New York On A Dime . . .

Now the thing about being a Resident Tourist is that every month your bank statement arrives, and you're hit with the reality that your city adventures are slowly taking a toll on your already over-swiped credit card. Luckily, if you know the tricks, New York can be just as affordable as it can be out-of-countrol, over-the-top expensive. That's where my new label comes in: New York on a Dime.

Look out for this label to read about cheap and easy ways to take advantage of the city without breaking the bank. For instance, free gallery openings, summer concerts, restaurant week, samples sales, street eats and more.

Here's your first tip:

TKTS, one of my favorite New York City discount booths, sells tickets to musicals and plays for up to 50% off the original price. It's thanks to TKTS that I was able to post last month's January Theatre Review. With three locations around the city, TKTS is easy and conveniet, offering tickets to many of Broadway's best shows, for a much more palatable price. They even have an iPhone app which will give you the day's listings, hours, discounts, and locations.

Times Square Location
Photo: Paul Rivera


Colorful Cups . . .

The Flatiorn District is one of my favorite areas of the city. Within a short block radius you have it all. From Eataly and Madison Square Park, to Shake Shack and Bleu Sur Bleu. The shopping in the neighborhood isn't too bad either.

But what really makes this part of the city so special is the iconic Flatiron Building. It's so picturesque, quintessential New York. Definitely worth a snap with your cell phone cam. And while you're out there visiting the angled beauty, I suggest you take a peak into Sprint's Flatiron Prow Artspace. A wonderful free exhibit area, this glass walled gallery puts art right into the street for the passing public to view. Currently showing is Gwenyth Leech's "The Cup Drawings," which features a collection of painted floating cups. Delicate and whimsical, I'd highly reccomend a visit. On your way, stop for an Earl Grey Latte at Argo Tea, enjoy your own cup while admiring the intricate designs of Leech's colorful creation.

Happy Friday, Already
(don't you just love four day weeks?)



New York Fashion Week, Part III . . .

Last night was the American Express Cardmembers Tommy Hilfiger presentation, featuring a performance by Cobra Starship and the fabulously ficticious Hilfiger Family. The evening was really nice. It started with a cocktail party for the guests, during which I hung out in the Amex Lounge before entering the tent.

As we took our seats, style editor Mary Alice Stephenson interviewed Tommy Hilfiger on the runway discussing the Amex project, the Hilfigers, and everybody's favorite new verb, glamping - glamorous camping. The show featured Tommy Hilfiger's Spring 2012 collection, which I thought was a bit of a rip since it's already on the racks, but it made more sense when we were all given $100 to shop Tommy.

After the show, everybody headed to the flagship store on Fifth Avenue to sip Prosecco and spend their gift cards at the after party. Even though this show didn't attract the big time editors, I thought it was great fun and a wonderful opportunity for the general public to experience a show under the tent. And that's not to say that we didn't have some familiar faces in the crowd, including Nylon editor Dani Stahl and designer Erin Fetherston. Check out some backstage and party pics HERE.

Happy Weekend



New York Fashion Week, Part II . . .

So I wasn't sure I'd make it to any of the shows this year, but thanks to my wonderful friend, I was able to get a ticket to Carolina Herrera on Monday. And thanks to my wonderful mother, I'm going to Tommy Hilfiger (and after party) on Thursday. 

Carolina Herrera's Fall 2012 collection was beyond stunning, deliciously rich colors and classic bodies had me lusting for every piece that came down the runway. But I'll be honest, my runway shots don't do the looks nearly as much justice as they deserve, so check out the amazing pieces shown HERE

I was, however, able to get some great images of all the top editors and fashion's most familiar faces that attended the show. Take a look. 
Who's your best dressed?

Stayed tuned for NYFW, Part III. 

PS. Hope everybody had a happy and love filled Valentine's Day!



Goodbye Ticker Tape, Hello NYFW . . .

I fully intended on going downtown for the Giants ticker tape parade yesterday, but after reading that there would be over a million people showing up for the celebration I figured it probably wasn't the best idea to take part in the mayhem alone. Unable to convince anybody to play hookie from work, I decided it'd be wiser to avoid the maddness. I did make it to Time Square though to check out some of the stragglers. It was quite the scene of jerseys, hats, hair cuts, and face paint. Take a look at some parade photos here.

On another, and drastically different note, New York Fashion Week starts tomorrow. As a little preview I thought I'd share some pics from a pre-fashion week event I attended last week: Milly for Sperry Top-Sider launch party. Thrown at the Madison Ave Milly store, the launch was a lovely little cocktail party flowing with color, prints, and a collection of preppy fashionistas. The shoes were cute and great for the spring. Check out the styles here.

Happy Fashion Week, New York!


Giants Win Super Bowl XLVI . . .

The entire city is out celebrating tonight. The commercials might have been lacking in luster, but the Giants's victory was everything New York could have asked for. 
Great game G-Men!

I'll most definitely be at the parade on Tuesday, so stay tuned. 

Images from the Los Angeles Times