December 19, 2012
Gift Guide 5: Margaret Cohn

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Once in awhile you hit the jackpot with an intern. That’s exactly what happened when Margaret Cohn strolled (yes, it was as fashionable as it sounds) into the George PR office in September. Since then this talented NYU senior has dazzled us with her clever writing, enviable knowledge of contemporary art, sharp wit and collection of art deco jewelry. MC (as we call her) is never without a smile, takes her coffee black + on the rocks and will be a major force to contend with. Watch out world! We heart her hard at GPR. 

1) Nike+Fuelband: I’d like to say I’m a runner, but that might be a stretch. This is the perfect, fun gadget for runners (or those who want to get more into running…)!
2) Lulu Frost 50 Year Bracelet: Okay, so this one is a bit unrealistic for my life, but it’s divine. And a girl can dream. 
3) J.Crew Wool Crepe V-Neck Dress: Everyone who knows me, knows I hate wearing pants, but sometimes I crave (and then give into…) the comfort of a pair of jeans and a big sweater. Leave it to J.Crew to create the perfect wool shift dress that can be dressed up or down and keep me warm + comfy while maintaining my anti-pants stance. 
4) Cole Haan Crosby Shopper: Currently I tote my laptop around in my old, red Longchamp, which is becoming progressively less chic day by day. This bag isn’t too big or too small, too casual, nor too fancy. Plus, I do love an unexpected pop of color.
5) Benefit Benetint : One of my best friends just introduced me to this little bottle of multi-tasking joy. Cheek AND lip stain? Nothing better than that.
6) Tom Ford Black Orchid: The first time I smelled this, I thought it was a bit too strong for my typically delicate scent loving nose, but as the day progressed, it got better + better. Now, every time I pass a Sephora, I duck in to dab a bit on my wrists.

December 19, 2012
Happy Birthday to AB.

We’re sending loads of GPR birthday cheer to George PR creator + Prez, Allison Beale. In honor of her day, we plan to crank ‘Some Nights,’ eat lots of oysters, maybe even have bubbles at lunch, look back (a little) on the past year and a lot on what’s ahead.

Happy Birthday ab! 

December 18, 2012
Holiday cocktails anyone?

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Photo courtesy of Pouring Ribbons.

Is there a more perfect time to consume a, ok many, cocktails than the holidays? The air is festive, there are parties every night, friends in town, relatives to avoid, corks continually popping, countless reasons to celebrate by lifting a glass. Plus the cold temperatures, though not this week in NYC,  were made for dark spirits like bourbon, brandy and rye. 

While egg nog will continue to hold a special place in our hearts, we thought we’d offer a more sophisticated - fashion forward, if you will - cocktail to drink this season. Not wasting any time, we went straight to one of our favorite cocktail masters, Jason of Alchemy + Pouring Ribbons. He did not disappoint. Seems it’s true these are the two things you really can never avoid - even at the holidays. At least served in a coupe, they’re delicious. 

Death and Taxes
1.5 oz Dorothy Parker Gin
.5 oz Clear Creek Blue Plum Brandy
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 oz Lavender Infused Cinzano Bianco Vermouth
.5 oz Honey Syrup
1 dash Grapefruit Bitters
 
Glass:  Coupe
Ice:  None
Garnish:  Grapefruit Peel, Expressed & Inserted.
 
Shake. Strain. Drink. 

December 14, 2012
Gift Guide 4: Esther Kim; Associate Director, Interactive Design

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Esther Kim
Associate Director, Interactive Design at Chanel

We first fell in love with Esther over our shared music preferences (ahem, Phoenix, Bon Iver) and mutual obsession with lingerie and luxe beauty products (this gal has more than her fairshare of Chanel + YSL in her beauty bin). Once we got to know her, Esther’s sweet disposition, infectious laugh and covetable style make us heart her even more. Needless to say, it was a match made in heaven and we’re thrilled to showcase her chic holiday wishlist. Get ready to love every. Single. Thing. (We do.) And once she wins you over with her good taste, stay updated on her musings + lacy bits via twitter and her lingerie blog, Pretty Little Underthings

1. Lonely by Lonely Hearts Cut Out BraBeen dying for one of these since the first day I saw one. Simple but edgy.
2. Kartell Louis Ghost Chair -My bedroom is (almost) all white furniture, so this translucent chair would be the perfect featherlite counterbalance to the weight of the wood. 3. Stella McCartney Clara Whispering Silk RobeBecause see-through robes when you have roommates is never a good thing.
4. Proenza Schouler PS11I mean, do I really need to explain this one?
5. Preen Cropped Cashmere Sweater Lady of the jungle, come on over! With black jeans, biker boots and a big fur-trimmed parka, this would be the focus of the perfect weekend outfit.
6. Hermès Fetiche leather braceletAmazing. I love the matte quality of the leather and how the stitching isn’t so visible. Adds that one little touch you want to any outfit.
7. CHANEL Coco Noir -I’ve been swooning over this new CHANEL fragrance since it launched this past summer. It’s the perfect sensual winter scent. 


December 12, 2012
Gift Guide 2: Julie Bensman; Stylist, Producer + Globetrotter

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Julie Bensman
Stylist, Producer + Globetrotter

You know those people who have that je ne sais quoi? You’re drawn to them. You like them immediately – everything about them. That’s JB (as we call her). She’s stylish, gorgeous, down to earth and incredibly talented. In fact, her Closed Set with Julie Bensman is one of our must reads. In addition to The Fashion Spot, she pens for Today.com, Gotham.com and August Man to name a few. We suggest you get to know her: @juliebensman

1) Galway Ex-Fit Womens Country BootI’ve been searching for the perfect snow boot for what seems like years now. A British friend swears by this classic.
2) BYOT Travel Kit: Few things make me happier than a hot cup of tea. One of my favorite spots is Sanctuary T on West Broadway – and with their BYOT Travel Kit, I can bring a taste of NYC with me wherever I go.
3) Lululemon Skinny Will Pant : I realize the price tag isn’t so Zen, but Lululemon’s yoga pants are hands down my favorite. This version looks extra comfy.
4) Mrs. John L. Strong Small Set Notecards: My mother taught me to always send hand-written thank you notes. This version sends a chic message even before you put pen to paper.
5) Vintage Voyage Wall Calendar: What better way to evoke daily wanderlust than with a retro throwback that lives on your wall?
6) Morgan Carper Malay Vest: My favorite piece from my favorite Brooklyn designer’s latest collection…


December 11, 2012
GPR Hot List 2012

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Illustration by the talented Esther Kim.

It’s no secret that we at George PR love music. From Bon Iver to Jay-Z, Ryan Adams to Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, The Rosebuds, Cults and yes, even fun - we’d say our iPod’s are pretty well rounded. And you can bet there’s some Mumford in that mix for when we need a good cry.

Without question, making playlists is our favorite cure for writer’s block. We’ve got music for just about everything from launch events and new client welcome cds to brainstorming sessions and morning writing rituals. We use music to inspire, to ‘get ready’ and to heal. We’re big believers in Levon Helms’ wise words: “If you pour some music on whatever’s wrong, it’ll sure help out.” And so we do.

Each holiday season we look back at our favorite songs. Songs we wrote to. Songs we danced to. And especially the ones we cranked to e-lev-en (Hello Midnight City.) Here are the ones we heart the most: The GPR Hot List 2012. We hope you enjoy.

Wishing you the happiest holiday season and a very merry new year!

Allison x


GPR Hot List 2012
Youth - Foxes
I ain’t the same – Alabama Shakes
My First Song – Jay-Z
This must be the place (naïve melody) - Talking Heads
Lucky Now – Ryan Adams
Vanessa - Grimes
Lights – Elie Goulding
No Ordinary Love – The Rosebuds
Wordless Chorus – MMJ
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
Katherine – Saint Michel
Shake it Out – Florence + The Machine
Babel – Mumford & Sons
Rescue Song (RAC Remix) - Mr. Little Jeans
You Only Live Once – The Strokes
Midnight City - M83
Some Nights – fun.   

Listen to even more on Spotify.


 

December 8, 2012
The Miracle Of Lights That Lead To Eight Crazy Nights

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Did you guys know it was the first night of Chanukah? At GPR, we love a good miracle and eight nights of burning oil instead of only one (and the whole Maccabees winning the war thing…), is definitely a good enough reason for us to celebrate. We wanted to make sure you were ready for the next eight nights by providing you with our picks of what to wear, bring + talk about (maybe also brush up on your history by skimming through Wikipedia) at all of the Chanukah festivities you’ll be attending this season. 

1. You know how most Ugly Sweater Parties involve tacky Santa’s or reindeers? Be the one with the tacky gelt or dreidal on your sweater. No one will be able to resist schmoozing with you. 

2. This is the next menorah getting added to our collection..which seems to grow every year. Thanks Jonathan Adler

3. Gelt are little chocolate coins that come in the mesh plastic bags that are impossible to open. We have no idea how this relates to the miracle of lights, but it’s as much a Chanukah tradition as anything else.

4.  ALL good Jewish celebrations involve wine, so why not order some from the Golan Heights Winery? All of your friends + family (and your Jewish boyfriend’s mother…) will be smitten with your gesture.

5. One of our favorite holiday treats, are the sufganiyot (Hebrew for jelly doughnut). Of course, the Doughnut Plant has made their own (irresistible) version. Such mentsh’s.

6. Latkes: More commonly known as the Potato Pancake, these fried pancakes of grated potato are some of the closest things you’ll get to food bliss. We recommend hiking up to the Upper West Side and visiting Barney Greengrass, who has been making some of the best latkes for over 100 years. That’s probably older than your Bubbe… 

7. The mud from the Dead Sea is a miracle (pun intended) worker for the skin. This little starter kit is great for holiday travels! 

8. This cheeky card is the one we’ve sent out to all of our Chanukah celebrating friends and every single one of them have turned into an invitation to some sort of party or get together. Coincidence? We think not.

December 7, 2012
Gift Guide 2: Samuel Masters, Interior Designer

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1. Le Labo Bergamote 22 Cologne…I always get compliments on this
cologne and it lasts a long time!
2. 
Roman and Williams, “The Things We Made" book. A necessary addition to any book collection. Their work is perfection. 
3. 
APC Petit Standard Jeans: part my daily uniform. 
4. 
Waterford Lismore Highball Glasses for all those cocktails that need a little classing up. 
5. 
Comme des Garcons Half-Zip Wallet… Simple and efficient. 

Samuel Masters:
We try pretty hard not to covet everything in this Miles Redd alum’s Nolita apartment. We try, and yet fail. And now we covet everything on his holiday gift list (well, almost everything-we probably should stick with buying women’s jeans). Get a further peek into his style (personal + home) on MASTERMIND. (We bet you’ll be pinning his photos in no time.)

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