A few comments about the new-ish Dream Hotel Downtown in New York:
1) Great boutique hotel.
2) Terrific continental breakfast. I’m not a big fan of bread or carbs but the pastries here are DIVINE.
3) Do not get a room on the 2nd floor of one of the North Tower. Avoid at all costs unless you’re a night owl. Rooms are directly above one of the clubs and the noise level is INSANE.
4) The bathrooms are spacious but the sinks are VERY poorly-designed. I had to wash my face using the shower and brushed my teeth/spit in the toilet bowl.
5. Room service food is awesome.
I went to this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last night for the first time. I never thought I’d have fun in what seemed to be an over-stylized underwear show but I did. I really did. Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and Maroon 5 performed. You know me — I don’t really keep track of celebrities or pop culture but I think I have a newfound crush with Adam Levine. Yeah, me and the rest of the world. Boo.
Sunglasses from Prada, jacket, shirt, trousers from Versace x H&M collaboration, belt from South Africa, shoes from Versace
It’s such a shame that no one was allowed to bring cameras therefore I wasn’t able to capture special moments. Before the show, I had a chat with the fierce Kate Lanphear, exchanged kisses with the stunning Giovanna Battaglia. Carine Roitfeld also went there — with Alexander Wang. The odd fash people aside, I have never seen so many, errm, mature men in suits and tuxedos in the audience. Yep. A lot of bow ties.
Anyhoo, I had lots of fun. It was not your ordinary show.
For a blogger, photographic evidence carry a lot of weight. No photos, no care. Since we weren’t able to take photos at the show, Rumi and I took home these gold and silver star balloons from the show. The first thing that came to my mind when they fell from the Armory ceiling was…. oh my god, blog props!
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It’s always nice seeing my Aussie friend Andrew in New York. Just hours before rushing to JFK airport for my flight to Milan, we did a quick round of our favorite spots uptown. Had our usual lunch at Fred’s in Barney’s (I love the lobster bisque and the grilled seafood salad), strolled around Central Park, had a strawberry mille-feuille at Lady M’s and finally, after him coaxing me to look at real jew-we-ry, we went down to Harry Winston and fawned over bajillion dollar jewels I (I don’t know about him) can’t afford. What a great way to end the twice a year madness known as New York Fashion Week.
Being separated from family, friends and loved ones isn’t easy. Especially when you and the other people involved have similar insane, hectic and continent-hopping lifestyles. No amount of emails, phone calls or skype/webcam conversations can ever replace face-to-face time or physical contact. It’s interesting how I’ve only been here in New York a few days and I’m starting to miss my family; haven’t spoken to my parents in a week. A phone call is definitely overdue.
If you’re in New York City this week, be sure to pop by my friend Michael Angel’s Summer Social on Thursday, July 21. Details below.