I spent this past weekend in the city (NYC), having my annual girl's weekend with my dearest college friends. The weather was gorgeous and we spent a lot of time Saturday just walking and window shopping. I ventured to Bergdorf Goodman to purchase some basics for an upcoming trip, which included a fun Patricia Underwood fedora, some punchy pink wedge shoes and new bathing suits and cover ups. Bergdorf has a fabulous selection of bathing suits and most importantly, spectacular cover ups. It really is the place to go if you want to look chic on the beach! If you can't make it into the store on Fifth Avenue, they have a small selection of their beach wear on their website. We walked uptown, enjoying the day, and perused one of my favorite stretches of shops along Lexington in the 70's. We popped into Mecox Gardens, Lexington Gardens, HB Home and other fun spots - usually stores where I see much of the same home decor that I sell on my site, The Well Appointed House. I passed the Hampton Jitney, which combined with the fabulous weather, really got me thinking about summer!
After a lot of walking and browsing, we popped into Corrado Bread and Pastry at Lexington and 70th. Their pastries are such a treat and they have adorable bistro tables outside where you can enjoy the day while having a nibble.
We stumbled upon a charming boutique called Jacqueline Chorney, where I purchased a fabulous bright blue tunic. I had been in the store once before, but on this visit I was struck by the selection of clothing and accessories and I wanted to mention the store on the blog. Jacqueline has achieved the perfect mix between classic preppy chic while still incorporating trends such as Ikat into the racks. It is all tastefully done and if you are in the area, pop into this Upper East side jewel box. Instead of getting lost in a big store with too much to look at, you will find a small selection of perfect picks. It is located at 1034 Lexington Avenue:
Saturday night we dined at Bagatelle at 409 West 13th Street in the Meatpacking District. If you haven't been, you must add it to your list. This was my second time dining there with friends and it surely didn't disappoint. Co-owners Remi Laba and Aymeric Clemente and Executive Chef Nicolas Cantrel (has worked at Ducasse and Daniel) have brought a taste of the South of France to NYC. This is a great spot to dine with a big group. The food is delicious, the staff is incredibly attentive and the place is practically jumping with energy. There is a DJ spinning music and keeping the place alive while good looking waiters serve up delicious dishes and bring champagne bottles shooting off sparklers around to the tables. As the night goes on, dinner guests jump up and dance at their tables. Take a moment to visit their website...it will give you an idea of the high energy level at this restaurant.
Sunday I enjoyed reading the latest issue of "T" the New York Times Style Magazine: Design & Living Summer 2010.
This particular issue is packed with great articles including the cover story, which takes readers through some of the most famous spaces of the 20th century including the Conde Nast apartment designed by Else De Wolfe. You can take the tour here.
The issue takes us into designer Lela Rose's loft (as I have mentioned, I am attending her fashion show in the Fall, which I am quite excited about)...and as yet another treat, we get a look at the life of decorator Syrie Maugham:
"T" also does a nice spread on modern-day designer Kelly Wearstler, who we have featured on our blog before (one entry on her design of EOS in Miami and another entry that we did on Women in Design and Elle Decor). Take a moment to scroll through the fabulous series of photos on Kelly, her life at home with her son, her travels and of course, her design. T's Design & Living Summer 2010 issue is well done and worth the read. See the entire issue here.
Of course, once you are done reading and are feeling inspired and wanting a fun impulse buy (!), take a peek at The Well Appointed House and view our New Items to find some new things for your own home. Happy reading and shopping!