10 Things We Love 1.23.12

1 Our Biggest + Best Clearance Sale Ever!


Still dreaming about that Proenza Schouler dress you rented? Good news, because we’re holding our biggest and best clearance sale ever! Browse over 400 styles of dresses and accessories from designers like Milly, Kenneth Jay Lane, Missoni, Tibi, Lela Rose, Dannijo, and more.


2 Chinese New Year


The Chinese New Year officially begins today! It is the year of the dragon, the only mythical creature in the zodiac. Traditional celebrations of the Chinese New Year inlcude a big feast and fireworks.


3 Code for America


Jonathan attended an inspiring event last week for a group called Code for America. They take the Teach for America model and apply it to creating innovative software and applications to help city governments around the country. 2011 was their first year, in which they partnered with three cities and built dozens of useful apps. We love how they are bringing cutting-edge technology to city governments and creating a sense of civic duty among the tech community.


4 Beechers


For the best grilled cheese, tomato soup, and mac n cheese in town, head to Beechers in Flatiron. A cheese factory, retail store, cafe, and bar all in one, this hot spot is not one to skip. NYC boasts the only other location than their flagship in Seattle!



5 Hot Toddies


Best way to warm up on the first snowy afternoon of the year? Hot toddies at Mother’s Ruin mixed up by adorable British bartender Mark. Don’t want to venture out in the cold? You can make your own quite easily:

1 oz (2 tablespoons) bourbon

1 tablespoon mild honey

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup boiling-hot water

Put bourbon, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water and stir until honey is dissolved.



6 Superbowl XLVI


After yesterday’s playoff games, it’s set! The Giants and Patriots will meet again after the wildcard Giants kept the Patriots from an undefeated season in 2007. We’re a house divided here at RTR, but who will you root for?


7  Edun’s Scarves


AJ loves Edun‘s scarves which are not only incredibly cozy but the brand (founded by Bono) is aimed at developing trade with Africa and encouraging others to do the same. By 2013 their mission is to produce 40% of their collection in Africa.



8 Vermont


Katie spent the weekend in Vermont and although she missed the first snow in NYC, there was certainly no shortage in Stowe.


9 Clothing Swap for A Cause


We love Flying Kites’ 2nd Annual Clothing Swap for a cause. Tickets are only $20, and you can bring 5 or more gently, or never worn, quality items to swap with others. All proceeds benefit orphaned children in Kenya. You can still buy tickets (which include snacks and libations) for the event this Thursday in Greenpoint!


10 Creative Cupcakes


Our resident graphic designer/photographer/extreme baker Mikkel made these gorgeous cupcakes for a bridal shower over the weekend. They are red velvet with cream cheese frosting and vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. Yum!