where to eat + shop in palm beach

WHERE TO EAT
There are so many great places to eat in Palm Beach and wow, the vibes make you feel so special.

pizza al fresco
Hidden away in a little courtyard off Worth Avenue, definitely grab an outdoor table under the palm trees and string lights. Split a verde salad and share a pizza with your friends. I highly recommend the margherita. They have a great wine and cocktail menu so you can have a great Aperol spritz on a hot day.

sant ambroeus
Since this is such a popular restaurant in New York, having one in Palm Beach really makes it feel like home. It's located at the beautiful Royal Poinciana Plaza, making it the perfect spot to top off a day of shopping with a caprese salad, pasta, espresso, and tiramisu.

piccolo gelato
After your lunch at Pizza al Fresco, pop around the corner to this cute little gelato shop. They have all the classic flavors and a really good selection of non-dairy options too. Don't forget to ask for your gelato to be topped with a wafer!

surfside diner
Once known as Hamburger Heaven (an old haunt of Lilly Pulitzer's), Surfside Diner is a cute spot with vintage vibes a few blocks away from Worth Avenue. You'll find all the classic menu items here from blueberry pancakes and eggs benedict to cheeseburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches.

café boulud
Another favorite from New York (and Las Vegas, that location is incredible), Café Boulud is located in the beautiful Brazilian Court Hotel. There's a jazz pianist in the lounge area and overall, a really classic, luxurious vibe that will make you feel like you've gone back to another century. As with any of Daniel Boulud's restaurants, the menu is beyond. There's a prix fixe lunch and a la carte options, too. I highly recommend the eggs benedict, substituting tomatoes for the ham. 

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WHERE TO SHOP
Beyond the obvious shops on Worth Avenue and department stores like Neiman Marcus & Saks Fifth Avenue, there are so many perfect little boutiques where you'll find the prettiest bohemian dresses and colorful accessories. Plus, three of the stores are neighbors!

aerin
This store is absolute heaven. It's a tiny boutique across from Pizza al Fresco where you'll find a selection of Aerin Lauder's beautiful home decor. There's even a beautiful outdoor patio!

cj laing
Next door to Aerin, this store is your go-to for beautiful resort wear. There are endless amounts of gorgeous bohemian maxi dresses, beach cover-ups, and tropical accessories. Lots of blue and white!

margaux
The third store in this perfect trio off Worth Avenue is the Margaux shop. You may have heard of this shoe brand as it's a blogger favorite. The shop is beautifully designed and makes every shoe feel so special.

the church mouse
A short walk from Worth Avenue (towards the Surfside Diner) is this great little consignment shop that's a go-to for people like Aerin Lauder and Celerie Kemble. It's no wonder because I quickly found a beautiful vintage picnic basket and ice bucket here. Not to mention the fact that there was a white The Row blazer for $175 and several pairs of vintage Louboutins for sale under $50.

royal poinciana plaza
A short drive from the main stretch of Palm Beach, this is the most beautiful shopping center with checkerboard walkways and palm tree shaded seating nooks. You'll find a Vespa store, multiple art galleries, and stores like Hermès, Magasin, Cynthia Rowley, Saint Laurent, Assouline, and Joey Wölffer. I could spend a whole day here!

travel diary: sunshine + flowers in palm beach

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You guys! I am in love with Palm Beach. I grew up and went to college in Florida and, somehow, had never been to PB before. I'd been to West Palm Beach but never across the bridge to this heavenly spot. I really wanted to make the trip for my birthday and am so glad I did! At some point during the trip, I made a comment that Palm Beach was like me in the form of a city and I'm sticking to that!

The drive in is pretty typical Florida, but once you get down to Worth Avenue, it honestly feels like you're in Italy. There are so many great shops, you could spend the whole day browsing and still not see everything! 

One thing I really loved was that everyone we saw looked super chic. I swear, I saw so many beautiful dresses, I wish LikeToKnow.it was something I could use in real life! 

Between browsing all of the gorgeous shops, we had the most delicious lunch at Pizza al Fresco. Margherita pizza, verde salad, and an aperol spritz! The perfect meal for a hot day. The restaurant was super cute too. We sat outdoors and got to enjoy our water in these beautiful blue glasses.

I'll be doing a full post on where to eat and shop, but I want to mention how much I loved the Aerin store. It was one of those places where I wished I could literally buy every single thing. 

We ended up buying an adorable vintage picnic basket and ice bucket from The Church Mouse as well as the cutest popcorn bowl from Kate Spade. After shopping, we drove around for a bit looking at houses. There was one in particular that completely stole my heart. It was this beautiful Italian style villa with mint shutters and olive trees. I ended up finding it online and found out it was originally built in 1930. Look at the photos here! How beautiful is that?

We ended the day at Royal Poinciana Plaza (and a quick beach stop) where I lived out my Audrey Hepburn fantasy by posing on a vintage Vespa from the 60s. One thing that pleasantly surprised me about Palm Beach was the amount of fantastic contemporary art! I saw a Hunt Slonem piece in the window of a gallery on Worth Avenue and some gorgeous work at the Fritz Gallery, too. 

I loved how at home I felt in Palm Beach! It really felt like the New York of the South which, if you ask me, is about as perfect as it gets.

Have you been to Palm Beach?

nyc itinerary: birthday trip

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It's my birthday today! I sometimes do a more personal post on my birthday, but I've been sharing these fun New York itineraries lately and I thought it would make sense to post the birthday trip itinerary on my actual birthday! If you have a birthday trip to the city coming up, here's how I suggest you celebrate! 

Stay

The Carlyle
Because there is no hotel more special. Prince William and Kate stayed here on their first trip to New York, the Kennedys had an apartment here, the iconic Bemelman's Bar is in the hotel, and each guest receives a monogrammed pillow case in their room upon arrival. This is the place to go if you want to feel special!

Public Hotel
This hotel on the Lower East Side is one I've mentioned before, but it's so cool I have to mention it again. The rooms are beautifully designed and the hotel itself offers a lot to do, which makes it perfect for a birthday trip.

Crosby Street Hotel
I love this hotel for for a birthday trip because it's in a great location on a cobblestone road in SoHo and makes you feel super chic.

Refinery Hotel
This hotel near Bryant Park has a great rooftop bar and will also give you a Magnolia cake for your birthday!

Eat

Tea: Laduree
Have a luxurious tea at Laduree's SoHo location. Share a pot of your favorite blend and try out some of the incredible pastries (the Saint-Honoré is always my favorite) before taking a box of macarons to go.

Brunch: Bubby's
Bubby's brunch is so decadent, it only makes sense to indulge on your birthday. From stuffed pancakes to buttermilk biscuits and, of course, eggs benedict, this is the perfect, classic brunch in the Meatpacking District. Walk it all off on the High Line afterwards. 

Brunch: Lafayette
Another great brunch option is Lafayette, a beautiful French bakery in NoHo. The staff is always handsome and the food is delicious. It's classic brunch fare but with a French twist.

Dinner: Via Carota
For dinner, check out Via Carota in the West Village. It's a cozy, rustic Italian place with beautiful details and a gorgeous menu. 

Dessert: Catch
A lot of celebrities seem to frequent Catch, like Romee Strijd, Taylor Swift, and Kim K. It's seafood, but I recommend coming here just for dessert! Try out the famous Hit Me cake with liquid Klondike, roasted white chocolate ice-cream, and brownie devil's food cake. There are a ton of other amazing options, too.

Drinks: The Polo Bar
End your birthday with drinks at The Polo Bar where you might run into actors, politicians, or even Ralph Lauren himself. Be sure to make reservations well in advance, preferably a few months out. 

 

Do

Get a blowout at Drybar

Get your makeup done at Blushington

Pick up a dress at Rent the Runway

Play at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Court

Go out to Ramona (big enough for groups), The Wythe Hotel, or Sugar Factory

my new york city favorites

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I have to admit, this has been a challenging post to put together! There are so many places I love in the city and want to share with you, that it's pretty impossible to narrow things down. Not to mention the fact that there are undoubtedly a ton of places I'm omitting because I haven't experienced them or even heard of them! Cool places are always popping up and disappearing.

If you're headed to the city anytime soon, check out some of my all-time favorite places....

restaurants + bars

PIZZA:
Joe's - For classic, thin and saucy New York pizza. The sauce is sweet and amazing!

Artichoke - Highly recommend the namesake artichoke pizza (it's like artichoke dip but pizza) or the margherita. 

Roberta's - Known for being some of the best pizza in the world, these slices are blackened and a little spicy.

BAKERIES:
Martha's Country Bakery - You can get pretty much any dessert you want here and everything is delicious.

Levain - They make the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever had. They're big and gooey and perfect.

Almondine - A cute little spot in DUMBO where you can get beautiful pastries as well as a French bakery lunch to take to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

LATIN:
Dos Caminos - Great place for margaritas, chips and guac, and queso. It's kind of hard to find queso in the city, so this is the spot!

Dos Toros - My favorite tacos in the city. I'd probably eat them once everyday if I could.

Sophie's Cuban Cuisine - Try the fried plantains, veggie empanadas, and the white bean avocado salad.

ASIAN:
Han Dynasty - They make the most delicious lo mein! I'm partial to the location in the basement food hall of City Point in Brooklyn.

Momofuku Noodle Bar - The go-to ramen spot.

Nanatori - My best friend and I found this little spot in downtown Brooklyn late one night right before closing and it was the most relaxing experience. Plus, the service is wonderful and they give you a palate cleanser with your bill. 

CAFES:
Sweethaus - My favorite little cafe in Williamsburg! They have really good food (try the grilled cheese and tomato soup), yummy desserts, and it is really cute. They have a wall of candy and a 'frosting room'!

Toby's Estate - Toby's Estate is my favorite coffee place to meet with friends or to have a chai and kill time. There are several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but the beautiful Williamsburg location is my favorite.

Maman - Incredible food and the cutest ambiance. Their SoHo location has an adorable market next door, too!

VEGAN/VEGETARIAN:
Blossom - I had the best meal of my life here: seitan scallopini with pomme puree and sauteed kale followed by a flight of vegan sorbet. If you are plant-based (and even if you're not), you must eat here. I also love that it has a very classic, laid-back vibe.

Candle 79 - For a higher end vegan meal, I highly recommend Candle 79. They serve the most beautiful, organic and plant-based food at their restaurant. I vividly remember loving the fact that they serve the food at room temperature, which makes it so much better.

The Butcher's Daughter - This is a great spot for a quick juice or a casual breakfast. 

DRINKS:
Swift's - I love this cozy bar in NoHo. It kind of has an elevated Harry Potter vibe even though it is Jonathan Swift themed. Really great for people who like books and cozy things!

The Clocktower - Located inside the gorgeous New York Edition hotel. The bar is housed in what used to be the old MetLife offices, so it is very elegant with a great old world vibe.

WORK LUNCH: 
Dig Inn - I love Dig Inn for a a healthy lunch during the work day. They have a build-your-own market bowl setup with really good warm food options like coconut roasted carrots and Jasper Hill mac + cheese.  

Le Pain Quotidien - Le Pain is kind of like a fancier Panera, a sort-of upgraded fast casual. The food is really good and there are lots of locations across the city.

Taz Cafe - I order my lunch from here quite a bit when I'm working in FiDi simply because they have one of the biggest menus I've ever seen. You can pretty much get whatever you desire from this one place. 

ALL-TIME FAVORITES:
Veselka - This Ukrainian spot is my favorite in the city and is open 24-hours a day. I can't tell you how many times I've been here at all hours of the day and night eating pierogies, drinking egg creams, and making memories.

Bluestone Lane - I adore this healthy, Australian spot that has a couple of different locations. My favorite locations is in the West Village on the corner. I've tried nearly everything on the menu and it's all good, but definitely try the gluten-free banana bread.

shopping

BOOKS:
The Strand - It's not just my favorite bookstore, it's also an iconic New York spot where you can explore eighteen miles of discounted books. There's also a ton of cute, kitschy things like keychains, candles, and notebooks.

Housing Works - This used bookstore in SoHo has a rustic, magical vibe like what I imagine Flourish & Blotts would look like. It is entirely run by volunteers and proceeds go to the causes of AIDS and homelessness. 

Rizzoli - This book publisher has an absolutely beautiful store near Flatiron. Definitely check it out for coffee table books and gorgeous vibes.

HOME:
ABC Carpet & Home - This is the mothership for anyone who loves home decor and design. It's like a huge, well-curated and high-end flea market with everything from gorgeous rugs to door knobs and pillows. 

Roman & Williams - You all know I love R&W. I always say you can just feel how luxurious their products are by being in their presence. From big furniture to accessories and flatware, this is where you should go to splurge.

Anthropologie at Chelsea Market - This is my favorite Anthropologie store in general because it is huge and very well merchandised, but they have an especially good home section here. 

FASHION:
The Oculus - No matter your style, you'll find several stores in the Oculus that you'll love. My favorites are Cos, &Other Stories, and Reiss.

Nolita - Some of the best boutiques and brand exclusive stores are in this area near SoHo, away from the frustrating bustle of Soho itself. You'll find Everlane, Brandy Melville, Kith, and the boutique Warm.

Saks 5th Avenue - You could also go to Bergdorf's or Barney's but I'm kind of partial to the magical feeling they create at Saks 5th Avenue, especially around the holidays.

BEAUTY:
Credo Beauty - All natural, ethical, and cruelty free beauty products. I love shopping here because I know that anything I buy will meet a rigorous set of standards.

Sephora Union Square - This is my favorite Sephora in the city. It isn't huge, but it's never too crowded and has really good lighting.

SpaceNK Apothecary - A cute little store in Williamsburg for a curated selection of luxury beauty like Byredo and Tata Harper.

other places

OUTDOOR:
The High Line - No matter how touristy it has become, the High Line will always be one of my favorite outdoor spots in the city. I love getting an ice-cream from Bubby's and walking along the whole High Line.

Brooklyn Bridge Park - I love this area in Dumbo, both Brooklyn Bridge Park and Main Street Park. It's right on the water with a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. You can check out Jane's Carousel, the West Elm headquarters, and the cute little rocky beach.

Jefferson Market Garden - This is actually the garden outside my library and it is the most magical little spot. It's tiny, but filled with beautiful flowers and trickling fountains.

Central Park - Specifically around Bow Bridge, Gapstow Bridge, the Ramble, Belvedere Castle, and the model sailboat pond. 

MOVIE THEATERS:
Williamsburg Cinemas - My go-to theater because it's near my neighborhood and it is super cheap, especially for a new releases theater in the city. You only pay like $11 for a ticket as opposed to $17+ anywhere in Manhattan.

Alamo Drafthouse - I love, love, love treating myself to a film at Alamo Drafthouse. They serve a full menu of food and play cute vintage films before the movie.

The Angelika - This theater is really nostalgic for me because it's where I would go to see films when I was interning in the city. I saw some of my all-time favorite movies for the first time here. You can sometimes feel the subway beneath your feet in the theater which is really charming.

ENTERTAINMENT: 
Marie's Crisis - This is the most fun place in the city. You go and drink beers and sing Broadway songs with a live pianist. It is the tiniest, most dive-y place ever but it is so much fun.

House of Yes - My favorite 'club' in the city because they host elaborate theme parties with crazy live entertainment. Plus, you never get that creepy, aggressive vibe that I always experience at other clubs. They're very deliberate about creating an inclusive, safe environment.

 

 

nyc itinerary: girls trip

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Okay, what's better than a fun girls trip? Honestly, not much. Of course, you can go to the beach or Nashville or wherever, but I think New York is the move. I may be biased, but there is just so much to do here with your girlfriends that it can't be beat. New York is known for being a fairly masculine city, but I'm happy to report that a ton of new, girly spots have been popping up lately that are perfect for a trip with your best friends, your mom, your sisters, whoever! 

STAY

The Ludlow Hotel
When I think of stylish hotels in the city, my mind immediately goes to The Ludlow. You've likely seen their famous bathrooms on various Instagram it-girl accounts. The whole place is super Insta-worthy, so you and your friends will have no shortage of fun photo ops. There's also a great lounge space and a restaurant, Dirty French.

McCarren Hotel & Pool
For a summer trip with a more laid-back vibe, check out McCarren Hotel & Pool in Williamsburg. It's less pricey than hotels in the city, but the neighborhood is perfect (my favorite) and super close to Manhattan. The hotel has a gorgeous rooftop bar and a sunny pool deck, the perfect spots to hang out on a hot summer day.

The Jane
For major Wes Anderson vibes, book a room at The Jane. The decor is beyond gorgeous and it's located in the West Village, so you'll be close to all of the cutest spots in the city. The hotel is home to one of the prettiest new restaurants, Old Rose, which I'll mention below. 

The Public Hotel
Public Hotel is similar in design to The New York Edition, but less expensive and a bit of a younger vibe. It has an art exhibition space that doubles as a dance club at night, a beautiful hotel store, and several restaurants including a lush rooftop. 

The Roger Hotel
I stayed at this cute boutique hotel near Flatiron last summer and thought it was so darling. I was initially drawn to the black-and-white striped awnings outside (of course), but they also have a chic lobby space and really cute rooms. As a smaller hotel, I'd say this one offers less of an 'experience', but it's a really nice option in a super convenient location.

Airbnb
For larger groups, renting an Airbnb is a fun and more cost-effective option. If you do this, I definitely recommend spending extra for a really great space to call your home base. Yes, you'll be out and about for much of the day, but having a nice apartment to come back to will feel like a fun sleepover. You can even order Seamless and have a cute night in. Some options I like are here, here, and here.

EAT

Old Rose
Like I mentioned above, Old Rose is located in the Jane Hotel and, to me, it's kind of the new While We Were Young. It has the white marble, checkerboard floor vibe that looks beautiful in photos. The menu is really good too, with lots of elevated comfort food like margherita pizzas, sourdough avocado toast, waffles, and a great drink menu.

ABC Kitchen
For a splurge dinner, try the super chic Jean-Georges restaurant ABC Kitchen near Union Square. It's inside the beautiful home store ABC Furniture & Home (which you should definitely peruse) and is decorated like something out of Architectural Digest.

Sweet Time Dessert Cafe
This is a super cute little place with an indoor cherry blossom tree and a cute neon sign. They serve cute little desserts that weirdly remind me of Lush bath bombs. Things like galaxy mousse cake and pastel dessert drinks.

The Cafe at Sel Rrose
Another very chic spot, the restaurant Sel Rrose has a little cafe that serves coffee, prosecco, morning pastries, and small plates. This would be a great place for a very low-key brunch.

Milk + Roses
In Greenpoint, Brooklyn, you'll find Milk + Roses, a restaurant with the dreamiest, magical garden ambience and rustic Italian food. They offer baked goods from Balthazar as well as things like focaccia, ricotta ravioli, and panna cotta.

Blank Slate Tea
This place just opened up in Flatiron and it's super pink. Stop by here for a quick meal or to pick up a variation of wellness teas (or boba!) that come with a very cute pink coffee sleeve.

The Broken Coconut
Everytime I walk by this place with a friend, we always exclaim how cute it is. There's tropical wallpaper and pink neon signs as well a menu that offers acai bowls, coconut yogurt, overnight oats, and grain bowls for a healthy eating experience.

DO

Check out Roman & Williams
Even if you don't eat a La Mercerie (which you should), stop into Roman + Williams Guild in Soho to browse the art-like furniture and to smell the flowers at the shop in the front.

See Anastasia on Broadway
There are tons of shows to see in the city, but I think Anastasia is the perfect one for a girls trip. I don't know any girl who doesn't love the movie! 

Get manicures or pedicures at a cute salon
Round up your group and head to one of the cute mani-pedi spots in the city like Essie's flagship salon, Primp + Polish, Sundays Nail Studio, Paintbox, or Chillhouse.

Go to The Whitney
I recommend the Whitney over the other museums for this trip because of its location and general vibe. The new location is right on the water near the High Line and offers some really great views. The collection is quite varied (from contemporary artists like Alexander Calder to classic, American artists like Grant Wood), so there's something for everyone. 

Wander around Williamsburg & Nolita
These two neighborhoods in particular have a lot of great boutiques to pop in and out of. In Williamsburg, you'll find a lot of independent and vintage spots intermixed with places like Madewell and SpaceNK. In Nolita, you have mid-range designer spots like Everlane, Ulla Johnson, and Totokaelo as well as the McNally Jackson bookstore.

Party at Le Bain & House of Yes
If you want to really go out, there are two spots I recommend. Le Bain is a discotheque at The Standard. It's rather chic and French-inspired. On the flip side, House of Yes is a crazy performance space and dance club in Bushwick where you'll wear themed costumes and encounter all sorts of wild performance art through the night. I really like House of Yes for a girls trip because it definitely isn't the kind of place where you'll find creepy dudes.