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Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day



What an adorable Valentine's Day card from possibly the 1920's. 

I personally prefer to celebrate Galentine's Day, a nonofficial holiday, is celebrated as a day for "ladies celebrating ladies". 

Here is some history about these wonderful cards from The History Channel:

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

I hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones!

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

10 Best Chocolate Shops in NYC 2020

There have been many lists of the "best" chocolate shops in New York City. There will be many more, as there are so many wonderful artisans out there with such talent for chocolate making. This list has been revised for 2020 as some places leave the city, and new ones arrive which are reason to celebrate. New York City has some of the best food the world has to offer, and chocolate is big on that list.

This list is quite unique, ranging from classics like Jacques Torres with his chocolate covered cheerios to MarieBelle who has some of the best hot chocolate you will enjoy to LA Burdick with their adorable chocolate mice to Royce Chocolates who have matcha flavors. You will not find Godiva on this list as I do not feel it is special to NYC. Some of these shops you cannot find outside of the city or very minimal in other states. I would make a point to give them all a try and see what you think. Explore your love of chocolate in the best city in the world!

This is my personal list, in no particular order, (that would be very hard to do):

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Nordstrom 57th Street New York City

The Men's store has a Milk Bar for quick purchases of Christina Tosi's unique and delish desserts. The cake balls are one of my most favorites! 

First, I must state "This is not a sponsored post". 

I am a HUGE Nordstrom fan, shopping online with them for many years and their store in King of Prussia, Pa. I have been longing for their store to open in NYC and last year, they finally did open. I was able to check out the gorgeous store, located at West 57th Street and Broadway, Columbus Circle area right before Thanksgiving. It did not disappoint. 


Nordstrom is famous for their customer service and I just love the selection they offer as well. When shopping online, free shipping and returns make me very happy. 

Founded in 1901 by Swedish American John W. Nordstrom and Carl F. Wallin, the company began as a shoe retailer and expanded its inventory to include clothing, accessories, handbags, jewelry, cosmetics, and fragrances. Many companies look to their views on customer service to mold their own employees. 

They had a great selection of Snoopy merchandise which I found fantastic! It made me smile! 

The main store has 5 restaurants, a Shoe Bar - a Coffee Bar - Oh Mochi! donuts - Clubhouse Bar 
A very cool selection, and on this day I visited their flagship restaurant, Bistro Verde. I started with some lobster bisque which was so fantastic! It came out quickly and the warm bread with olive oil and olives made me very happy! 


 WILD SHRIMP & SAFFRON TAGLIATELLE
spanish chorizo, white wine, roasted garlic tomato sauce, parmesan cheese,
lemon, parsley 22.5

My main course was fantastic too and I ended up bringing half home to enjoy the next day. I am excited to try their other restaurants, but from this experience cannot imagine they will be bad. A wonderful spot when in this area for a bit of shopping and dining in Columbus Circle!! 

Everyone needs a pretzel with eyes! 



Nordstrom NYC 
West 57th Street and Broadway 

Hours.
Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm
Sun: 11am-7pm

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Making Marvels: Science & Splendor at the Courts of Europe


Making Marvels: Science & Splendor at the Courts of Europe is a for sure must-see exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibit runs until March 1, 2020 and I would highly recommend it. You will be fascinated by what your eyes will see. Let's take a peek: 



You can actually hear this ringing in the exhibit Totally wonderful 

Love all the cameos here  




This was just lovely in person 


This diamond was saved from being stolen with many other jewels in November 2019 in Dresden's Green Vault Museum. What a gorgeous, lucky, piece indeed 

Sapphires are my favorite gemstone  

The Order of the Golden Fleece just really blew my mind  



 






 

To hear these clocks chiming is a pure joy  








Gorgeous beyond words 

The condition of this watch is just amazing 

What a glorious work of art in a timepiece  



This really is a must see exhibit and The Met is a great spot to visit during the winter months if the weather outside is a bit chilly. You will enjoy this so much as I did and would love to go back through a second time before it closes. 


Making Marvels: Science & Splendor at the Courts of Europe 
On View November 25, 2019 to March 1, 2020  

The Met Fifth Avenue
Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Open Seven Days a Week

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