Thursday, September 22, 2016
My boyfriend and I spent the last official weekend of summer away from the urban jungle at the New York Botanical Garden. Though still within the boroughs of the city, the garden seemed worlds away. With a span of 250 acres, it felt virtually empty at almost every corner - with the exception of the Conservatory's beer tasting event, of course.
The sun beamed down through the cloudless sky, making it seem as if autumn wasn't just around the corner. It was just the two of us, sipping on autumnal beers and strolling through rows of flowers that had just passed their peak bloom but still retained their beauty. It was a perfectly bittersweet farewell to summer and a welcoming hello to fall.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Though it doesn't quite feel like it yet, autumn is (finally) just three days away. Is anyone else also overwhelmed by the fact that September is two weeks from ending? A new season is around the corner, and a new month is close behind. I'm personally more than happy to welcome the newness as a reminder to continue progressing.
This has been my first officially year spent adulting, and it's safe to say I've had my fair share of both highs and lows. There are times when I find myself getting wrapped up in the monotony of urban working life, a feeling I never want to make permanent.
When we're students it feels like everyone pushes us to do more - learn more, participate in more, and experience more. It's funny how once we leave school we become our only motivators, and suddenly we appreciate those external pressures. As the new season approaches, I've committed to taking some unfamiliar classes and continuing to make time for new experiences even when it feels like I have none. Here's to finishing out the year on the highest note yet. What are you looking forward to this fall?
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Commuting in New York City is rarely associated with comfort. One minute you're squeezing yourself into a rush hour subway, and the next you're dodging tourists on the streets. But that is just the dynamic of the city, and the best you can do is grab a coffee, put in your earphones, and leave the four-inch heels at home.
Lou & Grey has finally opened its first New York store, and its just what we city girls needed. The brand values the relationship between style and comfort, which is evident in this jumpsuit that I've worn twice since the weekend (#noshame). From a day at the office to dinner with my guy, it felt as if I had never taken off my pajamas from the morning. That's clothing in its best form.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Is anyone else overwhelmed by the fact that it is already mid-September? Around this time we New Yorkers have forgotten our Labor Day goodbyes to summer and started desperately pining for humidity levels to drop. Autumn breeze, we're waiting for you.
I'm personally waiting for the first weekend I can eat my way through an apple orchard without a drop of sweat. But for now I'm throwing on my most comfortable sneakers to rush through Manhattan's steamy streets with as much haste as possible. I don't know about you, but I'm definitely ready for summer's end to make way for new beginnings -- for more reasons than un-airconditioned subways.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
I must have complained about petites sizing options one too many times, because my requests have finally been answered. As a petites shopper it often feels like fashion was not made for me. And the thought of paying double to tailor everything I pull off the rack is simply out of the question.
Thankfully Petite Studio has finally launched an online boutique serving up on-trend pieces at affordable prices for those of us who were built shorter. It's basically the answer to all my wardrobe dreams. My favorite piece is the Whitney Dress with its athletic vibes (and pockets, of course). You can bet you'll find me wearing this all-white look weeks after Labor Day.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
The right accessories easily enhance any outfit, especially when they carry a story. Though delicate, the necklace stack I'm featuring today is not one to be overlooked. The Shine Project was founded to fund scholarships for inner city youth and now employs students to design jewelry in support of their educations. It's a small (but lovely) wardrobe investment for you that makes a massive impact on someone else.
Monday, August 29, 2016
In November of last year, my sister Erin and I took a day trip upstate to Storm King Art Center and quickly fell in love. With 500 acres of art and nature to explore, it was an easy choice of destination for our last weekend together before she leaves for college.
Nostalgia is imminent you think about how quickly time passes. In just less than a year since our first visit, I was completing my college career and my sister had only just applied. And much like the scenery here between late fall to summer, things have changed since then at the blink of an eye. Though with any passing of time, the strength in our sisterhood has always been constant. So I wish her all the best as she begins a new chapter in her life and cannot wait to look back on even more changes on our next visit to the art center. Here's to change, growth, and the constants that keep us grounded.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The sunset rolled in as we dined over a quiet, familiar meal. The streets of West Village remained uncrowded, allowing for the kind of peaceful stroll that is not always welcomed in this city. We shared an ice cream cone for two, a scoop of Honeycomb for him and Earl Grey for me. The slightest summer breeze crept in as night fell and we returned uptown hand-in-hand. Sweet simplicity at its finest.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Knotted, layered, or half-tucked, there is no shortage of variations when it comes to styling the classic button-down shirt. The best wardrobe pieces are those that evolve with you, like the close friend you've had since middle school. A perfectly-fitting button-down shirt is one you can keep forever.
I took my newest button-down from the office to the weekend with a pair of distressed girlfriend jeans and my favorite everyday mules. Despite the beaming sunshine, the light cotton of this top kept things comfortable with the rooftop breeze. It's safe to say that classics never disappoint.