New York, New York

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When the plane took off, I had perfectly timed Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” to the aviation. That song, and truly all of Sinatra’s music makes for the perfect New York vacation soundtrack. My over-packed suitcase contained many outfits I had been saving primarily for this trip. I feel so much freer in my stylistic choices when on vacation, especially in a city where formal is the usual. This was apparent when we landed, the city filled with many types of people, including the over-dressers. I fit in quite nicely with my pink and red tweed top with black tassels and black trousers. With a turtleneck and chelsea ankle boots for warmth, and some burgundy lipstick and cameo earrings for those last Krischic touches, I was ready for our official first day in New York.

It was one the most fashion forward days of my life, the Oculus at the World Trade Center setting the tone for the rest of our day. Besides the gorgeous architecture, I basked in the proximity of it to the Vogue office. In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, when she first arrived to New York, “I bought Vogue instead of dinner. I just felt it fed me more.” If I were Bradshaw, I’d buy both, food for the stomach and for the soul. It’s an essential two-course meal.

Speaking of food, I had the most delicious penne pasta of my life at Carmine’s, a cozy Italian restaurant with chandeliers, red leather booths, and what looked to be ancestrial portraits. Needless to say, I was in love with the family style vodka Penne that was enough to feed five or six people. My two friends and I feasted like there was no tomorrow!

After our delectable meal we headed to Madison Avenue, where I lived out my Breakfast at Tiffany’s dreams at Tiffany and Co. I may have not had a Danish, but my heart was full while walking down the avenue.

To continue what was quite a fashionable day, we headed to Ralph’s Coffee, a café inside of Ralph Lauren on 5th Avenue. While going up the elevator to the café, I was secretly hoping to have a Rachel Green moment and run into Ralph Lauren. I didn’t, but what waited for me at the café was satisfying enough! The white and green motifs throughout the café were filled with men and women in the their business finery, probably grabbing a delicious cappuccino after a long day of work. I joined them, savoring every sip of my quite large cappuccino in the iconic Ralph’s coffee cup.

After getting properly caffeinated, the New York Public Library was our next stop, a literary labyrinth with gold gilded ceilings encasing a pink cloud fresco. Students, scholars, and workers alike all came to study or just enjoy environment. As a bibliophile, I merely came to bask, but I could picture myself spending many nights in that library curled up with a quality read. I went to bed quite fulfilled. The city that never sleeps was as much a dream as I’d imagined.

Make sure to stay tuned for the rest of my New York Outfit Diaries! I have so much I can’t wait to share with you.


Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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