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The holidays are right around the corner, and you’re still scrambling to buy presents for your friends, family, and those you’re trying to use to catapult your social life. Maybe you've been too busy schmoozing at holiday cocktail parties or you've spent too much time browsing Jazz Johnson and Dirk Wittenborn's 12 Days of Social Climbing. That’s okay, the authors of The Social Climber's Bible have put together the perfect holiday gift-buying guide for you, the savvy social climber. These gifts are sure to win over the hearts (and wallets) of all those Big Fish you’re trying to impress.
It’s been one whirlwind of a year for the Bitches Who Brunch, fueled by countless Bennys, mimosas, and almond milk lattes. They've endured epic New York wait times to try out the hot spots and braved various locales with questionable health department letter grades, all in the sake of brunch. They've seen food trends come and go like cronuts, matcha tea, and avocado toast. With 2014 coming to an end, they've proudly crowned their Best Brunches of 2014 and have now summed up the top brunch bites in the city that never sleeps. Brunch on, Bitches!
New Yorkers may go into a frenzy whenever Will and Kate come for a visit, but if there's one Londoner that NYC society will always be loyal to, it's Lucy Sykes Rellie. Along with her twin sister, novelist Victoria "Plum" Sykes, Lucy has navigated her way through the galas and charity balls, fashion shows and glossy offices, to the top of the city's social scene, earning a reputation for being glamorous, charming, and effortlessly stylish along the way. After four years spent as the Fashion Director of Marie Claire, creating an international children's line, and a stint as the Fashion Director of Rent The Runway, Lucy has now taken to the pen, with her own novel, The Knockoff, on the way in 2015. We couldn't help but wonder how a woman who wears so many hats has time to stay stylish, sociable, and inspired, so we sat down with Lucy in her West Village home and talked everything from secret gardens to Glade® scents that remind her of home.
During the dreary winter, getting a proper drink at an elegant cocktail bar with friends can be the perfect pick-me-up. And while everyone has their timeless favorites, the new crop of bars that opened this year are some of the most stylish and exciting in New York. From the opulent new lounge from the Raines Law Room team to the coolest new Houston Street watering hole, these are the bars you'll be toasting at now - and long into 2015.
While most people are busy with family visits, holiday shopping, and company parties, New Yorkers have to sift through scores of options to figure out the best way to close out the year in style. To make that easier, we've once gain compiled a list of the coolest New Year's Eve events in the city. From Rita Ora's Top of the Standard bash to Disclosure's Pier 94 blowout, here are the top parties to end the year, and be sure to check back for regular updates!
For anyone who has spent time in the downtown creative circle, there's a good chance you're already familiar with Rivington Design House. The innovative team has had its hands in branding for dozens of companies, from Rachel Zoe to The Surf Lodge, slowly becoming one of the best boutique design firms in NYC. To boot, the office space on Kenmare Street doubles as a gallery where artists and designers have exhibited unique works for both visitors and passersby to experience. Behind Rivington Design House is Brion Isaacs, an artist-turned-musician-turned-entrepreneur.
In case you haven't noticed, we here at Guest of a Guest tend to think of ourselves as gift-giving professionals. So far, we've led you through 12 Days of Gifting with some of our closest and coolest friends, we've given you shopping tips for beauty buffs, "Lumbersexuals," and even the Olsens, and our founder, Rachelle Hruska, shared her ultimate wish list. But now it's our turn to present our personal picks for giving and getting this holiday season. From "Screw You" slippers to SoulCycle sessions (and everything in between!), click through to see what the GofG staff is hoping for this year.
After the holidays, plan a nearby getaway to Connecticut, New Jersey, upstate New York, or Pennsylvania to relax and enjoy some time off. If you're looking to travel further, head even more north to Vermont or New Hampshire for the perfect holiday vacation. The East Coast has so much to offer, and at times it may seem like we are stuck in a bubble in NY. Whether you're looking for affordable lodging or a five star resort for the weekend, we've got you covered. Plus, there's no need to take any time off of work, just head over Friday evening and you can be back in the city by Sunday night.