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NYC (& BEYOND): Jasmine(!) Lip Glaze You Can’t Live Without

By Nora Zelevansky / September 30th, 2011

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Okay, okay, this time I've been so horribly remiss in posting that I can't even apologize.  How many times can I abuse you poor LINTERS and then try to offer you flowers?  (Metaphorically speaking, of course.  I don't actually HAVE any flowers for any of you.)

That said, I got too obsessed with the above Korres Lip Butter Glaze not to spread the good word.  First of all, who the heck ever heard of a "Jasmine" flavored lip glaze?  Yes, please!  (It does come in other tints/scents, but why would you want that?)

Second, two words: LIP BUTTER.  I mean, you know how I feel about body butter, people, and lipgloss.  Just think of the the level of euphoria!  It goes on like silk, it STAYS on like heaven and it smells divine.  AND — in these po' ass times — it only costs $14, so you can buy it without guilt.

Which is good.  Because with guilt comes flowers.  And that's just an added expense.

xo – N.

EVERYWHERE: THE BEST SALE!!!!

By Nora Zelevansky / June 30th, 2011

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Since I'm a HUGE Vince fan and I recommended the Natalie bathing suit from Anthropologie and it was (gasp!) all sold out (boo hissssss!), I needed to tell you guys about this HUGE Vince summer sale for BOYS and GIRLS that's happening.

It's crazy!  You can get this leather jacket for $300-ish instead of $800-ish:

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Shut up.  Shut up.

xo – N.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF TUESDAY [THE BEST BATHING SUIT]

By Nora Zelevansky / June 28th, 2011

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Okay, I'm truly sorry not to be posting a Bachelorette recap today, but I'm off on a trip – first to San Diego and then to Vancouver and Victoria – and will be watching it late.

I'll report back on all that when I return, BUT, in the meantime, I thought I at least owed you some kind of nugget.  Above, behold the Natalie One-Piece from Anthropologie, which I KID YOU NOT is the best fitting, most flattering bathing suit that I have ever encountered in my entire life.

Seriously.

It comes in multiple colors (I have the polkadots!) and it's all old Hollywood and stuff, but best of all, it seems to be on sale right now.  I feel like I should buy 10 to wear over the next decade.  That's how good this thing looks on.

I'm sure you'll get on swimmingly! (Couldn't resist.)

xo – N.

DC (& THE WORLD): THE BEST ECO-DOC WITH MATT DAMON [PLAN B]

By Nora Zelevansky / February 7th, 2011

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I grew up in an unusual family, though I didn't fully acknowledge that fact until I arrived at college in California and exchanged stories about backgrounds with new friends.  Lo and behold, I was the only girl at school with a performance artist father, contemporary curator mother and theater directing sister.

Don't get me wrong: I knew I was different when friend's families invited my parents to The Hamptons for weekends at "the club" and my parents always politely declined, noting – in the privacy of our Upper West Side apartment – that they didn't "do" The Hamptons.

My parents may also be the only people in history who frequented Studio 54 (because of the art scene element) and completely hated it.  "It was awful," my mother still says without apology.  My father agrees even more fervently.

So, I suppose maybe it was a given on some level that I would wind up with creative and interesting in-laws instead of some status quo.  And, yes, though maybe not as esoteric in their interests as my art world parents, Hal & Marilyn Weiner are Emmy Award-winning documentarians, who constantly travel the globe for their work.

Since Andrew and I have been involved, their focus has been primarily environmental.  I'm sure you can guess on which side of the debate they tend to fall, once they've completed their exhaustive research.  For awhile now, their company, Screenscope, has worked with Matt Damon as narrator on these projects; mostly segments for PBS series, Journey to Planet Earth).

Their newest film though is based around the teachings of climate control expert Lester Brown and once again, as reported here, Matt Damon is the voice for the cause.  They follow Brown all over the world, as he imparts information and meets with lawmakers and such.

But certain things remain the same: I'm pretty sure they never hit The Hamptons.

xo – N.

 

W. VIRGINIA (LEWISBURG): A NEW/OLD BRACELET [1930’s Antique Cuff]

By Nora Zelevansky / November 3rd, 2010

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This is long overdue, BUT the above vintage "Deco" bracelet was an amazing find by my 'rents in a Lewisburg, West Virginia antique store.  Who knew West Virginia had so much to offer?  First a Democratic senator and now this!

My mother thinks it's a 1920's or 1930's cellulose cuff and I think it's awesome no matter what it is.  Have you noticed all the jewelry designers copying such things in the last couple years?

Anyhow, you may notice the cobblestones below my arm.  That's a clue that the picture was taken in Williamsburg, VA, where we traveled after North Carolina.  Don't you just love a cobblestone?

xo – N.

P.S. If you happen to find yourself in the area, you might also check out Candies by Mary, where they sell the most delicious homemade hard candies.

VA (AND BEYOND): A SURPRISE SHOPPING SPOT [CLOSET ENVY]

By Nora Zelevansky / September 10th, 2010

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Unless you were in the market for a bonnet with matching butter churn, you probably wouldn't travel to Colonial Williamsburg for clothes shopping.

I didn't go there for that reason either.  But, on our recent east coast jaunt, we took a break from beach lolling and pit-stopped in Williamsburg, staying at the fab Williamsburg Inn.  On the hotel's grounds, there were ducks and geese and I even spotted a little cute beaver kind of thingy, so I could hardly tear myself away.

BUT when we finally wandered through town, we happened upon a boutique called Closet Envy, that was having a sale.  Not that I had any expectation of really finding anything, but I sorted through the "Sale" rack and came across Rebecca Taylor's above purple "Perfect Party" dress.  In my size.

This picture doesn't do it justice because there's really pretty stitching and the back zipper has this cool blue tag etc.  But anyway, it was a no-brainer, along with a Rebecca Taylor "By Bye Blouse" (see below), which was also 70 percent off and also looks so much LESS cute in these pictures.  What is the deal?

Anyway, my mother made a purchase too, which proves that the boutique is worth a stop, even for pieces beyond Rebecca Taylor sale items.

Next time you're in Colonial Williamsburg.  Maybe when your current bonnet wears thin.

xo – N.

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(So cute with a woven belt!)

LA (AND BEYOND): SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION [TOP CHEF FOR TRAVEL + LEISURE)

By Nora Zelevansky / September 2nd, 2010

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So, I've decided to take time out of my busy beach lolling schedule to actually write a post.

What?  There may be a hurricane coming.  I need to take what sun and Atlantic Ocean swimming I can get, mofos.

ANYWAY … Travel + Leisure posted my story about the bestest Top Chef restaurants today, so thought you all might like to check it out.

Tune in next week, when I'm back in black.  (That means in LA and writing the blog again, if you didn't understand.)

xo – N.

SC/NC/DE (AND BEYOND): THE BEST EAST COAST BEACH VACATION

By Nora Zelevansky / August 24th, 2010

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It's that time of year, folks.  Time to throw on the sun-bleached Forever 21 sundresses and worn in flip-flops, put down the Blackberry and let the hair run wild (well, less wild in my case, since I just got a Global Keratin hair taming treatment at Sally Hershberger).

And, okay, let's be honest: I'm bringing both my Blackberry and laptop and will be checking them aaaalllll the damn time.  But maybe I'll be just a little less glued?

Anyway, it's time for my annual end of summer/Labor Day trip to the east coast, which generally involves fried pickles and a lot of blue crab with Old Bay seasoning.  But this year, Andre & I are also headed to South Carolina and North Carolina, so hopefully there will be lots more LINT to collect!

In the meantime, my posts may be a bit sporadic.  Forgive me.  Sometimes even I need a little un-work related vacay!

xo – N.

CRUMPLED TWENTY: THE BEST WAY TO WIN **3** BAGS [REBECCA MINKOFF]

By Nora Zelevansky / August 13th, 2010

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The Best Link Today:

Hi Guys.  So, I feel like this really doesn't require a lot of fanfare or explanation: Go onto Refinery 29 and you can enter to win 3(!) Rebecca Minkoff bags.  I mean, are you KIDDING me?  Like, sign me up times twelve!

If any LINTERS happen to win, do let us know so we can live vicariously!!

xoxo – N.

LA (AND BEYOND): THE BEST WAY TO TAKE YOUR VITAMINS

By Nora Zelevansky / April 20th, 2010

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I'm aware that this may fall under the category of incredibly lame PL posts, but I just can't help myself.  I created this blog to share my most favorite discoveries and, well, this is one.  DEAL WITH IT.

Since Ye Olde Flinstone Vitamin days and, okay, maybe those chalky sour cherry C days, I've not been able to get myself to regularly take vitamins.  I buy multis.  I take them for a day or two.  Then I forget and only remember six months later, when I'm moved to start taking them again.  Inevitably, I return to the cupboard to find that they've expired.  Then I buy them again.

Until now.  Now, I am totally and completely obsessed with the above Sour Gummies (Adult Multivitamins), which are for adults (ahem), but taste so much like yummy candy that I have to talk myself out of eating more than my daily allowance.  I like saying "daily allowance."

Andre Vien has asked me about seventy-fives times whether they're for adults because he's been taking them too (and because apparently he doesn't listen when I answer questions!).  I haven't tried the regular non-sour variety, but they may do the trick too.

And that, my PL friends, is one to grow on.

xo – N.