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NEW YORK CITY GUIDE

09.29.2017

New York City, NYC, the Big Apple… No matter which moniker you use, it is hands down, one of the most fabulous cities in the…

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NEW YORK CITY GUIDE

New York City, NYC, the Big Apple… No matter which moniker you use, it is hands down, one of the most fabulous cities in the world. With its innovative architecture, endless assortment of bars and restaurants, world class museums and epicenter for fashion, theater and design, this is a city that truly has something for everyone. Inspired by our recent trip and show at EDIT/Coterie we thought we would offer you a list of some of our favorite places to eat, shop and sights to see – all while enjoying some of the best people watching found anywhere.

Restaurants + Bars + Bakeries

1) Augustine

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Famed restaurateur Keith McNally’s latest restaurant has become an instant hit largely due to the sumptuous menu of French classics. The cheese soufflé and the creamed spinach is a must!  The beautiful bistro like interior is unbelievably welcoming. New Yorkers have long been devotees of French restaurants, bistros and cafes. With Augustine, they have a new destination to add to their lists.

Website: http://augustineny.com

2) Ring Ding Bakery – Duane Park Patisserie

Neighborhood: Tribeca

We stumbled upon this delicious bakery while shopping in Tribeca and soon discovered that it was the naughtiest pick me up in the city.  Any baby-boomer will remember this classic – on the West Coast it was known as a Ding-Dong and on the East Coast it was referred to as the Ring Ding.  There is an enormous selection of flavors but after several samples our personal favorite was the rainbow flavor – it has a hint of almond flavoring that was divine.  It is the perfect spot to bring your kids for a very special and unforgettable treat but we’re warning you – you’ll be dragging them out kicking and screaming.

Website: https://duaneparkpatisserie.com/store/products/ring-ding

3) The Hideaway

Neighborhood: Tribeca

They had us at gastropub! The Hideaway is, well, hidden away amongst the busy streets of Tribeca. The rock and roll themed decor lends itself to the elevated bar food. We especially love the decadent white truffle and asiago fries and breadless lump crab cakes!

Website: http://thehideawaynyc.com

4) Shake Shack

Neighborhood: Scattered all over NYC!

Sometimes, you just need a good burger. Shake Shack has brought fast food to a new level with their delicious burgers and fries. When they opened their original location lines were so long they installed a cam on their website so you could check the length before heading out. This is a classic burger done right and the shakes are pretty great too!

Website: https://www.shakeshack.com

5) The Vine

Neighborhood: Times Square

In recent years, Times Square has gotten a much needed image overhaul.  However, it is not exactly known as a food mecca. Perhaps with the addition of The Vine this vibrant neighborhood may just be turning a proverbial corner.  Think bistro fare with a European touch and killer cocktail menu!

Website: http://www.thevine.nyc

6) The Waverly Inn and Garden

Neighborhood: West Village

When it reopened in 2005, the only way to get a table at the Waverly Inn was by calling a number only made available to the fabulous, powerful and well connected. This storied Greenwich Village classic continues to delight diners to this day.

Website: http://www.waverlynyc.com

7) Juice Generation

Neighborhood: Scattered all over NYC!

Certain food trends come and go, but thankfully, juice seems to be here to stay. With its menu of fresh juices, smoothies and acai bowls, Juice Generation has just the right choice to satisfy your cravings. Lucky for us they have locations scattered throughout the city.

Website: https://www.juicegeneration.com

 

Shopping

1) Barneys New York

Neighborhood: Uptown & Downtown

Barneys may have begun by selling men’s suits at discounted prices, but oh how things have changed. Whether you shop at the Madison Avenue Flagship or the original newly restored and reopened Chelsea location, you will not be disappointed. The sleek modern decor pairs perfectly with the fabulous array of designer clothing and accessories. When fashion fatigue sets in, pop into Fred’s for a bite or a cocktail at the bar. And yes, the salads are worth every penny!

Website: https://www.barneys.com

2) Bergdorf Goodman

Neighborhood: Upper East Side

Bergdorf Goodman is the epitome of grandeur and class. With a rich history, profiled in the film Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. This is a department store that caters to the luxury clientele. They offer a range of international fashion designs for men, women and home, two dining options and the world famous John Barrett Salon. If you are in NYC over the holidays, be sure to check out their windows. They are a sight to behold!

Website: http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com

3) Nili Lotan

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Nilli Lotan is all about chic, everyday luxury, offering the most covetable and timeless pieces out there. With her rich color palettes and ability to elevate basic pieces to classic wardrobe staples a visit to this store is an absolute must!

Website: https://www.nililotan.com

4) Belgium Shoes

Neighborhood: Upper East Side

Belgian Loafer is an international institution located in the heart of NYC.  The factory is based in Belgium and solely dedicated to the art of producing one of the most comfortable shoes on the planet for men & women. With one tiny store front just off Park Avenue on East 55th Street you will find an unlimited selection of colors, materials and patterns of this handcrafted shoe.  Our personal favorite for Fall is the pony-skinned camouflage that we couldn’t leave Manhattan without.

Website: http://www.belgianshoes.com

Sightseeing

1) The Highline

Neighborhood: Chelsea

The Highline was formally opened in June of 2009, after transforming an abandoned railroad track into a public space. Now it has become one of the most popular outdoor spaces in the city, thanks to the beautifully kept gardens, art installations and food vendors. Walking the highline is an experience not to be missed.

Website: http://www.thehighline.org

2) Whitney Museum of American Art

Neighborhood: Meatpacking District

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney established her namesake museum as a place to showcase American artists who at that time had a difficult time getting recognized for their efforts. Moving from the Upper East Side to Gansevoort Street, just beside the entrance to the Highline, in 2015 reestablished the Whitney as one of the leading art museums in the world. We recommend you start at the top floor and make your way down. Be sure to check out the views from the outdoor areas!

Website: https://whitney.org

3) Chelsea Art Galleries

Neighborhood: Chelsea

If you feel like seeing art, but don’t want to go to a museum, consider  gallery hopping in Chelsea. Grab brunch at Cook Shop or Chelsea Market and make your way to the numerous galleries that occupy several streets west of tenth avenue between 20th and 26th streets. There you will find everything from large spaces featuring some of the biggest names in the international art world, to multi-floored buildings housing smaller galleries on each floor. It’s a great way to squeeze in a lot of culture and best of all, they are are all free!

Website: http://chelseagallerymap.com

SARAH ALEXANDRA’S TOP PICKS FOR SEPTEMBER!

09.15.2017

1. Sarah Alexandra Signature Shirt – Power Player. This is the perfect shirt for Fall.  Who said dressing for work needed to be boring? This shirt…

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SARAH ALEXANDRA’S TOP PICKS FOR SEPTEMBER!

1. Sarah Alexandra Signature Shirt – Power Player. This is the perfect shirt for Fall.  Who said dressing for work needed to be boring? This shirt has incredible sex appeal. We styled it with a black leather mini skirt by Helmut Lang and gave our model a pop of red lipstick.

Price: $345.00

2.  Stubbs & Wootton Slippers Argh Matey! What’s not to love about these black velvet flats? They go from day to night with such ease.

Price: $450.00

3. Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin. Recommended by my friend, Laura Holloran, this novel takes you back in time detailing the friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and the glamorous socialite Babe Paley.

Price: $6.90

4. RXBARFinally . . . a protein bar that is not only nutritious but also DELICIOUS! Sarah & Sophie’s favorite flavor is Coconut Chocolate.

Price: Box of 12 $25.99

5. Wilson Ultra CV Tennis Racquet. Not so fast ladies! Just when you thought it was time to cover up we highly recommend you keep those legs exposed and get back into the swing of tennis! Such a fun activity with not only your girlfriends but also a good excuse to get your man on the court.

Price: $219.00

6. Yeti Cooler. I kid you not . . . Yeti products really do keep ice cubes frozen for days! This cooler not only keeps the tailgate beer cold but if you are anything like us – our margaritas too! So fun that you can customize your Yeti with your favorite collegiate team!  GO DAWGS!

Price: $249.99 – $449.99

 

Adults Only Weekend Getaways!

09.08.2017

Kids are wonderful and they bring an immeasurable amount of happiness and joy to our lives. That said there are times when it is a…

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Adults Only Weekend Getaways!

Kids are wonderful and they bring an immeasurable amount of happiness and joy to our lives. That said there are times when it is a little difficult to remember this particular perspective! Additionally, between school, after school activities and playdates, it can be challenging to remember to make time for yourself. That’s why we believe there is no better remedy than an adults only weekend getaway! First, choose your destination.  Depending on whether you are craving the beach, the desert or somewhere in between. From there, decide where you would like to stay. Do you prefer a full service hotel, a spa or a cabin? Whatever your preferences may be, there is something absolutely indulgent about a quick trip where the sole purpose is to relax, unwind and have fun. Whether you spend it with your sweetie or with the girls, we believe in the power of a weekend away. We’ve put together a collection of some of our favorite west coast retreats for your travels. Bon Voyage!

Ojai, California is nestled into a picturesque valley long known for its natural beauty and thriving health focused and spiritual communities. Originally opened in 1923, The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa is an absolute gem. As soon as you arrive you feel the quiet luxury lulling you into relaxation. Have a massage, walk the grounds or lay out by the pool because pampering yourself is a must!

Palm Springs always the right place for a quick fix of sun and fun. Sparrows Lodge  is a modern, rustic retreat with roots as an old Hollywood resort. Although it is in the heart of Palm Springs, it feels more like a cabin in the woods. The spaces are so thoughtfully appointed, it feels like the home you wish you had. Stay in a garden or poolside room or go ahead book “The Cabin”.  You totally deserve it!

Located in the exclusive enclave of Montecito, California is The San Ysidro Ranch. Tucked away in the foothills of the mountains with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean is where you will find the San Ysidro Ranch. Make no mistake, this is not a boots and hat kind of ranch. They call their rooms hideaways and this resort is perfect for those looking to escape reality. In fact, JFK and Jackie spent part of their honeymoon at the ranch. Need we say more?

If you have never been to the Oregon Coast, you are missing out on something truly special. Picture miles of beautiful sandy beaches, massive rock formations jutting out of the water and giant purple and orange starfish. The best way to truly enjoy this region of the Pacific Northwest is to stay in a cabin. Coastal Cabins  is an intimate resort with an assortment of cabins to suit your style. The simple, yet elegant decor mix perfectly with the natural surroundings. While there, be sure to check out some of the great towns and indulge in the freshly caught seafood. Once you visit the Oregon Coast we can practically guarantee you will be back!

Sometimes you just need to smell the salty, sea air, and feel the sand beneath your feet. Shutters on the Beach  can offer you all of that and quite a bit more. Shutters is the destination for those who want to get away, but might want a bit of city life mixed in. Situated in Santa Monica, California, Shutters is close to amazing shopping, museums and restaurants. Ride a bike along the beach under the California sunshine, experience the spa or enjoy one of their fabulous dining experiences. There is really no wrong choice to be made here!

Closet Envy by Sarah Alexandra

08.31.2017

There was a time when closets were merely a place to store your clothing and accessories. A bedroom closet served a simple purpose and allowed…

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Closet Envy by Sarah Alexandra

There was a time when closets were merely a place to store your clothing and accessories. A bedroom closet served a simple purpose and allowed you to keep your belongings out of sight. A closed door also allowed a bit more discretion for the, shall we say, organizationally challenged. That was then and now a days bedroom closets have become as important to many as any other room in the house. Closets have become a place to artfully display clothing, shoes and accessories with great planning and attention to detail put into their creation.

The modern dream closet has transformed into a space where one can not only get dressed, but actually spend time relaxing. They look more like modern galleries, where fashions are displayed as they would be in any upscale boutique found around the world. Where shoes used to be kept in boxes, possibly with a Polaroid on the front for easy access, they are now arranged for viewers to admire. Handbags are coordinated by color, style, shape and size creating an enviable array surely to please the most discerning fashionista. Some have even gone to great length, sparing no expense, to create an intimate salon-like environment where secrets are shared and memories created. We have put together some of our favorite closets that truly make us swoon. We love to dream about the closet we would design. Of course Sarah Alexandra shirts would be prominently featured!

Aerin Lauder radiates beauty, strength and sophistication. The granddaughter of cosmetics legend, Estee Lauder, has been on every best dressed list and created her own eponymous lifestyle brand. It should come as no surprise that her closet represents the same timeless elegance and luxury that she does. We adore the chandelier and hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper.

The mix of modern and traditional decor in this closet blends together seamlessly. We love the antique chandelier, soft blue of the walls and graphic carpet.

Cindy Crawford made her name strutting down the runway wearing the most glamorous fashions in the world. However her closet represents her genuine “All-American” spirit. We can practically feel the Malibu breeze coming through the windows. This is the perfect setting for a mother-daughter moment.

These beautiful pieces with glass tops, pull out drawers and lucite trays are a perfect solution for organizing and storing clothing and accessories.

The custom island made of rosewood and leather are the focal point of this modern closet. The light wood floor and hand blown glass light fixture tie it all together. We would love to sip a glass of bubbly while getting ready for a night out on the town!

Designer Monique Lhuillier’s closet is the perfect environment to showcase her beautiful designs. The cool gray tones play off the luxe feel of the cascading chandelier and over the top stools.

With this many gorgeous shoes, it’s almost a crime to keep them hidden behind a closed door! So many red soles we can hardly control ourselves!

We love the way Khloe Kardashian houses her impressive shoe collection. She even has a separate section for athletic shoes. Now that’s commitment!

How to Sew a Button!

08.22.2017

  Sewing a button on a Sarah Alexandra shirt is easy as pie! We have created a video just for you to walk you through…

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How to Sew a Button!

 

Sewing a button on a Sarah Alexandra shirt is easy as pie! We have created a video just for you to walk you through the steps!

If you need extra buttons for your Signature or Weekend shirts please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will send them to you!

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