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Monday, March 26, 2018

Xoxo, Gossip Girl

Spotted. Taylor Elizabeth Paige on the Upper East Side in classic houndstooth suit with no Lonely Boy in sight.

I am having so many nostalgic feels thinking about Gossip Girl but this suit is definitely giving me Blair Waldorf vibes. A few of my favorite things are happening to make this outfit work. The emerald green booties are head turners and a little unexpected with such a classic look. 

The blazer has a bit of a boxy fit which is really cute and looks amazing under a long trench coat (yes it is spring, yes it is still freezing in NYC). This outfit can be worn year round and you'll always look pulled together. 


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Accidental Brunch at Epistrophy

The Day? Saturday. 

I made plans with a lovely friend to go to brunch at two hands in NoLita. I get there and the wait is (naturally) 45 minutes before we can be seated. 

If you're ever visiting the city you should know many of the cute and trendy spots in Manhattan don't take reservations for brunch. And so, we wait...

Just kidding, we were super hungry and wanted to eat sooner rather than later, so we left, walked about a block, and found a gem. 



Such a cute and quaint spot with solid food and drinks. I decided to go for the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (yum) and Russian Fingerling Potatoes.
So tasty and the portions aren't too huge so I didn't feel ridiculously stuffed after.


Faux fur coat: HM
Oversized sweater: Thrifted
Jeans: Fashionova
Bag: Gucci Marmont Mini


Life never goes as planned but often the unexpected leads you to something great. 


NYC: The Dating App Jungle

You've heard all the names for New York City. The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The Empire State. Well, now I'm about to introduce you NYC's newest name: The Dating App Jungle.

Empire State of mind is more like Empire State of swipes when living single in New York City.

 Tinder (eye roll) and bumble are unfortunately apps that live in my phone when I’m single in the city. Don't get me wrong single life can be bomb. Hello doing whatever I want, whenever I want, thank you. No collaboration about going to some kids party far out of the city and what to do after that or checking in all the time. Living life like how you want. Unbothered.      
*flips hair*

When I feel ready for a relationship tho?...not a man will approacheth thee on the streeteths of New Yorketh.

I have lived in Baltimore, Atlanta, Philly, Atlanta again, and now  of course the Upper East Side in Manhattan. And NYC is by far the worse for dating. People just don’t stop to smell the roses. Or me.

I have such a love hate relationship with dating apps. I hate them so much and yet I still can’t delete and have them remain deleted on my iPhone that's battery is dying even though I just charged it. I can count on one hand the men who I’d actually date who have approached me irl. There ain’t many folks.

 Tinder tales. Bumble brawls. Plenty of Fish. Ok Cupid. Coffee Meets Bagel (I still don’t get that one) HINGE. Match. Happn and so on. All royal pains, but kinda play a part to get out there and date. Check the stats.

My Tinder matches: 1049
Bumble matched: the matches disappear so idk but a lot 😐
HINGE/Happn: no one talked to me
Ok Cupid: too many creepy people messaged me
Plenty of fish: see above
Real life encounters: 2

So what the heck do I do about this swipe situation? There are millions of users and I don’t really foresee the dating app trend deteriorating anytime soon. Do I give in to the hook up culture? Do I keep swiping and optimistically hope the Grand Poobah man I’ve always wanted swipes me right and we run off into the sunset in the Amalfi Coast together?

I’ll tell you this – I’m not about the hook up culture. Nothing wrong with it (safety first, kids) but just not my cup of tea. And I’m also quite real and know that statistically it’s not gonna happen on Happn or the like. Soooo that leaves my (bleak) preference….REAL LIFE.

Meeting someone in real life is amazing because that attraction and spark is immediately there! I’m just over here hoping I get Meghan Markle’d – Prince of fill in the blank I’m here when you’re ready.

Maybe I’m doing it wrong. Maybe I need to study where Guest of a Guest says you can meet young professionals and then just live my life at those places until I strike gold.

For now, I’m just going to do what I do best: go with the flow and see what the future holds. I’m not going to let The Dating App Jungle discourage me. I usually have the most luck when not looking for anything or anyone in particular.



Sunday, March 11, 2018

From Shein to High End

It's no secret that New York City winters are #coldaf. This plaid bodycon dress from Shein is perfect for a cold day because it has long sleeves so your arms can be covered for a little extra warmth. This look is a little extra because well...I am a little extra...and because I layered two coats of different lengths and textures, which brings me to my first tip how to make Shein look High End. 


I love to layer different fabric textures to make a look unique and really pop. The long, satin green trench coat really stands out under the pink faux fur coat. Under the coats? The super trendy Shein dress which cost me a whole $11 dollars. Yes. eleven dollars. Finally, my fishnets with a fun design stitched into the sides of the tights are a little unexpected. 

My next tip? Throw Shade. Ahem... I mean wear shades! You will instantly look like you are living your best life and not worried about anything. Boom. 

To make any inexpensive clothing item look like you got it from Bergdorf Goodman, pair it with something designer. A belt, a fabulous pair of shoes, sunglasses, any accessory you love to rock. I decided to throw on my Manolo Blahnik Hangisi stilettos (Carrie Bradshaw made me buy them) and grab my Marmont Mini Gucci bag to pull this look together. 

Voilà! Now you know how make inexpensive pieces look like luxury. 

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