Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Standard


The Standard Hotel is definitely worth visiting whether you’re a tourist or a resident.  For my friend’s birthday we started our night at The Standard for drinks at 7pm.  The ground floor of the hotel has a bar, biergarten and an ice skating rink (we went in February).  After looking at what the ground floor has to offer, take an elevator ride (which has some interesting imagery) to the 18th floor.  They’ve done an incredible job making it feel as if you’ve stepped back in time when you step off the elevator.  All of the waitresses and hostesses are in the same dress and you feel old world glamour all around you.  The drinks are made by hand and fresh fruits are muddled into the concoctions (Apple and Pears was delicious if you need a recommendation).  The views of both The Hudson River and Manhattan are incredible.  The Standard Hotel is also located right next to The High Line which is a park built on a section of the former elevated freight railroad spur called West Side Line.  If you’re only interested in seeing the views, go early, the 18th Floor becomes The Boom Boom Room at night and it’s a different entrance.

Where we sat

The High Line by Jonathan Falum


City Safari


Over the weekend a 20 inch Egyptian Cobra went missing from The Reptile House at The Bronx Zoo.  Every article I read has Bronx Zoo officials being confident the snake is in a “dark, warm, isolated, nonpublic area of The Reptile House” according to what they know about the behavior of snakes based on research.  The reactions people are having range from fright to excitement, but the most original part of this situation is the @BronxZoosCobra Twitter account that already has 173,821 followers.  I find all of the tweets pretty witty (by @BronxZoosCobra and everyone else tweeting snake references) so in honor of the Bronx Zoo Cobra, which I hope is found soon, this outfit post is City Safari inspired.  I found the clutch and double pocket tie woven from H&M.  I find myself gravitating towards tie wovens at every store recently (see a different type of tie woven here).  While the City can be a bit wild, I love this concrete jungle.  An exhibition to a real jungle would require some serious supervision.  And because I have the worst luck, maybe some antivenom.  Just in case!

 <Blouse & Clutch: H&M, Jeans: Levi’s, Jacket: Forever 21, Belt: Banana Republic>

Articles about The Bronx Zoo Cobra

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Vested Interest

I’ve had this vest from Express since college, and the way I used to style it was slightly inappropriate for the light of day.  But now, paired with this sheer polka dot shirt from Zara it’s even work appropriate (maybe not all workplaces, but appropriate for mine).  I also became obsessed with long necklaces over the summer (see how I organize them, here).  When I saw this necklace from Urban Outfitters I grabbed it like it was about to fall off the side of the building, and then silently reminded myself to act like a normal human being.  Passion is a good thing, right? Apparently, I can’t fight love at first sight when it comes to accessories…or Canadians.

<Vest: Express, Blouse: Zara, Boots: Rocketdog via Piperlime, Bag: Juicy Couture, Necklace: Urban Outfitters, Scarf: Banana Republic>


Flex Mussels (and Oysters)

Flex Mussels is one of my favorite restaurants in New York.  I discovered it in the restaurant section of a magazine and it’s been a constant favorite ever since.  They have 23 different sauces you can enjoy your mussels in (Thai and Maine are 2 of my favorites) along with hand cut fries and piles of bread to dip into the mussel broth once you’ve devoured the mussels.  Not only a mussel expert, their Oyster’s are amazing.  The Oyster origins are written on a chalk board separated by East Coast and West Coast and both the servers and bartenders can explain the differences between all of them.  I’ve only been to the 82nd Street location so I can’t speak to 13th St but I love to sit at the bar, I feel like I’m in the middle of the action without being in the way.  At the bar it’s also easier to see and appreciate the silver bucket fixtures they use as the decor which I love and The Canadian can peruse the beers from Quebec.  If there’s any room (sadly, usually not) the donuts are incredible for dessert.

There’s also a special from 5PM-7Pm every night if you sit at the bar:

$20 all you can eat mussels (choice of 3 types), fries and a draft beer


Equestrian Edge

I loved horses when I was little.  They fascinated me because of their size, strength and majestic nature.  Sadly, I haven’t had much equestrian experience except for the 10 riding lessons I received as a birthday present one year.  However, my look can be equestrian any day of the week.  This blazer is from H&M and hits all the major requirements: tweed, elbow patches and stripe lining.  I bought the tie button down from Asos thanks to a post on Jane has a Job which I love because it’s professional and fun all at once.

<Blazer & Pin: H&M, Blouse: Asos, Boots: Nine West, Bag: Cole Hann, Jeans: Levi’s>


Paisley Love


I love dresses with full or 3/4 length sleeves, and I wish I owned more of them. In addition to loving the silhouette, I loved the neutral color palette of this paisley that could be banked back to black or brown (and I like to wear both at the same time!). Due to the nature of my job I look at neckwear a lot and now paisley is on the favorite pattern list.


Definition of the Paisley:

“Paisley or Paisley pattern is a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Indian and Persian origin. The pattern is sometimes called “Persian Pickles” by American traditionalists, especially quiltmakers, or “Welsh Pears” in Welsh textiles as far back as 1888…Resembling a twisted teardrop, the kidney-shaped paisley is Iranian and Indian in origin, but its Western name derives from the town of Paisley, in central Scotland. According to Azerbaijani historians, the design comes from ancient times of Zoroastrianism as an expression of essence of that religion and it became subsequently a decor element which is widely used in Azerbaijani culture and architecture.”

Thank you, Wikipedia.

 Persian Pickles ?

 <Dress: Zara, Belt: J. Crew, Bag: Coach>

Power to the Paisley

I.INC $54.99  II.Wyatt $88  III.Top Shop $100

IV.BCBG Max Azria $238  V.Eighty Six $101  VI.Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique $158

VII.Thread Social $280  VIII.Etro $845  IX.Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony $410

The Power Shoe


Red is one of my favorite colors, and the shoes above are one of my favorite pairs. There’s nothing remarkable about the silhouette but the color is patent leather cherry gorgeous-ness and I feel happy and sassy whenever I wear them. I wore this to the Emily Giffin event from yesterday’s post. This time I chose blazer.




<Blazer: H&M, Necklaces: H&M, Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Bag: Cole Hann, Dress: Saada> 

It worked for Dorothy, give them a try…


I.Type Z $69  II.Nine West $88.95   III.Lacoste $55

IV.Pour La Victoire $250  V.See By Chloe $170  VI.Sergio Rossi $199.95

VII.Alexander McQueen $1028  VIII.NDC $280  IX.Valentino $645