The One-Piece

Thursday, July 28, 2016

You know a trend has peaked when your five-year-old cousin and his grandmother have caught on. My family spent this past weekend celebrating my little cousin's birthday with a day-long swim and of course, everyone's favorite pool accessories. After all, what is a 2016 pool party without a photo shoot on bird floats?

With all the summer trends that come and go, I truly hope the one-piece swimsuit resurgence sticks around. What was once attributed to children and competitive athletes is now a silhouette that all women can feel confident in. I personally love the pieces that show just enough skin to keep things flirty with class. You'll find me poolside in this flattering Adore Me suit until the summer sun sets.

Take It Back

Sunday, July 24, 2016

It is no coincidence that the Wall Street Journal just recently published an article about fashion's focus on the bare back. Jason Wu explained it best when he said, "There's something sensual about showing off the back - an undercurrent of sexuality, a subtle hint, as opposed to something obvious." 

In most cases I typically veer away from the dramatic with my actions. I've never been one to heavily participate in classes or meetings, and even the single tattoo I have is kept secretly behind my ear. There is something beautiful about statements that do not ask to be noticed. A bare-back dress gives a nice hello, but a "you'll want to see me again" kind of goodbye. It's those unexpected statements that keep things exciting.

Steamy Summer

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The peak of summer has officially hit here in New York, clearly indicated by the unbearable levels of heat and humidity. It's funny to think that just a few years ago I would have thrown on a Brandy Melville graphic crop top and denim cutoffs at this time of year. Personal style changes so quickly depending on the needs of our lifestyles.

Since starting work the limited time I have to shop is spent searching for truly useful pieces. At the height of summer that means work-appropriate items that are light enough for weekend walks. They say you can never go wrong with a little black dress, and in this case I've taken it to maxi lengths. A long breezy dress will take you not only from day to night, but also from summer into fall. The accessories may change with your style, but a great LBD has no limits.

Asbury Park

Thursday, July 14, 2016

It's funny how often I've been asked if I live amongst farmland when I say I'm from New Jersey. The tiny state always plays second to its neighbor New York, and honestly the reasons are typically true. But good old Jersey will always be home, and I am keen on highlighting some of its most redeeming qualities (no, not farmland).

This past weekend I made a quick stop to Asbury Park, a seaside area that has never been the same since Hurricane Sandy. What used to be dynamic casinos and theaters are now virtually abandoned, leaving the boardwalk with a certain character that isn't yet to be ignored. 

I almost see Asbury Park as the next Brooklyn of New Jersey, with chic brunch/coffee spots and transformed markets selling goods straight from the coolest NYC borough. The boardwalk is lined with wall art reminiscent of New York's DUMBO as well. And while Asbury Park is nowhere close to being the next destination for travel, it certainly wouldn't be a bad way to spend a summer day.

Montreal, Part 2: Neighborhoods & Nature

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Much like New York City, Montreal is separated into distinct neighborhoods each with its own unique character to explore. West of Old Montreal's cobblestoned streets you will find everything from the eclectic vibes of Plateau Mont-Royal to the liveliness of Gay Village. 

In this last post from our weekend in Montreal I am sharing some of the best neighborhoods to visit and what to do in them. Immersing yourself into the diversity of this city is truly the best way to discover it.

Montreal, Part 1: European Flair

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

There is no single word to describe Montreal. It is a city of old and new, with cultures of near and far. There is a little something for everyone, from quality culinary offerings for foodies to streets lined with wall art and galleries for the artsy types. At no surprise, I found myself most drawn to the European flair of Old Montreal.

Situated along the St. Lawrence River, Montreal's oldest area spans a few walkable blocks of cobblestone streets and early architecture merged with modern boutiques, galleries, and bistros. A walk through this area is so pleasant you almost forget you aren't actually in Paris. Even a little rain couldn't hinder its charm.

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