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The Heart of NYC’s Fashion Industry | The Garment District

February 16, 2017
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I’ve long lived just a mere stone’s throw from one of the most understated yet vital parts of the NYC Fashion Industry: the Garment District. To many, it looks like just a stretch of claustrophobic Midtown buildings, dotted by dress shops and fabric stores. But little do people know, this is where fashion designs come to life. Before all of the glamour of NYFW and the dazzling array of outfits strutting down the runways, designers and garment makers give structure, texture, and color to those first sketches in the Garment District. But of course, there’s so much more than just fashion here as well – there is a burgeoning shopping scene, vibrant nightlife, and other hidden gems just begging to be Instagrammed. While the list goes on, these four places are among my favorite for a taste of what the Garment District has to offer. Read more after the jump!

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Love List | In-Flight Necessities

January 27, 2017
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Greetings from Kyoto everyone! For those who follow on IG, you may already know we’re in Japan and currently on the second leg of our trip. It’s been incredibly hectic since we arrived, having to adjust quickly to jetlag and bearing the unexpected cold while sightseeing. Thankfully nothing makes me feel more at home and relaxed like having my favorite beauty products with me!

One of the things I hate most about traveling is having to endure the dry, airplane cabin air. It’s awful for the skin and hair, and unless you’re flying first class with your full makeup and beauty kit on board, it’s nearly impossible to look good after long flights. Thankfully, these in-flight necessities helped me stay comfortable and look great even after flying for 15 hours – now that’s saying something.

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Snowy Winter Wonderland | Utah Photo Diary

January 12, 2017
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I’ve always considered myself a NYC girl at heart because A) I love the bright lights and the constant buzz of energy, and B) I never learned how to drive so I simply would not survive in the suburbs. When I started joining Matt and his family (and happy to call them my in-laws now!) in Utah for the holidays when we were but a wee couple, this city girl was completely thrown. Cows in a field just down the block? Mountains all around us? Three Walmarts within a 15 minute drive radius??

At first, I couldn’t make sense of it all – so this is life outside New York?? On previous visits, I would resign myself to house arrest (although  2 weeks spent eating, sleeping, and cuddling with dogs to your heart’s content isn’t really terrible at all) and foolishly thought there wasn’t much to do out there. But oh how I was mistaken. This winter, I set out to make the most of our time and discovered a completely new and beautiful side of Utah.

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Getaway to the Big Easy | New Orleans Travel Guide

August 17, 2016
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These past two months have been such a whirlwind with many exciting new projects in the pipeline and my adorable sister-in-law staying with us for the past month. Add some major computer problems to that mix, hence the awful delay in my getting to this post. (Thinking about getting a desperately needed new computer, any recommendations? O.K. I digress, back to the post!) But my personality tends to err on the “glass half-full” outlook anyway, so here we are, my New Orleans Travel Guide is now finally up!

To provide some background, the hubby and I wanted to explore some new domestic destinations as we’ve had a string of wonderful getaways outside the country earlier this year. We’ve always loved the Southern charm of cities such as Charleston, SC and New Orleans, LA  so for our July 4th weekend getaway, we decided to visit the Big Easy and soak in a jazz-filled carefree weekend. Although the heat was unbearable (I am not one of those human beings that can handle the summer well), the Southern hospitality and beauty of this charming city more than made up for it.

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Spain 2016 | Madrid & Barcelona Travel Guide

June 23, 2016

I’m back with a brand new Madrid and Barcelona travel guide for you all! The hubby and I had been brainstorming what destination we should travel to next, and we realized neither of us had been to Spain yet! So last month, we took the time to plan a fun trip to Madrid and Barcelona for five days. The trip was a whirlwind, because (a) jetlag and general exhaustion definitely got the better of us most nights, and (b) there is so much to do in each city! From walking along the Gran Vía and wandering the stunning Prado museum in Madrid to exploring the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, and so much more, we were captivated by the beauty of the two cities and already can’t wait to return.

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Paris | Afternoon Tea at Hôtel San Régis

May 5, 2016
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When I was in Paris back in March, it was surprisingly hard to find reliable areas to sit and enjoy a luxurious cup of tea off the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Enter here: the beautiful and luxurious Hôtel San Régis. The perfect hideaway just a few blocks off the famous Avenue Montaigne, this privately-owned hotel offered a serene afternoon of high tea after some shopping at the nearby boutiques.

The facade of the hotel may look familiar – and for good reason. The Hôtel San Régis has been featured in everything from editorial shoots to commercials and remains a favorite of celebrities, designers, and anyone else who has had the privilege of learning about this discrete, boutique hotel. Although my friend and I stopped in only for a brief look at the hotel and afternoon tea, the refined yet intimate air of the property made for a lovely respite from the busy tourist crowds.

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Paradise in Mexico | Tulum Travel Guide

March 16, 2016

Ok, I know it’s long overdue, but here it is guys. My Tulum travel guide is finally up! Better late than never, right? 😉

The hubby and I went to Tulum in mid-January to celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary, and it was truly something else! Normally we like to be very active on our vacations, hitting up all of the major tourist attractions and getting in all of the museums and sightseeing. However, given that our anniversary is in the winter, we welcomed the opportunity to do something different and get away to somewhere warm and sunny.

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