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Boutique New York


Boutique New York

In New York on a Spring 2011 buying trip for her boutique LYNNsteven, Nicole Dennis Durnin, along with her hubby, spent a few fun-filled days soaking in the city (with some shopping, natch). She shares her Big Apple bites with Vitamin Daily.

Ideally located in Midtown, a stone's throw from Times Square, Madison Square Garden and a myriad of subway stations, the brand spanking new Eventi Hotel made for a slick yet cozy oasis in the heart of Gotham. The newest in the Kimpton Family of boutique hotels boasts modern, spacious rooms that provide amazing views of the Empire State Building just up the street. Plus the complimentary daily wine reception made for a perfect pause between our daytime exploring and after-dark adventures. From $395 a night,

We took break from the high-end boutiques and galleries of the Meatpacking District and ducked into The Chelsea Market for lunch. Grab a spot at Cleaver Co's The Green Table for sustainable organic fare that's fabulous from hors d'oeuvre to dessert. Start with the Macaroni and Cheese and follow it up with the Classic Chicken Pot Pie, but leave room for a delish Pluot Pound Cake with Thyme Chantilly and Yellow Plum Sorbet. So good! and

New York is a fashion mecca and there's no shortage of unique boutiques. In Brooklyn, we found Jumelle, a smartly curated collection of eclectic American and international designers. I love the Moonrise Dress by Stine Goya, the funky Southwest "Ghost Town" wrap-around print adds an unexpected twist to their signature 3/4 sleeve dress. In keeping with the Southwest theme, a Steve Allen Navajo jacket caught my eye with its cool hues of charcoal, purple and blue.

Tucked away in the heart of Soho, Opening Ceremony is a must-see. The mini-chain reinvents itself annually to capture the commercial and cultural character of a visiting city or country (the current guest is France). Collaborations with the likes of Chloë Sevigny and Postalco make for an exciting and ever-changing experience. I fell in love with New York line Suno which drew inspiration for their Fall/Winter 2010 collection of bright geometric prints from East African textiles and 1960s American interiors.

For Nicole’s picks of NYC at night, check out the Editors’ Diary.