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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2014 NYC

5 Feb


Starting today, don’t forget to tune in via Live Stream! Let me know your favorite runways! Enjoy!!!


February 6 to the 13th!

Letia 😊

Courtesy of New York Fashion Week Live, Indue Fashion Media!

A Perfect Wait at the Carlyle Hotel – New York City

3 Sep

Early last week, I met one of my friends at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC for lunch!   I was quite early and I knew there was about 20 minutes to go before their arrival.   I hadn’t been at this hotel for years, this would be my second time!  I love this hotel because of its history and the interior design.

Immediately you seem to be put right back in time, although some of the furniture is current – the style still resembles the 1930’s time period.  However, I must say there are still true overall hints of authenticity; which is so delightfully present in the Carlyle Hotel today.

Carlyle Hotel Lobby, NYC

Taking a seat, I wondered if anyone notices? Like the Chinese Chippendale mirror, the Art Deco style of crown moldings, the marble floors with its inlay of granite!  How the chandeliers are pristine and inversely high in the ceiling, beautiful.  The curves of each stair on the staircase – each stair was one entire piece of marble.  I could have sat there forever, it was so hard not to concentrate on every nook and cranny….I was trying not be so obvious (so I took a few snapshots)!  marble floors

Chinese Chippendale Mirror

The elevators, originals!  Each only 4 ft wide and little over 6 ft tall; many have to walk in sideways!  A total of 5 elevator doors; all giving a very lovely scene.

What a wonderful experience to also be still and watch the guests come and go out of the Carlyle Hotel lobby!  Each elevator door has a maître ‘d.  “Hello, sir!  Floor 30?”  “Floor 18.”  Beep goes the elevator,  as the door closes; another one opens!

Beep…just saw the actor, Brad Garrett from the television show Everyone Loves Raymond!! I love his new show, How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)!  I’d smiled when Mr. Garrett had to bend his head to get in the elevator, he’s only 6 ft 8 1/2 inches tall!   Brad Garrett

Beep, the maître d is giving directions, “Mam, the tea room is to the right.”, looking immaculate with his dark grey suite, silk black tie and spit polished shoes; so shiny – you could see your face!  Beep! “11th floor please!” Beep! “Bonjour.”  “Which floor are we going?” “18”.

My friend arrives!  So I sigh!  Off to Cafe Carlyle for lunch, where we talk while enjoying a delicious crab cake and their special martinis.

Other patrons were having fancy imported teas and lovely cakes; some where reading their newspapers and others were asking questions about getting to Times Square in time for a Broadway play.

I really enjoyed myself, the atmosphere was so very nice, I just kept imagining how wonderful it must have been to be here to hear Bobby Short play!   It was a great day indeed!  So, if you ever get the chance to visit New York City, the Carlyle Hotel is a must to see!


The Carlyle Hotel, A Rosewood Hotel, known formally as The Carlyle, is a combination luxury and residential hotel located at 35 East 76th Street on the northeast corner of Madison Avenue, in the Upper East Side area of New York City. The hotel is designed in Art Deco style and was named after Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle.

The new thirty-five floor hotel “was to be a masterpiece in the modern idiom, in which shops and restaurants on the lower floors would give residents the convenience and comforts of a “community skyscraper”. However, by the time the Carlyle was ready to open its doors, the 1929 stock market crash had decisively ended the boom times. The new hotel struggled, went into receivership in 1931 and was sold to the Lyleson Corporation in 1932.  The new owners kept the original management, which was able to dramatically improve the property’s financial situation through maintaining high occupancy and rates favorable to the hotel’s costs. However, the hotel’s reputation at this time was “staid rather than ritzy”.  The next postwar boom allowed the hotel to take on new high-society prominence.

The Carlyle became known as “the New York White House” during the administration of President John F. Kennedy, who owned an apartment on the 34th floor for the last ten years of his life. He stayed at the apartment in a well-publicized visit for a few days just prior to his inauguration in January 1961. Marilyn Monroe was sneaked in through the service entrance on East 77th Street.

The hotel’s Café Carlyle has featured a number of well-known jazz performers – notably George Feyer from 1955–1968, and Bobby Short from 1968-2004. Woody Allen and his jazz band have been playing weekly at the café since 1996.  The Carlyle is the regular residence of Mick Jagger, when he is in New York.

The Café Carlyle is noted for the murals by Marcel Vertes, which were cleaned in the summer of 2007 as part of a renovation and redecoration of the café.  Reopening in September 2007, making it appeal to a younger generation.

Crab Cake when dining in the Cafe Carlyle

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

Pictures by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design.  Brad Garrett photo by http://www.fanpop.com

Warby Parker… Their Eyewear is Awesome and I Love My Selection!

9 Feb

Last month, I took a trip down to Soho, New York based on a recommendation by Gayle King.  She recently visited Warby Parker to select new frames.  Based on her rave review, I said let me go see too!

There are various showrooms in New York, however there are additional showrooms across the country!  Not one near you, don’t worry – Warby Parker has this great program for anyone who love convenience!

Get this! They will send you up to 5 pairs of glasses to try on at home for 5 days free, even include a pre-paid return shipping label to send them back to Warby Parker with no obligation to buy (this is offered to anyone in the contiguous 48 states).

And…..if you’re not 100% satisfied with your new glasses for any reason (any reason), call them or send an email  –  a pre-paid return shipping label will be sent allowing you to return your glasses for free. Not even a question asked!

The selection made at Warby Parker

The Selecion made at Warby Parker

Great styles, great selections and a friendly staff I found at the SoHo showroom!  I love their dove-gray and signature blue eyeglass case! Not to mention, their website takes in consideration the customer who wears glasses!  Great fonts, easy to read and not too much, but just enough information to get on your way to do a selection with their virtual models!

Warby Parker

Warby Parker

However, the most important thing that I love about Warby Parker is for every pair purchased, they give a pair to someone in need!

Eye exams and eyeglasses can be quite costly.  I without a thought, get my routine exam and every year look to see the latest frame styles! As for others, it’s a struggle just to obtain an examination and then glasses.

Warby Parker’s co-founder Neil Blumenthal previously served as VisionSpring’s director and helped pioneer VisionSpring’s model to train low-income women to sell affordable glasses in their communities.

By doing this jobs are created, glasses are provided to customers who lose or break them; plus prescriptions!   It’s trickling down effect which does good work! Wonderful work by Warby Parker and Vision Spring!

So you want to see the frames I selected with my prescription?  Well watch!


Warby Parker Thank You!

Warby Parker Thank You!










Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia 🙂

 www.warbyparker.com      Photos by Letia Mitchell LfeStyle & Design LLC

Stuff and Guff or Gog and Magog! I Found them…. the Herald Square Clock!

22 Dec

“So glad to see your message about Macy’s Believe campaign!  Do you live near Herald Square? Do they still have the clock where the little men hit the clock? Long time since I’ve been there!”  Ms Ginter!

I should have known the answer and then I said wait a minute, let me find out, for Mrs. Ginter is my girl scout camp counselor!

So when she asks a question, I have to find out! Plus, she had me curious, to why I DON’T KNOW THIS!

So for the last couple of days, I have been researching about this clock!  So while in Manhattan earlier this week, here I go…I am asking about this clock!    The key was to say Macy’s,  Herald Square, NYC!  BINGO! That’s when I started getting some answers!

Although it’s near Macy’s, it is actually a park named Herald Square.   The park was named for the newspaper that was once published directly to its north, The New York Herald.

The City of New York acquired the area in 1846 as part of the opening of then called Bloomingdale Road; which we now know as BROADWAY!

The paper, The New York Herald founded by James Gordon Bennett in 1835, back then considered a scandalous newspaper!  Nothing compared to the gossip papers we have today!  Not even close!!!

The park, Herald Square, you will find a centerpiece monument which houses a sculpture and clock.  This centerpiece used to be positioned on top of the former Herald Building.  Prior to the demolition of the building in 1921, the figures were removed and reinstalled in the Square in 1940.

The bronze figures include Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and invention, and two bell-ringing blacksmiths. The clock and figures were reinstalled on the monument in 1940, and two seven-foot-tall bronze blacksmiths  who earned the nicknames of “Stuff and Guff” or sometimes called  “Gog and Magog” have chimed the hours ever since.

The bronze blacksmiths give the appearance of ringing the bell with their mallets, while in actuality is rung by mallets located behind the bell. The figures and the clock were originally part of the 1894 New York Herald Building that was located at the square.

So Mrs. Ginter! Yes, the clock is still there!   Thanks for the history trivia!  And thanks to YouTube, I was able to find you some footage!  Although you have not been here a long time, you can still enjoy!

Stamped letters were brought to Macy’s addressed to Santa and dropped into the special Santa letterbox. The letters were counted. Each letter received, Macy’s donated a $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation up to $1,000,000.  The letters were brought to the Post Office for mailing to Santa!!!  Happy Holidays!

Letia 🙂

YouTube® video by sugatabanerji

Shopping with Gardens so Fashionable – So Vogue!

26 Jun

Cross County Shopping Center has always had an incredible location – now it has more great retail names and a fresh new look to match. 

Just off the Cross County Parkway is easy and satisfying shopping.  Favorite stores like A/X Armani Exchange, Forever 21, H&M, Victoria’s Secret and more, plus Macy’s, Sear’s, Old Navy and even a Stop & Shop answer both needs and wants in an inviting new package. 

It has so much to offer and it just happens to be on the way to everything.  Nice when that happens!

Who says fashion and your garden, cannot be combined!  Recently shopping on Saturday, I had a great surprise…..a fashionable garden!   

So say if you can’t get that pair of Jimmy Choo shoes or that designer handbag you always wanted,  you could always  place a replica in your garden!   You will be the envy of all!   🙂

If in New York, perhaps you can visit the grounds and shop!  The mall also has a concert series too!

Letia 🙂

Flowers & Landscaping by Tony Casale INC. tonycasaleinc@verizon.net

Kips Bay 39th Annual Decorator Show House 2011

22 May

I made it!  Where?

Kips Bay Boy & Girls Club’s 39th annual decorator Show House, that’s where!

This is where designers, textiles and companies donate their time; with a challenge to transform a selected home; from the basics to extra, extra extraordinary!  Stretching their vision to the ultimate!

Kips Bay addresses many critical needs of children, adolescents and young adults:

  • a safe place where they can “belong”
  • a place to play and grow socially with peers
  • adult mentoring
  • a place to challenge oneself physically and intellectually and be recognized for accomplishments, and opportunities to give back something to others.

It’s great opportunity for the designer to have their vision shown.  All articles shown can be purchased, where all proceeds benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club! A lot of work, but all done for their love of the club.

Well the show house did not open its doors until Noon!  So I was an 1 hr early and decided to dine at the Ritz Diner.  A small diner, at 62nd st on 1st Ave.   I had a broccoli & cheese COMBO omelette; with a cup of coffee!  It was wonderful!  www.ritzdinenyc.com.

Ok!   Now, this year’s choice is a 1919 brownstone, designed by the architect Frederick Sterner on a historical New York City block, 63rd Street.

There are quite a few celebrities which live in the area, (60 -68 th Street) like Bill Cosby and Sting to name a few.  Central Park is nearby, the 59th Street Bridge is close by for a quick hop to the borough of Queens and a slew of restaurants you could ever imagine…Greek, Italian, Indian…you name it,  it’s here!

Still returning a little early, I waited with this lovely woman, who has convinced me that I must see Morocco!  Which I have indicated before in one of my earlier posts that I have to go!

The doors opened, I was the 3rd person to enter and was so taken back about the entrance.  I began snapping pictures, until one of the volunteers said “You are not allowed to take photos”.  Oops!  I’d taken about 10 -15 already!  “Sorry” I said.  So, I only got a few to share with you!  But more importantly it is about the cause!

Ever think about having pinstripe gray flannel walls?  How about turning your laundry room into a bar with neon lights!  Designer Stephen Fanuka thought, why not!!!!  Oh, instead having a huge flat screen TV – a mini Sony  ® Internet TV with Concierge, so quaint for any room.  A copper inspired kitchen by Bilotta.

How about, making a fish net into a shower curtain!

What being part of a Zen garden with a Buddha right behind while meditating?

Oh! Remember last year, I’d talked about Interior Design Magazine’s cover with a giraffe, well a baby giraffe was found lurking around!!! LOL

Such creativity!  Such Fun!  Whether your home is big or small, you can do with it, what you may!!

So if you are on Facebook (who isn’t), you can see more pictures  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kips-Bay-Boys-Girls-Club-Decorator-Show-House/127163207319000

Well I ended the day at their POP UP Shop; which has wonderful items!  I was looking for their fragrant candles, where I was told that they are on hold; until their supplier can find a sponsor.   I luckily have one left, but will be checking to see when they’re in stock!

Oh! Gilt Home will feature some of the items shown at the Show House for sale.  If interested join Gilt Home at www.gilt.com/kipsbayshowhouse

If you would like to know more about The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, go to their site: www.kipsbay.org

I had such a wonderful day!   With keeping Kip’s mission in mind, the Kips Bay’s Designer committee is still working.  As soon as this year’s event has ended, they begin planning next year’s!  So if you are NYC next year, during the month of May….do make plans to see it!

Letia 🙂

Images provided by Kips Bay Decorator Show House, You Tube video by LM LifeStyle & Design.

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