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Careers In The Arts And "Taking What You Can Get"
Q. Hi Jordan, I read your blog all the time, and I so often relate to you on your “life advice” posts. I admire the help you are willing to offer your readers and am seeking advice on an issue. In college, I majored in theater, and I love performing and acting so much. Since graduating a year ago, I have worked a couple of small gigs, but nothing big and nothing paying enough for me...
How-To: Lavender Up Your Food
Q. Hi Jordan! I am a major lavender nut, and when I recently spied a bag of dried lavender flowers in the spice aisle of my local co-op I immediately threw it into my cart. I have no clue what to do with it. Any ideas? Caitlin A. There are lots of pretty (and delicious) ways to incorporate lavender into your food. The key is to add only a little at a time - too much, and it’ll taste...
This is called “Chicken-Pineapple Stir-Fry” because I like chicken and pineapples (a holdover from childhood, when Chicken-Pineapple Casserole, complete with canned pineapple discs and maraschino cherries, was one of my mom’s specialties)…but what it really is is “Chicken-Whatever You Want Stir-Fry.” Because that’s the thing about stir-fries. You put...
Swingin Best bedtime story / Virgil photobomb. (Follow along with my Instagram feed @ramshackleglam.) Original Article
Perfect Summer Night
What to wear? Breezy rose and wood with gold. On me: Maxi dress c/o Dress The Population, Jessie Lane bracelets. Original Article
Fun with dad. (Follow along with my Instagram feed at @ramshackleglam.) Original Article
Bloggers Weigh In: Can Women Have It All?
Interesting (I think) article over on IFB today about work-at-home moms and “having it all”. An excerpt from my interview: Jordan of Ramshackle Glam, [a] new mommy, told us, ”The truth is that there’s a lot of guilt involved – I always wish that I could be 100% focused on my son when he’s awake, and then 100% focused on my work when he’s otherwise occupied, but that’s just one of...
Garden Party Must: Mason Jar Cocktails
Pre-mixed cocktails in Mason jars with screw-on lids perched in an enormous galvanized-metal bucket. I mean, obviously. Moving beyond garden parties: if you’re having a summer wedding, I’m going to go ahead and insist that you do something like this (with alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, whichever you prefer) pre-ceremony; so fun, and I think it’s such a nice touch to give...
Your Daily InstaGlam
Wearing @draclothing & @swatijr for dinner w the @artdotcom team. #sanfran (Follow along with my Instagram feed at @ramshackleglam.) Original Article
White-and-gold, ever-so-slightly retro porcelain dinnerware from Noritake. Original Article
Small Space Entertaining: Tips And Tricks
Last night, I hosted an intimate (think wine, cheese, and crystal chandeliers) seminar on behalf of Mastercard and Better Homes & Gardens over at the Meredith building. The program was about how to entertain if you live (as I do) in a small, not-particularly-conducive-to-parties place, and I kicked off the presentation with a question that I received from a reader a few weeks back. Q. Hi...
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Throw Away Those Boots
Q. Hello Jordan, I recently purged my closet with my daughter’s help, and discovered these full-leather boots, which have been sitting in my closet for over 15 (!) years. My daughter said, “Mom, these look like galoshes. Not vintage treasures, just plain old ugly boots. They are worth exactly $0.” So I stuffed them straight into a big black trash bag…but I’m...
A Resource For New Mamas
I’ve written before about the intense emotional tailspin I went through in the weeks following the birth of our son and my need to reach out for help. Here’s a segment from the post (read the whole thing here): On the night we came home, I was crushed – absolutely crushed into pieces – by my love for my son, and my terror at all the ways in which the world could hurt him. I...
The Curative Properties Of Neon
So Friday was an emotional one for me. But Friday afternoon was actually lovely; Gala (of Gala Darling; she was at the Art.com Summit with me, along with bloggers including HonestlyWTF, Glitter Guide, Apartment 34, and Simple Lovely Blog) dragged me off to the Betsey Johnson clearance sale at Westfield Mall (serious clearance; we’re talking microwaves and light fixtures on sale alongside...
The Cherry On Top
On Friday I spent the day in a series of great seminars (I’ll be sharing all the info I learned with you over the next few weeks); a wonderful day punctuated by a not-so-wonderful moment in which I received bad news about the house that we’re presumably moving into within the month, my dream house that I’ve been imagining a life in for two years now…and sort of lost it. I...
Jordan In The House: Fast Furniture Fixes
Two fast, easy (and inexpensive!) fixes that’ll give new life to some of your old, boring pieces. Original Article
Back In Baby's Arms
(ssshhh…it’s bedtime.) Original Article
Travel Wardrobe Essentials
Remember how I said that when I travel I go for comfortable basics + great shoes (heels on this trip, ‘cause there’s not much walking around) + jewelry? This is what I meant (and what I’m wearing for today’s events, plus a sweatshirt). Here’s the outfit I started out in last night, post-awesomely relaxing Happy Hour… …and here’s what I...
Jewelry Wardrobe To-Go
My wardrobe strategy when traveling: mostly comfortable basics in neutral colors, a great pair of heels…and jewelry. (Three days away from tiny fingers means three days of my largest, most tuggable hoops and tiers.) What I brought along on this particular tip, clockwise from far left: ROXoxox black wrap bracelet, silver earrings (a gift from my Aunt Jo), Stone Savant necklace, Jessica...
Hi From San Fran!
I’m in San Francisco. Just saying hi. Original Article
More On Sleep Problems And Maybe-Solutions
(This photo has very little to do with the post other than that 1. I’m sleeping in it and 2. Aw.) Thanks so much to reader clairebecca for sending me the link to this article on Biphasic Sleep, which was both generally interesting and made me feel loads better. And many of you have written to me that you have similar problems, so I thought hey: maybe it’ll make you feel loads...
Affordable Bedding: Quilts & Coverlets
Q. Hi Jordan, I’m in need of a new quilt. The thing is, quilts are EXPENSIVE. Do you have any suggestions for sites with affordable bedding (ideally under $100) that’s also nice-looking? I was thinking of getting a white quilt…but maybe this is too boring? I dunno! Got any advice? Best to you, Marta A. Bedding! One of my favorite topics. Here’s how I feel about it: ...
How To: Rethink The Classics For Summer
Click through to Makeup.com for my latest post on how to update classic looks (red lipstick! smoky eyes! big lashes!) for summer. Original Article
On Yesterday's Fishing Trip...
I totally caught a shark. (It’s a sand shark. They have no teeth. But still!) And I ate sashimi. The guys on the boat actually cut up a fluke straight out of the water and handed us plates of fish with soy sauce and homemade garlic-pepper sauce. It was pretty awesome. Not…good, exactly. Chewy. But still! The Cup ‘o’ Noodles chaser…now that was...
Driving Lessons And City-Kid Problems
Let me tell you a little story about growing up in the city. Specifically, around age 16. Those of you who live…oh, anywhere else…probably learned to drive on wide-open, leafy streets lined with beloved friends and relatives all waving little flags, ushering kittens, trash cans, and other small dangers out of your path, and generally cheering you on. Or at least that’s how I...
Breezy florals. Denim jacket. Round-ish sunglasses. On me: Rebecca Taylor dress, vintage denim jacket, Juicy Couture Sunglasses, Alexandra Satine bag. floral and denim by ramshackleglam featuring canvas handbags Topshop dress $136 - topshop.com Denim jean jacket $30 - tillys.com Seychelles flat slip on shoes $85 - piperlime.gap.com Forever 21 canvas handbag...
Now what could this be? Original Article
Snow-White Denim And Narrowly Averted Disaster
In which I live dangerously. You know, I almost never wear white jeans. Mostly because they stress me out: I live in New York City, and I’m a massive klutz (see, for reference: the last time you saw me wear white pants on RG). Oh yes, and the baby thing. But I love them, I do: they just look so chic and crisp and effortless, and when they’re stretchy and lightweight and...
Summer Beauty Switch-Up
The weather in New York hasn’t started to steam up to maximum capacity quiiiiite yet, but it will very, very soon. And I have this vision of myself sitting on a beach, or in a park, or wherever, makeup-free, with gorgeous, glowing, blemish-free skin. It’s a lovely vision. It’s just not the easiest one to realize in…you know, reality. Here’s the thing: my skin tends to even itself out once it...
Jordan In The House: Pop Art And Polar Bears
My regular videographer, John, wasn’t able to come along for this week’s Coney Island segment…so I roped in a very special substitute. Oh yes, and then I swam in 48-degree water. Original Article
At 1:55AM this morning, I was startled awake by the words “Jenna Von Oy.” Not out loud. In my head. I have no explanation for this, either. Anyway, I couldn’t get back to sleep after that (that whole crippling insomnia thing I’ve moaned about before). And now I’m going fishing (belated Father’s Day present for Dad). Come hang out with me on...
By Request: Steak-And-Egg Wraps
Q. The Daily Fiona: That steak and egg wrap…do tell. Eggs, avocado, steak, anything else? Those three ingredients - marinated skirt steak, sliced avocado, and scrambled eggs - are pretty much it (although I would suggest adding shredded cheese of some sort), but that’s because I like my wraps on the simpler side. Of course you can always get crazy with the add-ons - Kendrick certainly...
Share Your Style / Daily Candy + Dove Pinterest...
This is me (and Kendrick) in the Hamptons, the one time that I managed to make it there in my 31 years (and simultaneously managed to break the beautiful house that we were staying in, which is what’s happening above). It’s extremely fun and glamorous and all those things that you’ve heard it is. And! I’m going back. I am so excited; extra excited because there’s a...
Things that happened this weekend: I spotted a truly awesome vest (at TopShop)… Mom and I ate even awesomer pasta (in Little Italy; I couldn’t decide whether to get the spinach ravioli or the gnocchi, so the kitchen whipped me up a little half-and-half action)… We made a stop into Ferrara Bakery for cannolis and display-gazing… We got a bright-and-early start to...
How-To: Pin-Up Beach Beauty
Click through to check out my latest post for Makeup.com, on retro beach beauty. We’re turning this into a regular column (beauty inspiration for events ranging from your midsummer garden party to your Labor Day BBQ to your holiday festivities) …so if you have any special events coming up that you’re in need of some ideas for, be sure to let me know! Original Article
Dove Twitter Party Today At 2PM EST
Dove & Ramshackle Glam are co-hosting a Twitter party today at 2PM EST to chat all things hair and style. (You’ll have the opportunity to win fun prizes, as well.) Click here to follow me on Twitter, here to follow Dove on Twitter, and use hashtag #dovestyle for all your questions. Can’t wait to say hi! UPDATE: Congrats to the five winners of a very special Dove gift...
BBQ & Baby
Just got home from the annual Piano Factory BBQ (that’s the building I grew up in, and I’m still close to lots of the people who live there). It’s a pretty gorgeous place - you may remember it from this JITH segment featuring my mama. Guess who was the hit of the party? (Hint: that person is a) pictured above, and b) not me.) That top that I’m wearing, by the way, is a...
Yes, Obama duped young people by not doing every single thing they want. So now,...– Stephen Colbert (via annemonroe)
Like I'm In Summer Camp
I went to summer camp exactly twice. The first time barely counted: I spent a week at a very intense gymnastics camp, so it was much less “s’mores and canoeing” and much more “soul-crushing competition and tears”. I did, however, get to play in those crazy pits full of foam cubes (a secret dream of mine, always), and I met a boy named Kyle. It was one of those...
We're Not In Malibu Anymore
The summer after graduation, shortly after I moved to Los Angeles, I found myself living in Malibu in an Oscar-winner’s house. My boyfriend Rob’s best friend had gotten engaged to Mira Sorvino, and they were getting married that summer, in Italy. We couldn’t afford to make the trip to the wedding, so we volunteered to spend a few weeks watching their house and dogs for them. A...