29 January 2012, 18:42
Cough, cough! Hello, from Illville! Mike & I have both been super-sick with this terrible cough — so bad I can barely talk. We’ve been spending our time cuddled up under multiple blankets, drinking tea & heating up endless pots of chicken soup. I have so much to do but I’m trying not to guilt myself over it, & allow myself time to recover & heal!
I’ve been making good use of my time — well, my definition of “good use”! — by researching potential adventures in NYC, as well as brand new beauty products! (Boy, do I love a good beauty prod!) My adventure research has been quite fruitful so far, I’ve found burlesque shows & slam poetry nights, taxidermy classes & porno bingo, all going on my list of Things To Do! This is such an amazing city, & sometimes I forget about that, so it’s good to be reminded. & beauty products, oh my. You should see my Amazon wishlist! I can’t wait to dig into some new eye creams, gradual tanners, fragrances, oils, & scrubs!
I’ve been doing a bit of reading, too. On the plane back from Utah, I got lost in Think & Grow Rich — one of the best books of all time, if you ask me — as well as Brand Like A Rockstar. Really, iBooks is one of the best things to happen to me, especially when I’m travelling. Inevitably, mid-flight, my laptop conks out & I need something else to do… & I just flick on my iPhone, & start reading. I also recently received Gail Larsen’s Transformational Speaking — I’m dying to do her course but the dates are so far away! — & Pink Smog, the prequel to Weetzie Bat. I’m very excited to dig into them!
I was on the cover of Funs NY magazine this month! You can read the magazine here, but um, it’s in Japanese! Inside, they featured three people who were transplants to NYC — me & two Japanese guys — & followed our stories. So cute, & I’m so flattered!
Ten things I love this week: Chocolate-chip pancakes, strawberries & chocolate ice-cream — all vegan — delivered to our door at 11pm. (Just one more reason to never leave New York City!) Dolly’s craziness & Hank’s gentle lovingness. Soy chai lattes from Starbucks, & I’m feeling especially good about them since discovering that Starbucks uses organic soy milk (i.e., not Monsanto seeds. Have you seen Food, Inc.? Terrifying stuff). Agonising over buying the perfect kettle. (It’s distressingly enjoyable. I think I want a yellow one by Le Creuset!) Las Vegas anticipation! I can’t wait to see Nubby & Kat & Jasmine again. Getting a new pair of bunny ears — my most stupendous pair yet, in fact! Can’t wait to show you! Cleaning the house. Nothing else really needs to be said, except that it is one of the best mood-elevators I know of! Mint.com: totally brilliant? I’d say so! Big chunks of amethyst, rose quartz & citrine sitting on my desk! Discovering amazing treasure trove stores with chatty, friendly proprietors. Best!
Hank’s nose is my favourite!
My outfit from Day One of Alt Summit: Betsey Johnson skull romper, Betsey Johnson tutu, vintage velvet blazer, Betsey Johnson kiss-print stockings, Matiko Ai booties!
Salt Lake City has killer vintage shopping. This coat is my new favourite!
On the ground at Salt Lake City airport.
...& flying away…
Macarons! As Nubby said, “Sugar rainbow!”
By the way, are you following me on Instagram yet?! My username is — surprise, surprise! — galadarling. Let’s be friiiiiends!
Despite having the plague, I’ve been so pleasantly surprised by this year’s winter! We’ve had all the best things — bracing mornings, bright sunlight, ample time to bust out coats, hats & gloves, & the (very) occasional snow — with none of the horribleness. No slush, very little rain, it’s been super-mild & barely dipped below zero. I LOVE IT!
Spending a little time at Park Here the other day definitely got me fired up for spring & summer, & all the wonderful things that come along with it. Birds chirping, fresh green shoots, cherry blossoms & bare shoulders… Big blue skies, coconut & vanilla-scented skin, rooftop parties & kisses on street corners… It’s my favourite time of year. So happy! I’m counting down the days!
Aw, they’re so cute.
恭 禧 发 财 !
I spent my day in Chinatown, gawking at the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities! It was pretty dragontastic, as you might expect — being the Year of the Dragon & all! Finally, I headed up to WholeFoods, where I spent absolutely aaaaages wandering around every aisle & reading every label. That, to my Virgo mind, is my idea of a good time! Quelle nerd!
...& don’t you forget it!
Bisoux & blessings,
P.S. If you liked this “behind the scenes” post, read the others! (Such a fun feature. I love doing these!)
13 December 2011, 10:25
Bonjour! I’m wearing a t-shirt with a fox face on it & listening to Amy Winehouse. I spent yesterday with my man, cleaning the house & sharing a lunch date at the laundromat before hitting the gym. Not the most glamorous day, granted, but anything can be fun if you go into it with the right attitude!
I’m definitely in end-of-year wind-down mode, & it feels fantastic. I’m getting my affairs in order for 2012, but at the same time, taking a loose, relaxed view of the rest of the month. It’s lovely. Where’s the thrill in being tightly-wound all the time?
My progress with the December activity guide is going swimmingly! How about you? Are you feeling festive yet? I baked malted chocolate chip cookies (they were INSANE), went ice-skating, & put up my tree… Like I mentioned, it’s hot pink & I have the lights on almost all the time! Last night, at Kmart, I picked up a gingerbread house kit, which is something I’ve NEVER done before! (I am so excited!!!! There are not enough exclamation points in the world!!!)
Top: With Betsey & Lulu Johnson; mid-ice-skating with Rabbit; good lighting at the W!
Bottom: Nouveau sunglasses c/o Elizabeth & James; with Deryck Todd; Mick Rock shooting Mark Ronson.
On Saturday, I met up with Rachel Rabbit White for a spot of ice-skating at The Standard, preceeded (& followed) by mega-rich hot chocolate from their Après Skate bar. We started out clutching onto one another as we slowly made our way around the rink, but before long, we picked up speed & were chatting about our embarrassing teenage escapades, evolving style with age & male gigolos!
On our way home, we stumbled upon a Kiehl’s with a FREE PHOTOBOOTH inside! Jackpot! (“Free” & “photobooth” have to be two of my favourite words!) Of course, we ran in & promptly hogged the machine by taking four strips of photos…
By the way, if you do make it to The Standard’s ice-skating rink, I strongly recommend the dark hot chocolate with whipped cream & crushed peppermint candy-cane pieces. Rabbit had the peanut butter hot chocolate with chocolate whipped cream & marshmallows, & was overwhelmed with delight!
Sunday was a pretty fantastic day too. We started out with brunch at Saxon + Parole (I had French toast with Nutella & bacon, oooomg), & then walked up to Union Square to see the Muppets movie. I can’t tell you how much I loved it! Also, I cried several times, because I am a huge baby. PERFECT!
Other things: I re-read the entirety of Dangerous Angels (favourite book) on my iPhone. It’s just as great as I remember. I also started playing Words With Friends, after resisting for about six months, & am — of course — totally hooked. Yes sir.
One of my favourite things about this time of year in NYC is the Christmas trees lined up on the streets. The smell is incredible & they look divine.
In a store on East 7th Street! Thank you for being a friend… ! (I think this would make an amazing gift for someone!)
Big sunglasses at the laundromat = essential!
Alright — I have a big week ahead! Can you believe it’s Christmas next Sunday?! OH MY! So much to do! Better hop to it… !
P.S. Mercury retrograde ends tonight… HOORAY!
20 November 2011, 18:18
Top shelf, L-R: Senso, Steve Madden, Steve Madden, Miu Miu knock-offs.
Lower shelf, L-R: ASOS, TopShop, Chinese Laundry, ASOS.
“Behind The Scenes” is a new proto-feature, where you get to see — you guessed it! — a little glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of my life. From outfit details to new obsessions, it’s all going to go here in a delicious menagerie! Let’s see how it goes!
Office exorcism: performed! That’s some of the biggest news of my week, for sure. I’ve been reading this book called Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui & it’s a revelation.
Lydia & I have been like crazed Virgo demons, putting things into piles, donating clothes, moving items into storage, & hauling enormous bags back & forth across the place, for the last couple of weeks. I guess I didn’t realise how much of a state my office was in until we started! Anyway, finally it is all coming together, & it’s such a relief to actually be able to WORK in here!
At the top of the post you can see a little section of my brand spanking new shoe shelves! The construction is really simple, I basically just bought two white Billy bookcases from IKEA & placed them next to one another. They make for a perfect shoe display. One day, ONE DAY I will have a walk-in closet, but in the meantime, these shelves are a fabulous start!
Top shelf, L-R: Steve Madden, Steve Madden, the shoes I designed (!!!), Forever 21.
Lower shelf, L-R: Christian Louboutin (wedding shoes!), necklace & bracelet stands from The Container Store, Zigi.
I also had a grand old time at The Container Store, buying organisational knick-knacks. Very Virgo, that is totally my idea of a good time! I love the necklace & bracelet holders I picked up, & I also decanted my vast & somewhat ridiculous collection of cosmetics into a couple of jumbo train cases from Sephora — a smaller, silver rhinestone one for everyday use, & a large raspberry one for everything else.
In fact, you can see the silver train case in the picture below!
One bonus of performing an exorcism on your personal space is that you rediscover old treasures. Hence: a party on my left arm!
L-R: Silver & pink spiked bangles by nOir, Betsey Johnson watch, something with no label I bought on Gilt, tangled crystal bracelets from Forever 21.
This is one of the easiest ways of making a lamp that I know: stuff fairy lights into an oversized jar. This is just a huge cookie jar I bought on Amazon. I would only recommend using LED lights for this, though; regular ones might melt together!
My office is definitely not finished yet, but I’m hoping to share more pictures as soon as it is!
My latest obsessions are the newest lip products on the market, Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters & Maybelline Baby Lips. I learned about both of them from watching Youtube beauty videos (it’s like falling into a black hole, I tell you!). I am always on the search for a very moisturising lip balm with a hint of colour, but finding the right product sometimes feels like a fool’s errand. The more I did my research on these two, though, the more obsessed I became. The Lip Butters get insanely good reviews on Makeup Alley, the swatches are fantastic, & well, what more can I say? I am a woman possessed.
Maybelline Baby Lips
I finally found Maybelline Baby Lips on the very bottom row of a Rite Aid display in an unsavoury part of Alphabet City, & snapped up Peppermint, Pink Punch, Cherry Me & Peach Kiss. Peppermint is a clear, peppermint-scented balm, Pink Punch is a soft bubblegum pink tint, Cherry Me is a gorgeous raspberry stain & Peach Kiss is a nude shimmer. My favourite is Cherry Me, the colour is really subtle & the look is quite gorgeous. Peach Kiss makes me look like I’ve been bitten by a zombie & I’m about to “turn”. It’s not good on me!
Ultimately, I don’t know that these balms live up to the hype. One of their major features was supposed to be that they’re great for really dry lips. They’re not what I would call super-moisturising, unless you obsessively re-apply them, but then, who wants to do that? (I do like the colour of Cherry Me a LOT though. I’d recommend picking it up.) You can read about other people’s experiences with Baby Lips here.
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters
As for Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters… Oh my! How can I be so obsessed with something I have never even tried?! Everyone who follows me on Twitter knows that I’ve been caterwauling about how I can’t find them anywhere in NYC; I seriously feel like I have been into every drugstore on the island, but no dice!
AMAZINGLY, on Thursday night the incredible Dolly Dahl messaged me to say, “I’m in Vegas & I found the lip butters!” I have a nice little package winging its way to me from Nevada, so hopefully I’ll be able to give you an update on them soon!
...You’ll find out more about these pictures (& that tweet!) in a couple of weeks!
Other things I’m into right now include sour gummy bears, buying candles from White Magick Alchemy, making a huuuuuge list of movies for the winter now that we are finally members of Netflix (!), & our new towels from IKEA. There is something about fresh white bath towels that is so sweetly optimistic, especially when one of you has pink hair… !
Here’s to a beautiful week! Oh, & if you enjoyed this feature, hit the Facebook “LIKE” button below my signature!
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