Showing posts with label NYC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NYC. Show all posts

Friday, June 13, 2014

{Bill Cunningham: Facades Exhibition}

"Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don't think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization." - Bill Cunningham

Truer words have never been spoken by one of my all time favorite fashion icons/photographers. Last weekend, Bibi and I headed over to the Facades exhibition at the New York Historical Society. The exhibition, is comprised of Cunningham's photographs shot from 1968 to 1976, modeled by his close friend and paired with period architecture all over Manhattan. It's very remarkable that the Facades project was completed almost 37 years ago and compiles two centuries of architecture and fashion, yet the photographs are alive and thriving with the energy of Manhattan.

The exhibit closes this Sunday. I highly recommended heading on over to the Upper West Side to see some of the most inspiring and fascinating photographs taken all over our beautiful city. I sometimes take for granted the amazing architecture around me on my way to work or out with friends on the weekend. It's nice to stop and smell the roses every once in a while. Take a peak at some of my favorite pictures from the exhibit below.

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

{The Bruffin}

This past weekend I headed over to the World's Fair 50th Anniversary celebration with my girlfriend Rachel. Before we toured the park, our first pit stop was checking out all the international food vendors to pick up a delicious snack. One of the vendors that I tried was The Bruffin. Rachel had tasted them once at the Long Island Flea and recommended I try it because they were tasty and packed a big punch. Watch out Cronut, you have some stiff competition. Their tagline rings true, they are "the perfect meal in a muffin." This buttery, flaky brioche dough is rolled around a variety of international ingredients. They were the perfect vendor to be featured at the World's Fair for each treat is baked in parchment paper and adorned with the flag of the nation that inspired it.

The originator, Medy Youcef, coined the name "Bruffin" with the combination of "breakfast" and "muffin." He wanted to create a handheld, full meal that would satisfy your appetite in the morning and provide real nourishment. I wanted to try every flavor that they offered at the fair and it was even way past Breakfast time. I settled on the Greek Bruffin - Spiced Beef, Spinach and Feta. Only because they were sold out of the Canadian Bruffin - Maple Bacon and Cheddar. They were practical, quick to eat, and beyond tasty. Boom, mission accomplished.

Check out some of their deliciousness below or head on over to their Instragram and follow the fun. Is your mouth watering yet? If you didn't catch them at the fair, check them out over the weekend at either the LIC and/or Smorgasburg.

Friday, May 16, 2014

{Weekend Adventures}

What a week! My parents were here and my best gal pal Virginia popped into the city for a few nights from her two month stint in London. I don't know about you, but I am really looking forward to this weekend. The weather finally seems to be sticking. You know what that means, right? Weekend adventures are in full force. My travel plans over the summer are in high gear starting next weekend. Therefore, I need to soak in all the city has to offer before I blink and it is Fall again. Take a peak below at some awesome events happening all around the city (including the boroughs) this weekend. Is it too much to say I want to do everything?


Bill Cosby
8:00pm @ St. George Theater, Staten Island, NY

The only reason to take the ferry to Staten Island ever would be see everyone's favorite Huxtable, Bill Cosby this Friday. One of Americas most loved personalities known to both young and old gets better and better with age. Catch him for one night only and enjoy an evening of his energetic style. Get your tickets here.

Rooftop Films Festival Opening Night 
Doors at 8:00pm, film at 9:00pm @ Sunset Park, 39th Street and Frist Ave, Brooklyn, NY
(Take the D, N, or R trains to 36th Street)

18th Annual Rooftop Films Summer Series launches this Friday. Kicking off the launch with the power of the short film, which they believe is the best medium suited to showcase the power of a freewheeling imagination. Check out the details http://rooftopfilms.com/2014/schedule/this-is-what-we-mean-by-short-films-5/


Brooklyn Half Marathon
7:00am @ Prospect Park // Coney Island

Head on over to Prospect Park on Saturday morning to be a spectator and watch the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Sadly I will not be partaking in the event this year due to my damn left foot, but I do have some friends running (Go Garrett and Gina!!). It is an awesome course which covers a good chunk of Park Slope, starting in the park, past the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, on over to Grand Army Plaza, and straight down Ocean Parkway, then ending on the Coney Island boardwalk. See all you finishers on the Cyclone!!

Taste of Tribeca

11:30am to 3:00pm @ 334 Greenwich St // Duane St (rain or shine)

A culinary festival to support a wide range of enriching activities at our public schools including modern and ballroom dance instruction, storytelling, museum collaborations, visits from celebrated authors and arts support for the classroom of PS 150 and 234. Who wouldn't want to enjoy tasty food from local vendors and support a great cause. Get your tickets here.


World's Fair Anniversary Festival
1:00pm - 8:30pm @ Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens

Celebrate the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the NYC World's Fair with an entire day of free activities - SIGN ME UP. There are events for all ages. Get your face painted, enjoy $0.50 rides on the historic carousel, puppet shows, a visit by Mr. Met, cultural music (a Beatles cover band and more). dance performances, indulge in food from all around the world (infamous Belgian waffles which were first introduced at the 1964 World's Fair) and then topped off with an evening of fireworks. This all sounds amazing, meet me there?

10am–6pm (Saturday and Sundays) @ Brooklyn Botanic Garden 

One of the largest collections of Cherry Blossom outside of Japan. 220 cherry trees show off their floral display; you can monitor their progress using the BBG’s online CherryWatch Blossom Status Map. Hurry on over to the gardens before they are not in-season anymore.

Friday, April 25, 2014

{NYC Broadway Guide}

It's always nice when Karen and Steve come to town (the parental units) because we always try to see some sort of theater. I try to get to theater in between their visits, but usually limit my experiences because Broadway shows aren't cheap. 

There is so much good theater happening this Spring that it is time to get creative with your bank account. Last week, I was fortunate to see two new musicals, If/Then and Bullets Over Broadway. Both were fantastic and I highly recommend. It is hard to pick a favorite, but the highlight goes to Bullets Over Broadway, because Karen and I watched it from the front row at $37 each!!! Now I am sure you are wondering, how the hell does one sit front row and spend less than $40 bucks?

Ladies and Gentlemen, brace yourselves. Websites likes Playbill and Broadway For Broke People give you an insider's knowledge on how to make tickets more affordable to students and other theatergoers on a budget. Many Broadway shows (musicals and straight plays) have implemented rush, lottery, and standing-room-only policies. If you are willing to wake up just a couple hours early and wait in line before the box office opens, you too can spend less than $40 bucks and have your broadway dreams come true.

Take a look at some of the show's that I've got my eye on this Spring season and how you get the best experience without even breaking the bank. 

All the Way (Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston as President Johnson)
Student Rush: $37 - cash or credit card accepted. Open only to current students. Available when the box office opens, subject to availability. Limit 1 ticket per ID.
Bullets Over Broadway (Woody Allen's film adaption to the stage with an adorable Zach Braff singing and dancing)
Preview General Rush: $37 - for each preview, a limited number of orchestra rush tickets will be available each morning when the box office opens at 10 AM. Rush tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis for $37 each, with a limit of two tickets per person. Cash only.
Cabaret (Michelle Williams and Alan Cummings will dazzle your hearts in this classic revival at Studio 54)
Student Rush: A limited number of half-price seats sold a half hour before curtain. They are subject to availability and limited to 1 per person with a valid student ID.

General Rush: $47 - A limited number of tickets sold when the box office opens on the day of the performance. Tickets are subject to availability and limited to 2 per person. Tickets located in the rear sides of the mezzanine. Cash or credit card.

Hiptix: $25 - Roundabout's Hiptix program allows registered patrons between ages 18 and 35 to purchase 1 pair of tickets per production at this price. Free registration is required. Ticket may be purchased in advance as availability dictates. Info at: http://hiptix.com/
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Neil Patrick Harris in drag - YES PLEASE)
Lottery Rush: $37 - A minimum of 20 tickets will be sold via lottery for each performance. Beginning two-and-a-half hours before every performance, patrons are invited to enter the lottery at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). Winners will be drawn two hours before each performance. Each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Entries will be collected and names will be drawn at random. Winners will then be able to purchase tickets at $37 each. All cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased in cash or with a valid credit card. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Subject to availability. Seat locations may be partial view.

Standing Room: $29 - standing room tickets will be available for purchase at the Belasco Theatre box office beginning 45 minutes prior to curtain on the day of the performance only, but only if the performance is otherwise sold out. Limit 2 tickets per person.
If/Then (Adele Dazeem at her finest)
Lottery Rush: $25 - a same-day ticket lottery will be held at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Entry to the lottery will begin two hours prior to each performance and the winners will be announced 90 mins prior to curtain. Limit two tickets per person. Winners must be present at the time of drawing and valid ID must be shown to purchase tickets. Cash only. All tickets are subject to availability.
Of Mice and Men (Leighton Meester, Chris O'Dowd, and James Franco - the ultimate star-studded cast)
Student Rush: $35 - a limited number of $35 student tickets (inclusive of a $2 facility fee) will be available for each performance when the box office opens for that day's performance(s) with student identification. Patrons are limited to one ticket per person.
Violet (The brilliant Sutton Foster returns to the stage in this delightful new musical)
Student Rush: A limited number of half-price seats sold a half hour before curtain. They are subject to availability and limited to 1 per person with a valid student ID.

General Rush: $37 - A limited number of tickets sold when the box office opens on the day of the performance. Tickets are subject to availability and limited to 2 per person. Tickets located in the rear sides of the mezzanine. Cash or credit card.

Hiptix: $25 - Roundabout's Hiptix program allows registered patrons between ages 18 and 35 to purchase 1 pair of tickets per production at this price. Free registration is required. Ticket may be purchased in advance as availability dictates. Info at: http://hiptix.com/

Friday, March 7, 2014

{NYC Spring Guide}

Is it Spring yet? I am so over the polar vortex and am longing for no coat wearing days ahead. Some New Yorkers may say that their favorite time of year is Spring, the temperature isn't too hot and you can sport around town with just a light weight topper piece. Over the years, I am come to appreciate Spring, especially the fresh flowers along Park Avenue. Check out my NYC Spring Guide for some great activities to take advantage of this season all around the city. When Spring has finally sprung, who is joining me on my adventures?

1. Head on over to the NY Historical Society to check out an amazing exhibit by the infamous fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. The exhibit titled "Facades" is running from March 14 - June 15, featuring 40 years of work. These original prints showcase his street muses in elaborate vintage attire culled from thrift shops and modeled in front of iconic NYC locations. 

2. Starting this Saturday (March 8th) and for the next 6 consecutive Saturdays, the NY Botanical Garden has a great evening activity to check out. With a complementary cocktail in hand, check out the Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary.  An evening filled music and surrounded by flourishing tropical garden beauty makes for an ultimate date night. There is also an added bonus of  restaurant partners from Little Italy's Arthur Avenue and more if you get a little hungry too. 

3. For only $60, let your taste buds be transformed while traveling all over NYC and the world without leaving the confines of Pier 36. The 7th Annual Village Voice's, Choice Eats food tasting is happening March 25th. Don't let your stomach go hungry and get your tickets today!

4. There is some amazing new theater to get behind this Spring. Playbill just announced it's schedule for upcoming Broadway shows to get behind and I couldn't be more excited. I've got my sights on a few shows including Idina Menzel's If/Then, the reboot of Les Miserables, Bullets over Broadway featuring Zach Braff and Mice of Men featuring my favorite Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester. 

5. I'd much prefer a glass of wine over a glass of beer any day. That's why I'll be checking out the Annual Wine Riot taking place April 5-6. Sample over 250 glasses of wine in 4 hours. Even if you've had a few too many, download their free app for the Iphone or Anroid and hit the "like it" or "love it" button and it saves in your history for future memories.

6. I always love a good independent film and am dying to check out the 37th Annual Tribeca Film Festival from April 16-27th. There will be 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. There are many exciting films to look forward to including Jon Favreau's Chef, which will co-star Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman and Scarlett Johansson.

7. Maybe this year will be the year that I get out on my bike just a little bit more and go on TD 5 Boro Bike Tour. Grab your helmet along with 32,000 cyclists and pedal your way through all five boroughs on a traffic-free, 40 mile course. Don't get too afraid, it is a tour not a race; therefore, participants can relax and embrace one of the best ways to see the infamous city.

8. Calling all home decor enthusiasts, ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Flair) at the Javits Center from May 17 - 20 hosts more than 500 exhibitors from more than 30 different countries. Featuring everything in design that you could ever imagine from contemporary furniture to lawn furniture, wall coverings, textiles and more. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

{NY Fashion Week Round Up - Fall 2014}

Oh Fall Fashion Week, you have put me out of my misery of the snowpocalypse and put me into a dreamlike state filled with wonderful designers, inspiration, and draw dropping silhouettes. One of these days I hope to make it to at least a few shows, but for now, check out the top three shows, I have been obsessing over this week. Who has been your favorite?

Right before her runway show, designer Michelle Smith commented backstage that she "thinks some of the new ballerinas are the new style stars, like Maria Kochetkova from the San Francisco Ballet." This comment ties perfectly into her fall collection fit for any prima ballerina. All of her silhouettes floated down the runway in lush fabrications of sequins, fur, and velvet. I am purchasing one of these pieces and then headed to Lincoln Center this Fall to catch the Ballet in style.

Jordana Warmflesh, who got her start working for powerhouses Zac Posen and Alice + Olivia. Is an emerging designer who has become recognized for her unique original prints and retro-inspired silhouettes. 
Her recent collection was inspired by Bauhaus artist Paul Klee which she interpreted his expressionist paintings into a plethora of different ways. From swingy topcoats in beautiful blocked plaid to pretty watercolor landscape prints featured on dainty frocks and minis, she is on the right path to making a big name for herself in the industry.

J I L L  S T U A R T
Jill Stuart's Fall collection is a New Yorker's dream - black, black and more black. Although somewhat monotone, each silhouette is sweet yet sexy produced in a variety of lush fabrications. She was quoted before the start of her show that her muse this season is "a girl with attitude who likes to pick her clothes instinctively. She's massively unpredictable and boyishly poetic - an irregular beauty." With a muse like that, I will have one of everything please. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

{City Ballet}

Forget Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker has a new role and it is better than ever. As a New York City Ballet board member, she conceived and produced an awesome AOL On Originals' new docuseries that will make every little girl swoon with excitement. 

city.ballet., gives viewers the ultimate look into the ranks of New York City Ballet. The audience will get a first glance as what it is like to start off as an Apprentice to Corps de Ballet, then getting promoted to Soloist and finally graduating to Principle.

We all know my love for the ballet (as seen here) and within minutes of watching I was instantly hooked. Watching the first episode brought back so many fond childhood memories of dancing my heart out at Southland Ballet Academy. I spent countless hours dedicating my craft each week, but I was only an amateur. The professional world, as seen thru this insider lens, is just as grueling, but also captivating, beautiful and will inspire all future ballerinas out there.

There are 12 episodes that average about 5 mins a piece but will keep the viewer engaged and constantly craving more. There are also shorter clips which focus on a Behind the Scenes look at interesting topics (shoes, shoes, shoes!!). 

Check out the pilot episode, and then head to AOL On Originals to dive deeper into city.ballet.

Friday, October 25, 2013

{8 Things Every Happy Woman Should Have}

Last week, one of my favorite blogs, Cupcakes and Cashmere, featured an awesome post titled
8 Things Every Happy Woman Should Have which was inspired by the Thought Catalogue. I thought I would join in on the fun and answer with my own thoughts. 

1. A Go-To Drink
I am the biggest fan of Jalapeno Margaritas, or just spicy cocktails in general, especially after a long week of work. It usually is a rarity at most bars, but it can be found on the menu at my favorite restaurants. I'd opt for this eccentric beverage overall a glass of vino any day.

2. A Go-To Karaoke Song
Celion Dion - It's All Coming Back to Me Now
It is a crowd favorite every single time.

3. A Uniform
For those that know me, they know me by my signature look. It can be defined by the following things: My awesome big frame glasses, an outfit from either J.Crew or Madewell or a combination of both, and a love for crazy, colorful, patterned socks.

4. A Hair Stylist They Love
His name is Christian Durr and he has been cutting my hair since 2009. He did my infamous chop at the beginning of the New Year. I've followed him from salon to salon and he is simply the best. Book your appointment today @ Soon Beauty Lab in Carroll Gardens.

5. An Exercise Routine
Whether I'm on the treadmill, out in Central Park, or on the course during a half marathon, running is my vice and my favorite type of exercise routine.

6. A Hobby
I love to decorate. My bachelorette pad was my special project at the start 2013 and it continues to inspire me each and every day. I've enjoyed hunting for special gems to make my apartment truly unique and feel like the best home a girl can ask for. If I ever decide that I've had enough with corporate america, maybe this is new career path to embrace.

7. A Best Friend
Whether we are family, we met during childhood, roamed the halls of HBHS, got the 'cuse connection, bonded over our love uptown, met at Macy's, or embraced our 20s together - you all hold a very special place in my heart and I couldn't imagine my life without all of you each and every day.

8. A Healthy Sense of Self
I know I'm not perfect. 2013 has been all about sole searching and discovering who I am and the woman I want to be. I've fully embraced being me this year and learning a lot about myself. I loved creating my own manifesto back in March and I turn to it often to continue to reflect on how to maintain a healthy sense of self. After all, don't let anyone dull your sparkle.   

Friday, September 27, 2013

{NYC Fall Guide}

Oh Fall, I love when you show up right after my birthday. As any New Yorker will tell you, it's the best season in Manhattan.  I am obsessed with your crispy weather, leaves that change, pumpkin flavored treats (food or delicious smelling candles), and Autumnal fashions. Inspired by my friend Deborah's recent post on her blog "The Sunday Blog" and my NYC Summer Guide, I decided to create my own NYC Fall Guide for some great activities to take advantage of this season all around the city. What are some things that you like to do in the city in the Fall?

 1. The 51st New York Film Festival will take place September 27th - October 13th. This is North America's second oldest film festival, running 17 days, continues to introduce audiences to the most exciting, innovative and accomplished works of world cinema. Two films to keep your eye out for are Ben Stiller's directorial debut The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Spike Jonze's Her with an all-star cast inclusive of Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Rooney Mara.

2. After you check out the NYFF, make sure to swing by the New Yorker Festival running October 4, 5, and 6. The program this year is filled with some phenomenal guests - Tavi Gevinson, Michelle Williams, Ethan Hawke, and Malcom Gladwell. The program I am most excited about is Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig talk with Ian Parker about their amazing film Frances Ha.

3.  Fall Theater season always brings its A-Game. Movie musicals continue to strut their stuff on the great white way and this season two of my favorite films are making their Broadway debut. My girlfriends and I have tickets in October to see Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage Theater. Directed by the ever-so-talented James Lapine and starring the power house vocals of Stephanie J Block and Will Swenson. This is sure to be a hilarious and warm-hearted new musical. I am also excited to see Big Fish the Musical directed and choreographed by the award winning Susan Stroman.

4. Just before the drab, colorless winter months, MOMA PS 1, will hang some color in its halls. The museum is hosting the largest exhibition of Mike Kelley;s work to date beginning October 13th and running through February 2nd. This exhibition will feature 200 works, including early pieces from the 1970s and my favorite Care Bear explosion.

5.  What to check out the behind-the-scenes of some of the most famous Big Apple buildings, make sure to pencil in Open House New York between Oct. 12 and 13. The participating buildings will be listed in early October. Some of last year's open houses included the Phillip Johnson-designed The Four Seasons restaurant and Grand Central Terminal.

6.  Bust out your inner Nancy Kerrigan and get ready to brace The Rink at Rockefeller Center. There is plenty of time to practice your double axles and triple loops because it is open from October 12th and running till April 2014. I love ice skating and will definitely be checking this out this season, especially because it is open late, late night session anyone (10:30pm - midnight)??

7. From October 15 - 19th over 1,000 bands will grace NYC's indie music scene for the annual CMJ festival.  Besides just music, there will also be an assortments of seminars, parties, meet-and-greets and panels. I will definitely be checking out my favorite acts Dan Croll and Panama Wedding.

8. If you missed the PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibit this summer at the MET, fret no more, because the Brooklyn Museum is housing a spectacular exhibit this Fall. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will be on display from October 25th thru February 23rd 2014. This will showcase over 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles, from the designers earliest to his most recent collections. 

9. One of my favorite activities in the Fall is to go Apple Picking. Grab a few friends (it helps when one of them has a car) and check out this guide for the top 11 farms located an hour or less outside of NYC. You usually can also pick up a pumpkins to crave for Halloween.

10. A neighborhood favorite will also take place this season. Next weekend, October 5th-6th and the following weekend October 11th and 12th the annual Lincoln Arts Autumn Craft Festival is taking place. Everyone can get an early start on their holiday shopping and support local artists and vendors.

Friday, September 6, 2013

{ABC Cocina}

Last weekend Mel and I had dinner at ABC Cocina - the latest venture from infamous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The location used to be home to my old favorite stomping grounds, Pipa. I was devastated when it closed its doors last year, but I am happy to report this is an exceptional replacement. 

The cuisine and ambiance are similar to Pipa - Latin American or Spanish/Tapas accompanied by dimly lit chandeliers on the ceiling. The menu changes seasonally which will be an added treat to try out this Winter. We tried a handful of things from the menu but the standout dishes were : sweet corn cortija cheese and lime and savory glazed short rib tacos with habanero relish and frizzled onion. Take a look inside the restaurant below and some foody pics before you dial up for a reservation.

{Romantical - perfect for date nights}

{patatas bravas with spicy tangy sauce and rosemary aioli}

{delicious savory glazed short rib tacos}

{market vegetables brown rice and salsa verde}

Go make a reservation, I promise you will not be disappointed.
ABC Cocina
38 E. 19th St.New YorkNY 10003 
nr. Park Ave. S

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

{One Year Blog-Anniversary}

This week Pewter and Puddles turns 1. It seems like just yesterday I was brainstorming ideas for a name, coming up with a logo, and drafting up my first post. Time sure does fly when you're having fun. I can't wait to toast this weekend with friends.

To celebrate my anniversary. Here is a look back at the top five posts about Music, Fashion, Home Decor, and NYC (based on page views) from the last year:

One of my favorite parts about this blog is sharing my latest music obsessions every Monday. It comes at no surprise that Justin Timberlake ranks as the highest viewed. Did you see his amazing VMA performance over the weekend? Simply amazing.

Even though I spend my 9 to 5 working in the fashion industry, I never get tired of posting the latest fashion trends that are catching my eye every Wednesday. Check out the Top Swimwear Brands of 2013 just before your Labor Day Getaway this weekend.

Summer just flew by and October will be here before I know it. Check out everyone's favorite Halloween fashion post inspired by the Wardrobe of Teen Witch.

My absolute favorite post this past year was sharing my adorable Bachelorette Pad with all of you. Thanks Garrett for capturing my shabby chic decor in all of its glory with your fantastic photography skills. 

The Upper West Side shares a very special place in my heart and also is home to one of my favorite brunch spots - Cafe Lalo. So thankful that it is within a 2 block radius of my apartment. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.


A special thanks to all my family, friends, and blogosphere for your love, support and kind words. It makes me smile that you all continue to read and enjoy my posts. Cheers to another fabulous blog year ahead!

Friday, August 2, 2013

{Dipsology - A NYC Cocktail Guide}

My girlfriend Krista just informed me of the most amazing website - it's called Dipsology. Meet Adrienne Stillman and Alexa Scordato, the team behind the scenes who curate the best guide to NYC's most noteworthy cocktail destinations. Are you up for a boozy brunch, a late night party spot, or romantic date spot? Dipsology provides a great collection of venue profiles and drink menus to help you decide where to go and what to drink. You can search from A - Z, or by neighborhood, or by activity - it is basically a cocktail concierge.

Dipsology just posted the best outdoor Summer drinking spots, check out of a few of their local gems below. I want to hit up both spots before the weather turns to Fall.
Best Rooftop
Gallow Green: We recently visited this train station cum rooftop garden for Campari’s Bartender Bash and it is enchanting (pictured above and right).  We also love that you can make reservations, so you’re sure to get a seat.  And if the weather is inclement, the romantic train cars downstairs aren’t too shabby either.Reservations & more info.
Most Romantic Garden
Raines Law Room: We love Raines for so many reasons, and this garden is the cherry on top.  Strung up with fairy lights, nestled in behind the bar on 17th Street, it’s the perfect place to take a date and hide out.  Check out RLR’s full profile for more details.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

{Mrs. Butternuts}

I have always had an obsession with sock monkeys - they are just so cute and make me smile. The other day my girlfriend Becky shared the most amazing sock monkey gracing the internet. Meet Mrs. Butternuts.

{Mrs. Butternuts - Wife and mother of three. Livin' the dream. Sort of}

She is quirky and sassy. She's got a family and tons of friends. She is featured in small vignettes and already making adults and children laugh all around the world. So who is behind Mrs. Butternuts? The creator has chosen to remain anonymous, but has started a blog and twitter.

{Mr. Butternuts - Husband to Mrs. Butternuts. Confused about whether or not he is a rockstar. He is not}

{Eddie Butternuts - Oldest of the Butternuts children. Third Grade. Rainbow mohawk. Not in line for the Spelling Bee Finals}

Her blog is filled with whimsical and witty vignettes. Each scene features different characters posed in a unique and funny way followed by a couple sentences depicting the scene above. Take a look at some of them below, which one is your favorite?

Friday, June 21, 2013

{NYC Summer Guide}

Today is the first day of Summer - woo woo!! What better way to kick off the season then to share the top 10 things to do all around NYC - the ultimate guide to fun in the sun. I plan on attacking everything on the list below instead of sitting in front of the AC in my apartment avoiding the heat. What are some things that you like to do in the city in the summertime?

1. Grab your picnic essentials and head over to Bryant Park. Every Monday night, HBO presents their Summer Film Festival. Check out the list of movies playing this season. They always play the classics and this year I am looking forward to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and E.T.

2. Cool and refreshing feisty beverages should always be enjoyed outside in the summertime. The Boat Basin and The Frying Pan are the best outdoor drinking spots on the west side.

3. Two fabulous exhibits taking place this summer are the Rain Room at MOMA and PUNK: Chaos to Couture at the MET. These are two great escapes inside to avoid the heat, plus it is an added bonus of getting your culture fix in the city.

4. Everyone always loves a good bike ride in the summertime especially when the weather is sunny and a little breezy. Every Saturday and Sunday, head on over to Governors Island and go exploring with your bike. If you don't have a bike you can always rent one once you get to the island for a small fee for the day.

5. Shakespeare in the Park is one of the best experiences in the summertime. What's on the schedule this summer? Check out The Comedy of Errors and Love's Labour's Lost (a new musical). Get in line early and you will be able to snag free tickets or you can enter their virtual lottery online.

6. Just 1 hour outside of the city is Storm King Art Center. It is celebrated as one of the world's leading sculpture parks with just over 500 acres of fields, hills, and woodlands with more than 100 sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. Last year I was fortunate to spend a Saturday afternoon exploring the grounds and I highly recommend escaping to see this wonderful gem.

7. Every Saturday and Sunday head on over to Brooklyn and check out the Brooklyn Flea. These outdoor flea markets are located in Fort Green (Saturday) and Williamsburg (Sunday). The flea features hundreds of top vendors specializing in all things antique (re-purposed furniture, vintage clothing, and collectibles) and jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food.

8. Row, row, row your boat, gently do the [NY] stream. Check out the top places in the city to rent rowboats, paddleboats, and kayaks. I find this activity to be an adorable date  - so grab your companion of choice and head on out to the waters and enjoy the scenery.

9. Who doesn't love a free concert? Every summer, "Celebrate Brooklyn" at the Prospect Park Bandshell and enjoy free concerts when the sun goes down. This summer there are a wide variety of things to see at the bandshell. Anyone up for some ballet under the stars to see "Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo?"

10. Start your weekend early - every Thursday night, the Eventi Hotel sponsors Hester Nights  which is an artisanal food night market and the best place to sample some amazing food and drinks with friends under the stars.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

{PUNK: Chaos to Couture}

This past Saturday I spent the day being fashionably cultured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibit. I always look forward to the fashion exhibits in the summer time at the MET. While nothing can beat the Alexander McQueen exhibit two years ago, this one might have come in a close second.

The exhibit is an origin story of punk's most enduring contribution to our cultural landscape. Punks were not only recreating their own fashions - they were also breaking down the barriers between the production and consumption. In a bizarre twist of fate, their do-it-yourself ethos have become the future of the "not future." A fun fact that I learned from the exhibit was that what people think of as punk style really dressing up with different color hair and all - started in the UK.

Not quite sure how I was able to snap these photos, but I got some beauties. Take a sneak peek inside the world of PUNK. Which designer is your favorite?

{Burberry - Spring/Summer 2013}

{Vivienne Westwood - Seditionaries 19976-1980, "Save the Queen" t-shirt worn by Janet Street-Porter}

{John Galliano - Spring/Summer 2001: dress made out of raffia, newspaper, and scotch tape}

{Left: Alexander McQueen - Spring/Summer 1999}
{Right: Vivienne Westwood - Spring/Summer 2007}

{Commes des Garcons - Spring/Summer 2013}