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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!