Fall 2014 Market – New York

Day 1 – Travel Day: This trip Patty and I stayed at the Dream Hotel Downtown in the Meatpacking District.  We like to try out a different hotel every time we go to NYC so that we can get to know the different neighborhoods.  The jury is still out on my favorite area of the city.  I have to say, I’m really liking the Meatpacking/Chelsea area. The Dream

The hotel was great!!  (Just make sure your room isn’t near the elevators – it was a little loud). DreamroomPhotos from DreamHotel.comUSAflagdreamhotel

We had dinner at Tipsy Parson.  Southern meets the city – super cute decor and very filling food.  The warm kale salad and the mac & cheese are a must.  And the pork chop was very delicious as well! tipsyparsonPhotos from TipsyParson.com

Day 2 – 1st day of Market Outfit: Rebecca Taylor top (vintage Milly & Grace), Blank Denim jeans (available at Milly & Grace), Coach Madison Small Kelsey Bag in Cognac, Steve Madden booties, Chanel lipgloss in Seashell, & Dannijo bracelets (available at Milly & Grace).fmoutfit1StackingDannijo

After a long day on our feet we met up for dinner & drinks with the girls from The Lovely! Julie, Sarah, Emme, Patty & I headed to Soho to an excellent Thai restaurant called Kittichai.  We loved the ambiance here.  I recommend the lettuce wraps, the tuna tartare and the steak.  The steak was especially delicious!! KITTICHAIPhotos from kennected & kittichai.com.

Day 3 – 2nd day of marketOutfit: Nili Lotan turtleneck ruana (We will be carrying Nili Lotan at Milly & Grace and a version of this will be available this fall!!), Blank Denim gray jeans (available at Milly & Grace), Henri Bendel collection bag, Ralph Lauren boots, Gillian Julius bracelet (available at Milly & Grace), Chanel Sunglasses & Chanel Lipgloss in Wild Rose.FMoutfit2For dinner we met up with my friend Amanda at La Esquina.  (Amanda is getting married next weekend!! Remember I went to her bachelorette weekend in Mexico??) This place was too good – shh!  Don’t tell anyone!!  An authentic Mexican restaurant with the most outrageously delicious grilled Mexican corn (this is a must!).  Amanda knew what to order so we followed her lead – I recommend the tuna & chicken tostadas and the steak & chicken tacos.  The only negative was that their classic margarita wasn’t great but I will definitely be going back!laesquinaPhotos from LaEsquina.com

Day 4 – Last day of the market: Outfit: Ralph Lauren sweater & turquoise necklace, Blank Denim jeans, Steve Madden booties, Coach bag, Chanel sunglasses & Kevin Aucoin lipgloss in Hydraa (available at Beauty by the Sea on Nantucket!)FMoutfit3For our last night, we indulged ourselves and had dinner at L’Artusi in the West Village.  This Italian place knocked our socks off.  Everything about it.  The service, the ambiance, the decor, the drinks and especially the food.  This place was definitely my favorite of the lot.  I recommend the housemade ricotta, the mushroom salad, the orecchiette, and the chicken.

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Day 5 – Travel home:  Patty & I always have so much fun in NYC and it is always sad when the trip is over.  However, the exciting news is that the buying for 2014 is now complete!Emily&PattyWe can’t wait to open on April 25th and show you all the goodies we picked out for this season!!


Oscar Party Treats!


The Oscars are tomorrow!  Are you having a viewing party??  The Milly & Grace Girls love any excuse to throw a little party… and an Oscars Party is one of my favorites.  So I put together a few must have treats and traditions that would be perfect for an Oscar Party.

First up, Caramel Corn… When I think of popcorn, I think of the movies.  An easy way to fancy up this classic movie treat for an Oscar Party is to cover it with sweet caramel and edible gold stars!  I think Caramel Corn is going to be my newest Oscar Party Tradition…


This was my first time making caramel corn… it was really easy!  I used this recipe but doubled the vanilla (I always double the vanilla in every recipe… especially my cookie recipes).  I sprinkled the Edible Gold Stars (available at Michael’s) after I took the popcorn out from the oven!


You can easily make customized popcorn bags!  All you need are these little white bags, letter stamps and a ink pad!  All available at Michael’s.


Red Licorice is a classic movie theater treat from the 1920’s.  I was reading up on Bon Appetit’s History of Movie Theater Treats that the war between Twizzler and Red Vine started in the early 20th century.  Fun Fact:  Twizzlers were born in the mid 1800’s and Red Vines were born in 1920.  I know I am not the only one that always thought that Red Vines were the original red licorice!  I used to be a Twizzler girl back in the day but now I LOVE Red Vines more! (Who knew I could write so much about red licorice?)


Chocolate Covered Strawberries are an Ott Oscar Party Tradition… I decided to fancy them up too with a sprinkle of gold! I might have gone a little crazy with the Edible Gold Stars!  That little tube of stars goes a long way.


And finally, every party has to have a signature drink!  In honor of Shirley Temple, I decided to try out a new cocktail.  Everyone knows the “Dirty Shirley” which is a Shirley Temple with Vodka.  But I thought I needed to keep it classy…


A Champagne Shirley Temple Cocktail was born!  Grenadine, Champagne, finished with Sprite and of course…. a cherry on top!


And there you have it!  A few sweet treats for your Oscar Party!  If you need something savory, you can always do a cheese plate or these amazing Chipotle and Rosemary Spiced Nuts.


That little Oscar in all those pictures above is from my 13th Birthday party!  Maybe one day… I’ll be able to replace it with a real one?!  A girl can dream!