I had a great time in New York celebrating my 31st birthday. Spent the most beautiful Saturday strolling up Madison Ave ducking into Barney’s, Bergdorfs, and J. Crew. Spent a rainy Sunday in SoHo lunching and shopping some more. I made the decision to unplug while I was away and therefore came back with not one picture taken on my camera, not one new NY-centric blog post, and barely a tweet. And guess what-it feels great. I love being constantly connected, however, it is just as nice to take a little break and live in the moment rather than think about my next post, tweet, or what pictures I feel like using. However, here are things that refreshed and recharged me while I was away.
The art of Ethiopian artist Julie Mehretu will be on exhibit at the Guggenheim. Her art is socially and politically charged and she has garnered a lot of attention for her new ideas about abstract art.There is a great blurb about her in the May 2010 issue of Vogue which I read on the plane. One of my all time favorite things about traveling is the undisturbed, focused time I get to devote to my magazines-no Internet to distract me, no cell phone, and Direct TV on the plane didn’t work.
Neutrals-I notice that most of the items I purchased where all very subdued and varying shades of neutrals. Perhaps it has something to do with getting older-investing in classic pieces in classic colors. By far, my most amazing birthday gift ever(thanks to my wonderful BF)-the beautiful Chanel Cerf Tote in Nude. I also ended up buying this top from Alice and Olivia and these flats from J. Crew
One of my favorite mental images of my weekend- strolling along Madison Ave on a picture perfect New York day watching my adorable 6 year old niece devour a chipwich. I’ve been so addicted to HD strawberry ice cream lately that it felt so right to indulge in the itty bitty single serving size purchased at a nondescript bodega on our way to J Crew No. Ten Thirty Five.
We stayed at The London Hotel and I really enjoyed it. It is so centrally located to great shopping and I had a great night’s sleep.I will never tire of black out shades, perfectly crisp sheets, and no noise-truly blissful and the best way to recharge.
I divided my time between New York and then visited my family in New Jersey. I’ve spent a lot of time in NJ but mostly in the winter. I was mesmerized by the lush greenery in my sister’s backyard and the beautiful lilac trees I spotted on my drive out there. The rainy day only enhanced the spring greens and shades of purple.