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I wish you all Happy Holidays and hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends.
24 December 2012
There's something special about New York at Christmas. Maybe it's the smell of roasting chestnuts from a street cart or the feel of the cold on your face during a walk through Central Park on an overcast day.
Maybe it's the wreaths and greenery stacked outside of bodegas or all the festive decorations—from the high-end stores uptown (Harry Winston adorned with diamonds, what else?) to the quaint houses (and fire escapes) downtown.
Or maybe it's the sight of so many glorious Christmas trees from the angel-adorned tree with accompanying crèche at the Met to the stunner that greets you at the New York Public Library (above). The list goes on. Whatever it may be, New York has a special glow right now that makes me happy to be in the city for the holidays.
Photos by Michele.
21 December 2012
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17 December 2012
I'm not a big eyeshadow person—mascara and the occasional eyeliner are usually fine by me—but I couldn't resist picking up Chanel's Illusion d'Ombre in Vision the other day. A lovely eyeshadow that adds just the right amount of golden glitter, it's the perfect festive touch for attending holiday parties or drinking cocktails. And it's an excuse to add another Chanel item to my make-up arsenal.
This pot of gold is part of Chanel's Holiday Collection, which you can purchase here.
14 December 2012
Today at the Tiffany's in Soho there was a cute boy dressed in topcoat and bowler passing out Tiffany blue candy canes and cookies. What a sweet treat on a Friday afternoon. Thanks Tiffany's.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Photo by Michele.
13 December 2012
12 December 2012
New York was a great manufacturer of necessary war items starting with ships built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, including the Iowa and the Missouri. Also made in New York were uniforms from Brooks Brothers, firearms from IBM-run plants, penicillin from Charles Pfizer & Company, and helmets from the Met that were modelled on ones from the museum's collection. During a time when most materials were commandeered for the war effort, Maidenform received special permission to keep producing bras, an item deemed necessary for the women who took over the workforce stateside. By the way, Maidenform also invented a special “pigeon vest” that resembled a bra for carrier pigeons that were sent behind enemy lines.
And then there was the effort on the home front from planting victory gardens to hanging service flags in their windows to signify family members serving abroad to dealing with rationing. Many New Yorkers sent care packages to loved ones overseas. One of my favourite items was a sign from Katz's Deli. Concerned with soldiers keeping kosher, it read "Send a Salami to Your Boy in the Army."
Ike is out front to greet visitors. Photo: Michele.
11 December 2012
The room is via Windsor Smith here.
10 December 2012
Last month I went to the Met to see a new production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. I knew nothing about the opera but wanted the chance to see Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
09 December 2012
When it comes to hairstyles, for me the bob is the best. I've tried wearing my hair different ways but always wind up returning to the bob. According to this chart, I currently have the boyish bob with bangs although I've had the Dutch cut and the horizontal clubbed bob in the past. The bob is chic and classic. In other words, just perfect.
07 December 2012
I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone.—Lord Byron
Some people hate the idea of spending time alone while others relish the idea. I have no trouble being alone but will be the first to admit that sometimes I spend too much time on my own. Having spent the past few days in my flat recuperating, I'm itching to go out. Hopefully in a day or two I'll get my wish. In the meantime, hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
06 December 2012
Photo of the last rose of the season at Jefferson Market Garden by Michele.
03 December 2012
And no address is posher that Louisburg Square. This private small patch of grass, enclosed by a black wrought iron fence, belongs to the owners of the surrounding townhouses that were built in the 1840s. Since that time, the square has had many illustrious residents including artist John Singleton Copley, architect Charles Bulfinch (designer of the nearby State House), and writers William Dean Howells and Louisa May Alcott.
For such a tiny street of row houses, the homes on Acorn Street managed to stand out from each other with no two doors being alike. They were painted differently and displayed various door knockers, including an appropriate acorn at number eight.