Archive for September, 2012

September 28, 2012

Rosemary’s | Enoteca & Trattoria

Photo courtesy of Urban Daddy

OK, so the wait was kind of a buzzkill, but the food and the atmosphere made up for it (I can also cross 1/3 restaurants off #9 on my fall to-do list!).

Rosemary’s is following the trend of so many other newbie NYC restaurants out there and not accepting reservations – of any kind.  I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to get a reservation there.  More than I would like to admit… They won’t budge!

I assumed that Mondays and Tuesdays would be slow, but apparently I was wrong – very wrong.  Rosemary’s was packed on Tuesday night.  I put my name in for a table for two around 6:45 PM and wasn’t seated for at least another hour.  To be fair, though, I did leave the restaurant for a good 25 minutes, so if I had been there, we may have been seated earlier.

Photo courtesy of New York Magazine

The restaurant itself is perfection.  I love the large bar area and hightop rectangular tables for eager diners to wait at (below).  And why don’t more restaurants have rooftop farms (note: you cannot actually dine on the roof)?  And that rustic farmhouse feel cannot be beat…  The white lights streamed across the ceiling – not to mention those giant lanterns!  I fell in love.

The food was delicious and – ok, ok – worth the wait so long as you have good conversation and a drink in-hand.  I highly recommend the chopped salad and the cavatelli (who knew I’d enjoy oxtail so much?).  The gentlemen next to us were also raving about the mozzarella, so I will have to order that next time around.

Photo courtesy of New York Magazine
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September 26, 2012

25% off at J.Crew

 

These emails need to stop… just like the abundance of candy and junk food that is placed next to my desk every single day.  If it’s right there in front of me, what do you expect me to do?

Temptation is deadly.

September 25, 2012

Charles Jourdan

I recently took my first-ever trip to Century 21, and as overwhelming as it was, I managed to find these gems for half-off in the massive shoe department.

As much as I love them, I am beginning to second guess whether or not they are too much.  Will I grow tired of the print?  How often will I wear them, and what will I wear them with?  I know that I have to be more mindful of my purchases, so I am definitely on the fence on this one.

September 24, 2012

fall to-do’s

I find it fascinating how different scents, sounds and places can bring you back, sometimes way back, to a specific time in your life.  Crisp fall mornings and bright blue skies bring me back to two memories in particular: 9/11 and back-to-school.  Of course one is bittersweet and the other, just bitter and painful, but every time I step out of my apartment and feel the cool air and the sun shining overhead, those memories take over my every thought.

Watching the first batch of leaves fall on my early morning strolls to class, the smell of foliage and wood burning, early mornings spent on the front porch every Homecoming… it all feels so fresh as if these things only happened yesterday, but in reality, they actually happened five years ago.

Memories, good and bad, are so powerful and so important, so my goal is to make more memories and to actually do things that I’ve been meaning to do.  This fall’s to-do list is a little overwhelming, but my goal is to accomplish at least 60%.

  1. Picnic in Central Park to see the leaves change.

  2. Boozy brunches with friends.

  3. Volunteer.

  4. Fall clean my apartment.  Top-to-bottom.

  5. Go pumpkin picking (I look forward to this every fall).

  6. Carve said pumpkins.

  7. Escape the city and travel somewhere warm.

  8. See an off-Broadway play.

  9. Dine at Rosemary’s, Isola & Vinegar Hill.

  10. Host a fall-themed get together.

  11. Do something touristy.

  12. Take Riley to the beach and hope that she doesn’t bury her little head in the sand (God, that was a nightmare).

  13. Find the perfect black booty.  I’ve been searching for the perfect pair for years.  Maybe this will be my lucky year…

  14. Purchase a fall scented candle for the apartment.

  15. Reorganize my closet.

  16. Give clothes away to charity that I have not worn in 2+ years.

  17. Visit the Met.

  18. Sleep in – a lot!

  19. Learn to cook the perfect fall dish.

  20. Book a trip for 2013 – we all need something to look forward to, right?

  21. Take classes at Apple so I can finally take advantage of having a MacBook.

  22. Visit the 9/11 Memorial.

  23. Figure out what makes me happy and actually carve out a plan.

  24. Cook dinner for my parents.  That is the least I can do for them, really!

  25. Print and enlarge my favorite photographs and have them framed.

September 23, 2012

first day of fall florals

Mike brought me flowers on the first day of fall… I think he thought I’d be mourning summer.  And of course he was right, seeing as this was my first full weekend in the city in three months.

I don’t even know what kind of flower this is, but don’t they look like velvet brains?  I swore they were fake at first glance.

September 22, 2012

until next year…

And just like that, it’s fall.

Officially.

I’ve been asking myself where summer has gone since July 4th came and went, but really – where has the summer gone?  Although I spent 95% of my weekends soaking up the sun at my beach club, I feel as though I only made it down there five or six times…

In honor of my favorite season, I have decided to look back at some of my favorite photos from summer 2012. I suppose these will have to keep me going until next year.

September 19, 2012

go ahead, embellish.

Whether you decide to go all out or take the more subtle approach, embellishing is never a bad thing when it comes to your wardrobe… it definitely adds character and depth to an otherwise understated piece or outfit.

1. Matthew Williamson dress  |  2. Michael van der Ham dress  |  3. Sass & Bide dress  |  4.  Romwe dress  |  5. Pamela Love earrings   |  6. Etsy headband   |  7. Marni top  |  8.  J.Crew belt  |  9. J.Crew sweatshirt  |  10. Prada smoking slipper   |  11. Matthew Williamson belt  |  12. Topshop jacket  |  13. Vera Wang Lavender Label flat  |  14. Marni clutch

September 17, 2012

Cap Toe Highs & Lows

Cap toe footwear is another classic trend that I am loving right now.  I have been a long-time wearer of pointy toe pumps (my boyfriend likes to tease me and tell me that I look like a corporate “BOSS” whenever I wear them), but the cap toe adds a bit of pop to that age-old pointy toe.

I have tried several pairs, but none have fit the bill.  I am hoping that I might be able to find “the one” in at least one of the below pairs.

Cap toe flats are also a wardrobe staple this season.  My two top picks (so far, at least) are by Frye and Loeffler Randall.

1. ASOS, $63  |  2. Yves Saint Laurent, $665  |  3. Steve Madden, $100  |  4.  J.Crew, $258  |  5. Mango, $110

1. Manolo Blahnik, $645  |  2. Stuart Weitzman, $365  |  3. Proenza Schouler, $595 (#1 on my unreachable wish list)

 4. Reiss, $340 (#2)  |  5. Jeffrey Campbell, $150  |  6. Sergio Rossi, $235

1. Frye, $148  |  2. Loeffler Randall, $295 |  3. Matt Bernson, $155  |  4. Kate Spade, $255  |  5. Messaca, $195

6.  Yves Saint Laurent, $795  |  7. London Rebel, $42  |  8. Sigerson Morrison, $450

September 14, 2012

cross it off the list.

I love making lists… to-do lists, grocery lists, wish lists.  I love making lists so much because I love the feeling of checking off, crossing out and highlighting something you’ve been putting off or yearning to accomplish.  If you saw one of my check lists for work you would think I had serious OCD.  Checking, crossing and highlighting are all involved.  It really is the little things that get me through the day.  Really.

√  Shake hands with the greatest pitcher in baseball.

Check!  I can now officially cross that off my bucket list.  I was fortunate enough to meet Mariano Rivera, a.k.a the “Sandman“, at an event last night, and it was an experience of a lifetime and something I will not soon forget.

Not only is he a true legend and my all-time favorite Yankee (sorry, Derek, you are a very close second), he is a standup guy who uses his fame and talent to benefit others and he truly loves the game of baseball.

This cross-out in particular has definitely been one of the most gratifying, not to mention memorable.  The fact that I was able to shake hands with the man who has won so many games for my favorite team was such an honor…  Now we just need him to get back in the game!

September 12, 2012

something to look forward to…

I’m not ready for the fall, let alone 2013, but I must admit that I was really excited to receive Inslee by Design’s 2013 calendar in the mail last week.

Soon it will be time to replace my trusty Thornwillow with some fashion forward illustrations…