What a weekend! What a weekend. No, really, this was one of those bizarre weekends that embodies everything New York is about. Friday night I popped up to Harlem to see Darris and Jan’s new digs. What was meant to be a quick stop-in for *one* cocktail ended in me hailing a 3am cab from No Parking. #Whoops. My early morning arrival home meant I ran late for brunch at Sugar Freak, but my friends were all forgiving – they know that I really do try! That night there was a birthday party, which saw me returning home in the wee hours again. It’s been awhile since I was out past midnight (yet another sign that I am rapidly growing old).
Sunday proved to be a little more calm. I woke fairly early to the morning light streaming in through my windows and felt the urge to be productive – but I needed coffee first. If you follow me on instagram or twitter, you have no doubt seen my early morning rants comparing tweeting before coffee to climbing Everest without oxygen. The folks over at Villeroy & Boch picked up on this, and last week sent over the NewWave Caffe mug, party plate, and teaspoon. I figured, with the lighting being so pleasant, and the cool fall temperatures, it was a most opportune time to christen the new mug. So I popped down to the Astor Bake Shop, picked up a coffee and a blueberry muffin, and sat down with my new mug and plate to do a little light blogging.
The limited edition NewWave Caffe Cities of the World line has been released in eight versions, each representing a major metropolis: New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, and Berlin (view the entire collection here). Naturally V&B sent me the New York set, covered in stylized New York iconography. The Empire State Building, the clock at Grand Central, an old New York City cab – the party plate even features a map of lower Manhattan drawn in taxi-cab yellow. It’s quite a great concept, putting two things I love so much into one experience and adding a little bit of luxury to an everyday routine. As the weather becomes more consistently cool, watch my instagram for this – it’s sure to be included in my morning chai ritual.