November 20, 2014

NYC '14 Haul {video}

As most of you know from the numerous photos and blog posts I've put up recently, I went to New York City last month! Since then, I've been asked by multiple readers where I shopped and what I bought while I was visiting. I also got a bunch of requests to do a haul video. So, I sat down and filmed this a while ago and I finally had a chance to sit down and edit the footage this week. Here's the final product! 
{Click to watch HERE or watch below}

I'm hoping to get back into the swing of posting YouTube videos over winter break and I'm also planning to post the vlog from my NYC trip in the near future. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can keep an eye out for that and see when future videos go up!

November 19, 2014

Bowtiful NYC - Day 3 Recap

Our third full day in NYC was unfortunately Emily's last day with us before she headed back to school, but it was a super fun day! We started off the morning with a short cab ride to Norma's at Le Parker Meridian for brunch.
{me attempting to vlog while Emily captures the moment}
The hotel lobby where we waited for our reservation was absolutely gorgeous and it reminded me of a museum! The stone work, vaulted ceilings, massive skylight, and metalwork were all beautiful. The time passed so quickly and before we knew it, it was time for brunch! I got the "Bing Popping Waffles" and they were delicious. 
via snapchat {bowtifullife}

We did a bit of walking after brunch and checked out some of stores including Louis Vuitton, Polo RL, Bendel's, FAO Schwartz, and the Kate Spade Flagship on Madison Avenue!
So many bows! via Instagram
When we were on Madison I remembered that there was a Ladurée shop nearby! Ladurée macarons are world famous and there are only a few locations, with the majority of them being in Europe, so we had to take the opportunity to try them for ourselves. I'd had Ladurée macarons once before in high school when a friend who went to France brought some back for me, but this was my first fresh experience where I got to pick the flavors. We tried the coconut, rose, raspberry, pistachio, salted caramel, and coffee. They were all amazing, but the rose was definitely my favorite!
After Ladurée, we took a longer walk through Central Park and took some outfit of the day pictures on the famous Bow Bridge and around the park. We visited a very special spot from Gossip Girl and I might have definitely had a bit of a fangirl moment. All I can say is, season six finale!!! Oh.My.Goodness. If you're a Gossip Girl fan like me, it might look familiar. {SPOILER here}
xoxo, Gossip Girl
That evening, Emily and I stuck around the hotel so she could study for her midterm the next day. Also, since we were being a little lazy, we got sushi delivered to the hotel from Sushi Yasaka. I can genuinely say that it was some of the best sushi I've had in my life; so good!
via snapchat {bowtifullife}
That was day three of our trip! To see my other blog posts from my trip NYC click HERE, or check the hashtag: #BowtifulNYC on Instagram and Twitter.

November 11, 2014

Bowtiful NYC - Day 2 Recap

On our second full day in New York City, we got up in the morning, got ready for the day, and took the subway to SoHo. Our first stop was RBBTS cafe on Sullivan for brunch and after finishing off our coffee and food we shopped around the neighborhood for a bit. The area was just the right amount of busy and the streets were lined with shops, cafes, and street artists selling and creating their work.

Our first shopping stop was Alex & Ani. It was a lot of fun to visit one of their free-standing boutiques rather than just shopping a small selection of the brand within a department store. I added some new bracelets to my personal collection and then we headed out to look around and explore some more.
via Instagram
Later in the afternoon, Emily and I stopped at the Chobani SoHo Café for an afternoon snack. I absolutely love Greek yogurt, the Chobani brand in particular, so this was a fun and yummy stop as well as a nice chance to sit and rest our feet for a bit.

After grabbing our Greek yogurt, we headed to Emily's favorite stop during the trip: Mood! If the name of this fabric store sounds familiar, it's probably because this store is constantly featured on Lifetime's popular show, Project Runway. I was a huge fan of the show in high school and I couldn't tell you the number of times I've heard Tim Gunn's voice saying "Thank you Mood!"

After hunting through multiple floors of Mood for the perfect fabric for Emily, we headed to the Lilly Pulitzer store on Madison Avenue for me. I fell in love with this dress while we were there and it made it onto my wish list.

On our way back to the hotel we grabbed groceries from a nearby store and ate a quick dinner in the room before heading to The Walter Kerr Theatre on W. 48th to see A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. The show won a Tony for "Best Musical" and it was absolutely AMAZING! The portrayal of the story was hilarious and the cast was so incredibly talented. I was also a huge fan of the costuming for the show.
via my snapchat {username: bowtifullife}
After the show, we walked around Times Square and took in the lights, sights, hustle, and bustle. It was a bit too crazy and touristy for my taste, but it was certainly a sight to be seen and I'm glad we saw it while we were in town.
After our quick trip through Times Square, we walked over 20 blocks back to out hotel on the Upper West Side. The weather was wonderful that night and we were able to go past Lincoln Center on our way. In all honesty, I majorly fangirled while walking through the large stone plaza, by the fountain, and past numerous posters of amazing ballerinas and dance companies. Being a dancer, it was such a cool experience for me to just be at a venue where so many performances by legendary ballerinas have taken place.
Shoutout to Emily for snapping this candid while I was freaking out over
The New York City Ballet. Can you tell I was excited?
That was day two of our trip! To see my other blog posts from my trip NYC click HERE, or check the hashtag: #BowtifulNYC on Instagram and Twitter.

More to come soon!

November 9, 2014

Masquerade ~ ΧΩ Semi Formal '14


~ What I Wore ~
Tibi dress  ~  heels (similar)  ~  bracelet  ~  watch  ~  vintage ring  ~  earrings (similar)
P.S. A major thank you to my wonderful roommate, Ola, for yet another amazing set of photos! Be sure to go like her photography page on Facebook to see more of her work. {HERE}