When In Rome…

In keeping up with my resolutions, here is post deux of the week ! The gym has yet to happen, but let’s not focus on little details…

I’ve always been someone who LOVES to travel. While many of my friends were throwing lavish Sweet Sixteens in high school (parents, you have MTV to thank for that), all I wanted for my sixteenth birthday was to go on a school trip to Italy. I was lucky enough that my parents saw the value in a two week euro trip, and my birthday wish was granted. Over those two weeks in the hot Italian summer, I ABSOLUTELY fell in love with Italy. The people, the culture, the style, the food. Everything. I fell in love, and I fell hard.

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Yes, I am wearing a shirt that says “Good Girls Go to Heaven,Bad Girls Go To Italy.” I will also confirm that I am wearing oversized white flip flops and a pink Coach bag. 2007 was not my year.

Fast forward five years later, and I decided that I had to study abroad my Junior year. After receiving the go-ahead from Mom and Dad (currently having an epiphany that I have insanely generous parents), I signed on with the Maryland-In-Rome program. Once again, I was in love. As an art history major, my classes were taught in piazzas, churches, and museums. My textbooks came to life, paintings were no longer just seen on powerpoint slides, learning felt fun! Better yet, I had the flexibility to travel throughout Italy and Europe, exploring every inch I could. Aside from a pick-pocketing incident in Belgium, the whole experience was nothing short of amazing.

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Ok, still not sold on the headband-scarf-sunglasses combo but this photo is a LITTLE redeeming. Points for being a token Roma photo in the Vatican.

This winter, I once again had the opportunity to return to where my sixteen year self bought a “Bad Girls” shirt (poor life decisions). Bella Italia! My boyfriends family had invited me to join them for a trip through Tuscany, starting in Rome. The trip was special in itself, as I was so excited to have the opportunity to spend more time with his parents, his sister, and her boyfriend. The one aspect that really made the trip though? We were riding through the Italian countryside in style:

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Our larger than life, Mercedes, 8 person van!

The experience ended up being so fun, special, and memorable. From Rome, to Civita di Bagnoregio, Cortona, New Years in Florence, Arezzo, Verona, and lastly Bologna, each place was magical! It was even better that I got to experience it with such great people.

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Artsy in Arezzo

I could write a novel on all the great sights and delicious meals, but I’ll leave you with this. TRAVEL. It’s good for your soul, your heart, and your mind. Who wouldn’t want to see the world?

 

New Years Resolutions

Happy 2016 everyone! That sounds weirdly futuristic doesn’t it? It seems as if it was just yesterday that it was 2000 and I was ringing in the millennium. Where has the time gone?

Sixteen years later, here I am, 24 (and a half) and really feeling time fly by. Every year the reality of adulthood and the need to “find myself” becomes more and more pertinent. I know many people can agree with me here, but I seem to always make resolutions, but never keep them. This year though, I’ve made myself a list of goals that are definitely attainable.

I hope.

  1. BLOG MORE. Seriously, at least three times a week. I know, I know. I have said this EVERY year for the past three years, but 2016 IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
  2. Go to the gym at least three times per week. I’m starting to realize paying for a yearly gym membership may not be fiscally responsible when I’m only going MAX two times…per year. Time to pump some iron people!
  3. SAVE MONEY. If I’m being honest, I have saved very minimal money since graduating college. Salaries in the fashion industry aren’t amazing, and living in New York City is super expensive. I’ve set some budgets that I am going to stick to. Loving clothes and being poor is HARD people.
  4. Find my passion. I enjoy my job, and I am SO happy in my life at the moment. Happier than I’ve ever been! I feel like I’ve figured everything out, except my passion. What do I love? What do I REALLY want to do with my life? This year will be the year to tell!
  5. Last, but not least. travel. Last year, I managed to do so many weekend trips, spent two weeks in London, and traveled throughout Italy. I’m lucky. In an effort to keep up the momentum, I’ve already planned a few small trips for this month. Have to travel while I’m young!

So 2016, you weirdly futuristic, strange sounding, scary year. Get at me. I’m ready for you!

What are your New Years resolutions?

Happy New Years y’all!

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

Is it Fall, is it Winter, is it Spring? I can’t even tell anymore! The weather in New York City has been so up and down the last few weeks, it’s a struggle getting dressed in the morning.

MOTHER NATURE PLEASE GIVE ME SOME GUIDANCE HERE BECAUSE I DON’T LIKE THIS WHOLE HARD TO GET GAME. 

I never thought I’d say this, but for once in my life I just wish it was cold already (come January I will most definitely be regretting this). This past August, I travelled to London for my cousins wedding and fell head over heels, can’t eat, can’t sleep in love with a coat. I know, this sounds a little dramatic, like I’m exaggerating right?

Maybe a little.

I have always been the kind of girl who likes to keep it simple and classy with my cold weather gear. A peacoat was always my go to, and when I was feeling a little adventurous in college, a J.Crew vibrant red Lady Day Coat won me over. But this coat was different. I had gone into the British chain Jigsaw just with the expectation of quickly browsing. But when I saw this coat, I just knew. I felt so chic (and so warm).

I walked out of that store, but I couldn’t get it out of my head for the next three days. Yes, you read that right. Three. Days. That is, until I returned on my final day in London and spent four hours pacing through Notting Hill, in and out of Jigsaw. How the sales people didn’t staple the coat to my body and force me out, I have no clue. In the end, I committed, and haven’t looked back since.

Jigsaw Boucle Gown Coat, $ 298

Here are a few of my other cold weather picks, if only my New York City apartment had the closet space!

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Kate Spade Bow Coat $698

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J.Crew Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat $ 350

ANN TAYLOR COAT

Ann Taylor Wool Twill Peacoat $ 228

TAHARI WRAP COAT

T Tahari Wool Blend Belted Wrap Coat $ 229.90

2015 In a Nutshell: Part 2

As I was saying…2015 has been a complete whirlwind. Between all the traveling, holidays (obviously my birthday being the most important one), and activities, I honestly don’t know how I’m still standing. Time flies when you’re having fun sleep deprived!

In May alone, I managed to pack in a ton of traveling time, starting with Miami, then a Memorial Day weekend trip to Dewey Beach/Ocean City with my girlfriends. It was so nice to have everyone in one place, since we’ve all moved around in the two years since graduation.

I repeat, two years whole years. I believe that makes me almost, certifiably, an adult. On some level.

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The next weekend, my boyfriend and I made our way up to Boston and Plymouth to visit his sister. In Plymouth, we took a boat out to Browns Bank Sandbar. Imagine a beautiful oasis in the middle of the ocean. Except, colder. And filled with lobster traps.

All jokes aside, we had so much fun running around, jumping in the tide pools, and finding little critters.

Side note: The term “Plymouth Rock” is extremely misleading. Depressing stone or pebble would probably be a better term.

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The month of June began with two weeks of birthday celebrations for my 24th! The first weekend, Fabian and I took a trip over to Belmont and were lucky enough to witness the American Pharoah Triple Crown win. I have never experienced anything like it in my life, the crowd went absolutely wild! Though, I did walk away with some knowledge that day. I learned that I know absolutely NOTHING about horse betting, and that you should probably double check before assuming 3rd place means you won money.

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I finished off the celebrations with a visit from my best friend Audrey and a trip to Governor’s Island for the 10th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. The whole day felt like we had travelled back to the 1920s. Despite our costumes, I have to say we were a little underdressed. Next year, we’ll be much more prepared. I’ll warm up on my Charleston, and have a parasol in tow.

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Last but certainly not least, we celebrated the 4th of July with this gorgeous view of the National Fireworks.

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Does it get any better than this?

2015 In A Nutshell: An Update Part 1

This morning I woke up and thought to myself, how is it July already? It seems like 2015 has come and gone in a blink of an eye, and what a year it has been so far! I know, I know, it’s been literal light years since I posted last (missed me?). It scares me how easy it is to get so caught up in life and work as I get older.

After the New Year, I made a decision that I would try something new, get involved in something different. I wanted to make  friends, and be active. After hearing great things about social sports leagues, at the last minute I forced my roommate into joining the Play Big Apple winter kickball league with me. And by last minute, I mean the deadline was 12:00 AM and we were actually hitting submit at 11:59 PM. You could say punctuality is my strong point.

Ok, lets be real here. I am in no way, shape, or form athletic. I’m generally awkward, sports-shy (new word!), and have a tendency to run away from flying objects. Although I had not played the game of kickball since elementary school, it seemed like something I could possibly succeed at. People were a little more intense than I expected, but it pushed me out of my comfort zone. By the last week, I was pitching and even managed to catch the ball! I know, not a big deal for regular people…but a huge deal for me.

Next goal: making it past first base.

On a serious note, to any new New Yorkers out there looking for social activities, I have to say this has to have been the best decision I have made in my two years in this city. I made friends, met a wonderful guy, and gave myself something exciting to look forward to during the seemingly endless work week. It really changed my entire post grad experience.

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Since then, I’ve pushed myself in other ways. Continuing on my “not athletic, but hey lets pretend anyway” streak, my boyfriend convinced/coerced me into attempting to ski. The first time wasn’t too bad. The second time…well lets just say he’s lucky I didn’t kill him that day. I’d show you the bruises and injuries I sustained, but I’m pretty sure I’d lose readership. Instead, here’s a picture during happier times, pre-disaster.

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In the mean time, I’ve expanded my food palette. I tried, and loved my first ramen at Ivan Ramen.

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In the process, I’ve also become a little picky with my ramen. My favorite so far is Toto Ramen.

So. Good.

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And in May, I ventured down to Miami to visit my boyfriend’s family. Yes it was my first time meeting them, and yes it was fairly uneventful (thank god). We had perfect weather, delicious food, and a great time.

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Well, that’s it for tonight kids. To be continued tomorrow!

 

Obsessions of the Week

Lately, I feel if I am seeing more and more items that I need (correction:want) in stores, while my wallet size seems to be shrinking by the hour.

New York, I love you but you’re killing me.

Saturday, I decided it was about time to have a “me” night. The rain had cleared away, and it was the perfect night to go for a walk. After wandering up 3rd Avenue for a bit, what started as a walk quickly turned into a two hour shopping expedition at Bloomingdales. How exactly I ended up there I can’t really explain, but long story short:

I saw Bloomingdales. It called out to me. I did “need” a few things…why not just go in for a minute? Sees something shiny. Minute turns into two hours. The end.

While I was there, I decided it would be a fun idea to try on shoes and clothing that I will definitely not be able to afford for a significant amount of time. One of my favorite try ons? This sparkly Kate Spade creation:

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Walking away from these pumps caused more of a broken heart than I think a boy ever could. Sigh…one day.

Here are a few other items I’m loving this week:

1. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine #10 Chocolate Instyle

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This is one of my “need” items I picked up while browsing the YSL makeup counter in Bloomingdales. I’ve always been afraid of straying from the typical pinks and reds when it comes to my lip color, but the woman working the counter was very convincing when it came to giving brown a try. I knew it was in this fall after seeing Leighton Meester rock it recently, but I didn’t realize how much I would love it until I put it on. It’s the perfect everyday lip color for the cold weather season. Coming from a girl who loves her pinks, this is saying a lot.

2. Essie Dress to Kilt

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This fall, I am in love with all the deep reds. After giving Essie’s Bordeaux a try last week, I decided to invest in one of their Fall 2014 colors during a recent Duane Reade trip. Best $8.00 I ever spent! The color is a deep, rich red, perfect for fall!

3. My Recent Reads

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I’m currently in the middle of reading two awesome books (yet another impulse buy after a Friday evening in Barnes & Noble). Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, and How to Be Parisian Wherever You AreBoth books are hilarious, inspiring, and really all about the power we hold as women. Honestly, I think we forget sometimes how powerful femininity can be, and it’s nice to be reminded every once in a while. I’ll post a more in depth analysis once I finish both books!

4. Kate Spade Eye Mask

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After getting used to a year and a half of working, sleeping in on the weekends has become extremely difficult. I could be at the point of exhaustion, but one little ray of sunshine in my room and I’m up for the day. I’ve been searching for the perfect eye mask that was cute and functional, and I believe Kate Spade has nailed it with this one. What could be better than satin, bows, and more sleep?

Sunday on the High Line

Today I woke up and it was an absolutely beautiful day. A little cold, but the sunshine was out and it smelled like autumn.

 I woke up promptly at 10:30, had a successful Whole Foods run that actually ended in me leaving with groceries this time (see yesterdays post for those who are confused), and then met up with my friend Alyssa to have a day exploring the High Line.

When I first moved to New York, I had this obsession with the High Line. I would go there every weekend, lay out, and people watch. There was something so cool about the unbelievably large scale “recycling” project affectionately called “The Park in the Sky”.

This past month, the park was finally completed. It’s definitely a lot of walking if you want to see the entire thing like we did, but so worth a visit when you’re in NYC. Make sure you bundle up though, it gets a little chilly by the water!

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Jacket: J. Crew similar/ Sweater: J.Crew/ Jeans: American Eagle/ Boots: Franco Sarto similar/ Bag: Vintage similar