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Empire State of Mind…

September 14, 2010

I have been m.i.a. lately here on Effortless Chic.  In the last two weeks my sister got married in Austin, Aaron and I spent a week in New York for work, and then we both worked on the VMAs this past Sunday.  Enough with excuses, here are some of my favorite moments from my week in NYC!

My most favorite–albeit very uncool– thing to do in New York is walk through the park early in the morning with coffee in hand.  (What can I say, I’m easy to please!)  So much to Aaron’s dismay, that is exactly what we did most mornings…

Most hours of most days were spent shopping!  Comme des Garcons for interesting cashmere, button shopping at 45 rpm, and the usual jaunts: Barneys, Bergdorf, Jeffrey.  My favorite stop though was at the Thom Browne store.  They were closed for the day shooting their Women’s Spring Lookbook, but Thom himself let us in and gave us a private tour of the collection.  Totally genius!  Preppy capes? Yes, please!

When Manhattan had been fully shopped, I ventured into Brooklyn to a couple of boutiques I had never been to.  Right across the street from each other, Bird and Smith + Butler are worth the journey :)

All of this shopping certainly does make for one hungry girl!  In a week I managed to have most of my favorite New York bites!  Almond croissant at Balthazar, caprese and lemonade from Olive’s, lunch at Torrisi on Mulbery, and the most amazing wine and small plates (and people watching!) at Cafe Gitane!

Avocado, chili flakes, and lemon juice on fresh 7 grain bread at Cafe Gitane!

On Wednesday night, Aaron and I were able to squeeze in a little late night dinner in the city and had one rule: No eatery repeatery!  We had to venture to a new spot neither of us had ever been before.  Earlier that day I was speaking to someone whose husband had just opened up a new restaurant just a week prior with Mario Batali so that is where we went! EATaly!  It is a huge 5000 square foot Italian marketplace complete with a full beer garden on the roof right across the street from the flatiron building.  It has four full restaurants within the marketplace– we ate at Manzo and highly recommend!

A weeks worth of shopping for other people and want to know the one thing I picked up for myself for fall?

A new white shirt from Steven Alan… because it never goes out of style and exudes effortless chic!

And of course you all know my love for a crisp, white shirt!

(And, yes, that is another morning walk in the park!)

XO

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