Fall fashion is hitting the shelves and will shortly be filling our closets. I for one am SO on board for some of the big trends we are about to start seeing everywhere and can’t wait to share so you all can be ahead of the game! Relaxed suits, all leather looks, romantic detailing, and high necklines graces the runways back in the spring, while brands showed off the looks for the upcoming season, and honestly, I’m here for all those trends (come on, warmth is where it’s at living in NYC.) Monochrome is having a moment and simplicity is making a much needed comeback (right up my alley!!!)
Everything is getting belted this season (think lots of utility jumpsuits and dresses). The first trend I’m hopping on board with this season is belted blazers. Blazers have obviously been having a moment, but this season, they’re getting some flare. Blazers with built in belts, leather belts over plaid blazers, and chains over solid colored jackets are going to be everywhere come October.
Toss aside all that dainty jewelry you’ve been wearing for the past couple years, because chunky jewelry is making a major appearance this fall. Thick gold chain necklaces and bracelets with bigger, wider earrings will be on every wrist, neck, and earlobe.
Knee high boots were on every it girl at NYFW. I’m not talking about your typical-blogger skin-tight suede boots, I mean to the knee, slouchy, and lots leather over here. A big trend is to tuck those flows trousers into your knee high boots as well.
While the all leather looks were stunning on the runway, I can easily promise I will not be purchasing any knee length leather shorts. Just not for me. Leather jackets galore and maybe some leather skirts are all I’m good for on this trend.
Capes are for superheroes-or the two year that I nanny, when she wants to run “super fast”. I just don’t feel like a normal or attractive human with a cape draped over my shoulders and certainly don’t like the look of these vest-type jacket capes.
Quilting and patchwork also were all over the runway last fashion week. Sorry not sorry, but looking like I belong on grandma’s couch just isn’t my taste or style. I’m sure quilted everything is nice and warm, but I can find warmth in style, not just practicality.
It’s be a hot minute since I’ve written anything about myself, and I thought it was time to change that! Part of this blog is about creating a community and I would love for you to know more about me and to get to know you guys better, too! If you enjoy reading these about me, leave a fun fact about yourself in the comments!
I’m the oldest of 10 kids! Yes, you read that right, ten. I grew up living with my mom and step dad, their 6 children, and my biological brother. My dad has two other kids as well. So I’ve basically been playing little mommy since I could walk!
I love kids, and kids love me. I’ve been nannying since I was in high school and am in my 2nd year with my current family, caring for the spunkiest and prettiest toddler you will ever meet.
I have lived in 17 houses! I was born in Georgia, moved to Texas, then New Mexico, then North Carolina, back to Texas, to Virginia, and finally to New York! This is definitely the source of my constant wanderlust.
Despite the amount of, and different types of places I have lived, New York City is my favorite, by far. I get school-boy-seeing-his-crush kind of excited running about the city at least once a week, and can’t imagine ever leaving it.
I love change. The fact that I have stayed in NYC for 2 years and don’t plan on leaving blows my mind, and everyone who knows me could attest to this. Living in so many different places brought out a constant need for change in me, that I’ve turned into a desire to travel in recent years! Even though I plan to stay in the city, I’m sure my wandering heart will end up living in every different part of it possible.
I went to 3 different high schools, in three different states. This for sure took a toll on me, but I am forever thankful that I now have the ability to make friends in any and every new situation I walk into!
I met my boyfriend in an Uber pool. My all time favorite story to date, and we’re happily still together a year and a half later. You can read our How We Met story here.
I dropped out of college. Surpringly, I am extremely proud of this fact. It wasn’t the right place for me, and not the right timing for me to be there, and I’m forever grateful I left as it got me to where I am now.
In regards to that last fact, I’m currently going back to school! I’m finishing up an associates degree in the city this year and hope to get a Bachelor’s after.
I love fashion (kind of obvious huh?) and am so happy I finally have an outlet to share my outfits and style tips! Nothing makes me happier than consuming my time with planning out looks and writing about trends. Thanks for being here and caring about them!
When I think of New York City in the summer the first thing that comes to mind is rooftop bars (that says a lot about my priorities lol). I remember wanting so badly to find all the coolest, most trendy spots the summer I first moved here, and being stuck when I began trying to search. Any Pinterest result was super basic, touristy, or obviously sponsored with opinions that were clearly not honest. I wanted to create a better resource for people visiting and those new to the city alike.
So, welcome to my thoroughly researched and heavily backed-by-booze guide to NYC rooftops! All of these I have been to BY CHOICE, enjoyed, and had friends join and agree with me. Each bar guide will include level of crowdiness, price, atmosphere, and location. Hope you find this helpful on your boozy adventures!
Things to Rememeber: THIS IS NYC! Everything is expensive no matter where you go. My judgement of prices is based off someone who lives here and has become normalized to it. Reviews for every rooftop are always bad as people can’t be nice and expect the world at their feet when going to an insanely crowded venue, which just isn’t possible. In the summer the city gets miserably hot, up on a rooftop that can get even worse during prime sunny hours. But if you’re willing to spend some cash and get a little sweaty, all of these are worth it.
Amazing, warm atmosphere and decor. Lots of brick and a bit less of a modern vibe than most rooftops. My favorite part here is that it HAS AC!!! On a Saturday afternoon there was not a terrrible wait, but I would suggest reservations. Lots of bar space to grab a drink while you wait if you come without one, however.
63 W 38th St in Midtown at Refinery Hotel
Serra at La Birreria
So fun and gorgeous. This is Insta Pic city! Their decor changes with each season and I went in Spring while the flowers were endless and to die for. Staff is slow, but they have fun and sort of different cocktails that were less expensive than I expected with how hyped up it is. Pretty hot in the summer heat. Absolutely need reservations a few days in adavance for the weekends.
200 5th Ave Floor 14 in Flatiron. Located inside Eataly, head to very back left side and look for a blue wall of plates, then see the staff behind the counter.
Much more of a hip, cool vibe. Very modern and lots of trendy people are throwing parties up here evrytime I’ve gone. Killer Empire State views. Food not so great, eat before hand. Got there right at 2pm on Saturday before without reservation and was seated, but fills up quickly. Pretty packed after work on weekdays, but able to get seats still.
$16-18 cocktails and all have fun, hip names!
71 W 35th St Floor 18 in Midtown (they have a special elevator with a staff member who will let you up)
Who doesn’t love drinking on top of a fancy furniture store? The decor here is *obviously* killer and the views aren’t bad either. They don’t take reservations but while you wait you can sit outside under umbrellas and enjoy the view of both the terrace itself and the city. Much fancier vibe, and a bit on the pricier side, than the previously mentioned bars, but a delicious brunch spot.
9 9th Ave in Meatpacking District, 5th Floor of Restoration Hardware
Time Out Market Rooftop
This is such a hidden gem. I’m not exactly sure how this rooftop was so empty in the middle of a Saturday, but I’m so excited I decided to stop by. The market on the first floor of an old Dumbo warehouse is incredible and stocked full of NYC’s best food spots, all in one place. Then, the fifth floor gives you to-die-for views of the skyline and both bridges, all while enjoying a refreshing original cocktail.
55 Water Street in DUMBO in Brooklyn, 5th floor
My personal favorite rooftop for a nice view and a causal night in the city. I adore this place as it to me, is much more of a hidden gem and tends to be much less crowded. You can easily walk in on the weeknights and get a spot. The ambiance is so nice and there is a great view of the Empire State Building.
6 Times Square Floor 17 in Midtown in The Knickerbocker Hotel
I am only listing this for an option if you are visiting and if you’re looking to party, (the only time I personally would be going here). Much more of a club-like vibe, it’s VERY packed on weekend nights. Insane views of Time Square and the decoration is breathtaking. A little snooty on weeknights and by far the most expensive on my list.
With just 6 days left in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I decided to do some digging into the best activewear that is still in stock! Everything from comfy joggers to lounge in, to my all time favorite running shoes (such a deal on these!!!).
Starting a fun new series on SHOES! Cause if you couldn’t already tell, I truly believe you can never have enough. Every Sunday I’ll be sharing my fave deals of the week on some fabulous footwear finds. This week, I’m sharing my fave store ever, DSW, because all their shoes are 20% with code YAYDAZE through tomorrow. Here are my top picks from the sale! Wearing this as I type. Such a perfect summer staple, and SO comfy, even in the city.
Every girl will find a way to mix red, white, and blue or stars and stripes into their wardrobe on July 4th, so why not make your look for America’s birthday one of a kind?! I’ve rounded up 9 super unique, head-to-toe looks for your show stopping entrance this year, because what’s the fun in being average? *Best of all, everything can get to you in time with 2-day free shipping! Perfect for if you’re packing for a trip.
Look 1: Simple, yet sophisticated. A silk tank is always in style and I love the subtle black hidden in the blue stripe. A fun pop of red is added with this western belt, and strappy sandals are a perfect touch for summer.
Look 4: Any girl that’s into fun pants will love this one. My friend called them pirate pants (lol) but quite frankly, I’m obsessed with these super unique striped pants. The buttons add so much, and the slight flare at the end and high waist are flattering on everyone. Paired perfectly with strappy sandals.
Look 6: All about matching two piece sets this season! This wrap top and flowy pant set will leave you feeling like you’re still in your pjs, all while being the best dressed person in the room. Obsessed with these sandals, although I suggest sizing down!
Look 7: Statement tees are so in right now. This basic USA tee and some bright pants will leave you feeling bold and simple all at once. These white heels are a perfect summer staple to add to your wardrobe as well!
Look 8: If you’re hanging by the beach, a cute striped bikini will do help you get tan and be festive all in one. These shoes are too cute to pass up, and some trendy glasses help accessorize to the max.
I can’t believe it but I’ve lived in this amazing city for TWO WHOLE YEARS!!! I felt so strongly about writing this very personal piece and am so excited to share with you all. Taking the leap to move here came after the hardest year of my entire life, and boy was that leap a blessing.
I never was the kid that sat around dreaming of living in the big city. I moved so much as a kid, I felt like I’d seen it all and could only ever think about finally getting to stay in one place. The spring of 2017, I was a hot mess. I had dug myself deep into a terribly unhealthy relationship, surrounded myself with toxic “friends”, and was going through two separate traumatic family circumstances that would forever change me. I was so full of constant anxiety and so horribly uncomfortable all the time. So many people will tell you to reach out of your comfort zone, but my whole life had been lived outside of a comfort zone and all I wanted was to dig roots, fit in, and fall into a consistent life. I was trying so hard to stay in this tiny box that seemed like where I should’ve been at that point in my life, that I just couldn’t breathe.
I got the offer for my current job completely at random. I was super hesitant because I thought I had finally learned how to stay in one place, and was dating someone I would stay with, and because I was checking all the “normal and necessary” boxes, I should’ve been so happy right where I was. But something was pulling at my heart, screaming, now is your time. Take this risk. Drop it all and run. I had spent my entire life running, how could running now be the right decision? Why did I feel called to leave such a safe space?
Life is full of ups and downs but sometimes, you are so blinded by wanting to be up, you don’t see how deep you have fallen. I read somewhere the other day that no matter how far into something you are, it’s never too late to back out. Boy do I wish my 20 year old self could have read that. My job offering was a blessing in disguise. Did I want to pack up my entire life and move to a city where I didn’t know a soul and leave my boyfriend of almost two years behind? Why of course not! But if I was truly happy with him, or with the people I had surrounded myself with, or the place I was living, then I wouldn’t have wanted, so badly, to leave.
I sat down during my break from work after getting the offer and created a list of pros and cons. I started with pros, the list was very long, and decided to move on to the negative side. It didn’t have one word, not even my boyfriend’s name. I sat and stared trying to think of one other reason in the world to stay, and I had nothing. I took the job, packed away my entire life, and moved to NYC.
Within 2 months, my eyes and heart became fully opened, I saw how mistreated I was, and ended my relationship. I met the girl who has become one of my dearest and closest friends. I fell in love with my job, I fell in love with the city, and eventually, I fell in love with a boy, too. The weight of the last years hardships was lifted from my shoulders, and with every day I spent in my new beginning, I learned to breathe again.
Over the last two years I have grown more than the entire first 21 years of my life put together. I have learned to be myself. I have found how to express myself. Most importantly, I have learned to leave people and places that don’t push me to be the very best version of myself.
If you’re in a place where you feel beat down, worn out, forgotten, or brushed aside, don’t stay there. Any person, be it a friend, significant other, or even a family member, who truly cares about you, will let you know your worth. They will lift you up and they won’t be the cause of what’s holding you back from being at your best. It’s never too late to walk away and it’s always okay to begin again. The next door you close could lead to you opening the greatest adventure of your life!
The first question anyone coming to visit me in the city asks is, without a doubt, “What do I WEAR!?” I remember my first summer in the city, I was no where near prepared for the heat and discomfort that comes with long distance walking, over crowding, and subway stations. Now, I’d like to consider myself an expert. The key to dressing for the city during summer time is COMFORT.
Little Dresses. The perfect way to stay comfortable, while looking adorable at the same time. The one issue I have with dresses, all points of the year, is chaffing. It happens to the best of us and is nothing to be ashamed of, but not something fun to experience. While keeping within the guidelines for comfort, I can’t suggest Spanx enough. They’ll help hold your tummy in, feel breezy, and have little shorts holding in your thighs that stay in place and prevent chaffing!!!
Shorts: cute but not when they’re riding up your sweaty butt on a dirty subway seat. I love a good pair of denim shorts, but if you’re wearing them in the city, make sure you’ve taken them out for a spin before hand. Shorts that are tight, too short, or ride up will make for an uncomfortable and dirty feeling day, and can lead to our good old friend, chaffing. Stretchy, soft fabric shorts will be your best friend here.
Jumpsuits and Rompers. If you follow me on instagram you already know about my love affair with rompers. What’s easier than a full outfit all in one piece? And don’t forget about having the comfort of a dress but with built in shorts so you don’t flash anyone!
Shoes: the most important part of this list. I have talked about how beat up my feet have gotten from this city in previous posts, so let me just reiterate it for you here to save you from that same pain. Comfort. Is. KEY. You don’t need that cute strappy pair of heels for a trip to NYC. The only time you’ll be wearing them is from a cab, into dinner, and back into the cab. Just not the most practical thing to pack. You don’t have to sacrifice fashion to find comfy shoes. Trust me, I have finally figured out the importance of investing in your feet. I’m actually really getting into the chunky sneaker trend, as is everyone in NYC. Since that isn’t for everyone, you can never go wrong with a pair of white sneaks, they go with everything, even dresses! If you wear heels out, make sure the heel is thick and there’s a back strap holding them in place to avoid rubbing and blisters. Comfy, sturdy sandals aren’t a bad option, but make sure they’re broken in before hand!
My all time fave store is having a HUGE sale (which never ever happens) with so many adorable pieces for up to 65% off!!! They have everything from amazing basics (look up superdown in the sale section), to free people dresses, to super high end looks in the sale! Don’t miss out because nothing will last long here. I linked my 10 favorite pieces from the sale below.
My all time favorite destination, Lisbon completely stole my heart. I spent every minute there with a smile plastered to my face and can only hope one day I will get to go back. While my trip was full of fun, there were some things I wish I had previously know or had done differently, so here I am to help you not make those mistakes!
I truly believe you need a full 5 days here, but if in a time crunch, this is how I’d see Lisbon in just 3 days. (Note that this is assuming you get in the night before the first day and leave either late the last night or the morning following the 3rd day.)
Day 1: Alfama
We started off our journey in Lisbon by walking down to the Praça do Comércio, which was luckily right down the street from us. I’ll share a link to our Airbnb here because the location was not only to die for, but the views were beautiful and the apartment was SO well kept. It was perfect.
We then walked up Rua Augusta and did some shopping and got pastries and coffee. You’ll definitely need that coffee as you embark on your first day trekking up the hills of this city, be prepared and remember, sneakers are a must. We spent this day exploring the neighborhood of Alfama, the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon and the only one to fully survive the earthquake that destroyed much of the city in 1755. I can’t encourage you enough to just let yourself get lost in the streets. So much color, history, and beauty around every single turn.
Take the hike up to S. Jorge’s Castle, try to get their early as it is hot and the lines are long. The views from inside are amazing. As we hiked back down, we made our way to Audrey’s where I had been recommended to eat lunch. It did not disappoint!
Just to the right as you walk down after leaving the restaurant, is the Miradouro das Portas do Sol. The view from here was absolutely breathtaking and the gardens surrounding it are so pretty as well. If you’re looking to spend more time here, take the little staircase up to the bar (note it is cash only) to grab drinks and take in the view for a little longer.
After soaking in the views and a few brews, you can find your way back down the hills to the famous Pink Road. We explored this area, had dinner, headed back to our Airbnb, and then came back out that night to enjoy the nightlife.
Day 2: Braxia and Belem
For your second day, I would suggest walking through Braxia in the morning and spending the afternoon in Belem. Wander around Braxia, another beautiful area, and grab brunch somewhere cute! We sat outside and ate at Ocorvo, where the brunch for 2 was much more like a meal for 4.
With full bellies, you should then go to see Elavador de Santa Justa. We didn’t feel the need to wait or pay to go inside, as I have a much better place to get the same, if not a better, view, that will also be much less crowded.
Topo Chiado is a gorgeous outdoor bar located above the elevator, but be warned it is VERY difficult to find using google maps. We walked up past the elevator, took a left, then turned right at the Nestle store, took another right at the church and walked down past it. To the left you will see people laying out and the two levels of bars that make up Topo Chiado (I linked the location I believe it is, rather than what google maps takes you to). Expect extremely slow service, but catch your breathe, enjoy a drink, and take in the views.
That afternoon, hop on a quick bus or train ride over to Belem to visit the beautiful Belem Tower, a UNESCO world heritage site. We grabbed a drink and sat by the water eating pastries for a quick break.
Just a short walk over the bridge, Jeronimos Monastery, another UNESCO site, is a beautiful gothic monastery and church that are well worth visiting, especially if you’re into history. Back across the road, is the Monument of Discoveries and an amazing view of the Taigus River and the bridge. Then, head back to the city center for drinks on the beach of the river while watching the sunset.
Day 3: Day Trip to Sintra
Sintra is a magical gem of a town, filled with palaces, ancient ceremonial grounds, and adventures around every curve. This is a can’t miss day trip that can be easily made by a short train ride, or car trip. There are endless palaces and sites to see here, but I would suggest picking 3 to realistically get through in one day. You can see my post on what to see and do in Sintra here.
Tips and Tricks
What to eat:All the Pastel de natas possible– Seriously the tastiest pastry ever and I couldn’t get enough of them. Peri peri chicken- Yes, if you’ve been to London I’m sure you’ve tried Nandos, but this spicy chicken is originally from Portugal. You should for sure try to find a local place top try some out while here. Seafood-due to it’s location, Lisbon is extremely well known for it’s seafood (I am allergic and this actually made it very difficult to eat everywhere we went). Sheep cheese– get some charcuterie boards and wine before a meal and eat as much of the local shell cheese as possible!
Veal fondue at Eating Bear– We didn’t make it here, but I’ve been told it’s a divine meal!
Time Out Market– This is where we went our first night after getting in late and I’m so glad we did. So many amazing local options to try all in one spot!
Tagide– An incredible dinner with a view of the city looking out over the water. Perfect for watching the sunset while having a Michelin rated dinner. By far our most costly meal, but very delicious and the view during sunset was beyond worth it.
What to drink: Port Wine- a rich dark wine served with it as dessert. Vinho Verde- a super refreshing light wine that is young and slightly carbonated. Ginjunha- a local, strong cherry liqueur.
Where to drink and night life: Barrio Alto-everyone in Lisbon stays out drinking and listening to music till 3, but this neighborhood is where it really goes down. The streets are full of life with tons of drinks being poured and music being played every where you turn.
Transportation: Make sure to hop on a Tram at some point! Even if it isn’t the famous Tram 28, other’s are all the same and don’t have lines queued up for them. Taxis and Ubers are cheap and reliable for when your legs are exhausted as well. The trains are cheap and easy for day trips. The bus can also be used with the same card as the tram and train. 24 hour passes can be bought at all metro stations for very cheap! We rented a car as we were coming from another city and it honestly was not needed while we were there, except to use when getting to Sintra, which is accessible by train. Parking over night is hard to come by and costly.
Easy day trips for longer trips: Other than Sintra, which I personally think is a must, my second highest recommendation is making a beach trip while in Portugal. The beaches are stunning and after walking around the 7 hills of Lisbon you’ll be needing a rest day. We stopped in Faro on our way into Portugal, which can be accessed by plane ride or car, as well as several other beaches of the Algarve region. Many beaches can also be accessed by train however, and would be a perfect follow up day to Sintra. Cascais is just a 30 minute train ride from the Cais do Sodre station. (Sit on the left side for gorgeous coastal views) You can rent lounge chairs and buy drinks for an easy relaxation day here.