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Friday, December 14, 2018

Starbucks Reserve Roastery New York

Welcome to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in New York! Almost 25 years after the very first Starbucks made its way to New York City, a one of a kind, immersive, and interactive Starbucks experience like no other has arrived. As a New Yorker and avid coffee drinker, it was an honor to be one of the first few to get a look at this amazing space located in the Meatpacking District, a part of the city known for its manufacturing history.

Here, they will be roasting and crafting extraordinary coffees as well as house Arriviamo, a craft cocktail bar perched above the Roastery, overlooking the entire space and Princi, providing fresh and delicious pastries to go with your drinks. The design of the space is absolutely stunning and sure to take your breath away. Just imagine Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but coffee!

I immediately fell in love with the industrial elements of the space. I admit, I didn’t know where to look first. Entering the open space allows you to really see everything that the Roastery has to offer. With my background in interior design, and obviously my love for coffee, this experience was unforgettable.

I remember goingto Starbucks before my interior design classes, because it was a necessity to start my day. Also, as a college student, it was something I couldn’t do without, especially for a morning class. But of course, my experience at other Starbucks locations would be to order my drink, grab it, and go. The Roastery is going to change that routine. 

With this space, I can meet with friends, hang out, enjoy breakfast, lunch, or even drinks after dinner. The massive space with so many seating options is a great destination rather than just being a stop along the way. Studying interior design taught me about the importance of environment and mood, and I just loved the way mine felt in this space.

We often don’t think about the process behind the coffee we order, but I loved that the Roastery immerses you in the experience. From the beans to the roasting process and then the different ways you can make coffee through the various machines throughout the space, I loved being able to see it all happen before my very eyes. It allows one to really appreciate that cup of coffee, and it definitely made mine much more enjoyable that morning.

Another aspect of the space that I was so thrilled to see were the people there. Everyone was so passionate about being at the Roastery, sharing their knowledge, and just interacting with everyone in a way that wasn’t rushed at all. I hope that anyone that visits this space interacts and learns a little bit more about how everything happens from one phase to another. 

New York holds such a special place in my heart and it’s a city I definitely can never be too far away from. My journey as a content creator has led me to so many coffee shops through the city, but I love how the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery gave me an experience like no other. It’s now a place I can make a destination to enjoy with friends, sip on my coffee with no rush, and just slow down my pace a little bit more. Definitely make your way to the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the Meatpacking District, and I hope you too take the time to enjoy your Starbucks experience and really take it all in.

In Collaboration with Starbucks

61 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Holiday Dressing: #INMYSCHUTZ

In Collaboration with Schutz Shoes

Holiday dressing for me is never too far from my personal style all year round. For the holidays, it's all about quality time and memories (and good food) with my family so my looks for this holiday season are all comfortable, cozy, but still cute of course. I got these combat boots from Schutz that are so comfortable, and although I've got a pair in my closet already, I love the studded detail on the soles that give it a little extra flare.

These go with practically anything and everything, but for the holidays, I always love to rock a cable knit sweater. Something about it just makes it feel very cozy and loved that it created a balance for a shoe that can be considered more on the edgy side.
Schutz has a ton of amazing shoes to choose from this holiday season so be sure to check them out whether you love to dress up, or if you're more like me, dress down but still look the part. And because I love to hook it up for you guys, you can take 20% off your purchase with my code "ALYSSA20" at Happy holidays and happy shopping! #INMYSCHUTZ

In Collaboration with Schutz

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide: The Homebody

They love to be home. Don't text them to go out after 9PM. They love to be in their PJ's. Cancelled plans can sometimes be the best plans. So what do you get the person that honestly loves to be home? For my first Gift Guide for the season, I'm sharing some picks on what to get the person that loves to be home. For this post, I've teamed up with West Elm to show you how you can find something for everyone at one of my favorite places to shop.

Even if they're not necessarily a big homebody, I can guarantee that you'll be able to find something for everyone. As someone who likes to complete their shopping list early, the less stores I need to go to, the better. Check out my favorite picks below!

If you're shopping for someone who loves to stay home like me, I highly recommend throws or Tencel sheets. This is a perfect gift for relatives, a friend, or coworker. Because honestly, who doesn't love to snuggle up at home in bed or on their sofa with a lush bedding. Winter is coming and everyone should be bundling up outside and then cozying up at home. Check out my favorites!

Guys can always be tricky to shop for. Your dad, uncle, brother, boyfriend, husband, etc. Luckily, West Elm has a ton for the man in your life. Whether he likes to just take it easy at home, listen to music, enjoy a drink every now and then, these are great gifts for that guy in your life that you always seem to have a tricky time shopping for!

It's crazy to think that I've arrived at that age of dinner parties and hosting. I'm sure a lot of you are too! I've seen so many of you guys sharing moving into new apartments, some new homes, and it's incredible being on this journey with you guys as one chapter closes and another begins! The holidays are the perfect time to gather your loved ones around and it's always great to have something for the hosts! These gifts are also great for your colleagues and coworkers as well.

They're most likely getting lots of toys already from other relatives. If there's a little one on your wishlist, these cute little gifts would surely be an original idea! Not to mention, their parents (if it's not you) will probably thank you!

That's pretty much it for my first gift guide! Stay tuned for a few more going live and let me know on Instagram what other categories you're looking for! :) I've already got "Gifts for Myself" and an exclusive "Gifts for Him" guide coming up. Happy Holidays and make sure you follow me on Instagram for my holiday giveaways!

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!

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.

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! 

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.

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.

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.

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!