Holidays in NYC

New York City comes alive, even more than usual, during the holidays. Throngs of shoppers flow like a river down 5th Avenue. Revelry is in the air and tourists are on the ice (rinks, that is). Our family always enjoys going in during the holidays, so I thought I’d share some of our favorite things, for your next holiday trip to Gotham!
While there are many areas of NYC that are hip, for the holidays, I love the traditions you’ll find in Midtown and the Upper East Side.
The perfect place to visit with children, after you’ve braved the crowds at F.A.O. Schwarz, is Bemelman’s Bar at The Carlyle. The enchanting murals by Madeline author, Ludwig Bemelman, will charm adults and children alike.
I always find the UNICEF Snowflake, hung above the intersection of 57th St. and 5th Avenue simply magical. Not to be missed.
Earlier in the day, I would make a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where you can see current exhibits and the annual Neapolitan Creche, which dates back to the early 18th century. The creche will be in place by Nov 26th.
After you’ve gotten a little culture, stroll down 5th Avenue, along Central Park and check out the holiday windows at the famed Bergdorf Goodman. Even if you feel their merchandise is a little pricey for you, the inspiration is free and that is why I believe in “window shopping”! No one, and I mean no one, does it better than Bergies! The windows will be unveiled on Nov 19th.
While you’re there, it is worth your time to take the elevator up to the 7th floor, which is full of holiday decor. BG, the restaurant on this floor is also worth a stop for lunch. Make a reservation and ask if you can be seated in the Kelly Wearstler chairs by the window.
When I lived and worked in the city (before I had children), my husband and I loved having drinks at the King Cole Bar  at the St. Regis Hotel. The bar is a total throwback and recently refurbished.  The perfect place to sip champagne after an afternoon of shopping.
We always have to walk down to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree….it is enormous and a beacon of joy to all who see it. 
The ice rink is tiny….but it’s really fun to skate under this iconic Christmas tree. We also love Wollman Rink in Central Park. The ice rink at Bryant Park is free and if you have dinner at The Standard (another amazing spot), you can take a spin on their private ice rink. Cocoa anyone?
I think everyone should experience NYC during the holidays, if just once. Pack your patience as well as your hat, gloves and comfortable shoes and you’ll be set for a memorable trip!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Friday Fun, Art & Fashion in NYC

Welcome to the weekend!! What do you have planned? A little fun? A little fashion? A little artistic endeavor? Well, yesterday was one of those days where those 3 things came together. I took the train into NYC with one of the best companions I know. My 8 year old son.
Just arriving in Grand Central Station is an experience. Did you know GCS is celebrating 100 years? Although the photo below may not be one of my best, I hope my son enjoys looking back on it years from now. See the 100 in the windows behind him?
Next stop….the Modern Museum of Art, aka the MoMA. Warhol, Matisse, Van Gogh, Monet and Munch. From “Starry Nights” to “The Scream”…I got to see what he liked. What he didn’t. Go to a museum with a child and you’ll see it in a different light!
From there, it was time for him to take the lead….and he led us straight to that beacon for children, FAO Schwarz. Dancing on the floor piano from the movie, Big and posing with Batman. Trust me….he had Fun with a capital F!

 My brush with fashion was limited to snapping the Bergdorf Goodman windows, but I knew I had to share them with you. The fashions are quite fab.

He slept on the train home and it was only after we arrived home, that the rain began to fall. Such fortunate timing!

One last NYC piece of goodness for you….check out the “behind the scenes” of yesterday’s Home article in the New York Times. Style mavens, Anne Maxwell Foster & Suysel dePedro Cunningham, of the boutique design firm, Tilton Fenwick, completely transformed Anne’s new home in Brooklyn.

So, be it art, design, fashion or plain ‘ole fun….wishing you a most wonderful weekend!

images: pinterest, ppt, moma, fao schwarz

Mid Week Musings

 Like most of you, I find myself running in multiple directions. This week is no different! So, today, I thought I’d just share some of my mid week musings. Where I’ve been. What I’m loving. What I’m working on. And, something for my Texas readers!

You’ll recognize the famed Bergdorf Goodman above, in a photo I snapped at the corner of 5th Avenue & 57th Street. I’m always drawn to this remarkable retail shop, but was struck at the signature “gift wrap” it gave itself. Celebrating 111 years of swoon worthy shoes, bags, clothes and objets.

Next, my newest delight are these “french m&ms”. They are made with 70% cacao (so, that’s healthier, right?!) and are packaged so well that they would be a darling party favor. Pour them in a silver dish and you have a glam little dessert.

I’ve been on “hold” when it comes to decorating our new playroom. I loved the balance of whimsy and sophistication that Lilly Bunn Weekes gave this NY apartment, which appeared in LONNY September 2012. I have a middle schooler and one in elementary…so I need to balance youth with pre-teen. Love what appears to be a Stark rug, that could grow with any age.
Finally, for my Texas readers and friends….my favorite Dallas shop, Blueprint, is headed down the highway to San Antonio. 3 days only. If you live anywhere nearby, I KNOW it will be worth the trip.
What’s caught your eye lately?