Saturday, January 17, 2015

Flavors, 100 West 23rd St. NYC

   I honestly haven't met yet these crazy sales in New York City. Most of the stuff I already bought is from the new collection. My friends told me about this impressive outlet village where they sell everything from designer brands to sportswear, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. Apparently it's like a village where all these brands have outlet stores there. My friends told me it's worth the trip to Jersey and I convinced my sister to spend a day there.

   We woke up late and we skipped breakfast at the hotel. We headed to the station at 23rd connecting us at 33rd. I was too hungry and could not wait for Zaro's Bakery near Penn station. We decided to cross the street instead and grab something from Flavors, which turned out surprisingly good. I ordered a sweet cranberry chicken sandwich with red beans, toasted almond flakes, fresh tomatoes and curled lettuce. I must try to make this sandwich when I get back home, it was soooo good!

On our way back to the Penn station, I was eager to try out Zaro's bakery. I chose some nutty berry croissant; it looked nice but it was disgusting. Can't eat it, even my sister couldn't. I'm sorry I didn't leave you with a smile on your face!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lucky Saturday NYC

(Bruce Nauman)

   After the tough few days, it was time for some luck to come our way. My sister Nella and I were looking forward to sleeping in on that Saturday morning, (well at least for me! Nella was nagging on me as soon as I got my eyes open to get me out of bed). We ended up leaving the hotel around noon and we walked up to fifth avenue; we had plans to visit both the Modern Museum of Art and the Met. But you can't help it, on fifth avenue, you've got to stop and shop. But what we did mostly was window shopping, we did not have much time if we were to stick to our cultural day plans!
I shopped around BCBG Max Azria and found really nice items for what I thought was an unbeatable price. After that, I just entered a random shop that was liquidating and got lucky with an affordable discounted black rabbit fur jacket with cropped sleeves, which I thought was lovely in order to show off your jewellery on your wrists for a night out. I left the shop empty-handed because I was rushed by Nella. The sophomore architect major was longing for her visit at the museum. When we arrived at the MoMA, a young man approached us to sell us his tickets. We bought them for less the price with an entry to see Matisse's exhibition "The Cut-outs", a collection of collage chef-d'oeuvres.
The timed ticket suited us very well and I thought that if it wasn't for that guy, we might have waited a pretty long time not only to buy the ticket but also to be able to enter Matisse's exhibition. 
We could not make it on time to visit the Met though, because I still wanted to buy the fur jacket, (and I did). We went to Barnes and Noble and I managed not to buy a single book, which I must admit was a bit of a challenge. Due to my recent purchase of 7 fat books and a magazine, I was actually getting worried about the weight overload at JFK airport, (I ended up paying 100$ to let my luggage pass happily). 

The Public Library

3 favorites at BCBG Max Azria: this is the white fringed leather jacket

3 favorites at BCBG Max Azria: The Leather Shirt Dress

3 favorites at BCBG Max Azria: The Flower embroidered leather jacket.
I didn't end up buying any of my first coup-de-coeur items, but a blue-grey guipure dress and fit suede and leather jacket for the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week!

I was not supposed to take pictures...

Les demoiselles d'Avignon, Picasso.

Les Musiciens, Picasso.

Adele Bloch-Bauer II, Klimt.

Three Women, Fernand Leger.

La Persistance de la mémoire, Salvador Dali

Zooming in the small ants.

 A landscape by Monet✨✨

Dignity issues...

Deep down, we all have this American Dream

The Trump Tower by night

And the Empire State.

Monday, January 12, 2015

My First Week in NYC

   Yes it's true, you haven't heard much from me after that I've set foot in New York City, (NYC for short). The few days were a "grand n'importe quoi". My luggage arrived at the hotel 4 full days after the last time I had seen them in Beirut airport at check-in. Thanks God my sister had a few sweaters and stuff in her carry-on. I was wearing that same legging for 3 days, I think I swore I'll never wear it again. I expected to receive my luggage on that last day, but I didn't. So we went shopping that night to  buy something fresh to wear for next day's classes at New York University, (NYU). Successfully registering my NYU courses was not trouble-free either, I was so close to give it all up when so much was already going on. Two sisters who could not agree much on everything were just thrown away with no luggage in a city where we did not know much about. 

Fortunately, our hotel was centered and close to everything. We spent the first few days taking cabs and walking. No subway for the moment, no need for more isssues and getting lost in the city when we were lost within ourselves. 
By Wednesday, I felt that everything was getting better. That night we hung out with Lebanese friends from AUB and it was fun to have a little bit of home in this city. I also took the New York subway for the first time at night. It felt so easy because I was just following the lead. It wasn't until yesterday that my sister and I realized how confusing the subways are--when we stayed at it while on a trip to Brooklyn. On Saturday, we visited the Modern Museum of Art, (MoMA), and shopped on fifth avenue. 
With Paris attack and other shakiness in Lebanon, I must say that I am glad this week is over and I'm looking forward to this one with more enthusiasm yet with lower expectations! 

My first purchase of the trip at Charles de Gaulle airport.
Those leggings...

I love french fries so much that my mom calls me "Miss frites"! Good excuse to buy the socks! 

Snowy Botanic Garden of Brooklyn

Sunday, January 4, 2015

NYC Project Delayed

Today, it's not one of those other days of holidays, waking up around noon, in fact it's only 10 am now and usually I would still be deeply asleep. I was supposed to fly to New York with a stop in Paris. But flight taking my sister and I to Paris has been delayed, so much that I missed my connecting flight to NYC. That sucks because I have been awake for more than 24 hours. I just want to get on this plane and sleep away. Except that I still don't know what's happening with my connecting flight... 
It sucks I swear. 
Meet my sister taking a nap from this mess. 

After we landed in Paris, we didn't receive our luggage as they have told us in Lebanon. Apparently we have to expect them at JFK airport. Nchallah kheir as we say in Arabic, I hope all goes well! 
Right now I am staying at Ibis hotel in CDG airport and I will be on my way to NYC tomorrow morning!
Kisses to you all!