Real New Yorker: Grace Sun

 {Image from Mamaishaute}

I’m starting a new series where I interview real New Yorkers with different professions from different walks of life.  I ask them things like what their favorite New York haunts are and what inspires them.  My first interview is with my friend Grace Sun who is a designer, mama, blogger, wife, and well, she does it all.  It also happens to be her birthday today so this post is dedicated to her.  New York Fashion Week officially kicks off on Thursday so you’ll probably see her at the shows or taking photos of fashionistas in Lincoln Center.  Here is what Grace said…

MB: You’re one of my most fashionable friends, how would you describe your style? GS: Thanks! I would like to say my style is eclectic, well orchestrated with high and low end pieces and fun!

MB: What is one piece of clothing every woman should have?                                   GS: Killer “F-Me” heels, it’s better than a tub of ice cream.

MB: You’re a fashionable mom, how do you maintain your style while being functional?
GS: Planning ahead and wearing an appropriate outfit with a twist. For an example, when I know that I am going to a kid’s birthday party, I stick to cute knits and sweater pieces and stay away from precious materials like silk or leather that I can’t move in. I also stay away from a typical mommy uniform, like Uggs, black bubble jackets, and long knit cardigans. If I need to wear sneakers, it will be Nike high tops or zebra print pony sneakers.
MB: Oh man, I would be the one in workout clothes and Uggs-haha

MB: You’re a designer, blogger, and mom what are your inspirations?
GS: I get inspired by art, architecture, fashion, and people. I realize that the world is a colorful place and my inspiration comes from all different angles.

MB: You’re Korean, what is your favorite Korean restaurant in New York?
GS: My favorite Korean restaurant is Ham Ji Bak in Queens.
MB: OMG me too!

MB: What are your favorite restaurants?
GS: My top five restaurants are Degustation, Sushi at Gari, Takashi, Ippudo, and Shabu Tatsu. I realize 4 out of 5 are Asian food. Oh well, my palette craves Asian food.
MB: I couldn’t agree more.

MB: What is your favorite shop/store?
GS: Ina (consignment store) in New York, Fly Boutique in Miami, Shops in French Consession in Shanghai, K Jacques in St.Tropez, Bong Ji and Zoom In The (entire ga ro suk gil) in Korea, Maje and Gerald Darel in Paris. I am told I can shop any where.

MB: How long have you lived in New York?
GS: Ten plus years

MB: What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
GS: I love going to the Brooklyn Flea, getting massages, hanging out with family and dinner/drinks with friends

MB: What neighborhood do you live in?
GS: Tribeca

MB: What’s your favorite thing about that neighborhood?
GS: I love my neighborhood because my best friends (2 families) live across the street and our kids are best friends and they are growing up together. I also love that it’s residential and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and SOHO is ten min away by a cab.

MB: What is one piece of advice that you would give to young women out there?
GS: This question is a trick question because young women don’t give advice to other young women 🙂
MB: Haha true!

MB: What are your vices?
GS: Cocktails, shopping, potato chips, and internet

MB: Who are your favorite designers?
GS: For clothes 3.1 Phillip Lim, Bensoni, Rag and Bone, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, Chloe, Isabel Marant, Mara Hoffman, Pucci, and Alexander Wang. For shoes and accessories, YSL, Chanel, Miu Miu, Prada, Ash, and Marni.

MB: What’s one thing you can’t live without?
GS: iphone

MB: What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do?
GS: I always want to be doing something.

MB: What can we expect next from Grace Sun?
GS: To be doing something.

Grace’s blog Mama is Haute