Winter Date Ideas: NYC.

Winter NYC Date Night Ideas

This post was originally published last January but I’ve updated it!

I recently received a few reader emails asking me for date night ideas in New York! So here we go!! I spent a long time thinking about my favorite date ideas… I hope you enjoy them and feel free to comment below with your favorite date ideas! Also I have two modes with restaurants. Fancy, or burgers. Sorry if that’s weird? I basically like everything in my life to be either realllllly casual or reallllly fancy and that is definitely reflected in this list!

Also, I realize a lot of these date ideas involve drinking – here are some sober date ideas!

Winter Date Night Ideas: NYC

Grab a burger + beer(s).

  • J.G. Melon on the Upper East Side makes my favorite turkey burger ever. I’m not really a beer girl but always have beer when I’m there. I like to sit at the bar.
  • Corner Bistro in the West Village is really fun and chill too – great burgers!

Go Ice Skating.

  • Just pick a favorite spot – my favorite is Bryant Park but you can also skate at Central Park and Rockefeller Center.

My favorite spots for drinks.

  • On the Upper East Side, I love Lexington Bar & Books. It’s a really special spot and like being in an old book store, which I find to be really romantic.
  • Bemelman’s Bar at The Carlyle is probably my favorite spot for drinks in the whole city. It’s like being in another era.
  • Go to The Campbell in Grand Central for old fashioned cocktails and food.
  • The Marlton in Union Square is so romantic – I love having cozy warm drinks by the fire!
  • In Williamsburg, Hotel Delmano is really nice for drinks. It’s moody and gorgeous.
  • The Wren in the East Village is great this time of year – they always have really good hot cocktails.

My favorite romantic restaurants.

  • Claudette is one of my favorite spots; it feels like you’re at a cafe in Paris. I like to grab a drink at The Marlton and then walk over to Claudette.
  • The Polo Bar is my all time favorite restaurant in the city but you definitely need a reservation. I recommend booking a month out.
  • Have dinner at The Osprey in The 1 Hotel in DUMBO. When it snows, it’s like being inside of a snow globe!
  • Have lunch or dinner at the rooftop restaurant in Restoration Hardware. It’s absolutely beautiful.. actually, the whole store is very beautiful! They don’t take reservations!
  • Have a fancy dinner at Le Coucou. The bar there is SO CHIC. This is another one that requires advance planning – make a reservation a couple

Get frozen hot chocolate.

  • If you’ve never been to Serendipity 3, you’re missing out! It’s especially great after ice skating I might say.

Go Museum-ing!

I am a big fan of the museum date, especially in the early stages. You can walk, talk, and really get to know someone as you see beautiful art.

Do something active / Play a Game!

  • Shuffleboard at The Royal Palms in Brooklyn is the most fun and I loooove their decor.
  • It’s actually really nice going to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden this time of year.
  • Take a walk in Central Park.
  • Walk the Brooklyn Bridge (only if it isn’t windy!!!)
  • Go bowling. There are so many good spots in the city. I like Gutter Bar in Williamsburg.
  • Play Skeeball. I love Ace Bar, Barcade, and Full Circle.

Outfit Details: Vince Coat (old but love this!) // Zara Sparkly Velvet Bodysuit (sold out but love this) // Paige Jeans // Gucci Belt // Chanel Purse // Manolo Blahnik Pumps // Celine Sunglasses (exact) // BaubleBar Hoop Earrings

Winter NYC Date Night IdeasGrace Atwood is wearing a black outfitCamel Coat & Chanel bagOutfit Details: Vince Coat // Zara Sparkly Velvet Bodysuit // Paige Jeans // Gucci Belt // Chanel Purse // Manolo Blahnik Pumps // Celine Sunglasses (exact) // BaubleBar Hoop EarringsCamel Coat - Black outfit & gucci belt and chanel bagBlack outfit & gucci belt and chanel bag

photography by Carter Fish.

Currently Eyeing….

AGOLDE jeans

Thought it would be fun to share a few things I’m eyeing right now!

Fashion

Liz Adams keeps raving about these AGOLDE jeans (I haven’t tried the brand but got a pair in my most recent Stitchfix box) and I really love the look of them. They’re so cute; the perfect mom jeans! I’m also eyeing a few cozy sweaters. Julia had on this Madewell one and I thought it was super cute. And I LOVE this chunky one… it looks much more expensive than it actually is.

Also on the fashion front: you know I love Veronica Beard blazers but my latest fav is the dickeys! You can zip them into the jackets to give the illusion of a more layered look. Loving the blazer/hoodie combo and this longer jacket + this cashmere hoodie would be PERFECT.

I’m working on designing my collection with Amazon the Drop (so excited) and was just introduced to their great basics. Like these mules and this fanny pack. (So into a fanny pack right now, especially when worn as a crossbody!) Also on the accessories front: I’ve been stalking Rejina Pyo ever since Eva Chen talked about her on our podcast and this bag is SO cool!

Beauty

On the beauty front, I included one item I already have – this exfoliating face wash. The strawberry fragrance is heaven… you’ll want to eat it! I’m also very eager to try the new Tatcha lip mask (I love everything from this brand!!!) and this eye palette. Really into all of Charlotte Tilbury’s palettes right now and have been stalking her Instagram tutorials… they’re so helpful!

Home

On the home front, you know I love all things caned. My existing West Elm chairs are totally fine and I cannot afford six new $575 chairs (LOL) but how beautiful are these? They come in green as well and an Instagram ad for them keeps following me around. This is more of a fantasy inclusion.

Last but not least are two basics: this bodysuit, and this packable jacket! Great for running or when you need an extra lightweight but warm layer under your overcoat.

clockwise from top left: AGOLDE Jeans // Rejina Pyo Shoulder Bag // The Drop Mule Heel // The Drop Belt Bag // Fresh Exfoliating Face Wash // Tatcha Lip Mask // Industry West Cane Dining Chair // Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette // Veronica Beard Jacket // Madewell Sweater // Madewell Packable Jacket // Free People Bodysuit // Veronica Beard Hoodie Insert // Topshop Sweater

Sarah Flint Sale!

Sarah Flint Sale

Unless you are brand new (in which case WELCOME!) then you know how much I love Sarah Flint (just search my blog and look at my outfit diaries… I wear her shoes more than any other brand, far and away!) While I do have a discount code (details below) the bummer about Sarah Flint is that the brand rarely ever goes on sale. So I have some exciting news – the brand is running their semi-annual sale, with select styles marked down 30%! (Ends Thursday 1/16 at midnight EST!)

Sarah Flint Sale

Favorites Included:

The big thing to know is that the perfect pump in blush napa (my fav leg-lengthening style; I have the 85mm) is included the sale. The 85mm is my personal sweet spot they also have a higher 100mm style (so sexy but harder for me to walk in) and a lower 50mm style. I hope to god this doesn’t mean they’re discontinuing it as it’s the perfect nude pump for my skin tone. (Love that they didn’t call it nude; since nude means different things for every skin tone!)  Truthfully I don’t wear these very much in the colder months (I like black tights with black pumps) but as soon as it’s bare legs weather these are hands down my most worn heel; they make your legs look amazing. In my opinion a nude pump is an absolute must-have in every woman’s wardrobe.

Also included in the sale are the lower cognac booties and also the taller (70mm) pair. I have the taller 70mm boot (in black) and they are HEAVEN on my feet so can only imagine how comfortable the lower pair must be! They’re the best boots and I love the double gold zipper.

Other notable mentions: The Natalie flat (I am not a big flats person; I actually find a low heel to be more comfortable BUT these are Meghan Markle’s fav!) in black velvet, red suede, and gold napa leather. I also love these cognac mules (I’d style with ankle jeans or a maxi dress) or the “perfect Emma” with this gorgeous gold heel (I have the Emma slingbacks and LOVE them).

Sadly, not all styles are included in the sale; if there’s something you are dying for, you can use my code GRACE50 for $50 off of your first pair.

Sarah Flint Sale

photography by Carter Fish.

Updated: Augustinus Bader Skincare Review.

Dr. Augustinus Bader The Cream Review

Augustinus Bader has been my favorite face cream now for just about two years. I use it every day, without fail. If I’m testing something new for night, I make sure to apply Dr. Bader in the morning – and vice versa if I’m testing something for morning. It’s a compulsion – I am die hard. Today I wanted to update my review with a little more detail on why I love it so much (and where to get it since they’ve expanded distribution), and also provide an FAQ on Bader as I get asked about it nearly every day!

Prior to trying out Dr. Bader, it had been a while since anything had really, truly knocked my socks off. I mean I try a lot of stuff and have my tried + true favs so for a product to work itself DEEPLY into my rotation is pretty major. Dr. Bader has become a bit of an overnight sensation. He’s a makeup artist favorite, he’s been featured all over the place, with just a few products!

I was initially lured in by his story – it’s a good one!

He’s a professor of stem cell biology and overall humanitarian. The central focus of his work involves stem cell biology and helping burn victims; and his greatest desire is to figure out a scar-free healing treatment for the disfigured. Pretty cool right? Yeah. Dr. Bader’s biggest breakthrough came through with a medical grade hydrogel. It eliminated the need for skin grafts, and made healing SO much easier… inspiring him to create life changing treatments for the underprivileged.

Amazing, right? But how does this involve us (and our wrinkles, LOL)? Well. To finance those life changing treatments, he needed to create a viable business, right? An advisor suggested using this same breakthrough technology to create an anti-aging cream and from there The Cream and The Rich Cream were born. These creams launched in February 2018 and I have been hooked ever since. It’s heavy on science and it WORKS.  The Cream is a lighter formulation – it’s soft and weightless… and hydrates – the perfect day cream. The Rich Cream though, is my favorite as it’s really dense and creamy (like my beloved La Mer).

Dr. Augustinus Bader The Cream Review

This face cream is amazing. Life changing, even. It will revolutionize your skin care routine and is one of the best beauty products I’ve tried this year. If anti aging is your goal, this should be the one product you try.

I know I sound dramatic but it’s become the product I reach for, morning and night. And I am a blogger who gets sent everything under the sun. I’ve noticed my biggest skin flaws (redness, fine lines) reducing. My skin is so much more smooth, even, and supple. I CANNOT recommend it enough. It’s the best moisturizer I’ve tried in ages. And yes it’s expensive, but the bottle lasts a surprisingly long time and it is truly the most high-tech cream I’ve ever tried. Prepare to be obsessed – and hear a LOT more about this man, and his creams.

Ingredients

Both creams contain TFC8 – Dr. Bader’s trigger factor complex, comprised of amino acids, vitamins, and molecules naturally found in skin. It creates an optimal environment for repair and renewal and will ultimately help to slow (and reverse) the skin ageing process.

Dr. Augustinus Bader Skincare Benefits

Both creams are designed to minimize frown lines and wrinkles (I pack The Rich Cream on at night around my eyes to help with those. In using them, my skin is immediately more hydrated. Over time it’s smoother, more glowy, and fine lines are less noticeable. Whether your concerns are wrinkles fine lines age spots or just general dehydration, this is the cream for you!!!

The only thing is that you shouldn’t use a serum if you use this – it needs to be the first thing on your skin so that the ingredients are the first thing your skin absorbs. You an apply oil afterward if your skin needs it, but let the cream fully absorb first.

Annnnd also… for each bottle purchased, ten percent of profits go to the Augustinus Bader Foundation to help those who need it most!

Dr. Augustinus Bader The Cream Review

Dr. Augustinus Bader FAQ

Where can I buy Dr. Bader?

You can buy Dr. Bader at Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter, Blue Mercury, Neiman Marcus and Violet Grey. I will say that if you are nervous about trying it, Nordstrom has the best return policy out of the bunch.

How long does a bottle last?

I typically use four pumps per application and a bottle lasts me 3-4 months.

How about the body cream?

Read my review here. I love the body cream and think that it’s a great product BUT if you are going to spend the money, the face cream is where it’s at. Several people have asked me if I think it’s a good idea to put the body cream on the face to save money/get more product and I think they’re really different products. Generally, it’s not a great idea to put body cream on your face so I’m going to give a hard no on that!

Do you know if this can be used in combination with Retin A? (I would continue Retin A a few nights a week and use this on off days)

I don’t use Retin A so can’t speak to it exactly BUT I would recommend using it the way I use retinol. The thing with Dr. Bader is that you aren’t supposed to put anything on your face in between cleansing and toning and applying the cream. So they discourage you to use a serum, retinol, etc. I do retinol or a peel a few times a week and when I do that, I skip Bader (but am sure to apply in the AM).

On retinol nights, I will wash my face and apply toner, and then retinol – followed by a thick coat of moisturizer. (I apply the retinol, brush my teeth while it sinks in, and then apply moisturizer. Right now for my non Dr. Bader cream, I really like Weleda Skin Food. I love all of Weleda’s creams – they’re ultra gentle and extremely hydrating. Tatcha’s Dewy Skin Cream is another favorite.

As always, talk to your derm (sorry I know I’m repetitive but I can’t stress that enough) but I think you’ll probably be fine using Dr. Bader on the nights you don’t use Retin A. While it’s an anti-aging moisturizer, it doesn’t actively exfoliate and it’s really gentle. I find it to be the perfect complement to using peels or retinol.

I’m really confused by the Dr. Bader product! I know you’re not supposed to use anything under it but I love using P50 and SK-II!

Okay. So a little confession. I don’t always follow the instructions. Most mornings, I still use SK-II before the Dr. Bader.

If you’re using P50 I would say to use something else (maybe the Weleda?) just so that you don’t waste the Dr. Bader since it’s so expensive. Kind of like the nights I do retinol. Since it’s so active, I count P50 more as a peel than a toner. Everyone will have a different view here!

I’m very intrigued by the Augustinus Bader cream but I’m a pretty loyal La Mer user. I know from your posts that you’ve used both. Can you weigh in on the differences?

I would say that hydration-wise, Dr. Bader’s The Rich Cream is very similar to classic La Mer, whereas The Cream (the lighter version) is very similar to La Mer’s Soft Cream.

Both are power moisturizers – they lock in moisture and leave my skin glowy and hydrated all day long. I love La Mer but I personally prefer Dr. Bader. I find it to be a little more high tech and have noticed a visible improvement in my skin since starting to use it. You can read all about the technology in Dr. Bader’s creams in this post. That being said, I love La Mer when I have a cold. It’s the only cream that heals that chapped red skin around my nose when I’m sick and blowing my nose a lot. I haven’t found anything that works quite as well on chapped red skin.

photography by Trent Bailey.

What I Wore: 1.4 – 1.10.

What I Wore: 1.4 - 1.10

Happy Monday! This weekend was a nice little mix of productive and fun.

On Saturday night I went over Ashley Spivey’s for a fun girls’ night (pizza, wine, and then we ALL brought dessert so there were lots of treats), and yesterday was a mix of running errands and chores (I am on a major decluttering/donating mission over here!) and then going to meet one of my best friend in the world’s new baby (she is the most perfect delicious little 5 day year old you’ve ever laid eyes on) and spending time with my sister, brother-in-law, and niece. My niece snuggled me a bunch and grabbed my legs for me to pick her up. She hadn’t done that yet, so it absolutely melted my heart. She’s also really into scratching… my legs are all torn up and I have a scratch on my nose. Worth it – I guess you win some and lose some, right!?

In other news, my big desktop computer broke this weekend (it won’t turn on!) for the second time in six months. I’m so annoyed with Apple. Send healing vibes (for the computer, lol). Besides that, I’m feeling very ready for a productive and exciting week.

What I Wore: 1.4 – 1.10

Saturday: 

The occasion: an early dinner at Dumbo House with one of my best girlfriends because we felt lame as we’d both spent most of the day working!

What I wore: Theory Sweater (old) // Frame Jeans // Chanel Pumps // Hart Hagerty Charm Necklace // Holst + Lee Heart Necklace

Tuesday: 

The occasion: walk through at venue for The Stripe’s 10 year anniversary party!

What I wore: Amazon Sweater (so cozy) // Frame Jeans // Vince Sneakers (BEST sneakers ever especially if you’re not a “sneakers person”)

Wednesday: 

The occasion: Be There in Five live show at Caroline’s

What I wore: Yummie Bodysuit (the best – it fits really well and holds you in!) // Levi’s Jeans (old but similar) // J.Crew Belt (a million years old but also similar) // Margaux Leopard Heels

Thursday: 

The occasion: work drinks + dinner afterward.

What I wore: BB Dakota Dress (the best but size up!) // Express Tights // Tamara Mellon Heels

What I Wore: 1.4 - 1.10

Friday: 

The occasion: lunch meeting with the Bobbi Brown team at Lauduree

What I wore: Eileen Fisher Sweater // Good American Jeans // Tom’s Booties (c/o my Stitchfix Box)

That’s it for What I Wore: 1.4 – 1.10!