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  • 2nd March
    2012
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Mariah on the Fantasy
New York in the house, Mickey in the house, Mariah in the house, Jenna in the house. Everybody come on, come on, come on.
Last night Disney christened its newest addition to their cruise fleet, the Fantasy. I attended the gala, which was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and featured ‘fairy godmother’ code name Honey. To say the event was spectacular would be a serious understatement. Thanks to Disney for the wonderful hospitality and congratulations on the gorgeous ship!

  • 18th February
    2012
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  • 13th February
    2012
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Band of Outsiders


Before Heath, the Oscar noms and the pixie cut, Michelle Williams was another girl who looked familiar because she used to be on a tv show. Around NYC, including our Pilates class, most people didn’t seem to notice her. She was a bit of an outsider. And I sort of think she liked it.
A few years later she became known as one of our generation’s finest actresses and awesome style setters.
I love the newly released images of her for Boy By Band of Outsiders. They capture her allure and aloofness, and yes, outsider-ness, in that way that she is able to transform beyond her name and identity and enter the roles she plays.

[images from The Cut]

  • 9th February
    2012
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I really dig mass transit. I take the bus to Cape Cod, I ride the subway everyday and I think a train ride to anywhere is a chance to relive the days of Wharton (or, more appropriately, Downton). One of the reasons I like mass transit so much is that I H A T E driving. I dislike being in cars, I always think everyone else on the road is wasted or on the phone or texting, and I like to read books while in transit. I can’t do that in cars (or buses, actually). Mass transit is efficient (you can’t get anywhere in Bangkok in less than 30 minutes, unless you take the SkyTrain) and cheap (hoping on the subway from O’Hare and the train from the Vienna airport into town are the best deals in town!). I also like the feeling of being a member of the club whenever I’m on a subway system in a new city or country. Taking the subway is a great insider view to the rules of that place’s game (ahem, Paris and Madrid, and your once easy to jump turnstalls). And sometimes, you  get to view the landscape from above—taking the tram around the Ringstrasse in Vienna really can’t be beat, and they view of Brooklyn, lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty takes my breath away every morning and evening on the Q train.
For those transit dorks like me (and another one happens to be my husband—he knows the stats on history of all the US subway systems), these prints by LinePosters make a great gift. I like the idea of framing them in a bunch of those Ikea mattes and creating a gallery of my favorite systems in my kitchen.

VIA

thephlipside:

Lineposters screen prints of popular cities’ mass transit systems.

(via paris2london)

  • 8th February
    2012
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Paris Versus New York


As with living in NYC, I go through phases with Paris. Sometimes I think it is so overly lauded and other times I want to move there. Thanks to my quickie weekend trip last year at this time, I’m fully in the latter camp these days. Paris, even when gray, has a certain allure that February in NYC just doesn’t have. So it would seem fitting that during my daydreams and realistic quests for how-in-the-heck-are-we-going-to-live-in-Paris-when-we-haven’t-the-slightest-skillz-at-parlez le français research, I’d see this the interwebs going crazy for Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities, a new book of 100 city images by artist Vahram Muratyan.

The simplicity of the images are impactful, artful and—hey, guess what—sort of true.
Although, some super fashiony people may take umbrage with the Superheros one, as it features Karl V MJ, who actually spends most of the year living and working in Paris. JS.

Of course, the travel writer in me adores the CDG V JFK print. I’d love to frame it over that bar cart I’m going to get, someday.

[images from Amazon and Anthropolgie}

  • 24th January
    2012
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  • 10th December
    2011
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  • 30th November
    2011
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I’m so super excited for this exhibit. Sorolla hails from my adopted city of Valenica and flamenca is one of my secret identities. OLE!
VIA:
oscarprgirl:

mark your calendars: on december 8th Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress opens at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York. Conceived by Oscar, and curated by André Leon Talley, it promises to be fantastic. Give me a flamenco look any day of the week. 

I’m so super excited for this exhibit. Sorolla hails from my adopted city of Valenica and flamenca is one of my secret identities. OLE!

VIA:

oscarprgirl:

mark your calendars: on december 8th Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress opens at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York. Conceived by Oscar, and curated by André Leon Talley, it promises to be fantastic. Give me a flamenco look any day of the week. 

  • 5th August
    2011
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Braid Bar NYC

On Wednesday after a no good, very horrible day, Husband told me to treat myself to a blow out. In keeping with the theme of the day, it promptly deluged as soon as my hair became fluffed and flattered. I managed to salvage it with an artful tie of a scarf and a complimentary umbrella, but had I known about the new Braid Bar by John Barrett in Bergdorfs maybe I wouldn’t have needed such an intricate fix. I also would have spent just as much—$45—on a fantastic solution to my overgrown shag.

[photo from New York Magazine]

  • 3rd August
    2011
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  • 2nd August
    2011
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  • 28th July
    2011
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Here’s the story… of the Brady house. I stumbled upon the blueprints that Mike created for the enviably hip Cali home. I loved the Brady family and their house so so much. It was the highlight of afternoon tv time! Although we rarely saw Mike working we knew that he was the genius behind the double doors in the front entrance (the better to get the Christmas tree in the house), the dual bedroom attached walk-through bathroom (who didn’t want that!?) and Alice’s private suite behind the kitchen. His den was the best room. Just ask Greg, who tried to make it into his private Boom Boom Room at one point. One of my favorite episodes (in addition to “Mom always said don’t play ball in the house,” the tiki in Hawaii debacle, and the time they staged Snow White in the backyard) is when Zsa Zsa Gabor came a-callin’. She wanted Mike to create architectural plans for her makeup company’s headquarters. Her ideas included a giant lipstick building and an oversized powder puff, neither of which would have been as covetable as the big and breezy Brady home.
[photo from West Collection]

Here’s the story…
of the Brady house. I stumbled upon the blueprints that Mike created for the enviably hip Cali home. I loved the Brady family and their house so so much. It was the highlight of afternoon tv time! Although we rarely saw Mike working we knew that he was the genius behind the double doors in the front entrance (the better to get the Christmas tree in the house), the dual bedroom attached walk-through bathroom (who didn’t want that!?) and Alice’s private suite behind the kitchen. His den was the best room. Just ask Greg, who tried to make it into his private Boom Boom Room at one point. One of my favorite episodes (in addition to “Mom always said don’t play ball in the house,” the tiki in Hawaii debacle, and the time they staged Snow White in the backyard) is when Zsa Zsa Gabor came a-callin’. She wanted Mike to create architectural plans for her makeup company’s headquarters. Her ideas included a giant lipstick building and an oversized powder puff, neither of which would have been as covetable as the big and breezy Brady home.

[photo from West Collection]

  • 11th July
    2011
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A Review: The VIP Spa Experience, Mandarin Oriental New York

"OMG
Our experience was amazing, fantastic, spectacular, awesome, outrageously wonderful.
Honestly, the VIP stay was more than we could have ever envisioned. Thank you and thanks to the entire MO team for making our (way too short) stay one of the best we’ve ever had in the entire world.”

That was my thank you note to the folks at the Mandarin Oriental New York after Husband and I experienced the VIP three-hour extravaganza. Honestly, I don’t even know how to review the treatment, it was so spectacular. So I suppose I should just tell you like it is:
1. Husband didn’t really want to go to the spa, but when I told him there’d be cake he signed on. (I didn’t actually know there was going to be cake, but I imagined so…and boy, was that chocolate mousse thing decadent.) He also liked the fact that we’d have an enormous spa suite to ourselves.
2. We spent nearly an hour in a bubble-filled jetted tub and sparking steam shower-for-two.
3. The customized massages lasted two fantastic hours. Husband declared it was the best he’s ever had! He thanks the very detailed questionnaire. I’d agree with that, but I’d also point to the traditional foot bath we received before getting on the tables.
4. Our evening concluded with a spicy meal of glazed tofu (me) and curried shrimp (him), along with some miso soup, veggie dumplings (among my top 5 foods in the world) and the coldest natural spring water. We chilled on the traditional Thai bed in fluffy robes and just smiled.
5. The entire next day everyone I saw said I was glowing….
And there you have it.

[photos from the Mandarin Oriental, New York]

  • 22nd June
    2011
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Need. Want. Now. Brownstone Bathroom


A few weeks ago, every home-slash-design blogger I follow swooned about this amazing reno of a Ft. Greene brownstone by JP Warren Interiors and Kimberly Neuhaus. There were lots of rounds of applause from many readers, but as commenters are wont to be many pshawed this bathroom for the fact that it seemed a bit frivolous and quite unrealistic. To which I say what you talkin’ about Willis? I adore the entire package. That wallpaper is simply genius. And I admire the design team’s coolio ability to blend old-school brownstone accoutrement (wood work, inlaid floors and hola, sr. fireplace) with sleek mod. action—yes, that tub. It’s all about that fabulous tub. Who can’t picture herself Calgoning it there for days on end?

  • 21st June
    2011
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Daydream Destinations: Dunton Springs


Have I mentioned that I’m about as outdoorsy as the Empire State Building? I like the idea of being outside, but at the end of the day, there I stand unlike anything around me, all mod and sparkly. Which is why so many of my Daydream Destination picks are all about being sort of outside but still getting seriously pampered. The fabulous Dunton Springs in Colorado is no exception. The rugged, yet posh hideaway is actually a renovated former ghost town complete with a saloon, spa, 12 personal cottages and a chapel. Hello, adorbs destination wedding spot! Oh and did I mention the private winery? Yep, this place is one that I’d like to set up camp. Maybe I’ll go in the fall and try some kayaking, walking around the in the glorious surrounding natural setting and, you know, rewarding myself afterward with a soak in the “town’s” natural hot springs. Maybe I am a little outdoorsy after all…

[Photos from Dunton Springs]