Down Time Outfits

by Julia

This summer I’ve been working 7 days a week so whenever I have down time I take full advantage of it by doing new things in the city, hanging my friends, and taking the mandatory Netflix binges and mid-day naps. During the rare days I do have a few hours to myself I like to be as comfortable as possible, and lately nothing has been as snug to me as clothes from Aerie. I have a few tee shirts and sleep shorts along with a ton of bralettes from Aerie and they are all as ridiculously comfortable as they are cute (a much better options than old sweats and sports shirts). Below are a few of my favorite picks for what to wear when you have absolutely nothing to do…

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Aerie Dotted Racerback Tank: $19.95… The cutest tank to layer with lacey bras and bralettes.

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 11.57.36 PMAerie Lace Bralette: $19.95… I have this style bralette in a ton of different colors and wear them with everything from strappy dresses to oversized sweatshirts (it’s also convertible to racerback).

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Aerie Softest Sleep Boxer: $15.95… These are incredibly soft and, besides, I am a huge fan of anything related to dessert- see here and here.

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Aerie Softest Sleep Robe: $44.95… I live in my robe when I’m at home and this material is perfect for the warmer months.

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Aerie Woven Dot Romper: $34.95… Such a fun alternative to a night gown or pajama pants.

 

**this post was not in anyway sponsored by Aerie or American Eagle**

 

 

Current Favorites

by Julia

Last week, I took a day to go home to Maryland to tie up some loose ends, like renewing my license and to see some of my home friends for the first time all summer! While it was a short trip, I managed to get my license, have a family dinner, get drinks with some friends, and get some shopping done at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Below are the items I picked up at Nordstrom and can’t wait to start incorporating them into my wardrobe right now and into the fall.

1. Hinge Brown Suede Skirt: This skirt from Hinge is unlike anything else I own and I am so excited to start wearing it with everything. I love a suede skirt with tights, boots, and chunky sweaters in the fall but will definitely be wearing it as the summer ends with flowy blouses and loose tank tops. This skirt is very well made for being faux and has super cute pocket details. Get it on sale here.

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2. Halogen Black Flats: I love these shoes because they are so much more fun than my typical ballet flats. They are Valentino inspired but I think just as cute and will go with practically everything I wear all year long. They also come in a few other colors such as red, leopard, and black patent. Get them on sale here.

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3. Chanel Concealer: For months I have been using Dalton concealer for my everyday makeup and while it looks great at first application, it does not wear as well as I wish it did throughout the day. I have only used this Chanel concealer a hand full of times but already it stays with me much longer throughout the day even when I am running around the sticky NY streets. Get it here.

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4. Kendra Scott “Elisa” Necklace: This last item actually was a gift from my parents for my 21st birthday but it is also from Nordstrom and something I wear literally every single day. This necklace goes perfectly with all of my other gold jewelry but is special enough to be worn by itself. While the stone comes in various colors and finishes, I am partial to the white druzy because it goes with everything and has an almost boho vibe. Get it here.

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New York Desserts: Part 2

by Julia

Cookies are next up in my New York Desserts series!

Insomnia Cookies: Insomnia cookies are famous not only for their delicious cookies but also for their hours- they are open until 3am every day of the week! Insomnia has some small stores around the city but they are most popular for their delivery service all over Manhattan (unfortunately they do not make it up to me in the Bronx). But the cookies come warm all packaged up in a pizza box and are heavenly. I usually go for classic chocolate chunk cookies but they also offer other flavors like snicker doodle, peanut butter, and double chocolate mint along with deluxe cookies, brownies and cookie ice cream sandwiches.

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Milk Bar: Milk Bar is the sister bakery of the Momofuku restaurants and is one of the most trendy bakeries right now- check them on their Instagram to see ‘artsy’ pictures of their cereal milk soft serve. My first time at Milk I had a slice of their crack pie which was pretty much an elevated sugar cookie (not to say it wasn’t amazing!). They also are home to Karlie’s Kookies, which is super model Karlie Kloss’s cookie collab with the bakery. Try the compost cookie and birthday cake truffles next time you pass by!

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Levain Bakery: I’m including Levain in my list even though I have not yet visited because it has the #1 spot for best cookies in Manhattan on practically every list out there (including my favorite blogger’s). Besides their cookies- chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chip, peanut butter chip, oatmeal raisin, dark chocolate chip- they sell cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins, breads, and tarts. I might have to stop by for breakfast on my way to Cosmo one day…

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NYC Brunch

by Julia

This past June my boyfriend, Jake, came to New York to surprise me for my birthday! We had a great time and over the weekend we went to a few different brunch places that were so good I had to share. Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day so places that have a yummy brunch are my favorites.

Jack’s Wife Freda: I had been wanting to go to Jack’s Wife Freda ever since I had seen their food on Instagram, so on that Friday afternoon we went to their super cute Soho location on Lafayette Street. I had the Poached Eggs with Grilled Tomato and Halloumi and Jake had the Rosewater Waffle- we also had duck bacon and fries! Since it was just as delicious (and trendy) as it sounds, it was naturally packed with people so if you’re looking to visit for brunch, expect a bit of a wait!

Image via Jack's Wife Freda

Image via Jack’s Wife Freda

Image via Alicia Tastes Life

Image via Alicia Tastes Life

Boulton & Watt: Boulton & Watt was my favorite brunch place out of the three we went to over the weekend. It’s a bit of a hike down to Avenue A and 1st but totally worth it. The restaurant is very rustic and cool on the inside with fans on belts and huge windows, but the food is even better. I had the cinnamon brioche French Toast and Jake had the special of the day which was poached eggs over hash browns- both were incredible. Plus all brunch cocktail are only $5 between 10 & 4! We also split a chocolate chip Cookie Skillet with milk which was amazing- I am dying to go back!

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Kitchenette: On our last morning we headed over to the Wall Street area and ate at Kitchenette- a cozy little bakery and restaurant. Jake and I both had the chocolate chip pancakes with maple butter and they were amazing. Jake also got a vanilla milkshake which was also terrific- and I don’t even like milkshakes…

Image via Kitchenette

Image via Kitchenette

Image via Kitchenette

Image via Kitchenette

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The Girl on the Train

by Julia

After all of the hype surrounding Gone Girl, it’s no surprise that a new psychological thriller out recently is becoming just as popular. The Girl on the Train is written by Paula Hawkins and has already been picked up by Dreamworks to be put on the big screen. The story takes place in London and follows a woman named Rachel and her experience being on the outside and looking in on other people’s lives, with the chilling tag line: “You don’t know her. But she knows you.” Without giving anything away, the murder mystery takes a bunch of crazy turns while you as the reader put together different perspectives back into chronological order to figure out who did it.

I read The Girl on the Train during my beach vacation this year right after a few of my aunts and my mom had read it and I was hooked. I was thoroughly entertained and was kept on my toes as the story unfolded. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves a really complex mystery where you’re left guessing until the last few chapters.

(left) The book cover. (right) Author Paula Hawkins.

(left) The book cover. (right) Author Paula Hawkins.

New York Desserts: Part 1

by Julia

If you know me personally, you know that there are few things I love more than dessert. Candy, cake, brownies, you name it- I have a serious sweet tooth. So in a few parts, I will be sharing with you my experiences with desserts all over Manhattan. Some are from well-known bakeries, some are specialty treats from restaurants and some come from one of a kind sweet shops. There will definitely be a lot to cover so let’s get started with my favorite dessert: cupcakes.

Baked by Melissa: This chain only serves mini cupcakes, and they are honestly the cutest. They come in a huge variety of traditional and unexpected flavors such as red velvet, peanut butter & jelly, chocolate chip pancake, cookie dough, and tie dye. They also have monthly and seasonal flavors so you never get bored. Personally I love Baked by Melissa because you can get six different bite-sized cupcakes instead committing to one larger one.

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Magnolia Bakery: Magnolia is famous for their cupcakes and their banana pudding- now I’ve never had the pudding but the cupcakes never disappoint. These are more traditional cupcakes with chocolate and vanilla being the typical cake flavors but with the best buttercream icing on top. Along with cupcakes, Magnolia also sells cakes, pies, cookies, and brownies. My sweet cousin, Elise, sent me the below 1/2 dozen for my birthday last month and completely made my week.

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Sprinkles: I first had a Sprinkles cupcake in LA with my mom and since moving to New York I have made it a point to visit more frequently. The cupcakes are a perfect size and have adorable minimalistic decorations on top. They have some unusual flavors such as cinnamon sugar, chai latte, cuban coffee, pumpkin, and pistachio along with the normal options. They also have a cupcake ATM which is exactly what it sounds- you pick your flavor, pay for it and then it comes out of the machine all packaged up- the best part is that it’s available 24/7.

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Photo Shoot with Seventeen Magazine!

by Julia

Today was a very exciting day since I got to go on my first photo shoot with Cosmo & 17! Going into work today I expected to work on just one shoot and spend the rest of my afternoon in the office like normal, but I actually got to work on two additional, smaller shoots that were in-house for the upcoming fall issues!

The shoots themselves will be in the October issue of Seventeen mag and that’s pretty much all I’m allowed to share until the pictures are published- but come October I will definitely upload some “behind the scenes” pictures of the day. I am absolutely exhausted but had such a fun day and am so relieved that the shoot(s) went so smoothly- the editor and assistants I reported to were so nice and the other interns I worked with were very sweet. Fingers crossed I get to go on another one before I end my internship in late August!

P.S. Since I can’t share any pictures from today, here are some more pictures of our insane view from our conference room at Cosmo! Unreal!IMG_9802IMG_9804IMG_9805