Fashion & Hot Chocolate . . .

I know I was complaining about the weather earlier this week (secretly, I still am) but at least for now, a few fun things around town are keeping me in good spirits. Despite its many flaws, February is not all sleet and snow. It's the one month out of the year where two of my favorites come together in NYC. Fashion and Hot Chocolate. 

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NY Fashion Week kicked off yesterday, perfectly timed with City Bakery's famous Hot Chocolate Festival. So if you look at my calendar right now, it's essentially a hybrid of these two: MBFashion Week & City Bakery. This morning, Carmen Marc Vovlo on the runway, this afternoon Cinnamon Rum Hot Chocolate for dessert. 

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Hope you all have fun plans this weekend.
If you have time stop by City Bakery for a warm chocolatey pick me up
and swing by Lincoln Center to see all the fashionable fun.

See you there!


Cheese, Please . . .

Ok, the weather has officially turned gross. All visions of a winter wonderland have melted into a black mush pool, and I think the overall consensus is that it is time for the season to be over. Sadly, we still have a number of winter weeks ahead of us. So we have no other choice but to embrace the icy wet cold and use it as an excuse to indulge. Sometimes that means cozying up, watching TV, and falling asleep earlier than you have since you were six. Other times that means going out for wine and melted cheese, please - because really, that's about one of the only things that will warm your bones in these temps.

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My cure for the winter blues? Dinner at Artisanal. Last night I rejected staying home in my sweats and went out for a bowl of bubbling fondue, a basket of bread and a bottle of red. Capped off the meal with a pot of melted chocolate with fruit, and I almost forgot about the two-foot slush I stomped through to get there. It was the ultimate indulgence that could really only be paired with the weather. And if you're not big on fondue, don't worry. The entire menu is a win, from the famous Mac & Cheese to the Bouchot Mussels, you can't order wrong.

Stay warm, stay dry and indulge!

PS. Check out this cute post on how to beat the winter blues