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BROOKLYN (RED HOOK): GETTING BAKED [VANILLA AND CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOWS BY BAKED]

By Nora Zelevansky / December 14th, 2010

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I probably shouldn't even admit this, but last night I watched First Daughter, which is that fiasco where Katie Holmes plays the President's daughter and the Commander in Chief is Beetlejuice.

Personally, I recommend you spare yourself that experience.  Don't even get me started on Katie Holmes' weird mouth. Yup.  I took one for the team and, I should mention, that it was only because of the above marshmallows.  My friend S. sends me yummy food baskets for every birthday and this year's included brownies and marshmallows (yup, chocolate flavored ones too!) made by a company out of Red Hook called Baked.

The Drewser and I have been roasting them on chopsticks over our old school gas stove, which is – I realize – a little college dorm room and a little low-end, but SO YUUUUUUMMMMY!

Just take a gander for yourself:

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They're good.  So good, in fact, that I watched all of First Daughter in a contented stupor.  Isn't life grand?  Sad sad state of affairs.

xo – N.

LA (SANTA MONICA): BALLET FLATS FOR THIS MOMENT [LONDON SOLE’S LEOPARD FLATS]

By Nora Zelevansky / December 13th, 2010

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In life, there can only be one sole Survivor.  Or maybe that's on TV.  Whatever.  Reality, fantasy, blah blah blah.  It's all the same.  At least that's what I keep telling the men in white coats.  But will they listen?  No!  It's all "More lithium now!" and "Strap her down!"

I can't get no respect.

Anyway, my emphasis was actually meant to be on "sole."  Because, while there may only be one sole Survivor, I believe that when it comes to closets, soles should be plentiful.  The more the merrier (like the voices in my head).

That's why I had to rave about the above London Soles leopard print ballet flats on Mondette.com.  Such a great accessory to add some punch and shake up the status quo.  Plus, the U.K. company chose to target LA before NYC, so you can visit the shop right here on our west side.

Because you and I may not have the soul of a leopard (or so the doctors claim), but we might as well have the sole of one.

xo – N.

 

 

 

Pure of sole.

LA (CULVER CITY): THE BEST BAG SALE [LOCKHEART SAMPLE SALE]

By Nora Zelevansky / December 10th, 2010

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You may not know this about me, but, when it comes to bags (and olives), I have a selfish streak.  That's right.  Stay away or get burned.

That said, my Jewish guilt overrides that animal instinct, so I'm telling you about Lockheart's sale today and tomorrow in Culver City against my better judgement.  They have only done this sale once before and, I kid you not, the prices are SICK.

You should probably go at 11am and give them time to set up (a.k.a. I will be there when they open at 10am and you shouldn't get in my way).

I just can't help but confess.  Hopeless.

Good luck!

xo – N.

LA (W. 3RD ST): THESE ARE THE PEOPLE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD [W. 3RD Street Holiday Party]

By Nora Zelevansky / December 9th, 2010

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Some people love the Fourth of July (people without fears of stampeding crowds and fireworks).  Others favor Thanksgiving or Easter (people who like stuffing and searching for eggs).  Still, others prefer Valentine's Day.

Actually.  That's just not true.  Everyone hates Valentine's Day.

ANYWAY … my favorite day of the year, at least in my little 3rd Street neighborhood, is the evening of the Holiday Block Party.  Picture it: Free Joan's on Third eats (and snacks from tons of restaurants as you march up the strip), a glass of champagne as you peruse discounted home decor items, red wine as you check out (again discounted) winter/spring clothing from cute boutiques, a gratis gelato cart, gratis tacos and lots of friendly people on the street, wandering around to Christmas Music tunes.

Honestly, it's the GREATEST.  You can even pretend you live in a walking city!  And the shops are open until 9pm, so you can finish your holiday shopping (or in my case, shop for myself).

Because SOME people prefer their birthdays.

xo – N.