My job has been insanely crazy lately. Unfortunately my late nights and extra workload has left me neglecting this little blog... I'm hoping things will calm down soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share some recent snaps and happenings.

Not the best quality photo, but one of my closest friends from college had a surprise engagement party over the weekend. She and her fiancé were so surprised to go to what they thought was a family picnic and see so many of their friends there to congratulate them! We ended up matching, which was so funny and pretty typical for two girls who would constantly share clothes in college. The dress I'm wearing has been in heavy rotation this month and it's absurdly inexpensive

I wasn't sure about these shoes at first, as they're a little out of my comfort zone. I have to say they've been one of my most favorite purchases. They really help to elevate an otherwise plain outfit.

Sunday brunch at Wallflower in the West Village was amazing. This blueberry morning bun was out of this world.

Snap from wandering around after brunch. These shoes are an investment, but they're absolutely worth it in my book.

Gray and white

Changing over my closet from sundresses to sweaters is always hard. These fun new additions make it a little easier.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Baking is one of my favorite things, and in the fall I absolutely love baking with pumpkin. Here's a delicious and festive pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe for you. These cookies are so soft, moist and a little bit chewy. The nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices are the perfect compliment to the pumpkin and chocolate chips. This is a good one, and so easy. I'm excited to share more of my favorite recipes with you, so stay tuned! 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 stick unsalted butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons pumpkin puree 
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

- Melt butter and in a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until no lumps remain. Whisk in the vanilla and pumpkin until smooth. Set aside.

- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together. The dough will be very soft.  Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Cover the dough and chill for 30 minutes.

- Take the dough out of the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Roll the dough into balls, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough each. Flatten the dough balls because the cookies will only slightly spread in the oven. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will look very soft, but trust me they're done! Remove from the oven and press a few more chocolate chips onto the tops  If you find that your cookies didn't spread much at all, flatten them out when you take them out of the oven.

- Let cool and enjoy!

Wanderlust Wednesday // Red Hook, Brooklyn

Last weekend a few friends and I hopped on the Ikea ferry (it's free on weekends) and made our way from lower Manhattan to Red Hook, Brooklyn. I've been a few times before and think the neighborhood is a hidden gem, so I was excited to show my friends around.

Red Hook used to be one of the country's biggest shipping centers, and it has a bit of an industrial mixed with nautical vibe. The neighborhood is set on New York Bay and has so many great things to do, not to mention gorgeous views of the water and the Statue of Liberty. I listed some of my must-sees below, but there's a lot more to explore there, too!

Must-Dos in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crab is a huge 3-story restaurant right where the ferry lets off. The restaurant has tons of group-friendly picnic tables throughout (try to grab one on the 2nd level deck to enjoy gorgeous views of the water). The menu is full of seafood and there are lots of games to entertain your group while you wait for a table. There's corn hole out front, mini golf in the backyard, and a bunch of big bars to grab a drink. It's definitely a 'scene' but a fun, laid back one. You'll feel like you left NYC and arrived in a summer beach town.

Who knew the best key lime pie is in Brooklyn?! Steve's Authentic makes seriously good pie and it's a such a charming little spot. While I love their original plain key lime pie, they also offer frozen pies on a stick dipped in chocolate and white chocolate with raspberries...heavenly!
Red Hook Winery is set on a stunning industrial pier with gorgeous water views. The winery uses all grapes from various New York State vineyards. They offer tastings and tours of the facilities, and the staff is great. Our server was so patient with us and let us taste many different types of wine. It's a really fun experience!

Versatile Fall Skirt

I've mentioned before that burgundy is one of my favorite colors for fall, so it's no surprise I love this skirt. The length is perfect for the office as the temperature starts to drop, but the perforated detailing takes it up a notch fashion-wise. I'm pairing in now with a white silk tank and will style it with an oxford when it gets chillier.  Something else that drew me to this skirt was its versatility. It works for the office, but would also be great for a night out (paired with a navy silk cami and a statement necklace) or for holiday time. J. Crew's new arrivals are so on point this season, and adding this piece to my autumn wardrobe was a no brainer!

skirt // top (similar) // jacket // shoes (similar)

Weekend // Link Roundup

Happy Hour Friday // My Four Essential NYC Bars

There's no shortage of great bars in this city. I could pick a favorite place to grab a drink in every neighborhood in Manhattan, and a favorite in each borough, but I wanted to put a list together of what I consider to be my essential Manhattan bars. This is a very short list of places I love and would highly recommend to someone visiting New York. It is by no means a full list of the greatest bars in the city. Without further ado...

The Rainbow Room
On the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza is The Rainbow Room, an iconic fine dining restaurant. The Rainbow Room opened in 1934 and was the first restaurant in a high-rise building. It closed in 2009 and reopened last year after a full renovation. The result is a gorgeous, sleek, modern restaurant that still hints at its past (some areas of the space remain largely unchanged, protected by the Landmarks Preservation Commission). As part of The Rainbow Room's reopening, a cocktail lounge adjacent to the restaurant called SixtyFive was created. It's a stunning bar to grab a drink and take in breathtaking views of the city.

The Happiest Hour
A great West Village spot, The Happiest Hour is such a fun change from your typical neighborhood cocktail bar. It has a bit of a tiki bar vibe, with palm tree wallpaper and decor that nods to 1950's Florida. The cocktails are killer, the scene is unpretentious, and they have a great menu (my meat-eating friends swear by the burger).

Raine's Law Room
The original Raine's Law Room in Flatiron (there is now one on 39th street too) is such a special place. The bar is a speakeasy with an unmarked door. Ring the doorbell and a doorman appears to take your name and party size. The space is dim and romantic, with 1920's decor. Each table comes equipped with a buzzer that you can ring when you need service. It's such a cool little spot and makes for the perfect date night.

McSorley's is one of the oldest bars in the city; the sign outside says it opened in 1854. It's known as the oldest Irish tavern in NYC and is cash-only, beer-only (only two types, light and dark) and jam packed with awesome memorabilia from its over a century in business. Sawdust covers the floors, when you order a beer you get two 8oz glasses of suds, and women weren't allowed in until 1970. It's a quirky place filled with great New York history (read more about that here).

Check out some of my other favorite bars here and here.

*images via one two three four

Wanderlust Wednesday // Long Weekend in Miami

I went on a last minute trip to Miami with my mom over Labor Day weekend. It was such a nice break! I love Miami so much... the culture, food, beaches and weather are amazing. I've been to the city many times before and have toured the gorgeous Art Deco architecture, visited the various neighborhoods and dined in some great local restaurants. Since I've seen a lot of the area already, on this trip I really just wanted to hang out on the beach! It was such a relaxing trip and it came at the perfect time, right before work starts to get busy. I'm sharing some of my favorite snaps from the trip below, along with some recommendations of fun stuff we did (when we weren't being beach bums).

This dress is my favorite purchase from the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. Seersucker is always great in my book, and the bow cut-outs at the top are so fun!
Street art in the Wynwood neighborhood. Wynwood is a really cool up-and-coming area filled with galleries and restaurants. Very different than South Beach, and a great stop on the trip!
View of our hotel, The Fontainebleau, from our balcony. The Fontainebleau is gorgeous and the staff is A+, we just weren't aware of what a party scene it has! The crowd definitely calmed down once the weekend was over, but something to keep in mind if you're looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay this may not be the best.
We went to The Keys one day to snorkel at Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
How adorable is this restaurant, Morada Bay, in Islamorada? We stopped there for dinner after snorkeling 
Gorgeous sunset in The Keys, at Morada Bay

Take me  back!

Navy and Burgundy

Navy and burgundy are two of my favorite colors year round, but they're even more perfect in the fall. I've been eyeing a lot of great pieces in these colors and wanted to share them with you here. The all navy dress pictured below would look amazing with a very on-trend tassel necklace in burgundy, like this one. What are your favorite colors for fall?

one (under $100!)   //   two   //   three
four   //   five   //   six ($18!)

Faux Leather Love

I've seen so many faux leather items that I love for fall. I think that faux leather can be tricky to do right, but these pieces make it so easy! This perforated fit and flare is such a fun twist on a classic shape, a pleated mini that will take you through fall, this shift dress is great for a more casual office environment, and an edgy motorcycle jacket.  

I spotted this top with faux leather trim at Bloomingdales and had to pick it up. Since the top has just a touch of faux leather it would be perfect for someone who wanted a taste of the trend. The top has an artful marble-print and faux leather piping around the neck, along the hem and under the arms. I love it tucked into a faux leather mini, or it would be gorgeous with skinny dark jeans for a night out  with friends (it has a high-low hem!).
Top // Skirt (similar) // Necklace // Shoes (similar) // Clutch

Weekend // Link Roundup


It may be September, but we're having gorgeously warm weather in NYC! I'll be hitting the beach one last time on Saturday before attending a wedding in New Jersey. Hope you have a great one!

1. It's Fashion Week in New York! Keep up with the shows here 

2. This recipe looks insane (but with homemade cookie dough)

Happy Hour Friday // Gallow Green

As a Manhattan resident, I love any opportunity to escape the pavement and skyscrapers. Even better when the escape includes inventive cocktails, beautiful flowers, and is as easy to get to as a rooftop in Chelsea.

One of my favorite spots to imbibe in Manhattan is Gallow Green. It’s a gorgeous bar on top of the fictional McKittrick Hotel, which houses the amazing immersive show Sleep No More (If you have a chance to see it, GO!). Gallow Green is set in a dreamy space, filled overgrown plants and flowers, twinkling lights, and weathered wood tables. The center walkway is an antique railcar. The scene looks like a magical old fashioned garden party, and I absolutely love the vibe. The cocktail menu is full of fun, unique drinks with names that nod to the show going on downstairs.

The bar is very romantic and would be great for a date spot. I’ve been a few times this summer and recently stopped by for happy hour with some friends from college. I ordered the Sleep No More cocktail and was delighted by its presentation in a small little bottle with a striped paper straw (word of warning, the cocktails are strong!). We ordered some plates to share and the burrata was a crowd favorite. 

Where: Rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel524 W 27th Street
When: An early fall date night with someone special
Order: Burrata to share and a specialty cocktail

*First image via

Kale Salads

I've got a slight obsession with kale salads going on. I think it's something about the tougher texture of kale leaves and how perfectly it pairs with parm (my fav, can you tell?) . I've tried my fair share of them throughout the city, and I think the version at Barbuto takes the cake. The salad is reminiscent of a Caesar, with tangy (but not too overpowering) anchovy dressing and lots of pecorino. [side note: those potatoes pictured below from my meal at Barbuto were also out of this world!]

Barbuto is located at 775 Washington Street in Manhattan's West Village. The restaurant is known for its roast chicken dish (also pictured above) but if you go, trust me and try the kale salad too!

At home I mostly cook kale, but I want to try to make some salads myself. Here are three recipes I'm bookmarking:

Tuscan Kale Salad

Kale Salad with Dates, Parm and Almonds

Kale, Strawberries and Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Images via one two three