Eye on NY


Well, hello there!

My itinerary took me to NY recently where skies were blue and I had the extreme pleasure of spending time with my older son. The weather was stunning. Really hot, but not too steamy. In other words, absolutely perfect for walking from one end of Manhattan to the other.


I flew on Virgin America, connecting from Santa Barbara airport via United.

In the off chance that you ever find yourself booking this itinerary, let me share 2 important details with you;

1) “Virgin America” is 1 of only 3 airlines “United” does not have a baggage agreement with.  Apparently they’re “Frenemies”

2) The “United” terminal is at the absolute opposite side of LAX than the “Virgin America” terminal.

I had 55 minutes to buy a cart, yank my bags off the carousel, run to the bus, pull said bags off bus, find another cart, check in to Virgin, recheck my bags, and go through security again.

If you’re a man, you’re probably thinking “Why did you even have 2 check-in pieces of luggage and a carry-on when you were just going to NY?”

What a silly question.

 Needless to say, I lost 3 lbs and a cocktail was required immediately upon boarding.

BTW,  Is “my other ride’s a spaceship” new, or did I just notice it for the first time? I love that! I needed a dose of humour by this point.

L1150338Happily ensconced in my lovely hotel in NY, all travel turmoils forgotten (as you just read, haha) I was happy to hit the ground running.

It seems almost every city block in NY offers a photo op if you’re keeping your eyes peeled

L1150337Speaking of peeling…a wall down by my son’s neck of the woods reminds that “Art” is always in the eye of the beholder


We ate well, especially dinner one evening at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

Would definitely go back. (BTW, not just sushi)

IMG_5020Not sure if it was the heat, but I also decided to chop off my long hair. I will probably cut a few more layers still, but I was nervous to do anything too drastic all at once.

I don’t think the last 6″ were doing me any favours anyway and I’m loving how much easier it is to blow dry.

Just in case you’re looking for a good stylist in NY, I went to Chris Lospalluto at Sally Hershberger’s Uptown. He’s low-key and adorable.

IMG_5011There were a lot of these going on already, but I was more in the mood for walking than shopping.

L1150324That being said, I did drop into Barney’s shoe department which was like a hill of fire ants. I feared for my life. Not enough to leave mind you, but I was mighty scared just the same. Aside from the predominance of fluorescents, yes, still (upcoming post) I’m guessing there’s going to be a lot of brogues, saddle shoes, and flats in the coming months. Adorable if you can carry them off.  I saw Muiccia Prada in person recently and she was wearing a knee-length gingham dress, ankle socks and saddle-y brogues. Of course she is Muiccia Prada, worth 7 billion dollars due to her fashion sense and was on the cover of the NY Times Style magazine last weekend, but as much as I appreciate her iconoclasm, I have too strong a fear of looking like Betty Davis in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” to attempt this look at my age.

OK, maybe with some wide trousers…

L1150287One day, the designated meeting point with my son was at ABC Carpet down on 17th. Truthfully, I could have spent the day in there, but the weather was so divine it would have been sinful (and my son would have killed me) so we walked around downtown all day instead. Such great people/dog/window watching there, especially on hot days.

Back to ABC though-these gorgeous chunks of blue bottle glass caught my eye as they reminded me of the paths at Lotus Land in my very own Montecito. Wouldn’t a few of them be great just strewn across a summer dining table with tons of candles?!

l10307891You may read more about Lotus Land in one of my older posts HERE


And in my latest “I LIKE IT. WHAT IS IT?” department;


One of the coolest things we spotted were “My New Flame” LED “candles” in the Ingo Maurer showroom in Soho.

They are hard to explain but you can watch a really short video of how they work here

As you can see, the circuit board controlling the flame is visible in the taper of the candle. 128 LEDs on each side allow the “flame” to be seen from both sides. They  come in red or black and can either be hung from the ceiling in a cluster, or table mounted as they run by battery. So modern and talk about a conversation starter. I’ve had a pair of the Ingo Maurer “Campari” lights over my kitchen sink in Sun Valley for years and I love the warm glow they cast, especially during the winter.

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Lastly, I leave you with this bike, in my boy’s neighbourhood

IMG_5051 “Art” once again, in the eye of the beholder.

( I told you “fluoro”‘s still hot. Can you believe people still litter?? For shame! )

xox SP



  1. I do adore an off piste tour of a city – most of us have either been or seen plenty of other travelogues but you always do bring a new perspective and an insider / outsider perspective on a place!

  2. I really enjoyed all your photos & commentary. Love your hair – you always look fabulous! I found the velvet banquette especially appealing. Is that in your hotel or a place you passed by? Thanks for sharing your life!
    Cheers, Ruth

    • Thank you Ruth
      No, not at my hotel, just a doorway somewhere downtown. Loved the tile floor and the rich colour of the burgundy velvet.

  3. I love NY. This is a fun post and I appreciate the virtual tour. Love your new hairdo…I’m always surprised how removing a few inches can make a blow out so much faster!

  4. First of all…I LUV your new “do” and your eye for art! That’s just the beginning!!! franki

  5. Love that peeling wall! And love that you have such a great eye you would stop and photograph it. Makes me try and notice the little photographic moments around me, too. (What Would Slim Do? 😉 ) Can’t wait to see a London post! Have been enjoying all your instagram shots. Hair looks great, by
    the way!

  6. Can’t wait..this is the week we head to NYC for the John Singer Sargent exhibit…have a short list of dining establishments at the ready thanks to you…love your pics of “finds”…can’t wait to see what my eyes find… this morning I was starting the process to apply for the global entry for speedier security/preTSA after our recent international trip…any little thing to make travel a tad better-just returned from Europe going through Madrid airport…they have signs that tell you how long it takes from where you are to get to your gate–ours was 22 minutes. The Iberia VIP lounge was a great respite–they had the liquor out on the counter for self pour, lots of great food choices AND they actually announced when your flight was ready to board.

  7. Slim..love your summer hair! You are so stylish and chic even in NY summertime heat & humidity.
    The blue/green glass chunks are so refreshing and so summerish.
    But those saddle shoes make me cringe…Twelve years of either saddle shoes or brogues in Catholic school.
    Must admit though, they are very very good for the feet and those of us who had to wear “cookies”. A grown
    woman wearing them nowadays makes me think of the Japanese “school girl” fetish thing and is just so not ….
    Ah well, to each his own.

  8. You look perfectly lovely with your new cut! I was in the city last weekend myself. Oh what I’d have given for a “slim sighting”! As always, I love your visual point of view. You’ve got style to spare!

  9. Always so fun to travel with you! Good to know about Virgin and United. Those are the little surprises that can make travel so “glamorous”. What a fabulous weekend with your son. And you managed to slip in a great, new haircut too. I like it.

  10. I think your new hair style is very flattering…soft and feminine.
    Looks like you had a great trip…how are your roses doing?

  11. Thinking about the itinerary through Denver or Phoenix for my next Santa Barbara fix. Otherwise, Jet Blue to Burbank and then driving is not a bad option.

  12. I do appreciate you taking me with you to NYC. Such fun and the worlds capital of cool stuff, art and fashion….everything, actually! United has the same deal with the carrier to Phoenix, Arizona, where it took an hour to fly and an hour and a half to get baggage…..one bag, creepy non-helpful United employees shrugging their shoulders for that hour and a half. Just incase you ever have to fly to Phoenix, hand carry or Fedex your luggage .
    I think you need a couple of those glass pieces….just for your table decor.

  13. I am meeting my daughter in New York in July (it will be her first visit), and your post has made me so excited about the trip. Last time I was there I visited Fishs Eddy on your recommendation – what a fun shop – but I didn’t buy anything. This time I think I will not be able to resist.

    I also love your hair!

    • thank you Kate.
      You know ABC is virtually right across the street from Fishes Eddy-you must save some time to go in there too. It’s a mecca of fun stuff. The restaurant is also good. Have a great time with your daughter!

  14. Oh, Slim, you look lovely, and effortlessly stylish, as always. I think saddle shoes with ankle-length trousers, a la jcrew, would look awesome! Just have to get the balance right.
    Thanks for all the visual treats and trips via your blog. I love it.

  15. You lucked out, as the weather is back to Dreadful today. Love the hair!! I’ve gone through my own change of late as well (http://somecozynight.com/?s=the+bangs) and I think going slow isn’t such a bad thing. But honestly, you could stop there — it is perfect. Although even shorter could be pretty fantastic. You are in the Cat Bird Seat for hair. 😉

    And OMG, what is up with Virgin? I had several similar “huh??” moments with them when I was flying to SFO late last year. Thank heavens a cocktail and cozy hotel — not to mention seeing your Oldest — made it all better.

    Hope you had a nice trip home. And thank you for showing me my city in a refreshing and lovely way. Around this time of year, I begin to question the sanity of it all.


  16. You, and your new do, look fabulous. The light fixture installation is utterly fascinating. I was “glued to the glow” on that video. And I’m afraid I would look like Caroline Ingalls in the new brogans. : )

  17. Hey ~ speaking of travelogues. My mom is celebrating a big birthday soon {the 41st anniversary of her 29th}, and my sister and I are thinking of taking her somewhere for a long girls’ weekend to celebrate. And we are considering Santa Barbara! We’re thinking October. First, I’m wondering if that’s the best time? {We are open to anything time-wise} I’ve already gathered a few recs from your past posts and other sources, but wondering if you would ever consider a “SB highlights” post?! Or, if you ever have a minute, you have my email. Would love to know where to eat, sleep, pray. : ) OH and for sure where to SHOP! And a great spa? And also if we should do any day trips/hikes {Mom ~ her name is Carolyn ~ is super active still – more so than said daughters!} Anything Slim-approved I know we would love!

    • Yes, you will have a great time in Santa Barbara in October-it’s usually a beautiful time of year here. And yes, there IS a Santa Barbara post and section in my “Travel” tab coming up in the near future.
      Early Happy Birthday wishes to Carolyn!!

      • What??!! Fantastic!!! I cannot wait to read it {and to visit!}. Thank you so much, Slim. You are so kind, and I really appreciate it {and so will Mom and sis Meg!}

  18. Love your hair. Don’t touch it! It is perfect. And while you are fluttering round the world could I please stay in your Sun Valley home? Your beyond perfect home there looks soooooo lonely and I would be happy to offer my services to keep it company! Plus you know how gorgeous it is up there right now!

  19. One more thing {I guess I am feeling chatty today. Or my husband might clarify, “chatty-er”}.
    : ) About this travelogue idea. We, your loyal readers, are always encouraging you to write a book. Well, as per my, ahem, second reply to your post, I wish there was a book, curated by someone fabulous {are you with me?}, of several of the great places/cities in the world, chock full of recommendations of where ‘she’ would stay/dine/shop/tour. These things vetted by this fabulous person, accompanied by SPECTACLAR photos. Something akin to Ines de la Fressange’s Parisian Chic: A Style Guide. For London, Paris, NYC, California, Chicago, wherever, etc, ETC!! Hmmmmm…wonder who could do that?? : ) It would be such a great gift to all who love to travel, but need a “girlfriend’s guide” to help with the journey. Okay, I’m done. {For now.} : )

  20. What a fabulous collection you’ve curated. I L-O-V-E the bike. I also would love to get my hands on some of those hunks of molten bottle glass, they are gorgeous. xo ebh

  21. Saddle shoes are clunky and very unattractive for adults….cute on toddlers only! Your new “do” is you! Love the photos as always especially the wall and the bike. AND……..yes the Sun Valley home looks lonely……sometimes when children grow up things like cabins and summer homes don’t get used much…….rather sad. The lights in the kitchen are stunning. weather here in Idaho has been comfortably warm at last and roses have been very happy. Thanks for always putting a smile on my face and including all of us in your glamourous life.

  22. This post made me homesick and jealous! Not a good combo! But seriously, how do you only look younger and younger?
    *grumble, grumble*

  23. in luv with the “dali-esq” bike, and really luv, luv ABC in NY……i have been debating the hair cut and highlights dilemma for moi (now down the middle of my back at the longest strands)…… i think i need circumcision on my eyelids first………….

Would love to hear from you!