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 Little Town for This Big One

Hi friends,

Last night I caught up with a friend of mine at Little Town, a bar that she recommended that is right in Union Square. While there’s not a whole lot to say about the bar’s atmosphere—it was pretty on par with your typical bar—the food and drinks there made me feel like I had to blog about it.

For starters, the bar incorporates beer from breweries all over the state. From their site:

“Little Town NYC is a contemporary brewhouse that pays homage to NY and everything it has to offer by bringing the tastes of its “little towns” like Ithaca, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton and Long Island to the heart of it all, Manhattan. Boasting a menu of almost 100 beers all sourced from NY breweries and food specials inspired by local hotspots throughout NY State, Little Town NYC proves you don’t have to leave Manhattan for quality food and beer and to feel like you’re at home.”

[Pardon my horrible photos, I was feeling a bit shy and tried to take them stealthily … obviously that didn’t work too well.]





For food we got the toasted goat cheese & honey baguette and the hummus & crudite. Holy cow, people. Now this might sound a bit snobby, but I consider myself to be a bit of a hummus connoisseur. I’m a vegetarian, and I get it pretty much everywhere I go. And this hummus was, my friends, some of the absolute best that I’ve had. Anywhere. Ever. And the goat cheese & honey? Who in a million years would have thought that would be the most delicious combo ever?

Anyway, all of this is to say, if you’re in the Union Square area and you’re in the mood for some tasty food (I think they actually might be known for their oysters)  and a ton of beer options, this is your place.

Then, if it’s a weeknight, check out the seriously eclectic group of people you’ll see hanging out at the Union Square subway stop, to include rows and rows of people playing Chess.



Now that I think about it, I think I need to add it to my bucket list to find out how this whole tradition started. The Chess players have been here for years … it’s really quite fascinating.

Okay, bis bald, friends!