24 September 2013, 12:11
Breakfast tacos are a wonderful way of life in California and Texas, and it’s a time-honoured tradition I happily embrace when I’m on the other side of the country. But as an East Coast babe, I had resigned myself to only indulging in the deliciousness of a Mexican breakfast when I was far from home.
Squirreled away in a teeny-tiny shopfront on S 2nd, between Roebling and Havemeyer, is the sovereign of salsa. And sure, they do breakfast tacos, but they also have lunch specials. Mike and I both scarfed down the Tinga De Pollo, delighting in every bite. Bonus: they use corn tortillas (gluten-free!).
Stop in, grab a taco, eat it and get on with your life. It’s a damn fine way to begin the day.
22 July 2013, 12:19
On Sunday morning, my husband turned to me and said, “Let’s go for a drive.” Music to my ears! I packed some snacks, jumped in our ’69 Volkswagen Beetle, and roared onto the FDR.
Sitting on a park bench overlooking the lake, families barbecuing around us and little boats bobbing past, we couldn’t have been further away from the East Village.
Bear Mountain… You know.
Of course, the first order of business was a spin on the carousel… Because how can you not?! I’d never seen a carousel with such strange creatures: there were house cats, otters, frogs, bears (of course) and swans. I picked a rabbit, and hopped on…
(Click to play!) It was pretty fantastic. I was totally in my element, as you can see, below.
After a thrilling ride, we headed in the direction of the lake to see what else was on the menu. (I wasn’t worried. If all else failed, I would have been happy to spin around on that carousel all day long!)
The hotel dates back to 1915 and was recently restored. It has a pretty cool history, and is “among the earliest examples of a monumental rustic park lodge of a type that became common in state and national parks”.
It’s just SO American, isn’t it?! It makes me think of boy scouts, s’mores, roaring fires and telling ghost stories.
I like to call this one “Goth On The Lake”. Who goes to a mountain wearing high-heeled Doc Martens? This girl!
Seriously though, what a beautiful backdrop! When I think of deep blue water and green mountains, I think of New Zealand, Switzerland, Capri… Definitely not upstate New York!
I’m so in love with Bear Mountain: it’s my new favourite day-trip!
It only takes an hour to get there, and the Palisades are lush and green the whole way. Pack a great picnic, rent a boat, check out the zoo and enjoy feeling the grass between your toes!
My husband always says that going upstate feels like “hitting the reset button”, and now that I’ve experienced it, I agree. I recommend it to any and all New Yorkers feeling stifled in the heat and overwhelmed by the city. Just a few hours beside the lake, inhaling some fresh air and enjoying the sights and sounds, should be essential for the soul.
Refreshed and revived,
15 July 2013, 18:23
For my third and final post on secret spots for ShopSense, I wanted to give you a sneak peek at the pool at Thompson LES. I’m a Thompson Hotels member, which gives me access to all their pools and rooftop bars through the USA (and London). This kind of thing is much more handy than you might think in a city where no one has any outdoor space… I don’t even have a fire escape on which to loiter!
Without fail, when it’s sweltering hot in the city, locals head for the closest puddle of water. Some people hike out to the Hamptons, but I prefer to stay close to home and dangle my feet in the turquoise pool of the Thompson LES.
...And since it’s going to be 99 degrees on Thursday (that’s 37 to the rest of us), this is the perfect place to hide out. (Plus, there’s a mosaic of Andy Warhol on the bottom of the pool. Truly fabulous.)
So this morning, I threw on my favourite sunglasses (mine are by Celine and I am never without ‘em), grabbed my laptop and headed to the pool for cocktails, “work” and a bit of a splash. Admittedly, for me, “working” beside the pool usually results in a quick glance at my phone every now and again…
I’m so picky when it comes to swimwear. Why should a bikini be practical or restrained? It just shouldn’t.
I’m in love with this bikini by Zinke. They do this fabric in a lot of different styles, but I decided to mix and match their strapless bustier with high-waisted briefs. I don’t usually do high-waisted, but I’m loving the switcheroo! And, as luck would have it, they pair up perfectly with my new favourite shoes, the Laetitia t-strap sandals by B Brian Atwood.
My lipstick is Illamasqua’s Corrupt... And you already know by now that I am completely obsessed with it.
Damn, it’s hot in the city, hot in the city tonight. If you’re in NY, I hope you have somewhere cool to relax!
Making plans to go back to the pool already…
Thanks to ShopSense for making these posts possible! ...And to Mike for the lovely pictures.
8 July 2013, 16:44
My neighbourhood, Alphabet City, is full of treasures. It has a long, wild history, and today it’s home to a wonderfully eclectic mix of people. (Plus, Madonna lived here at the start of her career, which is good enough for me!)
Avenue D used to be a place you just didn’t visit, but these days, it houses a slew of Citi Bikes. And during weekends on Avenue C, the sidewalk is crawling with hip young things, checking out all that Alphabet City has to offer.
A flock of new restaurants and bars have opened up along this strip. Edi And The Wolf is one of my favourites, and is somewhere I always take visitors from out of town. Bobwhite does comforting Southern food in a relaxed environment, The Summit does wicked cocktails, and The Wayland is always packed. Competition is fierce. But the proprietor of Edi And The Wolf recently flung open the doors at The Third Man... And it’s my hands-down winner.
Don’t tell anyone, but it’s one of my favourite spots in the city to chill out and unwind after a long week…
Inside, The Third Man is dark and calm. There’s no oonst-oonst nonsense, and no one’s going to spill a drink on you. This is as zen as drinking gets!
The music ranges from Gary Clark Jr to Massive Attack, and it’s relaxed and unpretentious. When I’m there, I always feel like I’m in someone’s home, and no one is trying too hard. It’s perfect.
So last night, after a very long (and very hot) day, I sipped on a Cheap Novelette and a Fool O’ Berries, while Mike guzzled a couple of glasses of Tennessee Waltz. We snacked, too, on a charcuterie platter and some white bean spread with lingonberry preserve. Delicious, and recommended.
I love that this photo looks like it could have been taken in Paris. It’s a little slice of European style in the East Village.
I always know that one of Edi’s places will have a lot of flair. He does rustic minimalism like no one else. The Third Man has beautiful, unique ironwork outside (and no signage), while just a block away at Edi And The Wolf, the roof came from a barn in upstate New York. It was reconstructed, piece by piece, plank by plank, and is lit from the inside. It is so gorgeous!
Okay, onto the outfit! I wanted to keep it simple, because on a hot night, you don’t want to think about it too much. It was an easy equation: striped t-shirt + black skirt + hat + boots = happiness. Sometimes, you just can’t improve on a classic!
I picked up this striped crewneck t-shirt from Urban Outfitters, and started wearing it so much that I bought another one. (You can never have too many striped t-shirts!) The skirt is Helmut Lang, and was actually a Saturday score at Buffalo Exchange. I bought my Michael Kors watch a couple of years ago, and recently started wearing it again — I go through phases, and at the moment, wearing a watch feels right! And the lipstick I’m wearing is Illamasqua’s Atomic. (Ob. Sessed.)
If you find yourself in my ‘hood, be sure to stroll into The Third Man. Take your lover, cozy up in a booth, and enjoy yourselves.
This post was made possible with the help of ShopSense!
28 June 2013, 14:02
When ShopStyle asked me to share my favourite best-kept secret spots in the city, I jumped at the chance. I NY, after all, and I pride myself on recommending places to tourists and locals alike!
Pretty much everyone I know has moved to Brooklyn in the last few years. Sometimes it feels like my husband and I are the last of the dinosaurs, gripping tight to our East Village existence! While I am a certified Lower East Side babe, I always enjoy spending time in the borough across the bridge.
Brooklyn drips with character. It is a truly unique place, chockablock with culture, and the people who live there bristle with hometown pride. From little old ladies to the germinating hipster contingent and everyone in between, people who claim Brooklyn as their borough are happy to be there.
These pictures were taken in Bushwick, against one of its many colourful painted walls. The street art that permeates the neighbourhood is bright and bold and fabulous eye-candy. As I pranced around, inflatable flamingo underneath my arm, we encountered some friendly drunks, wolf-whistling bicyclists, and a man who was joyfully yelling expletives. What an adventure!
The little slider above is an easy way of shopping my outfit — give it a try!
I’m so obsessed with my dress: I didn’t see the black or floral options when I bought it, but this royal blue slays. It’s so comfortable and easy to throw on that it has become a new basic. Plus, at only 20 bucks, it’s a total bargain!
Sunglasses which match your lipstick (MAC Cosmetics Pink Poodle) are to be encouraged.
Meet Frederico, our new Blogcademy mascot. Isn’t he the best?!
I’m still using this Kate Spade handbag almost every day.
If I had to claim my 5 favourite places in Brooklyn, they would probably be Catbird, home of beautiful jewellery and homewares; Roberta’s, purveyors of the best pizza in the whole city (try the Bee Sting); Rent Patina, which has started to feel like a second home after this last week; Moto, for killer brunch and great live music, and dozens of random streets painted vivid colours in Bushwick.
Despite living in Manhattan, Mike and I have shared a lot of memories in Brooklyn. Two years ago, we were married underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, and I remember when we were first dating, going on moonlit motorcycle rides to get ice-cream and look back at the skyline. Swoon.
There’s so much to see and do in this delightful borough that it seems only appropriate to wear heart-shaped glasses!
If you’re visiting NYC, don’t bypass Brooklyn. Give midtown a miss, and hop the L train for a kickass cultural experience.
Brooklyn, we go hard,
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