Tuesday, January 11, 2011

SalonTea's Tracy Stern on Winter Style

Winter Style
by SalonTea Creator Tracy Stern

Winter style for me is focusing more on warm thoughts than being cold and fashionable. But no matter what the temperature, killer lingerie is always a must. . .my favorites are Gaultier for La Perla, Sonia Rykiel, Agent Provocateur, and Kiki de Montparnasse.

Five Looks I'm Loving This Winter

Michael Kors fur vest and camel cable turtleneck
 Hermes black cardigan with black leather belt and loop
Black wool Max Mara coat, belted
Over-the-knee, suede, thigh-high wedge boots
White Prada ski jacket with fox collar
A SalonTea Tale
(by us, for those who have been missing out far too long)

Enjoy Life. Drink Tea. Celebrate Often.
 If Willy Wonka was a beautiful blonde who dug tea like he did chocolate, he might have nixed the factory idea for a modern twist on the French salon. Maybe bling it out with a little disco ball action and Phillipe Starck chairs. Ofcourse there would always be the freshest and most delectable of sweets, and the teas would be magical and hearken dreamy vocations like Writer, Musician, and Dancer. . . there would be tea bath and beauty products, tea de parfum, tea china, tea music, tea books, and tea candles. . .and since (sometimes) girls can do things better than boys, the tea empire would expand beyond the New York salon located at 501 E. 75th Street and stretch onwards, to Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston, and then across oceans to London, Dublin, Tokyo, Paris, Naples, Brussels, and Dubai. And his name couldn't be Willy Wonka, then, could it? It would have to suit a very stylish lady who dared to build her life on the foundation of a dream.

The rest is history. (There's more, but this is a tale, not War and Peace, and you should let Tracy tell you the rest when you visit her at the salon). And that's how a little girl who loved to collect teacups eventually grew up (but in that rare, forever young way) and went on to create a magical, multi-million dollar empire in which love and friendship would reign, and tea would beat at the core of its heart. 

Despite her success, you'll find Tracy Stern in her 75th Street salon more often than not, brewing and serving what she loves best. She looks up and smiles as the school next door lets out and the children pour in. . .a cup of tea brewed and served personally by Tracy is one of this city's most delightful experiences.

In the end, it's all a one act play. What you do for work - and play - is important. Put some spice in your winter chai style. . .

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