Best of the Golden Globes

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend. Me? I’m still riding the Golden Globes high from last night, naturally.

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Is it weird that I feel like [for the most part] everyone that should have won, won? I was especially elated at both Amy and Cate’s win, 12 Years a Slave‘s last-moment award and, of course, all things Breaking Bad. And joke-wise, from Matt Damon’s garbage man, the soon-to-be-infamous George Clooney joke to the Randy appearance, Tina + Amy slaughtered, per usual. I wouldn’t hesitate to call the night a wild success for my two favorite people on this earth them. If you didn’t watch already, do yourself a favor and enjoy a few laughs to begin your week:

Opening Monologue Part 1:

Opening Monologue Part 2:

Just for Lorne Michaels’ disinterested clap:

For Emma Thompson’s presenting skillz:

Because Amy makes out with Bono:

Overall, another A+, ladies. Can’t wait for 2015!

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Window Shopping

New York is great all year round, but it’s especially magical around the holiday season. From the tree lighting in Rockefeller Center and carriage rides through central park, to the selection of holiday markets and ice skating rinks that seasonally spring up around town, there’s just something special about Christmas in NYC.

Being a creative person and a forever retail rat, one of my favorite seasonal things to do in the city is to check out the window displays — especially strolling down 5th Ave. Since I just received my new child camera in the mail, I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and take some practice photos while moseying about midtown East. Here are a few of my favorite window fronts this season:

Bergdorf Goodman:Bergdorf Window Collage

Tiffany’s:

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Bloomingdales:Bloomingdales Collage

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Henri Bendel:IMG_0043

Saks Fifth Avenue:Saks Windows Collage

What’s your favorite thing to do in NYC over the holidays? Still two weeks left to accomplish it all!

Surviving Manhattan: Wintery Mix Edition

Sunday evening, New York City had its first official snowfall of the season. While two years ago my naive heart would have fluttered with delight, this time around my feelings have evolved. Do you know what happens when masses of well-focused texters walk aimlessly into mobs of confused, luggage-toting tourists? And when you add oversized umbrellas, a snow/rain mixture and black ice into the mix? Chaos.

People in the city regularly cannot conceptualize walking on the right side of the sidewalk or slowing down at yellow lights. Bad weather turns smart people to stupid,  stupid people to glorified marshmallows and tourists to THE SLOWEST MOVING PEOPLE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. You’re right; I have become a part of the problem. But it’s frustrating and scary to navigate this city when the weather outside is nothing short of frightful. Because I haven’t made a Polyvore in a while, here’s a few things I think might help. Take it or leave it, because as I think I just successfully established, I’ve already lost it a little and it’s not even officially winter yet. Oy.

A Manhattan Winter

How Bizarre, How Bazaar

Do you guys remember that song from 1995?!

Brother Pele’s in the back, sweet Zina’s in the front 
Cruisin’ down the freeway in the hot, hot sun 
Suddenly red-blue lights flash us from behind 
Loud voice booming, “Please step out onto the line” 
Pele preaches words of comfort, Zina just hides her eyes 
Policeman taps his shades, “Is that a Chevy ’69?” 
How bizarre, How bizarre…

This past weekend, my friend and I hit up the Brooklyn Night Bazaar: an indoor festival of local food, drinks, music, shopping and art. It basically has everything you could ever need in a weekend wrapped up into a mere few hours. It’s located in the some sketchy warehouse in what felt like the middle of rural(?) Williamsburg, so if you go, be prepared for a small hike to/from the train. I wasn’t and whined about getting slaughtered in a storage unit the entire way there and back. It’s a miracle I have friends.

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I didn’t get as many pictures as I wanted, due to A) my phone being a diva B) my camera still has not arrived and C) the lighting was weird. But it’s a designed to be a hip, fun place (and there was like, a concert happening), so I’ll let the lighting slide.

There’s a number of great food options to choose from (i.e. Oaxaca Taqueria, Morris Grilled Cheese, Briskettown). My friend and I both ordered from The Lobster Joint and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. You have to be 21+ to enter, so there are a few bars throughout the venue from which you can order from a list of beers (maybe/probably wines too?),walk around and shop while sipping on your beverage of choice.

The booths snake up and down the middle of the venue space, and there’s everything from artwork to jewelry to clothing. A few vendors that my friend and I took a liking to were RHLS for their crazy, hip sweatshirts, Milly & Earl for their adorable, vintage trinkets, and Adopt a Robot for obvious reasons. (Spoiler alert: friends, you’re all getting robots for Christmas). Also, BlissfulCase had an amazing vintage TV iPhone cover that I can’t stop thinking about. Although I could have spent a lot more money, my only purchase of the evening was on a Leroy’s Place Ziggy Stardust pendant and thick gold chain. Because this girl is hoping for some cha-cha-cha-changes in the near future. Ugh, I know, that was bad.

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All in all, we deemed the trek out to Brooklyn well worth it. The Brooklyn Night Bazaar takes place every Friday and Saturday night from 6pm to midnight. Check out their website for more information!

Ooh baby, Ooh, baby
It’s making me crazy, It’s making me crazy
Everytime I look around,  Everytime I look around
It’s in my face…

You’ll have that in your head for the rest of the day now; you’re welcome. If I have to suffer from the bad 90’s pop music, I’m brining you all down with me.

Christmastime is [almost, but not really] Here

It’s already snowed in Ohio and flurries are in the forecast for NYC last night/today. Although it isn’t officially winter yet, it’s Christmas season in my mind. Yes, I’m one of those girls who starts listening to Christmas music in October. No, I won’t apologize. I’m even more psyched that I’m going to be able to make an Ohio trip happen for the holidays this year — something that I didn’t foresee to be in the cards. Due to all of this seasonal excitement, I crafted a Polyvore featuring a few of my seasonal favorites I’m already delving into! I’d say I lose my self-control around the holidays, but if I’m being honest, I never had much of that to begin with. Forty-three days until Christmas (!!!), but I mean who’s counting?Elf Christmas Cheer

Project: Help Mandy Pick a Fall Jacket

I have the epitome of first world problems: I need a new fall jacket and don’t know where to begin. According to the local meteorologist’s weekend forecast, the cool weather is finally here to stay. With the combination of the [sad] fact I’m not in college anymore (see ya around, Northface Denali) and the [kind of cool, literally] fact that with my new job, I’ll be doing a lot of walking outside, I need to have something stylish to sport outdoors for the new season. There are a lot of trends out there right now: boyfriend pea coats, oversized parka, leather-infused military styles… so many are viable options. I picked a few of my top contenders below. Any thoughts/advice are welcomed. What’s your go-to outerwear look for the fall?

Fall Jacket Picks

Throwback Thursday: High School Fashion

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was high school, and if you are anything like me, your wardrobe consisted of too much animal print, shrunken graphic tees, and heavy eyeliner. I was (and am!) a classy broad, so my suburban Midwest fashion sense was knocking it out of park in the early 2000’s. In all seriousness, most of those pieces (I’d struggle to say any of that was ever trend) have been long tossed away. But every now and then, it’s fun to remember and even bring back some of the less terrible items in small doses. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I dedicated an entire Polyvore set to the years 2003-2007. Long live the memories, but may the fashion statements (for the most part) rest in peace.High School Throwback