers Club
Put on your running shoes and race to the theater. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto all shine in this film, based on the events of one Texas cowboy's life and course of action after being diagnosed with HIV, and then full-blown AIDS, during the 1980s. Particularly during this early stage of the AIDS virus's emergence and initial research, social stigma and the questionable treatments (including FDA and non-FDA drugs) become all too real, everyday issues in this film that explores the disease's unapologetic world. The emaciated McConaughey may have just delivered the performance of his lifetime. Warning, though, this film packs a punch and won't simply touch you with its genuinely gritty look at the AIDS crisis, but it will equally disturb you. It's not easy to watch. It's not pretty. But, it's riveting even in its painful struggles. It's real. And, when the credits rolled, the audience just sat. In silence in our seats, unmoving. I left with something, a feeling of connectivity to the strangers sitting next to me, walking beside me down the hectic streets of New York. We're all human; We're all in this together.
 
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*Walking it out with chilly night strolls
 I adore a good walk. At night, in the morning, it can be just what I need to begin, end my day with, and a chance to streamline my thoughts, meditate, pray, or just be. With the brisk weather, I've been bundling up, pushing play on the appropriate soundtrack, and setting off. It's amazing where a pair of legs can take you. I've been meeting a girlfriend when she finishes work in SOHO, and we've been making our way over the bridge home to Williamsburg, just chatting and soaking in the winter evenings. It's so overly simple, but that's what I've been getting back to. When almost every day brings a slew of unforeseen incidents (both good and bad), some times, I just need to throw on a coat and walk it out.

Today, I'll leave you with one extremely grave question of the utmost importance.

"You've had three hairstyles. What's next for your career?"
- Zach Galifianakis to Justin Bieber on "Between Two Ferns"

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Currently Crushing- Spiked Punch

“Ah," she cried, "you look so cool."

Their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space. With an effort she glanced down at the table.
 
"You always look so cool," she repeated.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby  
 
 
 So, the "theory of cool" is really inexplicable. There is no definitive explanation of what constitutes "cool," no boundaries or rules and stipulations. We instinctively know cool when we see, hear, or feel it. It's relative. Fashionably speaking? Spikes are cool. I'm into them. Maybe a little too much. Shockerrrrr.
Spike it, and I'll like it (hot chocolate, anyone?!)
I don't favor a look that's too prim or proper or (cough, cough) boring.
Not for me, personally, at least. So, I'll take mine spiked, please. All of it.
 

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I crave a point of interest. Something contrasting or visually appealing.
Pack a punch with these babies--pair with plaid pleated skirts, feminine lace, or go full-throttle urban-chic and don all black, leather, and a cozy knit.
Grow a pair...
of spikes.
Those rings? They're weapons. Actually, any of these double as a tool for combat.  They yell, "Don't even think about trying to give me a sly grope on the subway, don't sit by me and breathe all heavily on me with your bad breath and body odor, and MOST DEFINITELY don't even think of asking me for money, much less, attempt to pickpocket me."
 
Yes, that's what they say.
Fashion with a voice?
That sounds like this kind of girl's accessory.
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But, I found some pretty sick similar/even more lust-worthy accessories below for you to peruse and gain some spike-y inspiration from. I compiled them below, and yes, we cover all price points, from big names to smaller brands.
There's a spike out there for everyone.



Spiked Punch

 
 



Oh?
Like I said, I'm into any and all things spiked.
I like my beverages similar to how I prefer my accessories.
So, since we're on the subject,
I'll leave you with a wonderfully-winter spiked punch recipe for whatever your holiday gatherings plan to celebrate. Or, even better, celebrate just for the heck of it being a Tuesday, a beautiful Sunday afternoon, or simply being together with a few genuine friends.
That's my favorite reason anyway any time.

Courtesy of Yummly

Hot Cranberry Punch with Sage & Peppercorns
Serves 4 to 8 




2 teaspoons black peppercorns
2 cups frozen or fresh cranberries
1/4 cup honey
1 (750-milliliter) bottle dry Riesling, divided
1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
1 cup Benedictine liqueur
 
1. Place peppercorns in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add cranberries, honey, and 1 cup Riesling and simmer over medium heat until thick and syrupy and some of the liquid has evaporated, about 7 minutes.
2. Smash cranberries with a fork. Add the remaining wine and sage, and simmer for about 5 minutes.
3.Strain the mixture, smashing the cranberries once more, then discard solids. (At this point the strained mixture can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.)
4. To serve, add the Benedictine liqueur and warm over low heat until steaming. Serve in warm cups.

Let your spiked flag fly!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Right Now in Five.

It's that time again.

It's RIGHT NOW.

Count 'em out...

1. Don Jon
 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Scarlett Johansson. That should be all I have to type, right?
Actually, no. As we are all aware, an A-list pair does not a hit...er, I mean...a worthwhile film make. Can I get a high five? I'm incredibly bored and almost flabbergasted by the fact that huge film studios continue on throwing in a few typical movie-carrier-kind-of-actors into some cluster with their equals, a few action-packed, Armageddon, then world-saving scenes in front of a green screen. Come on. Yawn. How early 2000. I'm sympathetic; I understand that they need to sell movies. It's can be difficult to create some semblance of original content. I feel your excruciating pain. This girl struggles at times. But, simulataneously, in film, television and most media outlets, for that matter...almost nothing is wholly, one hundred percent, unique. We each pick up, accumulate tidbits from here and there in the world around us, from what we witness, read, hear (and overhear), inhale, breathe in, feel. We then swish these around, process them along with our pre-existing schemata, and spit them back out in a jumble of new and old. This film, Don Jon, solidifies that metaphor of mine. Levitt plays Johnny, also known as "Don Jon" to his buddies, who embodies that stereotypical New Jersey, testosterone-pumping, club-hopping caricature that we've all become familiar with: cars, gym, laundry, babes, tank tops. Johnny finally meets love-obsessed Barbara (played by Johansson), the kind of girl he deems a game-changer. Her high-standards of what real love and romance should be, coupled with Johnny's constant need for stimulation (and out-of-control porn addiction), proves that the wants and needs of men and women may seem to be at odds with one another, but deep down, we're all searching for some ONE, some THING (s), and some WHERE that is both honest and safe. Getting there, though? You're going to experience discomfort and more than your share of awkward moments, just as you will while viewing Don Jon. You'll laugh AND wince.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and co-starred in this film, and it clearly indicates that he's just beginning. I look forward to his growth and a screenwriter.

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2. Climate Shock
 
 Finally, I address my pocket of plane tickets and car keys. I was originally in Cabo, Mexico, staying at the breathtakingly luxurious One&Only Palmilla, where every single element is TOP NOTCH.
Then, I flew home to New York for a total of about 3 hours. I unpacked my dresses, sandals, and swimsuits. I repacked sweatshirts, boots and scarves. From NYC, I headed to the Connecticut wine trail, then upstate to Lake George to the famous Sagamore Resort, and finally, to the Basin Harbor Club (think Dirty Dancing) on Lake Champlain in Vermont. A week and a half later, I headed south again to Rosemary Beach, Florida for a little pre-Thanksgiving family fun time. I don't quite know where I am, or more importantly, where I will be tomorrow. It's been a whirlwind of travel bags, more layers, less layers, and everything in between.
From tequila and guacamole by the pool to hot apple cider and warm butternut squash soup by the fireplace. Clear blue ocean waves to the dark, rippling lake water of Lake George. From sandals to boots. Suits to sweats. Deep-sea snorkeling to freezing historical boat tours on Lake Champlain, full of European explorers' stories and American Revolution history. From Coronas on the beach to winery-tastings in Connecticut. From lounge chairs on the balcony to Adirondacks, overlooking the lake. I could continue,
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3. Caviar

As a non-stop seafood-consumer and an avid raw food fan, how in the hell have I not tried caviar? Well, I mean, I can name one reason--the ridiculous pricetag that accompanies these little nuggets of salty nirvana. At the Bromberg brothers' original Blue Ribbon, on Sullivan Street, a favorite among my friends and I (They serve REAL food from 4pm-4AM! Chef-driven, real food, yes! Until 4 AM, no joke!), we ordered the infamous raw Blue Ribbon Royale Platter, consisting of lobster, prawns, oysters, and caviar. I'm forever changed. Forget cookies. Caviar-crazy monster has been created.
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4. Mission:  Designer Bag Rescue

I LOOOOOVE a good mission. Seek and destroy. Bing. Bam. Boom.
Well, so, since I am a big--OK, HUGE--and quite certainly, an annoying fan of consignment stores, second-hand shops, and researching/hunting for the best price, bag, style, item, what have you. I clearly enjoy nice things. I appreciate interesting design and quality craftsmanship. But, I don't believe in ignorantly purchasing this, blindly even. In this economy, who can? Well, there are those who can, but more importantly, who should? It's silly and extremely telling to me when someone can walk into a store, grab something off of the designer brand display, and walk out. That's not style. It's a prostitute: quick, easy, although not always a financially sound investment. Maybe you should have put in some leg work beforehand, right?
Once again, I'll share just two--shhhh, I can't reveal alllll of the damage I've done in the past few weeks--of my second-hand finds. I'm patting myself on the back at the moment.
I've emerged from the designer accessory treasure hunt, victorious!

Introducing...
an off-white Marc Jacobs classic, quilted "Stam" bag with gold hardware
&
a black/brown checkered Fendi cross/body longer shoulder flap bag

Both of these were found at L train Vintage on 1st Avenue in the East Village, and they own a few other locations within the city and Brooklyn under different names. They offer a huge selection of vintage cardigans, capes, denim jackets, funky hats, and unique costume-type dresses, etcetera. So, I don't usually expect to find any established name-brand or designer items, considering most of their cool items are cool, because they are lesser known or randoms. So shocked, honestly. Both bags were close to defaced status, but at the price of 60 bucks a pop (The "Stam" bag alone, brand new, costs $1,400! Who's winning now?!), I gave them a shot. I took them to one of the best in the business, employed by everyone from Vogue editors to the actual designers themselves, The Leather Spa in Midtown. Two weeks and $200 later, the gruesome twosome resurfaced. Worth it. I now, all toll, have spent $320 on two bags that look wonderful, albeit still not brand new, but I feel even better about my finds, because of that. They're not pristine.
Neither am I. We're a good match.

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5. Go, girl


I'm not claiming to be the first person to hear these bands and go running to share my elitist knowledge with you all. You've probably heard of all of these groups, considering they have all previous albums that have found reasonable success and gained popularity. But, this is my list, honey, and this is what I'm listening to...like now. Legitimately nonstop. I can't stop. I don't want to stop. I have a track record of leaning toward sassy, rebellious and even angry front-women, girl groups, and singer/songwriters. It's cliché, I suppose. But, I don't give a damn....about my bad reputation (duh duh duh). It's easy. Just listen. Belt it out, dance like a crazy person, get into them, or tell me that "I'm an idiot," and turn them off. Worth a shot, though, eh?
As always, you're welcome.


Marina & the Diamonds
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