Store Front

Photographers James and Karla Murray created a book that makes me wax nostalgic for New York City… Store Front is a photographic account of the classic, retro store signage fading from the NY street scape.  The owners of these mom-and-pop businesses invited James and Karla into the shops, and often into their homes, telling them the stories behind the facades- many of which are included in the book. It’s broken up by neighborhoods and my old ‘hood {the East Village} is chock full of gems- some of which are sadly now gone {CBGB’s and Mars Bar} and many of which still exist today {Gem Spa, McSorley’s Ale House, and 2nd Ave Deli}.  NY-ophiles, this one‘s for you!

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{All images, of course, from the book}


John Derian

Oh, I have long had a love affair with Mr. Derian.  It started years ago, when I would walk 5 blocks down from my East Village apartment to his charming little shop, where I would always find something to buy {that I didn’t need, but couldn’t live without}.  John worked the store back then, and when he wrapped even the simplest purchase up in old pages from beautiful vintage books, I knew it was meant to be.

I know I’m not alone- don’t you adore his new apartment {as seen in T Magazine} and insanely exquisite designs for Paperless Post?

{And lucky me- my forward-thinking husband is not at all upset by my indiscretion- in fact, John Derian was present at our wedding…or should I say, his paperweights were!!}

John’s new NYC apartment-


Some of my favorite Paperless Post designs-


Meet Anne Chertoff!

One of our favorite editors, AisleDash editor-in-chief Anne Chertoff, will be at two Williams-Sonoma stores in NYC this Sunday, February 20, and next Sunday, February 27, to offer up her vast wedding knowledge and expertise to the lucky first 40 people to RSVP. Both events are free, and brides and grooms will get an opportunity to create and edit their wedding registries before the store opens. Find out all the details and RSVP info here! If you’re not in the NY area but are looking for wedding advice, check out Aisle Dash and From I Will to I Do, where Anne regularly shares wedding planning tips.

Crosby Street Hotel

If you’re a long-time reader of the Ruby Press blog, you’ll know how much we love fancy hotels! Our latest fave is the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho. With an unmistakeably eclectic British influence, fresh blooms in every suite, afternoon tea, and rooftop “mini meadow,” what’s not to love?  For more info, check out this article in Metropolis magazine.  We can’t wait to pay this fabulous spot a visit!




{images from here and here, spotted on the SCOOP}

Rubie Green NYC party

Just got photos back from our Rubie Green event in New York earlier this month and thought you’d like to see a few!  Michelle Adams, founder and designer of Rubie Green, shared her eco-style tips with guests while sipping fair trade and organic wines and nibbling on yummy organic sweets.  Calypso Home invited us to have the party at their Soho store, and the stylish space was filled with a mix of chic editors, bloggers and Rubie Green fans.


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{all photos by Emily Searle}

The Jane

I kinda freaked out when I heard about this chic new budget hotel in NYC’s West Village…how great for when you want loads of style but don’t have the deep pockets that NYC boutique hotels usually call for!

This is the lounge area, but click here for rooms- which have a vintage maritime feel and seem to start at a mere $79!  {The catch- you have to share a hallway bathroom, but hey, the Europeans do it all the time and look how chic they are!}


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Home in New York

Have you ever stayed at a hotel that is so chic you wish it was home and so warm and friendly you think, for a minute, that you ARE home?  We have stayed at City Club Hotel {in convenient midtown Manhattan} for about 4 years now, and each time we arrive I am amazed at how truly wonderful the staff is.  From the manager to the bell boys, they make you feel like their most important guest.  I actually thought that we were their only guests the first few nights we were there and was shocked to learn they were sold out!  With 63 rooms that are impossibly stylish, they are the best NYC hotel I have ever stayed in.  And I’ve stayed in many…

{Learn more and see more pictures here.}


P.S. See you next time Lauren, Carol, Emanuel, Edwin, Jeff, Joseph, Ray, and all of my other City Club friends that I’m forgetting!  xx

Dumpling Man, here I come!

It’s a good thing the Dumpling Man didn’t exist when I lived in New York…it’s just 2 blocks from my old apartment, which would definitely make me a bonafide addict.

Whenever I’m in NYC, I always go to this tiny little dumpling emporium for the freshest (you watch the dumplings being made right there!), yummiest dumplings. I can never choose between all my favorites, so I usually get way too many. (But I do leave happy!) I love their sauces too- Cold Monster might be my favorite, but Hot Monster is so good too… How to choose?

I can’t wait until Angela and I are in NY to scarf some down!