The Row Fall 2018 x Noguchi

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The most anticipated show of the New York Fashion Week calendar, (for us at least) did not disappoint. The Row Fall 2018 runway show was adorned with some never before seen Noguchi sculptures. The organic forms of the sculptures felt like direct inspiration for the oversized robe coats, easy drop-waist dresses and luxe materials used in this collection. It’s been said recently that the Olsens should have taken over at Céline upon the departure of Phoebe Philo. While that would be a perfect fit, the razor-sharp focus of The Row Fall 2018 collection shows that the Olsens are doing everything right and shouldn’t do anything to jeopardize that. The jumping off point for this collection was the reimagination of uniforms. Shades of khakis and fatigue greens reached new elevation when introduced in tailored trench coats, long over long layers and soft dresses. A uniform every woman wants to wear.

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Runway images via Vogue.com.

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Sustain Your Sweater Collection

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Sweaters are the building blocks of your winter wardrobe which is why you should take extra good care to sustain your sweater collection. The four most common problems that shorten the life of your sweaters are: pulled stitches, shrinkage, pilling and holes. See our guide below on how to correct or prevent these issues.
 FIX PULLED STITCHES
It’s bound to happen, your sweater snags on the corner of a table or gets caught in your coat zipper. Simply use a tiny crochet hook to pull the stitch to the inside of the sweater where it is safe from further snags. If it is a very long pulled yarn, once it is pulled inside the sweater, knot it.
SAVE A SHRUNKEN SWEATER
We’ve all been there, a sweater with washing instructions that clearly state “lay flat to dry” somehow found its way into the drier.  Now you have a shrunken sweater and a bit of a meltdown. Pull yourself together, there’s a simple fix. Mix a cap full of conditioner or baby shampoo into a sink full of lukewarm water and dissolve. The conditioner or baby shampoo helps relax the fibers in the sweater. Soak your sweater for 10 minutes, do not rinse! Lay the sweater on a clean, dry towel and roll it up tight to remove excess water. Take another clean dry towel and lay the sweater flat to dry. Gently reshape the sweater to desired size and wait for it to dry.
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REMOVING PILLS
There are a few options when it comes to depilling a sweater: electronic and old-school combing by hand. Either way, before you start the process, be sure to fix any pulled stitches so they don’t get worse during the depilling process. If you opt for the electric pill remover, I suggest doing your research. I’ve tried this one and this one. While both options worked, there must be better options. The comb works wonders for cashmere rich sweaters (which tend to pill the most). Just be sure to comb in the same direction (I always comb from top to bottom) and be gentle.
STORING SWEATERS FOR THE SEASON
Before you know it, it will be time to put the sweaters away and pull out your swimsuits! Load up on the necessary supplies so you are prepared when the time comes: cotton bags, plastic boxes or bags, lavender sachets or lavender oil.  Before storing your sweaters for the summer, be sure that they are clean. Store your woolen and cashmere sweaters in cotton bags first, and then plastic air tight containers or plastic air tight bags. Be sure to put a sachet of lavender in each box or bag before closing it for the season. This will help prevent moths from eating holes in your sweaters.

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A Stylish Guide to Vegan Eats for New York Fashion Week

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 It’s that time of year again, when the global glitterati transcend on our little island of Manhattan for New York Fashion Week. Between the press previews, fashion shows and parties, it’s important to stay hydrated and more importantly, well fed. For most people it’s easy, “I’ll just grab a nibble at the next event”, but if you’re vegan, it’s a little more complicated than that. So for all the vegans in town this week, here’s a guide to vegan eats for New York Fashion Week. All equipped with delicious food that even your carnivore friends will enjoy. Most spots offer Instagram worthy decor to keep your Instagram feed well fed also.
Sun in Bloom | For coffee or a quick bite

Located in Tribeca (and in Brooklyn), this is a great spot to grab and go, whether you want a quick non-dairy latte, a flavorful salad or hearty sandwich. Try: Chai Latte, Shitake BLT and Macro Bowl. | View the full menu here.

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By Chloe | For a quick bite.
By Chloe is a great place to grab a quick bite. Whether you are looking for a healthy option (try the Spicy Thai Salad) or want to indulge (go for the Macaroni and Cheese with shiitake bacon), this all vegan restaurant offers quick service and multiple locations around the city from West Village to Flat Iron. View the full menu here.

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 ABCV | For business meetings or leisurely meals to catch up with friends.

ABC V is the newest restaurant from ABC Home featuring only vegetarian and vegan dishes.A light, bright space serving delicious dishes to share makes for a great place for business meetings. Decorated with the finest ABC Home goods, it feels more like a spa than a restaurant, in a good way. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try: Slow roasted beets with and the roasted cauliflower. | View the full menu here.

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French food is hard to find in vegan form, but Delice & Sarrasin have mastered it. From sweet and savory crepes to steak frites and “escargot”, they offer all the French greatest hits. The small vegan wine list has something for everyone. View the full menu here.

Cienfuegos | For happy hour

This vegan Cuban spot serves small plates and rum cocktails. With a happy hour that offers half price punch bowls and $7 select cocktails every night, it is a must visit in the East Village. Try the tropical fried guacamole. | View the full menu here.

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Double Zero | To satisfy your pizza fix

You can’t come to New York without enjoying a piece (or whole pie) of pizza, whether you’re vegan or not. Get your pizza fix at the East Village artisan pizza spot, Double Zero. Make a meal of it, the upbeat ambiance, assorted appetizers and wine list are all reasons to linger and enjoy. Try: White Pizza and Eggplant Bacon Pizza. | View the full menu here.

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Another East Village spot worthy of your precious time between events, Avant Garden. Sit at the bar to watch the food being prepared, or opt for an intimate candle lit table with more privacy. Try: Celery Root | View the full menu here.

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Ginger Tea Recipe

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Cold weather calls for hot beverages, but avoid a caffeine overload with this warm winter drink: Ginger tea. Not only does it warm you from the inside but it also aids in digestion, soothes sore throats, relieves nausea and bloating and promotes circulation.
First, gather your tools: ginger root, spoon, vegetable brush, water, knife (or mandolin), saucepan with lid, air tight container, strainer or slotted spoon.
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1-Start with a piece of ginger. Size doesn’t matter, the intensity of the tea comes from the length of time you boil the ginger root.
2-If you are using organic ginger, scrub the peel until it is clean. If it’s not organic, use the side of a spoon to peel the ginger.
3-Slice the ginger root into the thinnest possible slivers. The more surface area that is exposed to the water, the more flavor will be extracted from the ginger root.
4-Simply place the sliced ginger into a pot of water. Use about 25% more water than the amount of ginger tea you want at the end. For example if you’d like 2 cups of ginger tea, start with 2.5 cups of water.
5-Bring water to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to simmer and cover.
6-Simmer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can taste the tea as you are boiling (be careful not to burn yourself) to check the intensity of the ginger. You can also turn off the flame and keep it covered to steep. The longer you simmer and steep, the deeper the flavor.
7-Once you are happy with the strength of the ginger tea, simply discard the ginger slices and enjoy.
8-Store in an air tight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
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A few variations:
TO SOOTH A COLD
Add freshly squeezed lemon juice and organic raw honey to your hot ginger tea to sooth a sore throat. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to help clear sinuses.
Additional supplies for this version: lemon, hand juicer, organic raw honey and cayenne pepper (optional).
TO REFRESH
Pour the ginger tea over ice and add chia seeds and freshly squeezed lemon juice for a refreshing fiber-rich iced tea alternative.
Tip: Be sure to soak chia seeds for 24 hours until they become gelatinous. You can soak them in your ginger tea or filtered spring water.
Additional supplies for this version: chia seeds, lemon, hand juicer, ice.

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Best of Basics: Alphabet Necklace

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The alphabet necklace or famed name necklace (from SATC) is an iconic and classic piece of jewelry that easily fits into every woman’s jewelry collection. This modern heirloom has taken many shapes and forms over the years, but the current way to state your first initial is with a bold, gold letter from Céline. Editor-in-Chief of Self Service Magazine, Claire Thompson-Joinville styles this bold basic with more beloved classics including a YSL tuxedo, white tee and red clutch.

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