Chelsea is the coolest neighborhood in Manhattan.  And, not only because we have 
The High Line, Chelsea Market, Hudson River Park and, now, Wi-Fi everywhere 
(go, Google).  But, because it’s a chic, sporty and artsy place where the avenues are wide, the dogs stylishly outfitted, the girls’ (and boys’) heels sky-high and the boutiques and galleries open late.

I always considered myself an east side girl, having spent most of my time, post-grad, there.  At 30, I felt stuck and needed to change my energy–I decided to move.  One winter Saturday, walking back from spin class through Madison Square Park, I got the call from a building in the heart of Chelsea.  I signed the application 20 minutes later, fingers crossed.

Within a few months in the new apartment, I had a serious boyfriend, my first freelance writing gig and morning sunlight that I’d never seen in the city streaming through my 21st floor windows.

A lot has changed since then.  But, I found a new life on the west side.

My Chelsea fashion favorites:

Muléh: 500 West 22nd Street (@ 10th Avenue) /
Decidedly downtown coats, dresses, bags and booties.

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The Habitat Shop:
143 West 19th Street (btw. 6th & 7th Avenues) /
Fun, flirty party dresses (starting at $120) and colorful costume jewelry.habit shop 1habit shop 2
Les Toiles Du Soleil: 261 West 19th Street (btw. 7th & 8th Avenues) /
Canvas espadrilles, totes and iPad cases with bright, wide candy-colored stripes.
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Moschino: 401 West 14th Street (@ 9th Avenue) /
The most precious, ladylike clothes.  Resort collection: just in and so pretty!
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Must, must, must have this purse ($795; limited edition).


Saint Laurent:
541 West 22nd Street (btw. 10th & 11th Avenues)
Yes, laurent

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