and of course I’m approaching this with the seriousness and depth of research that other people have when applying to grad school. Right now I’m struggling with the “As a blonde, can I wear a camel coat or will I look like a beige chameleon?” question. This street style photo (via Refinery 29) proves that it can be done right—I would wear that entire outfit, from the black neck bow to the red notebook.
But this runway photo scares me! What if I forget my colorful scarf or gloves and people mistake me for a giant walking cannoli?
I wouldn’t even be considering camel (if you know anything about me it’s that I’m a “give me a color or give me death!” sort of girl), but I’m having a hard time finding a good coat in brights and jewel tones. I came awfully close to buying this J.Crew double-cloth townhouse trench, $350, last night, since they had a 25% off and free shipping coupon code:
Now that’s a good color, right? And those buttons! But I was scared off by both lukewarm reviews from J.Crew Afficionada commenters and the very high price. If it goes on sale again I might take the leap, but I couldn’t justify it.
I’ve learned that belted dresses are the best way to prevent looking like a refrigerator while all bundled up, and the skirt is also super feminine. But the color. It worries me. On the other hand, perhaps the classic color should comfort me, because this is a long-term investment piece; I’m thinking three winters, minimum. And a good rule of thumb is that if Betty Draper once wore it, you’ll be able to wear it forever.
Here are three more coats I’m considering (and in case you’re wondering, no, I haven’t done any work today):
American. 1649 3rd Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Street.
Free bread? FUCK YES! We hadn’t even sat down at our table before the waiter brought over a basket of bread! Standard sliced baguette. Not warm, but a good crust to bread ratio.
Free butter? Yes! And not just regular butter—some sort of butter blend with garlic and herbs and mysterious deliciousness.
Free refills? Yes! As soon as our bread basket was empty, the busboy asked if we wanted more.
Other notes: This restaurant has a dog theme—there are framed photos of dogs everywhere, and they partner with NYC animal shelters to help dogs get adopted.
So did I mention that I started another Tumblr (my third, after Signature Thing and Parents Strongly Cautioned)? It is dedicated to helping New Yorkers find and consume complimentary carbs. You’re welcome!
Oh, and I take submissions, so next time you’re at a restaurant enjoying a bread basket, come on over to Fuck Yeah! Free Bread afterwards and tell the world about it.
The New Yorker: I love your idea of remaking “Ghostbusters” with a female cast starring you, Emily Blunt, Taraji Henson, and Natalie Portman. Who would be your Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?
Mindy Kaling: That T-Mobile girl in the pink dress. Every guy I know has a crush on her—she’s pretty and pristine and not edgy at all. She looks like the best girlfriend. Either her or a bottle of coconut water. Wherever I go, there’s a bottle of coconut water.
My favorite song from my favorite movie musical. I listen to the Trolley Song whenever I need a bit of cheering up. And oh, the way Judy Garland tries to play it cool when she realizes John Truitt is on board! I could never get sick of her “What’s up, bro?” look in the last gif.