Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fall To-Do List

Today I wanted to share a few fun things to do around New York City this Fall, as well as some of my personal favorites during the season. I love absolutely everything about Fall. It has always been my favorite season! If you're planning to visit NY you should definitely come in the Fall. It's one of the most magical and beautiful times to experience the city. From watching the leaves changing in Central Park, to breathing in the crisp air, enjoying the smell of spices and warm apple cider in Union Square Market, and seeing colorful pumpkins lining adorable city stoops... There's nothing quite like Fall in Manhattan. 

Here are a few things I'm excited to do in the months to come:

1. Go apple picking or visit a pumpkin patch upstate. 
2. Mix up a few boozy fall drinks. {Mulled WineApple Cider Moscow Mule, & Caramel Apple Mimosas}
3. Visit Union Square Farmers Market for seasonal goodies like apple cider, spiced donuts, pumpkins, & squash.
4. Take a long stroll through Central Park. {Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand from BlueStone Lane
5. Gather up a group of friends to enjoy seasonal beers at Brooklyn Brewery
6. Try delicious new soup recipes: || Every. Single. One. Here || 
7. Host a Fall dessert night at my apartment with my best gals. (i.e. - pumpkin everything & everyone brings their own creation!)
8. Catch up on my reading! A few on the list:  Re Jane, All the Time in the World, The Woman in Cabin 10
9. Fall Movie Night! Seasonal favs include: (You've got Mail, Hocus Pocus, When Harry Met Sally)  
10. Fall 'Harvest Brunch' at Gallow Green. - Rooftop dining al fresco with live music, and a cozy blanket included. -

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cozy Knits + Nordstrom Giveaway

Rella 'Happy' Beanie | Lou & Grey Sweater | ZARA Coat (Similar Here & Here) | 
Forever 21 Jeans | Michael Kors Bag | Vince Camuto Boots (Similar)

Happy Monday loves!

I hope you had a great, and fun weekend. 

My boyfriend was visiting from Texas this weekend (in case you missed it on IG!), and we had the most amazing time. It was Nathan's first time visiting New York, and we managed to pack in so much during the days that he was here! From walking Central Park, to a comedy club, rooftop bars, a broadway play, brunching, and all the wine... we had so much fun and I can't wait for him to be back soon. 

Now to a few things for today's post

First: I'm sharing a cozy, cold weather look with Rella! I'm in love with all of their cute knits, and am wearing their 'Happy' one above! I own this 'Sequence' one as well. 

Also now through Wednesday, you can get 15% off 
Clearance Items as well as FREE shipping! 

See more styles & shop for your perfect 
fall/winter accessories here:

photography by Jennie

Second: Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway from last Monday! Only a few more days to enter for your chance to win a gift card to Nordies! All details are below

 I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win: 
$500 Nordstrom Gift Card!
Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. 
You’ll receive one entry per completion. 
This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 10/31
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!

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Thank you to Rella for sponsoring this post 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Currently Pinning

{Fall Flower Arrangements}
.:No One is YOU:.
Printed Jacket : loving this & this 

Currently pinning the night away! 

Sharing a few favorites above with you from my Pinterest
Stay up-to-date with all of my recent pins through this link below --


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Velvet Crush

Velvet Heels via Hello Fashion Blog 
{The Velvet Must-Have LIST}

Nordstrom Burnout Romper | Free People Velvet Bomber | Stone Choker Necklace | NARS Velvet Lip Glide & Velvet Matt Lip Pencil | Velvet Bow Hair Tie SetChanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lip Color | Chanel Luminous Eye Shadow | Marc Fisher Block-Heel Sandals | Shopbop Velvet & Lace Dress | L.K. Bennett Floral Clutch | Nordstrom Mary Jane Flat | Stuart Weitzman OTK BootsVelvet Blazer DressCharlotte Olympia LOL Kitty Flat | ASOS Pleated Midi Skirt 

One thing that I'm seriously crushing on this season is velvet everythang.

I've already started to add a few velvet pieces into my closet too! 
Starting with these Marc Fisher Block-Heels in Navy, these Steve Madden OTK Boots, & this Dark Pink Velvet Dress from ZARA. 

I've also listed some favorites above for you to shop this season from around the web! And a few, that I'm planning to add to my fall/winter line-up very soon. :)

What are a few trends that you're most excited to try this season?
Tell me in the comments below! 

Shop the full post here:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mixing Prints + Nordstrom Giveaway

Anthropologie Top & Skirt | H&M Bag |
 Old Navy Shoes (Similar Here & Here

I'm definitely a print gal, and mixing prints has always been one of my favorite ways to mix and match pieces that I have in my closet. It's a great refresh too when you're stumped on what to wear! 

I'm really looking forward to mixing and matching more fun pieces this fall and winter, and can't wait to see different ways in which I can wear pieces that I currently own. 

Both top & bottom featured above are from Anthropologie. xo

photography by Jennie

Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway

I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win:
 $500 Nordstrom Gift Card!
Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter.
 You’ll receive one entry per completion. 
This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 10/31
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, October 10, 2016

Sweater Skirt

Forever 21 Top (Similar Here & Here) | W by Worth Skirt | Kenneth Cole Heels 

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend.

The weather in NYC was gloomy and rainy most of this weekend, which called for lots of take-out and a fun girl's night in. I was able to catch up on some cleaning, errands, and reading too which was so nice!

Back to today's look... 

This sweater skirt from W by Worth is officially my new favorite obsession for fall. I love how cozy, yet chic it is, and adore the classic and feminine silhouette. I paired it with a ribbed, off-white top from Forever 21, and my trusty nude Kenneth Cole heels

I'm definitely planning to wear it all around the city this season! 

Shop W by Worth's Fall Lookbook below:

photography by Jennie

Thank you to W by Worth for sponsoring this post!
All opinions are my own. xo

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fall Layers

Forever 21 Dress & Sweater | ZARA Boots (Similar) | Fashionable Tote

Fall is all about getting cozy, stocking up on pumpkin spice everything, bringing out your boots and favorite sweaters, and doing anything and everything to help ease the transition into cooler temps. (Which if your me, means drinking quite few PSLs

As many of you know, I own a TON of dresses, and I still wear quite a few of them throughout the fall and winter months. I love pairing my dresses with a few favorite fall accessories like tights and hats, plus throwing on a cozy knit, and switching out my sandals for a classic pair of boots. 

Both my sweater, and dress featured above are from Forever 21

AND...They currently have several great fall options at amazing price points. From sweaters starting at $17, to girly dresses for under $30

It's definitely been one of my favorite spots to stock up on Fall goodies

photography by my brother Diego

Shop the look below + 

a few other favorite fall pieces from Forever 21:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Thank You

Thank you so much for all of your kind words, sweet messages, comments, texts, emails, and encouragement after yesterday’s post. It meant the absolute world to me to feel all of your love and support, and I was left feeling so overwhelmed in the best way. It truly brought tears to my eyes to see your sweet words of encouragement. Thank you also for sharing some of your stories with me separately through emails and Facebook messages. 

I love having such an incredible and loving support system through this little blog of mine, and am so grateful for each and everyone one of you. 

I am always here for anyone that would like to talk. <3 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Beauty in Change

Chicwish Lace Dress | Kenneth Cole Heels 

For those of you who have been reading my blog for quite some time, or who have followed along with my journey through Instagram, you might have noticed a change last fall… something was missing on my left hand.

It’s taken me almost a year to write this post. Mainly because I wanted to be in the right mindset, before I would even try to find a way to begin. I also wanted to feel completely at peace with what happened, and know in my heart that I was truly okay with everything. 

Quite a few of you have asked over this past year why my engagement ring isn’t seen in pictures anymore. I’ve always been a very private person when it comes to my personal life, and part of me wanted to keep this hidden. I’ve realized that in order to cope and overcome things that we’ve gone through that have hurt us, it’s important to shed light on them so that  we can help others that have gone through or experienced that same pain. 

When I first moved to New York last August, I was happily engaged to my college sweetheart. I had just landed an amazing job in Midtown, moved into my very own apartment on the Upper East Side, and was beginning to start my exciting adventure in NYC. I was nervous, thrilled, and looking towards the future

A massive part of my future was my fiancé. Going on almost 8 years last year, we had spent the majority of our young adult lives together. Dreamed dreams together, and shared amazing and special moments together. 

This all came to a stand still this time last year...

I remember the day as if it were just yesterday. I had woken up on a Sunday morning, and like any other morning I was  slowly easing into my day. I picked up my phone to see if I had any missed text messages or phone calls… then proceeded to look at all of my apps - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. When I opened my Instagram, I noticed that a very long comment had been left on a picture of my fiancé and I. When I read the comment, my heart felt like it dropped into my stomach. I couldn’t breathe and I knew that the words I was reading were true. 

I won’t go into further detail, but to make a long story short… I found out that day that my fiancé, whom I had loved and cared for and dreamed up a life with, had been unfaithful to me while he was living overseas during our period of long distance. It was quite possibly the most heartbreaking and difficult thing I've had to go through so far. 

Please keep in mind, that this is not my way of shaming him for what he did. I have completely forgiven him, and truly understand the fact that we are all human and we all make mistakes. Since that happened last year, I have moved on and am incredibly happy with where I am in my life at the moment, and I completely wish him nothing but the best. I truly care for him as a person. 

This is simply my story of overcoming and seeing the beauty in what it means to truly be happy. Regardless of how painful or heart wrenching a situation may be... I believe that there is always a reason behind everything that happens to us. It ultimately leads us to exactly where we are supposed to be. 

My dream for a long period of time was centered around this man...marrying him, starting a life with him, being everything I could to him. So much so, that I lost my sense of self and who I was. I pushed my dreams aside to follow his, and forgot all that I had wanted to accomplish for myself. 

Through this big heartbreak, it allowed me to remember what my real dream was, the true dream... the one that I’ve had all along since I was a little girl. The dream of making a life for myself, finding happiness, and doing this in the city that I've always wanted to call home. For that, I am incredibly grateful for having gone through this experience. I really believe that I wouldn't be where I am today, and wouldn't be the woman I am today without having gone through it. 

Through my pain in that relationship ending, I began to find beauty in it and I was able to find myself again. I slowly started to learn how to truly love myself, and began to re-evaluate what I really wanted out of life. What made me happy, who I wanted as friends, what kind of career I wanted to pursue... all of those things that I think are crucial in helping to form the person that we become. 

I truly believe that everything in this life happens for a reason, and at the time that it's happening, it doesn't always make sense to us. Sometimes we have a certain picture in our minds as to how we want our lives to unfold and we place massive amounts of pressure on ourselves to be at a certain point each year, with each new birthday, and amidst each new season. 

There is beauty in the way that life unfolds, and each setback brings with it exciting new opportunities and doors that will be opened for us. We may not understand at the time why things happen the way that they do, but when we can finally look back on that and realize that it happened in order to bring us to a place of even bigger happiness and joy (more on that soon!)... it will be more than worth it in the end. 

I promise. 


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