the stylist’s guide to nyc

by Grace Bonney

Experiencing different cities is one of my favorite things in the world to do. I love soaking up everything an area has to offer and trying to taste a little bit of what locals do there on a regular basis. Every time I visit a city I find myself wishing I had a specific type of insider to help me around town. And depending on what that city is, I find myself hoping for a different person based on that town’s speciality. And while I am myself a local, I always find myself wishing that I had a very specific type of help when I attempt to shop in Manhattan. Namely because Manhattan feels like ten cities packed into the size of one and it can be incredibly overwhelming. So when Amy sent me a link to Sibella Court‘s new book I nearly fainted. It was everything I’d hoped for (aside from Sibella herself showing up at my door to say, “Hello, Grace! Can I take you on a shopping trip through the city?) in a city guide from one of the most stylish and talented people I know.

Sibella’s new book is called The Stylist’s Guide to NYC and frankly, that is my ultimate dream. For than most other professions in design, stylists and prop specialists know all of the amazing hole-in-the-wall places that I wish I knew and the best part- they know when and how to shop there for the best deals. If I could take this book in tour form every weekend I would- because NYC is the sort of city that is always changing and adding amazing new shops.

In this book Sibella will cover, “boutiques, galleries and markets- arranged into loops of interest, such as ‘Furniture & Interiors’, ‘Haberdashery, Handmade & Vintage Textiles’, and ‘Scents, Flowers & Gardens’.” And because after a few hours of shopping you always need a little bit of re-fueling, Sibella is also listing her favorite cafes, bars and delis. I know it may seem silly to go gaga over a book from someone who doesn’t currently live in NYC, but I can tell you from a local’s perspective- Sibella probably still knows way more than I do about my own city’s styling secrets.

The book comes out this May, but you can sign up now on Amazon to get the sale announcement. I just did and will be dog-earing the heck out of my copy when it comes. I’m fully prepared to have my mind blown by some amazing insider secrets and fantastic new shops. xo, grace

*Click here to take a tour through Sibella’s beautiful home and shop in Australia.

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