East Village Eats

Style in NYC is all about a mix of comfort and cool. I love this shirt dress as it is so versatile from daywear to evening. During the day I wear these with a pair of Converse sneaks and if I have to go to a meeting or dinner date I slip on a cute pair of blush heels to go with it. 

Running around NYC has taught me about which neighborhoods I love and which ones I don't mind. One I love is the East Village and it has become my mini neighborhood hub that I run to for a good meal. I listed out some of my favorites I drop by on a weekly basis that you may enjoy. Check them out!

Coffee:

Ost Cafe (pictured above)- adorable Parisian styled cafe. Great latte.

The Bean- A nice cafe to work at

Brunch:

Cafe Orlin- Their salmon benny is amazing!

PMF- French toast. Done and done.

Lunch:

Momofuku- Good ramen. Also try their chicken meatball steam bun. The bok choy salad is tasty too.

The Eddy- fantastic tartare

Dinner:

Upstate- Great seafood! Oysters overload.

Luzzo's pizzaria- Pizza pizza pizza. Possibly my top two pizza spots in the city.

Dessert:

Fresco Gelataria- If you follow me on snap, you may see I tend to go to this place far too often! Amazing gelato. They actually had a shop in Athens and made the move to the city and I am very happy about it. You will be too after you try it!

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Street Chic Meets Beach

It feels so good to be home! Somehow I couldn't leave my street chic style in the NYC so I brought it to my beachy CA town. I paired a silky soft top with rugged leather pants. I paired it with feminine wavy wedges, a neutral colored Celine bag and of course, my favorite Celine sunnies! One extra accent I added was my metal bar necklace from Lydell NYC. I get a ton of compliments on that necklace anytime I wear it!

Photographer: @tienphotographer shot in Newport Beach

Nudes are My Favorite

I am always on the go. It can be a bit exhausting, but at the same time, I find stagnant things in life to be quite boring, so as I quickly become overwhelmed, I do a few breathing exercises to remind myself the importance of being resilient.

While we are on the topic of resilience, let's talk about the need to be resilient in this life. The one answer interviewers love hearing about a candidate is that they are "resilient in their efforts at work". So why just settle at work, why not just be resilient in general. Being resilient does not necessarily mean to be a workaholic. It means that you work hard at the tasks in front of you. Whether that be being a girl boss at the office, or being a complete girl boss at home and managing a husband, children and keeping the house in order. You can be resilient in your health practice as well! I try to do breathing exercises, meditation breaks and stretches every day to keep my mind and body happy. Try it ;) Treat yo self!

Alongside my resilience obsession, I am also resilient in my commitment to being fashion forward, yet not breaking the bank. Pictured here, I mixed fast fashion with a few pricier staple pieces that I wear over and over again. I absolutely love mixing whites and nudes, they look so polished when they are worn together in the right way. If you are terrified of white pants, go for a pair of khaki or beige trousers. But coming from someone who treks on the subway, just don't sit and you will be golden!

Photographer: Selwyn Ramos

Top: Zara or similar

Pants: Zara or similar or similar

Jacket: Club Monaco or similar

Shoes: Louise et Cie

Purse: Chloe

 

Journey with Javvy to NYC: Central Park

Arrived in the city, and of course the first thing I had to do was grab a cup of coffee and walk around Central Park. This gorgeous park gives me a warm feeling, even though it was 50 degrees and the only thing that was actually warm was my coffee. My favorite movie growing up was Serendipity, call me a hopeless romantic, but I always dreamed of meeting the man of my dreams in the city. The only difference is, my dreamboat boyfriend joined me in the city so no need to find a new one. #winning

While walking in the park you will stumble upon a few awesome things; squirrels, people singing harmoniously, the bubble man, couples kissing and people picnicking (when it is warm). Also, you will see a ton of people of all ages getting their fitness on. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to see people older than my parents running much faster than I can. Kudos to them and their cardiovascular health. Werk, Werk, Werk, Werk, WERK!

After finishing at the park, I walked over to Columbus Circle and went to the mall to grab some lunch from Masa and a drink from Center Bar. Two beautiful spots with a nice view of the park and the city :)

Journey with Javvy: Your Guide to New York - Best places to sightsee, eat, shop and dance in NYC

Ahhh…NYC. City of dreams, incredible food, dancing and hustlers. Every time I go to NYC I feel so alive. Am I the only one that feels this way? I doubt it. There is something about the quick moves, hustle and bustle and fierceness there that has always lit a fire under my bum. I always leave feeling inspired to start something new. Fun fact, after a trip there several years ago for NYFW, I came home and immediately starting deriving the Savvy Javvy blog and I have not looked back.

For those of you planning a visit for the first time, or even going back for another visit soon, you may enjoy my guide to the city below. I hope to update it by the end of the Summer with new places. Why the end of the Summer? Because I plan to be in and out of the city multiple times in the coming months. Certainly looking forward to racking up my airline miles!

Best Sightseeing in NYC:

Top of the Rock- On top of the Rockefeller Center, there is an observatory where you can see incredible views of the city. Yes- that includes the Empire State Building!

Central Park- throw on some tennis shoes and go on a morning jog in the park. Or pack a picnic and head there with a friend, loved one or even just a great book.

The Met- One of my favorite museums in the states. In fact one of the biggest! I love the different exhibitions and their permanent collection is quite impressive. My favorite? I love Fernand Leger’s work.

MOMA- Another museum, but this museum is focused on modern art. So impressive!

Soho- This is a great area during the day for shopping and at night for grabbing bite to eat. Hip scene. Fun fact: SOHO stands for South of Houston street.

Brooklyn Bridge- Head there early in the morning and capture that awesome empty shot of just you and the bridge. This connects the city to Brooklyn. Which by the way, you need to go to. The city is hip, full of great restaurants and artsy boutiques.

The Highline- a gorgeous elevated park that used to be the NYC Central railroad. Close by the Chelsea Market, which is certainly a charming place you should stop by.

Chelsea Market- Come here for lunch, to pick up flowers or to grab a cup of joe. Love this indoor space of restaurants and boutiques.

Broadway Show- Try to book something in advance. I mean MONTHS in advance. My suggestions? Hamilton and Book of Mormon. You will not go wrong!

 

Best Restaurants in NYC: 

Brunch:

By Chloe- the best vegan food in town

Jack’s Wife Freda- avo toast heaven

Nomo Soho- The hotel bar has delicious brunch and mimosas

Hudson Clearwater- I want this everyday

Chalait- For their matcha green tea latte

Cafe Grumpy- Grab a cup of joe here

La Colombe- In Soho grab a cup of joe here too

Russ and Daughters- The best lox in town

 

Lunch:

Cafe Habana- Come hungry for the Cuban sandwiches

Bar Pitti- Pasta heaven

Eataly- Pasta heaven again and an incredible Italian market

Nugateen- A delicious Jean George’s restaurant for their prix fix. The price for their lunch is worth it.

John's Pizza- My favorite pizza in Greenwich Village

Los Tacos 1- The carne asada there is to die for

The Halal Guys- One of the better food stands out there!

Shake Shack- The East Coast version of In N Out burger. It is delicious!

Pylos- Delicious Greek food in the East Village

Momoya- Casual sushi spot in Chelsea

 

Dinner:

Momofuku Milk Bar- Amazing food

ABC Kitchen- can’t go wrong here

Otto- Italian pasta

Del Posto- right under the high line. This is a must for Italian food.

Relais de Entrecote- because I am a Parisian obsessed steak lover and this place is the best!

Totto Ramen- Delicious ramen in Midtown

Tacombi- the best crispy fried fish tacos! It is in Nolita.

Gramercy Tavern- great American restaurant in the Flat Iron off 20th

 

Drinks:

Hotel Americano- nestled right in Chelsea

Mother of Pearl- East Village spot

Drexler’s- another great bar in the East Village

Mulberry Project- great spot in Little Italy

Hotel Hugo- great drinks and beautiful city views

Amelie- the cutest french wine bar in Greenwich Village

 

Best Nightclubs in NYC:

Dream Hotel- Incredible views and good music

Boom Boom Room- You know why

1 Oak- you know why

Nighty Night- small but cool spot

Tao- Fun and large space

Provocateur- Tough door

Best Hotels in NYC:

Dream Hotel- Fun and young hotel

The Ace Hotel- Always a favorite

The London- Nice sized rooms, a good staple

Hotel Hugo- hottest new hotel. Super sexy interior, amazing service and an awesome rooftop bar 

Nomad Hotel- Hip boutique hotel

Nomo Soho- Boutique sized, great chandelier bar

Air Bnb- Very common to use this in the city. But be weary, some people charge so much on here and you do not even get the service you would get from a hotel. I always try to go for a hotel unless you are staying for a month or so, then definitely try Air Bnb.

 

Journey with Javvy to San Francisco: The Painted Ladies

I absolutely love traveling to San Francisco. It is truly a charming city filled with endless things to do. Anytime I have a work trip to SF, I rejoice in the fact that if I can go over the weekend, I have the opportunity to see family, friends and to be a tourist in the city. What makes this even more legitimate, is that I grew up in the Bay Area and have been to SF hundreds of times, but I always find reasons to explore this city as if it were my first time seeing it.

One of my favorites to visit while in SF ( of course after the Golden Gate Bridge) is the painted ladies. The Painted ladies are a row of Victorian houses on Steiner Street. They are directly across from Alamo Square park. These houses are so beautiful and they are absolutely worth checking out.

The weather was fabulous so I wore this low back denim Tobi jumpsuit and paired it with some neutrals. I always try to pair down a bold denim color with nudes, otherwise your look can look cluttered. I chose nude pumps, brown round glasses and of course my beautiful Chloe bag. She is my favorite little painted lady!

After visiting the painted ladies, I decided to go to brunch at Nopa. So delicious, try the butter basted eggs on toast. Goodness I am still craving that right now! I spent the rest of the day walking around the area visiting boutiques. I ended the night at my favorite Italian restaurant, Delfina. Get the spaghetti, you will thank me later. The fresh tomato sauce paired with the homemade noodles. You really won't go wrong!

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Jumpsuit: Tobi or similar

Shoes: Louise et Cie

Sunglasses: Tom Ford

Bag: Chloe

Jewelry: Lydell NYC

Journey with Javvy to San Francisco: Palace of Fine Arts

While visiting SF I stopped by the gorgeous Palace of Fine Arts. This 100 year old monument located in the Marina area of San Francisco. The space hosts art exhibitions and is a popular tourist spot. Just about every single local has come by here to take photos, so I of course felt inclined to too! Especially since I was wearing this gorgeous jumper!

After finishing up at the Palace of Fine arts, I headed over to Chestnut street and ate at the Tipsy Pig. It is so delicious and the perfect place for brunch and cocktails. Another good spot is Tacolicious for good margs, guacamole and tacos, ofcourse!

Continue your stroll down Chestnut and shop at some local boutiques and pick up some desserts at Le Marais. I always get the croissant!

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Heels: Louise et Cie

Jumpsuit: Tobi

Day to Night in San Francisco

I love wearing pieces that I can take from the office to happy hour. My girlfriends call me the day  to night queen as I rarely have time to run home and change between meetings. Especially when I am at our headquarters in SF, it is a rarity when I can run back to my hotel room to change before running to dinner, so picking pieces that are versatile are super important to me. 

This dress is perfect as it hugs the body in all the right places and it has sex appeal. To cool down the sex appeal during the day, you can wear a lightweight scarf around your neck and cover up your chest and you can pair it with a blazer. Since I work at a creative agency, I have the flexibility to wear leather coats to work (less formal), so I just paired mine with a leather coat to take me into the night!

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Orange You Glad It's Spring?

I was thrilled for Spring this year. I finally can pull out my bright colors to pair with jeans on casual Friday. I fell in love with this beautiful blazer in orange from Banana Republic. It is perfect with a pair of white or dark blue jeans or even pair it with a khaki or floral skirt at work. Trousers would work too! Whatever fits you best.

For my outfit here, I wore skinny white jeans, a blue button top, nude heels, pretty jeweled necklace (also from Banana) and topped it off with the bright blazer. I feel like this is a great look for brunch or a casual work day. It's also a great 'meet the parents' look for all of you out there who may need to meet your SO parents soon! 

Hope how you liked how I paired these together! Wishing you all a fabulous day.

xo

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Products provided by Banana Republic. All opinions and style choices are my own.

Transition to Spring

Spring is here, yet per usual, I am still wearing black. To lighten up my look, I paired a pair of distressed white jeans with this super chic black sheer top. The top is high neck in the front and has lining so you can't see through it. But then turn around and the back part is sheer and sexy. I love the button closures on the wrists as well that give it a clean and refined look.

I wore my favorite Chloe cross body, Celine sunnies and chunky heels to bring the look together.

Jeans: Paige Jeans

Top: Pretty Gang LA

Bag: Chloe

Sunglasses: Celine

Heels: Solsana