Well, it's a wrap, folks! After six months at our pop up in Grand Central, we are done! (Don't worry – we'll be back!) It was so great to connect with so many new people and to see a lot of our favorite customers as well! It definitely made those 7:30 early mornings much more bearable, especially on the days where it felt like I had JUST closed from the night before.
Very very rarely, we'd get a difficult customer. I had one person who kept asking me for ties with the entire Mona Lisa painted on it, or a tie in gold lamé or a tie with jumping goats on it. Needless to say, I completely struck out with her. It reminded me of one of my favorite shows, "Little Britain."
For those of you who aren't familiar, Little Britain is like a British version of SNL. It has two actors that play a bunch of different reoccurring characters in a sketch format. I was trying to think of my all time favorite character in the show, but they're all so hysterical and twisted in their own way, I can't choose!
Anyway, in the sketch below, Mr. Mann is a disgruntled customer who comes to (regularly) harass the shopkeeper. In every skit at the store, Mr. Mann wants something obscure and extremely specific that most probably doesn't exist. Even if the shopkeeper manages to produce the product by some miracle, Mr. Mann is not pleased (and makes his displeasure known). There's a link to the clip below if you just need a little laugh. Anyway, it's how I feel on some days, and thankfully, very rarely!
The show is on Hulu, ps, if this clip makes you curious. There are so many other amazing sketches in the series – definitely worth checking out!
I was so excited to collaborate with Sam + Olivia to make custom accessories for their upcoming wedding! At first, they were going to recolor one of our existing designs, but then decided it would be more meaningful to have a design that was special to them. The groom's family is from New Zealand so the kiwi bird seemed like a fitting choice!
Sometimes it takes me a while to get the motif or the repeat just right, but this one just came to me one day at our pop up and I hand drew it on a post it! It's cute (if I do say so myself) – not stuffy and perfect for a preppy September wedding at a New England yacht club.
The groomsmen will be wearing the custom bow ties and pocket squares, but they made sure their dads were included with matching ties! We will post picts of the ties in action once Sam + Olivia get married. In the meantime, congrats guys!
Meanwhile, you can shop "The Cheeky Kiwi" tie and bow tie on our website!
To design custom accessories for corporate or wedding, email me at email@example.com.
To shop this tie, click here.
To shop the bow tie, click here.
Here's a closeup!
I'm loving this warm weather. Finally!
Alex and I have been (mildly) obsessed with a fresh watermelon margarita cocktail and we can't stop making it. It's so light and refreshing, yet feels like something we should be drinking on vacation in Miami or the Caribbean. The best part is you only need a few ingredients to make the drink and a quarter of a watermelon makes about 4 cocktails! Also, there's no added sugar so no guilt here!
What You Need:
Watermelon (seedless is best)
Tequila (I used Espolon Blanco)
What To Do:
1) Juice your watermelon + strain the juice with a fine mesh sieve. We use a manual juicer we picked up at Williams Sonoma, but a blender is fine too.
2) Muddle about 4 leaves of mint on the bottom of a highball glass.
3) Fill your highball glass halfway with watermelon juice – about 4 to 5 ounces.
4) Add the juice of half a lime.
5) Add ice and stir thoroughly.
Father's Day is in 12 days!
As part of my deal with Billion Dollar Buyer, I designed custom ties and socks exclusively for Landry's for Father's Day. I absolutely love doing custom and this particular assignment was no exception.
For the tie, I took our popular Mullet tie (business in the front, party in the back) and did a little spin on it. It still has the beautiful woven silk in the front in a stunning shade of blue. But in the back, instead of our party cups, it has little Super Dad shields – reminiscent of Superman – e.g. Clark Kent/Superman – perfect for your Super Dad!
The socks are a "handy dad" theme. They're super cute and made on an unbelievably soft Pima cotton blend in Peru. I love the contrasting red heel and toe on the navy socks.
These items are available EXCLUSIVELY at the Golden Nugget properties and online at https://shop.landrysinc.com. They guarantee shipping in time for Father's Day too.
With Memorial Day weekend around the corner (!!!), prime hangover season has begun. Is it just me or do hangovers seem to come more frequently and be worse than they used to?
Anyway, Alex and I did a day trip to Philly a few months ago. As we were leaving our favorite bar, (The Ranstead Room), and after sipping delicious cocktails with many different infused alcohols and muddled goodies, I made some sort of remark about how I'll feel these drinks the next day. The bartender didn't miss a beat and quickly whipped up his favorite hangover specialty: the Electric Current Fizz, an obscure cocktail from the 1800s that has started making a comeback.
I looked at the raw, runny, egg yolk doused in Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce in a shot glass and the tall, foamy, light cocktail in a highball glass he handed to me. No way. Period. Not happening.
"Bottoms up," the bartender said. He instructed me to first eat the egg yolk, breaking it in my mouth and then chugging the fizz – much like a Boilermaker – you want to down it before it separates!
Here goes nothing.
It was good. REALLY good. I love savory and spicy drinks anyway so the egg yolk with the hot sauce was great followed by the light, refreshing lemon fizzy drink. I could get used to this. And as promised, no hangover the next day.
Move over Irish Carbombs/Boilermakers – the Electric Current Fizz is here to stay.
Below is the recipe – remember, there's always a risk of foodborne illness so please be mindful if you're making this at home or having it out.
What You'll Need:
2 ounces dry gin
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce sugar or simple syrup
What To Do:
1) Separate the egg white from the egg yolk. Set the egg yolk aside.
2) Combine the lemon, gin, sugar, egg whites into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously!
3) Top with soda water.
4) Put the egg yolk in a shot glass, careful to not break it. Add dashes Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco to taste.