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Monday, June 6, 2022

Afternoon Tea in Felt Art

I had the pleasure of visiting felt artist Lucy Sparrow's exhibit in 2019 Lucy's Delicatessen on 6th and was totally blow away! I must say this post is in no way an ad but I needed to show you the wonderful art she has for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee! I found Lucy on Instagram and was so thrilled to see the exhibit in New York City a few years ago. When I walked through it, I just smiled from ear to ear. I totally feel in this time, with so much going on in the world, we need something to make us smile. Lucy's felt art does just that, and I have been ordering more items from her online store for my collection. 

Queen Elizabeth II has celebrated her Platinum Jubilee this weekend, 70 years on the British throne, more than any other British monarch. I do follow the royal family and it's history which I find fascinating. Lucy's current project is that of an Afternoon Tea in felt art. I was totally blown away so had to order immediately! The items are just so sweet and make you smile from ear to ear! After I had ordered, I found out she was going to be having an exhibit at the grand entrance of Buckingham Palace which is open to the public July 22, 2022 to October 2, 2022. If you happen to be in England during this time, I highly suggest you visit. You will not be disappointed. Now on to the inspect the art !  

The lovely little guys are sitting on a 3 tier cake plate from Royal Albert. The top consists of a Victoria Sponge Slice, quiche and French fancy yellow. 

Does this not make you smile ?? Sausage rolls, half scones with cream/jam, bakewell tart bottom layer: salmon sandwich, cinnamon roll (from another of her collections seemed to fit in here), Viennese swirl, jammie dodger and a black and white cookie from another collection. 

The tea cup with saucer is actually a real tea cup and saucer that the felt has been molded around. It is just so lovely and I added a lemon slice on the side. The tea cup comes off the saucer. 

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these wonderful pieces of art that are made with such love and detail. I will be adding more of Lucy's art to my home as it just really makes for a pleasant day! You can check our her website and follow her work on Instagram. If you do not purchase anything, but just look at the art work, it will still bring you so much joy. I think that is so what is needed in the world right now. I must thank Lucy for her wonderful work and her talent that we all have the privilege to enjoy!! 


Thursday, March 24, 2022

In America: An Anthology of Fashion Met Museum Fashion Exhibit

Ball gown, Marguery Bolhagen (American, 1920–2021), ca. 1961; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Dario Calmese, 2021.

The new fashion exhibit for this year looks to be amazing and I am hoping to bring you live coverage of the exhibit this year. I can't believe it's been 2 years since I attended the press event for the fashion or any exhibits at the Met. I am so looking forward to this one and love the fact you can view both of the exhibits together! Here is some information from the Met: 

The Costume Institute’s In America: An Anthology of Fashion is the second portion of a two-part exhibition exploring fashion in the United States. Presented in collaboration with The Met’s American Wing, this section of the exhibition will highlight sartorial narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of the American Wing period rooms.

Men’s and women’s dress dating from the eighteenth century to the present will be featured in vignettes installed in select period rooms spanning ca. 1805 to 1915: a Shaker Retiring Room from the 1830s; a nineteenth-century parlor from Richmond, Virginia; a panoramic 1819 mural of Versailles; and a twentieth-century living room designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, among others. These interiors display a survey of more than two hundred years of American domestic life and tell a variety of stories—from the personal to the political, the stylistic to the cultural, and the aesthetic to the ideological. The exhibition will reflect on these narratives through a series of three-dimensional cinematic “freeze frames” produced in collaboration with notable American film directors. These mise-en-scènes will explore the role of dress in shaping American identity and address the complex and layered histories of the rooms.

Part one, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion—currently on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center—establishes a modern vocabulary of American fashion based on its expressive qualities.

On View From: 
May 7 – September 5, 2022

It is great that the (2) fashion exhibits will be on at the same time so you can view both on the same day. What a great day in the city to enjoy some high fashion, have lunch and maybe some shopping! 

The Costume Institute’s In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, launches a two-part exploration of fashion in the United States in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. It establishes a modern vocabulary of American fashion based on its expressive qualities.

This portion of the exhibition uses the organizing principle of a patchwork quilt. A signature quilt begun in 1856 from The Met's American Wing collection opens the show, and serves as a metaphor for the United States and its varied cultural identities.

Approximately 100 men’s and women’s ensembles by a diverse range of designers from the 1940s to the present are featured. Enclosed in scrimmed cases that represent three-dimensional “patches” of a quilt, they are organized into 12 sections that explore defining emotional qualities: Nostalgia, Belonging, Delight, Joy, Wonder, Affinity, Confidence, Strength, Desire, Assurance, Comfort, and Consciousness.

Part two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion—opening in the American Wing period rooms on May 7, 2022—will present sartorial narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those rooms.

On View From: 
September 18, 2021 – September 5, 2022

Virtual Group Tours available by request.


Because guidelines can change due to the pandemic, I would highly check out the museum's page to know exactly what you need to do when you plan your visit: 

Met Museum at Fifth Avenue Hours: 
Sunday–Tuesday and Thursday: 10 am–5 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am–9 pm
Closed Wednesday

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Monday, March 21, 2022

10 Best Chocolate Easter Shops in NYC

I don't know about you, but I am not sure where this year has gone! I cannot believe Easter is in about a month. Since many fast on chocolate and sweets for Lent, now is the time to enjoy all those goodies! I decided to give you a list of my favorite candy shops in the city, there are so many talented chocolatiers out there. The amazing combos they come up with really blow the mind! Vosges Haut-Chocolate is famous for their bacon and chocolate bar, I also love their Peanut Butter Bon-Bons. I am really quite a peanut butter egg lover myself! Royce Chocolates are very unique as established in Tokyo in 1983. They have an amazing selection of Matcha items that will blow your mind. 

You will make some amazing Easter baskets with items from the folks listed below, and, many of them do ship if you can't get to New York City by next weekend!

In no particular order, here they are:

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Sweet, Hot & Spicy Pop Up Grand Bazaar

For any of you that may be in the city this Sunday, our friends at The Grand Bazaar are having a cool event with Sweet, Hot & Spicy foods! I would highly recommend a stop here if you are to be in the city this Sunday! 

New York, NY - February 21, 2022 - A special one-day-only Sweet, Hot & Spicy Pop-up will take place on Sunday, February 27th, 2022 at Grand Bazaar NYC (100 W. 77th Street) from 10am – 5pm.  Grand Bazaar NYC is the city’s oldest, largest, and most diverse curated weekly shopping market, with up to 150 vendors featured each week. The purpose-driven weekly market organizes different special-themed events, highlighting both new and established independent local artists, designers, craft-makers, vintage and antique dealers, and artisanal food entrepreneurs. Annually over 900 merchants are brought in to create unique experiences for visitors every time they stop by. The vendors are selected based upon the weekly theme, the quality of craftsmanship, and how distinctive and rare their offerings are.

These wonderful photos were provided by the nice folks at The Grand Bazaar ! Everything looks so amazing ! This is going to be an excellent event! 

This Sunday, visitors can get an endorphin rush from the over 20 artisanal food vendors that are spicing and sweetening up the “mid-winter” blues. Some of the participating food vendors in this year’s Sweet, Hot & Spicy Pop-up include Jamaican heat from Treat YourSelf Jerk, addictive Korean corn dogs from ClubDog, burning Indian curries from Mysttik Masaala, hot Taiwanese popcorn chicken and fish from Taiwanese Yummy, fiery empanadas from Empanada Papa, handcrafted in small-batches artisanal hot sauces from Hattwood Hot Sauce, and bold Brooklyn-made hot sauces from Cantina Royal. On the sweet side, there will be The Boiis with handcrafted mochi stuffed dessert bites, Althea’s Tropical Delights bringing cakes with the sweet taste of the Caribbean, BITE’s creative artisanal mini donuts, Culiraw with full-flavor and decadent raw vegan cakes, and Broma’s protein-packed and flavored almond + lentil + chocolate butter spreads. In addition, visitors can explore and shop from over 70 independent artists, designers, and vintage dealers. 


Grand Bazaar NYC was created to provide funding to four Upper West Side public schools and to support small independent local merchants and entrepreneurs. Every time a vendor commits to selling their goods at the market, the schools PS 87, The Computer School, PS 334, and M.S. M247 Dual Language Middle School benefit. 100% of the net profits from the rental of a booth benefit over 2,000 public school children by providing them with much-needed school supplies, books, art enrichment, and sports programs.


Grand Bazaar NYC is located at 100 W. 77th Street at Columbus Avenue. The market is open every Sunday from 10am – 5pm. For more information visit,


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