Rather than spend the afternoon working, Natalie and I decided that a “Sunday Funday” was necessary for our last day in New York. We stayed in bed until the late morning watching re-runs of Friends and eating cookies for breakfast, then packed our bags before braving the cold. I was able to score a reservation for brunch at The Smith in the East Village, so we were sure to enjoy a decadent spread. What’s a brunch without bellinis after all? Eggs were followed with glazed doughnuts and chocolate dipping sauce (we couldn’t resist), fueling us for several hours of shopping.
Bundled from head to toe, the two of us walked to SoHo, popping in some of our favorite stores along the way. No trip to the city is complete without a chance to wander the floors of Bloomingdale’s and covet new items on display (I’ll take a pair of these). Shopping bags in hand, we headed uptown for a stroll through Rockefeller Center and a stop at Anthropologie and J.Crew.
By the early evening, we were back at The Empire Hotel to freshen up and grab our luggage. With plenty of time to catch our bus, we hailed a cab and were ready to return to Baltimore. Moments after being dropped off, Natalie realized her phone was buzzing in the backseat of a taxi and long gone down Lexington Avenue. Like a scene out of a movie, my phone had 1% battery then promptly died. As if it couldn’t get any worse, we had to beg people in line to let us borrow their phones, didn’t have any proof of purchase for our bus tickets, and were left standing in the cold, covered in snowflakes for almost an hour. Fortunately, there was a silver lining: the cab driver was nice enough to ship my sister her phone, meaning we can now laugh about our stream of bad luck. And for the record, we made it through Fashion Week without our usual supply of candy (our friends thought it couldn’t be done).
No matter how far in advance I organize travel plans, trips to the Big Apple for Fashion Week are always adventurous and a bit chaotic. After missing our early morning bus (totally my fault) and having to book last-minute tickets on a later bus to the city, Natalie and I were finally on our way to New York for the weekend. I thought I would save time by requesting a black car from Uber, but traffic was a nightmare in the afternoon, causing us to miss most of the shows on Thursday. We quickly checked in at The Empire Hotel, stashed a few snacks in our bags to tide us over, and grabbed our credentials before heading to Lincoln Center for the night.
I spent the majority of the weekend running between the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge and the American Express Skybox, getting views of the shows from above and catching exclusive interviews with designers and other influential individuals in fashion. Rebecca Minkoff talked about the inspiration behind her collection while Ivan Bart, IMG Models Senior Vice President, shared his initiative to sign models of all shapes, sizes, ages, races, and heights. It’s exciting to hear that industry is moving toward making positive changes in the near future.
To celebrate the end of another successful event and our first official drink together since Natalie turned legal, we ordered beers, burgers, and dessert (a killer apple cobbler with cinnamon ice cream) from P.J. Clarke’s on Saturday. It also called for a night out on the town with friends, a bright red lip, and a vintage fur jacket passed down from my great-aunt (a recent find that was stashed in a closet). Leopard-print pants and my trusty pair of booties completed the look.
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Book // iPhone Case // Nail Polish // Handbag // Watch // Scarf // Perfume // Tea // Bronzing Powder
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for obvious reasons (cute stationery, sugary treats, and fresh blooms), but I especially love taking the time to show friends and family how much they mean to me. Though I’ve moved beyond boxed valentines, I still like mailing out cards and gifting girly presents. After catching the Rebecca Minkoff show over the weekend, I was reminded how perfect this pink bag is for the spring. And how cute is this case (I’m thinking it will make a great gift for my sisters as we’re upgrading our iPhones this week)? You can never have too many shades of red in your nail polish collection, and this scent is both flirty and feminine. Shop the rest of my picks below.