Lavender Ladies x



Have a glamorous beach weekend getaway in mind...? We have a gorgeous coastal chic getup to match! With subtle silver palm fronds and coral cuffs to match, you will have all of your beach bases covered with these unique pieces. As if this combo could get any more fabulous, our embroidered Tiffany Top can be worn either with our Jackie Bottoms for a dip in the sea; or as a crop top with an on trend high waisted skirt … or whatever you desire! Happy aloha Friday & Have a good weekend! x TC

 

(As seen above: Tiffany Top//Lavender, Jackie Bottoms//Lavender, Hollaback Girl Neck Cuff//Silver, My Fair Coral//Silver)

August 21, 2015 by Tiffany Chou

Honu <3

This week we’re especially inspired by one of Hawaii’s favorite ocean critters, the Honu (meaning Turtle in Hawaiian). With the stylized print and finely cut Swarovski crystal representative of the turtles shell, these trendy pieces will bring a hint of coastal chic to any outfit. Mix and match colors to make the pattern stand out. As you can see the turquoise enamel on the necklace is a beautiful contrast to the magenta print on the phone case. Hope you’re having a great week x TC

(As seen above: Collar de Tortuga, In the Rough/Gold, Crush Phone Case)  

August 19, 2015 by Tiffany Chou

Sporty Edition

Dive into another beautiful summer weekend in one of our sporty two pieces! With nautical stripes and an asymmetric finish, you’ll be adventure ready … wherever you go. Highlight your silhouette with a few of our favorite *shape* accessories as subtle accents. aloha friday & have a good weekend! x TC

(As seen above: Steph Top/Cream, Ashley Bottom/Stripes, Show’s Over Synergy Earrings, Sand Bar Necklace, Here Sharky Sharky)

August 14, 2015 by Tiffany Chou

Oahu <3

Shout-out to our O’ahu girls! Show your *Oahu Love* in our signature tank; perfect for the North Shore beaches, Hawaii Loa Ridge hike, or relaxing in the shade of a plumeria tree. Show your O’ahu pride with either our silver or gold plated jewelry, as a subtle and unique touch. Also for our mainland girls with *island roots* -- you can take the girl out of Hawaii, but you cant take Hawaii out of the girl … Keep your island love close to your heart. Hope you’re having a good week! x TC

(As seen above: O’ahu Love Tank, O’ahu Love Necklace/Gold, O’ahu Love Bracelet/Silver, O’ahu Love Bracelet/Gold, Oahu Necklace/Silver)

August 12, 2015 by Tiffany Chou

Summer Whites {& Cream!}

Beat the summer heat with classic whites & creams! Whether in Hawaii or the Hamptons, coordinate and stay cool with these staples. Turn up the heat with our mesh and spandex swimwear showing off your toned summer glow. A twinkle of Swarovski crystal adds a hint of color to the tried and true, hue. aloha friday & have a good weekend x TC

(As seen above: Hudson Top/Cream, Jackie Bottom/Cream, Aurora Earrings, Aurora Necklace, Daughters of Air I-phone Case)

August 07, 2015 by Tiffany Chou

Stripes & Piñas

A collision of two of our favorite things: Kai & ‘Aina – meaning ocean and land in Hawaiian respectively || with a nautical striped bikini and our Pineapple <3 hoops that were recently featured on {Vogue.com}. Add a fashionable enamel bracelet and a necessary accessory to protect your I-phone, and you are all set, whether your weekend takes you to the sea or to a summer soirée poolside! aloha friday & have a good weekend x TC

(As seen above: Hudson Top/Stripes, Jackie Bottoms/Stripes, Whitecap Bracelet, Pineapple <3 Earrings, Maui Pineapple I-phone Case)

 

 

July 31, 2015 by Tiffany Chou

His & Hers || Summer Accessories

'Tis the season for a plethora of summer weddings … so why not join into the *His & Hers* spirit by wearing complimentary accessories?! Match your man with silver // gold shaka earrings, as well as our gold seahorse {Maybe Cherry Valance} hoops. Your man can join into the Aloha Spirit and hang loose in our silver shaka cuff links; or our silver // gold sea horse {Ponyboy} cuff links. Have a great week!

... and don't forget to tag us on Instagram #hisandhersTC !

(As seen above: Shaka Earrings/Silver, Maybe Cherry Valance Hoops/Gold, Shaka Cuff Links/Silver, Ponyboy Cuff Links/Gold)

 

 

July 28, 2015 by Tiffany Chou

M A U I | 2015

 

Mahalo to everyone that came to the sale! It's always a pleasure to see everyone in person 
And as usual, a little photo/video diary of my adventures at home:

 

 

May 02, 2015 by Tiffany Chou

Maui Sale

 

 

April 01, 2015 by Tiffany Chou

Food Series :: New York City

 

Anyone that knows me will tell you the only thing I love more than my cat, is food.
I moved to the city right after college in Chicago (don't worry I'll be doing a post on my favorite Chi Town spots as well) in 2008 and have had my fair share of darn good eats. Below is a list of places I love and would highly recommend to anyone. Bon appétit!

 

I don't drink coffee or alcohol so unfortunately I am of no use in those areas, but I think I have pretty good taste for everything else food related:

 

HANGAWI
$$$
My absolute favorite restaurant in the city.
Vegetarian Korean food. That might sound a bit off-putting, but the food and experience as a whole is unlike anything else. It makes me feel right at home because they make you take your shoes off, so be sure to wear some cute socks :)
If you don't want to make a reservation I suggest going for lunch. They book up quite quickly for dinner. 

 

To Try:
  • Avocado Stone Bowl Rice - A twist on bibimbap. Rice in a hot stone bowl with avocado, veggies and miso sauce.
  • I have no idea what it's actually called on the menu, but in Korean it's Tteokbokki (pronounced Dukboki) - Soft rice cake in a spicy sauce with mushrooms and tofu.

Hangawi | 12 East 32nd Street | New York, NY 10016 | (212) 213-0077

 

TOTTO RAMEN

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I'm on a vegetarian roll, but Totto Ramen makes the best vegetarian ramen (trust me I've tried them all in the city!). Everyone I've taken there who does eat meat hasn't complained either. 

There are no reservations at Totto, so the line can be extremely long, an average of 30-45 minute wait. SO, I always get there at 11:45ish to put my name in for when they open at noon. 

To Try:

  • Veg Ramen - Seaweed and mushroom based soup topped with veggies, seasoned avocado, lime and yuzu paste! (I order mine with wavy noodles and bamboo shoots)
  • Miso Ramen - Miso and ground pork topped with a marinated egg. 

Totto Ramen | 366 West 52nd Street | New York, NY 10011 | (212) 582-0052

 

IPPUDO

$$-$$$

Last Ramen recommendation I swear! I'm not a huge fan of their veg ramen, but when I was eating meat, their lunch set and pork buns can't be beat.

They also don't take reservations, so again I suggest trying to go for lunch for a shorter wait time, and you get the option of the lunch set.

To Try:

  • Hirata Buns - Pork or Eggplant versions are equally divine! Each order comes with two and you can even ask for one of each. 
  • Any of their ramens with the lunch set (I loved the fried chicken rice bowl)

Ippudo | 65 Fourth Avenue (212) 388-0088 & 321 West 51st Street (212) 974-2500

 

BUDDAKAN

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If you're looking to really treat yourself Buddakan is the spot. I've never had trouble getting a table here because the place is gigantic, two huge floors. The food is family style, the decor is crazy and it was in Sex and the City the movie, why would anyone not want to go there?

To Try:

  • Edamame Dumplings - If I ever get married it's only going to be these at the reception! Edamame and, I think parmesan filling, in a light shallot broth.
  • Vegetable Rice - Veg fried rice with pineapple and coconut curry foam!

Buddakan | Chelsea Market 75 9th Avenue | New York, NY 10011 | (212) 989-6699

 

CARACAS AREPA BAR

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They make the best arepas and their chips and guac aren't bad either. Again I'd recommend lunch or an early dinner, no reservations and long waits, sigh..

To Try:

  • La sureña - Grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado and chimi-churri sauce.
Caracas Arepa Bar |  93 1/2 East 7th Street | New York, NY 10003 | (212) 529-2314

 

TORTARIA

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It's just like Google says, colorful, bodegalike eatery serving hearty Mexican sandwiches, taquitos and fresh margaritas. I love this place for it's charm, location and duh, food.

To Try:

  • Crispy Eggplant Torta - Panko-crusted fried eggplant, chihuahua cheese, avo, tomatoes and chipotle BBQ sauce

Tortaria | 94 University Place | New York, NY 10003 | (212) 776-1830

 

MESKE ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT

 

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Meske, is a hidden gem, and I know it looks like it. I only discovered this place because it was at the end of my old block in Hell's Kitchen. My dad later told me that a friend of his who lives in the city swears this is the best place for Ethiopian food in the city, and I couldn't agree more.

To Try:

  • Avocado - Avocado mixed with tomatoes, green peppers and onions. Pretty much a thicker quac but with yummy Ethiopian bread, injera
  • Vegetarian Combo - A mix of all the best veg dishes with injera

Meske Ethiopian Restaurant | 468 West 47th Street | New York, NY 10036 | (212) 399-1949

 

PERBACCO

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One of the very first restaurants a friend took me to my first week in NY. They're highly rated by the NY Times, and all I have to say is that they have parmesan cheese Crème brûlée...

To Try:

  • Crème Brûlée Di Parmigiano Reggiano - Made with 18 month aged Parm with an aged spicy balsamic crust. Woo!!!

Perbacco | 234 East 4th Street | New York, NY 10009 | (212) 253-2038

 

PYLOS

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Take advantage of the fact that they take reservations! And they are right across the street from the Big Gay Ice Cream shop which is also on my list. Some of the best Greek food I have ever had, even though I have never actually been to Greece.

To Try:

  • Anginares Moussaka - Artichoke heart casserole-type appetizer with onions herbs and cheese. 
  • Horiatiki - A classic Greek village salad. 

Pylos | 128 East 7th Street | New York, NY 10009 | (212) 473-0220

 

 THE PLAZA FOOD HALL

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Whenever someone is visiting I usually take them here. It's underneath the Plaza Hotel and there are many individual food shops and restaurants. Everyone can get what they want.

To Try:

  • In the Food Hall - Crepe Cake from Lady M
  • In Todd English - Risotto tater tots, with fontina and truffle aioli

The Plaza Food Hall | 1 West 59th Street | New York, NY 10019 | (212) 986-9260

 

CAFE CLEMENTINE

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When I was interning in Tribeca my boss would always order from here, and I would always try to sneak a cookie for myself. I'm rarely in Tribeca these days but when I am I always make a point of stopping by. I would eat here everyday for lunch if I could. They are only open Monday - Friday. 

To Try:

  • Anything really
  • Tuscan Vegetarian Sandwich - White bean puree with oven-dried tomatoes, arugula, onion, garlic, black pepper and parmesan on pizza bianca bread.

Cafe Clementine | 227 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013 | (212) 965-0909

 

ALICE'S TEA CUP

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I'm not 12, nor do I have a 5 year old daughter. I'm 28 and have been going here since I first moved to NY and was living on the Upper West Side. Besides the good food, it was the only place to talk to someone about Lost. The waiter was just as obsessed with the show as I was, as I AM! I've also taken fully grown men here and they've said their scones and burgers are the best things they've ever eaten, so ha! It's also a favorite of Katie and Suri Holmes. 

Don't bother going for brunch unless you live on the same block, get there right when they open, or feel like waiting an hour. I suggest going during the week to avoid the crowds.

To Try:

  • Pumpkin Scone - Pumpkin scone with a caramel glaze
  • Alice's Hamburger ***only at the Chapter II & III locations on the East side

Alice's Tea Cup | Check their website for all three locations

 

TEA & SYMPATHY

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So maybe I am 12...I also love afternoon tea. The best afternoon tea I've ever had was at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, for anyone who cares? But as for New York, Tea & Sympathy is the best in the city. I've been to fancy high teas at fancy hotels and at Bergdorf Goodman, just to know, who offers the best afternoon tea service. It all came down to T&S, maybe because everyone that works there is actually from the UK, who knows.

To Try:

  • Victoria Sponge Cake - Sponge cake with cream and berry jam.
  • Cheddar and Branston Pickle Sandwich

Tea & Sympathy | 108 Greenwich Avenue | New York, NY 10011 | (212) 989-9735

 

THE HEATH

$$$

The newest to my list. I recently went to the Heath for the first time to celebrate a friends birthday and was blown away by the interior. The Heath is connected to the Sleep No More show and is entirely set in the 1920s. There are live performances and even fake smoke to make it feel like you are on a train platform. You can even eat in the train cars. There is a rooftop bar - the only bar recommendation I can make, although I have no clue if the drinks are good.

The Heath | 542 West 27th Street | New York, NY 10001 | (212) 564-1662

 

BIG GAY ICE CREAM

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My spot for a sweet treat! I love this place so much. 

To Try:

  • Mermaid (go figure): Vanilla ice cream, key lime curd, crushed graham cracker and whipped cream 

Big Gay Ice Cream | Check out their website for all locations

March 20, 2015 by Tiffany Chou