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Monday, March 27, 2017

casual balance

A classic New York City shoot location, a not-so-classic look. Pairing a silk maxi dress with some sneakers and a beanie is not what you would call conventional, but I quite enjoyed mixing things up in this manner. 

I haven't spent too much time in DUMBO, but over the past couple months, I've committed to exploring Brooklyn and branching out of my regular spots. If I have a day and I'm commitment free, I throw on a coat and my headphones and just start walking. Often I've been going west down Myrtle Avenue and ending up on DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, or near Prospect Park. I've fallen in love with certain nooks of these areas, and as much as I thought New York could be a short term fling, I see myself pushing a stroller around Fort Greene and doing family days at Rockaway Beach.

Goodness, I'm getting old if that's what I'm looking forward to.

Dress: Forever 21
Top: H&M
Shoes: Adidas

Photos by Alyssa Timoteo

10 things you appreciate about new york when you move from los angeles

I'm counting down the days until I set foot back at LAX. It's my favorite airport to land at, usually because my best friend is waiting for me rom-com style at baggage claim with some sort of amazing treat (last time she snuck a recipe off of my Pinterest board and made mini corn dog muffins sooo..). 

For some reason I always get distracted by corn dogs. Anyway, I'm itching to get back out west for Coachella and I'm spending extra time in my old home visiting with some of the dearest friends I've ever met. After 3 years in Los Angeles, moving back to New York had me feeling 2 different emotions: 

1. I was cold. 
2. I felt like I was back where I belonged. 

Back in November, I did a post on 10 things you miss about LA when you move to New York. Now that I’ve made it through 2 winters alive, I think it’s time to show my current home some real appreciation. So here we go again… 10 things you appreciate about New York when you move from Los Angeles:

1. Hot dogs. Pizza. Bagels. Duh!
Side note: I still have never tried street meat kebabs. Don't plan on it.

2. Those toned legs. Let me tell you - I had a personal trainer in LA, went to the gym on a regular basis, and was always so stressed about my body. As a New Yorker, simply going to and from work could be enough. No lie! Actually, you can add the obvious to this one. I never have to sit in 2.5 hours of traffic coming home from work ever again. 

3. Dating. Sure, dating sucks in New York, but it sucks less. The guys here are less likely to be "actors", struggling deadbeats with a weed card, or entitled Hollywood money babies. You're definitely more likely to actually swipe right on a legit dude with a good career and a head on their shoulders. In the case of NY men, the reason they're single is less likely to be them still desperately trying to play the field and more likely that their career was a priority. EDIT: It's becoming apparent that a high percentage New York bachelors may be a bit off the deep end so I'll keep you updated on that, this point could be completely inaccurate.

4. You can get drunk whenever and wherever you want, and you never have to worry about getting a DUI. Unless you have a bike.

5. The worst thing about the view from my desk is when the sun glares off of the Chrysler Building. 

6. There are always friends coming to town on vacation or business. I've seen so many friends from high school and I always make an effort to spend a day or evening with them. This was the case in LA as well, but not as frequently since I'm much closer to my hometown and more businesses are HQ'd here. I actually think the people I've seen the least see are my friends from LA, cause why would you leave LA?! 

7. Diversity. I have more diverse friends, coworkers, and neighbors here. And it's awesome.

8. Layers! Layers just look so much cooler here. I was actually excited for fall. And reasons to stay inside with a movie. And to not feel like a lazy POS when I order Seamless. And lots of blankets. And thick socks. And leather jackets. And those big scarves. And a cuddly kitten.

9. These streets will make you feel brand new, these lights will inspire you. But really. Those moments of magic where your soul feels like it's filled with glitter and sparklers really do happen, and often.

10. Home. I'm a Midwest girl so this point may only apply to some of you, but I'm able to go home more frequently to see my parents, my sister, my cats, and most of all, my nephew. There were times where I went almost a year between hugging my sister. I can hop on a plane or rent a car and be home in a day's notice if I need to, and nothing compares to that feeling. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

unspoken rules: shared

It's a Wednesday but it feels like a Monday morning given the city-wide snow day yesterday, so cheers to my 2 sips of coffee before I turn into a raging ball of anxiety and productivity (I've realized these two go hand in hand sometimes). How was my snow day, you ask? Oh, I'll tell you.

First of all, I worked throughout the day. My job and I are in our honeymoon phase so work feels like the most fun party I've even been to. Here's the deal though: for some reason I feel like this honeymoon phase won't go away, so forgive us for acting like that annoying couple that you're secretly jealous of - the couple that is still so disgustingly in love two years later that you're suspicious that they're faking it but you secretly know that it's the real deal. I think this is the real deal. Though my judgement is a bit off because I thought the same thing about the last guy I dated... hmph.

I also attempted to go to my trusty 24 hour Planet Fitness but it was closed, so I trekked - literally - to the grocery store to buy healthy food due to the cloud of guilt looming over me from eating the bacon and biscuits that my roommate made for breakfast. I swear as soon as I see results from hustling at the gym, I binge eat 4 cheeseburgers in one week because I assume I'm 22 again and the burgers won't come back to haunt me and my thighs.

To continue my healthy habits of veggies and intentions of hitting the gym, I used my favorite e.l.f. cosmetics hydrating bubble mask and balanced it all out by drinking wine straight out of the bottle as I danced to Two Door Cinema Club because I imagine I'll be doing that EXACT thing at Coachella in a month. In case you're still wondering, I'm clearly a mysterious and sensual vixen.

I ended the day by cooking more food than I could handle and starting a sewing project that I probably won't finish. I'll end up giving you the excuse that I'm an Aires and we never finish anything that we start.


I was well into my second sip of coffee and clearly buzzing as I was scanning my Facebook feed this morning. My darling friend Lauren, also an Ohio to New York transplant, shared this post from Man Repeller called 29 Unspoken Rules of Living in New York. There are a ton of posts simliar to this on Gothamist and TimeOut, but this one tickled my little heartstrings and made me giggle. Some favorite rules on this list:

3. Best not to make eye contact with people on the subway, unless you both give eye-contact consent in the form of a flirty expression that one or both of you may reference later on a Craigslist Missed Connection post. (relevant, right?)

9. If you must stand still in the flow of pedestrian traffic to use your phone, please move as far right as possible/extricate yourself from the flow entirely. (get. out. of. my. way.)

13. Always help the lady with the stroller on the subway stairs.

25. Have your MetroCard ready and in hand when approaching the subway turnstiles. (no, SERIOUSLY get out of my way)

Happy Monday/Wednesday, kiddos! 

Top & Jacket: H&M
Skirt & Bag: Forever 21
Boots: ASOS
Bowie Cat Pin: Danielle V Green
Tupac Pin: Lil Bullies

Photos by Alyssa Timoteo

Monday, March 13, 2017

bad things

I think it's pretty obvious that I'm a fan of Little Mistress and their private labels. It's not easy to find clothes online - especially for special occasions - that are of good quality AND price. This black crochet dress is going to look really good with a handsome wedding date (I'm open for applicants) and a glass of bubbly. Honestly though, can you go wrong with black lace?

 Speaking of wedding dates, I'm starting to regret my goal of opening up to men and letting my guard down. It's something I decided to do a couple of months ago because I felt that I was my own worst enemy when it came to dating, but I've ended up disappointed anyway - even hurt. Was it worth it? I'm still figuring that out. New goal: not giving a shit and just focusing on me. 

howbow dah?

Booties: Report Shoes

Photos by Alyssa Timoteo

Friday, March 3, 2017

we're both wild, and the night's young

I posted these photos on my Instagram a while ago, but I'm so in love with the photos - I had to share more! My friend Alyssa and I go out and play in Brooklyn on a regular basis. I take an outfit, she takes her camera, and we go to town. Our relationship is different than your typical blogger/photographer collaboration, because she's my closest friend and partner in crime on all accounts. We truly can make fun out of any situation (and these situations are the most fun for us, especially if there's wine involved). 

I felt like a badass Cinderella who just broke out of jail on this mild February morning. Spinning around on the Williamsburg bridge just seemed like a normal activity, even if it confused/annoyed runners, bikers and commuters.

My 16 year old self dreamt of this Carrie Bradshaw-esque moment and I realize that I take this city I live in for granted sometimes. From my first visit to New York until I was 23 years old, I wanted nothing else in the world. I just wanted to live in New York. I sacrificed friendships and jobs and relationships for this moment. And dancing in a princess skirt is just a bonus.

Jacket: H&M
Choker: Forever 21
Booties: Report Shoes

Photos by Alyssa Timoteo