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A Quick Jaunt to New York for Some Inspiration!

Our style editor brings you tales of people who wear mostly black...with pops of color.

While most San Diegans were enjoying the wonderful 80-degree weather this past weekend, your Style Editor decided to jaunt off to the 35-degree New York cold for a quick fashion infusion. 

Thursday: I arrived in New York and had the shuttle drop me in Soho. Why not get the shopping party started? Just to get my bearings, I popped in to all the biggies: Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang, Jerome Dreyfuss, Catherine Malandrino, Kate Spade, and Rag & Bone, and Scoop NYC—all my faves—lots of color, lots of white...hem lengths have dropped, and believe it or not, lots of military inspiration. 

Friday: I met my friend Daniel who works at The New York Times for lunch. We ate in the Times’ cafeteria so that I could hopefully catch a glance of the “OG” Sartorialist, Bill Cunningham. No luck. I headed to the East Village, where I almost bought a vintage 1960’s white leather trench (awesome), for $125 at Cobble Stones, a 30-year-old vintage boutique, but alas it was too big. Ate dinner in Harlem at Flor de Mayo; great Chinese/Cuban fusion.

Saturday: Stopped into one of my old standby boutiques in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn, Cozbi, but wasn’t moved. I did buy a handmade blue/green shift mini-dress for $65 at a new hotspot called Rae’s. I had dinner at Affaire in the lower east side and a very good Korean infused sake-like drink at Mono Mono.

Sunday: Brunch at the Pink Teacup in the West Village—soul food. And after walking the streets of Manhattan, I ended up back in Cobble Hill in Brooklyn, at the Diane T boutique to buy an “investment piece” a.k.a. a very overpriced handbag by French designer Vanessa Bruno—it’s a beauty. But what an investment—yikes! I had dinner at 270 Strong in Carroll Gardens—great Portobello mushroom bread pudding. 

Monday: Before meeting with Susan Cernek of Glamour.com, I stopped into the Gap and saw some great pale pink cardigans that would work really well over summer dresses or tanks, cool espadrille platforms in different colors, and a slew of white denim in every style. Next I walked east to InStyle to meet with the powerhouse editor, and my friend, Isabel Gonzales. With only a half-hour before catching a bus to the airport, I ran into Zara and bought a pair of off-white tie-up oxford shoes for $99. I’ve never been a huge fan of the ballet flat, so I’m thinking I can pair them with all my girl dresses for a little bit of my newfound New York City edge.

Tell me tell me tell me...where do you shop when you go to New York?