Just before leaving for the west coast, I had the pleasure of attending the Yatra Collection trunk show. It was aptly showcased at co-founder Rati’s beautiful home on the Upper West Side. Yatra, suitably meaning journey, has giving back, to both their immediate and extended community out East, at the core of its mission. The brand, complete with custom, hand-crafted jewelry, clothing, and accessories from the vibrant artisanal towns of India, is the creative brainchild of two childhood friends, Rati and Gayatri. The pieces are an homage to the women’s ancestors, combining tradition with the sensibility of the modern day woman who loves to layer and mix and match colors and patterns. It’s and eclectic, modern take on east meets west.
Kids tees often have the most creative art. These tees designs by artist, Brock Davis instantly spark my imagination.
And then there’s a treehouse that he built for his son… What an inventive alternative to the real thing.
For the majority of the past year-and-a-half, I was only vaguely able to speak about where I worked. However, the time has finally come! I work for J. Christopher Capital and particularly, C. Wonder, a new apparel, accessories and lifestyle retail concept by Chris Burch, best known as co-founder of Tory Burch. The grand-opening of our flagship store is this coming Saturday and Sunday. Behind the bright green lacquer doors in Soho lies the colorfully chic, re-imagined world of shopping. It’s beautiful abundance married with exquisite quality and incredible prices. What exactly can you find inside? A gorgeous cashmere sweater with signature gold button details, buttery soft driving moccasins, totes to fit your every need, a drop-shaped waterproof speaker for singing in the shower, monogrammed cheese boards that are ideal for entertaining, an array of must-have jewelry pieces to make your outfit sparkle, and a bicycle for that perfect Sunday morning stroll to the farmer’s market, to simply name a few. Curious? You’re in luck because we officially opened our doors for business this morning. It will be impossible for you to leave empty handed!
I am not a big coffee drinker. Correction: I am not a big caffeine consumer. However, I do love the taste of a well-brewed cup of jo. I had an exceptional latte this afternoon, thank to my friend, John. We met at Saturdays Surf in Soho. I’d only known them as a surf-oriented retail shop. After drinking my strong and smooth iced latte, prepared atop a counter in front of our eyes by a charming barista, I now know them as a coffee spot rather than a retail destination. The outdoor, bench seating in the back is the just the place to meet a friend or simply relax and enjoy your cup of perfection.
Food Tally: Iced Coffee and Iced Latte, $3.25 each.
Address: 31 Crosby Street, between Grand and Broome, NYC; http://www.saturdaysnyc.com/
It is rather difficult to take in all of the aspects of an Indian wedding, given the numerous intricacies, traditions, and attendees, especially as the bride and groom. Thanks to our sensational photographer, Lev Kuperman of Lev Kuperman Photography, we are now able to reflect on the day and really take in the entire unforgettable experience. This is one of Maithil’s favorite pictures (of me) from the big day. The morning ceremony was traditional while the reception was westernized-Indian, complete with Bolloywood-esque attire, delectable dishes and a ton of dancing.
You can also view some of the colorfully vibrant photos on his blog. Thank you, Lev, for beautifully capturing all of the memorable moments.
With the temperature finally climbing out of the 30s, I am convinced that the days will increasingly feel more Spring like soon. And with brighter skies comes brighter hues in my wardrobe. A splash of color can really liven up any dark, cold weather outfit. As an added bonus, it instantly lifts my spirits and puts a pep in my step. The rule to remember while playing with colorful pieces? Never overdo it! In this case, less will always be more. Here are some ways to incorporate a vibrant pop into your everyday.
1. JCrew, Featherweight Cotton Cardigan , $62
2. Asos, River Island Vintage Across Body Bag, $44.83
3. Forever 21, Sidewalk Chalk Chiffon Shorts, $15.80
4. J Brand, 811 Mid Rise-Skinny Leg in Bright Royal, $176
5. Anthropologie, Citrus Twist Necklace, $38
6. Lilly Pulitzer, Picture Perfect Espadrille Printed, $198
Vintage-inspired style, affordable prices, incredible customer service, and supporting a good cause. These are the key components for online start-up, Warby Parker. This New York based eyewear company is the creation of four entrepreneurial friends from UPenn’s Wharton School of Business. The debut collection consists of 27 handcrafted styles, each with a handsome, fashion-forward, Mad Men-like twist. The cellulose acetate frames are all custom fit with anti-reflective, polycarbonate prescription lenses, costing just $95. There are about ten color ways, three width options, and styles to fit every face shape. They are able to achieve and maintain such low costs by cutting out the over-priced middlemen, such as large licensing companies, and going directly to the manufacturers for the raw materials. All of the final products are made in China by the same factories used by many designer labels.
Warby Parker, named after characters from the unpublished writing of Jack Kerouac, who encouraged people to embark on the road less travelled, also provides its customers with outstanding customer service. This is a crucial step in their success because it is a rather untraditional practice for people to shop for prescription eyewear online. Customers have the option of virtually trying on frames, by uploading a photo, through their advanced facial recognition technology before purchasing (fun to play with). In addition, they have a “free pledge” policy. Translation: free shipping, home try-ons, and free returns. The free home try-ons allow you to order a total of five different frames before making a final decision, with no obligation to buy. You have five days to return the pairs, free of cost. Should you not know the information, they will even call your doctor to get your prescription. Given the fact that every member of the team, founders included, serve as customer service representatives, it is very clear that the customer always comes first. Lastly, in an effort to give back, Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses, through non-profits such as restoringvision.org, for every pair that they sell.
Orders can obviously be placed on their user-friendly website or you can visit their headquarters in Union Square, NY or at locations in San Francisco and Oklahoma City. The loft space in New York serves both as the headquarters and a hospitable and energetic showroom.
It seems that the Fall rainy season is upon us in NY. The grey clouds, constant drizzle, and slight chill in the air make me wish that I could curl up on my couch with a warm fleece blanket and hot chocolate and watch movies all day. On the other hand, with the rain comes a change in wardrobe and the ability to layer. The key essentials, aside from a colorful, sturdy umbrella, include a top layer and footwear to keep you dry and comfortable. These are a few things that would add some sunshine to my rainy day.
1. Chooka Herringbone Rain Boots, $70 (at Piperline)
2. Rebecca Minkoff Pouch, $49 (exclusively for Swirl Daily Candy)
While making a note to buy wrapping paper for my mom’s birthday present, I am reminded of a creative wrapping idea. In the past, I have often wrapped presents in fabric, whether it be a scarf or an old printed t-shirt. Chewing the Cud’s, Viola, has perfected this notion of fabric wrapping. Her cheerful array of vibrantly printed, organic cotton based scarves are a great way of giving a gift within a gift. Each one is $12 and has a specific message of “giving”. I am sure that the receiver will always remember the giver each time the scarf is used.
“What is “country chic”?” posed Mark, Amy’s dad while watching the news coverage of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. It was the dress code for her big day in Rhinebeck, NY. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Ancramdale, NY, my roommate’s home town snuggled in between the Berkshires and the Catskills in the Hudson Valley. The wonderfully relaxing weekend consisted of: eating freshly grown foods, taking in the incredible views, breathing the crisp air, attending my first christening, eating meals with new friends, having no cell phone service at her house, and providing Mark with examples of “country chic”.
The stunning sites.
Fresh corn from a local farm corn stand.
The Schneeberger family dog, Lucy.
The family farm land; the road to Amy’s uncle’s; an original WWI Renault Tank.
The Hammertown Barn in Pine Plains is home to a variety of charming pieces for the home from various stores. This, a two-story, 18th century horse barn, is one of three locations (this is the original site).
We met Amy’s childhood friends for dinner at Baba Louie’s in Hudson, the closest large town around. We had the Pomodoro Biano (with fresh mozzarella, roasted portabellas, roasted garlic, tomatoes, red onions, chêvre, pesto and parmesan), left, and the Isabella Pizarella (with roasted sweet potatoes, roasted parsnips, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, fresh mozzarella and shaved fennel, drizzled with reduced balsamic vinegar and parmesan), right.
The old family farm. Their last name, Schneeberger means “Snow Mountain” in German.
Amy with her husband’s dog, Teachey. Kurt, her husband, retuns from the Marines very soon. They are both very excited for his return home.
I can’t wait to go back.