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Manhattan Dinner Cruise

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Every year Kyle comes up with the most creative and meaningful birthday gifts, but this year he totally outdid himself. For my gift this year he booked a sunset dinner cruise around Manhattan. I had never seen the city from the water before, so I was extremely excited for my birthday adventure.

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Our cruise was through Hornblower and they did a wonderful job planning the trip. There was an hor d’oeuvres and cocktail hour on the boat, followed by a three-course meal and after-dinner dancing. The boat cruised around the Hudson and the East River and had great photo-ops near the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.

There was a beautiful deck on the boat where you could stand or sit outside before or after dinner, or between courses. The weather was beautiful, so we enjoyed sipping on our drinks outside while taking in the breathtaking views.

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As far as our meal, the different courses were pretty tasty. I ordered the Tamarind and Orange Glazed Duck Breast for my appetizer, and the Oven Roasted Chicken Breast for my entree. Both were extremely well-prepared and had great flavor. The sweet potato puree with my appetizer was so well-seasoned I could have eaten a whole bowl of just that.  Kyle ordered the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake as his appetizer, and the Pan Seared Filet of Beef for his entree and they were pretty amazing too.. I had bites of course.  For dessert, I ordered the cheesecake, my absolute favorite NYC specialty.

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The DJ played great music, mixing in the old with the new, and got everyone on the boat in a great mood. He played some top pop hits, some salsa music, and even some Frank Sinatra.

The Manhattan skyline lit up against the night sky is unlike anything else you will see in your life. We stood outside for almost half an hour just taking in the view.

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For anyone living in, or visiting, NYC looking for a fun night out with friends or a romantic dinner date, I would definitely suggest booking a boat cruise through Hornblower. It was one of the most memorable nights in NYC I have had yet.

A Petite Girl’s Guide to Boyfriend Jeans

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Being 5’2″ is both a blessing and a curse. Sure, I can still get away with the kids menu sometimes, but boy is shopping for pants a headache. Very few stores carry short enough jeans, and I have had so much trouble in the past adapting the latest trends to work with my tiny legs. Flared jeans.. nope… Boot cut… nope… culottes.. absolutely not.

When I first heard of the boyfriend jean trend a few years ago I instantly wrote it off too. My first thought was, “Oh my gosh, I would swim in boyfriend jeans..” I envied the tall, thin, models in the magazines and on the runway working the trend, and wished I had their physique.

Then one day when I was out shopping I decided to take a risk and try on a pair. They looked so loose and comfy…I caved and snatched up my size to slip on.

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When I first looked in the mirror with the boyfriend style on I initially was doubtful, i’m not going to lie… but then I played around with them a bit by adding a belt, cuffing the bottoms, and throwing on a pair of heels and instantly saw a difference.

“IT’S A MIRACLE…” I thought, “I CAN ACTUALLY WEAR A TRENDY PAIR OF JEANS!”

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When I style my boyfriend jeans now I typically pair the looser pants with a tighter or more structured shirt (like the one in this photo). I like to belt the jeans to sit a little higher on my waist, and usually roll the bottoms 2-3 times to get them to sit right above my ankles. A half-tucked shirt shows off my belt and waistline a little, but still keeps with that laid-back style of the oversized jeans.

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This shopping discovery of mine goes to show that you should never be afraid to experiment with different fashion trends, no matter what your height or size is. Every girl can rock the same trends, it’s just all about your confidence and creativity.

NYFW: Veronica Beard

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I attended the Veronica Beard New York Fashion Week presentation last night and it was nothing less than enchanting. The venue was located in the charming neighborhood of Chelsea inside a very rustic open space. There were refreshments, an amazing song playlist, and awesome props and furniture to complement the line of clothing being displayed. Everyone was dressed to the nines and snapping photos right and left.

As far as the Fall 15 line itself, I thought everything about it was very versatile and wearable for the everyday fashionista. There was a wonderful mix of textures and prints that really complemented each other and made for super dynamic looks. Models wore ensembles that mixed softer silky fabrics and lace pieces with thicker woven wools, furs and heavy knits. The juxtaposition of textures and fabrics was brilliant and so cohesive.

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You could see that the brand also incorporated the popular trend of the fur stole (pictured below) in many of their looks, I found this piece really adds some extra flare to layered styles. Simple, yet elegant, prints and pops of bright colors made the line that much more exciting.

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After attending the presentation I am so excited for this Fall 15 line to be released.

Stay tuned for more NYFW updates!

Fall Colors in Firenze

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Fall weather has arrived here in Florence and I am in love. The leaves are changing, the temperatures are cooler and the colors are beautiful. I picked up this gorgeous scarf at the market last weekend and thought it was perfect for this time of year. It’s cozy, colorful and the perfect piece to brighten up a neutral ensemble.

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I purchased this black wrap dress from Nordstrom just before I left for Italy and it has already become one of my favorites. The dress is a great length, super soft and can be paired with anything! I’ve decided that wrap dresses are a perfect fall basic that every woman should have in her wardrobe. They’re an easy go-to outfit that can be mixed and matched with unlimited jackets and accessories.

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As far as my life in Italy goes, I have enjoyed taking a small break from traveling and spent the last few weeks in Florence. I’ve already learned so much more about my city and neighborhood just wandering around and stopping in cafes and shops. I’ve tasted the most amazing hot chocolate in Florence, discovered some awesome leather shops and seen some views that cannot be beat.

My Italian adventure has felt like a dream so far, and I’m looking forward to all of the experiences yet to come.

Ciao for now!

Venice, Italy

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I was always very excited to visit Venice, Italy, but this town completely blew my expectations out of the water (literally!). The town was colorful and charming, full of amazing little shops, and the narrow canals throughout the city made it very unique and beautiful.

It was very easy to travel to Venice for a day trip from Florence. We hopped on a train for about two hours and arrived at the station right on the water. From the station, we could take a ferry to the center of the city, San Marco. Once arriving at San Marco, I enjoyed touring the church, wandering through the charming shops, and grabbing lunch at a local restaurant.

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After spending some time touring the beautiful area, we enjoyed a gondola ride along the canals through the city. Gondola rides in Venice are a bit expensive (plan for about 80E for a 25 minute ride), but they are 100% worth the money. The ride gave me an entirely new perspective on the town, and the views from the water are so different from the little roads and bridges. Riding the gondola in Venice is one of my favorite activities so far that I have done in all of Europe. Budget the money ahead of time and do it!

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While shopping around Venice, you will notice a lot of two things, murano glass and a lot of Venetian masquerade masks. Both of these items are very unique to the area and I would highly suggest buying a little something to take home. Murano glass is a specialty of Venice’s Murano island. In Venice, you will find the colorful glass in the form of beautiful, unique, beads for jewelry, adorable little figurines, chandeliers, and a lot of elegant glassware for the home. I chose to buy a few different glass pendants that I could later hang from a chain of my own. An easy, lightweight, (and cheap!), way to bring that unique piece of Venice home with me.

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Now, before I get into the nitty gritty of these masks, you’re probably wondering what these are all about right? Well each year, Venice holds a festival called the ‘Carnival of Venice’. This festival is about ten days long and ends with the Christian celebration of Lent the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival was started all the way back in the 11th century and today has become a world famous event. Masks have always been an important feature of the Venetian carnival, along with costumes, and each year there is even a contest for the most beautiful and elaborate mask.

As far as masks in Venice go, I chose to buy two different styles with the intention of using them as decor when I return home. So many stores in Venice sell these amazing masks that it is hard to pick the best place to get them from. Overall, if you are really into the story behind the masks, and you want to get an authentic piece, spend a little more and make sure to buy a mask that is made of the paper mache/plaster material versus the cheap plastic kind. I found that this type of mask is more authentic and often painted by a local artist. The type of masks that I bought are said to each be unique in their own way by the artist. I love that the inside of each is signed and dated too!

(Below is a picture of my two new Venetian masquerade masks)

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