To Infinity, And Beyond: The New York International Gift Fair

This weekend I am headed to the New York International Gift Fair with my favorite Aunt : ) I am currently charging the Sony Bloggie so I will have plenty of battery to document this crazy, large event. The NYIGF is hosted at the Javitz Center near Penn Station which is a supiciously INFINITE void of time and space, like those giant mega malls in the suburbs I can never seem to find my way out of. Vendors come from all over to display their newest wares for industry buyers. The misnomer, “Gift”, covers everything from home accessories to stationery.

See Below: Pretty Crazy Stuff. Can’t even tell one booth from the next.

One of my personal favorite blogs, Apartment Therapy, documents their experience at the fair every year. Since I am a newbie and don’t have any insider scoop I would like to credit AT for these sneak-peek photos below. Hope I see things this gorgeous in my attendance.

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Sweat and Sotheby’s

If anyone could sum up my experience with the New York heat it would be Nathan Badley of The Life and Times of Nathan Badley with this picture and vivid blog entry to boot.

Photo Credit Nathan Badley

Even though I am in the most style conscious city in the US, I choose every morning to hold off on makeup until the office bathroom for this is usually how I look post train ride.

So, yesterday when I got off work and hopped on the subway to Sotheby’s Institute of Art for an intern lecture, you can imagine how I felt upon arrival, particularly in a room full of inordinately stylish other interns. Sotheby’s Institute of Art has educated members of the art world for over 40 years in Art History and Business. The guest of the evening was Lisa Dennison, Chairman of North and South American Art at Sotheby’s. Professor Andras Szantos of the institute was on hand to moderate. Lisa gave the interns in attendance a peak into her life as one of the most powerful women in the field, from her morning exercise routine to her meeting with the “Warhol People”, “Oops, she wasn’t supposed to say that”. As an intern in a gallery it was fascinating to hear from someone who started out as an intern and ended up a chairman.

Lisa’s knowledge and advice covered a profuse amount of territory but I think I will most fondly recall her amazing shoes. After scouring Jimmy Choo, Manolo, and Louboutin, I had no luck. These are the closest replicas I could find. Still gorgeous! And they happen to be the shoe of choice of one of my favorite tv heroines, Nico Reilly (Kim Raver) of Lipstick Jungle (sadly discontinued).

Photo Credit Brian Atwood

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Charming Vintage Finds

Photo Credit In Dramatic Fashion

This weekend I was lucky enough to have my mom come visit me in New York. Albeit she slept on my futon and had to share my bathroom where you cannot even sit front-ways on the toilet, it was a great time.

We set out on Saturday in search of a few haunts to fill our thrifting quotient for the weekend.

The first was Pippin Vintage Jewelry, recommended to me by my co-worker at the gallery. Pippin is a great find. The interior of the shop is always crowded but the merchandise is worth maneuvering the small aisle. Favorites included old cameos, bakelite chains, sterling and turquoise belt buckles, and the collection of white gloves.

Pippin is located at 112 W 17th St in Manhattan.

Other finds of the weekend were the Angel Street Thrift Shop and always wonderful Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market.

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Nom Nom Nom: Good Pizza and Friendly Non-Italian People

Ok. So today I arrived in New York for an Easter Weekend jaunt. Once past LaGuardia and my very angsty cab driver it was up 5th Avenue to the Met. That place is in fact a maze. You think you are headed for the 19th Century Masters and bam! a towering portrait of Mao Zedong by Andy Warhol looms at the end of the corridor. No, really, it’s pretty scary.

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I probably come up to Mao’s collar at the most.

There are two nice exhibits up right now, Richard Serra Drawings and Room with a View

The latter of which I plan to return to and sketch.

So today in the Met more than taking in works of art I was on the lookout. For Italian people that is. If you aren’t familiar with the constant buzzing noise of New York it is a beautiful din that becomes background noise to locals, innumerable languages and car horns (though slightly better since the $350 honking fine). While in the Met there are no car horns, there are definitely languages.

I followed a disappointingly large number of Spaniards and South/Central Americans around the museum galavanting dangerously close and fielding the occasional strange glance upon which I would super stealthily glare at the closest painting. Until….”pizza, pasta, gelato”, ITALIANS!

I proceeded to chat them up for about a solid five minutes of which I am quite proud to say I barely fumbled on my words. They also happened to be from Florence where I studied in college which made the 007-style run-in even greater.

Now the reason this title says Friendly Non-Italian people is because for the rest of the evening I struck out twice. First at Serafina’s which I will get to later, with a red-headed Peruvian named Henry and then at Duane Reade with someone who was maybe playing dumb or actually Portuguese. I guess I don’t go running up to talk to people that also speak English. This is something to consider when assaulting the nearest Italiani.

Serafina’s! What a great spot. Well it seems there are several but we chose the one Madison between 79th and 78th. Check them out here!

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