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Weekend In My Life: Rosé Mansion, NYC

Last weekend, I had a little outing with my friends to the Rosé Mansion in NYC which is a rosé wine themed exhibit that is considered one of the most instagrammable places in the city. You’re lying if you say if you haven’t seen it all over Instagram over the last year or so. I had put off on going here for a very long time but we finally took the plunge and decided to go and had a surprisingly good time.

This exhibit takes you through the history of rosé and you can do tasting of different wines from all kinds of different regions, from Italy to the Finger Lakes. There’s a rosé for everyone! It has 14 rooms, each with a different theme and always something fun to take photos with. This exhibit is famous for it’s bathtub filled with rose petals!

The exhibit costs $45 plus taxes and fees and that gets you entry into the exhibit, 8 wine tastings (about 1 ounce, which to me is skimpy for a wine tasting), a plastic wine glass to keep, and an enamel pin. If you’re like me, you really only went for the wine or the photos, the rest was pretty irrelevant. So I will be completely honest in saying that it’s too expensive to REALLY justify the experience. The wine was delicious, but if I’m spending $45 on it, I want at least 4 ounce pours for each tasting which is pretty standard at any vineyard you go to. On top of that, it is insanely crowded with literal hoards of women trying to get the perfect Instagram photo. Now I’m not saying I didn’t get my fair share of photos, but was it worth it to wait in line to sit in that bathtub of rose petals? Probably not.

Now I’m not intentionally being negative, I just wanted to give my honest opinion. I will say I had a surprisingly good time which is probably because of the people I went with and the wine I drank. I had really low expectations for this experience, so it wasn’t hard to exceed them. With that being said, I would not ever go again, but if you’re looking to try it out, I wouldn’t tell you NOT to go. It’s a personal preference, and this experience was not for me!

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What I Wore This Week: 11/10/19 – 11/15/19

I wanted to share a new series on here because 1) I like to be consistent and 2) I don’t feel like I share enough fashion content which is the whole point of this blog. So I decided every Monday, I’m going to share a round up of what I wore the week before. It’s nothing fancy, no professional photos or anything. It’s just going to be a casual way to show what I wore and a little summary of my week. If you want to see what I wore and did last week, then keep on reading!

Sunday

This night I went out to dinner with my family to a hibachi restaurant and it was so yummy. Hibachi is one of those things that is usually a treat once or twice a year (if that) for me, so I was really excited about this dinner. I was also really excited about my outfit because I had just gotten this leopard suede jacket in the mail that morning and knew I wanted to style it. I kept it simple with just a turtleneck and jeans, but this was probably my favorite outfit of the week.

Jacket: Zara / Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Something Navy

Monday

Monday was pretty uneventful, but I really wanted to wear these new shoes I got in from Nordstrom. They are so so comfortable and I love the way the front is cut. I also have them in a pretty green suede that I have yet to wear, but promise I will soon!

Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Naturalizer

Tuesday

I was feeling brown today obviously. Shades of brown is my favorite kind of outfit to wear, especially now that it’s fall. I may have gone a little overboard with it, but I just really loved this one. I try to wear whatever I want (at least to work) and this made me happy, so that’s what I wore.

Top: Target / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Something Navy

Wednesday

It was about 32 degrees this day and not saying I regretted my outfit choice, but I feel like I could have done better. I wish I thought to wear tall boots cause my little legs were so cold! I love this purple sweater because it’s so thick that I was pretty warm on top, but these jeans are such a light cotton denim that the air just went straight through them.

Sweater & Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Thursday

I decided not to make the same mistake as yesterday and wore some gray OTK boots and it was definitely the right choice. These don’t have a super high heel, maybe 2.5 inches so they are really comfy but run pretty small. I love that the top is elastic because they don’t fall down which is what I hate about most OTK boots.

Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Goodnight Macaroon

Friday

Ahh friday. I was feeling super casual and was really excited about wearing my new brown loafers from Target, so I designed my outfit around the shoes. I was feeling a little uninspired though, so I went to find some inspiration from Instagram and put this outfit together! It’s so simple but is truly reflective of my personal style.

Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Target

I hope you enjoyed my little weekly outfit recap and if you want to keep seeing these be sure to follow my blog and leave a comment down below letting me know you enjoyed it! Follow my Instagram below to see my daily outfits on my stories also!

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Four Cute Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t it a little soon to be planning Thanksgiving outfits?” The answer is no, because I’m light years behind all the other bloggers by doing this TWO WEEKS before Thanksgiving. Anyway, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays so I’m excited that it’s almost here. I truly cannot believe that we are getting into the full swing of the holidays now and 2019 is almost over. It really feels like yesterday that I was celebrating Christmas with my family at home and now it’s around the corner, but I digress. To get you in the holiday spirit I’m sharing 4 super cute and super easy outfits to wear for Thanksgiving dinner.

Outfit 1:

I shared this leopard dress last week in my going out outfits post and now I’m sharing it again for Thanksgiving because ~ versatility ~ is key. This time though, I threw a cozy sweater from American Eagle over top and belted it at the waist for some added shape. I also paired it with these gorgeous leather OTK boots from Steve Madden. I found these boots at an outlet in Sunrise, FL and have literally never seen them since but they are the best over the knee leather boots I can find and I wish could share the link with you. However, this outfit would look super cute, if not cuter, with knee high leather boots like these Sam Edelman ones that I have my eye on.

Sweater: American Eagle / Dress: Zara / Boots: Steve Madden
Sweater: American Eagle / Dress: Zara / Boots: Steve Madden
Sweater: American Eagle / Dress: Zara / Boots: Steve Madden

Outfit 2:

I love this pretty sweater dress and I wish it was still available. I got it from Mink Pink via Revolve about 2 years ago and never appreciated it until this past year! It’s so warm and cozy so it’s great to wear with knee high boots to essentially keep you completely covered up! Here’s a similar sweater dress for you, linked here. I decided to belt it for some added shape and wear my favorite Zara boots for some color. This is definitely one of my favorite outfits!

Dress: Mink Pink / Boots: Zara
Dress: Mink Pink / Boots: Zara
Dress: Mink Pink / Boots: Zara

Outfit 3:

For this one I wanted to be super comfy, yet still put together and for me that means cozy pants and a big comfy sweater. I have shown these Abercrombie belted pants a bunch of times because you know I love them so much! As for this sweater, I think it speaks for itself. I saw it and knew I had to have it and I was hitting the check out button before my mind even knew what was happening. Okay, not really but I do love this because the colors are so pretty together. They make this sweater more neutral because you can wear it with SO many different colors and it will still look like it “goes together”. The sweater is linked here for you and comes in tons of colors.

Sweater: American Eagle / Pants: Abercrombie / Shoes: Gucci
Sweater: American Eagle / Pants: Abercrombie / Shoes: Gucci
Sweater: American Eagle / Pants: Abercrombie / Shoes: Gucci

Outfit 4:

Last but not least, this one is a little more business casual but I think it’s still really cute. I like the idea of wearing trousers instead of jeans sometimes because it dresses it up, but a sweater keeps it casual still. These are the same target pants that I raved about earlier this season and I feel the same way about them now. The sweater is also a recent purchase and I love the color! Perfect for fall and it goes with just about everything I own, because you know I love brown everything. Sweater is linked here for you!

Sweater: American Eagle / Pants: Target / Shoes: Something Navy
Sweater: American Eagle / Pants: Target / Shoes: Something Navy
Sweater: American Eagle / Pants: Target / Shoes: Something Navy

Finally, another big thank you to our friend Eric Dulmovits for his awesome work shooting these photos. He was such a big help and I am so happy with how these photos came out. He does great work (obviously) and was so quick to get these back to us. I’m thankful to have such a talented friend! If you are in the Long Island area and looking for a photographer, please reach out to him! Send him an email for bookings at eric.dulmovits@gmail.com and check out his Instagram @ecdulmo to see more of his work!

In the comments below, let me know what your Thanksgiving plans are!

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What Happens When My Boyfriend Lets Me Dress Him

A few months ago I let my boyfriend, Andrew, dress me in 4 different outfits for my blog post, linked here for your viewing pleasure. This time around, he let me dress him! I was really excited about this because he does often ask my opinion on what to wear so it was nice that he let me have full control this time! I was also really excited to see how he would do in front of the camera this time, since he’s usually behind it taking my photos! I think he did an excellent job and is definitely giving me a run for my money. Keep on reading to see what I dressed him in!

Outfit 1:

One thing I love is when Andrew wears these khaki pants because they fit him so well. So of course, my first outfit was going to include them! We got these at Abercrombie over the summer and were pleasantly surprised by the fit and the quality. We also went and got the black shirt at H&M about a month ago. I liked it because it’s heavier than a regular button down which makes it great for fall and winter. Of course, black boots was the obvious choice here and it really pulls it all together I think.

Pants: Abercrombie / Top: H&M / Shoes: Cole Haan
Pants: Abercrombie / Top: H&M / Shoes: Cole Haan
Pants: Abercrombie / Top: H&M / Shoes: Cole Haan

Outfit 2:

This is one of my favorite looks because I know this is something he would pick out himself. Just like me, he’s a big jeans and t-shirt kind of guy so this one was a no brainer! He got the jeans earlier this year at American Eagle and they are such good quality and they have so many sizes/styles which made it really easy to find ones he liked. Andrew almost exclusively wears t-shirts from Express so that’s where he got this one. They make great t-shirts and they usually have a buy one get one deal for them also! Now, personally I think Andrew looks really good in blue so whenever I get the chance, I tell him to wear this blue bomber jacket and it always pulls the whole look together.

Jacket: RVCA / Top: Express / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Adidas
Jacket: RVCA / Top: Express / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Adidas
Jacket: RVCA / Top: Express / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Adidas

Outfit 3:

I think Andrew actually wore this outfit on our second date, but he hasn’t worn it in a while and it’s one of my favorites for him. He’s got a lumberjack thing going on when he wears plaid! He sort of recently got these black pants because his other ones ripped beyond repair and we were surprised to find them at Old Navy. They are surprisingly good quality and were even on sale! So it looks like we have to head back to Old Navy soon to take a look.

Pants: Old Navy / T-shirt: 32 Degrees / Shirt: Weatherproof / Shoes: Cole Haan
Pants: Old Navy / T-shirt: 32 Degrees / Shirt: Weatherproof / Shoes: Cole Haan
Pants: Old Navy / T-shirt: 32 Degrees / Shirt: Weatherproof / Shoes: Cole Haan

Outfit 4:

This is another outfit that I love because it’s another one he would definitely pick out for himself. The blue pants are the same as the black ones from the previous outfit and the henley is from Abercrombie, another surprising find! These henleys are great because they are a waffle knit which makes them breathable, but still warm now that it’s getting cooler here. I also had him pair these brown boots with this outfit because I thought he had a brown jacket to match them with but he does not, so looks like that’s what we’re getting next!

Pants: Old Navy / Shirt: Abercrombie / Shoes: Bass
Pants: Old Navy / Shirt: Abercrombie / Shoes: Bass
Pants: Old Navy / Shirt: Abercrombie / Shoes & Jacket: Bass

Finally, a HUGE MASSIVE thank you to our friend Eric Dulmovits for his amazing work shooting these photos. He was such a big help and I am so happy with how these photos came out. He does great work (obviously) and was so quick to get these back to us. I’m thankful to have such a talented friend! If you are in the Long Island area and looking for a photographer, please reach out to him! Send him an email for bookings at eric.dulmovits@gmail.com and check out his Instagram @ecdulmo to see more of his work!

I hope you enjoyed this little series and let me know in the comments if you want me to trick anyone else into letting me dress them! I’d be happy to oblige!

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New Fall Winc Wine: Honest Review

After taking a month off from drinking, I am back sharing a review of my most recent order of wine from Winc. I partnered with Winc a couple of months ago for the first time and I was so excited that they asked me to work with them again. Thank you to Winc for sending me a few more bottles of wine to try out!

One thing I like about Winc is that you can rate and review your picks from the previous month so that your wines can be better curated to your taste for the following month. I found this really helpful because I was really unsure what I wanted to try this time around. I decided to take the quick six question quiz again but instead of ordering 2 white and 2 reds, I went with 3 reds and 1 white because I prefer reds in general. Thank goodness I picked more reds, because I think this box was curated perfectly for me!

Because I took a break from drinking, I’m slowly reintroducing it into my life and I’m also realizing that my taste has changed slightly. I definitely prefer something a little bit drier, bolder and fruity. Winc recommended the 2018 Mercana Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina and it is the perfect red for me. The flavor is bold, just like I want and it’s a perfect balance of fruity and dry. I personally would love the marinate a steak in this wine with some soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley and olive oil and I think it would be so delicious!

I also tried the Sauvetage Rose wine and that was also delicious. It was a drier pink wine which I loved. Usually I find rose wine too sweet and I never really like that. I think this would pair really nicely with a lobster roll in the summer, because #lovesummerhateeverythingelse amirite. It was so yummy and not too fruity either. I’m not a big fan of rose wine, but this one was definitely a big hit for me!

The two other wines I got were the Matchlock Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, CA and the Les Bobos Grenache from France. I’m looking forward to trying the Cabernet because one of my favorite wines of all time is the Paso Robles blend of Cabernet by Josh so it’ll be great to compare the two! I’ve also never had Grenache so that will be exciting to try something that is totally new for me.

If you are looking to try out some new wines for the fall and upcoming holiday season, I highly recommend checking out Winc! They have a great variety of wines to try and they make the experience so personalized. It’s definitely worth it to receive a box of wines that has been perfectly curated to your taste. Using this link here, you can get $22 off plus complimentary shipping on your order which comes out to 4 bottles of wine for just $39! It’s an amazing deal, so definitely be sure to check out Winc!

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The Best Fall Going Out Outfit Ideas

I realized the other day that I post a lot of blog posts involving outfits for a date night, which means I never really cater to the single twenty-something ladies that read my blog. So I decided to share some outfits I would wear for a girls night out with my friends in the fall. I really had dinner or the bar scene in mind when curating these outfits, as well as the fact that my style is a little bit more grown up than it was 2.5 years ago when I was in college. So if you want to see what I’d wear out for a girls night out at 24 years old, keep on reading!

Outfit 1:

I really love wearing faux leather and maybe this is a little overboard, but I think it just looks so cool. I got these cropped faux leather pants at Target 2 years ago and they are the most comfortable and surprisingly warm pants I own! I linked a newer pair here. I paired it with a plain white cami from Express. This is the downtown cami that comes in tons of colors and is usually buy one get one 50% off. They are perfect for transitioning from day to night! Last but not least, my faux leather moto jacket (similar linked here) is from Nasty Gal and I basically only wear it if I’m going out to a bar cause it’s not super warm but super stylish. And of course, my shoes my favorites from Louise et Cie via Nordstrom.

Jacket: Nasty Gal / Top: Express / Pants: Target / Shoes: Louise et Cie
Jacket: Nasty Gal / Top: Express / Pants: Target / Shoes: Louise et Cie
Jacket: Nasty Gal / Top: Express / Pants: Target / Shoes: Louise et Cie

Outfit 2:

I wanted to try something kind of funky with this outfit so I took this lightweight leopard dress from Zara and tucked one side of it into a pair of faux leather paper bag shorts from Zara into it, both from about a year ago. Here are a few similar dresses, linked here and here. Similar shorts are linked here. I paired it with these OTK black suede boots from Goodnight Macaroon and I love the way it turned out! I think it’s a great outfit to experiment with and what’s a better time to experiment with your outfits than for a night out with your girls!

Dress: Zara / Shorts: Zara/ Boots: Goodnight Macaroon
Dress: Zara / Shorts: Zara/ Boots: Goodnight Macaroon
Dress: Zara / Shorts: Zara/ Boots: Goodnight Macaroon

Outfit 3:

I thought it would be fun to also do a denim on denim look but spruce it up by wearing washed black denim and pairing knee high boots in a fun color. I got the skirt from American Eagle a few years ago (similar linked here) and the jacket is from Forever 21 (similar linked here) and it is genuinely one of my most worn jackets! The bodysuit is SUPER old from American Apparel and the boots are from Zara last year! The color I have is sold out but they come in tons of other colors and are linked here. I love this outfit because it plays with proportion and texture which is my two favorite things to do with my outfits.

Jacket: Forever 21 / Bodysuit: American Apparel / Skirt: American Eagle / Boots: Zara
Jacket: Forever 21 / Bodysuit: American Apparel / Skirt: American Eagle / Boots: Zara
Jacket: Forever 21 / Bodysuit: American Apparel / Skirt: American Eagle / Boots: Zara

Outfit 4:

For this last outfit, I went with the beautiful chocolate brown bodysuit from Abercrombie because 1) it’s BEAUTIFUL and 2) I wanted to show that you can wear brown and black together. It such a great piece to pair with ripped black jeans because the satin texture makes the brown appear a little richer and more dimensional than if it were a cotton bodysuit that appeared flat. Again, I paired it with my Louise et Cie heels and this super easy look is complete!

Bodysuit: Abercrombie / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Louise et Cie
Bodysuit: Abercrombie / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Louise et Cie
Bodysuit: Abercrombie / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Louise et Cie

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  • Nordstrom.com
  • Target.com
  • Nastygal.com

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Things I Loved This Month: October 2019

October has been sort of a funky month for me, so I don’t really have a lot of favorites if we’re honest. I can say that this month went by really fast and had so many ups and downs that I’m very glad it’s finally over. Here are just a few of my new favorite things for this month!

1. Corduroy Mom Jeans

Last spring, I found white corduroy mom jeans from Topshop that I fell in love with. I wore them a ton because they are so nice and cozy, very comfortable and they go well with tons of outfits. This year, I found the same pair and decided I should get them in brown and also black! They are some of the best corduroy mom jeans I’ve found and I had to talk myself out of getting the pink also!

2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I’ve mentioned this product in a few blog posts (My Skin Care Routine and my Sephora Haul) and I’ve really grown to love this product. I love the way my skin looks in the morning after I’ve used it and I think the overall health of my skin is much better because of it! It’s so light and not sticky. I am definitely going to repurchase this since I’m just about finished with my sample!

3. Citrus Defender @ Starbucks

I was feeling really sick earlier this month and was sort of unsure what to do about it. I saw that the Citrus Defender tea at Starbucks was a good alternative to the Medicine Ball tea and decided to try it. Lucky for me it’s packed out with vitamin C because it’s made with citrus tea and lemonade and it’s absolutely delicious. I’m not saying it cured me, but I was feeling 100% again within 2 days…just saying!

4. Everything Brown

Seriously, I love everything brown. I don’t know how many times I have to say it. I have about 4 brown sweaters now, a pair of corduroy pants, I’m on the hunt for chocolate brown loafers, I have a brown satin body suit, I have issues. Brown is my color for this season, and next, and probably the rest of my life. Highly recommend you try this out in a monochromatic look or in satin-y materials because it just is really beautiful!

5. Similarly, Everything Green

This month I also bought the most beautiful green shoes and I want to cry every time I look at them. They are so cute and comfortable and exactly what my closet needed. I also recently acquired a few green sweaters and found a gorgeous green plaid coat that I plan on buying soon. Not sure what is going on but these colors are making me so excited for fall and winter!

6. Louise et Cie Kota Heels

I’ve shared these shoes a few times on my instagram and they are just the best. A beautiful, classic heel with a super comfortable heel height that will last you for years to come. They are from Nordstrom and I bought them in white, black, and navy and I can’t get over them. A great shoe for day to night and just about any occasion.

This post contains affiliate links to Nordstrom.com.

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