Holiday In The Hamptons

Is there anything better than a day at the beach with friends? Let me know, but I think the answer is no. I had such a great time galavanting around on the beach during my Memorial Day Weekend Hamptons trip! I've really been reminiscing over the trip lately as it is likely the only real vacation I will have this summer. Since I am interning the entirety of the summer (read more about that here), I can't really take off a big chunk of time for a substantial trip. It's not really a "vacation," but I do plan on going home to Atlanta for 2 weeks after my internship ends. 

In other news, I have finally hopped on board the one-piece train with this little, red number from Topshop! The combination of the clout sunglasses and the Baywatch-esque swimsuit inspired some serious vintage poses and edits. While I believe my swimsuit is permanently sold out, I've linked some similar ones for you below! 

Swimsuit: Topshop | Sunglasses: Asos (similar)

Meet Me In Montauk

Out of all the vacation towns in eastern Long Island, Montauk is definitely the most "lit," if you will. They have a really great going out scene, plenty of restaurants and gems such as Gurney's Resort (pictured below). Unfortunately, it was cloudy and moderately cold the day I came, but I would have given anything to lay under one of the spacious, beautiful cabanas in sunny weather while sipping a cocktail. If you've ever been to Montauk, let me know your favorite spots! I'll actually be returning in the coming weeks for an event!

Top: Topshop | Pants: J.O.A. | Jacket: Velvet Hearts | Shoes: Brooks Brothers (similar) | Bag: Madewell (similar)

Perfect Summer day in NYC with Pantene

I believe there are more things to do in NYC than any other place in the world. The city is bustling with culture, history, fashion and food and over the last few years of living here and experiencing it all, I've compiled what my perfect day in the city would look like. 

While I will be working full-time this summer, I have big plans to get out on the weekend and explore and adventure to the fullest. NYC is so alive with activities during the summer, but the downside is the extreme temperatures that come with the season. The heat and humidity wreak havoc on my hair and by the end of a long day out, it's typically flat and lifeless. Something that has helped to combat the dreaded heat is Pantene's new in-shower foam conditioner. The secret is that you can apply the product root to tip to ensure every inch of your hair is nourished and left feeling voluminous and soft! I start the day out by using shampoo and then Pantene’s Daily Moisture Renewal in-shower Foam Conditioner as my daily shower routine. After doing my makeup, styling my hair once dry and picking out a great outfit, I'm ready for a long day in the heat. 

I typically like to start out a day by going to one of my favorite brunch spots. The one pictured here is La Pecora Bianca but my other top picks include Root & Bone, Bluestone Lane, Rosemary's and Seamore's. While many people opt for a boozy brunch with bottomless mimosas, I tend to just drink coffee as alcoholic drinks make me feel exhausted and make it hard to carry on with a busy day.

The day is not complete without a little shopping (window shopping included). I love to pop in and out of my favorite stores to look at new arrivals as well as find brand new stores! It's so easy to do this in NYC because almost all brands that have a presence in the United States have a store location here. My favorite areas to shop are 5th Ave (near Flatiron), SoHo and the Upper West Side (a newly discovered treasure trove of stores). 

A perfect day would include a visit to at least one cultural experiences. This could be a museum or some sort of pop-up experience. The Met is always one of my favorites because there are always new exhibits and the museum is so big, you could spend the entire day wandering around. There's always something new to see!

A couple of other things not pictured here would be visiting a rooftop bar or watching the sunset while walking along the water. What would your perfect day in NYC consist of? Let me know in the comments!

NYC Restaurant Diaries: Part 2

I made the first edition to this post last summer and it seemed to be a huge hit! So, without further adieu, I give you part 2. 

1. Ladybird

I'm not against vegan food or anything, but I don't think I would ever choose to eat it on my own accord – until now. Emily brought me to this East Village spot for the game changing interior decor (aka the perfect photo-op), but we soon learned that the food was just as show stopping as the aesthetics. We ordered and split the avocado, baby corn and sweet potato dishes. 

2. Rosemary's

A spacious, yet quaint italian restaurant in the West Village, Rosemary's has become a go-to brunch and lunch spot. My favorite meal I've had here so far was the Fusilli Alla Napoletana. It was a full on flavor explosion in my mouth and what's better than topping pasta with creamy and delicious burrata cheese? Unlike many of the no-reservation, tiny restaurants in the West Village, Rosemary's is huge and takes reservations so you never have to worry about not getting a table immediately! 

3. Eden Local

Funny story – Emily and I discovered Eden Local through inadvertently going to a food blogger brunch back in December. Although the location is super random (Hell's Kitchen), this restaurant's brunch selection was absolutely incredible. Everything we tried was delicious but the best few dishes were the shakshuka, croque madam, avocado toast and brioche french toast.

4. Rosie's

This East Village Mexican spot has the best margaritas and tacos! The ambiance is great for a Friday/Saturday night dinner because it is fun and trendy. I had the al pastor and pescado tacos and both were amazing – I'm dying to go back one weekend morning to try the brunch menu! 

5. 1803

1803, a New Orleans inspired spot in TriBeCa, is one of the most underrated restaurant I've ever been to in NYC. It had one of the cutest interiors I've ever seen and the food was impeccable. Maybe I'm bias because I love southern food probably more than most people up north, but experiencing this very authentic southern restaurant was like finding in a diamond in the rough. NYC doesn't have nearly enough contemporary southern restaurants! I had the fishcake benedict served with hashbrowns and it was heavenly. I love how they added a chipotle element to the hollandaise sauce – it added a unique, creole kick.

6. Maman

If you want a good pic for the 'gram while simultaneously getting a delicious, contemporary, American brunch, this is the place to go. Every square inch of this restaurant is aesthetic perfection right down to the beautiful blue and white china dishes the food is served on. Another great aspect of this restaurant is that there are several locations – TriBeCa, SoHo (the one I've been to), NoMad, Meatpacking and Greenpoint! During my brunch visit, I had the fried egg sandwich with bacon jam, avo and tomato.

Most Instagramable Wall in NYC

There are plenty of Instagramable spots in NYC, but my favorite photo-ops are the murals that pop-up around the city. Yumi Kim really outdid themselves when they painted the side of their Lower East Side store (AND the trash bins that lined it) with this dreamy, pastel flower mural. If you aren't familiar with Yumi Kim, it's an American, contemporary fashion brand who's claim to fame are the beautiful and intricate floral prints they incorporate into all their pieces. Murals are a very popular marketing tactic in NYC right now. I hope more brands jump on board with this trend – more photo-ops for me! Side note: you have no idea how disgusting the ground and area around the photo frame was. One trash bin was missing a lid and there was litter covering the ground. It's amazing how much can be concealed when you strategically crop a photo! 

Lets talk outfit: I recently purchased these pants for around $55 and have gotten more than my money's worth out of them. They are lightweight so they make the perfect summer work pant. Another great aspect is the removable belt. It really multiplies the amount of tops you can pair with the pants as some tops look better with a synched waist and others look better without. If I want to tuck a shirt in, I'll utilize the belt, but if I'm wearing a shirt that looks better untucked, I'll leave the belt behind. 

Top: Forever 21 | Pants: BB Dakota | Shoes: Sole Society | Bag: Poppy & Sage