On Our Radar: Wear Where When NYC


T.G.I.F., are we right? Following our CPxVIOLET GREY story on Los Angeles earlier this month, we’re spotlighting a host of new bakeries, bars and celebrity-run dining rooms– this time, in New York City. And in case you haven’t heard, there’s a lot to be excited about: a certain downtown standby (hint: it’s part of the World’s Top 50) has just landed on the Upper East Side, a new Lower East Side “Flower Shop” stocks more beer than it does bulbs, and a probable Bill Murray sighting is a mere G train ride away. Yep, we’ve got what to wear, where to go, and when in our dawn-’til-dusk guide right here.


How Sweet It Is | Mah Ze Dahr Bakery
When celebrated chef Tom Colicchio tastes your pastries only to tell you that you need to get into the business– his business– you’re probably onto something. Though we have to think the investment-banker-turned-baker Umber Ahmad must have had a hunch the first time she took her signature Mah-Ze-Dahr Bar (a divine square of chocolate chips, salted caramel and toasted pecans) out of the oven. After trading in Wall Street for a commercial kitchen three years ago, Ahmad officially opened her first brick-and-mortar location just last month. The new West Village sweets spot is filled with the aforementioned bar, plus treats like brioche donuts, an espresso-blueberry coffee cake and cream-filled choux, both traditional (vanilla) and chocolate. And for the savory-inclined, the bakery offers goods like jalapeño-cheddar scones and spinach hand pies all-day, too. Though perhaps overlooked when surrounded by so many other gorgeous pastries, the housemade granola is Mah Ze Dahr’s unsung hero. (MAP IT)


Start Me Up: Don’t let us fool you, the morning doesn’t exactly fall under our “favorite” time of day; in truth, we rely on certain “pick-me-ups” to boost our moods from “tired tyrant” to “socially pleasant” (and no, we’re not just talking about our requisite cup of coffee). We start every day with the  1. Sisley-Paris Express Flower Gel Mask which targets dehydration and fatigue in the face; using white lily for toning, organic sesame extract for hydration, and rose extract to tighten pores, this little helper does to our faces what coffee does for our heads: it perks us right up. 2. Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist is made up of neroli and rose, a refreshing, yet soothing combination, that is meant to lift your spirits; it’s the perfect follow-up to the flower gel mask. Afterwards, spritz a bit of 3. Vilhelm Dear Polly Eau de Parfum, a black tea-based scent with apple and bergamot, and no one will believe you aren’t a total morning person.


What Goes Down Must Come Up(town) | Flora Bar
Dine at Thomas Carter’s and Igancio Mattos’ Nolita standby, Estela, and you’d never guess the two met by chance (through their mutual “truffle guy”). Their tiny restaurant drummed up buzz when the Obamas chose it for date night, then only more so when it clocked in as one of the “World’s 50 Best” restaurants. So, chance? More like fate. With Carter behind the wine and cocktail program, and Mattos the food, the two are bringing their award-winning small plates concept uptown with the opening of Flora Bar at The Met Breuer. Less than two weeks old, the café-by-day, bistro-by-night serves eclectic bites like morning caviar omelets, lobster crudo midday, and lamb ribs and nori tacos in the evening. Whether you’re interested in wandering around the attached museum or not, this special spot is worth the visit alone. (MAP IT)


Natural(ly) Better: With an emphasis on organic, natural and sustainable ingredients, Flora Bar inspires us to live healthfully– from our diets to our cosmetics routines. Given that VIOLET GREY stocks some of the best natural beauty brands around, we didn’t have to look far. We swear by most of Kjaer Weis’ chemical-free products, but the brand’s 1. Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Compact in “Embrace” has become a daily staple; made up of jojoba seed oil and beeswax, it’s creamy and easy to apply, without looking cake-y or greasey. Bonus points for its secret anti-aging ingredients: castor seed oil and rose. 2. Kjaer Weis Mascara Compact is another team favorite and not just because it aids lashes in both length and volume, but also because of its “green” sensibility (it features a refillable tube to cut down on waste). 99.8% of the mascara’s agriculturally-derived ingredients are sourced organically so there’s that too… 3. Eve Lom Kiss Mix has quickly become our change-of-seasons best friend because of its major healing power for chapped lips; zinc oxide soothes dryness, while Chinese menthol cools and plumps.


Amber Amble  |  Hiking Hudson Valley
Sure, our LA friends have the advantage of year-round hiking, but there’s nothing quite as magical as an autumn hike on the East Coast. Dotted with pops of crimson, burnt orange and gold, the painterly landscape is truly awe-inspiring. One of our favorite trails is Bull Hill, a 3.6-mile loop with views of Manhattan in the distance when you reach its peak. Only 1.5 hours from the city, much of the path traverses through vast forest as far as the eye can see, encapsulating you in a towering wonderland of fall jewel tones. It’s positively surreal. (MAP IT)


Fresh Air, Don’t Care: We don’t want a big fuss when prepping for the outdoors so we break down to the essentials: 1. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk in Travel Size is made up of corn and rice starch which naturally absorb and eliminate hike-induced dirt, oil and odor in your hair; thanks to its lightweight and travel size packaging, it’s easy to pack for trips on the go. 2. Blax Hair Elastics make us happy, but why? One word: Snag-free. 3. Soleil Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is our preferred product for autumnal sun protection; its natural, hypoallergenic and vegan formula is specifically made for sensitive faces, and the sunscreen features both non-chemical titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which, in case you were wondering, provides the ultimate protection against UVA and UVB rays.


Beer, Bites, Buddies | The Flower Shop
Despite its moniker, The Flower Shop is not your new mainstay for Pinterest-trending succulents or freshly-picked delphiniums. In fact, it stocks more beer than it does bulbs. Hoping to become a modern “Cheers” for L.E.S. cool kids, the two-story hideaway serves low-key comfort food on its first floor, while the basement resembles a ’70s house party complete with a sunken den, fish tank, gas fireplace and pool table. Although the bar’s cool and edited branding is suggestive of a hipster hot spot, The Flower Shop is meant to be the antidote to the neighborhood’s scene-y lounges and clubs. The focus here is on reasonably-priced wine and small-batch beer; its music is played via jukebox. (MAP IT)


Vintage Vixen: Whenever a sunken den is involved, we ask, “Why not embrace your inner Bardot or Birkin?” A laidback night out in a ’70s-leaning lounge is the ideal time to channel your favorite vintage babe. We use 1. MAC Brow Finisher, a non-sticky, wax-style tool, to feather our brows in true doyenne form; 2. Jin Soon Nail Color in “Rhapsody” for a classically cool manicure (the grey-blue shade was actually named by model Coco Rocha); and two swipes of 3. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in “Onyx”– one along the bottom and in the corner of each eye– because what bombshell doesn’t rock a smoky cat eye?

4A Murray Night Out | 21 Greenpoint
A nondescript neighborhood bar with tequila being poured by (wait for it)… Bill Murray– yeah, that’s going to turn some heads. But we’re guessing Homer Murray, Bill’s son and owner of 21 Greenpoint, took that into account before asking his dad to bartend on opening night. When Bill’s “off-duty,” Sean McClure (formerly of Le Bernardin, Dirty French and Daniel) is behind the beverage program, which focuses on cocktails that complement the seasonal ingredients used in 21 Greenpoint’s farm-to-table plates. Putting together a daily menu, the kitchen relies on local farmers to come up with its dishes; at the moment, that means fried eggplant with goat yogurt, salmon pastrami on rye, olive oil poached halibut, and steak tartare with smoked onion jam and bone marrow. There’s a wood-fired oven on site too, slinging seasonal pizzas like its current mushroom, garlic butter and raclette pie– Murray approved. (MAP IT) CP


Neighborhood Nights: This season, we can’t seem to get enough velvet when it comes to our footwear, nor enough plum where our evening makeup is concerned. This 1. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Palette in “Terra Sienna” is an all-in-one godsend– we use the darker shades in the center, then gradually go lighter as we work our way outwards to the lower browline; also, is there anything chicer than a matte finish right now? 2. Serge Lutens Water Lip Color in “Terre d’Ombres” makes a sublime complement: the water-based stain glides on in a sophisticated brown. The best part? It lasts all night long.


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