Monday, June 19, 2017

Dear NYC

Whew these last few weeks have been beyond a whirlwind of emotions. An exciting opportunity came up and a big life change is about to happen...there were too many check boxes that checked. So yes, Texas almost four years later I'm commin back atcha! This Spring for me has been super life reflective and I've come to the conclusion that some of the best decisions I've made I don't think I really ever made - props to the man upstairs because you seem to know what you're doing. I'm just along for the ride lol 

Right now I'm writing this en route to find my new Texas home..I still cannot believe 4 years have come and gone. NYC you were never in my plans but second semester senior year you sure became a big one. Most people after graduation have this vision of "I'm moving to (insert) after collage and working at...". College Vic knew she wanted a career in retail and fashion, but never did I think it would lead me on this adventure. I remember working day and night on a project Fall of my Senior year, which sure enough was my ticket to the city where dreams are made of. My first trip visiting the city I figured when in the world would I ever do this again? It was Day 2 and I was already at a career fair trying to picture what my life could be like here.  I was starting to feel like this city would be the ultimate life education - if you can make it here you can make it anywhere right? Lets just hope so ;) Three months later I was interning on Fashion Ave only to find myself four years later trying to keep it together saying bye to my work family in Herald Square. One of my team members (sista) and I would joke about "perfect dream situations" lol it partially worked out just a little differently-bittersweet because you know I love you guys so much! Shoutout to the work fam because y'all are total stars. This has been a crazy ride but I'm so thankful for this once in lifetime moment.
Recent Questions:
Why do I love NYC so much? I mean without a doubt this is truly one of the most incredible cities in the world (biased, maybe a little). The hustle and bustle here gives me life - I have mastered the art of NYC public transportation (TX get on that), can tell you just about where every tiny dim lit wine bar can be found, order a proper cup of coffee, and I can successfully hail a cab. lol but don't worry mom and dad I've learned much more than that...Personally and professionally I've had the opportunity to meet, work with, and learn from truly some of the best. You know who you are and thank you doesn't even begin to cover it.
Am I ready to be back in Texas again? Yes and bittersweet best describes the feeling. I'm so beyond excited to be closer to home, closer to family/boyfriend/friends, and still continue doing what I love. It's like my previous boss and (life coach/friend) has always said you're never going to really ever be ready, sometimes you just have to get ready. Noted - Wise words and Lessons from Laura. 
What will I miss most about the city? Well all you wonderful people here of course!  NYC is a special culture of anyone and everything- You can find just about all walks of life here. Some of my closest friends I've made I would have never known existed had I not moved here alone. Homegirl needed friends and man did I find some really good friends and strengthened older ones too (hai Aggie girls we stick together). Also my Foodie Hit List. Anyone who knows me knows about this crazy list I have. There are SO many fun foodie places to go to. It's broken out by Cafes, restaurants, rooftops, wine bars, places to see...ah name any food trend, new restaurant, specialty drink, chef, and seriously this city is loaded and home to some of the best. I love experiencing these places with loved ones and each place has a special memory. Lots of them with Chayson, visiting friends, and first/last moments here. So yes I'll miss my NYC list, but when I come to visit. It's on :) 
How did this all happen? It was a complete surprise and I felt like it truly was a yes moment. I told y'all back in January I made a New Years resolution to try to do more. More of what exactly? Everything. I remember having a feeling that this could possibly be my last year as a New Yorker. I can't explain it but just creeping little thoughts that this was it and that anything that happened I needed to be that YES person. It inspired me to start my blog up again. I am SO glad I did. Something in me felt so antsy and I just didn't want to miss out on anything. I didn't know why I felt that way but I knew I needed to just do something. So I laid out big picture ideas and thoughts and decided to have meaningful catch up friend dates (life talks),branch out/meet more people, travel, try new restaurants on my hit list, and overall just say YES. 
I mean guess that yes is what got me here in the first place. Ah and I'm so happy I fought the scary doubtful thoughts and made the move here after school.  I hit my resolution hard this Spring with weekly catch up dates and some with people I had not seen since my first year in NYC (thank goodness), went to fashion week, visited LA, made blog shoots into memories, branched out with other bloggers, found more FitFriends (aka real lol),and even tried new workout classes. Overall, I wanted to come back to Texas feeling excited, zero regrets, and in a way complete. Mission accomplished. 

This is a new chapter in my life - personally and professionally. I'm excited, hopeful, and to be honest a little nervous. As with all happy endings come bright new beginnings and it's never a goodbye but a see you later. New York City will always have a special place in my heart.  To alll the wonderful people I have met here...gosh I could go on and on. Moving towards a fresh start and I am looking forward to sharing my life and fashion/finds with you in Houston, Texas. Don't worry, I still have plenty of back up city snaps/style to share with you until I'm all settled in.
So Heres to - 
Saying Yes, My second home away from home, All the mems (wine nights on my little apt floor), The FitFam, Backstage, Foodie finds + ChefVic mini kitchen,The Hitlist, #WakeupCall #OOTD, Madison Ave and Murray Hill Hood, The people, This city, The love <3 

Thank you family, Chayson, and friends for sticking out the past 4 years with me this was seriously a group effort. Go team. 

Cheers! I'm coming home y'all. 
***HUGE Thank you to friend and Photographer Griffin Ungar - I'll miss shooting with you. Sorry for the million pics here but HOW could I choose only a select few?! These shots are so special to me. You have such an eye and amazing talent. Thanks again!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Stripes+Fab Finds

Hi Friends! Hope everyone is doing well - Things have been just a tad crazy these days (scroll to the end for life updates), but I'm determined to keep the style snaps coming! I wanted to share with you all a few recent finds. Trending Spring 17 as we know it are stripes! I'm loving this classic pattern and they never seem to go out of style. Linen/Poplin blends are ALL over and I have been obsessing over this Old Navy striped jumpsuit for the past couple of weeks. This was one of my Memorial Day weekend finds/day date outfits (see here). My previous boss and I share a madddd love for Old Navy (ugh why did it have to be so close to work) and we couldn't resist the occasional pop in on our way back from meetings. Everything is always right on trend and right on price - Luckily I didn't go completely nuts in there this time and ended up with this jumpsuit. Unfortunately online only XS is available (runs big) but there are two other cute prints online. Check stores too for any left in stock. Ah I've had so many compliments on it and it's been a great buy since it's on it's 4th wear lol.

Jumpsuits and dresses are instant easy summer outfits and for me I like adding different accessories and shoes after each wear. Who says each look has to be the same? I chose my comfy Forever21 fringe sandals (similar here) and white Mansur Gavriel bag for a casual day look. My bag was also another fab find treasure! I have had this style on my list but could not bring myself to the $500+ price point. I was able to find this large bucket bag at my FAVORITE resale shop in Chelsea for well under it's full price ticket. :) Leaving me a happy camper!
Accessories - @shopcrackerbarrel 
G&G Life Update : So this past weekend I visited Houston and found my apartment (yay SO excited, upgrade from the studio life) and got the car/drivers license thing situated. So driving seems like riding a bike? lol It's been a few years but we managed to get from point A to B just fine (right mom?). I also found some REALLY great home decor finds at Hobby Lobby and surprisingly Walmart. These images here, here, and here have been my inspiration. OH MAN I forgot how great Hobby Lobby is - I spent just under $160 and got a chair, and giant palm tree, and a marble side table. I felt so accomplished lol sales and bargain hunting at it's finest! For the most part I am able to keep pretty much all of my current apartment decor/furniture with the move and made a few updates with my recent finds.

My trip back to the city was absolutely miserable yesterday. I woke up at 4am only to board a plane at 8am with a 101 fever, aches, and a massive sore throat. NOT the way to planned to roll out...after I was SO sure my ears and head were going to explode in the air I went straight to the doctor once we landed. Pretty loaded up on meds/rest for the next few days right now. Hey, 4 years of not being sick, it was a good run lol. Resting up before the packing party this weekend and final farewells.

Hope y'all are having a great week so far! Happy Hump dayyyyy.



Sunday, June 4, 2017

June Happenings + Perfectly Pearl

Hi Friends! Ah sorry for the G&G post delays - I've been trying to balance it out and to be completely honest life has been a little crazy at the moment. I recently found out I'm making the move from NYC to Houston at the end of the month. At first I was completely shocked (all the mixed feelings) and this is definitely one of those unexpected life moments - but I guess at this point I can say that unplanned adventures seem to enjoy finding me lol (I mean that is how I ended up in NYC to begin with). I'm really excited for this new chapter in my life and being much closer to loved ones and friends in my home state.  I'll continue my work in retail and also bring back all the wonderful memories of my second home here in the city. As for my NYC family here, I'll save my sappy I LOVE NEW YORK comments for another post. Don't worry details to come and it's all in the works, sneak peek of a special photo shoot here :)

Ok sooo with the month of June in progress (ah how are we in June already?) I wanted to share a little accessory inspiration.  Feeling that inner Blair Waldorf,  I did a style collaboration with my friends at Perfectly Pearl. I wanted to highlight this month's birthstone - the pearl. These chunky pearl layers were so much fun to style and play with. The different pastel hues really pop with this classic navy number. My look is on the dressier side but sometimes dressing up a little is a great mood boost when you're feeling a little slumpy or need feel like YAS time to get things done! I found this cute cold shoulder dress at Macy's last month. The trending ruffled sleeves fall and move beautifully and I got a great deal on it too under $50 (juniors dept). Thinking I'll save this outfit for a new first week at work outfit or date night - AH because now I can have actual normal weekly date nights (haiii Chayson).

Any June birthday girls out there? Perfectly Pearl has you covered in gifting. As mentioned before, the pricing is such a great value and I love all the different pieces (both classic and your not so basic styles). There's a pearl for every girl - Check out my previous post HERE.
Hope everyone had a great weekend! Governors Ball Music festival was on my to do list this past Friday and Saturday. My friend Angela and I have made it a summer tradition and this year was another one for the books haha. The music was great (love you Lorde) butttt we also always seem to have a lot of fun in the foodie/sips scene. I was able to finally check Do Cookie Dough, Mr. Dips, Robertas Pizza, and Momofuku Cookies off the farewell hit list. YEP hitting the gym/ChefV kitchen pretty hard these next few days. Today is a busy day of festival recovery, putting apartment furniture on the market, and planning out my week. I'll be headed to Houston this weekend to look for apartments and I'm really excited to find my new home (stay tuned on InstaSnaps/Snapchat). I think it'll start to feel a little more official once I have this covered. Making the absolute most of these next few weeks that is for sure! Any fun NYC favorite to dos? Send them my way!

Photo Cred - Griffin Ungar Photography
Shop Perfectly Pearl here! Similar styles to get this look pinned below. 

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