Tuesday, April 22, 2014

kids' table

The navy blazer is ostensibly a spring staple, well-suited for an April blog post, but I wear mine year-round. I can't remember what exactly drew me to the little boys' section on ebay in search of this one -- it might have been Ashley Olsen's 2007 street style or it might have been a rebellion against supporting the Rugby Store in Georgetown (I was never a fan). In any case, I found a Gant boys' blazer that was exactly what I wanted: gold buttons, great quality and fit, wool. I guessed on the sizing and got a little boys' size 11, which, on me, is nicely fitted and the sleeves hit just past the elbow. I must also say that I'm usually a vintage shopper only in theory in that I like to browse but usually get a bit creeped out by the pre-loved factor. Here, I think the online description literally said "worn once by my son to a wedding." Not so objectionable.

I've worn this countless times and periodically peruse ebay for my next victim -- I want a black casual blazer. Most of the options tend to be an unappealing poly-blend so I'll continue to channel the patience of my blazer's original owner sitting through boring wedding speeches until I find another gem.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Sticks to her classic look, perfect platinum hair, always looks amazing, just had a baby, is awesome.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Drop Box

The "City" at MoMA and from the West Side Highway; mags at McNally Jackson in Soho; coffee on copper at The Smile in Noho; (a friend and I are having an ongoing discussion about whether Vuitton 'Neverfull' bags are cool or lame but we want one either way) some beautiful vintage LVs at What Goes Around Comes Around; wicked Less Than Zero and super dark superfruits kombucha; a lemon scone and two cortados in DUMBO; scenes from the Andaz Wall Street; me drinking wine and eating fish and kale at Jack's Wife Freda; hoarding my favorite greens bars; first visit to the brick and mortar Piperlime in Soho; Alaia at Saks Fifth on Fifth; trying the Pret croissants per an endorsement by one of my favorite french women, Garance; Nike in Midtown; vegan enchiladas at Candle 79 on the Upper East Side; E3Live smoothies for two at Magic Mix Juicery; Catbird in Williamsburg; ginger margarita and white wine at the bar before dinner at ABC Kitchen; fresh at Gourmet Garage in Soho; being an Entourage nerd in Queens; scenes from lower Manhattan; acai bowls at Juice Generation and kale chips always sound good; the view from my law school class; the lovely Brooklyn Bridge.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DC salads

I really liked the Detox Salad on special at Le Pain Quotidien that I got over the weekend in DC. With the quinoa, avocado, and other veggies, it looks similar to something recently consumed by Gisele. No arguing with that. 

Monday, April 7, 2014


A diet/health mantra that has always confused me is "I don't eat processed food." We've all heard it, a lot, but seriously what exactly does such a statement even mean? Does the processed-food-phobe even know what he or she means? It always makes me think of the classic Bravo moment when Kelly Bensimon declared that she abstained from processed foods but that her frequent jelly bean consumption was "just for fun." (I'm summarizing). 

I think some people consider no processed food to mean not eating anything from any sort of package. If that's the definition, cool, but then I definitely eat some processed foods -- Greens Plus bars, Brad's kale chips, Almond Dream yogurt, Honey Rice Puffins cereal, white wine . . . and that's just this past week. 

We can all agree that eating foods as close to their natural state is always going to be the best and that spam isn't great. Personally, I think what's more helpful than adopting a processed or not-processed distinction is to strive for natural and to "[a]void foods that you wouldn't be able to produce or make yourself at home" (from this SFGate article). That makes sense to me; I could definitely make a cashew cookie Larabar at home, I just don't want to. I could not, however, make a Kellogg's Pop-Tart, seeing as I'd have no clue where to buy Red 40, modified corn starch, and sodium acid pyrophosphate

Now I just need to figure out what exactly "eating clean" means . . . 

pictured: Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans at MoMA

Thursday, April 3, 2014

do it

I try to keep it pretty positive on DPU, but bear with me: I actually shudder when I see a picture of Miley Cyrus with her tongue out because it's really gross-looking. So gross, in fact, that I don't want to describe it in detail -- google image if you must. Someone in her camp needs to pull her aside and let her know that tongue brushing/scraping is really important! To get the job done you can use one of the products pictured above, or just an extra-firm toothbrush (don't use extra-firm on your teeth though). Read this article about the "billions of bacteria" on your tongue and about how neglecting it is a major contributor to bad breath and other extremely unpleasant issues. It takes a couple of seconds so just do it.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New York salads

Highly recommend: the endive and arugula salad from the Modern's Bar at MoMA and the kale salad with shredded gouda from Tiny's in Tribeca.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

sporty musing

There were two beautiful sporty editorials in the February issue of Vogue Paris, one featuring Hana Jirickova and the other, Edita Vilkeviciute. IRO has become one of my favorite designers to ogle -- I love all of their comfortable clothes, like the shorts above and like this sweatshirt. And Edita's glowy tan! I recently restocked my BareMinerals Faux Tan, which I think has the best tan color, so I don't scare people when I wear shorts at the gym (seems like I'll never again be able to wear them anywhere else in frozen NYC).