Brunching In Maysville

So in an effort to bring you more content I went brunching this past Saturday with a friend.  We went to Maysville over on 26th in the Flatiron area and I must say, its definitely a little gem.  Pretty obscure as there was just a small sign above the place, very kinda speak easyish.  Which given that they are a whiskey joint (also a huge part as to why I picked it).  So the interior is very straightforward with the exception of the bar, which kind of made me think of the grand bars you used to find say circa 1940’s and earlier.  Wood, marble and glass to give it that refined industrial feel, which if you read the ditty on the site its named after the port that shipped out some whiskey.

So my friend ordered the Chef’s breakfast which entailed eggs and meat and I got the French toast.  We both had been drinking the night prior so we needed some heavy starches to bind to the alcohol.  I got regular coffee which had a nice chicory taste, great to cut though the syrup.  I topped off my meal with roasted potatoes, and sweet babay jesus they were soooooo tasty.  The French toast was a thick brioche covered with ricotta and fruit compote.  Super tasty and flavors worked well together and it was more than enough to leave us filled.  And did I mention the potatoes?  Must be an Eastern European thing, because I can’t get enough of potatoes, and these were small reds roasted with a hint of salt. Like I would go back just for those bad boys.

Overall we both agreed we’d go back as it was super chill and the ambiance was pretty low key which is nice.  Plus the food was delish so I’d say 4 out of 5 forks.  So if you’re in the Flatiron area go peep it.

Lunch at Zaitzeff’s

Today had me all “Where’s the Beef?”  (Gen X and older will get that reference).  So for lunch I decided to take myself out and partake in some quality beef products courtesy of Zaitzeffs.  I love that it was super simple and straight forward no frills kinda place,  plus everything is humanly raises sans antibiotics and crap.  And yea I’m about that clean eating life ya dig?  So cheeseburger and fries is what I got.  Took about 10 minutes and well worth the wait.  Meat was juicy and tasty, as it should be if the cows are fed the right diet.  I know this because I was in 4H as a kids so trust when I say i know.  Fries were tender and clean.  Meaning the grease wasn’t so overpowering that it coated and left an after taste.  Overall I dug this place and would say 4.5 out of 5 forks.

 


  

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OOTD 4/20/16

Well happy 4/20 peeps!  Today’s outfit is brought to you by the crazy weather in NYC.  Today is sunny and nice, nice meaning its above 50 which for many NY’ers means shorts and tanks, sadly my blood beez a bit to thin for that madness.  So I am currently working at Century 21 Stores (peep it here) and they have inspirational quotes all over the office which is great. So today’s motto is “Follow Your Dreams”.   Know what helps with that?  A bold red lip.  I don’t know about you, but I feel invincible when I put my red lips on.  What helps you feel invincible?

Top Loft (old)

Pants Limited (old)

Shoes Corso Como (old)

Lipstick Hourglass Icon (Sephora)


  

P.S.  Loving these bathroom selfies….

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Friyay OOTD 4/1/16

Its Friday, which means payday, casual work attire and start to a weekend of netflixing. Oh and its April fools… I’m sure like many of you, I wake up stare into the abyss known as my closet and think I have nothing to wear.  Yet there are hangers full of items.  I mean I still need to be fairly profesh ya know? So button downs and blouses are my staples, and I usually wear them on weekends.  I’m all about versatility and need items that can do both.  Plus mama’s on a budget so what’s old is new again! I wish I could say April fools, no budget for me.

Top Banana Republic (old)

Pants Loft (old)

Jewelry Chloe+Isabel (shop here)

What about you readers? Are you able to make what’s old new again?  And happy April Fools and maybe your pranks go off without a hitch….

 


  

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Creatures of Comfort

Professionalism.  Dressed to the nines.  Looking the part. These are phrases that one hears upon entering the work force, but in today’s age they don’t have the same meaning as they did 10 years ago.  How many times have you gotten dressed in your “professional attire” to only feel confined into something more restrictive than a boa constrictor?  Don’t get me wrong, I love the pulled together look of Joan Halloway (Mad Men?), Jackie Kennedy, Dior’s New look or almost every fashionista or blogger.  Plus most millennials are wearing jeans daily along with sneakers, so the expectation of what is professional is shifting.  But let’s not get it twisted, upper management is still the Gen X’ers who expect you to look put together.  However the sucky reality is that I work in an office and often over sleep.  So my mornings consist of pulling together an outfit and trying to getting out the door.  Sadly most women’s work fashion isn’t comfortable or very versatile.  This means time lost as you debate on what to put on, before prob settling on something you wore two days prior.  I mean have you tried to put on a satin top with pleats, and you’re busty? Black slacks that are cut for a size 6 fit model, not a real size 14? Or if you’re on your period just forget being comfortable. I mean what if there was a company that made COMFORTABLE work attire….

And then there was Betabrand! So in my ongoing search for great clothing that is a bit more conscious I discovered this great San Francisco based clothing company.  The brand crowd funds ideas (think yoga dress pants, travel gear, to a metallic yarmulke).  They help get the designs funded, and everything is customer driven (models, advertising, and even designers).  So in trolling the site I came across their women’s pants, more specifically THE dress yoga pants.  I mean what’s in a name? Shakespeare?  No idea what I mean?  Ok, lets spell it out, DRESS YOGA PANTS… fit+comfort+stretch=work day awesomeness. I mean whoever thought of this is genius.  Taking the best of work attire and blending with comfort.  (insert happy dance).  Plus they come in a multitude of colors and cuts.  BUT THERES MORE! So I got to stalking the site and noticed that everything they offer transitions from work, to casual to even travel.  Plus it’s all great staple items that I know you have for yeeears! They also have denim, dresses, skirts and tops!  Plus this is great as I’m all about supporting local business and Betabrand helps me to do that.  Which makes me think, do you even know how great these dressy yoga pants would be for dinner dates single ladies??? I mean DO YOU? (sorry tangent thought)

Now we all know that Monday thru Thursday we still need to keep it profesh and honestly you need a top for those pants right?  I found this great paw print top from Betabrand (and I❤ cats) that would be great for a Monday meeting or running errands.  So then I got to website stalking and went to one of my fave sites, Ann Taylor.  And honestly Ann Taylor is giving me some life right now with the spring collection and the crossover between work and casual.  This Palm print top is great under a cardigan or blazer, but also great with jeans for casual Friday or drinks. I love pieces that are easy and versatile and can be layered, because how often does your office go from Siberia to Africa?

So don’t just take my word but head over and check out the collection of women’s pants (here) and maybe even invest in an upcoming idea and get a discount!  And check out all the great photos.

P.S I too do a yoga pose when opening doors, opens my Chi as well…oh and they have a men’s line as well BTDubbs

 

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Uptown Brunch

So on Sunday a friend and I went to grab brunch in the up and coming Dyckman area.  Now if you know anything about the city you know that about 5 years ago NO ONE went above 140 for living or food.  However like all things, it’s changed thanks to gentrification so there are lots of spots cropping up and it’s the place to live.  So my friend recommended a place called papsitos right on the corner of Dyckman and Broadway.  They offer a brunch buffet and unlimited mimosas for 1.5 hours.  By all outward appearances it seems like a good spot and they offer outdoor seating for summer time.  Inside its packed tightly so be prepared not to have much wiggle room.  I got the mangu and some fruits from the buffet, while my compatriot got eggs benedict, French toast and some other sides along with mimosas.  The food wasn’t all that bad, however they don’t serve COFFEE!!! Like what kind of Spanish food place are you and not serve coffee???  Does your abuela know? So first major drawback, second was personal space allowance.

I’d give this place a 2.5 forks out of 5 as it’s a cute neighborhood spot but the service and presentation needs some serious work.  Also they don’t have an official website so you can Yelp them for reviews and photos.  It seems that the regular menu fares much better than the brunch, so if you go let me know.