Jason Wu Debuts His Target Line (With Blake Lively and Chloe Moretz)

Seriously, how adorable is Jason Wu.
I cant even handle it.

I was at dinner with some girlfriends at the fabulous Spasso in West Village last night and we got to talking about the Jason Wu for Target line.
We all agreed that while Missoni was nice, it really wasnt stuff we would wear…
but the Jason Wu line, we all covet everything in that collection.

Bravo, Jason! See you during fashion week!!

(And tell Serena I think she’s gorgeous)

Theia Makes You Feel Like a Goddess

I also had some time to spend a hot second with Theia designer Don O’Neill. The collection is awesome. (Taylor Swift, Norah Jones and Carrie Underwood have worn his designs to various events)
It’s his first time showing at fashion week so he was excited but nervous to say the least.

Above we are watching the light glimmer off that gorgeous beadwork

Don is a genius with adding different types of textures that make you feel like you are glowing.
This makes sense because Theia is the goddess of light and was said to be the mother of Helios (the Sun), Selene (the Moon), and Eos (the Dawn). (source: Wikipedia)

I cant wait to see his fall fashion show –
Congrats, Don, on showing your whole collection for the first time!

Btw, Don used to design for Carmen Marc Valvo and Badgley Mischka, so its not his first time at the rodeo…

Jersey Shore’s Deena Tweets a Make-Up Free Picture… Following Snooki

I hate to admit that I watched Jersey Shore… but the hot mess of a show is really intriguing, esp considering I used to live in Jersey.

Anyway, a la US Weekly spread “Celebs, theyre just like us!” the Jersey Shore cast is now tweeting their just-like-us and not-made-up-like-a-Thai-hooker photos.

Deena tweeted hers a few days after Snooki tweeted her pic of a makeup-less face.

I have to say, both girls look much much better. They may want to consider ditching the bronzer and going au natural…
right, who am i kidding.

Marc Bouwer’s Fall 2012 Collection Will Be Hot

Had some time to drop by my friend Marc Bouwer’s showroom yesterday.
As usual, Marc and his bf Eric were laughing while chugging away at fashion week preps.

Above are Marc and me checking out a headpiece from his pre-fall collection – which was all white and awesome —
I got a sneak peak at his fall collection which features some really amazing beadwork. One look has snakeskin sequins which was really taking animal print to a whole new level.

I cant wait to see his show this coming fashion week…
it’s almost here!!

Chanel at/on Your Fingertips

Lots of Blue at the Chanel show…
down to nitty & not-so-gritty the nails.

But the blue to watch was the pretty pale blue on the nails of all the models.
And that color is NOT in Chanel’s current nailpolish collection which means…
yes fashionistas and fashionistos, this will be the new polish to look debuting likely soon.

Love that pearly sky color; almost makes me forget how cold it is out here!

Making NYC Street Meat: Chicken and Rice Recipe

Photo by Jason Lam

If you are a New Yorker… or know a New Yorker… or know someone who knows a New Yorker, you know about the best halal chicken and rice cart in the city. It’s on the corner of 53rd and 6th and on any given Friday or Saturday night, you may be stuck in line for 45 minutes waiting to get your $6 bite of heaven.

After being on my feet all evening, the sight of this line is enough to bring tears to my eyes. I just want my chicken and rice with the white sauce that tastes so good and so bad for you at the same time. This caused me to join forces with my good friend, fellow foodlover, and producer of new PBS documentary show Kimchi Chronicles Eric Rhee to embark on a quest to uncover the recipe for legit halal.

Now, there are a lot of wildcard factors with trying to recreate the ambrosia from that cart. First of all, their ingredients are not exactly high quality; I think they just clear the mark of safe-to-eat. We wanted to use high-quality and fresh ingredients. Secondly, the chicken seems to change day to day, ever so slightly, from the cart. Sometimes there are more spices in the meat, sometimes there are less. And then, there is of course, the question of the white sauce. It was our belief that it was a mixture meant to imitate the flavors of a good Greek yogurt-based sauce, without having to spend the money on the actual good yogurt.

So here is my qualifier: Our chicken recipe is not exactly what you get from that cart. In fact, it’s better. It makes the chicken from the cart seem over-salted, under-flavored and almost uninteresting.

Yes, that is a bold statement, but try this recipe and see. Our chicken was juicier, had more depth of flavor, and paired flawlessly with our fresh and delicious white sauce.

The best part? As long as you marinate a bunch and stick it in your freezer, you can make this in less than 45 minutes.

So we started by eating off the cart for a few days and compiling a list of ingredients we thought may be in the chicken, while also doing extensive googling. After 3 hours of clicking I was convinced that we should just go to Middle East and buy every spice we could find and then calculate all the different permutations of said spices. (Anyone wanna sponsor me on a trip?) Given the impossibility of that scenario, we compiled the following:

Possible Spices:
curry powder

We decided to also use Greek yogurt during the marination process. I strongly suggest this.

We did two combinations of these spices. Eaten side by side with the original off-the-cart halal, I can confidently say, our second rendition was the best. The meat was juicy, the flavors were balanced, it paired with the yellow rice and lettuce beautifully.

There were a couple tricks we pulled. First off, we used chicken thigh meat, which has higher fat content and is more flavorful. Secondly, we marinated our chicken for 24 hours. Lastly, Eric came up with a bangin’ white sauce recipe. I wanted to eat that white sauce on everything… from pita chips to cucumbers to off my fingers.

We were able to procure all of the ingredients from a NYC grocery store. If you live in Montana, it may be a little tough to get these, but if you are motivated to try, I suggest spiceplace.com.

So without further ado…

Chicken and Rice NYC Street Meat Style
By Eric Rhee and Michelle Won

6 chicken thighs, fat trimmed, cubed (you can use bone-in, but boneless will be easier to work with)
3/4 tsp turmeric
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cloves
3/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp curry powder
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3/4 cup greek yogurt
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
I large onion sliced lengthwise, thinly

Combine all the spices, garlic, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of olive. Generously salt and pepper. Then work in the Greek yogurt. Add the cubed chicken thighs and onions and let it marinate overnight. You have the option of adding saffron as well, if you want your chicken a little more yellow and savory. Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a hot skillet. Add the chicken and onion mixture.

Heat and serve over yellow rice.

ER’s White Sauce
8-10 oz. Greek yogurt
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. white or red wine vinegar
1.5 Tbsp. lemon juice (½ lemon)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, pureed
1-2 tsp dill (dry or fresh)
1 tbsp cold water

Mix all together and serve aside chicken and rice.

The perfect thing to watch while eating you new creation? Eric’s show: Kimchi Chronicles, starring celeb chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, his wife Marja Vongerichten, Heather Graham and Hugh Jackman. You think that’s an unexpected group of people to talk about Korean food? You’ve got to watch it to see how genius it really is.

HELLOOO Cupcake! Wait No, Don’t Eat That…

The long-lived cupcake trend means little bitty delicious pastry treats priced anywhere between $4-8.
But you may want to think again before you shove that one in your mouth…

I haven’t done the research myself but frugal dad made up this nifty graphic…
worth a read.

…and btw, making them from scratch is SO much better no matter what.


Source: http://frugaldad.com

Pregnant Model FTW

(source: Facebook)

Our favorite Vicky’s Secret angel – Alessandra Ambrosio – is expected to walk the runway with her baby bump in Sao Paulo this weekend.
Gotta love that!
It will be nice to see something other than stick skinny models on the runway…
granted i wish i were actually sitting in the risers in Brasil instead of freezing my butt off in NYC.
ohh sao paulo, how I miss you

really random photo from Brasil at Club Rio... I cannot explain the confusion on my face

anyway, go alessandra! preggers and fabulous.

New Menswear: Balmain in Paris = Perfect

Paris Menswear kicked off today –
Balmain was showing tons of double breasted jackets which I think look sophisticated but not too stiff on any man.
I love the navy blue – so distinguished!

Also of note, Rick Owens showed some drop crotch, high-waisted pairs of pants… a little odd in my opinion

And they dont look very comfortable, but ill probably be eating my words in a few months.

Versace for H&M… hmm

So the collection was only avail online… and the collection crashed the system before most of us on the east coast got to work.

H&M tweeted about it:

“We’re very sorry for the tech problems during today’s #VersaceforHM launch. We’re working on expanding capacity for more visitors.”

lo and behold.. almost everything is sold out and now on ebay for ridiculous upmarked prices.

budget fashionistas – 0; fashion scalpers – 1