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Weekend Fun & Jazz Age Lawn Party

Monday, August 18, 2014

As the summer starts to wind down, I'm seizing every weekend to enjoy the sun and the city. How amazing that this year, we have 5 weekends in August! My best friend Amy was in town this weekend visiting from Chicago and we had so much fun. We hit the stores, we ate Shake Shack and on Sunday we went to the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Set on scenic Governor's Island, the party is an enormous "prohibition-era" gathering celebrating the roaring 20's in style.  I found a sweet little gingham dress at a vintage shop in Williamsburg and paired it with my Seychelles Mary Janes and danced the day away with my very dapper date. Sadly, I forgot my camera battery, but we captured what we could and I will always remember it! 

A Birthday Picnic in the Park

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dress: ℅ Maison Jules, Shoes: ℅ Keds, Bag: ℅ Lacoste, Red Shopper: Baggu
Hop past the jump for more photos of our picnic in Prospect Park! 

Happy Birthday to me!

Sunday, August 10, 2014



Another year come and gone. I cannot believe that it's been a year since I was celebrating 23 in Brooklyn with my best friends. Here I am again, another birthday in the city. I decided to splurge on the perfect pink party dress from Kate Spade (it's on sale here!) and I don't regret it a single bit! PS: How cool are the huge gold mylar balloons - I got them at Village Party Store! As for the fete, I took Friday off and spent the day getting my apartment ready to have a little dinner & drinks party with my favorite people. Alex was the perfect boyfriend and took care of all the food, we had a yummy taco bar with carnitas. chicken & steak plus guacamole, salsa & corn on the cob. My best friend Michelle prepared the "Martino Mash" a dangerous & delicious cocktail of watermelon, lime & tequila.  It felt so grown up to be able to really host a get together. In the end there were 9 of us and it was the perfect celebration.

Read more to see the festivities in action chez moi!

Date Night with Gilt

Friday, August 8, 2014

Dress: Ava & Aidan, Shoes: Schutz, Bag: Lauren Merkin, Necklace: Noir, Earrings: Ecru All c/o Gilt

I've said it once, and I'll say it again: there's nothing better than a Little Black Dress. It's something in your closet that you can always reach for. Dress it up, dress it down, wear it to work, wear it to play, a Little Black Dress is a wardrobe essential and thanks to Gilt, I found my new favorite LBD. Gilt is clearing out their closet to get ready for fall, so you can score even better deals on amazing designer finds and they let me preview the event! I chose the perfect date night ensemble to wear for a night out with Alex in Williamsburg. If you're not already familiar with Gilt, it's an amazing site that offers great designer finds at a discounted price every day. For this look I started with the perfect canvas, this gorgeous black Ava & Aidan dress with a gorgeous sweetheart neckline and fit and flare cut (so flattering!) I think Alex's exact words were a classy "hubba hubba!"  To take it up a notch, I added these super sexy Schutz t-strap sandals. I'm obsessed. For jewelry, I kept it simple with a twist adding dainty Ecru earrings and a slightly edgy gold necklace with studs. I also adore the bag, a perfectly petite clutch from Lauren Merkin that's the perfect size for you cell phone, some cash and lipstick (this time, my well-loved Mac Lady Danger). Big thanks to Gilt for sponsoring this post! Now get shopping, y'all! 

East Village Evenings

Monday, August 4, 2014


Recently I've really fallen in love with the East Village. Alex started working at Ninth Street Expresso so on the weekends, I go visit him towards the end of the shift and we take a long walk through Alphabet City & the East Village. It has a unique charm, a mix of characters all its own. We always end up in Tompkins Square Park, one of my favorite New York green spaces. The people watching is perfect and the evening summer air is somehow calming and energizing all at once. When the sun sets, it casts the perfect glow across the park and I fall in love with this city all over again.
Photos by Alex, Location: Tompkins Square Park.

Chez Moi

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's been a while since I shared a little more of my apartment with you guys. It seemed like you enjoyed my Ikea Gallery Wall DIY post, so I decided so show off a few more photos of me, chez moi! Jump ahead to see more photos! 

Kickin it in Alphabet City

Sunday, July 27, 2014




During the week I mostly wear heels, so on the weekend I love nothing more than relaxing in a pair of comfy shoes for exploring the city (like today in Alphabet City with Alex!) Naturally, I was thrilled when Keds asked me to be a part of their newest campaign celebrating unique style and fun everyday looks. They sent me 3 pairs of adorable Keds and invited me to be a guest judge for their contest to win a day at Glamour Magazine + an American Eagle shopping spree. See more and enter to win here. For the third of three looks, I created an outfit inspired by "Varsity/School Style." I paired my new Forever 21 Floral Bomber (lsat seen in my most recent Haul video) with a simple black v-neck & pleated mini skirt. And to top it all off? Classic white Keds.  Keep on kickin' it y'all.
Photos by Alex. Location: 9th St & Avenue B

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