It's almost Labor Day, and if you aren't headed to the beach, planning to be on a boat or playing at a yacht club, you need to reassess your priorities. Below is the FashioN Farmers packing list for a weekend away. From casual afternoon shopping about to a polished party look, we have gathered every item you'll be needing for this last weekend before the summer sun sets on us. . .
Sometimes people have sick days, sometimes we call them mental health days. Well I took a week of that. However, knowing that leaving you all empty handed on Taco Tuesday, "Whats In Your Bag" Wednesday, and Thirsty Thursday is incredibly cruel, I took the liberty to venture to a city nearby to NYC, and build you up a City Guide. Ladies and Gents, feast your eyes on the Fashion Farmer's Guide to DC. Oh yeah, and don't you worry about my hiatus, I'll never leave you again . . .
EATS: Eastern Market, Teds Bulletin, Red Apron and more . . .
What to get at . . .
Eastern Market: Pick around at the fresh fruit in the outside stands, then make your way inside for a fishy lunch treat.
Teds Bulletin: The Pop Tarts (they're homemade)
Red Apron Butchery: Any of the breakfast sandwiches (meat suggested)
Ghibillina: The white sangria during happy hour is just $5 (before 6:30pm) and then finish it off with the Margherita pizza and gnocchi.
ACTIVITIES: Lincoln Memorial, BikeShare, Smithsonian and more . . .
Lincoln Memorial: It's colossal size and openness makes it a near magical experience if you catch it during the sunset
BikeShare: Highly suggested after a glass or two of wine, rent a bike and ride through the National Mall at night to see the various monuments lit up in all their glory
Smithsonian Museum of American History: See the original Star Spangled Banner, a real vintage buggy, and First Ladies gowns, not to mention Harry Potters cloak. A museum of all things American!
National Archives: If you love the movie National Treasure, you gotta go here. If you don't you still gotta. Something about being in the presence of documents that mean so much to a nation... gives you crazy perspective.
Library of Congress: A gorgeous building in and of itself, take a peek into the most ornate library you'll ever see. Also don't miss Jefferson's Library. It takes your breath away, and makes you wish you read more.
I hesitate to recommend Joseph Leonard in the West Village only because it is out of character for my typical cheap and easy suggestions. But Joseph Leonard is beyond any other tiny little eatery you've ever come across. With amazing daily specials, and a fabulous bar culture, the "no reservations" rule is easily excusable. Its worth the wait for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check it out this weekend with a friend, date, or food savvy crew.
Take a trip to the West Village, yet again, and fine yourself at Sucre boutique on Bleecker St., home of some of the most unique and fun jewelry I have found in NYC. Pick up these cute rings for $69 each, and be sure to check out the stores specially sourced vintage engagement rings. They are to die for.
Union Pool is a tough one to spot, but if you listen/look carefully, you can detect the BK hipster vibes nearly instantly. This chill and laid back bar hang is in Williamsburg, and even has a taco truck inside to provide for your taco needs while knocking back craft beers and talking about hipster things with hipster people. Go explore and enjoy!
This is a suggestion for that Sunday morning (more like afternoon) when you wake up and suddenly its 1pm. Where will you be heading? Dim Sum at Jing Fong. With the most grandiose entry way (yes you take an escalator up to the main dining room), grab a crew of your friends and pay no more than $10 for a meal that will keep you full until the next day. One of the best Dim Sums I've ever had. And if you're lucky, you will get to sit next to a charming (often times huge) family at your same time. *Tip: Try to get there a bit earlier than 12pm, or else you'll have to wait 30 minutes or so.
I'm on a serious matching separates kick. Every store I walk into I demand where they can be found, yet still shy away, for I have yet to find the perfect set. My plan this weekend is to hit Top Shop. I suggest you do the same . . .
If frat bros and overpriced drinks are your thing, then head over to The Frying Pan for a night you'll never forget. If they aren't you should still go, because getting tipsy on the Hudson River whether its during the sunny afternoon or the sunsetting evening, is always a good idea. I recommend the Light and Breezy (ginger beer and rum). Don't be afraid of the long line because they let people in through waves. Also, tell the bouncer when you're trying to get onto the top top deck, that you're crew is up there and you're meeting them. That way you can sneak up and scope a table for yourself!
Head over to Liquiteria this weekend to beat the heat and beat the greasy burrito you scarfed at 2am on Friday night. I recommend the Acai Bowl as an energizing breakfast, lunch, or snack, and get all the fixings to make it extra delicious. Grab a smoothie, my favorite is Mean Green, and enjoy the freshness refueling your body. Taking a break from tacos and meatballs is ok sometimes . . .
Just what you need to "top off" your weekend. And also what you need to get through Soho without looking like a tourist. Through it with a white T and BF jeans, or with a maxi dress and sneakers. Snag one of these bad boys at Top Shop for just $55 and cruise into your weekend looking cool as a cucumber . . .
I'm technically from out of town, and I think it takes growing up on the East Coast to truly grasp the issues with what I'm about to propose. But honestly, ignorance is bliss when it comes to knowing the details of the dumping and pollution and monsters that lurk in the Hudson river. So with that, I present to you your activity for the weekend. Jet Ski the Hudson river at sunset? Absolutely. Do I know the details of how gross the Hudson is? No. So off we go . . .
Take a trip over to the deep east side of the island and find yourself at Ave C and 9th Street. Covered in bright colors and dotted with white lawn chairs, Esperanto is the brunch spot for all lovers of Huevos Rancheros, Pico De Gallo, Brazilian Eggs Benedict, and a $12 all inclusive tab at the end of it. Check out the menu here, and comment below if it made all of your wild dreams come true.
The perfect white oxford shirt for women has been tried and tested, and for how damn sweaty you get trudging about over the weekend, the low price is crucial. UNIQLOs White Oxford Shirt is the key to the weekend success, whether you're shopping down West Broadway or sitting on a patio for a late lunch. It is the classic essential to any classy weekend warriors wardrobe. Snag this bad boy for $29.90 in store or online. You will NOT regret it.
Tucked back in an old building in east mid-town Murray Hill, is a magical world where fashion meets art meets luxury. Dover Street Market is the perfect adventure to take on a lazy afternoon with guys or ladies, when Broadway seems just too hectic to go trail blaze. Dover Street Market is a maze of fashionable displays, from Nike to Louis Vuitton to Comme Des Garcons. Instead of going to a museum with a bunch of taxidermy animals, hit up DSM for a journey through impeccable taste. And beware for the price tags. Unless you like commas, your wallet will most likely stay in your back pocket.