Archive for September, 2013

September 14, 2013

Indaco

There’s no such thing as Italian food outside of New York–and Italy, of course– but that is only my opinion and I love to be proven wrong! Indaco is doing its best to stand out in a sea of trendy restaurants on Upper King Street, but I’m not sure I’d consider them an “Italian” restaurant.

The food was well and good, but would it survive up North? I don’t know about that.

I did enjoy my dish, though, and the small plates to start were quite good, too. Nothing to write home about, but the Roasted Brussel Sprouts Pizza was very tasty and the Crispy Chickpeas were a hit at the table. For my main course, I ordered the Camera D’Aria, which is a thick squid ink pasta wrapped around scallops, shrimp and blue crab. Imagine a pasta sushi roll, basically.

Of course I’m partial to good old-fashioned red vodka sauce Italian, but it appears as though I’ll have to get used to this whole “rustic Southern Italian” movement. Hats off to them, though, as they opened less than two months ago and already have the restaurant in great working order.

I’ll go back, but probably not right away.

September 12, 2013

Bikram Yoga

Several months ago, I made an impulse purchase on a Groupon offer for 10 classes at Bikram Yoga. With that hasty decision, I failed to read the fine print:

  • The room is kept at 105 degrees and 50% humidity, so be prepared to sweat! Come to class on an empty stomach. Oh, that sounds pleasant. I may as well be running laps on blacktop at the peak of the day in mid-August. I have never been so sweaty.

  • Do not eat for 3 hours before class. If you must eat, fruit, yogurt or a granola bar is best. Probably shouldn’t have eaten those scrambled eggs and white toast 1 hour before.

  • Be well hydrated before class. As you practice, you will want to drink at least 3 liters of water a day. And expect to sweat out every  drop.

  • Wear light clothing such as a sports bra and shorts. Shorts for men. Try to avoid sweats or baggy clothing. Be comfortable!! I am much more comfortable in leggings and a tank top, thank you very much. The men in the class seemed to be very comfortable in Speedos and spandex. Seriously, gross.

  • Classes are 90 minutes and begin exactly on time. No late-comers will be admitted; no leaving class early. Use the restroom before class. 90 minutes in a smelly, crowded, steaming hot room.

I’m sorry, but what about this sounds enjoyable? Working out is never really enjoyable for me, but this honestly sounds like hell. Sure enough it was. 90 minutes of hell.

The instructor advised me that I may feel nauseous from the heat and assured me it was OK to lie down if I began to feel lightheaded. I didn’t feel nauseous or lightheaded from the heat. No. I felt nauseous from the smells. The body odor. And the sweat dripping from stranger’s bodies. Half of those bodies of which refuse to wear deodorant. Ever. I am actually gagging a little bit as I write this.

Some people swear by this hot yoga phenomenon and claim it only gets better after the first class, but I will not be one of those people… because I will never go back. Never again.

 

September 11, 2013

never forget.

September 10, 2013

Anthropologie Picks

Anthro Picks

1. Sunday in Brooklyn top  |  2. Anthropologie dishtowels  |  3. Anthropologie turban band  |  4. Anthropologie bracelet

5. LA2L barrette  |  6. David Aubrey necklace  |  7. Zalo loafers

September 8, 2013

beach hues for fall

After compiling a fall wish list, I came to the fast realization that I have an obsession with tan and navy, a.k.a. the colors of the sand and the surf… yes, it is that difficult for me to part with summer. Practically every item I’ve torn out, screen shotted, flagged, and coveted have been in a dark blue or tan hue… especially in the accessories department. My new Fall “It” Bag must come in one or both of these colors.

1. Meli Melo in tan  |  2. Meli Melo in navy  |  3. Loeffler Randall in navy  |  4. Loeffler Randall in dark camel

5. Max Mara in navy  |  6. Max Mara in tan  |  7. 3.1 Phillip Lim in nude  | 8. 3.1 Phillip Lim in navy

9. J.Crew in black/navy  |  10. J.Crew in camel/orange  |  11. Saint Laurent in navy blue  |  12. Saint Laurent in powder

1. Tory Burch in cheetah coconut |  2. Tory Burch in bright navy  |  3. Vince Camuto in navy

4. Rag & Bone in camel  |  5. J.Crew in sand navy  |  6. Manolo Blahnik in camel  |  7. Manolo Blahnik in navy

 8. Saint Laurent in blue  |  9. Saint Laurent in natural

September 6, 2013

so long, sweet summer

I’ve always dreaded that first chill in the air. The first time you need a jacket in the morning. The first sight of pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and witches. The first time you see your breath at night. It’s hard to believe that the unofficial end to summer has already come and left us. It left us asking ourselves, “Where did the summer go?

Now it’s back to school, back to the grind. The days of summer fridays, barbecues, watermelon, sundresses, and lazy beach days are just about behind us.

What a bittersweet way to say farewell to my favorite season… right at home. It’s hard to believe that the next time I’m up there–which is a mere month from now–it’ll officially be boot season. Fortunately for me, my new city will allow me to squeeze in another month or two of summer.

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September 5, 2013

Crave & Save: The Sugar Scrub

I am a firm believer in sugar scrubs. They’re perfect all year long–for keeping skin smooth in the summertime and hydrated in the cooler months–but they can definitely be on the pricey side.

My all-time favorite sugar scrub is by Fresh, which retails for up to $65, but the sugar scrub possibilities are endless. Hazelwood’s Pom Bomb Sugar Scrub is a much more affordable option and a very close second… plus it smells so, so good and leaves your skin feeling soft and refreshed.

 

 

1. Sunshine Spa, $11  |  2. Trish McEvoy, $55  |  3. The Body Shop, $20  |  4. Archipelago, $29

5. Bath & Body Works, $16  |  6. Bliss, $36  |  7. Whish, $38  |  8. Fresh, $65  |  9. Laura Mercier, $46