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Biggest splurge or steal in my closet

The perfect 1960s mid-length black dress found at a thrift store for 50 cents

read, watch, listen:Favorite books

The Kitchen House, Devil in the White City, Bossypants, Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, Five Quarters of the Orange, The Chaperone

Favorite bands

M83, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, New Order, Otis Redding

Favorite TV shows

Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Band of Brothers, The Walking Dead, The Returned, Modern Family, The Mindy Project, New Girl

Favorite movies

A Christmas Story, The Sandlot

home & living:My favorite room in my house

The two-story high living room in my apartment with quirky industrial steps and a lot of light.

potluck:Five people (dead or alive) I’d invite to a party

Tina Fey
Amy Poehler
young Paul Newman
Margaret Bourke-White

I NEVER go without these

A great moisturizing lip balm, Listerine strips, and a purse the size of a carry-on for whatever I may need to lug around

beauty & fashion: I can skip these

Anything that requires glue to attach to my body. Blow drying, hair straightening, ugg boots,

eat, drink, be merry: Tell us your go to meal

My ideal meal isn’t really a meal at all…spicy charcuterie & fine cheese with a tart granny smith apple, salted dark chocolate, and either prosecco or malbec

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Los Angeles, CA

Me in a nutshell

midwestern frugality with angeleno taste

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surprising flavor combos, mid century modern design, serving ware from the 1950s, humorous coming of age memoirs, clever packaging, Where Are They Now? posts, bad puns, fancy cheese, sparkling wine, vintage dresses, thrift stores, L.A. history, stories that start with “When I was a kid…”