Sweater Weather (and a GIVEAWAY!)

25 Nov

New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Fall fashion, cozy sweaters, plaid and stripes, fur vest, boyfriend jeans, black leather booties, polaroid camera
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Fall fashion, cozy sweaters, plaid and stripes, fur vest, boyfriend jeans, black leather booties, polaroid camera
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Fall fashion, cozy sweaters, plaid and stripes, fur vest, boyfriend jeans, black leather booties, polaroid camera
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Fall fashion, cozy sweaters, plaid and stripes, fur vest, boyfriend jeans, black leather booties, polaroid camera
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Fall fashion, cozy sweaters, plaid and stripes, fur vest, boyfriend jeans, black leather booties, polaroid camera
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Fall fashion, cozy sweaters, plaid and stripes, fur vest, boyfriend jeans, black leather booties, polaroid camera
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Fall fashion, cozy sweaters, plaid and stripes, fur vest, boyfriend jeans, black leather booties, polaroid camera
New York City fashion, lifestyle, travel blog: Fall fashion, cozy sweaters, plaid and stripes, fur vest, boyfriend jeans, black leather booties, polaroid camera

Sweater weather is officially upon us (well, I suppose it has been for a little while now), and I am all about the cozy layers that inevitably come with. As much as I am a summertime kinda gal, outfit options are basically limitless in comparison this time of year. You know, those few precious months before winter storms hit, when it’s not quite cold enough to require a puffer jacket that resembles a sleeping bag and a hat that hides everything short of bloodshot eyes…

Mixing and matching autumny patterns and finding quirky ways to combine quintessential clothing pieces will keep you warm while still allowing for some fashionable flair. So here I am, keeping my hands in my pockets, racking up taxi bills, and reminding myself that this is only the beginning…so I’d better make the most of it!

Borderline sarcasm aside, I do really love this time of year. I am writing to you from an airplane en route to California, where I will have the pleasure of spending my favorite holiday at home with family, enjoying tons of food, wine, and 80 degree temps. In my mind, Thanksgiving really kicks off this magical season. And while enduring a real winter has admittedly been a tough transition for me, it is also quite nice to experience true seasons. How could I ever complain when I truly get the best of both worlds?!

I’ll soak up some sun and feast with my most favorite love ones, only to return to the winter wonderland that is Manhattan in early December. Twinkly lights, Christmas music, ice skating in the park, maybe a little snow, and plenty of spiked hot chocolate. It is a beautiful season filled with joy, laughter and giving.

SO, on that note…I am very excited to share that I’ve teamed up with Urban Outfitters and we’ll be giving away one of these awesome Fujifilm Instax cameras (I have one of my own and love it), a smartphone instant printer, and some mini rainbow bright film to seal the deal. Let me just say, I can pretty much guarantee that whoever wins this pretty little package has some serious photo fun in store.

ENTER TO WIN: All you have to do is Instagram a photo containing an Urban Outfitters product (feel free to channel some holiday vibes), and include #URGifted @UrbanOutfitters and @OnTheRacks….easy peasy.

Very excited to see what y’all come up with. Good luck and I cannot wait to send out some pressies!!

*head to toe: Staring at Stars Scout Panama Hat, Adrienne Landau merlot vest (similar style here!), UNIF Nevermind Cardigan, BDG Striped Tunic Sweater,  Fujifilm Instax camera, Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn handbag, BDG The Mom Jean, Vagabond Leather Ankle Boot

Photography by Jono Bernstein

Drink The Wild Air

29 Oct

New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Puerto Rico vacation, swimsuit style, beachwear, endless summer
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Puerto Rico vacation, swimsuit style, beachwear, endless summer
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Puerto Rico vacation, swimsuit style, beachwear, endless summer
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Puerto Rico vacation, swimsuit style, beachwear, endless summer
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Puerto Rico vacation, swimsuit style, beachwear, endless summer
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Puerto Rico vacation, swimsuit style, beachwear, endless summer
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Puerto Rico vacation, swimsuit style, beachwear, endless summer

“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air…” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Went to Puerto Rico a couple weeks back to celebrate the birthday of a good friend. Let me tell you, homeboy knows how to plan a serious celebration. It was three days of magic…great people, awesome food, and excessive debauchery. No surprises there.

As much as I love the people I was traveling with, I have to confess that my favorite part of the trip was probably the little sand puppies we discovered the morning after our arrival. Neglected, and desperate for love, I spent most of my time snuggling these adorable little mutts on the beach. It took every ounce of restraint to refrain from smuggling one back to the States. I have been missing them every day since we got back.

Summer is over here in NYC, so this trip was a precious “goodbye” to my favorite season. I did get bit by a jellyfish while skinny dipping in pitch black darkness, but that was a small price to pay for the fun times and countless memories that were made on this trip.

I think that, at this point in my life, I am half city girl and half beach bum. It is excursions like these that completely revitalize my soul…keep my blood pumping. Without this sense of freedom, I am not sure I would be able to survive in Manhattan. I am eternally grateful for the remarkable experiences and amazing adventures I have been so fortunate to embark upon. If only summer could last forever…

*head to toe: Salt Optics sunglasses, Parcel & Journey tube necklace, H&M swimsuit top, Lacoste swimsuit bottoms 

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Django

27 Oct

New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: DUMBO NYC, leather jacket, basic tee, plaid skirt, lucite pumps
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: DUMBO NYC, leather jacket, basic tee, plaid skirt, lucite pumps
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: DUMBO NYC, leather jacket, basic tee, plaid skirt, lucite pumps
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: DUMBO NYC, leather jacket, basic tee, plaid skirt, lucite pumps
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: DUMBO NYC, leather jacket, basic tee, plaid skirt, lucite pumps
New York City fashion, personal style, lifestyle, travel blog: DUMBO NYC, leather jacket, basic tee, plaid skirt, lucite pumps

Ok, I love this skirt so much that I own two of them. Admittedly, I probably have one of the most eclectic / chaotic wardrobes this side of the Mississippi…I don’t own two of anything. But if you ask me, this skirt is just that good. I had to double up.

About a year ago I was introduced to the British online retailer, Alice’s Pig, and immediately snapped up one of these in red plaid (remember this post?!). After visiting the site again recently, I saw that my friends made a new blue one with the same cut and a very pleasant addition…leather buckles on the side. Heck yes!

The skirt definitely has this ’90′s punk thing about it, so decided to pair it up with my first ever real pearl necklace from Laguna Pearl, to add a dash girlishness. I mean, nothing is classier than pearls, right? I have been wearing these nonstop, and feel like they go with literally anything. Most of my outfits could use a little touch of prim and proper, so pearls are simply perfect.

Side note…you may have noticed that I have changed my hair color yet again. I cannot tell you how pumped I am to have met Brian Adelman who styles and teaches at the TIGI Academy in SoHo. This dude is the shit. He did my purple a couple months back, and then he came up with this rusty pink creation. I trust him so much that now I literally just go in there without even thinking about what I want to do with my hair and let him work his magic. Never been disappointed. Thank you Bryan, my handsome hair god!

Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. <3

*head to toe: Pearl necklace from Laguna Pearl, Topshop jacket, Ragdoll tee, Big Star tote, Alice’s Pig Django skirt, Zara heels

Photography by Jono Bernstein

 

For Manhattan

21 Oct

New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Basic tee, skinny jeans, floppy hat, suede booties
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Basic tee, skinny jeans, floppy hat, suede booties
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Basic tee, skinny jeans, floppy hat, suede booties
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Basic tee, skinny jeans, floppy hat, suede booties
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Basic tee, skinny jeans, floppy hat, suede booties
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Basic tee, skinny jeans, floppy hat, suede booties

Last week my friend Jono and I ventured across the Manhattan Bridge – something I had never done before! It was a pretty solid walk and the weather was completely whack, so I’m glad I decided to keep it casual in my new Big Star jeans, and a basic ATM tee. I love living in a city that offers endless activities…New York, you are anything but boring.

Anyway, I must say I think the Manhattan Bridge is completely underrated. I won’t complain because it wasn’t packed with tourists who insist on stopping every two seconds to take photos (err, JK – guilty as charged), but you also get an incredible view of the Brooklyn Bridge, Financial District, and DUMBO waterfront. Not to mention there is some pretty rad, colorful graffiti that lines the entire stretch.

By now, you probably know that I’m a denim kinda gal. My style has become much simpler over the years, and I pride myself on my robust collection of jeans at this point. Was excited to be introduced to Big Star Denim, by my friends at Lucky Magazine, and even more excited to be given this pair to try out. #BigStarStyle is all about being spirited, adventurous and youthful – three key words that describe how I try and live my life. Their Spring 2015 collection has no shortage of awesome cuts and washes to choose from, so be sure to check it out!

Hope everyone’s week is off to a wonderful start. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw that I got to escape to Puerto Rico for the weekend to celebrate a good friend’s birthday. It was so gorgeous, cannot wait to share the photos I took…stay tuned! x

*head to toe: Janessa Leone hat, Laguna Pearls necklace, ATM basic tee, Raven & Lily tote, Big Star jeans, Sigerson Morrison booties

Photography by Jono Bernstein

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Tripping Out

3 Oct

New York City Fashion, Style, Lifestyle, Travel, Personal Style blog: Statement sunglasses, basic grey t-shirt, printed pants, leather bucket bag, coral heels
New York City Fashion, Style, Lifestyle, Travel, Personal Style blog: Statement sunglasses, basic grey t-shirt, printed pants, leather bucket bag, coral heels
New York City Fashion, Style, Lifestyle, Travel, Personal Style blog: Statement sunglasses, basic grey t-shirt, printed pants, leather bucket bag, coral heels
New York City Fashion, Style, Lifestyle, Travel, Personal Style blog: Statement sunglasses, basic grey t-shirt, printed pants, leather bucket bag, coral heels
New York City Fashion, Style, Lifestyle, Travel, Personal Style blog: Statement sunglasses, basic grey t-shirt, printed pants, leather bucket bag, coral heels

My birthday is in a couple of days – I am turning 27. I must say that if you asked me where I thought I would be today five years ago, it certainly wouldn’t be here. I was in a six year relationship at the time, with a dog that was actually more like our child. I worked a stable full-time job, and life was simple. I anticipated being married by now, and who knows, maybe even be having a kid or something? This “plan” I had seems completely insane to me now, given all of the twists and turns my life has taken. Goes to show how much things can change. Am I wrong or does life never really play out how you expect it to? Everything is so unpredictable – and I am actually pretty OK with that.

This is not to say that I think there is anything wrong with choosing the route I had thought I’d take five years ago…in fact, I have friends who did and are happy, and having a family and a more stable lifestyle is absolutely something I want one day. But looking back, I cannot help but think of how much living and learning I’d have missed out on. Everyone is different, and that is OK. Is there really a right or wrong way to live your 20′s? I see it as a time for being experimental, falling down, getting back up again, learning how to stand on your own two feet, and figuring out the person you really are.

I may not have expected to be single, working independently (aka hustling like crazy to get by in this expensive city), struggling with pretty serious anxiety, and partying like it’s 1999 on the regs. Some people may think there is something wrong with living this way at my age (not that I consider myself to be, by any means, old), and I sure as hell could make better decisions on occasion. But that said, I am so grateful that things have unfolded the way that they have…that I chose the rockier path. I now have the longest list of experiences, both good and bad, that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I may not be living the life I thought I’d be living yet, and maybe I never will. But I am living.

So happy fucking birthday to me, and here’s to rolling with whatever unforeseen madness life throws your way and making the most of it.

*head to toe: Aframes sunglasses, Kit and Ace tee, Paige printed pants, Coach heels

Photos by Maurice Sampson

Keep It On The DL

24 Sep

New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Leather biker jacket, basic tee, waxed jeans, suede booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Leather biker jacket, basic tee, waxed jeans, suede booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Leather biker jacket, basic tee, waxed jeans, suede booties
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Leather biker jacket, basic tee, waxed jeans, suede booties

Fall is officially upon us, and while I am a die-hard summertime girl, I can still get on board with warm leather jackets, worn-in suede booties, and some fancy fall colors (hello, bordeaux). I got these DL1961 pants with “DLX Technology”. I cannot tell you much about what that means, aside from the fact that they are insanely flattering and super comfortable. But really, what more can you ask for in a pair of pants? Not gonna lie, I walked out the door thinking, “dayum, my butt looks good“.

Visited The Met with my friend Jono (photo creds!), and checked out the very cool rooftop garden exhibit. I can pretend to be all cultured and say we spent hours meandering…but truth be told, we did a brisk walkthrough, saw what we wanted to see, and enjoyed a lovely Central Park sunset instead. This is not to say I don’t have a huge appreciation for art, because I certainly do, but on this particular Friday afternoon I chose to avoid the crowds and show off my new waxy jeans to the many eligible bachelors that happened to be walking around instead.

Side note! DL1961 is hosting a Denim Done Right Giveaway, so be sure click here and enter. You could win a $500 DL1961 shopping spree and score the perfect fall wardrobe! And seriously though, these pants do make your butt look really, really good…

 *head to toe: Sandro leather jacket, Kit and Ace tee, DL1961 Florence Instasculpt Skinny, Report Signature booties

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Run Run Runaway

21 Sep

New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Rustic style, felt hat, chambray jacket, woven sweater, biker jeans, leather tote, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Rustic style, felt hat, chambray jacket, woven sweater, biker jeans, leather tote, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Rustic style, felt hat, chambray jacket, woven sweater, biker jeans, leather tote, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Rustic style, felt hat, chambray jacket, woven sweater, biker jeans, leather tote, strappy sandals
New York City Fashion blog, Personal Style blog, Lifestyle blog, Travel Blog, Rustic style, felt hat, chambray jacket, woven sweater, biker jeans, leather tote, strappy sandals

Pretty sure I am now notorious for my frequent “Irish goodbyes” to New York City. I live my life as it comes, and am no longer accustomed to planning ahead. That lifestyle just doesn’t tend to work out well for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am somewhat organized (aside from my closet 95% of the time), and I actually used to be a major planner, so I kind of get it…but, I have just learned that trying to predict the future is foolish, and whenever I do make solid plans they almost always fall through. So, I willingly gave up.

Last week I happened to be offered an opportunity to see my family in Vermont last minute for a couple of days. No brainer, count me in. Especially considering the fact that seeing my sassy 91 year old grandmother was a part of the package. That woman is the wittiest, toughest, most clever, loving and sarcastic little lady I know. She can make me cry and crack up hysterically at the same time. A true role model, and the epitome of a strong woman. She is the kind of woman I hope to grow up and become one day.

Headed back to the city tomorrow after my brisk but beautiful runaway. Jumping head first into a pretty big freelance project, so I feel fortunate to have had the past few days to clear my mind and get focused. Now it is time to kick a little ass and make some moves!

*head to toe: Zara man hat, Cult of Individuality chambray jacket, Vince Camuto sweater (similar style), Raven + Lily Yami tote (best ever, btw), Citizens of Humanity biker jeans, Jeffrey Campbell sandals