As proponents of both obsessiveness and wardrobe staples, we’re naturally also fans of Self-Service Magazine’s “Obsessions” feature. As the story in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue advises, “Know your basics.” From the fabulous Givenchy leather-and-wool jumpsuit to Saint Laurent’s gorgeous diamanté fishnet, our favorite is this chic wool sweater with an elegant gold stripe by Jil Sander. Style it with a pair of HABITUAL Eve Skinnies and a simple black shoe for an effortless holiday look!
If Jennifer Lawrence playing a female warrior isn’t enough to make you like Hunger Games, the costumes with looks from Alexander McQueen and other designers should catch your attention. The scarf-cum-sweater vest that Katniss Everdeen wears over her father’s leather jacket was what made us take notice. While the original is the work of Los Angeles knitwear designer Maria Dora, we found a few others that evoke the feminine practicality of a huntress uniform. Bless’ Triangle Scarf has a toggle that allows the chunky knit to be worn several ways, while Yokoo’s Nantucket Cowl simply slips over the head. For a more urban-appropriate look, opt for Oak’s Funnel Neck Poncho.
Borrowing a title from The Knife’s latest album, this mid-Autumn mix of music is all about the disruption—early sunsets, layers, fallen leaves—that the season brings. From the HABITUAL studio to you, enjoy these tunes designed to welcome the changes in daily rituals as we prepare for the winter ahead.
The Knife’s “Hole in the Head” from Shaking the Habitual (released earlier this year) pairs polyrhythmic beats, electronica and their trademark metallic vocals with steel drums and other tropical sounds in a song that makes an ideal soundtrack for the morning commute or any appropriate pleasure-meets-pain moment.
Larry Gus’ “Pericles” is maybe the ultimate mash-up from the an artist whose layers upon layers of sound make for an intricate patchwork of music. From ’60s and ’70s jazz grooves to psychedelic rock and plentiful samples, all tied together with driving polyrhythms, this track is wonderfully weird, dark, and perfect to get you through a workday afternoon.
Like Gary Clark Jr., Willis Earl Beal is another favorite bluesman interpreting the genre with his own unique swagger. With a Tom Waits growl and a feverish pitch, “Hole in the Roof” builds a classic backbeat and an organ to Screamin’ Jay Hawkins heights.
The duo Conrad Praetzel and Robert Powell combine traditional folk and contemporary sounds in their project Clothesline Revival. From their 2002 album Of My Native Land, “Calling Trains” samples a 1936 recording of an unidentified train caller for a dreamy take on Americana.
Anne McCue’s bluesy song titled “Hangman,” gets punctuation from the desolate sounds of her lap steel guitar for a ballad to dark nights and even darker people.
To truly embrace the depths of the season, we count on Fever Ray (being the earlier iteration of The Knife of course) and tracks like “The Wolf” that channel the heart of a black forest and all the mysteries within it.
With divine-sounding, simple combinations, such as snap peas with burrata, bottarga and meyer lemon, the recently opened restaurant Orsa & Winston is high on our list of places to try in downtown Los Angeles. The fine dining concept from lauded chef Josef Centeno offers a five-course tasting menu of his Italian-Japanese fare, though a dish like uni with pecorino cream tempts us to splurge on the super omakase. Is it lunch time yet?
On a waterfront street in far-flung Greenpoint, the restaurant Glasserie serves simple Mediterranean food that makes the trek to the edge of Brooklyn worth it.
Dishes like the lamb belly with green tomatoes and lentils are comfort food updated for today’s palettes, appealing to the neighborhood’s creative types—and anyone looking for un-fussy food to enjoy in a stylish setting.
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Giving shoppers their pick of heel height and colors/materials, the Made-to-Order Blahnik Boutique on Neiman Marcus’s site allows you to create a dream version of Manolo Blahnik’s BB (named for Bridgette Bardot). There are oh-so-many reasons to be excited about this service:
1) Always one of our favorite shoe designers, we’re not alone when we say it feels like wearing custom made since they are so comfortable on our feet—and now this?
2) We use the classic BB style in our photo shoots, thanks to how perfectly the pointy-toed stilettos pair with jeans.
3) You can get the look all in one place—check out our Fall styles on Neiman Marcus!
The Village Voice might put it best when they call Gowanus restaurant The Pines “a destination for food nerds.” With an eclectic menu of New American cooking that changes daily, chef Angelo Romano (of Roberta’s fame) dreams up different brunch, dinner, and drinks on the regular. The offerings change daily, but if our recent meal—from a killer brioche served with mind-blowingly light foie gras to octopus with sour cherries—is any indication, you can’t really go wrong. Drinks too, like one with tequila, sea buckthorn (a tart, nutritious berry), and ginger, delight the palate with inspired combinations and obscure ingredients.
But the best part of The Pines might be the backyard, home to a recently opened outdoor kitchen. Only open Thursday through Sunday, its own original menu includes grilled clams and a half lobster with their creamy lardo and a heavenly vanilla butter. Combing a wildly creative approach to cuisine with the only-in-Brooklyn vibe of laid-back al fresco dining, the restaurant is the latest signal that Gowanus is on the rise. Make a perfect date night of it by getting dinner after the sunset Mr. Sunday dance parties to see for yourself.
Known for bringing the best of what nature has to offer, Naturewell promises only top-notch organic products using the most quality ingredients available. The “wellness bar” emphasizes the health benefits of gorging on organic raw foods and how consuming them helps prevent sickness to build a happier, healthier you.
While that stance might invite debate as the juice craze rages on, we can’t argue with a delicious, sugar-free treat to help fuel shopping in the heart of Silverlake Junction. Like many other fans, we suggest the Coconut Kale Smoothie, made from coconut milk and flesh, kale, bananas, and agave. For spice-lovers, the Cardamom Smoothie makes a refreshing choice with its blend of almonds and cardamom seeds. Also try the Face Melter, consisting of fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, and oil from oregano served in a shot glass—a healthful way to wake-up your whole system.
In addition to smoothies, Naturewell has a selection of bulk and prepared raw foods, making it a one-stop shop for both those looking to seriously detox or if you just need a quick dose of health.
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Walking into A.B. Biagi is like you never left your mother’s kitchen—that is, if your mother’s Italian and you grew up in Brazil. Owner Antonio Barros Biagi, raised in the Brazilian countryside by Italian immigrants, uses his aunt Giuliana’s recipe to bring creamy, but light gelato, to downtown Manhattan. The answer to sweltering NYC summers, this twist on the original comes from an adaptation featuring fruits and naturally lower-fat milk to withstand the heat of Brazil.
New York by way of Brazil through and through, Biagi takes pride in using farm fresh milk from upstate New York and organic sugar from Brazil, expertly combining ingredients with skills picked up from training in France and Italy with top gelatieri. The international influence shows up in the range of gelato flavors, from traditional chocolate, vanilla, and Bronte pistachio to more adventurous choices, such as goat cheese with orange or biscotti and port wine.
At the Nolita shop you can see the gelato spun before customers’ eyes in a traditional vertical freezer, the Cavttabriga EFFE, the first of its kind in New York. Housed in a welcoming environment in multiple shades of yellow and white, meant to replicate Biagi’s life in São Paolo, A.B. Biagi is a must-visit place for delicious frozen confections or simply to grab a cup of the finest Brazilian coffee.
Hopefully our friends will forgive us for our past mistake of referring them to the “New American” food at Maysville. It’s not that the phrase doesn’t capture the Flatiron, NYC restaurant’s interpretations of classics like pulled pork or a salad of winter veggies with peanut brittle and goat cheese. It’s more specifically that the eatery takes its name from the Kentucky port town that birthed bourbon, placing its reinvented traditions squarely in the camp of the neo-Southern movements lately sweeping food scenes from coast to coast.
But, this isn’t simply the “New South” either. In contrast to the type of faithfully executed down-home classics seen at the neighboring Hill Country (with Yankee prices) or Williamsburg’s Commodore, Maysville brings an unmistakably fresh twist to their menus. Standout dishes like roasted oysters, memorably and fragrantly served atop a bed of hay, evokes the kind of modern coziness also reflected in clean, spare interiors accented warmly with wood.
Service too manages to balance hospitality with enough space to enjoy the food and company, making Maysville a go-to for all sorts occasions from business lunches to birthday dinners and weekend brunches.