November 5, 2011
1. La Croix Sparkling Water in Coconut
I'm pretty obsessed with this water right now. Naturally flavored, calorie free, and completely devoid of sugar or any weird ingredients (it's literally just coconut-flavored seltzer) this thing is incredible.
I first heard about it a few months ago on Twitter when some bloggers were raving about how good it was. Apparently they were sent free samples of it to try and were hooked. I was all like, "What?! How come nobody sent me a free sample?" I decided to throw my own little party and started searching for it in vain in every single grocery store I walked into, wandering up and down the water aisle in search of the coconutty elixir. I came up empty and, after some Googling, discovered that in New York it's pretty much only available at Target. A few months passed until a few weeks ago when Eugene and I finally went to Target and I remembered the special water. We were running out of time on our parking garage ticket and Eugene was trying to get us to check out and get back to the car before the rate jumped from $3 to $10, but I said, "Wait!" and went running down the aisle to grab a box of the coconut water. And then I went back and got a second one, just in case I liked it.
Anyway, like it I did. Although I admit that it's pretty deceptive because it smells so sweet and nutty, and you kind of feel like you're about to take a sip of a pina colada, but it's not a pina colada. It's just water. But that's OK with me. (And you can even add a teaspoon of raw sugar or honey to it for a still-much-healthier-than-soda option.) I'm also experimenting with using this as the fizz in homemade egg creams made with coconut milk; will report back on this shortly.
2. Lana Del Rey
I have been listening to this girl NONSTOP for about a month. I found out about her via my friend (and former coworker) Caitlin's gorgeous blog Dream & Dress (a must-read at any rate).
Apparently this girl became a YouTube sensation (Lana, not Caitlin. Although wait, actually, Caitlin did too.) and got a recording contract for an album due out next year.
For now, you can download her new single, Video Games, (which contains 2 songs and 2 remixes that I keep listening to over and over again, much to Eugene's chagrin) on iTunes or watch her homemade Super 8 music videos on endless repeat on YouTube. She's got this gorgeous haunting voice and beautiful retro style. I'm hooked.