Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Climate Reality: Denial Hits the Fan

Sick of Summer

seriously sick of summer weather, humidity, sweating, and frizzy hair. 
replaying all my favorite fall tracks - maybe doing a fall dance too. 

2006 - The Start of Something, Voxtrot
2006 - Goodnight and Go, Imogen Heap

2007 - Come Downstairs and Say Hello, Guster
2007 - Stronger, Kanye West

2008 - I Won't Be Found, The Tallest Man on Earth
2008 - Milk, Kings of Leon

2009 - Animal, Miike Snow
2009 - Release Me, Agnes

2010 - King of Spain, Tallest Man on Earth
2010 - I Will Be Here (Wolfgang Gartner Remix), Tiesto

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Tallest Man on Earth: Weather of a Killing Kind


Everything is Going to be Alright: The ACE Hotel

I'm still somewhat of a newb to New York but take pride in my personal discoveries, even if they may not be cutting edge to the hippest echelon of New Yorkers. 

Thanks to my rad job, I recently had the pleasure of spending some solid time at the ACE Hotel. Though situated in one of my least favorite areas of Manhattan, the hotel emanates vibes of Shoreditch, London. It's dark, usually loud, and quite a scene. But most of the clientele seems not to notice or to care as they furiously type away on their Macbooks and drink coffee (courtesy of Stumptown, and very well priced). Most nights though there is a house or guest DJ/band playing and one of the downstair lounges often hosts special events, including film screenings.

ACE is flanked by the even more fabulous, including an Opening Ceremony store that connects to the lobby (you won't find I <3 NYC tees here), The Breslin, and The John Dory. All of the hotel's amenities, including a photobooth, give visitors little reason to leave...and why should they? They're still in Midtown. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


poorly fitting jeans, old jeans that sag after wearing them for five minutes, and outdated jeans are simply the worst. jeans should be your go to on a bad day; they should make you feel put together but comfortable. jeans, now that i'm thankfully far out of my prep school days, are a necessary staple in my wardrobe. but last weekend i came to the realization - my favorite black jeans look more like the color of a fresh bruise and the hole in my blue jeans has become unsightly -- i needed new jeans. after being sorely disappointed with numerous designer brands, i thought, "why not try Gap?" always a good go-to circa 2002, right? well give me 1969 because Gap's soho "1969 Store" is incredible. they've done away with Gap's normal reflectively bright white walls for light wood, granite, and plants - and have decorated with more than anything, denim. the store is sleek - think Apple and denim's love child. it's a jean store that happens to sell some of other essentials (sweaters, shirts, etc.). i fell in love with two pairs that i'm extremely happy with, and i was far from the only one. every woman i saw trying on denim bought a pair. looks like Gap is back on the radar, but with only two 1969 stores in the country, they still think they have their work cut out for them. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

ADELE: Set Fire to the Rain

on repeat now: 


(also being unfortunately used as the song on the commercial of sarah michelle gellar's comeback television show)

Tacombi // Nolita

267 Elizabeth Street, NYC

Literally stumbled upon this garage taqueria on the way to a different bar on Friday night. We never made it to the other place because Tacombi was too intriguing to keep walking past. Authentic Mexican food is cooked and served out of a vintage Volkswagon van (is van food the new truck food?),  horchata and aqua de jamaica is dispensed out of huge glass jars, and the cute orange faced mascot of Lupita soda winks at you from the whitewash wall.  The clientele and atmosphere was more laid back than most downtown spaces on a Friday night, but everyone was in good spirits sipping Mexican beer and eating their delectably good looking $3.69 tacos. I stuck only to horchata but will be back first chance I get for some poblanos -- dinner next weekend? Or breakfast?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fall 2011

A list of upcoming events, movies, music, and general merriment: 

- The Toronto International Film Festival, I'm unfortunately not going but its slate is amazing
- Melancholia (Lars Von Trier)
- Drive (Nicholas Winding Refn)
- Moneyball (Bennett Miller)
- Shame (Steve McQueen)
- My Week with Marilyn (Simon Curtis)
- The Loneliest Planet (Julia Loktev)
- The New York Film Festival, where some of the above films are playing (9/30-10/16)
Good, crisp apples...the kind that have just fallen of the trees, not the kind that have been sitting in a barn somewhere for the last 8 months
- Fashion's Night Out (Thursday, September 8th)
- Cords and scarves and tights
- Bombay Bicycle Club in NY and their new album, "A Different Kind of Fix"

(melancholia by lars von trier)

ending rooftop nights

toasting to a summer of great rooftop nights.