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Holiday Markets

With the holiday season in full swing, don’t just head to your regular Macy’s or Shops at Columbus Circle.  There are SO many opportunities to get unique gifts that your friends and family will love that you can’t find walking down 34th St.  I’m here to provide you with a list of some of the best markets and stores for gifts in the city!

  • Union Square Holiday Market
    • Unique gifts from individual vendors at this outdoor market
    • Location: Union Square Park
    • Now – December 24th
    • Weekday hours 11am – 8pm
    • Saturdays from 10am – 8pm
    • Sundays from 11am – 7pm
  • Columbus Circle Holiday Market
    • Similar to Union Square Holiday Market
    • Location: West 59th St & Central Park West
    • December 1st – December 24th
    • Monday through Saturday from 10am – 8pm
    • Sunday from 10am – 7pm
    • This store has a point of view like a magazine, changes like a gallery, and sells things like a store.  The current “story” is Home for the Holidays featuring extraordinary gifts perfect for everyone on your list
    • 144 10th Ave (19th St)
    • Now – End date TBD
    • Sunday-Monday: 11am – 7pm
    • Tuesday-Wednesday: 11am – 8:00pm
    • Thursday: 11am – 9pm
    • Friday-Saturday:11am – 8pm
  • Chelsea Market/Artists & Fleas
    • Always a crowd favorite, the permanent Chelsea Market never disappoints.  Stop into Artists & Fleas that features artists and shops that are uniquely New York.  The main part of Chelsea Market is not to be forgotten.  From grabbing a crepe for yourself at Bar Suzette to giving gourmet nuts from Nut Box, Chelsea Market has it all.
    • 75 9th Ave (15/16th St)
    • Chelsea Market Hours:
      • Monday – Saturday: 7am – 9pm
      • Sunday: 8am – 8pm
    • Artists & Fleas Hours:
      • Mon – Sat 10am – 9pm
      • Sun 10am – 8pm
  • Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg
    • If an indoor market in Brooklyn sounds appealing, Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg is the way to go.  Featuring 120 vendors and 60 food vendors, you could be there for hours!
    • 241 37th St, Brooklyn
    • Now – March 30th, 2016
    • Weekends 10am-6pm

Happy holiday shopping!


Things to Do in NYC on a Rainy Day!

Winter is among the Concrete Jungle…

My dorm room view on a rainy day in NYC!

My dorm room view on a rainy day in NYC!

From rain to snow and all in between, winter in New York City can be horrifically beautiful; and like Ashley said make sure to get an umbrella! Flooded curbs and pouring rain won’t stop the city that never sleeps, therefore it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your day!

Here are a couple of things to do in NYC on rainy day!

  1. Chelsea Market: Take a gastronomic tour of the world at Chelsea Market. Shop at Buon Italia for the best homemade ravioli and imported olive oil and linger over cappuccino in their cafe. Try Thai cuisine, shop for rugs at Imports from Marrakesh.
  2. Museums, Museums, Museums! : New York City is home to a mind-boggling line-up of world-class museums and institutions. You could spend all day dry and cozy inside admiring masterpieces of art and design or marveling at the wonders of the natural world, and with an FIT
  3. Madame Tussauds: Walking through the bright lights of Times Square with crowds of people all around you is an incredible experience — except when it’s raining. If you see the skies start to darken as you’re walking along 42nd Street, dart into the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds for an entertaining afternoon of snapping selfies with your favorite celebrities and other famous folks like Rihanna and Katy Perry to President Obama.
  4. Grand Central Terminal: Classic architecture, a gourmet market, boutiques and quality food — Grand Central is the perfect hideaway for a rainy day afternoon. And, if you decide to escape the city, this is where you can pick up trains that fan out north of NYC. Upon entering, gaze up at the famous astrological ceiling and then head down to the Whispering Gallery, which has this distinct attribute.
  5. One World Observatory: New to NYC, the One World Observatory is a perfect rainy day get-away with an amazing view! Start by ascending to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than sixty seconds, then look toward the horizon and feel the city’s invincible spirit. With a sky-high restaurant to dine at while looking upon a gloomy and beautiful cloud-filled cityscape, it’s an activity that can be done year-round!

Celebration Treats!

With all of the upcoming holidays this fall and winter season, it is the perfect time to celebrate and show your appreciation for professors, friends, and family.  No idea what to purchase?  I’m here to help you out with the best sweet treats in the city!

Who: Treat House
What: Gourmet Rice Krispie Treat boxes perfect to send to Mom & Dad
BONUS: Customize your Rice Krispie Treat with a picture.  Perfect for wedding anniversaries!
Where: 452 Amsterdam Ave., 1566 Second Ave, OR here.
Price: $26+ for gift boxes

Who: Momofuku Milk Bar
What: DELICIOUS various cookies, cakes, AND BIRTHDAY CAKE TRUFFLES!
Where: 251 East 13th St, 15 West 56th St, 561 Columbus Ave, 382 Metropolitan Ave (BK), 360 Smith St (BK) OR here
Price: $2.25+

Who: Sprinkles Cupcakes
What: Cupcakes made for mouthwatering (gluten free options available)
Where: 780 Lexington Ave (Cupcake ATM + Store), 225 Liberty St OR here
Price: $2 mini, $3.75 regular, $42 dozen

Who: Levain Bakery
What: The most famously large and in charge cookies in all of NYC
Where: 167 West 74th St, 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, OR here
Price: $27+ for gift boxes, $4 each for a cookie

Who: Erin McKenna Bakery (GLUTEN FREE!)
What: The ultimate destination for your gluten free dessert loving friend that is sure to not disappoint!
Where: 248 Broome St OR here
Price: $1.25+

Who: Laduree
What: Macarons fresh from Paris for a taste of elegance
Where: 864 Madison Ave, 398 West Broadway, OR here
Price: $2.80+

Who: Garrett’s Popcorn Shop
What: Gourmet buckets of popcorn perfect for a large family or that game day snack
Where: 242 West 34th St OR here
Price: $33 for 1 gallon tin

What: The doughnut shops of all doughnut shops.  Massive portions, amazing flavors, do I need to say more?
Where: 14 West 19th St, 448 Lafayette Ave (BK), OR here
Price: $2.25+

Who: Fat Witch Bakery
What: Rich brownies that put Pillsbury to shame
Where: 75 9th Ave (Chelsea Market) OR here
Price: $2.95+

Don’t forget to treat yourself this holiday season too!


Emotions of Juno

While we’ve heard enough about the winter storm that is Juno, we have yet to see many posts about the current state that we as NYC residents are feeling about this storm, and that is where I come in to help.  You’re welcome.

  1. Hearing about the predicted inches of snow
  2. Immediately telling your roommates/friends/family
  3. Running to the grocery store to stock up on well…snacks.
  4. Seeing the lines and empty shelves.
  5. Dealing with the lines and getting ALL THE SNACKS.
  6. Constantly refreshing your email to see if class is canceled.
  7. Sees class is canceled Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday
  8. Finally reach home and see the storm occurring
  9. But you have Netflix, food, and blankets soo…

    Stay safe and be careful out there!  Juno doesn’t stop for anyone.


Notes From The 6 Train: Winter Wonda-Land

In case you all didn’t weren’t attuned…it’s officially winter! Yay!

I know its been feeling quite winter-esque for the past few months, but yesterday marks the official beginning of winter. Winter can be challenging, as it creates of atmosphere of hibernation and isolation. Both of these can be draining, if you let it simply happen to you as opposed to settling into acceptance and/or appreciation.


To be honest, this is the first time in my entire life that I’ve been so welcoming of winter. The cold is difficult for me. And until last winter, I had never actually had to live in real snow (I come from Atlanta, so you know snow was a rarity for me.) However, I noticed a real shift within myself as the winter equinox this time. I am feeling the hibernation energy. More and more I realize how the outer climate impacts the inner climate. Just as all the creatures are preparing for winter, we should be as well. This means some type of hibernation, staying in to work on our passion project, watching, reading or creating all the things you’ve been “meaning to,” and more than anything, this is a time for self reflection. As the year comes to and end, there is no time like the present to review this past year. I don’t mean some basic surface level “review,” but taking a hot bubble bath and plunging into yourself. They’ll be no reason to rush out, the cold wants you to do just a little more self care than usual.


-If that sounds like a bit of a challenge, here are some easy tips via Deepak Chopra to have a happy, healthy, winter. (That’s not boring, because I know that’s one complaint I hear often)

Walk in the sunshine for 10 minutes every day it’s sunny.
Walk in a really cheerful place when it’s cloudy, such as a park of arboretum where the trees are majestic in winter.
Spend regular time with the most cheerful people I know.
Take up a light recreational sport at the community center.
Mentor a young person.
Plan a dream vacation in every detail, living it through beautiful photos and magazine articles so that it feels as real as possible.
Turn quiet time alone into something inspiring by reading spiritual books or poetry.
Write letters, making each as entertaining as possible to the recipient.
These are all energizing options, the very opposite of dull. And that’s the key. Find inputs that are complete opposites of the conditioning that keeps you stuck in a negative situation.

Here’s the link if interested in the rest of this extremely helpful article.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.