Silkstaq NYC May 19 - 20

Have you ever had a dream that just wouldn't go away?

I think we are all full of these dreams, and NYC is the city where I go to remember mine. A mere 4.5 hour bus ride from our hometown of (by contrast positively sleepy) Boston, New York lies glimmering, chock full of possibilities, layered with smells, sights, sounds, and a relentless hustle. It's intoxicating, maneuvering between the collective schedules of so much energetic desire for greatness. This Thursday through the weekend, the Silkstaq Team journeys in the city that doesn't sleep but can't stop dreaming. Come along!

Since this is graduation weekend, hotels are astronomically expensive, so we sprung for a 2-bedroom Airbnb apartment in Hell's Kitchen. Here's Flo of flolovesclothes right at home in a room that embodies her iconic palette.

What's traveling without the joy of packing? A few essentials... clockwise from left: a journal that speaks my heart, a luxe green-beauty toner,  Tom Ford Lipstick (Cherry Lush), prescription eyewear cocooned in damask pink velvet, the reason why we're here in NY, and a "tech-friendly" wristlet by Michael Kors (meaning that it holds your phone. But TBH, I use my phone so much, I always have it out, so I use the inner pocket to save business receipts). I'm not crazy about Michael Kors, but this is such a friendly design for someone who always has her hands full.

What's traveling without the joy of packing? A few essentials... clockwise from left: a journal that speaks my heart, a luxe green-beauty toner,  Tom Ford Lipstick (Cherry Lush), prescription eyewear cocooned in damask pink velvet, the reason why we're here in NY, and a "tech-friendly" wristlet by Michael Kors (meaning that it holds your phone. But TBH, I use my phone so much, I always have it out, so I use the inner pocket to save business receipts). I'm not crazy about Michael Kors, but this is such a friendly design for someone who always has her hands full.

Thurs the day we arrived, mid-trek to a fancy-ish Mediterranean restaurant, I saw a flowery "Tropical Burger and Shakes" sign on 9th Ave around W 50th, and we ended up imbibing malted milkshakes and messy burgers. Not sure what's "tropical" about a chocolate milkshake or a mozzarella-covered slab of beef, but not complaining. 

Thurs the day we arrived, mid-trek to a fancy-ish Mediterranean restaurant, I saw a flowery "Tropical Burger and Shakes" sign on 9th Ave around W 50th, and we ended up imbibing malted milkshakes and messy burgers. Not sure what's "tropical" about a chocolate milkshake or a mozzarella-covered slab of beef, but not complaining. 

Friday we embarked on a casual tour of MOMA, my favorite museum in the world so far, before meeting up for dinner at Columbus Circle with a new friend, Lexi, who might be described as a Pakistani-British jetsetter socialite (hoping to interview her soon). Lexi attends college in Boston, but just happened to be in NY at the same time! 

Moma is showing Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty through July 12. I wish we had gotten more photos of his haunting monotype etchings, and the dense watercolors (that looked like charcoal drawings), laconically vibrant pastels, and rich paintings inspired by these seldom viewed artworks. I might have to go back.

Lexi (left) and Flo (right) in Columbus Circle, standing on the border between Central Park and the Columbus Circle mall. Lexi showed up in a gorgeous vintage purple skirt paired with a black velvet top, vintage Cartier bag passed down from her mom, studded Louboutins, and some sick bracelets. 

Lexi (left) and Flo (right) in Columbus Circle, standing on the border between Central Park and the Columbus Circle mall. Lexi showed up in a gorgeous vintage purple skirt paired with a black velvet top, vintage Cartier bag passed down from her mom, studded Louboutins, and some sick bracelets. 

Here are some sumptuous photos of the day captured by Flo. See her Instagram and her Silkstaq profile for more of her gorgeously stark minimalistic aesthetic.

Heading back to W36th for the night, we discovered that we're right by the headquarters of the New Yorker! (Too lazy to substantiate this, but this building, located half a block away from our Airbnb, seems to strongly suggest this. Update: apparently it's a hotel called the New Yorker. Oops!) Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the rest of our trip! And hope we see you on Silkstaq soon!