Design

Have a beautiful weekend.

What are your plans for this weekend? We’re excited to go to a magic show tomorrow (more on that later:), and then we’ll be hosting the big bake sale on Sunday, so please come say hello! It would be great to see you. Samantha also made gorgeous prints to support the effort. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few great posts from around the web…

A song for your weekend.

Winter’s coming.

A restaurant in an old classroom! (You even sit at desks.)

Now that’s a before-and-after.

Beautiful bride.

The best signs from the Simpsons.

Wow, dark red lipstick looks good on…everyone. (This crimson is a good one to try.)

My favorite picture of Obama thus far.

Make a reading nook with an old crib mattress.

Marion, what a dress!

Ideal shelf for booklovers.

Delicious cookbook.

10 travel websites worth bookmarking.

Update: Louis CK just added two shows in Staten Island on November 17th to benefit the hurricane relief efforts. Whoot whoot!

Have a good one! xoxo

(Photograph by Dane Shitagi for the Ballerina Project)

Thursday giveaway

Today’s giveaway is from Of a Kind, a Brooklyn-based site run by two amazing women. Each week, they choose an emerging designer with whom they collaborate on a limited edition piece. They sell these gorgeous pieces (think: silk shirts, leather bags, gold necklaces) exclusively on their site until they sell out. Today they’re giving away this handmade Brown Sugar Ring, which would make your finger sparkle. Don’t you love it?

For a chance to win, please visit Of a Kind (consider signing up for their newsletter here so you’ll never miss an edition release) and leave a comment below. A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow. Good luck! Update: Cortney B. is our lucky winner. Thanks for playing.

Relationships

Do You Have a Vibrator? Truly, Get a Vibrator.

It’s a rainy Thursday, so let’s have some real girl talk…

During college, my best friend took me to buy my first vibrator. I was visiting her in San Francisco, so we went to the women-owned shop Good Vibrations, and she helped me choose a little one that I could carry home in my bag. I was curious to try it, so I went home and…

Let’s just say, vibrators are fantastic. They help you have an orgasm in an easy and fun way, whether you’re in a relationship or not. You can use them on your own or while having sex with a partner. In Sex & the City, Charlotte was obsessed with The Rabbit, which looks a little intimidating. My recommendation? The Iconic Bullet from Jimmyjane. It’s small, simple and costs $16. Done and done!

So, tell me, do you have a vibrator? Would you try one out? Would you even comment on a post about vibrators? :)

(I first wrote about vibrators for Glamour four years ago and wanted to write about them again today.)

Rosy cheeks this fall

Remember this beautiful bride from the canoe elopement? I was really taken by her rosy cheeks, so Toby and I walked over to Sephora to see the Mata Hari blush in person. It’s a beautiful mix of pink and crimson, and one great thing is that you don’t need much other makeup when you have flushed cheeks. I’ve been pairing it with chapstick for that just-walked-inside-from-the-cold look. Do you ever wear blush? I’d definitely recommend this one…

P.S. Navy nails.

(Photo by Jon Zander)

Design

Hurricane Sandy Bake Sale

We’re having a bake sale downtown this Sunday to raise money for the hurricane relief efforts. Please come say hello and enjoy delicious treats. Kids are warmly welcome to help bake and eat, too. It will be fun; hope to see you there! xoxo

P.S. If you’d like to donate baked goods, that would be amazing; please package them as 2-3 cookies/brownies and label what you’re donating. Feel free to bring them by anytime during the sale. Thank you so much!

(Fliers designed by the amazingly talented Samantha Hahn and Erin Jang)

Food

The Best Homemade Doughnuts You’ll Ever Have

Today, the lovely Rachel from Elephantine is sharing her recipe for homemade doughnuts (with two secret ingredients!). Take a look…

The Best Homemade Doughnuts You’ll Ever Have
By Rachel of Elephantine

When I was a kid, I only experienced doughnuts at room temperature, typically from a box that had been sitting in a grocery store for days. But when I ate my first hot doughnut—after serendipitously passing a Krispy Kreme right as their “Hot Now” sign lit up—that I finally understood what I was missing. Fresh out of the kitchen, doughnuts have a crispier exterior, a fluffier interior and a warmth like everything is right with the world.

I’d never considered making them myself until I came across this recipe for ricotta doughnuts. I ran out to buy a container of ricotta and a deep-fry thermometer, then made a delicious mess in my kitchen. So what if a pot of hot oil is intimidating? There’s nothing like watching the dough slowly turn golden brown, or hearing the crackle each time a new spoonful drops in. These doughnuts are best eaten within minutes of being fried, dusted with confectioner’s sugar and served with a few sweet sides to dip them in.

Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Doughnuts
Adapted from Gale Gand

Makes about 12 donuts (2″ round)

You’ll need:
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
8 oz (1/2 lb) ricotta, whole or skim
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
Canola oil, for frying (or another oil with a high smoke point)
Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
Deep-fry thermometer

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Add sugar, eggs, ricotta, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Mix until just combined.

Pour the oil into a deep, heavy pot. Leave at least two inches of space at the top for safety. Using a deep-fry thermometer, heat the oil over medium until it reaches 325-375 degrees F.

Fry a test doughnut: Using a small ice cream scoop or a spoon, drop a scoop of batter in and turn it occasionally. It should take 3-4 minutes to turn golden brown. Carefully remove and cut in half to check if it’s cooked all the way through. Test another if needed.

Fry the remaining doughnuts. Don’t overcrowd the pot; fry in batches. Place doughnuts on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil.

Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve warm with honey, jam, or melted chocolate.

AMAZING. Thank you so much, Rachel! Who’s down for making these on Sunday morning? :)

P.S. More best recipes, including buttermilk pancakes and a lazy egg sandwich.

(Photos by Rachel of Elephantine. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)