February 23, 2012

A Brief Digression From Fashion...

Once upon a time there was a girl who moved into a brand-spanking-new apartment in Williamsburg. There were exposed brick walls and 100-year-old original wood beams and industrial remnants from the masonry factory that once lived in the very same space. She lived a merry life with merry things and romanticized everything about her Brooklandia abode. That is, until one day, when she received a frantic phone-call from her neighbor, "The building is flooding! The building is flooding!" - all while she was stationed across the borough.

Fast forward: that girl was me, (obviously). When I finally rushed home and walked into my apartment, I found that it looked not unlike an NYC street after a short, but serious, downpour. My precious Chanel bag was soaked, the paint from my walls and ceiling were peeling back and ripping away from the walls, and raindrops literally streamed down through my roof. Thank god for a good insurance policy, (shout out to Mike at Travelers for making this otherwise headache-of-an-experience a relief). This past week I packed up the entirety (and trust me, I have a lot of things) of my apartment (an unfortunate necessity in trying to repair my floors) and moved myself across the East River and into a nice little hotel on the edge of Manhattan: The Standard.

A peak into my Standardized life, thus far... Yes, it's my own Eloise-meets-Kevin McCallister alternate reality all rolled into one.
The room, the view, and the cat that joined.

The welcome "home" drinks - The Standard's "Penny Drop" (deliciousness in a tumbler), the makeshift wardrobe.

The in-room entertainment, the downstairs beer garden.

The neighbors! Jeffrey's NYC: A giant Louboutin 20th Birthday Cake, Prada's SS12 Flame Heels

Chanel's new summer polish colors in Attraction, Frisson, and  Tentation. Plus, a Franca-as-Madonna's-doppleganger moment on the cover of Industrie

Kate the Great!!!

Flowers from a bodega ($10 for 2 dozen) for my room and a gluten free crepe from Bar Suzette, located inside the neighborhood Chelsea Market.
Spring lurking around the corner...!

Pretty new things from Topshop: Lace & Perspex flats and a new bug necklace.

Bullet ring gift from Plukka; The Highline down below.

A couple things about The Standard: it's located in the most amazing below-14th (thank god) location, situated (literally) on top of The Highline, there are amazing views, and the service has been impeccable from the moment I arrived. For a small fee, I was even allowed to bring my cat with me, (though admittedly, this got a few stares upon check-in... But would you leave your cat in a kennel for 2+ weeks?)

I won't lie, now that the headache of hastily packing my life into boxes is a few days into the past, I'm quite enjoying the staycation. And the moral of the story? Get home insurance!! I can't imagine where I'd be in this process without it.


  1. Oh girl, that is not such good news! but i don't think that the standard is such a bad alternative! hope everything will turn out okay! when will you be alble to move back? PS love these smashing little photos! and those Prada's remind me of Mugler years and years ago! 

  2. What a horrible thing to happen to your apartment! At least you are able to get it fixed and in the meantime live in a fun place! I would definitely bring my fury friends with me too and not kennel them! Loving all your pics!

  3. I am glad you are making the most of an unfortunate incident. It seems you got rid of some unwanted items in the process and will be starting fresh in the Spring/ New Year with a new and even better begining. Enjoy but don't get used to the standard and the gorgeous view.
    I love every single picture girl, makes me want to be there now. Nice new flats and more bugs. There some real flames going on those pradas, reminds me of hard rock?

  4. I love that you made the most of the situation and provided such beautiful pictures in the process. That, my dear, is not only sipping the lemonade, but sharing it as well :)

  5. You are so right about renter's insurance. A few years ago while I was at work, my apartment caught fire and I lost everything except what I wore to work that day. Even my cat perished in that fire. The insurance couldn't replace my cat but all of my lost belongings were replace and I was moved into a nice apartment by my insurance company while I looked for a new place to live. I can' t stess it enough to people. Get renter's insurance! You never know when you may need it.

    I am glad that you were able to salvage a lot of your things and that you are being taken care of while waiting for repairs to be completed on you apartment.

  6. This same thing happened to me and my roommates a couple years ago except we didn't have renters insurance and the landlord was a complete troll. It didn't end well I'll just say that, but glad to see that it went way much better for you!

  7. So sorry to hear about your apartment Nicolette, the same thing happened to me a few years ago and it was so stressful. The hotel you're staying in looks really lovely though (I've bookmarked it in case I ever take a trip to NYC), so perhaps that's a little silver lining? xx

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  9. I hope for a speedy recovery of your abode


  10. oh, I am so sorry for that! I know how you feel, it happened to my family the night before my brother wedding and instead of having fun we were barefoot cleaning everywhere! hope you'll sort things up soon

    Love, Ylenia | Longuette

  11. "Eloise-meets-Kevin McCallister alternate reality all rolled into one" is a fantastic sentence.

  12. I can't even imagine how stressful this has all been (where did you put all your stuff to begin with?!), but glad you're seeing the positive side and having an 'Eloise' moment (I REALLY need to buy these books next time I'm in NYC; still haven't even read them!). Enjoy your new temporary neighbourhood darling!!

    Briony xx

  13. Oooh no Nicolette, I'm so sorry this happened to you! Let's hope everything turns out OK, this must've been so stressy... Sending happy thoughts your way and in the mean time... enjoy the views :)! X

  14. so so sorry about the apartment. hopefully it is getting all fixed up so it is better than ever and all equipped to handle your beautiful things!

    in happier news - i love the standard! my sister works for helmut lang and they jusstttt moved into their new offices right next to the standard. she sees naked people in the windows alllll day long :) and goes to the chelsea market at lunchtime! maybe you'll see her!

  15. I'm so sorry that everything was flooded out but INDEED thank god for homeowners insurance! I'm so glad you are all right and I so hope that everything returns to (semi)normal quickly for you. All the very, very best!

  16. I'm so sorry to hear about your apartment, but thank goodness you're insured! I've wanted to stay at The Standard for a while now, especially for the location. Too bad you couldn't have planned the flood for the spring when everything is blooming on the High Line. It sounds like you are taking a positive outlook despite all the trouble and stress I'm sure this has caused. Go you! Hope your beautiful apartment is ship-shape soon enough.

  17. My room currently floods when we get bad rain & Sydney has been getting some crazy rain. Luckily it just seems to be the floor (which is tiles), so after the first flood, i've not lost anything. The hotel gets mega points from me for letting the cat stay & i'm in love with the bug necklaces!

  18. I literally gasped while reading this and thinking about your beautiful items (both fashion and decor) being ruined. I am so glad you were insured though and I know you will make the best of the situation with your normal class and composure. Keep that positive outlook girl and enjoy hotel life the best you can!

  19. Glad to hear you're turning a crappy situation into a good thing, and hope it's going well for you! I have renters insurance too, I tell everyone to get it too, cause you just never know! My parents house flooded similarly a few years ago (but had home insurance) and all the carpet and part of the drywall had to get gutted, it is such a grueling process and IMAGINE if you had to pay for it yourself!

  20. Oh doll, I admire your optimism! Your blog MAKES my day, I swear to god x

  21. wonderful photos!


  22. Sorry to hear about your apartment! Will you be able to move back in or will you have to look for a new place?  I'm very fortunate that I am married to Spock and he makes sure we have all types of insurance.  Apparently, that's the logical thing to do...meh

  23. I had a similar situation happen to me & I was sooo glad I had home owners insurance!!!!
    You definately turned a bad situation into something more! Again your photographs capture the essence of NYC.

  24. Oh goodness, so sorry to hear about this. I hope not too much of your things were ruined.
    I have been meaning to get renters' insurance for a quarter of a year now, and had no idea which company to go for. Sounds like Travelers may be a good option (I live in NYC as well). Thanks for this. <3.

  25. CheetahisthenewblackFebruary 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    I've been meaning to comment re: your unfortunate situation! Oh my goodness I can't even imagine... but glad to see you've been making the most of it and brought your cat along!! When will you get to go back home - although a staycation at the Standard sounds rather lovely actually. x

  26. Oh no what an awful thing to happen to your place! Thank goodness you had insurance. That could have been a serious nightmare. But wow, on the upside, what a treat to be able to find such fancy new digs. I've never been to the Standard but these photos make it look heavenly. 

  27. Oh no, your poor place! But I hope and believe that it will be restored.:) I love your post, it's so fun to read because a lot is going on.:)

  28. Can I just say how obsessed I am with those Lace & Perspex flats? They're up there with 'things I'd kill for'! 

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