NY – It’s no secret that a typical day in the fashion capital can leave your head spinning, your high-heeled feet tender, and, in general, the majority of your systems over-stimulated. While the bulk of wheeling and dealing happens between 34th and 40th, I’m all for mixing business with some chic pleasure.
NY – While New York City is beautiful all year round, it’s the crisp air and changing leaves of Fall that make a stroll through the city especially magical. The whole of New York state may have their apples and hiking, but we’ve got the downtown shopping mecca of Soho. And a trip to New York doesn’t need to mean your annually salary being spent. As a Shopping Expert and creator of Cheap Chic Shopping Tours, we revel in making you look amazingly Fall fresh for less.
I love to start clients off at a pharmacy like the inconspicuous Duane Reade on Broadway and Houston. It’s what I like to call pharmacy chic. Tights and leggings are a terrific way to take your Summer wardrobe into cooler temps, and in the back of this corner drug store, you’ll find fashionable prints, cool colors and flattering opaque tights to cover all of your hosiery needs. And at $2 – $10 less than the local discount store, Duane Reade is a Cheap Chic Shopping favorite.
There is no easier way to welcome cooler weather in style than with a new pashmina, hat and trendy, new sunglasses from a Soho street vendor, found along Broadway. All priced at $10 or less, you can bring Fall in with a black cat-eye, luxurious Oxblood Red scarf and a knot hat, hip-ly placed just so.
Want to stop for a Cheap Chic treat? Baked by Melissahas a kiosk on Spring St. that serves up delicious $1 mini-cupcakes. So fab.
Looking for a bootie with fringe or those sexy smoking slippers you see on the trendy set? Head to the back wall of shoes, hidden away at Mystique Boutique. They offer any and all of your favorite Fall looks at $30 or less, including a Hunter-inspired boot for $10.
NY – We see love, harmony, optimism and the makings of a great time in your future at this fun date night outing. It’s got all the ingredients. French bistro, check. Romantic table, check. Candlelit lighting, check. Tarot reading, check. Pie??
1. The French accents and old school nudes hanging on the walls at Raoul’s make you feel a bit like you’ve stepped back in time at this exotic, antique-laden bistro that’s got a strong history (dating back to the 70s) and a local following. To get to your quiet and romantic table, you’ll walk through the busy (and brightly lit) kitchen to a lovely back room where you’ll indulge on tuna tartare and steak au poivre to your heart’s content.
2. If you’re still curious if this date “is the one,” hold on tight (to the railings) and head up the treacherous spiral staircase to get your tarot cards read by Gilda (or whomever is in house that night). Readings are most weekends and somehow, always right on the money.
3. If you like what you learned in the tarot reading and want to keep the night going strong, walk across the street to The Dutch (kitchen is open until 1AM on weekends). Make a mental note to come back for brunch or lunch (or dinner if you’re up for comfort food). But for this particular evening, we recommend an after dinner drink (they keep an impressive collection of bourbons behind the bar) and homemade pie from their “pie-centric” menu, baked fresh every day.
All in all, the Wheel of Fortune indicates a great evening is your destiny.
NY – If you’re looking for a fancy twist on dinner and a movie, try the Crosby Hotel. The best part is you don’t have to check in to check out their Sunday Night Film Club, which takes place in the chic hotel’s luxurious 99 seat state-of-the-art basement-level screening room. Now, before you put your nose up at the idea of committing to joining a club, let’s be clear, this ‘club’ is open to hotel guests and members of the public year round on a ‘per movie’ basis and requires no sponsor to join. More