NYC: Hello, Hurricane

I’m going to blow out an emergency candle on top of a granola bar for my birthday in New York City today.

My flight home was cancelled and the city has shut down. The taxi horns have stopped. We’re left listening to wind. Even the chess tables in Washington Square Park are empty.

Ah, Frankenstorm, thanks for the mystic fun.

(The last night of peace: our view from the rooftop bar of the Met, my new favorite place in the city.)

(Checkmate, Sandy: Washington Square Park — where Harry left Sally.)

I’m staying with a girlfriend and our hurricane preparedness has included stocking up on water and flashlights and non-perishables, of course. We also over-ordered at restaurants so we can have leftovers and ran to Sam Flax for glitter. We need constructive indoor activity and cheerful attitudes, n’est-ce pas?

A smart last supper: dinner with leftovers at Ilili. I loved the giant pumpkins on high shelves and the Mediterranean food we can dream about while eating trail mix: falafel, fattoush, labne, and wicked brussels sprouts.

Then, we blew off Saturday night Halloween parties to push two grocery carts down 57th Street, fighting taxis and stares, laughing like the madwomen we appeared to be.

Scary shelves at Whole Foods that once held water:

We’ve been tempted to interfere with the  people in line about what “non-perishable” means. Lean Cuisine, hummus and Snack-Pack pudding do not qualify. Peanut Butter, people, you need peanut butter.

I hope I still like peanut butter when all of this is over.

Early Sunday morning, I walked the High Line with Marni just as the wind kicked up. I sat on a bench and watched golden leaves float down cool currents.

Sandy, be gentle to my beloved New York.

Save power interruptions and mass calamity, I’ll be posting on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook if you’d like to follow along. On Instagram, I’m @jaimeerosestyle.

By |2012-10-29T03:30:02-07:00October 29th, 2012|Travel|1 Comment

NYC discoveries: Joe Fresh and the Pretzel Croissant

Yesterday I had a major NYC windowshop fest (see my route on Twitter or Instagram, @jaimeerosestyle), and wandered into Joe Fresh, which is a new New York City thing — with a website, for those of us in the flyover. (That’s what they call Phoenix here in NYC, the “flyover,” as in “we fly OVER you to get to LA.”)

Kind, those New Yorkers.

Joe Fresh is on the Zara-H&M-high fashion discount train, emphasizing chic basics with a fashion twist. I like that ride. Take a look:

I loved these shoes, which in real life have orange-colored bottoms, Louboutin-style.They’re just $79.

Houndstooth dress, impossible to resist, $49:

Sweet sweater with a fun pattern, $49:

And this sequin-sleeve T-shirt is just $29, and the perfect thing for the upcoming holiday cocktail party parade:

And if you’re one of those bright-pants people (I’m jealous, I wish I had the courage to join you) these are $39 but look expensive:

There’s much more in the store, including a hair calf handbag that resembles Gucci that I am oh-so-tempted to haul home. It’s forest green, or black, or burgundy. So add this shop to your NYC  list.

Lastly, something that I absolutely did not need to know about because we are now plotting how to go back for more: the City Bakery Pretzel Croissant. It defies logic: salty doughy pretzel bread made light and layered like a croissant. It has the malty pretzel gloss finish and ethereal croissant crunch. And sesame seeds on top, like a bagel. Every bread in one. Howl.

Photo from Serious Eats, a great guide to getting yourself in trouble in the city.


By |2012-10-26T06:25:10-07:00October 26th, 2012|Travel|0 Comments


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