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My Week in Snapshots: 6/1/2012 – 6/8/2012

The world as seen through my cellphone! Welcome to the week that was.

1. My handsome and brilliant nephew turned three so I went home for his third birthday bash! The morning involved his pre-school friends, a little gym, and pretending to be dinosaurs! The party was Toy Story themed and the room was filled with characters like Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Rex, Hamm, Slinky Dog and Mr. Potato Head!

2. The city was a ghost town during Memorial Day weekend. I think the only two people left in the West Village were my friend Rachel and I. We took this as a hint that we needed to use her empty apartment’s rooftop to make homemade Sangria and hang outdoors. This recipe included peaches, strawberries, apples, red wine and rum! Salud!

3. Walking down the street, sometimes looking down at my feet, I was struck by how beautiful the sidewalk appeared. The random splotches of acrylic, gum, and staining somehow created a perfect Jackson Pollock inspired vignette.

4. Feel transported to another time? My friend Jennell’s mom just became a grandmother (and that means Jennell also just became an aunt)! Rather than buy her new little Molly girl a new stroller, she opted for a vintage carriage. This Inglesina Classic, restored and repainted by Jennell’s mom,  has remained in the traditional English style for more than for 40-years. The top detaches for easy carrying.

5. My summer bracelets were designed by Marina Pecoraro and found while meandering through a flea market! The silk chord , bright colors, and 14 karat gold details give a delicate yet bold touch to any outfit. You can shop more of her jewelry HERE. Free shipping in the USA and she accepts design requests.

6. Rachel and I (and my friend Gerard – the photographer of this image) took the Long Island Railroad to Syosset is a hamlet (and a census-designated place) in Nassau County, New York, in the northeastern section of Town of Oyster Bay near the North Shore of Long Island. We spend the day soaking in the sun and swimming in the water; the ocean was also filled with seaweed and horseshoe crabs, but the temperature was perfect.

7. Every year the not-for-profit that keeps Central Park cultivated, green and blooming hosts a benefit to raise funds to be able to continue its missions. The summer event titled Taste of Summer which invites guests to savor delicious culinary fare from top New York City chefs and restaurants at a one-of-a-kind tasting event in the heart of Central Park. Held at the iconic Bethesda Terrace, this annual benefit for the Central Park Conservancy brings together visionaries in support of its mission to restore and maintain the Park. Taste of Summer also features a luxury-filled silent auction, dancing to one of the city’s hottest DJs, and The Taste Café hosted by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Michael and I had an amazing time dancing, eating, and drinking specialty cocktails.

Small salad plates were made from fresh vegetables that were kept in a gorgeous visual display.

Here are some tasty looking morsels or what stock photographers called “food-mosphere” from the North End Grill and Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.

Not my best photo, this one is a candid shot taken by Michael – sorry for my drunken looking eyes! However, please note the bangles, necklaces, and my new favorite summer polish by Essie: Mojito Madness!

The red-eye prone couple with a floating rose petal and water display. 

8. One of its comments on Yelp states, “I was skeptical before even walking in to Hill Country Chicken. For starters, this place looked way too clean to be serving good fried chicken…Usually when I’m getting my fried food fix, I am not expecting to be offered Boylan soda or champagne…But different can be good, and at Hill Country…different is definitely BETTER!” Hill Country Chicken is in the Flatiron District and is inspired by its founder’s childhood memories and his passion for the Texas-style home cooking of his mother and grandmothers, Betty and Momma Els – hearty, crave-able comfort food served lovingly, casually and unpretentiously by people with big smiles on their faces.  Milkshakes, pies, chicken, potato salad, mac & cheese, pickles, and beer (Pork Slap, 21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat, Mama’s Little Yella Pills, Moo Thunder Stout, Modelos, and PBRs)

Image found HERE. The entire vibe of the restaurant is retro fifties meets quirky diner meets southern charm. 

9. While walking home from work I was struck my this gorgeous girl, with super unique style, sitting outside of The School of the Visual Arts. I think her name was Kim (or maybe Jessica?). She just moved to New York City from Virgina and trained her Lovebird (a tiny and affectionate type of Parrot) to sit outside with her on park benches.

10. Michael and I are leaving this weekend for his cousin’s wedding in Ibiza, Spain. We were told to buy and wear a “summer suit” so here is my boyfriend’s Hugo Boss outfit including paisley pocket square, pink shirt, camel-tan blazer, and navy chinos. He will look SHARP!

Thank you for visiting! How was YOUR week? What did you eat? Who did you see?