I Almost Bought A Stone Turtle
No, I really did. Look at that guy! Tell me you don’t kind of want to own him, too. But then I realized that if I bought him, he’d have to live under our dining room table for the next month or two, and while a stone turtle sitting under our dining room table isn’t a style choice that I’d sneeze at… well… he was really heavy. And I also just really...
Mother's Day Is Just Around The Corner
So if you’re still looking for something, I’m going to go ahead and recommend the jewelry department at Off 5th. It is so good. And anyway, it’s sort of impossible to have a bad shopping trip when you go to an outlet mall; there’s just so much variety that you’re guaranteed to find something you love. Or something someone else will love. Pictured above is the...
To The Beach!
Were I headed somewhere sandy… I would bring this. (The Limited Ikat Tote, $79.90) Original Article
Baby Gifts: 6-Month-Old
Q. Hey Jordan! I’m meeting my niece for the first time this summer, when she will be about six months old. I’d like to give her something really special. I think your son is almost the same age…does he have something he really loves? Thank you! Maria A. This is a really fun age, because babies are just starting to actually engage in the world around them. My son is...
I hitched a ride to yesterday’s meeting down on Hudson. Original Article
Graduation Dresses Under $150
Q. Hey Jordan! I’m a college senior due to graduate in less than a month. I couldn’t be more excited…except for the fact that I procrastinated and don’t have a dress. I want to be cool and comfortable while still looking chic, and stay in the $150 budget range. Thanks so much! Claire A. OK, so for me a graduation dress is in line with a bridal shower dress, in that even...
How-To: Denim On Denim
So you’re into the whole Canadian tuxedo thing? I hear you. I am, too. Granted, I put together this look for thematic reasons (we were supposed to visit a ranch yesterday, but ended up having to postpone that portion of the shoot)…but still. If Britney and Justin can do it… So can I. Here’s the thing about denim-on-denim. There are rules that you can follow to wear...
If You Need Furniture, Go Here Right Now: Nadeau
I found out about Nadeau from RG reader Theresa, who sent me a Daily Candy write-up on the place, and stopped into their NYC location yesterday afternoon to film a segment (and to pick up the most amazing dining room table ever, which I will show to you once I actually have it in my possession - I had to store it for the time being, since it doesn’t come close to fitting in our...
DIY Neon Rainbow Key Caps
Remember my DIY Sparkle Key Cap? (This one.) Reader Melinda of Melinda’s Musings just posted her own great (and very fashion-forward) twist on them: neon! This is so easy that it barely even counts as a DIY…but it’s also a cute, free (!) way to simplify your life in a small - but helpful - way. Original Article
DIGS In The NY Times
Click through for the Times’ review of YouTube’s “first major effort to take on the television industry.” Have you checked out the new YouTube channels? What do you think Internet programming has to achieve in order to compete with TV? Original Article
2-Minute Makeup: Eyeliner, Clean & Simple
I got an email the other day from RG reader Katie, who said, “When I don’t wear eyeliner on the bottom, I feel naked almost, and it makes me insecure as strange as that sounds. But everyone I look at online doesn’t seem to wear any bottom liner and they look beautiful. Do you have any suggestions on how to lighten up my eye makeup?” I totally get this. For over a decade...
Bridesmaid Style: Simple Black Dress
Q. Hi Jordan, I have chosen this dress from ASOS to be a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding, but am torn between keeping it at its current length or hemming it so that it hits me right above the knees. Could you offer any styling suggestions? CM A. I love that dress, and actually think there’s no hemming necessary: it’s very elegant in that midi length. In keeping with the...
While We're At It
You I asked my husband to write me a song, and this is what I got. (I love it.) Original Article
Can't Help It
Proud. Just stumbled across this (very old) article about Kendrick’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover album 48 Hour Fever, and… proud. A few of the covers are here (along with a couple of more recent songs that he just uploaded) if you’re interested. Original Article
Beauty Hall Of Fame: L'Oreal Eye Makeup Remover
When it comes to beauty, there are a few products that never leave my side, not for even a day. I may be forgetful about picking up things like paper towels and coffee pods, but I always remember to keep an extra bottle of L’Oreal’s oil-free eye makeup remover on hand. I refuse to run out. Ever. You know those things that eye makeup removers always say they are (gentle, residue-free,...
What To Wear: To All Those Other Wedding Events
Q. Jordan, my upcoming wedding is presenting me with a lot of exciting and fun events in the near future. When it comes to picking out the dress I had no trouble at all…but I’m feeling totally lost when confronted with the task of picking out outfits for the other important parties that go along with getting married. Any help you could give would be amazing! - Bethany A. Oh, these...
Good Help Is Hard To Find
It seems my filing assistant would rather play with rings than organize retirement accounts. Kids these days. Original Article
A Couple Of Fun Monday Things
First, thanks to everyone who sent me videos of their weird stuff. You have totally weird stuff. (We’ll be back to regular segments next Monday.) And second, if you entered the Marchez Vous Facebook contest, click over to my page to see if you won! Original Article
Saturday was Indy’s half-birthday, so I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about these past six months, and what I’ve learned; what I’m proud of, and what I’m not. The things that I’m proud of are fairly self-explanatory: I’m proud of the fact that I’m handling all the stuff I need to handle on a daily basis while caring for our son, I’m...
The other day, I decided to take Indy on the subway by myself for the very first time. In the rain. At rush hour. This, as you can imagine, was a terrible, horrible idea. Had there not been a seven-foot-tall guy (who very much resembled Clark Kent, just saying) who swooped in and lifted the stroller through the crowds, I would have just given up and taxi-ed it back home. Lesson learned: the...
I Have A Feeling That This Wine-Opening Trick Is...
What is this madness? No…but seriously… this isn’t possible, is it? Wizardry! From the French! (If you know any ways to remove wine bottle corks sans openers, please leave them in the comments for the edification of all.) Original Article
Garlic-Rubbed Roast Pork w/ Lemon-Asparagus Salad...
Last night’s dinner was awhile in the making. You see, last week I got all inspired by a recipe I saw in People involving roast pork and poached eggs (mine is a suuuuper loose interpretation of their recipe, which involved things that I do not enjoy - but that you might! - like tarragon and paprika), and went out and bought a pork shoulder over the weekend, but my 3PMs, sadly enough, do...
I saw a human pyramid once. It was very unnecessary.– Mitch Hedberg (via umcanyounot)
Daily Beauty: Elizabeth Arden Rose Aurora...
How pretty is Elizabeth Arden’s new collection? And I’m a sucker for throwbacks, so I love that the color palette is a twist on the original 1950s collection designed by Elizabeth Arden herself (the rose-gold, rose-stamped packaging is another retro nod). Favorite picks: the Pure Finish Bronze Powder, which comes in three shades and is packaged in the most gorgeous compact (that...
Kate Spade Fall 2012 clutches (top: Paintbrush; bottom: Typewriter). Original Article
Roses In The Garden
On Friday, I dressed like a garden. Not “like I was going to a garden party” (although this dress would certainly work for that)… like an actual garden. Roses on my dress, grass on my arm, and springtime all over the place. I love the combo of dusty rose and mint green, and think that if you keep the shapes simple and the shades subdued, the pairing can easily steer far...
Want To Be On A Billboard In Times Square?
No, but seriously…everyone kind of does, right? I mean, I totally do. Fun! Here’s how Dove’s Real Beauty Photo Studio works: anytime from now through August, you can stop into the studio (located on 44th and Broadway) and play with the lovely skincare products… do up your hair at the styling station (click here for my topknot how-to)… try on bright, summery...
Mason Jars & Neighborhood Bars
This episode is totally my favorite so far. I think you’ll be able to figure out why. Check out more segments here! Original Article
Marchez Vous Giveaway
Do you know Yeardley Smith? She’s the voice of Lisa in The Simpsons, so you may not know what she looks like, but you’ve certainly heard her. Anyway, she’s also quite the cool lady: she basically decided hey, I’ve had an incredibly successful career as an actress…why not try other fun things? Like shoe design! And so she started Marchez Vous, a line of whimsical...
Today In The New York Observer
Check out this article in today’s Observer. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know how important I think it is to be open about my failures and foibles; the learning (and the joy), I think, is often found in the mistakes. And yes, I really did have a reporter sitting in my apartment interviewing me about homemaking when my dog disappeared momentarily…and then re-emerged...
Pearls In The Kitchen
Just a little ladylike. (Not too much.) What I like most about this outfit is that it looks fairly pulled-together, thanks to the cinched waist on the skirt, the pearls, and the details on the bag…but it’s also capital-C Comfortable. Why? That dress is light as air, the makeup is next-to-zero (just some Almost Lipstick and mascara), and the shoes are like little pillows of...
Weekly Cleaning Checklist
I see you on the horizon, Spring Cleaning, and I will take you down. And while I’m at it, I’m going to re-resolve to get back on the horse with my cleaning routine, because as long as I stick to it, it’s highly effective and not all that time-consuming. I’ve been…well…not doing it lately, because I’m all “Oh, I’m totally moving, the house...
Family Album 2: In The Springtime
Photos by Ariane Moshayedi Original Article
Bedding For Both Of You
Q. Hi Jordan! I’m looking for some good-quality bedding that’s male- and female-friendly, and not so delicate that it won’t hold up to our nightly bed wrestling matches (with our boys, not each other). Keep up the good work :) Meredith A.Â My first piece of advice: check out Pottery Barn’s Design Your Own Bed feature - I built the above look (featuring muted blue-grey...
Best New Beauty Finds / Spring 2012
Clockwise from top left… Sue Devitt Lip Intensifier*: A perfect nude to wear alone (with a little gloss), or to pair with red lipstick for extra staying power. Click here for the full review. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Luscious Honey: A sheer strawberry that easily goes from day to night with a slightly heavier application. Click here for the full review. Lipstick Queen in Saint Eden*:...
Mother's Day Gift Suggestions / Accessories...
Some of my favorite gift suggestions from last night’s Accessories Council Mother’s Day event: The most perfect black shoulder bag (Botkier’s Valentina) you’ll find… Multicolored friendship bracelets (from Lia Sophia)… Cuter-than-your-average-bear earphones for the music-loving mama (Chicbuds)… Pretty posts (by Carla Marina)… Adorable...
Friday’s rockabilly-themed shoot involved a dash through Trash & Vaudeville to try on some Stop Staring dresses. (The cherry dress pictured above was my favorite. I’ve never worn anything like it - see aforementioned preference for Hefty-bag shaped attire that is slowly morphing into a crush on waist-defining dresses - and have no idea what kind of event I’d wear a...