It's a cliche for a reason, guys. New York is truly a magical place to spend your holidays. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, I feel safe in acknowledging that in my eyes, the holiday season has already begun - in fact, I'm planning to put my tree up tomorrow. Whether you live in the city or are planning to visit, below are a few of my seasonal must-do's this (and every!) December:
- Admire the form and precision of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes at the Christmas Spectacular (Tickets from $46/pp).
- Sip a mulled wine at Rolf's German Restaurant - trust me when I say that their commitment to holiday lights must be SEEN to be BELIEVED.
- Bundle up and take in the tree at Rockefeller Center (to be lit this Wednesday, December 3) and the holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman (no other department store's QUITE stack up).
- Strap on some skates and embarrass yourself (okay, perhaps that's just me?) at The Standard Ice Rink.
- Both uniquely charming and uniquely New York, siblings (and rock royalty) Rufus And Martha Wainwright again take the stage for for their annual Noël Nights at Town Hall this December 17, 18 (Tickets from $55/pp).
- Sip a hot cider and shop one of the city's Holiday Markets - I like Union Square's; go early or go late to avoid being overwhelmed by your fellow shoppers.
- Immerse yourself in the beauty and whimsy of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet (Tickets from $71/pp).
What holiday activities am I missing? Tweet me your adds at @eye4style or leave a comment below!
Though I work in "digital" marketing, it would be a stretch to call me tech-savvy by any stretch of the imagination. So, for a week or two after this Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker arrived at my desk, I let it in sit in the box untouched. Thankfully, my boyfriend took pity on me after I told him how thoroughly intimidated I was by the idea of setting it up, only to set it up for me in about 5 minutes flat.
Compatible with any Bluetooth device, the Soundlink connects easily and quickly with idiot (ahem)-proof audio prompts. The sound delivered is crisp and clear, and while I'm respectful enough of my neighbors to keep volumes reasonable, you could easily get a holiday party bumpin', for lack of a better word. Weighing in at just over a pound, the Soundlink is thoroughly portable too - it'll be the perfect beach or park companion once weather's cooperating next spring, and it will also fit quite nicely under the tree this holiday if you're shopping for a music lover.
The Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker is available in 5 different colors - one to suit nearly anyone's style - for $129.95 at Bose online.
In terms of fragrances, I sit somewhere between a loyalist and a dabbler. There are scents that have been in my personal rotation for years - Frederic Malle's Carnal Flower, for example - and others that I pick up on a whim and spray only when the mood strikes. In recent months, I've been weirdly committed to a fragrance that's barely a fragrance at all, Philosophy's gorgeous Baby Grace, a QVC exclusive. But Baby Grace is a delicate and light skin scent, and as the weather grows colder in New York (and colder it seems to grow by the minute), I find myself craving something new - a scent with more dimension that's not overwhelming.
Enter Foxglove. The fourth perfume from boutique Brooklyn fragrance house Joya, Foxglove is named for the odorless and "pseudo-poisonous" Foxglove plant that once covered New York City and still blooms in Central Park's Conservancy Garden. With top notes of Blood Orange, Salt Meadow Grass, and Hyacinth Leaves; middle notes of Honeyed Jasmine, Camellia and Jonquille and a dry down of Treaty Oak, White Cedar and Wild Musk, it's a unique hybrid of floral, green and woody notes that evoke a feeling of lushness - bursting stems, stamens and leaves.
A Net-a-Porter exclusive, Foxglove is available in a 75mL Parfum for $112 (the bottle is wildy gorgeous), or as a portable 10mL Roll On Parfum for $28 (seen above).