Monday, November 26, 2012

5 Random Monday Thoughts

I hope every had a relaxing holiday weekend with lots of eating, drinking, and of course shopping. Its back to the grind until the next round of holidays.
  • Vacations are never long enough. This Thanksgiving break was much too short
  • Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines!!
  • I took advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday- New Lilly and Jack Wills :)
  • Im ready for snow and thinking of winter getaways like Aspen and St Moritz.
  • Ill leave you with a little words of encouragement from Rihanna herself. This song has been on replay for me

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ready, Set, Travel

Today marks the busiest travel day of the year here in the States. I am sure many of you, like myself, are traveling to your Thanksgiving destination. Before you step out the door, make sure you packed some extra patience because lines are going to be long and traffic will be heavy. Wishing everyone safe travels and a happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19, 2012

5 Random Monday Thoughts

What a month November has been! I think Im ready to say goodbye to it and welcome in December.

  • Thanksgiving is this week and I have even had a moment to realize its the holiday...busy schedules!
  • Recruitment has to be one of the most stressful things.
  • I will be jetting off to Aspen this excited!
  • Resort Collections have launched at Neiman Marcus. Winter has not even formally started but I think I'll just take warm weather now.
  • I live you with some words of advice from Mark Twain:

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Moncler: The Ultimate Winter Luxury

As many of you are planning and heading out on ski trips during the winter season, you will be sure to see the luxurious French designer Moncler all over the slops from Aspen to St. Moritz.
The brand has become renowned for their down jackets that are functional yet highly fashionable at the same time. I have posted about Moncler as my Top Pick in Milan Fashion Week before, and they remain at the top of my list of favorite designers. Thom Browne brings is classic, preppy inspired designs to the brand, creating a fusion between American and European style.
Moncler never disappoints with their avant garde runway shows, of which I have been fortunate to attend in the past. Since growing in popularity, the line has expanded from outerwear to also include knitwear, shoes, and accessories.

As the cold weather is upon us, here are some of my favorite picks from the F/W '12 outerwear collection.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Quintessentially New York: The Palace

Featured in many Gossip Girl scenes and situated on a prime Madison Avenue location, The New York Palace is quintessential New York. That is to say, it is New York at its finest. 
During Sandy, a few friends and myself had a little staycation and we ended up at The Palace. I do not do that much traveling, but have done some. Let me say that this has been by far my favorite hotel I have stayed in anywhere in the world thus far. 

The Palace Lobby

The lobby greets guests with its beautiful chandeliers and large vases of floral arrangements which are changed daily. We stayed in The Towers which is a bit more exclusive than the regular rooms. As guests of The Towers, one receives their own, smaller reception desk as well as concierge, express elevators to the high floors, and larger rooms with complimentary wi-fi. 

This hotel exudes luxury right down to the bathroom fully stocked with Molton Brown products. All the staff I encountered were beyond nice and accommodating, especially the concierge desk. So if you ever find yourself in a Gossip Girl mood or in search of a little getaway, I highly recommend a stay at the New York Palace.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Mercer Kitchen

The Mercer Kitchen, situated in the Mercer Hotel in the heart of SoHo, is a modern and chic take on one of Jean George's favorite places, the kitchen.
The Mercer Kitchen opened in 1998 and has been attracting crowds of sophisticated New Yorkers ever since. The space truly is a new take on the classic kitchen setting with a mix of industrial and modern design centered around the communal tables. Jean George is highly regarded in the restaurant world, and the Mercer Kitchen is no exception. 
I frequented the location this past weekend and was highly impressed by not only the food, but also the atmosphere and service. We indulged in a 3 course meal with a few bottles of wine. For starters I had the kale salad. Moving onto the entree I picked the chicken, and finished with a molten chocolate cake for dessert. Everything was delicious. George crafts his American menu at the Mercer Kitchen based on seasonal offerings and what is available at local markets.
I have found in my New York dining experiences that many trendy restaurants here are all about the atmosphere and scene instead of having good food as well. This is not the case here. The food was outstanding and it was coupled with a relaxing, chic environment at the same time. All in the heart of SoHo....what more could one want?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fashion Friday: An Updated Approach to the Scarf

When one thinks of a scarf, the first thing that may come to mind are things such as cold weather, snow, wool- all things associated with winter. However, the scarf as taken on the ability to have a much more modern styling than the traditional knit scarf we all wore as children. 
Most specifically, I am loving the look of lighter weight, printed, silk scarves worn with blazers for men. This look adds a European feeling to one's look, and also brings some interest to a classic blazer. Choose a patterned option from designers such as Hermes, Gucci, or Etro and you will be sure to be catching eyes.

Source: via Carlo on Pinterest

Monday, November 5, 2012

5 Random Monday Thoughts

What a crazy week it has been! No other way to put it.

  • First and foremost, as many of you know New York has been devastated by hurricane Sandy. The city is slowly coming back to life, but it is not the same. There are many relief efforts you can help with. The Daily News has set up a relief fund that you can donate to among others.
  • After having a week off from school, I entered a mini "vacation mode" which is not good for mid semester!
  • The Palace=amazing
  • It definitely feels like winter here now as well....where did fall go?!?
  • Countdown until Thanksgiving should officially start I believe :)

Perhaps this should be called "Weather Monday". It has just been so crazy here, but I love, love, love my city:

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fashion Friday: The Shawl Collar

I am sure I have posted about the shawl collar before, but it is one of my favorite styles. It is perfect for fall and winter in the traditional sweater style, and many great shawl collar cardigan styles now exist as well. I love the shawl collar style for its simplicity yet the fact that it can be dressed up or worn casual. Furthermore, it is such a classic look which is something I always love. 
Take a look at some great shawl collar styles:

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