Shades of Summer… East vs. West!

miu miu sunglasses, otte dress, loeffler randall bag, saint laurent sandals


If there is one accessory you truly need this summer, it’s a great pair of sunglasses. Besides the fact that they look great, they also protect that delicate skin around your eyes (and prevent you from squinting)!

I was excited when Cohen’s Fashion Optical approached me about styling some of their sunglasses in two of my favorite NYC neighborhoods. If you live in New York (or even have visited), chances are you’ve seen Cohen’s… they have stores all over the city and country (130 to be exact, 80 of which are in NYC)!

The brand was originally founded in 1927 by the Cohen’s family. The first store was on Orchard and Delancy. Today, the brand continues to focus on providing quality eye care that is still on-trend and fashionable.

Each Cohen’s store stocks a different assortment as they are all allowed to merchandise their shop themselves to carefully curate an assortment that speaks to their local area. And so, I popped by my local Cohen’s (at 23rd and Park – just three blocks away from my apartment) and selected two pairs of sunglasses that represent two of my favorite neighborhoods (Gramercy, where I live… and the West Village… my favorite part of the city). I wasn’t sure what to expect but was excited to see so many of my favorite eyewear designers… Kate Spade, Ray-Ban, and Miu-Miu (one of my all-time faves for eyewear!!)


The first pair that I selected is a deep, dark cat-eye from Miu Miu. I associate the East side with more traditional glamour, which is why I thought a more classic black cat-eye would be perfect. This particular pair makes me think of Audrey Hepburn at Breakfast in Tiffany’s.


My own neighborhood on the East Side is up and coming. My favorite spot for lunch and brunch (a few blocks north of my apartment) is Penelope. It’s absolutely adorable but they don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait! (If you go, get the egg sandwich – it’s amazing… as is the monkey bread!) For dinner/drinks I love Covina and the rooftop bar at Park South Hotel. A bit further south from my apartment is the Gramercy Park Hotel (I love Mailino and Rose Bar), and Irving Place (one of my favorite streets) which is full of amazing little gems like Friend of a Farmer).

For workouts, I love Exhale.. and a new Barry’s Bootcamp is opening up around the corner (hooray!) You also can’t beat a run on the East River Run Path.


These classic sunglasses make me feel polished and put-together. They pair perfectly with everything (from a little black dress like this one to an easy tee and cut-offs).



miu miu sunglasses, rebecca taylor dress, banana republic bag, jimmy choo sandals


Meanwhile, there’s the West Side. The West Village is creative and vibrant so I feel like I can get a bit more creative. This time around, I selected a blonde tortoise pair of cat-eye sunglasses, pairing them with a printed sundress and my favorite rope + suede Jimmy Choo platforms. The blonde tortoise (while still classic) is a little funkier… a bit more fun! And they have the coolest glittery sides (keep scrolling to see what I’m talking about). While the black pair makes me feel like Audrey Hepburn, these make me feel like Kate Hudson. Still polished and chic, but a little bit more unconventional.


I am a member at Soho House (on 9th and 13th) so at least one day a week I will go there to work and take meetings. The rooftop pool can’t be beat and their avocado toast is my absolute favorite. It gives me a nice little West Side hub.

I feel like I’m always drinking coffee when I’m in the West Village! Or eating! They have some of the best restaurants in the city… tiny cafes on tree-lined blocks… and lots of great Italian food (Malatesta is my secret favorite spot… they have the cutest waiters and the best spinach gnocchi).

In terms of other restaurants, I have so many favorites but Rosemary’s is always a favorite (I go every other week to pick up my CSA delivery – they have amazing partner farms upstate and so much delicious fresh produce)! I also have gotten a bit addicted to By Chloe for healthy but delicious comfort food. And I’m so happy that The Butcher’s Daughter just opened up a second New York location on Hudson Street… it’s one of my all-time favorite spots.

I also love all the shopping that the West Village has to offer. Otte is one of my absolute favorite boutiques in the city and I’ve recently become obsessed with CAP Beauty for all things natural + eco-friendly.


This graphic wall is on Houston Street and one of my favorite places to shoot!


Always drinking coffee, preferably outside.



And how fun is the glittery accent on the side of these sunglasses!?



Created in partnership with Cohen’s Fashion Optical.

photography by Lydia Hudgens.

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  1. Thanks for the introduction to Cohen’s, Grace. Sounds like they have a lovely selection of sunglasses — and who can beat Miu Mius? They’re always so glam.

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  2. Regine Karpel:
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  3. Natali:

    Oh, can’t wait to visit the Apple again and try some of these spots which you’ve mentioned! Both of these outfits are simply flawless and perfect for a hot, summery day! I like your sunnies a lot and I have a similar pair which I’m totally “abusing” with any ray of sun peeking through. 😀

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  4. Obsessed with both of these looks on you, lady! The sunnies are so fab, too! I definitely need to explore Gramercy next time I’m in town – totally going to check out your recommendations!

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  5. Love the first pair. I’ve seen some really great blush flats from Miu Miu.

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  6. Love love love this post. It’s interesting to see where people’s favorite spots are in the city. I love how you styled both of these looks with the sunglasses and to fit the vibe of where you were shooting – everything looks great together!

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  7. Laura L:

    Love these! The second look is my favorite.

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  8. Amanda S.:

    So pretty! I love how you matched the sunglasses to the neighborhood. I buy all my glasses at Cohen’s.

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  9. kelly owens:

    yassss miu miuuuuuuuu

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  10. lauren adams:

    love this! thank you for all of the recommendations!

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