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The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and it’s finally starting to feel like fall in New York. But if nature’s just not enough for you, there are plenty of spots amping up the autumn vibes so you can take in your favorite season while dining, drinking, and, of course, Instagramming.

[Photo via @eatalyflatiron]

 

Tavern on the Green

What better place to take in all of Central Park’s changing leaves? From Tavern on the Green’s classic, cozy interiors, to its patio-turned-apple garden, this spot is an autumn must.

Tavern on the Green, Central Park West & 67th Street

[Photo via @tavernonthegreen]

 

SERRA D’AUTUNNO by Birreria

Indulge in fresh Italian fare under a canopy of fall foliage at Eataly Flatiron’s fall greenhouse rooftop, SERRA D’AUTUNNO by Birreria. The lush decor comes complete with baskets of apples and Sidro, a build-your-own spiked cider stand!

SERRA D’AUTUNNO by Birreria, 200 5th Ave.

[Photo via @eatalyflatiron]

The High Line Hotel

The ever-cozy High Line Hotel has practically been transformed into a pumpkin patch, featuring stylishly-carved and colorful gourds and haystacks in its outdoor garden. The perfect spot to grab a coffee and strike a pose.

The High Line Hotel, 180 10th Ave.

[Photo via @april_hyorinny]

 

Park Avenue Avenue Autumn

Doesn’t really get more straightforward than this. Everyone’s favorite seasonal eatery, which changes everything from its decor to its name to match the season, is officially in autumn mode. Taste the flavors of the harvest, with dishes such as the Kabocha squash and ricotta, burrata and roasted grapes, and pumpkin ravioli.

Park Avenue Avenue Autumn, 360 Park Ave S.

[Photo via Park Avenue Avenue Autumn

 

La Mercerie

It’s amazing what some flowers can do. La Mercerie, the chic little cafe inside the Roman and Williams Guild, has taken on the colors of the season. As if the place could get any dreamier.

La Mercerie, 53 Howard St.

[Photo via @mbkimchi]

 

Arlo SoHo

Trendy downtown hotel and hang Arlo Soho has transformed their outdoor courtyard into the ultimate autumn destination with the help of Farm to People, an organization that supports small batch producers. Apples, pumpkins, and “fall chic” greenhouses galore. Pick your own locally-sourced apples at The Arlo Orchard, and stop by their weekly “Happle Hours” when you can take part in pumpkin carvings and sip new harvest cocktail creations like the “Orchard Thief” and the “Maple and Fig Old Fashioned.”

Arlo SoHo, 231 Hudson St.

[Photo courtesy Arlo SoHo]

 

Sézane L’Appartement New York

The Parisian shop and cafe has replaced its bright summer facade with garlands of rich fall florals. We’re not telling you to go there just for an #OOTD, but we’re also not not telling you that.

Sézane L’Appartement New York, 254 Elizabeth Street

[Photo via @chloejg]

 

The West Village

If there’s one neighborhood that embodies fall in New York, it’s the West Village. Take a romantic stroll and enjoy a stoop tour of the decked-out townhouses.

[Photo via @carlyahill]

 

Rockefeller Center

Who needs a giant Christmas tree when there are piles of pumpkins and scarecrows?!

Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza

[Photo via @nyc.from.my.eyes]

 

Old Rose

Enjoy your pizza with a side of pumpkins, courtesy of Flower Girl NYC and Old Rose at the Jane Hotel.

Old Rose, 113 Jane St.

[Photo via @flowergirlnyc]

 

Written By: Stephanie Maida

 

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Thankfully, for those of us who are more about running out to grab a quick green juice than a Diet Coke, bougie bodegas are having a moment. Remember when Tiffany & Co. took over bodegas around the city? Have you stopped by wellness bodega Clover Grocery for a pack of organic gummy bears or some cucumber collagen beauty water?

Well, cancel your plans, because there’s a new vegan, all natural bodega in town – Bonberi Bodega.

Tucked over on the corner of Bleecker and Perry, this place is a jewelry box of clean, feel-good finds. From coconut flour chips to all-natural sprinkles, Megababe’s aluminum-free rose deodorant to Tenoverten’s non-toxic nail polish, this place brings the health, the luxury, and the fun. A refrigerator of juices, freshly made meals (like chickpea nicoise salad, and quinoa bibimbap) and home baked treats round out a delicious array of offerings.

 

Written By:  Christie Grimm

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Back in June we reported the news that everyone’s favorite fashionable foodie, Queer Eye‘s Antoni Porowski, was working on opening his very first restaurant right here in NYC. Well, fans of both the Netflix series and strict diet plans, can now rejoice – The Village Den is officially open for business (and it’s as adorable as Antoni himself).

The fast-casual spot serving up veggie and protein bowls a step above Dig Inn or Sweetgreen is particularly catered to the health-conscious set, with a menu that marks whether a meal is Whole30, Paleo, ketogenic, plant-based, vegetarian, dairy, or gluten-free. Porowski, along with partners Lisle Richards and Eric Marx (New York hospitality vets behind hot spots such as Gilded Lily) decided to keep the name The Village Den in homage to the space’s former identity, a diner considered a West Village institution.

But while the name may recall the past, the interiors are decidedly modern. With the help of architect firm Buro Koray Duman, the space has been transformed into an airy, Instagrammable haven for fit chicks with fun graphic art and a 3-D latticework structure that steals the show. #OOTD anyone?

The menu also includes plenty of smoothie options, with specialty add-ins like MCT oil, spirulina, matcha, and even a detox supplement. Unsurprisingly, avocados make plenty of appearances – they are practically Antoni’s primary food group.

The Village Den, 225 W. 12th St.

[Photo via @eatingnyc, @antoni]

 

Written By: Stephanie Maida

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Brunch. It’s the most important meal of the week. While you’ve likely your go-to spots, and must-orders, what’s the harm in shaking things up once in a while?

 

Bluebird London

From its mainstay location in Chelsea London to its brand new digs at Columbus Circle, Bluebird’s modern brasserie vibes are a transatlantic crowd pleaser. Nothing on the menu of classics disappoints, but that being said, don’t you dare leave without ordering the Triple Cooked Fries.

Bluebird London10 Columbus Circle

[Photo via @brunchboys]

 

Lalito

You’ve got to love a restaurant that features an item named, “THIS IS NOT AVOCADO TOAST.” Brimming with vegan and gluten free dishes and swaps, this slightly Mexican spot works for pretty much everyone (AKA, for you non-plant based humans, they’ve got plenty of bacon and braised pork to choose from).

Lalito104 Bayard Street

[Photo via @lalito_nyc]

 

Simon & The Whale

Ever since its grand opening, The Freehand Hotel has made a veritable hotspot of Flatiron. But the buzzy place is more than just its rooftop bar, Broken Shaker. Restaurant Simon & The Whale may just be the piece de resistance of Gabriel Stulman’s portfolio (which includes other heavenly brunch spots as Joseph Leonard, Bar Sardine, and Fedora). Pumpkin Butter Liege Waffles, anyone?

Simon & The Whale23 Lexington Avenue

[Photo via @brunchboys]

 

Natura Cafe

Natura Cafe just opened inside The Dream Downtown, and already it’s a destination for health-minded-ish people just looking to get down over a plate of Cottage Cheese and Peach Toast, topped with pistachios and drizzled with wild flower honey. Add on their wide range of sandwiches, salads, and a mean Baked Huevos Rancheros, and this place is a clear hit.

Natura Cafe355 West 16th Street

[Photo via @eatingnyc]

 

Frankie Goes To Bollywood

Feel like spicing things up a bit? That regular old egg scramble can wait until next weekend. Hit up Soho’s newest hotspot (with an 8os-retro vibe), specializing in Indian street food that may be carb-heavy, but is also gluten-free – so you win some you lose some.

Frankie Goes To Bollywood204 Spring Street

[Photo via @frankiegtb]

 

Written By: Christie Grimm

National Pasta Day

I say Tagliatelle, you say Tortellini…whichever pasta you crave, you can find it all this Pasta Day! From Greek style orzo to gluten free dishes, your dinner options have never looked so pasta-tively perfect!

 

Don Angie

Don’t miss Don Angie’s modern takes on Italian classics, especially their infamously Insta-worthy lasagna. It’s technically made for two, but we won’t judge.

Don Angie, 103 Greenwich Ave.

[Photo via @sophiefoster]

 

Bar Pitti

You might spot some models or celebs at downtown hot spot Bar Pitti, but more importantly, you’ll definitely spot some mouthwatering pastas! This casual yet chic space boasts some of the best ravioli and homemade pasta dishes in the city.

Bar Pitti, 268 6th Ave.

[Photo via @nycfeedsme]

 

Scarpetta

They might have moved to the James Hotel but Scarpetta is still going to be your favorite spaghetti spot! For homemade pastas, from the tomato sauce and basil to tagliatelle with crabmeat, this is the best pasta you’ll get without taking a plane to Italy! With five star service in a trendy setting and staff that makes you feel like family – from Enzo’s greetings to server Nas’s recommendations – make a reservation now for girls night or date night this pasta day!

Scarpetta, 88 Madison Ave.

[Photo via @scarpettarestaurants]

 

Sant Ambroeus

For a stylish pasta experience, it doesn’t get any classier than Sant Ambroeus! The chic fave will make you feel like you’re having pasta for the very first time with dishes including their Acquarello risotto with 36-month aged parmigiano or prosciutto filled ravioli. Don’t forget to pose with your food, wink wink.

Sant Ambroeus, Multiple Locations

[Photo via @isabelmarind]

 

LAVO

Get some Uptown worthy grub at Lavo – the truffle gnocchi with crema and mushroom ragu will have you saying pass the pasta all Pasta Day long!

LAVO, 39 E 58th St.

[Photo via @lavony]

 

La Pecora Bianca

Serving house-made pastas with a hip vibe, La Pecora Bianca in Nomad or Midtown East has the perfect dishes for even the most discerning pasta lover! Their extensive menu features everything from seafood linguine to garganelli, tagliattelle, gnudi and gramigna. Pretty legit.

La Pecora Bianca, Multiple Locations

[Photo via @lapecorabianca]

 

Bagatelle

For food that’s just as fun as the atmosphere, head to Bagatelle where Executive Chef Andrew Riccatelli will serve up a lobster tagliatelle comprised of house-made pasta, pomodoro sauce and roasted garlic. The dish has a price tag of $85 but you’re worth it!

Bagatelle, 1 Little W 12th St.

[Photo via Bagatelle]

 

Loi Estiatorio

For pasta day Greek style, head to celeb chef Maria Loi’s Loi Estiatorio which will have you saying opa with every bite! You’ll definitely want to try the Loi Orzo with wild shrimp, tomato, onion and garlic, or the Loi Macaroni – her orzo is so good it’s even available in stores around the country!

Loi Estiatorio, 132 W 58th St.

[Photo via @loipasta]

 

Serafina

From farfalle to lobster-filled ravioli, you’ll find any type of pasta you want at Serafina! This cult favorite which now has spots around the world, is still our go-to for tasty Italian favorites in oh so stylish surroundings.

Serafina, Multiple Locations

[Photo via @foodmuenster]

 

Morini

Homemade Garganelli, anyone? If it’s at Morini, yes please! This place knows how to do serious pasta plates and even offers low gluten pasta. Whether you order the Tortellini or Tagliatelle, you can’t go wrong!

Morini, 1167 Madison Avenue

[Photo via @ristomorini]

 

The Sosta

Trendy fast-casual spot The Sosta is serving up great pasta with girl power as they continue their all-female guest chef series with Colu Henry, culinary writer, recipe developer, and cookbook author. ‘Colu’s Spaghetti alla Norma’ features eggplant, oregano, basil, garlic, chili flakes, tomato, and ricotta salata, and is available throughout the month.

The Sosta, 186 Mott St.

[Photo via @feedyourgirlfriend]

 

Woodpecker

Celeb Chef David Burke’s latest spot, Woodpecker, will be dishing out squid ink rigatoni and cavatelli, along with wine perfectly paired with each dish. Don’t miss the $5 pasta happy hour at the bar (3-7 pm, 9 pm-close) so you can enjoy all the Pocono Spaghetti made with zucchini, garlic and pecorino cheese you can handle!

Woodpecker, 30 West 30th Street

[Photo via @woodpeckerbydb]

 

Il Mulino

No pasta day would be complete without chowing down at Il Mulino, the old school staple for classic pasta dishes at their original Greenwich spot or Uptown location. Try the rigatoni Bolognese or Bucatini for the perfect pasta day experience!

Il Mulino, Multiple Locations

[Photo via @ilmulinonewyork]

 

Written By: Julie Sagoskin

 

OFM: Dining

 

It’s hard walking through Little Italy as someone who’s dairy-free. Whether it’s a diet or lifestyle choice, seeing people spooning scoops on scoops of creamy gelato can give you major foodie FOMO.

But now, even vegans can get in on the sweet dessert action!

Downtown gelato, coffee, and pastry shop Polosud has just launched some limited edition treats that are both guilt-free and majorly Insta-worthy. The brainchild of Polosud’s Pastry Chef Giacomo D’Alessandro, the avocado gelato is made using fresh avocados sorted out directly at the market. Scooped in a real avocado shell, the gelato can be personalized with any flavor, making it the ideal indulgence for any type of eater. For non-vegans Chef D’Alessandro suggests combining it with Nocciola for its nice salty taste; vegans can opt for Chef D’Alessandro’s award winning Dark Chocolate Surprise topping.

Only 40 are being made daily, so stop by and snap a pic (before devouring it) ASAP!

Polosud, 166 Mott Street

 

Written By: Stephanie Maida

Flower Cookies

As nice as receiving a bouquet of beautiful flowers may be, we’d choose a box of these floral cookie creations by Chef Lori A. Stern any day!

The perfect sweet addition to any soiree, each one of Chef Lori’s signature cookies is uniquely designed and handmade. A Vanilla shortbread base pressed with gorgeous, handpicked edible flowers and herbs picked straight from her organic garden, these too-pretty-to-eat treats taste as good as they look.

Available to purchase online, cookies stay fresh for up to 3 weeks!

 

Written By: Christie Grimm

 

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The woman, the myth, the legend. Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor lived every aspect of her fascinating life stylishly. She was known for her captivating glamour, exorbitant jewelry collection, and unmatched passion for life, both onscreen and off. Of course, this joie de vivreled her to quite the jet-set lifestyle – but you wouldn’t ever find her roughing it, even at 30,000 feet.

Tim Mendelson, who worked as Taylor’s chief of staff for more than 20 years and is currently a trustee for the House of Taylor, gave us some insider insight into the actress’s travel secrets. How did she stay looking fabulous up in the air? How did she manage to transport her jewels? Click through for the very inspiring answers. Let’s just say you’ll think twice before boarding a plane in sweatpants ever again.

[Photo Frank Worth, Courtesy of Capital Art/Getty Images]

 

What were Elizabeth’s favorite destinations for each season?

Elizabeth spent much of her adult life traveling the globe. Whether on location making a film, promoting her stunning fragrances, or helping to save millions of lives from the devastation of HIV/AIDS, she was always working, always a mother, always on the go, and always in love.

Elizabeth’s favorite vacation destinations were warm and tropical. She spent much of her downtime in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where she and Richard Burton owned a home. Acapulco, Africa, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, the South of France, and Thailand were amongst her other favorite vacation spots as well.

 

Did she have any must-stay hotels?

Elizabeth, being one of the most photographed and sought after women on the planet, would usually stay in villas and private homes while on vacation. Elizabeth traveled with a large entourage—comprised mostly of her children, assistants, nannies, pets and hairdresser—therefore she needed the extra space to accommodate everyone. A hotel didn’t allow her much privacy, and privacy was of paramount importance for relaxation.

 

What were her in-flight essentials?

Elizabeth traveled in style and had quite a few bags containing various in-flight necessities. In her handbag, she carried lipstick, lip gloss and a lipliner all in the same color; a small Judith Lieber metal comb; Kleenex; a small magnifying mirror; eyeshadow; eyedrops; and sunglasses.

Elizabeth’s Louis Vuitton Train Case held her perfumes – once Elizabeth started her fragrance line she was loyal only to those in her collection. White Diamonds was her favorite, but at other times in her life she would bring and wear whichever fragrances she was most enchanted with and combined them to create her own unique scent. Along with perfume, the case contained a manicure set, a Cartier Travel Clock, earplugs and sunscreen. Also, baby shampoo was very important for cleaning her Krupp Diamond (The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond) and Elizabeth wore that huge, 33-carat stone every day—no matter where she was on the planet.

Elizabeth also traveled with two Bottega Veneta duffel bags while in flight. One was specifically designated for jewelry. The other contained a good book or two, a luscious cashmere throw and cardigan, her address book, a pair of fluffy socks, and two super soft Porthault boudoir pillows that she affectionately called “baby pillows.”

 

What was her go-to luggage?

During her marriages to Mike Todd and to Richard Burton, Elizabeth had custom floral pattern carpet bag luggage with matching oversized trunks. The trunks were important because she traveled with a huge entourage of children, animals, secretaries, nannies, and hairdresser. Starting from the 1980s, Elizabeth used Louis Vuitton and Bottega Veneta luggage exclusively. What made Elizabeth’s luggage stand out were the purple “MINE” tags attached to every piece – they represented her signature color and unique sense of humor.

What were her rules for vacation dressing?

Since most of Elizabeth’s vacation spots were warm and tropical, she wore caftans primarily, both for their comfort and easy glamour. Elizabeth frequently wore scarves in her hair, gold hoop earrings and bangle bracelets, sunglasses, and a good tan.

 

How did she pack/organize her jewelry when traveling?

When traveling, Elizabeth’s important jewels were kept in their original boxes and Cartier, Bulgari and Van Cleef and Arpels primarily. The more casual jewelry was organized into soft cases separated by style, stone colors, etc. Elizabeth had regular favorites, along with her newest pieces which were always included.

She also traveled with jewelry basics (so to speak), that worked with almost every outfit and were included just in case. The basics were things like gold chains of different lengths, bangle bracelets, and other pieces that worked together. She loved to layer her jewelry and most importantly, Elizabeth needed to have choices.

 

What were her jet-set secrets?

Elizabeth frequently took a nap on the plane depending on the travel distance. She drank tons of water and wore jewelry throughout the journey: boarding, departing, arriving and obviously, in flight.

Written By: Stephanie Maida
OFM: Celebrity People

Tracee Ellis Ross’s voluminous Valentino gown looked fabulous on the red carpet last night at the 2018 Emmys, but, it turns out, wearing it was even more fun. “I felt like I was floating in fashion heaven,” shared Ross postshow, and one glimpse at the look makes it easy to understand why. With its layers of fuchsia taffeta plissé and lengthy train, the piece was a standout in the house’s sumptuous Fall 2018 couture show, which took place in July at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris. Ross, who sat front row with stylist Karla Welch, even got emotional. “[Designer] Pierpaolo Piccioli is an artist of the highest caliber,” she said. “I cried when I saw this collection at couture week in Paris, and it was truly an honor to wear this gown.”

Both Ross and Welch made their mental selections, as models breezed down the runway. “I think Tracee and I kept hitting each other [saying] this one, this one,” said Welch, who compared the collection with a religious experience. Though there were several arresting looks, it was the fuchsia number on model Felice Noordhoff that made the strongest impression. Ross and Welch chose to forgo the matching floral headdress to create a beachy vibe, inspired by the surfers of Dakar, Senegal. “[I] thought, It’s easy to just add big bling and be so extravagant,” Welch said. Instead, they skipped the megawatt jewels in favor of understated earrings from Repossi and a tie-dye Edie Parker clutch that pulled it all together. “It just clicked,” added Welch. “Everything felt personal.”

That vibe carried over into the beauty look: a flash of orange Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow courtesy of makeup artist Lisa Storey paired with slicked-back curls by hairstylist Johnnie Sapong. “My lids were inspired by the zinc sticks that surfers use to protect their skin,” said Ross, who considered the hair and makeup among her favorite parts of the total look.

Ross was nominated for the third consecutive year for her performance on Black-ish, and she handled her big night with humor. Though she admitted to preshow nerves, they were overshadowed by her epic fashion moment and signature joie de vivre. “I have a desire to utilize the moment when nominated, but no matter what, at an event like the Emmys, I like to create a look that I’m not gonna laugh at in 10 years,” said Ross. “Although, that might be inevitable!” Even a decade from now, Ross’s Valentino moment is sure to register as another fashion win, a fact Welch credits to their friendship and shared love of exceptional clothes. “We have fun together—that’s the goal,” said Welch. “We both eat up fashion. [It’s] sort of a match made in heaven. This time, heaven was a beach in Dakar!”

 

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OFM: People, Fashion

As someone who’s rubbed elbows in the realm of fashion for years, I have met countless editors, bloggers, influencers, and street style stars. Contrary to popular belief, many of them are totally cool. But of all the people I religiously Insta stalk, no one has proven nicer, more relatable, or more fabulous than Caroline Vazzana.

A fashion editor turned fashion celeb, Caroline made the scary jump from working full-time at InStyle to focusing on her own creative brand. With over 180,000 Insta followers, features in top glossies, and a must-read website, I’d say she’s doing pretty well. And while her colorful approach to style certainly stands out, what makes Caroline truly unique in a sea of influencers is how eager she is to share her success.

Her site, Making It in Manhattan, not only features fun fashion and shopping stories, but also tons of practical advice for anyone looking to establish a real career in the industry. From behind-the-scenes stories of the #hustle, to tips for networking and interning, it’s a valuable resource for those looking to land their dream job – or dream life, in Caroline’s case.

And, if her penchant for shoes and showstopping outfit choices weren’t enough to compare her to Carrie Bradshaw, she has now broken through to the publishing world. Seriously, between running around from runways to red carpets, girl wrote a freakin’ book! Never say there aren’t enough hours in the day, people.

Inspired by her blog (or was it the other way around? – more on that later), Making It in Manhattan, THE BOOK, is a “beginner’s guide to surviving and thriving in the world of fashion.” In it, Caroline sheds some light on her journey, shares funny stories from the scene, and, most importantly, provides useful tips for fashion industry hopefuls. It’s a must-read – one that will make you laugh one minute, and want to take extensive notes the next.

Ahead of the book’s release on August 21 (pre-order it HERE),

[Photos via @cvazzana]

The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author
The IRL Carrie Bradshaw? How Caroline Vazzana Went From Fashionista To Fabulous Author

 

Written By: Stephanie Maida