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Happy New Year Lovelies!

I've been waiting to talk about the new year with you all. I just wanted the first week to sink in, plus I've been sick as a dog. Last year I made a few NYR (new year's resolutions) and worked diligently to see them come into fruition. 

Wait. What?

'worked diligently to see them come into fruition'


You mean NYRS don't work like wishes? Yeah, I know, I used to think of them the same way.

But no, unfortunately not.

But, NYR can completely come true, like wishes. When I reflected back on the ones I set for last year, which are ongoing, I realized that because I made them important enough to dedicate time to everyday I was able to reach them. 

I want to leave you with something one of my favorite yoga instructors said during my New Year's Day class that really seemed to stick, 

"We often equate a New Year with the idea of a 'new you'. But, think of it more as you are becoming less of who you were never supposed to be. You were never supposed to be anxious, nervous, or a tense person. You were never supposed to be this stressed out person. You were never supposed to be this angry person."

I love this! Because, instead of focusing on remodeling yourself to be this "better" version of yourself, (we think thinner, healthier, fit into a certain pant size, maybe fixing some insecurity you may have, some hang-up, dating more, whatever) you're already this "better" version, and you're just leaving behind the things that no longer serve you--the things that just get in your way. 

Stay Lovely,


Editor and Curator of

Dusk & Rubies Bog  

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We won't lie, besides for our affinity for tea, the Kate Spade clip with our beloved girl Anna Kendrick totally inspired us to make a winter trip. 

First of all, what you need to know about The RTR is that during the winter season it hums magically with the chatter of those lucky enough to have a front row seat to the best people watching in Manhattan. The red and green glow, the eclectic collection of art, and of course the delicious food and warm tea make for a perfect afternoon. 

What To Order: 

Sandwiches & Blinis
Curried chicken salad with raisins and pecans
Shrimp salad with rémoulade
Smoked Scottish salmon with chive cream cheese and cucumber
Artichoke with red pepper, sun-dried tomato and goat cheese
Smoked ham and turkey with truffle croque monsieur
Sandwiches & Blinis 
NY smoked sturgeon with dill and sour cream
Roquefort bleu cheese and pear with walnuts
A tasting of two American caviars on blinis


Assorted seasonal scones, cupcakes and petits fours

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad 
Marinated grilled chicken a top traditional Cobb salad.

Rooibos Chai
South African red bush with Indian spices

Stay Lovely,


Editor and Curator of

Dusk & Rubies Blog 

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