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.

 

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!

La//kvlkd @ Le Baron, Paris

Monday Night is concert night at Le Baron. Some new artist present themselves in a small, one-hour concert with a following after-party. And all this for free.

La//kvlkd @ Le Baron

Yesterday, La//kvlkd had a small gig, and I quite enjoyed their performance. The band is French, but they sing in English. Their songs are somehow very relaxing, but go straight into your head.

Check it out yourself 🙂

P.S. If somebody knows how to pronounce their name, please let me know!

Sunday Tunes…..

I just discovered this great French alternative pop band “General Elektriks”. Their album is just packed with good tunes! Today you can see them live in Paris in Nouveau Casino (109 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris), though tickets are already sold out.

If you belong to the lucky ones who still got tickets, enjoy your night! For the others I picked some of my favorite tracks du jour…

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!