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New York City can appear overwhelming at first. All these crazy tall buildings, it's rare to get a peek into what's really going on inside. Unless of course, that is, you've gained VIP access. On a Style Room tour with fashion industry professional Karen Parker O'Brien, you can experience the fashion world just as a buyer from Bergdorf's would.

When Missoni Home planned to open their first New York showroom and store, they figured a storefront in the city would appeal to the Hamptons crowd anyway, so they may as well go closer to home. Or second home, that is. And so, yesterday, they opened up shop at 50 Jobs Lane in chic Southampton with a wide array of home décor items: signature zig-zag printed pillows, sofa and chaise, rugs, towels and outdoor furniture, all just begging for a summer house to sit in.

Once a year, Where magazine puts out a fancy, glossy-paged book that sits on coffee tables of hotel rooms across the city. Piecing it together is a creative and exciting task, as all the editors at the magazine convene to collaborate on a comprehensive insider's look at the latest and greatest in New York City.

Stepping into Lady Mendl's (56 Irving Pl., 212.533.4466), a tea salon on a quiet street in Gramercy, is a serious time-warp, in a really precious, not precocious way. Add to that the representatives of Persona jewelry floating around in their finest tea party dresses each adorned with a distinctive flower crown, platters of finger sandwiches, pastries, macarons and fruit, not to mention a wide array of juicy mimosas, and you have yourself my Tuesday morning.

While New York has been experiencing an unreasonably, unseasonably cold Spring, I sometimes enjoy perusing the pictures of my friends back in California, basking in the sun at the beach. Not because I'm a masochist so much as the fact that thinking warm, sometimes makes you feel just a little bit hotter.

Last week, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the unveiling party of The Great Gatsby windows at the flagship store of Tiffany & Co. on glorious Fifth Avenue. What an event! Even before walking into the store I was dazzled by the window displays: one, a party scene with a stack of 1920s style champagne glasses overflowing with chandelier earrings, while a wooden inlayed dance floor is engraved with Jay Gatsby’s monogram.

In anticipation of the Guerlain pop-up shop, their first ever in the U.S., which opens April 8th at Bloomingdale's, (1000 Third Ave., at E. 59th St., 212.705.2000), I received a generous preview of the beauty goods to come. The brand is one long associated with Parisian glamour and the well-curated capsule collection that will appear shortly on the ground floor of the Bloomingdale's flagship aims to reflect both the tradition and future of the beauty line.

Fashion week flew by in a frou-frou flurry, and this Editorial Agent was gleefully caught up in the storm. It's a funny time of year, this semi-annual celebration of all looks haute and happening. All the movers-and-shakers (and wannabes, let's not forget) of the fashion, art and media worlds converge for a whirlwind series of events aimed at shaping the aesthetic trajectory of the upcoming season. Everyone dons their finest threads, all impossibly high heels and carefully draped scarves, and sets out to make a style statement.

It's a given that fashion week will awe us with the greats; Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Oscar de la Renta, and the list goes on. Much anticipated, these collections are considered to set the temperature for the following season, be it through their styling, their high-wattage models, or the craftsmanship of their cloth.

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