Category Archives: Free Expression

Life in the Manhattan

If you don’t hire a broker, trying to find an apartment of decent size with decent lighting in a decent neighborhood can be hard. When I first decided to move to NYC I set up a weekend visit with my best friend. I didn’t have numbers or emails or any idea how to find an apartment. Fortunately, another friend told me about nybits.com This site is priceless. You can filter results based on all the things that are important to you.

After a few hours of searching I put together a list of potential apartments and set up time to see them. My prize find: 1 Columbus Place, New York., New York. It is one block from Columbus Circle, central park and the subway. The theater district and Lincoln Center are walk-able. There is a Whole Foods a regular grocery store and a Duane Reade right around the corner. Additionally, the building has an awesome sun deck to catch some rays in the summer that was never fully occupied. I got a great deal for my studio because I was on a limited budget and the apartment building was required to discount my monthly rent. The building was owned by Brodsky who has several apartment buildings throughout Manhattan. For more information check out  www.brodskyorg.com

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St. Maarten

Just got back from a week in St. Maarten. What an island! I am a huge fan. So far I’ve only been to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and St. Maarten so I don’t have much to compare, but St. Maarten out ranks the other two by far! I would most definitely go back.

What’s to love? The incredibly soft sandy beaches, the pristine water, the safety of the island, the ability to leave your resort for delicious cuisine on both the Dutch and French sides, super fun night life on the Dutch side, fabulous Snorkel/’Booze’ cruises, its close proximity to Anguila and St. Barth so you can island hop…so so much to love!

If you’re 20 something or below I recommend staying in Maho Bay, the Sonesta is a good pick. For those who can afford it, a villa in Long Bay is spectacular. Dawn beach is a little out of the way-far from the airport, night life, and pelican marina where many of the dive and snorkel trips take off from. I recommend the Dutch side over the French side. The whole island is about a 2 hour drive around. Cars rent for about $30 a day so wherever you stay you won’t be too far from something to do.

While I was vacationing I asked about other people’s favorite islands. Top picks were St. John for its safety and the ability to find secluded beach spots, Virgin Gorda in the British Isles for its overall beauty, and Costa Rica for its variety of beaches, volcanoes and mountains. Happy vacationing!

 

Boutiques.com

I’ve just started perusing Boutiques.com and I think it’s going to be awesome. Go figure – it was launched by Google. First, the site helps you figure out which style your own most closely resembles. Next, you customize your personal boutique by selecting your loves and hates from necklines to colors of shoes. Like twitter you can have followers and follow others. Finally, a virtual community where we can share in each others fashion sense! It’s a whole new way for fashionistas to communicate online and I’m loving it.

Illesteva makes the “illest” sunglasses “eva”

Lady Gaga’s wearing ’em and so is Beyonce. The brand came out in 2009 and is as sweet as it’s name suggests. These sunglasses are hand crafted in Italy and have a 50’s starlit and Mediterranean inspired look.  Don’t pick ’em up if you’re not trying to look fly and garner some attention. These sunglasses are not for the meek and insecure. They’re just the right mix of antique and flash  to make you cool , classic and edgy at the same time. The brand uses materials from bamboo to titanium. Think you can pull off a pair of wooden sunglasses? -Well then this is your brand. I see it doing best in sun-glossed, oceanic locales. However, they’re so new, so fab, I think they’ll qualify as city chic before we know it. Visit illesteva.com for more.

The Tourist

I just had the pleasure of seeing The Tourist starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. There was suspense and romance but in a less a bloody, vengeful, and expensive chase scene, ‘contemporary’ kind of way. It reminded me more of a classic suspense film like To Catch a Thief or Charade, two personal, all-time favorites.

Jolie looked ‘ravishing’ in her expensive attire. She played the part with an inspirational feminine beauty reminiscent of a 1950’s iconic star.

Depp was ‘ravenous’, and as usual dove head first into his characterization, allowing one to forget that he had ever starred in anything else, and just believe that who he portrayed was absolutely who he was. Depp and Jolie definitely had some impressive on screen chemistry. I was enthralled. In short: I loved it, and I recommend it.

Inspired by Rodarte

From 2008

I’m officially in love with all things Rodarte. For the last 30 minutes I’ve been mesmerized by Rodarte designs. Black Swan opens this weekend, and I can hardly wait to see it. Bring on the intoxication of sublimely designed costumes!

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman wore a charming and ethereal, ‘Grace Kelly meets elusive goddess’, Rodarte dress to the Black Swan premier. Several other celebrities have donned exquisite Rodarte designs including Kiera Knightley, Cate Blanchett, Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Obama, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton and Dita von Teese.

Kiera Knightley

Founded by two sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, from Pasadena, California, the brand has been a huge success. It has appeared on the cover of more than 20 international publications including Vogue and is stocked globally by more than 40 of the world’s most premier retailers.

Spring 2011 Ready-To-Wear

I had a hard time picking images to include! I seriously suggest a Google image search, a visit to the Rodarte home page or a visit to style.com for more.

Black Swan Costume

Lovin’ Karl Lagerfeld

We love Karl Lagerfeld for his critical eye, his keen sense of style, and his passionate self-expression–at least when he’s expressing himself in perfectly tailored garments and must-have accessories. Maybe not as much when he expresses his style opinions verbally…Controversy surrounds recent remarks made by Lagerfeld in an interview with International Herald Tribune fashion writer Suzy Menkes for VogueTV. The innovative Lagerfeld expresses some of the challenges that he faced in bringing his creative energies into a brand that covets timelessness and its own heritage. “No one wanted to be told by an old lady that miniskirts and jeans were not chic.”

In my opinion, it’s only natural that the two fashion gods clashed at some point and if Lagerfeld saved the brand from dismissing the obviously chic miniskirt and the here-to-stay-forever jean, then power to him. Lagerfeld revamped, refreshed, and revitalized CHANEL. Instead of bashing another idol for having an opinion and stifling free expression, I think we should embrace Lagerfeld, celebrate his creative genius and trust that no matter what he says he will continue, as he has, to honor the spirit of Coco Chanel in all future CHANEL endeavors while also being true to his own artistic visions.

On a separate note, Macy’s has recently signed a deal with Lagerfeld to create a line for the department store called Impulse, which features collections from different luxury designers. The line is set to debut in fall of 2011. Here’s to hoping Lagerfeld for Impulse will be at least as good as Lagerfeld for H&M was!