the brunch files: SNACKMRKT, ontario, canada

the brunch files: SNACKMRKT, ontario, canada

this post is LONG overdue but i promise it’s worth the wait! a few weeks ago i went to my soon-to-be cousin’s bridal shower in ontario, canada. it was a short but sweet trip, where i caught up with family i hadn’t seen in years – and it made me even more excited for the actual wedding, which is in jamaica (!!!!!!!!!) in just a few short months. while i was there i had to get in some blogging, and that’s where snackmrkt comes in! Continue reading “the brunch files: SNACKMRKT, ontario, canada”

the brunch files: tito’s burritos and wings

the brunch files: tito’s burritos and wings

i’m on an EPIC diet at the moment as i prep for my first ever trip to jamaica on july 3rd. i’m determined to get into tip top bikini shape, but i’ll admit i had quite the cheat meal when i recently devoured tito’s burritos and wings in boonton, nj. sorry, not sorry!!! read on to hear about my experience at this awesome small chain, but more importantly, to get to the droolworthy photos! Continue reading “the brunch files: tito’s burritos and wings”

ditch your jeans – i’m saying YES to dresses this season!

ditch your jeans – i’m saying YES to dresses this season!

as soon as the ‘kinder’ weather hits, i start wearing dresses. as often as utterly possible. because dresses are comfortable…. easy to wear… and obviously because they’re super cute. it’s the easiest way for me to express myself without putting a ton of thought into my look – because let’s be real – life gets crazy, and sometimes your wardrobe gets thrown onto the back burner. in this entry, i’m discussing ways that basic casual day-dresses can elevate your look with little thought! Continue reading “ditch your jeans – i’m saying YES to dresses this season!”

texture takeover!

texture takeover!

if you follow my blog actively, you know that i LOVE playing with texture as a way to spice things up. when i first started blogging, i tried to wear bright, bold colors all the time and find the most funky walls to photograph in front of – and don’t get me wrong, i still tend to do that, but it’s simply not sustainable for everyday life, and my blog started feeling less authentic than i’d want it to. the more fashionistas i met, the more i realized that color – while important to me – is not necessarily all that makes an outfit stand out. today i’m featuring a really fun smock dress from target that i think checks all the boxes for unique, stand-out spring fashion. read on to hear my thoughts! Continue reading “texture takeover!”

‘we just gel’ – my love affair with viicode oxygen eye masks!

‘we just gel’ – my love affair with viicode oxygen eye masks!
yes, moving was an epic chore. and yes, it left me completely exhausted. granted, this is mostly my fault because i just needed to furnish everything immediately! but nevertheless, i came down with a nasty stomach bug last week and i’ve generally been feeling (and looking) pretty run down. my collaboration with viicode skincare came at just the right time! read on to hear about the latest beauty hack that i’m obsessed with!

Continue reading “‘we just gel’ – my love affair with viicode oxygen eye masks!”

An Ode To Empire Waist

An Ode To Empire Waist

Real talk: If you’ve been watching my Insta Stories lately, I’ve mentioned (more than once) that since moving to the ‘burbs I’ve put on some serious pounds. (Somewhere between 10 and 12…. but who’s counting, right? Oh yeah…. I AM….) I’m clearly a stress eater, and when the going gets tough, I get the munchies. Packing, moving, acclimating, commuting…. getting used to a new schedule and way of life… using my new kitchen for Taco Night… these are all factors that led me to this uncomfortable state, and as of May 1st I’ve been on an epic cleanse to get back to where I felt ‘bomb dot com’. That being said, I recently stumbled upon a cross-back dress with an empire waist that I bought in two colors because it was just THAT flattering (even on my current frame). I realized I never talk about empire waist… probably because I don’t wear it all that often… but it’s a silhouette we ALL should have stashed in our wardrobe for the inevitable day when we feel like we’ve gotta let it all out and cover it all up at the same time. I KNOW you know exactly what I’m talking about.  Continue reading “An Ode To Empire Waist”

borrow or buy: you decide with gwynnie bee’s new inclusive sizing!

borrow or buy: you decide with gwynnie bee’s new inclusive sizing!

i’ve been under the weather these past few days so i’m thrilled to have woken up today feeling 90% better than i did last night – just in time for 78 degree temps to hit the tri-state area! maybe today i’ll be able to spend a little time outdoors instead of cooped up on the couch…. which has me flashing back to last weekend when i stepped out (to dairy queen!!!) in style in the first of three looks that i’ve had #sponsored by gwynnie bee! read on to hear about this super cool subscription service and how it’s changing for the better! Continue reading “borrow or buy: you decide with gwynnie bee’s new inclusive sizing!”

crepe scarves to combat april’s chill

crepe scarves to combat april’s chill

new york really takes a beating during the winter. in what feels like the sixth straight month of cold, bitter weather… i think we’ve all thrown in the towel and have agreed to collectively freeze in spring clothing until mother nature decides she’s ready to join us… so this next look that i’m featuring pairs a (new) denim shift dress with some old accessories that help to keep this look transitional and functional (enough) for our current temperature situation. if you’re reading from a region that’s already warmed up significantly… forget everything i’m about to say, throw this dress on with your favorite sandals, and call it a day. but if you’re here in the tri-state… read on for some simple tips to mid-april-warmth.  Continue reading “crepe scarves to combat april’s chill”