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Miami Vice

15 Aug

I just came back from being in South Beach for the first time and I must say that it exceeded my expectations. Miami is not just made up of crazy spring breaker types. It’s a beach city that has some of the most elegant and glamorous restaurants/hotels/shops that I’ve ever seen. Don’t believe me? Here are three of my picks amongst Miami’s finest:

The Ritz-Carlton

1 Lincoln Road

Dinner poolside at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

Dinner poolside at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

It might cost a kidney to stay here but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the Ritz.Ā  The DiLido Beach Club is an amazing restaurant to celebrate a special occasion or if you just want an amazing meal for almost the same amount you would pay at any other trendy Miami Beach spot.Ā  The service here cannot be matched. The staff is always attentive but never overbearing.Ā  They even served me dessert on the house for my birthday. And their cocktails are absolutely amazing. If you love Daquiris or Pina Coladas, you must try “The Vice.” A must try if you are trying to get away from the touristy Lincoln crowd. You can even dive in the pool and they won’t even say anything šŸ˜‰

Yuca

501 Lincoln Road

Plantain chips at Yuca.

Plantain chips at Yuca.

One of the things I was looking forward to do on my trip to Miami was to try have some authentic Cuban food. I was very lucky to visit during “Miami Spice” (Miami’s version of restaurant week) and Yuca had a exceptional dinner menu. If you love meat, you cannot pass this place up. Their pork is out of this world, the empanadas are a splendid starter and the margaritas are very strong, just the way they should be. This is a great place to have dinner right before heading upstairs, where on most Saturdays they have a D.J. or a band.

The Webster

1220 Collins Avenue

The Webster

The Webster

If you love Alaia, Chanel and Balenciaga, this boutique housed in a 20,000 square foot Art Deco building is a label whore’s dream. Quirky Charlotte Olympia clutches live amongst Maison Michel headpieces and Chanel jackets. Although everything is pretty much out of my price range, (with the exception of the signature Webster candles??), I had so much fun looking at everything. Also, the salespeople are very welcoming. To make things even more insanely stylish, they have a happy hour on their rooftop from 7-11PM.

My Last Resort

11 Jun

When I’m feeling more NYC 90’s sleek, Helmut Lang is one of my go-to labels. Although it may be way too early to start thinking of Resort, this jacket stopped in me in my tracks:

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Confession: I really want the whole outfit.

 

Thanks Helmut Lang! I will now be up thinking about it until it hits stores in December/January.

Shopping Spree: Special Vintage Etsy Edition

7 Jun

Because sometimes you need things that are one-of-a-kind:

 

I'm always a sucker for an oversized frame, especially if it's YSL. $73

I’m always a sucker for an oversized frame, especially if it’s YSL.Vintage glasses, $73

It's just like wearing Skittles around your neck, $25

It’s just like wearing Skittles around your neck, 60’s necklace, $25

 

This could be really cute with skinny jeans and a pink oxford. 80's vest, $16

This could be really cute with skinny jeans and a pink oxford. 80’s vest, $16

How can you say no to a Pacman tee? 80's tee, $24

How can you say no to a Pacman tee? 80’s tee, $24

This will go with everything for summer (maybe except a swimsuit), Vintage Ralph Lauren flats, $89

This will go with everything for summer (maybe except a swimsuit), Vintage Ralph Lauren flats, $89

 

 

RGRS Rolodex: The Most Authentic (Cheap) Thrift Shop in The East Village

8 May

No Relation Vintage

204 1st Avenue

NYC 10009

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It’s quite obvious that I’m on an East Village kick lately. Although the neighborhood used to pride itself on individual and personal style, these days it seems the vintage stores charge more than just a song for a t-shirt. If you are looking for a fun thrift store to hunt for cool and inexpensive pieces that are a step up from the Salvation Army, I highly recommend No Relation Vintage. The average price for a top is $10 and they have a huge wall of boots and old-school sneakers. I love going in here with no agenda. It’s relaxing just to comb the racks and maybe find a rare 60’s print dress, a chic pair of Ferragamo flats or a Biggie vintage tee.

Brand Banter: See By Chloe

13 Feb

Today I was pleasantly distracted by this beauty from See By Chloe:

April Snake Stamped Trapeze Bag, $650.

April Snake Stamped Trapeze Bag, $650.

I know that it is definitely inspired by a certain “it” bag, but please let me explain. The pastel pink fits the bill in terms of my girlie style and I love leather that’s snake stamped. It’s edgy without being vulgar. It’s also very easy to travel with. It would make an excellent carry-on. And… it’sĀ  about $1,500 less expensive than “you know who”. Must I go on…..?

This prompted me to glance over the latest See By Chloe collection for Spring. Must I mention that I was ecstatic over the separates that would work seamlessly with aforementioned trapeze bag? I love everything from the perfectly mauve/taupe chunky cardigan to the pretty pink dress pictured below that you can easily wear every season.

Chunky Knit Cardigan, $525

Chunky Knit Cardigan, $525

Floral Print Jersey Skirt, $195

Floral Print Jersey Skirt, $195

Printed Silk Habotai Dress, $550

Printed Silk Habotai Dress, $550

All of these items can be purchased at Net-a-Porter.

The RGRS Gift Guide:Part 4

19 Dec

Just when you think you are almost done with your shopping, you realize that have to get something for the people you see more than your own family…coworkers! Some choose to do this, some do not. Others do Secret Santa. Either way, here is the ultimate cheat sheet:

For your boss (FYI: chocolate never hurts):

Holiday Gift Box, $30, Godiva.com

Holiday Gift Box, $30, Godiva.com

For your partner-in-crime:

Someecards Countless Hours Mug, $13.99, Cafepress.com

Someecards Countless Hours Mug, $13.99, Cafepress.com

For the one who doesn’t believe in brown bagging it:

Amex Gift Card, choose any amount, Americanexpress.com

Amex Gift Card, choose any amount, Americanexpress.com

For the one who actually brown bags it:

Snappy Trails Lunch Bag, $19.99, Modcloth.com

Snappy Trails Lunch Bag, $19.99, Modcloth.com

For the overachiever:

The Success Principles, $12, Amazon.com

The Success Principles, $12, Amazon.com

If you work in the fashion industry:

The Sartorialist: Closer, $30, Netaporter.com

The Sartorialist: Closer, $30, Netaporter.com

For the one who spends hours in the bathroom touching up her make-up:

Tom Ford Nail Laquer in Toasted Sugar, $30, Bloomingdales.com

Tom Ford Nail Laquer in Toasted Sugar, $30, Bloomingdales.com

For your assistant:

Alexander Wang Fumo Case for Ipad, $365, Saksfifthavenue.com

Alexander Wang Fumo Case for Ipad, $365, Saksfifthavenue.com

For the brilliant mind of the office:

Smythson Inspirations and Ideas Notebook, $80, Netaporter.com

Smythson Inspirations and Ideas Notebook, $80, Netaporter.com

For the tech guy:

To the Letter Mug, $13.99, Modcloth.com

To the Letter Mug, $13.99, Modcloth.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RGRS Rolodex: The Best Place To Go For Vintage Boots

3 Oct

Edith Machinist

104 Rivington Street
Manhattan, New York

Photo: Edithmachinist.com

Every girl, at least once in her life, is on the tough quest of finding the perfect pair of boots. The fall season tends to spark this obsession. Every girl picks her poison distinctively. Some prefer a slick black sexy stiletto boot. Others crave a beat up motorcycle boot, and you’ll even get a few every so often who love a red boot (can you say Jennifer Foster circa high school)?

There’s good and bad news. The bad: A great pair of boots can be very tricky to find. The good: You’ll probably find the style you want at Edith Machinist. Lucky for you that I know a thing or two about finding a specific place for a specific reason.

Edith Machinist (her real name!) was one of the first NYC boutique owners to stock vintage with a modern cool aesthetic. She carries some great clothing and handbags (mostly from the 70’s and 80’s) but her draw is definitely footwear. Although prices spike easily, it’s still possible to leave the store with something around $30. This is a must-stop, especially for the vintage loving RGRS.

P.S. If you can’t travel to NYC, she also has a website!

 

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