Holiday Windows . . .

We've been having yo-yo weather here in NYC - one day is freezing and the next is warmed up by thirty degrees. It makes getting dressed in the morning just a bit more challenging - but other than that, I'm embracing the breaks from the cold. Last weekend I took advantage of an almost sixty-degree evening to walk up Fifth Avenue and check out the holiday windows. It's one of my favorite Christmas-time traditions. 

I always love seeing the Harry Winston decor. And each year the Tiffany's window are so perfectly pretty. But my all time favorites are the windows at Bergdorf Goodman. They are truly works of art. This year the theme is Inspired, highlighting the cultural arts - everything from music and dance, to painting and architecture. Definitely try to check them out the next warm(ish) night in the city. 

RT TIP: Start out at the Bryant Park Winter Village, grab an apple cider or hot cocoa for the road (my favorite is Max Brenner Hot Chocolate), walk your way up Fifth checking out the windows along the way, finishing at The Plaza. If you work up an appetite during your stroll, duck into the Todd English Food Hall for a quick and easy dinner. 

Images via Bergdorf Blog
Aren't they stunning?
Happy December Everyone!


Weekend Wardrobe . . .

Happy Friday! Any big plans for the weekend? Since next week is going to jam-packed with holiday travel and festivities, I plan on keeping this weekend low-key and healthy. Home-cooked meals, plenty of rest, and action-packed workouts in preparation for Thanksgiving feasting! Hence, I'll be living in sneakers and leggings for the next few days. 

Lululemon Wunder Under Leggings
Ray-Ban Gun Metal Aviators
Zara Down Jacket
Nike Pro Printed Sports Bra
Rebecca Minkoff MAB Backpack
Nike Free 5.0 Sneakers
Kiehl's Lip Balm

PS. My sister recently introduced me to ChaiseFitness, and I've become obsessed. It's essentially an upgraded pilates studio offering a number of classes in the city that go beyond your typical pilates routine. My favorite is the Reinvention Chair - which is as fun as it is challenging. It literally workouts out every muscle in your body. If you're in NYC and looking for a new way to workout, I highly recommend checking out Chaise.

Hope you all have a happy and healthy weekend!


November To Do List . . .

Image via Rodrigo Ramirez
Happy mid-November! How've you been? I've been busy, busy. During the past few months I went to Vienna and Prague, landed the toughest account at work, joined a book club, threw a cocktail party, upped my running speed, indulged in white truffle, rediscovered St. Germain Liqueur, attended my first country music concert, received these boots, spent a day at Alstede Farms, went to the annual World of Children Award gala, and turned another year older. It's been nonstop.

With October now behind us, I can feel the holiday season (and the cold!) starting to creep in. Before we know it the busyness will pick right back up again, and I'll be back to wondering how time flies. So for the next few weeks of November I am making a conscious effort to check off some items from my fall to do list. Right now I'm enjoying the mild weather in NYC, but it sounds like we're in for a chilly winter (bomb cyclone?!), which means I better get started on this list before the cold gets in my way.

November To Do List: 

See the Matisse Cut-Outs at MoMA
Bake Pumpkin Bread
Treat myself to these Ankle Boots
Have Brunch at Freeman's
Go to a Football Game
Donate my Unwanted Coats
Picnic in Central Park
Have a Fall Movie Marathon
Serve an Apple Cider Cocktail to Guests
Visit the New Park Avenue Autumn Location

What's on your to do list this this month?


Red Farm Upper West Side . . .

Images via Grub Street & Archinect
Last night a group of us had dinner at Red Farm on the UWS. It was my first time, and I'm officially hooked. I loved everything about it. The food, of course, was delicious. The drinks were to die. The atmosphere was buzzing. And the decor was the perfect balance of hipster/farmhouse.

Even though I live in the area, I'm ashamed to say that I don't take enough advantage of the dining on the Upper West. Well, Red Farm has definitely been added to my list of go-tos. A few callouts for your next visit: smoked salmon bruschetta, marinated prime rib steak, lobster noodles, and the Hot 'n Sour cocktail. Honestly though, we tried so many dishes and drooled over every bite - so I really think you can't go wrong here. Try it out, let me know what you think!

PS. They also have a location on the Lower East Side, for you downtowners.


Fall Fashion with Raise . . .

Last night was the first in a while that I woke up chilly, having to reach for a pair of socks mid-sleep. I think fall is slowly making its way to us, and I couldn't be more excited to start whipping out my suede boots and oversized coats. In preparation for my favorite fashion season, I've pulled together some of this year's must-haves with a collection of vendors (and gift cards!) that I found on Raise.com. Have you used Raise yet? It's an online marketplace to buy and sell gift cards. You can buy discounted cards (HERE) or sell your unwanted ones for cash (HERE) - what's not to love? It's a total win win. 
Bucket Bags 
Elizabeth and James Mini Cynnie Bag from Nordstrom
Statement Earrings
Kate Spade New York Grand Bouquet Earrings from Bloomingdale's
Over-the-Knee Boots 
Stewart Weitzman Lowland Boot from Nordstrom
Luscious Lashes
YSL Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Babydoll from Sephora
Wool Knits
Twist Knit Turtleneck Sweater from Zara

Incorporate any of these top trends into your fall wardrobe and you'll be ready for an afternoon of apple picking or and early evening picnic. And don't forget to checkout Raise for the easiest way to get discounted gift cards to shop all your fall needs.

Happy Tuesday Friends!


Faces of New York Fashion Week . . .

Image via W Magazine
NYFW started yesterday. I'll be popping in and out of Lincoln Center for a few events, so if I get any great pics I'll be sure to post! In the meantime thought I'd share a cute cartoon from NYMag:

I laughed. Don't forget to swing by Lincoln Center this weekend if you want to catch a sight of these cool characters in person. 

Happy weekend, enjoy!


Labor Day Photo Diary . . .

How was everyone's long weekend? I wanted to share a few quick pics of mine with you yesterday, but I dropped my phone in the ocean Monday evening. Woops! Anyway, yesterday my phone was living in a bag of rice, but thankfully after 24 hours it has come back to life.
Hope you're all having a happy Wednesday! 

Thanks for stopping by, 


Happy Labor Day . . .

Image via Seaside Style
Hello, hello! Sorry for the radio silence these past few days - wish I could say I was enjoying the last unofficial week of summer somewhere poolside, but truth is I've just been slammed at work. Anyway, wanted to take a few minutes to send you all Happy Labor Day wishes! Hope you have fun plans to soak in the sunshine over the long weekend. I'm headed to the Hamptons for the last migration east of the season. It's bound to be crowded, but no matter - I can't wait to get on the beach. Farm stands, tennis whites, Southsides and pool parties await. Have a lovely Labor Day friends! 

See you next week. 


Weekend Wardrobe . . .

Saturday my baby sister, Carolina, goes back to Philadelphia to start her last year at Penn. (Ah! I cannot believe she is going to be a senior.) Monica and I decided we'd make a little weekend trip out of it and spend a night with the fam in Philly. Walks around campus and Rittenhouse restaurants sound pretty good to me. And even though it's been five years since I graduated (Ah! Again.), every time I'm back at Penn I get nostalgic for campus life as a student, especially this time of year. This weekend I'll be channeling my inner student with a back-to-school inspired outfit. 

Happy weekend friends!


Transitional Treat: S'Mores. . .

Image via Cabins For Everyone
I just made plans for a trip in November, which brought me face to face with the harsh reality that summer is coming to a close. I cannot believe it. This has by far been the quickest summer of my life (does that mean I'm getting older?), and I'm determined to savor every last minute of this ever fleeting season. That means indulging in my favorite end-of-summer sweet, s'mores

There's nothing more picturesque than friends around a campfire, marshmallow-tipped prongs in hand, chunks of chocolate and graham crackers waiting to be smushed together. S'mores are the perfect transitional treat to take you from those final summer weeks into the first month or two of fall. And while I'm a classics girl, I have to say I also love the idea of getting creative with these yummy bites as the fall air starts to cool. Fruity and light variations for the rest of August, spiced and hearty concoctions in September/October. Here are a few of my favorite flavors: 

Ice Cream Sandwich S'mores

Blackberry White Chocolate S'mores

Cinnamon Peach S'mores

Salted Caramel S'mores (on a cookie)
Images via Paper & Stitch40 ApronsWill Frolic for Food, My Baking Addiction
Happy Wednesday Everyone! 
Thanks for reading. 


Raspberry Ginger Green Tea Lemonade . . .

I've sort of started a love affair with the new Starbucks Teavana iced teas. The Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade has become my new favorite sweet treat on my way home from work. I've fallen so much in love that last week I decided to try creating an iced tea concoction of my own: Raspberry Ginger Green Tea Lemonade. It was just as good (mind if I brag?) maybe even better than my Starbucks fav. So thought I'd share my little recipe with you. It's too simple to not give it a try. 

You'll need: 
Brewed Green Ginger Tea
Raspberry Lemonade
Tall Glass Filled with Ice
Fresh Berries 

Brew the green tea to your desired strength, and let it cool in the fridge until chilled. Pour tea into glass with ice about half way up. Fill the rest of your glass with the lemonade and stir. I found that the lemonade added enough sweetness for me, but if you prefer a sweeter drink, add sugar to the tea while it's still hot. Top with a handful of berries, stick in a straw, and take it outside to enjoy! 
It's the perfect summer sip. 


A Woody Allen Weekend . . .

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I debated whether or not writing this post, which is why it's a day late. He's such a controversial character that it's hard to laud his 'artistic genius' sometimes. But the truth is I cannot deny the absolute romance and style, glamour and nostalgia that he creates in his films. I love them all. I try to separate the man the from the work. And completely unintentionally, I ended up having a "Woody Allen" themed weekend. 

As we do each year, my family celebrated my sister's birthday at our favorite, The Carlyle Hotel - home to the Cafe Carlyle where Woody plays jazz for a well-clad audience every Monday. I think it was Friday night's jazz set at Bemelman's Bar, sprinkled with champagne and chocolate cake, that instantly set the tone for the rest of the weekend. 

Saturday started with New York bagels at Zabar's E.A.T. and shopping on Madison, moving into dinner and a show: martinis and steaks at Wolfgang's and Bullets Over Broadway, a musical by Woody Allen starring Zach Braff. 

Sunday continued with petite sandwiches at Sant Ambroeus and an uptown stroll, followed by a trip to the movies to see Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight (it was so good!), and ending with spaghetti and Primitivo al fresco at Cafe Fiorello

I told you it was a "Woody Allen Weekend." Hope yours was great too!

Happy Tuesday


NYC Theatre District Dining . . .

Image via Inspiration Station
Tuesday night we took clients to go see Beautiful on Broadway (It was so good by the way! I highly recommend it for your next theatre outing). We all had dinner before the show, which reminded me how tricky it can be to find the right spot to dine in the theatre district. With all the Times Square clutter, it's hard to filter out the good from the not-so-good.

Here's my little cheat sheet for theatre district dining: 

Pre-Theatre Dinner

Quick Bites
Traditional Amercian

Post-Theatre Drinks
Blue Fin
Swanky drinks at the W Hotel Times Square
Lantern's Keep
Crafted cocktails at the Iroquois Hotel
Live music and classics at the Edison Hotel


NY Battle of the Burger . . .

Image via Foodie Crush
The other day I was clicking through a Travel + Leisure article on America's Best Burgers, and it got me thinking... People are always asking what my favorite burger in the city is. And the truth is, I can never give a definitive answer. There are so many to choose from! If you don't believe me, flip through that T+L article and you'll see NYC isn't featured. I'm certain that's because they couldn't decide on just one. There are gourmet burgers (Crown Burger at Crown), steak house burgers (Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern), fast food burgers (ShackBurger at Shake Shack), brunch burgers (The Burger at Saxon + Parole), just to name a few of my top picks. 

What's your best burger in NYC?
If you also can't deicide, consider checking out this year's TimeOut Battle of the Burger, featuring over a dozen of the city's most notable burger joints.

Thursday August 7th
7pm - 9pm
South Street Seaport
19 Fulton Street
Discounted tickets available HERE
Complimentary Amstel Light served throughout the evening.



Weekend Wardrobe . . .

Scotty comes back to town this weekend (yay!), so we have plans for a date night on Saturday. We're thinking a little drink on 57th street, tapas at The Bar Downstairs at the Andaz Hotel, and then maybe a slice of cake for dessert at Lady M Confections. Here's what I'm thinking as a outfit for the evening.

Happy weekend! 


Manolo Blahnik Boutique Sale . . .

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It's that time of year again, except this year...it's even better! Why? Because the usually four day sale is lasting a full ten days before the boutique closes for a little revamp. This means the store is probably unloading most of their stock before the work begins. The sale started two days ago (sorry for the late notice) but you still have until August 7th to get your Manolos for up to 75% off. And believe me when I say this is the sale to go to! It's not like the grizzly sample sale where you're digging through bins to find two matching pairs of the same size. Plus they won't slash your MB label with a red sharpie on your way out. In fact, this is a pleasant (albeit a bit crowded) boutique experience - sales reps will help find your right size and you get to take your new babies home in the box (rather than a brown paper bag).

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street
Mon - Fri 10:30am - 5:30pm
Closed for break 2pm-3pm

Happy shoe shopping!


Best Blowout Bars in NYC . . .

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Who doesn't love a good blowout? It's the easiest way to feel put together, whether for work or a night out. NYC has an array of blow dry bars that have cropped up across the city. Here are my five favorites around town, all offering blowouts (including wash) for just $40. 

Dream Dry
RT Top Pick! 
Co-founded by Rachel Zoe and Robin Moraetes this is my favorite of the five. The atmosphere is chic and the hours are super accommodating (6:30am to 10pm). Another plus, if you're in a real rush, you can get an express blowout (minus the wash) for $30.
Location: Flatiron & Columbus Circle

Fix Beauty Bar
Both blowout and nail salon, this is great when you're in need of double duty. Get your nails done for an extra $15 while having your hair styled. 
Location: Upper East Side

This is the epitome of a blowout 'bar,' serving coffee and mimosas while you get your locks luxed. With six salons in the city, there's bound to be a Drybar near you. And if you don't feel like walking the extra blocks to your nearest location, a stylist will also come to you for an at-home session ($95).
Location: Flatiron, Midtown West, Murray Hill, Tribeca, Midtown East, Upper East Side

Blo offers a selection of hairstyles to choose from off their Blo Hair Menu. They charge a bit extra if you want an al-a-carte style ($65), so try to stick to the menu. They also offer Blo On The Go, coming to your apartment, hotel room, or even office ($75).
Location: Chelsea & Upper East Side

This sweet boutique salon is your one-stop-shop for all your beauty needs. Not only can you get a great blowout but you can also have your makeup done, including lash application.
Location: Soho

Ps. Drybar & Blow are national, so if you're not in New York you can still check them out to see which locations are closest to your hometown.