Happy Holidays ; belated, and soon to be here! It is so wonderful to live in New York during the Holiday Season. Everything is lit, and while there is the usual rushed determination, there is also a lighter, happier vibe that is palpable. It is quiet here this week, as many people travel. I am going to show you my pics of my low key Christmas week: I am not going to show you photos of the well known spots, but rather, smaller, less known photos of places I visited this Christmas week. First, and true to my shopping-loving style, is a place where I purchased Chanukah and Christmas gifts. In Grand Central terminal there is an indoor gift fair featuring unusual gifts, many of them handmade. They are open for 6 weeks, from 11-18 to 12-24. The variety is fabulous, as there are 76 vendors, and the prices are reasonable, since the overhead is fairly low. This is a great place to get gifts, especially in cold weather.
I loved shopping at a booth called Mushmina, who can be found at Mushmina.com. Owned by two sisters in Philadelphia, these talented designers offer handmade and luxurious pillows in velvet, long ribbons of beads, and handwoven aztec patterns. Here is a sampling: I purchased a bag from them entirely made in set crystals. At $75.00, I thought it well priced! I also saw a lovely art glass store, and photos of their glass ornaments are what made up my opening photo! They had lovely, swirled art glass wine stoppers that are a great gift.
Coming home from the gift fair I smelled the delicious scent of pine and saw a Christmas tree vendor. Above his freshly cut trees was this comical decoration. It put a smile of my face.
I packed for a three day trip to East Hampton with my hubby and two children. Later, I arrived home from walking my dog and was alerted to something delicious in the kitchen. My son made chipotle steak quesadillas as a delicious surprise lunch! ( where he learned to cook, i know not..)
For dinner we went to Nick and Toni's, an iconic East Hampton restaurant known for their local ingredients, innovative menu, and celebrity sightings ( In high season, not this week!). The service and food was divine, and the champagne was flowing. I took a snap of the decor behind our banquette:
While I dont like having my pictures taken in public, I found myself alone in the enclosed patio for a bit, so I asked a waitress to snap my photo. Please realize that I not only have no make up on, I am also not wearing lipstick ( a rare event, and the camera angle was awkward, but here goes.. to the New Year, where perfection tendencies vanish, and vanity goes to seed..)