Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New York, Day 1

Sorry for the delay; I have been a little busy lately....
New York was awesome. It was beyond awesome. It was by far the best trip I have ever had to New York. First, I was there with my sweetheart, finally able to show him things for the first time instead of the other way around. He loved the city, which made me love it even more. I asked if he would move there. He didn't like that idea too much after he asked how long it would take to get to a sail boat. He did say that he would like to visit again soon. Score.

It was my main goal to make him love it, so the easiest way to a man's heart is through his stomach, so we ate. And drank. And ate. It was fabulous. I'm still full from the trip. Here is a run down on where and what we ate. I'll get to the shopping later. That's when the drinking came in handy for the husband; when he's had a cocktail he is a little looser with his money. Score #2.

When we got to New York, it was freezing, of course. It was perfect New York weather. We checked into our fabulous hotel, the Hudson, and inspected our tiny, 150 square foot room. Tiny. The Hudson is fabulous. You walk in and are greeted by two huge green escalators that lead up to an ivy covered lobby. It was gorgeous. It was a great welcome to the city.

We were starving, so we went to Rolf's where we were told it would feel like you were in a Christmas tree. Rolf's did not disappoint. Rolf's is a German restaurant run by Indian men and has French food on the menu. I don't eat brats and sausage so I stuck to the French Onion soup. This was our cheapest meal of the whole weekend. Two French Onion Soups and two German beers later, we were ready to hit the sites of the City.

We left Rolf's and headed towards 5th Avenue to look at the store windows. Bergdorf's did not disappoint. Their windows are incredible. The theme this year is "Curiousier and Curiousier" which is inspired by Lewis Carroll and his works Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. We walked by the windows throughout the weekend and I always found something new and interesting in each window. I could look at them for hours and still be amazed by them. Here is a favorite of mine. I think that this one is incredible; the thought and time it took them to go over every detail. It is amazing.

That night we did not have reservations for dinner, so we decided to walk into the newly open Plaza Hotel.  It's not quite the same as it used to be back in the day. When we walked in, I expected glamour pusses and stock brokers to swarm the lobby. Instead, I found tourist and lots of older women in big fur coats pushing through. The lobby was gorgeous, none the less, and had a cozy fire and velvet club chairs. We decided to have a drink there and ended up staying for a dinner of a bottle of red wine and a cheese plate. We spoke with our waiter who had worked there for twenty years and he told us stories that were a little closer to my imagination of what the hotel used to be. The lobby was such a great spot to people watch, so if you aren't looking for a heavy dinner, it is a great place to go.

That night we decided to hang out at the bar in our hotel because it was too bitter cold to do anything else. The bar was fun; drag queens and all. Husband did not think it was so humorous, especially since one jammed his/her high heel on his big toe, but it was still amazing how open everyone is there. I think it's quite impressive. They also pour a great cocktail. The bar is called an "Urban Design Bar" because it has a fresco painting by world famous fresco artist Franceso Clemente. With all of the drag queens and other New York characters, I hardly noticed. I found a photo that showcased the bar, sans queens.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New York New York

One of the many perks of being a wedding planner is meeting an array of fabulous people. My brides and grooms are from literally all over the world. I have had clients from South Africa, England, Germany, Australia, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, and New York. They have been doctors, lawyers, artist, news casters, photographers, professional football players, famous hair stylists, make-up artists; the list goes on and on and on. I have been really blessed to be surrounded by such fascinating clients.

While planning my trip to New York, I emailed one of my former brides for suggestions on restaurants and eateries. She works for creative edge parties and is a total foodie. I knew she would be the best person to ask and she delievered the goods in record time. This girl has serious style and knows her food. Below is her hit list of all her go-to spots in NYC. I'll report back and let you know what we actaully got to.

18th Floor of Standard Hotel (otherwise known as Boom Boom Room), Meatpacking – open from 4pm – 9pm (then closes for private parties), you must go for a drink, gorgeous views of the city! Call and make a reservation for a drink, otherwise, you usually can walk in, go early.

Hudson Hotel – Midtown - anywhere in the hotel, just a cool spot to have a drink

PDT – East Village - call at 3pm ON THE DOT for same day reservations, it’s a fun speakeasy, but you must call to get a reservation just for drinks. Good late night spot or a fun place to start the evening. Great late night hot dogs.

Stanton Social – Lower East Side – fun spot, good drinks, also good for dinner

Oak Room in the Plaza – since they just re-opened the Plaza, might be fun to go check it out and have a drink in the Oak Room, I haven’t been since, but would be fun
Rolfs – this place is a MUST SEE for Christmas time. It’s literally like walking into the middle of a Christmas tree. Its open from 12pm onwards, so its best to go between 1pm – 4pm, when it is less crowded, push yourself to the bar for an eggnog/german beer/mulled wine.

McSorleys – this is the oldest bar in NYC, literally dates back to 1847 or something like that, this is a BEER DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT ONLY, they literally serve only two things – light and dark beer, but if you are in the need of some entertainment (and by entertainment I mean loud obnoxious guys), this is the place. It’s more of a “friends” place, less of a couple place, but in case your husband is into old bars.

Prune – East Village - (AMAZING bloody marys!!! There is always a line, unless you get there at 10am, otherwise put your name in and then go shopping around soho)

Spotted Pig – West Village - (AMAZING BURGERS with Roquefort cheese)
Nolita House

Pastis or Balthazar – Meatpacking and Soho – traditional NYC brunch hot spots

Ino – West Village - great paninis and a dish called “Truffled Egg Toast”

Jules – East Village - (French bistro with live jazz on Sat/Sun), great for Croque Monsieur, Mussels, Steak Frites, etc…

Abe & Arthurs – Meatpacking – new “it” spot for dinner/drinks, great food

Otto/Lupa/Babbo – all Mario Batali restaurants, Otto is best for casual pizza/pasta, Lupa is more fine dining and Babbo is by far the best if you can get a reservation

Mary’s Fish Camp – West Village - super low key and casual, our favorite Lobster Rolls

Blue Hill – Washington Sq - BEST LOCAL SEASONAL FOOD EVER!!!!!!!! If you can’t get a reservation sometimes you can go sit at the bar

Allen & Delancey – Lower East Side - GREAT food, nice cozy atmosphere

Stanton Social– Lower East Side - Fun ambience and food, check out the menu, a good “party spot” 

 Momofuko Ssam Bar – East Village - if you are into pork and adventurous food, this place is unbelievable, must try to pork buns!!!

Spotted Pig – West Village - same as above, awesome for all day/anytime food… GREAT FOOD!!!

Photo by Whitebox Studio

Wedding Season is Over

Wedding season is officially over! It is hard to believe that in the past nine months, I have had a part in over 70 events, mostly weddings. I have been through a roller coaster of emotions. From feeling elated that it ACTUALLY happened, to disappointed that the band really did throw a fit, exhaustion, coffee jitters, hunger pains, belly aches from too much wedding cake, I can sit here now and say that I am so proud of all that has happened this year.

People always question why I don't have the baby bug yet. Well, mostly my girlfriends in NC. My New York brides think it's crazy that I am 27 and already hounded when I'm going to pop out a baby. I think the real reason I don't have the baby bug, yet at least, is that for the past year, this job has been a child to me. It wakes me up in the morning with excitement for the new day. It wakes me up at night in fear that I forgot to order the linens or did not specifically tell the Chef about that one food allergy of the bride's second cousin. It is all consuming but completley rewarding. It is not a job, it is the (second) love of my life. One day, maybe sooner than later, I'll get the baby bug. For now, I'm taking my first love to New York City for his very first time.

Photo by the insanely talented Millie Holloman.
Kristin and Larry Shembri, married October 10, 2009 at the Bald Head Island Club

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bunny Williams, Part 1

I had the pleasure of seeing a designer GREAT yesterday and almost died when I saw her in person. She is as sweet and charming as she can be, but I can tell that she can crack the whip as well when things aren't going her way. Paysage hosted a fabulous luncheon and had a book signing later at their store. It couldn't have been a more perfect day. (Please excuse the big smile, I was clearly excited! Photo via iPhone, so excuse the quality as well.)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fall Weddings

{Snippet & Ink photo credits} Top row: bouquet from The Knot, chair back from Brides, centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings. Middle row: wreath from flickr, invitation from Jo Gartin, church entryway from Brides. Bottom row: votive from Sunset, boutonniere from The Knot, napkin photo by One Love Photo}

{Snippet & Ink board hoto credits} Top row: ribbon fence from Sillapere, barn from Brides, ceremony from Martha Stewart Weddings. Middle row: photo by A Bryan Photo, chandelier photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, rustic bar from Pollen Atlanta. Bottom row: photo by W. Scott Chester, photo by Cooper Carras, farm via {frolic!}

Here on Bald Head Island, wedding season is still in full force. Although the air is a little brisk, it is my favorite time of the year for weddings. Kids are back and school and summer vacation is long gone, but it is not quite Christmas time. October and November are perfect months for those brides that want something a little different. See these gorgeous boards above via Ritzy Bee.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Rehearsal Dinner Ideas

Check out this gorgeous Halloween rehearsal dinner designed by the talented Soiree out of Charleston, South Carolina. I particularly love this because the bride went all out; you just can't do a Halloween party half way!
When meeting with brides, a lot of them steer away from wedding dates that are close to popular holidays. I suggest to do the exact opposite. While it takes a special bride to get married on Halloween, it also is the perfect excuse to go all out on a costume party, bring out the sequins for a New Year's Eve reception, or showcase a fabulous fireworks display on 4th of July. Traditions can still be kept for a holiday wedding, but take advantage of having your friends and family together and throw that killer party you have always wanted.
Photos via Style Me Pretty

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall Leaf Tortilla Chips compliments of Eddie Ross

Halloween is right around the corner and I'm feeling the pressure of coming up with a great costume, appetizer, and cocktail concoction before the big day. I was peruseing Eddie Ross's fabulous blog when these gorgeous hors d'oeuvres caught my attention.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Treats

Being Halloween week will bring lots of tricks and treat this week at Fifi Cheek. Being a total scaredy cat, I will leave the tricks up to someone else!
Laudree is a beautiful shop in Paris that sells coveted macaroons and other yummy treats. They are a bit expensive to ship over to the States but I found a good substitution that has equally beautiful packaging. (That is the real reason that Laudree is so loved, right?) Bottega Louie just popped open in Los Angeles other than their famous macaroons, they also have mouth watering pastries, pizzas, and pies. They ship overnight, so these treats could be perfect as stocking stuffers!Add Image

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Lots of Projects

Hello Darlings. The wallpaper is up and the sconces have been chosen. On to the the next project of the Master Bedroom. Originally, I thought that I knew exactly what we needed. Beautiful wallpaper, iron bed, mirrored side tables. It was an inspiration from Miles Redd but after checking out the pricing for the wallpaper ($165 a roll!), I may just have to have a change of heart. Out searching for a way to pull this off... wish me luck!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Good News Friday

I can honestly say that I have never been actually addicted to anything in my life. Yes, I love my coffee in the morning and red wine at night, but if I had to stop, I could. When Domino magazine announced its last issue this past winter, my palms grew sweaty and my stomach began to churn. No Domino? How could this be? Why do I not get a say in this break-up? The days that my Domino magazine would come in the mail, my husband would place it on our dining room table and leave me be for hours to search through it. After a while, he grew a fan as well, although he knew not to take it out of the plastic before I got home. No matter how bad my day had been, the day that my Domino magazine came in, it could always cheer me up. OK. I had a slight additction.

Well girls and guys, I think this addict may have a relapse. Enter Lonny magazine. Lonny Magazine is in the works for an October 1st release date and is a spin-off of Domino magazine. Rubie Green creator, Michelle Adams, is the person behind the scenes for Lonny Magazine along with dozens of other incredibly talented people.

I can't wait until the magazine debuts. I'm sure it will arrive on my kitchen table along with a big glass of red wine.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Kelly Wearstler Wallpaper

The day is finally here! For years and years, I have been dying over this Kelly Wearstler wallpaper. I first spotted it in a photo in (sigh!) Domino Magazine and instantly fell in love. That was a few years ago, and for my second wedding anniversary, Grayson surprised me with very own wallpaper! After lowering our sconces, finding new sconces, waiting for our wallpaper hanger to recover from cataract surgery, it is finally being installed today!

J. Mendel is Bananas

My best friend was engaged a few weeks ago and is planning a winter wedding. I was crowned Matron of Honor (how old does that sound!?) but would be happy to carry that crown dressed in one of these beauties from J. Mendel's Spring Collection. The colors are so gorgeous and although it is a Spring collection, nothing says winter wedding like an icy blue dress with a fur wrap. I'm totally smitten by these fabulous frocks.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Unique Wedding Invitations

Even if you are more of a traditionalist at heart, these Mr. Boddington's Studio invitations will still pull at your heart stings. They are so unique and give a twist on the classic, old school letterpress with their quirky designs and unique wording. They are designed by a North Carolinian that lives in New York City named Rebecca. She is as sweet as can be and her designs are killer. You can check out more of her fabulous eye candy here.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Perfect Hostess Gifts from iomoi

In the past, iomoi has been a hard to find, much loved brand of mine. Luckily, they have just launched a brand new website and on-line store. I think this tray would make a perfect hostess gift. Yes, a bottle of wine is nice, but how much fun would it be to receive this beauty? I'm in love.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Windsor Smith Dream Home

Buying home d├ęcor magazines is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I have loved magazines since I was a little girl and would always look at them while my mom grocery shopped. Although Hickory, NC did not typically have my favorites; House Beautiful, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, it did have Southern Living.

I have quite a collection of shelter magazines and have them displayed on the bookcase in my living room that my grandfather built. Anna Spiro from
absolutely beautiful things had one built in her Brisbane, Australia home and I knew that one similar would look beautiful in our living room. My husband did the measurements and then sent them to my grandfather. So now, my husband has a place for his TV and I have a place for my magazines.

In the most recent House Beautiful, Windsor Smith’s Los Angeles home is featured and it is really drop dead. It’s my favorite kind of style and the one that is most hard to achieve. It’s very ecletic but not too hippy, homey without being frumpy, and pink without being too girly.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Off to the Mountains

Tonight, my sweet husband of two years, Grayson, is whisking me away to Asheville, NC for a long weekend. Being a wedding planner, I don't have too many chances to have a weekend night with my husband, much less an entire weekend, so I am thrilled!

If you have never been to Asheville, NC, you should plan a trip immediately! It has so much to offer and is absolutely beautiful. We are staying at the Princess Ann Hotel and have planned to spend Friday hiking and exploring the hidden trails of Asheville and Brevard. Saturday we will be going to the Biltmore house with my brother, Josh, and his girlfriend, Cynthia. We are renting bikes from Biltmore to explore the grounds and will more than likely end our day spending the late afternoon at the winery. It's going to be a fabulous weekend!