introducing nyc itineraries // first trip to new york

I'm really excited about this new series I'm doing! There are so many different kinds of travelers and different kinds of trips, especially to New York. You could be here on a girls weekend or with the intention of trying a bunch of new food, or you could be here to take photos or to take in all of the culture. So, I'm putting together a bunch of different itineraries to help you out. 

So, getting into the 'First Trip to New York' itinerary! When putting this together, my goal was to pick the things you have to do if you were coming to the city for the first time. So yes, it's a little bit basic but I think most first trips tend to cover the classic sites anyway! 

STAY

1 Hotel Central Park
This is a great hotel pick for so many reasons. It's located in a classic part of town (near The Plaza and Bergdorf's) and overlooks the park, but it's not your typical, boring midtown hotel. Inspired by nature, the design of the hotel is very zen and super unique even for New York. Plus, the prices are surprisingly good!

The NoMad Hotel
If you're looking for a very centrally located option, I recommend The NoMad. It's a couple of blocks from Madison Square Park, so you're pretty much an equal distance from anything you'd want to do. This is another really cool hotel that will give you the metropolitan vibes you're probably looking for. 

The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park
On the other end of the island, The Ritz Battery Park is a classic option that's close to One World Trade Center, gorgeous Battery Park, and the Financial District, which may not sound exciting but it's a great area. You'll be in Tribeca, where everything is very clean which makes for a decent transition into the city. 

EAT

Sarabeth's
You can't miss the classic brunch spot! I recommend the Upper East Side location but there are a couple of others if you're not in that area. You could go for dinner, but brunch really is the move. I recommend the lemon ricotta pancakes and the classic mimosa.

Joe's Pizza
In my opinion, Joe's has the best classic pizza in the city. The sauce is sweet and it's just so good. If you want a New York staple, get pizza at one of these locations: Carmine Street, East 14th Street, Bedford Avenue, or 1435 Broadway.

Veselka
My personal go-to restaurant in the city is Veselka. I bring every out-of-town guest here and they all end up falling in love. It's super low-key, open 24 hours, and they have the best pierogi ever. Order the large plate and make sure they give you applesauce on the side.

DO

Central Park
No first trip is complete without a wander in Central Park. There are a ton of route options, which can be overwhelming, so here's what I suggest: 1) Enter at Grand Army Plaza, walk up past Gapstow Bridge, 2) Enter at East 90th Street, walk down along the reservoir, behind the Met, 3) Walk through The Ramble, down over Bow Bridge, to Bethesda Terrace. 

The Met
Like Central Park, The Met is enormous and you likely won't cover all of it in one trip. Choosing what to see really depends on your own personal taste, but here are some of my must-sees: 1) The Temple of Dendur, 2) European Sculpture and Decorative Arts (featuring complete reproductions of period rooms like Louis XVI's grand salon), 3) Greek and Roman Art, and 4) The Costume Institute. I would choose one or two of those, plus another non-Western art collection like Asian Art or Arts of Africa. 

Rush Broadway Tickets
Instead of shelling out a ton of money for Broadway tickets in advance, do it the local way and go to the ticket booth the morning of to rush cheap tickets to a show. Yes, you'll have less control over the situation, but it's so much cheaper and more adventurous. 

BRING

A structured tote bag to carry all the necessities. Cute, comfortable walking shoes. A reusable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day for free. A portable phone charger because the city has a way of draining your battery.

pink plaid scarf + once upon a tart

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COAT: j.crew | TOP: j.crew | JEANS: zara | BOOTS: dv | SCARF: loft | SUNGLASSES: balenciaga

Here's the story: I was laying in bed one night, scrolling through Instagram and saw this post from Kate and thought: wow, that is the cutest scarf ever and exactly what I need to liven up my winter wardrobe. When I saw that it was on sale for only $16, I bought it immediately and picked it up the next day from the Loft store by Union Square.

I've loved it ever since! Seriously, how cute is the pink print? It really makes me feel so much better to wear pretty colors during the dull winter.

I especially love the pink against the pistachio green exterior of Once Upon a Tart, the most adorable little bistro on Sullivan Street in SoHo. My friend Keighla and I met up there last weekend for hot apple cider and tarts. I had the most delicious quiche and she had this gorgeous chocolate walnut tart.

If you're in the area, definitely check out this hidden gem because it's super cozy and the food is amazing. In the meantime, add some happiness to your winter outfits with one of these cute, colorful scarves.

staying cozy in february

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Can we all agree that we're tired of winter? After the holidays, it really becomes such a bummer season that can be hard to deal with. The constant darkness and cold are so hard on our bodies and our states of mind, yeah? 

I found the most adorable café in Williamsburg last week called Sweethaus and for some reason, it made the winter a little bit more bearable. I went there on my day off to work on some things and ended up having tomato soup, half a grilled cheese, pink lemonade, and a chocolate-vanilla marbled cupcake. The decor was beautiful, they were playing beautiful music, and there was a chic older woman in a trench. 

Just being there made me feel more relaxed and inspired me to write a post on staying cozy to survive the month of February, taking cues from this particular café:

Hang out in a cute café.
Spend a few hours in your favorite café or find a cute new place in your town. Take your laptop, a book, your journal, or magazines and have a drink and treat. Just getting out of the house can feel miraculous on cold winter days.

Make tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Is there any cozier meal than this? Make your own tomato soup at home and pick up some really good cheese and bread from the market for grilled sandwiches. This meal alone can get you through the dreariest days.

Listen to vintage music.
The café I mentioned up top was playing the loveliest vintage playlist when I spent the early afternoon there and it was so relaxing. Playing music by Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and the likes while you're at home is an easy way to feel cozy. Light some candles and check out one of these playlists: Starbucks Vintage, New York Jazz Vibes, and Jazz Café Paris.

Watch a dreamy film.
This film will preferably have a jazz soundtrack and at least one scene involving coffee, pastries, wine or flowers. Some favorites are Midnight in Paris, You've Got Mail, Notting Hill, Paddington, Beauty and the Beast, Dior et Moi, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday, Before Sunrise, and Marie Antoinette.

Spend an afternoon baking.
A lot of times I want to bake even if I'm not even craving sweets. I just find the act of baking so relaxing and cozy! Put on a cute apron, one of those vintage playlists, and bake one of these recipes: classic croissants, raspberry sticky buns, and vegan banana bread.

the weekend list no. 28

Happy weekend! I'm doing some photography and meeting up with a few different friends today and tomorrow. Next weekend, Caroline is back which will, of course, be fun! What are you all up to?

I loved SZA's dewy makeup look at the Grammy's! No surprise a lot of the products were Glossier.

My friend Diana introduced me to the website Girls At Library and I started with this interview with Hilary Kerr. The whole website is kind of like an ITG Top Shelf but for books! Love it.

I've always been a fan of Nicole Kidman but I've been especially interested in her lately for some reason and enjoyed this Vogue interview.

Have you guys seen New York Magazine's The Strategist? It's kind of my brain in a website concept. They basically create shopping strategies for just about any situation from spending a Walgreens gift card to stocking your bar cart.

I saw this February Self-Love challenge on The Glitter Guide and thought it was really nice. Funny enough, I was looking for something like this on Pinterest, couldn't find one I liked, and then this one popped up in my Bloglovin feed.

Amber & Rosie's matching pink dresses are so cute, it hurts.

Into The Gloss had an interesting piece about makeup vs. hair and which one essentially 'makes' the look. It's hard to say for me, I can go both ways! What do you think?

recent beauty buys + trys

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Let me preface this by saying I've tried a lot of products recently. With the changing temperatures and being in a new city, I've had to revamp my routine a little bit and now I'm planning a transition to all clean products. I'll post more about that when I'm further into the process! Here's what I've tried out lately:

SKIN

Biologique Recherche P50 Lotion
Totally the opposite of the whole natural beauty thing, right? This toner is iconic for its benefits and its smell (some people say 'burning trash', I say 'chloraseptic' and I actually don't mind the smell). This product does a couple of different things including exfoliating, hydrating, and balancing the skin's pH. I'm slowly incorporating it into my regular weekly skincare routine and can definitely say that it makes my skin look healthier.

Biologique Recherche Serum Complexe Iribiol
This serum meant to target the T-zone specifically and reduce pores while healing acne scarring or breakouts. The formula contains zinc and iris extract. You can use this for a facial massage after your toner or the P50 Lotion.

Biologique Recherche Serum Fluide VIP O2
This is a great serum for underneath the eyes, especially when you look tired. The formula is oxygenating and anti-pollution with lactic acid and silk extracts. Just press it into the skin around your eyes for a fresh glow.

Juice Beauty Cleanser
For some reason, it took me awhile to be convinced to buy this cleanser but I'm so glad I did. It feels like a lotion, so it's super hydrating on dry, winter skin. Plus, the formula is clean so it is not at all irritating on the skin. Love, love, love this cleanser!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
I got an enormous jar of this on sale at Sephora during Black Friday and have been using it ever since. I've liked it enough, although I don't particularly care for the smell. I'd recommend this more as a body cream than for face and it'll be switched out for something clean when I run out.

Mario Badescu Green Tea Facial Mist
I'm a dedicated fan of the Mario Badescu rose water spray but wanted to try something new so I picked up a mini bottle of the green tea mist and really like it! It serves the same purpose as the rose mist but just gives a little something different. 

Acure Clarifying Towelettes
This was one of my new forays into the clean swap. I'm obsessed with Sephora's coconut makeup removing wipes and headed to Credo to try to pick up Acure's brightening coconut wipes. They didn't have that particular product, but they did have these clarifiying wipes from the same brand (which I love). They contain zinc licorice root and a bit of salicylic acid to help exfoliate the skin as well as argan oil for moisturizing. It's hard for me to find makeup wipes that don't irritate my face, so these are great!

BODY

Lush 'Comforter' Body Wash
You all know I'm a big fan of the Lush Sleepy lotion and this 'Comforter' body wash is a great companion product. It smells so good, like black currant and vanilla plus it puts you in a calm mood which is only enhanced by later using the Sleepy lotion.

Lush 'Ro's Argan' Lotion
Another Lush product I tried was the Ro's Argan lotion. Since I'm trying to save Sleepy for nighttime, I've been using the argan lotion during the day. It's a blend of argan oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter but smells like roses and vanilla. 

HAIR

Moroccanoil Shampoo & Conditioner
My hair has really been uncooperative lately so I picked up a Moroccanoil shampoo and conditioner duo to try to help the situation. I'm still getting really bad cowlicks, but my hair is noticeably softer and easier to work with!

Moroccanoil Treatment
I love the shampoo and conditioner but I love the Moroccanoil Treatment even more. It's a thin oil you apply to your hair when wet and it helps it to dry faster but also leaves your hair super soft and silky. 

Drybar Texas Tea Volumizing Hair Spray
I love all things Drybar, so it's no surprise I'm a fan of the Texas Tea volumizing spray. You just spritz this on your roots when your hair is damp and it helps to give your hair volume as it air dries or under the blow dryer. Plus, it smells really good.

MAKEUP

Maybelline Dream BB Fresh (110 Light/Medium)
I'm almost out of my It Cosmetics CC cream and I wanted to get something a little less expensive to hold me over so I tried this drugstore BB cream from Maybelline. I'm going to be honest, I won't buy this again. I don't usually like much coverage, but I felt like this gave no coverage at all and totally melted off the skin after no time at all.

OTHER

Cocofloss
I'd been wanting to try Cocofloss for the longest time but couldn't justify paying for shipping on a container of floss, so I ended up finding it at Credo. I got the coconut flavor, of course, but it also comes in delicious mint, strawberries, cara cara orange, and peppermint. This really does make me want to floss more, which is ridiculous but at least it works!