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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Torresella Wines

My first foreign trip out of the country was to Italy, and ever since then, it holds such a special place in my heart. I love that a great bottle of wine, with one of my personal favorites being a Pinot Grigio that has just the right amount of sweetness, can have so many great memories attached to it. 
With the holidays so close, I’m so excited to create more memories before this year comes to an end. I may not be in Italy, but Torresella can easily make me feel like I'm there; memories of the vineyards during the harvest, the music, the food, the kindness of the people I met while I was there, the waters of the Amalfi coast, etc. I think all those fond memories are incredible when I enjoy my glass of Torresella Wine, because they have that true Italian Heritage that I love so much. 
A few pours with a great group of friends and with my family, it’ll be the perfect addition to any dinner or holiday party. Saluti.


In Collaboration with Torresella Wines
Friday, November 2, 2018

Shopping Guide: Boots


I love fall for many reasons, the footwear being one of them. Even when you're dressing casually, the right boot can make an outfit just work. And as someone who really just doesn't like to wear heels or struggles in stilettos, boots are my go-to footwear. I've got a couple on rotation so check out my favorite picks down below!

You'll also notice in this post that a lot of my favorite boots are Stuart Weitzman because I've found that the quality for the price is amazing and I've had several pairs last over a few seasons already. But don't worry, I've linked budget friendly options as well!

THE FLAT COMBAT BOOT
These boots were an impulse buy and they're literally my current favorites in my closet. They took a few wears to break in, but now they're so comfortable and easy to be in for my long days that I'm walking around the city. I love how a chunky combat boot also gives me a bit of balance. Having bigger legs, it's easy for me to look disproportionate if I wear the wrong shoes. I'm so glad I got these because they make a simple sweater and leggings outfit look so casual and edgy too.

I've linked a couple of options including the pair I'm wearing down below! The one's I'm styling are the Stuart Weitzman "Lexy" boots. They're perfect with skinny jeans or leggings and a cozy oversized sweater. That's my go-to vibe for Fall. If you're eyeing the same pair I have, do go with your regular size! They will take about 2-3 days of full wear for the leather to soften to your feet so be prepared to wear them with comfy socks and maybe pack some bandaids for the first 2 wears at least. But just as a general rule, always wear comfy socks and pack bandaids with ANY shoe that you are wearing for the first time.







THE POINTED BOOTIE
A must have in any closet. I can't even begin to tell you how many pointed booties I've been through.  They're just the perfect shoes to slip on with leggings and a sweater, a mini dress paired with a leather jacket, etc. My favorites this season are from & Other Stories and Marc Fisher. The MF booties have a slightly higher heel but they're just the right height. My only issue with them is that the tip of the bootie wears so easily. I'll just have to life hack it and paint a little nail polish over the wear.

I have yet to find the right "investment" pair for the pointed ankle chelsea boot. I had a pair of the Acne Studios Jensen booties but the sizing was off for me and I ended up selling them because they were too small. Maybe it was my mistake for believing that whole "oh, they'll stretch." lie that sales associates will sometimes spit out. If I give them another go, they're definitely going to have to be a size up. If you have any recommendations, let me know! 




FAUX SNAKESKIN
These are a show stopper. I absolutely love this style, the print, the look of them, but these babies are steep and are not for those that aren't used to having their foot at such a high slope. They're definitely incredibly beautiful but you may want to opt for a lower heel if you want a pair you can walk around all day in. I would categorize these as "event" shoes for me, ones that I would reach for if I wanted to dress to impress but still hope that I'll be sitting majority of the time. Check out some booties down below! Didn't know I'd love the snakeskin (faux) trend until I put these on! This pair is from Raye The Label from Revolve. With an all black look, it's everything.





THE HEELED COMBAT BOOTIE
When I feel like I need to "elevate" my look a little bit, literally, I slip on a higher heeled boot. Thanks to Stuart Weitzman, they sent over this pair that's a bit of a hybrid between a combat boot and sock bootie. Since I do have my fair share of lower heeled boots, it was great to add a pair to my collection that's a bit different. I loved styling these with my oversized sweaters and felt that the height was perfect enough to walk around without too much of a struggle. Boots with a platform definitely help in the comfort department.









THE HEELED SOCK BOOTIE
Sock booties are great for comfort and can be styled in so many different ways. I just love how easily you can slip them on and style it with a mini dress, jeans, skirts, etc. The pair that I'm wearing is the Clinger from Stuart Weitzman and I fell in love with them last year. You may have noticed that if I'm doing a heel, it needs to be a block heel or I'm not getting them. My stiletto heel days are over and honestly, I don't think I just have the right balance for it. Check out some great sock booties down below.




THE OVER THE KNEE BOOTS
You really can't go wrong with having a pair of over the knee boots. Two of my go-to OTK boots are from Stuart Weitzman and Schutz. I love styling them with skirts and sweaters, just showing enough skin while still keeping your legs warm for the season. It is common that the boots fall a bit when you walk in them. It just sort of comes with the territory. I haven't had an OTK boot not fall a little the more that I move.





I hope you guys enjoyed this shopping guide post! Let me know if you found this helpful and what other shopping guides you would be interested in seeing. Do you like having lots of options or would you rather me narrow them down a bit more? Leave your comments below and hopefully you've been able to find a pair your excited to wear this season!


Sunday, October 28, 2018

When In Andaz

I love being able to find some peace and quiet, especially in midtown Manhattan. The Andaz Hotel has some of the most spacious rooms I've ever seen, and to have a view of one of my favorite buildings in the city just makes it that much more perfect. With my friend, Allysha Yung, we settled into our room and definitely had more than enough space for the both of us (and our outfits.) We had a busy week ahead in the city and it was so great feeling so central to everywhere we needed to be.

The bathrooms came equipped with Apotheke Co., cozy robes, and such comfortable and inviting beds that it was definitely difficult to get out of bed in the morning. If a hotel makes it hard to leave, that's when you know you've found a good one.
It was so nice being right across the street from The New York Public Library, a few blocks down from Times Square, and just a short walk away from Grand Central Terminal. The Andaz was definitely designed for extended stays because there was so much extra room that we were even able to have friends over to hang out so comfortably. During a previous stay at the Andaz, my room even came with a little Kitchenette. It's perfect for friends traveling and families as well.
Thank you so much to Andaz 5th and Apotheke Co, for hosting our stay. We'll definitely be back!


 


Andaz 5th | 485 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Philadelphia, PA, USA

#FourSeasonsPopDown


The best way to kick off a getaway with Four Seasons is boarding the Bombardier Global 5000 with NetJets for the most luxurious way to get to Philadelphia for the #FourSeasonsPopDown. I arrived at Teterboro Airport to wait for the rest of the group to arrive before this incredible experience begins. We lounged until it was time to get on the jet where we definitely made ourselves at home and started the morning off with champagne and breakfast by Chef Jean-Georges.
A smooth take off and one or two refills of champagne later, we made it to Philadelphia and were ready for everything to begin! On our itinerary was a mixology class followed by a hardhat tour of the new Four Seasons Hotel that will sit on top of the Comcast Center. The hotel is scheduled to open next year and based on what I've seen and the renderings I got to take a peak at, it's going to be absolutely magnificent.

We were also able to check out the model room that would show us how the guest rooms would be designed. The architect of the hotel is the incredibly talented Sir Norman Foster, and yes, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II because of his contributions and service to British Architecture. As an Interior Design graduate, I really geek out about that sort of thing. Every material and design choice had its purpose. It was so elegant and beautiful and although it was a cozier suite, perched atop the city of Philadelphia, all you need is that luxurious space and that incredible view to feel like you're just nestled in the sky.





The city was full of beautiful floral installations by Jeff Leatham, known for his marvelous and breathtaking floral designs that can be found throughout several Four Seasons hotels. These installations are picture perfect and included the most beautiful florals to really celebrate Four Seasons coming back to the city of Philadelphia.
The trip ended on such a fun note with the #FourSeasonsPopDown event where it was full of delicious food, flowers, good music, and a ton of people ready to have a good time. We danced the night away and definitely made our way through the party trying out all the food, drinks, and I must admit, some were so good we went back for seconds, maybe even thirds.

We partied on a Philadelphia that was transformed into this beautiful oasis filled with florals, hidden lounge areas, candle light, and when paired with a view of the Philadelphia skyline, it could not have been more perfect.
It was so amazing being able to experience the energy that night, everyone so excited for what's to come in just a few months. I know that I'm definitely going to have to go back once the hotel is finally opened. The city is really becoming such a great place for tourists and its locals, so much good food and just a beautiful place in general that houses so much history as well. I highly recommend adding Philadelphia and the Four Seasons to your travel plans next year because believe me when I say that this is an experience you surely don't want to miss out on.

I loved the new group of friends I've made from this trip. It was great connecting and bonding over something in its early stages, sharing that experience and hopefully getting to all go together again next year. But until then, it was back to the city, but one last indulgence with NetJets to top off the trip. A special thank you to Four Seasons and NetJets and everyone involved who made this trip an unforgettable one! See you next year in Philadelphia for the opening!


 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Paris, France

Amex Platinum: Points for Paris



Let me start off by saying this isn't a sponsored post! But lowkey, it should be. I just booked a trip back to Paris and did it through points I've been accumulating through a lot of my purchases. I didn't get a travel card until 2016 when I was graduating college, because realistically, I couldn't travel much while I was in school. If I wasn't in class, I was working part-time or interning. But let me tell you, that getting this credit card has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. Obviously I'm no credit card guru, but I can tell you how helpful this has been. First thing is first, let's intro the card and I'll share some details about it.

Card: American Express Platinum
5X Points of Flights booked with American Express Travel
5X Points on Prepaid Hotels booked with American Express Travel
1X Points for Each Dollar on Eligible Purchases
60,000 Points Welcome Offer if you spend $5,000 in purchases within your first 3 Months
Annual Fee: $550
Perfect For: The Frequent Traveler

Read more down below to see why this card was perfect for me and how that high annual fee was totally worth it with all the rewards and offers it comes with. I'll admit, I had to read through them before applying, but it didn't take long before I was convinced I needed it.
I know the $550 annual fee can scare most people away, but there was so much to consider when I applied for this card. I'll be honest, before this, I never had a credit card with an annual fee, but when you think of all the interest rates your credit card can have, this really isn't so bad. The American Express Platinum started out as a charge card, meaning it needs to be paid in full every month. This helped me learn how to be good with my money, only charge what I could afford to pay off that month, and really helped me behave when shopping. I broke down the benefits and what this card could give me:

$200 Airfare Credit. This included my seat upgrade and overweight baggage fees.
$200 Uber Credit. It's $15 per month but those Uber rides add up so this is already very helpful for me.
Waived TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry Application Fee (Can save you up to $100)
Access to the Global Lounge Collection at Airports all over the world

These benefits alone, not even including all the points and purchase rewards benefits that come with the card, had me sold on it. Since then, it's my main use for shopping, restaurants, booking travel and hotels, and my go-to card when I'm traveling since there are no foreign transaction fees.
What I have also loved as an American Express customer is the impeccable service I get 24/7. It is hands down the best customer service I have ever received and anytime I had an issue with unknown charges, my wallet being stolen, or an issue with a booking I try to make, they always make it so seamless and easy for me. It's such a comforting feeling knowing you're taken care of.
Once again, this is no way sponsored by American Express, I've just been getting questions about travel credit cards and this is my own suggestion based on my own personal experiences. If you're interested in applying for the card, recommended for those who travel often with at least a credit score of 700, please use my referral link and click here to apply!

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS AFTER GETTING YOUR QUESTIONS:
The $550 Annual Fee is paid once for the year, not separated into multiple payments throughout the year.

It is a charge card so you must pay it off in full every month. After American Express sees your record with on-time payments, you can get approved to pay over time.

I mainly use this for shopping and travel purchases. Smaller items will be charged on my American Express Everyday Card.

The Lounge Access is one of my favorite perks on the card.