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Cheap Thrills



All of these T-straps and Mary-Janes are not only cute and comfortable but SUPER affordable.  I love buying cheap shoes, because you can buy more of them and i want all of these!

BUT a word of caution, if your a nyc gal like me, you will wear the HELL out of these shoes and the heel will probably fall off in the middle of 7th avenue and you will have to  take them to your shoe guy and he will say "Lady, why do you wanna fix these cheap shoes?" and then he will charge you $15 and you will gladly pay it...cause you love them THAT MUCHHHHH... just saying.

No1  No2   No3  No4  No5


In the swim


I work in the fashion industry designing swim, so it seemes fitting that on the first hot days of the season I should post some inspirational water scenes!

I usually am okay with my job, but today two of my best friends left the company. It was a long hard day to say the least.  After sad goodbyes I needed to remind myself that designing swim is still amazing , fun and honestly one of the best jobs I have had. 

Get your bikinis ready girls ....here is to an amazing summer!!! 

 (From top to bottom)   girl circle Jill Greenberg :: The Manipulator  , Bathing Beauties from Blugirl. swimming cap and group of girls Photographed by Gabor Jurina and styled by Zeina Esmail, and last two girls are Blugirl



Carried Away

I am always drawn to colorful purses and this season I am dying for all of these!  What a great way to bring a pop of  unexpected color into a wardrobe.  The marc jacobs bag with the built in umbrella storage is a favorite!
Milly Bags        Marc Bags          Miu Miu Bags

Prime Meats (Carroll Gardens,Brooklyn)

Oyster happy hour at Prime Meats is something that should truly not be missed!  I usually feast upon brunch here, but the weather was so beautiful I had to grab a seat on the sidewalk with a dozen of these babies.  This Brooklyn hot spot is known for local beers, crafted cocktails and sausages, but the welcoming atmosphere and farm to table food make locals come back for more..

Prime Meats

465 Court St.BrooklynNY 11231 

at Luquer St

(photo by Danielle Malmgren)


Char no. 4 (Carroll Gardens,Brooklyn

 Bourbon Bloody Mary with house pickle


Poached eggs with bacon cheddar grits

Kentucky Royale-Bourbon, Sparkling Wine, Cassis and Orange

Char No. 4 is for the kinda Sunday when you wake up and you need a splash of bourbon in your bloody mary (or just the bourbon on the rocks...Hey no one is judging!!!). The eggs are so buttery, the bacon so crisp and the cornbead so moist, it is what brunch dreams are made of.  As soon as you walk in and smell the aroma of smoke and buttermilk and your eyes fall upon the warm hues of bourbon bottles lining the wall, you know this is going to be serious.  You will want to come back for more.... I promise.

Char No. 4

196 Smith St.BrooklynNY 11201 
nr. Baltic St

(all photos by Danielle Malmgren)


Northern Spy (East Village, NY)




Stripped Bass with Corn Puree

Gnocchi with Sweet Popato

Peach Pie


(not pictured above)--

Kale Salad (Clothbound Cheddar, Kabocha Squash, Almonds, Lemon Dressing, Pecorin) 

Flat Bread with Potato and Rosemary, Squid 

So yes this little restaurant/market tucked away in the East Village is quite a find.  The food fresh and locally sourced , the dining room low key and cozy, the beer and wine selection featuring both local and imported options, and the prices so resonable you can come back again and again.  Although, when I tell friends about the magic of  Northern Spy all they can ask is "What does that name mean".  Well my dear friends the restaurant is named after New York's state apple...The Northern Spy.  Juicy, crisp and mildly sweet the restaurant pays homage to the apple in there Northern Spy Apple Pie....oh how devine!!!!


Northern Spy Co

511 E. 12th Street

New York, Ny



images from Northern Spy.com


Prune (East Village, NY)

Fried Oyster Omelette with remoulade sauce

Ricotta and Merveilles


Now you may be saying... wow..really?...10:30am for brunch...that seems a tad early....and I will simply say you can never and i repeat NEVER get to Prune too early for Sunday Brunch.

For one, you have to get there early, because the wait will generally be an hour or longer (so be prepared to get coffee at Bluebird next door while you wait).

Two you will wake up so early on Sunday from craving the Oyster Omelette with remoulade sauce,  Spaghetti A La Carbonara, Spicy Stewed Chickpeas, Dutch Style Pancakes and Soft Scrambled Eggs you will wait in front till they open.

Three and MOST IMPORTANTLY the bloody marys.  Which really is the only reason to get out of bed all together on a sunday morning. They bloody mary menu is so impressive they feature TWELVE different Marys.  My favorite is Chicago Matchbox (homemade lemon vodka, pickled brussels sprouts, white turnip, caper berries, green beans and radishes)I'm a garnish girl when it comes to marys so its like this one was meant for me.

Prune is the kind of place once you get there you will never want to leave, because a life filled with Oyster omelets, endless Bloody Marys options and unpretentious honest to goodness good food is one worth living...not to mention the cute little black licorice candy they give you with the bill..that helps too.


54 E. 1st Ave

New York, NY