Saturday morning finally came, & with it our flight New York awaited us! We landed & immediately jumped into the hustle & bustle of the city. So much fun in so little time so Let’s Dish!
New York Fashion
This is one designer you can count on to be simply timeless and effortlessly elegant. The FW17 collection was a vintage-French mashup, a la Twiggy meets Amy Winehouse. Topped off with bluesy tunes in the chic Manhattan loft, the production was seamlessly curated for the private showing. Here are some of our favorite looks:
ART HEARTS FASHION
The Art Hearts Fashion show was located in a Venetian church turned goth-chic art venue. The castle-like features paired with the rave strobe lights created the perfect ambiance. The designers of the night, HALE BOB (USA), ROCKY GATHERCOLE (BOTTOM RIGHT) and our personal favorite ELIE MADI (CENTER), all specialized in couture eveningwear. Elie Madi gave us pure opulence with her breathtaking beading.
ANNIESA HASIBUAN @ SKYYLIGHT CLARKSON
Immaculate: that about sums up the captivating details that dominated the runway in this collection. The Muslim designer brought her heritage to the forefront presenting hijabs paired with tailored trousers, exaggerated hemlines, dramatic capes & kimonos, & gowns featuring embroidery & beading all in rich hues and textures. This petite girl boss packed a powerful punch proving 2017 is certainly the year of the woman!
Not a celebrity, industry insider or blogger? No worrries! You can still get your red carpet experience if you learn where the shows are being held & casually stroll on by. Nicki & Paris Hilton, Rachel Zoe & the holy mecca of all things blogging Leandra Michele are just a few of the heavy hitters we were lucky enough to spot outside of the Oscar de la Renta show. We had our fan girl moment of the century when Anna Wintour snuck right by the paparazzi & gave us a coy smile as she entered the venue without a peep!
New York Food
Tip: follow red box sign to this pizza holy grail. Roberta’s is on every “places to eat” list so be prepared to wait about 15 minutes. We went for the original (which is like basically cheese & a secret sauce) & the total re-kale (cus pizza with kale means the calories don’t count, right?). The total re-kale was topped with red peppers that gave a spicy kick to every bite!
THE BAGEL STORE
We had to come taste the rainbow bagels that Jonathan Cheban & Insider put on the map. We tried two bagels: egg & cheese, and for you meat lovers bacon, egg & cheese. The rainbow bagels added a subtle sweetness to an already amazing breakfast sandwich that kept us stuffed! Top it off with a sweet & knowledgeable staff & you’ve got yourself a recipe for success!
Walking in you can see why this place is a celeb favorite. The decor is chic and the ambiance is set for a swanky time. We stuck to the basics & ordered a California roll & a Shrimp Tempura. The shrimp was cooked to perfection & the California roll had huge chunks of avocado. What more could you ask for? While the food was tasty, the service was subpar. Our server seemed to have forgotten we existed, however, other waiters were quick to tend to us once we asked. We had the Bento Box for dessert and it was amazing! The gelato was sweet but not too rich, & the brownie just melts in your mouth savory!
Located in the heart of Harlem is the historical Sylvia’s, known for southern style comfort food. Honestly this place wasn’t worth the hype. Let’s just say as proud Houstonians we’ve gotten better seasoned food at the Breakfast Klub. We ordered catfish, oxtails, baked mac’n’cheese with the vegetarian & regular collard greens. The greens were the highlight of the meal since we had to add salt & pepper to the mac’n’cheese & hot sauce to the main dishes. For all you southerners traveling to NY, take a page from Beyoncé & keep the hot sauce in your bag (no, not the bat lol).
This whole trip I was craving noodles. So after shopping on 34th and 5th ave we found a new restaurant in Midtown Manhattan that serves Japanese izakaya & Pan-Asian dishes. It’s relatively popular and after eating here I could see why. I normally add Siracha sauce to everything but the flavors were so good I didn’t even bother to. We ordered the Tempura Udon which came with tempura veggies, which I dunked in the udon soup before drinking the juice to finish it off. Don’t judge lol!
This place is known for their steak and fries, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. It was tender & seasoned to perfection. Not overdone at all. Even the Lobster Risotto, which had about 4oz. of lobster, was decent. Of course I wanted more but 4 oz. is the average, and it left me wanting more. The manager was so sweet he even gave us complimentary champagne!
The well known Sugar Factory which is the holy Mecca of candy stores for the stars. But this candy store also functions as a restaurant where you can order delicious alcoholic candy cocktails and food. We came for the hype & stayed for this awesome specialty cocktail served over animated dry ice!
New York Nightlife
After sipping wine with the fashionistas at the Blond, we migrated over to ‘the ship’.. Keep an eye out, as this place is kind of hidden. Just follow the crowd and look for the door man. We walked into a swanky downstairs basement and automatically I understood why it was called ‘the ship.’
After dominating the runway, athleisure brand Gypsy Sport held their after party at Superchief Studio in Brooklyn. This party was full of artsy, eclectic, free-spirited individuals who knew how to party! Everything was extra & over the top, including a couple of full tattoo-faced guys! It definitely gave us Montrose vibes, if you can imagine.
63 Gansevoort is a Hip-Hop /Latin fusion dance club that was referred to us by the manager at the Sugar Factory. The cover is $20, and if you’re visiting during the colder weather, coat check is $4. They played a variety of music including top hits & 90s hip hop so it was easy to dance the night away. However, the drinks were overpriced & fell flat. Overall, if you’re with friends you can make the most of it if the DJ is spinning the right tunes.
If you don’t have time to conquer the Met, the Brooklyn Museum is the next best thing. The exhibits are broken up into the 5 floors so it’s super easy to navigate through to see exactly what you want. We were fascinated with the Egyptian art as well as the temporary exhibit Pretty Dirty by Marilyn Minter. If you’re into girl power and owning your sexuality definitely check it out, not for the kiddos though!
THE PRESS ROOM
Located in the Kimpton Ink48 Hotel is one of the best views of the city. Although the balcony was enclosed due to the snow, we still got to experience the view through the windows and it was phenomenal! They also have drinks & lite bights, but it’s obvious everyone is there to get their rooftop selfie. So don’t be ashamed to pull out your phone & strike your pose once you’re there!
THE BUSHWICK COLLECTIVE
Walking around Brooklyn & taking in the graffiti tagged walls was definitely an experience all on it’s own. The Bushwick Collective is about 5 blocks going each way full of art. This sightseeing is definitely a feat for warmer weather as we could only snap a couple pics before we went home to defrost!