NEON BRIGHTS // IN THE CLEAR

neon brightsneon brightsneon brightsPink Skirt: ASOS. Green Skirt: ASOS. Bag: Studio 33. Polka Dot Sunglasses: Karen Walker. Clear Heels: ASOS. Cable Sweater: ASOS (also love this neon pink one).

I’ve always loved a fun clear bag (as you have seen here, here and here) so I am excited to see lots of translucent goods hitting the market for resort. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite clear bags and neon brights below, including the pink bag ($98) and green sandals (only $56!) that I am wearing in the above shots!

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ATLANTIC-PACIFIC NYC GUIDE // EAT, SEE & DO

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MY TOP FIVE FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT

From on-the-go, to classic, to cozy, five NYC restaurant staples to consider…

isodi // Hands down my favorite place to eat in NYC. An intimate Italian spot in the West Village where the food and cocktails never disappoint. Just beware, if you don’t have a reservation, expect a long wait, and the space is not ideal for large groups!

Dante // A registered New York City landmark that gives off a Parisian feeling, Dante is a Greenwich Village staple. The space was beautifully restored in 2017 and is a true love letter to the original – an unpretentious meeting house for the local community. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and features a world class bar program. In the morning I like the baby spinach bowl and a latte and in the evening I usually go for one of the handmade pasta dishes and a negroni (on tap!).

Grand Central Oyster Bar // So central (get it?) and one of the best little secrets in NYC. This spot, located in the basement of Grand Central is over 100 years old and oozes nostalgia and charm. I like to sit in the back bar, which is a bit more intimate, and eat fresh oysters with a glass of champagne!

Joe’s Pizza // Okay, okay we are all going to argue about where to find the best pizza in NYC. While I also love John’s of Bleeker, Roberta’s, Julianna’s, and Spunto (for thin crust lovers)…Joe’s has my heart. Not exactly a place you would want to dine in, but grab a slice and head across Carmine Street to sit in the park and enjoy.

ABC everything // The family of ABC restaurants are favorites of mine. ABC Kitchen, the original Jean-Gorges restaurant is still one of my preferred spots to take out of town guests. The crab toast is incredible and the fried organic chicken is delicious. ABC Cocina is directly across the street and a bit more casual and perfect for larger groups. The guacamole and tacos are always a hit – same with the warm rice dishes. Lastly, ABC V is the newest of the three restaurants, and entirely vegetarian. I prefer this spot for breakfast and love the fresh shakes and chia bowls.


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MY TOP FIVE FAVORITE COFFEE SPOTS

I love a good coffee break (and pastry treat). Here are a few of my faves…

The Elk // Located steps away from my old apartment in the West Village, The Elk was my neighborhood go-to. With amazing Chai Lattes and a nice little menu of fresh bites, it has everything you could want in a coffee shop.

Bluestone Lane // The Aussie cafe has taken NYC by storm and has multiple locations throughout the island – and in Brooklyn. With strong, straightforward coffee, and some of the best banana bread around, this is the perfect place to start your morning or to take a mid-day break.

Once Upon a Tart // This cute SoHo café is central to shopping and a peaceful pit-stop if you need to  avoid the crowds. The baked items are delicious – the flourless chocolate cake and almond croissants are two of my faves.

Toby’s Estate // Toby’s is a small batch roaster located in Brooklyn and has a few locations throughout the city. I tend to frequent the Flatiron and West Village locations most. I love their espresso blends.

Butler Bakeshop // Butler has two locations – one in Williamsburg and one in Dumbo. They have the BEST pastries and breakfast is served all day. Their coffee is roasted by Intelligentsia – and bonus – they have the cutest pink and green cups.


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MY TOP FIVE STORES 

Highlighting five must-stop places to shop in NYC. These are a few of my favorite shops that are tough to find anywhere else…

Dover Street Market // Originally hailing from London, Dover Street Market is like shopping in a museum. Carrying brands like Molly Goddard, Simone Rocha, and Thom Browne, Dover Street can be very expensive, but is certainly worth a visit just to window shop.

Bergdorf Goodman // This one of a kind department store (located right next to Central Park) is another one on my list. Make sure to stop by Linda’s shop – an eclectic, colorful, and quirky shop-in-shop curated by Fashion Director and SVP Linda Fargo. P.S. make sure to check out the dressing rooms in her shop as they are wallpapered with all of her fashion show invites from years past!

Sézane // This Parisian brand with a cult following recently opened up a shop in Nolita and the store is as beautiful as the clothing. Not only can you snag a lot of the sold out merchandise you can’t buy online, but also purchase lots of beautiful trinkets from Paris!

Mansur Gavriel // I have so much respect for a brand that can translate their vision into a visual space that seamlessly matches their aesthetic, and Mansur Gavriel did just that in SoHo! The space is clean, colorful, and magical.

Glossier // Boy Brow and the Moon Mask are staples in my beauty cabinet, so when Glossier announced they were opening a flagship in NYC I knew it was not to be missed. Stop by and stock up on all your favorites plus find some instagrammable moments to boot!


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MY TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO

So, these are purposefully not your typical tourist activities – there are plenty of resources around the web to find all of those. Instead, here are a few things that I love to do in the city that never sleeps!

Cross a Bridge // The walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is beautiful – but I recommend going early to avoid the crowds. If you are starting from the Manhattan side, grab an outdoor table at Cecconi’s in Dumbo afterwards to people watch and get an A+ view back over to the city!

Boats // Grab the ferry to Governor’s Island and hang at Island Oyster for the afternoon. The outdoor space is not to be missed and is such a unique way to see the city in a whole new way! If you aren’t up for a ferry ride you can also just head to Tribeca and eat oysters on a BOAT. You can check out Island Oyster’s sister restaurant, Grand Banks, here.

BBQ & Games // Want to check out a different part of NYC? Head to Gowanus in Brooklyn and grab a bite and drink at Pig Beach – an awesome outdoor BBQ space that is also dog friendly! Once you are full, walk a few hundred feet to Royal Palms where you can play indoor shuffleboard and grab a cocktail in a retro-style environment.

Get Colorful // Check out the Color Factory in SoHo. Colorful, interactive, and appropriate for all ages, it is a total crowd-pleaser and the perfect spot to get some fun content for the gram ;).

Museum Hop // While the MET is the most famous and visited NYC museum, I would put The Frick, MoMa Ps1 and Neue Galerie as others to strongly consider. The Frick Collection, housed in Henry Frick’s former residence on 5th Ave, is a stunning collection of old world European paintings and sculptures (complete with a beautiful interior courtyard in the property).  MoMa Ps1 focuses on the most experimental contemporary art, and is always changing exhibits. Neue Galerie is a tiny but mighty museum, and since it is located right on Museum Mile, is easy to pop into if you already have a planned visit to the MET!

PS in case you missed it I have also rounded up my favorite NYC photography locations here and the most instgrammable cafes here!

MY FAVORITE PIECES OF 2018 //

Rounding up this year’s most worn and most loved items from my closet and beauty case. These items are the ones that I’ve worn again and again both on and off the blog/social media, and the pieces that I consider to be my best purchases (or gifts) of the year. Without further ado, my favorite pieces of 2018!
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Monogrammed phone case // Okay so you KNOW I love a great monogrammed or personalized piece, and this phone case is one of my all-time favorites. They have now expanded the offering and have an array of colors (including clear, leopard and a ton of other fun color combos). Click here to see them all.

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Heart shaped sunnies // I feel like each year I fall in love with a new pair of sunglasses. This year it was these heart shaped sunnies that I am positive you’ve seen too many times to count. I purchased them in black but ended up going back for both the red and tortoise as well!

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Oxford shoes // These shoes from my collection with Halogen were BY FAR my most worn shoes in 2018. I actually couldn’t help myself and wore them on the blog a handful of times prior to the collection even being announced! They are available in navy, silver, and pink – with the pink being my personal favorite. Shop them on sale here.

Tibi pleated everything // Tibi has a knack for creating an item or two that I simply can’t get enough of. The first Tibi item that I fell in love with was their full faille skirt way back in 2012 – in fact I still own it in 3 colors! This year I couldn’t get enough of their pleated pieces. You can shop the tops here and here and dresses here, here, here and here (on sale).

A clear bag // I bought this clear bag at the beginning of the year, and to be honest, it didn’t get much use. Come summer I started wearing it more and more, loving how I could use it match all of my little accessories to my looks. It ended up being one of my favorite pieces of 2018! It was sold out for some time, but is now back in stock here. I also just bought this clear bag and this one – looks like my collection will continue to grow well into the new year!

 

Madewell denim // Denim typically isn’t my thing, but when I find a great pair of denim, I can’t resist. Madewell is one of my favorite denim brands and this pair was by far my most worn pair of denim in 2018. With a flattering high waisted rise, the perfect amount of stretch, and a slightly cropped length, these are what my denim dreams are made of.

Rosy pits // Megababe has taken the internet by storm – and for good reason! This natural deodorant is so effective and has the most glorious rose-scented smell. Initially, it had quite a long wait list but you can now snag it here. Give it a try!

ASOS floral dress // Every year I have one ASOS buy that I consider my best. This year it is this ASOS floral dress (seen here). ASOS can be an overwhelming site, but has so many amazing pieces and hidden gems that are worth the time to hunt. Some of my other favorite ASOS finds (which I still own) are this dress (seen here), this dress and this dress – a close second to the one featured for my fave of the year.

Gu_de bag // I love discovering new brands and Gu_de out of South Korea is a fast new favorite find. Launched just two years ago, I find the brand to have amazing quality pieces for the price. While my bag pictured above is unfortunately sold out you, can shop what is still in stock here!

Flawless Filter // Hey, there is my face! 😉 I don’t talk much about beauty too much on the site as I focus more on fashion, but this beauty product totally knocked my socks off. I’ve been a loyal Charlotte Tilbury fan for years and haven’t been disappointed with a single product yet. I use Flawless Filter daily in place of concealer. It gives my face a nice, bright glow and goes on so smoothly. Shop it here.

Striped turtleneck // Another item from my collection that has been on repeat in 2018 is this striped turtleneck sweater. Offered in five colors, we developed this sweater in the softest yarn, and it is my favorite of 2018. I love the more fitted sleeves and neck combined with a looser fitting body. Shop all the colors (including the cutest rainbow combo) here.

Colored tights // The easiest way to add a pop of color to an outfit – without breaking the bank – is with colored tights. I have been slowly growing my collection and trying to capture the full rainbow. Shop colored tights here (on sale), here and here.

Pearl headband // Lele Sadoughi created the perfect pearl headband that has made an appearance in many, many of my posts this year (and many to come next year for sure). Lele and I actually worked together at Tory Burch and I have long admired her ability to create such quirky, yet elegant pieces. Shop her headbands here!

Tulle polka dot skirt // Tulle skirts are kind of my thing and this year I combined forces with Nordstrom to create one of my all-time favorites for my collection with Halogen. This elastic waistband, polka dot mesh, ultra-full skirt is one I will treasure for years to come. I love dressing it up for a night out, but actually tend to wear it more often casually, with sneakers and a tee or striped sweater! Shop it here (and shop this amazing pink ruffle tulle skirt also from the collection here).

New spanx // Spanx have been at the top of my most-worn lists now for two years strong. This year I added a new pair to the mix – these side stripe leggings! The obsession continues…