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Tomboy Style Q & A

In Design, Drink, Fashion, Food, Media on December 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

lizzie garrett mettlerYou know how awesome it is when great things happen to great people? Meet the extraordinarily talented Lizzie Garrett Mettler, creator of the ultra-chic Tomboy Style blog and the smashing book of the same name, and—according this year’s September Vogue—inspiration for J. Crew’s fall collection. For reals. She is also one of my favorite people and mixer of mean cocktails, maker of perfect salads with shallots two ways and, of course, always the best accessorized girl in the room. I hope you enjoy this end-of-year peek into Lizzie’s closet and fridge… See you all in 2013!

What was the inspiration for Tomboy Style?

I felt like there wasn’t a blog out there that really spoke to my style, so I decided to start it myself. I remember realizing that there was a shift in the word “tomboy,” its meaning seemed to be in a transitional phase; growing up I thought of it as a pejorative word, now it’s come to mean something entirely different, especially when paired with the word chic or style.

Can you describe your design aesthetic? 

Not well. I definitely like a mixture of periods. I hate this word, but I guess I’d have to say it’s “eclectic.”

Your girliest moment?

I can get REALLY into table settings.

What piece of clothing or accessory in your wardrobe is in heaviest rotation right now?

My new Mrs. P Hicks canoe boots.

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What five things will we always find in your closet?

Striped t-shirts
light weight scarves
Tretorn Nylites
I think I just counted that I have nine chambray shirts (yikes).
a photo of my husband

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What five things will we always find in your refrigerator?

Lillet
capers
ginger
beer
baking soda

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First song played at your wedding? 

With a Girl Like You by The Troggs (wait, Heather, you don’t recall that from memory!?)

[EDITOR'S NOTE: After the fireworks, things got a little hazy...]

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Favorite movie?

Hard to pick one. I’ve seen Casino Royale and The Graduate a lot of times.

Last book you read…

Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem (essays), a gift from Julia Leach the designer and creative director of Chance

Slouching-Towards-Bethlehem

Favorite drink?

Michelada

Five things you always bring on vacation…

Foldable Ray-Ban wayfarers
an L.L.Bean tote with zip-top
Swatch Watch
The latest issue of
The Gentlewoman magazine
Lavender essential oil—it calms, treats minor cuts or bites, helps induce sleep, and can act as a room fragrance. Plus, the bottles are always TSA-friendly.

Favorite piece of luggage?

T. Anothony 1-suiter

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Photo of Lizzie, top, by John Konkal.

Tomboy Style

In Fashion, Media on March 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Seriously, you guys. Please watch this great promo video with my friend Lizzie about her new book Tomboy Style (due out from Rizzoli on April 3) with background music from our friends Zinzi and Jesse of KISSES. Love everything about this. Lizzie, you rock!

She’s Having a Baby, Beauty Edition

In Baby Love, Fashion, Media on March 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm

If you’re wondering why I’ve slowed down on posting, it’s because I’ve slowed way down on cooking to a near halt. And the reason I’ve slowed way down on cooking is because two weeks from today—beware the Ides!—I’m due with bambino #2. The nursery is ready, I have a few make-ahead dishes waiting in the freezer—all that’s left is to pack a hospital bag. Here are a few favorites for looking your best, even from a hospital bed:

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($16/3.2 ounces): This dry shampoo was my secret weapon for fresh-looking hair in the hospital after Tiny G was born. I love that it’s nontoxic. It is also a lifesaver for overnight flights and long travel days.

Malin+Goetz Lip Moisturizer

Malin+Goetz Lip Moisturizer ($12/.35 ounces): This super-intensive lip moisturizer is a must-have for restoring and repairing dry lips. I love how it goes on. You can find it at Barneys or look for the new Malin+Goetz boutique opening soon on Larchmont Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Yves Saint Laurent Crème de Blush

Yves Saint Laurente Crème de Blush in Velvety Peach ($38): A creamy blush that goes on sheer and adds just the right amount of natural-looking glow to cheeks or under eyebrows. Perfect for creating the illusion of being bright-eyed after a sleepless night.

Deborah Lippmann "Happy Birthday" Nail Varnish via atthetreehouse.tumblr.com

Deborah Lippmann “Happy Birthday” Nail Lacquer ($18/.50 fluid ounces). When I saw this glittering spectacle on the nails of friend and rock star Zinzi Edmundson (Zinzi is one half of the very awesome band Kisses), I knew it would be the perfect polish for welcoming our Ides of March birthday baby into the world. In the infamous words of Neely O’Hara, when you have to get up at five in the morning…

Chasen’s Chili with Leftover Prime Rib

In Food, Media, Recipes on February 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

I’m married to a third-generation New Yorker so it’s no surprise that it’s #ALLIN for the Giants over here. This year my husband will be making a huge pot of Chasen’s Chili (above) with his signature addition—leftover prime rib.

He stumbled across this winning combo after Christmas dinner this past year and we’re dying to try again. He makes the Chasen’s recipe as is, and then toward the end throws in chunks of prime rib, which add a totally indulgent note to this already fantastic chili. So tonight—instead of roasting a standing rib roast for the two of us—we’ll have grilled bone-in ribeye steaks, with enough leftovers for Sunday’s big game. For more Super Bowl ideas, here’s a post of my game-time favorites from last year, with pics below: SUPER BOWL FOOD.

Braised Chicken Legs with Shallots and Vinegar

In Design, Food, Media, Recipes on January 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

Braised Chicken Legs with Shallots and Vinegar, photo via HouseBeautiful.com

I was flipping through the pages of the February 2012 issue of House Beautiful because my friend Andrea’s home is featured this month—it’s incredible and designed by the talented duo over at Nickey Kehoe, one of my favorite design stores in Los Angeles. Her living room is the stuff dreams are made of—check out the J.B. Martin velvet on that gorgeous Nickey Kehoe Modern Lounge Sofa.

Perusing the rest of the issue, I was thrilled to see that NYC Prune chef—and author of Blood, Bones & Butter—is House Beautiful‘s new food columnist, which means I clearly had to subscribe to the mag STAT! This month’s recipe for Braised Chicken Legs with Shallots and Vinegar is a knock-out. And it can all be done in one pot. After browning the chicken legs, they come out while sliced shallots and cornichons jump in to grab onto all that brown bit goodness.

Then the chicken returns to the pot, along with some hard cider…

…and chicken broth, and braises stovetop for half hour or so.

The result is falling-off-the-bone-tender chicken with bright acidity thanks to the apple cider vinegar and hard cider. Also, for those of you bravely embarking on new year diets, the dish is as virtuous as it is delicious.

PS… I had a ton of the braising liquid/sauce left over, which I used to tart up a bowl of brown rice and steamed vegetables the following day for lunch!

Elizabeth Street iPad App

In Baby Love, Fashion, Media on January 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

If you were flipping through last month’s Vanity Fair or perusing Vogue.com, WWD or the Los Angeles Times, chances are you’ve heard of—and downloaded—the fabulous new iPad app for stylish moms: ELIZABETH STREET. On a personal note, it’s particularly exciting as I was the editor on the project and worked with a truly incredible and talented team. The brainchild of Emanuele Della Valle, ELIZABETH STREET gives insider recommendations from chic moms in the world’s most fashionable cities. Want to know where LACMA curator Christine Y. Kim ducks out for a late afternoon facial in Los Angeles? Or where Dennis Hopper’s daughter Marin takes her daughter for art classes? Or where the A-list orders birthday cakes in London? It’s all here—so head over to the iTunes store and download ELIZABETH STREET! And I’d love to hear what you think!

A Girl’s Guide to Whisk(e)y

In Drink, Media on November 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm

A great honor to guest post today on my friend Lizzie’s awesome blog TOMBOY STYLE (her book by the same name is being published by Rizzoli this spring)—and on one of my favorite topics, whisk(e)y! Pour yourself a stiff glass of Ardbeg Supernova and head on over to TOMBOY STYLE for a Girl’s Guide to Whisk(e)y, and say “hi” to Lizzie while you’re there!

A History with Gourmet

In Food, Media on May 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I grew up cooking out of Gourmet—one of many subjects that Susan and I bonded over at my very first magazine job. Susan was the managing editor, and I was the assistant to the editor in chief. But it was Susan who gave me my first break, lobbying to our editor to promote me to assistant editor. I owe much to Susan. And now I owe her even more. A couple weeks ago, three large boxes arrived outside my office doorstep.

Inside were carefully wrapped binders containing Susan’s collection of vintage Gourmet magazines, spanning from 1971 – 1985. I laid them all out on my office floor, and then spent the next several hours leafing through them. It’s extraordinary just how progressive the magazine was. Looking through the issue from the month/year I was born, I stopped on a page with Susan’s handwriting.

She had made notes next to a recipe for pumpkin flan—which must have made quite a splash at a dinner party in Chicago 30-some years ago. But what was truly wonderful, and just a little bit weird, was that the previous evening I’d made a pumpkin flan from Gourmet, November 2005 for a dinner party here in Los Angeles. Something tells me these magazines will be very happy in their new home.

Oscars: The Good, The Bad and the Nicole Kidman

In Fashion, Media on February 28, 2011 at 10:44 am


BEST DRESSED: Gwyneth Paltrow. TheFoodinsita.com is typically a Gwyneth-free zone, but let’s give credit where credit is due. This platinum Calvin Klein Collection column sheath was smoking hot.

RISING STAR: Hailee Steinfeld was princess perfect in a sweet Marchesa ballerina pink dress.

GRANDE DAME: Oh my god—Helen Mirren in Vivienne Westwood. Does it get any better?

INDIE FAVE: How totally gorgeous was Florence Welch in her lace Valentino tiered frock? Such a cool juxtaposition of rocker and girly chic.

BEST JEWELRY: While Amy Adams sizzled in a glittering L’Wren Scott gown, it was her Cartier emeralds—reportedly worth $1.35 million—that stole the show.

WORST CLEAVAGE: Jennifer Hudson is a pretty girl—and her newfound figure is stunning. But can we be honest here for a second? Yes, she’s gorgeous. Yes, the dress is a show stopper. But this dress with this cleavage?

WORST ATTITUDE: I didn’t hate the dress (and please—how could anything look bad on that body?). The gum chewing and hair, however, are another story.

BED HEAD: Wearing a mess of a dress that my friend Vincent describes as “ecclesiastical red,” Scarlett Johansson looks like she just rolled out of bed without taking off her makeup from the night before. Or brushing her hair.

F BOMB: Melissa Leo, I couldn’t agree more.

WORST JUDGEMENT: Nicole, we hear that you wanted to show support for an anti-Semite by wearing Dior, but this dress is doing nobody any favors—least of all your hips.

SAG Awards 2011 Fashion Report

In Fashion, Film, Media, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on January 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Who watched the SAG Awards last night? I have to say, it is fascinating to see the difference between how a dress plays out on camera versus in the flesh. In person, Mila Kunis absolutely KILLED IT on the red carpet. Her Alexander McQueen gown was so chic—and the Cartier jewels, all of it, just a show-stopper. Her Black Swan costar Natalie Portman absolutely glowed in a white Azarro gown (was that not the best maternity dress EVER???) and her makeup was stunning, but in photos weirdly the look falls a little flat. Similarly, photos do no justice to one of my very favorite looks of the evening, Claire Danes in a gorgeous floral Louis Vuitton, with little flowers sewn into the bodice and a chic black velvet belt.

True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld looked age-appropriate in a neon-striped Prada number, but I’m on the fence about whether this actually worked (below). In theory I like it, but in reality the dress is LOUD. Meanwhile, January Jones was gorgeous in photos in an elegant Carolina Herrera but in person she has gotten so skinny that she looked like a wire hanger poking through the dress.

With the exception of Mila Kunis and the flawless Julianna Margulies in her stunning YSL, red dresses have become such a cliché that they are now officially more boring than black. And speaking of black, Nicole Kidman looked like she was wearing a granny shawl with all that heavy stuff happening in the shoulders and neckline of her dowdy Nina Ricci dress. And is it just me, or did Christina Hendricks look as if she’d borrowed one of Hugh Hefner’s bathrobes? Without doubt, the worst of the evening was Helena Bonham Carter, looking like a Texas madam in Marc Jacobs and featuring a hair tint that—when the light caught it backstage—can only be described as prune.

On the other hand, I found myself a little bit breathless when walking in on the red carpet behind her costar Colin Firth in a Tom Ford tux. The man is just stunning. Also, I may never wash my Lanvin frock again as I brushed shoulders with Christian Bale (who, ladies, was all the more devastatingly handsome in person) and Justin Timberlake, who looked AWESOME in his Simon Spur black 2-button gros grain peak lapel tuxedo and double-stripe tie. For sheer tailoring alone, however, my vote goes to his Social Network costar Andrew Garfield in an exquisite navy Burberry tux. Why do the Brits get this navy thing so right? (Exhibit A: Jude Law, below, navy Dunhill tux, Oscars 2004.)

Who were your favorite hits and misses from the awards?

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