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Lust List // March ’14



It’s 48 degrees in New York today but with the extra hour of sunlight we got yesterday, coupled with my long weekend in Miami and frigid-weather fatigue, I have spring on the brain. So this month’s Lust List has sandals, short sleeves and white pants (which I think you can wear anytime anyway). The top is Milly and her entire line for the spring is fabulous –

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amazing prints and colors. As for the jeans, how have I lived without DL 1961 for so long? I bought a pair of the Nicky jeans last month and can’t stop wearing them. Both the tote and clutch are Clare Vivier. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time, ever since she introduced her classic Tropezienne tote. And now with her NY store, well, you’d be right if you guessed I’ve already visited her Clare V. shop on Elizabeth Street (and picked up a great crossbody bag with navy pony hair). Here’s to pops of color in your spring wardrobe.

1. Clare Vivier Canvas Stripe Tote.

2. DL 1961 Nicky Mid Rise Cigarette

in Wooster.

3. J. Crew Lillian Patent Low Wedges.

4. Milly Angular Surf-Print Zipper Tee.

5. Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch.

6. Rachel Zoe Vienna Cigarette Pant.

7. Sigerson Morrison Melania.

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first heard Richard Bausch’s short story, “Letter to the Lady of the House,” 16 years ago this week on This American Life. I was moved to tears then and I was again today, when I heard it again for the first time after all these years. It’s a beautiful, touching portrayal of love in the truest sense of the word. (If you prefer to read it, you can do that here). Enjoy.

The Greenwich Hotel

DSCF0793 A few weeks ago my husband and I stayed at The Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca. It’s less than five miles from our apartment and we only went for 24 hours, but as a friend and fellow parent said when I mentioned we were (not so far) away for a night, every hour counts.


The Robert DeNiro-owned boutique hotel was designed by the same group behind Balthazar and Schiller’s Liquor Bar, so expect the design elements they are known for: unique and authentic accents,

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As a small details kinda girl, there were so many little things I appreciated: the vintage looking key to the room (and the envelope it came in), the free snacks and nonalcoholic drinks (yep, you only pay for alcohol in the mini bar), the candy jar, the mismatched nightstands, the red do-not-disturb braided rope on the door, the beautiful bathroom hardware (yes, even a faucet knob can make me happy), the Mediterranean feel of the bathroom tile and the Red Flower products.




The hotel is also home to Locanda Verde, a restaurant I had been to before several times for dinner (If you haven’t been, it’s a must-try). What I loved about staying at the hotel, however, is that as a guest – and only as a hotel guest – you have access to the entire Locanda Verde menu while sitting in the plush, clubby and quiet drawing room. With it’s own small private bar, a fireplace and different seating areas with deep leather armchairs, elegant sofas and a view of the courtyard, the drawing room is the perfect spot to enjoy a full meal, a post-dinner drink or to casually read

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the paper in the morning while enjoying your coffee (something I used to do about nine years ago before I had kids). I loved the drawing room so much I’d stay at the hotel just to be able to enjoy it again.

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Don’t miss the hotel’s Shibui Spa (probably the best massage I’ve ever had – and you don’t have to be staying at the hotel to enjoy it). There’s a gorgeous pool, too.


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Outside the hotel, looking downtown as we wait for a taxi:

Happy Weekend!

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Happy weekend – a few things to keep you occupied….


The latest high end food court, Gotham West Market, is in Hell’s Kitchen. Enjoy Blue

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Bottle Coffee, sandwiches courtesy of Court Street Grocers and farm-to-table dishes by Little Chef, among other offerings.


NPR’s hilarious show, Ask Me Another, can be seen live at the Bell House in Brooklyn (Who knew?! My friend Deb told me).


Take your productivity to the next level and check out 99U’s “Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind,” which features practical wisdom from creative minds like Gretchen Rubin, Scott Belsky, Dan Ariely and Seth Godin.


It’s been around forever but my older daughter and I just started playing Mancala…and we can’t stop.



Lust List // Jan ’14

For this month’s Lust List, my sartorial desires

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are all about sweats and comfort. It’s hard to covet anything else when it’s eight degrees out (with 20 mph winds).

I’m particularly obsessed with the Monrow snakeskin vintage sweats (I have a Monrow sweatshirt and it is the softest thing ever; I mean EVER). And pics of things like cotton tees and sweats are deceiving: they seem so

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basic, what could be special about them? Well, the black long sleeve top is ATM, which uses some of the yummiest cotton around (and yummy, unless it’s a fudge brownie, doesn’t translate in a photo).

As for the Ash high tops: no, I don’t hang out in sneakers at home but I love these so and if you are someone who hangs out in sneakers – I mean, we are talking about “dressing up” our sweats – well, this should be your pick. So step away from the denim and settle in that cozy couch corner – it’s time for some serious DVR viewing.

1. MONROW slub baseball tee, Revolve Clothing.

2. MONROW sweater knit slim sweatpants, Shopbop.

3. L.L. Bean knit slipper socks.

4. C&C California drape cardigan (with faux leather detail).

5. ATM raw edge tee, Barneys.

6. MONROW snakeskin vintage sweatpants, Shopbop.

7. Ash shake bis glitter sneakers, Shopbop.

What’s Your One Word?



We’re almost halfway through the month of January – which means that you’re either rocking out with your resolutions (early to bed, no chips and guac while you watch your guilty pleasure on Bravo, and regular early morning appearances at spin class) or, more likely, those resolutions you made while sipping too much champagne on Dec 31st are a distant memory.

I don’t make resolutions every year but I do like to set goals, sometimes loosely defined, other times concrete. But this year I decided to choose a word. Just one word.

I got the idea from designer/blogger/scrapper Ali Edwards, who’s been offering a workshop called One Little Word for the last few years. The workshop involves creating an album of journal entries and photos that help you put your one word into focus and keep on track.

I’m not signing up for the workshop but I am borrowing the concept and my word for 2014 is fearless. I like the idea of having one word that sets a theme for the year, one that can be applied to all aspects of my life and declares a basic attitude, one of not getting in my own way. What’s your one word?


The Little Book of Thin

Ah, the diet book. Hope in a book. There’s no end to the gimmicks packaged as the road to weight-loss nirvana. If shunning carbs and taking ice baths is your kinda bag, stop reading now and Google something like “cabbage soup diet.” For those of us more savvy and realistic, there’s Lauren Slayton’s The Little Book of Thin.

Slayton, a nutritionist and the founder of Foodtrainers, serves up a practical, no-bs roadmap to help slay all your weight-loss saboteurs. Late-night snacking, holidays, the wrong workouts, alcohol, travel

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— she covers them all. Think of this slim, orange book as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for your waistline (except she’s got dozens, not just seven).

What I love most about the book is that all the tricks and rules are really just about making small changes that lead to big results. So if 2013 was (unfortunately) the year of the twerk, let Slayton help you make 2014 the year of the tweak.

I’m thrilled to have her guest posting on my blog today. Check out her “Treat Training” rules below (step #1 has changed my life (and my abs)).

cake1 “I was doing so well until” always seems to precede a client or friend’s recap of their dietary downward spiral. The thing is, it’s never that first cookie, fry or slice of pizza that makes a difference. What happens is that we feel guilty, mentally scold ourselves and then we’ve boarded the runaway treat train and Healthytown is soon far, far away.

I love my Vitamix as much as I love my children (it’s ok there’s enough love to go around) but I can’t subsist on green juice, salmon and kale. I can’t, you can’t — so we may as well plan for our treats so that we can enjoy them. I’m going to tell you about something called Treat Training. Treat training will show you French women are not the only ones who can “stay thin” while eating cheese and other deliciousness. You too can live a balanced, Spanx-free life. Here’s how:

Treat Training is a 4-step process

1. Treats should be planned

Once a week, think about your schedule, what you’re craving and when you’ll want to veer.

2. Treats should be portioned

So we’re talking two cookies not ten. It’s a treat not a treat meal. A

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Self-reproach is more costly than the most caloric food. Like any skill, treat training takes practice but with it (and The Little Book of Thin) you can really plan-it thin forever.

Cold Feet



It’s that time of year again, Ugh (or should I say Ugg). Every year, around this time, I contemplate getting Uggs. This shouldn’t be a problem, really. It’s just a boot. Every kid, mom and septuagenarian in this city has them. They’re just not for me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against Uggs — some of my best friends wear Uggs (and they look all comfy and toasty). When I’ve tried them on, however, I automatically feel like something Jim Henson created (that is, a short, furry Muppet). So despite Ugg’s cornering the cold-feet market, I am determined to find an alternative….hopefully this year.

1. Icebug Eir boot in nougat.

2. Helly Hansen W Maja boot in taupe grey.

3. Sorel Glacy Explorer in saddle/raft.

4. Salvatore Ferragamo Shearling boot in testa di moro.

5. Merrell Haven Winter Waterproof in black.

6. Mukluks Short Quetico in chocolate.

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Once there was a woman with good intentions. She was a female engineer and Stanford grad who wanted little girls to love engineering us much as she did. So she created a construction toy called Goldie Blox. She set up a cute website to inspire the next generation of prospective engineers to put down their Barbies, wands and Cinderella costumes and buy Goldie Blox.
Then she had a video made to promote her product and message. The video showed happy, energetic, creative – powerful! – girls bored with the princess tea party scene constructing a fantastical Rube Goldberg “Princess Machine.” The two-minute video was set to “Girls” by the Beastie Boys, music meant to uplift

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GoldieBlox, toys and empowerment were lumped together with things like litigation, copyright infringement and the fair use doctrine. Was it a parody? Just an ad? Trojan feminism? Papers were filed, an open letter to the Beastie Boys (described by Adweek as a passive-aggressive non-apology) was posted online. Some ignored the legal issues and were just annoyed because they felt the toys were built poorly and didn’t really inspire creative play (see Amazon reviews). I’m getting tired just thinking about all of this.

The video now has a peppy instrumental soundtrack:

Which brings me to Rosie Revere, Engineer. It’s a children’s book written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, the same team that brought us Iggy Peck, Architect, a favorite in our household (it’s one of the few books I don’t mind reading over and over again to our four year old; Dora’s Storytime Collection? Another story).

5416368_orig It’s about a little girl who dreams of becoming an engineer and touches on creativity, believing in oneself, failure and perseverance. As Rosie says, “The only true failure can come if you quit.” (See the trailer here.)

It comes “scandal” free – no litigation, no offense, no defense. And it’s a book — who can say no to a great book? So if you don’t want another toy in the house, empowering or otherwise, you know what to get the kids this holiday season.

Lust List // Nov ’13


Turkey, latkes, lights and trees are around the corner. Aside from the inevitable extra five pounds that this time of year brings, it also means cocktail parties, work celebrations and other festivities that require a bit more than jeans and a bold lip

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1. Jaxie blocked long-sleeve shirt, $178, BCBG.

2. Collette Ishiyama Drip Earrings, $110, Catbird.


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