Sunday, October 20, 2013

That Damn Green Dress Visits

A few weeks ago, my dear blog-friend-turned-real-life-kindred-spirit, Sarah, was in NYC for work. She was diligent enough to post about her trip soon after here. Me on the other hand... sigh. I will however say that my tardiness is in direct correlation of how much fun we had on her visit.

There was plenty of eating - dinner and wine at Commerce in the West Village, salty pimp sundae cones at Big Gay Ice Cream and then a hearty brunch at Maialino - and a whole lot of gabbing. So many times during her visit, I silently gave thanks for all the wonderful people I have met through this blog that have gone on to grace my life beyond the confines of cyberspace.

Anyway, there were selfish reasons for choosing Maialino as I couldn't let go of the chance to show Sarah one of my favourite places in the city (forgive me for flogging a dead horse). After gorging on eggs and pancakes, we walked around Gramercy Park - peeking in through the tall gates keeping us out - and then did what style bloggers are want to do in the presence of good lighting and a pretty background:

Hope you've had a great weekend - I spent mine at Soul Cycle, brunch, working out seating arrangements for the wedding reception and finally finishing off The Sopranos (arrgghh can we please discuss that Diner ending?!)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Laser Cut

Date night is back in full swing now that S is back from visiting family half-way across the world. We took it pretty easy for our first outing as "legal newlyweds" last Friday and dined at Gaonnuri. Located in Koreatown and a block away from our apartment, it's slightly more upscale compared to its neighbourhood counterparts. We have our (cheap) favourites in K-town but Gaonnuri's location on the highest floor of a highrise and a FANTASTIC view of the city skyline was a great alternative for our mini celebration!
via - pretty views in restaurants are pointless if the food isn't up to par but I gladly give this place a thumbs up! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

What You've Missed!

Hey kids - it's been a while. I don't like staying away from this space very much but life sometimes gets in the way. Some wonderful changes have happened of late and I hope you bear with me as I work out how I fit blogging in there. I do love jotting down snippets of my life here, and when I get to throw in a few outfit photos too, well, my (internet) life feels complete.  

Enough excuses, let me fill you in what I have been up to:  

1. NEW JOB: This is the biggest reason for my radio silence over here. After three years, I made an internal move into an exciting and challenging role that I have a great feeling is more aligned to my interests and career goals. While it's only been 6 weeks and I am working so much harder than I ever have, I couldn't be happier! (My dream job is actually lying on the beach drinking coconut cocktails all day but eh!)

2. WEDDING PLANNING:  Being a Type-A gal, most vendors for the wedding were booked within a few months of our engagement. Our subsequent visit home in June had us lockdown sarees, jewellery and caterers (i.e. the important stuff!). The devil is however in the details, so after resting on my laurels for months, I have been spending the past few weekends trying to get my head around things like music for our first dance (I am out of the loop on mainstream music, let alone Indian tunes, HELP!), guest book ideas (a leather-bound tome just won't do for a contingent 500-strong!), and everything I can think of that will make life easy for our overseas guests flying in! Sometimes, the small things are the most difficult to overcome but we'll get there.. and hopefully before the big day!

3. SHOPPING: All I can say is thank GOD for online commerce. I may not have time for an afternoon coffee run, I always have a few minutes to browse my favourite stores when I am catching a breather between emails. Latest items that have graced my teeny wardrobe is this Nanette Lepore long-sleeved dress and this Zara zipper skirt for work; this maroon topper for fall; and this Three Floor white dress for a night about town.

Wearing this Three Floor dress
4. VEGAS:  I popped my sin-city-cherry a couple of weeks ago on a super-fun girls' trip. That city is insane in the best way possible, where we spent most of our time eating and partying. I have concluded that every DJ worth his/her name is now in Vegas. That weekend we were lucky to dance to Hardwell, Avicii and David Guetta. The music was so good that this hard-core hip hop fan is now a dance-music convert. Alas, we missed Calvin Harris by a day but this song still received airplay everywhere we went. Naturally, it was christened the anthem of the trip. My phone getting nicked put a slight damper to the weekend, but nothing could rain on my parade because...

5. I GOT MARRIED! S and I had to get legally wed before our December Hindu temple shindig so we thought we'd have a bit of fun with it. My dream wedding always involved some element of Vegas and Elvis so this opportunity was too good to pass on. We told no one but our families (I dropped the bombshell on the girlfriends the night before) so I suppose this was a pseudo-elopement too? Regardless, the Monday morning ceremony was full of love, Elvis was wonderful, and it was just SO MUCH FUN! (Ps - if Elvis looks familiar, it might be from minute 1.10 from this song. Pps - I wore this dress since y'all know sequins are always a good idea!)

Alright chickadees, I think that's enough announcements for now. Have a lovely Columbus Day weekend - I promise to write again soon!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

NYC Social - October

It's October and I have numerous questions - like how is it already Q4 2013? How is it already Halloween season? What's with all the HOLIDAY paraphernalia out in stores? But most importantly, how is it only 8 weeks to the big wedding?? Felt like it was just yesterday we were frolicking in Gramercy Park getting engaged and all

For that reason, wedding planning will have me hibernating this month, but you don't need to stay home. Per usual, NYC is never short of things to do so here's what's on in October (and don't forget to see last month's entry too):

1. Betrayal: October 5 - January 5
Previews have begun for Fall's most anticipated Broadway opening. Written by Harold Pinter, the autobiographical play is about infidelity and its consequences, but depicted in reverse chronological order. The show stars Mr. (and Mrs.) James Bond so I very much believe initial reports which suggest tickets will sell out before the run is over. This is one time I am not taking any chances. If you need a theater buddy, you know where to find me!