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In bed, Saturday ,Weekend, Style Blogger

Hello weekend, it’s so nice to finally see you again. As with most New Yorker’s I’m over the never-ending winter. Mother nature you have won and finally gotten the best of me so I’ve booked a trip to warmer weather, t-2 week countdown to Miami begins now.  I can’t wait to be sitting poolside with a stack of magazines and a cocktail in hand while working on my tan. Any Miami recommendations? Until then I’ll be checking out a new-ish spot this weekend and grabbing a cocktail here. The rest of the weekend will be spent “venturing” out of the city quite a bit to Clinton Hill for a shoot and then really out of the city to see friends, babies and eat some amazing Italian food at Dom & Vinnie’s. What Miami diet?

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The II Diaries: Chinatown

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I have lived in NYC for a quite some time now and one of the things I love most about this city is that I never get tired of exploring it. I’m constantly uncovering a new part that I love (or don’t love) but regardless of where I find myself one thing remains the same, I am never bored. A few years ago I took a photography class that took students around Chinatown to capture the essence of the neighborhood, the instructor was fantastic, very knowledgeable and had built relationships with the men and women we photographed in their natural elements making it a very authentic, wonderful experience. Sadly, I’ve probably only been back down in Chinatown a handful of times since but on a recent Saturday my incredible photographer and I set out to explore the area in search of an inspiring backdrop and a little something different. We started our afternoon at the Nom Wah Tea Parlor but once off the beaten path you quickly forget that a you’re in NYC, which truth be told is somewhat refreshing, you’re immersed in another world that no longer feels like the concrete jungle. We roamed the neighborhood for quite some time, coming upon street after street full of fresh vegetable, fruit and fish markets that were busting at the seams with patrons and we stumbled upon an overwhelming number of hidden little gems of restaurants.

From the few places I popped into the most notable by far were …

  • Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle – Whatever you do get the dumplings, Eat This NY makes quite the case for why you need to do so immediately.
  • Breakroom – Burgers and tacos in Chinatown? Yes and the best part? They’re legit. Plus you have a plethora of hot sauces to dive into if that’s your thing.
  • Kam Hing Coffee Shop whose sponge cake is out of this world and there are few things I will say that about.
  • BreadTalks infamous egg custard tarts are delicious beyond words and quite possibly the cheapest dessert in New York.

Chinatown, NYC, StreetStyle, OOTD, Fashion Blogger

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Chinatown, NYC, StreetStyle, OOTD, Fashion Blogger

{Photography by Ethan Covey}

City Explorer

Chinatown, NYC, Street Style, NY Uniform, OOTD, Style Blogger When the temps drop below say 30, it’s pretty hard to get me outside unless it’s running from one place to another. My usual adventurous, “game for anything” mentality pretty much goes out the window.  Being a Texas native, my take on winter is a bit skewed, if there is snow on the ground and I can see my breath then I should probably be bundled up on the slopes hitting my stride, not battling it out against the elements to walk from the westside of town to brunch in the LES! However, a few weekends ago, on a very cold Saturday, I headed out for a day of brunching, exploring and the usual shenanigans we New Yorkers find ourselves getting caught up in once we go into stir crazy mode in the never-ending winter months. While we nearly froze to death, it was wonderful to wander the streets in a part of the city that I don’t visit often enough. More on my neighborhood findings in a post later this week but for now, here’s a glance at the neighborhood I explored. A few guesses at where I was?
Get the look:
Faux fur vest {similar here} || Zara Leather Leggings {similar here} || Tibi boots {On SALE here} || Derek Lam clutch {old, similar here}
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{Photography by Ethan Covey}

On Repeat

NYFW, Bundle White, Tribeca, Club Monaco, MBFW, Fashion Week, NYC, Street Style

It’s rare that I wear an entire outfit more than once, let alone one that is seemingly as “simple” as this one. I have this need to keep mixing things up, rotating my favorite pieces while making them feel fresh and new. However, this particular look is on repeat. Aside from the fact that it fits into my NYC uniform requirements very well, it’s a class ensemble that transitions easily from office to cocktails. The best part? When running between meetings, shows and lunches in downtown NYC my stacked heel boots save my life and ensure that I don’t go stumbling on the rickety cobblestones that I love so much.

Get the look:

Pleated leather skirt (Score it for less than $70!) || Oversize cropped turtleneck || Zara Boots, old, similar here and here || Michael Kors Men’s watch || Kendra Scott Ring || Celine Luggage Tote || Elizabeth & James Sunnies 

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NYFW, Bundle White, Tribeca, Club Monaco, MBFW, Fashion Week, NYC, Street Style

NYFW, Bundle White, Tribeca, Club Monaco, MBFW, Fashion Week, NYC, Street Style

NYFW, Bundle White, Tribeca, Club Monaco, MBFW, Fashion Week, NYC, Street Style

NYFW, Bundle White, Tribeca, Club Monaco, MBFW, Fashion Week, NYC, Street Style

NYFW, Bundle White, Tribeca, Club Monaco, MBFW, Fashion Week, NYC, Street Style

NYFW, Bundle White, Tribeca, Club Monaco, MBFW, Fashion Week, NYC, Street Style

NYFW, Bundle White, Tribeca, Club Monaco, MBFW, Fashion Week, NYC, Street Style

{Photography by Matthew Perrone}

NYFW: The Statement Makers

Plaid, Coat, Fall 2015, RTW, NYFW, Coach, Banana Republic, Veronica Beard

Plaid Me: Banana Republic || Coach || Veronica Beard

Designers have finally gotten the message, during this arctic tundra season that we’re calling winter, it’s not necessarily what you have on that is the most important part of your outfit but instead it’s that statement making coat that’s going to get your stylish self noticed. Designers this season have showcased some of the strongest outerwear looks I’ve seen in a very long while. I’ve never been so excited for winter or at the very least for staying warm in one of this stunning cozy numbers. So come next winter and for sure February Fashion Week 2016, I can guarantee you one thing, your outerwear game better be on point because you’re going to be playing in the big leagues ladies.

Afraid you can’t wait to get your hands on these for a while? Well luckily you can shop or at least put your name on a few of these statement makers now. Go on ahead and pre-order this Tome orange beauty.

Color, Plaid, Coat, Fall 2015, RTW, NYFW, J.Crew, Mara Hoffman, Georgine

The head turners: Georgine || Mara Hoffman || J.Crew 

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It’s Shearling Darling:  Kate Spade NY || Coach || rag & bone || Karen Walker

Bold Color, Plaid, Coat, Fall 2015, RTW, NYFW, Coach, Banana Republic, Zimmerman, Tanya Taylor

In Your Face Color: Tome || Zimmerman || Banana Republic