A Velveteen Dream

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Velvet is having a big moment right now. From clothing and accessories to home decor, I've always had a thing for its luxe-ness.

One of my favorite velvet pieces is a plum colored J.Crew blazer with lime green lining. I've had the jacket since middle school (#vintage?)and I'm glad I've held onto it.

When I moved to the city and started hunting for furniture to fill my apartment, I couldn't pass up a navy blue velvet couch my mom and I found. The tufted cushions add the perfect accent. 

Last February when I saw I saw pictures photos from Tory Burch's Fall/Winter 2017 runway show, I couldn't take my eyes off the beautiful velvet ribbons tied in asymmetrical bows around the low tousled ponytails. 

Other velvet pieces I'm loving include these shoes from Zara and this skirt from J.Crew. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for my next velveteen dream. Let me know if you find anything good!

Out Of Office

In a few weeks, I'm heading back down South for a family vacation. I've been looking forward to this since I found out about it during my first New York City winter. We're staying on a boat in Charleston, so it will be a week full of sunning, fishing, and bopping into town to shop on King Street. 

I'm packing my favorite summer pieces with plenty of bathing suits and breezy dresses. A few things making the trip with me are this swimsuit from Solid & Striped, my perfectly worn-in Canfora Sandals, these retro chic sunnies, a great sun hat, and a stylish and practical beach towel.

New York City Flower District

Jacket by J.Crew, Pants by Zara, Sweater by J.Crew, Shoes by Tory Sport, and Purse by Polo Ralph Lauren

Jacket by J.Crew, Pants by Zara, Sweater by J.Crew, Shoes by Tory Sport, and Purse by Polo Ralph Lauren

The Flower District located on 28th between 6th and 7th Avenue has been on my list of things to do since I moved to the city last year (oh my goodness, how has it already been one year?!), so when my mom came for a visit, I knew it would be right up her alley.

After we had the best Sunday brunch at Hundred Acres, we hopped in a cab. I picked up a few herbs for my tiny kitchen and a lavender plant for my bedside table. Next time I want to go during the week since most of the shops are closed during the weekend, but it was so fascinating to see it all in person.

Good Jeans

A Jane Birkin-esque inspired outfit that ties in her iconic and cool Bohemian flair. 

J.Crew chambray shirt  One of my favorite shirts for layering under sweaters or just wearing by itself. The blousy fit and gathered detailing on the back adds a feminine twist to the run-of-the-mill chambray shirt. But if you're not into the whole Canadian Tuxedo look, try a classic shirt instead.

J.Crew wide leg chinos  There's something about a good pair of pants that make an outfit look effortlessly chic.

Frances Valentine Honeypot Basket  The perfect miniature straw purse for carrying all of your essentials. I also love this seagrass crossbody.

Loeffler Randall pumps  Give your outfit a little lift with these natural colored round toe pumps.

Krewe sunglasses  You can't forget the perfect pair of tortoise sunnies.

Wintry Mix

Here's a mix of pretty things that are are sure to cure any ounce of winter blues you might be feeling.

Slim Aarons coffee table book  After visiting the Slim Aarons exhibit at the Staley-Wise Gallery back in October, I bought this book. I love flipping through and reading the story behind some of Slim Aarons' most iconic shots. It will give you so much inspiration! It's a must read (and see)!

J.Crew cashmere sweater  It's blue, it's a sweater, and it has a bow. I'm sold. Such a good piece to add to your winter wardrobe.

Nest candle  The Japanese Black Currant scent reminds me of home! Rich notes of Japanese black currant with Mirabelle plum, fig, and sandalwood. It sits on my bookshelf and I light it any chance I can get.

Clarins lip comfort oil  This seems to be the only thing that's saving my lips from the harsh dryness of the winter. The lip treatment is light and I can definitely feel a difference. It's a miracle! I use the honey shade, but the next one I want to try is red berry

Serena & Lily scalloped sheets  Paired with my duvet, it's like sleeping on a cloud.

Neely & Chloe tassle loafers  A pair of shoes that have been on my radar for a while now. These would be perfect for those mild winter days when you can leave the boots at home.

Home for the Holidays

Shoes by Frances Valentine and Book by Mark D. Sikes

Shoes by Frances Valentine and Book by Mark D. Sikes

Although the weather might not feel Christmassy outside, it sure feels like it inside. I managed to escape in the wee hours of the morning during one of New York City's first snowstorms to fly South for the holidays.

My mom and I have been cooking up a storm and making sure everything is set for our Christmas festivities. From decorating the house with paperwhites to planning holiday parties with our neighbors, the holidays always remind me of how nice it is to cherish family traditions.

Weekend in Montauk

Last Friday we hightailed it out of the city and headed to The Hamptons for a weekend escape.

Our itinerary was filled with lunch at the Clam Bar, Levain Bakery for a mid-afternoon snack, drinks at Montauket to toast the sunset, and dinner at Muse in Sag Harbor. 

I managed to pick up a few pieces of art for my apartment. Oh and and we stopped by Serena & Lily…wish I could’ve just moved right into their showroom!

The weekend flew by, but it was so nice to get some vitamin sea and feel the last bit of the hot summer sun.

We’ll be back, Montauk! 

Montauk

Smorgasburg in Williamsburg

Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday in New York? Venture into Brooklyn and try out all of the infamous foods you see in your Instagram newsfeed. Lauren and I are always bookmarking restaurants to try-out and Smorgusburg was the perfect place to knock a few off our list. We met up with Drew and his friend, Pete and made our way into foodie heaven. First on our list was to try the Ramen Burger. Man, that was delicious! Lauren went for the Wowful ice-cream next and I managed to sneak a few bites...

Next time your wondering what to do on the weekend, give Smorgusburg a try. The line for the Ramen Burger goes by quicker than would you think, I promise!

Outfit details: Shirt J.Crew  Shorts J.Crew  Shoes Artemis Designs  Sunglasses Illesteva