Monday, February 20, 2017

10 Best Vintage Shops in NYC

Vintage is still a hot commodity in 2017. I do not see it going away any time soon. There is just something about the style, class and elegance of items from a bygone era. I still shake my head when items from the 1980's are now considered "vintage". There are so many great shops and flea markets in New York City to purchase or just browse and enjoy vintage items. Here is my pick, in no particular order, of the top 10 best vintage shopping places in New York City. I would hope my readers who live in this great city will leave their comments with places they visit for vintage shopping.

Today's Words of Wisdom: " I like the old, vintage Hollywood look " Gwen Stefani 

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Friday, February 17, 2017

A Trip to Chelsea's Historic District

This is one of those posts that makes you want to visit NYC at least once a week! When I attended my wine class at Pastai NYC I came across an amazing area of Chelsea. There are so many little streets in NYC, that no matter how many times you visit, you can't see everything. I am always impressed by my findings when I go in a direction I never have before. To me, that is what makes this city great - always surprises at every corner! How fabulous is this door above?? 
This area is West 20th and 9th Avenue, part of the historic district of Chelsea. It was built between 1853 to 1845. Some of the homes have their original elements such as the stoop, door, cast iron and windows. Many are in the Italianate style, a few in Greek revival period. 
Is this not perfect? 
I just was in awe of the various designs of wrought iron and to think some of them were here since the 1800's is mind blowing! 
Due to the fact that the area is a historic district, the Historical Districts Council helps keep the neighborhood's character alive. The HDC performs regular architectural surveys of historic neighborhoods that may merit protection. I think in the USA, we are too quick to tear things down then try to restore and keep them around for everyone's enjoyment. 
Love the red door and that door knocker is just sweet! 
Artisans work on these designs from metals such as custom wrought iron, copper, bronze, aluminum, stainless steel or brass. They really are works of art! 

The Italianite style was a popular Victorian-Era housing style from the mid to late 1800's which was inspired by the villas of Italy. They had nearly flat roofs, wide eaves and massive brackets. Italianate architecture knew no class boundaries. 

I apologize for this post being so long, but I really felt the need to showcase this wonderful area of New York City. I found my research interesting, and have an even more appreciation for these artisans who crafted these homes. I am so thrilled that New York City has organizations to preserve these areas for all of us to enjoy. Every state should have an advocate for historic neighborhoods to preserve all the beauty from centuries ago.

Today's Words of Wisdom: Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own Earth. It is at least the geometric pattern of things, of life, of the human and social world. It is at best that magic framework of reality that we sometimes touch upon when we use the word order. - Frank Lloyd Wright

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday "Jack's Nest Menu"

We are so lucky to now have the New York Public Library digital collections available to us to see and share on blogs such as this one! You can explore 672,182 items digitized from The New York Public Library's collections and they have tons of vintage menus, which I think are pretty cool.

The site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more. Be sure to check them out online!

I found this menu from Jack's Nest pretty neat. It was the city's premier soul-food restaurant in it's day, and was replaced by Sylvia's in Harlem's West Side. To compare the prices from the 1980's to what we pay now is pretty fun. There are many items on this menu I would order, and my Mom was a big fan of soul food. I think she was actually more daring than I am with her food choices! I need to start branching out myself! What would you order on this menu? I think I would take the Southern Fried Center Pork Chops, that would make me happy!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Philadelphia Flower Show "Holland: Flowering the World"

The 2017 entrance garden will include 30,000 🌷🌷🌷🌷 (No Joke!) and hundreds of fritillaria, narcisuss, anemones and other flowers. Another 6,000 fresh and dried flowers will hang from a giant floral canopy above the garden that will illuminate as a light show!

As many of my regular readers know, we have showcased the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show for many years on the blog. I haven't attended in a few years, but will try to add to this year's schedule. The theme is Holland, which sounds like it can be very awesome. I am also interested in the Garden Spa, something new for this year, along with a foot and/or hand massage. Here is the latest information about the show:

PHILADELPHIA – The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, ”Holland: Flowering the
World,” will celebrate the beauty and ingenuity of Dutch culture, from vivid flower fields
to innovative eco-design, on March 11 to 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
No other country is as well known for its floral industry as the Netherlands, which fills
the world with color. The Philadelphia Flower Show will transport guests to the rainbow
landscapes of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils and the cut-flower and bulb markets that
have shaped Dutch history. America’s premier floral and garden designers will celebrate
facets of Holland’s culture throughout the 10 acres of exhibition halls at the Philadelphia
Flower Show, which supports the transformative greening and beautification work of the
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

The Flower Show will also explore the innovation that has defined Holland’s approach to
its unique landscape, from windmills – one of the earliest uses of natural energy – to
21st-century ecodomes and the Dutch Wave movement, which takes a natural and
sustainable approach to landscape design. Leading designers from Holland, including
Nico Wissing, Bart Hoes, Bart Bresser, and New Jersey-born Carrie Preston, will share
their extraordinary floral and garden styles in major exhibits at the Flower Show.
“We are thrilled to have these stars of Dutch garden design working with our awardwinning
Flower Show designers on the exhibits,” said Sam Lemheney, PHS Chief of
Shows & Events. “This Flower Show will inspire guests with new ways of thinking about
gardening in a changing world, and dazzle them with the colors and creativity of
Holland’s floriculture.”

New in 2017
Bridges, windmills, canals and water gardens in a sea of 30,000 flowers -- with 6,000
more blooms suspended in a giant floral canopy -- will welcome visitors to the Flower
Show. Guests will pass under a brick bridge inspired by the Amsterdam cityscape and
adorned with Delft tile patterns, overflowing flower boxes and hanging baskets. The
surrounding garden will be planted with cherry trees, sycamores, and drifts of floral color
ranging from hot orange to soft pinks, reds, blues and purple accents. Mixed in with
thousands of tulips will be hundreds of fritillaria, narcissus, anemones and other blooms.
New Flower Show attractions will include the World Market in the Convention Center’s
Grand Hall. The World Market will feature a Dutch Shopping Village of imported and
domestic specialties; opportunities to create a take-home bulb garden or crafted planter;
the lively Designer’s Studio demos and real-time competitions; the PHS Pop Up Beer
Garden; and free tastings at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits store.

The 2017 show will also introduce the Garden Spa, located on the Grand Concourse,
where guests can opt for a variety of ways to relax, recharge and be pampered.
Offerings will include massage, make-your-own essential oils or potpourri, and sips of
wine and spirits.

A favorite family experience, Butterflies Live, returns to the Flower Show in 2017. The
educational exhibit replicates a habitat of native plants where more than 1,000
butterflies of 20 exotic and American species interact with guests.
Shopping opportunities will grow this year, with the flagship PHS Shop in the main
exhibition hall and three satellite stores where visitors can purchase Flower Show
scarves and capes, T-shirts, the new Teddy van der Bear, and other keepsakes. The
Meadowbrook Farm Store will offer exceptional spring plants and garden accessories in
the central PHS Shop. The bustling Flower Show Marketplace will include more than
180 vendors offering cut flowers, plants, tools, horticultural supplies, fine crafts, and
home décor and garden products from around the world.

A gardener’s paradise

The 2017 show will inspire and empower gardeners of all interests with new horticultural
ideas and information. Exhibits throughout the show will spotlight the highest quality
trees, shrubs and perennials for the home garden, including the 2017 PHS Gold Medal
Plant winners chosen for their year-round beauty and hardiness. Interactive
presentations in the Gardener’s Studio, presented by Subaru, will include the latest
thinking in container gardening, foodscaping, attracting pollinators, growing orchids and
African violets, and planting bulbs. The Competitive Class displays will combine creative
design with expert gardening, while providing practical lessons in beautifying the home

Expert advice is found throughout the show: at the special displays of the plant societies,
in the educational exhibits created by area universities and high schools, and at each
exhibit where leading designers look forward to sharing their knowledge. Guests are
also invited to bring gardening questions to the information booth at the Hamilton
Horticourt, where novices compete with veterans for the coveted Philadelphia Flower
Show blue ribbons.

Visitors to the 2017 Flower Show will experience the rich heritage of the Netherlands,
from the canals of Amsterdam to castle gardens and Keukenhof fields, from the historic
and modern architecture to the world-renowned Dutch art and cuisine. “Holland:
Flowering the World” will be a celebration of a culture that has touched every corner of
the globe, and everyone is welcome.

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation's largest and longest-running
horticultural event, and features stunning displays by the world’s premier floral and
landscape designers. Started in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the
show introduces the newest plant varieties, garden and design concepts, and organic
and sustainable practices. In addition to the major garden displays, the Flower Show
hosts world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic floral arranging,
gardening presentations and demonstrations, special events, and the citywide Bloom
Philly celebration. The Philadelphia Flower Show has been honored as the best event in
the world by the International Festivals & Events Association, competing with events
such as the Kentucky Derby Festival, Tournament of Roses Parade, Indianapolis 500
Festival, and other international celebrations.

The Premier Sponsor of the 2017 Flower Show is Subaru, and the Exclusive Sponsor is
Bank of America. Official Sponsors are AARP, Accenture, Acme, Bartlett Tree Experts,
Belgard, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Flonase Sensimist, and Green Mountain
Energy. Supporting Sponsors are Amtrak, FTD, and SugarHouse Casino. Contributing
Sponsors are Bath Fitter, Breck’s, Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, Cruise Planners, Espoma
Organic, Fios, Global Home Improvement, LeafFilter, Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing, Stash
Tea, and Stella Artois. Official Media Partner is 6ABC.
For more information about the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show and to purchase tickets,
visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1827, that
connects people with horticulture, and together creates beautiful, healthy and
sustainable communities. Proceeds from the Philadelphia Flower Show support the
work of PHS to transform lives and landscapes across the region. Through the
innovative greening programs of PHS, people of all backgrounds work together to tend
community gardens, plant trees, green vacant lots, and create and maintain iconic
public landscapes. These efforts provide healthy food for families in need, teach job
skills to returning citizens, build stronger and safer communities, and make our world a
greener, more beautiful place. For information, visit

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Here are some fabulous items to celebrate the day! I just love the heart shaped Godiva chocolates above! 

The next few photos are from Zaro's Bakery, which always a fabulous selection for today! 

Corrado Bakery's chocolate truffle cake looks to die for! 

Junior's mini cheesecakes are just the right amount of sweetness! 

Dinner at Ristorante Morini would be a fabulous choice on this day for those in love! 

This fantastic chocolate cake from Max Brenner would make me quite happy 

I love the look of roses, but they don't last enough for my taste  
Hydrangeas are so gorgeous!  
A fantastic heart sculpture from Eden Fine Art

I hope you all have a most fabulous day!! 

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