Spend a Couple Hours »Marie Nails

155 Prince Street

Hooray for neon gradient calgel manicure from Marie Nails!

Just the break I needed from weeks of difficult sleep with the little one.

It’s a luxury but a much more affordable one than other spots in the city.

The trade off is a no frills, no AC environment but that didn’t bother me at all.

The nail technicians are very talented and polite while the possibilities endless.

Few tips though:

First, book early especially for a weekend appointment. (I booked myself for next month at the end of my visit.) They fill up quick and have people coming one after the other.

Which leads to tip number two. Research and ask for exactly what you want when booking. Some nail art takes much longer than others and they won’t be able to accommodate for trickier stuff with the tight schedule.

Third, cash only.

Fourth, some elements to a manicure like cuticle care may be additional small costs… just chill! It still ends up being a relative bargain.

I plan on getting a reverse French manicure next and can’t wait. I really love this place.

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Posted on September 22, 2011

Spend a Couple Minutes »Bright Socks at Uniqlo

546 Broadway

Take note bold men of fashion: Uniqlo is currently selling the most adorable bright, sometimes neon sock and I think you should get some. Four pairs for ten dollars, how can you resist? Especially since it’s always tough to add a touch of color to men’s outfits in a great way.

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Posted on July 25, 2010

Drinks »Orange Blossom Lemonade

at Hampton Chutney

Fair warning, I have to let you know that the adjective “flowery” is not a bad thing to me when it comes to food and drink. It tastes like a perfume, i am probably right as rain with it. So, yes, Hampton Chutney Co’s Orange Blossom Lemonade is flowery but in my opinion, also incredibly amazing and lovely to drink any day the sun is out.

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Posted on May 9, 2010

Drinks »Jamba Juice

25 West Houston St.

9am Jamba Juice on Houston and Mercer, an original Berry Fulfilling with a shot of protein. Welcome to my new obsession.

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Posted on April 11, 2010

Spend a Couple Minutes »Eye Candy

329 Lafayette St.

Eye Candy on Lafayette is a peaceful little treasure trove of accessories and, if you know me, you know how I feel about accessories (I love, I adore, I get chills). I particularly loved, adored and got chills from a fantastic, giant swan/crystal claw ring that I spotted a few months back designed by Brooklynite Bora Yasar. I was out to buy gifts for others at the time, so with all the strength I could muster, left it in its place. But now that my birthday draws near(ish), I went back and the ring was still there – so I simply had to have it.

Now it adorns my finger daily. I also grabbed a pair of wonderfully flat, dangly modernist earrings that I get a lot of use out of – but the shop is full of scores of other little beauties I wouldn’t say no to (like a giant pair of tribal hoop earrings)… but restraint is a virtue, right? A calm Tim Gunnesque man runs the place and can offer you gift certificates for the accessory lovers in your life.

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Posted on January 31, 2010

Spend a Couple Hours »Urs Fischer: Marguerite de Ponty

urs fischerat The New Museum through Feb. 7th, 2010

The Urs Fischer exhibit currently taking over three floors of the New Museum is wonderfully unusual; every time the elevator doors opened, I was taken aback. The first floor is cluttered, to a collage-like effect, with large, mirrored boxes screen printed with non-scaled objects like cupcakes, meat, VHS tapes, CD cleaners, telephone booths, running shoes, high heels, photography books and (most oddly) an Ashanti cardboard cut out. I wrote down some of the books titles (Schweizer Sagen, Marius Pictor fotografo) to get an idea of why he picked these particular objects to display together, but I think that maybe the objects themselves are irrelevant and he’s more in awe that all these objects coexist in our world… but you’d have to ask him.

The second floor whisks you to an entirely different environment and mood. The walls, seemingly sterile and gray are actually wallpapered with photographs of the room itself. Whether through lighting or the tints in the photos, the walls offer amazing shades of color the longer you look at them – the perfect backdrop for a candy purple melting grand piano – and as you peruse the room, a few moments of unexpected humor. It’s rare to see so many gallery goers actually laughing out loud in an exhibit.

The third floor again, takes you to another world, this one full of gigantic metal sculptures made from tiny pieces of clay he pinched together then sent away to be replicated many, many times larger. Within these twirling, hulking, silvery shapes is a bright pink melting lamp post, a skeleton covered in dirt, muck, and lint, and the one piece I just did not “get” at all: a cake and travel bag floating above a subway seat with ceramic slugs.

In fact, what any of it all means escapes me entirely – but I felt transformed, like I was walking into an environment like none I had ever experienced before, and I found the whole thing fantastic.

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Posted on November 22, 2009

Desserts »Bloomies Frogurt

Years ago a good friend used to always insist on getting frogurt at Bloomies. She's since moved out of the city, but her love for Four Carrots frozen goodness came to my mind the other day and I was pleased to find that it's available in the SoHo location as well as the flagship.

It's not cheap – but really, what is anymore? But you do get a whole honking load of it, even when you order the small size. They also made me extra smiley by layering tons of the rainbow sprinkles between each swirl of peanut butter, which was the flavor of the day.

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Posted on September 7, 2009

Drinks »Temple Bar

jalapeno mojito at temple barWhen my friend and co worker told me that Temple Bar got no sunlight, she wasn't joking. The place is as pitch dark as you can get with pops of light on each table. The result is a great place to drink cocktails and feel secluded at your table even with people surrounding you.

The cocktails are priced as expensively as anywhere else and I highly recommend the jalapeno mojito, which was refreshing and not overly sweet, even if it could have benefited from a bit more kick. The free snack of popcorn with dried beets and yams is almost worth the price of getting a cocktail alone. We plowed through several bowls over a couple drinks.

The front bar is surprisingly elegant in contrast to their noisy location and 1990s extreme Iced Tea style logo and would be an excellent place for romance.

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Posted on August 31, 2009

Spend a Couple Minutes »Shopping at Exquisite Costume

Exquisite Costume - 377 Broome StWhy do I mention it now?

Because Stacy has been thriving and delivering truly “exquisite” vintage for a few years now, and you STILL need to visit the shop if you haven't already.

Here's what I said back on 2/20/06

My dear friend Stacy has just opened a vintage clothing store in Soho and it is BEAUTIFUL. No eighty dollar western shirts here, dear. Unlike many vintage stores, the shelves aren't lined with junk, only truly “exquisite” garments from the 1800's to today. Stop in and take a look.

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Posted on June 15, 2009

Restaurants »Harbour

harbour nycThe nautical themed West Village seafood haven, Harbour has surprisingly little fanfare and buzz, aside from a few mentions on Grub Street, which is good in some ways because my friend was able to book his birthday there with little notice, but bad perhaps in this economy – because for the price and the service, and most importantly the food, it's a place I'd hate to see fall by the wayside.

The most instantly noted element of the restaurant is the d?cor, not unlike some other city hot spots, Harbour gives one the illusion that they are in the dining section of a very wealthy friend's yacht without the hassle of having to actually befriend some jerk who owns a yacht. The staff is as gracious and high class as one would expect to find on such a vessel with (real) worldly accents and a quick smile with every meal.

A pre fixe is available, but requires participation from the entire table. We ordered a la carte, and I believe it ended up being cheaper in the end. I started with the oysters that sat under that old “aren't we fancy” favorite: foam! But I'm not one to turn my nose down on trends, especially when they're executed so deliciously and brinily.

When it came to main entrees, a majority of the table just could not resist the tile fish when we learned that “lop chum” was a Chinese sausage accompaniment. With yellow curry and crispy garlic too, you might think the dish would be confused and intense, but I guess that's where a Michelin star chef comes in handy, because this one of the rare seafood main entrees I've had that has really blown me away.

Butterscotch pudding with brown butter cookies and popcorn was a dessert worthy of the rest of the meal and rich enough to share.

Harbour is a special occasion spot, but for all the wine (cheap, good options available), beer, apps, tea, coffee and desserts we piled in our stomachs, plus sharing the bill for our beloved birthday boy, it all came out to a mere $75 per person. If you know a seafood fiend that wants to be treated right and would enjoy sitting in a fancy pants environment, perhaps under a blown glass chandelier, I couldn't recommend a place more.

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Posted on May 4, 2009

Restaurants »Pravda

Pravda 281 Lafayette Street between Houston and Prince Streetsunderground bar/restuarant is run by the same people as Balthazar and Pastis. We had several small dishes to share. I recommend the Crispy Horseradish Oysters and the suprising Blini with Smoked Sturgeon. I also recommend coming early–it gets crowded with people you don't want to hang out with around nine thirty.

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Posted on December 26, 2005