Ask a group of Baltimoreans who has the best crabs in the city and there’ll likely be some disagreement, but ask about Biscuits, and there is no such room for debate. You’ll be directed under the highway to the downtown farmer’s market, and the Blacksauce Kitchen biscuit stand.
Seven years ago, Julianna Margulies helped redefine what it’s like to dress as a professional woman, acting as high-profile lawyer Alicia Florrick on the television show The Good Wife. Her uniquely feminine style strayed from the pantsuits and “dress-like-a-man” ethos that flourished in business at the time. Instead, she wore modest, form-fitting dresses, swirling cloaks, patterned suits, and heels that occasionally lifted her higher than the height of many of her male co-stars. Costume designer Dan Lawson used a variety of brands to dress the show’s characters, but for Margulies’ character, he often favored a New York brand, Lafayette 148.
Gone are the days when we made valentines in school out of paper plates and doilies, relishing guilt-free in the seemingly unlimited craft supplies, and handing out democratically the finished product to everyone we knew. Sure we might celebrate with friends, or secretly hope for a homemade card from the kids, but let’s face it: We are adults now, by golly, and we usually have to narrow it down to one special valentine these days. We all know to book the reservations in advance, and pick up the flowers, but who has time to make a card? Still, nothing says “I love you” quite like that timeless tradition of writing those exact words.
Buying flowers is a Valentine’s Day standard, and few gifts make someone feel as admired as a big, vibrant bouquet. A study by Rutgers University researchers in 2005 concluded that flowers have both an immediate impact on happiness and a long-term positive effect on mood. People who are regularly around flowers demonstrate a higher sense of life enjoyment and satisfaction. They are a fail-safe gift that everyone loves. But have you ever considered the environmental impact of buying flowers?
Retailers are reminding us to keep our chins up. Spring is on its way, with warmer weather, sunnier days and new spring wardrobes. While we wait patiently, there are deals to be had on winter fashions, in order to make way for spring!
Need some warming up in this winter weather? Sure, you could reach for the old staples like Sriracha and Tabasco, but isn’t trying something local more fun?
Need something to wear for New Year’s Eve? There’s still time to shop locally. Order a tie from this great new local company.
Looking for something sweet to bring to a Christmas get together? Look no further than Belvedere Square for some of the most interesting (and heart healthy) chocolates in the city.