December 28, 2012
We’re still in the holiday mood, and nothing gets you in the spirit quite like eggnog. Our favorite way to indulge in this frothy treat? An old-school eggnog milkshake from Gray’s Ice Cream in Tiverton, Rhode Island. This local institution has been serving up homemade ice cream since the 1920s, when it was delivered in batches by horse and buggy to proprietor Annie Gray, who would then dish it out from the back window of her house.
These days, the charming three-window ice cream parlor stays open year-round and churns out more than 40 flavors, including their famous frozen pudding (a rum-based classic with apricots and raisons) and seasonal hits like eggnog. But if you can’t make it to Tiverton for their deliciously rich eggnog shake, here’s how to do it yourself:
1. In a blender, combine one cup of eggnog ice cream with one cup of whole milk. (Note: The fresher the ’nog ice cream, the better this shake will taste. If you can’t find a quality pint near you, tweak the recipe to use one cup of vanilla ice cream with one cup of top-shelf eggnog.)
2. Pour into a festive cup and top with grated nutmeg to your liking.
Want to add a little kick? Garnish your shake with a fresh cinnamon stick, sprinkle with crushed ginger snaps (yum!) or sweeten with shaved peppermint bark and whipped cream. Cheers!
December 19, 2012
How fun is our Gift Well Guide? We make a habit of scrolling through it daily and deciding what to get everyone on our list (and with 150+ genius gift ideas to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong). But if you’re short on time, check out the top three pieces some of us at Madewell HQ are gifting this season.
December 17, 2012
Remember this scenario? You meet up with a friend to exchange presents for the holidays. You hand over yours, covered in the very finest wrapping paper your local drugstore has to offer. And then you receive theirs, expertly, ingeniously, innovatively wrapped—a work of art in itself. Yeah…oof.
So naturally, we asked our aesthetically in-tune graphic design team to give us a lesson in crafty packaging. Get inspired below.
1. Keep it simple and monotone, then add a fresh touch, like a rosemary sprig.
2. Get crafty with white paper and a few rolls of Kamoi Kakoshi™ for Top Hat Tape.
3. Go traditional with festive wrapping paper but tie it with a real ribbon. So elegant!
4. Has your friend or loved one been extra good this year? If so, wrap a coffee-table book in our Perfect Chambray Shirt, then top it all off with a bow. Double whammy.
December 15, 2012
Attention, tree trimmers: You must get to know Cody Foster, purveyor of all things eye-catching and crafty. Nestled in a tiny town called Valentine, this Nebraska-based company draws influence from Midwestern charm—and believe it or not, its eponymous founder, Cody, actually got his start making ornaments back in ’91 while still in high school. So long story short: Grab a handful of these giraffes, elephants and metallic bulbs and your tree will instantly go from standard to standout.
P.S. Check out this amazing photo of Cody (age 4) getting in on the action.
December 13, 2012
Truth be told, we plan to spend a lot of the holidays in our pajamas, pinning our favorite finds to Pinterest. In fact, we’ve already pretty much fallen down the rabbit hole. Check out our new, superfestive Holiday Color Code board.
November 25, 2012
You’re invited to Very Merry Saturdays at Madewell!
Celebrate the holidays at your local Madewell store next month with sips, snacks, festive manicures, a hair-braiding bar and more.
Click here for more details and to RSVP.
November 20, 2012
Check out the 12 looks we’re loving this holiday season—plus, expert tips on how to style them all straight from our head stylist.
November 11, 2012
As much as we love the adrenaline of last-minute gift shopping, we know it’s never too early to get started. So we created our ultra-amazing Gift Well Guide, home to 250+ genius gift ideas for everyone on your list. Start browsing (for loved ones or yourself) now.
May 25, 2012
1. The Whistlestop Sandal: “These sandals can take me from the city to the beach, all in stride.”
2. Drifter Shades: “Love the retro shape.”
3. The Bungalow Stripe Caravan Mailbag: “A roomy carry all is essential for the beach. This one fits everything from magazines to scarves to cover-ups.”
4. Clambake Cover-Up: “Speaking of cover-ups, this is the ultimate—slightly sheer and cozy at the same time.”
5. Zimmerman Noir Eyelet Underwire Bikini: “Black is always flattering and sexy—two adjectives I want in a bikini!”
6. Leather Wrap Bracelets: “For a nice pop of color against my tan skin.”
7. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Lait SPF: “Water-resistant with a nice light texture. Plus, the French packaging always transports me to some chic faraway beach.”
8. Too Red nail polish by RGB: “It’s like ’40s-starlet red: out and out glam.”
9. Evian Facial Spray: “It’s not as good as jumping in the ocean, but a spritz of this comes quite close.”
10. Jayson Home beach blanket: “Handwoven and so gorgeous.”
11. Fresh-squeezed juice: “I’m hooked on the apple strawberry coconut and almond milk ones from Pressed Juicery, but any fresh juice will do!”
November 23, 2011
by Heather Summerville (Brooklyn)
Friendsgiving is a cherished tradition around my apartment. For those not familiar with the celebration, it’s the equivalent of a Thanksgiving feast spent with friends (instead of with your cranky Uncle Jack). We held our annual stuff-yourself-till-you-pass-out dinner last weekend, wherein my boyfriend and I cooked a 15-pound turkey—oh yeah, in a paper Whole Foods bag. And get this: We didn’t burn down the kitchen.
Full disclosure: I’m not much of a cook. I make a mean salad and can toast a piece of bread like nobody’s business, but let me anywhere near an open flame and bad things tend to happen. So the thought of even attempting to cook something as daunting as a turkey stressed me out for weeks beforehand—and even prompted me to buy a fire extinguisher, you know, just in case. My friend Madeleine saved the day, however, with this insanely easy, foolproof turkey recipe. She and her boyfriend came over to supervise my boyfriend and me as we prepared the bird—and truth be told, even though I really didn’t have to do too much, I could have cooked this turkey on my own—and so can you!
What you need:
3 heads of garlic
2 sticks of butter
2 cups olive oil
Fresh thyme and rosemary
2 paper bags
What to do:
1. Slice your citrus into quarters.
2. Clean and peel your garlic.
3. Melt both sticks of butter and mix in olive oil.
4. Chop half your thyme and rosemary and add to your butter/olive oil.
5. Be sure to remove the neck and innards from your turkey.
6. Generously coat turkey skin inside and out with your butter/olive oil/herb mix.
7. Stuff the sliced citrus, garlic and remaining fresh herbs inside your turkey.
8. Double up your paper bags and place turkey inside.
9. Fold the open end of your bag under the turkey and place in a roasting pan.
10. Cook at 350°F for 15 minutes per pound.
11. Before removing your delicious turkey from the bag, check doneness by sticking a meat thermometer through the bag or opening the end and slicing into the turkey.
Plus, a bonus photo of the only one who stayed awake post-dinner, my puppy Hankerchief, in a turkey-feather necklace made by a crafty friend.
All photos by Ryan Hefner.