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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

{Wardrobe Provided by: Clueless}


October, you are one of my favorite months ever. Pumpkin flavors and scents are just a few things I enjoy about you. But my favorite thing about the month is Halloween. We are a mere thirty days away, so it is time to start brainstorming ideas for your costume. 

For the past couple of years I've been inspired by my favorite childhood movies (Teen Witch and Troop Beverly Hills) and created posts revolving around the wardrobes of the films. This year will be no different. Get ready for the best 90's nostalgia ever with my top three Cher Horwoitz inspired Halloween costumes.






Monday, September 29, 2014

{Rostam Batmanglij}


Guys, I've got a problem. I can't stop thinking about the show I saw last Monday - "This Is Our Youth" starring my very popular boyfriend Michael Cera. The set alone was just magical and everyone who starred in it was just fantastic. My girlfriend Ali and I had great seats at $40 a pop (who can beat that for a Broadway show?). I kind of want to go again - it runs till Jan 4th. Any takers?

My typical Broadway favorites always include big production numbers with catchy tunes, so it was a nice surprise to be just as enamored with this straight play, all songs aside. Before the play begin, the audience did get a special treat with some original music by Rostam Batmanglij of "Vampire Weekend" fame. 

His beautifully crafted two minute tune is entirely constructed with just simple piano keys. Living on the Upper West Side while attending Columbia, he spent his early 20's studying piano and perfecting his art. He wanted to bring an aspect of his youth to the stage and I think it fits in just perfectly. Take a listen below.

Upper West Side, 1982 - Rostam Batmanglij

Friday, September 26, 2014

{Sock It To Me}

Sock It To Me

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a sucker for a fun sock. In fact, it is usually a safe bet when looking for a gift for me. Whenever Karen and Steve travel the globe, they always bring me back a fun pair to add to my collection. Now that the weather has finally broken, and we are trading in our flip flops for boots - it is time to start thinking about your feet and possibly adding a stylish flare.

It was hard to narrow down my favorites, but here are the top 9 sweeping the internet. I usually prefer Happy Socks to anyone, but there are a plethora of different stores who offer fun socks at an affordable price. Which brand is your favorite?

1. One of my favorite activities in the Fall is to crunch a pile of leaves. These socks take that activity to a whole new level.

2. For only $7, Accessorize will bring out your inner child with these fun and whimsical socks featuring an adorable badger at your feet.

3. Anonymous Ism for Club Monaco features an eclectic pair, with a blanket-inspired pattern.

4. This bright orange and yellow pair will lend weekend combos an upbeat vibe with this giraffe printed pair.

5. It's all about the dots with this fun pair from Express.

6. He loves me, he loves me not. You'll be breaking hearts with this fun pair from Happy Socks.

7. Bugatchi offers a splash of color and fun to your office wardrobe, Monday through Friday.

8. For every pair purchased, Arthur George will give a pair to a family in need. I gotta get my hands on this exploded herringbone combo.

9. Get lucky in these green argyle printed socks by Argoz.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

{NYC Fall Guide}


Yesterday it officially became Fall around the country and most importantly in NYC. Obsessed would be an understatement when it comes talking about all Fall related things and activities. Heck, even The Onion got in on the fun especially when it comes to searching for the perfect mate - I'm looking at you. I'm beyond excited for layering clothing, donning my favorite hat and scarves, drinking/eating anything pumpkin flavored and of course having some adventures all around the city this season. Check out my top 10 things to do all over NYC this Fall. Who's in?

1. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe", Sept 10th - Feb 15th
Head on over to the Brooklyn Museum and feast your eyes on the latest exhibit featuring fetish footwear from the 16th century to present day. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, these shoes will sure to attract attention from both women and men alike.

2. This Is Our Youth, Sept 11th - Jan 4th
There is a lot of really good theater hitting the great white way this season that you don't want to miss out on. If you were going to select only one show to see, head on over to the Court Theater and get tickets to This Is Our Youth. This star studded cast features Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson at their finest. I saw it on Monday and absolutely LOVED it.

3. 52nd Annual New York Film Festival, Sept 26th - Oct 12th
This Friday the most anticipated film of the Fall debuts at the NYFF, Gone Girl. David Fincher brings Gillian Flynn's phenomenally successful best selling book to life. This film is anticipated to be a great work of popular art by one of our best filmmakers. If you miss Gone Girl, there a handful of other films making their debut over the next couple of weeks. I want to snag tickets to Birdman, what about you?

4. Chile Pepper Festival, Sept 27th
Head on over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and check out one of the longest-running festivals on the East Cost. BBG's Chile Pepper Festival features a full day of fiery live music live music and dance performances from international musicians; unique culinary creations showcasing chile peppers, spicy chocolates and more. Feeling hot, hot hot...

5. Blood Manor, Oct 3rd - Nov 8th
I am a sucker for Halloween and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than checking out NYC's premiere haunted house at Blood Manor. Sitting on your couch in the dark watching The Shinning can only get you so far, go exercise your lungs with a good scream at this spectacular spooky place.

6. Decker Farm Pumpkin Picking Weekends, Oct 4th - Oct 26th
Escape the city on Saturday and venture out to Long Island to grab a pumpkin from Decker Farmer.
For just $5, enjoy a fun filled day at this historic 1800 farm, take a tour, join a hayride, stalk the corn maze, get your face painted and of course take home a pumpkin. After that, I plan on having some peeps over to crave pumpkins this year.

7. Stargazing on the Highline, Every Tuesday Till Oct 28th
There is nothing more beautiful then looking up at the night sky and feasting your eyes on the stars. You don't have to leave NYC to see the stars, beginning at dusk, head on over to the Highline between West 13th and 14th Streets, and gaze at the stars, planets and moon through the high-powered telescopes of the Amateur Astronomers Association. You can even chat with the experts about the sights you see.
8. Cider Week NYC, Oct 22nd - Nov 4th
Over 200 bars, restaurants and markets all over the city will turn their attention to the season's best spiked apple spirits. Enjoy cider-pairing classes and tap takeovers spotlighting local cideries, including Bellwether, Bad See, and Harvest Moon. For more info, look here.

9. Canstruction, Nov 6th - Nov 20th
Each year, teams of architects (some of my best guy friends), engineers and designers build large-scale sculptures out of canned food for this competition food drive. A total of 26 entries will be displayed and judged in categories including Best Use of Labels, Most Cans and People's choice; my favorite from last year was the infamous pasta scene from Lady & The Tramp, made entirely out of cans. For more info check here.

10. Radio City Stage Tour, Till Dec 26th
Take a magical look inside the Art Deco theater including a look at the Roxy Suite. Who wouldn't want a meet-and-greet with a Rockette, or glimpse at the VIP-signed guest book or even pose digitally re-created version of the vaunted Rockette kick line? I mean I know I would. Tours leave every half hour... a five, six, seven, eight.

Monday, September 22, 2014

{Hozier}


Hozier is an Irish vocal sensation who bares similar sounds to Sam Smith, Gotye, and Father John Misty. Earlier this year, he made appearances on Letterman, Ellen while dropping an EP with a handful of songs that are soulfully delicious in sound. 

At only 24 years of age, the singer songwriter is about to take the music industry by storm. He will be gracing your tv sets on October 11 when he stops by SNL to sing a couple songs. So if you haven't already jumped on his bandwagon, make sure to set your DVR right now so you don't miss out on his beautiful crooning voice. Take a listen to my favorite songs below, they should tide you over until mid October.

Friday, September 19, 2014

{Hey Y'all}


It's been five days since turning the big 3-0, and I'd have to say that it's so far off to a fantastic start. This past weekend, I headed to Austin to ring in the new decade with six incredible ladies (along with a bajillion other bachelor and bachelorette parties - #utzagainstaustin). This weekend ranks up there with one of the best weekends of my life. Just thinking about it - brings an instant smile to my face.

We ate, we drank, we danced, we explored and we basically conquered the town. We constantly asked ourselves, "What would Tami Taylor do?" The gentlemen, even the pedicab drivers (Montana and Alex), were all so charming and fun. And although we never saw Tim Riggins,  I'd give the city of Austin two very big thumbs up. Check out my weekend highlights in photographs below and seriously consider your next trip to Austin. I promise you will not be disappointed.

{The best $.50 thrift store find ever}

{Austin is filled with some incredible murals and art}

{Lambert's BBQ > Dinosaur BBQ}

{Austin B-Cycle brought us to Lady Bird Lake & Barton Springs}

{No matter where we went, there was always a dance party}

{Consider traveling with these ladies, they're awesome}