Archive for May, 2013

May 10, 2013

I could not be happier about returning to New York, just in time for a very special someone’s Birthday…

Neiman Marcus for Target picture frame +  Target lamp

May 8, 2013

Sugar Bakeshop

I had high expectations for Sugar Bakeshop, which was founded here in Charleston by two New Yorkers.  Just down the road from two of the most popular restaurants in town, The Ordinary and The Grocery, this itty bitty bakery was referred to by many locals as “the” place to go for a killer cupcake.

As charming and as sweet as this little bakeshop was, I can’t imagine that what I consumed was the best in town…  and regardless of how many bakeries I manage to visit in Charleston, nothing will ever beat a Polka Dot cupcake.

May 7, 2013

Riley’s First Day

Riley had her very first day of doggie daycare last week and I have to admit, I was scared to leave her.  She had just hosted one of my friend’s five month old puppies the weekend before and not only was she not playful, she was downright stressed and terrified.  When Winnie wanted to play, Riley would literally put her head down and back herself into a corner.  Sad.

Unfortunately I have to board Riley while I’m in New York for a few days and most kennels require a “trial” daycare in order to see how your pet interacts with others.  As it turns out, Riley doesn’t do much interacting… Poor thing.  I couldn’t help but watch the doggie cam every so often and each time, “No Friends Riley” was sitting off to the side by her lonesome, observing.

I felt like that mom who watches her child play alone in the sandbox while the other kids are all laughing and playing together.  She is such a little munchkin… it just breaks my heart!

Now let’s play a little game of “Where’s Riley?“.

It may sound strange to those who have dogs who love to run around and play with other dogs, but Riley really is most content when she’s relaxing at home, with the people she loves around her.  She’s a little homebody.  And I respect that.

Just hiding out in the puppy crate while she watches her visitor play with all her toys…

May 6, 2013

Most Wanted

1. Jonathan Adler iPhone dock  |  Sure, nobody exactly needs this docking station, but it’s so fun + funky, what’s not to like?

2. World Market Explorer chair  |  Neutral, studded + tufted… I’m sold.

3. Shugabee Lane bulletin board  |  I have been looking for one of these since I moved into NYC and I think I finally found it.

4. Ben’s Garden tray  |  My all-time favorite flower, on a tray.  Again, what’s not to like?

5. Kirribilla dress  |  This dress makes me feel like I should start wearing strapless again… It’s the perfect summer dress for date nights, weddings + other special events.

May 5, 2013

Locanda Verde

It’s been nearly an entire month since my first dining experience at Locanda Verde.  I can’t believe it took me so long!

Let me start off by saying that Mike and I had been trying to get in here for months (he had been with co-workers one time beforehand and only had great things to say about it).  We gave up for awhile because honestly, I hate restaurants who are:

A.  Too cool to take reservations

B.  Snotty about reservations.

Unfortunately, Locanda Verde is the latter of the two.  We get it–you’re cool.

I knew that I wanted my last dinner as a resident of NYC to be at Locanda Verde so we took the earlybird special reservation time of 6PM.  I suggest everyone either do that, or simply show up.  There were plenty of empty tables until about 8 PM rolled around.

Anyway, onto the food.  The bread, which is the key part to every meal, was hands down the best bread I have ever had.  I find myself sitting at my desk, thinking about that bread.  No joke.  Hard to explain, but everyone should experience it for themselves at some point.  We then ordered the Blue Crab for an appetizer… not one order, but two.  After having our first taste, we needed another (there seems to be a theme here).

We both knew that we wanted pasta so we ordered the Paccheri and another pasta dish with octopus, plus a side of brussel sprouts.  Both were unbelievable, really.  It pains me to write about this because my mouth is watering and there is really nothing like it down south.  

As full as we were, the food was so delicious that we had to experience the dessert.  We went with the Meyer Lemon Semifreddo and the mint gelato.  Clean plate club all night long.  And I wonder how I gained 15 lbs!

When in Rome New York City…

May 3, 2013

Southern Hospitality

It’s true what they say about “Southern Hospitality”.

In fact, I experience it on my walk to work each morning…  The waitress standing outside the restaurant on her cell phone stops to smile and say “good morning” mid-conversation…  The small shop owner sweeping off the sidewalk pauses to say “how ya doin’ today, ma’am?“, and the Coca Cola delivery guy, who pauses and nods, and smiles.  Then there’s the employees at Publix… the man who offers to unload my shopping cart onto the conveyor belt, followed by the teen who offers to walk my groceries to my car.

Hospitality.  That is one thing you certainly won’t find in New York.  People are too busy and too caught up in their own lives to pause for a moment to say hello, let alone acknowledge your very presence.

I purchased this pineapple long before I knew I’d be moving to Charleston, but I purchased it immediately following my very first visit.  Dating back to Christopher Columbus, the pineapple is the symbol of hospitality and you’re sure to find them just about everywhere in Charleston, from the famed Pineapple Fountain in Waterfront Park to the intricate detailing on homes.

Since that first visit last October, I had been searching for the perfect pineapple trinket and I finally found this one on eBay right around Christmas.  This particular pineapple is vintage and needs some serious cleaning, but it’s perfect. It now sits in my main room for all to see and each time I look at it, I think about my first visit to Charleston and its southern hospitality.

And now, here I am…

May 1, 2013

Derby Ready

The much-anticipated event in which people showcase their most outrageously preppy and spring-like fashions + headwear, has finally arrived.  Although I am not attending, I did have a chance to visit the Godfather of all hat shops, Goorin, here in Charleston.

I’m going to go ahead and assume this has to be their busiest time of year.  It’s a specialty hat boutique for crying out loud!  They even sell hat boxes–legit ones–and I am obsessed.  There really is no better way to prepare for the Kentucky Derby than by browsing shelves and shelves of gorgeous hats that can be customized to your liking.

And yes, they even have fascinators.  I am partial to this one, personally.

My favorite Derby-ready styles have to be “Macey” + “Lucy”… and you better believe that I’d be all over these two if I, myself, were headed to the Derby.  I may have to take advantage of their Thursday evening “happy hours” in which they offer bourbon and 15% off your purchase.  So long as I don’t actually have to drink the bourbon in order to receive the 15% off, I will be there.