Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Hostess Gifts


The start of the holiday season always makes me so excited! It certainly holds true as a time to eat, drink and be merry. I never like to go somewhere empty-handed and with the holiday parties upon us, it's time to start thinking about the perfect little gift of thanks. Personally, I love giving things to friends and family that they wouldn't always buy for themselves. A fresh new scent for their home, elegantly bottled hand soap, or something cozy to cuddle up in. And don't forget a handwritten note! It truly is the thought that counts. xx

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Home For The Holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching! I am heading out to Chicago next weekend to spend time with my best friends for a Friendsigiving and cozy time with family will follow right after! In the back of my mind, I already have my packing list ready to go. This will probably sum up my Christmas suitcase also - maybe a few extra warm pieces in December! I find it easiest to pack my favorite basics for the season and then throw in a few more elevated pieces to pair them with. Simple and sweet always works best! xx

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Our Week In Spain


Spain was simply a dream! Everything from the culture to lifestyle made me fall in love with the country even more. We could not have gotten luckier with the weather, as the sun came out every single day! While in Madrid, we stayed with friends and spent the majority of our 3 days walking the city from top to bottom. Some of the things I loved the most were the Prado Museum, Royal Palace, and Mercado San Miguel. A hidden gem, which I highly recommend, is visiting the city hall and walking to the top. While there you can enjoy 360 views of the city! A couple of the restaurants we tried and loved were Botin (they say it's the oldest restaurant in the world) and Lateral which was so delicious!


That weekend, we drove to Toledo for a wedding. Definitely a place worth visiting while in Madrid, as it is under 1 hour outside of the city center. We stayed at the AC Hotel - an idealistic spot. The views were simply exquisite and not like anything else we had ever seen before!


After the wedding, we headed to Barcelona on the AVE train - at close to 200 miles per hour, it's certainly a quick way to travel! Upon arrival, we checked into the Alamanac Hotel which was pure perfection. On our first day, sightseeing included the Gaudi buildings, a walk down Las Ramblas to Mercado La Boqueria, and the Port of Barcelona. Dinner reservations were made ahead of time at Montiel which was a full food experience! If you have the time, I definitely suggest it - very intimate and a true taste of Catalonia.


 On our second day, we spent time window shopping in El Born. It felt like we were in a movie with the cobblestone roads and little alleyways! After grabbing lunch (and some gelato!) we headed uptown to see both Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. We planned the park visit for last, which was perfect timing for sunset. That evening, our hotel helped us make dinner reservations at a fun spot called Bar Canete, where we sat up at the bar and watched them cook all of the different tapas. Honestly, one of our favorite meals during the trip!


This country truly captured a piece of my heart and I am so thankful for all of the memories we made while there. Hasta luego! xx
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Autumn Essentials


As the leaves begin to change, so does my wardrobe! I am coveting all the chunky sweaters possible right now and I don't see that stopping any time soon. My essentials during this time of year remain consistent each year - comfy sweaters, leather leggings and chic flats. What are your autumn essentials for this time of year? xx

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Spain Packing List

Our trip to Spain is just around the corner! We are flying out next week to spend time in Madrid, Toledo, and Barcelona. I am so excited to visit a new country and be traveling with someone who spent a significant amount of time living there - the perfect kind of tour guide, if you ask me! As far as my packing list goes, it will still be warm during the day, so cute skirts and denim are a necessity. These white sneakers will definitely find their way into my suitcase, as well - ideal for sightseeing! I am also packing a few of my favorite layers and dressier pieces for our evenings out. Vamanos! xx

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Wishlist For Fall


Fall is just around the corner - can you believe it? Here are a few of the things I am looking to refresh and update my closet with for the new season. Basics are my favorite pieces to update since I constantly mix and match them with everything in my closet. This tee in both black and white are at the top of the list for me. I also wore this crewneck tee on repeat last year and love the brand overall, a bit cheaper and great quality. A few of the other things I am loving are all things leather, booties and fresh denim. I have been a headband addict all my life, so it was impossible to ignore this little piece while stumbling upon it - especially since it's leopard. What is at the top of your list for the new season? xx

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Labor Day Packing List




We are heading up to the Thousand Islands for the week of Labor Day. I am so excited for a little getaway - it will be the perfect celebration to close out the Summer season. I am packing mostly basics, sun essentials, and cozy wear for evenings by the lake. Keeping it simple, comfortable and casual with my favorite Summer basics. Nothing better. What are your plans? Have a safe and happy holiday! xx

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Travel Essentials

Sharing some of the things that have been tried and true in my travel routine. With a number of trips the last few months and more coming up, there are quite a few things I have realized are on repeat in my packing list. I mentioned this backpack and sneakers in a previous post and can't say enough good things. Not only great for my day to day in the city, but also travel! These hair ties are truly the best I have ever tried. They don't pull on your hair and add a cute flair. I never forget my travel wrap - the coziest piece which can double as both a blanket on the plane and cute layer in the evening. A few other things I can never leave behind are these cosmetic bags, this refreshing spray and favorite lotion with the most idealistic scent. What's always on your packing list? xx

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

5 Good Things


Returning with a little post on 5 things that are making me happy, with the hopes that it will bring some joy to you also! It is always helpful to take a step back and truly appreciate those things that make you smile; no matter how big or small they might be.

1. While in Martha's Vineyard we attended a restorative yoga class one morning at The Yoga Barn. It was such a refreshing changeup from the more intensive hot yoga and spin classes I take in New York City. I am now eager to find a spot in Manhattan!

2. A focus on self-care has definitely taken a front seat lately. Ursa Major is a brand that has found more and more shelf space in my bathroom lately. I love the natural ingredients and it keeps my skin feeling clean, consistent and fresh. If you haven't' tried it yet, I recommend starting out with their vitamin C serum or face wash

3. I was able to spend two full weeks in a row with loved ones this month and it made everything feel right in the world again. 

4. The house in the above photo, is practically a dream! I took this photo while in Martha's Vineyard and simply fell in love with all of it's details. From the climbing roses on the fence to the little window boxes. I am always looking for new sources of inspiration. It certainly helps to stop and smell the roses - pun intended!

5. I have been doing my best to make more time for reading, as it truly helps me to unwind. A couple of the books on my nightstand right now are: Bel Canto and Where the Crawdads Sing. If you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear.

xx
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Trending Favorite's

There are always specific pieces in my closet that tend to be on repeat during each season. I love to take note of these items, because it helps to define my personal style that much more. The title of this post doesn't necessarily refer to current "trends" on the runway, but those things that are trending within my personal closet. This dress is the perfect casual item to throw into your suitcase. It goes with everything and has the perfect feminine touch with it's eyelet details. This top just keeps on giving - I have worn it countless times since purchasing in March and it's held up so incredibly well. And these sandals? They are so comfortable and match everything in my Summer wardrobe. Shop more of the trending items from my closet below! xx

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Martha's Vineyard

With July 4th around the corner, it was the perfect time for us to extend the holiday. We are heading up to Martha's Vineyard for the week and I could not be more excited for some time away. Some of my favorite things about Summer in New England are evenings spent by the water, morning sunrises, and seafood. We are excited for all of that and much more! At the top of my packing list was a denim jacket and my favorite sunhat. I also threw in these sandals and white denim. What are your go-to items for Summer vacations? Have a safe and happy holiday! xx

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Summer Wishlist

Another season, another wishlist! Can you blame me? I had my eye on these little sandals and finally gave in - the price can't be beaten, seriously! I saw that my favorite sunhat from last season is still in stock. Trust me when I say this, you'll wear it all Summer long. I splurged on these heels for this Summer's wedding season and am in love with this adorable blouse. Flare denim is my go-to on the weekends during Winter, and I love this fun version for the warmer months! Perfect with a crop top and heels. What's on your wish list for this season? xx

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Currently Adoring



Here are some of the things I have been loving lately! I recently purchased this backpack after having my eye on it for quite some time. The tote version has always been a favorite for travel, but I was looking for something that would make carrying my laptop easier - it's so cute and lightweight! This brand makes amazing denim. I wear this pair on a regular basis and they are so comfortable. Speaking of comfort, I have mentioned these leather sneakers before and they are great for weekends spent playing tourist in the city. Lastly, I am loving this classic little dress and have been looking for the perfect white tee to layer under my denim jackets. You can never underestimate the power of a white tee! xx

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Northern California: Travel Guide

 

We arrived home from California at the end of last week and it was a sweet dream. Our restaurant, vineyard and hotel reservations were made ahead of the trip and we fell in love with all, so I thought it would be helpful to list them out in case you are ever looking to make a trip out West. It was the perfect mix between site seeing, relaxation and delicious food!


The trip started in San Francisco where we picked up our rental car and headed to Napa Valley for the night. After visiting Silver Oak and Heitz Cellars, we went to dinner at Charter Oak. Everything from the twinkle lights, wood fire ovens, and tables which each had individual drawers for your utensils added to the wonderful charm. I can't recommend it enough!


On Friday, we grabbed breakfast at the bed and breakfast we were staying at called The Bergson. We headed to a couple more vineyards, Gargiulo Vineyards and Robert Foley, before driving down to Half Moon Bay for a wedding.


On Sunday morning, we packed up our things and drove along highway 1 to Big Sur where there were the most amazing views. We stumbled across the most special little place for lunch called Coast. Photos don't even do it justice!


After enjoying the scenery, we drove to Carmel and checked into La Playa Carmel. It was the perfect part of the trip to spend some time relaxing. We grabbed dinner at Cultura the first night and La Bicylcette, the second. Both are new found favorite's!


After a couple days of slower pace, we headed back to San Francisco and checked into Mansion on Sutter. We grabbed dinner and drinks with friends on Charmaine's rooftop, which was such a treat!


The next morning, we flew back to the East coast with happy hearts, full bellies and forever memories. xx

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

California Girl



We are flying out to California this week and I can't wait to explore more of the West Coast! Our first stop will be Napa, then we will continue onto Half Moon Bay, Big Sur, Carmel, and end in San Francisco. Generally, I like to fit everything in my carry on, so a list of items is helpful, before starting to pack. As always, my denim jacket and white jeans will play major roles throughout the trip, but I also am packing a few pieces to tie into my outfits and mix things up. I'm excited to share a full travel guide in a future post! xx

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Recent NYC Restuarants


Sharing a few recent restaurants I've been to lately and absolutely loved! There is always something new to try in the big apple. However, I love hearing other reviews and find them helpful. Read below for a few spots that I highly recommend:

1. Restoration Hardware Cafe
If you're looking for a trendy spot and love interiors, this is surely the place for you. Grab a glass of bubbly while you shop around the store and end the cocktail hour with a meal on the rooftop.

2. Bubby's (Highline)
My parents and I went here for brunch, before heading to the Whitney museum to see the Andy Warhol exhibit. We got there early on a Saturday morning and let me just tell you, so worth it! The food, coffee and upbeat music created the perfect vibe to start our day.

3. Gran Tivoli
This restaurant recently opened and is SO.GOOD. The food and service is incredible and it's so cozy inside! Everything from their pastas, to risotto, and their bread basket are delicious. We even had a couple celebrity sightings. All I am saying is, go!

4. Peppi's Cellar
It's actually connected to Gran Tivoli listed above and has the cutest speakeasy feel. Walk through the restaurant and head downstairs. They have the best craft cocktails. Definitely a spot not to miss.

5. Up Thai
Throwing in an affordable and easy spot. Who doesn't love a little bit of Thai food? I love this place for takeout and it certainly helps prevent the Sunday scaries.

 Bon appetit! xx
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Shopbop Sale


Popping in to share some of my favorite items from the Shopbop sale which is lasting now through April 12. Shopbop is one of my favorite sites to scout out the latest styles. I love checking out their 'What's New' section and always search for my favorite denim brands. It can be tricky to order things online and at times overwhelming to search through so many items. So, whenever a sale like this comes up, I stick to the basics and investing in quality items that are in need of an update with my wardrobe. A classic dresscashmere sweater and Summer heels are the top items I searched for this time around. Generally, I stick to my favorite brands, so that I am confident in sizing, but should anything go wrong they always have free returns. Happy shopping! xx

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Spring Forward Favorite's

At the start of each new season, I always envision a selection of items that can take me through the next few months. A new pair of sandals are the perfect start - how sweet are those little bows? I am also loving this dress! There are also so many cashmere sweaters out in the prettiest pastels right now. Pair them with your favorite pair of white denim and outfit is made! Or, dress it up a bit more with a set of hoop earrings for after hours. All in all, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the items shown above! xx

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Vitamin Sea



We are flying down to Florida next week and I could not be more excited to soak up some much-needed vitamin "sea." I am throwing in my favorite warm weather pieces. White jeans and my denim jacket are always the first items I grab for the plane ride. Although I am keeping it short and sweet with my accessories, this hat and SPF will definitely be making their way into my bag, no matter what. Have a wonderful week, friends! xx

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Skincare & Beauty Routine


I generally try to stick to a simple routine with my skincare and beauty. With travel and a busy lifestyle, it's easier to make things less complicated and rely on only a few select products. Similar to my wardrobe, I truly believe in saving my pennies to invest in quality products. Not much has changed from this post, when it comes to my skincare routine, but I recently added in this moisturizer and exfoliant. They are the perfect additions and with their smaller packaging, easily fit into my toiletry bag for travel. I have included all of my current makeup and skincare essentials below. It's certainly a defined list, but they all blend together (pun intended) and do just the trick! xx

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Wishlisted



Although a few of these items are definitely splurge worthy, it never hurts to make a wishlist. It always helps me to define what I really would love, or things that can wait for another time. I love a good bow and this little number is perfect for Spring or evenings out. These glow drops have gotten the best reviews and I am curious to try. This cute top is ideal for the current temperature and could be dressed up, or down. And, I am loving these earrings, this headband and bracelet. The perfect little additions to spice up any outfit. xx

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