Now that the weekend is in sight (WOOHOO) and we're about to bid adieu to another crazy week, we're rounding up our Friday top 5 from around the city! Even though there's still slush and snow on the ground, there are many reasons to get outside and experience what life outside of your warm apartment has to offer.
1) The Butterfly Conservatory, Museum of Natural History.
This annual exhibition is a MUST. As the temperatures drop outside, step into a world of butterflies at the Natural History Museum. Participate in the guided tours an talks as these delicate colorful creatures fly all around you. Sign us up!
2) ANNIE HALL Screening; The Museum of the Moving Image
Shake up movie night and see this classic on the big screen once more! And make sure you take a turn through this iconic the museum beforehand. A perfect date night.
3) The BEST of Chinatown: Lam Zhou Handmade Noodles.
It's really old news- the food in NYC is amazing. We have the best of every type of food at our finger tips, yet our busy lives normally lead us to our neighborhood go-to's during the week. SO- this weekend, in place of the super duper new trendy restaurant where you have to fight to get a space at the bar while you wait for your table for a reservation you had to make weeks ago in a space where you can't move or hear yourself think... why not try a simpler, more authentic option? Our current OB-SESSION is Lam Zhou Handmade Noodles in Chinatown. It's no frills, cash only, and does not serve alcohol, but trust us- it's worth it. Have a pre-meal and post-meal drink at one of the many lower east side bars in the area, and we promise you'll be happy campers.
4) BROOKLYN BREWERY TOUR, Williamsburg
Why not take an afternoon and go behind the scenes of one of NYC's most cherished micro breweries. Tours operate ever 30 minutes on Saturdays starting at 1pm. And- obviously- an obligatory tasting at the end of the tour doesn't suck either.
5) CAFE SABARSKY ; Old-School Veinnese Experience. Upper East Side
We could think of nothing better then spend hours in this old school Viennese Cafe, where you're coffee comes to you on silver tray. This Fifth Avenue institution transports you back to a time when a "coffee break" meant nothing less than an hour. Time definitely slows down here. Their famous pastries, especially the Sachertorte are NOT to be overlooked.
The balancing act of a new brand in the fashion industry is an exciting endeavor. Time is precious and juggling between the creative aspects and the essential, but much less luxurious, business side of things can get a tad hectic. The Katherine Feiner Team swears by certain tools of the trade to get through the day, and you shouldn't be surprised that they're beyond simply a needle and thread.
Calendar – When the Katherine Feiner Team is running all over the city and trying to fit a lunch meeting into the mix, scheduling is essential to making sure the days pass smoothly. A calendar is a tool of the trade that we cannot live without. Having an agenda that can sync from phone to laptop and everyone on the team is a life saver. For those on the go, get organized and take advantage of a calendar.
Wireless mouse and computer – As a budding fashion brand, it’s important to note our days are rarely filled with the glamour that comes with fashion. Often we are crunching numbers or corresponding with production, PR, and our sales team. This means we are stuck in front of a screen for a good portion of our day. A fast, functional computer is crucial, but we cherish our wireless mouse almost as much. Nothing is worse than the finger cramps that come with using your touch pad all day. Whether you’re scrolling a lookbook or copy cells in excel, give your hand a break (cords free, of course)
Studio - Nothing is more important for a business than to have a space dedicated to WORK. Whether it’s simply a desk, office, or full building it is essential to have a space that exudes HUSTLE. The Katherine Feiner Studio is a place that we can focus on all the tasks of the day, while surrounded by our gorgeous styles. Functional and fashionable, our design studio is a classic tool of the trade.
Scissors – Whether snipping fabric or slicing open a box of recent goodies shipped our way, a good pair (or two) of scissors can save the day. We may be working in the digital arena a majority of the time, but cutting thread, ribbon, or paper is not a rare occurrence.
Garment Bags – Although we could swear this handy tool of the trade multiplies when we shut off the lights, garment bags are a must have when dealing with clothing. Packing and unpacking, sending off to photo shoots, or rushing back from the dry cleaners, Katherine Feiner clothing goes through a lot. Proper care and protection is very important to the livelihood of our styles, and in this weather we are not the only ones that bundle up when headed outside!
These tools of the trade help make work just that much more enjoyable and I'm sure many of you can agree. What couldn't you live without when it comes to work?
There is absolutely no one who resides in a city that turns frigid in the winter who isn't familiar with the daily stream of lamentations about the weather. Most of us start our mornings in the dark, only to return home in the evening darkness as well. Utterly freezing when we leave the indoors, yet sweaty and out of breath when we reach our destination. Our pretty shoes and fashionable winter coats are kissed goodbye in favor of the ever-so-chic snow boots and puffy coats (I don't care how fashionable you consider yourself... if it's February and -5 and you have NOT embraced the puffy coat for fear of looking like a marshmallow... you're missing out). We become city warriors in our own right, battling wind, sleet and snow through crowded streets and cram ourselves in stifling subway cars full of sniffling, sneezing passengers (where you always end up next to the guy who misses his tissue by about a mile). It was after one such train journey, feeling completely defeated and willing to quit all life as we know it an move to Tahiti, that a good friend of mine suggested that we go around the dinner table and all say what we LOVE about winter. It was an awesome gear-shifting conversation, resulting in everyone's moods significantly lifting at the prospect of venturing back out into the cold for the journey home. SO- in this same spirit, the Katherine Feiner team would like to share OUR TOP 5 things we LOVE about winter! Here goes...
1) CHRISTMAS LIGHTS! These guys tend to stay up ALL winter here in NYC, and cast the city in a sparkly glow. How can you not be happy after seeing christmas lights in your coffee shop window?
2) It's 100% appropriate to use the word "cozy" at every given opportunity. It's our favorite winter word and even the thought of it makes us feel just.... cozy. ** Also may be interchange with the word "Snuggly".**
3) Bars/ Restaurants with fireplaces! Seeking and discovering hidden NYC gems where you can have a drink or a dozen oysters next to a roaring fire in the heart of the city is, need we say it? Super duper cozy.
4) Fuzzy socks! To anyone who has ever trudged through the snow after work, got home, poured and glass of red wine and put on fuzzy socks... you know why this is on the list.
5) Hot Toddies and Mulled Wine. Need we say more?
We'd love to hear what YOUR favorite things about winter are! Wishing you all a happy and COZY February! XOXO
Working from home definitely has its perks.
Our favorite? The ability to use your space exactly how you want; the ability and make it perfectly reflect you and your ideal environment. We love looking at others' work spaces and observing how their creativity shines through the design.
Need some advice getting started? Start with pops of color, pictures of your various favorite things, sweet sentiments, fond memories, and an open mind. Whether you have a big area or small, you, too, can have a home office of which you can be proud! Here are some of our favorites!
How cute are these?! How would you decorate yours?