Blogger Slumber Party with citizenM Hotel in Times Square

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Dutch "affordable luxury" hotel group citizenM recently launched in New York.  To celebrate, the citizenM team invited a mix of New York City bloggers including yours truly to take over the hotel for the evening with fun activities and all night to eat, drink and be merry.  (To be honest, I was most looking forward to a full night's rest in a king sized bed...  As the owner of a small business and a new Mom, the idea of a quiet night in a king sized bed sounded like "affordable luxury" to me!).

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I checked into my room about an hour before the official launch party.  The standard size room is the width of a king size bed.  This being New York, the cozy size of the room did not surprise me.  What did surprise me was the way they managed to squeeze a rather comfortably sized shower and toilet into a bathroom "pod" island in the middle of the room.  I also dug the light settings in the room, which could be controlled at the touch of a button by a touchscreen pad near the bed.

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I had plenty of work emails to review, so I fired up my laptop and did a test run of the hotel's free wifi (pretty fast) at the cozy work station.  I was never more productive in my life- clearing out my inbox in the focused quiet of that work space.  Maybe it was the promise of free flowing champagne at the launch party later, but I checked off all items on my to do list, and then started tackling some optional items.  Wow that felt good!

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After wrapping work and throwing on a little lipstick and my trusty Rachel Comey blouse, I took the elevator down to the main floor.  The elevator, by the way, is super conducive to flattering lighting for selfies.  I took a few.

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What I wore that night: Rachel Comey blouse, Uniqlo jeans, Hermes cuff and Givenchy bag. One of my new blogger friends said I had cool "Tokyo style" when I told her my style was pretty "Momcore" these days...  I'll take that as a compliment!!

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One of the highlights of the evening was listening to the beautiful vocal stylings of Miss Alex Winston.

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At the end of the evening, I waited in line to get my portrait done by one of the house artists... My googly-eyed painting was done by Mike Perry.  This guy is super talented!  Loved this and it's a souvenir I will treasure of this incredible evening and slumber party in Times Square.

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Last but not least, a sweet finish to a very memorable evening!  Thank you, citizenM, I will definitely be back for your free wifi and chill-quirky vibes...

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Whither Thou Spring?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What I wore today working on a little film project at the beautiful terrace of the Soho Grand penthouse (south)!  I know Spring is just around the corner, but I'm still wearing my winter tights here...

Dress by Twinkle by Wenlan (vintage), boots by Rachel Comey, necklace by Sandy Leong, bracelet by Hermes, sunglasses and bag by Celine

Dream Sequins at Dior

Friday, February 28, 2014

Season after season, Raf Simons has delivered the promise of fashion for Dior.  For Fall 2014, it's all about these non-fussy, yet perfectly cool (no better word for it at the moment) floaty sequin evening numbers. Image via WWD.

Preen Line Fall 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Love these looks from Preen Line Fall 2014!  The perfect balance of ladylike and grunge.
Image via

From Workout to Work Meeting

Sunday, February 2, 2014

It is difficult to find workout gear that flatters. One of my New Year's resolutions is to build a workout wardrobe that makes me feel good and could also build layers for quick and easy work meetings. Which is why I am delighted Athleta contacted me to be part of a blogger style challenge. Here is what I wore this weekend to go to class at Exhale and a brunch meeting post barre...

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I'm sold on this Jaya tank - it flatters my curves and disguises softness in the belly without looking bulky around the midsection - how do they do this?  Genius.

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 photo Athleta4_zps5a219fd1.jpg Once I wore the Chaturanga Tight for the first time, I emailed all my girlfriends and told them to order them ASAP.  These are the perfect opaque workout legging with flattering seams that contain muffin top (a complaint I have about other yoga pants I have purchased in the past).

What I wore to workout and to my work meeting: Rachel Comey sweatshirt, Comme des Garcons x Repetto shoes, Jaya tank by Athleta (c/o) and Chaturanga Tights by Athleta (c/o).

**Disclosure: I received a gift card to participate in a style challenge by Athleta.  
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