Saturday, August 29, 2015

Travel Tyro: Portland Eats in Nob Hill

If you've seen my Instagram lately, I've been posting a lot about the Sorelstyle shoot I was apart of.
When I wasn't on set, I really tried to explore the city of Portland. I definitely ate my way around while exploring, but hands down the best place for dining was right in Nob Hill, specifically NW 23rd Avenue, a hub of vintage boutiques and restaurants.

Below are my top picks for places to eat, sip, or savor. 

Best Dessert: Salt and Straw

I am an self-professed ice cream aficionado, so naturally Salt and Straw was on the top of my travel list for Portland. Voted as one of the top five ice cream places in the United States by Food Network, I went in with high expectations— and was not disappointed! Honestly, Salt and Straw was one of the best scoops I've ever had. Lavender ice cream is my favorite flavor and also happens to be one of the most obscure types around. I was so tickled when Salt and Straw had it— and there Snickerdoodle was also out of this world.

Best Meal: 23 Hoyt

On our last night in Portland, the SOREL girls and I went out for dinner to celebrate the end of shooting. Admittedly, we head to 23rd Avenue for some more ice cream at Salt and Straw, but ended up eating dinner first at 23 Hoyt. Accurately described as "New York chic meets Northwest cool", we loved the farm to table feel and delicious burger. 

Best Coffee: Barista

Honestly, I'm not a huge coffee snob. I love coffee, but don't get caught up in the finite details to craft a cup. While I did enjoy a good cup of Stumptown's (they started in Portland) it's really all about the aesthetics and vibes of a coffee shop for me— cozy chairs, hushed conversations, chic lighting fixtures that brighten the room just right, that's what I value in a coffee shop! When I was exploring Nob Hill, I was in desperate need of a place to charge my phone and was so delighted to stumble upon Barista. I loved the spacious seating, friendly baristas, and large windows for people watching— oh, and the iced coffee was decidedly on point too. ;)

Best Sweet Treat: VooDoo Donuts

While technically not on Nob Hill, all of the friendly locals were telling me I had to stop by Voodoo during my trip. There's actually a big rivalry between Blue Star and Voodoo in Portland, but after tasting both, Voodoo is the winner by a landslide. Oh, and have fun trying to decide which crazy flavor to try. The variety is as outrageous as the decor and story behind the place.

Friday, August 28, 2015

SORELstyle Fall Campaign 2015

I'm excited to finally share the incredible photos and videos I got to shoot for the SORELstyle fall
 campaign. A huge thank you again to the SOREL team and costume designer, Jenn Rogien, for an
experience of a lifetime! It was incredible getting to work with a brand that speaks to women of all lifestyles. I also LOVE the 1964 Premium Wedge I sported for the shoot and excited to share future fall outfit posts with them. 

I think every girl has those fantasies in life where they secretly visualize themselves walking a red carpet, being in a music video, or being in a fashion shoot. 
I am still so incredibly baffled and grateful I got to live out this far fetched dream of mine.

Check out the video below!

P.S. Stay tuned for some posts about my favorite adventures while shooting in Portland!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Travel Tyro: Poconos

Last week, my friend invited me to come tag along on a family trip to the Poconos.
Not one to ever turn down an adventure, I packed my bag in an hour and was ready to head to
Pennsylvania for some more quality time out in nature. It was a short visit, but chock full of hiking, horseback riding, and scenic waterfall views. At only two hours away from Manhattan, it's an easy trip to take for some outdoor adventures.

Who: We saw so many families here on vacation
What: Hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, zip lining, white water 
Where: Pocono Mountains, PA by the Delaware Water Gap
When: Summer
Why: Scenic views and lots of outdoor activities to work up a sweat. 
Tyro Tidbit: Stop by Kelly's for some delicious ice cream!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Flashes of Delight: August 2015

It's officially my last week in New York…
just reading that last sentence sounds like a death sentence. 
I will definitely miss all of the colorful flashes of delight around the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Beneath the steely black and gray buildings is a whole kaleidoscope of colors if you dare to look  around—or if you look up lost in Chinatown and spot a hot pink brownstone that was even Glitter Guide approved

Live colorfully.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Travel Tyro: Wave Hill

Confession: I don't have a green thumb, but I adore bright blooms. Even a glance at my Instagram is evidence enough that I go head over heels when I spot blooms on apartment stoops, sidewalks, flower shops, you name it. When I heard about Wave Hill this summer, I knew I would fall in love with the place, but it was even more swoon-worthy in person.

Way up in the Bronx, Wave Hill sits overlooking the Hudson River and includes an estate (that the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain nice lived in) and twenty eight acres of gardens and woodlands. A long- but worthwhile- trip to the end of the 1 subway train, the variety of blooms will make any color and flower enthusiast burst with delight! 

Who: Families, wedding parties, children, friends, there's something for everyone. 
What: Wave Hill— a 28 acre public garden and culture center
Where: In the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River (Accessible by taking the 1 train on the subway to the last stop at West 242nd Street then taking their shuttle located right by the subway stop or yo can take the Metro North. More information here)
Wear: Your favorite sundress or floral tulle skirt ;-)
When: Summer or late spring when everything is in bloom
Why: A carefully cultivated variety of lush gardens and greenhouses that converted this non-gardener into a wannabe horticulturalist. 
Tyro Tidbit: Pack a picnic for their umbrella-covered picnic tables, but don't expect to eat on the
lawn— footsteps only.