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Shop This: Rent the Runway Sample Sale

I finally visited the Rent the Runway showroom in West SoHo this past week (a Flatiron store recently opened as well), as my friend Lisa tried on dress after glorious dress - Alberta Ferreti, Marchesa Voyage, Red Valentino! - for a series of work events. So, when an invitation for next week's semi-annual sample sale landed in my inbox, my calendar was promptly marked. While past events suggest that many of the dresses at the sample sale will show damage from wear, there will certainly be some diamonds in the rough. I'll be there, stocking up for party season - will you?

The Ballet Collabs Keep Coming: Cole Haan

Avery En Pointe Ballet in Sugar Plum

To file under, "Wow, Another," Cole Haan today, to coincide with the New York City Ballet Fall Gala, announced a multiyear partnership with three ballerinas from the org. Debuting on October 1 will be the Avery Ballet Studio Collection, two new styles of a classic Cole Haan flat: the Avery En Pointe Ballet and the Avery Printed Tutu Ballet.

What's so very special about the collection are the discreet design nuances inspired by the stage. Principal dancers Sara Mearns and Megan Fairchild, along with Corps de Ballet dancer Gretchen Smith, consulted with the design team and it shows down to the details, including suede toecaps on the Printed Tutu Ballet style, and a glorious laced grosgrain pattern on the Pointe Ballet, reminiscient of the ribbons on pointe shoes.

Shop the collection on October 1 at ColeHaan.com.

Your Fall Nail Wardrobe: JINsoon Tess Giberson Collection

L to R: Nocturne, Pastiche, Heirloom, Melange, Farrago

One of the things I love about JINSoon's collections is how tight and directional they feel. The fall launch, created in collaboration with downtown designer Tess Giberson, is no exception to this rule.

The neat capsule of 5 nail lacquers - some metallic and some with fine specks of sparkles - were born backstage at New York Fashion Week last season. And while fall's JUST arrived (quite literally today) I've already dabbled in what I'd consider the star of the bunch - Heirloom, an incomparable shimmering teal. Like all JINSoon lacquers, it wears formidably.

Pick up the collection at JINSoon.com or at select SpaceNK and Sephora locations.

Shop This: Scoop Warehouse Sale

I stopped by the VIP preview of the Scoop Warehouse Sale last night, and with prices at 80% off across the board, it's safe to say it's worth a stop - rainy day be damned. If you snag anything amazing, leave a comment below!

Your New York Bucket List: Museum Hack

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was a defining book of my childhood. In it, the otherwise well-behaved main character Claudia Kincaid rebels against the dull monotony of her life and escapes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, enlisting her middle brother Jamie in the process. A thoroughly grand adventure follows, and the two wind up living undetected in the museum for a full week. Can you even imagine?

After reading the book, I was left with THE most obvious fantasies - I mean, who wouldn't want to have an iconic institution like The Met entirely to themselves? The closest I've ever come was courtesy Museum Hack, an unconventional org that leads "renegade tours" of the Met, as well as The Museum of Natural History. Museum Hack tour guides lead intimate groups and really do specialize in storytelling - they share unexpected and unconventional context around often lesser known pieces within the museum's collection. While it's not necessarily "serious" enough for those who take art... well, very seriously, it's a uniquely New York experience and beyond fun for groups.

Day hacks are available, but we chose a night tour deliberately - it closes with a drink at The Petrie Court at closing time, which means that the museum is officially closed - quiet and empty - as you exit. While I have many great memories from the night, coming upon the sculpture courts with no other museum guests present was truly a magical moment.

Learn more and book tickets (they start at $39/pp) online at Museum Hack


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