NYC Dream Day

bgview2 I’m pretty predictable – give me a fancy café, pretty architecture, and a coupe of champagne, and I’ll declare any day a dream day. But really, there’s a special magic that comes with just wandering the city, with good company and great conversation. On Friday, Shilo met me bright and early and we started at Little Collins, lunched at Bergdorf, and wandered the West Village, wrapping it up with a glass of champagne at Jeffrey’s. She dropped me off for macrobiotic dinner time with Jenna & Anna, which was the perfect end to a perfect day.

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On Saturday, I realized I’d seriously strained my Achilles tendon (Don’t do this, it hurts) but still managed to trek up to Café Sabarsky, read my book a bit while having breakfast, head back down Madison for a little holiday shopping and a stop at Ladurée (there’s one opening in Soho in mid-November!), and a little loop through the park before collapsing completely in the Champagne Bar at the Plaza, where I sat for 3+ hours in the afternoon, reading and having snacks and sorbet and champagne. I tried to rally, but ended up at the airport 4 hours early in utter exhaustion & pain. It was worth it! But really, next time: sneakers?

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I’ve started an NYC Places pin board, with some of the places I’ve loved the last few trips, and ideas for next time. My goal post-move was to go twice a year, we’ve been back in Vermont 2 years now and I’ve gone 6 times – 5 of those for work. I jump at every chance to visit, I really do feel the presence of my grandparents with me when I go to the places they took me when I was little. And the time spent with ladies I feel connected and cozy with is amazing.


  1. Your red handbag (in the picture with the copy of The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox) is beautiful. I am looking for just such a bag (to coincide with a change of job … out of scrubs and into real clothes and heels!). Would you mind sharing the make, or where you found it?

  2. Thank you so much! I wondered if it might be. I have been stalking the Mansur Gavriels on Net a Porter, but so far on the British website they have only been selling the totes in black (with a black or cobalt lining) or tan (once spotted with a hot pink lining, but mostly just plain tan).

    Do you mind if I ask more questions? Is it heavy? My old Mulberry tote weighs a ton as soon as you put so much as your keys in it. And does the top gape or does it feel quite secure when it’s tucked under your arm? Living in London I am quite keen to be able to close the top of my handbag! (My Mulberry tote doesn’t).

    Thank you again.

    1. It’s not heavy, but I did have a few moments in NYC where I thought it wasn’t the safest thing to have a tote without a closure. The top doesn’t gape too much but if security is a top concern I think I’d look for something else for an every day bag. It IS beautiful, though.

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