If you have read any of my earlier posts, you already know that I'm a bit of a beauty product junkie. I attribute the beginning of this obsession to my Mom, a former Canadian top model. It goes without saying that she knows all the tricks of the trade.
Oribe himself is an iconic hair maestro, both in the salon and on set. I was introduced to Oribe upon moving to New York at a salon in the West Village. The packaging is as beautiful as perfume bottles - why shouldn't they be? The fragrance of these products is subtle and luxurious (exclusively created by the French scent masters, Givaudan.) If you haven't done so yet, take a chic peek at Oribe.



ELA clutches are made of the most beautiful leather, suede and hardware. The MILCK clutch is aptly entitled such, as it alludes to what one should find inside: money, ID, lipstick, cell, and keys (the simple things we need!) These chic and timeless clutches are available in most of the bright shades found in a rainbow. Brought to us by the gorgeous co-founding couple Ela Kowalewska (formerly a fashion PR rep) and Martin Aldorsson (former Havaianas brand manager). Take a chic peek Ela by Ela


The NoMad

Love New York, but yearn for a taste of Paris? The NoMad Hotel, located in a gorgeous turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building at 28th Street and Broadway, has been fully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer Jacques Garcia. The library, cocktail bar, dining room, and soon-to-open rooftop serve food and cocktails artfully curated by Daniel Humm (of Eleven Madison Park). I have enjoyed beautiful cocktails in their library, and soon plan to share the roast chicken for two ($78) with my husband (it is apparently out of this world.) The hotel's retail space is by Paris boutique Maison Kitsune, which is its first ever shop in the US. Take a chic peek! www.thenomadhotel.com


Joe Fresh Fifth Avenue Flagship

When Mayor Bloomberg shows up at an opening party in New York, you know someone has done something right ... and in the case of Joe Fresh's Fifth Avenue Flagship (at 43rd Street) opening ... they seem to have done it all impeccably. From the glass walled building, to the stunning exposed vault, to the stand out pieces that made me crave a good Spring shopping trip - it is an absolute gem.  If you have yet to check out Joe Fresh, hurry up, surely sizes will get snatched up quickly. I managed to find my new favorite white jeans for just $19. Like I said, hurry up! (Can you tell I'm proudly Canadian?) Take a chic peek www.joefresh.com


Warby Parker

Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to create high-quality, beautifully crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point. One of the hottest startups around offering vintage style eye wear, Warby Parker is a fashionable brand that gives back. Millions of people around the world do not have access to proper vision care; Warby Parker donates one pair of glasses for every pair sold, teaming up with charities like Vision Spring to do so. Their gorgeous NYC offices are headquartered in The Puck Building in SoHo. Next time you need a fresh pair of specs, be sure to take a chic peek! Their frames including RX are only $95. Why shop elsewhere? www.warbyparker.com


Red Rooster Harlem

Chef Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster Harlem celebrates the spirit of the neighborhood. Framed pictures of his family heritage and notes from a local public school hang on the walls in the washrooms. The food is a great mixture of down home American southern soul food with updated twists. But what I liked about it best was the scene: black, white, Asian, Latino, straight, gay, young, old ... all the faces of the colorful city we live in enjoying a meal. Cheers to Chef Samuelsson for making this happen. www.redroosterharlem.com



My husband and I recently stumbled upon a new neighborhood gem in Chelsea, called Haven's Kitchen. It is an adorably rustic chic recreational cooking school, specialty food shop, and event space. Located in a charming carriage house a few blocks from Union Square, Haven’s Kitchen is dedicated to the preparation and enjoyment of delicious, sustainable, seasonal food. Be sure to take a chic peek www.havenskitchen.com


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