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Best Of New York: Whitney Port

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I förra veckan damp jag ner i en soffa i Chelsea och pratade bort en regnig stund med designern Whitney Port – faktiskt en himla fin och jordnära tjej! (Intervjun får ni vänta en stund på.) Nyligen gjorde hon en sammanställning av sina West Village-favoriter för sin kompis sajt Paper & String – för övrigt ett jättebra ställe att hitta NYC-tips på – och med Whitneys tillstånd och goda minne publicerar jag nu den listan här (notera svenska Acne-referensen). Läs här för att kolla in hennes Soho-favoriter också.

ENGLISH: Last week I sat down with designer Whitney Port in a studio in Chelsea – such a sweet and down-to-earth girl! (You’ll have to wait for the interview. If you understand Swedish…) Recently she listed her West Village favorites for her friend’s website Paper & String, a great place to find NYC happenings, and with Whitney’s permission and unanimous consent I now post it here (please note the Swedish Acne reference!). Read here to catch her Soho-faves too.  

Best coffee: Joe the Art of Coffee (141 Waverly Pl. between 6th Ave and Gay St.) “This is where I get my Joe when I’m on the go — which is always when I’m in NYC! My usual drink of choice is a Soy Cappuccino, but the last time I was here, I dared (just a bit!) and tried Soy English Breakfast Latte. The verdict? Just as delicious, and the best way to kick-start your day.”

Best Smoothie: One Lucky Duck (75 9th Ave, between 15th and 16th Sts.) “The Banana Nut smoothie at this all-vegan stall in the Chelsea Market is something I dream about the minute I get on the plane in Los Angeles. Made with banana, cashew milk, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon, it’s the perfect mid-day snack, and a healthy one, to boot.”

Best Shopping: Castor and Pollux (238 W. 10th St, between Hudson and Bleecker Sts.) “This fashion-forward boutique is perfect for my Cali-hattan aesthetic. From chunky Acne sweaters to kitschy Bing Bang necklaces, this store is home to some of my favorite brands. One of the coolest things I’ve seen recently? These stackable “Maggie” bracelets, designed by Portland-based designer Kim Dunham. Each is inscribed with “tu es pulchra.” Translation: “You are beautiful,” in Latin. Guys: Any girl will drool over these, I promise.”

Best fresh fish: Extra Virgin (259 W. 4th St, between Perry and Charles Sts.) “Spring has arrived, so fellow New Yorkers, I ask you: What’s better than dining al fresco? That’s right, nothing. Feel the warm breeze as you enjoy the buffala mozzarella and grape tomato salad. Laced with roasted peppers and arugala, too, it’s a divine way to start the meal. But I really come here for the fresh fish. The “Halibut Simply Grilled,” with herbs, tomato carpaccio, and a side of arugala is genius.”

Best dancing: The Jane Hotel (113 Jane St.) “Imagine the best dance party ever (think: Jackson Five, Cee Lo Green, and everything in between) in the comfort of your very large, cozy and very mismatched living room. Add eye popping people watching and yummy cocktails and you have yourself a Saturday night at the Jane Hotel, one of my favorite weekend haunts.”

Skynda Fynda: Acne, Filippa K, Nudie Sample Sale

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Stressig dag, så har inte hunnit posta förrän nu, men skynda så kan ni kanske fortfarande fynda på Acnes, Filippa K+Nudies sample sale (60 Grand Street, t.o.m fredag klockan 20)! I höstas blev det två jackor för min del, i dag två par skor (enkelriktad uppenbarligen, man kan säga att jag satsar på det som tar mest utrymme i vår minimala lägenhet…). Nu är det bara att hoppas att det slutar regna så att jag kan använda dem snart. (Helst redan i kväll på Lykke Lis konsert på Webster Hall. Snälla!)

ENGLISH: Been a busy day, so haven’t had time to post until now. But if you hurry there might still be some cute finds at the Acne, Filippa K+Nudie sample sale (60 Grand Street, until Friday at 8 pm)! This fall I fell for two jackets, this time I found two pairs of shoes (I’m apparently extremely one-way minded, I just go for whatever takes up most space in our tiny apartment…). Now I’m just hoping it’ll stop raining soon, so I can use them (would be perfect for tonight’s Lykke Li concert at Webster Hall. Please!)

Written by Katarina

May 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Seeing Double At Tess Giberson Store Opening

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Tess Giberson var ett nytt designernamn för mig när Youco tog med mig på öppningen av hennes nya butik (97 Crosby Street) på gränsen mellan Soho och Nolita förra veckan. Jag blev glatt överraskad av hennes feminina men stilrena plagg, som med sina assymetriska skärningar och kluriga detaljer kändes väldigt skandinaviska (se vårkollektionen här). Men finast var ändå tvillingarna som lekte  på golvet, helt oberörda av det champagnedrickande och vuxenminglande som pågick över deras huvuden.

ENGLISH: Tess Giberson was a new designer name for me when Youco took me to the opening of her new store (97 Crosby Street) on the border between Soho/Nolita last week. I was pleasantly surprised by her feminine but pure clothes, which, with their asymmetrical cut and smart details, reminded me of Scandinavia (see the spring collection here). But cutest were the two twins, playing with their dolls, totally unaware of the champagne-drinking and adult networking going on above their heads. 


Written by Katarina

May 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm

The Perfect Ring From Fancy Sexy Me

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Hittade den perfekta ringen från Brooklyn-designern Fancy Sexy Me på Hester Street Fair i lördags. Stilren men iögonfallande, gilla! Fancy Sexy Me gör inte bara ringar utan alla typer av snygga smycken.  Tror bestämt att priserna var betydligt lägre än på hemsidan också.

ENGLISH: Found the perfect ring from Brooklyn designer Fancy Sexy Me at the Hester Street Fair on Saturday. Simple but eyecatching, I like! Fancy Sexy Me makes all kind of pretty jewelry. And I do believe the prices were lower than on the website. 

Shop Of The Week: Maryam Nassir Zadeh

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En butik där jag vill ha ungefär allt är Maryam Nassir Zadehs (123 Norfolk Street, vid Rivington) på Lower East Side. Fantastiska plagg, skor och smycken från designers som Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey och Faux/Real (minns ni deras samarbete med fina svenska designern Nhu Duong för Svenskt tenn? Jag intervjuar henne här). Tyvärr ligger de flesta prislappar alldeles för högt för mig, men jag tycker om att titta förbi bara för inspirationens skull.

ENGLISH: A boutique where I want practically everything is Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s (123 Norfolk Street, at Rivington) on the Lower East Side. Amazing clothes, shoes and accessories, from the likes of Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey and Faux/Real (do you remember their collaboration with talented Swedish designer Nhu Duong for Svenskt tenn? I’ve interviewed her here). Unfortunately most of the prizes are beyond my league, but I like to stop by just for inspiration. 

Buffalo Exchange NYC

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Buffalo Exchange är en verkligt fyndvänlig second hand-butik (tänk Missoni, Marc by Marc Jacobs, BCBG Max Azria) som du i New York hittar i East Village  (332 E. 11th Street), Chelsea (114 W. 26th Street) och Williamsburg (504 Driggs Avenue). De köper även kläder, läs mer på hemsidan. (här skulle det egentligen ha varit ett inlägg från Ground Zero, men jag somnade vid typ 9 i går kväll så missade all action. Fattar dock inte varför de begravde Bin Laden i havet, konspirationsteorierna kommer aldrig att ta slut… Följ utvecklingen här!)

ENGLISH: Buffalo Exchange is a second hand store where you can really find som gems (think Missoni, Marc by Marc Jacobs, BCBG Max Azria). In NYC you find it in East Village  (332 E. 11th Street), Chelsea (114 W. 26th Street) and Williamsburg (504 Driggs Avenue). You can also sell your own old clothes to the store, read more on their website. 

Written by Katarina

May 2, 2011 at 9:02 am

Shop Of The Week: Meg

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Med enkel, feminin design, sköna material och rimliga priser fångar Meg – designad av Meghan Kinney – i alla fall mitt öga. Den luftiga butiken i Williamsburg  (56 N. 6th Street) pryds av gamla plaggskisser och smycken av lokala designers, upphängda på ett par stora älghorn (horn, generellt, är extremt hett som butiksinredning just nu). Butiken i East Village (312 East 9th Street) är betydligt mindre, men precis lika söt.

ENGLISH: With her simple, feminine designs, beautiful materials and reasonable prices Meg – designed by Meghan Kinney – catches my eye. The airy Williamsburg (56 N. 6th Street) boutique is adorned with old patterns and locally designed jewelry, arranged on an enormous moose horn (horn, in general, seems to be the thing in the hip boutiques of New York right now). The shop in East Village (312 East 9th Street) is a lot smaller, but just as cute.