Back in the Borough: The Quintessential Christmas Place in NYC

Hi friends,

So about three or four years ago now, I attempted to visit Rolf’s German Restaurant around Christmas to see what all the commotion was regarding their holiday decorations.

I don’t think we even made it in the door that night it was so packed … and last night wasn’t much different. I made plans with a friend to try to get there as soon as she could after work (we were there by 5:20 at the latest) so as to try to skip the crowds.

Of course that didn’t work out. It was seriously packed even at that early hour. So here are my Rolf’s suggestion.

  1. If you’re visiting NYC during the holidays, you should at least go inside to check out all the decorations. Christmas threw up in here … and it’s wonderful.
  2. Try as hard as possible to go during a week day at an off hour — like maybe as soon as it opens, or around 2 p.m. or something. I assume it’s not as busy as then, but really can’t be sure.

So anyway, we stopped inside for a couple minutes last night, took some photos and dipped out to a nearby bar, instead.


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And the 2013 Christmas Craziness continues! Bis bald, friends! Hope your season is filled with just as many amazing decorations (and snow!) as mine has been so far.

Back in the Borough: An Evening With Cupcakes & Cashmere

One of the things I love most about NYC is all of the events. On any given night, in any given part of the city, you will find events for all sorts of fabulous things. Book launches. Magazine fashion shows. Movie premieres. I used to go to a lot more of them when I worked in magazines, but now that I don’t go to as many, that makes them all that much more special when I do.

Tonight it was all about cookie decorating. Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere fame brought her fabulousness to Club Monaco on 5th Ave. for some appetizers, drinks, cookie decorating and discounts. (Club Monaco stuff is nice, but I mean …. that sch&*% can be expensive! Even with the 20% discount that attendees received I didn’t end up buying anything ….).

So I grabbed a friend and we headed on over for the fun.

photo 1^^ Club Monaco is gorgeous! How have I never been inside here before??

photo 2^^ One of my absolute favorite sights

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photo 4^^ Gettin’ our cookie decorating on!

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photo 8^^ Emily in all her glory. It was like a celebrity sighting.
(And yes, I’m aware how stalkerish this photo is.)

photo 9^^ The clothing displays were so sophisticated.
I thought there was something really beautiful about them.

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photo 12^^ This looked pretty, but it seriously tasted the worst.

photo 13^^ Gift wrapping station!

photo 14^^ The crowd to say hi to Emily grows.

photo 15^^ We walked right in when we arrived, but as we left there was a line growing at the door.
Get it girl! Maybe one day my blog will become so famous I’ll draw amazing crowds, too 😉

After the event we didn’t quite feel like going home yet, so we headed over to the Union Square Holiday Markets to check them out. There is some seriously fun and quirky (and gorgeous!) stuff there …

photo 16^^ I mean, is there anything better than trees all lit up for the holidays?

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photo 21^^ I just love the Empire State hiding out in the background.

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Bis bald, friends! Hope you’re all having a fabulous Tuesday night as well.


Back in the Borough: A Glorious Walk to the Dentist

December is absolutely the best time to be in New York City. (Well, to be fair, there’s no bad time to be here. Except maybe in the sweltering summer. Yes. I take that back. It absolutely stinks to be here in the summer.)

I digress. Sometimes, my friends, when you live in a city like New York, you get so distracted by all the fabulous holiday decorations walking to the dentist that it takes you an extra 1/2 hour to get there.


Ah well, what can you do. Here’s a bit of what I saw on my way to the dentist this morning.


2Pigeons^^ Lazy pigeons taking a nap on a pole. 


4BuggyInTraffic^^A note about the horse and buggies around Central Park: I don’t agree with them.
That’s a whole other story. They sure are pretty to look at, though.

5HarrysTree^^A hint about NYC holiday decor: Don’t forget to look up!




9LookUp^^See? Up! Pretttyyyy!

10Dentist^^A festive wreath in my dentist’s office.






16FestiveOtter^^My, my. That otter sure is fancy!

17Burst^^This little starburst decoration is hard to see in the photo,
but they’re so pretty, lighting up the streets at night.

18GreatBritain^^And oh my goodness it wouldn’t be the holidays without the
Bloomingdale’s window displays! [Ed note: Please ignore
the horribleness of these photos, as they were taken with my
iPhone and I was trying to be somewhat inconspicuous.]

19Italy^^I think Italy was my favorite 😉



22Couple^^How cute is this couple looking at the displays? You know
how I like to take photos of random, unsuspecting people …

23NY^^The NYC display wasn’t half bad, either

24SubwayTrees^^Who could be grumpy — even if you are heading off to the dentist —
with an entire holiday tree display set up right outside
your subway station? Not me, that’s for sure!



Bis bald, friends! And may your trips to the dentist bring you as much joy as mine did today!