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I want to let all of you know that I am now maintaining two blogs – one for personal interests (nyc sunflower) and one for professional interests (LOFT22).

I will still be faithfully posting on this blog, but I will be splitting my days. Please follow me on LOFT22 as well – it’s a blog dedicated to creative direction and branding. If you have any interest in fashion, art direction, photography, branding, marketing, advertising or digital media, LOFT22 will definitely keep you interested!

Thank you for following!!!

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Buon compleanno amore…

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. Even though I planned a party last Friday for him, I couldn’t leave his actual birthday without some fun and surprises! So, I planned to meet up with his two best friends (they all moved from Milan to NYC together – childhood friends). My husband was suspicious when I met up with him because I was being strange with my excitement, but he couldn’t have been happier with how his birthday evening went.

We went to Soho House to get a drink together and waited (him not knowing that we were waiting) for his friends and their girlfriends to meet us. When they showed up, after all of the hugs and kisses and excitement, we toasted with some champagne. We only stayed there for about an hour and then we headed over to Scarpetta for our dinner reservation.

This portion of the evening was full of delicious Italian dishes, amazing red wine, complimentary prosecco, sweets, laughter and fun. I honestly have never had a disappointing meal at Scarpetta and my husband loves Scott Conant’s cooking. To have three Italian men as happy as they were last night shows that Scott is doing the Italian thing right.

After dinner, we wanted to meet up with another friend somewhere closer to home. So, we headed to Pete’s Tavern for one last toast before heading home. A great birthday for mi amore

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Tribeca Grand Hotel

Last Friday, I threw a birthday happy hour for my husband. He didn’t want anything too intense since I have planned quite the array of parties over the years for him – surprises, bands, hidden bars, dinner on the 44th floor of a building…this time, he just wanted to enjoy a low key time with his friends. I tried lots of bars – looking for the perfect spot for people to come and go, get drinks and food, and not have any fixed costs for the space or the number of people. It was tough, but the Tribeca Grand Hotel pulled through.

They were very generous with the space – they had a big corner saved for us with couches and bar access. We even had our own coat check. We were able to lounge, chat, drink and eat – and it ended up being one of our most successful birthday parties. He was able to enjoy all of his friends without any headaches. Even more impressively, I was able to enjoy myself without panicking about people not getting in, drinks not being paid for, or space being taken away.

There was even a DJ in our corner, which turned the area into a mini dance party at the end of the night.

The ONLY recommendation I could come up with for the Church Lounge is to turn the lights up a tad –  it was VERY dark in there! We could barely see one another, and once we had developed night vision, going outside to the street lights was a shock…

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Don’s Bogam – Korean BBQ

Last night, I had dinner at Don’s Bogam in Korea Town. I had never had Korean BBQ before living in NYC, and now it is one of my favorite categories in deciding where to go out to dinner. Typically, I love to bring visitors to Don’s Bogam because the experience is something that many people have never had and the cuisine covers all appetites.

I’ve tried many Korean BBQ spots on 32nd Street, but none have been able to steal me away from Don’s Bogam. I love it because it is the only Korean BBQ that I know where I can enter smelling like my perfume and exit NOT smelling like grilled beef and onions. Apparently, they have mastered the art of sucking the smoke up in their modern copper stacks at each table.

The restaurant is very modern and clean in design, but with fun Asian accents. The BBQ tables’ seats are sucken into the ground, which is fun but can be challenging when trying to leave the table. The staff is amazing – they watch over your grill and flip all of the meats for you. The BBQ ranges from chicken to beef to tuna to mushrooms and there are also many delicious appetizers and entrees as alternates – like bibimbap!


And let’s NOT FORGET to mention my favorite compliment to a good dinner…SAKE! Don’s Bogam has a sake list that makes my head spin every time I go. It is like going to Sake Heaven…the only improvement I would suggest is to add the SAKETINI – they don’t currently have any hard liquors and a saketini is not a saketini without the vodka. Regardless, it won’t stop me from heading to K-Town every chance I get – it’s more than just dinner…it’s an experience!

Don’s Bogam

17 East 32nd Street

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ChatRoulette!

A couple weeks ago, my husband and I were chatting with a friend about the social networks and the benefits from a marketing standpoint. To this topic, our friend began to tell us about a NEW social networking site called ChatRoulette…I had never heard about it before, but his description intrigued me to do some research…

The site is only a few months old, but its population is beginning to explode into viraldom: 300 users in December had grown to 10,000 by the beginning of February. Although big media outlets haven’t caught on to the newest thing in social networking – the blogs have taken care of getting the news out there – typical. The blog the Asylum called ChatRoulette its favorite site since YouTube,  The Frisky called it “the Holy Grail of all Internet fun.” Everyone  agrees that it is intensely addictive — another  simple idea  that  captures the  power of the Internet in a  revolutionary way.

The site activates your webcam automatically, and when you click “start” you’re suddenly staring at another human staring back at you, at which point you can either choose to chat (via text or voice) or just click “next”-  instantly calling up someone else. The result is surreal.  There already seems to be no end to the creative, talented, gross, perverted, and any other possible  description that could come from such a random social interaction with complete strangers – and without any real repercussions, which is scary.

There was a man who wore a deer head and opened every conversation with “What up DOE!?” A guy from Sweden was reportedly speed-drawing strangers’ portraits. Someone with a guitar was improvising songs for anyone who’d give him a topic. Others dressed like ninjas, tried to persuade women to expose themselves, and played spontaneous transcontinental games of Connect Four. Occasionally, people even made nonvirtual connections: One punk-music blogger met a group of people from Michigan who ended up driving eleven hours to crash at his house for a concert in New York.

The internet has done it again…another medium that we will need to figure out to determine the pros and cons…ChatRoulette does seem to be the most dangerous because its meant to meet strangers – not friends and family…doesn’t the name say enough?!?!?

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Fisch for the Hip…consignment shop with discerning taste

Yesterday, my husband and I were walking home from our friends’ new apartment – from the West side to the East side…we came across a very cute consignment shop called Fisch for the Hip. Thankfully, my husband is as curious as I am when we see some vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases in the window…so we went in to see what we could find.

Fisch for the Hip is a fabulous Chelsea consignment shop with a meticulously edited selection of everything from Chloe, Missoni, Marni, Vera Wang RTW, Stella McCartney, Gucci, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Dolce, Alaia, Hermes bags, men’s designer suits and all sorts of other things that you will not find anywhere else in NYC. The owner and staff of Fisch for the Hip choose their consignment items with care to create the ultimate shopping experience for you – although I’ve read some bad reviews from people trying to sell their items in the store… The selection is large enough to dress even the most selective of shoppers, but at the same time, you aren’t searching through tons of things that no one would want…every piece seems to have a purpose.

We didn’t buy anything…but I definitely saw lots of things that I loved – the kinds of pieces that are like gems in a wardrobe to keep yours from ever looking like someone else’s. The prices were better than buying new, but the $10,000 Hermes Birkin bag was still hard to swallow…

Fisch for the Hip

(917) 512-8250

153 W 18th St

(Between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue)

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Custom Men: a cut above the rest

For all you tailored men out there…if there are any other than my husband…I have a recommendation for you!

On Saturday, we went to Custom Men – a custom suit maker on West 57th Street – to get my husband a new suit to be ready for the Spring.  Remember – he is Italian and it has been VERY hard to find something to substitute for the old Italian tailor that he used to go to in Milan…

The experience was fun and charming and in an old-world kind of way. When we arrived to the building, we had to call a phone number to be let in and led upstairs. They don’t have a typical office  or retail establishment – actually far from it. We entered a large room with tons of fabric samples, design books, dressing mirrors, a big consulting desk and a sitting area (for those who are just assisting with confirmation and fabric choices – me, in this case). The gentleman who helped my husband was very pleasant and polite – he knew what he was talking about, he didn’t rush my husband or push for a sale, he negotiated the price to be VERY reasonable, and he even appreciates his loyal customers by offering two custom shirts for every referral!

I wish that more men would try to dress well and get things that actually fit their shape. Although it is more expensive than shopping at Zara or Daffy’s, the fabrics alone are worth the price. Not to mention the fact that the suits are MADE for the customer.  Off-the-rack suits never fit perfectly – a jacket may fit on the chest, but it’s either too big or too tight on the waist. If a shirt fits around the neck, it’s either too big or too tight around the rest of the body. And if the pants fit around the waist, they are usually too long or too baggy around thighs and knees. A custom-made suit gives you the FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. Custom Men even makes hand-stitched button holes and include personal embroidery on the inside pocket.

Ladies: they also do women’s custom tailoring, but I think it pays more just to have them fix up our men!

CustomMen
140 W. 57th Street,
Suite 4C (Near Carnegie Hall),
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (212) 767-0545

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