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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Southampton, NY

Staycation: Southampton, NY

Sometimes it's tricky getting away from work to go on vacation. So what's the solution? A staycation over the weekend. My boyfriend and I took a drive out to the Hamptons with his family, an impulsive decision made the night before. And let me tell you, it didn't disappoint. About two hours from the city, we headed to Cooper's Beach, Southampton, with a promise of fine sand and clear blue waters that most definitely exceeded all of our expectations.

10:00AM
Drive out to Southampton. Glimpses of million dollar estates and compounds as we made our way to the shore off the highway. Little boutiques and shoppes lining the streets of the town that we swore we would visit after a day at the beach.

12:00PM
Pit stop for food and last minute necessities at the local CVS. Tanning oil, chips, drinks, etc.

12:30PM
Set up at the beach. It's a $40 parking charge per car for the full day, but considering we were four people per car, $10/person wasn't so bad considering that's what some Jersey Shore and Jones Beach charge for entrance.

1:00PM
Tan. Jump in the water. Go pro shots. Instagram shots. SLR shots. Running into the tides, away from the tides, shaking sand out of our hair, laying out, repeat.

5:30PM
Pack up at the beach and get ready to explore the town for a little bit. Wander around the shops where I picked up a little Southampton souvenir for Marco and I.

6:00PM
Grabbed ice cream with Marco's cousins and aunt and uncle at the local parlor, Sip 'n Soda. Cash only.

6:30PM
Head back to New York City for a late night barbecue with the rest of Marco's family.

I was originally a little disappointed that I won't be taking a trip out of New York this summer, but with the time and money that was saved, and a lot of great local adventures that took place, I can now look back on a great summer at home and look forward to an anticipated trip overseas at the end of this year. But let's not jinx it. If you find yourself taking a trip out to the Hamptons, Cooper's Beach was great and there were tons of restaurants that I will definitely want to try the next time I'm there. The waters on the east coast aren't as bad as some people make them out to be, you just need to know where to look.


Friday, July 24, 2015 Chelsea, NY

Effervescence

This summer called for a couple of changes, including chopping off about 10" of my hair. While I am still getting used to styling my 'lob,' I immediately felt refreshed. However, we can get to the hair specifics later on with a future post dedicated to this new 'do.' This shirt definitely stands out in my wardrobe, lost in a sea of neutral colors. A effervescent/bubbly top just seemed to fit my mood this day. Between the stresses of preparing for school, work, events, and trying to stay on top of getting back in shape, a little down time with friends and family is all I need to keep from losing my mind.

It's hard to believe that August is right around the corner, but here's to hoping that all the good vibes that have been coming my way, continue through out the rest of the year.


Top: Free People | Shorts: American Eagle | Sandals: Schutz | Bag: Chloé
Photos by: Jeanne Grey

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Monday, July 20, 2015 New York, NY

Chloé Faye in Motty Grey







Apparently Chloé bags steal my heart each summer, as a second one makes its way into my handbag collection almost exactly one year after my first Chloé bag. The "Faye" bags, both medium and small sizes, are the perfect combination of classic femininity and modern design. From the textures and quality of the leathers, paired against the simple hardware details, I just couldn't resist the refined look of this bag. After swearing off black bags for a while, this Motty Grey colour immediately caught my eye and I couldn't help myself. 

The Chloé logo is stamped on the suede flap, sitting right above the O-ring that fastens the bag shut. The sides are gusseted and a curb chain attaches to the ring with a dog clip. I love the combination of polished gold and silver against this grey colour. The flat strap allows for the bag to be worn comfortably on one shoulder or across the body. It may not be the roomiest of bags but it will definitely carry all the basic necessities. The dimensions are 5.50"H x 9.25" W x 3.00" D with a 23" drop. This is the perfect summer bag, carrying my phone, card holder, keys, and miscellaneous make up as I make my way through the city streets of Manhattan. It's just nice taking a break from my larger pieces, including the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour, Givenchy Antigona, or Louis Vuitton Neverfull.

Some days just call for a cross body, something simple yet functional. The Chloé "Faye" is exactly that.

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Monday, July 13, 2015 New York, NY

Rooftop Escape

Every New York City rooftop provides its own unique view of the skyline, each one takes my breath away. Dressed by Karen Millen for the all-white #DinnerDisrupted event hosted by Vivonne and Axel Audio, stumbling upon this empty terrace was everything. Being an interior design student, I'm a sucker for empty spaces, my mind imagining as if it was my home. But let's be real, it's a million dollar penthouse that is just a smidge over my budget. Oh well, a girl can dream.

Shot by: Jeanne Grey

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015 SoHo, NY

Back to Basics

A typical day includes a quick breakfast on the go, work in the morning, meet with friends for lunch, and then spend the late afternoon strolling through the city before heading home. On a day like that, I opt for comfortable shoes, boyfriend shorts, and a crisp white top. I've had my Chanel Espadrilles for nearly two years now, and I'm happy with how well they're holding up. I'm enjoying my last summer before graduating college, taking it easy while still working on achieving the goals that I've set for myself. Shop similar pieces below!

Top: Aritzia | Sweater: Brandy Melville
Shorts: American Eagle | Shoes: Chanel | Bag: Chloé
Shot by: Jeanne Grey

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Monday, July 6, 2015 SoHo, New York

Greene Street

New York City's weather can play tricks on you. The forecase told me to dress for a "cooler" summer day, but knowing the chances of that being wrong, I had to prepare for anything, and it's a good thing I did. While it was 60 degrees in the morning, it had hit 80 by mid-afternoon. This asymmetrical dress from Urban Outfitters is the perfect casual summer dress for a laid-back look. Throwing over my favorite leather jacket, this look can easily be recycled into the fall. I also think that it's time to retire these Zara booties and only use them in rough weather. Let's add a new pair of staple black booties onto the list for that fall wardrobe, a definite must for me.

Dress: Urban Outfitters | Jacket: House of Mackage | Bag: Givenchy
Shoes: Zara | Necklace: Free People | Bracelet: Rocksbox
Photography by: Marco Panlilio

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Lower East Side, New York

Hotel Chantelle




Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002

If you follow me on Instagram, then I'm sure you've seen at least one of my food posts. A few weeks ago, I was invited to Hotel Chantelle to taste their new menu and boy, did my taste buds go to heaven. First of all, the space was incredible. During the summer months, the roof opens up, making for the perfect brunch spot. My friends and I tasted about over 10 plates this day but unfortunately it got too dark to photograph the rest. You'll just have to trust me on this and believe me when I tell you that their new menu is incredible. From their appetizers all the way to their dessert, the experience was so much better than I could have ever expected. I can't wait to open up the "Eats" section of the blog, hopefully reviewing more restaurant visits in the future.