September 29, 2013

Brooklyn Bridge & The High Line

Before we flew out on Sunday night, we made a point to wake up early to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and also walk along The High Line. I had really hoped we would be able to walk the Brooklyn Bridge just in time to catch the sunset, but time got the best of us the previous night, so we had to push the walk to the next morning. Surprisingly enough, I had never done either of these activities so I was really excited (and up way before our 7:00am wake up call). Here are a few more pictures from our last day in the city. As per usual, the trip ended too soon for my liking but it was a perfect weekend getaway, and just what I needed to help me transition back into full time studies after ending my summer internship. 








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September 27, 2013

Piece of Paris

Not only did I have the chance to indulge in a taste of Italy while in NYC, I was also able to treat myself to a piece of Paris. I seriously have been so fortunate to have visited the city twice, but I still miss it terribly!  It has almost been a year and a half since I last visited my favourite city, so it was inherent that my mom and I would head uptown to Ladurée for some utterly delicious macarons. Nostalgia got the best as me as soon as I saw the beautifully crafted building, which brought me right back to my time in Paris. We browsed the shop and took our time choosing the eight macarons which we would devour later that day. Excitingly enough, our imaginary journey to Paris didn't stop at Ladurée! We also visited Balthazar and Ceci-Cela for the most mouthwatering croissants. A while back I read Paris My Sweet by Amy Thomas, which is a great read, but really I enjoyed how she reveals the best pâtisseries not only in Paris, but in NYC. She doesn't miss a dessert: the New York cupcake, the Parisian macaron, the crème brûlée, the list goes on! Point is that I made mental notes of the best of the best and decided to check Balthazar and Ceci-Cela out. Just as Amy describes, the croissants were very comparable. But really, they will just have to do until I can get myself back across the pond!  










{found this gem on a side street waiting to be shown in a parade}


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September 25, 2013

The Feast

To celebrate Italian immigrants and the patron saint of Naples, the Feast of San Gennaro, (it attracts around one million visitors per year) is put on every September in the heart of lower Manhattan- Little Italy. Naturally, my father (who is an Italian immigrant, although not to America) and his American family love to connect on these days to reminisce, and obviously eat the most delicious food. I am literally in food heaven- think streets full of pizza, rice balls, chicken parmesan, pasta and sausage. Ready for the best part? That doesn't include the dessert! As you'll see below there is a copious amount of food and desserts, notably: gelato, cannoli, sfogliatelle, torrone, and -my favourite- zeppole (confession: there is no photo as I scarfed these down so fast). If the food isn't your thing (I'm not sure why it wouldn't be!?), the people watching can be hilarious!  The years tend to get a tad repetitive, but I love going and embracing in the Italian culture! They don't call it a feast for nothing! 








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September 24, 2013

New York Minute


Spending just over 48 hours in New York City is always a whirlwind of an adventure. My mom and I headed out on Friday morning for our annual mother-daughter getaway, and after a quick flight we were hailing a cab at Penn Station. We stayed in Soho, not only because it was a quick walk away from the Feast of San Gennaro (more on that to come!), but also because it feels more serene as it is secluded from the craziness you will find Mid Town. While I am still catching up and sorting through a few hundred pictures, I thought I would post a mini photo diary of some favourites moments from this year's trip. We seriously had a blast, the weather was perfect, and we pretty much did everything we set out to do. This included: catching up with some of our family from New York over pizzas, watching City and Colour play in Central Park, walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, exploring The High Line and Meatpacking District, and obviously walking endlessly until our feet were swollen to shop our favourite areas. Stay tuned for more on our trip!













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September 19, 2013

Checklist For The City

Before going away, or even going to the mall, I like to prepare myself by making a list or mental note of pieces that I am currently coveting. This not only helps me avoid making impulse purchases, but also prevents me from getting overwhelmed by the wide selections. In a city like New York this is extremely important since I could literally find must-have pieces in every shop I enter! Tomorrow morning I am headed to NYC for a weekend getaway with my mom, and below I have made a list of similar pieces I am on the hunt for.  While we tend to avoid visiting Times Square and other classic tourist spots, I am particularly excited for long brunches, walking along The High Line, and the (sort of) purpose for our trip - The San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. Check back to see if I stay true to my list, or follow me on Instagram for more updates! 





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September 18, 2013

Blush Blouse

It should come as no surprise that I am just as much a fan of wearing pastels in autumn as I am in spring and summer. First off, I adore the dreamy shades of mint, pink, lavender, peach and (sometimes) yellow, but I also love how they soften heavy fabrics and really bring out femininity in a different way for fall. Not to mention I can continue to wear my spring favourites! This pastel blouse has become a serious transition piece for me, and I have found myself wearing it quite often- to class, running errands, and even going out. Check out three looks below, and my tips for styling pastels in fall.

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September 12, 2013

Fall Beauty Change Up

It's no secret how easy and effortless it can become to carry out the same beauty routine over and over again. We find great products and make a habit out of using them throughout the change of seasons. This fall I am determined to make new beauty choices. Below you will find some of the products that I have tended to lean towards using over the years. I have rounded up their top contenders, which are products I am excited to use this fall, and here's why!

1. OPI- Black Onyx is a tried and true favourite. Wearing black nailpolish in fall has become a staple for me. However, this fall I am going to play around with other dark shades, and  Dior- Nuit 1947 and OPI- Keeping Suzi at Bay are at the top of my list. 

2. MAC Satin Lipstick in Myth is one of my most-loved lipsticks (I pretty much live on a nude lip and a golden smokey eye). While I don't plan on completely cutting it out, I am determined to try a look with a dark lip, like MAC Hang up, complemented by lighter eye make-up. 

3. Victoria's Secret Dream Angles Heavenly has always been a personal favourite.  There are so many scents to try and this fall I plan to mix it up with Lolita Lempicka- Elle L'Aime or Prada- Candy L'Eau

4. MAC Bronzing Powder- Refined Golden has become an absolute necessity for me. It's clear I don't have the darkest of skin tones, so I love a good swipe of this bronzer! The fall, to switch things up, I am really excited to try the new Tarte- Amazonian Clay Blush & Bronzer Duo. Tarte makes amazing products and I love this colour combo! The blush will perfectly offset the bronzer, which is key to make sure I don't end up with a harsh, fake looking glow. 

Are there any beauty products you are excited to try this fall?
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September 08, 2013

Delicious Doughnuts

My tiny appreciation for the doughnut, which pretty much begins and ends with the chocolate timbit, is probably because there are so many more interesting and prettier pastries around. However, when I saw this post, and the phrases "foolproof" and "melt in your mouth" in the title, I was definitely intrigued. I decided to make them and found that not only are these the easiest things to make, but when eaten warm, they really do melt in your mouth! I am so glad I stopped to read how simple these heavenly, buttery, sugary nuts of dough really are! Read the original post, or my 4 effortless steps below, and find yourself amazed!!

Ingredients
  • 1 package of canned biscuits (I used Pillsbury Grands-not the flaky ones)
  • Enough oil to cover your skillet
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon 
Instructions
  1. Separate Grands, and using a water bottle lid cut out the doughnut holes 
  2. Heat oil on medium, and place doughnuts and holes in oil until golden 
  3. Remove and dip both sides in melted butter
  4. Mix sugar and cinnamon together and coat both sides of doughnuts

They probably took all of 10 minutes to prepare and make, and you can pretty much dip, sprinkle or dunk them any which way. Maple nut? Chocolate glaze? Rainbow sprinkle? Go for it. 

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