Last weekend, as one of my Maid of Honor duties for my sister, I headed out with her as she went on her first day of trying on bridal gowns! The first shop was so hectic and so impersonal, I was not only happy to get out of there but happy that she didn't get her dress from there as it wasn't a place that I would want in terms of a bridal memory. But on Wed (of this week) my sister on her second day of looking for the perfect wedding gown, she selected her dress! Lovely Bride is currently (as it is moving to Tribeca) located in the West Village and is by appointment only. I loved the ambiance of the shops and the personal nature as well as touches that are within this multi level boutique! The first of 3 dresses that my sister put on ended up being the one that she fell in love with. For those that are in the market to getting a dress, I would definitely suggest this location as they have a carefully curated selection of designers. For those in LA, there is a fabulous shop out there as well!
Whether you're going to private parties, large ones or staying at home - one of the biggest nights to party takes place on this Saturday! It's about ending the year in a big bang. No matter how you spent 2011, what took place and the groundwork that you set about to make 2012 better - it's time to let your hair down, up and out as all that matters is that you have lived to see another 365 and to do it all again in the year ahead! You know that you're going to look phenomenal and to wear a number of items that will make you look fab to the next level and then there is that guy! He could be in your entourage, your destined intended or maybe you get to dress him. This night is about putting it out there and I am loving this look. Today's Kimmie's 5s for this week looks at how His Style rocks NYE and I had to start his canvas with this velvet regal plum blazer by Danish clothing line, Sand. Underneath of the blazer he loves to keep it dashing by having this striped Thomas Pink out in full force with a double cuff and paired with Ksubi black night raw rinse jeans.
If you're going to rock this look, here are 5 accessories that are a must to make him the beaux of the night. We kick it off with the shoes! We all know that Christian Louboutin is all about the look and taking it to another exponential level and this python skin doesn't disappoint. In addition, who will be heading down to the West Village to check out the Men's Store that won't be too far away from the Women's Store near Horatio this Spring - this is worth braving the elements for to be sure! Rock his pocket by placing a paisley Etro scarf in it which is chic and so modern! When it comes to hardware, I go to my faves for a guy! John Hardy's black sapphire cuff links are the perfect companion to place within his striped double cuff shirt - I love the etching and how classic the sparkle is without taking it completely over the top. Since I'm all about pave, this black diamond signet ring by David Yurman is so very necessary and regal. I think every guy needs a ring like this. Finally, time isn't even something to be considered on the night of all night's but to keep him in perfect step - Movado is the perfect piece to complete the look with it's stainless steel and black face which plays into the other accessories that are being worn!
It's super crazy that we had an earthquake midweek and a hurricane coming soon. Although my segments on HSN are not until next Mon and Tues, I was going to fly out on Sunday. I spent today reworking my schedule as I am now flying out on Sat. Rescheduling isn't usually a problem but when you're days from a show, then prepping for New York Fashion Week each day definitely is super important. But thankfully, in the midst of the madness of schedules, Rita Jammet from La Caravelle (if you have not read about one of my favorite pairings, check out their bubbly in the New York Times article on A Play Date with Champagne and Burgers) reached out and said that we must get together over dinner and wondered about the depth of my palette! I love everything and am always looking for the next best place for a bite!
When Rita suggested Red Farm, I was super pumped as it doesn't even open until Aug 30th and they have spent the past 2 weeks or so with an opening that has allowed friends and family to come and enjoy this new twist on Asian foods! Restauranteur, Ed Schoenfeld, knows a thing or two about restaurants as his passion for creating experiences is definitely apparent but his know how of Chinese food is astonishing! Upon walking into a restaurant that balances communal tables with intimate settings and yet creates an overall warm vibe - you know that this clean Anthropologiesque eatery is going to be amazing. I love that upon entering immediately there were gourmands and luminaries that spanned our favorite culinary magazines, executive chefs, foodie TV personalities on Bravo and Food Network and of course foodie bloggers! It was like a very cool home coming and seeing everyone know one another was definitely exciting. Ed asked us what we were interested in and to be safe, we left it in his hands. I don't have a favorite from the night as each bite was better then the next and I definitely wanted to create a spread of the bites that we enjoyed.
I loved the dumpling dish that had a shrimp Pacman and the little ghosties (not only were they in the correct color but one of the dumplings had shrimp and lychee together - Rita will have to tell you about that but of course it looked amazing) were dumplings - cute and whimsical. The crab dumplings that looked like little sting rays with eyes were dipped into the most amazing sauce that was like a curry of sorts! Smoked cucumber, curried tofu and spring roll pinwheels - were just a few of the tasties that we enjoyed with fab wine. Finally, we had dessert a lychee mousse that made me want to continue eating but I was just way too stuffed!
I love that vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores can come together and have a phenomenal meal and if you love dumplings as much as I do - this is absolute perfection! If tonight is any indication, this spot will be buzzing in the West Village and it seems like you're definitely going to have to have a wait but it is well worth it from a cozy environment, phenom staff and a culinary menu that looks like a food stylist put the finishing touch on each plate!
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