Dear book, you are the best thing to happen to my brain in a long time, and your subject is infuriating and occasionally quite sexy, but you are long as fuck. My back hurts from lugging you all over town. Sincerely, CRF
Anonymous asked: I'm going to a casual-ish wedding in the summer and am in need of an appropriate dress that I could also transition into my everyday summer wardrobe. I'm not a very fancy person, so any suggestions on a dress that bridges the gap between wedding guest and daily life would help!
Pretty much any cocktail dress (that is not too revealing) can transition from bouquet toss to boardroom (and backyard BBQ and bingo night and b-b-b…), but this Kelly green number by Ralph Lauren would look especially awesome with both a metallic gold sandal and gold jewelry for wedding night and a flat espadrille and denim jacket at Sunday brunch. Ditto this pointelle lace navy frock and this tangerine shirtdress, which you could dress up with a sky-high nude sandal and smoky bronze eye.
daniellesmyname asked: Have to wear a "little pink dress" (not kidding) for a Bachelorette Party in downtown STL. Any recs? All I'm finding - especially in larger sizes - are Easter sunday appropriate, and I want something a little more special.
OMG, please don’t tell me y’all are going out on the Landing. But! If you in fact are tearing up the riverfront, I suppose there’s no better color to wear en masse than pink. In fact, forget everything I just said. This will be fun.
ASOS has cute, party-appropriate frocks in Pepto shades for under a hundred, and the best way to avoid church style is to glam up your accessories. This one is cute (and could totally segue into workwear with tights and a blazer), as is this one (less professional, however) and this one (if covered-up is your steeze). Pair with super-sleek hair, a smoky eye, nude lip, and bare legs, and you’ll be good to go. Penis straw not included.
It is a big day for RL Magazine: My Capri story is finally live (launched in conjunction with Black Label's Spring 2014 campaign), as is "Inside Summit Outside", a profile on the tech conference that bought a Utah mountain, written by my friend Caroline McCarthy and her colleague Maya Baratz. Also featured: ladies’ polo in Dubai and a love letter to Puerto Rico. Go read, get inspired, and shop shop shop!
Anonymous asked: my boyfriend and i are planning on taking a trip to nyc! i know you've done several "what to do in nyc" posts before, but i have two questions: a) where's a good central area to stay? b) financially, what's a reasonable price for a 4 day trip? (we're grad students :) we're in the budgeting and planning phase and want to make sure we're not in over our heads for how much to spend/bring with us.
Stay in a little room at the Ace Hotel, and budget $150 per diem for inexpensive eats, beer or wine, and Metrocards. Skip the cabs and walk everywhere. Take the Staten Island Ferry for a free harbor tour. Forget the fancy dinners—there’s better food to be eaten for half the price at little holes in the wall. If you’re dying to shop, hit the second-hand stores in the East Village. Desperately seeking something swankier? Prepare to invest—and relax. You’re on vacation. Welcome to New York!
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Anonymous asked: My friends and I are graduating college in May and want to bum around a beach town for a few months before starting our big girl jobs in August. Newport is on our short list- any recommendations for where to live cheaply? Preferably within walking distance to town and/or beach.
Newport is the best, hands down. But first: nothing is close to both town and beach unless you have a bike. Buy a bicycle. Next: Get an apartment in some tumble-down house on the west side of Broadway or just off upper Thames. Work in a restaurant or a bar. Find a summer boyfriend. Drink lots of rum. If you’re lucky, you’ll never leave.
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Anonymous asked: I just found your Tumblr and I absolutely love it. Your life seems to be full of great people and great memories. How do you balance it all? How do you form great relationships with your girls? How do you keep your life fun and exciting? I'm finishing up graduate school and can visualize the life I want to have, but the same monotonous routine seems to creep back up.
First, thank you! Second, I don’t balance it all. Different aspects of my life take priority at different times. What helps keep me sane and successful is knowing what to prioritize when—be it my friendships, my relationship with my mister, my job, or my running habit—and knowing when to shift gears. I keep life fun by breaking the routine now and then, and I keep it calm by staying close to home and quiet whenever I can. Give yourself two nights a week to go wild—maybe one night out with the girls and one date night—and take mini-vacations ever four to eight weeks. Try new workout classes, read weird books, bum around far-flung neighborhoods. Consider your routine the cake and everything else icing. You can’t enjoy one without the other.
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Things Mom taught me:
- Write your thank-you notes on Christmas afternoon.
- Dress up for air travel.
- Eat a small salad with every dinner.
- When cracking open a blue crab, start with the candlestick.
- Sleep in.
- Never talk during Seinfeld.
- Wear lipstick. (One can always use a little color.)
- Never date a man who doesn't read.
- Add mayonnaise to your grilled cheese (before grilling).
- Always maintain your own checking account.
- Don't say the F-word too much, or it loses its power.
- Go to church.
- Never pair baby blue with brown.
- There is a Rolling Stones song to suit every occasion.
- If tired, depressed or otherwise blue, take a walk.
- Never put Jack Daniels in egg nog.
- When speaking to a customer service representative, be friendly.
- Don't keep bad friends.
- Cheese and crackers are a perfectly acceptable dinner.
"The world can’t end yet. I have too many books to read."
Happy birthday to my sweet mama! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: When I was ten, my baby-sitter Lois took me to see The Baby-Sitters Club at the theatre, and I scarfed an entire large bucket of popcorn and later that night, threw up all over my bedspread, and Mom got out of bed to hose it down in the backyard, and she wasn’t even mad! She did that for me! And she said that when she croaks, she wants us to play Uncle Mick’s "She’s So Cold" when they carry her casket out of the church (not that that is every going to happen because she is going to live forever). She is a unicycle-riding, Fifty Cent-quoting bold bitch, and she is the best!!! Happy birthday, hot Peggity!
Well. This morning’s eBay hunt was a successful one! Instead of eight-point bucks (shout-out to my Missouri folk), I bagged the above Ralph Lauren Collection shoes, one of which is a much-needed staple (the black sandal circa Spring mid-aughts, still perfectly on point) and the other a long coveted relic from Spring 2004. That season’s collection was one of my all-time favorites here at RL—it kicked off with sharp black-and-white looks and then segued into a riot of candy colors, all in sporty silhouettes—so to own a piece of it (in mint condition!) feels so special. I can’t wait to rock that green sandal with a skinny white jean and white tank this summer.
Bad stuff, bad days, bad moods happen, and I swear, a good shoe at a great price is sometimes the only medicine.