Friday fashion (and food)

A few things from my brain, scattered around the internet.

Elle4 looks, 1 dress

Harper's BazaarStyle inspo from LA

Marie ClaireHow to wear trends to work

...and one food story about one of my favorite NYC chefs.

Food & WineDominique Ansel's wildest dessert experience yet

Three days in Canada

Some things I've been up to this week. Tomorrow, back in NYC.

Day 3: Yoga, workshop, hike, yoga

Day 2: Yoga, lunch, yoga

Day 1: Vancouver to Whistler

Snackable content

Hello from Vancouver (again)! Heading to Whistler tonight, but did a 24-hour stop in Vancouver to, uh, sit in my hotel room and write, mostly. I did get to squeeze in a massage last night, which was divine. It's raining outside, so I don't feel too guilty about staying indoors.

Food & WineWhen you really love a pair of shoes

Food & WineNetflix without wifi will soon be a reality

Food & WineNadiya Hussain signs with the BBC

5 Things I always bring on trips

1. Socks
2. Mifi
3. USB hub
4. Canvas tote
5. Headphones

Other things I am procrastinating packing right now:
— Books, real print books
— Sweatpants, I never regret bringing sweatpants on a trip
— Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
— Simple micellar wipes
— A good handbag
— At least two outerwear options
— A variety of socks

I'm still procrastinating

I have 17 stories due in the next six days, a photoshoot tomorrow morning, an all-day travel day Sunday, and two days booked out next week to meditate on a mountaintop in western Canada.

Food & WineBrexit affects Marmite and Pot Noodle supplies

Food & WineSomething about yellow food and I worked VC Andrews into the lede, yassss

Fancy trains and bougie mustard

I love getting out there and talking to people—doing interviews in person, jumping on long phone calls, asking questions, meeting people at their studios and seeing their craft first-hand. But those days where I have lots of meetings and lots of calls are also the days where I get the least amount of writing done. Tried to batch all my big calls and interviews this week into one day (yesterday). While I was out, here's what went online.

Conde Nast TravelerThings to do on a 10 hour train ride

Food & WineGrey Poupon and rap

My first beauty story in years

I haven't been a beauty editor since 2012, when I left my Glamour job at senior online fashion and beauty editor (online was smaller back then and one staff editor could handle both departments—now the fashion and beauty online teams are much more robust). I haven't written a beauty story since! I forgot how much I love writing service-oriented stories (they're also the exact kind of beauty story I like reading most, as well).

ElleEasy ways to straighten hair without using heat

Also here is a random chat about work life stuff.

Oculus Saturday

Heading down to the Oculus for the first time later today to meet up with a friend and I remembered I put these shopping stories together for Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire. Excited to see what the Westfield shopping center downtown has in store! Can't believe this will be my first time there.

Harper's BazaarWhat to wear tonight, for any occasion (I'm especially obsessed with the red Karen Millen dress in the first look—so 80s!

Marie ClaireStash these in your desk for easy after work hijinks

Catching up, slowly

OK, I spent all morning procrastinating, but got some work done, so now I'm only THREE stories behind. I have a phone interview in an hour, so off to prep for that right now. But first, snacks.

Food & WineLook, I'm still writing about family leave

Food & WineHow to go viral on Instagram

Food & WineWhat is a Marionberry?

Food & WineFruit flies: they're just like us

This is what procrastination looks like

Here is an incomplete list of things I miss about England when I'm not there:

— The milk
— Great newspapers
— The correct way of doing things
— Breakfast
— Television
— Yeo Valley yogurt
— Sandwiches
— Good bookshops everywhere
— Pubs
— London friends
— The country
— Clotted cream

Here is an incomplete list of things I miss about New York when I'm not here:

— Family
— My really fast home wifi
— My bed

Places I still really want to go:

— Easter Island
— St. Petersburg
— Moscow
— Saudi Arabia
— Morocco
— Macau
— Chengdu
— Mongolia
— Hawaii

Places I'd really like to return to:

— Cairo
— Aswan
— Beirut
— Damascus
— Taiwan
— Nairobi
— Dubai
— Alaska

Social life and science

A+ social day yesterday—got to have a late lunch with one of my favorite former colleagues, then drinks/interview with one of my favorite menswear gurus, then a press dinner with Patagonia (one of my favorite brands) which was hosted by one of my favorite humans and where I bumped into a few of my favorite media humans.

That said, I didn't get very much work done, but here are two tiny science things.

Food & WineA tall Pike Place Roast a day could help prevent dementia

Food & WineWhen is Hyperloop coming?

Panama City Beach without spring breakers

I had such a fun time in Panama City Beach last month—and as a first-timer who'd popped down to the region expecting wild partying and spring break craziness, I was super-surprised to discover a very mellow family-oriented, not-crowded-at-all, seafood-and-beach vacay atmosphere. Here's my teeny tiny tip sheet for anyone looking to head down to PCB and avoid the party scene (which seems to only happen in one very limited part of town anyway).

Food & WineThe softer side of spring break

Good morning Monday!

Some fashion bits and pieces for this morning.

Harper's BazaarStyling tips to steal from the runway

Harper's BazaarEvening bag, you know you need one

Marie ClaireHands-free bags to make your life easier

Bye Banff

I love this hotel and wish we didn't have to check out and head home tomorrow, but New York beckons!

I'm a huge fan of this old-timey (spooky) elevator.

Our hotel in Banff is totes haunted

Just arrived in Banff an hour ago and I cannot wait to find out more about the haunted-ness of this hotel. I hear there are some friendly ghosts in residence—like Sam the Bellman—and some troubled souls (like the bride who tripped down the steps on her wedding day, caught fire, and died). Hands down, the scariest ghost story I've heard about this hotel is that on the fourth floor there is one room that the hotel will not allow a single woman to stay in on her own. Legend has it that years ago a mother was bathing her baby in the bathtub when the phone rang. When she left the bathroom to answer the phone, the baby drowned. And reports have it that every time a woman stays in that room on her own, the ghost of the baby crawls into bed with her and wants to cuddle.

How. Scary. Is. That.


Here's something else I made recently for Harper's BazaarPicking the best pieces from the Coach 1941 runway show

And my little travel day vlog, starting in Jasper and winding up in Banff, visiting glaciers and other beautiful things along the way.

Here's what we did the day before (spoiler: mostly just chilled out in Jasper National Park and took a boat to Spirit Island)

Unicorns and super-long train rides

Hello from the other side (Canada). I'm currently in Jasper National Park in Alberta. I've been on a train, the Rocky Mountaineer, for two days (without wifi and only the spottiest of network connectivity), so haven't been writing or posting as much as usual. Someone emailed me this morning and said she's been really enjoying reading the "Danica stories" going up on Food & Wine lately, ha ha. Here are some new "Danica stories" that have been published over the past couple of days...

I'm really pleased with this story on the Food & Wine site—that has nothing to do with either food or wine. It's actually about unicorns and some of Scotland's amazing mystical creature legends.

Food & WineScotland's national animal is the unicorn, and other fun facts

Food & WineAlso, here are some fun facts about Cleopatra

Also, two days on a train: