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Month: April, 2012

Emily High-Fash in NYC: Day 3

My third day in New York City was fairly random. I didn’t have an itinerary and I knew I couldn’t explore the city all day because I actually had some school work to do. When I tried to plug in my mac I freaked out because my power adapter wouldn’t respond so that pretty much determined the first adventure of the day… To the Apple store! It was such a lovely day that I decided to walk, but I didn’t really know where I was going…

For visual entertainment, I’ve drawn out a little map of my journey from the Affinia Manhattan (A) to the Apple Store (B).

doo dee doo deee doo

I relied on directions from the locals to find my way to the Apple Store and not surprisingly there were MANY inconsistencies in the stories. Apparently there are two apple stores? I ended up finding my way to the main NY store on 5th between 58th and 59th but my journey took over 3 hours with plenty of snack breaks and window browsing distractions, and the trip probably looked more like this:


Some of the stops that I made included:

  • P Luca for Barami: cute random store where I got my fantastic hat!
  • The Trump Building: Everytime I visit NYC I go to the Trump Cafe (totally random little fast food shop in the basement of the trump tower). I am now revealing to you New York’s Best Kept Secret, next to Century 21, is the Norwegian Smoked Salmon Sandwich on toasted marble rye from the Trump Cafe. It’s a 12 dollar sandwich and it will be the best 12 dollars you have ever spent on a lunch. Just imagine thick slices of smokey salmon stacked up 3 inches high between two slices of marble rye and cream cheese. Best thing ever. But here’s the catch: GET THERE EARLY! I got to the trump building  around 4pm and there were no more sandwiches left:((( (Why does this feel like an episode of Seinfeld?) I was pretty devastated. So now all I can do is dream about it until the next time I’m in New York D: D: D:
  • Magnolia Bakery: Got a text from a friend saying I should visit this bakery and I can see why! It was packed in there! I made the very tough decision of just choosing one treat and I got the key lime pie cheesecake. nom nom:)
  • Louis Vuitton on 5th Ave.: I’m really not much of a louis girl. Not that I could afford one of the purses, but even if I could, I don’t know that I would get one. But remember my Ice Cream Parlour post about Louis Vuitton’s SS12 collection back in February? I was so enchanted by the carousel-themed displays in the window of Louis Vuitton that I just had to go in and let me say this was a rather interesting experience. I was pleasantly surprised that the staff were very welcoming and polite to all the guests that walked through the door, which is very refreshing considering all the snooty eye-rolling I’ve gotten from some of the other higher-end stores. The first floor was entirely purses- classic Louis Vuitton Monogram bags, and it was hands down the busiest floor. One lady, a tourist I assume, paid for her Louis in cash. It was quite a vision! Picture a saleswoman leafing through thousands of dollars in cash stacked up 6 inches tall. I asked one of the associates where the Spring Collection was and they pointed up, and boy I did not realize how much up I had to go. Second floor was luggage, third floor was Mens, and finally the 4th floor was Women’s. I was slightly disappointed that I had to climb all those steps to only get to see about a quarter of the Spring Collection. I guess the 5th ave. store is accustomed to tourists that are only interested in the monogram bags that theres no point displaying the whole collection? It was too bad, because I would have certainly appreciated seeing all the pieces. Oh well!
  • Bloomingdales: A shopping mall of designer stores. Basically a whole lot of eye candy ❤

When I finally arrived at the Apple Store in all it’s glass-wall glory, I was horrified to realize I’d have to spend the next however long in this sardine tin. Thank goodness the air circulation was adequate but I can’t imagine how anybody would ever want to work there. I was overwhelmed with claustrophobia within 2 minutes of being in there…So of course I got my appointment with the genius bar and waited 20 minutes for them to tell me that nothing was wrong with my power adapter. Apparently all I had to do was reconfigure the power settings on my Mac… yay.. Oh well at least they were really nice! Which they always are, thanks Apple:)

All the way back to the Affinia I went, got some work done, and to my surprise, Dennis got off work early! Yay!!! We made plans to meet with my friend Cynthia who was also visiting New York for the Easter weekend from Palm Beach. We met at a comedy club where I got that photo with the Jerry Seinfeld wall painting for my Seinfeld-obsessed roommate, Abbey and took some pictures beside the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty (not actually though) for our mutual friend, Ivy ❤ After a little bit of exploring Times Square in efforts of getting our drunken friend Cynthia back to her group of friends, Dennis and I grabbed a 1am dinner at Dallas BBQ and then headed back to the Affinia! Goodnight!

Sappy lovey movie quotes

I’ve been pretty melodramatic the last couple of days, so what better way to drown in my own sorrow than to watch repeatedly the most heartbreaking scenes in some of my favourite films.

Here’s my little collection

1. Alice and Dan- Closer (2004)

Alice: Can I still see you?
Alice: Dan can I still see you? Answer me.
Dan: I can’t see you. If I see you I’ll never leave you.
Alice: What will you do if I find someone else?
Dan: Be jealous.
Alice: You still fancy me?
Dan: … Of Course
Alice: You’re lying. I’ve been you? Will you hold me?
Alice: I amuse you but I bore you?
Dan: No
Alice: You did love me?
Dan: I’ll always love you. I hate hurting you.
Alice: Then why are you?
Dan: Because I’m selfish, and I think I’ll be happier with her.
Alice: You won’t. You’ll miss me. No one will ever love me as much as I do. Why isn’t love enough?
Alice: I’m the one who leaves, I’m supposed to leave you. I’m the one who leaves.
Alice: Make some tea, Buster.

2. Sarah and Borden – The Prestige (2006)

Alfred Borden: Everything’s going to be alright, because I love you very much.
Sarah: Say it again.
Alfred Borden: I love you.
Sarah: Not today.
Alfred Borden: What do you mean?
Sarah: Well some days it’s not true. Maybe today you’re more in love with magic. I like being able to tell the difference, it makes the days it is true mean something.

Alfred Borden: I love you.
Sarah: You mean it today.
Alfred Borden: Of course.
Sarah: It just makes it so much harder when you don’t.

3. Sara Crewe and her Father- A Little Princess (1995)

Sara: Papa, don’t you remember me? Papa, please! You’ve got to know me! It’s Sara, remember? Remember India and Maya? Remember the Ramayana… and Emily? And the locket with Mama’s picture?

4. Astrid finds Claire dead- White Oleander (2002)

Astrid, who’s biological mother committed murder, has been placed through revolving foster homes for years and is unable to form a trusting relationship, until she is fostered by Claire Richards, a kind and unconditionally loving foster parent. Unfortunately, Claire has a dependent personality disorder and when her husband leaves the family, she overdoses, leaving Astrid all alone again.

5. GIA (1998)

Based on a true story about the tragic life of Gia Maria Carangi (1960-1986). Angelina Jolie plays the role of one of America’s first supermodels who struggles with separation issues due to her mother leaving her at a very young age. She is discovered by Whilemina models and moves to New York where she gets chewed up and spat out by the merciless world of modelling, and becomes one of the first recorded victims to the AIDS virus due to her addiction to Heroin. I wanted to find the scene from the movie where Wilhelmina Cooper dies and the devastated Gia relapses back in to her life-grappling addiction but couldn’t find it, so this montage will have to do.

Too beautiful to die, too wild to live

6. The Tragic Life of Edie Sedgwick- Factory Girl (2006)

Edie Sedgwick: I went to a party once, and there was a palm reader there and when she looked at my hand, she just froze. And I said to her “I know. My lifeline is broken. I know I won’t live past thirty

Andy Warhol: I wonder if people are going to remember us?
Edie Sedgwick: What, when we’re dead?
Andy Warhol: Yeah.
Edie Sedgwick: Well I think people will talk about how you changed the world.
Andy Warhol: I wonder what they’ll say about you… in your obituary. I like that word.
Edie Sedgwick: Nothing nice, I don’t think.
Andy Warhol: No no, come on. They’d say, “Edith Minturn Sedgwick: beautiful artist and actress…
Edie Sedgwick: …and all around loon.
Andy Warhol: …Remembered for setting the world on fire…
Edie Sedgwick: …and escaping the clutches of her terrifying family…
Andy Warhol: …Made friends with eeeeverybody, and anybody…
Edie Sedgwick: …creating chaos and uproar wherever she went. Divorced as many times as she married, she leaves only good wishes behind.
Edie Sedgwick: That’s nice, isn’t it?

7. Allie and Noah- The Notebook (2004)

Allie: Why didn’t you write me? Why? It wasn’t over for me, I waited for you for seven years. But now it’s too late.
Noah: I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year.
Allie: You wrote me?
Noah: Yes… it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over

Emily High-Fash in NYC: Day 2

Oh man.. it is not going to be easy to put together a synopsis of my trip now that it’s been two weeks after the fact…I’ve been totally caught up with studying for exams that I’ve had no choice but to put this off…I’m going to try my best at remembering the details…

I woke up on my second day in New York City after a much-needed good night’s sleep after my unfortunate 12 hours on a bus the previous night and got right on my computer to start planning my day! Oh, btw, if anyone who reads this is staying at the Affinia in Manhattan.. their internet is a total rip-off! $62.00 for a week of TURTLE SPEED internet. Oh, and that fee is PER DEVICE. Seriously?? After a couple aggravated attempts at uploading pics to my blog, I gave up…but when even basic browsing got really slow I called reception and asked for ITS support and of course it wasn’t available and the poor girls at reception were absolutely not helpful… I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t have to cover that cost haha….I can still complain about it though, right?

I decided that Day 2 of my NYC trip was going to be Museum Day! So I spread my MTS map on the ground and marked off the places I wanted to visit for the day and put together my itinerary with directions and all…I posted it to Facebook and only had to do a little digging to find it:

Today’s Itinerary(April 5th)
1.Walk over to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
2. Meet my dahhllinn for lunch in Chelsea
3 .SoHo and surrounding areas of Downtown Manhattan (NoHo, China Town, Little Italy)
4. Metro uptown to Harlem’s Studio Museum
5. Head back down to Midtown to visit the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) – Pay-as-you-wish Thursdays from 6-9pm!
6. Back to the Affinia to work on my essay 😛
7. More Times Square exploring and up to the Empire State Building with Dennis Osborne ♥
 — at New York City.
I’m sure its no surprise that this was certainly a very ambitious itinerary and I didn’t get to do it all. I never made it up to Harlem for the Studio Museum… It was just too much of a trek from where I was (midtown by Times Square) and I obviously got way too caught up in SoHo that I spent most of my day there. Unfortunately I also didn’t get to have lunch with Dennis.. I don’t even know if he got a lunch break that day? And we never did go up to the Empire State Building. Poor Dennis would be so exhausted after work, we were lucky we got to have dinner together ❤
So I started my day by walking over to the FIT which was just a few blocks South on 7th. On the way, I decided to grab a bite to eat and found a totally random “Restaurant Diner Cafe” at the corner of 28th and 7th called “The Greek Corner” and I remember saying to myself… “I bet this is where locals eat!” So I decided to go in.. and let me say, it was the best decision of my entire trip! I sat up at the diner bar table and ordered myself a veggie burger. Apparently, somebody had messed around with the dials on the toaster and I just went hysterical that the chef completely burnt his toast twice. “This time I’ll watch it for you”, I told him..and that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship lol! I left the restaurant saying I’d be back bright and early tomorrow morning to work the line in return for pancakes (I never actually woke up early enough for pancakes in my 5 days in New York:()
The FIT was pretty much across the street from my little Mexican-run Greek Diner and I visited the student Exhibit first where I was able to get a couple shots (At the very bottom of the gallery…keep scrolling…) Cameras were not allowed in the A-Z nor the IMPACT Exhibitions at the FIT but I took notes so I’ll have to try my best making sense of my scribbles and describing the garments to try to do justice to them!
Not surprisingly, one of the first things that caught my eye from the Musesum at FIT was a Coco Chanel gown from the 1920’s and I’ve been searching the depths of Google Images for a photo of it but I just can’t seem to find it (and i’m going mad). Alternatively, I found a gown from the 1920’s from the House of Worth(below) and the Chanel gown I am trying to describe had a similar silhouette especially with that beautiful shoulder-shawl piece except the Chanel gown was entirely black and silver ombre fringe with a V shape going on in the front.

I immediately drew a connection between the dress and Karl Lagerfeld’s FW 2011 Haute Couture Collection for the House of Chanel:

…And thanks to other rule breakers + some of the official photos from the Museum at FIT I was able to gather a couple photos of some of the highlights from the A-Z and IMPACT Exhibits ❤

Orange Silk Faille dress by Christian Lacroix Spring 2005

Charles James Emerald Satin Gown 1954
The structuring of this dress is unbelievable

Gianni Versace 1991 Marilyn Monroe and James Dean printed suit

Thierry Mugler 1987 silver dress. It reminds me of a shark. Gaga would approve.

Alexander McQueen (obviously) for Givenchy 1997

Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte Fall 2008: Hand-dyed silk gauze gown

A Beautiful and distinctive Prada Guipure Lace suit with a collar and peplum from the Fall 2011 collection

Part of the YOUTHQUAKE section of the Exhibit. A paper dress with Bob Dylan’s face printed on it. Minimalistic and affordable fashions took over the youth market through the 60’s and 70’s

The IMPACT exhibit downstairs at the FIT featured 50 years of iconic pieces by America’s Designers. I spy a Betsey Johnson gown! ❤

One of my favourite pieces from the gallery, a striking evening gown from Marchesa 2011

Okay wow this blog post is getting disproportionately lengthy… I’ll try to sum everything up. I wandered around my beloved SoHo for hours just window shopping, enjoying all of the gorgeous window displays, inhaling the city, the life, the people. In my gallery I’ve got a couple photos of some of my favourite windows. Evolution was one of the neatest little shops and I highly recommend you visit if you are in New York. I got the feeling that Lee McQueen would have really enjoyed a shop like that if he was around to see it. Oh and there was this mysteriously handsome man in the shop that looked a bit like Johhny Depp in ‘Dead Man’ with the hat and long coat and all, plus lennon-circle sunglasses. He was certainly a very intriguing beautiful stranger… Oh and about the A.I-less butterflies.. There was a single jar of one of those  butterflies at the cash desk and I had accidentally tapped it and this little butterfly started fluttering around so I said to the saleswoman, “Oh I’m sorry I think I woke up your butterfly” and she responded “Don’t worry, it doesn’t have much A.I.” and me being the confused dummy that I am just smiled awkwardly.. A couple minutes later I turned around and saw the entire shelf of those butterflies and realized they were battery powered -__-”

For a break, I found myself wandering in to a little restaurant-cafe called Santuary T and ordered myself a mocha and a nutella-banana crepe. If I ever visit again, I apparently have to try the 7 minute froot-loop flavoured Tea that the people at the table across from me were having. This was also where the mini con-artist made $20 from me by selling me nothing… But he said he’d get to go to 6 flags! Lesson: Emily doesn’t know how to say no to cute kids…

I have to admit I was a little bit disappointed that I picked the MAD over the Harlem Studio Museum because I didn’t really enjoy it all that much.. Perhaps I’m not enough of an artist to appreciate some of the galleries, and I apologize for my lack of experience in judging it but for one thing It was a very uncomfortable museum.. It was really stuffy and kind of humid in there and it was a lot smaller than I expected. The museum actually spanned 5 or 6 floors but each floor was just a little semi-circle. I feel like if I had gone at a time where the “Meet the Artists” Exhibit was open, it would have been more interesting for me. Nevertheless, I snapped a couple pictures from the gallery so perhaps someone can appreciate them more than I do.

Before heading “home” to the Affinia, I stopped at the Whole Foods Market in the Shops at Columbus Circle and picked up some Indian takeout and adorable Easter-themed petit fours to share with Dennis. The poor bug had to work so late again so we ended up staying in for cuddles and a movie instead of heading out ❤

If you got this far in reading my blog post, thank you, my friend! I will have Day 3, 4 and 5 up ASAP and I promise they won’t be as long as this one… 😛


Kool-Aid Hair

Every kid who grew up in the 80’s tried this. Unfortunately i missed the 80’s by 12 days…. But trends are cyclical and the kool-aid/cotton candy/pastel hair trend is back and I am obsessed! Blondes, DO try this at home!

Also pretty sure this is rendered but this photo was actually the inspiration for this blog post:P I love MK+A

The latest single off Marina and the Diamond’s new album, ❤ Electra Heart ❤

You are the night time fear and the morning when it’s clear

My Current Musical Obsession…
You are the hole in my head
You are the space in my bed
You are the silence in between what I thought
And what I saidYou are the night time fear
You are the morning when it’s clear
When it’s over you’ll start
You’re my head
You’re my heart

No light, no light in your bright blue eyes
I never knew daylight could be so violent
A revelation in the light of day
You can’t choose what stays and what fades away

And I’d do anything to make you stay
No light, no light
No light
Tell me what you want me to say

Through the crowd, I was crying out
And in your place there were a thousand other faces
I was disappearing in plain sight
Heaven help me, I need to make it right

You want a revelation,
You wanna get it right
But, it’s a conversation,
I just can’t have tonight
You want a revelation
Some kind of resolution
You want a revelation

No light, no light in your bright blue eyes
I never knew daylight could be so violent
A revelation in the light of day,
You can’t choose what stays and what fades away

And I’d do anything to make you stay
No light, no light
No light
Tell me what you want me to say

Would you leave me,
If I told you what I’ve done?
And would you need me,
If I told you what I’ve become?
’cause it’s so easy,
To say it to a crowd
But it’s so hard, my love,
To say it to you out loud

No light, no light in your bright blue eyes
I never knew daylight could be so violent
A revelation in the light of day,
You can’t choose what stays and what fades away

And I’d do anything to make you stay
No light, no light
No light
Tell me what you want me to say

You want a revelation,
You wanna get it right
But, it’s a conversation,
I just can’t have tonight
You want a revelation
Some kind of resolution
You want a revelation

You want a revelation,
You wanna get it right
But, it’s a conversation,
I just can’t have tonight
You want a revelation, some kind of resolution
Tell me what you want me to say.

….And how amazing is the dancer in this video?

Emily High-Fash in NYC: Day 1

This is going to sound so cheesy, but I honestly believe I am so fortunate to have some of the most amazing friends in the world. My very dear friend, Dennis invited me to visit him in New York City for a couple days while he was working there. How could I turn down an offer to spend time with my darling friend and be in my beloved city of dreams? So there I was, Tuesday night, looking online for a bus ticket to NYC and in a couple hours of frenzied last-minute-packing and racing off to Toronto like my life depended on it, I found myself boarding the 22:50 Greyhound to NYC. Of course I had no idea where in NYC at the time because I was too rushed to read any of the details….

I arrived at the Port Authority station in Manhattan near Times Square by around noon after a 12+ hour bus ride on the greyhound. It was absolutely miserable, there were tons of sketchy people that got on the bus (especially in Buffalo.. lol) and the bus driver was just not nice. Customs gave me hell for not having a return ticket booked yet (I guess my fault for taking off to New York on a whim…), I didn’t get to eat for about 10 hours because I had no American Cash on me and the first two ATMs were broken… (Also deserved this for taking off on a whim)…but finally! After 12 miserable hours, the bus was going through the Lincoln Tunnel and my heart fluttered with excitement about what was at the end of that tunnel!

I got off the bus and took in a deep breath. Manhattan. Roasted peanuts, street meats, concrete and a mixture of everything else. The walk over to the Affinia where Dennis was staying was brief and the sweetheart had left a key for me at the front desk. Ive got a couple more pictures of the room coming in the next posts. The Affinia Manhattan is an older hotel but rich with beautiful decorations and classic chandeliers. The room we stayed in was super cozy and totally neat.  It came equipped with a full mini kitchen and a small living room area. I joked with Den that it would make the perfect starter house for our little family. The kids would have to sleep in the utility closet though..

After dropping my bags down and freshening up, I met up with Dennis on his lunch break on 7th Ave and then walked him back to work near Chelsea. The last time I was in New York City, I went to Chelsea Market for a fancy dinner at Morimoto, but all the shops were already closed. I was thrilled to get to visit all the cute little vintage clothing shops and bakeries inside of Chelsea. It’s one of my favourite not-so-secret underground markets in New York City.

After exploring Chelsea Market I wandered along West 14th and had one of those “I think I’ve been here before” moments. Me, being an idiot with remembering directions, was pretty impressed that I wandered myself in to the Alexander McQueen store in NYC. I spent quite a bit of time there admiring Sarah Burton’s SS 12 collection that is under-the-sea inspired with pearls and coral patterns. Accessories included pearl-embellished knuckle clutches and seashell-skull rings. It’s actually quite a lovely collection and I especially love that Burton is bringing back the full-head masks in this collection..but I’m still biased and it’s never going to be the same as Lee Alexander McQueen. Anyway, it wasn’t a surprise to me at all that at least one of the salespeople at McQueen was being a total snob to me. “Are you going to buy anything?” It makes me crazy when salespeople get all up and over their heads because they’re working at a store that sells expensive things but it’s not like they could afford any of it anyway. I have the right to try on every item in the store if I wanted to, and I don’t have any obligation to buy anything. I’m annoyed that the little bitch had to ruin my experience at one of my favourite Designer’s stores. She didn’t deserve my sale at all.

So after dropping more money than I actually have on my gorgeous baby pink and gold skull cuff bracelet… I got myself an MTA pass and took the subway over to Central Park. How lucky was I that it was such a gorgeous day for a walk in the park! All of my tiredness from being crammed in a bus seat for 12 hours disappeared and I just wanted to soak it all in. The park was packed with dog walkers and babies in strollers, bicycles and live music. It was just perfect! A photographer stopped me and snapped a couple pictures of me and also took some from my camera, well, Faustina’s camera (Thanks so much for letting me bring your cam to New York to snap all of my favourite things and places!). I wandered around mostly the perimeters of the park and ended up at John Lennon’s memorial, the Imagine circle. As always, and hopefully forever to come, it was decorated with a fresh arrangement of flowers and Lennon monuments. An old hippie lady sitting on a bench was selling and making crochet-things.. They weren’t bracelets, I don’t think.. just things.. And she had a cat wearing a crochet dress in a baby stroller and incenses burning. When I asked her what she was making, she responded to me, “History”. I wish I got a photo of this crazy lady with her crochet and her cat in a stroller but she wouldn’t let me unless I bought one of her things…

Hahah and that’s about it, I headed back to the hotel when it started to cool down and waited for Dennis to get off work and we grabbed a 1am dinner at Chevy’s Fresh Mex in Times Square:P

I’ll be posting pics and stories from my day 2-5, so stay tuned!! xoxoxo

Oh and of course, the song that accompanied me in my head for this entire trip:

You taste like whiskey when you kiss me. Oh, I’d give anything again to be your baby doll. This time I’m not leaving without yoü