How to Tell if You’re Living an Over-Propped Life -

Yup, I’m definitely living an over-propped life.

I love  my bar cart!  (And my books arranged by color.  And my vintage magazines.  And my abacus.)

But when even the Times knows something is played out, it’s time to move on…  sigh… 

Bartending Tools, a Coatrack, and More New Stuff in New York Stores -- New York Magazine

All the home-bartending essentials—muddler, zester, jigger, strainer—are folded Swiss Army style into this handy ten-in-one tool ($40 at Kitchen Couture, 5213 Thirteenth Ave., nr. 52nd St., Borough Park; 718-686-8200).

So many possibilities!  Beach cocktails, terrace cocktails…  I could even get behind camping if this was part of the mix.


Dove Real Beauty Sketches (by doveunitedstates)





Gourmet Cupcakes Are Bottoming Out -- Grub Street New York


After dark years of Sex and the City bus tours, Andy Samberg’s SNL digital short, and scenes of Lena Dunham snacking in a bathtub, the gourmet cupcake market is finally crashing. Thank goodness. At its peak, Crumbs' stock was at $13 a share. Now it's at $1.70, dropping 34 percent last Friday. It doesn't help matters that Magnolia Bakery's dealing with a mouse problem. And you know what? It’s about damn time we retired this dessert: McAdams no longer loves Gosling. It’s now socially acceptable to eat a full piece of cake. We all need to move on with our lives. [DaiIy IntelligencerWSJ]

This is definitely how I’m quitting next time!
(via Man Quits Job With Elaborate and Adorable Resignation Cake — Grub Street New York)

This is definitely how I’m quitting next time!

(via Man Quits Job With Elaborate and Adorable Resignation Cake — Grub Street New York)


Wolf Forms

The SWORDS-SMITH team took a field trip to Wolf Forms to inspect and measure our dress forms and check out the facility. Wolf is a family business that has been making dress forms in NYC for almost a century, supplying all parts of the industry from designers to fashion schools across the world. They relocated to New Jersey in the 90’s from the Garment Center in NYC.

They use skilled artisans to create each form beginning with pressing paper mache into custom molds that are then cured at 300 degrees in a walk-in kiln. Once extracted, each piece is hand-carved and filed down, adding and subtracting where needed. Then canvas is cut, sewn and stretched over the form. A custom metal rod and stand finishes each form. 

Wolf forms is the kind of business that we love to support. Most of the employees have been there for years. Iris (pictured in the outtakes post) creates the covers by eye. The patterns pictured have not been touched in the 12 years she has been on staff. Their product is expertly made by hand with amazing craftsmanship. 

Photography by Shay Platz

So cool!

You Can’t Taste Wine Nearly As Well As You Think

You are killing my buzz, science.