WEARING: FREE PEOPLE TOP | LEVI’S JEANS | MEJURI JEWELRY
I love finding an excuse to escape to my favorite city. While the locals were traveling back to either their hometowns or a partying beach town, I found myself in the Lower East Side. Can you recall the feeling you get when you travel to your most-loved city? Exactly, it feels like home.
For me, this visit was all about familiarizing myself even more with the concrete jungle, catching up with old friends, spending time with new friends, and living like a true New Yorker. We called Ludlow St. our home for the long weekend and it didn’t take long for our “home” to feel exactly that.
Our first dinner reservation was booked at the most elegant Italian restaurant, which first began in Milan in 1936, called Sant Ambroeus. With beautiful dim lighting, a perfectly-pressed white table cloth, and the setting sunlight shining through the white curtains, this contemporary restaurant was the most romantic date night spot and a perfect beginning to our stay. Their pasta was so fresh, it was truly a divine taste of Italy.
The next day began like any vacation day should — with a mimosa. If you get a chance to check out a few of the chic brunch spots in SoHo, I highly recommend the French cafe, La Mercerie. Located in the home decor shop, Roman and Williams Guild, this cute spot is an ideal place to eat beautifully prepared treats while admiring their equally stunning interior. While eating your crêpe, admire your breakfast while adoring the plate setting aesthetic. The gorgeous, buttery dinnerware and French glassware served in the cafe can even be purchased in store.
If you do decide to indulge in a sweet treat, get the Mille Feuille au Praliné — it’s light, hazelnut taste is delightful and delicious.
Oh, and don’t forget to shop around afterwards!
As the fashion girl I am, I was extremely excited to finally take a visit to the The Met — for one: the iconic steps were once frequented by no other than Serena and Blair, and two: I needed to see the exhibition, located in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, “Camp: Notes on Fashion”. For years I’ve been watching “fashion’s biggest night out”, aka the Met Gala, and it’s divine red carpet. There was no way I was going to miss this year’s exhibit; and it did not disappoint.
“Untitled” by Tom of Finland (Touko Valio Laaksonen) – 1947
“It depicts a sailor and a civilian dancing, their bodies entwined and their eyse locked in a romantic and intimate exchange.”
(L) Salvatore Ferragamo – 1938, made of gold leather and polychrome suede
(R) Gucci – Resort 2017, made of gold leather and polychrome synthetic
YSL – A/W 1983, made of “Paris rose” silk satin and black silk velvet
(L) Chloé (by Karl Lagerfeld) – S/S 1984, made of white silk crepe de chine embroidered with black, clear, and silver bugle beads and silver and white paillettes in a tromp l’oeil drapery motif
(M) Chloé (by Karl Lagerfeld) – A/W 1983, made of black silk crepe de chine embroidered with clear bugle beads and crystals, and silver paillettes
(R) Gucci (by Alessandro Michele) – Resort 2018, made of white silk embroidered with black paillettes and clear crystals in a tromp l’oeil drapery motif
Giambattista Valli – A/W 2018, made of light blue synthetic tulle
‘Camp “is not a natural mode of sensibility, if there be any such. Indeed the essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” – Susan Sontag, 1964’
Celiné (by Phoebe Philo) – S/S 2013, made of lilac and white mink fur and leather
“Drink-it” Bag, Louis Vuitton (by Nicolas Ghesquiére) – A/W 2018, made of metal, polychrome crystals, and white leather
After going to Camp, we adventured into the rest of the museum. The Greek and Roman Art, specifically the Roman Sculpture Court, was one of my absolute favorites—it was breathtaking. Sculptures are one of my absolute favorite forms of art; they’re magnificent and truly unlike anything else. This was a such a beautiful space, I couldn’t resist taking a few photos.
WEARING: UO TOP | ARITZIA SKIRT | SUPERGA SNEAKERS | VINTAGE BAG
After an agenda-packed afternoon on the Upper East Side, we opted for a night out on the west side, in one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Manhattan, the Meatpacking District. We had the most delicious seafood for dinner at the upmost-popular, Catch, and too without a single regret of ordering the decadent “Hit Me” dessert afterwards.
Another pro tip: especially at a very posh, popular restaurant like Catch, expect the waiter or waitress to expect an optimized table—that means ordering drinks, appetizers, entrees, and maybe even dessert as well. This etiquette is not only proper, but expected for high-end restaurants (and tipping appropriately). You’re not only paying for your meal, you’re paying for your seat.
Obviously the Meatpacking District is also home to some of the chicest nightclubs in the country…and I was here for it. After our dinner and sipping on bubbly at the Catch rooftop, we went to 1 OAK and spent the rest of the night there (unplanned).
For nightclubs in Manhattan, it can be a hit or miss at times. Usually for some of these exclusive clubs, you either need to know someone or pay a pretty penny—whether a cover or bar tab. Usually a bar tab is a win-win. The bouncer will lead you right to the bartender, where he or she will introduce themselves and be your best host for the rest of the night.
If you’re one to rooftop bar hop, you’ll find that many will undoubtedly give you the beautiful, picturesque view of New York you’re looking for. The Top of the Standard rooftop of the Standard Hotel has a sultry, chic venue in addition to the breathtaking panoramic views it offers. I happily sipped on glasses of pinot grigio and maybe a gin and tonic or two, and enjoyed the equally glittering interior and skyline. This penthouse lounge was the most relaxing bar to casually drink before going out.
Another one of my favorite neighborhoods we explored was the Flatiron. It’s such a cool area filled with amazing architecture, Eately, Madison Square Park, and of course, the iconic Flatiron Building, among many other things. Not to mention you’ll constantly be walking past the most adorable floofs.
WEARING: REFORMATION TOP | INAMORATA BIKER SHORTS | DR. MARTENS BOOTS
Our final day was spent in Williamsburg eating the very popular malted pancakes from Sunday in Brooklyn. I always love an opportunity to eat dessert for breakfast, yes please! Unfortunately, it was down pouring this day so we didn’t get to explore as much as we hoped.
And of course, SoHo is where we said our final goodbye to the city before heading to the airport. I know I don’t have to explain why Chanel was one of the few final stops. 😉
WEARING: REFORMATION TOP | LEVI’S JEANS | DR. MARTENS BOOTS
RECOMMENDATIONS IN NYC
While We Were Young
Sunday in Brooklyn
Cha Cha Matcha
Sweets by CHLOE.
The Crown Rooftop at 50 Bowery
The Top of the Standard
230 Fifth Rooftop Bar
RH Rooftop Restaurant
Oh NYC, you’re not like anywhere else. I want to hear what your absolute favorite NYC spots are and maybe I can add some to my list 😉 Also, I need to know when you’ve gone to Catch, if you’ve ordered the “Hit Me” dessert!
Btw, if you weren’t around last year, I went to New York last fall and it was one to remember—more of a tourist-y visit, but amazing regardless. From that trip, I mention some of recommendations that are now spots I always make sure to go back to!