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Interesting vintage shop

This neat looking gentleman keeps a designer vintage shop in Le Marais, few blocks away from BHV department store in Marais.

Le Marais also is otherwise interesting area with plenty of cool shops, restaurants and bars. There are also several jewish delis selling great traditional  delicacies, I had breakfast at Florence Finkelsztajn.
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Bought this pendat at Etsy this morning for 15 $; 12 $ + 3$ shipping to Finland.

It is a beautifully aged poker chip that has been decoupaged with a carefully scavenged bit of 1906 Japanese ephemera to create a large, one of a kind pendant. Will use it on a long silver chain. I have other round pendants in sterling silver and semiprecious stones, this will be a nice addition to my collection.
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Helsinki design week

Visited today Kaapelitehdas, old cable factory in Ruoholahti, Helsinki, now home to several design companies, restaurants, theatre, culture events, concerts, exhibitions, festivals and fairs etc. They had this weekend Design Market, the biggest design outlet sale in Finland gathering together dozens of vendors and thousands of shoppers. It was very busy still at 4 pm today, even though they closed at 5 pm. I bought a Lumi canvas and leather bag, not for myself, but for Christmas present. A great deal; normally 170 € now only 40 €.

It was part of Helsinki desing week, there are different events, the biggest and most well known will be Habitare, a five day furniture, building and interior design fair. Check out also Design District events during the coming week; late night shopping on Thursday etc.

Tiffany part 1

Every time I go to New York, I "have" to visit Tiffany... and buy a small token as souvenier. Sometimes I pay it, sometimes Husband buys it and sometimes we share the cost.

Tiffany has lost some of it's high status as some of their stores can be found in malls and they have on line store, but still it's very pleasant to visit their flagship store on 5th Avenue. The store is stylish and their sevice is impeccable. The sterling silver collections have expanded, I am not so fond of all theid designs, but they have many simple and stylish items. I have some gold jewellery, but I tend to use silver and semiprecious gemstones. The only yellow gold jewellery I frequently use is my heavy, plain, simple wedding band I use with matching white gold engagement ring.

I spent my 40th birthday in New York, Husband took me to Tiffany's then. I selected the pendant on right. The original chain is thinner and shorter, but I prefer to keep it on this longer chain. Matching bracelet I bought during my latest visit in July.
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Chanel style and favorite shop windows 1

 Villisilkki has new window decorations and -20% discount untill mid December. I love discounts... and fell in love with the "Chanel type" silk blend boucle (see the boot). I will purchase the fabric and order a raw edge skirt from the seamstress I use. There are two films Coco before Chanel and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky cooming out of Coco Chanel's life, so for sure Chanel look; boucles, trimmings, chain buttns, raw edges will be trendy once again.

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Street style; new books

I quite frequently order books on cooking, crafts, interior desing etc. from Amazon.

One of my favourite blogs is The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman. He has captured some great styles and charaters on his street style blog. There are many style blogs out there, but this far The Sartorialist is my favourite, many style blogs have pictures of very artsy young people (probably those blogs are kept by artsy yougsters...), but Sott features people of all ages and styles in his blog.

When I learned that his new book based on these photos was out, I had to order it immdly. I was excited to receive the parcel yesterday. I have gone trough it few times last night, I am sure I will open it hundreds of times and every time find some great details I haven't seen before in the photos.

At the same I ordered New York Look Book, based on street style photos from New York Magazine. It's another good street style book, issued few years ago, but I prefer The Sartorialist. Still, I love NY Magazine, it has been a great source of restaurant, shopping and events for my NYC trips.
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New York stores

New York has huge variety of speaciality stores.

Fishs Eddy on Broadway/19th street has their own designs and a good variety of vintage plates, they also have vintage printing cylinders and rubber glove molds that make interesting home decorations and conversation pieces.

A Red Hook garden center had a great commercial truck.

There are several interesting antique stores on Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill in Brooklyn.

6th Avenue and side streets from around 30th to 35th are a beader's paradise.

The Upper Rust on 9th street new Thomson Square Park in East Village has interesting mix vintage and new pieces.

New York characters

There are so many great looking characters to be seen on streets of New York City; people of all ages, races and income had their unique, individual styles. These were some of my favourites.

Summer hat in Tribeca diner.

In front of a bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Summer style in Meat Packing district.

Neo Punk in Chelsea flea market.

Street vendor in Midtown.

New York cocktails

New York has many excellent cocktail bars, where bartenders or mixologists are specialized in designer cocktails. For example, if you like Gin & Tonic, don't order that, but ask your bartender what gin based cocktail he or she recommends instead. You will be pleasatly surprised!

The most notable cocktail lounges we visited were the following.

Elettaria on 8th street at MacDougal is a dining restaurant, but they also have a bar with a skilled mixologist. He had his own unique signature way to shake the drinks. I had The Simple Life; sparkling wine with fresh fruits, my husband had Martinique Sidecar; rum, Curacao and lemon juice. Very tasty!

Flatiron Lounge is an old cocktail lounge on 19th st, between 5th and 6th Avenues. I had Come Fly With Me, husband had One Inch Punch. It was again a joy to see the bartender to mix the cocktails, he was not just throwing the ingredients together, but making the mixing and his moves a form of art.

The Campbell Apartment on Grand Central Terminal (entrance on Wanderbilt Ave.) is an interesting, "from another era" cocktail bar. It was once the office of American financier and railroad tycoon John W. Campbell.

In Tribeca we had white chocolate martini and champagne cocktail at The Bubble Lounge on corner of N Moore and W Broadway. This was another plush cocktail lounge.

My husband was took interes in mixologism and bought Mr Boston's Official Bartender's Guide in New York. It has recipes for almost 1500 cocktails, so we it will take a while to drink from A to Z.