bunner’s bakery

Previously, when I had a craving for yummy gluten free cupcakes, it required a trip to my favorite Vegan GF bakery in New York City – Babycakes NYC. Thankfully, a new discovery today in Toronto’s own Junction proves a great substitute that doesn’t require a flight!

Bunner’s has a similar vibe to Babycakes. Well, minus a bit of kitsch and plus more clean lines, but overall, I have a very familiar feeling when I enter the small shoppe. The chocolate-chocolate cupcake and the french toast versions get a seal of approval! The icing was the best part, and that’s saying a lot coming from the butter-cream icing queen ;)

We purchased a loaf of three-seed bread too, which I’ll be using this week for sandwiches. I already sneaked a little bite and it tastes just like regular bread and it’s not heavy like a brick, as some can be.

I am delighted with this new discovery, yet still, happy that it’s not right around the corner. A trip to NYC was one thing, but if it was too close, I might be eating cupcakes everyday!!

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rag & bone + kate moss

Love them both and excited to see her staring in their first ad campaign…

It’s a big day for rag & bone! The brand debuted its first-ever advertising campaign, which features Kate Moss photographed by Craig McDean on the deserted streets of North London. Elsewhere in the city (Chelsea, specifically), David Neville and Marcus Wainwright will open the doors to their first European store tomorrow. The space will be used for rag & bone’s presentation during London Fashion Week, following its runway show in New York on September 7. thecut.com

For good measure, I also threw in their new Jodhpur Jeans that I am currently coveting.

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in your space: kaelen haworth

Totally inspired by clothing designer Kaelen Haworth’s ridiculous East Village apartment.

In fact, the over-dyed yellow rug in the bedroom actually encouraged the recent purchase of a bright yellow rug from Elte for our kitchen ; )

Next on the list, dream catchers for our bedroom, which I am constantly searching Etsy for but haven’t found the perfect ones yet…

TGIF !!

xx

the french quarter

“For their first US outpost, Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, creators of the hybrid music and fashion label Kitsuné, chose to drop their bags at the new Nomad hotel. With the opening of the boutique (not to mention a much raved-about restaurant), the hotel has converted a lonely corner of Broadway to a white-hot destination for shopping.        

More than its size, Maison Kitsuné wows with its Parisian splendor — parquet floors, polished marble, elaborate moldings — courtesy of the imagination of designer Anna Vignale and the New York architecture firm TBD. Its a continuation of the Francophile feel of the hotel, with interiors by Jacques García and art curated by Be-Poles. 

Ah yes, and the clothing. The clothing! The house label is marked by a rather lithe-looking fox on the move — kitsuné is Japanese for fox — and is nothing if not obsessive when it comes to detail (which shoppers should expect to see reflected on the price tag): cashmere is from Scotland, denim from Japan, and cotton from Oxford. Alongside is a display of friends of the Kitsuné family: Michel Vivien, Monocle, Aesop, J.M. Weston. And this shopping experience comes with one of the best soundtracks in town. Loaëc, ex-manager of Daft Punk, flaunts his talent for uncovering fresh talent — Dwntwn, Childish Gambino, Heartsrevolution, etc — on the Kitsuné America compilation. Rock on.” Tablethotels.com

Maison Kitsuné, New York, 1170 Broadway, New York

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haven’s kitchen new york

“Everybody seems to be picking up a wooden spoon these days, and this is probably music to the ears of Alison Schneider, the proprietor of Haven’s Kitchen, a new café, shop, cooking school and event space in a converted carriage house on West 17th Street in New York.

Schneider’s goal in creating Haven’s Kitchen was to spark interest in more and better home cooking. Barely a month after opening the front door, she appears to be well on her way. For starters, the space alone inspires: multi-storied and light-filled, it’s the kind of architectural fantasy that would be created were Soho House and Dean & Deluca to have a Chelsea love child. Half of the ground floor is occupied by a tightly curated shop featuring sustainable provisions (Mast Brothers chocolate, La Boîte à Epice spices, Bellocq tea) and chic, unfussy tableware — as well as a café serving a custom blend of La Colombe coffee and pastries. In the back is an instructional kitchen for recreational cooking classes taught by Haven’s in-house chef and Blue Hill alum, Julia Sullivan, in addition to a rotating roster of guest chefs. March’s offerings include “Brunch for a Crowd” and “The Perfect Picnic” and workshops typically last less than four hours.

Upstairs, a homey salon and dining room are reserved for private events and Haven’s supper and brunch clubs, ticketed meals in which big-name chefs like Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune cook for no more than 40 guests, and everyone in the group is invited to help in the meal’s preparation.

Considering that all this goes on under one roof, Haven’s Kitchen is, perhaps surprisingly, just as its name promises: blissfully tranquil. A quality that any visitor to New York, budding chef or otherwise, will no doubt appreciate.” agenda.tablethotels.com

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stylish in new york

Luigi Tadini, Market Director, Paper Magazine  

Who is your most stylish New Yorker? I think a recluse Garbo was a pretty stylish character in New York. Who else… Max Fish was pretty stylish in a very different way. I think somewhere in between is really the essence of New York—someone who has this unique kind of uptown style that is timeless, and then the ever-changing trend-centric downtown.  

Lori Goldstein, Stylist

What’s your favorite New York museum? I must say I love The Whitney

Cabiri Calisto, Head of Sales and Press for VPL

Who do you think is the most influential New York designer right now? I think Victoria Bartlett because she always does her own thing. She is never following trends and I feel like a lot of other designers look at the trend reports and follow them exactly, but she always has her own inspiration, her own focus for each collection. Other designers seem to take inspiration from her.  

Olivia Palermo, Model, Actress, Designer  

Do you have a secret, off-the-beaten-path shopping spot in New York?Not specifically. I think sometimes you find the best things when you least expect it. Just to go to small little boutiques that have one-of-a-kind pieces. And probably Nolita, I would say, is a great area.  

Do you have a favorite date spot that you like to go to? I really enjoy going to Café Gitane. Johannes and I really like going there. So when we’re home we go there for dinner—so every once in a while.  

Jeff Laub, Owner – The Blind Barber

What’s your favorite local hangout spot? The best night spot would have to be the Blind Barber. But if I’m going to go anywhere else, my personal favorite place to go is always the Manhattan Inn for drinks in Greenpoint. And then for dinner right now I’m kind of digging Beauty & Essex. That’s a good spot.

Pamela Love, Jewelry Designer

Is there any emerging New York talent that you’re really excited about? That’s difficult because I live in a hole. I live in a bubble. My friend Yara has a line called Nomia that I really loved. I really like this band called Wild Yaks. They’re in Brooklyn and awesome. I think that’s probably it. I live in a bubble. I make jewelry all day and I don’t pay attention to anything so I can’t tell you anything!

Kelly Framel, Fashion Blogger, The Glamourai  

Do you have a secret shopping destination in New York? Well I always tell people to go to Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg because it really is like a massive warehouse. If you can’t find something there, you can’t find something anywhere!

Reece Solomon, Designer

Which New York fashion decade do you think you’re most inspired by? I would say from ’65-’75. Because it’s just such an exciting era in fashion and music—that whole beginning of Studio 54 and The Factory and Edie Sedgwick and Jane Birkin. I just love their fashion. It’s super relaxed and cool, but really unique also.  

Stylecaster covers the 50 most stylish New Yorkers in a recent feature. I have covered just a sample above; to check out the rest click here!

Enjoy all the tips and hints they have to offer… and have a lovely weekend ;)

xx

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links of love

Paris versus New York; which one do you love more?
Me + You Pencils – it’s like meat & potatoes
Sometimes Your Words Just Hypnotize Me
Here is your make out survival kit
Wear this; Jenny Packham tiered silk-chiffon chemise
Love Quotes scarves on Shopbop
Dream of Love with Dogeared
Shot through the heart… studs
The Salt to my Pepper

Happy Valentines day lovelies ;)

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in a new york minute

I returned home (late) last night after another fun-filled/exhausting/food overdosed weekend in my favorite city and I learned a few things on this trip…

1. It’s always a good idea to have dinner two reservations during fashion week. After waiting 45 min at the Stanton Social (which I will obv still go to again and again, but am a tad disappointed in) we grabbed the jackets out of coat-check and hopped in a cab for rezo number two at La Esquina. Totally smooth, totally delicious, totally amazing to have a back up plan when it’s 11:30p and you are starving!

2. Sleep No More is an eerie, interactive, and fantastic theatrical experience. Like a haunted house for adults, with Champagne ;)

3. If there was a Babycakes that actually existed in Toronto I would eat cupcakes three times a day so perhaps it’s better if it stays a at a bit of a distance

4. 10 Downing is now a new brunch fav spot, and it’s also where I broke up with potatoes

5. There is a place to buy decently priced, and unique, frames at an eye-wear store called SEE. Now for the unfortunate part, they do not have any locations in Canada. So… I picked up a new pair of frames! However – too bad for me – they would have added the lenses in for free had I been staying in the city for a week and could have picked them up later. Regardless, they have wickedly helpful and pleasant staff – I went to two locations multiple times to pick out the right frame. And, each style/colour has only one piece in store so once it’s gone, and it’s yours, that’s it!

Now, it’s time to rest up and catch up a little bit this week!

xx

do not disturb

“Some hotel rooms are just places to lay your head in between adventures. These
ten, on the other hand, are made for staying in, for days and nights at a
time.”
via Tablethotels.com

1. The Carlyle – New York City, New York
2. The Hazelton Hotel – Toronto, Ontario
3. Pershing Hall – Paris, France
4. Hotel Villa Real – Madrid, Spain
5. Hotel Bel Air – Los Angeles, California
6. Blakes – London, England
7. Mertopole Hotel – Venice, Italy
8. Trump International Hotel & Tower – Chicago, Illinois
9. The Merrion – Dublin, Ireland
10. Hotel de Rome – Berlin, Germany

                                                   Happy Thursday! xx

ruby tuesday

It’s almost Wednesday… I am thinking about the weekend already! I am excited to announce that I am going to be a bridesmaid again!! My sister got engaged over the holidays and I am proud to be a part of the fantastic bridal party. The process begins with brunching and trying on dresses this Saturday and I can’t wait ; )

nightnight xx

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inspired by: pip & estella

Scrolling through my emails this morning, I came across one from Daily Candy which led me to Pip & Estella

The site is founded by LA-native Sana studied Interior Design at Parsons, The New School in New York City.

“The inspiration for the Pip & Estella boutique comes from a literary classic: the old and worn, yet intriguing and magnetic aesthetic of the Satis House mansion, as described in the Dickens novel, Great Expectations.  In my mind, the aging Satis was a sunlight-filtered world made more lovely by the accumulation of time.

While we do sell decor a la carte, dozens of Pip and Estella “houses” (or curated lot of goods, each with their own identity) have found owners in the U.S. and abroad. I’m happy to say that Pip & Estella is the original place to ‘Buy The House’

At Pip & Estella we travel, scouring markets, shops and estates to bring you unique vintage and antique wares for the home. We’ll create an assortment for you or let you curate your own. One suggestion if we may: decorate boldly.”

The images come from her site here; 1, 2, 3, & 4

Now, it’s time for some yoga… remember Friday’s inspiration ; )

xx