Rent The Runway - Black Tie Wedding

I had a black tie wedding to attend over the weekend and decided to use Rent The Runway. I love that a service like RTR exists for this kind of event. I’m getting invited to more and more weddings and it’s fun to wear something new to each one, but I don’t necessarily want to buy anything new. Especially for a black tie event where it doesn’t really make sense for me to purchase a gown.

Another thing I love about RTR is the amazing customer service. I actually ordered another dress for this wedding and when I received it and tried it on (at midnight the night before the wedding…) I really didn’t like it. I had ordered a long gown, which I normally don’t love on myself anyway, and it didn’t look great. I ran to the RTR store (there are a few outposts) when it opened the next morning and an amazing sales associate helped me with a seamless return and picked out a couple new options for me.

I had always thought you should wear a long gown to a black tie event, but the sales associate showed me this option. I absolutely loved it. I wouldn’t wear just any shorter dress to a black tie event, but this dress, with its formal sequined illusion bodice, high-low skirt, and elegant fabric, was a perfect alternative to a gown. The cut is incredibly flattering, it has a fun low back, and even has pockets!

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1. I don't want to discuss my political beliefs on this blog, but I do want to share this article that one of my favorite journalists, Nicholas Kristof, wrote in light of the horrible shooting in Virginia. 

2. Say goodbye to August the right way, with rosé wine slushies 

3. I'm pretty much in love with all of J.Crew's new fall arrivals. My favs: these and this

4. Speaking of the brand, is the old J.Crew coming back?

6. I love the concept of 'naked cakes,' they look so simple and chic. Here are nine recipes for them.

Wanderlust Wednesday // Bucket List Hotels

I absolutely love traveling and always have the urge to plan a trip. Nothing adds to my wanderlust, and helps with travel inspiration, more than researching amazing hotels around the world. Here's a roundup of some incredible hotels on my bucket list.

Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya
Aescher Cliff Hotel in Schwende District, Switzerland 
Four Seasons, Bora Bora 

Images via: one two three four five six seven

Tacos & Ices in Corona, Queens

Over the weekend I ventured to The Rockaways for a stand up paddleboard lesson (see another post on what to do in The Rockaways here). It was my first time SUPing and I'm proud to say I didn't fall in once! I even got to do some yoga on the board which was a lot of fun. Dying to try a full SUP yoga class. I took the lesson through A Team Paddleboarding and highly recommend them! The instructors are very relaxed and easygoing.
After the lesson, we headed to Corona, Queens to check out Tortilleria Nixtamal, a Mexican restaurant made famous by its masa (used to make tortillas). Tortilleria Nixtamal makes the tortillas served at many well known NYC Mexican spots, including Dos Toros and Empellon. The restaurant definitely lived up to the hype (it was featured on The Food Network). The tacos were deliciously made with fresh, simple ingredients, and of course the tortillas were amazing. It is a hike to get there but worth it if you're a fan of authentic Mexican cuisine. 
A quick pit stop at The Lemon Ice King of Corona ended our day. There's nothing better than fresh lemon ice on a hot day, and The Lemon Ice King makes the best I've ever had. The ices are all incredibly fresh and you'll find pieces of real fruit in them (and some seeds in the lemon flavor!). The lemon ice is the perfect combination of sweet and tart and it has an unique creamy consistency. It makes for the perfect summer treat... and the shop is open all year so you can satisfy your ice craving off-season too. Across from the shop is an adorable little park with a bocce ball court where you can sit and watch the locals play as you finish your ice. 

Black and White Ruffles

Happy Monday everyone! I have a few formal events coming up and have been keeping my eye out for something new to wear to them. I saw this dress and love the unique details that elevate it from a classic shift to something special. The ruffles along the side are darling, and the white cuffs are something new for me, but I really like the look! The cuffs are also removable, which is a nice touch. I paired the dress with simple black strappy heels, my favorite bright bag, a fun statement necklace and a pop of pink lipstick. Such an easy, classic look!

Dress // Shoe // Bag (similar & on sale!)  // Necklace (similar) // Lipstick in Michiyo 

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Happy Hour Friday // Seamore's

I recently checked out Seamore's, the new seafood restaurant in Little Italy opened by one of the owners of The Meatball Shop. I'm a huge Meatball Shop fan and Seamore's did not disappoint. If you live in the area you have to go asap! The food was so fresh and the space was gorgeous. The dining area has a strong nautical vibe, with lots of natural light streaming in the airy, open room. Wood detailing and sea foam green coloring adds to the seaside feel. A large board covers a wall in the dining room with sketches of the various fish they serve, and the fish that's offered that day is marked.

I went with a friend after work and we arrived around 6:30, right before a huge rush came. It's such a popular spot and they don't take reservations, so if you go make sure it's on the early side to avoid a long wait. We split a couple appetizers (order the poke!) and I had the seared fish tacos which were ah-maz-ing. The cocktail menu was really fun too, and they offer fresh juices that you can add liquor to. It's such a pretty spot with super fresh food, perfect for an afterwork dinner with friends.
Poke and shishito peppers... have you ever had them? They're my fav!

After dinner we stopped at Amorino for gelato. I was delighted that their cones were not only amazing, but that the presentation was so pretty!

Where: Seamore's, 390 Broome St
When: Week night dinner and drinks with friends 
What: Don't miss out on the poke and fish tacos. If you're in the mood, order one of the nautical themed cocktails 

Summer to Fall Transition Pieces

I want to start out by saying that I'm definitely not ready for summer to end. I can't believe it's almost September; this summer flew by way faster than usual. Living in New York, I relish the summer, because I know what's around the corner (snow. ugh). I also really don't like rushing the seasons, it's a huge pet peeve of mine. I almost gasped when I saw Christmas decorations being put out in a drug store today! I think it's important to live in the moment and I try to do that as much as possible. Time goes by way too quickly as it is, so why rush things? That being said, I do love fall, and I know it's coming. To ease the pain of summer ending, I've been scoping out some transition pieces that I can enjoy now and still wear a couple months down the line.

Even though I've always lived in a "four season" state,  I find transitional dressing to be tricky. Come mid-September it doesn't feel appropriate to wear the same lightweight, brightly printed clothing I wore in August, but fall staples like cashmere and boots are still too heavy. I compiled some items below that would be great to wear now, and in early November.

faux leather skirt (in love!) // scarf // polish // mules // plaid dress // field jacket (love it in burgundy) // shirt dress (unique twist on the classic style)

Wanderlust Wednesday // Cape Cod & Nantucket

I’m definitely not an expert on the area, but I wanted to share a couple highlights from my getaway
to Cape Cod and Nantucket. We did a lot of planning to make sure we could pack a lot into the long weekend and I’d say we were pretty successful! Below are some of the best things we did on our trip.

Strolling ‘Sconset

We took the high speed ferry to Nantucket and immediately headed to the quiet area of ‘Sconset, on the eastern end of the island. We spent time on the gorgeous beach and loved watching the seals swim by. After getting some sun, we headed to the ‘Sconset bluff walk, something I had read so many rave reviews of. The walk takes you through backyards of homes and along a cliff overlooking the ocean. It offered breathtaking views of the water and it was really cool to get so close to the gorgeous homes and gardens. After our walk we headed to The Summer House for lobster rolls, which are not to be missed!

Dinner in Provincetown
Located on the tip of Cape Cod, P-town is a colorful, lively area known as a vacation destination for the LGBTQ community. There are tons of little art galleries, boutiques, bustling restaurants and fun bars lining the town’s main thoroughfare, Commercial St. I wore this neon shift dress paired with a navy and white embellished clutch for a night out in P-town. We spent the evening wandering around, popping into shops and admiring artwork in galleries. We grabbed dinner and cocktails at The Patio, an adorable restaurant with a huge outdoor area, perfect for people watching.

Sunset at Galley Beach
It is no secret that Galley Beach is the best place to catch the sunset on Nantucket. After shopping around the town center we headed to the beach bar at Galley Beach to settle in, grab some cocktails and wait for the ‘show.’ The setting of Galley Beach is stunning. It’s a gorgeous restaurant with tables and lounge areas in the sand, so close to the water’s edge. Watching the sun go down from this spot made it the perfect ending to a great day! 

From Beach to Cocktails in Calypso

I spent last weekend on Cape Cod and Nantucket with two of my closest friends from high school. It was an amazing trip! Nantucket was a first for all of us, and we absolutely loved the island. When packing for this trip, I knew we would spend a lot of time at the beach and I didn't want to be very high-maintenance with my appearance. Enter this dress. I picked it up during a weekend trip to Montauk at the Calypso boutique and I absolutely love it! 

Calypso is one of my favorite stores. Their clothing is always so unique and each piece seems special. This dress has been the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. It's very lightweight and sheer, but it has beautiful embroidery detailing that dresses it up. That combination made it the perfect option to throw over a bikini and take me from the beach in 'Sconset to seaside cocktails at The Summer House. I felt cool, comfortable and put together in this dress throughout our range of activities.

Beach in 'Sconset
Friends at The Summer House

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Wanderlust Wednesday // Cape Cod Planning

I'm so excited to be heading to Cape Cod this weekend with two of my best friends from high school. We all live in different cities, so I always look forward to our times together. Although I've been to Cape Cod before, I don't really know the area well, but that's not a problem! I absolutely love researching a new destination and making a list of must-see spots, restaurants to eat at, and fun neighborhoods to walk around. 

We're staying in Yarmouth and planning to take the ferry to Nantucket on one of the days. Along with lots of beach time, and catching up over rosé, I've started compiling a bunch of places that would be fun to check out on our trip. I'm excited to see what we check off this weekend, and what new places we discover. If you have any recommendations please send them my way!

Arnold's Lobster & Clam Shack - I'm sure it's a very hotly contested issue on The Cape, but I've been reading that Arnold's in Eastham has the best warm lobster roll in the area.

Whale Watching in Provincetown- Massachusetts is one of the top 10 whale watching spots in the world, and the animals played a major part in the area's economy in the 1800's. It would be fun to hop on a boat and take a spin looking for whales!
Dining area at Galley Beach

Galley Beach - I hope we're able to fit in sunset cocktails at Galley Beach on Nantucket. It looks absolutely gorgeous!

The Juice Bar - Looking forward to lots of ice cream cones, especially one from this well-known spot on Nantucket.

Explore Provincetown- I vaguely remember visiting Ptown on a past trip to Cape Cod, and would love to go back. It's located on the tip of The Cape, and is a very colorful, lively area with a main street full of art galleries, cute shops, and fun restaurants. 

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Cider and Stripes

This weekend I went upstate to the gorgeous Hudson Valley region of New York.  The Hudson Valley runs from Albany to Westchester County and encompasses the valley of the Hudson River and its neighboring towns. The area is made up of rolling hills, sprawling farms, and quaint towns. New York is a major state in apple production, and now many Hudson Valley farms are starting to make hard apple cider. I headed to the adorable town of Warwick to check out a craft cidery, Doc's Draft Hard Cider. 

Doc's is located at the Warwick Valley Winery. They have a great tasting room where you can sample different types of their cider and wine. Doc's cider was delicious and they had fun seasonal flavors, like raspberry cider, on tap. I love getting out of the city and exploring other parts of New York State, and Hudson Valley is a fun, easy day trip. I'm looking forward to checking out more Hudson Valley towns, and seeing the colorful leaves dot the rolling hills, in the fall! 

The dress I'm wearing is from Anthropologie and I've head my eye on it for a while. It's very lightweight, and was perfect for a day spent outside in the country. 

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