Hi you. I just got home from several days back East. First to say goodbye to my grandparents who are 94 & 95. I don’t like saying that’s the reason, but that’s the real reason. My grandmother asked  me to come right away, because they both had taken a sharp downturn over the past week… Despite my grandmother’s age, I’m not ready for her to go. I don’t know if there is a way to prepare, but every time I think about it, I get so emotional. Needless to say, the first few days of the trip were tough. I got to spend one night in Washington with Luke and his girlfriend, which was absolutely wonderful. We went to Le Diplomate, which I had been to once before for brunch. It’s a typical french bistro – lively, tightly packed, good food and all around a fun dining spot. On Thursday, I took the train from Union Station to Penn Station which is one of my favorite things to do. I love whizzing through parts of the country I would probably not otherwise see. The train was due to arrive in NYC late – 9:25pm to be exact. During the train ride I developed a serious craving for jewish food from Russ & Daughters Cafe. Matzoh ball soup and a bagel with lox and whitefish (not to be confused with whitefish salad) just like my grandfather made me for breakfast on Saturday mornings when I spent the night at their apartment, which was pretty much all the time. Anyway, Russ & Daughter’s was near my hotel and since I was alone and had been there before, I knew there wouldn’t be a ‘scene’ AT ALL. By the time the train rolled into the station, I was ravenous and it was 9:35pm. The restaurant closed at 10:00pm! OJ Simpson had nothing on me. I raced to get a taxi, but when I told the driver I was going across town, he said “No way can we make it. Too much traffic.” UGH! It all turned out fine, as there was a little Italian place nearby that was perfect. I did get my Russ & Daughter’s fix the next day. SO good!

xo

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So, this was a sort of work trip, sort of not. The work stuff was to meet with some new vendors for the store mixed with a little R & D. It was a visual and inspirational vitamin pill to say the least. I took with me a few things to share with you. In no particular order, here you go:

Having grown up on the UES, I have no memories of going downtown – ever. It was as if it was a completely different city. So when I worked for a nyc based company a couple of years ago and stayed in Soho, my mind was blown at how vastly different it was than the part of the city I knew. Since most of my workwas downtown this time too, I decided to go way downtown and take in all the Village, Soho and the LES had to offer. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend the hotel – hipsterish and too young (omg, I can’t believe I just said that), but this one (that was nearby) I’ll consider next time.

The Ludlow Hotel Lobby

The Ludlow Hotel - Guest Room

The Ludlow Hotel - Bathroom

The Ludlow Hotel - Bathroom

LES

Coffee shop - LES

Coffee shop - LES

The above two photos are from the hipster coffee shop where I got my tea every morning. Why yes, they have a turntable?! How did you know?

This mostly men’s shop does an amazing job merchandising their products. I’m trying to observe and learn as much as I can about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to displays, merchandising, etc. This store had me at the window.

Birkencrocs

So, Birkenstocks and Crocs had a baby. Birkencroc? Seriously though, I do like these. Settle down. As an alternative to flip flops.

Balthazar Bakery

Balthazar Bakery

I just couldn’t resist. I’m trying to cut way back on sweets, because people say sugar is bad for you, but I say moderation is okay.

I fell hard for these bags made in Columbia. It seems that tassels and pompoms are embellishing just about everything from clothing (bags, scarves) to home decor (throws, pillows). I love the look. I did end up getting a bag, but surprisingly it doesn’t have tassels or pompoms – lol! I’ll put it on Insta in the next few days.

Greg Lauren

Greg Lauren

Greg Lauren

Greg Lauren

Another trend spotted on the streets of New York is patched denim. None done better than this newly discovered designer (out of my price range, but for inspiration:)) For better images and the whole collection, click here.

 

 

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