Monday, September 25, 2017

Design Tyro: First Apartment Mood Board

Some of my oldest and fondest memories of my childhood bedroom evolve around
my desk. For as long as I can remember, I've always had a mood board hanging over my desk chock full of photos, magazine cut-outs of movies and icons, ticket stubs, post cards, and many other odds and ends. From homework assignments to painting, and eventually blogging, my mood board always provided a quick dose of inspiration in a glance. As I got older, I became much more conscientious of the board's overall aesthetic and meticulous of the memorabilia taking up precious real estate. While my parent's no longer live in my childhood home, my mood board still hangs over my desk in their new home, unchanged from my high school days like a time capsule of my childhood. 

Naturally, an inspiration board became essential throughout my years of college as I found the bare bone design of a dorm room dreary and boring without pops of color and inspiration. And now in my first "adult" home in my tiny shoebox New York apartment, I've carefully curated a mood board that feeds me inspiration and showcases my evolving taste in design/aesthetics and the many things I love. I hope you find inspiration in it too.

Instagram Snapshots from Los Angeles to England, and the Alps

Postcards of Van Gogh's Starry Night currently on display at the MOMA, a bunny-fied Van Gogh Self Portrait from Duck & Bunny in Providence, and my favorite Gainsborough portrait as seen at the National Gallery in London

Chinoiserie + Ikat + Brocade Obsession? Check, check, check!

Odds and Ends from my favorite NY spots: Cafe Medi | Le Cou Cou | The Met | Maman | Book Culture | Strand Bookstore

Fabric scraps and Italian ceramic buttons DIY-ed to push pins from MOOD

Nautical & Navy addiction? Present. 

Vintage scarf turned bow from mom

Vintage stamps from Paris and a polaroid from 

My college fraternity pin and a senior year
sailing snapshot

DIY Matisse cut outs and watercolor oyster


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Carrie Bradshaw Style in the City

Like most young and fashionable women in the city of New York, I can't help but fantasize that some of my style moments are worthy of a Carrie Bradshaw outfit on an episode of Sex and City. When I spotted this feminine ruffled skirt on sale at an H&M downtown, I was instantly (and literally) tickled pink but unsure if I'd look more five year old than girl about town. Yet, as the only one left on the sale rack conveniently in my size, it seemed like fate stepping in. I have now worn this skirt twice around the city and my uncertainty quickly subsided after having multiple women approach me on the subway, in the office, and on the sidewalk to let me know how much they love it too. Of course, when one of them pointed out that it reminded them of Carrie Bradshaw's iconic tutu skirt in the opening credits of SATC (that skirt was also a random bargain find), I was officially sold then and there. 
Don't be the least bit surprised if you see me on the streets with it!

OOTD: shirt: Brooks Brothers | skirt: H&M | shoes: Zara | bag: kate spade new york
bracelet: J.Crew

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Where to Rest & Refuel While Biking on Nantucket

Handlebar Cafe 

Bluff Walk

'Sconset Beach

Sankaty Head Lighthouse (see more here)

Steps Beach

Madaket Beach (See more here)

In my previous post about riding around Nantucket with the Schwinn Summer House crew, I shared some of my favorite must-see spots. While biking is hands-down my preferred method of travel on the island (there's numerous trails and bike rental shops that make it safe and easy to get around), it can get a bit arduous for those who don't usually bike long distances— myself included! Luckily Nantucket has numerous spots to rest and refuel throughout your ride, so there's no reason not to "put the pedal to the metal".

As most journeys in Nantucket begin downtown, start your ride with a stop at the appropriately themed Handelebar Cafe for a cup of coffee. The hidden outdoor patio is a perfect secluded spot to sip on one of their lavender lattes as you chart out your course for the day. Skip the baked goods though and instead ride about 1.5 miles to Downyflake for some homemade donuts after. Even the diehard New England Dunkin Donuts loyalists will tell you the chocolate donuts are heavenly. 

Just as your sugar rush begins to kick in, you'll be ready to face the seven mile ride to the quaint village of 'Sconset where you can wander down the Bluff Walk trail, continue riding down to the iconic Sankaty Head Lighthouse, or soak up the sun at Sconset Beach (pictured above). Once your afternoon hunger kicks in again, head west across the island for about 11 miles on Milestone Road to Cisco Brewery. While the 11 mile bike ride might sound daunting, it is well worth the trek to indulge in some local beer, wine, and cider, live music, and gourmet food trucks (think lobster rolls). 

If you're feeling recovered and ambitious post-lunch, you can continue riding out 6.5 miles to Madaket Beach to get a glimpse of the western side of the island. Rolling up to Madaket truly feels like you've come upon the end of the world and offers a spectacular sunset over the ocean that is unmatched by any sunset I've ever experienced. The local favorite Millie's Restaurant is also steps away and serves baja-style dishes like fresh fish tacos. However, if the ride to Madaket feels like too much after a long day of cycling, Steps Beach is another beautiful and often quieter beach three miles away from Cisco Brewery. The large rolling dunes make it my favorite beach on the island by far and nearby Galley Beach is another great dinner spot to watch the sunset with a glass of wine.

Since there's always room for dessert (especially on vacation), end your journey with a quick ride (less than a mile!) down to Juice Bar in downtown Nantucket to end the day with a scoop or two of ice cream. The lines there can get lengthy in peak summer time, so by the time you'll get to the counter you might even be hungry again!

Shop my Schwinn here or read more of the Schwinn Summer House stories!

*Thank you Schwinn Bikes for partnering on this post

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fashion Tyro: Millennial Pink

Ranging on a color spectrum from muted blush to vibrant bubble gum, "Millennial" pink has become the overarching wardrobe color staple of our generation. While the color pink is certainly nothing earth-shattering new in fashion from Fragonard's painting The Swing in 1767 to Funny Face's opening musical number dedicated to the fashionable color in 1957, Millennial pink has found a way to infiltrate the closets of both Millennial men and women today. What used to be a color that symbolized femininity and fueled gender stereotypes is now the unofficial emblem of the Millennial pro-gender neutral era. Millennial pink is now worn by both men and women to buck tradition and embrace a historically feminine color without compromising their strength, masculinity, and power. A quick scroll through your Instagram feed will also show you that the color has gone even more mainstream than fashion; it's everywhere. From chic restaurants like London's Sketch and New York's Pietro Nolita to Le Creuset cookware and even celebrities like millennial power couple Zigi, Millennial pink is equal parts ironic, trendy, and universal— and I'm a fan (even if pink was and always will be my favorite color). So cheers to Millennials, pink, and the perfect Millennial pink dress for a hot summer's day. 

OOTD: Dress: Kate Spade | Shoes: Saks | Shades: Kate Spade: Bag: Madewell 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Biking Around Nantucket with Schwinn

While there are many places in this world that will always have a piece of my heart, none will ever take the coveted spot of my self-designated happy place: Nantucket. For a tiny island of just 30 miles, Nantucket (or ACK as the locals call it) just oozes all things quintessential New England: charming gray-shingled cottages marked with nautical names such as Clam Shack or Seascape, endless rows of watercolor hydrangeas dotted along unpaved, sandy roads, and quiet beaches with vast rolling dunes and fleeting sailboats passing out on the ocean.

This year, I got to celebrate my birthday and the start of summer with the Schwinn ambassador crew (+ my good friend and fellow ambassador David) biking around my favorite spots on the island. There are many coveted spots and hidden gems sprinkled throughout Nantucket, but nothing truly compares to a ride through the quaint village of  'Sconset on the way to Sankaty Head Light, undoubtedly one of the most iconic American lighthouses in the north east.

Shop my Schwinn here or read more of the Schwinn Summer House stories!

*Thank you Schwinn Bikes for partnering on this post