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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada

CITY GUIDE: MONTRÉAL


Montréal has been on my list for a while, but I just never had the opportunity or found the right time to go. Luckily, I finally got to cross it off my list, and it’s all thanks to Tourisme Montréal. Just a short one-hour flight from New York City, I enjoyed 4 days and 3 nights in Montreal, Quebec. I’m sharing my four-day trip in hopes that it could be a helpful itinerary for you in case this city is also on your list. (If you’re like me, with a deep love for Paris, Montréal is a beautiful city to explore. I already know I’ll have to plan a trip back in the Spring or Summer.)

I was hosted at the beautiful Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. It had recently gone through a renovation in 2017 and loved how it turned out. My room was spacious and extremely comfortable to retreat to, stocked with Le Labo products which earned the property some extra bonus points from me. The hotel is located in Downtown Montréal, a very central and ideal area to stay in. 

DAY ONE:

After checking into the hotel on our first day and freshening up, we headed to lunch at Henri at Hotel Birks. It was a beautiful restaurant that was a former jewelry store (part of it still is). I had the steak with fries and I definitely would recommend. The décor is absolutely beautiful and it just has this beautiful ambiance that was the perfect setting for our first meal in the city.

After lunch, we headed over to Old Montreal by the river. A must for Montreal is Bota-Bota, a former historic ferry turned into a high-end spa on the St. Lawrence River. The sauna was my favorite because it gave a beautiful panoramic view of the city. The typical recipe is hot, cold, and rest. I tried my best to follow with about 10-15 minutes in the sauna, followed by a brave attempt at the cold bath OUTSIDE (It was single digits this day) before letting my body just rest in the room temperatures inside in one of the lounge spaces at Bota-Bota.

After the spa, we headed back to the hotel to rest before dinner at this highly recommended Haitian restaurant called Agrikol. We loved the mac and cheese, fried shrimp, and the jerk chicken. If you’re looking for something Instagrammable, check out their bathroom. Definitely a great photo opp.

DAY TWO:


The morning began with a delicious breakfast at the hotel lounge. It’s probably my favorite meal of the day because I just loved the assortment they had at the lounge on the top floor. Our schedule kicked off with a press conference for the Thierry Mugler exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. To check out more information on the exhibit, you can check out additional info here. It was incredible to hear about his journey and it also got us all excited for that evening. After the press conference, we headed to lunch at Les Enfants Terribles. This is a great place to have lunch and enjoy the view of the city and then you can head on up to the Place Ville Marie Observatory right after. The view of the city is just stunning. The evening consisted of checking out the exhibit and Thierry Mugler’s work, a beautiful collection of his pieces over the years, a must for all my fashion lovers.

DAY THREE:
Day Three in Montreal kicked off with getting up early to check out this café that has been bookmarked on my Instagram for a few months now. Humble Lion is my coffee shop aesthetic goals and got lucky that the place was practically empty. After taking some photos and enjoying a morning cup, I walked back to the hotel for breakfast before our itinerary for the day began.

This day was a fun tour visiting different hot spots in Montreal that were also places that a lot of people recommended I check out as well. We went to the Crew Collective Café, a co-working space + coffee shop in a former bank in Old Montreal, as well as Ssense, Vintage shopping at Ruse, and lunch at Pastel Rita.

We headed back to our hotel rooms for a few hours. I personally love spending time in the hotel room, a quick nap, catching up on e-mails, etc. That evening, we had drinks at L’Astral and then dinner at Blumenthal.

DAY FOUR:
The next morning, I enjoyed crepes at breakfast, my usual oatmeal and some various fruits. Our fun activity for our last day in Montreal included Pom-Pom class at Harricana, a lovely boutique that re-works recycled fur followed by lunch at Hå. It’s a great Vietnamese restaurant in Old Montreal and I really loved their spring rolls and pho. The broth was perfect for a cold winter day in the city though I can see myself definitely coming back for more even in the warmer months.

Although the trip was short and a bit cold, I could already tell how vibrant this city is. I know there’s so much more to see and I already can’t wait to head back so I can share a little more about this city. If you’re interested in planning a trip to Montréal, check out Tourisme Montréal to help you plan your trip. Thank you so much to Tourisme Montréal for helping me cross this beautiful city off my travel bucket list. I hope to see you again very soon.



Sunday, March 10, 2019 Miami Beach, FL, USA

Outfit Roundup: Miami Edition


I left my house at 4:30AM. Why I booked a 7AM flight is beyond me, but I knocked out on the flight and 3 hours later, I was in sunny Miami Beach. It's been long and cold winter and I was reaching my peak paleness. I was dying for some sun and a little golden touch on my skin. But enough chatter, I'm linking my Miami looks in this post for you guys. Enjoy and hoping you guys get some outfit inspo for your next sunny destination.

SUMMER SWEATER
Top: Verge Girl
Bag: Faithfull The Brand (Waitlist)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Icons Round


LITTLE WHITE DRESS
Dress: Get Choosy
Sunglasses: Givenchy
Bag: Forever 21
Necklaces: Céline (Sold Out) & Le Sensor (Also Sold Out but hopefully they'll restock soon!)


SUMMER DENIM
Top: Urban Outfitters (Old)
Bottom: Ella Moss
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Icons Round
Bag: Faithfull The Brand (Waitlist)


ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT
Swimsuit: Onia


SILK DRESS
Dress: Fleur du Mal
Earrings: Ana Luisa


CASUAL VIBES
Bottom: Aritzia (Similar)


ACCESSORIZING
Bottom: Verge Girl
Belt: Vintage Chanel
Sunglasses: Givenchy
Bag: Forever 21


BEACH LINENS + KNITS
Top: Aritzia
Bottom: Lovewave
Sunglasses: Dior (Take 10% off Your First Barney's Order)
Shoes: Hermès
Bag: Faithfull The Brand (Waitlist)


STATEMENT HAT
Hat: Forever 21
Top: Aritzia
Bottom: Lovewave

That's all for my Miami looks! Itching for the next trip but happy to be home for the next few weeks to watch New York City defrost from winter to spring. Where are you headed?

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Favorites Roundup: Sunglasses


I don't know about you guys, but I'm a sucker for sunglasses. I'm always tempted to try them on when I see sunglasses while I'm shopping and a few times, I fell so in love with a pair and I had to have them. But this often leaves me with a bunch of sunglasses even though I only reach for the same few pairs. In this post, I don't want to bombard you with a ton of sunglasses but really narrow down my absolute favorites as well as some tips and tricks for shopping for sunglasses as well.

Before I begin sharing my favorites, keep in mind that these are the sunglasses that I love based on what has worked for me and my face shape. I got a big head and a round face and no nose bridge so please remember that when checking out my suggestions!

WIRE FRAME GLASSES

My go-to's for wire frames are currently the Ray-Ban sunglasses and because my head is a bit on the bigger side, I prefer my glasses to be 53mm or 54mm. Luckily, Ray-Ban makes their styles in different sizes so if you're on the hunt for some solid everyday sunglasses, definitely check out the ones I've linked above! If your budget allows, my other go-to's are the Ahlem Concorde sunnies.

BIG & BOLD

So I had a phase where I only wanted big sunglasses a few years ago, then I got into this wire-frame aviator vibe and so I just recently started wearing bigger sunglasses again when I saw these Givenchy sunglasses at Solstice. Before this pair, I loved my Céline sunglasses so much. They're still a great option for anyone looking for a chunkier style. But pro-tip, if you find a pair you like in stores, always take down the style number and see if it's online somewhere cheaper. Céline sunnies in particular often trickle down to outlets for a fraction of the price and I learned, after too much money paid on sunglasses that I probably could have saved a lot on, to ALWAYS check online first.

Some places to check for designer eyewear on a budget would be Nordstrom Rack + Neiman Marcus Last Call. You can check online or even check out an outlet location if you luckily live close to one! There's so much inventory on glasses and even if you want to go to Sunglass Hut or Solstice Sunglasses, they'll often go on sale too. I purchased my Givenchy Sunglasses for 25% off and my Dior sunglasses for 50% off due to a Valentine's Day promotion. I'm getting to that point in my life where I'm convinced everything's going to go on sale eventually. (Lol)

OTHER DOPE BRANDS
Other places that are great for shopping for sunglasses are Zero UV and Quay Australia. (You can find Quay in Nordstrom, Topshop, Bloomingdale's, etc. in case you're one of the "must try on first" types of shoppers, which I totally get because it be like that sometimes. Quay also started creating blue light glasses which are so important for people that are constantly staring at a screen all day! I just placed an order with them and can't wait for them to arrive! Linking my favorite pairs from the brand below.

If none of those peaked your interest, check out Shopbop which carries a variety of brands and are well stocked with the latest trends. Another good place to check out is Zara and Mango has really been stepping it up lately so don't sleep on them either.

Alright, so that's pretty much it for my round up of my favorite sunglasses. Be sure to keep an eye on my stories because I'll be sure to post any discounts/deals when I find them!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Second Day Hair with TRESemmé

Anyone else love their second day hair more than the first day? I’m obsessed with these TRESemme products that are perfect for styling between washes. The secret to healthy hair is not washing it every single day and a little dry shampoo and anti-frizz can go a long way! 

The first step is always refreshing my scalp with the Volumizing Dry Shampoo. A little spray and shake and my flattened hair from sleep gets an instant reboot. After that, I love to defrizz my ends with the Anti-Frizz Cream. My ends can get a little crazy the second day so this really helps them get in control. It also helps soften the waves of my hair for a more sleek and smooth finish. 
My last step is the Style Refresh Spray for a finishing touch. I’m saying bye bye to flyaways with a little boost of hydration too. This is so perfect to complete my look and then I’m finally ready to take on my day.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 New York, NY, USA

Trending | Balenciaga Triple S

Well. It happened. After months of fighting off the trend, I finally gave in. But full disclosure, I had a voucher with a personal shopping service and so it made the decision a no brainer for me. I tried on the white ones a few months back when I found my size in stock, and as dope as they were, I didn't have that feeling that I needed them back then. But then this color-way dropped and I was so into it. I went back to the boutique in Soho and was able to try them on and loved them.

Got in touch with the personal shopping service and they were able to send me my pair of Balenciaga Triple S sneakers and I honestly haven't stopped wearing them since I got them. Yes, they're a heavy shoe, but I didn't notice once I had them on. They're not difficult to walk in and actually quite really comfortable. Definitely love these paired with skinny jeans, leggings, or even shorts/a dress/skirt. They're so chunky that they help elongate and slim the leg and I'm into it. Shop these sneakers below!

BALENCIAGA TRIPLE S



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