Santa Barbara Thanksgiving Album . . .

Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara this year was perfect. Lots of family, lots of football, and lots of food. Hope you all had a super yummy and super relaxing holiday! 



Discovering Columbus . . .

Have you seen the scaffolding in the middle of Columbus Circle? Have you walked right past it paying little attention? Well that's what I did when it first went up. Turns out, it's not just a cleaning of the statue, but also a temporary art installation. Created by Tatzu Nishi - a Japanese artist known for transforming the human experience with monuments, statues, etc - this installation re-imagines the Columbus Circle statue to be the centerpiece of a fully furnished, modern living room. I went thinking the interior design would be spectacular. Not so much. But the views! They are totally worth the six floor climb. Plus it's a pretty neat experience. People go up there and just hang out with Columbus - read the paper in an arm chair, watch TV on the couch, flip through books on the shelves. It's equally cool as it is weird. And did I mention that it's free?

The exhibit has been extended two extra weeks through December 2nd. 
Reserve passes HERE

Photos: Tom Powel Imaging 


Little Black Tour Book . . .

Here's November's LBTB full of fall favorites.
Haven't posted one of these in a while!

Click the links below to be directed to each pick's site:

Brian Atwood
This is for all you shoe lovers around the city. Just recently our favorite model-turned-shoe-designer, Brian Atwood, opened his first stand alone store - selling both Brian Atwood and the more moderately priced B Brian Atwood. Located on Madison Avenue, this is a like high heel heaven, where the store is just as beautiful as each pair of strappy stilettos - think mirrored walls, marbled floors, velvet seats. You'll feel just as glam shopping for these shoes as you do wearing them. 

One of my all time favorite seasonal menus. Admittedly I have a friend with connections here but still, this East Village restaurant is the ultimate in fall indulgence. Appropriately named, Hearth is warm and welcoming and perfect for a chilly November evening. The food, contemporary American with hints of Italian influence, is consistently delicious, always fresh, and expertly prepared. Fall dinner must-haves: Warm Autumn Vegetables, Gnocchi, and Apple Cider Doughnuts. Yum.

This is the perfect bar for a cozy night of creative drinks and candlelight, just make sure you have a  reservation. Famed for it's simple interior and crafty cocktails, Milk & Honey serves up some of the best drinks in the city. If you're looking for something to warm your bones, I recommend the Hot Buttered Rum with honey, unsalted butter and tons of flavorful fall spices. Be warned: If you're an only-vodka drinker this is not the place for you - they don't serve it. 

Situated on a quiet, cobble stoned street in Soho, The Crosby Hotel boasts spacious and beautifully designed rooms. Pairing service and comfort with British luxury, this hotel is always a fabulous downtown stay. Plus the bar and restaurant area is a total hot spot where the Soho scene likes to socialize among the chic surroundings. 


War Horse at Lincoln Center . . .

Last night I braved the storm to go see War Horse. Such a good decision! I like to think that I go to quite a bit of theatre - whether or not that's true - I can honestly say that this was one of the BEST productions I have ever seen. The story was so sweet and moving, the set was incredible, the cast magnificent, and the puppets were lifelike beyond belief. Plus who doesn't love going to Lincoln Center for an evening out? I cannot believe it took me so long to see this show. 

If you've been wanting to see War Horse, now is the time to go. It's a winter show, so it feels appropriate to go when it's cold out. But more important, the play is due to close January 6th - so get your tickets before it's too late. I don't want to give any of the story away (I already feel like I've shared too much posting scene images, just couldn't resist) but I will say that this performance was without a doubt five stars in my book. The whole thing is just magical. I'm hoping to go again before it closes - that's how much I loved it!

Tickets available HERE and at TKTS

Photo © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg


Democracy Plaza . . .

This was my first time in New York for a Presidential election, and I can't deny that there is something incredible about being in Manhattan for big moments in history. The city just knows how to do things right - CNN used the top of the Empire State Building to display results. Times Square turned into a giant viewing party. And NBC transformed Rockefeller Center into Democracy Plaza, with two temporary studios hovering above the crowd, a map of the United States projected on the ice rink, and curtains climbing 30 Rock as votes were counted. 

After casting my vote I went to check it out. So impressive! There was a real electricity in the air - you could just feel everybody's excitement. I'll be honest, I had a moment of hesitation before going thinking that the crowds might be overwhelming. But I'm so happy I made it out - it was quite the sight. Here are a few pics I snapped with my phone: 


Time to Help . . .

I landed in NYC last night and was lucky to come back to an unchanged home/neighborhood post-hurricane. But so many around the city and the Tri-state area have not been so lucky. 
So now is the time to help! 

Here are five ways you can donate/volunteer to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy: 

American Red Cross
Providing shelter, clothes, food, supplies, and blood as needed.

Text: The word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 
Call: (800) RED-CROSS

New York Cares
The city's largest volunteer organization is recruiting volunteers to help with relief efforts and raising money. 

Call: (212) 228-5000
Email: nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov

Save the Children
Distributing blankets and baby hygiene items and creating child-friendly environments in shelters. 

Text: The word HURRICANE to 20222 to donate $10
Call: (800) 728-3843

Making sure the city's homebound elderly have access to food. 

Call: (212) 687-1234
Email: info@citymeals.org 

Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society's Animal Rescue Team is working to help pets that need shelter and rescue. 

Text: ANIMALS to 20222 to donate $10
Call: (301) 258-8276

Many more volunteer options listed HERE

Images from Refinery29.com