On What's Your Limit When Waiting for a Table?

@ATF @ATF Pizzeria Toro? My secret is to go for lunch! Never a wait! I have not been to Dashi yet because I don't feel like waiting. I'm not really big on waiting to be seated for dinner.

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm 0

On Convenient Cooking, But at a Cost

Adult eating is spending half your Sunday menu planning/shopping/cooking for the week...otherwise you are eating peanut butter sandwiches for every meal of the week. Which happened to me last week. The struggle is real. (Although avocado toast is the bomb no lie).

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 10:55 am 0

On How to Find 'the One' (Purse)

That is a beautiful purse well done!

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm 0

On How to Find 'the One' (Purse)

@cryptolect Well, you are holding your keys when you enter your house because of that whole "need to unlock the door thing", so the keys just go on the counter (or, in my case, in a little bowl on the counter that is specifically for keys) and are there to be picked up when leaving. Same with leaving the house--gotta lock up, so the keys are in my hand. You could always put a hook by your door too and just hang oyur keys there.

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 12:16 pm 0

On Should Everyone Work Retail At Least Once?

Everyone should work retail. I worked at a Victoria’s Secret in high school and then a locally-owned high-end jewelry store for about a year and a half after graduate school, when the job market was terrible. Both jobs taught me how to deal with people, how to manage expectations, how to be polite when you don’t want to be polite, and how to manage when things were ultra-busy (nothing like a holiday season or a trunk show to keep you busy!). I learned how to do math on the fly (I’d always been uncomfortable with my math skills), how to speak with people professionally on the phone, and how to calm irate individuals. And I learned how to steward clients, which is a lot like stewarding donors, which is something I have had to do a bit in my post-retail work in the non-profit world. Sometimes I think that I might have learned more actual professional and job skills in my retail jobs than I learned in six years of college and graduate school. Seriously though, my retail experience was invaluable. Everyone should do it, because it teaches amazing people skills. I didn’t really enjoy it and I didn’t really want to be there, but I needed a job, and I learned a ton, and it has absolutely made me a better employee. And yes, it also made me REALLY AWARE of how hard it is to work in customer service of any kind...and now I am extra, extra super nice to people in customer service (not that I wasn't nice before, but now I know what it is like on the other side!)

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 10:46 am 1

On How a Woman Who Navigates the World as Her Own Savior Does Money

@polka dots vs stripes My husband just gave me a new Macbook Air to replace my 2009 Macbook for an early b-day present (my birthday is next week, he was just tired of listening to me hem and haw at my slooooooooow computer). That thing lasted me six long years--going to clean it out and use it as a back-up computer since it still functions, it is just slooooow.

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm 0

On Keeping the Junk

@yellowshoes @Mike Dang We had a brief thread about her in last night's Moorcrest post. It is like you read my mind, I asked for more Marie Kondo on this site and she appeared.

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 11:23 am 1

On "If You Don’t Have Tchotchkes, I Don’t Trust You": Celebrity Real Estate Wisdom

This whole article is very relevant to me as I am a nerd and collector and definitely have tchotchkes (I am not allowed to get anymore vinyl blind box figures and I have thus far stood for this) but I really love the minimalist look. And also have cats. So, battling these things is a struggle. I try to balance it by keeping all the tchotchkes in their proper place and generally keeping my house super clean (and also doing periodic purges). But still, a struggle. Someone write a Billfold article on trying the Marie Kondo lifestyle!!! That said... OMG Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom's house is amazing. I have several versions of "dream house." One is Japanese country minimalism. Another is Addison Meisner Realness. And a third...a third is basically Moorcrest. So stunning!!!! This also just gets me even more excited to see how they do Dorne and the Water Gardens on Game of Thrones, since they filmed much of that in old Moorish buildings in Spain. Eeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 4:14 pm 1

On Tallying Up The Cost of an All-Expenses Paid Trip

@@fo Gotcha. The NYC Langham Place has a very big-deal restaurant (Ai Fiori) so I thought Chicago might be the same.

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 8:32 pm 0

On Tallying Up The Cost of an All-Expenses Paid Trip

Was the first hotel the Langham Place? I stayed in the NYC location via the help of Jetsetter and Generous Mother and it was THE NICEST HOTEL OMG. Sounds like you had a great trip, can we see links to the posts/articles from your journey once they are available?

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 11:26 am 0