SHOP MDR update!

SHOP MDR has been updated! Chloé jewelry, sunglasses, new clothes and shoes all added to the shop. Keep checking my twitter for instant updates!

p.s. thanks to everyone who has emailed me to say that they received their items in the mail. Happy shopping!


the standard grill

The Standard Grill has quickly become one of my favorite places to eat in the city - I really love the atmosphere of this hotel and the restaurant is both perfectly chic and laid back at the same time. Their menu is simple, but I like that about it. Everyday food, like everyday life, should be simple, uncluttered, and nourishing. That's the kind of food you'll find here.

Half dozen oysters

Seared Branzino with marcona almonds, green apple, carrot, and a cumin-sumac broth. This is one of my favorite things on the menu. Absolutely delicious.

Chilled Maine Lobster with white beans, celery, green goddess dressing, and the best part, caviar

So pretty, this dish deserves a close up.

When you're done with dinner, you can always head over to the Biergarten to have a drink or two - don't forget to save some room for their gigantic pretzels.


SHOP MDR - summer closet clean out!

I'm moving at the end of this month to a new apartment so I'm doing another major closet clean out! Lots of great designer deals on clothes, shoes, and handbags that are still in new or great condition - brands like Chloé, Sonia Rykiel, See by Chloé, Phi, Marc Jacobs, and many more!

I'll be adding more things periodically so if you don't see something you like now, check back again later! You can also follow new items that I'll be adding in the following week on my twitter.

To browse & shop, please visit SHOP MDR. All inquiries should be directed to shopMDR@gmail.com

Happy shopping!

DBGB on Bowery

I really think it's incredible how much development has occurred on Bowery in the past several years. I only used to go there to eat at Double Crown, but now there are so many amazing spots on this street. DBGB is one of my favorite recent additions - I mean... who wouldn't love Daniel Boulud's food?

I took these photos when I ate here with the boy and his family for Sunday brunch a few weeks back - it was just the right mix of having a casual no nonsense atmosphere while still serving high quality food. I hate how brunch can be really pretentious in some city restaurants but DBGB is a great example of how to do it right.

Viennoiserie for the table: basket of fresh baked pain aux raisins, croissant, pain au chocolat, and madeleines with butter and jam

Ah - pain aux raisins... this was the first thing to go.

Madeleines ♡

The Yankee: beef patty with iceberg, tomato and vidalia onion on a sesame bun, essex st. pickle and fries

If you're going to get one thing at DBGB, I hear the burger is where it's at. I can't say for sure myself since I don't eat red meat but everyone at the table seemed to agree that it lived up to its reputation.

The Piggie: beef patty topped with daisy may's bbq pulled pork, jalapeño mayonnaise & boston lettuce on a cheddar-cornbread bun with mustard-vinegar slaw and fries

Chicken Chop-Chop Salad: romaine, avocado, red pepper, carrot grapefruit and ginger-sesame dressing

Lobster Chop-Chop Salad. I love healthy slices of avocado in my salads. Tastes even better than butter!

DBGB Lobster Roll with celery remoulade, green apple, and crispy tarragon, on a brioche bun

If you ever get a chance to visit this restaurant, I'd recommend having at least one drink at the bar where you can happily sit and enjoy a drink while reading all of these great food quotes they have written on the glass walls. My favorite is probably the Orson Wells quote...


fireworks on the hudson

I spent the fourth of July at the Frying Pan with a group of great friends, drinking Coronas and white wine sangria while enjoying the sun and the best seat in the city to view the fireworks. This was my first year watching the fireworks so close to the river and I have to say, it's an experience I'll never forget!

Stars and stripes: Zara striped tee and sequin bag, vintage Wrangler denim shorts, Sartore black boots

The fireworks were so amazing that I took over 300 photos during that short 20 minute period. I love the way that it alters the color of the sky and the colors are so vibrant, they don't require any editing! The best part about being so close to the show was the sound - nothing quite like a total body experience.

For any of you who didn't get to watch fireworks - here's the finale of the show! Get ready for some festive hootin' & hollerin'