On Our Radar: Wear Where When NYC


With less than one week until Thanksgiving, taking advantage of a weekend sans out-of-town family is of the essence. Before your desk job turns into “unofficial tour guide” and your studio apartment, a “hotel,” we and the lovely ladies of VIOLET GREY have some good news for you: a superior cup of coffee awaits you in Williamsburg, incredible-and-affordable sushi has finally landed in Flatiron, and DIY holiday decorating is reaching a whole new level of chic thanks to a Brooklyn florist. If you’re in New York this weekend, we’ve got you: think what to wear, where to go and when, right here.


New Brew, New You | Butler NYC
Admittedly, it was Butler‘s blush pink booths and potted greenery that got us to pay an initial visit, but what made us return turned out to be so much greater: the new Williamsburg café is the personal project of Michelin-starred pastry chef, Ryan Butler, who after stints at Piora, Crown and The Roxy Hotel’s Django, is finally stepping out on his own. Serving up Intelligentsia coffee and pastries like miso-toffee sticky buns and pumpkin-date muffins, his neighborhood haunt has some of the most interesting pastries we’ve come across– we mean, there’s even a breakfast empanada stuffed with bacon, eggs and cheddar cheese… For lunch, Butler’s red chicken curry and sausage roll (read poppy seed puff pastry filled with pork and onion confit) are menu highlights, though there are plenty of market-driven salads for those less-indulgent days (our favorite is a butternut squash kale). Of course, you’d be remiss not to take one of the “Caramelia” cookies to-go– it’s the oozing chocolate chip cookie you’ve been waiting for. Trust. (MAP IT)


From Brew to Beauty Bliss: Just as we’re singing the treat-filled Brooklyn beanery’s praises, we can’t get enough of a few beauty treats that have done wonders to combat our current change-of-season skin. First, we apply 1. Shiffa Basil and Mint Body Scrub in the shower– thanks to its natural blend of wild mint, rosemary and basil, it not only exfoliates skin, but relieves fatigue and softens muscle aches too; its herbal base is complemented by grapefruit, hazel seed and sweet almond, a combination that provides all-over hydration. Post-shower, we dab the face with 2. Amanda Lacey Miracle Tonic, a soothing lotion of rosemary and mint that reduces facial redness and pore size, clears congestion and brighten skin. And though 3. Amanda Lacey Oils of Provence is meant to be a soothing night oil, we love applying the lavender, sage and bois de rose oil in the morning as a finishing touch; it has eliminated our winter dryness around the nose and under eyes, plus its therapeutic smell is absolutely divine.


From LA, With Love | Sugarfish
What happens when LA’s favorite affordable sushi spot opens in NYC? Well, besides amassing incredibly lengthy wait lists (seriously, on a recent 7 pm visit, we were turned away as the wait time extended past the restaurant’s closing hour), it may just change New York’s sushi scene forever, delivering high-quality fish at an unmatched (AKA accessible) price point. Here, Sugarfish‘s signature “Trust Me” menu, a coursed meal of nine, will run you just $39, while its seven-course “Trust Me Lite” is a mere $27. If ever we were going to wait for food, this may be our moment. (MAP IT)


Eat Well, Live Well: In the spirit of nourishing our bodies, minds and souls (New Years resolutions are almost upon us), we’re kickstarting our healthy eating habits pre-holiday cookie comas, choosing to indulge in clean seafood instead. The same goes for our beauty routines: showing some love for the skin we’re in, we’re partial to 1. Dyptique Philosykos Eau de Toilette for a clean and fresh daytime scent (it smells of green leaves, warm wood and ripe figs), 2. La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye & Lip Contour Cream for nourishing our most sensitive skin (AKA the thin, age-revealing skin around our eyes and lips which is most at-risk during winter) and 3. Rodin Crema for its rich healing properties– chock-full of antioxidants, the luxe hand and body cream provides long-lasting hydration (so much so that we have a tube on hand at all times).


Floral Focus | Stems BK
On Sunday, the charming Brooklyn florist Stems is hosting a holiday wreath-making workshop at Williamsburg’s Space Ninety 8 where you won’t just learn the secrets to crafting their signature wreaths (their unique combinations of succulents, seasonal buds and greenery always stun), but you’ll do so over cocktails– “boozy DIY” has a nicer ring to it, no? Stems will supply an array of eucalyptus leaves, wintry flowers and earthy fabrics like burlap and hemp for wreaths that feel romantic and edited (they’re a far cry from run-of-the-mill corner store finds). It’s the perfect hostess gift for that Friendsgiving you’ll be attending next week… (MAP IT)
*If you can’t make it to this workshop, Sprout Home’s classes deserve an honorable mention; check out the new plant shop’s centerpiece and make-your-own terrarium workshops here.


Day Play: We all have our preferred evening looks– whether it be a cat eye or shimmery shadow– but daytime looks are perennially harder to coin; what’s too much for a coffee with a girlfriend? what’s too little for a day date? Thankfully, we’ve found our perfect balance and it’s just three steps: 1. Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in “Medium” is a modern-day powder that lightly shadows cheekbones to enhance natural contours, rather than providing a baby-powder-mask like its predecessors; dust the hollows of the cheek, under the chin and neck and under the tip of the nose; 2. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in “Sophisticate” is now the only palette we’ll ever use before 5 o’clock– its matte finish is subtle and day-appropriate, but its mix of saturated neutrals does wonders for defining and shaping eyes; and lastly, 3. By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur Lip Balm in “Rose Babe” is the tinted balm we’ve been searching for– made up of essential oils and shea butter, it significantly condition lips, while providing that perfect daytime color.


Blast From The Past | Chumley’s
There are a bevy of new date night spots in New York right now (including McNally’s Augustine,  N’eat and Lalo), but we are wonderfully partial to Chumley’s, the 1920s revival that just reopened in the West Village. Housed in a nondescript building at the corner of Bedford and Barrow Streets, the legendary tavern first opened in 1922 as one of Manhattan’s very first speakeasies; its regulars? Think icons like F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (the couple celebrated their wedding night here), and later, Jack Kerouac and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Suffice it to say, when the watering hole shuttered in 2007, it broke more than a few nostalgic hearts. That is, until Sushi Nakazawa’s owner Alessandro Borgognone decided to open its doors once more. With less than a month since its official re-open, Chumley’s may be only slightly easier to get into than the aforementioned sushi spot (at least it has an OpenTable account), but after a recent meal here, we can say that it’s absolutely worth the wait. The old-meets-new standby pays tribute to its former life via a ’20s inspired interior complete with Art Deco wallpaper, a marble fireplace and framed vintage posters, as well as via its assortment of classic craft cocktails served in crystal glasses; however, its food program is nothing short of today’s “exceptional” thanks to its chef, Victoria Blamey (formerly of Atera). The hamachi crudo boasts fish as fresh as you’d find at Nakazawa, the hazelnut-studded steak tartare is excellent, and the ocean trout with shishito peppers and roasted pumpkin tastes like you wish all seafood dishes would when you order them (a perfect cook, plus a creative ode to the season). Many are flocking here for the burger– granted, it’s a delicious double-decker topped with bone marrow and cheese– but Chumley’s has so much more to offer than a sandwich and a gimmick. It has everything that a “local gem” needs to stand the test of time. (MAP IT)


All About Yves: You could say that Yves Saint Laurent and us are having a “moment;” the mega-brand’s beauty line is, in fact, all we find ourselves reaching for when the sun sets these days. 1. Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss Blush Lips & Cheeks in “Corail Affranchi” is an air-whipped mousse that beautifully highlights lips and cheeks with a soft matte finish; though we only use the coral-hued product for our cheeks come evening, we love that doubles as a gorgeous daytime lip color. 2. Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll in “Fetish Black” boasts dual-length bristles, plus intense color pigments, which means its great for volume and long-lasting wear; its multifaceted brush features thick and thin bristles to catch and coat all lashes– from baby-short to long. 3. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in “Rouge Vintage” is the ultimate wintry berry stain; combining the texture and shine of a traditional gloss with the stain of a ‘stick, the lip product is non-sticky, non-drying and need only be applied once before hitting the town– now, that’s our kind of beauty.  CP


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