The Vale Family
I can be dressed to the nines, in anything and everything from Club Monaco to Tom Ford and the first thing anyone notices is my Michelle Vale Balancé Day-to-Night Tote. Come to think of it, I cannot recall a time I’ve donned this shoulder candy and haven’t been complimented on one of MV bags. This could very well explain why I am the proud owner of six of them. OK, I admit, I am completely obsessed. I mean, if you see my beige suede tote with rose gold karung snakeskin handles you would be too. And I’m not the only one who thinks that. A-list celeb are rocking their Michelle Vale bags on the big screen, around town and in the pages of InStyle. These classic bags with a modern twist are coveted by the fashion elite from coast-to-coast.
Childhood friend and highly sought after fashion designer for woman’s accessories, Michelle has made New York City home with her husband, Trevor, and their two Lil’ Manhattanites, Liam and Charla. This JetSet Family not only encompasses what it is to truly be a New Yorker, but their desire to impress upon their lil’ ones the wonders of the big city is beyond fantastic. They’ve traveled around the world and back again, but NYC is still their favorite place to be.
New York City
Where is your favorite spot to eat with the fam?
Michelle: I happen to love SmorgasBar, it is within walking distance of our neighborhood (Battery Park City) in the South Street Seaport area. Smorgasbar offers an array of Brooklyn purveyors making innovative cuisine. The kids love Pizza Moto with their on-site brick oven and love Landhaus for their bacon bliss!
Do you have any special spots for date night?
Trevor: My favorite place to take Michelle sans children is Minetta Tavern in Greenwich Village. Our recent dining experience had us sitting beside Bono. The atmosphere is old-world Manhattan and you really must try the Black Label Burger.
What is your favorite hotel? Where do you love to sneak away?
Michelle: Without a doubt, the Gansevoort Park Avenue. Time Out New York just named it the “Best Hotel for a Staycation,” and the very chic pool is perfect if you visit the city in the warmer months. I love it there.
New York City seems like one giant playground. Where are the places you enjoy with your family the most?
Michelle: We recently went to the Rain Room exhibit at the MOMA and Charla loved it. Liam jumps at any chance to go to Chelsea Piers. He loves playing hockey and it’s become our second home. From soccer and gymnastics to rock climbing and bowling, Chelsea Piers is an athletic family’s dream come true. Governor’s Island is NYC’s best kept secret! Now through September you can check out Fete Paradiso, a spectacular collection of vintage carousels and carnival rides. It’s a great place for family time.
Who are your favorite designers and/or shops?
Michelle: I’m drawn to Nili Lotan and Theory, Theysken’s Theory and Helmut Lang. Nili Lotan has some great pieces for kids at J. Crew. I am happy see these brands are starting to manufacture more and more in the U.S. Supporting brands made domestically is very important to us, especially if they are made in Manhattan. For accessories? Michelle Vale, of course! www.michellevale.com
So what is your secret for looking so young & fabulous?
Michelle: Tribeca Beauty Spa does well with flying under the radar; however it is frequented by the in-the-know New Yorkers. You really must try Nadia for a facial. The results are amazing. I resist going to anyone else.
I heart NY
What is the best time of year to visit?
Michelle: I suggest to friends to come visit New York City in the spring or the fall. Both seasons are perfect weather for sightseeing and really experiencing Manhattan for all it is worth. There is nothing better than walking through Central Park in early October, dressed in a cozy sweater with a coffee. It really is the quintessential New Yorker thing to do. If you come in the springtime, make sure to check out the High Line to see the greenery, shop and taste local fares and perhaps a nice glass of wine in the sunshine.
And the fun does not stop here. For more information about fabulous restaurants, experiences and brands that New York has to offer, follow Michelle on her Make It In Manhattan blog.
What do you want to visit in NYC?
Photo credits: Michelle Vale, Gavessort Hotels, and Creative Commons
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