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The Weekend Guide

letters from lauren!

Slow down, old world.

RECEIVE
Letters from Lauren
What:
What fits in your hand but not your in-box and is the original DM? Snail mail, of course. Join a lady who loves physical correspondence on her journey to mail (and document) every letter she sends during 2011.
Why:
Know someone who needs one? E-mail her the address and some details about the recipient and she’ll take care of the rest.
Where: Online at lettersfromlauren.com.

SAVE
BluApple
What:
Prolong the life of your produce for up to three weeks by nestling one ($10) in among your fruits and veggies. It speeds up ripening but puts the kibosh on spoilage for no more (literal) rotten apples.
Why:
Let the folks know when you start using it, and they’ll e-mail you when it’s time to switch it out.
Where:
Online at thebluapple.com.

PRIMP
What to Wear, Where
What:
The ladies behind Who What Wear dish on appropriate getups for more than 50 occasions. Get the scoop on successfully outfitting yourself for any event or activity — be it bowling, the opera, a barbecue, or job interview.
Why:
Suggestions on how to wear (or avoid) much of what is already in your closet, plus a list of essentials.
Where: Online at amazon.com.

CARRY
Rachel Nasvik for Target
What:
The NYC-based designer takes her downtown sensibility to the red bull’s-eye, resulting in a gray suede minibag with turquoise accents and straps, jazzed up with gold chain links.
Why:
Normally it runs around a cool hundred and a half, but this one is only $80.
Where:
Online at target.com.

READ
Blood, Bones & Butter
What: The memoir by chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton puts forth a frank, poetic, and witty account of her atypical life in which food and relationships (with her mother, husband, and sons) are given equal measure.
Why: Work your way through her upbringing in rural Pennsylvania, twenty-hour days at a catering company in NYC, European adventures, earning an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and opening her acclaimed NYC restaurant, Prune.
Where: Online at amazon.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Letters from Lauren