Tag Archives: New York City

catbird nyc

April 17, 2010

Filed Under : STYLE

Back in February, I wrote about catbird nyc‘s heart ring here and ever since then, I’ve been dying for it.  Then a few weeks ago while lunching in Brooklyn (here) with Kyle, we started talking about that heart ring again (because it just so happened to be the FIFTH anniversary of our very first date and I love presents).  Knowing that the catbird nyc store was somewhere in the area, I looked up the address on my phone.  And what do you know?  It was 3 blocks away from where we were.  That delicate little heart was simply meant for my finger!

When we stepped into catbird nyc, I was enthralled with the beautifully whimsical trinkets displayed in the tiny storefront.  All the jewelry was delicate, feminine, and quirky – in my book, a recipe for perfection.

Of course, they had much more than jewelry.  The store was full of dainty confections, from perfumes to soaps, greeting cards to French cahiers, and a ton of miscellaneous home decor.  And the staff?  Just as sweet!

Catbird is a MUST VISIT if you’re strolling Bedford Street in Brooklyn.  Just beyond lovely and totally charming!  And, of course, I walked away with that darling little heart ring (thanks Kyle)!

Some of my favorites:

{catbird alphabet (and heart) rings, $88}

{Katrina Lapenne Old World Ring – green diamond, $600}

{Yayoi Forest Reminder String Ring, $100}

{Yayoi Forest Love Letter Necklace, $670}

{Iwona Ludyga Teeny Gold Key Necklace, $240 – AHHH I LOVE!!}

{Enormous Champion Tea Towels, $25}

{Saipua Mango Butter Soap, $8}

{NYC Notebook, $12}

[Images via catbird nyc]

Soho Park

April 8, 2010

Filed Under : EAT

Whenever I travel to New York City, I make sure to block out an entire day for shopping in SoHo.  I just love the stores in this part of the city.  Of course there’s Topshop (which can take an entire day in itself), but there’s also Uniqlo, Madewell, J. Crew Women’s, Acne, A.P.C, Opening Ceremony, I could go on forever but since this is a food-related post, I will digress….

After a morning of excessive damage to the AmEx, the best place to sit down, sort through purchases, and have a delicious lunch is undoubtedly SoHo Park on the corner of Prince and Lafayette.  They have an assortment of sandwiches, burgers, and dogs but the true shiners on the menu are the Belgian fries and Southern Fried Pickles.  Oh did I mention that this eatery is not for the faint of heart?  Literally, beware if you have high cholesterol.  But a little indulgence every now and then never hurts!

{SoHo Charred Chicken Sandwich}

{Smoked Turkey & Portobello Sandwich that I took several bites out of}

{Southern Fried Pickles}

{Hand-Cut Belgian Fries}

{Variety of dipping sauces, front to back: curried mayo, spicy sambal ketchup, basil mayo, black olive mayo, garlic aioli, and another basil mayo}

NYC: Le Photo Diary

April 6, 2010

Filed Under : MY LIFE

A little taste of my lovely/amazing/perfect/fun trip to New York:

room with a view}

j. crew window}

cherry blossom trees in full bloom}

drinking tea from olive’s + damage at topshop}

waiting to cross street}

pretending i’m on the sartorialist…HA}

More photos to come tomorrow!

My Dream Packing List: NYC

April 1, 2010

Filed Under : STYLE

Today, I’m flying out to New York City for a long weekend in the concrete jungle where dreams are made of (question: am I allowed to sing the Jay-Z song whilst there?).  There’s no other way to express my feelings for NYC other than: I LOVE THIS FREAKIN CITY.  The energy is palpable, the food is delectable, and the people??  Well, let’s just say that New Yorkers are working on a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL of chicness.  And therefore, I feel it’s my duty to dress better when I’m in the city.

With that said, I decided to pack a virtual suitcase to help me figure out exactly what I need to bring on my trip.  Of course, none of these items below actually went in my suitcase but a variation (aka less expensive) of the version did.

Here is my dream packing list for New York City:

  1. Army Green Parka: This A.P.C cotton twill parka has all the makings of a spring 2010 trend: military, green, cinched waist, military, military, military.  Not only that, it screams downtown chic.
  2. Oversized Knit Cardigan: This Cacharel cardigan is the type of sweater that I could live in. With the rising temps in Manhattan,  a heavy puffer coat is out of the question.  This cardi will pair perfectly with a pair of jeggings and/or a springtime dress.
  3. Chambray Shirtdress:  I’m all about shirtdresses lately, especially this Rag & Bone version.  You can dress them up or wear them a little more casual.  These multi-use items are perfect for traveling.
  4. Karen Walker Sunglasses:  Since I’ve been majorly crushing on these Karen Walkers, I figured they’d be a perfect traveling partner across the country.
  5. Braided Leather Belt: Besides the fact that braided belts look amazing with springtime dresses and cinched over shirts/cardigans/coats (especially this J. Crew one), they are great for expanding and contracting bellies.  If you don’t know this already, one of my nicknames is Buddha.  I like to eat.  And that means I need a belt that I can easily loosen and tighten throughout the day.
  6. Printed Scarf: When it comes to scarves, I love a wild print.  It can dramatically alter your outfit.  But because of this Urban Outfitters scarf’s neutral tones, it can really match with anything – which means it’s perf for tossing in your suitcase.
  7. Chiffon Day Dress: Oddly enough, it’s supposed to be warm in New York City this weekend.  A flowy chiffon dress like this Urban Outfitters polka dot frock will be a great way to say hello to the springtime while waltzing on the streets of the Meatpacking District (my fave).
  8. Day-to-Night Blouse: When it comes to cute, flirty, feminine tops, Topshop knows what they’re doing.  I always look to them first when on a search for a great top. This particular one would look spectacular paired with leggings for the daytime and matched with a black skirt for the night.
  9. Magical Satchel:  In my opinion, this Proenza Schouler PS1 is magical.  I’ve never seen a bag so unapologetically perfect.  It’s great for traveling because you can fit all of your random crap inside of it.  And when you’re walking around the city, you can wear it as a shoulder bag.  Too bad it’s only affordable for 1% of America.
  10. Floral-Printed Skirt:  When the sun comes out, I’ll definitely be sporting a skirt and what better way to ring in the spring with a floral-printed number like this A.P.C jupe?
  11. Comfy gray shirt:  This Lutz & Patmos shirt needs no explanation.  I just love comfy shirts.
  12. Lace-up Booties:  I have been lusting after these Rag & Bone boots ever since Gwenyth Paltrow showcased them all over London a few weeks ago.  Dressed up(town) or down(town), I would literally wear them everyday with every outfit.
  13. Knit Pullover: Just in case it gets chilly (or if I’m wandering around the hipster haven of LES), this pullover will certainly do the trick.
  14. Peter Pan Collared Dress:  Anything that reminds me of Alexa Chung’s collection for Madewell is instantly my new favorite thing.  This dress is my ode to Alexa.
  15. Brightly-Printed Dress: Everyone needs a pop of color and a touch of pizazz in their life.  This H&M dress from their newly released Garden Collection screams color and pizazz and that means it’s perfect for a night out on the town.
  16. Thick Tights:  Of course, when the temperature drops, these Plush fleeced-lined tights will be the first thing I turn to.  They were an essential component of one of my ideal spring outfits and they will certainly come in handy on my trip to New York.

[Images via Shopbop, La Garconne, H&M, J. Crew, Need Supply Co., Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Proenza Schouler]