All the Details V

1. The bar at

…where skrei is on the menu for a limited time.

2. A friend’s happy, happy birthday at MO Bar at Mandarin Oriental New York.

3. Morning croissant at

Dominique Ansel Bakery


4. A well-deserved facial at 

Erno Laszlo


5. My favorite cannolis in NYC…

…are from


. Huge thanks to Diana for bringing these from Bensonhurst :)

6. I’m loyal to Kiehl’s when it comes to lip balm, but recently I’ve been also using Aesop’s 

Rosehip Seed Lip Cream

 as second layer of protection (these crazy cold winter winds!) This doesn’t replace my Kiehl’s but I love the soft cream, and the faint rose and citrus notes are an added bonus ^_^

All the Details IV

1. Dessert at

Gotham Bar and Grill

. The stunning Sable Breton comes with braeburn apples and oatmeal crumble. Complete with a quenelle of maple ice cream.

2. An afternoon of espresso and good conversation.

3. Morning croissant from

Dean & Deluca


5. Lancôme’s

Bienfait Aqua Vital

, a hydrating cold weather blessing.

4. Panna Cotta at

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

. Silky and supple, topped with 10-year aged balsamico.

6. And a proper 

Porter House

lunch with April ^_^

All the Details III

1. On my walk to


, balloons along Washington Square Park North.

2. Tocca is better known for feminine scents, but I love the 007. They no longer carry it in-store, but you can still find it online. Think soft leather, so masculine.

P.S. Someone asked about tea-scented candles last week…I’ll post on that soon.

3. Buttery sea salt croissant from

Smile To Go

. Far from a classic (more like a crescent than a croissant), but delicious in it’s own way.

4. The menu at


 is full of dream pairings. Think

ikura and bone marrow

on brioche, burrata wrapped in beef carpaccio (pictured), and 

uni with spaghetti


5. Shades of yellow at a dinner party.

6. Hot drinks (my favorite part of winter!) at

The Modern


First, Cross & Bones made from Jamaican rum, mulling spices, brown sugar, and whole milk. Drop the clove-studded lemon peel into the concoction and sip away.

Next, The Modern Toddy.

A glass arrives at the table, empty save for a pair of

pear-vanilla gelées

. Then the waiter fills it up with a toddy of straight rye and lemon. Stir to melt the gelée, divine!

All the Details II

1. A new hairpiece from C.O. Bigelow ^_^

I usually shy away from accessories, but this was much too curious to pass on. I had the line of pink beads removed (too much color) though I love the simplicity.

2. Another batch of marbled tea eggs…so good for weekday breakfast.

3. Lovely linen-scented candles from Shann.

.4. Dumplings on a Sunday morning, sticking to my tried and true formula.

5. Aesop’s Ginger Flight Therapy was originally designed for in-flight use, but the bright, spicy scent is just right for a pick/wake/shake-me-up throughout the day. Roll on wrists, neck, and right behind your ears.

6. A box of treasures from Éclat ChocolateClockwise from top-left:

  •  Shiraz Truffle
  •  Peruvian Pure Nacional Truffle (2)
  •  Dark Caramel

Look at that caramel ooze o_O

All the Details I

1. A quiet afternoon at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. I come often for weekend lunch, but there’s something so nice about a quiet weekday afternoon. Whatever you do, don’t skip the

bottarga spaghetti


zuppa inglese

for dessert.

2. Never underestimate the power of a good candle. I usually have a candle burning on my desk in the evening. Right now it’s

Orchid Rain

from Jason Wu, a base of white orchids rounded out with Asian pears, goji berries, pomegranate, and pink pepper.

3. It’s a 10-minute walk from the apartment to my daily wine class at the ICC. My morning routine often includes a stop at Balthazar Bakery for croissants,

oat scones

, and that oh-so buttery

chausson aux pommes


4. I make 

marbled tea eggs

 by the dozen. Black tea, shoyu, dried mandarin peel, brown sugar, star anise, Sichuan peppercorns and hours of simmering on the stove. So easy, so rewarding. Going to turn the next batch into


marbled tea eggs.

5. I’m gradually making my way through the classic scents by Atelier Cologne. For rainy (and super cold) days, I reach for

Oolang Infini

. It’s haunting, mysterious with oolong tea and bergamot as the key notes. It also edges on the masculine side with smoke and leather. Totally up my alley…


they have a

matching candle


6. A steaming mug of hot chocolate is my go-to order at La Colombe. I love that it comes unsweetened. It’s almost bitter, but still creamy and intense. I add two little sticks of sugar: one white and one brown ^_^