Tuesday, March 27, 2012

a weekend here and there in Downtown

Abington Square Park
Another mellow weekend is gone...walking here and there in downtown...
it has begun with a morning flower shopping in Chelsea, on 26th and 27th btw 6 and 7 Avenue you can do the most inspiring flower shopping in town and during this early spring is a rainbow of colors!
To keep my colored mood and be healthy, before a huuuge saturday dinner, i went @Melvin's Juice Box (@Miss Lily's) http://misslilysnyc.com/melvins! One of my "healthy mecca" in town! First because Melvin is from Jamaica and while he mix your smoothie you can "jammin with Bob Marley" and be happy, second because his juices are magic :) they make your skin glow, try the Jamaican Green!!!

Chelsea Flower Market

Melvin Juice Box on Sullivan St.
then i passed by @Save Haven http://s-haven.tumblr.com/ for a little shopping, this is one my favorite pure american designer (he use just american cottons and linen) and his simple stile totally fits with mine...best man soft t-shirts!
Save Haven
For dinner we headed to Williamsburg where my friend Jamie was celebrating his bday! As everybody know i'm a "foodie" and first time i came @Diner http://dinernyc.com/ i was tooootally diffident but after i tried i changed my mind! The food is delicious and for private parties you can book this old little trailer in the backyard so lovely! We've had a wonderful party!!!
I bought the cake, ricotta cheese cake, from one of the italian trattoria Pepolino http://pepolino.com/...may i say is the best cheese cake in town?!?!?! 

The Diner Trailer

Sunday rainy weather and sacred mellow morning at home with classic music, my italian espresso and the fantastic book of the greatest italian contemporary philosopher Franco Bolelli!
Then the Sun showed up on time for a walk on the Highline!

Giocate! The new book by Franco Bolelli

A bientot

PS: for the Polaroid lovers like me i've discovered (thank to my friend Benny) this hidden paradise on Broadway
@Impossible www.the-impossible-project.com/ is on the 2nd floor of an old building close to Canal St, fantastic!!!!


Butterflies Day and Night

Thursday, March 22, 2012

100% Spring Effect

adorable card i've found @Clic Bookstore and Gallery on Broome
it's SPRING! an unexpected, early, amazing, spring and NY (almost like Rome) it's my favorite place to walk around without direction, just walking, discover new stores and treasures, meeting my friends for a lunch under the sun, buy fresh food at the farmer's market, enjoy the sunset on the Hudson River!
a wonderful "antique" garden in the hearth of NOLITA
Adoro! here my grocery shopping at Union Square Farmers Market where you can meet the best chefs of NY (and met my "shaman" that gives me inspirations and magic stones :) )
organic apples @Union Square Farmers Market
$4,00 for a bag of Pure Pleasure! best chips of the world...

Flower Power
I love to discover independent and original store around! In the West Village i've found behind a gate this cute, little french store Mick Margo http://www.mickmargo.com/; they have the sweetest selection of shoes, scarf, jewels, dresses and more. Also walking in Chelsea i've discovered the perfect inspirational store, Les Toiles du Soleil www.lestoilesdusoleilnyc.com, to add a summery touch to our house...and in Soho i cannot renounce to Canvas www.canvashomestore.com if i wanna dream a summer lunch in a terrace with my friends!!!

Mick Margo

Les Toiles Du Soleil

and then....my favorite moment of the day in my favorite neighborhood of NY...the West Village!
Sunset on the Hudson River Park + bubbles @Boom Boom Room + friends + good food @Barbuto (the restaurant of our italian talented photographer Fabrizio Ferri)...Who Can Ask for Anything More?!?!!?

Sunset from the Hudson River Park

Boom Boom Room @The Standard Hotel
@Barbuto with my beautiful friends planning the Villasimius meeting

Sunday, March 18, 2012

surfing in NYC

Spring blossom on West 11th
 Greenwich Letterpress

Street Artist on West 12th 

Why I love NYC...
this town it's a port, a kaleidoscope, a crazy circus, in one day you can experience 100 different worlds, meet old and new friends from all over around the world, meet yourself, forget yourself, find a treasure!
Saturday was a sunny day and i've organized a lunch @Sant Ambroeus West Village with my friends from Bologna, www.fiorentini-baker.com and Micol Danieli (the coolest young italian DJ, next summer she will play in Ibiza).
Then we went for a walk and for some book shopping @Three Lives & Co. www.threelives.com (best independent book store in the West Village) and "inspirational" shopping at my "mecca" Greenwich Letterpress http://greenwichletterpress.blogspot.com/!
If you like creative greeting cards, paper accessorie, stamps & related stuff this is a little paradise where you can buy the most original and rare stuff!
At 6.30pm i met another group of  friend for a "wild" tour out of Manhattan...wooowww...totally weird for me if you think that i'm the only newyorker that never use the subway!!! Tom Downey, an amazing travel writer and ethnic food expert organized a NY "Ethnic Excursion" into NYC's 4th largest foreign-born population (that you've never heard of)--in Little Guyana, an Indo-Caribbean neighborhood in Richmond Hill, Queens. 

We've had a lot of fun: 25 Manhattan "animals", out of their zoo, walking around Richmond Hill on the steps of Jack Kerouac (he was born here) tasting cold Caribbean beer and authentic indo-caribbean (?!?!) food...
After 3 hours out of "my island" i was feeling lost and i happily came back to Downtown, meet Micol and jump from one loft party to another one, until "too late" for an old chicken like me!
Ignes party on Bowery
Finally today i've had my Sacred-Sunday-Mellow-Morning...shopping magazines @Casa Magazines (if you want to meet the "uber gotha" of the fashion system, just spend 30 min here every morning!), than breakfast and people watchin' at @home/SantAmbroeus, then an inspiring food shopping @Buono Italia (inside Chelsea Market) here i can find have the best italian product, sardinian Bottarga included!
Casa Magazines on West 12th

Buon Italia @Chelsea Market

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Saturday's backyard

Loopy Mango
The Cookbooks Shop
Yesterday our beloved NYC has given us a "preview" of spring! I coudn't stay inside sooo i took a day off to do some location scouting, gift shopping and enjoy the sun!
First i passed by @Saturdays on Crosby St to check it as a location for an event and also to enjoy a coffee in one of the cutest/hidden backyard in town surrounded of gorgeous surfers ;) 
Then i was looking for some unique bday gift  so i went to take a look @Loopy Mango, a crazy, unique shop that always inspire me...i cannot tell you what they sell, everything and nothing, but beautiful suff! vintage? yes! accessorize? yes! furnitures? yes! postcards? yes and more...plus they organize the best knitting course in town (and they also rent the space for small events)!
My second stop was @The Cookbooks Shop, there is nothing similar in the world! it's a little space where you can find old, rare, out of print cookbooks; the owner is sweet and kind and she welcomes you there as you were in her sofa!
For lunch i came back in Nolita to meet my friend Benny (the owner of an uber cool fashion brand Confezioni Crosby www.confezionicrosby.com) @ Tartinery, we love this place, it's perfect for a glass of wine and tapas (a long list of delicious and creative tartines) from lunch to dinner!
after lunch i jumped in Chelsea to find some inspiration in one of my favorite "creative" space in town Printed Matter...wow! if you love art, culture, creativity, you have to come! they have a rare selection of art books, art magazines, old art catalogues...check their website www.printedmatter.org
here i've found what i want...a "toy" by Yoko Ono (love her!)

Nolita in a glass of Sancerre @Tartinery

Yoko Ono "toy" @Printed Matter

at 7.00pm the appointment was @TheBoweryBallroom with my friends for the concert of Lorenzo Jovanotti, the greatest italian singer! He and his band are able to set something that, more than a concert, is a party, a celebration of joy, an explosion of energy, bellissimo!!! 

Lorenzo Jovanotti @TheBoweryBallroom

un avanzo di Magia!

i love NYC!

Travel Light

Travel Light
... focus on letting go any mental, emotional and physical clutter that is weighing you down. 
Do you hold out dated ideas  & thoughts that don't work anymore? is there someone you need to forgive? stuff in your environment that's collecting cobwebs? Lighten it all up! 
Change is occurring fast & frequently for many of us in this beautiful year of transformation and we cannot hold on to what's unnecessary. Practice being light in all ways...Make Space!
Love iu'

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Me, MySkirt and I

Me, MySkirt and I
Rediscovering the charm of a skirt...
after a long n' cold winter it's a little luxury to enjoy the unique, female pleasure to wear a skirt!
Long or short (but be careful! after 18 years is absolutely prohibited to wear a mini-skirt) with flats or heels and a simple white shirt...there is nothing more charming than a woman with a skirt!
Enjoy it!

soft life

soft life
Ready for 22C in NYC :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

NYC in a spring dress!

i've had a lot of things to do today but...how can you miss the first day of spring (19C)?!?!?
i went out for a sunny lunch at my fav corner :) Sant Ambroeus for a delicious and fresh quinoa salad and then at L'Arte del Gelato for the first (and best) gelato of the season, buonissimo!
On my way back to work i've had a mellow walk on the Highline, for me is the best park of the town...seriously, is the greatest, coolest and most welcoming green area of NYC and is unique, you cannot see anything similar in the world!
Now from there you can see the works in progress for the New Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking designed by  Renzo Piano (as italian i'm uber proud)...it's amazing to feel an area that is changing daily under your feet and realize how many people are woking together to bring in our life beauty and art!!! 
Love it...

ART in Progress - New Whitney Museum by Renzo Piano