May has no doubt been a busy travel month for me. After my Mediterranean holiday, I was off to NYC for my cousin’s wedding in the Hamptons and some serious shopping in Manhattan after. Sadly, I didn’t arrive in the Hamptons Blair Waldorf style – fresh off the Jitney in a white lace Marc Jacobs dress and hairband. My reality was more like a five hour flight to New York and then a harrowing three and a half hour train ride out to East Hampton. But despite all that, the wedding was beautiful and when it was over, I scooted off to Manhattan to catch up with old friends and shop my heart out. New York, I love you.
The Hamptons are a peaceful and tranquil refuge for busy New Yorkers. Greenery, white picket fences, perfectly manicured lawns and wood shingled houses are just some of the characteristics of the Hamptons.
Shopping in Soho is the most dangerous for me. I have never left Soho empty handed. Ever. Here on the corner of Broadway and Spring is the future site of Manhattan’s first Aritzia. I perused the ‘Shop Before the Shop’ where I chatted with salesgirls who had just returned from our fair city for Aritzia sales training. Aritzia Soho will be the biggest yet – two floors and 10,000 square ft of TNA, Talula and Wilfred goodness. Go big or go home.
A visit to New York is never complete without a visit to The Met. I could spend the whole day there. I was fortunate to catch the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit at the Met Costume Institute. One word: Amazing. About 100 dresses and 70 accessories and head pieces were on display, including his last fully realized collection “Plato’s Atlantis” featuring the infamous Armadillo shoes. You weren’t supposed to take pics in the exhibit, but I managed to sneak a quick snap.
The food in NYC never disappoints. Outside The Met was the “Shake & Cake” truck which sold cupcakes and milkshakes. I had the salted caramel milk shake. Sprinkles Cupcakes just opened near 59th and Lexington and I continued my salted caramel craze with a salted caramel cupcake. My sister had the black and white cupcake. Bouchon Bakery is my absolute favourite casual cafe – delicious pastries, sandwiches, macarons and coffee make a great breakfast or mid afternoon snack.
Some serious shopping was had. A few of my favourite purchases: Ruffled tank tops from Express, a Tory Burch studded leather wrap bracelet in rose gold, Ted Rossi studded white lizard cuff, Marc by Marc Jacobs star earbuds for my iPod, black/white striped silk dress from J Crew and navy blue/white striped dress from Petit Bateau (who knew this kids boutique sold adult clothing?!).