Saturday, February 22, 2014

Maison Laduree Soho, NYC

Maison Laduree has arrived at 398 Broadway in Soho, NYC! As you enter the front door you see the cutest little Macaron and Pastries Boutique. Adorned in thin columns and hanging Laduree pretty ribbons the Boutique is Bright and Elegant. You can pick a delicate Macaron or Pastry and have some tea or coffee in the front room. I smiled and walked to the Hostess desk and was welcomed as I was a friend of the Queen of France. The next room was a modern twist of a chic, regal vintage casual dining room. Yes, the carpet is leopard print and went beautifully with the blue ribbon chairs. All around  the room there were white marble statues and busts. We were seated in the back formal dining room and I could see a Ladies Luncheon a bridal or baby brunch and so many different events in this room. The food was a very difficult to pick because it all looked amazing but our lovely waitress helped us make our first choices and told us that we should come back another time so we could try something else. I hope Laduree updates their website soon so you can read and see the eye and palate pleasing foods and then invite your mom,sister, cousins or girlfriends. Make sure you leave room for dessert. Was it Daniele or Le Bernardin? Of course not but the food, service, decor and atmosphere were lovely.  Merci Laduree!

Main Dining Room


this garden paining was outside as you sat in the Dining room and glanced through the French Doors 

a casual dining room

high chair

Monday, February 10, 2014

the Giving keys

I was shopping at Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue, NYC and came across these vintage keys "the Giving keys" with messages on them. I love vintage keys and thought it was so amazing and inspiring to have my "Word Of the Year" BELIEVE pop out at me! I work upstairs in the office building above Bendel and so I went back to work to look up what the meaning was behind these pretty keys with strong words. They were created by Caitlin Crosby who is a singer/songwriter and actress. (click here for website) I love that you only keep your key until you feel you can pass it on to someone else who really needs your word. I can not wait to truly BELIEVE in ME and pass it on to someone else..... 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Paddington at the Gap NYC 5th Avenue

Paddington Bear pop-up shop in the Gap Fifth Avenue in NYC, was selling the cutes little baby clothes. It was icy and slushy outside and I was walking to grab my bus and there was the cutest Paddington shop. The walls had huge Murals of Michael Bond's book Paddington. New York City Skyline scenes from top to bottom of the walls for children of all ages to color in. Yes this child "ME" colored a Pink NYC Pretzel! I wish they had adult clothes because I was in love with the red polka dotted shoes....oh a Big Kid can dream!

Michael Bond - Paddington Book - illustrated by R.W. Alley

part of a mural you can color in


Me coloring

My colored Pink Pretzel

if you purchase something they put in this adorable tote

cute baby clothes

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Snow in Central Park - NYC

On Monday, February 3, 2014 It snowed all day in New York City. I left work a little early so that I could get a head start on my commute home. As I walked through the slush I looked up at the UNICEF Snowflake that was put up during the 2013 Holidays and smiled. It is hard to see from this first picture but in person it was breathtaking. It was the Mama Flake with it's babies all around adoring her. I felt like a child just smiling at this wonder. I had to take a picture of Trump Tower, the man removing the snow was dressed in a pristine uniform all formal and handsome. You are probably thinking, "what snow"? Me too I couldn't believe how clean even the street was in front.
 I walked to the opening of Central Park and saw the Golden statue of General Sherman's Statue at Grand Army Plaza covered in snow. The "magic" began there and as I climbed lots of snow I saw a fairytale wonder of glistening white snow on the trees and a frozen pond. No matter how slushy and dirty the streets and sidewalks were around Central Park glowed. It was a living postcard. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII - Boulevard in NYC

This week NYC Times Square was turned into Superbowl XLVIII Boulevard. There were so many exciting and fun things to do and see from a tremendous Toboggan Slide, Fox Sports and their massive studio built in the Center of Times Square with the Blue NFL Robot "Cleatus" that looked like he was throwing the football at the Spectacular Times Square New Years Crystal Ball over the 2014! The excitement was amazing everyone from babies in carriages to older men and women were enjoying this NFL Superbowl amusement park. I ate dinner at Forty Ate a Danny Meyers Pop-Up Restaurant (Eater's NY Review) at the Renaissance Hotel. I had taken pictures of the Super Bowl Rings but the glass case at night was not being nice to my camera. When I went back the Hostess would not let me go in before 10:00 PM. Oh Well. 

Macy's Herald Square was Decked out in its NFL Gear inside and out. The 4th Floor was transformed to a Super Bowl Extravaganza. Sea Hawks and Bronco fans were not the only ones there,tourist that were fascinated that American Football is so celebrated, bought treasures also. Charles Fazzino a local Artist is selling so many of his amazing art. I can't wait to watch the Super Bowl to cheer the Seahawks and the Broncos on and of course to see the Fabulous Commercials! H&M and David Beckham....I can't wait!! 

Charles Fazzino - Artist

Charles Fazzino - Artist

Yes you are seeing blue and Pink Rats