Stories for: New York

Mom & Kids, New YorkBonpoint Sample Sale

bonpoint_braderie_octoberOne of my favorite sales of the year, where I wish everything came in my size. Some of my favorite pieces have come from this sale which I’ll keep forever, even when they’ve been outgrown!

New York, Spas & SalonsHaven Spa

HavenSpa_ReceptionAreaAround this time of year, it can get crazy with shopping and traveling, and skin absorbs and shows the stress and extra sugar that come with the holidays! I decided to take a break from it all and give my face what it’s been sorely in need of- a thorough facial at the beautiful new location of Haven Spa.

My very talented therapist Irina listened to my concerns prior to starting treatment, which included dry winter skin, blocked pores, and pesky sun spots. She suggested that instead of the Boot Camp Facial which I had signed up for, to try the HydraFacial. I’m so grateful that she took the initiative to recommend this, because it was exactly what my skin had been aching for for months! She could tell from my pores that I had major blockages, and she customized the facial and product selection to maximize effectiveness for me. The HydraFacial works on all skin types, but does wonders on congested and dehydrated skin. During the cleansing and steam, Irina used bold, firm strokes in combination with small circular movements to efficiently stimulate circulation while promoting lymphatic drainage. A complete excavating exfoliation was done for me, which of course hurts-so-good! The focal part of the treatment utilized a hi-tech infusion of moisture and incorporated a light acid treatment to cleanse. A dual action mask was also customized for me, one part for my T-zone and another formula for the areas surrounding. The HydraFacial delivers bright and even skin tone, exfoliation, and hydration in one highly effective appointment.


Eco & Organic, New York, Washington DCSakara Life

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I could hardly wait to put my fork down before starting to write about my inaugural Sakara Life meal delivery! The freshness, flavor, and convenience make a healthy meal at home or at the office not only accessible but a pleasure. Sakara Life was founded three years ago by two beautiful ladies who have devoted their lives to holistic nutrition in order to provide a healthy and convenient organic meal delivery solution for people ready to take control of their well-being. My healthy-eating Monday started with the Rolled Oat and Pecan Bar, which was surprisingly filling and healthy, and had me prepped for lunchtime. The Yin & Yang Nori Rolls were fresh and tasty- I love sushi even in vegetarian form, and was happy to have my craving satisfied for this week. The rolls were served with a sizeable salad for which I need to find the recipe for that delish dressing! For dinner, I (generously) shared some of the veggie Sakara Cobb Salad with my husband, who happens to think meat is a necessary part of every meal, but even he loved the salad. With Bobby Flay on the board of advisors, Sakara is set apart from other meal delivery services that focus on health but not taste!


Mom & Kids, New York, ShoppingBonpoint Sample Sale

bonpointThis sale is my favorite time of year to stock up on the gorgeous wares of the French boutique Bonpoint, and more than one celebrity mom has been spotted there scooping up deals as well!

Mom & Kids, New YorkBonpoint Sample Sale


One of our favorite sample sales of the year is for Bonpoint, the chic French childrenswear line. It’s a popular one, so get there early and leave the stroller at home. Bon chance!















Mom & Kids, New YorkBonpoint Sample Sale

mail braderie USA E14-HDOne of my favorite sample sales of the year, Bonpoint’s beautiful French clothes are available at equally beautiful prices. Don’t forget to leave your stroller at home, you’ll need your hands free and ready to scoop up the deals!

Hotels, New York, TravelThe Surrey Hotel


I feel like I’m stepping into a New York fantasy as I walk into the cool monochromatic marble lobby of The Surrey Hotel. Suddenly I’m no longer that city girl schelpping bags from the subway (the bellmen already took care of those), I’m a more refined lady as I stand a little taller and move a little slower among my new immaculate surroundings. Located on the prettiest stretch of East 76th St between Madison and Fifth Avenues, The Surrey is every bit as elegant as its address would suggest: a 1920’s Beaux Art townhouse with a soothing muted color palette, luxurious furnishings, and Lauren Rottet designed interiors. But it’s Upper East Side posh with a decidedly modern attitude–and one that I love as I spot Chuck Close’s enormous tapestry of Kate Moss welcoming me in the hallway. 


I’m not checking into The Surrey just for any ol’ occasion, however–I’m here to get ready for my wedding, and as with anything wedding related, there was a lot of thought put into this decision. First and foremost, I wanted a hotel that is photogenic, and every square inch of the Surrey certainly was. There’s not a bland corner to found on property–from the plush Bar Pleiades (described by my friend as the architectural interpretation of a Chanel bag) to the peaceful and artfully designed rooftop garden. The public and private areas of the hotel also house an impressive modern art collection, which adds interesting variety to the space. Rooms at the property are split into salons and suites with each one graciously appointed in neutral palette of creams, beiges, and greys lending a sophisticated and soothing feel to the space. Salons, which range from 330 to 570 square feet are single rooms outfitted with hand-painted wardrobe armoires, oversized desks, spacious sitting areas, and Duxiana beds complete with custom Sferra bedding. Suites, which can go up to 660 square feet, contain separate living areas, small kitchens, dining tables, soaking tubs, and private terraces. As a bride though, I’m going all out and zip up the elevator to the very top floor–The Penthouse Suite. READ MORE

Hotels, New York, TravelHampton in the Fall at c/o The Maidstone


Ahh, The Hamptons. The hamlet at the very end of Long Island is always in the media and on the travel list of the chic jet-set for a good reason: it really is incredibly beautiful and relaxing. But like any place that gets a little too popular, it can start to lose a bit of its natural character during peak season, which is why my favorite time to visit is actually the fall. So with foliage in full bloom and the weather still considered warm, I headed out for a weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation (and of course, an obligatory visit to the beach).

My favorite town in the collective “Hamptons” is East Hampton, with its charming town center, pristine beach, good restaurants, easy access to wineries, and overall calm atmosphere. It’s not as rowdy as its neighbor to the west, Southampton, and still more refined than its sea-side neighbor to the east, Montauk–but within easy distance to either town so you can still party or surf to your heart’s content. My idea of a good time in the Hamptons however, involves neither activity–I am getting away after all–so I prefer to eat, drink, and be cozy.

Luckily, I was staying at c/o The Maidstone,, a quaint Scandinavian lifestyle hotel right in the heart of East Hampton. With a restaurant serving some of the finest Scandinavian food I’ve ever tasted, a cozy lounge with cocktails that rival the best in Manhattan, and Hastens luxury beds in every room, the hotel immediately met all my Hampton vacation requirements and more. READ MORE

Hotels, New York, Spas & Salons, TravelShibui Spa at the Greenwich Hotel


For New York City dwellers, few things are as important to our well-being as simply getting away. Of course there are the obvious options — jaunts to the Hudson Valley or the Hamptons, but starting off a weekend of relaxation by sitting in traffic always seemed less than ideal. Instead, I prefer to search for sanctuaries in the city — whether a hidden restaurant or a quiet bar to enjoy a cocktail overlooking snowy streets — where I can retreat to at any time. My latest discovery is the Shibui Spa, a tranquil Japanese-inspired spa located in the luxurious Greenwich Hotel.

Walking into the hotel, I immediately feel a sense of calm and privacy. There are no travelers rushing about or too many staffers greeting you at every turn. Instead the concierge smiles and directs me to the spa — a short elevator ride one floor down — where when I arrive, the receptionist already knows me by name. The spa artfully blends luxury and tranquility, with a heavy emphasis on Japanese design and treatments. The focal point of the spa is a lantern lit pool (one of the largest I’ve seen in the city), which is surrounded by a 250-year old Japanese farmhouse, artfully constructed using antique Japanese craftsmanship. Here guests can lounge and enjoy tea or dried fruit before or after their treatments. READ MORE

Mom & Kids, New YorkBonpoint Sample Sale


For trendy moms, especially those enamored with their kid looking like an enfant chic, this is the sample sale of the year! I must have wandered into the beautiful Bonpoint boutique so many times wishing I could afford, well, a sock. I was happy to find out that everything is more than half off, and the selection is great with sizes well-stocked. Here are the details below, and some advice: head over early and bring a book or three. Oh, and leave the stroller at home as they’re not allowed, but better to maneuver with hands-free!

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