Monthly Archives: April 2012

Shopping in the West Village

Pretty much everyone I’ve met in New York has a favorite neighborhood.. that is most likely not their own.  The American dream inspires us to dream big (and want more-eek!) and we sustain these desires by lingering around the places we want to create a future in.  

I like to linger in the West Village.  It’s no secret that the village is one of the most sought after places to reside in the city, with tree-lined Europeanesque streets, cozy bistros, red buildings, and chicer than chic boutiques.  The West Village is one of those rare nooks in New York City that remains traditional, charming, and always welcoming.  

When I imagine the older and more successful version of myself, I image myself here- devouring cupcakes at Magnolias, shopping bags overflowing, and notebook full of inspiration (on weekends, of course).

Part of the beauty of this neighborhood comes from the shops, delicately placed between apartments and flowering trees.  And you can shop till you drop.  Here are my recommendations on the stretch of Bleeker St. between Grove and Bank Street:

Reiss (For the princess in every girl).

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Sandro (For the Frenchy-french).

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Burberry Britt (For the investment trench coat).

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James Perse (For the muted-color-minimalist). 

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Zadig and Voltaire (For the earthy and alternative).

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Jack Spade (For the boyfriend).

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Meet you at The Metropolitan.

One of the most magical, crowded, and awe inspiring places in New York City definitely has to be The Met.

This museum is a very special place for a lot of people because of it’s architecture, history, and diverse art collections.

I have loved coming here since I was an 18 year old freshman at Wagner College, fresh off the Staten Island ferry.  Then, the Met was an escape from mundane student living, and in the museum I could imagine I was in Egypt among the Pyramids, at mass in Renaissance Europe, or lounging with a Greek god in Athens.

When you enter the museum on the ground floor there is sort of a hush that comes over you.  On your right stands the remains of ancient Egypt, and on the left are native masks and totem poles from The Americas and Africa.  The Greek and Roman statues are close by in a sun filled gallery, and classical Asian and European paintings are just up the main staircase.  Deciding where to explore first can be difficult, especially when one is presented with such enticing special exhibitions as “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” “Art and Love in Renaissance Italy,” and “Tutankhamun’s Funeral.”

The place I like most to visit in The Met, is one that gives me peace, quiet, sun and space and [most importantly] away from the tourists.  The gallery is called the Robert Lehman Collection, and it holds a small collection of impressionist paintings that are simply dreamy.  The mysteries of how Renoir and Monet mixed their pastels to such perfection, captured the essence of the boudoir or the seaside, and the women who inspired such works of art, well, they really get me every time.  I enjoy the entire museum and all the genres, history and different mediums on display, but- it is in front of  the impressionists, that I  become truly inspired.

The paintings below are pure romance- dream away!

See the exhibitions for this month here.

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