Sustainable living has a tendency to be focused--no, obsessed--with Brooklyn. But Manhattan has its own share of eco-friendly delights, just with a level of sophistication that makes Brooklyn look twee and amateurish. And yes, hipster.
Anne Nelson Sanford, proprietress of LURK Natural Fragrances
, proves this point. During the summer, this West Village resident moves her perfume studio "out East" to her summer digs at Sag Harbor (peep her Instagrams of beach sunsets
). When she's not hand-blending fragrances out of pure essential oils and jojoba oil (no chemicals preservatives, stabilizers or additives), she's plying her sophisticated hand at interior design. Now that it's fall, you'll find her living the Town and Country lifestyle with her adorable four year old around the city.
It was hard to pull Ms. Sanford away from her beach life to answer my questions, but she did it! Check out where she meets her friends for cocktails, the musical artist I'm so glad she introduced me to, and where she does her vintage shopping:
What's your favorite NYC bar?
I don’t have just one, which is a bit odd as I don't actually drink.. 😉 Little Branch
is a stone’s throw from my apartment/studio, so it’s perfect for after work or post-meeting. This place is super chill, comically hushed, and they happily make killer mojitos sans alcohol with a smile. They also use so many fresh ingredients in what seems like absolutely everything, and I love that.
At Orient Express
I tend to go with sparkling water, but friends and colleagues love the cocktails. I also love the small menu for little bites, and the atmosphere is fun and a bit cozy. Great place to meet before dinner in the hood.
Describe your perfect Sunday.
A cappuccino, brunch at Rosemary’s
in the West Village (love that they have a rooftop garden), a walk or bike ride with my son on the Hudson, a little shopping or a playdate and then dinner at my place with a few friends. I don't really cook per se, but I can throw together lots of yummy sides with funs things from the Union Square Greenmarket (I like to start my Saturday there) and everyone always brings something as well. It’s the perfect way to end the weekend/begin the week, and my son loves all of the attention.
You can only see one musical artist perform this year--who do you choose?
What's your favorite place to shop in the city?
and American Two Shot
Your favorite NYC-made brand?
You have three days free to get the heck out of the city. Where do you go?
The East End for sure. It’s quick, easy, beyond peaceful and stunningly beautiful (in my opinion), even in January.