Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I'm currently watching Design For Life with Philippe Starck. It's on Monday nights at 9pm on BBC2. It makes for really good TV and it's interesting to see Starck push the designers and to see his interest in their train of thought as much as the final idea.
As I mentioned last weekend was my sisters hen. We had a very relaxing, fun weekend and everything went very smoothly. We stayed in these modern houses on the grounds of the 5 star Castlemartyr Hotel in East Cork. I have been to a lots of hen weekends in the last year and the service we received here was far superior with all towels provided and milk, bread and cereals left in all the houses. (On most of the other hens soap wasn't even provided!) We rented the houses through Natural Retreats (we didn't mention that it was a hen weekend!!)
On Friday night after a spa treatment, people arrived at different times so I made cocktails and we had some nibbles. It was great as everyone got to know each other and it was very relaxed! Saturday morning girls went for a swim, cycled the estate on the bikes provided or walked the Hotels Dogs!!
Saturday afternoon 26 of us enjoyed afternoon tea in the hotel and it was delicious! We started the celebrations that night in one of the houses where I lit 70 candles to set the mood and we drank champagne with strawberries and dressed the bride-to-be up a little! We arranged a mini bus to travel to a lovely local restaurant The Woodland where we had a 6 course meal + lots of wine for 50euro a head! Very reasonable indeed! As it was late and my sister was feeling unwell we headed back to the houses and danced away to a great playlist my husband had supplied!
Sunday morning we all had breakfast and hit the road, hungover but very relaxed!
The wedding countdown is on now...only 3 weeks to go!!
One of my favorite shops was Stilla Filante at 156 Ludlow Street in Manhattan, the shop itself was so beautiful, I loved the anglepoise chandelier as you entered and there was an amazing chair in the fitting rooms (photo to follow - photos above from The Fashion Bomb)
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I have so much more to post on NYC...sorry for the delay I was busy, busy, busy planning my sisters hen! It was last weekend and I have been recovering since!! It was great fun and I'll post some bits about it later...
Firstly - I'm in LOVE with a light duffle coat I got in NYC. It's from a little boutique called MIKS in Lower East Side. It was such a gorgeous shop, casual but beautiful cut clothes, I defo recommend a visit!
address: 100 Stanton St
New York, NY 10002
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
On friday night we headed to the famous Cafe Wha in Grenwich Village...I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting NYC. Steeped in history, the atmosphere is great and the music is just brilliant! I fell asleep when we first went in... morto!! I was just so shopped out, ha ha! But as soon as the music started I was up on my feet and I danced til the end!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
On Sat night friends of my hubbys took us out for the night as a wedding present, we had such a great evening, we went to this amazing bar called Death and Company, we walked passed it several times as the signage is so subtle, I noticed a trend like this in New York and I think it's fab! The bar staff are mixoligists and the cocktails were amazing!
We stayed at The Hudson on West 58th Street. It's just around the corner from Central Park. The Location is great. The hotel was designed by Philippe Starck who named his Hudson chair after this hotel. I loved staying here and I'd highly recommend it but just a couple of negatives...
1. The rooms are tiny, really tiny but if your looking for fab hotel in a fab location this compromise is worth it.
2. The rooms are very dark, they are wood paneled which is gorgeous but the lack of a ceiling light and natural light (due to high rises) was a little annoying.
3. Although it's very good value to stay at the Hudson they make up for it in the restaurant and bar! One glass of wine in the Library was $18!
It was New York Fashion Week while we were there and the hotel was buzzing with models and pretty cool people plus one morning I looked out to check the weather and there was a fashion show/shoot on the roof garden!
I arrived back from New York yesterday, what a holiday! I hardly know where to begin to describe the fun we had. Six of us travelled over, 3 couples so we were out late and up early every day, I'm exhausted! I'll put up some of the highlights of the trip!