Christmastime is finally here, but it’s still fall outside. A little over a week ago, I finally got to Central Park to do a bit of leaf peeping. Due to a bit of unseasonably warm weather and lack of rain, the leaves up north didn’t reach peak until much later in the season.
If you haven’t gone leaf peeping ever, pin this post right now for next year. I love the changing leaves and, really, everything about this weather. It was beautiful out there, y’all!
One thing that’s hard about fall is the colors, especially transitioning from fall to winter. If you live in a warmer climate this is especially true since you get about one month of fall at best. Fall neutrals are a safe bet, but honestly, they can be a bit boring! Here’s how I make it a little more exciting!
A neutral sparkle sweater and lace shirts are absolute essentials for keeping your neutral wardrobe a bit more exciting. As an added bonus anything with a bit of sparkle will transition nicely into the winter and holiday season. I also try to add a bit of gold or silver anywhere I can in my wardrobe.
I’ve always wanted one of those sequined skirts or dresses, but I’m not sure I’d wear it enough to justify purchasing it. Which is why I love sweaters or shirts with a bit of this sparkle. Same idea, easier to wear anywhere.
These are some of my favorite fall neutrals out right now!
I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it a million more, I love New York City during the holiday season. From the parade, to window displays, decorations in Rockefeller Center, and all the restaurants that are decorated for the season there is nowhere with more Christmas cheer than New York City. This year my mom is coming in and I am so excited to get to show her all of my favorite holiday places.
There’s a LOT to choose from, so the point of this guide is to give you tips on where to watch the parade, Thanksgiving dinner tips and what to check out during your stay! NYC can be super overwhelming, with all of the subway lines to all of the different neighborhoods and thousands of restaurants. This guide will help you get around NYC for your holiday visit and make the most of it!
Hi everyone! I want to take a second to thank all of y’all for reading this, for your kind words, you encouragement and your advice. I’ve been saving your comments for those moments when I’m feeling a bit hopeless, or frustrated and it’s been such a help! For those of you just now tuning in, thanks for being here! This series is a (sometimes) weekly post detailing my journey through a career change and moving to New York City where I discuss the good, the bad, the ugly and any little successes along the way. If you want to read from the beginning start here.
Job searching is hard. Really hard. Even when you’re not making a major career change or hunting in a really saturated job market. I spent every day of the past few months looking a postings, applying to jobs, and refreshing my email about 500 times a day. I read a lot of inspiring stories about career changes, none shed any light on the reality. A lot of days I received more rejection emails than I did phone screening requests. Frequently, phone interviews were canceled even though I planned my day around them. Then there’s the take home assignments, you spend hours perfecting a pitch or campaign proposal only to not get the job.
None of this is to say it’s not worth it, only to be transparent. You spend 40 or 50+ hours a week at work. Enjoying that is SO important. For this week’s update just hit read more and continue following along with me!
Its finally a bit cooler outside, the leaves are changing, and pumpkins are everywhere! It’s the BEST time of the year. One of my favorite ways to enjoy the cooler weather, is going fall festivals. Most are only $5-$6 to get in, score!
This past weekend I went to the cutest little farm out in west New Jersey to pick a few apples, a pumpkin and get apple cider donuts. I LOVE fall, y’all and I’m a sucker for any place with baby goats! Seriously, baby goats = ?.
Fall festivals are the best, between all the photo ops, cute animals and getting to pick your own apples it’s everything that I love about fall time. Pro tip: wear comfy shoes, at least for the walking around part!
It’s been a couple of weeks since I updated this (read the last post here), most of that time I’ve been curled up in bed with a horrible case of the flu. Thanks to everyone for reading this and all your positive comments and encouragement! It is so so so appreciated! If this is your first time reading this series, thank you so much for joining! You can read week one here!
This week I’m talking about what and how to pack. If you have a fully paid for corporate moving package, this post probably isn’t for you. For those of you making a big move and looking to take as little as possible, this is what you do. If you’re studying abroad or backpacking through Europe, etc you’ll also find these tips useful!
Happy National Dessert Day y’all! Admittedly, I’m much more a salty, savory person when it comes to food. Nothing makes my heart flutter like a plate of tacos (read about my favorites here!) or bowl of the Bob Armstrong dip. Sometimes, you just need a sweet treat and since sweets aren’t really my thing, I’m fairly picky. Fittingly, I’m downing a jar of banana pudding as I’m writing this, sometimes you have to treat yoself.
New York City has absolutely no shortage of sweet treats, which is why it’s so hard to pick just 5. From rain drop cakes to rolled ice cream to cookie shots and cronuts, New York City is the birth place of so many fantastic food trends.
It was difficult to pick just 5 dessert places to recommend, so each of these has something that makes them unique and more than just being Instagram worthy.
One thing I didn’t anticipate was such a competitive job search. So today I’m discussing my budget, and dealing with a long job search. For those of y’all just now tuning in, thanks for being here! This series is a realistic look at moving across the country with no job, starting over, and all the hardships each step of the way. I find that a lot of bloggers simply shy away from anything negative. That’s not realistic. Especially if you’re a 20-something trying to figure out where you’re headed. I’m sharing it all, the good, the bad, the scary.
It’s hard to estimate how long it’ll take to find a job. Even harder when you’re changing careers. Trust me, plenty of times I want to throw in the towel and say never mind, just kidding. Then I remember, this is a field I genuinely love everything about. Shoutout to all y’all out there fearlessly pursuing your dreams! So in the meantime, I’ve taken on a serious budget. It’s simple, and anyone can do it.
For those of you just now tuning in/missed last week’s post/etc: I packed up all my things, picked out what I could fit in two suitcases and a tote bag, hopped on a plane to NYC and didn’t plan out much more than that. I’m writing about my experience in weekly series titled, Empire State of Broke updated each Monday. The goal of this series is to be is as transparent as possible. A lot of bloggers skim over, or entirely skip, anything unpleasant in their posts. I promise not to do that in this series. You can expect real, raw, unfiltered content – minus a copy edits for y’know SEO and readability purposes.
Following your dreams is scary. Always. No matter what. So do it anyways, it sure beats the heck out of staying safe in the harbor.
A few days ago I purchased a plane ticket. One-way. To NYC. 2 days ago I arrived at the airport with most of my life packed into 2 suitcases. A lot of people move to NYC to pursue their dreams. For me, it’s because there’s 10x the number of job opportunities in my field and I love the city. I love the energy, the opportunity, the cute little streets in Chelsea, fall in Central park, the Macy’s Parade, and all the food.
I’m starting this weekly series to chronicle my journey.
It has been a crazy busy couple of a weeks of traveling y’all! This past weekend I was in NYC for a few days for Fashion Week. NYC is one of my favorite cities for a lot of reasons: the energy, the ease of getting around, all the sights and all of the food (okay, maybe not the dollar pizza slices – those are not great!). I’ve written about how to experience the best of NYC in one day (here), but for first time visitors there’s a lot more than knowing the sights to see and places to eat in order to have a great time!
This past weekend, I revisited some of my favorite spots, experienced NYFW, and did a LOT of shopping. Can I just say how fantastic Banana Republic’s show was? Oh my goodness. Their pieces are on point! One thing I’m really glad to see is that the off-the-shoulder trend is here to stay. I’m always a bit nervous to try new trends until I know it’s not just a one season thing. Off-the-shoulder sweaters are going to be so hot this fall, y’all!
While I was walking around and thinking about post ideas, I thought about sharing a few things I’ve learned about exploring NYC. If you’re a first time visitor this NYC guide is for you! You probably know all about the major tourist attractions so I’ll skip those!
Here are a few things I’ve learned from living in the area and multiple visits:
Transportation: Getting from the airport into Manhattan can be tricky, but once you’re at your hotel it’s much easier to get around! The Subway is your best bet (cab/uber generally only saves a minute or two) and Google Maps is your new best friend.
Depending on which airport you’re coming in from the easiest way to get to your destination is going to vary. If you fly into Newark it’s super easy. Hop on the NJ transit train to Penn Station and take a cab to your hotel (if you’re staying further than a few blocks from Midtown, take the subway. From Penn Station the A/C/E, 1/2/3, and N/Q/R lines are super easy to get on). If you fly into LGA, it’s a little more difficult. Depending on the time of day, I would go ahead and pay the $40-$50 cab fare to get into Manhattan. Your other options are: take the Q70 bus to Jackson Heights or Woodside and transfer to whichever subway line you need or take a cab/uber to the subway (this is what I usually do!). If you fly into JFK, there’s a train that will take you to different stops and it is much easier than the bus at LGA!
Once you’re ready to explore, if you haven’t already, get a Metrocard. If you’re staying 3 days or more, buy the unlimited pass for a week. It’s $30 but you’ll use it enough to make it worth it. Google Maps has saved me more times than I can count. Simply plug in your destination and tap on the train icon. It will tell you which line to take and the map will show you where your destination is in relation to where you are (so you’ll know whether you need a downtown or uptown bound train).
Navigation: While using the grid layout of NYC is a pretty good way to get around (The larger the street number, the further north you are and avenue blocks are numbered from east to west) but, Google Maps, Google Maps, Google Maps is the BEST way to navigate. Especially if you’re further downtown (Wall St, Greenwich Village, WTC area) where the streets aren’t numbered.
Cabs: I rarely, rarely use cabs/uber to get around. In the outer-boroughs, yes. Or if my feet hurt and the subway line I need requires too much walking, I’ll take one to the subway line I need.
Shoes: WEAR COMFY ONES. If you want to look cute for pictures (I do this!) carry your heels in your bag to slip on for pics or for dinner, etc. On average when I’m exploring NYC I walk about 8 miles. I’ve never walked fewer than 5 miles and once I walked 13 miles (definitely earned a milkshake from Black Tap that day!).
Restrooms: This is another tip you probably won’t find in most guide books or travel sites. Public restrooms are few and far between (and not the cleanest!). Most coffee shops and Starbucks have restrooms for customers and all you need to do is buy a water/coffee/cookie/etc.
Times Square: Walk through, take pictures, do some shopping (the Ann Taylor Loft store here is fantastic!), people watch, etc but avoid eating here. There are so many cute little restaurants in NYC and fabulous pizza places, none of which are in Times Square. It’s entirely chain restaurants and long waits. Speaking of food:
Food: My absolute favorite part of the city. I could write an entire book dedicated to my favorite places. I’ll narrow it down to the must-eats. Pizza. Anything from Dominique Ansel’s bakery. Bagels. Brunch anywhere. Burgers (Shake Shack is overrated, try Ainsworth in Midtown or Hoboken instead). Katz Delicatessen (The place from When Harry Met Sally). For a more comprehensive list of some of the best food, this article is fantastic (although I disagree about Tacos and BBQ – I’m from Texas, we do BBQ and Tacos way better). For cheap NYC eats this list is phenomenal!
Pizza: Juliana’s is hand’s down my favorite. It’s located in DUMBO just off of the Brooklyn Bridge (walk it, don’t take the subway in). In Manhattan, I like Rubirosa (NoLita), Lombardi’s (NoLita, oldest pizzeria in NYC) and John’s (West Village).
Brunch: Jack’s Wife Frieda, Clinton Street Baking Co, Agave (awesome bottomless drinks deal!), Santina, and Sarabeth’s. There’s other great brunch places too but these are my faves!
Lastly, rooftops. You can’t leave NYC without visiting at least one. There’s a ton of great ones, but I think The Monarch is perfect for a first NYC visitor! The view is incredible and right under the Empire State Building.
Hopefully y’all found this helpful! What’re your favorites in NYC? Any recommendations for a first time visitor in NYC?