Monthly Archives: January 2009

current obsessions

posted by:  audra

so sam posted that sweet jane thing awhile ago, right?  oh em gee.  loves them.   i feel like the dandy warhols had a baby with x & the black keys.  really, can that get any hotter?  track 4 on their ep titled ‘heartbreak’ is my current obsession.  love, love, love it.  it makes me think of the makeout scene in the virgin suicides when lux runs out to kiss trip, all whilst ‘crazy on you’ is in the background(!).   one of my very favorite movie scenes ever.  but anyway.  ‘heartbreak’ just has that super hot, i have to touch you right this very second or i’ll die feel to it.  delicious.  i promise, promise, promise(!) that the recorded studio version is way more bassy, guitary & percussiony.  this is sorta blah, but it’ll have to do for now:

mmmkay, now that we’ve gotten the cool out of the way…

jesse mccartney.  seriously.  this shit is good.  you didn’t hear it here…but i love this for some gross, embarrassing reason.  poppy goodness.  even with lyrics like this…

so call your shawty you tell him you found a new man; the one who’s so so fly

believe it!  i do have a problem with the ridiculous video though, and especially the mattress with no linens.  oh god.  really?  i can’t handle that.

here.  enjoy:

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resurrection of meat-fridays

posted by:  audra

tonight was supposed to be anti-meat-friday night;  i was to roast a chicken instead of a bloody piece of cow.  after all the running about at various stores, i managed to forget to buy more kitchen twine.  string.  whatever.  something to truss my chicken with.   god, i was so pissed.  but, cleverly, i asked the butcher to cut me a filet mignon whilst at the store.  i’m brilliant!  actually, it was on the list from earlier…but anyway, i really wanted to do miss ina garten’s steakhouse steaks.  totally retarded name, but absolutely perfect meat.  i’ve done them a time or two; the first time i set off the smoke alarm thrice, but it was totally worth it.  really all you need is a screaming hot cast iron pan…it’s a complete no-brainer.

so, again, this is supposed to be called ‘steakhouse steaks’, but i think that’s terribly embarrassing.  we’ll just call it ‘seared filet mignon’ or something, yeah?   and one more thing, open a window & turn your fans on…it gets a bit smoky…


  • 2 (10-ounce) filet mignon
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil…don’t use olive oil; vegetable oil has a higher smoke point
  • 1 tablespoon fleur de sel
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely cracked black peppercorns…for cooking extravaganzas on the weekends, i run a couple handfuls of peppercorns through the coffee grinder
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature


preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

heat a large, well-seasoned cast iron skillet over high heat until very hot, 5 to 7 minutes.

meanwhile, pat the steaks dry with a paper towel and brush them lightly with vegetable oil. combine the fleur de sel and cracked pepper on a plate and roll the steaks in the mixture, pressing lightly to evenly coat all sides.

when the skillet is ready, add the steaks and sear them evenly on all sides for about 2 minutes per side, for a total of 10 minutes.

top each steak with a tablespoon of butter, and place the skillet in the oven. cook the steaks until they reach 120 degrees f for rare or 125 degrees f for medium-rare on an instant-read thermometer.

remove to a serving platter, cover tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.  you’re done!

ina’s gorgonzola sauce goes lovely with this…you just rapidly boil 4 cups of heavy cream for about an hour, add 4oz gorgonzola, some parmesan, 3 or 4 tablespoons of flatleaf parsley, season with kosher salt & cracked pepper, whisk  & you’re set.  i would recommend keeping a close eye on the cream while  it boils though; i’ve let it boil over several times & it’s a fucking disaster…better yet, just do it in a larger saucepan than you think you’ll need.  no one wants you to smell like burnt cream.

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Are you there, Chelsea? It’s me, Sam

posted by:  Sam

Chelsea Handler is the funniest woman on the planet, hands down.  I’ve been a fan of hers for years, and I am convinced we are supposed to be best friends.  I honestly don’t think I would get sick of her at all.  Think about it.  She loves vodka, a lot.  Just like me.  She has a knack for saying really inappropriate things.  Just like me.  She has a love for little people.  Just like me.  It’s perfect.

Her books My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands & Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea are insanely funny and I read both of them in less than a day’s time.   She is raw and abrasive, and has had me in tears more times than I can count.  It’s all so natural for her too.  I really appreciate the fact she doesn’t try to be funny; she just is.

Her late night talk show Chelsea Lately is, in my opinion, the best show on television.  It’s really too bad the assholes at E! aren’t airing re-runs regularly anymore.  You know you’ve struck gold when you can watch a show that features guests like Margaret Cho as part of a round table discussion and talk about how stupid most people are.  Just today, I re-watched the episode featuring Cho (thanks to YouTube!) and nearly peed a ring around myself.  The panel was discussing Sarah Palin and how kind-of-attractive they thought she was.  Cho chimed in and explained she was fired from the Obama campaign for making the statement

I would eat her moose-burger, from behind… Eskimo style

How could you not appreciate and love a show like this?  I do understand why people don’t like her, or think she is obnoxious.  I get it, but I don’t agree with it.  Clearly those people are idiots.


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john galliano may be cooler than kim deal

posted by:  audra

i realize everyone’s probably getting sick of fashion posts…even i am just a little bit…but sometimes it’s just too good to pass up, right?  anyway, i haven’t even been at home on the weekends long enough to turn on the oven.  what’s a girl to do?  i’m pulling a warhol:  it’s easy.  fashiony things are easy.  something food related next week.  i promise.  in the meantime…

christian dior spring 2009 couture collection.  so gorge.  bless john galliano!  he’s been the grands couturier for dior since 1996.  i love dior, & i’ve been obsessed with john galliano since i was about 12 after watching him on fashion televison.  my mom gave me an exquisite[ly big] book on christian dior’s early work for christmas, & this stuff galliano designed looks a lot like the young material dior was churning out in the late 1940s.  i love them.  so glamorous, regal…and prommy — in a good way.  there are belts cinched in at the (real) waist; i live for these.  there are yards & yards of silky, delicious fabrics.  and there are hats.  big, gaudy, glamorous hats…with crimped hair! a-fucking-men.  i’m heating up my crimper right this very second…

i love this one; very modern technicolor eye with the crimped hair, but sort of 1800’s victorian inspired gown.  so pretty:

if i had to get married over again & had an extra hundred grand or so lying about, dying to be spent, this is what i would wear:

loves this.  i wanna wear it to the orangette book signing:

i just love the color of this, even if the shape wasn’t as amazing at it is…someday i will have walls this color:

i’m not even that wild about blue, especially a blue this shade, but i think this is so lovely:

i want this; i’d totally wear it to work:

there.  i think i’m runway’d out for now(!).  food.  next week.  i promise.

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more cheap designer shit at target…

posted by:  audra

proenza schouler.  isaac mizrahi.  even sigerson morrison.  and now, for god’s sake…mcq alexander mcqueen for target.  i believe i heard it several weeks ago from nylon, & nearly passed out.  in a bad way.  it’s all fine & stuff that so many designers are now doing low-end lines for target, but it sort of sucks all the glamour out of it, don’t you think?  most of the garments come out looking cheap (because they are) & ill-fitting.  a couple of washes & they’re even more crappy looking.

the only thing semi-exciting about it is that mcqueen used the delicious leila moss as his muse.  then i read this little tidbit & was more excited to see the goods:

skinny jeans with studs, ‘50s-inspired circle skirts, and leather vests, all in shades of black, gray, and white…

really?  hmm.  well, the goods aren’t so good…

the black dress is really the only thing i would consider wearing, but it’s pretty hard to fuck up a black dress.  and actually, the little black blazer is cute too, but i suspect it’s just as ill-fitting as that ridiculous pink pillowcase with holes cut into it.  i don’t mean to sound like a snob, but if you’re going to wear alexander mcqueen, shouldn’t you wear alexander mcqueen?  with all that cheap poly & cotton, you would just know you’re wearing something from target.  i will say that this collection somewhat resembles that of his mcq line…but still — it’s target.  wouldn’t it be way cooler if it was for…i don’t know, h&m or something?

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Sweet Jane

posted by:  Sam

Sweet Jesus.  It’s possible I might be in love with this hot little Irish band, Sweet Jane.  For a split second I thought they may just be too good to be true.  Imagine The Raveonettes, The Velvet Underground and The Jesus and Mary Chain all having a baby together.  Yeah, I know!  Then I read they have toured with The Kills, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Duke Spirit and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club!  My God, some of my favorites all wrapped up into one delicious Irish bundle… sigh!

I recently purchased their EP, Blackboots Blackhearts from iTunes and was not immediately disappointed.  The comparisons to such legendary bands can sometimes equal bad news, but I think it is safe to say they’re dead on.

I’m still fairly new to it, so I can’t say I am officially obsessed with them yet, but they show incredible promise.  I need to create more time with the record.  It’s sad, the same day I made the purchase I also picked up the new Fever Ray record… and haven’t been able to put it down.  Unfortunately, others are forced into the backseat.  But, not for long.  I am forcing my way out of the Fever Ray fog, and ready to dive head first into the fuzzy sexiness of Sweet Jane.

Since they are on the up & up, it is sort of slim pickin’s on YouTube for any videos or live footage… but I did discover this acoustic performance.

I think I might be on to something here.

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sagging shoulders

posted by:  audra

i know everyone is talking about this already, but i’m tired & feeling really unpleasant right now.  last night at the screen actors guild awards, it seemed everyone had on a one-shouldered bit.  so boring.  here are just a few.  discuss.

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what all boys should be wearing…

posted by:  audra

so, now that it’s nearing the end of january, i’ve found myself all in a tizzy about spring approaching.  in a bad way.  because after spring of course comes summer…& i’m not looking forward to sweating & having my thighs stick together.  again.  i really wish it could be perpetually 45 degrees & mostly cloudy.  some sun is okay, but too much is bad & causes me to freckle.  anyway…let’s look at some delicious photographs from my darling alexander mcqueen‘s fall 2009 men’s ready-to-wear collection in anticipation of october(!).  i never do men’s fashion & thought i should start. these are just some of my favorites, but you can view the entire collection here.

i think this one speaks for itself, don’t you?  it’s not very practical for running errands & such, but you have to admit it would add a bit of whimsy to picking up the dry-cleaning.

this suit with the cropped pants & fingerless gloves totally makes me wet.  so delicious.  i would sleep with anyone wearing this:

this one too.  anyone.  yum.

i love these skinny pants with the tailored jacket.  so cute.

not sure why i liked this one, i think maybe it’s the boots…but the model is soooo pretty too…other than those two things it’s mostly ridiculous.

this one’s fun.  it’s all business on top, but the pants & boxing gloves tell you that he’s not ashamed to go out on a limb for the sake of fashion.  god bless him.

i don’t like muscles, especially really defined abs, so this is pretty gross.  but, again, i liked the gloves & cropped trousers.

i love this.  here we have a perfect example of a classic suit, but edgy & modern.  loves.

this last one reminds me of a gladiator wearing a butcher’s apron, & we all know how i love meat…

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Face Control

posted by: Sam

On March 10th, the Montreal duo Handsome Furs will unleash their second record Face Control

Judging by the cover, I’m confident the much anticipated follow up to their brilliant 2007 record, Plague Park, will pack quite a bite.

The band layers cold, jagged guitars over swift electronic beats.  The vocals are shaky and distant, but are inviting and sexy at the same time.  The juxtaposition sounds like it could be a confusing mess, but it isn’t.  It all works beautifully together.  Their sound sort of makes me feel like I have just woken up in an alcohol-soaked haze from a long night of serious debauchery.   That alone is enough to make me sweat in anticipation of this release, but it gets better.  Much better.   I recently stumbled upon the insanely sexy publicity shots for the album.

Oh my God. Handsome, indeed.


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cuffs, stuff & bouviers

posted by:  audra

i was just sitting around this evening, wishing i still owned a debbie gibson record…whilst listening to vintage kimmy gordon & thurston moore of course.  then i thought it wise to peruse the bible since i wasn’t about to purchase ‘lost in your eyes’ from itunes.

so much deliciousness, you guys.  i discovered jewelery designers, giles & brother. you have to visit the website. you just do. a brother & sister designing duo…& you know how i love incest a brother & sister working together with leather & metal(!).  fat leather cuffs, gold safety pin necklaces, screw cufflinks…yum.  of course their naughty internet police wouldn’t let me upload any nuggets to see…of course.  so you just have to go yourself — and ignore the rhinestone bangles.  and the seahorse charm.  and…

speaking of rad, sam & i watched the 1975 documentary, grey gardens tonight for the very first time.  i’ve been absolutely dying to see this film my entire life.  believe it.  i don’t know what the fuck took so long;  i’m obsessed with jackie kennedy…i painted a version of the portrait andy warhol did of her in a college painting class, & listened to ‘jackie’s strength’ by tori amos for weeks;  i ended up leaving my canvas there at the end of the term for a couple weeks, & lo & behold, it was gone when i went to fetch it.  i was heartbroken.   the house of yes is also one of my very, very favorite films ever.  again with the incest.  is that what i get for being an only child?  anyway.  the first time i saw that film, i wanted to splatter fake blood on myself,  glue macaroni to a pink suit & pull a jackie…

…so you can imagine my anticipation for this film.  the documentary follows jackie kennedy’s aunt & first cousin (edith “big edie” ewing bouvier beale & edith bouvier beale “little edie”) as they live in a complete hot mess of a gorgeous twenty-eight room mansion in east hampton.  but the mum & daughter haven’t any money, live in filth, sing constantly, don’t leave the house & have racoons residing in the attic…to which they feed wonder bread.  the health department nearly condemned the house because of its condition, but jackie stepped in & helped clean it up a spot.

this film made me feel crazy just watching it…it totally pulls you in as an eavesdropper, like the maysles brothers are geniuses of doing.  the living conditions of these women are absolutely disgusting, but little edie is still glamorous.  she’s always done up in hose, a skirt –pinned at the hip– heels & a headscarf…because she really hasn’t a hair on her head.  nor eyebrows.  oh god, is this my future?

i had totally forgotten halfway through the film that it was a documentary.  grey gardens is very john waters-esque, only without the divine divine & odor-rama.  it really crushed me that this beautiful estate was being wrecked by former debutantes…jackie must’ve been horrified by the release of this film.   little edie goes on & on about leaving grey gardens…how she hates the country & misses the city, but she never leaves.  it’s sad & hilarious at the same time.  the most gorgeous part of the film is near the beginning when little edie says, “it’s very difficult to keep the line between the past & the present, you know what i mean?”  i nearly passed.  out.  what with rufus wainwright being my bff & all…where have you been all my life?

looky-loo…feel the crazy:

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