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A Good Day

by habituallychic

07 . 19 . 12
Many of my days are spent working at home alone. That’s why I enjoy getting out and about for appointments and meetings.  Tuesday was especially fun filled so I thought I’d give you a glimpse into a good day.  
It started with a 10:0am press appointment for India Hicks Jewelry at The Mark Hotel. In a stroke of lucky timing, her partner David Flint Wood was exiting the elevator as I was about to enter.  David is a wonderful interior designer as you may have seen from his client Brook Shield’s beautiful apartment in Architectural Digest. He’s at work on another project in the city which was where he was headed. He’s also an avid HC blog reader.  Woo hoo! 

India is also wonderfully talented as you can see from her jewelry designs.  The Love Letters are based on her father David Hicks’ alphabet designs. 

Other pieces are inspired by her Island Life in the Bahamas. 

The hexagon pattern was a favorite of her father and is the basis for the Hicks on Hicks collection. 

My appointment coincided with that of Amanda Ross.  Here you can see her bracelet-ed arm pointing to India’s wonderful mix of gold and silver charms. 

Beautiful bangles. 

I loved the feathers. 

A few more pieces. 

The Mark Hotel is not only chic outside but they offer guests these snazzy bikes.  I think they are reason alone to book a stay. 

I then walked down Madison Avenue where I popped into the J.Crew Collection and Bridal boutique at the corner of 66th Street.  They always have pieces not available online and it’s my favorite place to shop. I picked up a pink dress for a party in the Hamptons this weekend but forgot to take a pic. Just two blocks down were a gaggle of girls and paparazzi watching Gossip Girl filming.

Blake Lively and Chace Crawford braved the hot temperatures to film a scene for Season 6 of Gossip Girl which premiers on October 8th. 

Then it was off to Barneys to see the new shoe mecca on the fifth floor.  The men’s and women’s sides are now connected which is nice when you’re shopping with your significant other or friends. 
This is a not so great iPhone pic so please excuse the quality.  I didn’t buy shoes but I did buy a fabulous Fendi dress that was so on sale it was practically free.  I jest of course but it was a great deal and the saleswoman was kind enough to call the Chicago store to have my size sent to me.  I forgot to take a pic of the dress but some of you will see it during fashion week and my book tour.

Then it was off to the beauty floor to replenish my stock of Santal 26 by Le Labo.  I just can’t quit it and since it’s become my signature scent, I figured I might as well stick with it.  I also love the personalized labels. Thanks Frank!

After an air conditioned can ride downtown, I arrived at Cafe Cluny for lunch with Julia Leach of Chance Co.  

I arrived early which gave me time for a pink lemonade at the bar. 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Julia Leach is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met.  She’s also one of the most gracious and came bearing a gift so perfectly wrapped, I hated to open it.  I really can’t wait until the day she has her own Chance boutiques and that hotel she is designing in her head.  

She had to run to a meeting but I took my time enjoying the chic bikes and architecture in the West Village. 

My biggest dream is to own a townhouse, preferably in the West Village.  Please buy lots of copies of my book so I can make it a reality!  Thanks!

A lovely door. 

It was so hot that Bleecker Street was a bit of a ghost town but that was fine by me. 

When the temperature rises to over 90 degrees, that calls for gelato.  I stopped into L’Arte del Gelato but Kelly Ripa was just raving about La Cremeria on Mulberry Street. She said it tastes the closest to gelato in Italy.  I look forward to trying it on the next 90+ day. 

New magazines don’t hit the newsstands uptown until Wednesday but I found the new August Vogue available on Tuesday.  Another reason to move downtown.  I also picked up some cheeky “Shit I’ll Never Get Done” notepads by Terrapin Stationers at BookMarc.  
When I got home and declared on twitter that I had the best day, I received an email inviting me to tag along on a photo shoot in the Hamptons Thursday for one of the hottest men alive. I get to take my own photos and will be posting them soon. Certainly makes up for those other days working at home alone! 
All photos by moi.

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  1. Pamela RG July 19, 2012 | 2:54 am

    Wow,you had a busy and interesting day! I love all of your instagram photos. I’m jealous that you saw Blake Lively and Chase Crawford shooting “Gossip Girls” right on Madison Ave.

  2. Tiffany Leigh Interior Design July 19, 2012 | 2:59 am

    What a charming, busy, fun filled day in New York! I’m quite jealous. And also, I just adore Blake Lively!

  3. Lisa @ Luxe Addition July 19, 2012 | 3:18 am

    Wow, that certainly sounds like one fabulous day! Enjoy Thursday, hope it’s just as good, if not better!!

  4. Sea Stone Journal July 19, 2012 | 7:17 am

    I’ve just found your blog and find your posts very interesting. I look forward to reading some more.

    E x

  5. That's Not My Age July 19, 2012 | 7:47 am

    Looks like a fantastic day! Makes me want to visit New York. Beautiful jewellery – though Amanda’s bracelets are my favourite pieces. I dream of owning a townhouse too but the ‘Shit I’ll never get done’ notepad is more my price bracket.

  6. Lilac In May July 19, 2012 | 8:44 am

    How glamorous, I love the Hicks jewellery, most covetable.

  7. Inner Outer Beauty July 19, 2012 | 9:00 am

    What a fab day and thx for sharing! Have fun in the Hamptons! Caroline

  8. gp July 19, 2012 | 10:19 am

    What a nice chronicle of what looked to be a great great day. With presents!And…gelato! The gift wrap was perfect.Very fresh.

  9. Donna Benedetto July 19, 2012 | 10:36 am

    Sounds like the absolute perfect day! A little work, some shopping,
    a fun lunch..a little celebrity siting. Doesn’t get better than that…except the sweltering weather! Loved the post!

  10. Things That Inspire July 19, 2012 | 11:17 am

    Sounds like the perfect ‘day in the life’ of HC. I wish my days in Atlanta were so exciting!

    – Holly

  11. JWF July 19, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    Your outfit is amazing! I love it! And talk about a great day…sounds perfect in my book!

  12. Debra Green July 19, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    Heather, What a wonderful day you had! And thanks for posting I feel like I went with you, can just feel the heat in NY and the coolness of the ice cream cooling me down.

    I love the blog and can’t wait for the book, will you be promoting in the UK? I hope so as would love to meet you

  13. m.e.w. July 19, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    I’m glad you had such a wonderful day. Like friends, they are so important in life, and you can never have too many.

  14. MJH Design Arts July 19, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    What a day!!! Have a great week-end in the Hamptons. And try to stay cool–the gelato works no matter what the temp. Can’t wait for photos of the dresses. Mary

  15. Natalie July 19, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    Loved hearing about your day, keep these kind of posts coming!!

  16. Unknown July 19, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    Great Post Heather – fun and interesting – sounds more like the days when you first started blogging. really loved it.

  17. Ivy Lane July 19, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing your day with us! I felt like I was right along side of you enjoying that pink lemonade!

    Have a great rest of the week!

  18. kayce hughes July 19, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    So fun!
    ….and thanks for reminding me why I miss NY

  19. The Simply Luxurious Life July 19, 2012 | 3:24 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful day. Thank you very much for sharing. It is much deserved. 🙂

  20. Tish July 19, 2012 | 7:04 pm

    It sounds like you stumbled upon a perfect adventure. ♥ Thanks for sharing.

    PS Love your life. If you ever need an assistant for a weekend just holler. I’d work for free lol…and get spiritually rich off eyegasms galore!

  21. Fashion-isha July 19, 2012 | 11:35 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing you day with us. It’s really nice and feels personal 🙂

  22. dervla Kelly July 20, 2012 | 1:33 am

    looks like a wonderful day…great mix of work and pleasure

  23. Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home July 20, 2012 | 1:48 am

    wow! what a fun day in the city! I love the India Hicks jewelry! Soo chic! I popped over to your blog from Serena and Lily after seeing your bed style…love it! I’m your newest follower!

  24. LR @ Magnificent or Egregious July 20, 2012 | 1:59 am

    What a fantastic NYC day. I love the West Village too…strolling around is just so fun. I want to get those notepads – story of my life!

    Very nice jewelry by India Hicks.

  25. Ann July 20, 2012 | 7:57 am

    Wow! Gossip Girls… I love Blair and Chuck though.

    Those India Hicks pieces are really gorgeous.

  26. Maryl July 20, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    Yes a busy and full and assumedly rewarding day. But don’t those three bracelets on Amanda Ross’s wrist say she’s a woman of strength and daring without even seeing her? Where did she get those bracelets?

  27. CarolynRenee July 20, 2012 | 6:44 pm

    Just loved following your day and your personal photos of a summer day in NYC. Perfect post!

  28. Jessica Flett July 22, 2012 | 5:48 am

    What a lovely day. Thank you for sharing. I love the Hicks on Hicks collection…Jx

  29. dimitra tassopoulos July 22, 2012 | 7:15 am

    I want your life!!
    Sounds like your living and loving it. Thanks for sharing.

  30. dimitra tassopoulos July 22, 2012 | 7:16 am

    I want your life!!
    Sounds like you’re living and loving it.
    Thx for sharing.

  31. Daryl Wark July 22, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    Yes India Hicks has style most people, (male or female) could only wish for. Her jewelery collection looks stunning. So delicate but strong at the same time.
    New York looks devine this time of the year.
    Im visiting your fare city on Christmas eve for 2 weeks, so taking notes on all the great places you recommend.
    Warm wishes,