What it is: Morning Warrior LA to NY Cropped Tee
Why we love it: Cuffed sleeves and unfinished hems add a casual vibe to the rock-inspired silhouette.
Wear it with: High-waisted Alice + Olivia pants and suede Pedro Garcia sandals.
This weekend will mark the seventh installment of Pop Up Flea, a unique menswear event founded by Michael Williams and Randy Goldberg. The event will take place at 82 Mercer St. in NYC, as well as online at Eastdane.com. We took a minute of the guys’ time to ask them about PUF.
EAST DANE: For the uninitiated, tell us a little about the Pop Up Flea.
RANDY GOLDBERG: It’s a one-weekend-at-a-time menswear store full of interesting items and staffed by good people. It's like a pop-up shop in the sense that it only lasts for three days. It's like a flea market in the sense that vendors rent a space and man their own mini-storefront.
EAST DANE: Where did the idea come from?
MICHAEL WILLIAMS: The Pop Up Flea was born, like many good things, over cocktails in Manhattan. We wanted to have a store, but we also wanted people to have a chance to meet and talk to the designers that make the stuff they love and wear.
EAST DANE: This weekend (December 6-8) marks the seventh installment of PUF, and it’s your biggest yet. Who can people expect to find there?
MICHAEL WILLIAMS: We have a lineup of over sixty different brands and vendors. Everyone from accessories designer Alexander Olch to Billykirk, plus bigger brands like Filson and Levi's Vintage Clothing.
EAST DANE: Any vendors you’re extra excited about this time around?
RANDY GOLDBERG: We're excited about everyone that is coming. We only invite great brands to participate. The litmus test is: Would we want to wear these clothes? All killer, no filler.
EAST DANE: We signed on as your online partner for the event, a first. How do you think East Dane fits with the PUF feel?
RANDY GOLDBERG: There's a lot of common ground between us and East Dane in terms of what we care about—well-made things, a great shopping experience, unique finds—so it's a natural partnership. Plus, we never thought in a million years PUF product would get the Amazon Prime treatment. That’s next level.
EAST DANE: How'd you choose the product that you selected for East Dane? Was there a guiding principle?
MICHAEL WILLIAMS: We have a supercomputer that computes a unique Pop Up Flea handsomeness algorithm that we had developed for this special East Dane shop. It chooses the most mathematically handsome selection of garments. Just kidding. We choose the stuff that we want to personally have in our closets. No computers, no robots, just good old-fashioned menswear.
After a successful Thanksgiving, I’ve got my sights set on the next big holiday. And when I think holiday, I think family, gift-giving, and of course, wine. As I searched for the best selection to serve, I stumbled across a few interesting vino-related stories. Cheers!
Not that one really needs a reason to drink a glass of fine fermented grape juice, but just in case, here are 23 justifications for having a second round.
My dream kitchen includes a cavernous room full of bottles ranging from rare vintages to my go-to $10 special. And apparently, according to the recent unearthing of the world’s oldest wine cellar, this dream was also common over 3,700 years ago.
Winemaking is staunchly rooted in tradition but technology is finally edging in. The Economist breaks down the latest developments in cultivation and aging, and how the industry is beginning to adapt.
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Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style- loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of Shopbop.com.
The Steal: A sheer Charlie Jade top.
The Price: $128 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: Graphic snake print adds depth to the sexy silhouette.
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Working for Shopbop these last eight years, I’ve developed a healthy appreciation for fashion and all its parts, but my true addiction rests elsewhere: kitchenware. More specifically: cake plates. Do I have many occasions to display my baked goods on fancy fare? Not really. Does that stop me from collecting the pretty stands just in case I need them for an as-yet-planned party? Nope.
So when a crop of cake stands started to make their way into our Holiday Gift Boutique, I knew I needed a reason to take one home. A pretty recipe that deserves a pretty plate was born, and I share it with you: Peppermint Crunch Chocolate Tart, perfect for a Lunares ceramic cake stand.
Peppermint Crunch Chocolate Tart
1 1/2 cups flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. baking powder
7 Tbsp. butter, chilled
1 egg beaten w/ 1 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, and baking powder. Cut chilled butter into cubes and add to flour mixture. Use your fingers to blend the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is broken down into small, flour-coated flakes. (You can also do this step with a food processor.) Add the egg, water, and vanilla to the mixture and blend quickly with your fingers. Dump the contents of the bowl onto a clean counter, and work the butter and liquid further into the dough by smearing the dough away from you in a quick motion with the heel of your hand. Gather it back together in a ball, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least one hour.
After one hour, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the dough on a floured surface and roll to fit a 10-inch tart pan. Gently place in the pan, trim the edges, and poke holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork. Line the top of the crust with foil, and layer on pie weights or dried beans to keep the foil in place.
Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the edges are just golden brown. (Check at 20 minutes to be sure it’s not cooking too quickly.)
While the crust is cooling, make the ganache.
8 oz. heavy cream
16 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped into ½-inch pieces
1 tsp. peppermint extract
Place a metal bowl over a pot of water, making sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Add heavy cream and heat for a few minutes until the cream is hot, but not boiling. Add chocolate and stir constantly with a whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in peppermint extract. Set aside until crust is cooled.
3/4 cup crushed peppermint candy canes
Remove the crust from the tart pan and place on a cake stand or platter. Pour ganache into the crust and sprinkle the top with crushed peppermint candy canes. Place in refrigerator for approximately one hour to let the ganache set.
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What they are: Habitual Elle High Rise Moto Pants
Why we love them: Moto detailing and crackled faux suede make a perfect downtown pair.
Wear them with: A graphic Splendid top and Elizabeth and James shoes.
'Tis the season for over-indulging. Thankfully, Loni has just the fashion advice to help you stay motivated (and looking cute) at the gym.
Looking fashionable during a workout has never been easier. There are so many flattering, comfortable options out there these days—thank goodness. Reach for easy mix-and-match separates in black, white, and grey. Then, just toss clean gear into your carryall and create your look at the gym. If you won't leave home without a splash of color, add it with accessories like headbands, socks, or hats. Colorful pants and tops can really show sweat, which is never ideal. Make sure your outerwear is gym-appropriate too—think performance-wear or a chic, oversized parka. Leave your wool pieces at home. Lastly, go for a simple beauty routine. Clear mascara, a bit of gloss, and a cheek stain will look fresh and won’t run when the instructor kicks it up a notch.
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