Sunday, January 28, 2018

NYC TREATS: The Blue Box Cafe

Hey everyone! Apologies for the unexpected hiatus, I'm definitely still trying to figure out how to balance working full time with well, the rest of my life. My original plan for this weekend was to hole up in bed and watch tv nonstop but that got derailed when I landed a last minute reservation at The Blue Box Cafe, Tiffany & Co.'s shiny new restaurant offering the chance to eat breakfast at Tiffany's in real life. Designed to feel like you're inside one of Tiffany's classic blue boxes, the admittedly small but cozy cafe is done up in Tiffany blue and complementary neutrals. While the food itself wasn't anything extraordinary, it was still a lovely and worthwhile experience.

If you're looking to check out this gorgeous spot, I highly recommend downloading Resy- it's the only reservation app through which you can book a table at The Blue Box Cafe. Reservations open every day at 9 am for thirty days in advance (I KNOW) (crazy) BUT you can turn on notifications to receive an email whenever there's an opening. Which is what happened to me this morning! I went with my friend Julia and it was really a great place to relax and catch up with one another. The cafe itself is pretty tiny,  I don't think there's more than 10 tables which explains why it's so hard to nail a reservation here, but the lack of people also creates a very pleasant atmosphere. You can actually hear each other without shouting, a rare feat to accomplish in any restaurant in New York.

We got the classic Tiffany tea as well as the breakfast- the menu is pri-fixe so you have to order either the breakfast, lunch, or tea option. I opted for the pricier tea option ($49) because 1) I wanted the 3 tier tray and 2) I'm assuming this will be my one and only visit here, at least for the next few years. The presentation was obviously lovely, being Tiffany's and all, but definitely doesn't compare to other afternoon tea spots in the city. The portions are also rather small compared to somewhere like Tea & Sympathy or Alice's Tea Cup- usually if afternoon tea is on my schedule, I'm expecting it to be my only meal for the day. After I left The Blue Box Cafe though, I was hungry again pretty quickly. I will say though, the Tiffany blend tea was really, really good. Like I'd buy it in bulk to drink it everyday. It's described on the menu as "celebrating the enduring legacy of Tiffany & Co., a blend to embrace life, love and dreams. A fragrant, oral infusion of Chinese and Ceylon black teas with gentle notes of lychee, rose buds, lavender and vanilla". A little obnoxious, yes but still delicious.

The dessert selection is adorable, I honestly don't remember what half of it actually was but the presentation and actual taste were both enjoyable. I really wanted to order the Tiffany celebration cake, a sugary cake designed to look like a Tiffany's box that's definitely one of the cafe's more popular options simply based on its Instagram-ability but couldn't justify shelling out another $39. 

To be honest, I'm not a big fan of the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's- the use of yellow face anywhere is absolutely deplorable and as gorgeous as Audrey Hepburn is, the film was never all that interesting to me. The original novel though, written by Truman Capote, is an absolute gem and I couldn't recommend it more. I read it a year ago in one of my writing classes and the writing is just gorgeous, my professor recommended it to anyone who enjoys pretty language and emotion. It doesn't hurt that the book cover is colored Tiffany blue, a beautiful addition to any library.

Anyway, The Blue Box Cafe was a nice place to go- it's very modern and aesthetically pleasing. It's definitely pricey but hey, Tiffany's is where you can buy a ball of sterling silver yarn for $1000 so is anyone really surprised? The decor is obviously very nice and luxurious, but I couldn't help but wish Tiffany's had done a little more. I was honestly hoping for something more like the Tiffany trailer Massie Block designs in one of the The Clique books (if you know, you know).

It's definitely more about the experience than the food itself so adjust your expectations accordingly- I'd still recommend checking it out, it made for a really wonderful Sunday afternoon.

Well, now I've gotta go work on some other projects, and exercise, and shower, and sleep at a reasonable time so I don't die at work so until next time, bye! 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

NYC Sweets: Flour Shop

Chances are, if you've been on Instagram in the last week (tbh, the past year), you've seen the brightly colored confections Flour Shop has become famous for. Created by Amirah Kassem, Flour Shop creates fun, colorful desserts and serves them up in a rainbow filled shop down in SoHo.

Check out the photos below to get a taste of our trip to the Flour Shop earlier today!

Flour Shop is where you can find sprinkle explosion cakes- we got the holiday edition so our sprinkle explosion was a festive mix of red and green.

The mini cakes are $30 each and sell out quickly, so get there early!

As one would expect from an Insta-famous bakery, the SoHo location is decorated with photo-friendly rainbow murals and aesthetically pleasing all white furniture.

Location: 177 Lafayette Street
Hours: M-Th 11am - 7:30pm, Fri/Sat 11am - 8pm, Sun 12 - 7pm 

Friday, September 29, 2017

September In The City

Soooo I start working next week- starting Monday you can find me at Yelp where I will be being a real life adult who does adult things. That sounded convincing enough, right? I don't think I've ever felt more like a child, like who let me graduate and who the hell let me turn 22??? This whole growing up thing is stressful af but I really am excited to be starting something new. And of course, I'm excited to be shopping for new clothes! (I'll take any excuse to get new things. As a wise man once said, "Love? Love fades away. But things? Things are forever" -Tom Haverford, Parks and Rec)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Roses & Pearls

Every summer I pretty much end up wearing the same dress after awhile and this summer, this black embroidered dress is the one. I found it on Amazon (!!!) and am completely obsessed with the red rose design embroidered on the top and bottom. It's a simple dress with deceptively elaborate detailing, like the criss cross neckline, so you literally just throw it on and look put together. I wore my favorite mirrored sunglasses and also slipped on leather platform sandals to dress up the whole look without going overboard.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Summer Stripes (& Ruffles)

After 4 painful, exhausting years, my laptop finally gave up on life a week ago. Which to be completely honest, is a pretty impressively long time for any electronic device to survive with me (just ask all the phones I've destroyed over the years) but also meant I kept putting off writing any new posts. Until today!! My laptop is still being repaired but I realized I should post my summer outfit pictures before, you know, summer's over. 

So here's my latest summer outfit, brought to you via my sister's laptop (thanks Christine)! I've been feeling a lot more comfortable with my appearance since being more careful about what I eat & making sure to exercise, so I've started shopping more again. I'm obsessed with this new white ruffled off the shoulder top from H&M and loved how it looked with my comfy black and white striped pants, last worn on my trip to Cabo! Definitely a fun summertime look, perfect for a day with friends or a nice weekend brunch.

                                                        (Top: H&M, Pants: Target, Necklace: kate spade, Sunglasses: SoJo)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NJ Spots: Playa Bowls

Not So Fun Fact: there's not a single Liquiteria in New Jersey- barbaric, I know. We do, however, have Playa Bowls which is basically Jersey's take on a juice / smoothie bowl shop with a beach theme. I still prefer Liquiteria but to be fair I haven't really given Playa Bowls a real chance considering I always order the same pitaya bowl because it's the most photogenic (I know who I am, okay).  Playa Bowls offers juices, smoothies, coffee, and of course, a fun assortment of creatively named bowls made from acai, pitaya, chia, coconut, oatmeal, and greens. There's definitely more options here than Liquiteria and now that they've opened up a location that doesn't require a long drive down the shore (yay New Brunswick!) (boo possibly running into people I know from high school in Rutgers territory), I'll maybe be trying more of their menu.