Friday, April 18, 2014

Destination Fabulous

When Chico’s asked me to participate in their Destination Fabulous campaign and create a city guide, I couldn’t imagine how I’d narrow down all the wonderful places I love in New York. So instead, I’ve narrowed my focus down to my neighborhood on the Upper East Side and my 10 favorite places. We joke that uptown is the new downtown but we have so many wonderful museums, restaurants, and small shops, that sometimes there’s no reason to go downtown all week. Oh, and we have Central Park as our backyard.
What could be better than that fabulous destination?!

The best thing about Chico’s unique edition pieces is that they easily transition from day to night. I wore the gold Foil Shimmer Moto Jacket and Bali Tassel Necklace to lunch at JG Melon with jeans and to Bemelman’s Bar over a black dress. 

1. JG Melon (1291 Third Avenue at 74th Street) - Every week at least someone suggests lunch at JG Melon, more often than not, it’s my friend Kimberly now that she works from home too. Definitely order a Bloody Mary, cheeseburger, and cottage fries. We laugh at anyone who tries to be healthy and order a salad. Oh, and make sure you stop at the ATM first. They don’t accept credit cards.  When it's warm as it was earlier this week, I sat outside with my new chic Chico's gold and cork clutch available in stores now.

2. Il Papiro (1021 Lexington Avenue bet 73rd and 74th Streets) – If I need a unique gift for someone, I love to stop by Il Papiro for one of their beautiful marbled notebooks. Everything is made the old fashioned way in Italy which makes everything they sell extra special. Pop into Organic Avenue next door for a green juice too. 

3. Lexington News (987 Lexington Avenue at 71st Street) – I never met a magazine I didn’t like and I make multiple stops every week at Lexington News for the latest publications. Kevin the manager always remember that I need a receipt too which I appreciate. You can also play the lottery here which I’ve been known to do when the Mega Millions jackpot is too good to ignore. 

4. Plaza Flowers (944 Lexington Avenue at 69th Street) – Down the street is the very chic florist Plaza Flowers but the Upper East Side is also home to a plethora of corner bodegas who also offer a great selection of flowers. I couldn’t have gotten through this cold and snowy winter without my weekly flower arrangements. 

5. Ladurée (864 Madison Avenue bet 70th and 71st Streets) – One of my favorite places in Paris is Ladurée so I was very excited when they opened their first US shop right near my apartment. There is often a line, especially on weekends, so I stop in when ever I see there isn’t one. The vanilla and salted caramel macarons are my favorites. Here I am wearing the gold Foil Shimmer Moto Jacket and Bali Tassel Necklace I mentioned above. 

 6. Clyde’s Chemists (926 Madison Avenue at 74th Street) – I might go into Clyde’s for one item but I will end up leaving with a bag full of products. Clyde’s sells everything from Asprin and band-aids to candles and perfume but it’s the beauty products that I can’t resist.

 7. The Frick Collection (1 East 70th Street at Fifth Avenue) – We are lucky to have one of the most beautiful museums in New York uptown. It’s a jewel box that was once the home of industrialist Henry Clay Frick and his family. It’s also home to some of the most beautiful Vermeer paintings in the world. I love peeking into the gardens when I walk by too. 

8. Central Park (Fifth Avenue to Central park West from 59th Street to 110th Street) – Central Park isn’t just a backyard but an oasis from the maddening city. Sometimes I’ll just sit by myself and watch the kids play with the sailboats at the Conservatory Water and other times, I’ll take a long walk with friends. But it’s all perfect for beautiful Instagram photos.

9. Le Charlot (19 East 69th Street at Madison Avenue) – Le Charlot is always full of French people so it’s a great place for practicing my French. It’s also one of the few chic restaurants with outdoor seating too which makes it a lovely place for dinner on a warm evening. Order the Heart of Palm & Avocado Salad to start and the Organic Roasted Chicken with a bottle of French wine bien sur.

10. Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel (35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue) – A great way to end the end the day uptown is listening to jazz at Bemelman’s with a glass of champagne and nibbling on bar snacks they bring to your table. It’s the closest you can get to truly old New York and it might just be where I end the night on my birthday tonight.

This is a sponsored post but all opinions expressed are my own. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Brass is the New Black

Brass has been hot since Jenna Lyons used it in her brownstone bathroom but it really seems to be becoming less of a trend and more of a classic.  I just realized this morning that I posted it in the home of Joseph Dirand (more of an antiqued brass in the kitchen) this week and The Dean Hotel. It's also prominently displayed on the cover of the May 2014 issue of World of Interiors. This bathroom designed by Maddox Creative is also clad completely in marble like the Joseph Dirand's bathroom with his being very slick and contemporary and this one leaning more toward traditional.  Perhaps brass and marble is the look we'll be seeing more of going forward. 

Photos from World of Interiors

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Feels Like Winter, Looks Like Spring

There is nothing like waking up to snow on April 16th to really depress you. It's the kind of day when a little hot pink lipstick like Michelle Williams is wearing in the new spring ads for Louis Vuitton might be in order. The photos are so chic and cheerful that they actually want to make me buy a new bag.  I love that she's wearing jeans and no shoes in some of them.  It's definitely a refreshing change from the usual ads with super skinny models. Happy spring!

Chic at Cartier

Since we're talking about men and masculine design this week, let me add one more post to the mix. The Cartier Mansion at 653 Fifth Avenue is closed for renovation so I stopped by the new Cartier boutique at 767 Fifth Avenue at 59th Street last week for a preview. Obviously, we all know Cartier for their gorgeous jewelry and watches but even I was surprised by the beautiful leathergoods, especially the ones for men.. 

How chic would this Louis Cartier 24 Hour Bag look in the backseat of your vintage Mercedes convertible for a weekend in the country? Ok, maybe you don't have a vintage Mercedes convertible but you might have to get one to accompany this bag.  It's that amazing. The buckle on the side is inspired by the clasp on a watch so maybe you should also pick up a Cartier watch to complete the ensemble. 

I saw a billfold that looked similar to this Must de Cartier Pocket Diary at the brocante in the Marais on my last trip to Paris.  I'm kicking myself for not buying it so I'm glad they still make similar pieces. I'd also be pretty impressed if a man wrote down our date in this diary instead of on his iPhone. 

Let's face it, a lot of iPad cases are not chic. This Collection les Must Tactile Tablet Holder had me at hello. There is an envelope on the outside that would be perfect for pens or receipts while traveling to say, I don't know, Paris for the summer.  If anyone still needs any last minute ideas on what to get me for my birthday this week, this would do nicely.  While these Cartier items might be made for men, they are also pretty perfect for ladies too. 

Just so we're clear, this is a completely editorial post and has not been sponsored, although I did get a chic bottle of Cartier champagne at the preview. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chic in Providence: The Dean Hotel

It's funny how many times I have a post planned when someone else writes about the same subject. Normally, I scrap the post and start over which I debated doing today but decided to leave it as is since we probably don't have all the same readers and it was the perfect follow up to my masculine post yesterday. Enjoy. 

I don't have any reason to visit Providence, Rhode Island but I am going to think of one just so I can stay at The Dean Hotel. I watched the development of this historic 1912 building into a 52-room hotel (@thedeanhotel) on the Instagram accounts of the developers and designers Ari Heckman (@ariheckman -private) and William Cooper (@wtcooper) of ASH NYC (@ash_newyork). Ari grew up in Providence and his mom, Linda Heckman, is not only an interior designer but one of my loyal blog readers.  His father was in real estate and his grandfather was an architect, while William worked at the best training ground for creative people, Ralph Lauren

It's really no wonder then that The Dean Hotel has a great mix of vintage furniture and art that give the beautifully renovated building a little soul. The brass fixtures in the bathrooms make me want to go out right now and replace everything in my apartment with brass hardware. It's so simply chic that if you have high school students applying to colleges, you might want to steer them to Brown University or Rhode Island School of Design so you can stay at The Dean Hotel when you visit them. 

22 Fountain Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903

Photos by Christian Harder.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Beautiful Maleness

I realized that I have been posting a lot of women's fashions lately and haven't given my male readers much love.  Here's a little masculine inspiration that I'm sure many women will also enjoy. 

How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression. 
- D.H. Lawrence

Michael Caine

Photo by Idha Lindhag

Marcello Mastroianni, New York, 1962

My photo of a dapper man who walked past me on the Upper East Side. 

Nick Hilton Suits, New York, 1995 by Larry Fink

Steve McQueen

Fellow Aries Pharrell Williams.

I'm happy to add any missing photo credits. 

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