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A local look at midtown Manhattan—hosted by our very own creative director.
Ever wonder what it's like to spend a day in the (impossibly chic) shoes of Marie Claire creative director Nina Garcia? After growing up in Colombia and moving to the States for a career in fashion, she's become a true New Yorker, and knows all the best spots in the city. "There's so much to do," says Garcia, who's taking you on a fabulous tour of her favorite hotels, restaurants, and stores (while treating you to some style advice along the way).
"My day always starts with getting the kids ready for school," says Garcia, who prefers warm water with lemon juice over coffee. "When I have a breakfast meetings, I try to stay in the area of my office at Hearst Tower. One of my favorite places nearby is Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle." Coach Customized Mens Jacket, $2200, coach.com; Coach Whipstitch Snake Dinkier, $550, coach.com; Coach Black Tortoise Glitter Varsity Stripe Sunglasses, $170, coach.com
"This city really is so rich in culture," Garcia says. "When I have friends come into town, I definitely recommend they go to the theater because it's something so unique that New York has to offer." She herself last saw Hamilton, and is on the lookout for the next big thing on Broadway. As for what to do before or after the show? "Go for spots that have a real classic New York feel, like P.J. Clarke's for burgers, or The Carlyle for drinks. For something fun and casual, La Esquina, is a delicious Mexican taqueria that just opened up a colorful new location uptown very close to the magazine." Coach Shark Crewneck Red Multi, $595, coach.com; Coach Dinkier With Whipstitch Snake, $695, coach.com
"Towards the end of New York Fashion Week, all the editors find time between shows to have brunch as a team," Garcia says. "We'll go over what is happening and brainstorm ideas around what we've seen so far for the new season." She likes to do group lunches at a cool hotel restaurant like The Standard, Hotel Americano, or Hudson Common. A new winner: "JAMs at 1 Hotel is beautiful and located right on Central Park," she says. "It feels like nature comes alive inside, with its wooden décor and an abundance of greenery that inspires an environmental consciousness." Coach Black Tortoise Glitter Varsity Stripe Sunglasses, $170, coach.com; Coach Sheer Western Shirt, $450, coach.com; Coach Embroidered Sheer Skirt With Pleats, $495, coach.com; Coach Suede Fringe Rogue Bag 25, $750, coach.com
Naturally, we jumped at the opportunity to get shopping advice from Garcia. She lives on the Upper East Side near some of the New York's most iconic department stores (Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman), but prefers to browse stores that have an under-the-radar vibe. "I love Dover Street Market. They have an incredible edit of clothing, exciting brands, and designer collaborations," says Garcia. "And De Vera in Soho is like this curiosity cabinet of rare objects and jewelry. I also love the new direction Coach has been taking lately. They've found what they do very nicely, and keep tinkering and updating the all-American look. So cute!"
Photographer: Kevin Lu; Art director: Rebecca Kimmons; Makeup artist: Tina Turnbow; Hairstylist: Nicole Blais