Sunday, March 16, 2014

Falafel and Fashion in the City

As I bade goodbye to a dear friend of mine who's moving to Dallas, 
we gathered for low key drinks in the village.
 After a night out, 
I usually grab something to eat before heading home and sleep.
As we left the bar, the first thing that came to my mind was Mamoun's!

Situated in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City, Mamoun’s Falafel has been serving high quality Middle Eastern Food since it first opened its doors to the public in 1971. It is the oldest falafel restaurant in New York and one of the first Middle Eastern establishments in the United States.

Family owned and operated since the beginning, the restaurant is now part of the history and culture of the Village. Its tradition extends to serving the likes of many famous musicians, actors, and other celebrities. There is an energy and flare to the place that cannot be captured in words. Whether it’s the tiny “hole in the wall” charm, the high paced/ high volume energy, or the dynamic clientele, going to Mamoun’s for a falafel can transform a meal into a unique dining experience. Through the years, they’ve been featured on the food network, travel guide channel, and many newspapers, magazines and books.

Click here for all their recognitions!

And as Sarah Jessica Parker said, it is 
My falafel sandwich and for a St. Patty's touch, wearing my SJP Shoes, Ina

What sets them apart from other Falafel restaurants is their rich tradition and history as well as their commitment to excellence. Their philosophy is simple: authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine served in a traditional environment. Everything we serve is made from scratch using only the freshest natural ingredients, the finest imported spices, and our signature recipes.

This is why I love Mamoun's!
It is homemade and authenticity is guaranteed!
Plus it is very affordable!

So come down and visit one of their locations
Whether it’s their flagship restaurant in Greenwich Village, t
heir East Village location, 
their New Haven “sit-down” restaurant, 
or their newest spots in Hoboken, New Jersey, and New Brunswick, New Jersey 
(Princeton, NJ coming soon!), 
you are sure to get the same high quality food, fast service and budget prices.

me in their flagship store in 119 MacDougal St.
wearing green Michael Kors trench coat for the St. Patty's spirit,
similar ones here
and here
If it doesn't say Mamoun's, then it's not Mamoun's!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Taste of Italy in The City

Fashion meets Food

SJP Shoes "Stella" went with me to Taralucci e Vino!

“She can handle any street.”
-Sarah Jessica Parker

As I conquer the world (starting with New York City of course) with my SJP Shoes,
as a lover of sweets, my first stop was of course Taralucci e Vino Restaurant!

They have 3 locations as follows:

NYC 10024 
T. 212 362 5454

163 1ST AVE
NYC 10003
T. 212 388 1190

15 E 18TH ST
NYC 10003
T. 212 228 5400
F. 212 228 4672

I went to the restaurant yesterday on my way to class to give these sweeties a try.
As I got in the restaurant,
I was a bit confused as I didn't see any pastry.
In the entrance, you'll see the bar to your left and then a staircase to the dining area.
A very nice lady, Sara, came to greet me and I told her about my mission on finding the Amaretto cookies.
As I was devouring the Amaretto cookies like there's no tomorrow, I asked if Marta is around.
She apparently was doing errands and I patiently waited for her.

I agree with SJP! They are the BEST almond cookies I ever had!

While waiting, I also tried the "tarallucci".
I can eat a handful of this cute little Italian biscuit!

Cutie tarallucci

Marta came back with a cheerful face excited to meet me as much as I was excited to meet her!
She offered me her personal favorite, a chocolate hazelnut biscotti.
And a cappuccino freshly made by Enrico.

I love biscotti! And this was heavenly! 
The rich chocolate married with the hazelnut perfectly complements with the cappuccino!

Meet Marta! She's the sweetest!
Such a wonderful experience!
Visit the restaurant today and look for Marta.
Or Sarah or anyone really!
The whole crew is amazing!
And don't forget to try Enrico's specialty coffee.
Definitely a great afternoon stop before my class.
Can't wait to come back and try their homemade pasta and authentic Italian dishes!

SJP Shoes Stella and the best almond cookies ever, Amaretto cookies!
A classic clog gets a chic remake with supple, crisscrossing leather straps and a tall wooden heel.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

#PinoyRelief Benefit Concert @MSG

The mission of #PinoyRelief is to provide relief to victims of natural disasters in the Philippines ---
with the current focus on victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

To donate, please visit or send checks payable to Pinoy Relief Fund to:

Pinoy Relief Fund
600 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10022

SJP Shoes "Pola" came with me to the concert

Dr. Mehmet Oz is a member of the Committee
He works with many Filipino nurses and it is his way of extending help to the Filipino people.

Robert & Kristen Anderson-Lopez,
2014 Oscar winners for the Best Original Song

 Filipino-American Robert Lopez is only the 12th person in history to receive an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar (for Academy Awards) and a Tony. At 39 years of age, he is also the youngest to do so.

 American Idol runner-up, Filipino American Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez singing Let It Go with composer Robert Lopez on the piano 

Big thanks to Jennifer Hudson for joining the cause!

She joined the cast of TV series Glee as Sunshine Corazon.

Apl De Ap of now defunct Black Eyed Peas

Filipino-American Apl de ap 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Stirrup Season!

We might have just had "Spring forward' yesterday, but we are "Fashion backward" today!

During SJP Shoe Collection launch, an 80's fad was reborn to the fashion world: stirrup tights/leggings!

I remember owning stirrup pants in every color when I was in grade school! Now that I'm older, stirrup is not just but a fashion item for me. It has the ability to elongate the appearance of women’s legs!

Due to insistent public demand, here are the links as to where Sarah Jessica Parker got her now-again-famous stirrups!

Denise setting the trend on stirrup!

Then SJP did her own version after.

Stirrup with the Carrie in nude.

Check SJP's sheer stirrup from American Apparel, $10

Denise and SJP both rocking stirrups and Carries

SJP still not retiring her stirrup.

Here wearing Tanny in French navy and opaque stirrup tights from Alice & Olivia, $75.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

SJP: The New Collection of Sarah Jessica Parker

SJP wearing the LADY in red or as she calls it, geranium!
"This shoe is polite and old-fashioned. It suits a wide range of women with its simple silhouette. Crazy for this shoe!!! I wouldn't call it red. I'd call it geranium. It's the most perfect red and actually, magically seems to bounce light, rather than absorb it. As though it's lit from inside. And I just love the grosgrain down the back. The contrast on this shoe really makes its point and has a sort of refined beauty. And so she is a Lady."
-Sarah Jessica Parker

$350 exclusively at Nordstrom 

SJP wearing the ANNA in coral and trying on the ETTA on me!

“Elegant Anna. I'm crazy for this shoe."
-Sarah Jessica Parker

ANNA in coral , $345

Rich nappa leather shapes a luscious heeled sandal with slender, delicately curving straps.
ANNA in green or she calls it asparagus

ANNA in nude

“The color, the silk flower, the dainty straps—is there a more ladylike, elegant shoe? I love it for work as well as special occasions.”
—Sarah Jessica Parker

ETTA in Pewter Grey, $425

 A gauzy blossom embellishes a delectable grosgrain pump with a slender T-strap and dainty cutouts.

ETTA in Pink Mauve 
SJP with Wendy Williams
SJP wearing TANNY

Wendy wearing CARRIE in purple
“Carrie is obviously one of my favorite people, and this is an ode to her. It's a strong shoe that can be worn for day and night. I love the way the strap dips down the front of the foot, accentuating the length of the leg and the delicacy of each strap. All of the details and the gorgeous grosgrain down the back combine to make it deserving of its namesake.”
-Sarah Jessica Parker

CARRIE in purple
$355 exclusively from Nordstrom

"I always knew the shoe I felt the most affinity for would be called Carrie. This shoe is surprisingly sexy—the details make it especially deserving of its namesake."

also available in black 

and nude

“Named for Tanaquil LeClercq, one of my favorite ballet dancers from the past. I love the French blue because it's a slightly different tone from most of the navies that exist, and I think that both the color and the shape look incredibly sexy on the foot."
-Sarah Jessica Parker

TANNY in Avio Blue
$350 exclusively from Nordstrom

SJP on the The Ellen Degeneres Show
wearing FAWN in black
and carrying the turquoise

"This is simply a name I loved. It creates an image of legs. And there is a sort of innocence one thinks of."
-Sarah Jessica Parker

FAWN in black
$350 exclusively from Nordstrom

"This is simply a name I loved. It creates an image of legs. The brightness of the turquoise seems so exciting and spirited—it's a spectacular combination."also in turquoise
and nude
“Named after the socialite Slim Keith.”
-Sarah Jessica Parker

SLIM Peep Toe Pump in Avio Blue (L) and  Bronze Specchio (R)
$345 each

with the MANHATTAN trench in tan, WAVERLY cross body bag in navy and SLIM in Avio Blue

I love that we were able to do this trench. I'm so pleased with its femininity and its practicality. I love the piped panels, the detail and use of the grosgrain. And I'm so pleased with the fit, perhaps most important of all!”
-Sarah Jessica Parker
MANHATTAN Grosgrain Trim Skirted Trench Coat in khaki, $495

From style icon Sarah Jessica Parker, a double-breasted trench accentuates its feminine and graceful lines with tonal grosgrain trim and shiny goldtone buttons.

in Navy
“Our adorable Waverly. It's such a perfect size and I made sure it can hold everything I need. Looks adorable as a crossbody or on one shoulder.”—Sarah Jessica Parker

WAVERLY cross body bag in Navy, $345
A petite-yet practical leather bag with an optional strap seamlessly switches from handheld to crossbody carry, offering chic convenience to a style maven on the move. The distinctive grosgrain trim pays tribute to designer Sarah Jessica Parker's favorite childhood adornment while providing a signature finishing touch.
in Coral

in Black

Meet BOBBIE in mint, $365
Sweet scalloping lends playful, feminine appeal to a graceful suede sandal lifted by a slender heel.

“Can't wait for spring!”
-Sarah Jessica Parker

 Meet ALISON in luggage, $485

 “This is for the girl who doesn’t want to wear a traditional ladylike heel but wants a bit of height.”
-Sarah Jessica Parker

Slender laces cinch a gorgeous calfskin bootie with a seductive peep toe and a slender stiletto heel.