On Being A Paper Bag Princess

A page from Vogue Hommes Internationa

The life of a paper bag princess is a dichotomy, but it's one that's purely circumstantial. It's a momentary fall from grace; a bump in the road. It's that scary what's-gonna-happen-to-me state when you're in-between jobs or when you've just broken up a long-term relationship. Whatever it is, it causes you to do a major financial readjust to the system.

For example, to the outside world, you might be carrying a Chanel handbag (that was purchased at 90% off at a sample sale eight years ago) around town, but, little do they know, because of your strict budget, you make your own lunch at home. Or, you're treated to a fabulous lunch at The Plaza by a friend but, instead of supping at Cipriani's for dinner, you find yourself heating up a can of soup. It's a yin-yang way of life that you've somehow come to accept. At least for a while until you can figure things out.

Try this one for size: I was recently invited to go on an all expenses paid press trip to Gran Velas Riviera Nayarit, an all-inclusive 5-star resort in Puerto Vallarta next week. But, guess what? I haven't secured a job yet! Imagine getting emails asking you to pick your preference of luxurious spa treatments and off-site adventures while you're simultaneously scouring the Internet for jobs. Oh, the irony.

You can't be a paper bag princess forever, though. This is impossible if you're smart and willing, and full of hopeful, positive energy. The coin will turn. The coin has to turn.

The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English

 

HE PLAZA FOOD HALL BY TODD ENGLISH

Fifth Avenue at Central Park South on the concourse leve
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"You're gonna Instragram yourself stupid," said Georgina, as we rode the escalator down to The Plaza Food Hall, where she was treating me to a belated birthday lunch. This gourmet wonderland on the concourse level of the storied Plaza Hotel reminds me so much of a condensed version of the grand food halls I've visited in London and Tokyo. (Think: Very fancy cafeteria.)

We were lead to our seats and given a big menu containing all of the offerings from the different stations: sushi bar, grill, seafood, pasta, dumplings, etc. The variety is great for when you're not sure what you're in the mood for. You could theoretically have sushi and sliders, if you wanted! We tried the adorable mini lamb gyros from the grill and a hearty plate of bucatini. 

There's also a cheese and charcuterie section, along with little jars of jams and pickles, cookies, teas and other products for purchase. And you need not sit down for a meal if you don't have the time, as there are also ready-made sandwiches, salads, and sushi rolls to grab on the go. 

On our way out, we gazed at the white marble display case of Lady M confections. All of the cakes were sliced so cleanly and precisely, revealing their artfully layered interiors. It was Instagram-worthy. Mmm. Next time. There will be a next time.