Best Ice Cream Shops in NYC

From ube soft serve to watermelon sorbet, a round up of NYC’s best ice cream shops!  Sit back, buckle up, we’re going on a fun ride today!

– Soft Swerve –

First up, Soft Swerve!  An ongoing trend of incorporating atypical ingredients into dessert is something I openly welcome.  From black charcoal coconut ash ice cream to raindrop cakes, New York City is home to a variety of extremely unique dessert options.

In 2017, the ube craze hit NYC and Soft Swerve opened.  Serving soft serve flavors of matcha, black sesame, and of course the infamous purple swirl, ube, Soft Swerve is home to a variety of unique tastings.  For those who are not familiar with this flavor, ube is actually a root vegetable or commonly know as the purple yam, found in the Philippines and other Asian countries.  Ube soft serve has a subtle earthy and nutty flavor with a smooth and creamy texture.  The ube at Soft Swerve is a win in my book and a must-try if you’re in the area!

– Il Laboratorio del Gelato –

Next up, Laboratorio Gelato!  One of my favorite travel destinations is Italy, land of the most incredible and delicious gelato.  Thus, I was one happy girl when we stumbled by Il Laboratorio Del Gelato.  Situated directly across from Katz Delicatessen (“I’ll have what she’s having!”), Il Laboratorio Del Gelato offers different and unique flavors from a decadent hazelnut amaretto crunch to an exotic cactus pear and close to 300 different flavors available.  A unique aspect of this gelato shop is that they have an open kitchen and are constantly creating and experimenting with new flavors.  They treat their kitchen as a custom lab.

For those missing authentic Italian gelato, I highly recommend a visit to Laboratorio Gelato!  You can have your classic flavors and also sample a few of their more unique and exotic flavors.

– Ample Hills Creamery –

Next stop, Ample Hills!  If you’re searching for extremely sweet and decadent flavors, Ample Hills is the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  Offering zany and seriously creative flavors, Ample Hills stays away from classic flavors (though they are offered) and shines in their unique flavor creations.

Each Ample Hills location features a distinct and custom flavor relative to the neighborhood, such as the “Nectar of the Queens” at their Astoria spot, a smooth honey cinnamon ice cream base mixed with generous pieces of Baklava and Galaktoboureko (creamy custard pie with a crispy filo crust) lent from local bakery, Artopolis Bakery.  And they also offer pretzel cones, creating a sweet + salty flavor combination with their ice cream.

– Van Leeuwen –

Now to Van Leeuwen!  Van Leeuwen first became hugely popular with their fleet of buttercup yellow ice cream trucks in New York and Los Angeles.  Once they established storefronts in both cities, and in New York especially, their popularity rose even higher. Van Leeuwen offers classic flavors, but where they really shine is in their vegan ice cream.

Their vegan flavors are beautifully creamy and smooth with each flavor profile prominent.  Van Leeuwen’s vegan flavors are concocted from a combination of homemade cashew milk, coconut oil, and cocoa butter.  To be honest, I can’t tell the difference between their vegan and non-vegan flavors!  Also if you’re looking for the perfect photo opportunity on a hot summer day, I can confirm that vegan ice cream does not melt as quickly in the sun as regular ice cream (scroll back to the photos from Ample Hills).  My go-to vegan flavor is the Vegan Cookie Crumble Strawberry Jam.  It’s so good!

– Dominique Ansel –

I love love watermelon!  Colin and I put it in everything.  From smoothies to creating flavor water, watermelon is our go-to fruit.  And that leads us to our last stop, Dominique Ansel!

Three words, watermelon soft serve!  Served inside a gigantic slice of watermelon, the What-a-Melon sorbet is incredibly refreshing.  At first when I took a bite, I couldn’t figure out what else was in the sorbet.  The flavor profile is fizzy, reminding me of sparkling lemonade.  I found out that the fizzy sensation is made out of sea salt and lime zest seasoning mixed in the watermelon sorbet!  And they even add chocolate seeds on the outside of the watermelon!

This dessert is priced on the higher side at $10 a slice, but it’s seriously worth it.  The portions are pretty large and it’s enough for two people to share.  Dominique Ansel is only serving the What-a-Melon during the summer months, so stop by before September rolls around!  It’s only served at the West Village location from 3pm-9pm on Wednesdays-Thursdays, 12pm-10pm on Fridays-Saturdays, and 12pm-9pm on Sundays.

I truly hope you enjoy this ice cream adventure!  If you’re in NYC, visiting NYC, or planning a trip to NYC, feel free to bookmark this page.  Wishing you a happy vibrant summer filled with joy and yummy eats!

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Create a Sense of Elegance For Your Brand Using the Right Clothing Labels

Business owners often want their brand to be perceived as prestigious. Putting that word in a slogan won’t be enough to convince their customers that they are a high-end brand or that they are worth shopping with over the competition. It takes a lot of small touches to create the impression of prestige within a brand. One of the ways that business owners can do that is by using the right kind of clothing labels.

Woven patches made from suede or leather can have a big impact on how the clothing is perceived. The same clothing with heat transfer patches will not look as elegant and fancy as it does with suede or leather patches. When more expensive materials are used, it creates an impression that the clothing is more prestigious, and something as simple as the clothing label needs to be considered when someone is trying to change perceptions about their brand.

When a brand struggles to gain recognition or to be seen in the light the business owners wish it would be, then it takes a concerted effort to change the impression the public has of the brand. Every aspect of the business needs to be taken into account. The customers may only see the clothing patches for a few moments, but those moments can have an impact.

Obviously, these kinds of patches will be more expensive than other types of clothing labels, but that is kind of the point. To create a sense of elegance and stature within the brand, some money will need to be put into it. Otherwise, it can end up looking cheap, and any efforts to try to change the perception to something with prestige will fall on deaf ears and be seen as a way to make a quick buck.

The impact of using clothing labels to relay a branding message in part is that it is not very obvious, yet it is something that everyone will see. Whether a business owner is selling the clothes or changing up the style of dress on their employees, a small change like this can have far-reaching effects. It may require a significant initial cost, for a company to make brand-wide changes in the kind of labels being used or to add these patches to a new line of clothing or a new set of uniforms. However, that investment can pay off, as customers see the brand in a new way and recognize it as a business and a brand with greater standing.

In today’s technically advanced world, people are very connected. So, if a business owner can get word to just a few people that their brand is changing or that it is becoming more prestigious, that can spread quickly across social media, through videos, blogs, posts, and pictures. Those small patches that may seem insignificant will have the potential to reach a massive audience and be appreciated by people all around the world. It’s difficult to predict what exactly will catch people’s interest, get them talking and make a brand go viral, so it is important to focus on even the small details and give them a chance to be relevant to the public.

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Sweet Florals, Such a Pretty Dress for Summer

Happy Friday everyone!  Another edition of florals today.  This time with a romantic vintage-floral print, neck tie, and tiered ruffles.  I know it’s summer, but I love my boots!  That’s one of the things Colin and I are a lot in common.  He’s an all-season boot wearer and so am I.  And the beauty of florals is that we can wear it all year round.  In spring/summer with sandals and sneakers, in fall/winter under a beautiful coat with boots.  Or in spring/summer with boots and fall/winter with boots again =)

This floral dress is actually part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  Under $90, it’s an airy pretty piece that’s perfect for the office, weekend getaways, brunch, movie nights, and every moment in between.

Have a great weekend and thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

D R E S S ::  Chelsea28 floral dress (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, under $90)
S H O E S ::  Rag & Bone boots (similar Schutz white boots)
B A G ::  Yuzefi ‘Asher’ bag
A C C E S S O R I E S ::  Karen Walker sunglasses | Catbird choker | Alighieri coin necklace

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Styling Overalls, the Grown Up Version

Overalls?  Yup, it’s the comeback kid this season.  A trend that comes and goes, they’re now updated with lush textures and interesting cuts.  I personally love overalls that have a dress shape.  They give more of a grown up feel.  Now, the burning question… Can overalls be styled in a chic and fashionable way?  Challenge accepted! 

I love the nostalgia associated with overalls.  They just bring out that inner child in us.  Just imagine kid-size overalls.  Aww.  Now imagine overalls on puppies.  Wha… aww.  It’s pretty darn cute too.  Let’s keep the childlike spirit that makes them so special by adding a pop of color.  In this case, a pop of vibrant magenta.  For the grown up chic part, I love pairing them with a romantic top.  Overalls naturally have a utilitarian feel, so I love adding something soft and feminine to create a harmonious contrast.  It gives the look a tough yet soft feel.

When Colin and I were shooting this outfit story, a lady walked by, stopped right next to him, went on her tippy toes (it was really adorable because she’s about my height and Colin is a foot taller than me), looked at him and said, you got the shoes right?  The shoes have to be in the picture!  She loved the shoes.  We chatted for a few minutes and after she left, I thought to myself… Gosh, I love NYC.  It’s a place full of people who are not shy, who are unapologetically and authentically themselves, who have strong personalities.  I’m just so grateful to call this city home.

I hope you enjoy the styling and thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

T O P ::  Chloe ruffled blouse
O V E R A L L S ::  Ksubi denim dress (also adore Free People overall dress, under $70)
S H O E S ::  Manolo Blahnik pumps (similar Steve Madden magenta pumps, under $90)
B A G ::  Yuzefi ‘Asher’ bag
A C C E S S O R I E S ::  Gentle Monster sunglasses | Alighieri medallion necklace | Tiffany & Co rings

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