"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." - Steve Jobs
Once upon a time (three years ago) during my first internship in New York City, I decided I was definitely living in the right place. I’d arrive to work in the Garment District showroom in the highest of high heels, ready to take on anything. One particularly gloomy afternoon, one of my bosses sent me on an assignment to pick up a copy of all the new fashion magazines--from all over the globe.
I walked a few avenues in the wrong direction before finally heading the right way, and eventually arrived at my destination: a magazine cafe. Yes, you read that right. I’d step inside, and from the deepest depths in the floor to the tallest point of the ceiling, magazines from all over the world would reside. I remember staring at the walls, eyes wide--mouth open. I’d definitely just found heaven.
I've been thinking recently about my favorite kinds of stores in the city. Coffee shops are obviously high on the list, but there are also so many other amazing little shops. From boutiques (with coffee shops--bonus!) to cologne ateliers, there's always something new to discover.
It’s the magazine cafés that have enchanted me most. I’ve made a habit of stepping inside these shops on a Saturday afternoon, ready to dive in to all that’s new in the glossy world. I stock up on some of my favorites--I Heart Fake, Indie and Kinfolk to name a few, and journey home for a night of wine, magazines, and some sort of delicious meal (typically sushi, because I’m addicted).
Check out some of my favorite magazine shops if you happen to be in the city:
Magazine Cafe: 15 W. 37th Street; Midtown
Around the World Fashion Magazines: 148 W. 37th Street; Midtown
Lafayette Smoke Shop: 63 Spring Street; Soho
[Photographed by Moti Ankari in Soho wearing Urban Outfitters printed pants, a Topshop turtleneck, a floppy hat from Target, and a Rebecca Minkoff bag]