Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Travel Tyro: Central Park Conservatory Garden

Central Park is and always will be the heart of NYC itself. With over 840 acres of land in the middle of Manhattan, it's like a city in itself. From joggers to tourists, row boats, a zoo, and everything in between, there's an endless amount of activities during all seasons of the year. While most of the action happens at the lower end of Central Park, there's an often overlooked beautiful garden far uptown on 105th Street. 

The Conservatory Garden was created in 1934 to replace the glass conservatory that once stood there. The garden is divided into three parts with French, Italian, and English styles and a beautiful wrought iron gate at the entrance which once belonged to the Vanderbilt Mansion on 5th Avenue. If you're looking for a quiet respite from the city, this is the perfect place to bring a book and relax. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Travel Tyro: Summer Polo

During the harsh winter months in Boston, my friends and I were already scheming up warm weather summer adventures as we trudged through dreary snow-covered sidewalks. After six months of back and forth planning, we finally checked off one of our summer highlights: the Greenwich Polo Club

Seeing a polo match has been on my college bucket list for quite some time and has easily become one of my favorite outings of the season. The game itself is intense, fast-paced, and riveting, but the atmosphere among the bystanders is equally entertaining. Everyone is dressed in their Sunday best to watch the game, but most of the action actually happens off the field as everyone mingles amongst each another, creating a sea of crisp summer whites and elaborate wicker picnic set-ups (which may or may not include a bottle of Mo√ęt and blue and white china teacups!). It's quite a spectacle to be seen and a truly lovely way to spend a leisurely summer afternoon. 

ootd: dress: banana republic | jewelry: j.crew | sunglasses: forever 21 | shoes: stuart weitzman

Who: Anyone, particularly your most well-behaved and best dressed friends 
What: Polo, one of the world's oldest sports that dates back thousands of years ago
Wear: Your Sunday best: summer dress, wide brimmed hat, and a glamorous pair of sunglasses. Bonus points if you wear all white. 
When: Summer, between early July-late August is peak time
Why: Who doesn't love sports, mingling, and people watching all rolled into one?
Tyro Tidbit: Do you know what a chukker is? Learn some about the game here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Fashion Tyro: On the Steps of the Met

"But if I had to choose a single destination where I'd be held captive for the rest of my time
in New York, I'd choose the Metropolitan Museum of Art." 
—Tim Gunn

Recently, I wore this outfit for a night out in the city and was stopped by two older ladies on the street. I had imagined they were going to ask for directions, but instead remarked how much they loved my outfit and had crossed the street just to tell me so. The genuine and unexpected compliment was touching enough, but then they remarked how very "New York" I looked. 
I knew then that there was no better place to document my NY street style than the steps of the Met. 

There are countless places in NYC that will always be special to me, but nothing will ever compare to the Met. I have many fond memories of visiting the city throughout my lifetime, but by far my favorite and most treasured always include this special place. Even now, I never tire of days spent wandering the galleries. From fashion to Roman sculptures and everything in between, there is something magical about being surrounded by so many beautiful things from all over the world from past and present— just like NYC itself. 

Shirt: Ralph Lauren | Skirt: Zara | Clutch: J.Crew | Earrings J.Crew | Shoes: Kate Spade

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tea Time with Schwinn

After a summer day of exploring around the city with my Classic SS Cruiser, there's nothing I love more than packing up a picnic basket full of afternoon tea and treats and hanging out with friends on the lawn as the sun goes down. Bonus points if you make homemade scones, too!

Cheers to more summer days with lots of sun, scones, Schwinn!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Travel Tyro: Planting Fields Arboretum

In search of some lush greenery and summer sunshine for America’s peak Fourth of July weekend, my friend, Megan, and I escaped the concrete jungle to the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. The state park spans over 400 acres that include greenhouses, flower gardens, woodland paths, and the Coe Hall Gold Coast estate of insurance magnate William Robertson Coe. The grounds were designed by the Olmstead Brothers (they were based right out of Brookline very close to BU’s campus in Boston) to recreate an English park setting to compliment Mr. Coe's 16th century Elizabethan style country "house". 

For a quick ride on the LIRR, the arboretum makes you feel as if you’re miles perhaps even transcontinental miles—away from New York City. I absolutely adored the tiny pink gardener’s cottage that looked straight out of a children’s story book, but simply walking through the lavender paths and exotic greenhouses was a much needed change of scenery.  

Who: Everyone— especially horticulturalist enthusiasts
What: Planting Fields Arboretum. A haven of gardens, sprawling lawns, and a grand estate
Where: Oyster Bay, a small town along the "Gold Coast" of Long Island best known as the home of Theodore Roosevelt (You can take the LIRR from Penn Station to get here)
Wear: OOTD: Top: Madewell | Skirt: American Apparel | Sandals: Madewell | Hat: Nordstrom | Tote Bag: TJ Maxx
When: Spring/Summer Only open April-October
Why: If you're looking to take a quick escape from the concrete jungle to stop and smell the roses, this is a beautiful place to disconnect. It would also make a wonderful spot for a picnic or engagement photos.
Tyro Tip: The arboretum is free, but it's $5 to enter the Coe estate and is cash only. Unfortunately, my friend and I didn't bring cash with us so we could only peak inside!