I really did mean it when I said a couple. I only got the Editor Pants in black and in denim. I really wanted the boucle pair in the center too, but the deal was you get 50% off the second pair of Editor Pants so I stuck to two pairs. I like buying trousers from Express because they make short sizes and the 00 short is perfect on me, no hemming needed! Tis an extraordinary thing for a not-so-tall chick like me to be able to wear pants straight off the rack (thus my preference for skirts). I also finally gave in and got the Express store card today to get an extra 15% off. So I ended up paying $84.36 instead of $129! I feel a little guilty for spending again, but knowing I will get lots of wear from these babies quiet my conscience a little bit ...
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Tonight, as I browsed the J.Crew website, I saw this picture and now my mind is set. I must have a schoolboy blazer!
I've seen this look work tremendously well on men and really, why can't women do it too? I'd need a thin hoodie though, maybe a cashmere or merino wool one, so the silhouette doesn't get bulky. And I think I prefer a velvet version. Looks snazzy on the men, so why not for me?
Uh-oh, the shopping trigger finger's starting to itch ...
Sweet Jesus, their version of apps is an entire meal for me. I didn't have much time to nibble before this arrived:
I ordered Gop Dol Bibim Bap, a dish of steamed rice, carrots, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, beef and egg served in a sizzling hot stoneware pot. I love the mixture of textures in this dish but I wished there was more beef in it since that's what I was actually craving. I guess next time I should just bite the bullet and try to eat bulgogi for two if it's what I really want! Nevertheless, I left KumGungSan completely stuffed and wanting to curl up for a nap. For $13.95, it's not a bad spread at all. Now to sleep off the food coma ...
Hope you had a great weekend!
KumGangSan is located at 49 West 32nd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, New York, NY 10001. Tel. (212) 967-0909
Saturday, August 29, 2009
One description jumped out at me when I looked at the menu: grilled cheddar with smoked ham, pear & mustard on cranberry-pecan bread. I mean, what more could you want in a grilled cheese sandwich? When the plate landed in front of me, I was so intent on devouring the sandwich that I almost forgot to take a picture. That they actually give you two halves, but the first one disappeared immediately:This sandwich was SO good. SOOOOO good. The sweetness of the pear and cranberry combined with the salty ham and cheese, and zesty mustard was ridiculously addictive. Oh god, I have to stop talking about it because it's making my mouth water ...
Today I came back to 'wichcraft by myself, needing a break from the pile of work threatening to drown me. It's a rare spot in Manhattan where you can sit, read a magazine and enjoy your lunch without other hungry diners breathing down your neck. It helps that they have a rack full of good magazines, hip background music, and no pushy bussers. I happily ate my grilled gruyere sandwich with caramelized onions while poring through the new Bazaar.The gruyere sandwich was also really delicious but the grilled cheddar extravaganza is still my favorite. It's good though for my yoga days when I wanna lay off the meat. The other really great thing about 'wichcraft? The pricetag! My favorite sandwich in the world is just $6.95, while grilled gruyere is just $5.95. Excellent prices for midtown Manhattan.
Friday, August 28, 2009
UPDATE: I was going to give in and order the black OTBs but guess freakin' what ... they ship out on 12/20! Are they MAD? Fuhgeddaboudit.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Or so I thought. Last Monday, I was at the Duty Free in Heathrow, mulling over the difference of the scent between Sarah Jessica Parker's Lovely and Narciso Rodriguez For Her when I saw the bottle of Anna Sui's Dolly Girl.The smell I so loved came back to me, and just like that I forgot about Lovely and Narciso Rodriguez. I just adore the scent of Dolly Girl. It's very fresh but also sweet and sexy. The topnotes are crisp apple and melon, effervescent bergamot and dash of cinnamon. But the base is a very feminine magnolia and jasmine. It's lighthearted but flirtatious. Best of all, it cost me all of £18. What's not to love?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Their designer series includes gorgeous invites by Martha Stewart. I love these three, especially the one with the corks. So perfect for a wine soaked evening!
Just in time for Fashion Week, pingg secured Patrick McMullan's fab photos for a chic fete:
Ben Watts' images would be perfect for enticing friends to go on a beach getaway:
Feel like throwing a party yet?
After eating, we were in a better position to shop. Walking around markets always makes me so happy. I love seeing booth after booth with fresh produce and wonderful artisanal products.
We were looking to buy snacks to bring to Mika's half-brother's place that evening. We settled on some deliciously nutty Parmegiano Reggiano, delicate slices of unctuous Parma ham, incredibly fresh mozzarella di buffala, an English stick, and some drunk cheese. Yes, drunk cheese. The cheese is fermented in either red wine or champagne, imparting a wonderfully distinct flavor. We went for the red wine inflected cheese.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I'm extremely tempted to stock up on bangles. I've had bracelets on the brain partly because I just came back from a weeklong Indian wedding feast and just lusted after the stacks upon stacks of bangles worn by the women. But it's also because piling on the cuffs, bangles and bracelets is a major trend for fall.
If I could have my way with the Rilee & Lo site, I would grab these retro glam cuffs at CC Skye:
I would also be severely tempted by these Isharya bangles that marry tradition with clean and modern lines:
On weekends when I'm feeling that earthy and hippie-ish, these bracelets by Citrine by the Stones would be perfect:
And on those days when I need a pretty pick-me-up for work, I'd love to stack up these gorgeous shirt cuffs by Kara Ross:
Full disclosure: Rilee & Lo is a sponsor of this blog (duh, see banner on the sidebar). But I have posted about their website before and really do love the stuff they sell, since I am a total accessories freak. We're working on doing a giveaway in the very near future so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, happy shopping!
The shrimp tempura soba set is a little pricey at $18 but well worth it for the amount of food you get. Aside from the large tray you see above, there was also a side salad, so it's a lot of food. They serve a proper tempura where you get plump shrimp with each bite. The freshly made soba noodles were nicely al dente. The perfectly chewy noodles and the warm broth were so comforting. Vanessa ordered her usual grilled salmon ($16):
Ludette seemed happy about her Chicken Kuwayaki set ($16). We had a funny episode because she wanted to bring home the soba noodles to her son. Our Japanese waiter was utterly conflicted between wanting to be a good waiter and not wishing the soba to be consumed when it wasn't at its best. Generally, Soba Totto doesn't allow its soba to be taken home because it won't taste as good when it's not freshly made. In the end, he let her take home the cold soba in a doggie bag, but warned that this would not be allowed next time.Soba Totto is certainly not one of the cheaper Midtown spots, but it's great value for money and the ambience is quite nice. It's probably not good for everyday, but it's a nice place to go to for more special occasions. Just make sure the people you're eating with are not averse to soba!
Soba Totto is located at 211 E 43rd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Tel.(212) 557-8200
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I'm also liking J. Crew's new Eden blazer in, you guessed it, velvet. The dusky salmon jacket would be a nice way of bringing a pop of color to the blacks that dominate my fall office wardrobe.
That's all ...
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I will miss my last London partner-in-crime Sonu, but it will be nice to make London memories with my man.
Off to my much needed vacation! Have a great week everyone!
Monday, August 17, 2009
- Long Island iced tea is not my friend. It might seem like a great party buddy on a Saturday night, but it's true evil evil evil colors come out the morning after. Friends don't grip friends' heads with a vice all day long.
- Ibuprofen and champagne are not friends either. One swig of champagne after popping a pill and my entire body turned lobster red with freaky splotches, and my heart started palpitating wildly. Never again.
Thankfully, after a nap, I felt better and got to enjoy the rest of the afternoon lying out by the pool at a friend's gorgeous digs in Westchester. We had a lovely dinner of salad, steak and delicious wine. A truly wonderful way to while away a Sunday afternoon. Hope you had a great one!