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 on their long weekend visit to 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 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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The Most Instaworthy Restaurants in New York City

September 6, 2019

Do you pick your restaurant based on the food or based on the interiors?

If you’re one of those people that 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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Why Domio Apartment-Style Hotel is The Best Place to Stay in New Orleans

August 3, 2019

Domio Baronne New Orleans Apartment Hotel

I’m not the kind of person who sees a hotel just as a place to stay the night. It’s my home away from home. And I want to be as eager coming back to the comforts of the hotel as I am about exploring the town I’m visiting.

For my girls trip to New Orleans, Domio Baronne St. served as our home away from home. And man, I kind of did not want to leave because this home sure was nicer than my actual home. Our stay got me convinced that staying in an apartment-style hotel really is the best way to go, especially when you’re in a group. You just cannot beat the amenities.

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Shopping Guide: How To Wear Yellow This Summer

July 9, 2019

Shein Ditsy Floral Shirred Crop Top & Paperbag Waist Shorts Set

What color could be more quintessentially summer than yellow. I mean it’s the color of the sunshine, after all. I’ve been seeing a lot of this color splashed on social media and the front pages of my favorite shops, and I’m all about it. 

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Why I’m Hooked on Grove Collaborative (and You Will Be Too)

June 6, 2019

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

Cleaning with Grove Collaborative products

“I want to buy products that will hurt the environment,” says no one ever. Really though, it’s not like anyone wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and purposely buys product that they know will spoil the environment and their health. But buying products that support people and the planet isn’t always convenient. And sometimes the “eco-friendly” label makes people wonder if they’re compromising on cleaning power. Well let me tell you guys I found a super convenient way to get my earth friendly cleaning on: Grove Collaborative. And you better believe that I’m not making any compromises. Grove goodies are just as good (heck maybe even better) than the those other products with the nasties in them.

Read on to learn more about why I love Grove and get the lowdown on how you can score some free goodies.

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Jump on The Color Trend: Burnt Orange

June 3, 2019

Lafayette148 Italian Bi-Stretch Pima Cotton Casper Shirtdress

As an Aggie, you wouldn’t think burnt orange is a color that I would be into (although my Longhorn hubby would heartily approve). But man I am loving all the pieces I see when I’m out in the stores. I used to associate burnt orange as a fall color. After this though, I’m gonna be thinking of it as a Summer (or maybe even year round) color as well. It’s a color that’s flattering on pretty much everyone, and it might just be your new favorite.

Read on to see more of my outfit and my some of my favorite burnt orange pieces for the season.

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