A Day in Barcelona

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

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This was my second trip to the city but we still wanted to do a bit of sightseeing, a lot of eating and some partying too! If you’re going to Barcelona for a weekend (or even just a day) make sure to hit up these spots.

Start off your day by heading to Can Dende for breakfast. The pancakes, fried green tomatoes and eggs Benedict were unreal. From there, take the metro/bus up to The Bunkers and walk all the way to the top of Turó de la Rovira for a beautiful view of the city. This was probably one of the highlights of the weekend for me!



Breakfast at Can Dende

After that, you can take a 30 minute walk to Sagrada Família which, in my opinion, everyone should see if it’s their first time in Barcelona. At this point you might want to stop for a drink - we wandered over to the beach and had a glass of wine at the W Hotel -- the architecture of the building basically dominates the beach. It was windy so unfortunately we couldn’t do a beach day, but had the weather been better I would have totally penciled this into my afternoon.


Grab authentic tapas at Gula Bar for lunch - the croquettes and the steak were my favorites, and this was overall my favorite restaurant of the trip! From here you can do a bit more sightseeing (Park Guell, the gaudi buildings, etc.)



For dinner, we went to a restaurant called Tunateca that only served tuna. If you’re a fan I would highly recommend this too, but you really need to be in the mood for fish!



In terms of going out, we went to Bling Bling which was a lot of fun - people go out quite late in the city so it’s totally normal to show up at the club around 2.

I'm heading back to the US in a couple of days, so speak to you all again soon - thanks for following along!
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Where to Eat in London

Thursday, 18 April 2019

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Hello from London! I get asked quite often where to eat when coming here for a visit, so I decided to compile a list of my favorite spots for you. Coming back to a place where you once lived in is always bittersweet – I have so many wonderful memories here, and it still feels a little strange to hang out just as a visitor, one year later.  

When I lived in London I lived quite north, so I spent a lot of time in Hampstead, Belsize Park and Primrose Hill. I think spending an afternoon taking a walk up to the top of Primrose Hill or in the Heath is really magical (I’m so corny). My absolute favourite pubs are located up north in these areas!

I have so many favourite places to eat here, but I’ve tried to narrow it down per category:  

Best Party Atmosphere: Gloria
Best Cheap Eat: Flat Iron
Best Tapas: Barrafina
Best Pub: The Spaniards Inn, The Princess & The Holly Bush (Don’t make me pick one)
Best Brunch: Oklava
Best Indian: Dishoom
Best Small Plates: Caravan
Best Sushi: Roka
Best Steak: Hawksmoor
Best Pre-Dinner Drink: Gordon’s Wine Bar  
Best Afternoon Tea: Sketch

* Anima e Cuore doesn’t have the best atmosphere but some of the yummiest Italian I’ve had outside of Italy!          


Top: Madewell / Jeans: Levis Wedgie
Loitering outside Gloria's

Head over to Borough Market on a Saturday for a really great selection of food stalls and grab a doughnut from Bread Ahead whilst you are there! I also love popping in and out of the restaurants in Exmouth Market, and, call me a tourist, but I think it’s still really fun to head west and grab a bite at the Harrods food hall.

Shoreditch is always really fun for a night out, and great bars are Strongroom and Blues Kitchen. If you're up for a posher night out, grab a drink at The Ned - the always have live music and the vibes make you feel super fancy.

Thanks for following along, and I hope you get a chance to checkout some of my top London picks next time you're in the city!


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Weekend in Miami

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

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The last time I was in Miami was over 5 years ago, and I was so excited to go back for a good friend's bachelorette party. My family has a house on the "Gulf side", so I very rarely venture out to the East Coast of Florida - but I am so glad I tagged along for this trip. 


We stayed at the Gale Hotel in South Beach and it was super clean and affordable. The terrace out front is great for a morning coffee and people watching! PS: My mom got this dress made for me in Vietnam, but there is a very similar version in green by Faithfull!

Dress: Similar Here / Shoes: Gucci / Bag: Chanel

As soon as we landed we headed over to the pool party at Hyde at the SLS Hotel. It was soooo much fun and one of the highlights of the trip.


Glasses: Ray Ban / Watch: Omega / Earrings: Etsy

In terms of great places to eat, our favorite meals were at Carpaccio (in Bal Harbour, a nice little shopping area), The Dutch (at The W) and Kiki on the River.

Dress: Forever21 (this was taken at Kiki on the River)

Kiki on the River offered delicious Greek food, and it turned into a full on club as the night went on - so if you go, be sure to make a reso after 9pm so you can be there when things get crazy!


Bikini: H&M

We had great weather so did some beach and pool days (chairs were included with the hotel) and we also explored the old Versace mansion which was really beautiful to see!

Dress: Keepsake

Thanks for reading my post! Next stop this week is London... speak soon.
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Earrings for Spring

Sunday, 3 March 2019

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Spring is right around the corner, and I can’t wait. I tend to wear my hair up in high-ponys more often in the warmer months, which makes it the perfect time to show off some new earrings. I’m very into threader earrings (all in gold!) and minimal drop earrings right now, so I thought I'd share a round-up of some of my favourites. I just placed an order for the pair in the photo at the top of this post from KonceptShopp, and I am so excited for them to arrive. They are based out of Toronto so for all of my Canadian readers, the shipping will be quick... and it's always great to support local!


I have my second and third lobe, tragus and double upper forward helix pierced - so it’s been fun to mix and match new jewelry with those too. Definitely into the whole constellation ear trend going on right now, and very into the above halo-ear thread from EandEProject.


The hypnotize earrings by Uncommon James are very Art Deco, but if you're looking for a less expensive version InhabitJewelry sells a similar pair that are equally as gorg.


I also love this pair from Topshop; the pearl makes it a little more feminine and super cute for date night!


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My Brooklyn Apartment

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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While I was on my flight back to New York I was trying to think of how many apartments I’ve lived in since college. The answer (drumroll, please) is... ten. This is what happens when you don’t stay put in one place for too long. While I am so over moving in and out of new places, and lugging my stuff around the world, I am so not over decorating - it actually brings me a lot of joy. The living room/kitchen is finally complete and I thought I would share these parts of the space with you – still working on the bedroom and bath, so those will have to wait for another day.

Wine Rack / Kitchen Rug / Living Room Rug / Mini Rug (Similar) / Ubud Print - (Extra Large Size) / Teardrop Lamp 

The reason why I chose to move into this space was 1. The location and 2. The little Juliet balcony that sits off the living room. It’s big enough to fit two chairs, is perfect for the warmer months and you can see the Freedom Tower from the balcony! Some of the first things I purchased for the new flat was my coffee table and TV stand. I have wanted a hairpin coffee table for ages, and ended up finding a really affordable one ($99) on Wayfair. They don’t send this to you in a million pieces and it’s very simple to put together by yourself.



I somehow managed to take a lot of my candles and cookbooks back with me from London, which is a little ridiculous but I still did it! All of the crackle jar candles are from West Elm and then I have a couple basic Diptique candles scattered in the apartment. My spiky cup is from Etsy - which is actually one of my first ever purchases from the site. I remember meeting the seller at a craft fair in London and she was so sweet! My couch is Ikea and somehow survived both my brother and I's college years, and my throw pillows are from Indigo. Everything in the apartment is really budget-friendly, except for my bamboo blinds which were a bit of a splurge.


These twinkle lights are inexpensive and so pretty at night. I have them in my living room and bedroom too. I also have mini succulents all over the apartment. All of my artwork is from places that I have visited to remind me of those times and experiences - so I have Ubud above my couch, Capri by the TV and Malta in the kitchen!


That's all for now - I hope you enjoyed my little apartment tour and speak soon!
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Snowed In

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

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Hello from this crazy Canadian snow storm! I would be home the week Toronto gets hit with a storm, but I am not even mad about it – I haven’t experienced being #snowedin in such a long time and it gives me a good excuse to whip out my Roots Cabin SocksSorels and good old Canada Goose. I swear this is the Canadian equivalent to the USA's basic North Face sweater, leggings and Uggs combo but... I don't care.

I definitely consider this blog to be more travel themed than fashion themed (I am by no means a hardcore fashionista), but there are some winter pieces I simply can’t live without and I thought I would share them with you today in the spirit of snowy Canada. 


So first things first, as mentioned above, I could never get through winter without my Canada Goose.  Might be kinda mainstream I know, but this jacket has not failed me for five years. FIVE years (!!!). It keeps me warm and is 100% worth the investment. Same goes for my Sorels – I recently got a new pair (kicking myself because they just went on sale) but my old ones also lasted around 4 years-ish. The style I am wearing is called the ‘Whistler Mid Boots’ and they keep my toes warm and dry all winter long!


I really don’t know how people dress up in -20 to go out (with friends, family, date night, etc.) but I seem to always gravitate towards the classics: high waisted jeans, black bodysuit and heeled booties. I realize I’m not the only girl that wears this combo but it’s yet to fail me. I have three pairs of jeans that are always on rotation: Rag & Bone 10-Inch Capri with Slit (I’ve raved about these in a previous post), Levi’s Wedgie Icon and Levi’s 501 Skinny. I really don't even bother with other brands or styles anymore as these three keep my bum happy...

In terms of bodysuits and long-sleeves, I get the most of mine from Forever 21. My favorite leggings to wear during winter days are from NikeAdidas (the Original Three Stripe), TNA or Armatura which are a small UK brand I discovered whilst living there. The leggings I am wearing today are from Nike and they have the logo in metallic on the bottom. I found them for 20 bucks in a Marshalls in Florida but sadly can't find them online anywhere - these, however, are super similar and very fitting for a snow day!
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Where To Eat In Dumbo

Sunday, 10 February 2019

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It’s officially been five months since I’ve moved from Europe back to the US, and I finally feel like I have started to settle in. New York just feels so much busier than London or Berlin, and at first it felt quite hectic living here. Every time I move I feel like I am starting over – new friends, new flat, new city – but I am so excited for what 2019 will bring! I’ve begun to plan a few trips around the US (I can’t wait to explore more!) and also a couple back to the EU, which I will of course share with you all here.

Since I work in Dumbo I’ve managed to try out a bunch of different restaurants in the neighborhood! I wanted to share my top 3 favorites with you – these are definitely ones to try next time you are visiting the city.

#1 Cecconis

Cecconi's is honestly one of my favorite restaurants, hands down. The decor, view and food are all amazing. They also have one in The Ned in London which is soooo dreamy and the best date night spot ever. So go to Cecconi's if you're in NY or London!! The Whipped Ricotta with truffle honey and crostini is seriously what dreams are made of.

#2 Sugarcane Raw Bar

Sugarcane Raw Bar comes in at a close second. They have this Maine lobster BLT sushi roll that is unreal and their dessert menu is so good.

#3 Juliana's Pizza

I went to Juliana's pizzeria this past weekend while my parents were visiting the city. It was a 45 minute wait to get a table, but if you are big time craving authentic pizza it's worth it. The #6 with guac was our favorite!


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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

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Whether you're in a relationship or not, Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I've gathered my favourite picks for you to spoil your besties, send to your man (hint, hint) or to just plain treat yo self. While I'm still a big fan of flowers on V-Day (or any day, really!) having a few of these items at home wouldn't hurt too. Ok - now I am completley in the mood to run a bubble bath, get cozy in that heart-shaped sweater and drift away on a silk pillowcase!






'Chill' Card (I love sloths!)

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