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.

NY Restaurant Week . . .

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Happy Monday New York! I completely forgot to post on the start of Restaurant Week last Monday, so I'm making up for it today. Don't worry, there are still three weeks left of it - really should be called Restaurant Month - so you have plenty of time to book some of the city's top tables for $38 a dinner (and $25 a lunch). 

This year there are 314 restaurants participating, so I figured I'd take a bit of the grunt work out for you and give you my hit-list of must tries based on their RW Menus: 

A Voce Madison (lunch only)
Estiatorio Milos (lunch only)
Il Mulino (lunch only)
Lafayette (lunch only)
Lincoln Ristorante (lunch only)
Mr. Chow (57th & Tribeca)
STK Midtown (lunch only)

And don't forget about this tip for making sure you get the best out of NYRW. 

Bon Appetit!


Weekend Wardrobe . . .

Happy Friday! We're supposed to have pretty nice weather here in NYC, so I'm taking advantage and staying in the city to try out a new restaurant or two. (Remember my little trick from last summer?) Other than that, no major plans which I'm really looking forward to. Something usually comes up, but for now I'm happy just planning to workout, layout, and rest up. Here's a peak at what I'll likely be romping around in over the weekend. 

Have a great one! 


At-Home Spa Day . . .

Yesterday afternoon my sister, Monica, and I decided to take a little break from the city with an at-home spa day. It's been a while since I had a night at my place, so I figured I'd make an evening of staying in and invited Mons over for facials and frozen grapes. I couldn't think of a better way to unwind after the workday - snuggled up in robes, reading mags and sipping tea. The whole thing was so easy to put together and really felt quite indulgent.

At-Home Spa Essentials
Khiel's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque (to purify and minimize pores)
Khiel's Rosa Artica Lightweight Cream (post-masque moisturizing)
Khiel's Lip Balm #1 (lip moisture)
Mani/Pedi tools: clipper, file, and cuticle pusher
Frozen Grapes


Running the Park . . .

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Earlier this week I was at dinner with my old roomie (a longtime treadmill devotee), and she told me she'd recently started running through Central Park and was really enjoying it. Not only is it a better workout (the unexpected inclines and dips engage more muscle groups), but she told me she loved feeling like a part of the city during her workout. And really, what could be more quintessential than running the park? 

I remember the first time I ever tried running through Central Park. This was right when I moved to the city, about five years ago, and I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I decided go out a bit before dusk - thinking that I was brilliant in avoiding the heat - mistake number one. Another amateur move, I didn't know any of the routes so I just ran - following whatever person was in front of me at the time. Eventually I made it to the top of the park, completely lost, in the dark, beyond exhausted, and just ready to be home. Mistake number three, all I brought with me was an iPod shuffle - no google maps, no money, no metro card. I had to run/walk home from 110th street without really knowing where I was going. It was a learning experience. 

Now there are so many tools for runners, planning your route through Central Park is a sintch. You can run the reservoir (1.5 miles), the bridle paths (1-1.5 miles each), the middle loop (4 miles), the outer loop (6 miles), and so many more options. Here's my favorite interactive MAP for planning your next run through the park. If you've always been a gym-goer give the park a try one of these days. I think you'll be surprised at how much you like it - the scenery, the people watching, the overall New York-ness of it all can't be beat. Plus if you pick the hilly trails, you'll get a killer workout. 


Let's Catch Up . . .

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How's your summer going? It's been a while, so let's catch up. I've spent the season bouncing back and forth from NY to SB, with a couple Hamptons weekends and a visit to Texas in the mix. Plenty of lemonade and tan-lines, pool dips and rooftops along the way. Not to mention new restaurant openings and shopping experiences. Here's a summer round up of what's been happening in NYC. 

Tavern On the Green
Icon reopening
Midtown hotspot
Root & Bone
Southern style farm to table 

Spyglass at the Archer
1950's inspired rooftop with Empire State Building views
The NoMad Bar next to The NoMad Hotel
Just another reason (as if we needed one) to visit a favorite hotel
The Roof at the Viceroy
Brass luxury and extensive views of Central Park

BirchBox Soho
First brick and mortar store
H&M Home
Fifth Avenue expansion
St. Mark's Bookshop
Iconic Relocation

Have you tried any of these newbies?
Comment below if so or if you have other favorites to add to the list.


Long Time, No Blog . . .

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Hi. I'm shamefully blushing right now as I type. It's been a long time, I know, and I'm sorry. In truth, I was considering dropping the blog. Work has been continuing to heat up, I've been back and forth from SB and NYC since spring, all while settling into a new apartment here in the city. I just needed to set down one of my spinning plates.

But a few months ago I went to my five year college reunion and was shocked at how many people mentioned the blog. It was so sweet and heartwarming, completely unsolicited, and honestly such a welcome surprise. It's been on my mind for the past month or so. I love my blog and to hear that others enjoy reading it, well that's enough to make me want to pick that plate right back up.

So here's to all my readers out there.
Thanks for the support and for following along!

I'm back.