The Weekender: Big News!

Olivia Palermo, New York City

If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (@savvyhome), you probably already know the big news: in a few short weeks, I’ll be moving to New York City!! I can’t believe I’m finally typing these words—it’s been a long time coming (my friends can attest). I’ve been hinting at the big news for a while now, and it was hard to keep it for myself for so long!

You might have noticed a lot of back and forth in the last couple of years, as I started making more friends down there and the weekend trips became more frequent. So when I got my position as Home Décor Editor at MyDomaine, and they asked me which office I would rather work from: New York or Los Angeles, the choice was clear! They were also happy with the choice since most of the editorial team is in LA, so I’ll get to cover most NYC-based design events, which I’m super excited about.

I’m obviously very sad to be leaving my city, my friends, and my family. In the same token, I’m relieved that I’m only a short 6-hour drive, or 50-minute flight away. It means I can easily come back for just for the weekend, and my friends and family can easily come visit too. It’s a refreshing change from being a 30-hour flight away, like when I lived in Australia. I’m nervous about some aspects of big city living: not having a car, the crazy rent prices… But most of all, I’m so excited about what’s to come—the adventures, the opportunities, the lifestyle. Bring it New York, I’m ready!



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The (wardrobe) colors you never thought you could pull off, until now. Goals. —Who What Wear

I tried Root + Bone with my friend Amy this week, and it was So. Good. —Garance Doré

Andy Spade is offloading part of his art collection on Paddle8! —Paddle8

A Sunday in West Village with Adam Rapoport. Yes Please! —J.Crew

What your afternoon snack says about you. —Man Repeller

13 kitchen trends and our thoughts. —Emily Henderson

Must-see: Zoolander’s Mock Beauty Ad. —Byrdie

Snoop Dogg narrates Planet Earth. —YouTube



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Fashion Week-Approved New York: Where to Stay, Dine and Play

The Apartment by the Line • Fashion Week-Approved New York: Where to Stay, Dine and Play



New York Fashion Week is upon us. Whether you’re in the city this week for the festivities or are visiting New York shortly, here are my top fashion-week-approved spots to stay, dine and play.



The High Line Hotel • Fashion Week-Approved New York: Where to Stay, Dine and Play

The High Line Hotel

The High Line Hotel located in Chelsea, is probably one of the closest and certainly the hottest hotel near Moynihan Station, one of NYFW’s newest locations. The 1865 red-brick building is a converted dormitory with original stained glass and pined floors. The hotel has kept a certain olde-worlde boho charm. Grab one of the best coffees in the city at their coffee shop Intelligientsia before heading out, and walk down the High Line to the Meatpacking District where you can enjoy a visit at the Whitney, or great people watching.

180 Tenth Ave, Chelsea


The Smyth TriBeCa a Thompson Hotel • Fashion Week-Approved New York: Where to Stay, Dine and Play

The Smyth

A personal favorite, The recently refurbished Smyth Hotel by Thompson was designed by the impossibly cool Gachot Studios. Located in TriBeCa a short 7 minute cab ride to Clarkson Square, NYFW’s second new location, it’s the perfect place to be to get away from the hustle and bustle and wind down in their den-like lobby—the perfect spot to making you feel at home away from home.

85 West Broadway, TriBeCa



The Marlton

The Marlton is a fashion crowd favorite and it’s not hard to understand why: the decor is a mix of fashionable cool and Parisian chic with a fascinating historic past. Before it’s fashionable makeover, the Marlton hosted bohemian beatnick notables such as Jack Kerouac and Julie Andrews. Newly restored by Sean Macpherson in 2012, the Marlton kept its bohemian spirit. Primely located in Greenwich Village, in between the two NYFW locations.

5W 8th Street, Greenwich Village



Margaux Restaurant at the Marlton Hotel • Fashion Week-Approved New York: Where to Stay, Dine and Play


An easy choice since it’s located inside The Marlton, Margaux is a must whether you’re a guest of the hotel or not. Its American diner-meets-French bistro flair is sure to leave an impression. It keeps the same refined boho vibe as the hotel other common areas.

5W 8th Street, Greenwich Village


Dirty French at The Ludlow Hotel • Fashion Week-Approved New York: Where to Stay, Dine and Play

Dirty French

Located inside my favorite hotel in the Lower East Side, The Ludlow Hotel‘s Dirty French restaurant is part of the Major Food Group (see other favorites Santina and ZZ’s Clam Bar). There’s a swarm of impossibly cool models bustling in and out of their doors every time I visit. The adjacent lobby bar is also the perfect spot for a night cap.

180 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side


Mr Fong, Chinatown, NYC • Fashion Week-Approved New York: Where to Stay, Dine and Play

Mr Fong

If Tory Burch says it’s the place to be, you better believe it. Mr Fong is the newest hot spot for in-the-know New Yorkers and off-duty models. The place is more of a bar than a restaurant, but it does serve small Chinese food bar bites. It’s unassumingly located in gritty Chinatown and yes, there is a Mr Fong—the realtor who found the location for the bar’s owners.

40 Market Street, Chinatown



The Whitney Museum • Fashion Week-Approved New York: Where to Stay, Dine and Play

The Whitney Museum

Feel like squeezing in a little cultural excursion into your trip? The New Whitney is without a doubt the place to visit. The Renzo Piano-designed building alone is worth the trip, along with the impressive exhibitions of course. Stop by Santina for a cocktail or two after your visit, they’re delicious.

99 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District


Mother of Pearl, East Village • Fashion Week-Approved New York: Where to Stay, Dine and Play

Mother of Pearl

Feeling like an afternoon cocktail? Head to the East Village to Mother of Pearl where you’ll feel transported into a Polynesian Tiki parallel universe. Order a Shark Eye just because of how cool it looks (and it’s quite yummy too).

95 Avenue A, East Village


The Apartment by the Line • Fashion Week-Approved New York: Where to Stay, Dine and Play

Apartment by the Line

What’s a trip to NYC without squeezing in some good old interior design shopping? The Apartment by the Line mixes fashion and décor in a gorgeous SoHo loft… Everything in the apartment is for sale, from the one-of-a-kind Moroccan rugs to the clothing in the walk-in-wardrobe.

76 Greene Street, SoHo (3rd Floor)


Have more suggestions for NYFW approved hot spots? I’d love to hear them! Share them in the comments below.

Life Lately: A Summer Recap

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Oh hey! Is everyone enjoying the last days of summer to the fullest? Great! I’ve been wanting to do a summer recap for a while now, and Garance inspired me with hers. So here we go. It’s not over yet folks!

I’d love to hear your summer recap! Answer some (or all) of the questions in the comments below.


Resolution of the summer  To drink a cup of warm water with lemon AND a tall glass of green juice every morning (since I’m never hungry for breakfast). So far, so good.

Song of the summer  I’m still not 100% sure on that one, but I’m really digging the songs on my Soundcloud these days, especially this Bob Marley remake.

Meal of the summer  A tie between ZZ’s Clam Bar in NYC and Lavanderia in Montreal.

Cocktail of the summer  A Shark Attack at Mother of Pearl. Order it and you’ll see what I mean.

TV Show of the summer  I don’t watch a lot of TV (especially not when it’s nice out!) But Wet Hot American Summer is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

Shortcomings of the summer  I kind of forgot to workout on the reg. Oops! At least I improved my tennis and golf games.

Shop of the summer  MONC XIII. Love. That. Place.

Party of the summer  It involved the Hamptons house of former Hercules star Kevin Sorbo, a performance by JaRule and an unfortunate bush fire. It was on 4th of July.

Iced latte of the summer  Hands down Toby’s Estate Coffee in the West Village. I crave it every day.

Pinch me moment  Seeing my face in print magazine in the September issue of House & Home. Pick up your copy now, my apartment is featured. Eeeek!

Bucket list moment  Attending the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic with a few gal pals. Been wanting to do that for a few years and it did not disappoint!

Purchase of the summer  The never-been-worn Burberry tunic I got at my aunt’s consignment store for a steal(sshhh)!

Book of the summer  Not that I read a lot (add that to shortcomings) but China Rich Girlfriend was the perfect beach read.

Hotel of the summer  Crow’s Nest in Montauk where I stayed last weekend with Lauren and Sam. Sean MacPherson, you outdid yourself again!

Local haunt of the summer  Montreal’s No Name Bar. The classic cocktails, the 50s music, the banana leaf trees, the tuxedo’ed waiters, the slow moving fans… it’s just so Casablanca.

Ugh moment of the summer  It’s a tie would be a tie between getting blisters til I bleed on my way to a meeting, or not being to find a cab in the pouring rain and walking 30 blocks in what I’m pretty sure were garbage water puddles. Yuck.

Photo-op of the summer  This one.

Recipe of the summer  Watermelon salad. I ordered it, made it endlessly in all it’s varieties. Yum.

Destination of the summer  With 7 times and counting since May, this one goes out to NYC.

This is summer moment A crab boil with chef Chris Rendell of Surf Lodge and the Google Play Music team. We learned to make tuna tartare from the best!

Images via Instagram.

Your Ultimate Summer Guide to a Seaside-Inspired NYC: Part 2

Grand Banks: Best Seaside Inspired Restaurants NYC 2015 • on @SavvyHome


Your ultimate guide to a seaside-inspired NYC just got 2x better!


Blame it on my appreciation for oysters, lobster rolls and rosé—but I seem to inexplicably be drawn to places that are inspired by the ocean no matter where I go. How else would I have rounded up two full lists of seaside-inspired spots in the heart of the concrete jungle? Because I just can’t help myself (and clearly neither can my friends), here are 5 new surfside-inspired spots to try in New York City, just in time for Fourth of July!


Hotel Hugo: Best Seaside Inspired Restaurants NYC 2015 • on @SavvyHome

Hotel Hugo

I loved staying with friends in NYC, but on my last trip I treated myself to a hotel room and got a great rate at Hotel Hugo through Hotelied. Have you tried it yet? Hotelied gives hotel discounts based on social media following and travel reward programs. You connect all your accounts and watch the discounts fly in!

Hotel Hugo is brand new; it’s nautical-inspired and located in SoHo (a walk to the West Village is a short 10 minutes). The rooftop has a gorgeous view overlooking the Hudson River (I had a pretty great view from my bedroom on the 17th floor too). My favorite details about Hotel Hugo were the monogrammed hotel bedding and the vertical gardens in the lobby and restaurants. If only I had a green thumb…

525 greenwich St, TriBeCa



Grand Banks

Grand Banks is the place that made me write a Part 2 to this seaside-inspired NYC guide. Why? Because it’s also set on a boat (see Part 1). This boat is a historic wooden schooner and it’s docked at Pier 25 in TriBeCa. It doesn’t sail away like The Water Table does, but it sure has a killer view of the city and the sunset over the Hudson.

I visited Grand Banks with Lauren and a few other friends after the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. After spending all day in the sun drinking rosé champagne, it’s safe to say we were #hangry. We tried not to get discouraged by the 2-hour wait to get a table and stood patiently in line, cracking jokes with the staff that we were about to order the entire menu (made up of delicious wild harvest oysters, a seasonal selection of small seafood plates and nautically inspired cocktails). That comment didn’t fall unto deaf ears because within minutes we were ushered to 5 prime seats at the bar with a full tasting menu in waiting.

The food was delicious. The sunset was magical. My tip: show up overdressed (grand hats and all) with a group of gals and order the entire menu (it’s not that big). You just might skip all the lines.

Pier 25, Hudson River Park, TriBeCa



Bar Sardine

loved this place. It has to be one of my new favorite spots in NYC. I had brunch there with Amy and Lauren the day after the Polo Classic. When it comes to NYC local gems, Amy knows where it’s at. Every time I hang out with her, she makes me discover a new spot that’s better than the last and Bar Sardine is no exception.

The vibe at Bar Sardine in the West Village is tropical beach bar meets all-american diner. The place is tiny, with only eight tables and bar seating all around. The cocktails are delicious and brunch appropriate (it’s one of the only places I found in the US who make a real Canadian Bloody Caesar). I’ve yet to try the Cold Brah, made of Colf Coffee, Rum, Amaretto and Combier but I bet it’s basically a better iced coffee. I ordered the smoked whitefish toast and it did not disappoint. Lauren’s benedict caesar and Amy’s fedora burger looked equally yummy. I can’t wait to go back and try everything else on the menu.

183 West 10th Street, West Village


Navy NYC: Best Seaside Inspired Restaurants NYC 2015 • on @SavvyHome

Navy NYC

Last week I stopped by Navy NYC in SoHo for a quick drink with Nathalie. Upon walking in, I immediately guessed that this place shared the same owners as Smith & Mills which I talked about last October (a little bit of research confirmed I was right). The place is tiny (like Smith & Mills). We sat at the bar and cracked jokes with the bartender who was serving us rosé out of a magnum bottle.

As you would guess from the name (and the fact that it’s featured on this guide), the place is nautical themed. I loved the blue and white tiles around the bar that were shaped like tiny waves and sailboats. The menu is (surprise-surprise) primarily seafood-based. I didn’t get to try the food but judging from the plates around me, it looked delicious. Their signature dish is an uni-butter toast which I obviously have to try. I will be back.

137 Sullivan St, SoHo


Mary's Fish Camp: Best Seaside Inspired Restaurants NYC 2015 • on @SavvyHome

Mary’s Fish Camp

Stepping into Mary’s Fish Camp is like walking right out of the West Village and into a New England seafood eatery. The décor is simple, not fussy. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The menu is extensive. I had anxiety choosing my meal just looking at how delicious everything looked. It brought me right back to the harbour-side eateries of my childhood summers in New Brunswick: fried clams, lobster rolls, Canadian steamers, oysters (with a “foodie twist” naturally).

The fried clam roll immediately caught my attention and did not disappoint. Amy had the lobster roll which looked perfectly authentic (and according to Grace, lobster roll connoisseur, it’s the best in NYC). We washed down our plates with a healthy dose of freshly squeezed lemonade.

64 Charles St, West Village


The question remains, when is Part 3 coming out? In the meantime, read Part 1.

Images c/o Hotel Hugo | Grand Banks |Bar Sardine | Navy NYC | Girl Crush LA