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CHSFW 2015: Day 4 Runway Review

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Mosa Boutique

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Mosa Boutique may be new to Charleston, but the store has quickly become one of my favorite stops. Not only do they carry a little bit of everything- women’s, men’s, swimwear, accessories and even local art work, but they have a beer & wine bar! That’s right, you can shop while your hubby sips a beer on their comfy couches- perfection! Their debut appearance at Charleston Fashion Week showed that this King St. boutique has something for everyone’s summer needs!

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You may recognize this trendy one piece from a Friday Five post I did on Zinke Swimwear a few weeks ago. It wasn’t until a bit later that I discovered they sold them locally at Mosa! I love when I find a favorite swimwear line sold locally because bathing suits are a must try on! In fact, I’m considering heading down there sometime this week to check out this strappy purple suit. The strappy look is so on trend for swimwear and athletic wear right now. I love how Mosa styled it with the black kimono and a messy fishtail braid!

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We saw the white trend all over the CHSFW runways, and Mosa sure did it right! I love that they have options for everyone, whether you want a boho vibe or a classically chic look. These dresses are great for anyone craving a fresh, spring outfit but they’re obviously great for any bride or graduate! I could even picture the last lace one as a really boho wedding dress- think tousled hair, flower crown, field wedding.

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Mosa also showed a vibrant collection of resort wear that just screams “take me on vacation!” Can y’all tell I’ve got spring fever?! I love the movement of these dresses- perfect for a pre dinner walk on the beach at sunset in Mexico…seriously y’all gotta get some beach in my life, but also gotta get into Mosa first!

Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant

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I think all of my followers know by now that I love me some Gwynn’s! Being Charleston’s only locally owned department store and carrying some of my favorite brands (think Alice & Olivia, J. Brand, Ted Baker, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo) it’s safe to say I’m a frequent shopper! They’re truly one stop {luxury} shopping at it’s finest- with everything from mens and womenswear to beauty and home decor. They’re always a big part of CHSFW and their show never disappoints! This year, they immediately showed us it would be a hot show with a sexy swimwear look! I’m kind of dying over the necklace they styled with it!

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Each of their looks were impeccably styled, which is such a reflection of the styling assistance that you receive at Gwynn’s. I would 100% wear any of the looks shown here and feel fabulous doing so! They too showed off the all white in a bit of a trendier way, skipping the dresses and going for a modern pants look. I’m OBSESSED with both of these, so on trend but still so classy at the same time!

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Continuing on with the looks right out of Sex and the City, Gwynn’s showed colorful and fun resort wear. If this doesn’t make you want to go on vacation, I don’t know what would! Absolute perfection!

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Of course, Gwynn’s isn’t just for the ladies! They have quite the impressive menswear department, carrying brands such as John Varvatos, Brunello Cucinelli and Peter Millar. They’re the perfect place to help your man find a suit or jacket for a special occasion or a new favorite jeans and tee for everyday.

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Gwynn’s is my go-to when getting my hubby some swim trunks (trust me, I do this often- he loves swimwear!). They carry his favorite brand, Vilebrequin, and always have a great selection!! I’ve also been admiring their spring jackets lately!

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Of course, Gwynn’s had to end the show just as hot as it started! So, they sent two perfectly ripped models down the runway in some fun summer swimwear!! Definitely didn’t need any inspiration to get my butt back into exercising after their show!!

Daniel Velasco & Ryan Workman

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These two Emerging Designers from Savannah aspire to merge art and fashion. This collection was heavily inspired by street art and tribal motifs, which you can see in the hand painted graphics. They then combined the canvas with lighter fabrics that could form better and highlight the figure of the female body. Their collection was definitely full of statement pieces and I think they did a fabulous job of making wearable art.

Casey Crespo

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Although the designer used only colors of the moon and night sky {read: grey and black}, Casey Crespo’s collection was all about the drama!! Using eco friendly fabrics, she designed this collection to show different phases of the lunar cycle. While simple in color, the bold structure makes each of these a statement piece.

Sydney Smith

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I was totally shocked when I read that Sydney Smith came to CHSFW from North Carolina. I thought for sure she was a NYC cool girl, because that’s exactly what her designs emulate! She was one of my top favorite Emerging Designers of the week and I could see myself wearing almost every piece she showed! I was really drawn to her silhouettes- high necks and longer hems. Plus, she’s totally onto the whole rompers and thigh high boots trend that I rocked on Night 2!

Sara Ellis Clark

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Another North Carolina designer, Sara Ellis Clark, is a girl after my own heart with her wispy “Chloé” style meets 70’s rockstar. I’m currently dying for Coachella and this is pushing me even closer to purchasing those tix! Apparently, I wasn’t the only one into Sara’s collection because she won the Emerging Designer Competition for the evening and went on to compete Saturday night. The designer drew inspiration from a quote out of Jack Kerouac’s  On The Road- “I was at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.” With the focus of movement and direction, she used lines, tucks and pleats to represent roads and routes. This is a collection that I not only resonate with because it’s my style, but because what it stands for is very symbolic of where I am in my life right now- movement and direction!

Roy Blake Smith

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Emerging Designer, Roy Blake Smith, designs pieces that are right out of a fantasy! He enjoys pushing boundaries and creating wearable art for women who truly appreciate it. His show started off very dark and then evolved into more deep, colorful dyes. His use of tie-dye was unexpectedly beautiful! What really drew me into his designs were the shapes and silhouettes of the skirts. From the wrap style pencil skirt and the casually sexy slit in the tie-dye skirt to the stunning layering in the finale dress- his shapes were absolutely beautiful!

Todd Snyder New York

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Immensely successful NYC designer, Todd Snyder, was featured on Friday night. Before starting his own label, he worked at the helm of Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren and J. Crew. Now, his namesake label is sold internationally at stores such as Bergdorf’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Barney’s, but this was his first time making his way down to show at CHSFW! His menswear collection is modern, but simplistic for a classic minimalist look. AKA- I wish these were women’s clothes because I so dig his style. He keeps men looking stylish and comfortable, believing “form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” {and I don’t know any man who would disagree} It was a real treat to see him show on the CHSFW runway and I can definitely draw inspiration from his designs for my own wardrobe!

Photos: Side Yard Studios

iPhone Highlights: 

unnamed-14did y’all see my Gwynn’s insta takeover?!

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unnamed-21we just matched so perfectly, i couldn’t pass up this “car girl” moment with the Rolls

unnamed-17with the lovely Michelle Tarleton- owner of Trés Carmen Boutique- how perfect is her outfit?!

unnamed-19my details of the night c/o Gwynn’s & Theodosia

NYC Recap Part 2

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I’m so excited to share with y’all the next two parts of our NYC adventure!! The next few days were full of more touristy stops, finally some NYFW shows and of course, lots of yummy food!! I’m going to pick up the morning where we left off- another day devoted fully to being a major tourist. This was the day that we did the most walking aka the most freezing!!

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We still had our double decker red bus passes, so we took advantage of that and rode around the city all day. Our first stop was the 9/11 Memorial to see the new Freedom Tower. Even having zero connection to the 9/11 tragedies, seeing where the awful attack happened is a pretty moving experience. Just reading the names of the people who lost their lives on that day- someone’s mother, child, brother, father- so many people were effected by it and being there just really makes you realize how blessed you are.

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NYC Tip: Hunter boots are a terrible idea unless you have ridiculously good boot warmers and socks. I was legit googling “frost bite” by the end of the day!!

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Dinner this night was quite the experience!! Todd was quite proud of himself for snagging a reservation at one of the hottest sushi bars in NYC, Sushi Nakazawa. However, this isn’t traditional sushi rolls. The famous Chef Nakazawa has specially crafted a tasting menu based on the style of Edomae sushi, which is basically just raw fish and vinegar rice. Read: no cream cheese or spicy mayo to get past the raw fish aspect. The only item available on the menu is the Chef’s 20 piece tasting menu, oh and the 7 course sake pairing!IMG_9830 IMG_9833

It’s definitely not something for the faint of heart {or stomach} because many of the pieces have quite the interesting flavors and textures- I have to admit there were a few I struggled to get down (see above pics to guess what). This wasn’t our best meal in NYC by any means and I can’t say I would go back, but Sushi Nakazawa was a once in a lifetime experience and a unique evening spent with my love!

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The next day, we had no trouble with full on LOVING every bit of our meal at The Spotted Pig in West Village!! This was by far one of my favorite restaurants we went to on this trip and will definitely be returning every time I’m in the city! Warning: it’s a small little building that doesn’t take reservations, so plan to come early! We came right when they opened and had no problem getting a table, but by the time we left the line was around the corner.

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We started with the house made pickles and deviled eggs- aka a southern girl’s heaven!! And they certainly lived up to my southern taste buds as well. For the meal, we did our traditional order 2 entrees and split them both, because is there really any other way to do it when attempting to eat your way through one of the biggest cities in the world? The Spotted Pig is known for it’s burger served with roquefort and shoe string fries, so that was a given, and yes it was everything we expected and more. THEN, then there was THE SPECIAL!! Holy Cow I don’t think I’ve ever had such a delicious dish in my whole life. Yeah, you read that right, this was quite possibly the best dish I’ve ever eaten! What was it you might ask- cow’s tongue. Yep, cow’s tongue is the best food I’ve ever put on this tongue! Seriously though, the flavor was unreal!! Luckily, they served the meat on top of a crusty piece of bread that I could soak up all the juices with after I was finished. I really cannot even tell you how imperative it is that you go to The Spotted Pig if you’re in NYC!

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That night was spent walking through Macy’s (stressful) and then back to our hotel to get ready for the night. Our dinner that night was at Lavo, so that we could head over to the night club and see Afrojack afterwards. Dinner was surprisingly delicious for a restaurant/nightclub combo and the atmosphere was lively to say the least! Unfortunately, I couldn’t hang at the club because I had a 6 am wakeup the next morning, so I left the hubby there and went back to snuggle up and prepare for my first day of shows!!

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In comes my first day of NYFW shows!! On the schedule for today: Mongol and Nicole Miller!!

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Being my first NYFW show ever, Mongol could’ve sent the ugliest clothes down the runway and I still would have been in heaven!! But instead, it was a beautiful show with lots of jewel tones. I especially drooled over all of the beautiful colors in the dyed furs!! After 10 days in New York, this Charleston girl’s dying for a dyed fur (totally didn’t do that on purpose either).

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Although all the important stuff goes on around the runway, the media tent at NYFW is pretty killer too!! Hellooo E! Fashion Police set!! Unfortunately, I was never there at the same time as filming, but it was pretty cool to see the set up!

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Ran into Louise Roe and one of my favorite bloggers, Amber Fillerup of Barefoot Blonde. Ignore my borderline possessed face in this picture!! But, nobody does braids like this girl right here!! Plus, she’s got the sweets to go along with her style- she was actually an angel!!

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After the show that morning, I caught up with my {majorly hungover} hubby for a beautiful brunch at Sarabeth’s by Central Park. The food wasn’t anything really special, but it’s a New York staple and we just couldn’t miss it! Plus, it’s location right by Central Park is perfect for getting a little peek. Or, if it’s the time of year when you can actually walk around the city without freezing, you could take a nice post-brunch stroll. Needless to say, we didn’t go that route and instead went back to the hotel for a nice little between shows nap!

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My next show I attended was Nicole Miller, thanks to Belk!! I was ecstatic to be there and she didn’t let me down!! The show was beautiful and showed that my favorite cool weather color, hunter green, isn’t going anywhere for next season! I always love her designs and it was one of the few at NYFW, where I would actually wear everything she sent down the runway!

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Each night, we went to grab drinks at a cute bar before dinner. Tonight, was easily my favorite bar in NYC- Boom Boom Room. Located on the top of The Standard Hotel in The Meatpacking area, Boom Boom Room had wrap around views of the city and the classiest atmosphere and people watching. I mean, when you’re rubbing shoulders with Kelly Osbourne and Catt Sadler, you know you’re in the right place! Plus, their drinks were YUMMY!!

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Dinner that night was at a traditional New York steakhouse- Keen’s, and tradition sure didn’t disappoint!! Two young guys from London sat next to us and were there for the 2nd night in a row eating a portion of lamb chops each and splitting the porterhouse steak. Needless to say, I think my hubby was a little jealous that he wasn’t there with them instead of his filet eating wife! The steaks were perfectly cooked and seasoned, and we truly had no complaints about our meal. A true New York steak experience!!

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY FROM NYC!!! Our morning was spent sleeping in, drinking espresso and yes, eating drug store Valentine’s candy. Basically, it was perfect!!

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After a morning of total laziness, we headed out for a delicious brunch at 44 & X. This was the perfect cute little place to top off a wonderful morning with each other! You can’t tell from the picture, but it was snowing the most beautiful snow that day and you could watch it right out the big restaurant windows- ah just absolutely perfect! Bonus: their bloodies were the most horseradishy bloodies I’ve ever tasted!! (Insert worshiping hands emoji)

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Fortunately, I only had a presentation that day, so I was able to spend most of it relaxing with my Valentine!! But, the presentation I did have, Joseph Singh, was absolutely flawless and I was so glad that I went! I’m majorly coveting the grey and white long dresses!! Plus, I got to chat with some other fabulous Carolina fashion peeps at the event!!

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Thanks so much for reading my second part of our trip to NYC and my experience at my first NYFW!! I can’t wait to share with y’all the 3rd and look out for my only official “outfit post” from the trip tomorrow morning!! Happy Sunday Funday!!

NYC Recap: Tourist Time

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My recent trip to New York City for NYFW was an absolute dream!! I had never been to the city (I know, I know totally un-American of me) and this was my first MBFW, so I was literally in heaven!! I’m so so excited to share with y’all the 10 days that I spent eating, exploring and eating my way through the city. This is just the first of many posts with a look into the first few days of our trip. We arrived on a Monday and Fashion Week didn’t start until Thursday, so we had lots of time to do allll of the tacky tourist attractions and boy did we! Clearly, from the picture above you can see that I won’t be doing any posts on how to pack lightly anytime soon. Hey, in my defense we were there for 10 days and had to pack lots of heavy items for the freezing temps!

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We stayed at The Archer Hotel on West 38th between 5th and 6th (if I had a dollar for every time I had to say that on the trip). I won’t complain too much, but it definitely wasn’t our favorite of hotels and my hubby has officially cut me off from picking in the future! While the hotel is brand new and super clean, the rooms were SO tiny (even for NYC) and the staff wasn’t exactly the friendliest or most accommodating. The location was a great central spot, but I fell in love with the meatpacking district so will probably stay more in that vicinity next time. I will say, The Archer Hotel has the best salted caramels that have ever graced the face of this earth- so that pretty much made up for everything else!

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Our first night, we had dinner at what was probably my favorite restaurant of the whole trip- ABC Kitchen. I knew I would love it after seeing pictures online and finding out that it was part restaurant, part home decor store, but the food also exceeded my expectations! Like many NYC restaurants, it didn’t look like much from the outside, but the inside was absolutely beautiful!! After a day of traveling (okay, maybe just a direct 2 hour flight from CHS>JFK, but still) I needed a cocktail, and the vodka thyme lemonade was absolutely perfect! I’m not a froo froo drinks kinda gal- aka give me vodka soda- but NYC has so many fabulous specialty cocktails that I just couldn’t resist. For dinner, we started with the tuna sashimi and house made sausage (weird combo, I know) and those were delish. But, the real highlight was the entree! We like to try a little of everything, so we shared the ricotta ravioli and the black bass. Now, I’m normally not a pasta or a fish fan, I mean I eat it but it never really wows me. Both of these dishes were unreal!! Everything they serve is made with fresh, organic ingredients and it shows! The flavor on the black bass was just out of this world- rich but kept the dish light at the same time. Clearly, I couldn’t even resist the ravioli long enough to take a picture! Seriously though, this was one of the best, if not the best restaurant we went to in New York. Look at the menu, I would literally eat everything on it!!

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After dinner, Todd wanted to take me to see Times Square at night. Enter my “Welcome to New York, It’s been waiting for you. Welcome to New York, Welcome to New York” moment! Seeing Times Square at night for the first time is something that will stick with me forever. Now, I will say that area turned out to be my least favorite part of the city, but seeing it is a big check off my bucket list and it was a pretty magical night!

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You may have seen my post on Instagram- Is it really your first morning in NYC if you don’t start it with a bagel?! I think not!! My hubby had done his research and knew that Russ & Daughter’s was the spot to go for an authentic New York bagel. However, upon walking in the shop I was a little overwhelmed with all of the fish! Luckily, I worked past that initial anxiety and even ordered a bagel with lox!! Which, I’m not a huge smoked salmon fan, but they were so nice and helped me pick a milder flavored option. This bagel was out of control y’all!! My mouth is watering just writing about it!! We ordered an everything bagel with salmon, scallion cream cheese, tomato and onion- mmm mmm perfect! We split it because this was just an appetizer to the meal we were walking a couple of blocks to next (I told you we ate our way through the city!). But, if you want a full sit down dining experience they do have an actual cafe rather than the store that just provides counter service. I prefer the counter service shop because of it’s convenience to our next stop, Katz’s Deli!

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Having been around for over 100 years, Katz’s Deli is a bit of a New York tradition and definitely one they need to keep! We had originally planned to go to The Carnegie Deli, but after seeing Anthony Bourdain go to Katz’s, we quickly made a change of plans! You can either order at the counter or do table service and we chose table service to get away from the cold weather for a bit. I knew I was going to like this place as soon as they brought us out a plate of house made pickles- who knew New Yorkers liked their pickles so much?! Since we had just scarfed down the bagel, we shared their classic pastrami sandwich on rye and a side of potato latkes. As you can see above, they really just don’t give you enough meat on your sandwich! I could barely fit my mouth around the whole thing, but it was delicious!! Definitely somewhere that you must stop when in NYC and I love the convenience of hitting both Russ & Daughter’s and Katz’s in the same meal!

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After that very hearty brunch, we needed to walk some food off so headed back to the Times Square area. I would not recommend this during the daytime, as there are people haggling you to buy stuff on every corner! Just keep walking and don’t make eye contact! But, we wanted to get tickets for one of the double decker buses- i’m telling you we were in serious tourist mode- and this was the best area for that. We wound up getting a 3 day pass with the Gray Line buses (the red ones). These were great for getting from place to place for a few days when wanting to site see, but I definitely wouldn’t rely on them for transportation your entire trip. Also, don’t count on the guides being very informative either! But, we enjoyed riding around and seeing everything in one easy swoop and having the flexibility to get off at any stop!

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See  ^ major tourist mode! Yes, those are Ugg boots in public and no, I do not even care. It was 20 degrees and my feet were warrrrm!! This puffy Patagonia jacket from Half Moon Outfitters was also pretty essential on casual days that we spent a lot of time outdoors. And not gonna lie, I’ve kinda grown to love it.

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What’s the number one tourist attraction you’ve got to see in NYC?! Top of the Empire State Building, of course!! This was another check off the ole bucket list and we so enjoyed getting to do this together!! The views are totally worth the wait in line and even the freezing wind at the top. Can you tell I’m cold in that last pic?! This was another one of those moments where you’re just in awe of where you are and how pretty freaking awesome life is! IMG_9727 IMG_9728

After freezing our booties off at the top of the Empire State Building, coffee was a must! Just so happened, there’s this awesome little food cart called Wafels & Dinges in NYC that serves BELGIAN WAFFLES with toppings AND COFFEE!!! Um, hello heaven! All I have to say is I’m glad there isn’t one of these in Charleston because I would be in trouble. I got mine nutella and strawberry topped and yes, it was just as amazing as it looks. DROOL!!

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What does one do to top off a touristy day in New York City?! Why see a Broadway musical, of course!! Considering I’m a huge theater geek, I was going to be happy with anything on Broadway, so I let the hubs pick what we were seeing. He saw the word Vegas and that Tony Danza was in it and was sold on Honeymoon in Vegas. I had never seen the movie before, so didn’t know what to expect, but the show was hilarious and the cast very talented! Since it’s a newer show, I don’t think it was nearly as big of a production as say Chicago or Phantom, but definitely something to see with your man to keep both of you entertained! Plus, they serve wine in tumblers- right up my alley!!

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Since the Lincoln Center was close by and I wanted to scope things out before the shows started, we had reservations to the Lincoln Ristorante that night. A traditional Italian menu with a New York twist, the food was perfect for lovers of charcuterie and red wine- aka my favorite meal! The ambiance was fairly quiet and laid back, with glass walls perfect for watching the people leaving the opera that night. The highlight of the meal was absolutely the buratta which was made with pomegranate and pistachios and I will forever be trying to recreate at home! After a long day of site seeing, sipping a glass of red wine and munching on some prosciutto was the perfect way to spend the rest of the evening! I couldn’t leave out a little bathroom mirror pic of what I wore that night (this is when we know I’ve had one too many glasses of wine). But, seriously I love this outfit, especially the Ted Baker coat that I scored for under $200 on sale!!

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When my hubby is on vacay, he doesn’t want the night to end so we headed up to our hotel’s rooftop bar- also another highlight of NYC, all the rooftop bars. I must say, while our hotel lacks in some areas, the view from the bar is not one of them! This pic isn’t great but we had the most perfect view of the Empire State Building! Talk about a way to end your second night in New York City! Like I said, this is just the first of many posts about our trip. I cannot wait to share with y’all all of the NYFW shows I attended, more yummy restaurants and of course, what I wore!! Stay tuned!!