Head up in the clouds. Literally. I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately and losing track of the passing hours flying high miles into the sky. My favorite thing to do on flights is to disconnect & drown out the noise with my favorite playlist (currently have LANY & Dua Lipa on loop). After 50,000 miles of travel as of January this year (holy), music and a good read is something I always board with.
In between my travels, I stopped into one of my favorite cities New York. A quick 4 hours and we find ourselves on the east coast. I’ve partnered with Superdry to show you my New York. I stayed in Brooklyn for the first time at 1 Hotel. A environment conscious boutique hotel along the Brooklyn Bridge waterfront. From reclaimed wood accents to industrial steel & sprinkled greenery, I was obsessed the moment I walked through the glass doors. Just wait for the real-time recap in my June vlog coming up next.
I diverted from the usual tourist tendencies, so we’re going to skip past Times Square and dive head first into my New York.
Explore + Shop
I always stop by the flagship Opening Ceremony when I’m in town. In the bustling SOHO, resides the 3 stories of OC. Lusting in full effect. From my favorite designers such as Alexander Wang, Acne & Kenzo to emerging designers, you can find an eclectic mix here.
You know your girl likes to eat. One of the best elements of traveling. Met the radiant (on the inside & outside) Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty. I’ve been a fan of her creative work for yours, not to mention those legs that stretch for days. Instantly fell in love with her. We grabbed brunch at Bubby’s- I recommend the banana pancakes over & over again. Natalie and I showed up in the same Superdry dress by chance, an easy summer staple to dress up or throw on when you’re running out for the day.
My friend Eric Christian Von Fricken (easily the coolest name award) who lives in New York recommended this spot Leuca in Brooklyn. A rustic chic Italian restaurant, and I am so glad I took his advice- he gives one hell of a New York guide. (Do check out his page for some serious inspo & a look into the New York you have yet to discover.) Still dreaming about their ricotta with hot honey & garlic. Oh, and the pastas are a must.
After lunch, we walked over to Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters in Williamsburg, another Eric recommendation. Am I the only one who has a separate fund for coffee & lattes? I love you, but my wallet begs to differ.
Naturally, I walked along the Brooklyn bridge. I love crossing bridges this way. I also want to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, which I have to do yet. I love that New York has a huge walking culture, a foreign concept here in Los Angeles.
Off to the bustling Chelsea Market in the borough of Manhattan. I met Eugenie here for a late dinner during the last New York Fashion Week, but the the shops were closed, so I made sure to go back during the daytime this round. There’s a food hall, little specialty shops & public market with fresh seafood, bakeries & spice shops.
I don’t mean to keep playing NY versus LA- this girl loves her LA- but I wish we had bodegas & little corner shops to pop into. New York is sprinkled with them, and while walking to our next stop, we popped into one and I got lost in the wall of magazines. For pre-dinner cocktails, you can get to the 230 Fifth Garden Rooftop by foot for yet another incredible view of the city. I would recommend going right around sundown to catch the sun set against the city skyline. Countless sunsets and it’s still my favorite part of the day. We ended our night at L’Artusi, an Italian restaurant with the perfect ambiance and sharing-style Italian menu accompanied by an impressive wine list.
More food ahead. Next stop: Pizza. Pizza in the evening, pizza in the after hours. So we pizza. We dined at the bustling open air garden of Roberta Pizzeria filled with chatter & laughter. There are communal tables to drink wine and enjoy your pizza under the NY summer sky. This Superdry dress was especially suiting for this evening.
We got pizza again in another neck of the wood again at 3AM. Naturally.
A pink dream in the city. Next stop: Pietro Nolita. A 50s styled diner decorated in entirely shades of pink. On Elizabeth Street. Their kitchen is open from 11AM to 11PM daily with cocktails until 2AM from Thursday to Saturday. Have your appetite and camera ready. And I leave you with that.
New York, you have a piece of my heart. I’ll be back for it soon.
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