New York City

Manhattan, New York

A little over a week ago I went to New York.  I explored the city, caught up with friends and got a big healthy taste of fall. It was oh so refreshing!

The weather was in the sixties most of the time and for early November, I think that’s something to write about.  The trees were paintbrush colors of red, yellow and pumpkin orange, and every street corner was filled with motion, charm and life.

 I stayed in Gramercy Park neighborhood with one of my best pals, Lizzy, and we spent the weekend eating, drinking and exploring places that I had never been before. I wanted to stay forever! I guess I will just have to visit again soon. 

 Here are some highlights from the trip:

Union Square Farmers Market: If you follow my instagram, you know that have an addiction to fresh, local markets. I go at least weekly to the farmers market by my office and sometimes I hit up larger ones on the weekend too. So I know my way around a FM but this one, was easily the BIGGEST and BEST one that I have ever been too. I have to be honest, I was a little overwhelmed at first. But that’s nothing a pumpkin donut can’t fix right?

 Park Avenue Autumn: This gorgeous restaurant updates its menu and décor according to the season. Seriously. So as soon as those leaves fall, it will turn into a brand new place. Pretty cool right? They incorporate local and seasonal ingredients to create a unique experience each and every season. It was so beautiful and delicious I can’t wait to go back!

 The Whitney Museum of American Art: Oh I loved it! Newly redesigned, this museum has exhibits both inside and outside. It faces the Hudson River and overlooks the highline, which makes for some stunning views. We both enjoyed the Motley exhibition the most. His colors were bold and his stories, rich.  It’s a gorgeous museum. If you have the chance— get over there!

 Clinton Hill, Brooklyn: We spent a night with friends exploring Clinton Hill. We drank wine outside at this quaint little spot called Choysters, did dinner at Emily Pizza and grabbed drinks around town. Brooklyn has got a charm.  What more can I say? I must explore it more. Great drinks, great food, great times.

 The Highline: Beautiful, unique and just minutes away from The Whitney Museum, it’s truly the perfect time of year to explore The Highline. This pretty public park is located about 20 or 30 feet above street level and is lined with gorgeous, leafy orange and yellow trees.

 Ok I could go on but I’ll stop. I’ll just say this. I love New York.


Checkered Top: Ruche

Yellow Turtleneck: The Loft

High-Waisted Denim Jeans: H&M

Riding Boots: Steve Madden via 6PM

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Another French Friday.

July 25, 2014

St. Jean Cap Ferrat, France.

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Just when you thought I might be getting over my obsession with Europe, more specifically, France, I’m back with another post from the loveliest place, Cap Ferrat. But trust me there’s oh so much more to see!

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 Paloma Beach was one of the many highlights of my stay in France.  I spent a couple days there, enjoying the spectacular views of tall mountains tumbling into the sea.  The water was warm, clear, and calm- a perfect combo for swimming.   Compared to the freezing water back east and the rough water in California, this was a real treat.  Also, the high salinity of the water made me feel like I could float all the way over to Italy!

 Exquisite French villas lined the streets of this tranquil town.  I loved the bright colors of the homes, contrasting with the pretty flowers that climbed up the walls, embodying a real Mediterranean vibe.  During this portion of the trip, I was lucky enough to be able to stay at the home of an incredibly gracious family friend, and that is where most of today’s pictures were taken.

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 Today’s outfit is a bit dressier because we were headed out to dinner in Eze and I knew nothing about the tiny medieval village, except that it was known for its beauty and charm. What I didn’t know about were the world famous panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, so Eze certainly did not disappoint.  As quaint and adorable as this place sounds, it also had a restaurant with seafood so delicious I think I’m still dreaming about it.

I simply love the colors and the fun tribal prints and stripes on this dress.  Summer is the time to go for lots of fun and color- this  one manages to do both while keeping it dressy enough for a night out in the French Riviera.  Oh and this is the last time you guys will see me wearing these little black ALDO heels.  I left one of them somewhere along my travels, London maybe? Who knows! All I know is I am down a shoe.  Just call me Cinderella! 

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Dress: Forever21

Heels: Aldo

Ring: H&M

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French Friday

July 18, 2014.

Cap Ferrat, The French Riviera. 

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The French Riviera is truly stunning.

When I arrived in Nice, I was already overwhelmed by the beauty of the coast, the homes we whirled past, the castle-like structures nestled into the surrounding cliffs, and the turquoise ocean water crashing along the shore- and that was only on the thirty minute drive over to Cap Ferrat! 

Only a couple minutes away was Monaco, and so we grabbed dessert over there one night and I felt like I was on another planet.  The buildings looked to be made of gold and I was certain I didn’t see any cars that weren’t “one of a kind” as they say.  Now, let’s be honest, I know nothing about cars, but these looked like the type that were special ordered for Brad Pitt or something.  Drinks were 24 Euro’s a pop and everyone was drinking them like they had free refills, which led me to believe that they had to be infused with some sort of hallucinogen but to my surprise,  they weren’t!

But back to Cap Ferrat- this place was my idea of heaven.  We danced on the docks late at night, ate at restaurants with views that made me question if I was on some sort of airplane, and took long walks along the beach.  We ate the best fish, drank the best Sancerre, and all the while, I attempted my best, “merci beaucoups” , which did not seem to impress any of the locals.  I, of course, took lots of photos but I promise that they will certainly never do this place justice. 

My outfit on this Friday, is from one of my carefree days in Cap Ferrat.  I had just gotten back from a long day at the beach and decided to take a stroll around the harbor before heading off to dinner for the night.  The streets nearby were narrow and lined with delicious cafes and shops and I love nothing more than being within walking distance to a marina- which housed rows of beautiful mega-yaughts.  Since the weather was always warm day and night, (I never had to wear  a jacket at night!) I found this light striped cropped top to be a perfect fit for an afternoon stroll on the French Riviera.  I added a pop of red to my lips and paired it with this knotted headband creating a bit of a French beach look!

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Striped Cropped Top: Forever21

Headband: Forever21

Statement Necklace: H&M (old)

Boyfriend Jean shorts: Urban Outfitters (Similar)

Sandals: Melrose Trading Post (Similar)

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Photos by: Eric Bromberg