Travel

My New York City Travel Diary

It goes without saying that I had the absolute time of my life this past month traveling to New York for Fashion Week. So much so, it was difficult to leave, as I felt very much at home amid the fast-paced pulse of the city. I’ll definitely be back soon, and maybe permanently. Stay tuned…

I got many great recommendations for places to eat, drink, and simply explore, and found some of my own along the way, and am excited to share them with you!

Eats & Drinks

The Anthony (Greenwich Village): FAVE of the trip, hands down. This spot is elegantly old-world New York, and is a newcomer on the dining/drinks/lounge scene, opening this past fall. In one word? Phenomenal. It was a recommendation by a friend, whose hometown friend was one of their creators, and it turned out to be my favorite of the trip, and one of my top five dining spots EVER. Yeah, it’s THAT good. They have fusions ranging from French Onion Fondue to the best chicken you’ll ever eat. Seriously. Plus, a bar that has a flawless Manhattan ON TAP? Sold. Cool story: Real Housewives of NYC was filming an upcoming episode while I was there, so the secret’s about to be out! Go out of your way to check this spot out before it’s booked up months out.

4 Charles Prime Rib (West Village): BEST PIE OF YOUR LIFE. If you’re a dessert addict like me, it’s the best I’ve ever had. Plus, it’s a late night spot, which is amazing, if you’re tied up for dinner elsewhere. I hear the food is equally amazing too. Check it out.

Russ and Daughters Cafe (Lower East Side): BAGELS. Because NYC. Their bagels and bialys are amazing, and they even have options for caviar and champagne. It was an obvious yes for brunch.

Joe’s Pizza (Greenwich Village): It came to me recommended as the best pizza in New York, and it did not disappoint. I grabbed some slices for dinner on my last night there, and cannot wait to go back for more.

BlackTail (Battery Park): From the creators of Dead Rabbit comes a new Havana style bar, with a cocktail book full of amazing libations. As a crafted cocktail aficionado, I was hooked after my first drink. If you don’t want to deal with the drama of wait times at Dead Rabbit, this place is just as good and just as cool.

Maison Premiere (Williamsburg): I agreed to go to Brooklyn to check it out, and that should say it all: Oysters and crafted cocktails, two of my favorite things. This place is DEF worth the trip out of Manhattan.

Fashion

Rent the Runway Flagship: How much does it suck to travel with a million outfits or several winter coats? No response needed. I rented several coats for this trip and didn’t have to pack a damn thing. They even offer Uber rushing, so if you’re too busy to jet over to Midtown, you can have them Uber over your rentals to your hotel or event. Lifechanging.

Glossier Showroom (SoHo): Try your Glossier faves out in person, and chat with their reps about why it’s seriously the best makeup on the planet. The showroom is just as adorable as their website and makes you want to go home with literally everything. Shop my fave picks here.

The Reformation Showroom (SoHo): Try on your fave Reformation dresses in person! I love their designs, but sometimes have qualms purchasing before trying them on. There are so many different designs, and you can get a great idea of how styles fit, so in the future, it’s less confusing when hitting purchase online!

Fitness

Physique57 (Spring Street – SoHo): I had been told by a client to try this barre class, and holy crap it was every bit as challenging as she made it out to be! I’m a total believer. If you’re looking for something more than a traditional barre class, this is it. High intensity, and hard as hell.

Barry’s Bootcamp (TriBeCa): New York’s studios are renowned for a reason. I took four classes while I was there with some of my favorite trainers, and loved the energy. High energy, no nonsense, and a kick ass runner’s high!

Accommodations

The Cosmopolitan TriBeCa Hotel: This hotel was SO central to every show I attended, as well as super convenient with transit for anywhere I wanted to go for the week. With a subway stop right outside the door, I was able to navigate the city without freezing! Second, the accommodations were gorgeous, and totally affordable. This will be my new home base when I travel to New York.

Outfit Details

My most worn items were my fave leggings and pullover from Carbon38. If you’ve never tried ordering from there, do it! The lines they carry are top notch, and customer service is truly unmatched.

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Top: Fuller Top, Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38

Pants: Ripped Warrior Legging, Alo Yoga

Beanie: Faux Fur Pom Pom Beanie, Forever21

Sunglasses: So Real 48mm Sunglasses, Dior, in Palladium/Crystal

Jacket: Zara Down Coat (OLD), similar ON SALE here

Makeup Details

Foundation: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Dark

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Brows: Glossier Boy Brow, in Brown

Eyes: Pastel Goth Palette, Kat Von D

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, in Black

Lips: Lips: ROUGE PUR COUTURE Lipstick, Yves Saint Laurent in Fuchsia Fétiche

Photo by Lauren from Lauren Bloom Photography

Retreat to Miami

As you can imagine, building a new career and starting a business from the ground up can be a daunting and grueling process. This past year has been one of the most challenging and physically exhausting years of my life, however I wouldn’t change it for the world! I’ve accomplished some pretty stellar goals ahead of schedule, and I can’t wait to start sharing some of them with you soon.

However, that said, it was high time for me to take a moment to reset and unplug.

Last month, my boyfriend and I decided to take a trip away from San Francisco to get away from the daily stresses of our lives in San Francisco. I, in particular, had become increasingly irritable and negative, and needed to hit pause to wrangle myself back on track. After weighing some options, we decided on Miami as a perfect opposite environment in which to do so: summer heat, beautiful beaches, and excellent dining adventures!

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Among the greatest highlights was the view from the hotel. Each evening, the skies got increasingly more clear, and on the last day before dinner, we took a moment to really enjoy it.

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This Herve Leger dress was such a fun pick for our final night’s outing in the budding neighborhood of Wynwood, Miami’s up and coming design district. Known for it’s colorful art/industrial architecture, craft cuisine, and trendy cocktail scene, it fit perfectly. Wearing it was a necessary escape from my usual San Francisco atheisure mixed with sweaters and booties!

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The last day was of course spent soaking up the last bit of sun at the pool at the W. We could think of no better way to end the trip, and leave on a relaxed and happy note! I of course brought my favorite swimsuit, the Mazzy from Agent Provocateur. If you’ve never tried one on, do yourself a favor and do it! It’s iconic and a classic for a reason. Its universally flattering on so many body types, as well as being comfortable and totally chic. Its well worth the investment. This color is sold out currently, see the links below for more options.

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It was such a blessing to get away, and I am incredibly grateful for the chance to pause and spend quality time doing some of the things I love with one of those I absolutely adore.

Key Highlights

  • W Hotel (Miami Beach): This hotel is breathtaking in every way, modern, fun, but not over the top crazy on the entertainment factor. The pool was my second favorite part after the view from the room, as the poolside bar and cabana reservations were next to none on cocktail/food selection and ambiance. The spa was pretty great as well, we took advantage of a morning there the day after our arrival.
  • Dinner at R House (Wynwood): Vibrantly eclectic, this restaurant and lounge offers excellent cocktail infusions, and an integrated art gallery. While dining, we were given the story behind the current artists and some of the stories behind the art work on display. If you’re looking for an upscale dining experience with a touch of funk, this place meets the mark.
  • Drinks at Wood Tavern (Wynwood): Quintessential Wynwood. If you’re looking for a raw and less gentrified place to grab a drink, Wood Tavern is an excellent choice. It’s been around long before the current wave of trendy redesigns in the area, and offers a great selection of cocktails as well as a substantial outdoor space. It reminds me so much of Zeitgeist back in San Francisco. PS: they make a killer Manhattan.
  • Drinks (and sushi…AND PASTRIES YOU GUYS) at Kiji Cuzco / Mercado Negro (Wynwood): If you are looking for super trendy, super industrial, check this place out. They serve up specialty cocktails as well as have a pastry counter around back in their attached bar space. Who doesn’t love pastries and cocktails? I know it’s my personal dream of a match up!

Outfit Details

Dress: Carmela One Shoulder Dress, Herve Leger (via Rent the Runway) similar (option to buy) here

Shoes: Bianca Platform Pump, Christian Louboutin in Black Patent

Bag: Classic Small Double Flap Bag, Chanel in Black Caviar

Swimsuit: Mazzy One Piece, Agent Provocateur in Blue/Pink (SOLD OUT), Bikini version in link

Makeup Details

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way, Natural Beige

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Luminous Flush

Brows: Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil, Black Brown

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Black

Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick, Fuschia in Excess

Photos by my boyfriend, Emil Eklund