I love this sweater. And I love this month. Because we are doing something different. You heard me talk about a shift from buying to doing... and that's where we are going this month. Yep, I'll be talking about cute outfits, but I'll also be talking about my favorite places in NYC.
Not fancy—just fabulous. Both the clothes and the spots. I'm sharing the real spots where I spend my time, meet girlfriends and just soak in the vibe of the city.
For today's adventure, I head to TriBeCa (it stands for triangle below Canal, if you've ever wondered) to pop in to see a friend's restaurant. I'm wearing what I wear to work about 75% of the time—jeans and a colorful top with comfy shoes.
Since Valentine's Day is around the corner, it's fitting that I have this Talbots heart sweater. I love this sweater for the playful heart and the easy fit. Plus, yay for stripes. It has a playful heart intarsia placed at the center front panel, and it's finished with contrast red stripes along the crewneck and sleeve hem.
Accessories—a good book! I've been toting this book around town and I'm almost done. Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner is very moving and inspiring. I might have to do a full write-up soon. I've been wearing bracelets a lot. I'm still recovering from too many statement necklaces, so I'm wearing bracelets. And I added my red monogrammed clutch (also from Talbots, but about two years ago) for another pop of red. I usually pop this in a larger tote and have it hold my essentials.
Now let's talk about the setting. For February, I'm talking about the places I LOVE to eat or grab a cup in NYC. It's meant to tell you more about real city life and maybe inspire you if you are planning a visit.
If you are coming to NYC or already live here, be sure to visit Two Hands Restaurant & Bar. In NYC, brunch is an art form, and the duo that started Two Hands know this well, their bunch game is strong. I met one of the owners years ago in New Zealand. He started the first Two Hands (a café over on Mott) to share his love of great coffee and nutritious comforting food.
The owners are both from Australia and you'll get a beachy relaxed vibe at both locations. and you'll likely hear a lot of Aussie accents. Definitely let the barista make you a coffee or a matcha. You won't be disappointed.
The brunch menu is veggie heavy—like the Brassicas Bowl: loaded with broccolini, brussel sprouts, kale, hummus, avocado and a soft boiled egg. It's the spot to linger over a second cup and clear you plate while enjoying the company of friends or a good book.
What to order: Beet Cured Salmon Bowl—which does have fish, but it's really about the bed of goodness underneath. Don't miss an order of the banana bread with espresso mascarpone, toasted buckwheat and honey (and bonus, it's gluten free).
Plan your visit to Two Hands NYC
251 Church St, New York, NY 10013
Photos by Laura Cardona, check her out on instagram here @cardonastudioo
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