Thursday, April 23, 2015

Brookfield Place

Lower Manhattan and Battery Park have been growing and expanding like crazy over the last few years. The newest aspect of this expansion is Brookfield Place, which I posted a few pictures of when my parents visited. Brookfield Place is located next to the new and stunning One World Trade Center. It's also easily accessible to Jersey through a five minute ferry ride.

Brookfield place features a "gourmet" food court. When I say gourmet, I'm not joking! Instead of Burger King and McDonald's, think sushi, bison burgers, Dos Toros tacos, Little Muenster sandwiches, and roasted brussel sprouts at Dig Inn.

There's also a French Eataly of sorts called Le District. The large gourmet shop features a restaurant, bakery, florist, cheesemonger, and more.

And finally, the stores! Ferragamo, Burberry, Tory Burch, and J.Crew are open. Hermes and Balenciaga are coming soon. In other words, it's pretty dangerous for me to be living and working near this place. My excitement pictured below!

What do you think of the expansion of Lower Manhattan? Is it getting too commercial? Or do you like the conveniences of a big shopping center?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

On My Wishlist

I've had no time to shop lately. This is normally a good thing but with several events coming up, I am in dire need! Would someone mind being my personal shopper for a few hours? Please?!

Monday, April 20, 2015

I'm Back! and Busy

Sorry for my week-long absence! I was in Chicago for a work conference that basically took up my entire life. Literally. On the bright side, I did get to see J while I was there and have some wonderful catch-up time.

After finally arriving home, A and I had a relaxing Friday night and celebrated the 6 month countdown to our big day.

Saturday morning we headed to Astoria to check out the Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. It's a bit of a trek to get there but well worth it. The exhibit featured costumes, notes from the writers, Don Draper's kitchen, and Don's office. A and I were both pretty shocked at how detailed the sets are up close. Astoria is also known for it's incredible Greek food so we made a pit-stop at Bahari Estiatorio. I had the swordfish steak which was literally shark-sized. Naturally, I ate every last bit of it.
Post- Sunday errands, we strolled around TriBeCa and stopped at Distilled for a drink. I love the bowls of spicy popcorn they serve at the bar. 

As A and I walked to dinner with friends in the West Village, we ran into the lobster roll truck.  We couldn't resist! 

Finally, we got to our actual meal at Po. Po has become one of our recent favorites. It's incredibly cozy and every single pasta is more delicious than the next. Not to mention, it's across the street from Murray's Cheese Bar so you can always stop for some goodies to take home with you. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Five on Friday

1.  Helpful Style Charts for Women. There quite a few surprising gems in here, including some tips for shorties like me. 

2. Reality TV has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Southern Charm never fails to crack me up. 

3. The Lilly Pulitzer for Target line launches in 9 days. My feelings towards this are pretty neutral. I'm not one of those girls on twitter freaking out in excitement, and I'm also not one of those girls "devastated" that Lilly is stooping down to target level. If McQueen did it, Lilly can do it. It's just a fun line people - chill!  I don't plan on buying any of the clothes (maybe the bathing suits), but I am intrigued by some of the fun Summer decor. 
4. Tunic Time. It's almost tunic and white jean season! 

5. I'll be at a work conference for the next week, but at least I get to hang out with JK while I'm there!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Shoes

Although it's probably going to be another 2 months before I can really start wearing open toe shoes around these parts, a girl can dream about the days of foot freedom. Here's a few lust-worthy Spring picks. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wedding Wednesday - 10 Ways to De-Stress

Let's cut the pretty Pinterest wedding pictures and engage in some real talk. There's only about 6 months left until my wedding. Those 6 months are also packed with several work projects, 3 conferences, the Foxfield horse races, Mother's Day, Father's day, my bridal shower, a friend's wedding, July 4th, my bachelorette party, and more. In other words, it's currently very easy for me to go into full on freak-out mode. So here are my 10 sanity-saving tips (let's see if I can stick to them myself).

1) Take one day at a time.

2) Prioritize what's most important.

3) Use caution when list making. I love lists and have several going at all times. However, I used to be a massive list overachiever and keep lists of restaurants I wanted to try, things I needed to buy, blah blah blah. It exhausts your brain. Your lists should be for tasks that actually need to get done.

4) Break your day into scheduled time blocks (just like school). I have quite a few different tasks within my job so I've found it's helpful to break the day up into "blocks."

5) Exercise. Never underestimate the power of a work-out.

6) Eat healthy and stay hydrated. Again, never underestimate the power of these basic techniques.

7) Interact with other humans. Grab a coffee with a friend or make time for a middle of the week date night.

8) Go email-less for one hour a day. It's magical.

9) Don't be scared to say no. If you're too busy to go to that dinner - say no! Your friends will understand and appreciate hanging out with a much more relaxed version of yourself when you are ready.

10) Half of it ain't important. A large majority of my stresses aren't important (aka a bad hair day, needing a new sweater, reorganizing my closet etc etc.) I'm already a very organized person and have a tendency to way overthink things and want to make them perfect. I have to remind myself to calm down and focus on what's important. Everything else will fall into place.

Do you have any stress reduction tips?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Leontine Linens (Major Eye Candy)

I have about 34523454 things going on this week. Work is uber busy, and I'm headed to a conference next week.  So, I'll just dream about napping in one of these gorgeous bedrooms.