NYC for NYE….HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I just came back from an amazing trip to New York City. It was my first time in the Big Apple, some local friends showed us around and it feels like I got a great sense of what the city is about, so THANK YOU so much C, K, J, D and S!

We started our week in Williamsburg in Brooklyn in the Radegast Hall & Beer Garden  and accidentally got drunk during the day. We then headed over to the Lower East Side and had dinner at Freeman’s ), the Artichoke dip was to die for! We checked the MoMA – the collection was simply impressive, though I thought the museum was way too crowded to completely enjoy it. After we went for some shopping in SoHo, we had great lunch at Savore, a great and cozy Italian restaurant which we found by accident where I literally are the best pizza in my life. No surprise I found out later that the place has already been mentioned in the Michel guide. The shopping marathon continued at Bergdorf Goodman. I bought a pair of Manolo’s which were 50% off like most of the shoes at this time! I was in SHOE PARADISE!!! During our stay, we also “saw” the amazing “Sleep No More” show, which is a modern, interactive theater show in the old McKittrick Hotel – but words just aren’t enough to describe this experience. If you get the chance you H-A-V-E to see the show (check out this short excerpt of a Gossip Girl episode, called “Sleep No More”, which plays in the McKittrick Hotel).

We got a great deal through a friend at stayed at the beautiful Waldorf Astoria, so we could reach 5th avenue, Madison Avenue, Central Park and  Times Square by foot. Other great dinner places we went to include the Pastis (in the Meatpacking District) and the Balthazar (in SoHo) – both serve French and international cuisine.

We actually managed to find another great beer garden in New York, the “Biergarten” in the Standard Hotel, which made us feel not too far away from home. All in all, a perfect trip.

I will definitely have to come back to New York soon.

 

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Favorite Blogs… Part I – The Classics

Here is a small collection of blogs that I regularly read and find inspirations from.

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NOWNESS (http://www.nowness.com/)

This LVMH blog covers all contemporary culture and lifestyle topics that I love – from Art, Music, Gastronomy, Travel, Design, Fashion….So many inspirations in one place.

GARANCE DORÉ (http://www.garancedore.fr/en)

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel… Garance Doré started her blog in 2006 and since became a brand in the fashion business, writing articles for the French Vogue and visiting fashion shows all around the world. I enjoy her unpretentious style and insights into the fashion world. 

THE SARTORIALIST (http://www.thesartorialist.com/)

Beautiful pictures, street style fashion: Scott Schuhman shoots regularly in New York, Paris, Milan and has published a book called “The Sartorialist”.

LES MADS (http://www.lesmads.de)

One of the most read German fashion blogs, with many insights about the German fashion scene and events in Berlin, Cologne, Munich…. Belongs the Burda Group. Only in GERMAN!

Venice Carnival 2012 – La vita è teatro. Tutti in maschera!

I just came back from a trip to Venice…. and I absofuckinglutely loved it! What a beautiful and romantic city, even though the city was so crowded due to the Carnival. Who could not love this city (well, actually it is 120 islands)?!

During the days we spent our time wandering the city, people-watching, shopping (I found some great leather gloves there – great quality for a small price). At night the carnival crowd was still celebrating in the streets, but me and my friend decided to check out bars in Venice.

My personal recommendation: Skyline Bar in the Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel 

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From San Marco Harbor the Hilton shuttle boat takes you in 15 min to the hotel – for free. What you can expect is the best view on Venice from the rooftop bar, very friendly bar personal and delicious cocktails using fresh and seasonal fruits only. I had a Japanese Garden (lychee liquor, fresh raspberry juice and vodka)…just great. On Saturday nights there is a DJ and some party going on. So all in ala definite must for Venice! And from May-September you can enjoy this view from the pool on the rooftop….WOW!

After that, me and my friend wanted to go to another bar (either the bar in the Metropolitan Hotel or the one in The Bauers), but bars there close early (latest 2 a.m.) and fairies don´t go at night, so my weekend was quite calm and I only got to see this one bar. We spent the rest of the time eating Pasta, Pizza and drinking Prosecco Aperol (for incredibly low prices. Venice is nothing compared to Milan, Paris etc…another plus!).

So here are some impressions from Venice 🙂

Tonight in Paris…. L´International

I´ll be heading to the area around Oberkampf tonight, to a place called L´International  (5/7 Rue Moret  75011 Paris Metro: Ménilmontant‎).

Every night they present 3 or 4 Bands from different genres of music: electro, rock, pop, new wave, reggae etc… and all this for free! A very mixed and laid-back crowed promises a very relaxed friday night.

Amongst others playing tonight: Nameless, a Parisian Pop-Rock band, with a promising Single called Angelina.

Check it out here:

Have a great weekend!