Tuesday, January 27

friday night


We sat the corner of the bar as little white puffs of snow floated down from the night sky. Groups of people came and left, leaning over us occasionally to place orders. We were in our own little world, sampling bourbon and tequila barrel stouts and giggling at the odd bits of overheard conversation - "You should totally have a wedding on ice, ride in on a zamboni!" - letting them spark our own. "Could you imagine that with our friends?" I pictured a sloppy arrangement of the old hockey boys struggling to keep it together at such an event. They know how to skate just fine, but it would certainly be a show. I hadn't realized how full the room had gotten. I love that feeling, as if you're the only two there, tucked away and happy as a clam at high water. I am a lucky girl.

For our date Friday night I kept things simple and comfortable in a romantic embroidered top with an open camel colored cardigan (that JD assured me did not look frumpy), dark wash denim, and the most comfortable suede over the knee boots. As the weather has been challenging (hello blizzard 2015!) we have been experimenting with shooting indoors as of late. It's certainly not the same, but it is warmer. 

To all of you currently enjoying this blizzard, stay safe and warm!

Monday, January 26

basketweave

maje coat {sold out / similar style} . chelsea 28 sweater {similar here + here}. american eagle jeans . sorel boots {last seen here} . mulberry handbag . smartwool hat . madova gloves {similar} . world market scarf {similar / also love this one!}. chanel nail polish in 'may' (wishful thinking, right?)

The word "basket" will always remind me of improv. Early last winter I was in a practice group with some of my classmates from 301. We'd rent a room in an old building in the garment district and meet once or twice a week. The back wall was always a mirror with cheap curtains you didn't want to touch to cover it, a dusty upright piano stood nestled in the corner, and the sounds of dance numbers being practiced occasionally drifted in from down the hall. I struggled in this group. It was my first experience with "actors", the dramatic types that don't like to share the spotlight or play by the rules. Back then I wasn't yelling boarding instructions at strangers on the subway. It was clear I didn't fit in with these more aggressive players. Our wonderful coach, Nicole, expertly took on the massive task of controlling this unwieldy group. One of my favorite memories from this time was the couple of weeks in which we were repeatedly given the word "basket" as a suggestion. It forced some interesting ideas out of us after the third time, with everyone trying to think of something new and different. Recently, at one of her shows, JD shouted the word as a suggestion. Nicole rolled her eyes. Their idea was immediate and one we hadn't thought of all those months ago in the old dance room with steam heat and a snow covered balcony. It was a gift basket for a Grandmother for Christmas, which led to a conversation about why Nicole won't tell them where she grew up - "don't worry about it". 

This basketweave sweater was a Christmas gift from my Aunt. This past Saturday, I wore it to brunch with jeans (you know, to switch things up from my usual uniform of white sweaters and black pants) and my snow boots, which I foresee becoming my shoe of choice if New York City get as much snow as predicted this week. 

Happy Monday and thank you for reading!

Friday, January 23

1908

1908 Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail | Prosecco in the Park
In keeping with the island inspired nutmeg thing I've got going on right now, I needed to share this twist on one of my favorite cocktails, the old fashioned. I came across this recipe flipping through Robert Simonson's The Old-Fashioned. The book is filled with interesting history about the drink, as well as inventive takes on it, both new and old. 

The recipe for this cocktail was published in the New York Sun in 1908 and is not quite an old fashioned. The story is that the reporter most likely applied the name by mistake or that it's creator, Colonel Jim Gray, was misquoted in the article. It's delicious regardless and I'm so happy to have tried it. It's simple to make with only three ingredients, it's impossible to mess up. 
1908 Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail | Prosecco in the Park
1908 Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail | Prosecco in the Park
1908 Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail | Prosecco in the Park
The book calls it "Col. Jim Gray's Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail", I'm calling it the 1908. 

1908
2 ounces bourbon (or rye)
1 sugar cube
dash of nutmeg

In a mixing glass muddle the sugar cube with a teaspoon or two of water. Sprinkle nutmeg in the glass, add whiskey and ice, and shake. Strain into a glass for serving and top with another dash of nutmeg.

Happy Friday, I hope you all enjoy your weekend! And please let me know if you end up trying this!

Thursday, January 22

weather


I hate talking about the weather, I really do, but it's something I always find myself talking or writing about anyway. I even did a monologue about it in an improv class once, the joys of commuting in Nassau County when there is so much as a cloud in the sky. I can't escape it, especially when it comes to getting dressed, which depends so heavily on what's going on outside. If there is one "resolution" to make this year, for me, it will be to start writing and talking about absolutely anything else. Now ignoring everything I just said, the other day I took advantage of the slightly warmer than freezing temperatures and wore my scarf on the outside of my coat for a change. 

What is a topic of boring conversation you just can't get away from?

Wednesday, January 21

winter beauty essentials

The winter has been harsh on my hair and skin, both are struggling to remain hydrated. My beauty routine as of late has included barrels of deep conditioning treatments and enough aquaphor to coat an elephant twice. While it's not the most pleasant topic of conversation, I'm probably not the only one dealing with it so I thought I'd share some of the products that have been helping.

HAIR
The salt water did a number on my hair in Tortola. It felt like straw no matter how much conditioner I left in it and stayed that way up until last week when I decided to use every weapon in my toiletry basket. 
I've been using this Fekkair Shea Butter shampoo and conditioner on and off for a couple of years now. It does a fantastic job at rehydrating my hair and making it look smooth, the only downside it that it is on the heavy side so it can weigh it down. 

I cannot say enough good things about this elixir. I use it on the ends of my hair after every wash to keep them smooth and healthy. 

Would you believe that my hair soaked this masque up like it was nothing last week? Neither could I. This is what I turn to when my hair gets really rough, it does such a good job at making my hair look healthy and normal again. I put it on wet hair, twist it up into a bun, and leave it overnight. It hardens when it dries so you don't have to worry about getting it all over your bedding. 

I use this on a regular basis, about every other wash. JD is convinced my hair looks shinier on days that I use it and I must say that I agree. 


SKIN
This is pretty self explanatory as these all do pretty much the same thing on different levels, keep my skin from completely peeling off of my body. 
kiehl's ultra facial cream
The best for those super dry wintery days. It stays on all day long and keeps my skin hydrated without looking greasy.

kiehl's avocado eye cream
I really do believe that this eye cream helps reduce puffiness and keeps the delicate skin around your eyes looking smooth and hydrated.

aquaphor
Not going to lie, last week I was using this as hand cream (it was that bad) but it did the trick. I usually use this on my lips and cuticles.

eucerin skin calming creme
This body lotion has pretty much saved my skin, plus it's fragrance free so I don't mind wearing it. I don't know what it is but I really can't stand scented lotions.

clarisonic
This is so wonderful for exfoliating and cleansing your skin. I try not to use it every day in the winter as my skin tends to get so dry, but it certainly does help.

Tell me, what are you winter beauty must haves?
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