• Catalog Police
  • What You Shouldn’t Buy on Black Friday

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    It’s Black Friday, and as always, there’s a culture war afoot. There’s an inherent tension between those who love to shop on Black Friday (and Thanksgiving night) and those who loathe the materialistic mobs. There are moral questions about the implications of Black Friday on retail workers, as well as philosophical questions about whether we, as […]

  • Weekend
  • Deliver Me From L.L. Bean


    Before I dive into today’s post, let’s take a pause to send each other mental high-fives. There’s a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving — something that can be hard to focus on when we see another tragic news story or hear about the ill health of a loved one. Nobody’s life is perfect, but it’s […]

  • Travel
  • When Moths Eat Your Sweaters


    Over the weekend, I went to Massachusetts to visit family. And although I felt like my packing was minimal, I wound up bringing a full suitcase and a weekender bag. (I still don’t understand how this happens.) Because the weekend was mostly comprised of yoga and relaxing (with a little sprinkling of shopping), I brought my […]

  • Fitness
  • Fitness Shopping in Manhattan: Weird & Wonderful


    Manhattanites have a tendency to over-luxuriate and obsessively index everything. For example, the way we freak out about exotic food. If you need cheese for a dinner party, you’ll have 250+ varieties to choose from. If you want a particular wine, you can select your sauce down to the grape, the year and the type of fertilizer used […]

  • Catalog Police
  • Five Outfits to Ruin the Holidays


    The holidays are always a contentious time of year. Pressure to buy useless items reaches a boiling point. Airfare is astronomically high. Morale, bank balances and tolerance for red Starbucks cups are at an all-time low. (No seriously, I have no clue what that Starbucks thing is even about.) Let’s lighten the mood. I took […]

  • Beauty & Skincare
  • Your Face Cream Might Make Your Skin Worse


    I over-think almost everything, and that includes my skincare routine. I have tried several different combinations of products to design the ultimate anti-aging, moisturizing rotation. I’ve even timed my nighttime ritual to try and identify areas where I could be more efficient. (For example, I only use a Clairsonic brush once per week instead of five […]

  • Style Philosophy
  • Vintage Fur: Fabulous or Faux Pas?


    When I first moved to New York City, I got the same few questions over and over, like: “Your apartment is seriously only 500 square feet?” and “Do you ever see celebrities?” But most frequently, I got this: “Do you worry about PETA spray painting you when you wear fur?” The last question always seems the strangest to me. […]

  • Wedding
  • My Sister’s Wedding: The Brunch


    This is my final installment covering my sister’s wedding, right as the couple celebrates nearly a month of matrimony. (If you want to catch up, here are Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 about the wedding — plus additional posts on wedding dress shopping and the bachelorette party.) Today we’ll be focusing on the brunch, the final wedding event. […]

  • DIY
  • Three Halloween Ideas


    Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. (My history of costumes is here.) I love dressing up in costumes — and for the last several years, I’ve resisted buying a costume from the store in favor of cobbling together a look from my closet or the thrift store. Normally, I’d prefer to do a Halloween post […]