Tuesday, May 26, 2015

36 Hours in Charleston

There’s nothing like a little Southern charm to combat a dreary East Coast winter (#snowpocalypse), which explains my impromptu weekend jaunt to Charleston, South Carolina this January.  Influenced by the New York Times’ “36 Hours” column, I bring to you the first post in a new series titled Otis Unfiltered in... about my favorite travel destinations and how best to spend your time.

Thankful for my fellow foodie

Monday, May 25, 2015

What You Should Be Reading This Summer

Summer reading list.  These three words used to instill panic.  What began as a manageable three books in three months would inevitably become three books in three days.  But somehow in abandoning the "mandatory" title, summer reading has become something I look forward to.  Rather than be holed up watching Netflix, I'd rather be in the park or on the beach curled up with a book (rosé also welcome).  So let's toast to summer water and summer reading!

For suggestions, here are a few of my favorite books I've read this past year.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Guide to Speaking Like a Millennial


A lot has been said about the millennial generation -they take selfies! They have no attention spans!  They need instant gratification! -but not so much about how we say it.  Sure, our emoji use is well documented, including here, but the employment of an entirely new vocabulary?  Yep, you heard it here first.
Images from Time and Merriam-Webster

1. Bae
Technically short form for before anyone else, bae serves as a replacement for relationship pet names like babe, baby and wifey. But for those of us for whom a significant other is an elusive concept akin to the tooth fairy, bae is applicable to nearly anything: a perfectly golden Chik-fil-A chicken biscuit, a bottle of Veuve or the new Céline sunglasses.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Emmy's Superlatives

Confession: I didn’t actually watch the Emmy’s, so for any official recap or debate about the merits of who won what, look elsewhere. That said, where else could you find stellar superlatives canvasing the best and worst of the red carpet? Any fashion blog in the world, that's where! But for titles like "Most Interesting Hookup Logistics," look no further.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Taking the Birkenstock Plunge

No way, no how, I thought as I reminisced on the clog variety that permeated my middle school.  If I could resist at the height of tweenage insecurity, I can resist the full-fledged assault of today.
But maybe paired with boyfriend jeans or my black leather miniskirt...? Or with my whole closet!
Ew, wait no, my feet look humongous.
Why am I still thinking about these shoes?!
Fine, if they have the metallic copper pair in my size…

And that’s pretty much describes my thought process regarding the Birkenstock over the last 13 months.


Image via Vogue

The fashion community has waxed poetically about the revival of the Birkenstock: Man Repeller has four posts dedicated to the footwear du jour, Sincerely Jules wears hers like they’re going out of style and Vogue dedicated a post to the sandal last summer -leave it to Anna to be lightyears ahead of the game.  I guess it means me and my copper Birks are late to the party.  But I could have told you that, given I’ve been debating taking the plunge for over a year.  Unlike most trends, which appear like a flash in the pan (I’m talking to you, McDonalds meets Moschino) to soon become rendered to the depths of one’s closet or worse, the consignment pile, Birkenstocks appear in for the long haul. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Rise of the Bucket Hat

Thanks to HBO’s Hard Knocks, a documentary series that follows an NFL team through their preseason preparation (I highly recommend it), I have come face-to-face with the rise of the bucket hat.  Atlanta Falcons’ Defensive Line Coach Bryan Cox sports a yellow polo and matching bucket hat, while a trio of rookies rock bucket hats to the Georgia Aquarium to swim with whale sharks, no less.  But the bucket has roots beyond the NFL locker room.


Image via Complex

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Foodie's Guide to New York City


It's pretty simple.  I love food, and I love New York.  Therefore, I decided to create a list of my absolute favorite eateries, whether they're heavily featured in my restaurant rotation or I've only been once but continue to dream about the corn crème brûlée (Quality Meats, I'm talking to you).  There's not really a method to my madness as the list comprises full-service restaurants, bakeries, taco stands and ventures from Alphabet City to the Meatpacking District to the Upper West Side.  This doesn't come close to covering all of what New York has to offer -I'm not even a full-time resident quite yet, so please feel free to share your favorites -there's a noticeable lack of sushi, barbecue and pizza joints- and I'll continue to share mine!

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