Big Apple + Little Sister = Best Day

I go to New York every few weeks, and I write about my visits every few years (including here and here). This week, I had the pleasure of spending a day in the Big Apple with my youngest sister Roxane who was visiting from Switzerland. Here is what our perfect day together looked like.

Mimosas at the Loews Hotel

On Park in mid-town, this is one of the most civilized places in NYC, whether for coffee, lunch, or drinks. I love it for meetings, I love it alone when I need to catch up on emails or write, and I love it for everything in between.

A facial at Heyday Upper West Side

Despite family businesses involving a spa and skin care, Roxane is not a facial aficionado… so I had to gift her a Heyday facial. Not surprisingly, she loved everything about it – the setting, the treatment itself, the post-facial glow, the wonderful team members. No better way to start a day in the city!

A stroll through Nordstrom 57th street

Both of our first times in this gorgeous new store, we were in awe of the beauty offering. Not just the ground floor beauty store (which was packed with shoppers by the way), but also the first floor Beauty Services area. Featuring various “shops in shop” including Heyday (yes, they are in all the right places), Drybar, Face Gym and more, as well as wonderful niche brands, this area gave off a cool, chic, inviting vibe that made you want to shop and treat yourself.

A haircut at Fourteen Jay 

Roxane is addicted to her short haircut, and to Aveda. When she asked me for the best Aveda salon in the City, I had to recommend Fourteen Jay, a project my friend (and celebrity hairstylist) Frank Rizzieri was involved in creating.

Apero at the “new” Pastis

Pastis reopening last year after a five-year hiatus was to me some of the happiest 2019 news. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner there still feels like a party, something utterly “New York” that can’t be replicated anywhere else. A must.

We didn’t have a chance to visit all of the places on my list… here are a few left for her next visit.

The bar at Morandi

Another Keith McNally creation, Morandi in the West Village is on my list of places to try.

An afternoon at Great Jones Spa

One day I will make the time to have a long and perfect massage at this legendary spa, and I will take advantage of their amazing amenities, including the River Rock Sauna, the Chakra Light Steam Room, the Jacuzzi, and the Cold Plunge. One day…

BeautyView: Karen Terranova, General Manager, Great Jones Spa

I met Karen Terranova, NYS licensed aesthetician and General Manager of Great Jones Spa, at a tradeshow in New York City in 2006. I had been to Great Jones Spa, one of the best spas in the Big Apple, and of course pitched Alchimie Forever to her. This summer, she added my products to her skin care assortment. During the 8 years in between, we got to know each other, speaking often about ingredients (what she likes the least about the beauty industry is also what I like the least about the beauty industry), about the benefits and challenges of both organic and medical skin care formulations, and about family business. We became friendly, then friends, and now are finally working together. And still on my bucket list… experiencing a Karen Terranova facial!

AP: What city were you born in? KT: Beechhurst, NY.

AP: What city to do you live in? KT: Bayside, NY.

AP: What is your middle name? KT: Anne.

AP: What is your astrological sign? KT: Virgo.

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? KT: I am a Reiki Master, Crystal Practitioner, and when my schedule allows me, I study Botany at the New York Botanical Garden.

AP: What is your most prized possession?KT: A small curio cabinet that holds treasures of the past from my parents and grandparents.

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? KT: My Mother.

AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. KT: NYC Black, Casual, Chic.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? KT: Both – why discriminate!

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret?KT: Exfoliate, mask, moisturize.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? KT: Since 21 I have been wearing Quelques Fleur by Houbigant, I have recently purchased Elie Saab and love it!

AP: Botox or not? KT: Not.

AP: Hair color: natural or not? KT: Some of it is natural and some of it is not.

AP: What do you do for exercise? KT: Cardio, weights and dance.

AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? KT: Arugula, fruit, and a yummy french cheese.

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? KT: Lately, Vanilla Martini.

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? KT: Reiki and meditation.

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. KT: Album ” Mai Dire Mai” by  Anna Tatangelo.

AP: What book are you reading right now? KT: Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber, MD.

AP: Quote to live by. KT: “When the student is ready, the master appears” Buddhist Proverb.

AP: What is your worst pet peeve? KT: Being late.

AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? KT: Rise and shine at 5:20 am. I usually get 7.5 hours of sleep.

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? KT: Overwhelmingly, I hear how people in this industry want to help others; there is such passion and compassion towards humanity.

AP: Least favorite thing. KT: Misinformation regarding ingredients in products.

AP: Who is your mentor? KT: My Mother and my Grandmother.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today.  KT: Be patient, listen and learn from everyone.