A Fancy Fete at The Plaza Hotel, Holiday Style

img_0768Since 1907 New York’s famed The Plaza Hotel has been the symbol of class, elegance and pure luxury. The dream of three of Manhattan’s elite, this classic hotel came to life when the three men purchased the property with the hotel of the same name and turned it into one of the most iconic hotels in all the world. With nothing but decadence and opulence in mind, the men spared no expense or detail in developing this Midtown marvel.

Fast forward to modern day and The Plaza Hotel is still as beautiful and fabulous as ever. It has been the set for many movie scenes, the locale for plenty of swanky soirees and of course, one of New York City’s most visited landmarks. Dignitaries, celebrities and socialites alike have all graced the floors of this 19 story building spanning the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, directly across from Central Park.

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An Endless Summer – A Guide to Getting Through Summer in New York City

lobsterThough next weekend, Labor Day Weekend, unofficially marks the end of summer, I can’t help but cherish my first summer in the city – a bright, lively, and festive one filled with a ton of unforgettable, memorable experiences. After a long drawn out winter, I, like many New Yorkers, couldn’t wait to spend as much time outside as possible. I kicked it off with a 10 day Eurotrip to Rome, Capri, Prague and Paris, and though I loved every minute of my solo adventure, landing at JFK and seeing those words “Welcome to New York”, I’ve never felt more at home. Here’s a look back at some unforgettable, must-do, must-try, summer activities next year – Continue reading “An Endless Summer – A Guide to Getting Through Summer in New York City”

A Glamorous Gatsby Gathering

umbrellaIf ever there was one event, reason or activity by which to remember New York City, I just might have to point to the Jazz Age Lawn Festival. Imagine stepping back in time (the Roaring 20’s to be exact), into the pages of The Great Gatsby, for a fabulous fete on an island just south of Manhattan, and that would be this celebration.

Ten years ago, a small gathering of era party enthusiasts got together and came up with the fabulous idea of paying homage to this elegant and elaborate epoch. The result was a two day, outdoor festival on New York’s Governor’s Island replete with music, magic and marvelous people watching. Then, when St. Germain joined forces with the team, a little master mixology helped round out the oh-so-glam gathering. Continue reading “A Glamorous Gatsby Gathering”

A Weekend of Indulgence

I knew there was a reason why I moved to this city…because there are an endless array of options to explore regardless of what your interests are, and this weekend was no different.

IIMG_8879 kicked it off on Friday night with a little jazz sesh and a glass of champagne at the famed Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side (yes, the place the Royals stayed when they were in town). This quaint little spot is named after the beloved author of Madeline children’s books, Ludwig Bemelman (also a long time illustrator for The New Yorker, Vogue and Town and Country). With chocolate tufted benches lining the perimeters of the room and walls  adorned with a Central Park themed illustration of rabbits and elephants, this classic New York staple is sure to transcend any of its patrons to a time of pure elegance and grace. And not to mention, the totally talented Loston Harris Trio performing an array of jubilant jazz notes that really get you singin’ and swayin’. Continue reading “A Weekend of Indulgence”