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Monday, August 29, 2022

Happy 150th Birthday Bloomingdales !

I hope you have all been doing well ! This post comes out of pure love for one of my most favorite stores! This is not a sponsored post. 

The famous Bloomingdale's department store is turning 150 years old this year! To me, Bloomies is iconic New York City. It is my most favorite store in the city, sorry I do love the new Nordstrom store, but this to me is just classic New York shopping. I have been coming here since I was little, and it has always been my happy place! When I walk in and see that fabulous black and white floor, I smile from ear to ear. I just love the way the store is laid out, the sales clerks are always so helpful and then there is 40 Carrots for delish yogurt and savory foods. I am so happy when I receive my items in the famous brown bag (little, medium, big) which started in 1971. I am so glad they are doing well in this era of many iconic stores closing (Henri Bendel, Barneys, Lord and Taylor) and I hope they celebrate another 150 years! 

Here is some of their storied history from the Bloomingdales website: 


A Store Is Born

To think it all started with a 19th century fad - the hoop skirt. That was the first item that Joseph and Lyman Bloomingdale carried in their Ladies' Notions Shop in New York's Lower East Side. In the late 1800's, most fashion retailers specialized in just one type of garment. Not the brothers Bloomingdale - their East Side Bazaar, opened in 1872, sold a wide variety of European fashions. It was the beginning of what would become a "Department Store".


Moving Up In The World

In 1886 came the visionary move uptown to 59th Street and Lexington Avenue. The store expanded steadily and by the 1920's, Bloomingdale's converted an entire city block.


Read All About It

Flexing his marketing muscle, Lyman created splashy ad campaigns to bring people in the door. People started seeing the "All Cars Transfer to Bloomingdale's" slogan everywhere - on billboards, delivery wagons, and even ladies' beach umbrellas.


Lights - Camera - Action!

Print ads couldn't say it all. The store had to be experienced. So Bloomingdale's became the stage for gala events and fashion shows, including "Woman Of The Year, 1947." With music, lighting and sophistication, it was retailing as theater.


It's In The Bag

It's not just what you buy - it's what you take it home in, too. We've always looked for new ways to be creative. In 1961, the Bloomingdale's team came up with the first designer shopping bags. Since then, many have become collector's items.


Not A Store, But A Destination

By the 70's, everyone was stopping by 59th Street and Lexington Avenue for a look - including Queen Elizabeth. People came to see and to be seen. Once there, they were dazzled by the cutting-edge fashion of designers like Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis and Norma Kamali, who got their first truly big opportunities at Bloomingdale's.


Looking Forward

Bloomingdale's is committed to once again lead the way with exclusive merchandise, customized services, and alternative shopping venues. Carrying on the Bloomingdale's brothers' dream, we're always finding ways to set our stores apart. That's both the legacy and the promise of Bloomingdale's.

How much fun are these vintage catalog pages ! 

It should be against the law to shop at Bloomies and not visit 40 Carrots ! This wonderful place has been around since 1974 and I recall it being in the basement of the store when I was small. I just love the new design and larger space as it gets crowded pretty quickly. 

Their savory food is also quite fantastic and you always have carrots as a side dish 

Their peanut butter yogurt is my favorite and I feel so lucky when I am there and it is available as they change flavors each day of the week! 

A gorgeous display with the famous black and white floor 

Holiday windows are always so fabulous, these are from the 2016 season  

My Bloomies ornament on my tree 

I also really love their home section, which is near 40 Carrots so I always get to pop in and enjoy the beautiful merchandise 

Here is a bottle of champagne to Bloomingdales for 150 years in business! It truly is "like no other store in the world". 

They will be having celebrations from September 8th through the end of the year. There will be a 150th anniversary collection which I am so excited about along with pop-ups from various businesses. If you cannot get to a store in person, items will be available online. I am hoping to get to the flagship this year to celebrate this wonderful milestone in person. 

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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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