Thursday, September 30, 2010

Emergency Room Visits

I have now had the delightful privelage of gracing NYC emergency rooms with my presence four times.

My first Big Apple ER encounter was in 2007. My roommate and I had just moved our country bumpkin selves to the city. Life consisted of rotating our two interview outfits as we begged someone to hire us. We spent our days hanging out with the homeless people and their pigeon pets in Central Park as we drafted one desperate "Hire me! I'm awesome!" email after another. At one point during this chapter of life, our combined household belongings consisted of three things: one bed and two forks. Each day we made the important decision of whether we should have the $1 hotdog from the hotdog stand for lunch or for dinner. In fact, one of the most humbling (and mortifying) moments during that time was when a homeless man paid for my roommate's hotdog when she realized she didn't have her wallet.

Thankfully, our parents felt sorry for us and kept us on their health insurance plans until we found a job. This came in handy when, after only a short time in the city, I accompanied my roommate to the ER for a bad infection on her leg. At the time, I didn't know what was worse - the screaming patients or the kooky doctors - but I told myself that I would never have to go back.


The second time involved another roommate. I had tucked myself in bed and was just drifting to sleep when she pushed open my bedroom curtains (yes, curtains suffice as a wall/door in NYC). As she held her hand in a dish towel, she quietly said "Um, I think I need to go to the hospital". She had been washing the inside of a drinking glass and twisted her fingers to scrub the bottom and the glass shattered into her hand.

Let's just say it wasn't a pretty sight.

I honestly got a little light-headed with all of the glass and blood and "what-do-we-do's", but I couldn't allow myself to be queasy. It was my time to play "mom". The most entertaining part of all of this was attempting to dress the girl in something other than her minimal pajamas. At the ER, I filled out all of her paperwork and assured her that paw scars were cute as the nurse stitched up her hand.

The third time wins the oh-so-this-is-what-hell-is-like award. To this day, I honestly believe I had the swine flu before doctors knew enough to diagnose it. I have never been more sick in my life. Every inch of my body ached and everything that could go/feel wrong, did. In my worse-than-death state, I couldn't even process the act of calling someone to go with me since that would require holding my phone up to my ear. I somehow conjured up the energy to stand and I shuffled myself to the hospital. I don't even know if my paperwork was legible; I could barely hold up their germy ballpoint pen long enough to scribble my name, let alone long enough to answer questions about my insurance policy and family's medical history.  I waited for what seemed like 37 years slumped over in my chair trying not to hurl or pass out. 
And then I finally saw a doctor --- who prescribed me Motrin for my fever and "lots of liquids and rest"...

At that point, I remember turning into a not-so-pleasant version of myself and storming out of my hospital room. As I walked towards the exit, the nurse yelled for me saying I needed to hang tight while they prepared my discharge papers.


I don't remember exactly what I said back, but I expressed my sentiment clearly enough to warrant a "Yes, m'am, that's fine, you can go".

The fourth time? The fourth time was last week. Yay.

I met friends for an outside happy hour last Tuesday with hopes of soaking up the last bit of nice weather. I noticed a couple of bug bites on my leg when I left and assumed it was a measley mosquito. Two days later, though, I started to compare my legs as something was a wee off. I asked my co-workers and they seemed concerned that my one ankle looked like it "belonged to an 80-year-old".

Later that night, I realized my ankle was burning/covered in blisters and my foot no longer belonged to a human, but rather an elephant. It looked like someone had blown up a latex glove; my toes were tiny little pegs sticking off the end of a round balloon. I reluctantly forfeited my plans to watch the Grey's premiere and dragged myself to a real ER...

The doctor entered the room while reading my chart; she looked up and gave a loud "OoooOOoohhhhh". Continuing in her astute and sympathetic manner, she informed me that I had a fever, needed a high dosage of steroids and antibiotics, claimed that I am allergic to whatever bit me and told me, "You know, it would have been helpful if you brought in the bug".


I hobbled to the nearest pharmacy, scraping my mammoth foot on top of my shoe. I went up to the counter and the pharmacist greeted me with "I'm sorry, miss, we closed one minute ago. You'll have to come back tomorrow". 

What did I do? It went a little something like this.

image from here

"You don't understand! I need the medicine now! My ankle is on fire! I can no longer fit my foot inside my ballet flat! And I'm going to a wedding the day after tomorrow! And I need to wear heels! And I have a giant foot!! And I can't wear heels with a giant foot!!!!"

"Okay, okay - we'll make an exception," she said.

I sniffled out a "thanks" and nonchalantly perused the candy aisle while she prepared my Rx.

I went home and had to eat a "full meal", which consisted of an apple, two individually wrapped pieces of cheese, some grapes and a heel of a bread loaf with peanut butter. (Grocery shopping obviously didn't make the cut that week.) Despite being up all night with a racing heart-beat from 6 steroids and 2 antibioitic pills and having to call out of work the next day, I miraculously made it to the wedding that Saturday in one piece.

And I even wore heels!

I suppose the morals of my stories are as follows:
  1.  Be nice to homeless people. You never know when they're going to buy you a hotdog.
  2.  Sometimes you have to be the tough one.
  3.  Stand up for yourself.
  4.  If all else fails, cry like a little girl.
until next time,


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fish Tacos Recipe

I'm always looking for easy (and different!) recipes to try. My friend suggested cooking dinner at her apartment and I decided we should try to make fish tacos. After combining a few recipes I found online, here is the one we used:

  • tilapia filets (We used 3 filets for 2 people.)
  • avacado
  • coleslaw or cabbage (We used a bag of dry coleslaw.)
  • salsa verde (We used Rosa Mexicana's brand. Yum!)
  • wheat tortillas

  •        2 tbsp. olive oil
  •        2 tbsp. lime juice
  •        3 tsp. seasoning (mixture of chili powder and cumin)

Marinate tilapia in a mixture of oil, lime juice & seasonings for about 10 minutes. Cook in a pan over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes per side. Break fish into pieces and place in tortillas with remaining ingredients.

We mixed corn, black beans & a fresh green onion for a side; we seasoned with pepper.

Time to eat!

Oh, and we tried Bethenny Frankel's "Skinnygirl Margarita", which I have to admit is delicious! All you do is pour it over ice and serve. I met Bethenny back when she was only known for RH of NY (and I was a blonde). See below:

At the time, I wasn't that excited to meet her. I was more concerned about accidentally breaking her tiny frame. Now? Now I think she's hilarious. At any rate, try out her drink. And try out this recipe.

until next time,


Friday, September 17, 2010

J.Crew Factory

I spent four years at boarding school in Lynchburg, Virginia.

One of the perks of this small town? And of having friends that were day students with cars?

The amazing J.Crew Clearance Store. (A bikini top for $2 and a bikini bottom for $1.50? Yes, please!)

I usually make an appearance at the J.Crew Sample Sales in the city, but I always leave seeking blood pressure medicine and a stiff drink. Thus, I am delighted about J.Crew's new, convenient and stress-free option: J.Crew Factory!

This weekends-only/limited-quantity sale is, in a sense, a mixture of the Gilt -esque shopping websites (except you have a weekend to scan/purchase, not what feels like 30 seconds) and an outlet mall (except it's on your computer).

image from here

Sounds pretty great to me!

Happy shopping. Happy weekend.

until next time,


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Never Forgotten


from my stoop.

My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones nine years ago.

Never forgotten.

until next time,


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fashion's Night Out 2010

Tomorrow night (09.10.10) is Fashion's Night Out!

picture from here

What's better than fashion parties, celeb & designer sightings, charity donations, exclusive merchandise and free goodies?

Uhhhhhhh, not much.

Here are some of the event descriptions that caught my eye from FNO's website:

660 Madison Avenue
Shop & mingle with fashion icons: Mary-Kate + Ashley Olsen, Daphne Guinness, Julie Gilhart, Simon Doonan + more! Meet the geniuses: The Proenza Boys, Rodarte, The Rag & Bone Boys, Alexander Wang + more! Participate in fabulously demented activities: Ping-Pong, Karaoke, Drumming, Musical Chairs + more! Greet & meet with fashion icons: Island Records’ Chris Blackwell, Johnny Rozsa + more! Amazing exclusive clothing & accessories: Special edition FNO Alexander McQueen scarf + more!

Bergdorf Goodman
754 5th Avenue
4-6pm  Get Ready for Fashion’s Night Out — Beauty Level
Special guest appearances by beauty experts and complimentary services from Alexa Rodulfo, Chanel, Cle de Peau, Ellis Faas, Francis Kurkdjian, John Barrett, Kahina Giving Beauty, Kanebo, La Mer, Lancome, Laura Mercier, Le Metier de Beaute, Omorovicza, Paul & Joe, Clinica Ivo Pitanguy, Revive, Rossano Ferretti, Sisley, Trish McEvoy, Guerlain and more
7-11pm Sony’s 5F Photo Studio — 5F
Guests will be styled by and photographed with their favorite designers throughout the evening. Take home a copy of your photo as a memento of Fashion’s Night Out.
With Adam Lippes, Aimee Cho, Bibhu Mohapatra, Carlos Falchi, CD Greene, Elie Tahari, Giuseppe Zanotti, Heidi Klum, Laurence Dacade, Maryam & Marjan Malakpour, Michael Bastian, Michelle Smith, Miguelina, Narciso Rodriguez, Naeem & Ranjana Khan, Paige Novick, Pamela Roland, Peter Som, Sherry Cassin and more
6-7pm FACE-OFF Makeup Artist Competition — Beauty Level
Contestants face-off for the final judging in our contest to find the next great makeup artist. Hosted by Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo, style experts and co-founders of Visual Therapy; with special guest judges BryanBoy, Catherine Malandrino, Hamish Bowles and Trish McEvoy
Mary J. Blige Personal Appearance — 5F
7-8pm BG’s Best in Show — Third Floor
Designers and their canine companion take the catwalk! With master of ceremonies Robert Verdi and guest judges Monique Lhuillier, Kelly Rutherford, Tabitha Simmons and Tinsley Mortimer
With Alexandra Vidal, Bibhu Mohapatra, Georgina Chapman, James Mischka, John Barrett, Kara Ross, Keren Craig, Kimberly McDonald, Laura Slatkin, Lela Rose, Mark Badgley, Reem Acra, Simon Spurr, Thakoon and more
Thom Browne Personal Appearance — Men’s Store
Designer Thom Browne signs limited-edition, hand-dyed shirts
Jason Wu Personal Appearance — Third Floor
Signing his exclusive Bergdorf Goodman FNO doll
Tom Ford Personal Appearance — Men’s Store
Signing Tom Ford fragrance purchases made that day
Simon Spurr Personal Appearance — Men’s Store
Signing his exclusive Bergdorf Goodman FNO t-shirts
Michael Bastian Personal Appearance — Men’s Store
Signing his exclusive Bergdorf Goodman FNO t-shirts
Play with the Pros — Men’s Store
Designers play retro-inspired Rec Room games – foosball, table tennis and air hockey – with professional athletes including equestrian Georgina Bloomberg and Olympians Tim Morehouse, Joey Cheek, and Sarah Hughes
With George McCracken, Gilles Mendel, Marlon Gobel, Ruby Kobo’s Yuvi Alpert & Danna Kobo, Romygold’s Lisa Goldstein & Romy Jagid, and Thom Browne
Meet Victoria Beckham & Special Guest DJ Brian Atwood — Third Floor
9-10pm Karaoke Party! — Third Floor
With special guest host, Patrick McMullan
Alexandre Birman, Amedeo Scognamiglio, Carlos Falchi, Cynthia Rowley, Eugenia Kim, Jocelyn, Meredith Kahn, Miguelina, Naeem Khan, Nicholas Kirkwood, Nicole Richie, Norma Kamali, Patricia Underwood, Ranjana Khan, Roberto Faraone Mennella, Santiago Gonzalez, Tina Craig and more.

1000 Third Avenue
Personal Appearance by Designer Michael Kors on 1, Authors of "True Prep" Lisa Birnbach & Chipp Kidd on 3, Designer Lela Rose on 4, Karaoke on 5 with Kay Unger, Cooking Demo with Iron Chef Morimoto on 6, Designer Carmen Marc Valvo on 4, Spin Ping Pong Tournament Designers vs. VIPs on Metro Level Men's Suiting with HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" live windows on Third Ave, casino night courtesy of Harrah's Atlantic City - Tango Lessons with spokesmodels Elettra and Arlenis at Lancome Counter Appearance by Designer Milly in Clinique.

Brunello Cucinelli
379 Bleeker Street
Join us for a fun night with celebrity guest bartender, Matthew Settle from Gossip Girl. Taste the best pizza in town with catering from Keste' Pizzeria (voted best pizza in NY by New York magazine 2010 "Best Pizza" issue) and pair it with pizza's best friend, Moretti beer. Cucinelli stylists from Umbria will be present to give tips on how to wear the ultimate Fall accessories from Brunello Cucinelli.

Charles Nolan
30 Gansevoort Street
Charles and Andy will be on hand with Vanity Fair's Marie Brenner and New York's own Kenny Kenny for a spicy celebration of the culture and cauldron of INDIA. Come see paintings by Indian "Gondh" jungle villagers we asked to depict THEIR ideas of "FASHION" and "SHOPPING" and "NYC" - what THEY imagine we're up to this night. Join Marie Brenner in ad-hoc Subcontinent discussion. Experience nightlife legend Kenny Kenny's magical India "moment." Enjoy tastes of India and a peppery pomegranate cocktail. The Fall Collection will be in the shop -- along with baubles, bags, books, gifts and glitter

C.O. Bigelow
414 Sixth Avenue
Vinny Guadagnino of MTV’s hit show The Jersey Shore will be at the store from 7pm to 8pm to meet and greet with C.O. Bigelow consumers. He will also showcase his essential grooming products and favorite beauty products for the ladies in his life that are all sold at C.O. Bigelow. Bring your cameras! Learn how to boost body confidence and feel great in your skin with the experts from Mama Mio Skincare. Mama Mio will be serving complimentary mocktails while sampling its Get Waisted Body Shaper to reduce fat cells, tighten and firm tummy flab. Come on girls! Let's Get Waisted! In addition to body treats and beverages, C.O. Bigelow will also have a makeup artist from Jane Iredale giving consultations and tips to stay fresh-faced all week long, a manicurist from Barielle for a quick polish changes and a skincare specialist with Rilastil sampling the latest eye cream. Additionally, Soap & Paper will be giving away a free shea butter soap with any purchase in the store!

David Yurman
712 Madison Avenue
Join beautiful and stylish actress Camilla Belle in celebrating Fashion's Night Out at the David Yurman Townhouse. Shoppers will have a chance to meet Camilla and receive a personal styling session with her, where she outfits you in the latest David Yurman jewels from the new Fall 2010 collection. Open until 11pm, limited edition David Yurman dog tags and bracelets made exclusively for Fashion's Night Out will be available for purchase. Cocktails and appetizers will be served.

Diane von Furstenberg
874 Washington Street
Diane von Furstenberg takes Fashion’s Night Out to the digital universe with The DVF and HP Experience Lounge, a multimedia event that will transform the DVF boutique and gallery into an interactive fashion playground. Hosted by, the evening will feature cutting-edge fashion installations, complete with a ‘Fall Favorites’ photo booth featuring DVF items curated by editors on display for shoppers to utilize when browsing their most-desired DVF looks. Photos can be printed, posted to Facebook or streamed live into the lounge on social feed monitors, allowing guests to engage with the fashion community and interact with DVF. Computer terminals and touch screens will feature up-to-the-minute news about FNO from around the city, and the world!

Elizabeth and James
632 Hudson Street
Elizabeth and James Pop Up Shop opens it's doors for a Fashion's Night Out celebration from 6-11pm. Designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen will be behind the cash registers from 7-8pm. DJ Cassie Coane will be bringing the tunes all night long. Stop in for Popcorn, Tarot Card Readings and Henna Tattoos.

Henri Bendel
712 5th Avenue
6-11pm Reality stars,The Fabulous Beekman Boys ,with cameras, bring the country to Fifth Ave. with a General Store. Get a 10 min reading with astrologer Susan Miller for $25; benefits Housing Works. Launch of Atelier Swarovski collection featuring Karl Lagerfeld. 6-9pm Fekkai, Marchesa and Olivia Palermo have a Red Carpet moment that you can share on Facebook/Twitter. 7-9pm Bendel illustrator, Izak, signs one of a kind“green”totes for $100; proceeds go to charity. 8:30-10:30pm Model Erin Wasson presents her jewelry collection LOWLUV.

Jessie James
95 Greenwich Avenue
**special shout-out to my JJ girls!**
Come celebrate FNO at Jessie James! Join us for an evening jam packed with live music, cocktails, and exciting one-night only gifts and giveaways. Be the first to see our favorite picks for fall, and let our talented team of in-house stylists assemble your perfect look. Plus, you won't want to miss the unveiling of new designs especially for this night by Jessie James' exclusive brand, Riley. We can't wait to see you there!

Kate Spade
454 Broome Street
Join Tim Gunn, chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne inc and co-host of project runway, and Deborah Lloyd, creative director of Kate Spade New York, for a window styling contest at the Kate Spade Broome Street flagship. Contestants will create displays inspired by Tim Gunn's newest book, Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons For Making It Work and the designs will be judged by Tim and Deborah. Pick up a copy of Gunn's Golden Rules and have it autographed while sipping a gin and tonic. Head home with a limited-edition cosmetics case, available exclusively for fashion’s night out.

1540 Broadway
This year M•A•C takes Fashion’s Night Out even further…with a very special performance by comedian Sarah Silverman. In celebration of M•A•C’s Fabulous Felines Fall 2010 colour collection; a slinky, seductive new take on the patterns, shades and textures of three of our favorite pedigreed cats; Sarah will treat guests to an exclusive stand-up performance and sign copies of her book; The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee at our Soho store.

151 West 34th Street
5pm: Shoes- Meet singer-songwriter, Joss Stone. 5:30pm: Broadway Boulevard- Tommy Hilfiger tailgate party. 2nd Floor Men's- Meet Tommy Hilfiger and Train. 6pm: 2nd Floor- Rachel Rachel Roy live lookbook shoot with Rachel Roy and Jessica Stam. Men's 1 1/2- Sean "Diddy" Combs visits the Sean John Shop. 6:30pm: Broadway Boulevard- Live performance by Train. 3rd Floor-Meet designer Rebecca Moses. 7pm: 8th Floor- Jennifer Lopez launches her new fragrance, Love and Glamour. Cellar Kitchen- Chef Marcus Samuelsson hosts a cocktail party. 8pm: 4th Floor-Celebrate Kouture with Kimora Lee Simmons.

724 Fifth Avenue
Come celebrate FNO from 6 -10pm at the Prada 5th Avenue boutique where you will have the opportunity to see Vogue’s Creative Director, Grace Coddington bring her September “Benches” story to life featuring the F/W 2010 collection. With any in-store purchase, your photo will be taken and signed by Grace Coddington and Dakota Fanning.

Ralph Lauren
379 West Broadway
Join Jessica Alba and Andre Leon Talley downtown at Ralph Lauren Soho for champagne, shopping and a stylish performance by Grammy nominated singer Janelle Monae. Monae’s 360 degree concert from the oversized loft windows will have guests dancing in the street to her soulful musical musings in honor of Fashion’s Night Out.379 West Broadway New York NY 10012

Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue will be fashion’s ultimate rockin’ party. In NY, meet celebrities, designers and rock stars, including Donna Karan, Viktor & Rolf, Charlotte Ronson, Zac Posen, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas and Sergio Rossi’s Creative Director, Francesco Russo as he unveils the new ‘Cachet’ pumps, exclusively at Saks. Dance with designers or watch them compete in a fashion sketch-off. Get “rocker chic” tricks and tips from our best cosmetics experts. Shop with your MasterCard® card in any of our participating stores and get our exclusive Fashion’s Night Out rock ‘n’ roll playlist.

Tory Burch
38-40 Little West 12th Street
Tory Burch is hosting the second neighborhood block party at her Meatpacking Boutique (38-40 Little West 12th Street) to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out 2010. DJ Cassidy will be spinning, and Shake Shack will be barbequing. A limited edition tote bag inspired from the Fall 2010 collection will be given to every customer who makes a purchase of $100 or more that night and on NYC boutiques will be selling the Fashion’s Night Out collection and donating 40% of t-shirt sales to the New York City AIDS Fund.

To view all of the many event listings and plan your evening with a convenient interactive map, click here.

until next time,


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The City With No Team

In New York City, we may not have a lot of trees to remind us what season it is, but we do know it's fall by one simple fact: college football season.

I have to admit, I am a bigger fan of the celebrations that coincide with games more so than the actual games. I know, I know - shame on me. Cut me some slack, though; I'm still in the process of learning what the snaps, spikes & sacks are all about!  If I'm undecided about what team I want to win, I base my decision purely on who has the prettier jerseys. That's my tactic and I'm stickin' to it. And since the only third-and-long I'm familiar with is a bar on 3rd Ave, I shall give you a list of just that. BARS.

In a city with no college team, we must follow our alma maters, hometown loyalties and other favorites. Many New Yorkers hail from different parts of the country -- so with the help of two articles (Guest of a Guest and Metropolis) paired with my own online searching, I have compiled a list of where you can watch your specific teams this season. I even linked each bar entry to the corresponding website. Yes, Little Lady is that helpful.




Manhattan: The Australian
Brooklyn: Pacific Standard

Boston College




after that? TBA

Florida State

University of Florida
uptown: Gin Mill
downtown: Sidebar

Village Pourhouse

Georgia Tech

The Australian


Kansas State




Brother Jimmy's on Lexington

Brother Jimmy's Union Square

Michigan State


Ole Miss


North Carolina
Brother Jimmy's Murray Hill


Notre Dame



Oklahoma State


Penn State






Texas A&M





Virginia Tech



Ok, I apologize if your team didn't make the cut. Little Lady can only do so much.

P.S. I'd like to just go ahead and point out that UVA won their first game.

Oh, and Virginia Tech lost theirs.


until next time,


Sunday, September 5, 2010


I write this as I wait for my super, Mario, to save the day.

See, I am having one of those "shoot, I'm in charge?" kind of moments. I was sitting here minding my own business, sketching and watching Pretty Woman on TV.  All of a sudden, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I looked up towards my (very high) ceiling and noticed something odd.

It was a mouse sitting on top of the window molding looking at me.

insert painfully loud shriek here >

I called Mario. His response? "Ay Dios mio!! I'm in Queens."

I texted my mother. Her response? "You need to kill it."
"With what?", I asked.
"A shoe? Hammer? Rolled up newspaper or a flamethrower."

Well gee, thanks guys.

Here I sit. Waiting on Mario to come back to Manhattan. I'm sitting on the back of my couch (feels safer somehow) and I glance at Mickey's perch every few seconds. I can't quite tell if he's still sitting up there or if he's returned to the hole in the wall whence he came.

For the most part, I like living on my own and taking care of myself. Someone wise once said that the most important steps in life are the ones you take all by yourself. Or as Kanye puts it, th-that don't kill me can only make me strong-er.

That's all unicorns & marshmallow fluff until a mouse is involved.

I'm off to sit and stare and wait on Mario.

Perhaps Scott Disick's voice that's now on my TV will be enough to scare little Mickey away for good.

until next time (if I don't die from disgust first),


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Here's a little hump day pick-me-up.

My friend sent me this and it makes me giggle nonstop.

Happy September, everyone!

until next time,

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