Posts filed under "new york"

NYC 5th Anniversary Photo Shoot

While we were in New York 
celebrating our fifth anniversary,
we had some pictures taken
by the one & only, Victoria Wall.

I wasn't feeling particularly photogenic that day.

We had been walking all day,
I had eaten two hot dogs & a piece of cake an hour before...
definitely not the pre-game routine a model would recommend.

I ditched the red dress bought especially for the occasion,
and defaulted to my daily uniform
of £4 black skinny jeans & a blazer.

Victoria met us at the hotel
walked us a couple of blocks 
towards Bergdorfs & Central Park
and snapped sporadic shots along the way.

Did I have high hopes for how they would turn out?

Not really...
but when I got these in my inbox last night,
I learned an important lesson:
 Never underestimate the skill of a good photographer.

What Michaelangelo could do to a hunk of marble,
so Victoria did with two tired lovebirds.

These shots capture the both of so well,
highlight the January weather that made our wedding so perfect,
and are a keepsake that we'll enjoy looking at through the years.

*all images by NYC based photographer, Victoria Wall.
**please do not use without crediting source.

Posted on January 20, 2012 and filed under "Jet Setting", "love", "new york", "photography".

New York City: Part 2

This time last week,
I was frolicking down 5th Avenue 
& gazing over sushi at my lover.

The streets were noisy and crowded
and we were constantly in tune 
to the hum of the busy city.

Now I'm sitting on a musky lazy-boy 
in the back room of my grandma's house
in Wichita, Kansas.

The only sound I hear is 
the occasional rustle of plastic wrappers
as my grandma works her way 
through a bag of Werther's and the stack of mail that just came in.

I kinda like both about the same.

But since I know you all have no affection
or nostalgia to this tiny house in Kansas,
let's talk about New York.

Specifically, let's talk about a few gems
that can make a weekend in NYC better.


Spend a morning in the sunshine 
wandering along Manhattan's newest public space.
Wear your workout clothes and look like you are there for a reason.
Or opt for a blazer & a scarf with skulls on it
and meander lazily along it like me.

All types welcome.

I, especially, loved the views of the Empire State building 
& the clean modern designs of the renovated tracks.


There are various parking lots & garages
that transform from the workweek parking
to busy flea markets over the weekend.

I like the ones around 25th Street...

Two floors of antiques
with finds ranging from glassware & plates
to vintage mirrors & team pennants.
Don't forget to bring cash.


This West Village spot is a favorite among locals...
and is an easy sell for visitors, too.

homemade brioche french toast with hash browns, bacon & oj. $15, tartine.

With it's laid back atmosphere
and classic NY brunch offerings
(eggs benedict, french toast, omelettes, etc.)
it's easy to overlook the short wait outside 
and the feel like you've fallen on to a set of a 90's sitcom.

*If you want to go for dinner, it's BYOB
and is loved for opening your bottle & providing glasses 
for curbside aperitifs while you wait on the street for a table.


Tyler is a good man.

He bought me a new band for our 5th anniversary.
One to go with my wedding & engagement rings.
They make me feel like a lady.

My engagement ring is from this same shop, Golda.
My family has bought everything from them.
Their prices are crazy good, and we love the family that runs the store.

{I would love nothing more than to connect you with them. I love them!}


This Soho spot was first introduced to my by my old boss
during our trips up to Manhattan for the trade shows.

I love Mercer Kitchen
The food is good, the lay out is pretty,
 the macaroni & cheese makes me very happy,
and they take reservations.


The one hotdog I will eat in the world...
Well, actually... I eat *two* of them when we go.

$4.95 for the Recession Special
 {2 dogs & a drink.}

Don't skip the onion sauce.

Other good things:

Mario Batali's shrine to Italian foods. 
Next time, I'm going with an appetite and with intentions to dine in the "Piazza" 
where the center of the store becomes a hub for gourmet, Italian food. 
The common food court has entered a Renaissance 
and has been reborn into something awesome.

Best enjoyed in good weather,
this stand in Madison Square Park 
can have lines that may intimidate you...
But the perfect burgers, crinkle-cut fries & glammed-out custard shakes
are more than worth the wait.

Order big when you get to the front as portions are small 
and the crowds may not allow for seconds.

If you get in town late 
and are hankering for something eat-
this gastropub is the perfect spot.

It serves food late, has great burgers, and huge bar...
One of Mario Batali's creations.

This place is hard to describe, 
but it really is one of my favorite places in the city.
Think of PF Chang's cousin...
but it's smaller, indie, Malaysian cousin.

And if you go, please order the chili crab 
and an order of the fried rice. 

There are two locations, one in the Village
and one on the Upper West Side.
I do the latter, as they take reservations.

Another Batali creation
that I first discovered from my BFF, *Gwyneth.
It might be one of the hardest places I know of to get a table.
In fact, I kinda think only people like Gwynnie can get a table.

Opt for going at lunch to avoid the wait...
and try the Bucatini All'Amatriciana.

This place is just cool.
If you want to go to a hip place
that truly is like no other,
go here.

I like to take people here
when I want to try and look awesome.
It always works. 

*Not directly from her, but through GOOP. Basically the same though, right?
**All images original to Aspiring Kennedy

Posted on January 13, 2012 and filed under "Jet Setting", "new york", "travel tips".

New York City: Part One

After just two days in New York,
 my love is rekindled...

which isn't saying much,
because who doesn't love that city?

One bite of the Big Apple
and I was reminded
just how delicious New York really is.

From the moment our plane flew over the Manhattan skyline...

To the first block we strolled...

From a perch above the hustle of Grand Central Station...

To the first bite of delicious food....

Deliciously fresh sushi at the no-frills basement-set Yama, 17th & Irving.

And a sweet, calorie-stuffed ending to our day.

The "Cant Say No Sundae" at Serendipity. Peanut Butter Pie, Ice Cream, Hot Fudge & Banana =  Yes.
As we waited for the elevator at our hotel at the end of that night, 
(the W Lexington Ave, which I can only give a B- rating),
a swelling emotion began to rise up in my chest.

Something that made me want to get online

 and start looking up apartments that we could afford...

Something that made me want to go back into the night streets
and find another adventure.

Something that made me want to get a giant tattoo on my wrist that said:


I'll be back with more shots of our trip,
some places that I love to visit when in Manhattan,
and a peek atthe pictures we had taken for our 5th anniversary!

Posted on January 9, 2012 and filed under "Jet Setting", "new york", "travel tips".

Why I Love... Graphic Image.

Back in my previous life,
I had a "cool job."

You know the type, don't you?

The only dress code is to look good,
you travel to exotic locations and stay at the best hotels,
you're friendly with buyers and editors,
& you make a hilariously small salary 
that leaves you feeling extremely broke 
among the glossy world you work in?

Yup. If that's the criteria,
then I once had a very cool job.

I think my favorite part of it was the trade shows.

They are so much work, 
but they always brought such adventures and stories.

After a few shows, 
you start to develop a nose for the important buyers.

...Bendel, Saks, Harrods, Barneys...

You start to remember each other from previous shows and meetings,
and it gets easier to be prepared...
but the easiest buyers to spot 
are always from Neiman Marcus & Bergdorf Goodman.

While they might have their buyer's badge hidden in their handbag,
they all carry the same tell-tale object in their hands:

You can spot those giant planners half way down the convention center aisles...
and boy, are they gorgeous.

Graphic Image is a family owned company out of New York 
that sits above the rest of the over-saturated leather market
with their gorgeously unique line 
of luxe everyday items.

I'm sure you've seen their goods before-
but as their website quotes:
"We're the biggest brand that nobody's ever heard of."

It's true.
You'd recognize their handiwork in a heartbeat,
but most people never know their name.

Graphic Image pieces are so lovely 
no label is needed to sway the customer into the purchase.

At stores like Bergdorf & Barneys- 
that speaks volumes.

(Why, yes, I do have one of these!)

Metallic passport covers?
(As if international travel wasn't swanky enough!)

they have my heart.

I'm waiting patiently
until the day comes
when I have my own...
with my initials monogrammed at the bottom
like all the BG & NM buyers.

And the day that happens?
Well, I'll know then that I'm actually cool.

Posted on May 13, 2011 and filed under "new york", "shopping", "why i love", "wishlist".

A Crosley Kid

I'll be honest:
I've been half-hearting my blog this week.

To any & all my faithful readers
{hi dad!},
please accept my apologies.

The truth is I've been holed away at Starbucks 
in an attempt to mentally sort myself.

You see, I like to write.

My interior monologue is relentless, 
and I've been told I have a knack for jotting it down.

So while all of you have been contributing talents to the professional world,
extending long hours of rearing your children,
or doing worthwhile things like charity & excercise...

I've been drinking a skinny caramel macchiato,
and reading archived articles of writers I admire 
to get me back into the writing mood.

A bit pathetic, I'll admit...
but I have to tell you- it's pretty great.

But if you, too, like things that are really great,
read some of these articles by my favorite author, Sloane Crosley.

Sloane has written some amazing books
{I was told there'd be cake, How did you get this number?},
but it's my personal opinion
that she hits her stride in some of her shorter pieces for the New York Times.

Like this article on tequila,
 this piece on Halloween,
and this essay on cats.

Sloane offers an irreverently honest voice
  spoken from the mouth 
of a functional, well-educated woman.

I will warn you, she's not for everyone.

"I Was Told There'd Be Cake"
 was my selection for book club one month.
I read it, giggled to myself on every page, 
and was busting with anticipation over the wait
to discuss all of her stories in great detail.

I arrived to a table of uninterested, uncharmed girls 
who stared blankly back at my glee.

But I love her.

And if you like my writing, 
I hope that means you'll like hers, too.

Isn't that right, dad?

Posted on February 10, 2011 and filed under "books", "new york".