Travel Notes: Rio de Janeiro

for our March Style Guide, our team jetted down to the city of sun, samba and soccer to get a taste of life in Brazil. and, of course, we couldn’t resist bringing a few things home with us too…





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The (Last-minute) Romantics

if you’re anything like us, you may have nearly forgotten that tomorrow is
Valentine’s Day. here, a few tips for our fellow procrastinators from some of our
office lovebirds. P.S. most J.Crew stores are open until 8pm (hint, hint…).
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BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BODEGA FOR FLOWERS
Union Square Greenmarket, which is open until 6pm on Wednesday.

BEST PLACE TO ORDER FLOWERS IF YOU’RE FEELING FLUSH
Belle Fleur. Order by 2pm on February 13th for delivery on Valentine’s Day.

LAST-MINUTE LINGERIE
Forget La Perla. Just steal his button-down.

LAST-MINUTE GIFT FOR HER
Never underestimate the power of a sparkly bracelet.

LAST-MINUTE GIFT FOR HIM
The fastest way to his heart could be through his sock drawer.

THE ONLY SWEATER WITH A HEART ON IT THAT
HE’LL ACTUALLY WEAR

The PLAY Comme des Garçons® cardigan. We see tons of guys wearing this around
our office. (Bonus: You can totally steal it from him.)

BEST RETRO VALENTINE
Afraid to profess your love? Let a pack of Sweethearts do the talking.

VALENTINE 2.0
Send a valentine (or valentines—we won’t tell). We’re partial to the
assortment from Paperless Post.

MAKE-OUT MIX
“Fade into You” by Mazzy Star
“Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones
“First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes
“Skinny Love” by Bon Iver
“Take My Breath Away” by Berlin
“Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak
“She Found Now” by My Bloody Valentine
“Latch” by Disclosure, featuring Sam Smith
“The Truth” by Handsome Boy Modeling School

PICTURE FRAMES ARE SO 2011
We love the Memorybox from Printstagram, which will turn all your Instagrams
into mini-prints. And StickyGram turns your favorite Instagrams into magnets for
your fridge.

BEST WAY TO FAKE A HOME-COOKED MEAL
A trip to Eataly. (We suggest the rotisserie chicken or fresh-made pasta.)

OR COOK DINNER—TOGETHER
If you have a pint-size apartment, woo each other (and escape dish-washing duty)
by making dinner together somewhere else. Check out the cooking class
schedules at Haven’s Kitchen, Sur La Table or the Brooklyn Kitchen.

Holiday Helper: The Laundress

using the festive activities from this month’s Looks We Love
as inspiration, the ladies behind The Laundress New York®
reveal their tried-and-true tips for solving those
uh-oh moments this holiday…
1. Makeup: “Blush on your shoulder? Lipstick on the collar? (Too much mistletoe!) No worries—apply The Laundress New York for J.Crew collars & cuffs stain bar and work the stain out with a little water.”

2. Mud and dirt: “Don’t worry about mud on your heels when dashing from store to store. Touch up patent leather with a spray and a wipe of The Laundress Glass and Mirror Cleaner to clean and shine!”

3. Tree sap: “Trimming the tree? Rub the tree sap with an ice cube and then gently scrape off the excess sap. Apply The Laundress New York for J.Crew collars & cuffs stain bar and launder at home.”

4. Static cling: “Don’t be embarrassed. Just spray The Laundress Static Solution in between your stockings and clothes and the static will be gone. Forgot your spray? Just wet your hands and wipe between the layers.”

5. Candle wax: “Too close to the flame? Hot wax can be cleaned off quickly with a blow dryer or a hand dryer. Solid wax should be ironed with a cloth between the fabric and the iron. As soon as you’re home, pretreat with The Laundress Stain Solution and launder with The Laundress Detergent in your machine.”

6. Greasy dips and dressings: “Ask your host or hostess for table salt, cornstarch or baby powder to lift up the stain. Treat further after the party with The Laundress Stain Solution at home.”

Want even more tips for staying spotless this season? Check out The Laundress’s ultimate cashmere care guide here.

(special thanks to Lindsey and Gwen of The Laundress)

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