Boozy Brooklyn Brunch


After a few weekends away from the city (in Vermont and Philly) it was great to be back in Brooklyn for a beautiful sunny weekend with friends. On Saturday my darling co-worker Emily and I went to a fabulous boozy brunch in Williamsburg at Randolph's. I love the vibe there - it's in a garage and has a cool industrial feel with graffitied walls and an old school Miss PacMan machine. After brunch we hit up the record fair at Smorgusburg on the Williamsburg waterfront. I really love livig in Williamsburg and I'm so excited for a summer of fun in Brooklyn! Hope you guys enjoy my day-in-the-life style blog posts!

That Pop of Red


Skirt: Lulu*s (only $54!), Shoes: Aldo, Top: Zara

I'm crazy in love with this look! It combines two of my favorite things, my eternal love for a pop of red and my relatively new affection for gingham (other gingham looks herehere & here). This skirt is my new favorite piece, and it's only $54 from Lulu*s! The cut is a dramatic bell and the color is a gorgeous bold orange-red, much more saturated than the image on their website. I added the gingham top from Zara to balance the shape and color of the skirt. The shoes I scored from where they are already sold out, BUT they are still available on Amazon! They are the perfect nude sandal with an extra something with chevron detailing on the heel and almost graffiti-like coloring on the sides and underneath the toe. I shot this look in Prospect Park with Lydia and we stumbled upon these gorgeous white columns and knew they would make the perfect backdrop for this look. Do you love this look? Share your comments below! 
Photos: Lydia Hudgens. Location: Prospect Park

#KiplingMakeHappy: A Surprise Birthday Weekend!


I love finding ways to make the people I love happy so when Kipling asked me to be a part of their Kipling Make Happy campaign, I was excited to jump on board. Kipling makes incredibly versatile and playful bags and I gravitated toward the Penelopie Tote in a beige with whimsical floral detailing - perfect for a weekend of fun. With my bag and camera in toe, I decided to really 'make happy' by surprising my best friend Michelle in Philadelphia for her birthday and capturing the entire weekend in photos! On Friday after work I took the train from NYC to Philly with Michelle and I's friend Emma and surprised her in her office. The weekend was full of fun activities and lots of delicious food. We went to my absolute favorite Philly spot, Federal Donuts for a brunch feast of fresh apple cinnamon donuts and fried chicken. We also hit up Anastasi Seafood for fresh fish and yummy cocktails. On our last day we rode bikes along Schuylkill River Park with the new Philadelphia bike share program, Indego! My Kipling tote was perfect to carry around my camera and all my essentials and I love that it has a zipper top to keep everything secure on the go. I had such an amazing weekend making happy in Philly with my best friend. How do you make happy? Check out the Chictopia x Kipling contest here for a chance to win $500 in Kipling products. I'm even a guest judge! I can't wait to see how you all #KiplingMakeHappy! 
Special thanks to Kipling & Chictopia for sponsoring this post!

West Village Twirls


Dress: ModCloth, Pumps: J.Crew (Similar
Three cheers from spring in the city! I'm loving the warmer weather and I had such a blast shooting this look with Lydia down in West Village. Tiny white flowers were falling from the trees and dancing through the wind. It was one of those moments where I fell back in love with New York. Any New Yorker will tell you life here can be a love-hate relationship with tough winters and grueling commutes, but on this gorgeous spring day everything felt just right. This dress is one of my new favorites from ModCloth. I love the juxtaposition of the simple cut and color with the floral collar detail. It's perfect for work or twirling around west village all afternoon. I paired it the dress with simple pale pink pumps and a ponytail for maximum playfulness. 
So this one's for you New York, thanks for coming through and making me fall for you all over again after 3 tough yet lovely years. 
Photos: Lydia Hudgens. Location: In front of Casa, West Village. 

Keeping it Real


Top: KS Saturday (similar), Jeans: ASOS, Sneakers: Converse, Necklace: Bauble Bar
So it's official - it's summer in the city. While it's not technically summer until June, it has been warm, even dare I say hot and sunny in the Big Apple for the past few weeks. On my way to shoot this look I couldn't help but stop by the ice cream truck for a vanilla swirl with rainbow sprinkles. Instead of my typical Brooklyn backdrop, I photographed this look in West Village which was glowing with soft light and bustling with New Yorkers on a sunny Friday afternoon. For this outfit I wanted to 'keep it real' and show you guys a paired-down casual look I've been loving. I don't actually run around all the time in heels, in fact most New Yorkers don't, that's just another Sex and the City myth. I recently bought these low profile converse sneakers. They are less bulky and more feminine than the classic version and I love them in white. I paired them with a simply black silk v-neck, black skinny jeans & my new favorite tassel necklace from Bauble Bar. Hope you guys like this laid-back look! PS: my hair is getting SO long. I haven't cut it since November! More ice cream pics here
Photos: Lydia Hudgens 

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