I was in London over Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend with Alec. We explored the city by bike on the first day there, trying different restaurants and visiting cute hole-in-the-wall shops.
As I write this post, I am currently bundled up beneath my duvet, wearing ten different layers of clothing and cursing myself for being so in love with New York. I know I’ll quickly get over it. I am steadfast in my belief that there is no better place on this planet but looking back on all these photos from this past week and seeing the sun shining down on Cape Town has made me slightly question my life decisions. New York is the place to be for all the obvious reasons, but as I sit here typing this, pausing every few minutes to pull my sleeves down over my fingers to warm my frozen little hands, those obvious reasons are evading me. Okay, yes, I am being dramatic! (Surprise, surprise)… It was about 40° out today – not terrible, but I will say that when I first stepped outside JFK this afternoon, the cold was a shock to my system.
Chloe and I packed this weekend with back to back activities. We started off Saturday at a pop-up restaurant on the roof of Eataly, called Baita. It’s meant to embody the look and feel of the Italian alps – the name of the restaurant comes from the Piemontese word for small ski lodge. The restaurant is decked out in festive holiday decor. There are wool blankets draping the backs of the chairs and garland hangs from the ceiling. Even though it has been unseasonably warm this winter, Baita managed to make us feel the holiday spirit.
This may come as no surprise, but I love any excuse to get dressed up. This weekend was the annual FIDF gala that I mentioned a few months back. The invitation called for black tie so I had a lot of fun trying on a few dresses before I finally settled on this sparkly number from Theia.
One of my best friends, Evin, came over early in the evening, and we both had our hair and makeup done at my apartment by Glamsquad, an on-demand, in-home beauty provider. Our stylists, Maggie, Mike, and Isabel, arrived just before 7 to beautify us for the event. Of course, when Mike asked me what kind of look I wanted for the night, I handed him a photo of my girl crush, Olivia Palermo, and simply told him, “This.” Any picture of Olivia always speaks a thousand words.
Has anyone else noticed it’s December, and it’s still 50° outside? It’s more than a little bizarre! Getting dressed the past few days has been a bit of a struggle. There’s nothing I hate more than being cold, so I tend to lean more towards bundling up whenever in doubt.
I got this deliciously soft winter white turtleneck on sale at Saks at the end of last winter and only got to wear it once before the weather warmed up this spring. I finally got the chance to break it out again this weekend for brunch with my family and Alec.
Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my crazy family. We celebrated Thanksgiving this year at my aunt’s house (be sure to check out her blog, It’s Droolworthy!) with my grandparents and all my cousins on my mom’s side of the family.