Plans for this Rainy Weekend? . . .

I don't know what it is, but I've always loved going to museums in the rain. For one, I have this idea that there will be less crowds (which honestly, isn't always true), and I find that it allows you an extra minute or two of observation for each piece, since you're in no rush to go back out into the wet. But mostly, I love the cozy, romantic feel of admiring art knowing that outside it's torrential - like being in a Woody Allen film. If you're like me and find a rainy weekend the perfect excuse for visiting a favorite museum - I'd highly recommend going to the Whitney to see Yayoi Kusama's Fireflies on the Water. It's a magical experience, truly.

The exhibit is in a mirrored room and you enter alone for an entire minute. It's dreamlike. Tickets are timed, so I suggest you get your tickets, have lunch downstairs at Danny Meyer's restaurant Untitled, go see Fireflies, then head upstairs to see the rest of Kusama's exhibit. You won't regret venturing out into the rain. But for those of you who don't do rainy museum visits, not to worry. The exhibit is on until October 28th - so you have a full month until the Fireflies go out. Ticket info HERE.

Photographs are prohibited, so being the rule follower that I am I didn't dare. But a quick google search came up with these great pics from the NYTimes. But go see it in person, it's so much better!

Photo Credit: Gabrielle Plucknette/The New York Times


The Resident Tourist 2.0 . . .

It's hard to believe, but it's already been over a year since my "travel timeout." I'm off some of the blood thinners and officially allowed out of the city, which can only mean one thing: The Resident Tourist 2.0. Since I'll be moving around now, I'm expanding the scope of the blog. I'll be visiting home often for family, friends, work, etc., so I've decided to add California to my Resident Tourist agenda. Look out for Santa Barbara posts in the next coming weeks. I'll be sure to label everything, so NYC and SB stories don't get blurred. Let me know what you think. I want to read all your feedback on the upgrade.



C. Wonder at Columbus Circle . . .

This weekend was very exciting for upper westsiders and tourists alike. After a summer of anticipation, everybody's favorite Soho one-stop-shop finally opened its newest flagship in The Shops at Columbus Circle. The grand opening was like a candy-coated carnival, think popcorn and lemonade, photobooth and DJ, raffles and giveaways, a giant gumball machine and an enormous stuffed teddy bear. As you can imagine, it was easy to get distracted from actually shopping with all the fun going on, but I'll be back this week to check out a few pieces of jewelry and a table setting that caught my eye. So happy to have this colorful haven in the neighborhood - shopping here is like instant happiness!


[Long] Weekend Update . . .

Friday: New York City Ballet benefit and sample performance at Lincoln Center, followed by a late dinner at Lady Gaga's parents's new restaurant, Joanne Trattoria. Saturday: Brunch at Perry Street and a village stroll on Bleeker, then birthday bottles and booth dancing at Bounce. Sunday: Upper West Side shopping spree and another birthday bash at Lit Lounge. Monday: Catching up on emails, magazines, and some early spring cleaning. 

Hope everybody enjoyed their day off! 

Summer Round-Up . . .

Tomorrow is officially the last day of summer, so in an effort to get back in the blogging mood, I pulled together my Instagram pics to share some tid-bits from the past few months. Although recovering, I thankfully was still able to enjoy a lot of my summer favorites: 4th of July at the beach & weekends in East Hampton, poolside lounging & sailing in Santa Barbara, NY Restaurant Week & NY Fashion Week, the London Olympics & the US Open.

Goodbye summer, hello fall...
I can smell the pumpkin spice lattes already.