Like every other classy New Yorker, I’m always searching uptown and downtown for the perfect NYC brunch. So when my friend Tracy asked if I wanted to join her for a birthday brunch at Hotel Chantelle, I couldn’t resist. After brunching, I must say that the Hotel Chantelle’s roofdeck is now one of my favorite places for a weekend summer brunch. While it has a sophisticated French feel and serves French-inspired cuisine, it’s still incredibly laid back. They even have $0.92 cocktails!
Being a city girl isn’t always easy, the rents are high, the crowds are crazy and sometimes it’s impossible to find a cab. Luckily, there are apps that can make city life a little easier. Here are my go-to apps that if you don’t have already, you should totally download.
In spite of the fact that I’ve lived in NYC for almost five years now, I still use HopStop at least once a week to find the best ways to get places on the subway. This amazing app providing subway and bus directions along with maps for over 140 cities around the world, always keeps me sane while commuting. It even accounts for route changes and construction.
2. Hotel Tonight:
For the spontaneous traveler, Hotel Tonight is a dream come true. Starting everyday at noon, Hotel Tonight lists unsold rooms for purchase the night of at a fraction of the price. To get the best deals, check the app as close to noon as possible as the cheapest rooms tend to fill up first.
In cities like New York, there’s often so much to do, that’s is hard to decide what to do on a night out. As tonight’s going out app, YPlan was created by a team of entertainment experts who believe that the best nights are unplanned. This app allows you to browse through a curated short list of the top events of the night where you can book your evening out in two taps.
4. Candy Crush Saga:
With its pretty colors and challenging puzzles, Candy Crush has become one of the most popular apps. I often a look around the subway and notice that over half of the people in my subway car are playing Candy Crush. Though it has caused me to miss my subway stop a couple times, I find Candy Crush a huge form of relaxation because it gives you something to focus one aside from the often overwhelming city. Plus, these’s no better way to start your day than passing a level of Candy Crush on your way to work.
Thanks to Uber, every city dweller can now have their own private driver. Instead of trying to catch a cab on a rainy night or walking to the subway in heels, simply request an Uber to take you door to door. The app offers cashless clear pricing that includes tip. They even let you know exactly when your driver in on their way, send you a photo of the driver previous to pickup and give you the option to split the fare.
With their bright colors and fancy packaging, macarons by far one of the most stylish sweets. So it’s no wonder they’re at almost every fashion event alongside cupcakes and champagne. When I came across the famous Ladurée luxury French bakery on West Broadway, I was hypnotized by the beautiful sweets in the window. Judging from this display, these double-decker macarons that sell at a rate of 15,000 a day, are enough to make any girl feel like they are in the company of Marie Antoinette or Blair Waldorf.
This past Saturday, I went on a socialite adventure in Soho with my friend Melissa of Missy On Madison.
After hearing about Bryan’s adventures at the Met Gala, I spotted these fabulous sandals.
Then I feel in love with this breathtaking Marilyn Monroe painting by Hulbert Waldroup.
After admiring more amazing street art,
I looked at Hulbert’s collection of Marilyn masterpieces one more time.