I would like to take this time to point out that if Elena Kagan is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice, she will be the third member of the current court who is a product of the NYC public school system, joining Justices Sotomayor and Scalia. Holla! (I did not attend NYC public schools, but my children do, so maybe there’s hope for the future.)

Things of Beauty

Neiman Marcus has an exclusive on the 10th anniversary of Balenciaga’s bags, which have become somewhat iconic. I’m not that into the bags, but I do like the flats they’ve made to go along with them. Check them out here.

Deal With It

Speaking of Neiman Marcus, right now on NeimanMarcus.com, you can get free shipping at any price with the code NMSHOP. I needed to replace this Bobbi Brown lipstick that I love, but haven’t had time to hit the store to get it, so I ordered it online and it shipped for free. Genius!

Over at Starbucks, until May 16th, all Frappuccinos are half price from 3pm – 5pm. Happy hour! So when you’re at work and you’re feeling exhausted post-lunch, perk up around 3:15 and treat yourself!

Nordstrom Rack has come to Union Square in NYC! Apparently it is stocked with over 25,000 pairs of shoes, 2,000 pairs of denim and 2,400 handbags, so there’s got to be something good, all at 30% – 70% off. Something tells me it’s like every other discount chain: hit or miss.

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Went out to a CMT event down the block with my friend Suzanne. We caught the tail end of Laura Bell Bundy’s set — she has a lot of personality !I’ll be paing for the late night all week!

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End of Week Mash-Up

July 24, 2009

M.O. in Thakoon (not the dress I wore today!)

M.O. in Thakoon (not the dress I wore today!)

I wore a Thakoon dress today — I felt very Michelle Obama-esque (she wears his stuff a lot). It’s so funny because it’s a very cool tie-dyeish print, and this is the second time I wore it and inevitably people stop me to discuss the dress. In fact the first time I wore it, a woman on the bus wanted to photograph it. (This became even funnier when I realized the woman owns this West Village children’s clothing store that I like — Dig Og Mig — where I have bought the kids a bunch of stuff.) Anyway I don’t really have much more to say on this except that sometimes it’s fun to wear an interesting print just to hear what people have to say!

We had dinner at Mesa Grill tonight — very good, as always, and the restaurant week menu featured tasty options and generous portions. Our waitress made sure to tell us that Bobby Flay himself had crafted the menu! We had jerk chicken taquitos with fry bread to start, then I had blue corn-encrusted red snapper and Ken had a stuffed chile rellano. For dessert there was a chocolate cherry layer cake and peach cheesecake. You still have another week to try and go!

If you miss restaurant week, or if you’re not in NYC, it’s worth it to hunt around on the internet or your local paper to see what specials restaurants are offering. The recession has really hurt eating establishments hard, so many of them offer great specials, especially during the week or on Sunday nights, to entice people to come. I just saw that Les Halles offers 50% off all bottles of wine on Monday nights, and Bar Artisanal in Tribeca offers a three course lunch for $21 all summer. And if you sign up as a fan of different restaurants on Facebook, you’ll be alerted to different specials. In smaller towns, the local paper often has 2 for 1 coupons for different establishments. I look at it as mutually beneficial: it’s a great deal for you, and you’re giving them needed business.

Single of the Week

Can it be Thursday already? Oh yes it is…here’s Ken:

You may find this hard to believe, but as an undergraduate at Cornell,  I had considerable exposure to two things that would shape my life: Jews and the Canadian rock group Rush. After graduation, I decided to convert and join the one group, and had I continued with the alto saxophone, I’m pretty sure I could have been a part of the other. This week’s single is a mash-up that brings the two influences back together again. On a sad side note, the Beasties will be postponing their new album and some tour dates because band member Adam Yauch will be receiving treatment for a tumor in his salivary gland. So let’s raise a brass monkey and hope for a successful treatment.

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I hope the Beasties are okay — I just saw Jay-Z is taking over some of their dates on the festival circuit.

Apparently Nordstrom Rack is coming to Union Square, where the Virgin Megastore used to be. I guess that’s a good thing. I find those stores a very hit or miss kind of experience. Mostly miss. Or else I find something and I feel like I could have gotten it cheaper on sale at the actual store. So we’ll see…

So happy the weekend is almost here! The weather is supposed to be iffy but we are going to visit some friends in Connecticut, so I’m sure we’ll have fun regardless.

Hope you have a good one — see you next week!