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Kristen Taekman

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Menswear Moments

This season is all about shopping in the men’s section! We all need a little change every now and again, so what better way to switch things up than shopping for clothes inspired by menswear? It’s time to toss those dresses and skirts aside and explore your inner fashion tomboy. Lately, some of the most sought after women’s fashion trends are heavily inspired by men’s outfits; think oversized clothes, pinstripe suits, blazers, oxfords, brogues and tailored trousers (just to name a few). Designers throughout the world are creating looks for women that are similar to those found in the men’s department, however, many of these looks have a slight feminine touch. Whether it is the fabric, print or texture, it seems as if designers have created a chic line of menswear for women. There is something so elegant and beautiful about a woman dressed in luxurious menswear. Let’s just say that Katherine Hepburn was way ahead of her time! She is the perfect example of how to make menswear look feminine and sexy. Here are a few of my favorite looks:

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Valentines Day Top Romantic Spots in the City

Valentine’s Day is one of those fantastic holidays that is festive and fun for just about everyone; old, young, married or single! When you add the backdrop of NYC into the mix, it takes Valentine’s Day to another level. NYC is one of the most romantic cities in the world and the perfect setting for a romantic night. If you think about it, there are so many romantic comedies set in NYC featuring the cities iconic landmarks; The Empire State Building in “Sleepless in Seattle”, the New York Public Library where Carrie and Big had their “Big Day” and Kat’z Delicatessen in “When Harry Met Sally”. These wonderful movies have left just about every boy and girl around the world fantasizing about finding love in the Big Apple.

I am so fortunate to have met my love about 16 years ago in NYC. So each year, we celebrate Valentine’s Day by having dinner at Apizz, a tiny little restaurant off the beaten path in the East Village. We order the same brick oven pizza, open a bottle of red wine and take a romantic stroll after dinner.

Don’t have a mate? Don’t worry! Grab a bunch of your girlfriends and turn your night into Galentine’s Day! Ha, I love it! Celebrate Galentine’s Day with dinner, drinks, dancing and lots of chocolate!

A classic Valentine’s Day normally includes roses, chocolates and dinner but throughout the years, the holiday has evolved. Many businesses have started to create a full Valentine’s experience rather than just a dinner (dinner and a movie is so yesterday lol). It’s all about helicopter rides and cruises around the harbor. I know that the Empire State Building is where Meg Ryan united with Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle but trust me, it’s the last place I would want to be on Valentine’s Day. First off, it’s freezing in February and most likely packed with well…tourists. Save that for a family trip in June! Ignore the Google search of “best places to spend Valentine’s Day in NYC” and let me give you the insiders guide.

When I started looking into Valentine’s ideas, most of the websites I came across suggested love-struck couples enjoy a sunset cruise, dinner at a touristic restaurant or a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I am here to tell you that although this might sound romantic, it’s not (practical)… If you’ve ever been to NYC in February, you know it’s freezing outside. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge during the summer is one thing but during the winter? Definitely not romantic. If you take your lover on a walk across the bridge in 15-degree weather I’m not quite sure the relationship will make it into Brooklyn! Toooo cold! These might be great ideas but save them for a summer romance, not a winter one.

I have decided to show you the insiders guide to a romantic (and warm) Valentine’s Day filled with romantic restaurant ideas, fun shows, cool history and of course, roses that last for years?

Start the day off by visiting one of NYC’s most romantic spots. Be transported back in time at Grand Central terminal. It is truly one of the most beautifully restored historical buildings in the city! Have you ever been inside Grand Central and taken a moment to stop and just looked up? It’s one of the most mesmerizing celestial ceilings. Have you heard of the Whispering Gallery? In is an unmarked archway, located in front of the Oyster Bar & Restaurant. When two people stand at diagonal arches and whisper, you can hear each other’s voices “telegraphed” from across the way. Listen to the sounds of your love at the whispering gallery considered the most romantic spot in all of Grand Central.

Enjoy a romantic cooking class at My Cooking Party. As you all may know, I am not much of a cook…Josh loves to cook for me on the weekends so this is a perfect way to spend the afternoon or evening. Learning to cook a new dish can be rather romantic.

Dine beneath the stars at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space.  Enjoy drinks, hors de ‘oeuvres and a romantic dinner under the stars while listening to jazz quartet. After dinner, cozy up with your loved one and listen to the stories based on the mythology of the cosmos.

Get romantic at the Museum of Modern Art. Forget about dinner and a movie and schedule a guided tour through the MoMA. Enjoy a candlelit reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres before taking a peek at the art.

Dinner in the dark? Why not enjoy a sensual four-course meal at chef Abigail Hitchcock’s Camaje. Arrive at the restaurant, blindfold your partner and experience a dinner that will heighten your senses. Make sure to plan this way in advance because space is very limited.

Museum of Sex! This is a fun interesting museum that is all about its namesake…SEX. It’s cool to look into the your anatomy and your partners. The museum currently has a couple’s virtual reality experience on view called “Celestial Bodies”. I would say dinner, drinks, a museum and sex is a complete Valentine’s night!

Just looking for a nice place to dine? Go to Raoul’s. Ahhhh Raoul’s! A French bistro located in the heart of Soho that has been around since anyone can remember. The atrium located in the back of the restaurant is super romantic. It’s a speakeasy-like space where you have to walk through the kitchen to get to the atrium, which makes you feel like it’s super secret and romantic, perfect for any Valentine’s date.

Looking for a unique show? Go to “Sleep No More”. It is one of the coolest experiences ever! If you haven’t seen this show before, it’s a very NYC thing to do. It is an interactive show you can see over and over again. Every time you see it, you experience something new. A little heads up…the show might scare you a bit the first time because you don’t know what to expect. This actually makes it even more romantic because you are guaranteed to stay close to your partner (I held my husbands hand the entire show…2hrs straight).

Now lets get to gifts…you can’t go wrong with chocolate or flowers but spice things up a bit and try these trendy items. Instead of buying the average bouquet of roses, opt for forever flowers! They are the latest trend and last for over a year without having to be watered. I have had mine since last Valentine’s Day! I highly recommend using Eternal Fleur. They are a NYC based company that creates amazing quality preserved rose arrangements to enjoy for FOUR SEASONS or longer. Each floral arrangement is hand crafted with one-of-a kind boxes and responsibly sourced preserved roses with Rainforest Alliance Certifications.

You also can’t go wrong with a box of chocolates but go for something a bit fancier. Try these decadent chocolates from Jacques Torres. If you want something a little less traditional, try the truffles balls from Momofuku Milk Bar. Send your sweetie a delicious box of truffles from one of the trendiest dessert spots in NYC.

Why not spice things up a bit this Valentine’s Day! Opt for an experience rather than an average date. No matter how you decide to spend your Valentine’s Day, if you have NYC as a backdrop, I can guarantee you that it will be a romantic one! Stay away from “normal” presents and go for something that will surprise your loved one like four season’s roses or decadent truffles. However you decide to spend this romantic holiday, just make sure to pay extra special attention to your loved one!

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Palm Springs Weekend Getaway

Every city usually has a weekend retreat within driving distance. Us New Yorkers have the Hamptons; a scenic, bumper to bumper three hour drive to the beach lol. The West Coast folks have beautiful Palm Springs; an equally heavy traffic drive, but the moment you leave LA in the dust, the smog lifts and you are transported back in time. Once you leave the big city and make your way to Palm Springs, you are in a city where the sun always shines and palm trees provide the perfect amount of shade while the fresh air gives you that extra breath you have been needing to take! It’s the perfect place for some much needed rest and relaxation.

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The Camel Coat

The camel coat is a luxurious fall fashion staple that should be present in everyone’s wardrobe. It is a timeless piece that I consistently wear during the colder months as it is looks fabulous in any variation and can be paired with just about anything in your fall wardrobe. I like to think of the camel coat as a luxurious fall uniform; an outwear icon. It is also the key transitional coat that can easily take you from those crisp fall nights to cool winter mornings. This camel coat has truly stood the test of time and continues to be one of the hottest trends amongst some of the most respected high-end fashion designers. Everyone from Katherine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe to Madonna and Beyonce has been seen wearing the infamous camel coat.

One of my favorite aspects of the camel coat is its color; warm, neutral and flattering to all skin tones. Plus, it is extremely versatile and there are so many ways to style it out. Here are five stylish and effortless ways to wear your camel coat.

CASUAL YET CLASSY –

A camel coat will take any outfit to another level. Try styling it out with a pair of jeans, a cowl neck sweater, booties and you’re good to go.

BUSSINESS-

Time for work? No problem. Slip into any dress, put on a pair of classy pumps and off to work you go.

LADIES WHO LUNCH –

In need of that perfect outfit for a ladies lunch? Try pairing a patterned pencil skirt with a solid colored turtleneck and some statement jewelry. If it’s a bit chilly outside, layer up with a classic denim jacket. This another one of my favorite looks.

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Valentines Day Cozy

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you know what that means for me? A new set of jammies, chocolates, flowers, romantic movies and, and, and, ha ha!! I was recently at the new Nordstrom here in NYC and found these super cute waffle PJ’s that I couldn’t resist.

I really have a thing for pajamas and have accumulated so many pairs that I wear a new set every night! Check out some of my favorite sets and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Winter Perfumes

Winter is the perfect time of year to wear those dark and rich fragrances. It’s so cold outside and layers are a must so you need a strong fragrance that will last you throughout the day. I buy two fragrances a year, one for summer and one for winter. The summer one is normally light and airy while the winter one is more robust with hints of rose and amber. I personally love having a “signature” scent each season.

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Military Moments

When it comes to closet staples, a military jacket is an essential item to own this season. The military uniform heavily influenced many of the most renowned fashion designers for their Spring 2016 runway shows. GucciBurberry and Givenchy were just a few of the top tier designers who are showcasing military jackets that were greatly influenced by the Age of Enlightenment, featuring styles from 18th century France and Britain; brass buttons, rope trim and epaulettes are just a few of the similarities seen across the trending military jackets.

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Winter White

I am here to set the record straight on the never-ending “no white after Labor Day” debate… enough already with that taboo! It is an incredibly outdated fashion rule and I love nothing more than wearing winter white in the coldest of months. Short days, early sunsets and chilling temperatures can take its toll on you but your wardrobe should never reflect the gloominess you see outside your window.

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