This week, I was out and about more than usual! On Sunday, Dallas came up from D.C. and we did a little shopping, grabbed dinner at the new restaurant Oxido (which she described as “if Urban Outfitters made a Chipotle”), and then went to the ballet.
Thursday was filled with free food, so…the best kind of day, basically. (The warmer weather didn’t hurt either!) Everyone at BuzzFeed got hooked up with free grilled cheese from Morris Truck (the flyer announcing it said “It’s a havarti party!”) for lunch. Around 5:00, I headed to the New York Magazine weddings event. There was an array of beautiful and delicious foods, including a lot of freshly-made donuts and a pretzel cart (which I nonchalantly circled like a shark as I waited for the owner to return so I could get one). I also discovered the rad jewelry and accessories from In God We Trust and now want basically everything.
After the wedding event, Eric and I went to the Putt-Putt Park party at the Hudson Hotel. On Friday evening, we wandered around Chelsea Market for a bit after work, which was fun. (He’d never been.) And yesterday we went out for breakfast and then did our taxes. Later we went to L Train Vintage, where I stumbled upon a sweatshirt with my initials monogrammed on it. If you want a thrift store for normal people who just want a $5 skirt and not a perfectly-curated collection of expensive vintage designer dresses, I’d definitely recommend checking out L Train. In exchange for the lack of fussiness, you have to be willing to dig more and there’s a lot of duds but…that’s what I expect at thrift stores, so it’s fine.
After Eric and I went to L Train Vintage on Saturday, I wanted to go to a store called Homecoming…and getting there turned into the weirdest, Brooklyniest walk through Brooklyn ever.
After taking the M to Hewes, we decided to walk the rest of the way instead of getting on the G. We had been walking for about 15 minutes when we came upon a MASSIVE wall of apartments that take up the entire block at Bayard and Union (across from McCarren Park) and our walk suddenly took a very surreal turn. Eric described the area as “going to look perfect in ruins in a dystopian future” right as I was thinking Huh, so this is what Katniss felt like when she arrived in the Capitol. Something about the late-afternoon sun, lack of leaves on the trees, lack of humans, and sheer mass of all these new hip buildings (which were unlike anything I’d ever seen before—clearly expensive but also kind of hideous and out of place) was just…eerie. Like maybe we were in an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark?
We continued our route along the industrial-feeling 14th Street, where we saw a bunch of model-looking dudes rocking overalls and man buns/undercuts as they worked in a vintage motorcycle restoration shop…and then saw several more lumbersexuals out painting logos/art and like bespoke fonts (idk?) on the outsides of a bunch of the buildings. (Me, every 60 seconds: “Is this real life?” Am I in an inception?” “WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW?” “Where the fuck are we?!”) We also passed a building—the glass front door said “(Root)Brooklyn” and it was all minimalist chic inside so it could have been LITERALLY ANYTHING—with the most beautiful garage doors on their “delivery entrance” that I’ve ever seen. And I couldn’t be mad about the amazing garage doors—like, they were totally beautiful, and why not make an ugly, everyday thing more lovely if you can?—but it was just. So. Weird. (Also, apparently Root is just a studio space. Or so they claim. Everything we saw during this outing was part of The Kinspiracy. )
Then we walked up Franklin, which Eric described as “lots of stores that have a single word and a hip symbol on their sign, and neither is related to what they actually do.” Like, there would be a tomato and the word ‘parlor’ but then it was actually a clothing store. Eventually we reached Homecoming. And like every other store in that neighborhood, it was a surreal step into a hip minimalist Pinterest board. But it was my kinda Pinterest board, so I couldn’t be mad, and I bought a couple teeny-tiny succulents.
On our way home, we stopped at a (thankfully normal) bar for a couple of not-insanely-artisanal beers and a plate potato wedges so we could feel like regular people again.
Here are some other highlights from this week!
(Shorter list this week because I made an effort to get back to my 2015 goal of reading more books!)
Dating Advice You Wish You Could Give Your Younger Self, BuzzFeed. Funny/smart/interesting/good.
On living alone, A Cup of Jo. I love pretty much everything Caroline writes.
Why Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Bradley, and Oprah Love Mellody Hobson, Vanity Fair. I had never heard of Mellody Hobson before, so I appreciated reading this.
An Easy, Do-It-Today Prescription for a Clean & Happy Home, Apartment Therapy. This was just a sweet little post!
Self-Portrait Of The Artist As Ungrateful Black Writer, BuzzFeed. Really good.
Adult Children of AIDS Victims Take Their Memories Out of the Shadows, The New York Times. Cry warning.
I Followed My Stolen iPhone Across The World, Became A Celebrity In China, And Found A Friend For Life, BuzzFeed. This story is so crazy/charming/wonderful.
Did Katie Holmes Have a Secret Entrance to Whole Foods in Chelsea? + The Update, Gawker. More weird and funny stuff.
This racist column is fucking ridiculous.
This video made me LOL.
We Heart: The Perfect Comeback to a Sexist Jab, Ms. Also made me LOL.
I spent most of my downtime reading Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer this week and it was SO FUNNY. Definitely recommend!
Going Clear, the new documentary about Scientology. (Also, if you’ve watched it, this spoof of the weird Scientology video is perfect.)
And Outlander and Mad Men are finally back!
How To Be A Friend To Someone Getting Divorced
Here’s What Happened When We Weighed Women’s Purses (Fun fact: the first doctor I interviewed for this story kept talking about how big purses/bags are ugly and not “sexy.” He strictly referred to women as “girls,” and when I asked him if backpacks were a good alternative, he said, “Well, that depends. Do we want girls to look like girls or do we want them to look like men?” I ended up interviewing another doctor—who was fantastic—because I didn’t want to promote the first guy in any way.)
This sweatshirt. Why is everything from Ted Baker so lovely and also at least $150? And so many of the dresses from the new ASOS bridesmaid line. (Like, hiiiiii.)
The week ahead…
Is it spring yet? I found myself missing Houston a lot this week, mainly because this time of year is the best in Houston, and last spring was just such a lovely, creative, happy time for me. All I want is a week of nice weather…and some flowers. Is that really so much to ask?