How-To: Add Warmth To A Cool Space
Q. Hey Jordan! My husband & I just bought our first home and I am in the process of decorating…my concern now is curtains. I’m thinking I want to go with something sheer, but I’m not sure what color. I’d love some ideas for what I can do to warm up the place and make it feel more homey! Thanks! - Steph A. Congrats on your new home! First, I ran your photo through...
In The Mama Head
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I really do try hard not to be too All Baby, All The Time around here. Despite the arrival of the Baby tab several months ago (and the arrival of an Actual Baby a few months later), I’ve tried to keep RG more or less true to its roots and not chatter on too much about Indy for various reasons, including (but not restricted to) the following: 1)...
No, But Seriously?
I found an enormous display of Cadbury Mini Eggs in the drugstore yesterday (hurray, Spring!), and now I can’t stop eating them. Also, I don’t want to. Also, how many blog posts do you think I’ve titled some variation on “No, But Seriously?” 60? 300? My bet is that every single one has had to do with food. But seriously. Original Article
Penne With Artichokes And Smoked Mozzarella
Artichokes are about to come back in season! I love artichokes. Mostly I love them steamed and served with lemon butter (click here for a whole bunch of artichoke-makin’ tips)…but sometimes you need to pile those suckers into things like pasta and chicken dishes, and the more the better. And you don’t have time to wrangle a zillion fresh artichoke hearts out of their fuzzy...
Lifebooker: $3 Manicures For Ramshackle Glam...
Want your nails to look as pretty as this? Oh, they’ll look much prettier, I’m sure. Because while I’m fairly puffed-up about my DIY manicure skills…sometimes there’s just nothing like handing your digits over to a professional. My lovely friend and partner in Wasabi Lobby-ing, Anna, just started working as the Executive Editor at beauty, health & fitness deal...
Snakes & Stripes & Suspicions Of Spring
I can totally feel Spring coming. Or…at least for most of last week I could feel it coming (it hit the high ’50s in NYC). Which is why I made the executive decision to run all over town on Saturday wearing…this.
The weekend started with a good, long Friday evening visit with Francesca, who (very sadly for me) lives in L.A. now (you can check out her music here). On Saturday, we had to spend a couple of hours taking care of some things downtown, so the first stop was at my parents’, where an impromptu First Piano Lesson took place. On the way over, Kendrick and I passed by the very first...
Oscars Red Carpet 2012
The plan had been to watch the Oscars - or at least the red carpet part - at our friends’ place, but an early-to-sleep baby switched the night’s activity to Beef & Beer Stew on the couch. Which was fun, too, and let me make expressions like this without anyone seeing them (until…now, I suppose). The tall drinks of water pictured above get the Number One spot not...
Lust Object: Chartreuse Wallpaper
I am obsessed with this Graham & Brown pattern and am thisclose to ordering it for my office-to-be in a home that I do not yet own (we’re still contract-ing). Question for you: if you were to put this paper on one wall in a room, what color would you do on the other three walls? I’m leaning towards some shade of white so as not to get too crazy with it - that paper is crazy...
College Apartment Decorating Tips
Q. Hi Jordan! I’m a freshman in college and just found out I’ll be living in apartment-style campus housing next year…we’ve already started planning because we’re so excited! However, we’re limited by budget and the fact that we can’t make any sort of permanent change or provide a whole lot of furniture (the place comes with standard dorm built-ins,...
DIY French Manicure
A little Friday fingernail inspiration: China Glaze in Dress Me Up with FingerPaints in Circus Peanuts. Not that I’m the most talented person in the world at DIY French manicures - I used to do them all the time and was pretty good at them, but this one, as you can see, was a rush job completed during a much-shorter-than-I-expected-it-to-be nap - but there are a few little tricks that...
Summer Cocktail: Garden Party
Above, one of the cocktails featured at the 7 For All Mankind Spring 2012 launch. I had one (just one, because me and tequila are not friends), and it was delicious. Very summery. Excited for summer. GARDEN PARTY 2 oz Patron Silver 1 oz simple syrup Splash of fresh lime juice 5 mint leaves A couple of strawberries. Muddle all ingredients and shake over ice. Pour over fresh ice and add 1...
Welcome, Baby! Gifts
When you’re headed over to see a couple of friends who just brought a brand-new person into the world, it’s nice to tote along a small gift, no? Two of our very close friends just had their baby, and I got to thinking about what I’d like to bring them (in addition to Insomnia Cookies). The answer was one or more of these: A bottle of Hi! Prosecco (from $9.49), because, you...
Broke Tusk. Am Sad.
You know that horn thing I wear all the time? Like, all the time? Broke it. Sad about it. (And no, no super-gluing…there are about a million little pieces going on up there.) But… but… but… !!!! It’s not exactly the same - or at least it’s not the same brand, and appears to be a bit more orange than its predecessor - but it’s close enough....
How To Intro A New Fluffball To Your Family
Q. Hi Jordan, I was wondering how long it took for Lucy to accept Virgil [after you brought him home]. Are they buddies now? Did you do anything special to introduce your two dogs? Thanks, Rachael A. Not gonna lie: the Lucy/Virgil integration was a bumpy road full of very grumpy animals and much yowling. Moments after their initial meeting (which you can see on video here), Lucy realized that...
7 For All Mankind Spring 2012
The Spring 2012 collection from 7 For All Mankind, which I had the opportunity to check out in a preview down at their showroom yesterday evening, is gorgeous, and a pleasant surprise from a line known mostly for their blue five-pockets. This season, they expanded into a full ready-to-wear collection including pink-washed denim, brushed metallics, shoes (the word is that the fall styles are...
DIY: Update Your Denim Shorts
Last summer, I was into feathers (click here for the how-to). This year, I think it’s lace. (Try them over grey ribbed tights while you wait for the weather to turn. And if you find the lace troublesomely delicate to work with, try doubling the fabric before sewing it on.) Original Article
True Confession Tuesday
this. haygirlhay: I know Vogue is THE fashion publication….but I think it’s boring and l don’t enjoy reading it. I’ve subscribed, the issues pile up unread. I’ve tried to make myself like it because I know I’m supposed to like it. I do not like it.
Zero-Hassle Chicken Wraps
This is so easy. It’s what I do when I have absolutely no energy to deal with dinner and can’t even be bothered to boil water for pasta or roast up a chicken (which in itself is a seriously easy thing; if you don’t believe me, give this a read). ZERO-HASSLE CHICKEN WRAPS 1. Shred 1/2 rotisserie chicken (reserve the other half for the next night, as you’ll likely have...
Lemon & Lime, Take Two
For yesterday morning’s RTL shoot (if you didn’t already know, I do entertainment correspondence for a German TV show - and nope, I don’t speak German; they dub me, and yep, it’s a pretty oddball little side job, but I really enjoy it), I styled the lemon-lime skirt from the Spring Preview: Pop Of Color post in a slightly more winter-appropriate way: with black-and-white...
Spring Preview: Pop Of Color
It’s true: the whole “pop of color” thing can be a little intimidating, if only because colors like neon yellow and bright orange don’t exactly say “wallflower.” But if you’re OK with letting your wardrobe be a little look-at-me from time to time, splashes of saturated citrus are a great way to start getting excited about the coming of Spring…and if...
Weekend Snapshots: Dogs & Cookies
This weekend was so fun. But fun in mostly unphotogenic ways. For example, how many pictures of us watching back-to-back episodes of Breaking Bad and freaking out over Bryan Cranston do you really want to see? One, maybe. There you go. (Incidentally, we are so obsessed with Bryan Cranston that we are now saying things like, “Hey, doesn’t that dog look like Bryan...
A Little (A Lot) Late To The Party, But Hey
That’s right: ten thousand years after everyone else… I’m Instagram-in’ (ramshackleglam). Original Article
Objects Of Affection
A ring from my Nanny Ruth that never leaves my finger… A pair of vintage-y cat-eyes… A pretty berry pout (Laura Mercier’s new Lip Glaze in Plum, available starting March 1)… A pinky-brown that’s perfect for Spring (China Glaze in Dress Me Up, part of the Hunger Games collection that will be released in March 2012)… …And a very special gift...
Tip Of The Day: Keep Brown Sugar Soft
Inneresting! I hate it when I’m midway through baking and break out the brown sugar only to discover that it’s turned into one enormous, impenetrable rock…so I love this tip to bits: To keep your brown sugar soft, just pop a couple of marshmallows in the bag. Why? Because Stay Pufts, it appears, are highly skilled at locking in moisture. (If you’re out of marshmallows,...
Oh Yes, Please: This Is Pretty Much It
Presenting: almost to-the-letter-exactly what I want to do with my future kitchen, assuming inspections continue along their merry way. Key Elements: - Black & white checkerboard floor (self-stick vinyl floor tiles are an easy, inexpensive solution; click here for more ugly floor rehab ideas) - Girly chandelier (L to R: Roxy Lighting, Checkolite, French Bedroom Company; click here to...
Last Night, Between 6PM And 8PM...
…all of these things happened: - Bought cookies to bring to one of my best friends, who just gave birth, and left store without box. - Returned to now-five-blocks-away store for cookies. - Went to the wrong hospital. Twice. With a very grumpy baby who did not care one whit that he was about to meet his new BFF in tow. - Went home. - Cried a little (see: aforementioned grumpy baby). -...
Adorable Pregnancy Announcement
Congratulations to reader Megan, who’s expecting a little one! (She gave me permission to post her adorable pregnancy announcement here.) Another fun way to announce a pregnancy, and what I did for a couple of girlfriends whom I knew would be particularly excited about Indy and would likely be spending a lot of time with him: put together a mini-care package with a note (in this case,...
Final (Fingers Crossed) Trip
Our last trip up to look at houses…plus a surprise for Kendrick. Original Article
Speedy, Sleek Blow-Dry Tip
You know how, when you’re a) in a hurry to dry your hair and b) want to add a little volume, you flip your head over and get it at least partially dry that way? Well, if you’ve got wavy or curly hair that’s prone to frizz, this little trick is even better. Take large sections of wet hair and twist as shown above, aiming the dryer at the roots: you’ll get the lift...
Cocktail Dresses & Lemon Cake
Last Valentine’s Day, I had just found out I was pregnant, so we decided to skip the hullabaloo in favor of sodas and ravioli at our favorite neighborhood pizzeria, Gino’s. This year, we had a little one in tow, and, not wanting to add a sprinkling of tiny wails to anyone’s fancy Valentine’s Day dinner, we decided to make Gino’s a tradition. We snuggled in a back...
Backstage At Erickson Beamon MBFW F/W 2012
Check out the scene backstage at Erickson Beamon F/W 2012, sponsored by scunci and featuring some very gorgeous 1920s-inspired hair and makeup. Video shot, cut & colored by Eric Soboleski. Original Article