Wednesday, June 21, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Anthropologie, Rockefeller Center

A mini skull scepter rests between the jaws of a jeweled salamander, serving as the silver handle that transforms an ordinary "bag" into a Masterpiece. My recent bargain basement acquisition--a Spring 2015 Red Salamander Alexander McQueen knuckle duster--satiates a decade-long curiosity of what it would be like to own a high society handbag. Beyond the 'brand,' product design and craftsmanship commands as much elitist discernment as the targeted clientele. Luxe products have long fascinated--with lavish embroidery on bespoke dresses, deep interpretations of thought applied onto wearables and bulletproof hardware with extravagant detailing. While impeccable styling + fast fashion works just fine, there's an embedded 'extra' in luxe product, apparent on even the simplest of pieces. Having grown up in an era of hand-me-downs and the side-hustle, I respect both the artistry and the price associated with exclusivity. Keep reading for this week's windows at Anthropologie, showcasing the balance between art and style...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

CACTUS DE CARTIER

 Beautiful Cactus de Cartier rooftop lounge at the Fifth Avenue Flagship (on a rainy day)

Opulent 'out-of-reach' luxury paired with tight security often marks Cartier as less inviting, when compared to Fifth Avenue counterparts. Yet since a dramatic re-opening of its Fifth Ave. flagship in September 2016, the fine jeweler has been strategically successful in connecting with new and diverse clientele. This month, Cartier invites the general public onto its rooftop for cocktails and to view a curated selection of its Cactus de Cartier collection. Keep reading for a look inside...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

MASTERS JEFF KOONS x LV


$790 Million for the Mona Lisa may be perceived as outlandish, especially in an age of rampant reproductions. Fortunately--for a fraction of the cost--fine art is now portable, bathed in history and wrapped in luxurious sophistication. Honoring the artistic greats of all time, Jeff Koons and Louis Vuitton pair to produce a collection featuring mysterious 'Mona' and recognizable masterpieces from da Vinci, van Gogh, Reubens, Titan and Fragonard. Presenting a 'new context for old Masters,' Girl with Dog, Mona Lisa, The Tiger Hunt and A Wheatfield with Cypresses reface Speedy, Keepall, Neverfull, Zippy and other classic LV silhouettes. In lieu of walking into a retail store, experience styles from Masters: LV x Koons up close at the NYC pop-up at 655 Madison Ave. (60th St. and Madison Ave.) until July 31st. Keep reading for a look inside...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Jeff Koons x Louis Vuitton Masters windows at Fifth Ave and 57th St.; Rubens' The Tiger (1615-1616)

Fascinating reads this week: Why I Risked My Life to Drive in Saudi Arabia and Why I Risked My Life to Photograph an Assassin--both happenstance in the wait for public transit. The experiences of others begs the question, "would I have done the same?" and inspires a proclivity towards the 'strong independent woman' mindset. This week's windows at Louis Vuitton echo the sentiment of 'going bold' with a new take on old art. Keep reading for more and stay tuned for my post on the Jeff Koons x LV collaboration and pop-up...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

BREAKFAST IN BED WITH @THESTAYCATIONERS

Breakfast with the Staycationers, hosted by Céline Bossart of Taste the Style at the Garret East

Sunday Funday starts off lazy, soon escalating into an epic pajama party at The Garret East. Breakfast (bagels + booze) hosted by Céline Bossart and The Staycationers serves up the perfect situation for a sunny East-side Sunday. City-based staycationers in sleepwear stop in to sip on champagne + rosé supplied by Ruffino and snack on Blackseed Bagels. A large Helix bed with Loomstead sheets serves as the backdrop for photos and sampling at the the back of the bar. Makeup artists from NOMI Beauty are stationed near the door to primp and prime guests on their way in...or out. Keep reading to see some snaps of the event...

Friday, June 9, 2017

PAMELLA ROLAND RESORT 2018 @BVLGARI

Behold the glamour and glitz of Pamella Roland SS 2018 at BVLGARI

Glasses of Veuve Cliquot, bites of salmon and minaudieres of steak tartare snake through  clusters of celebrities and camera-people Thursday evening as gilded gals parade through Bvulgari's Fifth Ave. flagship. An after-hours soirée of glitz and glitter complete Pamella Roland's 2018 Resort presentation, set in one of Manhattan's most coveted retail corners. Drawing muse from her garden, Pamella Roland's newest endeavor synthesizes the colors and cuts of Spring into a dynamic 30-piece collection that floats, shimmers and stuns. Keep reading to see the looks... 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Alice and Olivia, Soho NYC

With a wave of passings over the last couple weeks, morale has been slightly muddied by memories. Even the weather waivers unpredictably, hovering between sun and showers. This week's windows at Alice and Olivia encourage us to start wearing white and exude energy. Soak in the sunset. Compliment 'cranky-pants.' Live like there's no tomorrow. Life is short. For inspiration, read this blog. Sadness is temporary. Experiences can last a lifetime... 

Monday, May 29, 2017

MAISON 10 // FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

 Maison 10 at 4 West 29th St. (between 5th Ave. and Broadway)

Maison 10 = 10 Categories + 10 Products + 10 Weeks + 10% for Charity

Since inception on July 10, 2016, the formula fueling Maison 10, NoMad's new-ish retail neighbor ripens responsible consumerism. Part gallery, part product incubator, Carsten Klein, Tom Blackie and Henri Myers build a brand infused with innovation and a carefully curated assortment of ethical luxury, on a rotating schedule. Every 10 weeks, the landscape changes as 10 new products across 10 (9 static + 1 changing) categories cycle onto stark white pedestals. On the heels of cycle 5 ("Well Being"), I stop in for the "Friday Night Live" event this past week to hear 5 designers present their featured brands - Thompson Ferrier candles, Rose 1845 by Lazarus, Peet Rivko, Sundays nail studio and EDIA. Keep reading for more...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-


Notes of a Recycled Housewife catches my eye this week, while scanning emails for rail-time reading. In an age where well written verse is superseded by sheer volume of sentence-esque subtext, Jennifer Rogers eloquently explains the hazards of being a child-ridden divorcee. With society's time-altered definition of "family," step parents, side parents and single parents have cropped up a new class; children and adults alike are confronted with ever more choices, emotional complexities and channels of communication. Passing by the windows at Harney & Sons this week, I imagine a utopian tea-time where mom + stepdaughter or current + past wife can coexist with candor. Keep reading to have a closer look...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Kleinfeld Tribute to Randi Fenoli Bridal

Age is the antithesis of innocence. Accompanying the angst of being alone (or generally unloved), the lament of loss and lone lust defies emotional agility. Fear retains its stronghold on the apparent absence of companionship. This week's windows at Kleinfeld surprise me with the absence of...a dress! This first mom-less Mother's Day--much like the gown-bare windows of Kleinfeld--is the somewhat unsettling 'new' reality. Keep reading for a closer look...