narcissa

narcissa || 21 cooper square, ny ny 10005 || (212)228-3344

a new, sophisticated, delicious addition to the east village is that of narcissa, located inside the standard hotel in cooper square. as you make your way to the restaurant, you’ll be sure to find some notable decor reminiscent of pleasant pastimes…

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take a little journey into the time machine

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atoms + molecules + the love you had for the periodic table

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forgive me, i’ve forgotten what cocktail this was, but surely i started with the whiskey option and it was fabulous.

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take me to tulum. tequila-based. delish.

the menu is sure to be satisfactory, carefully created by a michelin star chef, john fraser.

the dish that stood out:

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barley risotto with littleneck clams.

i usually cringe at the thought of risotto because i internally calculate how many more minutes of cardio i must do to work it off + the sloth-who-overdosed-on-heavy-cream feeling afterwards, but this…bravo mister chef! it was the perfect rendition of risotto.

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beet salad – solid. great.

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tuna sashimi jalapeno in a cucumber-basil water

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fluke crudo. light and refreshing.

now for the mains i tried…

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herb-roasted duck breast. wonderful. must-get especially if you love duck.

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maine scallops. flavored well but i always prefer scallops raw over cooked, so i can’t say i loved this. anyone with the same preferences should request it to be seared instead.

and finally, dessert…

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riesling poached white peach on a vanilla cream + pistachio amaretti. so delicate, so pretty.

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assorted fruit plate. perhaps one of my favorite fruit plates as of late, since they include a more interesting selection than what you can find in the normal household.

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photobooth downstairs? why not.

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tricky stairwell you must trek in order to use the loo? sure, but first, lemme take a full-body selfie, because i can’t guarantee i’ll be ok afterwards

cheers to narcissa for a delicious dinner!

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heart and art

inspiration

“what is bad for your heart is good for your art”

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doesn’t mean to abuse your heart, but instead to embrace any predispositions & urges to kick someone in the face negative experiences, and transform it into something positive.

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indochine’s 30th anniversary

indochine’s 30th anniversary, cheers!

“you look like sex in the city…but younger.”

i took it as a compliment graciously and hurried off before he could scrutinize the ever-so-classy run on my hosiery.

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sometimes i’m ready. sometimes i’m awkward. photo by michael stewart.

following photos of fun with bff suheyla on the red carpet by aurora rose de crosta

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favorite clutch by liucia

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photobombed by a pink & sparkly chinese dragon [for good luck and fortune].

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i am riding wearing it.

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i have enslaved the dragon as my new photo prop

as promised, part 2 [revised 11/12]: more debauchery photos & stories from the actual party inside:

caption contest. notice, guy on the left.

the thing about indochine: this sexy restaurant serving french vietnamese fare has been able to keep their wow factor for their loyal [very fashionable] crowd that keeps returning for more, and it must have some magic to draw in the new, unlike other fleeting venues in new york that come & go, leaving no lasting impressions [like the girl/boy you forgot you ever made out with].

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new fave on the menu: sea bass carpaccio topped with wasabi tobiko, microgreens, chili, & a super appetizing citrus dressing.

so m.a.c. cosmetics hosted their big 3-0 birthday bash, themed red decadence. i nibbled on their delicious hors d’oeuvres, mingled with beautiful people, rubbed elbows with designers such as john varvatos, richard chai, and the blonds, watched the performances by company xiv whose artistic director has caught the eyes of even baz luhrmann, so i’ve heard.
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#maclovesindochine

pictured with a photobooth bomber acquaintance

it was a truly glitzy, nipple-revealing glamorous party, dubbed the biggest bash of the year.

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and another…thanks michael stewart

and now more flashbacks:

indochine’s 25th anniversary party

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shanghai 1920’s theme

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the opium den…

the dancers are using chinese weapons as their dancing poles

the dancers are using chinese weapons as their dancing poles. cute.

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pigging out at the party. the usual.

happy 30th birthday, indochine!!!

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halloween

masquerade…pretty faces on parade. 20141106-215345.jpgwearing lolli poppit’s tutu + a second tutu underneath to give it more volume. pink metal mask from venice.20141106-215401.jpgi like masquerades but when it comes to halloween, i’m not the most festive. perhaps it’s because almost everyday feels like dress-up for me, like this ballerina look, styling also by lolli poppit & another favorite, liucia:

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“is that a watch on your finger or are you just excited to see me?”

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as he tried to touch my venetian beak, i pulled away & said, “no i don’t think so.” he pouted underneath his mask, & said in complete dejection, “you suck.” then he scurried off.

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red: the color of hearts, diamonds, love, & death.20141106-233834.jpgand then there’s wolfie, the batdoge, not loving halloween at all, but a decent photo was captured of him half-dressed.

that’s my halloween round-up for you! now cheer yourself up by watching jimmy kimmel’s “i told my kids i ate their halloween candy” challenge.

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rainy days

rainy days are great for singing + throwbacks. keep your head up & your dress dry. a rainy day in paris, rue de buci:
IMG_0420.JPGduring the previous new year getaway to miami, i performed a few singing numbers including covers + originals. this is a snippet of one of the documented rehearsals dedicated to the wonderful host. enjoy!


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mac miller+poker+scotch

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congratulations to mac miller, newly signed by warner bros music with a multimillion dollar contract! he was doing perfectly fine on his own with his talented self, his great team behind him, & his strong army of diehard fans across the world, but this is certainly exciting news so let’s celebrate by revisiting one of my favorite videos of his [where I was featured]. :D
IMG_0258-1.JPGawesome music, poker, & scotch. what more do we need?IMG_0260-0.JPGpocket aces…
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not a poker face…
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here’s smile back. enjoy!

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my boyfriend is a guitar.

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he never talks back to me but whispers sweet melodies day and night.
he complements my voice and he accompanies me always.
and finally, he is made of shiny rare wood.

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killing me softly

during a past birthday at the darby, i forced my friends to hear & watch me perform a favorite, killing me softly with matt nakoa on the piano. enjoy!

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dear irving

dear irving || 55 irving place, 2nd floor, ny ny

crystal crystals, everywhere, and there’s even delicious cocktails to drink.
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this new addition has stolen a piece of my heart. its aesthetically pleasing decor is on point, reminiscent of its older sibling & also a longtime favorite of mine, raines law room, with the extra glitz from the curtains of sparkling crystals literally everywhere. think the cosmopolitan hotel in vegas, or hotel lisboa in macau.
20140922-165646.jpgit is a speakeasy-esque themed non-speakeasy, with no hidden entrance but a glamorous celebration of the great times after the silly ridiculous prohibition era, with carefully crafted libations of course. bravo to interior designer, delphine mauroit — inspired by the film “midnight in paris,” she takes you on a time travel from the jfk times to our favorite gatsby, then abe lincoln, then finally marie antoinette.
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definitely try the “whiskey business: rye, anchilo chile liqueur, cinnamon, lemon, angostura bitters for those who like a kick, a whiskey backbone with a smoked pepper pop”
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great thing is there are more food options than raines…and did i read foie gras parfait? needless to say, i will be returning to try more.
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you don’t even need to go far for a decent selfie. tabletops are mirrored.
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the buzzers for each table light up when you ring the “bell” at your table when you need service. 20140922-174311.jpg
[new york] girls just wanna have fun…& crystals & delicious cocktails & great food & just everything really.

thank you to the team behind raines for this beautiful piece of work.
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monaco

gambling with hearts: gotta know when to hold ‘em & when to fold ‘em. welcome to monte carlo!

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