The Softest Affordable Cardigan You Need in Your Closet Right Now

November 24, 2020

the softest cardigan that won't break the bank

I remember going to this PR event about two years ago where I saw these beautifully soft cashmere cardigans. I was so excited about them, until seeing price tag made me want to fall on the floor. Why the shock? Let’s just say there were four digits next to that dollar sign. So although they we’re undeniably gorgeous, they we’re just NOT going to happen.

When I’m shopping for clothing, I always have my eye on value. How many times will I wear this piece? How much reuse and how long will I own it? And then the obvious: how much does it cost?

This rhinestone-button cardigan is definitely a high value item. It looks great paired with casual jeans or tucked into dressy slacks. I can wear it pretty much all year long: it will keep me warm from the chilly breeze in the Fall and the nippy office A/C in the Summertime. The cardigan is also so soft that wearing it will make you feel like being hugged by a cloud. Oh and did I mention it’s also priced under $30? This is for sure the softest affordable cardigan that you’ll own.

Read on to see more of this rhinestone-button cardigan and my favorite cardigan picks, all buttery soft and priced affordably at under $50.

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How to Pull the Mommy and Me Matching Outfit Without Looking Cheesy

November 17, 2020

leopard print is a great idea for a mommy and me matching outfit theme

I heard a saying that you should enjoy the time you can dress up your kids, especially in mommy and me matching outfit. Because it won’t be long before they develop a strong opinion of their own and think it’s uncool to dress up like mom. I hope Maxine never gets tired of matching me. But just in case, I’m going to get all the matchy-matchy that I can get now.

Whether you’re looking to get your matching outfit on for holiday photos or to just look cute, I’ve got some styling tips to help you pull it off successfully.

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Halloween Costume Ideas for MarioKart Fans

October 6, 2020

Dress up as your favorite MarioKart character for Halloween

Here’s a party and costume ideas for MarioKart fans: what if you play MarioKart while wearing your favorite character’s costume. Sounds fun, right? But of course since it’s 2020, this is going to be a virtual party.

Halloween is definitely one of my favorite time of the year (naturally because I love to dress up). Just as with everything else in 2020, Halloween is going to look a little different this year. I don’t have any plans on going to any crowded parties or going bar hopping on Oct 31. But that doesn’t mean that Halloween is cancelled this year, no ma’am. Whether you’re doing your Halloween party virtually or socially distanced outdoors, I’ve got tons of costume ideas coming your way!

The first of 2020’s Halloween costume series is a throwback to 90’s gaming nostalgia. If you’re a MarioKart fans, especially the old school the Nintendo64 version, this Halloween costume idea is for you. These costume are fairly easy to do and can be done last minute since all the materials are available via Amazon Prime (huzzah for 2-day shipping). This is also a great costume idea for both family and groups of friends.

Read on to see the details on how to put the costumes together.

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How to Exercise (and Stay Sane) While In Quarantine

April 15, 2020

tips on how to exercise while in quarantine

Even before all of this craziness, exercising has always been my go-to activity for de-stressing and staying sane. My favorite kinds of workouts were the group classes. Your home girl is competitive and working out with others always pushes me more. Obviously that has changed since going to the gym is cancelled — or the time being anyways. So how do you exercise (and stay sane) while you’re in quarantine?

I thought about going running, but honestly that gives me more anxiety than it’s worth. NYC is a densely pack city and even though I live mere blocks away from the East River promenade, just the thought of having to dodge people to stay 6-ft apart while I’m out really stresses me out. If you live in a place where you can easily go out while avoiding people, then most definitely do that. But if you’re looking for ways to workout while staying inside, I got you.

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All The Everlane Staple Pieces You Need in Your Life

March 5, 2020

What if you had to rebuild your closet from scratch? If it was me, I would get some staple pieces that I can easily mix-and-match into many different outfit. And the best place to get the staple pieces you need in your life is at Everlane.

Ok lets get one point out of the way: Everlane is by no means cheap. It’s not cheap for me anyway. You’ll be able to find much affordable options if you go to a retailer like H&M or SheIn. But you can really feel the difference in the quality — like literally. Their stitching is done better, you can tell that the fabric quality is higher, and I’m obsessed with how butter soft some of their fabric are (like their luxe cotton jumpsuit).

But the thing I love the most about Everlane is their concept of radical transparency. How rare is it for a retailer to share with you the factory where the products are made, not to mention the cost breakdown of how much it takes to produce their items. It’s pretty radical indeed. That’s why I’m all about adding more Everlane pieces to my collection.

Read on for more of my look and some of my favorite staples from Everlane. Some of which I already have in my closet, and some that I need to add ASAP!

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Ugly Sweaters So Good You’ll Want to Wear Them All Year Long

December 31, 2019

Okay full admission: I meant to write this ugly sweater blog about a month ago. But the other work deadlines (and just life in general) got in the way. But they are just too cute for me not to blog about. I also rounded up some other favorite ugly sweaters that are so good you’ll want to wear them all year long. Or at least during the colder sweater weather anyway.


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Get Vacation Ready with Philips SatinShave Advanced

December 30, 2019

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Philips SatinShave Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine.

How to Get Vacation Ready with Philips SatinShave Advanced

In my opinion, the best time to go on a tropical vacation is in late January. The first reason being that Jan. 22 is my birthday. What better way to celebrate than to go on a fab vacation, am I right? The second reason for the timing is because that’s usually when I’m starting to get really sick of the season. The winter blues always hits hard in late January, making me desperate for a warm escape. I’m not exactly sure where I’ll end up going, but no matter where I go, I know it will be somewhere warm and beachy. I will most definitely be baring my legs. And I’ll be getting vacation ready with Philips SatinShave Advanced.

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Why Your Boo Should Totally Get a Custom Made Suit from InStitchu

November 10, 2019

Huzzah, I finally convinced hubby to get a made-to-measure suit! To say this is an accomplishment would be an understatement, since (no exaggeration) it took me years to do this. A couple of not-so-cheap failed attempts at getting off the rack suits, paired with an upcoming wedding we’re going to, was just the thing to convince him to try the custom, made-to-measure route.

I always joke around that when Chris married me, he also got a personal shopper as part of the deal. But he’s notoriously hard to shop for. Although I can say I’m pretty good at women’s fashion, I can’t exactly say I’m an expert at men’s. And forget about suits — that’s some next level ish I’m not even going to try to tackle. To top it off, the upcoming wedding we’re going to is not the typical formal reception. The bride and groom are total sneakerheads and the invite states “strong sneaker game encouraged”. Ooookay then… time to get a little help because I’m not sure how to shop for a suit that’s going to work with sneakers.

A very dandy blogger friend of mine, Diego Leon, suggested I check out InStitchu. I’m so happy that he did because these guys not only sold me on it, but they got Chris on team custom suit as well. He, no joke, said that he can’t ever go back to buying them off the rack ever again.

Read on for more on our experience with InStitchu and why you should make the plunge to get a custom made suit from them as well.

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Practical Decorating Tips on Sharing Room with Baby

October 14, 2019

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crate & Barrel. All opinions are 100% mine.

Guess who just signed their apartment lease renewal and will be sharing their bedroom with the baby for another year?

While it would’ve been nice to get more space by moving to a two-bedroom, hubby and I honestly don’t mind sharing our room with Maxine for another year. Staying put means we don’t need to deal with possibly finding a new day care, movers, and the nasty beast that is the New York rental market.

Mostly, what really cemented our decision to stay in our current apartment is that we’ve finally mastered our apartment configuration. Every inch of our living space feels like it’s being put to its best use. This includes the shared bedroom.

If you’re looking to room share, whether it’s from necessity or you’re just into small-space living, I’ve got you! Read on for my hacks and practical decorating tips on sharing room with baby. And get a peep on all the new Crate & Barrel exclusive goodies I got.

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Villain Baddies Halloween Costume Ideas

October 13, 2019

Some times it’s good to be bad. And what’s a better time to be despicably bad than on Halloween. I’m rounding up for you some of my favorite villain baddies halloween costume ideas. And I promise they’re (almost) all relatively easy and inexpensive to do.

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5 Fabulous Pop-Culture Halloween Group Costume Ideas

October 7, 2019

Fabulous Pop-Culture Halloween Costume Ideas, featuring Great Gatsby

If I had it my way, every day would be halloween. I just love dressing up! It’s fair to say I don’t wait around for October to come up with the costume ideas. This year I decided to go all out put those ideas into reality, with the help of fellow bloggers Megan of TF Diaries, Jackie of Living After Midnite, Diego of Dandy in The Bronx, and our trusty photographer Natalie. If you’re scratching your head looking for that perfect costume ideas, look no further. I’ve got a list of the top five pop-culture halloween group costume ideas.

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Go To This All-inclusive Resort in the Poconos for Your Next Vacation

October 3, 2019

Get your bags packed because a trip to Woodloch Resort, an all-inclusive resort in the Poconos, is the next vacation you’re going to want to have.

I had been hunting for the perfect family vacation spot. I was looking for something easygoing, where the all the activities happen in close proximity to our hotel room. This way we can easily take breaks in the middle of the day for Maxine’s nap. Anyone who has a 15-month old knows you’re beholden to that almighty nap-time. They can really put a cramp on your vacation if you don’t plan properly.

So the first thing that came to mind is a all-inclusive beach vacation or maybe even a cruise. But our problem is we really only have a long weekend to spare, so we didn’t want to travel far. And definitely nowhere far enough that required air travel. Since our travel radius was limited to a 3 hour driving distance, we originally thought that an all-inclusive type of place is surely out of the question. That is until I saw a blog on Woodloch Resort.

Huzzah, I found me an all-inclusive resort in the Poconos (that’s only 2.5 hour driving distance from New York City). And it’s an award winning one to boot! I was even more excited when they agreed to partner with me and let me write a blog on my experience in exchange for a weekend’s stay.

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Tips On How To Wear The Short Suit For Fall

September 29, 2019

How to wear the short suit for Fall? It’s not as hard as you think. It will actually be your Fall BFF as it’s one of the most perfect transition weather outfit.

The short suit set, weather wise, is admittedly a tricky outfit to wear. They’re like the avocado of the fashion world. Depending on where you live, there can be such a short window on when you can wear them. One minute, it’s hot as the devil out and there is no way you’re going to suffer wearing a blazer. Next thing you know Fall is here, and it’s way too cold to wear shorts.

Don’t worry though, I’ve got the tips on how to wear the short suit for Fall. You can put those bad boys on now, and even wear them well into the chilly weather season.

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Peek into My Morning Routine + How to Score Free Aveo Contact Lens

September 19, 2019

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aveo Vision. All opinions are 100% mine.

There’s nothing like having a child to put a spin on your life and routine. I feel like it took over a year for me to get something resembling a routine back into my morning. And boy, it definitely is a change from how things were before Maxine is around.

I’m sure this is no newsflash to many parents, but a big part of my routine happens before my daughter wakes up. Fun fact: statistically speaking, most kids Maxine’s age wakes up around 6:30 – 7:30am (yes this is a real stat — @ me if you want the source). And yup, this means that I wake up very very early.

Read on for more of my morning routine and how to nab a free month of contact lenses from Aveo Vision.

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The Local’s Guide to A Long Weekend in New York City

September 17, 2019

I have this email that I keep copying and pasting for friends and family who ask me for recommendations on what to do on a long weekend in New York City. And then I realized: duh, why don’t I copy and paste it into a travel guide blog.

I moved to New York City about seven years ago. Growing up, I was always in awe of the city and have always wanted to be a New Yorker. Even though quite some time has passed by since I first got here, I still get giddy just walking down the street to work. The honeymoon period hasn’t ended yet.

One big change since I’ve been here is that I get A LOT more visitors. Over the years I’ve perfected the recommendations that I give people based on the feedback I get.

Read on to see my long weekend in New York City must-do list (spoiler alert: Times Slime Square is not going to be in there).

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Denim Jumpsuit: The Most Versatile Piece of Clothing You’ll Wear All Year

September 11, 2019

The same conundrum comes to me every time the season is changing: do I shop for the current weather or should I plan ahead?

While I’m all about getting excited for Fall layers, it’s kind of hard to shop for cold weather clothes when the current one is a muggy 80° F. So instead of shopping for the season, I decided to win ’em all by getting pieces that will work all year round.

One of the most versatile piece you can get is the good ol’ denim jumpsuit. They truly do work for every season, especially if you get one that’s short-sleeved. Once the weather gets really cold, all you need to do is layer a turtleneck underneath it. And bonus: they’re super comfortable to boot.

Thinking of getting that best-bang-for-your-buck investment piece that will work for you all year long? I’ve got you covered! Read on to see more of my outfit and check out some of my favorite denim jumpsuit picks.

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NYC’s Most Instagrammable Restaurants

September 6, 2019

Do you pick your restaurant based on the food or based on the interiors? Or maybe both? Full disclosure: “NYC’s Most Instagrammable Restaurants” is definitely a search term that my Google history is familiar with.

If you’re like me and want to have their cake and eat it too, you’re in luck! New York City lets you have it all.

I think many times people equate high style with no substance. But here, rent is SO HIGH in the city that it’s unlikely that a restaurant will survive if the food is sub par. No worries though, I’ve taste tested all of these places. So you’ll know you won’t be sacrificing taste for pretty interiors in these restaurants.

Read on to check out some of my favorite instagramable restaurants in New York City.

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How to Fit a Lounging, Play, and Office Space in One Living Room

August 25, 2019

Apartment Living Room Tour

Living in New York City, you get used to small spaces. I wouldn’t exactly call our one-bedroom tiny. But the addition of a rambunctious one-year old sure has a way of making the space feel really small.

Our living room now not only need to be baby-proof, but it also had to serve a multi-purpose. There needs to be a designated work area for my hubby since he works from home, a play area for Maxine, and of course a place for the whole family to lounge and relax. Oh did we mention that we sometimes have out-of-town guests? So the room also needs to accommodate sleeping for two.

So when we decided to redecorate our living room, with the help of Modsy, we knew we had to get creative. We became big fans of things like furniture that collapses or serves double purpose. Our chair folds out to a cot, the baby’s high chair collapses when not in use, and our ottoman doubles as blanket and linen storage.

Read on to see more of my living room and let me know what you think of my handiwork. Would you consider living in a one-bedroom with a toddler?
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15 Two-Piece Sets You Need in Your Life

August 21, 2019

SheIn Gingham Two Piece Shorts Set

I’m not ready to pack away my summery outfits just yet. Are you?

We’re about two weeks away from Labor day and I’m still a bit in denial that we’re nearing the end of Summer. The weather is certainly not giving any indication it’s about to cool down anytime soon. But you wouldn’t know that if you go retail shopping, as you’ll probably see the store mannequin clad in sweaters. I honestly think it’s a bit ridiculous. Why buy something that you probably can’t wear for at least another two months?

Call me a fan of instant gratification, but I’m going to shop for outfits that I can wear right now. And right now I’m all about the two-piece sets that’s going to keep me cool in the still hot and humid weather. If you’re with me, scroll down to see more of my outfit and 15 of my favorite coordinating two-set pieces.

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