Posts Tagged ‘Practically Posh: The Smart Girls Guide to a Glam Life’

I found my Thanksgiving salad!

November 26, 2008


Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday because of the great food, and of course family and friends to share it with. Every year I go crazy planning my menu trying to add new dishes to my tried and true standby’s. This year, I am ALL about a Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad. I first had it at my friend Kristen’s house, then serendipitoulsy that same week at Frankie’s which is one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn. Whats gorgeous about this recipe is that is super tasty, and so EASY To make. This will be on my Thanksgiving table this year, and feel free to put in on yours! Have a happy Thanksgiving!!!

xxxooo, Robyn

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad.

  • 1 1/2 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup walnuts (3 1/2 oz), (can be toasted or raw)
  • grated Pecorino Romano to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

Happy Halloween!!!

October 31, 2008

Hola witches and goblins! I am boarding a plane for the Texas Book Festival shortly. If you live in Austin, come to my reading tomorrow at 3pm at 10th & Congress in the Texas Book Festival lifestyle tent, for more info….

Anyway, I actually detest dressing up, but I love making costumes, so I helped my friend find a costume for his toddler. 

I found this adorable sock monkey costume:

But I was worried if he took off his hat, he would just look like a potato, so I iron-oned some Paul Frank patches:



Much better, right? I’ll post a pic of him in it!

I’m off!  Have a SCARY Halloween, and a happy Dia del los muertos!!!!


Robyn, xxxooo

Resurrection Boulevard

October 28, 2008


It is downright CHILLY up here in NYC, and time to bust out the winter clothing. Usually I would go shopping and add some fun staples to my existing wardrobe. But because times are tough, I am spending some time repairing or updating clothing I ALREADY own. I feel every woman in America has a bag of clothes and shoes in her closet that she “means” to fix, whether a blazer needs a new button, or boots need to be resoled. Often times that “fix-it” bag can sit in the closet for seasons. 

I recommend dusting it off THEN dropping it off at the tailors or shoe repair store, pronto! I bet you can get almost a new wardrobe for under $100.

An even smarter option would be to mend those duds yourself. If you know how to sew but the thought of sewing sounds as much fun a washing dishes, why not invite a crafty friend over, pop open a bottle of wine, and make it into party? Like a “scrapbooking” night, but cooler.

If you can’t even sew a button on a shirt, there’s no better time to take up a new hobby! Make a date with a sewing savvy friend who can show you some easy tailoring tricks. Who knows, maybe a budding fashion designer will be born…

I myself am headed over to my friend Pepa’s house to try and make a sweater modeled after my favorite new one I found at Beacon’s Closet— a POSHTASTIC thrift store here in Brooklyn.

See photo below. Ignore my windswept hair and instead focus on the SLEEVES, how cool are they? Essentially this is a slouchy grey turtleneck with super fun-fitted sleeves from ANOTHER sweater sewn on at the elbow. This is a clever (and eco-chic!) way to get use out of an old sweater. I couldn’t find a label on mine,  but this seems beyond easy to make. Or so I think….


I’ll let you know how the line comes out….

Besos, xxoooo


Practically Posh Travel

October 13, 2008

In these challenging who doesn’t crave a little escape? Luckily a glam getaway is easier than you think. Yesterday in the NY Daily News I published “9 Ways to travel on the cheap”, check out the article by clicking on link below. You can also check out some tips from the feature below…. So read on, then get packing! 🙂 xxxoooo, Robyn

NY Daily News Practically Posh Travel article  




 Sign up for frequent-flier miles Not only do airline frequent-flier programs allow you to earn free tickets and upgrades, you also get priority check-in, which means you get to skip the mile-long check-in line. And you get to board first, so there’s always room for your overhead luggage.

 Be alternative Many cities have multiple airports or hubs nearby. Book a flight into a less-busy airport just outside your destination to save money and avoid delays. Looking to fly into, say, Miami? Expand your search to include Palm Beach, which is only an hour away by car.

 Phone home the right way Never pick up the phone in a hotel, unless it’s for a wakeup call. Calling-out charges are a huge waste of money. Instead of burning through your cell-phone minutes, download Internet-calling software at – calls between Skype users are free.

 Get a home away from home If you want to see a city through the eyes of a native, renting an apartment is a great option. Check out, or even craigslist for cool accommodations. If you live in a desirable location, another lodging possibility is to apartment-swap. or

Dine at a discount If you’re hankering to try out the new hot spot but hesitant to drop a lot of cash, trade in a Saturday night for a Sunday afternoon and enjoy a brunch instead. You can still check out the scene, but at a fraction of the cost.

 Shop smart Save money on food by hitting the grocery store. Stock up on meats and cheeses and enjoy a lunchtime picnic. You can also buy snacks and alcohol to have an aperitif in your room and save money on expensive pre-dinner cocktails. And definitely buy water – grabbing a bottle from the minibar after a boozy night out will cost you.

Avoid souvenir shops Supermarkets are also the best places to buy inexpensive gifts for loved ones back home. Whether it’s artisanal chocolate or jam or locally made beauty products, these oh-so-affordable handmade trinkets are always a huge hit – at a discount!

Word of the Day

September 28, 2008


In the culture chapter of my tome,  Practically Posh: The Smart Girls Guide to a Glam Life, I write that one of the easiest ways to look more refined is to increase your vocabulary. So to help you on your road to enlightenment, here is a word that I had never heard before that I actually came across TWICE this morning: LOUCHE.

Louche is defined by websters as: “Dubious, shady, and disreputable.”

Here is how it is used in a sentence:

“In (the French film) ‘Tell No One’ Ms. Scott Thomas again plays an aristocrat of sorts, but one who is a little LOUCHE and completely at ease in her own skin.”

Another example:

“A month earlier, I’d written to Monsieur Gaultier and asked him to send me a list of the places in Paris that are the most meaningful to him. I knew that the selections made by an avatar of LOUCHE  glamour and subversive wit would provide a refreshing tonic to the City of Light’s inherent sentimentality.”

It’s occurring to me as I  write this that both of the articles that contained the word LOUCHE have a French context. Perhaps LOUCHE is a word commonly used in the Gallic language. Peut-être? I‘ll have to ask some French friends. Regardless, I think it is a clever word, and from now on I will deem everything questionable as LOUCHE!

Stay tuned for another brilliant “word of the day”. Until then, a bientôt smarties!