Category Archives: On the Road



On The Road: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Posted by The E on May 12, 2011

Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Central park notwithstanding, New York can certainly feel a bit “urban” from time to time. When you need a green fix (or just some fresh air), our NY sales team recommends heading over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Since the plot was an ash dump in the late 1800′s, The BBG has developed into a lush 52-acre collection of over 12,000 different kinds of plants. From the Fragrance Garden to the Desert Pavilion, there is something for everyone. The Garden is celebrating its centennial this year.

Our favorite exhibits include the Cherry Esplanade, which is a dream during the spring blossoming season, a fascinating compost exhibit, and the C. V. Starr Bonsai Museum. With 350 specimens, it is considered one of the finest collections of bonsai trees in the world, and one of the largest outside Japan.

C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum - Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

When you’re finished, don’t miss a sunny walk across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan.

Brooklyn Bridge

The Botanic Garden is open Tuesday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on all Mondays except for Memorial Day, May 30th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10. Hot tip: you can Follow the BBG on twitter to see what’s currently in bloom and plan your visit accordingly.

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On the Road: Best Looks from Coachella

Posted by The E on April 28, 2011

As the heat from Coachella has finally cooled down here in LA, we took a minute to select some of our favorite looks from the weekend. As predicted, denim shorts were the big winner at the festival this year.

Images courtesy of Stylesight

One of our blogging idols, Garance Dore, also took to the festival and posted shots of some of her top looks in diary form. If you have not visited her blog, her photos always have a casual sexiness with a bit of sunshine. She is also the girlfriend of blogging royal The Sartorialist, Mr. Fashion Blogger himself! Below are some of our favorites from her selection. We hope everyone had a great time!

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On the Road: Five Tips for Navigating Coachella Weekend

Posted by The E on April 13, 2011

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is coming up this weekend. Collectively, we’ve made more than a few trips out to Indio, CA, so we thought we would pool our knowledge and pass along our five tips for navigating the type of weekend that can go from “Best day ever” to “Never again” very quickly.

Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

1. The Ace Hotel. You’ll never get a room now, but if you can finagle your way into the pool, you’ll find a full weekend of Coachella activities. This year’s “Desert Gold” Coachella Weekend at Ace Hotel & Swim Club features a full lineup of bands and DJs, plenty of drinks, free haircuts from Rudy’s Barbershop, DIY Havaianas flip flops and other pop-up shops, and of course lots and lots of good looking people. As a backup plan, check out the Movie Colony Hotel for an authentic, modernist, Palm Springs desert vibe.

2. Rock some denim shorts. It’s HOT in the desert. Wearing denim shorts will keep you cool, but you won’t look like the girl walking around the infield in a bikini bottom thinking she is at the beach. We sent the HABITUAL Teri short in Bliss to some of our favorite musically inclined ladies.

3. Listen to bands. Coachella is after all a music festival. The design office took a poll and this is the HABITUAL preferred lineup for this weekend (in no particular order):  The Kills, PJ Harvey, The Black Keys, City and Colour, The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Interpol, and She Wants Revenge.

4. Swing by the “Cactarium”. Cactuses are so in right now, and we have seen quite a few shoots happening at the Moorten Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs. With 3,000 different types of cacti and other desert plants, from places as far as Namibia, Baja, Madagascar, Texas and South America, this is one of the more interesting things you will find outside of the Coachella infield. It is especially worth the trip if you are over 25 and need a break from the music, or under 25 and need to escape from the unbearable socialite you ended up sharing a room with.

5. Bring some sunscreen. Cocktails, heat, and lots of skin is a high risk combo.  The sunburn on sunburn on sunburn look some people sport on day three is really not a good one.

Sadly, we are not going this year, but it’s only Wednesday - still plenty of time to change our minds. Full music lineup below:

Coachella Poster

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On the Road: Grange Hall, Dallas

Posted by The S on February 17, 2011

Grange Hall Bird DIsplay

A new take on merchandising at Grange Hall

A must stop in Dallas is Grange Hall.  It’s a dark, contemporary shop carrying unique jewelry, art and home decor.  The place is known for once having a party that featured live chickens, in coops, wearing some of the latest necklaces in stock. Grange Hall is boutique that feels like a natural history museum at times, with finds like a paperweight with a snake skeleton inside, stuffed birds, and eerie sculptural jewelry.  A favorite in stock was a snowglobe from clothing designer Martin Margiela. A quirky minimalist, there was no Statue of Liberty or Chicago skyline in there, just a snow globe filled with snow.  No, nothing else, just snow.  So very Martin Margiela.  The guys at Grange also offer some of the most marvelous floral creations you can buy. Urban Flower/Grange Hall is located at 4445 Travis St, Dallas, Texas.

Martin Margiela Snowglobe Grange Hall

Snowglobe by Martin Margiela

Display at Grange Hall

A table display at Grange Hall

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On the Road: Forty Five Ten and Stanley Korshak, Dallas

Posted by The T on February 15, 2011

fortyfiveten

Forty Five Ten on McKinney Avenue is for serious shoppersThey carry a handpicked collection of designer clothing, from Rick Owens to Balenciaga to Alaia, along with men’s, housewares and gifts. At 8,000 square feet, you could spend all day here, moving from table to table and rack to rack and taking a minute to admire the fountain in the courtyard. You wouldn’t go hungry either, their own restaurant The T Room is a hot spot for lunch. 

Also in Dallas is Stanley Korshak, with a set of stairs you could walk up all day, with quotes from a who’s who of art and fashion.

Stanley Korshack Stairs

The Stairwell at Stanley Korshack

One of our favorites is from Carolina Herrera:

“There is nothing like the moment when a glamorous woman walks into a room and everybody wonders who she is.”

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On the Road: Rich Hippie and Elements, Dallas

Posted by The T on

Elements Boutique

If you live in the DFW area and just don’t love shopping online, there are two options for you to get your HABITUAL fix. The first is Rich Hippie on Lovers Lane, a historic street lined with boutiques, restaurants, furniture, and coffee shops. We bought a silk top there that made its way into the lookbook. The second is Elements, a few blocks down the street, which has a great selection and size run of the Ascot Trouser and Geena Bootcut. The also have some decor items, including a sculpture by local artist and metalsmith Larry Whiteley.

Steel Magnolia - Larry Whiteley

Steel Magnolia by Dallas artist Larry Whiteley

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On the Road: Shoe Tree, Park City

Posted by The T on January 11, 2011

On the way to Deer Valley in Park City, you might see this shoe tree on the side of the road heading up to the resort.  Since this snapshot was taken while driving 40mph, it is hard to see how big it was, but it is quite a sight.  There must have been over a hundred pairs… We’re wondering if there were any designer duds tossed up there in in size 7.5, perhaps a Manolo Blahnik lace-up bootie, by chance?  You never know, this is home of Sundance!

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