1. I recently found this amazing store called Bulletin in Soho and it has become my go-to for gifts. For the holiday season, they are opening their 90s themed mini mall in Flatiron and its way too much fun not to stop and shop in! Another great reason to shop there? The store features all women owned brands and 10% of all their sales go to help Planned Parenthood. A pink store that plays J. Lo all day, what’s not to love!?
2. It’s my birthday on Sunday, so I’m heading out for tacos and margaritas tonight with some of my favorite people. I’m planning on wearing this shirt and not only do I love the price and how it looks, but its also called the “Carly” shirt so how could I not resist?!
3. It’s crazy how quick things went from Halloween to Christmas but I don’t hate it! I love this cute Christmas cookie guide Liz put together, Lauren’s Christmas tree decorating ideas and Jenn’s incredible gift guide!
4. If you’re a fan of Man Repeller, now you too can hang their photos in your home thanks to their new collab with Framebridge! Obsessed with the Lobster Dinner and The Face Mask prints.
5. Weekend sales, shop away! My favorite winter coat, the field jacket I can’t get enough of and this luxe faux fur vest.
There really is nothing better than fall in New York. It’s the perfect weather for walking around the city and exploring new spots, from wine bars to delicious dinner spots. After a non-stop summer and September of traveling, work events and wedding fun, I’m excited to finally spend October really taking the time to relax and enjoy more cozy nights at home with friends.
Take a trip outside the city for a fall hike
Visit a cider mill for donuts and cider
Host a fall brunch (want to try making this, this and this!)
Have a scary movie marathon with Halloween treats
Buy my weekly produce and flowers from the Farmer’s Market
Get friends together for a fall picnic in Central Park
Make fall soups (this and this look so good!) for Sunday night dinner and the week ahead
In between travels this summer, I really made an effort to try some new spots around the city. My list of places to try is never-ending so it felt good to finally cross a few new spaces and places off my list! Make sure to check out these other recent favorites from the spring as well.
Egg Shop Williamsburg: Egg Shop is one of my favorite brunch spots in the city, so I was thrilled when they opened a much larger space in Williamsburg this summer. The space is super bright and while there was still a bit of a wait, it definitely beats the insane wait at their original Nolita location.
Clinton Hall Seaport: I love living in FiDi, and one of the reasons why is because of all the incredible spots that have opened up in the last year of living there. Clinton Hall opened earlier this summer and I finally got to test out a few favorites last week. From the lamb burger to the truffle fries to the grilled cheese donut (yes you read that right!), everything was insanely delicious. The true winner of the night though was their W.T.F. Waffles which you can tell live up to their name! This spot is ideal for both families, big groups of people or if you’re just looking for a fun new spot to grab dinner.
The Sosta: It’s hard to resist a spot that’s decorated in millennium pink and serves pasta right?! Enter The Sosta. This fast-casual spot, from the creative director of By Chloe, was such a delicious surprise for dinner one night. My cousin and I shared a bowl of pasta, a salad and a meat and cheese board and it was all under $30 – another reason to love this adorable Nolita spot.
Dante At Genuine: Genuine Liquorette is one of my favorite cocktail bars to bring visitors to thanks to their crazy cocktails, so I had to check out their recent partnership with NYC favorite Dante. The two have combined to offer classic Italian cocktail favorites and a menu of just-for-GENUINE Italian items. I recently stopped in on a gorgeous Sunday for an Aperol Spritz and an appetizer and it was the ideal Sunday Funday treat.
De Maria: If you’re looking for a healthy spot for breakfast, head to this contemporary Nolita restaurant. Super spacious and minimalist-chic, they offer a range of filling and healthy meals (including all day breakfast), making it my new favorite spot for a breakfast meeting or brunch on the weekend when you sleep in a little too late.
Whether in a rush, in need of some extra pampering or just a fun girls’ activity, New York City has some of the best beauty experts in the world to help do just that. Today, I’m sharing my favorite beauty spots around the city that I rely on to help me look and feel my absolute best!
Dry Bar: A blowout is such a treat and always the perfect pick me up. I know I can always rely on Dry Bar for a relaxing hour of blown out locks, a chick flick and a glass of champagne after a long day.
Dream Dry: For those times you’re looking for a fun braid or hairstyle, I love to head to Dream Dry. They create the perfect crown braid, which is ideal for hot summer city days.
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GLAMSQUAD: One of the best things about living in NYC is almost everything can be delivered to you, and that even means a blowout. With the GLAMSQUAD app, you can have a hair stylist, makeup artist or nail artist come to your apartment and get you ready for whatever event you may have that night.
Blushington: If you’re looking to get pampered and prepped for a big night, Blushington is the place to go to for a flawless face. Their makeup artists will give you
Valley Nails: When it comes to nails, I usually paint my own during the week but for a fun mani, I trust the pros. At Valley, they can do any nail art you can imagine – from marble, to silver stars to painted designs – and it’s the perfect pop of fun for a special event.
BROWS AND WAXING
Benefit: Benefit has been my go-to ever since college and their techs are still the only people I trust with my brows. Another reason I love going to their pink stores is I can always quickly book an appointment at one of their many locations so I’m looking my best before a date or busy weekend.
FACIALS AND MASSAGE
Mario Badescu: I like to clean up my skin with a facial every two months, and Mario Badescu has been my go-to since I moved to NYC almost three years ago. After deep cleaning my pores, they also add any additional treatments my skin may need then like a moisturizing mask or Vitamin-C mask. The best part is it’s always under $100 so glowing skin can be a steal too!
Bliss: With working out and living in NYC, my body always seems to have new aches and pains. I usually stop by my neighborhood nail salon for a quick 15 minute massage during the week, but when I need a deep tissue massage, I head to Bliss. A hour massage of getting out the kinks and knots is one of my favorite things to do on the weekend and one at Bliss is always such a treat.
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I’m all about the food holidays, especially when it comes to celebrating one of my favorite sweet treats: donuts! In honor of National Donut Day today, I’ve rounded up my favorite spots here in NYC, Chicago and other cities to make sure you can always find the best donut wherever you are!
DOUGH, New York City: My ultimate favorite NYC spot is Dough. Known for their large cake like donuts, my favorite flavors is Dulche de Leche and the Hibiscus, which is the prettiest hot pink shade!
Doughnut Plant, New York City: When I was first interning in NYC, Doughnut Plant was my go-to for donuts. They are known for doing fun, limited-edition flavors and decorations (like their latest rose one!) and the donut décor inside makes it even more fun.
Peter Pan Donut Shop, Brooklyn, New York: For a classic donut, head to Brooklyn to this old-school donut shop for classic flavors like glazed, sprinkles and cinnamon sugar.
Doughnuttery, New York City: If you’re in need of a little sugar buzz, stop by Doughnuttery in Chelsea Market for mini donuts in an array of flavors, toppings and sprinkles, perfect to share or snack on for yourself!
Orwasher’s, New York City: For fans of filled donuts, head uptown to Orwasher’s where you can watch them fill up your donuts for the freshest donuts around.
Stan’s Donuts & Coffee, Chicago: Every time I head to Chicago for a visit, a stop at Stan’s is a must. From their adorable pink and white décor to their assortment of delicious flavors, you have to stop in and try the Lemon-Pistachio Old Fashioned, which I crave every time I’m away!
Firecakes, Chicago: Firecakes never fails on having delicious donuts, and their giant donut birthday cake would be the best birthday surprise!
Potter’s Bakery, Traverse City, Michigan: Growing up in Northern Michigan, Potter’s is the staple bakery for everyone in town. Whether donuts after church on Sunday or a school treat, we rarely went a few days without Potter’s. My other favorite item if you’re not into donuts is to stop in for one of their classic iced sugar cookies – nothing beats them!
Donut Hut, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida: When in my favorite beach town, sharing donuts on the beach are one of my favorite ways to start the day.
Charlie’s Donut Truck, Alys Beach, Florida: Getting donuts in an adorable truck makes vacation even more fun, right? Head into Alys Beach early to grab sweets from this favorite local spot.
With so many students graduating from college in the past month, I’ve received a lot of emails and messages about advice I can give about finding a job in NYC. I shared some of these tips on Glitter Guide a few years ago right after I moved here, and now that it has been three years since I graduated (how?!), I wanted to share some updated tips and advice for anyone ready to make the big move!
1) Gain All The Experience You Can
Whether you are a freshman in college or have just graduated, the most important advice I can offer if you are interested in moving to New York is: gain as much experience as you can in your area of interest. The connections you make will help you land a future position. The summer after my freshman year of college, I got an internship at a high-end event planning company in my hometown and continued to intern there for a few summer. While the internship was not exactly in the fashion field, the skills I learned are directly applicable to the fashion and public relations world—managing budgets, multi-tasking and coordinating with many clients and vendors. During undergrad, I also immersed myself in extracurriculars that were relevant to my career path. I joined—and eventually became editor of—the campus fashion magazine, became social chair of my sorority, and interned in New York City at Oscar de la Renta after my junior year. I began interning for Glitter Guide during my senior year of college, and while it was hard to balance school, a social life, an internship and a part-time job, I was constantly learning and honing my time management and multi-tasking skills; two qualities that are important in any field.
2) Start Saving Now
Saving money can be difficult, especially during school when you want to have some money to spend on your social life. During undergrad, I had a part-time job on the weekends, but because I knew my end goal was to move to New York City, I worked hard to save as much as I could. It may sound small, but after adding $10 into my savings account each week, I saved quite a bit of money without really missing it along the way! As graduation approached, I had to make a big decision: Should I stay home for the summer and save a bit more or make the giant leap to New York with barely any money? While I was initially panicked about missing out on potential New York jobs, I am so glad I decided to stay home because it allowed me to focus completely on saving as much money as I could before moving to New York in the fall. When I did move, I was less stressed spending in the city because I had a “cushion” fund. While New York is not cheap by any means, I felt prepared for the months ahead because of the saving I had done. Now three years later, I still try to think in the same mindset of always saving and creating that cushion fund to help make NYC spending a little less painful.
3) Network And Use Your Resources
While having lots of experience is important, using your connections is vital when finding a job in New York. The most valuable tool in finding both my internship and current job was through connecting with other professionals and networking. Do not discount any connections you may have—Reach out to former colleagues, classmates, employers, family friends, etc. I found that even though New York City is big, people are very well-connected across all industries.
4) Don’t Be Afraid To Make The Leap!
The biggest and most rewarding risk of my life thus far was moving to New York City with a one-way ticket and no job. After saving up all summer at home, I was lucky enough to move in with a family friend in NYC for a few months until I got settled. I know it is unlikely that most people have this option, but that’s why saving money is so important. Look into renting a place through Airbnb for a few weeks while you go on interviews and search for an apartment. I found that most employees and landlords like to see that you live in New York already, and so after missing out on some great positions because I was still in Michigan, I scheduled interviews for the day after I moved to New York.
When I first moved here, I got a position that was not my ideal job, but helped to build my skills. I think one of the biggest misconceptions people have about a first job is that it needs to be your dream job, and that is so not true. If you work hard, the dream job will come your way. Three months into working and a week after signing a lease for my first apartment, the company I worked for unexpectedly went out of business and I was instantly out of a job. I began to reach out to my connections again to see if there were any available positions that fit my interests and experience. I connected with an acquaintance and soon interviewed for my current job. Before I knew it, this scary unexpected job loss led me to find my dream job, where I still find myself two years later! And that’s exactly how New York is: unpredictable, surprising and at the end of the day, always amazing.
5) Experience Everything And Don’t Be Afraid To Be Alone
Once you find a job and a place to live, the most important thing to do is experience as much as you can! You will constantly be running around here so when you get a minute to do, see or try something for yourself, do it! Moving to a city where you don’t know many people can be terrifying, but here I have never felt more content walking around and experiencing things by myself. It’s the best city to be alone in! Try new restaurants, go to museums, buy Broadway show tickets, and explore new neighborhoods—whatever you want! As you gain new friends and have visitors come to stay with you, you are able to show them all of your new favorite places and things to do. New York City is full of unexpected and incredible things so make sure to give yourself time to try something fun and new as often as you can.
Now that spring has arrived, there’s no better time than now to soak up the sunshine with a cocktail in hand. There’s no shortage of cool and hip spots in New York City, and in many ways, picking a restaurant or bar for a fun night out can get a bit overwhelming because of all the options. Today, I’m sharing some of the best spots to sip at around the city. From tropical drinks to crafted sips, you’re going to want to refer to this cocktail guide whether you consider yourself a local or planning a trip to the bustling city in the near future.
The Happiest Hour
Because with a name like that, you know you’re in for a great time. This tiki-style bar is filled with refreshing cocktails and palm leaves. It’s one of my favorite stops for happy hour, no matter what time of year.
While We Were Young
From the minute you walk through the door, it’s easy to see why this is one of the newest must-visit spots in the city. Blush pink velvet booths, granite tables and an amazing list of curated cocktails, it’s ideal for a girls’ day brunch.
Hidden downstairs of this Nolita restaurant, you’ll be able to find these Instagrammable cocktails. A perfect place to bring out-of-town visitors or kick-off a fun weekend in the city, this is a favorite for crazy cocktails!
Eli’s Night Shift
If you’re staying uptown and in need of a great cocktail, head to Eli’s Night Shift. The cocktail menu is constantly changing each season, which means always the freshest ingredients are used.
Mother Of Pearl
From the minute you step inside this East Village bar, you are instantly transported to a tropical oasis. The cocktail menu is filled with vacation-style drinks, including one appropriately titled “The Shark Bite.”
Now that outdoor drinking season is finally here, Sel Rrose is one of the best spots to spend a sunny Saturday. From the craft cocktails to the amazing oyster deals, do yourself a favor and step inside those pink doors.
You’ll feel like you’ve escaped to the coast of Italy when you arrive at Santina, thanks to the colorful décor and unique menu. Right underneath The Highline, this is an ideal stop to relax after a long day of walking the city.
Sunday In Brooklyn
While I originally headed to this Williamsburg spot for the hazelnut malted pancakes for weekend brunch, it’s the cocktails that ended up making my favorites list. It’s hard to resist sipping on something this pretty!
Flywheel Sports Thermal Top (c/o), Flywheel Sports Leggings (c/o), Nike Free Flyknit Shoes (on sale!)
If you know me, I’m not much of your “typical athlete.” Growing up, I spent twelve years dancing, so for hours after school each week, I got my cardio and strength training from hip-hop class and the ballet barre. I never really went to an actual gym till freshman year of college, and while this helped me maintain a certain weight, I struggled with seeing actual results and growing stronger from my workouts.
It wasn’t till I moved to New York and tried different classes around the city that I finally found what works for me, and that is Flywheel. I took my first spin class at Flywheel over two years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since, which makes me so excited to be partnering with them today as part of their ambassador program!
What I love most about spin is that it works every single part of your body. When I first started, I expected to only be sore in my legs, but I quickly discovered how much of a total body workout it is. The higher the resistance on the bike, the stronger I feel in my abs. When we switch from sitting to third position on the bike, I instantly feel my whole body centered and tight. And just when you think you’re too tired to go on, it’s time to break out the weights and hello arms! But one of the most surprising results has not been physical but the mental break I’m allowed to get during the class. One of my biggest struggles is being able to mentally zone out and Flywheel allows me to not focus on the stresses of my day and completely decompress, which I believe is one of the most beneficial factors of all.
The last few months I’ve really refocused and been pushing myself in my workouts, alternating days being spin and Flybarre for extra toning, and I truly have never felt stronger. My days are so limited on time it sometimes seems, but I love knowing that for 45 minutes a day, I can zone out and focus completely on myself. Most importantly, it allows me to create a great lifestyle balance so that I can still indulge at Saturday brunch with my friends because truly isn’t that what life is all about?! Excited to share more fitness content with Flywheel to you all in the next few months!
Thank you to Flywheel Sports for partnering with me on this post!
Photos by Bekka Palmer
Location: Flywheel Tribeca, New York City
After a fun filled girls’ weekend and a busy NYFW, I’ve recently been able to check off a lot of places around the city on my to-do list. From the girliest brunch spot to a pastel coffee shop, here are five places that you need to stop in soon!
1. Loosie’s Kitchen, Williamsburg: I have my list of favorite brunch spots across the city, but I was so pleasantly surprised when I headed to Brooklyn this past weekend and had an incredible brunch here. Not only is the Waffles Croque Madame so so delicious, the light filled space was such a bright place to spend a Saturday.
2. Mansur Gavriel Candy Shop Pop Up, Soho: The Mansur Gavriel Pop Up on Wooster Street has been around for a few months, but this past week they switched things up. The bright yellow space not only sells their coveatable accessories, but also candy and cakes imported from Italy.
3. The End, Williamsburg: Unicorn lattes? Oh what will they think of next. This tiny coffee shop features a plant alchemy tonic bar, which lead me to the unicorn latte. This colorful drink is made up ginger, lemon, coconut milk, honey and e3 live blue green algae, which gives the drink its blue color and then sprinkled with turmeric, pomegranate powder and of course sprinkles.
4. While We Were Young, West Village: I’m a sucker for beautiful interiors, and when you add an amazing list of cocktails to the mix, this place instantly became my new go-to. With its pale pink velvet booths, marble countertops and fresh flowers everywhere, I loved this spot for a girls’ day brunch.
5. Butler Bakeshop, Williamsburg: Speaking of beautiful interiors, this pastel coffee shop wins as well. Along with their coffee served in pretty cups, they have amazing pastries to enjoy before a day of exploring Williamsburg.
There seems to be a trend to restaurants in New York City these days and it involves one simple detail: everything pink! The must see spots have blown up thanks to decorating in this feminine color, making it Instagram worthy and creating lines out the door. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’ve rounded up the pinkest spots to stop at for not only a great meal, but the perfect photo as well.
It’s no shocker this spot has taken over Instagram. With only being open a few months, it has taken over our feeds thanks to its bubblegum exterior and everything pink inside as well. Make sure to head for brunch though and try their incredible coffee waffle, alongside your latte served in a pink cup of course.
This healthy diner spot is the place to be thanks to its retro vibes, pink menus and tables ideal for flat lay shots.
The Lucky Bee
For dinner with the girls, there is nowhere else to go than The Lucky Bee. Ultra girlie with its hot pink tables, menus and girlie drinks, bookmark this Asian restaurant for your next Friday night out.
If you’re craving an acai bowl and in need of an Instagram, the pink tables at this healthy Lower East Side spot will help you achieve just that!
Sweets by Chloe
For the girl who has a sweet tooth but needs to be careful about her gluten intake, By Chloe’s bakery is a dream come true. From its bright pink coffee cups and neon signs, make sure to stop in for something sweet after dinner next door.
Cha Cha Matcha
This Soho spot is the it place to get caffeinated and recharge. Pink tables, neon signs and even pink fro-yo pair up in a perfect tropical twist with the bright green accents and matcha tea.
It’s hard not to miss this restaurant in Tribeca thanks to its cheerful pink building. While inside isn’t as colorful, it’s the coziest spot to escape to on a cold day.
Little Cupcake Bakeshop
If you’re in need of pink on the go, fill up a box of cupcakes or other delicious treats in their signature hot pink bakery boxes.
After an incredible meal of pasta and pizza, make sure to freshen up in their signature selfie bathroom thanks to its cheerful pink flamingos all over the walls.