I thought it would be refreshing to kick off the New Year by doing something I’ve never done before in the city — going on a lunch cruise around with my bf and a good friend. The two and a half hour boat ride aboard Spirit of New York went around parts of lower Manhattan, Liberty Island and Governor’s Island. Contrary to some of the reviews on Yelp, the food wasn’t that bad at all (I actually liked the chicken and the pork). The buffet was small, yes, and they only offered two items for desert, but it’s ok. The staff were ultra friendly and helpful — they even put on a song and dance number for us! There were some cringe-worthy moments, of course, like when people started to do the ‘Cha Cha Slide’ and of course, the choice of cheeky and camp music, but, in the spirit of the festive season, it was all fun and good. I liked the overall experience and I don’t mind doing it again.
Hat by Acne, sunglasses by Celine, fur shawl by Adrienne Landau, shirt by H&M, sweater by Pringle of Scotland, coat by COS, bag by Givenchy, jeans by Sandro, shoes by Church’s (click HERE)
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Happy new year everyone! Merry 2013 from New York City! I’d like to wish y’all lots of feathers, kisses and Clicquot for 2013! I love you guys. Wherever you are in the world, please stay safe and stay warm.
Always remember — girls with class don’t drink from a glass… (JK)
Feather coat by Adrienne Landau, custom suit by Giorgio Armani, neck tie by Brooks Brothers, shoes by Prada
With the exception of Williamsburg, IKEA and Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook, Brooklyn is pretty much uncharted territory for me. I really should explore this part of the city more often, considering some areas of it is just a few stops away on the subway from my place. I went to Brooklyn Heights earlier for lunch. That area is gorgeous! I’ve been told that many people from Manhattan move to Brooklyn Heights to start a family. Dude, where’s my pram? With its brownstones and tree-lined streets, Brooklyn Heights must be very pretty during the summer. I can’t wait to go back again. As long as I don’t see an army of hipsters, I’ll be fine.
Fur hat and collar by Adrienne Landau, sunglasses by Celine, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, sweater by 3.1 Phillip Lim, coat by COS, jeans by Bagsnob x DL1961
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Rumi and I trekked to the East Village this Sunday for brunch at Via Della Pace. It’s been a while since I last had eggs benedict, smoked salmon and mimosas on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I love the East Vilage. I really do. There are tons of cute little cafes, restaurants and vintage shops. I should come back there more often.
Hat by Suzy O’ Rourke, shirt, black short-sleeved sweater, shorts by Theory, shoes by Louis Leeman, backpack by Prada
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My buddy Isaac visited me in my new apartment yesterday afternoon. After ordering Indian food and him spilling icky sauce on my floor, I told him that we should burn some calories by hauling our carcasses over to Battery Park. I’ve never been on that part of city ever. There are (still) so many places in Manhattan that I haven’t visited either. I can’t wait to explore every part of NYC while I’m here. Afterall, it won’t be long until I join the rodeo and start traveling again…
Sunglasses by Yves Saint Laurent, sweater by The Jante Law, belt and trousers by J Crew, shoes by Prada, watch by Michael Kors
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Once again, let me ask you my favourite question — when was the last time you did something for the first time?
My beloved Kelly introduced me to her friend, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi also known as “Amma”, last night. She’s an Indian spiritual leader and guru who’s known for her charity work and of course, she’s known to embrace and hug (over 30+ million and growing) people. I went to her event and I, like many others, got to hug her last night.
Come to think of it, I’m probably the least spiritual person in the world. Ever. When I first entered the Javits Center, I thought I was entering some sort of a cult congregation of white people who found their ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ moment. But after four hours of observation and contemplation, I realized that a little bit of divine intervention from time to time doesn’t hurt.
Hugging her was quite an experience. It was intense. And magical. She looks like what you envision a saint would be. She doesn’t judge. When you approach her, she’ll smile at you and embraces you. Your head goes to her chest. Then you put your arms around her. She’ll chant something for about ten to fifteen seconds and then she grabs your hand and give you either a piece of chocolate or fruit. Then her people tell you to do this whole ‘post-darshan’ thing where you sit on chairs around her to observe her hug other people after you.
It really was crazy — in a good way. I’m so happy I got to see her.
To learn more about Amma, click HERE.
What is it with the fashion’s love affair with all things plaid? It was one of the biggest trends during fall/winter 2008 and here we are, a third of a century later, it seems everyone in America is wearing something checkered. All the downtown tramps are wearing some sort of a flannel/plaid shirt with a white tank or tee underneath and a leather jacket on top. It’s not just a trend; it’s an epidemic. And this has been going on for years. I jokingly said on Twitter a few days ago, if god (that’s me) sent laser beams from the sky to exterminate anyone wearing plaid, half of New York City would be a goner by now.
Instead of wearing a flannel shirt (which, btw, is not gonna happen even if you point a gun to my head), I took my checked suit (which I bought in Tokyo) out for a spin over the weekend. I think this is the first time, at least on this blog, that I wore a full suit. I like it. No. I LOVE IT. This is a breakthrough for me. It’s like wearing a second skin. To be honest, I think I’m gonna start wearing suits more often. They have to be cute suits though not the snoozefest suits that make me look like a bloody waiter — hello, I’m Asian! 2010 was all about heels, 2011 was all about mixing and matching and playing so I’m gonna try to make 2012 all about suits. I’m kind of hating this new love affair because it means I’m gonna have to put a cease and desist on everything in my closet and start accumulating. It’s not a cheap vice to have.
Oversized fox fur scarf from Sonia Rykiel
HUGO BOSS recently held a contest on Foursquare and the winner, Adele Fevrier, flew in from Paris to shop with Chloe Sevigny at HUGO BOSS’ Meatpacking District in New York. Here’s a quick video summary of last week’s experience.
I’ll post the photos as soon as I can.
Oh Mr. Weather Man will you please explain why the powers that be is taking its time to bring us to winter wonderland? This year’s descent from autumn to winter is taking far too long. Except for that lone freakshow (or should I saw freak-snow) of an incident in October, I’m surprised it hasn’t snowed in New York… and Christmas is one week away! I need my dose of frosty flakes ASAP.
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