I remember the day I left Europe and moved to Manhattan like it was yesterday. I arrived at JFK with my whole life squeezed into eight suitcases. I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards. I moved straight into a tiny studio apartment on the 40th floor in a beautiful, new skyscraper in Hell’s Kitchen, paying a little more than $3,500 a month in rent. My bed was literally halfway in my kitchen space, and I had to store half my shoe collection in the kitchen cabinets. But I had the most amazing view anyone could ever dream of. Going to sleep with The Empire State Building as the last thing you see before you close your eyes at night… … I was in heaven! All of a sudden, sleeping next to the refrigerator in the kitchen didn’t seem so bad.
It’s that time of year again! Fall Collections are here! I’m back in the fabulous city of New York for Fashion Week and ready to see what all my favorite designers have in store for us this season. As a lifelong Fashionista, my heart will be heavy this week remembering the loss of one of my all-time favorite designers, Oscar de la Renta.
“I left this show feeling an unrelenting desire! It was -15 Celcius degrees, but the cold couldn’t keep this Snow Queen down.”
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Is there anything finer after a long week of work than a weekend in the country? Well for New Yorkers, the country often means the Hamptons offering beautiful beaches backed by fabulous homes, picket-fenced wild dunes and clustering gulls.
“In the city, everyone’s finances are something of a mystery; you can have a Wall Street broker living in a tiny studio apartment in the Financial District, but in the Hamptons, everyone’s wealth is on public display”
It’s been exactly 21 months, eight days and two hours since landing at JFK (with eight suitcases full of clothes, shoes and accessories). The journey here was long and hard, and I should have been exhausted, but I had my O-1 talent visa in my hand, and dreams of makin
The tempo of the city had changed. The buildings were higher, the parties were bigger, the morals were looser and the liquor was cheaper. – Nick Carraway (The Great Gatsby)
Yesterday, I attended a Great Gatsby themed birthday party for my friends Allison and Helen. It was a nice break from all the Holiday festivities and the Jingle Bell music playing all around the city. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Christmas, but when all I hear, non-stop for a month, is Christmas music, I was dying for a change. I was so excited to get all dolled up, celebrate at a non-holiday themed party, and listen to amazing tunes from Ted Lewis, Ruth Etting and other jazz musicians from the roaring 20’s.