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

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fashion Tyro: Summer Street Style Trends

Pom poms, tassels, and geometric prints— oh my!
I admit I've jumped on board with these summer trends and there's not going back now.
I'm particularly fond of this midi skirt which was inspired by Moroccan lanterns.

ootd: shirt: Barneys | skirt: kate spade | shoes: forever 21 | handbag: katespade | earrings: J.Crew

Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer Soirée with Paperless Post

It's officially summer time and 'tis the season for a little soirée!
To celebrate my move to the city, I'm hosting a little house warming party and have partnered with Paperless Post
to get the word out to friends.

While I love snail mail, who wouldn't love to receive a customized invite via cocktail napkin design in their inbox?!
This one created by kate spade new york particularly sealed the deal for me.

Happy Summer!

*This post was sponsored by Paperless Post. All opinions my own.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Travel Tyro: Newport in Late Spring

On a dreary, damp Saturday morning in early May, a few hundred graduating college students shuffled into tour buses for a "Senior Week" adventure to one of New England's most iconic seaside cities. A short 1.5 hour drive from Boston, Newport was the summer watering hole of choice for wealthy New Yorkers in the mid-ninteenth century. As one of thirty-eight of the state's islands, Newport's prime location on the Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound offered both a breezy escape from the stifling summer heat and an opportunity for America's royalty like the Vanderbilts to show off their wealth in the form of opulent summer "cottages" that could rival even a castle from British aristocrats across the pond. 

Today, Newport is still a summer destination of choice for many New Englanders and tourists alike, especially those with an affinity for nautical lifestyle and culture. While I have visited a few times before, there is always something new to see and do in any season (or weather). This trip, I spent the morning touring the Newport Vineyards for a fun wine tasting and later broke away from my peers and spent the afternoon completing the 3.5 mile Cliff Walk with a friend. Although the Gilded Age mansions along Bellevue Avenue are a definite must-see (the Breakers is like the American cousin of Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle and particularly beautiful during the Christmas season while the Rosecliff is famously known as the party location used in the original Great Gatsby film) the Cliff Walk is a trail that loops along the shoreline offering prime views of the ocean and backyard glimpses into the estates. 

As a thick fog began to roll in and the clouds started to drizzle, we decided to end our trek along the cliffs with a cup of coffee at the cozy Coffee Grinder, an unsuspecting gem nestled in the docks at Bannister Wharf, followed by a quick stop to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. For those visiting for a longer period of time, the National Museum of American Illustration is also an imperative albeit lesser known destination in the city, offering beautiful works from iconic American illustrators like Norman Rockwell— all inside a Gilded Age estate built in a French chateau style that is any design enthusiast's dream. During good weather, a ride along Ocean Drive to watch the sunset along the beach is another must, accompanied of course by a pit stop at the Castle Hill Lighthouse.

Until next time, Newport! 

When: Spring
What: Cliff Walk
See more things to do from my previous trips in summer & winter here.
Why: Newport is the an ideal hub for history, art, beach, and nautical 
Tyro Tip: The Cliff Walk includes actual spots where you're walking on rocky terrain. In the rain it is inevitably treacherous (I fell while wearing shoes with traction), so sensible footwear is recommended if you're keen on doing the whole trail!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

An End of An Era: Graduation 2017

"We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. What I’m grateful and thankful to have found at Yale Boston University, and what I’m scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow and leave this place.

It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it’s four a.m. and no one goes to bed. That night we can’t remember. That time we did, we went, we saw, we laughed, we felt. 

Yale BU is full of tiny circles we pull around ourselves. A cappella groups, sports teams, houses, societies, clubs. These tiny groups that make us feel loved and safe and part of something even on our loneliest nights when we stumble home to our computers — partner-less, tired, awake. We won’t have those next year. We won’t live on the same block as all our friends. We won’t have a bunch of group-texts.

This scares me. More than finding the right job or city or spouse – I’m scared of losing this web we’re in. This elusive, indefinable, opposite of loneliness. This feeling I feel right now.
But let us get one thing straight: the best years of our lives are not behind us. They’re part of us and they are set for repetition as we grow up and move to New York and away from New York and wish we did or didn’t live in New York. I plan on having parties when I’m 30. I plan on having fun when I’m old. Any notion of THE BEST years comes from clichéd “should haves…” “if I’d…” “wish I’d…”

We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time. What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.

We’re in this together, 2012 2017. Let’s make something happen to this world."
Marina Keegan, for the Yale Daily News 2012


Marina Keegan most accurately and eloquently sums up how I feel about graduating college, which is why I have included an excerpt above. It's hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that four years of college have already come and gone; it really is true that time flies when you're having fun. There are so many things to celebrate at graduation such as good grades, new jobs, or grad school acceptances, but what I celebrate above all else are the friendships I've made along this journey. Besides the memories and knowledge I've gained in college, they are the only other things that will continue on in this next chapter of my life and who I hope will be there to celebrate many more of the next best years of our lives.

I am also excited to be fulfilling my lifelong dream of moving to New York City and will be
returning to kate spade & co to start my post grad career.