cereal milk macaron + checking in

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Hello, everyone!

I don't discriminate when it comes to macarons, but I honestly had one of the best flavors the other day. I was working for awhile at Woops! in Williamsburg and decided to try the Cereal Milk flavored macaron. Like I said, I've never met a macaron I didn't like but this one was a standout. I still haven't tried the Cereal Milk ice-cream from Milk Bar, but now I'm even mor motivated to do so.

So, this post is kind of just me checking in to let you know what's going on in the next few weeks. I'm in my 5th month of living in New York (!!!) and it's actually unbelievable I've been here that long. I feel like things have been nonstop and that's why the time is passing quickly.

This time next week, I'll be getting ready to head to the airport for a trip home and I'm so excited! The weather is still pretty dreary in the city so I'll be happy to spend time in the sunshine and warmth. It's going to be a pretty low-key trip in the best way. I'll get to spend a lot of time with my family! I'm taking them to see Black Panther which will be so good.

Then, I just plan on swimming, taking baths, cuddling with my cat, riding bikes, and taking a lot of photos. I actually have a lot of fun photo ideas planned that I can wait to work on.

So that's what's happening and what you can expect content-wise, too. Let me know if you guys have any fun spring break plans or travel plans in general coming up! 

 

nyc itinerary: shopping trip

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It's a fact that you could make a trip to New York and literally spend the entire time shopping. A lot of people spend a huge amount of their trips shopping as it is, but you could also make it a theme based on the kind of shopping you want to do and the vibe you're looking for. This itinerary has ideas for both a classic, Gossip Girl shopping trip vibe and a trendy, It-Girl vibe.

STAY

11 Howard
This is the new place to stay during Fashion Week and, thus, the perfect spot for your shopping trip. It is conveniently located right across the street from the Glossier showroom, just a couple blocks from prime SoHo shopping, and it has two really stylish dining options: Le Coucou and The Blond. This is a super trendy, aesthetically pleasing hotel that will look really good on Instagram. 

Lotte New York Palace
If you want your shopping trip to be more of a Gossip Girl experience, stay at the Lotte New York Palace. This is, of course, where Serena and Chuck lived during the first season of the show. It has a very classic vibe and is located in midtown near the high-end shopping locations like Saks and so on.

The Standard High Line
If you're more of the downtown type, check out The Standard High Line in the Meatpacking District. Staying here will put you close to the 'cool girl' stores like The Kooples, In Support Of, All Saints, and more. It's also close to DVF headquarters, so you might see Diane. This area is really the quintessential 'fashion' neighborhood, if you ask me.

EAT

Fred's at Barney's
Going for lunch at Fred's always makes me feel super glamorous, especially the Madison Avenue location. It's located on an upper floor of Barney's with a great view of the city and a vibe that makes it feel like you'd see a Real Housewife or someone like that. Its menu has all of the classic, country club style dishes you'd think of but my favorite is the chicken noodle soup with bread and ginger ale.

Jack's Wife Freda
If there's one spot I think of when I think of the fashion crowd, it is definitely Jack's Wife Freda. You've probably seen it on everyone's Instagram, but for good reason. It's simple and cute with a really good Mediterranean menu. 

Old Rose
I consider Old Rose to be the new While We Were Young, so go check it out before it gets too crowded. It's a very Instagram aesthetic, pink and white Italian restaurant with beautiful checkerboard floors. Order a cocktail and then take photos in the restaurant but also inside The Jane Hotel, which is very Wes Anderson.

DO

Shopping in SoHo and Nolita
Here, you'll find a blend of fashion staples and smaller, independent stores. It could be considered the city's main shopping district. You'll find H&M, Zara, Aritzia, and Adidas but also Kith, Acne, Zimmermann, Dior, and Isabel Marant. Also check out McNally Jackson, Housing Works, and all the other little independent shops you find. Bleecker Street between Lafayette and Bowery has some cute little places and there's also a Laundress store nearby.

Boutique shopping on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg
For more charming, independent boutiques, try Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. This is my 'neck of the woods' so to speak and I always find a ton of cute places. Try Catbird, the Mini Mall, Awoke Vintage, The Stone Flower, Pinkyotto, and Amarcord Vintage (this place has the most beautiful, high-end vintage clothes and accessories I've ever seen---think Gucci and Hermes). If you go up to Driggs Avenue, there are more cute shops like Monk Vintage and Concrete + Water. 

Classic shopping uptown
For the most classic shopping, head uptown to Madison Avenue, Lexington Avenue, and 5th Avenue (basically starting at East 57th Street). You'll find old-school brands like Hermes, Cartier, and Chanel as well as newer brands like Mansur Gavriel and Stuart Weitzman. Of course, spend time in the big department stores like Bergdorf's, Barney's, Henri Bendel, and Bloomingdale's for the most magical shopping experience. 

seeing 'the band's visit' on broadway

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I've loved going to shows ever since I was a little kid. I was very lucky to go to an elementary school that valued the arts, which meant that we went on a lot of field trips to the theater and I think that truly shaped my love for performing arts. 

Last week, I got a last minute chance to go see The Band's Visit at the Barrymore Theater and jumped on the opportunity. I didn't know much about it but had heard so many good things (including that it is the best musical of the year). You guys, it was even better than expected!

The story is about a police band from Egypt who go to Israel to perform at a cultural center. They get the towns mixed up and end up in a small, seemingly boring village where they spend the night with a few different characters who lived there.

The night we went was Tony Shalloub's (from Monk) last night as the lead and I'm so glad we didn't miss him! The female lead Katrina Lenk was incredible. She had the most beautiful voice and a really cool energy about her.  The storyline between her and Shalloub's character reminded me of La La Land and Before Sunrise. 

There's also a really awkward younger male character who is bad with girls and gets advice from one of the handsome band members; a hilarious character who skates around with a boombox; and a charming, dorky guy who wears socks with sandals and is having marital problems. There are so many funny, interesting, and lovable characters throughout the entire show!

Most importantly, the music is wonderful. It was such a tribute to Israeli and Egyptian culture. The show ended with a live performance by the band and the entire audience was on their feet. Below is a video with some show clips to give you an idea what it's like.

A lot of people are saying it's going to be the show of the year, like Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen were, so I'm really happy I got the chance to see it early on. If you're in the city and get the chance, definitely go see The Band's Visit!

the weekend list no. 30 (+ oscars predictions!)

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Happy Saturday! The weather took a turn for the gloomy this weekend but I'm feeling okay about it, as it's an excuse to stay home to read books and catch up on a few movies before the Oscars. Also, I have a warm-weather trip coming up very soon!

Without even realizing it, three of the links I'm sharing this week are actually nutrition-oriented! 

I'm obviously fascinated with ballerinas and their daily food intake provides some good meal inspiration.

This article about the business behind Revolve was really interesting. I was surprised by how little I knew about the company!

Really enjoyed this article about American vs. French food culture.

Bess wrote a post recently about how she balances staying in shape while also enjoying things like wine, desserts, etc. Really good perspective on a sustainable healthy lifestyle!

So, the Oscars are tomorrow! I'm not sure yet if I'll be watching from home or going out to watch somewhere else, but I do have my predictions. This year was difficult because my predictions for what will win really don't line up with what I think should win, unfortunately. I mean, The Florida Project wasn't even nominated and honestly, that would be one of my two picks for Best Picture.

I won't go through the whole list, but here are my guesses and hopes for the big categories:

Best Picture:
What Will Win: Shape of Water
What I Want To Win: Call Me By Your Name

Best Director
What Will Win: Guillermo del Toro
What I Want To Win: Greta Gerwig

Best Actor
What Will Win: Timothée Chalamet (I know everyone thinks it will be Gary Oldman but I feel like Timmy will take this one)
What I Want To Win: Timothée Chalamet

Best Actress
What Will Win: Frances McDormand
What I Want To Win: Saoirse Ronan

Best Supporting Actor
What Will Win: Sam Rockwell or Willem Dafoe (I'm split)
What I Want To Win: Willem Dafoe

Best Supporting Actress
What Will Win: Allison Janney
What I Want To Win: Allison Janney

Best Adapted Screenplay
What Will Win: Call Me By Your Name
What I Want To Win: Call Me By Your Name (can I put this in all caps?!)

Best Original Screenplay
What Will Win: Get Out (People are saying Ladybird but I think everyone loves Get Out so much that this will be where it wins)
What I Want To Win: Get Out, although The Big Sick would also be a pick.

twelve swimsuits to wear this summer

Can you guys tell I'm getting antsy for summer? All I can think about is swimming and taking long walks around the city in the sun. We had a glimpse of summer here in New York the other day when it got up to 75 degrees and, wow, it was heavenly! I had a cup of Pressed Juicery freeze and sat in Union Square Park feeling on top of the world. Haha!

So yes, it's gradually getting warmer but I'm excited because I actually booked a trip home to Florida for mid-March. I plan on spending the entire week swimming, drinking smoothies, and taking bicycle rides around the neighborhood to enjoy the sun and the empty sidewalks for a bit!

Are you guys getting ready for summer yet? I've been seeing so many cute swimsuits and I'm seriously ready to buy them all. I've rounded up a few of them here, hoping you find (at least) one you like!