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TGIF-12/02/16

TGIFAlexandra king2 Comments

Happy Friday and hurrah for the weekend!  Firstly, I do realize that I failed spectacularly in showing you any of the promised photos from our Superbowl party last weekend, apologies one and all. I'm afraid I was simply having too much fun- on account of the fact that I make excellent Margaritas, a double-edged sword of a talent that is sadly my cross to bear (behold, my one piece of evidence, which involves me teaching my friend Ethan my signature dance move "the cucumber sandwich"). Anyway, the more Instagram evidence of the party, the crappier the party, right? This weekend is set to be FREEZING in NYC, so I'll be meeting up with friends in cozy places, and hugging my sister-in-law, who's in town for fashion week. As mentioned, the gallery also has an opening on Sunday night, so stop by if you're in downtown NYC! Until Monday, sweet friends. My usual round up below.

A super helpful guide from TSWIL fave, Artifact Uprising, on how to use your DSLR camera

I smelled this D.S. and Durga scent the other day and I can't stop thinking about it. I loved this one too.

What an incredible home

A simple, perfect top

My kind of Valentine's flowers

A new Breton shirt from Everlane

Sand, magnified

The essentials for giving birth around the world. Fascinating.

I heart Samantha Bee

This Madewell x Daryl K dress was made for summer casual Fridays (dreams of a warmer future)

All I want for Valentine's Day is this, please

A tour of Florence Welch's London townhouse (THAT GARDEN)

Wow. A trauma surgeon recounts what happened when ISIS broke into the emergency room



The TSWIL Anti Valentine's Night In

Love and MarriageAlexandra king2 Comments
The TSWIL Anti Valentines night in

Oh Valentine's Day, you big bloody tease slash actual nightmare. Your heart's in the right place, but you're so commercial, so non-inclusive. What if you're happily single after ditching that A-hole you stayed with for way too long? What if you're beyond fatigued and depressed and a little heart sore after a year of mediocre dates? What if you're in a long-distance relationship because your beloved's job is in a different city or country? What if you're working because your pesky husband decided to open an art gallery last year? All theoretical, natch (hehe). But the answer to all of these quandaries, say I, is the same. Avoid the ambush of restaurant tables for two and weird club nights and sad red roses looking really embarrassed about the baby's breath. Stay home. If you're happily shacked up with your one and only, fabulous-every day is Valentines Day, write each other a beautiful love letter and make out. But if, for all the above reasons, you are dateless on Sunday, WHATEVER. Take a beautiful night for yourself, either solo or with a loving bestie. My recommendations for the perfect anti Valentines night in, going from left to right, below.

1) I'll Stand By You- The Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland, because these girls knew how to do romance 2) Cashmere legwarmers for off-duty baller-ina chic 3) Kneipp Pure Bliss Bath Salts for the most uplifting aromatherapy soak 4) This candle, to burn away any bad penis karma 5) Heavenly smelling Aesop Resolute body lotion for post bath moisturizing 5) When Harry Met Sally (plus anything and everything by Nora Ephron) This scene gets me every time 6) A sexy, comfy set, because one doesn't need to negate the other 7) A sage stick for smudging your home and readying it for new love 7) A nice bottle of Vino. You can't go wrong with Oyster Bay SV 8) Take out, obviously.