Monday, March 29, 2010

Pesach snark

It wouldn't be a proper Jewish holiday without a little snark, courtesy of SomeEcards.

Happy Pesach.

Singing Tom's praises: Colicchio & Sons

My boyfriend, The Bunny, has a solid track record of surprising me with special treats (most recently this took the form of tickets to "A Little Night Music," starring Zeta-Jones and Lansbury on Broadway).

I figured it was my time to return the favor, and after reading a glowing New York Times review (snippet: "Mr. Colicchio’s is the must-try New York menu. His restaurant isn’t perfect. But it is exciting. And the food is terrifically good."), I booked a table at
Colicchio & Sons

Tom Colicchio, chief judge on "Top Chef" and proprietor/chef behind Craft, 'wichcraft, and craftbar (which I enjoyed so much last summer), opened this restaurant last month in the former craftsteak location.

It's the first of his endeavors to bear his name, which says something for his commitment to what he's doing there. In fact, while we were dining, the man himself emerged from the kitchen to deliver dishes to a table. He may be a celebrity, but he is first and foremost a chef.

The space is gorgeous, the food is exceptional, the service is top of the line,
and the thoughtful small touches round out a signatures
It may seem insignificant, but when they brought Mr. Bunny his iced tea, they delivered with it a tiny carafe of simple syrup rather than hideous sugar packets.
Those are the kinds of details that will have me coming back time and again.

And besides, how can you beat this view of The Highline?

Well done, Tom.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Food For Thought: The Career Dilemma

From time to time I find myself daydreaming about how nice it would be to see a big list of all possible jobs.

I could peruse the list and check off what I've done, what I would avoid at all costs, and denote what I wanted to try. By refining this process again and again, I would finally arrive at the "perfect" career for me.

But it doesn't work that way. I've taken some unconventional paths in pursuit of the right thing and, overall, have been very pleased with the results.

Yet part of me wonders if a list like the one described above would help me at all. I feel in my bones that I'm destined to continue on a unique path that will ultimately lead me to where I should be.

But god, maybe it would be easier to just be content working as an investment banker.

Where do you stand on this?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

You're Invited!

Next Tuesday I will be hosting an event for my favorite charity of late,

This party, held at the Lilly Pulitzer townhouse on Madison Avenue, will allow shoppers to browse in the after-hours, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, receive great prizes and gifts, and, BEST OF ALL, donate 10% of their purchases directly back to Children for Children.

Please join in the fun. RSVP by March 28 to the number below!

I'll see you there.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Things That Make Me Smile: Here Comes the Sun (Doo Dum Doo Doo)

It's been a LONG, COLD, BITTER winter in New York City.
The bleak weather has dragged down the moods and momentum of many people I know.
But recently I can't help but feel that the cloud (literal and figurative) has finally lifted.
Friends are getting new jobs (I'm looking at you, JCT!), acceptances to grad schools (three cheers for CCC going to Stanford Med!), embarking on new romances (*wink, wink* MVG), and carving out new career paths for themselves (proud of you, MBM)!

As for me, the many things in my pipeline are aligning and executing quite nicely.
Fingers are crossed that this period of détente and good luck continues!

In order to celebrate these happy feelings, let me share with you a most spectacular day that I had last weekend:

I woke up and hopped over to Hotel Griffou, a fabulous and new-ish subterranean spot in the center of the Village. So taken was I with the eclectic luxe-English-country-estate-gone-slightly-mad aesthetic that I'm seriously considering planning to have my upcoming 25th birthday fête there!

My dear friend MVG and I nibbled on:

Above: Skillet of Fresh Baked Sticky Buns (we shared)
Below: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup; Griffou Burger with Gruyere and Bacon

Afterward, we could barely move.
But it's a good thing we did.
We caught up with AWC--in town on a quick business trip--just long enough to give her a BIG HUG and for her to give me a sweet little bracelet!
(As if her Valentine's Day serenade weren't enough to treasure.)
I think it goes just perfectly with another bracelet she gave me:

And it was certainly nice to see her back in the context of the Big Apple. I hope she'll be a permanent fixture soon!

Following that short but sweet rendez-vous, MVG and I trained up to the UES to see the Quicktake: Rodarte exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
The exhibit didn't offer anything I hadn't seen before in the stores that carry Rodarte's young line, nor that I hadn't viewed in runway photos.
Nevertheless, it convinced me that the Mulleavy sisters are true craftsmen (though I still hesitate to elevate their status to "artists"). MVG and I both agreed that their initial concepts are delightfully singular, but only time will tell if their paradigm can translate into interesting variations on a theme, as well as profitability.
For everyone's sake, I hope it does...on both counts!

We walked through Central Park along the Jacqueline Kennedy Reservoir to the Upper West Side, and the rain that persisted through the entire day had finally stopped.

A perfect end to a perfect day.
I hope you find yourself having many of these, too.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Luck o' the Irish

I have an unlucky last name, but I still claim the luck o' the Irish!

Last night I was at the Madison Avenue Lilly Pulitzer store and snapped this shot of their new Murfee scarf corner:

This St. Patty's day I'll be Murphy's (New) Law in a (New) Murfee Scarf!

That's yours truly, buried under a pile of colorful scarves.

Hope you're wearing your green today!
Erin go bragh!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Urban Turbans: A Refreshing Look for Spring

I've had a lifelong love affair with hair accessories:
Pretty pins during my ballet years, and headbands well before Blair Waldorf made them ubiquitous.
In an effort to be more adventurous, I think the time has arrived for me to embrace something different:

Here are turbans done the right way on Prada's S/S and F/W '07 catwalks:

All Photos from

My favorite new model, Jacquelyn Jablonski, brings to mind a Girl [sans] the Pearl Earring in her bright turban twist:

Blogger Hanneli recently caught Parisian stylist Catherine Baba looking hopelessly chic in a turban (and on a bike, no less):

Don't want to twist and tie? Jennifer Ouellette's headbands make pulling off the look very easy:
Available at

Here's to a good hair day, everyday.