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The Intellectual Pile Up

October 24, 2013


There’s this thing that happens to me on an almost weekly basis. No, it’s not that I forget to take my birth control or leave the house wearing two different socks (though both of these scenarios do happen), it’s actually much more intellectual than that. Can you tell I’m wearing my glasses right now? Just kidding, I don’t have glasses.


Each week my kitchen table turns into a pile up of newspapers, weeklies, and magazines that my mailman stuffs into my mailbox. And each day, as a new one arrives and I toss it atop the ever-growing stack, I tell myself that I will spend the evening burning through each publication. But by the time 6PM rolls around, all I want is to vegetate in front of my TV to the twangs of George Costanza, and I therefore end up leaving my stack of intellectual goodies for yet another day of unfulfilled promises.

For those of you who are paperless aficionados, perhaps this is the moment where you’re itching to tell me to take my subscriptions to Tablet Town, and I hear you, I do. If I went paperless I wouldn’t have a giant stack of unread articles staring me in the face every time I go to check on the contents of my fridge. I could also accomplish a lot of this reading while riding the subway or sitting in the waiting room of my gynecologist’s office. I’d also probably be sparing my mailman the pain of rolling and cramming each magazine into my small, rectangular mailbox. But even with all of these justifications, I cannot bring myself to move my weekly reading build up to the digital world. Here’s why:

For starters, I like the reminder that I have all this reading to devour and enjoy. If I had my subscriptions on my iPad I could simply “Mark as Read” and no longer trouble myself with the notion of so many unread articles. I am also a sucker for tear outs and underlining — two tactile functions that fail to translate as coherently to our beloved tablets. And lastly, this pile up allows me the opportunity to shut off for a couple of hours. With a giant stack of magazines at my disposal, I allot myself an hour or two where I leave my computer and cell phone in the other room — something that’s not so simple when you’re addicted to hitting the refresh button on Instagram — fill up a mug of coffee if it’s the morning or a glass of wine if it’s the evening, and sit indian style, moving my eyes from left to right, absorbing whatever these prints have to offer. Call it meditation, call it neurosis, call it a waste of paper — it’s a moment in the week where I can finally look away from a blaring screen and instead feed my brain the kind of juice that mindless shows like  Parks and Recreation or procrastination sites like BuzzFeed may not.* If I were a kid I suppose you could equivocate this pile up to a parental reminder to eat my greens since we all know that sugar highs and processed cheese trade offs happen in the lunchroom.

*This is not a knock on BuzzFeed or Parks and Rec. In fact, I might be switching between writing this and scrolling through a list of 26 Costumes That Prove Pugs Always Win at Halloween right now…

BCBG Dinner

June 14, 2012
tags: , , , decals, dinner, , fall 2012, , freemans alley, , , , lubov azria, , max azria, nail, , , sally hansen, , sparkles, stickers, strips, , ,
by Sonia

When Lubov Azria sends over a dress from her Fall 2012 collection for you to wear to an intimate dinner party hosted by BCBGMAXAZRIA, you have to pull out all the stops.

 Along with doing my hair - shocking, I know - I set aside some “me time”  to apply sparkly Sally Hansen Nail Strips that added the perfect touch of glittery punk glamour  - hello oxymoron - to my simple silhouette. What’s a stylish dinner party without a good manicure? Am I right!?

As for the dress, I fell in love with it’s sheer color blocking glory when it came billowing down the runway back in February. The top is actually 100% sheer, which on a model with no chest looks great, but on me?…not so much. After toying with a few different bras, I opted for a body hugging long sleeve black shirt that, thankfully, looked like it was part of the dress. Given more time I think I would have gotten away with a nude bandini or bandeau.

The dinner was held at Freeman’s Restaurant - one of my favorites in the city - and the meal itself did not disappoint. It was wonderful to be sitting in a room full of fellow editors and bloggers and Mrs. Azria herself who did a phenomenal job as hostess. I wish we could have a dinner party like this every week!

{ BCBG dress fall 2012 collection c/o, Topshop heels, vintage earrings, Kate Spade bag, Sally Hansen nails c/o }

// photos by Emily Malan

Casper Pants

March 12, 2012
tags: , best, , , casper pants, catbird, , dog park, eden, editor street style, , emmanuelle alt, , , , fringe, fringe leather jacket, , kelsi dagger, , , , , open toe booties, , , , , , , skinny rings, , , striped shirt, , white jeans, william rast,
by Sonia

Back when I first moved to New York and was looking for apartments, I made the mistake of wearing white jeans while on the hunt and wound up coming home with the back half of my pants speckled with gray dirt and dust. Granted it had rained the night before, but still, I was totally grossed out and took a major hiatus from casper pants (not to be mistaken with the casper pale skin I’m currently sporting).

In the past year I have welcomed white jeans back into my life with open legs arms and am happy to say that this featured pair of Rag & Bone leg casings skinnies have only suffered one speckle of grey dirt because of Finn‘s post dog park paws. Thankfully, there’s this amazing potion called bleach that works like a fairy godmother’s magic wand. Zap! Zing! Stain be gone! 

*Editors Note: For tougher stains, consult your nearest wizard.

*Another Editors Note: Am I seriously that big of a loser?


{ William Rast Jacket (similar here), Zara Shirt, Rag & Bone Jeans, Kelsi Dagger Boots, Proenza Schouler Bag, Forever21 & nOir Jewelry Bracelets, Eden Necklace c/o, CatBird Rings }

//photos by Emily Malan


October 5, 2009
tags: conde nast, cookie, elegant bride, gourmet magazine, , recession, WWD
by Sonia

According to WWD, Conde Nast has announced that Gourmet Magazine, Cookie and two bridal magazines will all be shutting down. I really loved Gourmet magazine…it’s really a shame to see it go.