Florals + Neutral Lace-Up Sandals in Long Island

During Memorial Day weekend, my family and I drove up to North Fork for a day. We did wine tastings at the vineyards and grabbed lunch (and oysters!) at Noah’s (a farm-to-table gem in Greenport), before heading to the beach. Although the waters were still too cold to jump in, I managed to stick my feet in for a while. I felt sand, carried by the waves, swirl around my ankles – that sensation was very relaxing!

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This platter of Peconic Gold, Blue Point, & Beau Soleil oysters were the freshest I’ve had!

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Beet Risotto with Feta Cheese was a surprising crowd-pleaser!

For this trip, I wore an old Trina Turk dress (Rory Floral-Print). There’s a cut-out in the back that adds extra flair; for a dress that exudes seriousness with its “afternoon-tea” look, this created the perfect balance. On my feet, you’ll see Steve Madden’s ‘Nilunda’ lace-up sandal (runs large so make sure to order 1/2 size down!). With the colorful details on my dress, I wanted a neutral-colored sandal. However, I could easily see these sandals go well with anything, from simple black dresses to casual jeans.

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An American in Paris & Why the Broadway Rush & Lottery Policies Work!

My Experience:

About a week ago, I purchased Orchestra tickets for An American in Paris (retailing for about $120) at $40 each. As a Broadway enthusiast, “Broadway for Broke People” has long been my favorite place for information on discounted tickets. It lists all active productions, along with details on their rush, lottery and SRO (standing-room option) policies. After checking this site on a spontaneous Saturday morning, I decided to submit online lottery entries for my boyfriend and I. A few tips about the lottery submission process: 1) Your chances are dependent on many factors (i.e. show’s popularity, # of total submitted entries, # of available lottery seats, etc.). As such, it doesn’t hurt to submit entries for more than one show. 2) Take advantage of the 2-ticket limit on each lottery entry. Unless you’re planning to watch the show alone, you can double your chances of getting selected by choosing the 2-ticket options when both you and a friend submit. Lastly, don’t feel discouraged if you’re not chosen. Luck comes unexpectedly; there were plenty of shows where neither my boyfriend and I won the lottery for and yet, for An American in Paris, both of us won, giving us the opportunity to buy 4 of these tickets!

Now, onto what I thought of An American in Paris! The musical is about the love story of a young American soldier and a beautiful French ballet-dancer in Paris, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. I was impressed by the choreography and how talented Leanne Cope (who played the lead female role, Lise Dassin), was. She not only sung and acted well, but given her training with The Royal Ballet, also dazzled us with her dancing. The set and post-WWII scenes were also beautiful and transitioned well.

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Why Rush & Lottery Policies work:

Rush & Lottery policies benefit both production companies and theatre-goers. Customers who don’t want to pay full price can now experience the shows and companies would rather sell available seats at a discount than let them go unsold. Some additional revenue is better than none! However, there’s also a downside; if not well-guarded, rush/lottery policies can cannibalize regular sales, causing customers who are willing to pay higher, to convert into discount customers. As such, many productions set limits on number of rush/lottery tickets available each day and they do not disclose what these limits are to the public. But how are these limits determined? From a strategic standpoint, it makes sense for each show to sell a percentage of unsold seats through lottery/rush on the morning of and keep a buffer of regular-priced tickets available on hand in case regular-paying customers decide to see the show last-minute. Say, if 60 tickets are still available for Monday’s show and the production company knows based on history, roughly 25-30 regular-paying customers buy on the day of, then approx. 35-40 lottery tickets will be up for grabs. What price should they charge? The maximum a rush/lottery customer would pay. To determine this, shows conduct surveys and offer incentives, such as extra submissions into the lottery, in order to identify the right price point.

Memorial Day in NYC

Staying in town this Memorial Day weekend? If you’re not at the beach, here are a few ideas to keep you entertained!


Manus X Machina Exhibition @ the MET:

Explore the Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition at the Met! This year’s theme is fashion in an age of technology and features more than 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present. It explores how designers, such as Chanel, YSL, Dior, and Alexander McQueen, have reconciled the hand-made and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture. Having attended the exhibition last weekend, I can attest that this should be on every fashion-lover’s NYC bucket list.

Where: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028 (82nd St & 5th Ave)

When: Sun (10 AM – 5:30 PM), Mon (10 AM – 5:30 PM) (Memorial Day – Hours might differ)

Price: Donation-based (pay what you want); no additional fee for exhibition


Highline Park & Chelsea Market:

Take a walk along this historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Check out the scenic views and greenery while enjoying an iced beverage from Blue Bottle Coffee. The passage between 15th and 16th streets is filled with public art displays, sit-down events and the occasional cocktail affair. It will lead you to Chelsea Market, home to many fun shops and finds.

 

Where: Enter at W 34th St (btw. 10th & 12th Ave). The Highline stretches from W 34th St to Gaansevort Street.

When: Anytime (Chelsea Market closes at 9 PM, Highline closes at 10 PM)


Memorial Walk Tour:

Join Central Park Conservancy tour guides on this walk through Central Park, and through time, to see how generations of New Yorkers have used the Park as a place to remember and honor our veterans. Highlights of this tour include Maine Monument, Merchant’s Gate, Heckscher Ballfields, 7th Regiment Memorial, S. Rankin Drew Memorial, Navy Terrace and Navy Walk, 307th Infantry Regiment Memorial, Red Cross Memorial Flagpole, 107th Infantry Regiment Memorial, and the Arsenal.

Where: In front of Maine Monument, Columbus Circle, 59th Street @ Central Park West

When: May 30 (Mon), 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Price: Free


Smorgasburg Memorial Day Weekend Kickoff (Live Concerts):

Smorgasburg is not just in Brooklyn, but also across the river at Seaport! Located in the newly-renovated Fulton Market Building, Smorgasburg includes restaurants, such as Cemitas El Tigre,Lumpia Shack Snack Bar Filipino spring rolls, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Home FriteBelgian fries, Landhaus sandwiches and Wowfulls, the egg waffles inspired by Hong Kong street food. During the Memorial Day weekend kickoff of Smorgasburg at the Seaport, featured Brooklyn-based indie rock bands will perform live just outside of the Fulton Market Building from 3 PM – 5 PM. The lineup includes Heavy Birds (May 29), Katie Von Schleicher (May 30) and more.

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Where: Fulton Stall Market (Fulton and Front Streets)

When: May 29-30 (Sun – Mon), 3-5 PM

Price: Free


New York Philharmonic Free Memorial Day Concert

The New York Philharmonic performs its annual Memorial Day concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine each year. The large space holds 2,200 but don’t let that deter you from grabbing your free ticket, as they run out rather quickly. If you can’t get a seat, listen to a live broadcast of the performance at the adjacent Pulpit Green.

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Where: Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave (W 112th St & Amsterdam Avenue)

When: May 30 (Mon), 8 PM



Shopping: While retailers, such as Nordstrom, Banana Republic & Ann Taylor each have their own Memorial Day sales online, there are still plenty of in-person sample sales you might want to consider:


Roberto Cavalli Sample Sale: Perfect outfits for your next fancy part or resort trip

Where: 150 Greene St (Houston St & Green St)

When: May 29 (Sun), 10 AM – 4 PM


James Perse Sample Sale: Great for comfy-but-stylish T-Shirts

Where: 260 5th Ave (29th St & 5th Ave)

When: May 29 (Sun), 10 AM – 5 PM


Delicate Raymond Jewelry: Shop $10 vintage jewelry finds as well as gold rosaries, monograms, and crystal geode necklaces 50% off retail prices.

Where: 109 Mulberry St (Mulberry St, btw Hester & Canal St)

When: May 29-30 (Sun-Mon), 12 PM – 9 PM

Sunshine Blogger Award

First off, I’d like to thank Shopaholicblogs for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I love her sense of style and the beauty advice she shares with her readers! For those who have been nominated, here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked.
  3. Nominate other bloggers, making sure to let each one know that they are nominated.
  4. Ask the nominees 11 questions (see below in Purple).

Shopaholicblogs’ questions:

  1. What’s one way you would bring sunshine into someone’s life besides giving them this award? I would do something nice to show how much I appreciate their presence (i.e., cook or make a healthy snack for them, give them advice and company).
  2. What would be your dream job money not withstanding? Floral designer or a pastry chef (would love to hone my aesthetic skills!)
  3. Who would you want to change places with for a day if you could? Elon Musk or Sheryl Sandberg (would be nice to see what goes on in these brilliant minds!)
  4. If you had one wish what would it be? To see my loved ones and I leading fulfilled lives, doing things we love and are passionate about.
  5. If you could relive one day in your life what day would it be? The day I received an invitation to represent NYC at Intel ISEF.
  6. A joke that cracked you up. I don’t know many jokes. But when I messaged my boyfriend about being waitlisted at a grad school I really liked, instead of consoling me, he literally responded with, “damnnnnnn gurrllll 😄  congrats!!”. I cracked up because knowing him, I knew this had to be an innocent mistake. Did he forget what being waitlisted actually means? Apparently, he thought being waitlisted was a positive thing, better than being rejected! WOW. I don’t think I’ll ever forget this!
  7. What did you want to be when you were a kid and are you doing it now? I wanted to be a fashion designer and show my collections in runway shows. And nope, I’m not doing that right now.
  8. How do you deal with challenges? Are you a throw in the towel person or do you fight till the end? I’m goal-oriented and tend to pursue career-related challenges a lot. I’m definitely one to fight till the end, but I do feel that finding the emotional strength during the process is often more challenging than the challenge itself!
  9. Sunny days or spring showers? Definitely sunny days!
  10. Do you travel during the summer break or you prefer to chill at home? Prefer travel.
  11. Your favorite summer vacation was? 3 weeks in Europe (Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain & Italy)

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. How do you bring sunshine into someone’s day?
  2. What has been your biggest ambition?
  3. If you could travel to any time period, which would it be? And if possible, would you change the course of history or do you feel that is something we should leave untouched?
  4. If you’ve lost motivation at work and find that your true interests lie elsewhere, would you make that change? Even if it includes struggles along the way?
  5. What would your perfect weekend look like? 
  6. If you could go anywhere in the world for a week (and money were not an issue), where would you go and with whom? 
  7. In your group of close friends, are you the type to plan get-togethers or are you comfortable with letting others decide? 
  8. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
  9. Your favorite childhood movie was?
  10. Are you a risk taker? Why or why not?
  11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Here are my nominees:

thejouskablog, Rahma, Kingdom of Sequins

 

Getting into Business School

Having confirmed my enrollment at Booth after a long-enduring process (and yes, I’m still alive!), I thought I’d share some tips with prospective students who are just getting started.

Applying to an MBA program is a tough and structured process; with multiple requirements (i.e. GMAT scores, Resume, Recommendations (at least 2), Essays and Short-Answer Questions), a strong application requires time, patience and most importantly, preparation. While most admissions/test prep companies, such as ManhattanPrep and Kaplan, have a “suggested” timeframe as to when these items should be “checked” off, I’ve found it’s important to find out what works for you and plan accordingly. Depending on which round you’re applying, your study habits, how well-thought-out your “story” is and how well you can articulate it (among other factors), your approach will most likely be different from those of other candidates. That being said, there are still some common things every serious candidate should do:

1. Make a schedule, adjust (if need be) and stick to it.

  • Be practical. Most of us work full-time while applying and as such, it’s important to anticipate the timing of your other commitments, in relation to application deadlines.
  • Here are the Class of 2019 deadlines for HBS and Dartmouth (Tuck). As more schools begin to release deadlines, I’ll post them on my upcoming Admissions Whiz site.

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2. Do your research and don’t write a standard essay for every school.

  • Unlike the Common App, a “universal” application that many of us used to apply to undergrad, each MBA program has its own essay question. Take for instance, HBS’s open-ended question (As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?) vs Columbia’s set of 3 school-specific essay questions (1. Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals going forward, and how will the Columbia MBA help you achieve them? 2. Columbia Business School’s students participate in industry focused New York immersion seminars; in project based Master Classes; and in school year internships. Most importantly, our students are taught by a combination of distinguished research faculty and accomplished practitioners. How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? 3. CBS Matters, a key element of the School’s culture, allows the people in your Cluster to learn more about you on a personal level. What will your Clustermates be pleasantly surprised to learn about you?)
  • Familiarize with the school’s culture. Find out about unique opportunities offered by the program that are of specific interest to you and your career goals. You can do this by visiting each MBA program before you apply. When class is in session, many schools offer a full day packed with class visits, lunch with current students, Q&A session with Admissions, etc. Take advantage of these events and register in advance (as spots tend to fill up quickly).
  • If an on-campus visit is not possible, there are other ways to get your questions answered by either current students or admissions representatives:
  • Online chats/webinars (Kellogg, Booth, CBS & others)
  • Contact a student. Some programs, like Columbia offer a feature allowing you to search for students (based on area of focus, hometown, etc) and provides their email. Others have student diaries and blogs, where you can comment and ask specific questions (Booth, Wharton & others)
  • “On-the-Road” Information Sessions; reps from the MBA program may host an info session in different cities, but these are often limited to major cities.
  • Summer Coffee Chats: programs like Berkeley and Wharton offer coffee chats over the summer, hosted by students interning in various cities.
  • QS World MBA Tour (check locations & dates here)

3. Know why you’re applying to business school now.

  • This is really a 2-part question and one that Adcoms (“Admissions Committees”) really care about because they want to make sure a) your post-MBA goals are achievable and b) given what you’ve already worked on (A), their program (B) will be the right platform to get you to your goals (C). A + B → C

4. Have someone look over your application.

  • Besides reviewing for obvious errors (i.e. spelling, using an incorrect program name, redundancy), a family or friend can offer a fresh set of eyes. Perhaps the examples used do not flow as well as you may think, thus obscuring the central message or quality you’re trying to highlight.
  • A reader’s suggestions may be well-intentioned but also keep in mind that as the deadline approaches, it is not wise to make drastic content changes. At this point, you will have spent a significant amount of time crafting your story already. You should not doubt your strategy just because one of your reviewers is a skeptic (after all, everyone is full of opinions nowadays), but rather, focus on those obvious but equally-deadly errors mentioned above.

Tianmen Mountain (“Heaven’s Gate”)

On our second day at Zhangjiajie, we spent the day at Tianmen Mountain (which literally translates to “Heaven’s Gate”); visible from anywhere in the city, this mountain features a huge natural arch, located approx. halfway up to the summit. To get here, you can take either a 30-min cable car (longest aerial tramway ride in the world, covering 7,455 meters!) or a van that will drive you along the 99 Bends. On our way up, we decided to take the latter; 99 Bends is a 6.8 mile curvy road with 99 sharp turns. While it offers beautiful views, it’s considered a pretty dangerous path and perhaps not the best for those who have motion sickness!

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When the van brought us to the 999-step staircase leading up to the arch, we decided to skip the climbing and instead, paid an extra 36 RMB to take the escalators. What a great decision that was! Those who made it via the staircase were panting, dripping in sweat, all of them exclaiming it had been the most tiring exercise they’ve ever had (much kudos to them though, seriously!). After another set of escalators, we finally arrived at summit.

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The view (and air) was lovely! We saw rare plants and natural bonsai. We also walked along the 60-meter glass skywalk. With sheer rock on one side and a 4,700 ft drop on the other, this glass path should not have been as scary as it looked. However, I did feel my knees shake and resisted the urge to look over the ledge as I sat down to take a photo. After walking through another cliff-hanging walkway, we descended by the equally-thrilling cable car. At its steepest gradient, the cable car moved at a 37 degree angle.

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Climbing China’s Avatar mountains at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park!

Over the past 2 weeks, I’ve been visiting family in Changsha. Changsha is the capital of the Hunan Province, a province known for being not only the early home of Chairman Mao, but also its spicy cuisine and natural wonders, such as the scenic Wulingyuan Scenic Area in ZhangJiaJie (UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1992). Last week, we drove 4 hours from Changsha to ZhangJiaJie for some hiking and sightseeing. If the title of my post did not spark your memory of Avatar’s floating mountains, the pictures below probably will!

We spent a whole day at this massive park – covering 243 square miles! After a series of short bus rides, a 15-min cable car ride and about 1.5 hours of hiking/climbing, we arrived at the Heavenly Pillar aka Hallelujah Mountain from the Avatar movie (3rd and 4th photo). Notice how steep the side of the mountain is! The landscape here is absolutely breathtaking; more than 3000 peaks and pillars of quartz sandstone, are covered with sub-tropical rainforest. On a slightly misty day, fog will cover these mountains, creating the illusion that they’re “floating on clouds”.

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During our hike, we encountered wild monkeys; they can get really close-up to visitors but in general, unless you provoke them or if you have food, these monkeys will not pay attention to you. With that being said, they are spoiled rotten by tourists, especially old grandmas who comment on how cute they are and feed them anything from biscuits to fresh fruit. As I walked by, a monkey began playfully hitting a man who suddenly ran out of muffins!

After taking in the sights at high elevation, we descended using the Bailong elevator and walked along the Golden Whip Stream. This path stretches for several kilometers and takes us back to the park’s entrance. Along the way, my uncle and I enjoyed local music while beating on some hand-made wooden drums. We also had some fried fish, caught fresh from the stream and covered in chili oil!

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A key thing to remember (and this applies to tourists in any part of China) is that you must haggle over price. The initial asking price for one fish was 10 RMB (about 1.5 USD), but we bought 4 for 15 RMB in total. And yes, the more you buy, the more leverage you have with negotiating! Another thing to keep in mind is there are lots of amateur, but self-proclaimed “professional” photographers with nice-looking DSLRs who will take and print your photos on the spot, for a nominal fee. However, your picture will most likely come out on poor-quality paper (like mine did). Similarly, there are many persistent locals who gather around the park entrance, asking to be your tour guide for 100 RMB a day.

One may think lowly of or become irritated at these attempts to make money. And yes, compared to other professions, they do not require technical skills or encourage much respect. However, they’ve become a way of living here due to circumstances. Zhangjiajie is a small, rural city and those who stay (instead of moving to bigger cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai), are unskilled because they don’t have the finances to pursue higher education and/or have family members who require support. Overall, I’m glad this trip became more than a typical sightseeing weekend – it was an eye-opener to the livelihoods of others and a reminder that I should not take mine for granted!

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FIRST DAY @ UChicago-Booth School of Business

My weekend started early with a 6 AM Friday flight from NYC to Chicago. Flying still gets me nervous, but having flown to Chicago twice in the past year already, I have a feeling I could get used to this. With approximately 200 other admitted students coming from across the U.S. and countries, such as Austria, China and Israel, First Day was the perfect way to get to know my future classmates. Prior to coming, our squad leaders (current students who have graciously volunteered their time) set up a GroupMe account for my squad of 10 future “Class of 2018” students; we were known as “Millennium Park B”.

FRIDAY:

We spent all of Friday at the Harper Center, attending club fairs and break-out sessions dedicated to topics, such as Financing, Career Paths, Entrepreneurship and Experiential Learning. During this time, I had the chance to attend a class with Professor Waverly Deutsche’s called “Opportunity Assessment”, in which she discussed how to decide whether a business idea is worth exploring. Having seen her mentor students in a video for Booth’s New Venture Challenge, I was glad to hear her speak in person. Considerations like costs/barriers to entry, competitors, whether a business adds value to a customer and if it can be commercialized, scaled and/or generate returns for investors, are all significant. In addition to understanding the frameworks used to assess each of these factors, Professor Deutsche emphasized how important it is for a potential entrepreneur to do his/her research. In other words:

1) Get a sense of whether there is a need for your product (speak to potential customers, conduct surveys, etc.)

2) Understand your competition (do companies out there already offer something similar? If not, is there a reason why? If so, how does your product/service differ? Is this point of differentiation enough to attract customers?)

3) Test it out by using a “bare-minimum” version of your product (sometimes you don’t know what works and what doesn’t until you try it!)

Professor Deutsche showed us business ideas Booth students had entered into the New Venture Challenge in previous years and assessed each on a) whether they’re based on the founders’ personal interest or an actual market need and b) whether they’re customer-focused (B2C) or business-focused (B2B). Here are our observations: There were a lot more ideas based on personal interest (e.g. the typical app allowing friends to more easily organize get-togethers). Although there were exceptions, those with actual market need had a higher success rate because instead of having to create a customer base, one already exists.

Our day concluded (and night began) with an open-bar reception at the top floor of Aon Center; overlooking Millennium Park, the venue gave us an awesome view of South Chicago.

SATURDAY:

With an 11 AM start, I was able to “sleep in” before heading to the Hyatt-Magnificent Mile for brunch. Food was really good! Soft-scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes, pancake with maple syrup, and mini yogurt parfaits in cute glass bottles with berries & granola! Fortunately for my waistline, I did not go for seconds, as the Random Walks fair was well underway. For prospective students who are just getting to know Booth, Random Walks is a week-long trip that gives incoming 1st years the opportunity to bond with their classmates, while exploring one of approx. 30 locations around the world. South Africa, Spain/Ibiza, Croatia, UAE/Qatar, and Thailand are some of the popular choices offered this year. The fair introduced us to 2nd years who will be leading each trip (some even dressed up to match their country’s themes; for instance, my squad leader, who is also leading the Ecuador trip, came in a lizard costume!).

After the fair, the day went by pretty quickly. We departed for our Housing Tour, which gave me a glimpse of apartment units within buildings that are popular among Boothies (e.g. Tides & Millennium Park Plaza). I then joined 2 other admits from NYC for a coffee chat with a current student. We sipped on tea and munched on chips & guac, all while she answered our questions on life in Chicago, the transition from NYC (as she moved from there!) and how the recruiting process was.

Overall, I had a great time in Chicago. Although I’ll be sad leaving NYC, this visit made me more comfortable with living here over the next 2 years. Kudos to the entire First Day Team for welcoming me with open arms!

Brunch Series: Nougatine At Jean-Georges

With the MBA admissions process officially behind us (I’ll save that for a later post!), my friend and I decided to catch up over lunch at Nougatine, also known as the “casual, but upscale sister” of the adjoining Jean-Georges. We had their $38 prix-fixe and it turned out to be one of the best lunches I’ve had in the city! The menu provides extensive options, but here’s what we ordered:

  • Tuna Tartare*, Rigatoni with Meatballs, Warm Chocolate Cake w/ Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (paired with Zweigelt, Austria 2014)
  • Warm Duck Confit Salad, Sesame Crusted Salmon*, Citrus Pavlova, Satsuma Orange Cream, Blood Orange Sorbet* (paired with Verdelho, Portugal 2014)

Worthy Mentions*: With fresh tuna and avocado puree drizzled in ginger marinade, our Tuna Tartare was topped with sliced radishes that made the appetizer look like a lotus flower. Despite being from the sea, it had a fruity after-taste that made the appetizer a standout dish! Next up, the Sesame Crusted Salmon (in medium rare, as per the Chef’s suggestion) with Sautéed Potatoes, Black Olive and Passion Fruit was very flavorful. The sesame and passion fruit glaze added a spark of life/vibrant touch to the dish; the scent of passion fruit was still there when the waiter took away my empty plate! Lastly, both Jean-George’s signature Warm Chocolate Cake and Citrus Pavlova are amazing, but if you’re looking for something unique and refreshing, order the latter! Not only was the presentation exquisite (reminded me of a nest), the very combination of the sorbet, orange cream and grapefruit was simply wonderful (I wanted more!). Until next time!

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Broadway Nights & my Fox Trot Tights

Last Friday, Vlad and I saw the Broadway production of The Lion King. As someone who has seen Les Miserables and Wicked, twice, (among 10 other Broadway plays/musicals), I’m slightly embarrassed I had not gone sooner. Although it’s a story I’m all-too-familiar with, I was impressed by the team’s creativity in bringing powerful scenes, such as Mufasa’s fall and the reuniting of Simba and Nala, to the stage; everything from the choreography, costumes (those giraffes!) to the set designs fit together very nicely. I was so enamored by it all; it only made sense for me to wake up the next morning, ready to bring the foxes out with my new “Fox Trot” tights from Anthropologie. When wearing tights with lots of detail, I pair them with simple, solid-colored dresses (in this case, in a color that complements the “reddish-brown” foxes).While I chose black, a dress in red or green would’ve worked just as well based on the theories of the color wheelIMG_6920.JPGIMG_6916.JPGFox-Trot Tights (Similar: Patterned, Shimmered Grid)

And alas, here are some actual photos from the Lion King! We purchased our tickets through NYU’s Ticket Central (ah, the perks of being an alumna!). If you’re not affiliated with NYU, you could try for discounted lottery and rush ticketsIMG_6856IMG_6849

For the evening, I wore TopShop’s Openwork Jacquard Dress. I love the pattern and cut-outs; while the material is not flowy or stretchy, its thickness supports the dress’s shape on windy days. IMG_6876