Archive for December, 2010

December 30, 2010

Local and Organic Members Only

I signed up for a produce co-op.  I was in love with the idea before I even truly understood it.  All I needed to hear was local and organic.  It also didn’t hurt that Urban Acres, the local organic market, is walking distance from the house.  I don’t even have to get in the car to purchase my obscure produce.

The bf and I joined for a couple reasons.  The most obvious being that we want to support the local community and Texas farms.  Another being that we can’t wait to get that mystery produce item that we have to learn to cook.  I also wanted to be a member with exclusive access to special items.  I think I was a sucker.

So we got our first half-share, 15-18 lbs of produce, on Monday.  I swear it is the best produce I have ever had.  I have never made a citrus vinaigrette so delicious.  But let’s be honest.  It could taste like dirt, and I would love it just because of the concept behind it (and because I am a member).   With that, I am off to learn to like radishes without covering them in ranch.

I stole some info from the Urban Acres website that explains what they are all about.
What started as a few friends traveling the dirt roads of Texas in a Volkswagen Rabbit has become the source of local organic food for thousands of people in the Dallas metroplex.  Urban Acres is a local organic market, and our goal is to provide our community with very best local and organic foods while supporting Texas farm families and artisans.

Our farm store allows small farmers and local artisans to have a voice and share their gifts.  We also created a “co-op style” produce system that makes shopping easy and trying new veggies fun.  All of us here at Urban Acres got really tired of not knowing where our food comes from, and we like taking care of the earth by getting food from around the corner and not a million miles away.

December 29, 2010

Top Posts from The Plastic Jungle of 2010

As we bring 2010 to a close, it is only appropriate that we take a look back at the top TPJ posts of 2010.  I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my life and adventures with you.  This is just the beginning.  I have a feeling 2011 is going to be a very big year.

  1. Philip’s Birth Rite
  2. The Dark Side
  3. Skankasaurus Ex
  4. Top 10 songs you are not supposed to love
  5. Amateur Weekend
  6. Plastic is not Fantastic
  7. Don’t Be a D-Bag
  8. Moving Day Panic
  9. Another Missed Fashion Opportunity
  10. Bring Your Own Woman

You know Philip is a special kind of man when he more than doubled the traffic of Skankasaurus Ex.

December 26, 2010

Fashion Rules for Men

Listen up men.  Before you start your post-holiday shopping and exchange the god awful sweater mom got you or spend the pile of gift cards, there are a few fashion rules you need to be aware of.  This is in no way a comprehensive list, but you just might be surprised by how guilty you are.  The rules below are in no particular order.

  • Collar stays.  Collar stays.  Collar stays.
  • Back darts are life changing.  1 custom shirt is better than 2 off the rack shirts.
  • Match your socks to your pants.  Not your shoes!
  • Match your shoes to your belt.  When you buy a pair of shoes, go ahead and pick up a belt on the same shopping trip.
  • Your watch is the most important accessory you can wear.
  • Flat is always better.  Ditch the pleats for good.
  • Smell good, but not choke me.  Make sure your scent reflects you.
  • Find a tailor immediately.  The fit of your pants can make or break your whole look.
  • Never ever dye your hair.  Hair length should also be proportionate to the amount you have left.

Okay, the list evolved into more than just fashion tips.  I don’t want temptation to get the best of you if your eye catches the box of Hair Club for Men.

December 23, 2010

Budget Friendly Fashion

A good tailor is key to looking fabulous.  I have one shop in Dallas that has literally rebuilt dresses for me to my specifications.  Cho’s Tailor in West Village.  Mr. Cho doesn’t know it yet, but he is about to become my personal designer.

We all have a style and a go to shape or fabric for clothing.  90% of the time you will find me in a dress just above the knee and in a handful of cuts.  I love a few designer collections that are way out of my budget (I have chandeliers to buy for the renovation and think it is absurd silly to spend a G or more on a dress).  So, I came up with a plan.  I am taking a couple of my dresses and tear sheets of the fancy dresses I covet to Mr. Cho.   He will then spin his Singer magic and make me something pretty!

The first designer I want him to appropriate…Victoria Beckham.  Shouldn’t be too hard.  Just slightly more tailored than what I already have.  Budget friendly style at its best!

December 22, 2010

Tunnelvisionary

I’m keeping this one short and sweet, because Sarah Jaffe’s music will do all the talking for me. I like her debut album, but I have an obsession with her vocals in Tunnelvisionary by The Flowers of God.  Like all of my music phases/passions/fixations, this song is wearing a hole in my play list.  I even twitter stalked the group. Tunnelvisionary is very palatable, but that does not mean generic or bland. It’s hard not to enjoy it.

http://www.myspace.com/theflowersofgod

http://www.myspace.com/sjaffe

I also love that The Flowers of God are an Oak Cliff original.  Shout out to the Cliff.

December 20, 2010

Philip’s Birth Rite

It is pretty obvious that I like music.  Good music.  So you can imagine my horror when I   heard Rihanna belting from a dear friend’s car.  We had just finished a delicious dinner at Seasons 52, and I was hitching a ride with Philip (one L) to the next stop.  Valet pulled up with his car and it was clear that they did not have a concern for the well being of their own hearing.  They let Rihanna continue right where Philip left her. The gentleman opened the passenger door for me and I immediately screeched, “PHILIP!  OH MY GAAAWWWWD!”  Multiple valet guys could not hide their snorts and giggles.

After attempting to prove to me that she is amazing and even singing parts of her songs, he finally threw in the towel and summed it up with one statement.  “I know it’s lame, but I’m gay. It’s my birth rite!”

Friends don’t let friends listen to bad music.  I have been threatening him with a playlist for awhile.  I think it is time.  He needs an intervention.

Back to Seasons 52.  Yes, it is a bit of a hike and north of 635 *gasp*, but it really is good. Homegirl likes to eat, so I was a little leery of an entire menu with nothing over 475 calories.  The portion sizes were plenty big and the food was full of flavor.  Everything was fresh too.  My favorite part of the meal was the carrot cake.  It makes me want to say oh my god again with a little less exaggeration.

December 17, 2010

Midwest Treat

I introduced my Texas friends to a midwest tradition.  Chili and cinnamon rolls.  Forget chili and cornbread.  Pull off a piece of cinnamon roll and dip it in the chili.  Sound a little crazy?  Don’t judge until you try it.  I’m not even a dipper and I love it. The super sweet roll balances perfectly with the spicy chili.  The group thought I was crazy until they tasted it.  They provided the chili and I provided the sugary treats.  It is important to note that at the end of the meal ALL of the cinnamon rolls were gone.  The same can’t be said for the cornbread.  I think the combination was a hit.

We also tried a new beer the same evening.  The bf and I went to Whole Foods searching for a saison.  After asking the right questions to determine what I like, the beer guru recommended Blanche De Chambly.  It is on the fav list now.

December 15, 2010

Mother Nature Bitch Slap

I feel like I got bitch slapped by mother nature.  Since when is the Big D this cold?  I am not adequately prepared.  I only wear dresses to work, and I haven’t had the chance to stock up on winter tights.  My pasty gams are suffering.

My leggings are getting more than their fair wear.  So comfy and stretchy.  I’ve been toeing the line when it comes to business attire appropriateness.  “Is she really wearing leggings and a tank top under a sheer dress?”  Yes, yes I am and it looks fabulous.  It is the perfect ensemble for showing off my fuschia pumps.

Another advantage to wearing leggings?  I get home home and immediately replace the dress and pumps with a hoodie and uggs.  It doesn’t get much cozier in these frigid temps.

I made another discovery last week.  Sweater tights!   I think I am a little late to the party.  Why didn’t I wear these before??  They are almost as comfy as leggings.  It’s like footed pajamas!

December 10, 2010

Signature Scent

I only have one item on my Christmas list this year.  The Scent of Peace by Bond No. 9 New York.  Assuming Santa is good to me, I am going to change my long-time signature scent from Astor Place, also in the Bond family.  It’s taken me a year to make the change.

The entire Bond No. 9 collection is fabulous, but The Scent of Peace had me at first sniff.  Dustin and I were fragrance and Rolex (window) shopping when he first introduced me to it.  I gave myself a little squirt and immediately wanted to snuggle my own neck. Dustin’s first comment was, “Misty, that makes me want to lick you.”  At that moment I knew The Scent of Peace was a must have.  I’ve been a Bond fan for awhile.  Prior to Astor Place, my scent was Bryant Park.  I’m working my way through the family.  The best part is that you can layer them. It is like building a wardrobe.  Each combination creates an entirely new scent.

I’m not sure how the bf will take the change.  I wore a different fragrance once in the last year.  He kept looking at me like I was a different woman.  It threw him off for the entire evening.  He’ll have to adjust.  The Scent of Peace will be mine in 15 days.

Check out the Bond No. 9 story

The Scent of Peace

December 9, 2010

Uptown Life Rule #13

Extensions look like extensions.

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