Bloggers' opinions on cities

Marie ClaireJenny Tsang's LA guide

Marie ClaireSai de Silva's NY guide

My (Danica's) opinions: In LA, stay at Chateau Marmont, eat at the pink taco restaurant across the street, go to The Grove, hike Runyon, drive by and look at all the Scientology centers in town, shop at the LA Opening Ceremony (it's very good), eat at a Roy Choi restaurant, drive out to Point Dume, buy slouchy jersey clothes at the Malibu Country Mart, earmark a day for Disneyland. In NY, stay at the Gramercy Park Hotel, eat breakfast at Norma's, see everything on Broadway, go to every museum, walk the Highline, shop at Bergdorf Goodman, buy shoes at Jeffrey, go to B&H (it's amazing—and so New York), walk up and down both sides of Manhattan, go everywhere in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island to see the real New York (it's still there, if you look).

Also, I am still sick (or sick again). Immune system, why have you betrayed me?

Two things

Food & WineWe all have the flu

Food & WineBreakfast meal kits are real

Kate Moss and fashion stuff

Some things I made.

Food & WineKate Moss hangs out at her brother's food truck

Marie ClaireHoliday party outfit ideas

My high school

I received a really interesting email this morning from my high school alumni association. It included a link to Newsweek's "America's Top High School 2016" rankings. My high school, Stuyvesant, a New York City public school where entry in freshman and sophomore year are exam- and merit-based, ranks number three. What I thought was especially interesting is that the data also shows that Stuyvesant has the highest percentage of students living at or below poverty level—47.3 percent!—of any schools in the top-ten.

There's been a lot of chatter from the Mayor's office and the New York City Board of Education over the past few years about doing away with the entry exam for Stuyvesant and hinging admission on junior high school academic records, with an eye towards cultivating a more racially diverse student body. I don't know what the correct solution is here—because I do believe that diversity is one of the most important facets of an educational environment. But it's clear that Stuyvesant, with nearly half of its student population living in poverty yet still excelling in national school league tables, is doing something right. In a way, the school is the embodiment of a stepping stone on your way to the American dream: it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, if you can compete, if you work hard, if you show up, you'll make it.

When I was a student at Stuy in the early-90s, I knew lots of kids who grew up without money—some kids I knew lived in rooms in the backs of restaurants with their entire families, some kids I knew were living out of the shelter system, bringing all their stuff with them to and from school everyday. Most of these kids grew up to become doctors, lawyers, bankers, scientists, and business-owners (I know because of Facebook). That's why I don't think that keeping kids out of Stuyvesant because they don't match a specific racial profile is the correct solution. It's not fair to deprive a student of an opportunity to succeed when they're motivated, eager, and hard-working.

The only way to raise the bar of education in this city is to ACTUALLY RAISE THE BAR all across the board, in every single school in the five boroughs. It doesn't make sense to overhaul something that has a 100+ year history of success and over-performance—tall poppy syndrome should have no place in formulating our city's education policies. Foundational public education—from kindergarten through twelfth grade—as well as parental and community outreach, giving families access to information about opportunities available to their children, needs to drastically improve from the ground up.

The magic of being a student at Stuyvesant is that, for four years, you're immersed in an intense, vibrant, thought-provoking, achievement-oriented culture. It works. Why tamp down on that? Instead, the city could find a way to encourage a culture of learning, intellectual curiosity, and the rewards of academic achievement in all its public schools.

Rare sighting (in print!)

The latest issue of Naturally, Danny Seo is on newsstands today and guess who's in it? Me. Ta-da. And I'm wearing a fleecy plaid shirt from L.L. Bean that was so cozy I didn't really want to give it back after the shoot (my jeans are from American Eagle and the bracelets are Alex & Ani).

The feature I was interviewed for is about the concept of "Carrying Light" for others—it's something that's always been really important to me, especially when leading teams in digital media—an industry and work environment that can often be brutally cutthroat. I think one of the most important things you can do in the workplace is to, every single day, think carefully about how to set performance bars high while creating safe, positive, nurturing, ideas-driven environments where people feel respected, motivated, and inspired to grow.

Science, technology, and food

Food & WineI can't wait to go here

Food & WineDo you trust GMOs?

Does this count as an "interiors" story?

Just pubbed in Marie ClaireHow to style your vanity.

I've been thinking about getting a vanity for a while, though there's nowhere to put it in my apartment right now. I was watching Remi Ashten's closet tour the other day and she has this amazing set-up in her wardrobe room with a full-on Hollywood mirror-light combo from Impressions Vanity. Totally covetworthy.


A couple of things.

Food & WineThis is a good guy

Food & WineAn American adaptation of a British reality show (surprise)

Two fun things I made

It's Wednesday and I'm still getting over this seasonal cold, boop. One of the best things about being freelance is having the freedom to scale back for a few days and really rest, without the pressure of going into an office and being "on" when you're under the weather—that said, I did find myself getting a little anxious over the past few days because I felt like I wasn't being productive enough. Sometimes you have to remind yourself it's OK to take things easy, especially when you have the luxury to do so. Something tells me that my freewheeling sweatpants-intensive schedule isn't going to last forever. Stay tuned.

Food & WineHow food service works on board the Rocky Mountaineer

Food & WineNo wonder I like this show

Quiet start to the week

It's always slow getting back off the ground the day after the Thanksgiving long weekend. Here's hoping it was a merry weekend! Now I have to go re-watch six hours of Gilmore Girls for a story.

Food & WineEverything we know about The Distillery hotel in London, so far

I got one!

Also, I have a cold, so I sound GREAT.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are some things I'm especially thankful for this year: New Yorkers.

I've been listening to the Stephanie Tarling cover of "Pure Imagination" on repeat on my new Google Home (obsessed) all afternoon. It's the version of the song on the Microsoft commercials.

A couple of new things over the holiday weekend.

EsquireWhat to wear if you're a banker but want to be a DJ (hint: the same clothes, more color)

EsquireThe anti-fashion fashion editor

My first Self stories

Happy day-before-Thanksgiving everybody! Lots of things to do and emails to send out before the holiday weekend. Here are a couple of things I recently wrote for Self.

SelfLong and strong (hair)

SelfThings to plan for (scar prevention and treatment) before plastic surgery

Crashing in a few things before the holiday

Last night, one of the editors I work with emailed me asking me to come up with 10 social memes by 11 a.m. today. I'm flattered she thinks I'm capable of writing 10 memes in such a short turnaround time, but now I'm like uh-oh.

Food & WineThese guys met that guy

Food & WineNoma heads to Mexico

EsquireThom Browne and Andrew Bolton (and Hector)

EsquireI know about this guy from his merch at Colette

EsquireWhen everyone is obsessed with your shoes

Some things I made

Things I've been busy mentally doing over the past few days: waiting for the Snapchat Spectacles Snapbot to come to the East Coast, obsessively tracking my new laptop's immigration from China, thinking about new book story arcs and plot points, and trying to work out exactly how many Lazy Oaf pieces are acceptable to integrate into my wardrobe in my old age.

Food & WineA kitchen that talks back

Food & WineMorgan Spurlock wants to change fast food from the inside out