A little while ago Jess Bowen from Used York City popped an email in my inbox saying she was starting a new column on her blog featuring New York City apartments and asked if I’d like to include mine! I mean, I share bits a pieces from time to time on the ‘grams but I’ve never done an apartment tour on the blog because 1. Laziness 2. The ‘tour’ lasts all of ten seconds and 3. I haven’t been blogging since I moved in here, but since I had recently taken down Christmas and dusted, I figured why the heck not.
Since moving in in July, I’ve found a nice little home for a lot of my favorite things from the Astoria 2R / Parkside Manor days, and though the Deep Queens apartment is very tiny it is very homey, albeit fiercely edited in a way that has ensured each and every item in the apartment is my favorite. When Jess asked what my favorite things in the apartment were I found myself listing pretty much everything and took a gratutious amount of photos for a studio apartment tour. Visit Used York City for the full tour and Top 5 faves (hint: they’re mostly from the streets).
Oh, also, sorry there are no great total room shots because well, um, I’d need a serious full frame camera and/or the widest of wide angle lenses like those liars use for real estate photos. This is a one room situation remember… basically you’ve got two views, the big part of the room looking at the bed/media center/couch and the view looking towards the entry. There’s nothing exciting to report from the kitchen/bathroom, just your standard rental situation, though I did include a gratuitous Cafe Bustelo coffee #shelfie!
After a co-worker saw the feature and was trying to figure out where everything went I did make a layout one night in photoshop during a fit of procrastiworking if that makes it easier! **Disclaimer: that is not anywhere near scale, I just got a kick out of making rectangles and circles in PS** Be sure to peep the full tour on Jess’s blog and stay tuned to the ‘grams for any updates!
For v-day this year, the hand-holding-man-friend and I decided that instead of going to dinner (on a Friday no less) and suffering through some terrible no good pre fixe, we would save our romantic dinner time dollars for our actual favorite meal of the week—BRUNCH!!
The East Pole is in a cute little brownstone on East 65th right off of Lexington, so N/Q/R/F/4/5/6 riders, this is a good spot for you! I was worried that brunch being what it is in New York we were going to have to contend with some Upper East Side clamoring for a table, but when we walked in around 1:00 the downstairs was bustling and inviting but not hectic. They actually ushered us upstairs to The Map Room which had been converted from the looks of their website from a big communal event space to a bunch of deuces for the big romantic event of the weekend. The window seat tables even had blankets on the benches for maximum coziness!
The food, the cocktails, the decor, and the service were top notch. The menu is medium pricey for a typical brunch, $12 for brunch cocktails and $18-25 for entrees, but both food and drink were well worth it. Ps. definitely get the $10 toast with jams and ricotta, the apricot marmalade situation made my heart sing!
Though it was more than we’d usually spend on a casual brunch, in the realm of a Valentine’s Day or even a proper date night, dropping a hundo on brunch is on the low end really… Plus, after brunch we walked across the park as it started to snow (eye roll, I know) and went shopping for “gifts.” I upgraded my iPhone to the 5S, and Joe bought nice wool pants at JCrew. Because really, if you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?
Couple any of these winners with a distracting shirt for all awkward meetings/presentations/Mondays and you win at life:
- Make Up For Ever #40: This is my newest horse in the stable, the color is like a hot orange almost neon and I f’ing love it, though it’s not for the faint of heart. It has a very lipstick-y smell however and the wear length is medium, make sure it’s in your pocket when you walk out the door, you’ll need to reapply after coffee. It has a satin finish and I wish it was matte but that’s OK, anyone have a great matte orange lip?
- Sephora Hot Tango: A great bright red, not brickish or brown or purple, and good and matte. Overall I like the way Sephora lipsticks wear. It’ll last you all the way through 3pm lunch, and even as it fades it doesn’t change into a weird color.
- YSL Nude Beige: I bought this one in a moment of weakness after I had been sick for an eternity and hit that point where I would pay whatever it took to feel joy again. I guess lipstick was the trick. It’s ridiculously expensive for a lipstick but the packaging is gorgeous and it is very silky and tastes nice. Technically not a power lip in a color sense since it’s so subtle, but I put it on the list anyway because $$$.
- Sephora Mr. Lover: Another Sephora brand winner, a great fushia that goes with everything. If you want one great lipstick to wear with your entire closet buy this one. I also really like how the Sephora brand doesn’t have a terrible smell or slick feel.
BONUS: That sweatshirt with freaking lipsticks on it for Opening Ceremony, so weird, so wonderful… just enjoy it, it’s four hundred freaking dollars anyway.
Real talk. Since the fall I’ve been working with a super luxury hospitality client. One of my favorite things about this client is that they are very into high end fashion, home decor, and lifestyle content so it affords me the opportunity to open up my browsing radar. Have you ever wondered who sorts from high to low when they’re online shopping? Me, for these guys. It’s incredible, if something doesn’t cost at least $500 then what’s the point of posting about it?
Enter this little series, it’s probably the biggest vehicle to getting me back in the ole’ WordPress dashboard. When I saw this Rosie Assoulin dress for the first time, I LITERALLY MOANED OUT LOUD. I neeeeeeeeeeeded a place to put it, I felt compelled to share my desperate love for this dress. How I want to wear it with a nude pump and strong lip and just feel the glory of every dollar. That huge ridiculous bow, that color blocking, the ever so rounded top of the bodice, the PLEATS!!?!!? I’m getting light headed…
Five thousand two hundred and ninety five dollars will buy you the pleasure, and I’m pretty sure it’s worth it every penny.