Usually Jennifer and I are away this week. Palm Beach or the slopes, the day after Christmas is always a mad dash to the airport. But not this year. Our mothers came to us and we hosted family at home. Amazingly, it was a drama-free holiday and despite having guests, relaxing and fun.
Now we are both on vacation at home. It is lovely especially since we are not snowed in and it has been unseasonably warm. Movies, exhibitions, checking out new shops are all on our staycation lists.
I took the girls to see New Year’s Eve despite the terrible reviews (fun for teen girls) and we are going to check out C. Wonder, a new shop in Nolita. Chris Burch (Tory’s ex) is behind it and everyone is raving. While downtown we will have lunch at Kelley & Ping for great Thai food. Both girls had their birthday dinner at Serafina our all-time favorite with crepe cake from Lady M Confections- yum! We went to the Met which I would save for a quieter time of year, day trips to Millbrook to ride and we are watching all of Downton Abbey before the new season starts. My sister recommends Game of Thrones (she is a History professor after all) so we will watch those too. By and by, a nice way to spend the days following Christmas.
Top of my list was a dinner with the family (no kids) at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, which I had to plan two months in advance to snag a table. It was worth it–I cannot think of a more delicious and elegant way to spend a holiday family meal. This transitional period with the New Year coming always makes me want to become inspired. Whether, it’s a book, a movie, an exhibit, down time is when I like to look for things that make me think differently or want to try something new. So in that vein, I want to walk through the newly renovated Islamic Galleries at the Met, because I love all things Moroccan. Then I want to go to the Frick Collection and walk through the newly opened portico that has a Meissen collection currently on display. (I’m home obsessed at the moment.) My guilty pleasure will be to load up on every European home magazine and read them by the fire with a glass of wine.
Topics: C. Wonder, Frick, Lady M, Metropolitan Museum