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- 12/16/14--21:00: Soma Black Carafe: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
- 12/16/14--21:00: Ain't No Gift Guide Like An OC Ace Gift Guide
- 12/16/14--21:00: This Must Be The Place: Longwood Gardens At Christmas
- 12/16/14--21:00: Self-Help Music That Tells You To 'Carry Like Mariah'
- 12/17/14--21:00: Not Just For Boys: Hood By Air Women's Fall/Winter 2014
- 12/17/14--21:00: Wake And Bake With Maman
- 12/17/14--21:00: Just In Time: Opening Ceremony Holiday Thermals & Hoodies
- 12/17/14--21:00: Snoh Aalegra Preps For Her Soul Music Takeover
- 12/17/14--21:00: 11 Delicious Holiday Cocktails, From Our Glass To Yours
- 12/17/14--21:00: Is There An Art To The Selfie? Jeanette Hayes Thinks So
- 12/18/14--21:00: Wealth Management: CDG x Aurelie Mathigot
- 12/18/14--21:00: Is The Snowman An Endangered Species?
- 12/18/14--21:00: Started From The Bottom: Canada Goose x October's Very Own
- 12/18/14--21:00: Flamenco Sketches At Analogue
- 12/18/14--21:00: 'There's No Such Thing As Too Much Tequila'
- 12/18/14--21:00: Fly High * Shop Low * Fly High * Shop Low * Fly High * Shop Low
- 12/20/14--21:00: Hungover Tweets? We Do That
- 12/19/14--21:00: New Year's Resolution: No Longer Mr. Nice Guy
- 12/20/14--21:00: Cosmic Numbers: December 21
- 12/21/14--21:00: How To Make Persimmon Roasted Quail—In GIFs
- 4 quail
- 2 persimmons
- 2 tbs of good maple syrup
- 1 lb of chicken of the woods mushrooms
- 2 white radicchios
- 2 treviso radicchios
- 1 buttercup pumpkin
- 2 tbs mustard seeds
- 2 tbs maple syrup
- 500 ml demi glace
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 1 bunch of tarragon
- 1 bunch of thyme
- 1 orange
- 1 head of garlic
- 1/2 lbs of unsalted butter roughly
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt and a pepper mill
Supply and demand is a tricky thing. Our series, "Going, Going," is your siren call to OC's most covetable items that are flying off the shelves.
Recommended by everyone from doctors to beauticians, drinking eight glasses of water per day is the undisputed number for all, including Soma, the company built with a passion for hydration. Take the limited-edition Soma Black carafe, which is sold out elsewhere. It's not just good for your body; it's amazing for the world. Its filters are made of renewable, plant-based materials, including coconut shell. More than a well-designed, sustainable water filtration system, each carafe sold also provides clean drinking water for one person in Cambodia. ’Tis the season, right? The giving spout doesn’t stop there. Every purchase also scores you a chance to win a surprise gift, ranging from Stance socks to an Eames chair.
Get on the “nice” list—and get it for everyone else on your “nice” list.
Shop all Soma hereThe limited-edition Soma Black carafe
The holidays are upon us, and if the idea of holiday travel doesn't overwhelm you, gift-giving for all your favorite people probably does. Luckily, our friends from OC Ace have done us all a huge solid and shared their own inspired gift guide. It's one, big comprehensive peek at what they'll be looking for under the tree this year as well as an inspiration list to give you some ideas of your own. The perfect New Year's statement piece? Something for your favorite Francophile? It's all here—with much, much more.
Peep the slideshow above and find those perfect last-minute gifts, and check out our mama gift guide, right here, along with our HQ gift guide, here!
Looking for something a little more rustic? Know anyone with a particularly green thumb? These handmade flowerpots by Universal Isaac are the perfect present for any and all occasions. Pictured here: Acne Gia Printed Spiral Dress in cobalt blue, Universal Isaac Naked Top Pot and Adam Face Pot (available in stores). All photos taken with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera and Instax 210 Camera
What doesn’t get us more into the holiday spirit than a flashy metallic get-up? Two of our new arrivals in the store can answer that question flat out. You’ll be standing out at any holiday soiree, and not in the “you should probably stop drinking now” sort of way. Pictured here: Kara Metallic Pebbled Leather Small Backpack and Alexander Wang Lamented Tyvek Hooded Anorak (available in stores and online soon)Still on the hunt for a date for New Year's? Never underestimate the power of a good leather jacket. This outfit is sure to woo any newfound love interest. And even if you already have a man to call your own, we’re pretty sure you’d both mutually benefit from him looking so suave out in public. Pictured here: Acne Studios Gibson Leather Jacket in black, Gitman Brothers Full House Ooiri Sleeve Button-Down in multi, and Acne Studios Deep Leather Trousers in black (available in stores and online soon)Why not give someone a trip to France with some of these favorite Parisian pieces?
Wintertime can be tough for public gardens—most of the flowers are long dead. Sad face. Luckily the mad geniuses at Longwood Gardens figured out a way to make their venue the ultimate destination for year-round visits: a Longwood Gardens Christmas.
Longwood itself was the residence of Pierre S. du Pont, a member of the super-rich du Pont family. It was in 1907 that he started laying out his first garden and, frankly, the rest is kind of history. Now the grounds are an expansive little slice of manicured heaven in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania—about an hour outside of Philly and 14 miles away from Wilmington, Delaware. Longwood is dotted with all manner of flora, impressive fountains, and enough indoor flora to keep a plant nerd busy for days. While it's a great visit any time of the year, Christmas time (post-Thanksgiving to January 11) is its sweet spot.
During the holidays, the grounds are transformed into a fairy-light walkable wonderland, complete with light-and-music fountain shows (take that, Bellagio!), thousands of handmade oddities, and plenty of Christmas cheer. Each year the decor takes on a theme—and this year, it's birds, so each conservatory, greenhouse, and display is completely decked out in nods to creatures of flight. Taking in this overwhelming performance is essentially stepping into a completely Grinch-free zone—there's just no room for bad vibes here.
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
MAPPart of a feather-influenced tablescape at Longwood Gardens. Photos by Alison BaitzNo detail is overlooked with the plants or the zillions of ornaments dotting the compound's many (many) Christmas trees.Flora and lights intermingle everywhere within the main conservatory, a dwarfing building that houses ferns, bonsai, camellias, and other dedicated rooms. It was opened in 1921.The centerpiece of the Christmas decor is really the conservatory's central fountain—this year decorated with red-pink poinsettias.Outside, those half-million lights take the form of twinkling stars, illuminated trees, and cool shapes, in all different colors and shades.
Let’s make one thing crystal clear: Jay Boogie is the shit—and he knows it. Since the Brooklyn-bred rapper premiered his latest single “Body” on the OC site, he's accomplished everything he predicted in his earlier tracks. Between performances, Jay has been putting the finishing touches on his shade-filled debut album, Allure— and we're premiering it here before it hits OC stores exclusively, this Saturday, December 20.
Topping rapper Big Sean's "IDFU" tell-off, Jay Boogie's Allure contains a self-assured vendetta list that spans a whole album with his sultry purrs thrown in for good measure. Each track complements Boogie’s distinctive vocals and automatically answers the question, "Why doesn’t Jay Boogie F with me?"
The answer? You’re just not on his level.
Jay's aggressively Brita-clear delivery and blunt lyricism manages to hold up to his slippery, seductive beats. "Each song is a journal entry of a month's time and my sentiments towards that moment in my life," says Jay. "It's what I was celebrating, failed relationships, and troubles I overcame."
"Overcame" is an understatement with a debut as impactful as Allure. Upon each listen, Jay leaves the listener attempting vogue culture in their seats while nodding in agreement to lyrics such as “Spilled your latte, I’m too spicy” or "Ain't afraid to go Super Saiyan."
Besides being one of the most aggressively danceable debut albums this fall, Boogie’s no-holds-barred attitude radiates through the music to a level where you can’t help but feel just as badass.
If an album with lyrics that encourage the listener to “Carry like Mariah” isn't a 10-step
program tracklist to rediscovering your inner-bad bitch, we don't know what is.
Listen to an exclusive premiere of Jay Boogie's Allure below, and grab the OC-exclusive physical copy when it hits stores this Saturday, December 20.
Brooklyn-bred rapper, Jay Boogie. Photo by Lauren Gesswein
Once you’ve conquered the rapidly-developing menswear market, amassed a throng of enthused cult followers, and won the LVMH special prize, what's the next fashion collection to conquer? A women’s line, of course.
Hood By Air founder and designer Shayne Oliver has consistently made it clear that he understands the wants and needs of the streets. So what better next step than to create custom pieces for the ladies that were already donning his men’s gender-bending Long-Sleeve Tees and Boots?
Oliver’s female collection features styles that look straight out of his closet. The Long-Sleeve Dress resembles a dramatic take on HBA’s tees with the perfect finishing touch: a pleated drop-waist hem. If you're a gal who prefers layering pieces that can be shared in the winter, the Double Layered Hoodie is a zipper-infused staple that your boy will be begging to borrow from you.
Shop all Hood By Air women's here Double Sleeve Layered Long-Sleeve Tee in black Double Layered Hoodie in black Long-Sleeve Pleated Dress in black Colorblock Striped Long-Sleeve Crewneck in white/black Double Zip Long-Sleeve Tee in white
Anyone who’s relocated to New York knows: home-cooked treats are rare, and even more rarely are they cooked by Mom. Enter Maman, the newest spot in our downtown homebase. Dining here is like taking the best cooks you know—moms, Michelin-starred chefs, the French—and repackaging it in a homey cafe plucked right out of our imaginary country childhood and dropped conveniently close to Opening Ceremony's HQ, in a quiet stretch of Soho.
From the outside, soft lighting and the smell of freshly baked cookies invite Hemingway-esque hunger pangs. Once the rather heavy door is opened, the warmth from the oven greets you like a welcome embrace. There is plenty for the eyes to feast on, with a daily changing menu of salads, open-faced sandwiches, and soups displayed boulangerie style behind glass. Here, every recipe is from the mothers of each founder—Ben Sormonte, Elisa Marshall, and Armand Arnal—and then perfected by chef Armand Arnal, head of the Michelin-starred restaurant La Chassagnette in southern France.
But today, on National Bake Cookies Day, get your fix with Maman's shortbread cookie, a perfect crumbly cookie made with a generous helping of whipped butter and dipped in rich milk chocolate. Like all the recipes, this one was passed down: from Elisa’s grandma to us, and now from us to you. But if your kitchen is anything like a New York one (read: an ant trap), stop by Maman on your way to Opening Ceremony and pick up a few instead. Trust, you’ll want to save some for later.
See the how-to below
Chocolate Shortbread Cookie
1 cup icing sugar
1 lb. unsalted butter
1/2 cup corn starch (sifted)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. almond essence
Optional: Chocolate chips Orange rind Melted chocolate (for dipping)
Step 1. Sift flour and corn starch in a large bowl.
Step 2. Whip butter with electric mixer until very light and fluffy.
Step 3. Slowly add icing sugar and almond essence.
Step 4. Gradually add flour and corn starch mixture to butter in 3-4 additions.
Step 5. Blend this into creamed mixture.
Step 6. Spatula in chocolate chips and orange rind if you desire.
Step 7. Drop one teaspoon ball at a time on a cookie sheet.
Step 8. Bake for 15 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 9. Let cool on a tray for 5 minutes and serve. (We like it dipped in chocolate and indulged with milky coffee.)Today, on National Bake Cookies Day, get your fix with Maman's perfect crumbly shortbread cookie. Photos courtesy of MamanLike all the recipes, this one was passed down: from Maman's Elisa Marshall’s grandmother to us, and now from us to you.
Our rendition of huggin’ it out: a collection of cold-weather staples that warm your insides like a long embrace (or a hot toddy). From zip-up hoodie softwear to layer-under-everything thermals, get comfs in a whole lotta OC love with the latest from our best-selling Represent logo line.
These thermals echo our classic long-sleeve, with OC's signature black-and-white design, while the holiday hoodies feature new players like varsity-style insignias and banner patches. Check out the slideshow and cop a piece for everyone on your “nice” list (yourself included). It may even suffice as a mail-order high-five for your long-distance lovers and friends.
Shop all Opening Ceremony Represent men's and women's OC Logo Long-sleeve Thermal in white OC Logo Long-Sleeve Thermal in black OC Logo Long-Sleeve Thermal in white OC Logo Long-Sleeve Thermal in black OC Logo Holiday Hoodie in black
With a year that's been filled with its fair share of anacondas and Beyoncé post-album depression, 2014 was looking bleak for female artists-with-depth. That is, until Swedish soulstress Snoh Aalegra dropped her EP, There Will Be Sunshine, and filled a void that had been empty since Back to Black.
Playing like a six-track personal diary, There Will Be Sunshine is a triumph that cements the singer's status, with sultry tracks that exude Snoh's confidence in her own sound while remaining lush and personal. Embodying her newfound role as the contemporary soulchild of "Soldier of Love"-era Sade and Amy Winehouse, Snoh's voice has the ability to switch from a wavering drawl to a whisper just as soft as her appearance within a measure.
With a cosign from ground-breaking producer No I.D., the "godfather of Chicago hip-hop" who mentored Kanye West, Snoh is poised to shake up the female R&B game this next year as her EP gains steam and she heads on tour with No I.D.'s hip-hop collective, Cocaine 80s. We caught up with the recent LA transplant below, where we talk '90s supermodel inspiration, Illuminati signs, and collaborations with Common.
CHLOE DEWBERRY: People have tried to pinpoint your aesthetic. How would you personally describe your own sound?
SNOH AALEGRA: I would describe it as alternative soul. My EP, There Will Be Sunshine, is my story of where I’m from, where I’ve been, and where I’m actually at right now. We’ve all had our own individual struggles, and I’m just sharing mine. It’s also inspirational; I’ve been through a lot of dark things, but at the end of the day, I really believe in sunshine.
“Bad Things,” the second track, is probably the darkest and most powerful on the album and you do see the light at the end of the EP with songs such as "Stockholm Pt. II."
Even the track at the end, “There Will Be Sunshine,” is kind of heartfelt and sad. It does have a lot of hope in it, so I think it goes through those emotions. I’m a very emotional person, so you’re always going to hear a lot of passion in my music.
How did you get to be involved with legendary producer No I.D.? Did that collaboration happen organically?
I’ve been doing music my whole life. It has always been my thing and I knew that I wanted to come to the States to pursue it on a new level. I happened to meet No I.D. through a mutual family connection, so we’re family—he's like my brother! I started working with some of his colleagues; he was around and could hear what I was doing and was super impressed. After awhile, he was like, “Yo, can I get in on this?” and I said, “Of course, that’s what I want!” I would never force anyone to work with me. I have an ego; I want them to want to work with me.
What do you think sets you apart from other female R&B singers in this day and age?
I’m from Sweden, and of course my soul music may sound different to people from the States. I aspire to be like people fro
The best thing about the holidays? Even if you're not into the extravaganza of tinsel upon lights upon glitter upon garlands upon Fat Santas, you're probably into the drinking. So, we did you a solid and polled our Opening Ceremony staff on their favorite festive drinks. From a beer-with-a-side-of-crouton to a "dirty snowflake" to the breakfast of champs, we've got a cocktail for you, and you, and you! Cocktails for everyone!
Click into the slideshow for 11 addictive holiday drinks
Get messy with the Hot 'N' Cold, whipped up special for OC from our friends at Ice & Vice. Photo by Cynthia Chung
Hot 'N' Cold, brought to you by OC's Jeanine Tequila and Rosewater, brought to you by OC's Galen Oolong-Hai, brought to you by OC's Jesse Dirty Snowflake, brought to you by OC's Su Glögg, brought to you by OC's Janelle Whiskey Sour, brought to you by OC's Hannah
SNAP and Cider, brought to you by OC's Melanie Lavender Gimlet, brought to you by OC's MichelleGordon's Breakfast, brought to you by OC's Fernando The Big Apple, brought to you by OC's Janet
Thanks For Nothing, brought to you by OC's Jer
"Come On Barbie, Let’s Go Party"—RIP from Jeanette’s tumblr—comes to mind when you spot the bleach-blonde OC friend, collaborator, and artist Jeanette Hayes, who premiered her 30-minute video compilation This American Life last night in the Meatpacking District. The series of Vimeo clips, Instagram photos, and iPhone snaps mixed traditional religious imagery with the polymath's infamous pucker-faced selfie to bring together a surreal, yet intimate, retrospect of our cyber-voyeuristic psyche.
“I have so many close friends from Instagram that I only met for the first time in real life tonight,” Hayes told Opening Ceremony at the reception. Hayes, like her art, brings together what first seems like fleeting random moments to fuse a thematic sense of community. From crashing monster trucks to late-night debauchery, the playful babe left both traditional art seekers and modernists wondering, “Turn down for what?”
In this series, Hayes links current events, classic art, and anime favorites with her own life and influencers to create a multimedia experience you just can’t shake. And obviously, the pop princess didn’t forget to include a mastermix of hip-hop beats that you'll want to Spotify as the mixtape of our lives (which would make up for the fact that we weren’t actually with her practicing the perfect come-hither with Kim K in the background. Well, almost). Come check it out for yourself: The video will be on continuous 24/7 loop at Ellie Rines’ gallery, 55 Gansevoort, which has showed other OC friends such as Leo Fitzpatrick and Dylan Bailey.
Check out images from the installation above, then see This American Life IRL, through January 5, 2015
55 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
A self-portrait from Jeanette Hayes new exhibit at 55 Gansevoort, titled This American Life. Photos courtesy of the gallery A still taken from the This American Life exhibit.This American Life is for art appreciators of all ages. Jeanette showcases her characteristic multimedia blend of pop culture references and digitally-enhanced images in the exhibit. This American Life is on view through January 5, 2015.
OC loves a good artist collaboration, just ask Magritte. That’s why when Comme des Garçons announced its collaboration with French artist Aurélie Mathigot, we couldn’t help but to geek out a little bit.
The collaboration is truly a match made in heaven. Mathigot’s art focuses on mixed medium collages, combining personal photographs with fabrics and even embroidery. The clever mixes of materials in conduction with the artist’s distorted photographs of things such as Tokyo streets, haute couture, and abandoned buildings create a sense of surrealism to Mathigot’s work, lending itself well to the contrasting simplicity of the brand’s signature wallets. The end product? Something way more interesting than your standard black leather wallet, that’s for sure.
Shop all Comme des Garçons here Aurelie Mathigot Clutch Wallet in multi Aurelie Mathigot Long Zip-Around Wallet in multi Aurelie Mathigot Zip-Top Pouch in multi Aurelie Mathigot Medium Zip-Around Wallet in multi Aurelie Mathigot Half Zip-Around Wallet in multi Aurelie Mathigot Slimmer Zip-Around Wallet in multi
Is the snowman an endangered species? With climate change radically altering weather patterns, conceptual artist Bruce Conkle imagines a world where the only place to experience the jolly symbol of winter innocence is in man-made captivity. His piece The Wooden Carrot, at New York’s Frosch & Portmann gallery, is part of his ongoing Captive Snowman series, which has been exploring what the domestication of the snowman would look like for over a decade.
From his public sculptures in Portland to his “Eco-Baroque” land art created with collaborator Marne Lucas on the Mongolian steppe, Conkle’s work explores the often dark edge where nature, mystery, and humanity meet. He took the time to talk to us about snowmen, magic, and climate change as he prepared for the artist’s reception this week in New York.
JAMES DEREK SAPIENZA: How did you come up with the idea for the Captive Snowman series?
BRUCE CONKLE: The captive snowmen series began a short time after I had an installation consisting of several large snowpeople that appeared to be made of wood and rocks all placed in a forest fire scene. Those figures had axes and seemed to be protecting the fire, but they did not possess the magical quality that a real snowman can have. Making a real snowman became a way of bringing that missing magic into the art.
What attracted you to exploring mysterious natural phenomenon?
Certain natural phenomenon seem like the perfect blend of science, alchemy, and magic.
What are some examples of science, alchemy, and magic blending in nature?
The way crystals are formed, for one: water, time, pressure, and minerals. Scientifically, they can say what they’re made up of, but it still doesn’t explain how these things are formed—at least not to me. Light passing through a rain drop makes a rainbow, or fire—there’s still some element of magic in all that.
How has the series evolved from the time you started to The Wooden Carrot?
When this series began in 2002, the idea of a shifting climate was definitely outside of mainstream consciousness. Some of the earlier versions had a fist-sized stone in the freezer within reach of the stick arms, positing the possibilities of an escape or deliberate suicide. More people get the concepts now and understand the darker aspects to it; the fact that human activity has radically altered the earth and also to keep this piece intact takes a lot of energy. This preservation exists somewhere between being dead and alive, and I am also taking the piss out of Damien Hirst a bit.
Based on your work abroad, are other nations more receptive to a dialogue on environmental issues and climate change than the US?
In this country ideas are often formed not by critical thinking but by the manipulation of powerful political parties, which take dictation from corporate economic entities. As a society we tend to canonize individuals by what they have, not by their actions, and the majority of role models produced using this formula for assessment are quite horrible.
How do you think art can change peoples’ attitudes about climate change and the environment?
A snowman can be cute and funny and sad all at once, but extinction is a very serious issue. I don’t pretend that looking at art will change an individual’s core beliefs, and I am pointing a finger at myself here as w
Furthering his mission to keep Toronto on the world’s cultural radar, actor-turned-rapper Drake, alongside his record label-turned-lifestyle-brand October’s Very Own (his birthday is October 24), has collaborated with another beloved Canadian staple, Canada Goose, to bring you a capsule collection that’ll have you looking your best during Mother Nature’s worst this winter.
Rugged, yet refined, this capsule fuses two of Canada Goose’s signature, cold-weather-ready designs with OVO’s unique, fine-tuned hip-hop essence. And while each piece was designed using lighter-than-air nylon technology printed with black and grey digital camouflage print, heavy-duty brass hardware, and custom OVO logos placed throughout, they each have their own respective strong point. First, the OVO Freestyle Vest would serve best as an overlay to a button-down or long-sleeved sweater on chilly days (without precipitation), and the OVO Chilliwack Bomber, with its coyote fur-trimmed hood and double fleece-lined pockets, is able to withstand temperatures down to -4 degrees! How’s that for style and performance?
Mr. @champagnepapi himself has been sporting the OVO Challiwack bomber on his Instagram the past few days perhaps to promote the collaboration, or celebrate the opening of OVO’s first stand-alone store in Toronto. Either way, in his own words, “he’s hardly home, but always reppin’.
Shop all Canada Goose x October's Very Own hereIf the #CanadaGoose x #OVO bomber and vest are on your holiday list, get moving... The small-run collection dropped today at #OpeningCeremony and will be gone faster than the snow. OVO Chilliwack Bomber Jacket in digi camo OVO Freestyle Vest in digi camo
This summer, OC got you Tipsy and Tan. Now, we're just getting you tipsy. Meet Fridays at Five, our cocktail series where mixologists at New York City’s white-hot new restaurants create OC-exclusive drinks for our readers. Drinking on the job? Don't mind if we do...
Sure, December is the time for milk and cookies and plenty of desserts, but sometimes, an orange is all you need. After all, a small mandarin is traditionally used to fill the toe of a Christmas stocking.
So leave it to Analogue to revamp holiday boozing. West Village’s latest whiskey-centric jazz bar took a cue from this season’s flavors and mixed a pre-dinner drink that won’t make you feel bloated. Eggnog is delicious as dessert, but this apple-mandarin combination is all that’s needed to kick off a party. Pair with Miles Davis spinning on a record player, some passed hors d'oeuvres, and a pair of Moschino ankle strap heels for good tidings. Happy holidays!
Name: Cliff Mejia
If this drink had a soundtrack, what would it be? “Flamenco Sketches” by Miles Davis
Drink of choice: Negroni’s the way to go. Everything is there: sweetness, booziness, bitterness.
Hangover cure: Water and a grilled cheese. Some American on rye—toss it in a pan.
Best date advice: Nowadays I see a man ordering first or ordering for a lady. I mean, recommendations are nice, but don’t be aggressive. And ladies first, always.
Worst pick-up: Once I worked at this Italian restaurant around Meatpacking, and a lady, a regular, would come in with a [covered] book and read with a glass of wine. One time, this guy got a few drinks in and read two or three lines behind her shoulder. He compares himself to a character in it, telling her he can take her home, listing all the rough things he would do to her. She just picked up her wine and threw it in his face. We bought her a round. It was a beautiful moment.
What not to do to your bartender: Definitely don’t ask to put a little more booze in your drink, like, “Top me off.” Especially since we’re a cocktail bar.
Exclusive Recipe: Flamenco Sketches
OC Alcohol Scale*: 6
“It’s very light, very refreshing, but still has a wintry feel to it.”
2 oz Daron Calvados apple brandy
1 oz lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup
½ oz Mandarine Napoléon liqueur
1 oz apple puree
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a glass and shake with ice. Strain into a coup glass and garnish with cinnamon.
*OC's Alcohol Scale ranges from 1 ("like sippin' from a juice box") to 10 ("take me home—right now")Flamenco Sketches. Photos by Jessica ChouOur ingredients this week!Combine your ingredients in a glass and give them a good shake.Strain into your glass.Garnish with a bit of cinnamon.
Call us crazy, but Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa... it seems like those frontrunners get the marquee, and New Year's Eve ends with the short stick. Why is it that December 31 rings in like an afterthought, and we just wind up with the canned response: "My New Year's was sh*tty—how was yours?" Well, your friends at OC want to change that. Here, we present you a special "Twelve Days Of New Year's" series, where each day 'til 2015, styled-out staffers dish on what they're getting up to on NYE—ball drop or not. Stay safe, kids!
COUNTDOWN: T-12 Days
Who: Shay Johnson
What Do You Do At OC: I get to work with the some of the craziest, most talented, creative humans at Opening Ceremony Worldwide.
Favorite Party Anthem: "Booty" by Jennifer Lopez ft. Iggy Azalea
Best NYE Memory: 12 AM at the Jay Z and Coldplay concert. There was black and silver confetti, balloons, and Champagne being passed around. Enough said.
How Are You Celebrating This Year: With friends, of course
How Many Drinks Is Too Many On NYE: Is there a such thing as too many? Maybe when I get the drunken hiccups that will NOT stop, which happened to me last year.
At Midnight: Text, Call, Kiss, Or Drink: All the above
Best New Year's Day Hangover Remedy: Collard greens, black eyed peas, pork, and cornbread. I've gotta stick to my Southern traditions.
Number Of Past Resolutions Kept: Zero, zero, and zero
2015 New Year's Resolution: It's the same as always—Kanye West's "New Work Out Plan"
Who: Kindall Almond
What Do You Do At OC: Stylist
Favorite Party Anthem: "Call Your Girlfriend" by Robyn
How Are You Celebrating This Year: By being in a hot tub when midnight hits
How Many Drinks Is Too Many On NYE: I'll tell you in the morning.
At Midnight: Text, Call, Kiss, Or Drink: Tequila in one hand, my boo in the other
Best New Year's Day Hangover Remedy: Get back in that hot tub with a glass of OJ.
Number Of Past Resolutions Kept: Zero
2015 New Year's Resolution: Getting better at remembering people's names. The tequila isn't helping.On Shay (left): Walk Of Shame Hedgehog Coat in brown, Veronique Leroy Long Sleeve Mock Neck Bodysuit in white (available in stores), Atsuko Kudo OC-Exclusive Contrast Stripe Pencil Skirt in black/white,
This past September, PAPER Magazine's longtime editorial director, Mickey Boardman, shot off the tweet, “Actually I’m just changing planes in Pittsburgh, but I think it’s important to explore new airport gift ships! It’s culturally enriching.”
We thought, “Us, too!! J'adore airport gift shops.” Thus, the birth of "Mr. Mickey’s Fabulous Guide To Airport Gift Shops," a four-part(ish) series of the man's favorite pit stops around the world. (If anyone has particular authority on this topic, it would be the self-professed shopaholic, who has racked up nearly 30 flights this year alone.) Enroute to visit the Windy City Queen, Ikram Goldman, Mickey took some snaps of his favorite finds at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD), the world’s busiest portal in the world as far as traffic movements. Read on for his airport philosophy, and check out his jazzed-up iPhone snaps in the slideshow above to inspire your own shopping spree this holiday season. Duty-free YSL Touche Éclat and bulk Toblerone, anyone?
I like the kind of nutty gift shops. I like the kitsch and the candy and all that kinds of stuff. I’m from outside of Chicago, so at the airport, I love getting Fanny Mae Pixies. Pixies are like turtles, with the pecans and caramel. They’re much better than these turtles you see at Walgreens, and it’s indigenous stuff that makes it fun. There are also giant snacks, like a 32-ounce Rice Krispies Treat—can you think of anything more horrifying on a certain level? Not that I cook, but it’s like, really, you have to buy a Rice Krispie Treat? You can’t just make one?
For some reason, I’m really obsessed with Barbara’s Bookstore in Chicago. It’s a real, old-fashioned bookstore. I love to read and you feel like bookstores are dying, so for some reason, this place makes me feel like there will always be bookstores. They have this weird thing where if you bring back a book, you get half-off the next book, (which I never do). Usually, when I’m in Chicago, I buy a book there at the airport. Last time I think I got Brooke Shields' new book about her mother. I also love the author Joyce Meyer, who is this televangelist inspirational speaker.
And then, there are these delicious, kind of weird taffy apples from this place called the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. And you've got to get some Chicago Bears merchandise, you know what I mean?! And Garrett Popcorn is kind of a famous popcorn place here in Chicago—so I kind of love it. I remember once I was there and I saw Oprah.
Call us crazy, but Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa.... it seems like those frontrunners get the marquee, and New Year's Eve ends with the short stick. Why is it that December 31 rings in like an afterthought and we just wind up with the canned response: "My New Year's was sh*tty, how was yours?" But your friends at OC want to change that. Here, we present you a special "Twelve Days Of New Year's" series, where each day 'til 2015, styled-out staffers dish on what they're getting up to on NYE—ball drop or not. Stay safe, kids!
COUNTDOWN: T-10 Days
Who: Chloe Mackey
What Do You Do At OC: Writer at the OC Blog
Favorite Party Anthem: Honestly, just put on Kane West and call it a night.
Best NYE Memory: I got in a fight with a kid who always made fun of me for being "weird" at a NYE party in 8th grade. He never made fun of me after that.
How Are You Celebrating This Year: I'll be home in Alabama, so definitely watching South Park in bed and fantasizing about returning to NY the next day.
How Many Drinks Is Too Many On NYE: To quote Mean Girls...
At Midnight: Text, Call, Kiss, Or Drink: Drink, the rest of those options are VERY risky.
Best New Year's Day Hangover Remedy: Burger King, Tylenol, and some really #raw tweets.
Number Of New Year's Resolutions Kept: You can't keep resolutions you never made in the first place.
2015 New Year's Resolution: World domination, duh.On Chloe: Kiko Mizuhara for Opening Ceremony Cut Out Velvet Dress in black, Kiko Mizuhara for Opening Ceremony K Print Fur Muffler in mint. Portrait by Justin Borbely; styling by Lissy Trullie; hair and makeup by Meghan Yarde; produced by Jeanine Celeste Pang; special thanks to Confetti System
Call us crazy, but Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa... it seems like those frontrunners get the marquee, and New Year's Eve ends with the short stick. Why is it that December 31 rings in like an afterthought, and we just wind up with the canned response: "My New Year's was sh*tty—how was yours?" But your friends at OC want to change that. Here, we present you a special "Twelve Days Of New Year's" series, where each day 'til 2015, styled-out staffers dish on what they're getting up to on NYE—ball drop or not. Stay safe, kids!
COUNTDOWN: T-11 Days
Who: Jimmy Jimeno
What Do You Do At OC: Store manager at OC at Ace Hotel
Favorite Party Anthem: "Pop That" is always appreciated.
Best NYE Memory: Alex Polushkin as Table Boy is definitely up there.
How Are You Celebrating This Year: Strictly with loved ones
How Many Drinks Is Too Many On NYE: One drink is already too many
At Midnight: Text, Call, Kiss, Or Drink: All of the above in no particular order
Best New Year's Day Hangover Remedy: Forget about last year
Number Of New Year's Resolutions Kept: Schfifty-five
2015 New Year's Resolution: No more Mr. Nice GuyOn Jimmy: Opening Ceremony OC-Exclusive Mophie Varsity Jacket in black multi, SASQUATCHfabrix Turn Over Check Shirt in black check, Itokawa Film Square Pocket Tailored Trousers in dark grey. Portrait by Justin Borbely; styling by Lissy Trullie; hair and makeup by Meghan Yarde; produced by Jeanine Celeste Pang; special thanks to Confetti System
As anyone waiting for that boy/girl to text knows, updates can be just as important as dates. In Cosmic Numbers, Morgan Rehbock, the guru behind our monthly Astrology IRL column, divines the stars to bring you in-the-moment advice on important dates.
The New Moon is a new meme in you life that will go viral in the next few months, with five heavenly bodies in Capricorn, the sun, moon, Venus, Mercury, and Pluto providing a powerful team to promote the fresh energy coming online today. It’s time to make practical choices that nurture your future. Each sign has a chance for a fresh beginning in a different level of life. Set your intentions tonight!
(March 21 - April 20)
(April 21 - May 20)
You will be extremely open to new knowledge on the new moon, and it would be a wonderful time to make plans for going back to school or even just taking a course for fun. The New Moon will also be extremely supportive if you have any legal disputes that are dragging you down.
(May 21 - June 20)
You will be extremely open to new knowledge on the new moon, and it would be a wonderful time to make plans for going back to school or even just taking a course for fun. The New Moon will also be extremely supportive if you have any legal disputes that are dragging you down.
(June 21 - July 22)
The New Moon, Venus, and Mercury are glistening in your 7th house of partnerships tonight, rejuvenating your love life. Renew all the commitments that you want to flourish in the months to come.
(July 23 - August 22)
Begin a new cycle of body-conscious behavior today, and the new moon will support all of your healthy choices for many months to come.
(August 23 - September 22)
Your creative field is wide open right now, and it is your task to carefully select the projects you choose to put your energy behind.
(September 23 - October 22)
Honor your connections to your family and closest friends on the new moon tonight. If you’re not close enough to spend the night together, plan a Skype date or a phone call. Organize all the photos on your phone or computer and rehash fun memories from the past.
(October 23 - November 22)
The new moon has you feeling like sharing your thoughts. Voice your opinion without fear of what the reaction will be. You’ve never been the one to keep a tight-lip and you shouldn’t start now.
(November 23 - December 21)
Don’t sell yourself short due to lack of organization, you need to get yourself management to promote your many talents and share your zest for life. Whether this means a professional team, a supportive friend, or some self discipline, you can figure it out on the new moon this evening.
(December 22 - January 19)
You have an incredible amount of planetary support on the new moon in Capricorn tonight. It’s up to you to make the executive decision and move forward in a new direction that better suits your life goals. You can manifest all your desires i
Toronto is quite a ways north from OC’s New York headquarters, but if you love to eat, this Canadian metropolis is a flourishing culinary hotbed. Here you will find cuisine from any part of the world and a general population of self-proclaimed "foodies" eager to taste it all. “I love it ‘cause you can eat great Tibetan, Jamaican, Korean, Chinese, French, everything. It’s always nice to live in a city I’m completely proud of,” says executive chef and Vice Munchies host Matty Matheson.
Situated in Parkdale, a neighborhood in the west end of the city is Parts & Labour, the joint where Matty whips up his inventive creations using seasonal and local ingredients while still affirming the notion that “butter = better”—amen to that! In the midst of the Chrismahanukwanzaka season, we forego standard holiday fare for more sophisticated feasting, fit for the lucky Epicureans in your life. Matty, who describes his style of cooking as “refined gluttony” shows, us how easy it can be to pull together a delicious festive dish using not-so-everyday ingredients, including persimmons, buttercup squash, and chicken of the woods mushrooms.
Persimmon Roasted Quail
Yields 4 portions
Step 1. Pre heat oven to 350.
Step 2. Cut pumpkin in half and discard the seeds.
Step 3. Place pumpkin skin-side down and place knobs of butter in the middle.
Step 4. Drizzle maple syrup and olive oil over pumpkin segments.
Step 5. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 6. Bake until golden brown and soft.
Step 7. Peel all the pumpkin "meat" away from the skin.
Step 8. Puree in a blender with 4 tbs of cold butter until smooth as a baby's bottom.
Step 1. On med-high heat in a large heavy bottom pan place 3 tbs of butter and 2 tbs of olive oil.
Step 2. Season quail liberally with salt and pepper.
Step 3. Place in the pan breast side down. You want to sear it gently so its golden brown.
Step 4. Now throw in some garlic cloves and a few sprigs of thyme.
Step 5. Using a spoon, baste the quail with the butter in the pan, bathing it in the golden butter oil emulsion.
Chicories Salad Dressing:
Step 1. Mince the tarragon, garlic, and parsley finely. Chop up the red chili pepper and discard the seeds.
Step 2. Rasp in some orange zest and juice of the whole fruit. Add enough that all the herbs are about to drown but don't let them.
Step 3. Stir with a spoon ever so lightly—don't want to mash this up.