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The majority of my Memorial Day weekend in New York was spent avoiding the rain and gloomy, chilled air. It appears that my packing list was a little too optimistic. Luckily, I have a few favorite spots to duck out of the bad weather into.

Long Island Superbowls – Huntington, NY

What appears to be a new chain spreading across Long Island has made its way to my hometown. My sister and I each got one to eat at our local beach – see photo above. I had to wonder how good they could really be compared to all of the other establishments that serve açai bowls, and the answer is: very, very good.

Southdown Coffee – Huntington, NY

A local café that prides itself in its well-sourced ingredients, both for their coffee and menu. I usually get the cortado, above.

Café Cluny – Manhattan, NY

A staple every time I’m in the West Village. I had the stripe-clad waiters serve me coffee after coffee to combat the gloominess of the lingering dregs of spring drizzle.

The High Line – Manhattan, New York

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The last time I walked The High Line was before the area around Hudson Yards was developed. I love exploring further and further as the path gets longer and lusher over the years. Plus it drops off right in my favorite neighborhood(s), Meatpacking/Chelsea, with my favorite stores and restaurants.

My parents’ peony garden & rosé bar

These are personal locations but I’m sure they can be somewhat replicated. 🙂 No place like home, indeed!

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packing list: memorial day weekend on long island

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Here’s a quick list of everything I packed in my carry on for 6 days on Long Island, NY for the holiday weekend:

  • White jeans
  • Boyfriend jeans
  • Denim cutoffs
  • Floral skirt
  • White tee
  • Grey tee
  • Striped tee
  • Chambray lace-up blouse
  • White lace blouse
  • Striped off-the-shoulder top
  • Striped coverup
  • Banana leaf print bikini
  • Espadrilles
  • Lace up sandals
  • T-strap heels
  • White crossbody bag
  • Gucci clutch
  • Hermès scarf

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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some thoughts on: change

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Whether it be self-induced or brought upon you by an external factor, change is inevitable. It’s just how the universe works. But how you handle it can make all the difference in how it effects you.

Change often feels like a journey to an unknown destination. We often tell ourselves that we will be more at ease once we reach that destination, but it does not serve to think this way. Everything is in a constant state of changing, so if we wait for it to subside, we’ll be waiting the rest of our lives. Be present and accept change as a state of being rather than a journey.

Mindfulness and being present might prove difficult when normalcy is upended in your life and routine. But that’s when we truly need it most. Welcoming change and seeing the opportunity for growth in it will prove most beneficial for you in the long run, or even in the not-so-long run. Keeping our mindfulness consistent is like training a muscle to handle more weight or resistance. It might feel tough but it will only make you (and in this case, your mind) stronger. Things will unfold the way they need to. Just know that wherever you are right now is exactly where you need to be.

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girl on the go

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Top: French Connection (old, similar here and here for under $20). Shorts: Vila Global (old, similar here for under $70). Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Sneakers: Stan Smiths by Adidas. Bag: Loeffler Randall (I also like this one).
IMG_5537.JPGTop: Scotch & Soda. Jeans: Madewell. Sandals: Steve Madden. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban.

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Today I’m running errands around town so I threw on some of my favorite separates (always going back to that blue and white palette). A favorite old striped tank, denim shorts, and comfy sneakers. The look is elevated with an oversized watch and ladylike bag. I haven’t washed my hair in a few days and I’m wearing no makeup, so that explains the big sunglasses and bun.

On Sunday I partook in the famed weekly ‘Sunday Funday’ celebrations seen at every bar in Nashville. They’ve been getting better every week as the weather gets warmer. I wore the top featured in my last blog post again, white jeans, and lace-up sandals that are deceivingly comfortable to Kung Fu Saloon. Those Steve Madden sandals look like Chloé ones but are only $80!

Minutes after the above photo was taken, I lost at Jenga and knocked over a full beer into my lap, presumably looking like I peed my pants. Still did not deter from enjoying some beautiful patios and rooftops on Division St. and Broadway!

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first professional shoot in germantown

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Top: Scotch & Soda (from MODA Boutique). Jeans: FRAME. Boots: Zara (old). Bag: Gucci (vintage). Watch: The Horse.

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet Hannah of Hannah Meredith Photography via my Instagram. Her photos beautifully capture the movement and stillness in a scene, so when she reached out to work with me I was thrilled.

My thrill came to a screeching halt when I realized I had to be behind a camera. Sure, I post photos of myself all the time on my Instagram, but somehow it feels safer when you’re hiding behind your iPhone, and much more daunting when someone has their DSLR aimed at you.

Luckily Hannah is not only talented, but a great pleasure to work with (I know my serious expression might indicate otherwise, but believe me). We had a great time running around Germantown and discovering fun places to shoot. I’m looking forward to working with her in the future.

You can view her site here: https://hannahmeredithphotography.com/.

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bikini shopping on the cheap

I got 4 new bikinis for the summer for $60. How? From online retailer Cupshe.

Cupshe carries a diverse collection of bikinis and one-pieces spanning a variety of trends. Each set is priced at around $20 or less, and they’re always hosting a sale. 2 of my 5 bikinis have the palm leaf print that might be a bit of a tired trend at this point, but I still love. (One also features the shade of the decade, ‘millennial pink.’) They also feature trends like high-waisted bottoms, scalloped silhouettes, off-the-shoulder, tie-dye patterns, sultry one-pieces, and much more. The site also sells beach accessories – I got one of those trendy round patterned towels (see my photo above with the yellow bikini) – and some apparel, intimates, and other accessories. Swimwear is really their forte though.

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The one thing to note when shopping at Cupshe is that they do not sell tops and bottoms separately. So, if you usually wear a different sized top and bottom, you might have to buy two full suits. This is not such a daunting prospect because the prices are so low, and can easily be rectified if you find a friend who is of opposite sizing from you.

Additionally, orders ship from overseas, so order way in advance of when you’d like to receive the merchandise. If you need a new suit for this upcoming weekend, I don’t recommend ordering now.

What are some of your favorite online retailers? Let me know in the comments.

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tennessee heat

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Dress: Privacy Please by Revolve. Boots: Dolce Vita. Bag: Vintage Gucci. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban.

Today’s dress certainly coordinates with heat map coverage of the area. Lately Nashville has been seeing days in the high 70s, 80s, and even hitting 90.

A floral dress paired with booties (rather than cowboy boots) is a modern take on the southern girl style. A skirt keeps one cool in this weather but the outfit is still put together. You could even call this the “basic” southern girl look. I don’t mind. I’ll be basic if it means staying cool.

The food shot is from my favorite new café, Dozen Bakery in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Their tartines and baked goods are mouth-watering. Also – look at that shaved brussels sprouts salad!

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summer 2017 trend report: americana

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From left: Spring/Summer 2017 looks from Tommy Hilfiger, Rag & Bone, Rebecca Minkoff.

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Myself enjoying the American pastime over the weekend.

I am obsessed with the patriotic vibes seen in Spring/Summer collections from designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Rebecca Minkoff, and Rag & Bone. Yes, many interpreted it a strong message of optimistic unity in tumultuous political times, but I just love the looks! I find the easy style so perfect for summer, made especially stylish with the influence of 70s era touches.

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a transcendent dress

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The best pieces of clothing transcend age, trends, and ownership. This is the case with this old Madewell dress. I got it from my younger sister when she was cleaning out her closet. My favorite way to wear it is casually, with sneakers and a light jacket, the layering of which is key for spring weather. This time, I dressed it up with some new Steve Madden block heel sandals from my Spring Summer Capsule and a denim jacket, also from Madewell.

Madewell tends to have a lot of easy cotton dresses that are perfect on their own or layered. I love some of the options below:

stripe, denim, embroidered chambray

And add-ons to dress it up or down:

Steve Madden (same as mine), Vans, Soludos
denim, armyleather – all Madewell

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spring/summer 2017 capsule

Today I just wanted to share an itemized list of the things I purchased for spring & summer 2017. When I shop, I plan out what exactly I want to get and keep within the same color scheme that I tend to wear – blue, grey, white, and black (for summer, I mostly stuck to lighter blue and white). Curating this twice-per-year capsule ensures more wearability of the things I choose to get.

  1. Plain t-shirts in white and grey from local retailer Emerson Grace.
  2. Summery blouses: an on-trend off-the-shoulder and a more classic white eyelet. I also picked up a gorgeous allover lace blouse from local store Amelia Styles, which I talked about in my last blog post.
  3. A lace-up chambray shirt from local store Moda.
  4. Neutral Soludos espadrilles with a cheeky print.
  5. New boyfriend jeans.
  6. White denim shorts.
  7. A dramatic black bikini.
  8. Low-heeled sandals that can be dressed up or down – in grey and nude.
  9. A small white purse.

What are you most excited to purchase or wear for the upcoming warm weather seasons? Let me know in the comments below.

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