Monday, October 31, 2011

View from Above

It was a whirlwind weekend full of friends and old memories.  I flew to Ohio to go back to college for homecoming weekend.  More details to come but first some pics I snapped on the plane ride home, I can't believe it actually snowed in NY!  So glad I missed it :-) not quite ready for that!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

House Tours

I mentioned last week that I was touring some of Manhattan's finest apartments during the Junior League House Tour.  While this year wasn't the best I've seen, below are a few of my favorite looks from the various apartments.  It was a beautiful fall day, perfect for walking this city from top to bottom and ending with a cocktail at the New Traditionalists showroom in Soho.

Love the black and white
The essential mirror vanity fridge to chill your daily bevie!

I wish I had the space for a vintage bar cart....some day

Not part of the house tours but a treat from the weekend-Melt Bakery's red velvet ice cream sandwich with cream cheese ice cream!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy Weekend

Woo hoo it's Friday, we made it!  Another week down.  This weekend I have a friend in town visiting from California.  We'll be trying two new-to-me restaurants, touring the homes of the rich and famous (not really, more likely just rich or seriously talented interior decorators) in the New York Junior League House Tours, and my goal for Sunday is to flip my closet over, because I'm pretty sure the days of 70 degrees plus are behind us, and I've pretty much worn my summer wardrobe in every creative way possible as the weather has changed, such a dreaded task, I'll feel so accomplished if I finally get it done this weekend, and will have a whole new wardrobe of items that I've forgotten about in the past 6 months!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tweed and Tea and a Bicycle Ride

Last Saturday was the first New York Tweed Run, sponsored by Rugby Ralph Lauren.  The "metropolitan cycling event" began in London a few years ago; riders don traditional English cycling tweeds, and break out their bikes for a ride around the city.  It could not have been a more perfect day, the sun was shining and everyone really came out in their finest Tweed!  There was tea by Jeeves and Jericho, scones by Woolmark, and the Van Leeuwen ice cream truck was parked out front handing out scoops to all participants!  It was such a fun event, I think everyone involved (as well as the curious passersby) all had a great time!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pink Ponies

As we all know, October is breast cancer awareness month.  While many of us have constant reminders of breast cancer in our lives, it is nice to see international attention brought to these causes month by month. 

Ralph Lauren recently celebrated Pink Pony Day.  Employees around the world celebrate a day full of events related to breast cancer awareness and fundraising.  Our day started with a 1.7 mile walk through central park, led by Ralph himself.  Ralph chose to make breast cancer his company's main philanthropy when a close friend was diagnosed with the disease in 2000.  Now, 11 years later, we have raised millions of dollars for the cause.

Other events throughout the day included the first annual Pink Pony Day carnival, bake sales, and an online auction for employees.  All in all a fun way to spend an ordinary work day, all in the name of a great cause!

Employees gather at Grand Army Plaza for the start of the walk-not a bad way to start the work day!
Ralph gave an inspirational speech before the start of the walk

Old fashioned carnival games

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Weekend-what's on tap?

Whew, this week seemed to drag on! But at the same time, here we are at the weekend once again! The weather forecast calls for 80 degrees and clear blue skies, a first after what feels like endless weekends filled with rain. No real plans except for a birthday dinner at this place which I'm ridiculously excited about, I may haven already studied the menu to decide on what I want! Tomorrow a friend is hosting a Kardashian wedding viewing party, any excuse to drink wine with the

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Happy Monday

image via pinterest
I can't remember the last time that I came out of a weekend feeling truly relaxed.  The weather was blah, but I managed to actually get errands done, I took a new pilates class, got my nails done, and indulged in some serious catch-up with my dvr.  It's amazing what a weekend like that can do for the soul!  We managed to take advantage of the few hours without rain and drizzle on Sunday for another picnic in central park.  We're really perfecting the art of the picnic basket!

I made goat cheese stuffed figs wrapped in prosciutto.  I'm going to let you in on a little secret, if you ever need an easy go to appetizer that is sure to be a crowd pleaser, this is it!  So easy, and will have your guests asking what restaurant you got take-out from!

I used green figs-I've used the purple ones before and I think they might be a tad sweeter, but the store was out so these did just fine!
Slice the figs about halfway through and stuff with a slice of goat cheese.  Wrap the prosciutto around the fig and place on a foil lined baking sheet.
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and place in the oven, heated to 350 degrees, for 10 minutes.
The last of the summer rose and a perfect fall picnic!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Looking Forward but Still Remembering

Last week I had the honor of visiting the 9/11 memorial site.  I know we all have our own stories of where we were and how we remember that day, I was getting ready for school my sophomore year of high school in California when I turned on the news and saw the second plane hit.  While I may have been far removed from the immediacy of the devastation, the magnitude of the event has always stuck with me, now more than ever as New York is my current home.  This month in particular the 10 year anniversary memorials, commemorative TV specials and magazine articles brought the memories of that fateful day to the forefront of my mind. 

After ten long years, the families touched by the devastation have a place to go and remember their loved ones.  And the destruction that took so long to clean up is finally being replaced by new growth and development on the site, as shown by the floor by floor climb of the new One World Trade Center building.  I was thoroughly impressed with the way the memorial turned out.  It was breathtakingly beautiful.  We went at sunset, which I think was the perfect time to see it, as the city was starting to twinkle in the blue-black sky.  I can't wait to go back when the museum opens to the public in 2012.

One World Trade Center
These two tridents were part of the original structure of the World Trade towers-and are the only fragments that were still standing after the towers fell
The tridents are located in the building that will serve as the memorial museum, set to open in 2012
The footprints of the two towers are commemorated by beautiful fountains that are surrounded by the names of everyone who died inscribed into bronze panels.

If you live in NY or plan on visiting soon, I highly suggest a visit to the memorial.  Tickets are free but are booking about a month in advance so plan ahead.  You can make reservations here

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