Sunday, May 21, 2017

Olive the Florals

Happy Sunday everyone! Ah a little behind on the blog game this week! It's been so busy lately. All the summer activities are in full swing! Shorter week last week for me since I came back from my long weekend in Texas - but surprisingly it ended up feeling much longer lol. Happy for the catch up weekend time today and a warm week here in NYC. Sooo I've been saving this look for warmer days and summer feels...after all we do have a little midsection out to say haiiiii! Floral crops and spring suede are out to play (see what I did there?).

This is probably one of my favorite looks so far for Spring/Summer. I've got a lot of use out of this Zara olive suede skirt (similar cut here) and it works well between seasons. I've worn it with boots and tights and now apparently crop tops for Spring/summer lol. Typically suede is seen as a cold weather fabrication but I feel like the past couple of Springs it has popped up more and more during this time - Especially during festival season. Last season it was all about the suede and fringe but now I have noticed that suede and even light dyed velvets are also becoming a warm weather trend. I'm still leaning towards suede vs. velvet though - the velvet looks still feel so Fall to me. 

I would file suede in the 70s boho chic category - bright colors, camel tans, and even pale pinks all bring together a light Spring feel. I have a gorgeous tan Aritzia suede pencil skirt I need to bring back from last year (super sale now and limited sizes). A little pricier than I would have liked but the quality is on pointtt. My Zara olive skirt featured is a little more fall/winter but with the trending olive shade and bright top it works here. Channeling my inner Ariana here with the A-line cut. This floral Zara top is so fun and cute! I found it last summer (here) on sale and I have a pair of black culottes I've worn it with along with other a-line skirts. I just love the flattering cut and shape. Anything high waisted is a win with this type of top. Of course florals (mind blowing I know) are always a favorite of mine - especially when I can pair with a red lipstick :) Of course y'all know I'm a shoe girl - you'll find me living in these cute heels all season! I found them last summer at Macy's Backstage. Omg such a great deal and the block heel is really comfortable too. Love seeing all the new Off-Price stores opening up! Who knows, there could be one near you (check here)! I love the easy neutral tone and suede finish on these high sandals.  
Side note: Too bad the day we shot this was not an 80 degree day lol it was about 40 degrees cooler and this is another thank you to my friends for capturing this look moment. Total stars Angela and Sarah are - it was Chillayyy and I thought it was going to "warm up" yaaaa didn't happen. So thanks again girls :) We camped out at the NomoSoho for a few along with other diner dashes to combat the cold. Thankful for good friends and warmer sunny days :)

This weekend was so nice to catch up and relax after three super busy weekends in a row. I needed a little me time to get my workouts in, run errands, and clean up the hut. Friday I took one of my favorite classes at Pon de Flo studios (FloShred Friday) and then caught up with a friend at Ted's Corner Tavern. I love Ted's for a classic cheese/charcuterie board and casual catch up time. The Sunburnt Rita is sooo good! I've been on a tequila drink choice these days haha just feels like summer. Saturday I didn't have anything planned besides zumba dance at Crunch but then a fun impromptu brunch happened (all about the yesssses) and I tried The Horny Ram with a few friends in Midtown East. UM they have a Pancake burger...enough said. lol we were all a little intimidated by that but the chorizo tacos were a solid choice. Today I tried ToneHouse with the #girlgang and YES it is intense. Heavily drill HIIT based with lots of speed/cardio bursts...Took me back to my hurdle track practice days - and probably taking me back to some serious icing and foam rolling tomorrow haha A great challenge and fun morning with the girls!

AH YAY Ready for Memorial Day weekend and Summer Fridays at work! Chayson comes this weekend too sooo I have some partayyyy planning in the works! Any fun ideas/suggestions send my way. Happy Monday friends.



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I Love You a Latte

There really is nothing more comforting than a prime cafe set up and a strong cup of coffee. It is the perfect place to unwind/catch up with a friend or post up and get your focus on. My love for this cozy scene began back in college. Speaking best friend visited this past weekend and we loved reminiscing about all the great times we had at our second home, Sweet Eugenes House of Java...aka Sweets. It was home to many nights working on projects (including the one that brought me to NYC), final studies, friend dates, and my favorite kolaches. But lets get real, when it came to coffee CollegeVic (HERE), I was running off of sugar frappes, blended ice drinks, and White Raspberry lattes Yumm (Throwback pix). Don't get me wrong I'm completely into that every now and then, but it's funny how four years out of school my tastes have changed. These days I need something with a little more kick. I stick to more espresso based drinks...and Americanos always seem to get the job done. When times get rough aka workin off the weekend brain- a classic cup of joe always has my back. Let me tell you when it comes to cozy cute coffee nooks, NYC will never disappoint.

Back in April, my friend Di and I (check her out here) were all about a productive morning. We wanted to get our workout on, take a few style snaps after, and grab some coffee to catch up. Oh and we found the cutest place! Galerie De Cafe in Tribeca was next up on the Cafe hit list. Soo I saw a post of a gorgeous rainbow latte and you know that is what really caught my eye lol After our workout class we got cute, took some snaps, and made our way downtown to Galerie De Cafe.

Aside from serving beautiful drinks, the cafe is also part art gallery and displays art from local kids (so cute). They rotate each piece every month or so and that would explain our hmm I wonder what the painting is supposed to represent comments lol. We ordered a few pastries baked straight from Amy's Bread and Balthazar (yum) and a round of Rainbow lattes. I love how each latte is a complete work of art in itself. The barista said that depending on the coloring and pours, each drink is unique and colors may vary (as you can see from our purple/green snaps). Now I'm sure you are wondering what did this taste like?! This pretty pic worthy drink tasted like any regular latte (no added sugar) just a pop of color! If you are looking for a New York original this is it - the coffee beans are sourced directly from Dallis Bros. Coffee right here in NY (love the rich New York history). This partnership delivers fresh, organic, trade free coffee anddd a caffeine pop to two very happy customers :) Keep scrolling for my favorite NYC Coffee/Cafe Favs!

G&G NYC CafĂ© Coffee Diaries List

On to Style Snaps - This April morning was on the chillier side so I kept it casual and covered with my fringed F21 denim and Steve Madden slides. I would say my jeans+shoes are the stars of this outfit and my grey Mango button down has always been a great closet basic to have. Seriously everything from Mango is always so polished and put together. The little split back is fun and it does add an little something extra to what would be the average button down. Similar styles pinned below to Get the Look. Thinking I'll wear this outfit to work tomorrow possibly. Cloudy with a side of 56 degrees, so I'll keep it warm and covered.

But covered not for long! I'll be packing my swimsuit and dresses for this weekend! So excited to be visiting Houston for my best friend's couples shower. It'll be so great to see everyone and catch up with the college crew to celebrate my peeps.

P.S - Still need Mother's Day goodies? Check out my last post here featuring Perfectly Pearl LLC. Some of the most gorgeous strands for Momma Birdyy.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cinco De #Trending

Feeling all the bight colors and tassels this week...after all Cinco de Mayo is today! I thought this would be the perfect time to pull out this festive look. We shot these back in March in LA (yep still got some pics stashed) lol and it's proven that this embroidered Francesca's top has been a favorite of mine since! So far this season we have talked about tasselscamopastel floralsfringe, AND now it's time for embroidery. I'm sure at this point everyone is familiar with the pinstripe embroidered trend. This look really took over stores this season. It falls within that 70s boho vibe but feels a little more structured with the pinstripe detail. Can we all agree Olivia Palermo nails it again here? Seriously she's always on her style game. A classic structured button down is the perfect basic - but adding this trend makes desk to dinner much more umbrella drink friendly :)

As previously mentioned, Spring17 trends are all about newness and saying "Hai look at me" without being too overdone. What I love most is that this look is that it's pretty much another version of boho chic in a slightly tailored way. There are so many variations of this style. Aside from the embroidered cotton/poplin tops I've also seen this floral look on a mix of textures and styles. Embroidered denimsatin bombers, beaded dresses, and of course we can't forget shoes. Any of these pieces in your closet definitely gives an added interest detail. 

Ok, so side note...I'm thinking the only other prop these pics need would be a good margarita. Don't worry guys, I'll be posted up tonight with one (maybeee 2) + a pretty lady in town visiting YAY the college bestie Brit is BACK and B&V are gonna take on the weekend! This Insta throwback was approx 51 weeks ago. UM a year basically...SO it's time for some new mems. 

P.S GROM Gelato was SO good! Happened to try it for the first time in LA. I need to make my way to the NYC West Village spot asap
So my question is, how do you wear this trend? So far I have this top, a similar Forever21 bomber, and last summer's shoes here. These jeans are next on my hit list next too...AH SO cute with a white top + metallic slides. I have it all planned haha. Of course I have a few Zara favorites  herehere and LOVE this Jumpsuit dress here. There are also additional wish list outfit inspo picks down below. Hope you all have a great weekend! Excited to spend some quality life friend time with Brit. We are way overdue and we have such a fun weekend ahead of us! 


Monday, May 1, 2017

Perfectly Pearl

Aggies Helping Aggies - I would have to say that is one of my favorite mottos from my years spent at Texas A&M University. No matter where you are in this world an Aggie can be found, especially here in NYC. Surprisingly the New York A&M Club is the second largest community of Aggie Alum outside of Texas (who knew?!). Recently a college friend reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to collaborate with her company Perfectly Pearl, LLC. Of course I said yes! Who wouldn’t want to dress up and style out pretty strands? Definitely channeling that Glossy glam side of my blog  :)

Ariel, the founder of Perfectly Pearl, LLC is all about creating beautiful products at prices for everyone - without sacrificing great quality. She has a love for natural beauty and the pearl embodies just that. Each pearl is unique, handmade, and sourced directly. Direct sourcing straight from the pearl farmer (Can I be a pearl farmer?) saves you $$$ without reducing quality. After all, feeling fabulous should never feel out of reach...Her company delivers high quality freshwater pearls at prices for everyone! To be honest, I was surprised at just how reasonable the designs are. There are so many beautiful choices in all categories- Shop here bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, and even bridal.

With Mother’s day is coming up (THIS WEEKEND) these pearls would make just the perfect gift. A classy pretty strand would definitely be in line with Spring’s feminine trendy mom, or anyone! Why do I love them? I love the simplicity and ease of throwing on a Gastby strand and feeling insta glam. Pearls come in a variety of colors and these layered pink styles are so beautiful.
Cherry blossom season - The blossoms come once a year and I was so excited to get the opportunity to play in them. My friend and photographer Griffin and I were quite the scene getting these snaps haha balancing on benches leaning into the branches...people were taking snaps of us lol but we got the shots for sure. Happy I was able to capture these annual NYC blooms. Excited to share more style snaps with you, we definitely took advantage of this rare warm day. Soaking up all the Spring time memories that's for sure!

Hope you all are off to a great week. 


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