Monday, June 20, 2016

Fashion Tyro: Blue & White



The arrival of summer always seems to lift a heavy burden off of New Yorkers and overnight, everyone seems to be in a breezy, light-hearted mood. To refresh my closet from the dark, moody winter grays, I always turn to blue and white cotton pieces that seem to inspire a light and airy summer state of mind. Always one to gravitate towards summer outfits with nautical flair, I love this pinstriped midi skirt paired with a classic, vintage-esque lace top that's cropped for a 
modern twist (and surprisingly found while searching the racks of Forever 21 on a whim).










Top: Forever 21 | Skirt: Zara | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Bracelet: J.Crew


Monday, June 13, 2016

Travel Tyro: Providence, RI


Recently, I looked over my college bucket list and realized I've completed quite a few adventures this past year including Quebec and Salem. With senior year looming, I decided to tick off another and headed south to Providence to see the first WaterFire event of the summer season! While touring colleges in high school, I visited Brown and have always had a soft spot for Providence since. The city is smaller than Boston, but has its own interesting mix of art, history, architecture, and dining. 

Benefit Street
Right across from Downtown, Benefit Street runs along the bottom of College Hill and has some of the finest remaining historical federal buildings from the Colonial and Victorian era. 




Downtown Providence during WaterFire
WaterFire occurs throughout the summer and early fall in Providence along the city's 
rivers. During sunset, the 100 bonfires are set aglow and the rivers become a mesmerizing display. Stands are set up along the walkways with alcohol, food, and local trinkets while gondolas paddle past with tourists. 







RISD Museum
Owned by the Rhode Island School of Design, the RISD Museum is a small but well curated art museum with a beautiful gallery wall of European portraits, Impressionist pieces by some of the greats (and my favorites) like Monet and Renoir. Currently, they have a massive exhibit featuring Todd Oldham's designs that is one of the best fashion exhibits I've ever seen.





Providence Anthenaeum 
All book lovers should stop by the Providence Anthenaeum near Brown. Officially founded in 1836, the library is quite beautiful and has a coveted collection of old books including the Description de l’Egypte, a 23-volume set detailing Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt in the late eighteenth century.


 


Coffee & Sweets at Pastiche and Duck & Bunny
Always in the mood for a quick coffee break or sweet treats, Pastiche and Duck & Bunny were mandatory stops during my trip. Located on Federal Hill, Pastiche has European charm and delicious desserts while Duck and Bunny (located near College Hill) is an adorable tea parlor— you must have a lavender cupcake! 



Federal Hill
The "Little Italy" of Providence, Federal Hill has a variety of fun little shops and Italian restaurants to try like Camille's!


Old State House
Made of Georgian marble, the old state house in Rhode Island's capital is worth a quick peek inside. 



Brown University
Known as a college of free spirited liberals or one of the eight Ivy League schools, I actually went during Brown's graduation (it was packed), but enjoyed revisiting the gorgeous red bricked campus. Take a walk down Thayer Street, the studnets' go-to place for various cuisines and artsy local shops.


 


College Hill

On the East side of Providence where RISD and Brown are located, College Hill is chock full of beautiful old houses and estates (it was the first permanent colonial settlement in Rhode Island), many of which are owned by Brown and have a cute door knocker and historic name too!







Who: Anyone
What: The small city has a lot of New England history, art, and architecture to offer as well as the famous WaterFire Festival
Where: Providence, Rhode Island's capital
When: Summer // Take the MBTA Commuter Rail, only an hour and a half south of Boston. It takes you right into the middle of downtown Providence; the city is also very walkable.
Why: WaterFire— the city's iconic festival is a must-see for any New Englander
Explore: College Hill
Tyro Tip: WaterFire only occurs during certain nights of the summer/early fall season. Check the schedule first before your go!




Thursday, June 9, 2016

Travel Tyro: RISD Museum



I recently went on a quick day trip to Providence to see the WaterFire event (more on that later), but made sure to stop by the RISD Museum first. Don't let it's size fool you, the museum is wonderfully curated with an impressive assortment of ancient sculptures, impressionist paintings, contemporary art, and costumes and textiles. Currently, the museum has a massive exhibit of Todd Oldham's whimsical, kitschy, and colorful designs that will send any fashion lover into sensory overload. Every piece was more intricate and intriguing than the next. I especially loved reading how each piece came with a unique story from a dress inspired by has childhood love of Lite-Brite to a sweater inspired by aprรจs ski, each design was truly a labor of love and work of art.















The Todd Oldham exhibit is open until September 11!