Casual Dress: dining in Chelsea

cakeSo, the Birthday dinner ended up at a local Chinese Food restaurant in Chelsea (Grand Sichuan).  A bit of a dump, but the company was good and the birthday cake from Le Bergamote was spectacular!

It was raining lightly, so dievca dressed to bike (click on photos to see the brands):

The Party continued at a wine bar up by Times Square – but dievca tapped out.  she had worked a full day and had PT before the dinner.  

dievca thought her Sunday would be free and clear, but it turns out that she has been scheduled to meet friends for dinner. Thank Goodness they texted to ask what the dress code is for Cookshop otherwise she would have forgotten…

The dress code is stated as Casual Dress: With “casual dress”, anything goes. Let your comfort and the weather be your guide. Still, it’s important to use your best judgment. No matter how casual the dress, everything you wear should fit you well at your current weight, and be in good clean condition.

So, dievca is diving back in to her closet for something to wear (64F = 18C, no rain):

Al fresco dining – NYC – something of use

So, you are looking to got out to eat in NYC. The options are 25% interior seating or al fresco. Outdoors it is!

  • What is the weather?
  • What time are you eating? Is there sunlight?
  • Are you in a garden or on the street?
  • Are you in your own separate pod via plexiglass?
  • Does the restaurant offer outdoor heaters?

Choosing something to wear shouldn’t be too hard, right?

It’s the middle of November, so dievca suggests layers.   This might not be the season to wear your cutest dress with peep-toe shoes.  Some form of leg covering pants/tights/leggings and toe covering shoes would be a good start.  Add a long-sleeved tee,  fleece or sweater, scarf, hat, and long down jacket for a blanket or a cover.

One item that dievca suggests which she doesn’t own…yet…is fingerless gloves.

(Is anyone else having a flashback to Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’ lace fingerless gloves?)

Something thicker than lace would work best. dievca is going for cashmere. XO

Going Hip in Harlem

dievca loves to be in the City for Labor Day weekend and Memorial Day weekend. Everyone with a house in the Hamptons, Fire Island, and Connecticut, etc. heads out of the City.
dievca stays in.

The Friday of Memorial Day weekend, dievca had a friend who said she has wanted to go to Esquire Magazine’s Best New Restaurant. A group formed and said o.k. – let’s try to get reservations. Bingo! No problem, everyone was out of the City. Fabulous.

Up to Harlem they went to visit The Cecil.
A dynamic and classy group looking for a very nice evening out and they got it!

Waiting at the bar for everyone to arrive, dievca was seated comfortably in a cosy corner with a friend looking at these two pieces on the walls:



The restaurant refers to itself as “Afro/Asian/American Cuisine” — it sounds like a mouthful, but the offerings were very clear and excellent.

dievca ordered the fried guinea hen scented with cinnamon, it was flash fried and she was delighted – savoring it with an East African Beer. Everyone shared the appetizers (oxtail dumplings, sake braised lamb ribs) and a little from their plates (good friends do that), so the salmon, duck, crab burger, skirt steak and mac/cheese casserole were all tasted.
Not a bad plate among the bunch.

The deserts were mostly unidentifiable — so rather than asking the waiter for more elaborate descriptions, four were chosen on a whim to share and everyone delved in. Again, fabulous. (BTW – dievca could identify hers as rice pudding with fresh mango sauce and there was a flourless chocolate cake in the mix). Excellent African coffee to enhance the sweets.

Chaz Guest Geisha

Chaz Guest: Geisha

The atmosphere was very chic — but not pretentious. Surrounding conversations were active, but not overwhelming. The food amount was just right and the people watching was delightful.  Some excellent and hip dressing.  From suits to t-shirts and jeans — but nothing looked wrong.  It must have been the artwork framing everyone in a beautiful manner.

If you are in the City — please consider a visit to The Cecil. dievca thinks you won’t be disappointed and it’s fun to see how Harlem is becoming the new hot area.

dievca was wearing:

Free People Moss Jersey Blouse Rust

Free People Moss Jersey Blouse Rust

Ecote Farrah Culottes Charcoal $54.00

Ecote Farrah Linen Culottes Charcoal

Gianvito Rossi Halter-Strap Sandals

Gianvito Rossi Halter-Strap Sandals

Chain Earings

Bing Bang Multi-Chain Earrings

Gold toe Ring

14K Gold Toe Ring

Melissa Joy Manning Opal Cuff

Melissa Joy Manning Opal Cuff

Melissa Joy Manning Sterling 14K ring Cuff

Melissa Joy Manning Sterling 14K ring Cuff