04 February 2012

Top Six Picks: January 2012

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1) Red cardigan from J.Crew via source
I bought a red cardigan in Italy three years ago, that I literally loved to pieces. I wore holes in the elbows, and by the time i was through with it, it was ragged and lifeless. I've spent the last two years on a quest for a red cardi to match up to the last, and finally, I found my dream sweater sifting through the winter sale racks at J.Crew. It's kind of hard not to love this thing to pieces all over again.

2) Homemade chicken broth and homemade chicken noodle soup via source
I heard that making your own chicken broth is the easiest thing in the world, and honestly, IT IS. I've been making bi-weekly batches of this stuff, and storing it in my freezer for future soups and stews. I've used it in chicken noodle soup and minestrone, both of which turned out heavenly. Simple, solid ingredients in your kitchen, a few hours of stewing, and voila, you have golden delicious broth for meals to come!

3) Downton Abbey via source
Simply put, I've jumped on the bandwagon and am addicted to Downton Abbey along with everyone else in the blogosphere. I'm surprised I hadn't watched it sooner, given it begins with the sinking of The Titanic and my love of glorified soap operas. The clothes are fabulous, Maggie Smith's deadpan delivery is to die for, and the drama never ends. Not to mention the intro song is perpetually stuck in my head. All I have to say is, "Welcome to Downton Abbey" is the new "Welcome to the O.C., bitch."socks todd dots

4) Smartwool Socks via source
I've been loving my Hunter Wellies over the course of the last year, but the fleece socks weren't quite keeping my feet warm enough. My roommate Kathy has been swearing by Smartwools since I met her years ago, and after wearing them all winter, I am too. These babies keep your feet warm AND dry. Oh, and they last forever. So before you balk at the $17 price tag, tell yourself this is an investment worth making.

5) The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret via source
David Cross was on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me a few weeks ago, in addition to having a small blurb in the New Yorker - both of which mention his latest project, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. The episodes are short and absurd, as they chronicle a crazy two week period in which Todd Margaret manages to make chaos out of thin air, and damage just about everything he touches in his business trip to England. I'm not going to lie, it took me a couple of episodes to get into it, but I definitely urge you to check this show out!

6) Damien Hirst at Gagosian Galleries / Dots via source
And last, but not least, Damien Hirst's shows of his dot paintings simultaneously filling all 11 of Larry Gagosian's galleries worldwide. This series of shows has been getting crazy hype and mad reviews for how controversial it is to have paintings of "nothing" filling all eleven galleries, for incredibly high price points. The art world is both enthralled and pissed, and I'm loving watching this unfold. Personally, I like them and I find the concept to be funny. And along with the controversy of this show, comes an increasing trend that I like to call "Dots". Dots are everywhere - in fashion, in advertising, even food (see, the macaron trend).


  1. oh no! i got that same cardi in avocado in december and it got two holes in it within a month! good luck, girl.

  2. i love this feature! and i went through two gburg winters before i discovered the importance of wool socks! they're a winter necessity for sure!