Oslo, Norway Day #1

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It’s amazing how much you learn while traveling. Lessons on history, culture, convenience, life and yourself start to intertwine and create the magic that I find travelling to be. If you’re a well-seasoned traveler, you know how much meticulous planning each trip takes; booking transportation to get there, a place to stay, things you want to do, food you want to eat, how to get around the city and communicate with the locals… it’s incredibly exhausting, yet more than worth it.

Oslo, Norway was the first weekend trip I took from London. I left early Friday morning, took a half hour bus to another bus station, then took a two hour bus to the airport, where I arrived so early that I was able to sit in a café for two hours waiting for the gate to open. The flight itself was just an hour and a half to Oslo TORP, which I soon found to be an airport two hours outside of Oslo. After going through customs, I got on another bus to a train station and then took the two hour train into Oslo. After about 9 hours of travel time and time spent waiting for transportation, I FINALLY arrived in Oslo, super hungry and dehydrated.

12670057_707205409315917_8292168908260510927_nI guess Ben and I should have looked up the location of the airport we were flying into ahead of time (oops), but at least we had an interesting experience traveling into the city. We were able to see the beautiful (snowy!) farmland of the Norwegian countryside, complete with cute little red barns covered in snow and beautiful horses wearing jackets roaming the snowy pastures. We travelled on one of the most crowded trains I’ve ever been on in my life – most of the space in our car was taken up by a Norwegian “super mom” and about 14 eleven year old kids, all speaking a mix of Norwegian and French, and wearing backpacks twice their size with sleds and sleeping bags attached to them. I don’t know how they camped in the freezing weather or how they didn’t fall over with the bags on their backs while they stood on the train for an hour, but we were definitely fascinated with our first impression of Norway!

12650998_707205529315905_5992640504620854602_nWhen we arrived at Oslo Sentralstajon it was snowing even harder. The stores and museums were closed already and it was dark outside. We made our way to what we thought was our hostel, but wasn’t, so we trekked another 15 minutes to get to the right one. (Unsurprisingly, multiple snowball fights ensued upon exiting the train station, and the snow was perfect snowball making texture!) We put our stuff down in the room and went out to find some dinner.

12647550_707205669315891_1043387786378820762_nWalking a few blocks in the adorable yet quiet neighborhood, down a steep set of stairs and over a small bridge (where I took a mis-aimed snowball to the face while trying to take pictures of the river) we came across the section of the city called Vulcan.

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12670225_707205985982526_8175223568040507996_nThere was an assortment of restaurants to choose from and we ended up going into Mathallen Oslo, an awesome and popular indoor marketplace that reminded me of a mix of Eataly and Borough Market.

12705345_707206072649184_5318100100411799105_nI ate the most delicious chicken burger of my life, which they made fresh with cabbage on top, and then we went over to the bar and had cider and beer that was brewed just a few blocks away from where we were – probably the tastiest I’ve ever had as well.

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(If anyone sees Lovlos cider, you NEED to try it!)

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By 10pm most of the stands in the market were starting to close, including the bar, and we tried to figure out what to do next. Ben stumbled upon a hopping bar downstairs while trying to find the bathroom and we ended up going there for a few more hours that night – and also had a really yummy chocolate cheesecake (on the left of the plate is a sesame seed stick – definitely a creative combo of flavors!)

12669646_707205345982590_8016748024138762247_nThe walk back to Anker Apartments was incredibly serene. We were the only people out and had the opportunity to take in the gorgeous scenery of this new city in total silence among the falling snow. We walked through two parks that were filled with snow and were totally untouched.

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It was a pretty magical first day in Norway!

Stay Classy. xx

Baked Mediterranean & Parmesan Potato Wedges

 

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I know I’m way behind on my posts… but this is for a good reason! Ever since moving to London my down time has been close to none, and that isn’t a bad thing. I’ve been doing so much exploring and cooking that I’ve had little time to write up some posts that do each day justice.

That being said, upon making these delicious potato wedges tonight (which pair delightfully with lamb burgers… lamb is incredibly popular here!) I know that your week will become 100x better when you see how easy this recipe is — definitely try this at home! (Also- it’s going to be an awesome appetizer for the Superbowl this weekend!)

 

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SERVES (2-3)     PREP: 15 Minutes     COOK: 30 Minutes   TOTAL TIME: 45 Minutes

Let’s Get Started: 

3 large russet potatoes, sliced into wedges

4 tablespoons olive oil

1-teaspoon salt

4 teaspoons Mediterranean Spice mix (Garlic, Basil, Parsley, Salt, Pepper, Oregano)

½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

 

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Let’s Get Cooking:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*F (180*C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet, set aside.
  2. Place potato wedges in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over them and mix evenly. In a small bowl mix together spices. Sprinkle potato wedges with Parmesan cheese and mix evenly, then sprinkle spices the same way.
  3. Place potato wedges on prepared baking sheet with skin-sides down. Bake for 25-30 minutes until potatoes are fork tender and golden. Sprinkle with additional cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

Stay Classy! xx

London ’16: The Adventure Begins!

It’s been an exciting past few days! I arrived in London in the morning on Wednesday and have been “bogged down” with jetlag for the past few days. Fortunately I had English Breakfast Tea and conveniently stationed pubs to get me through it!

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I moved into my beautiful flat in Kensington, London and celebrated with a delicious dinner of Thai food from a cute little restaurant down the street. Whoever said London was “dreary” and “is known for having the worst food” couldn’t have been more wrong. The food was delicious and flavorful and totally homemade! I’m so happy that it’s located so close to my flat – and also that the U.K. food delivery service is called Deliveroo :)

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Due to the fact that I will be attending two universities while I am in London, I have not given much time to get acclimated on my own. The past few days have been filled with academic and housing orientations and excursions and my own attempts to explore the city on my own. (One of such excursions being the main grocery store, Tesco… my head is still spinning and I am still trying to figure out what British people eat. But I did manage to get enough groceries to get me through at least breakfast the next few days – plus I’m in love with the low-fat Gooseberry yogurt ;)

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I was so excited to find that Kensington Palace is a two-block walk from Fordham’s London campus, it’s gorgeous and so amazing that I will be taking classes so close to where the Royals have lived (and still live on occasion). The Palace Gardens are also incredible and seem like an awesome place to go running, which I plan on testing out tomorrow morning!

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My first impressions of London have totally exceeded my expectations. The city is incredibly lush and full of nature; palm tree – looking plants are all over the city and most window sills are decorated with flowers and adorably trimmed bushes. The architecture is gorgeous and full of history. London definitely seems to be a city of secrets like New York, but it has an entirely different energy to it, perhaps it is more proper? Only time will tell I guess, but I can’t wait to find out!

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Stay Classy! xx

P.S. I’m still searching for awesome pubs and restaurants to go to in London, so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

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My book stack in the first photo includes the Taschen Restaurant Guide to London, Color Me Happy coloring book, Miraculous Silence and an adorable copy of Wuthering Heights! / Black Audrey Brooke Suede Pump / Michael Kors earmuffs  (so cozy!) / My red coat is actually from Forever 21 but I’m linking to a similar one on sale from Gap!

Up Up & Away

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Today is the day I’ve been waiting for since middle school, the first time I ever travelled outside of the U.S. After hours and hours of packing, and unpacking, and repacking, and weighing, and unpacking, and strategically stuffing items from my checked bags into my carry on bags, the time has finally come to say my goodbyes and head to the airport. I’ll be studying abroad in London for the next FIVE months!

I am incredibly excited to experience the British culture and to travel to as many other countries as I can while I am away. My class schedule worked out great and I only have class on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday! This leaves so much room for exploring and travelling, both of which I am super excited about. I’ll be taking classes at two universities in London, and some are a little bit out of my comfort zone, but isn’t that what studying abroad is all about?

I can’t wait to start my London Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism classes (as well as to see the Victoria and Albert Museum and visit some awesome designer headquarters!) and I’m interested to see what I’ll learn from my Philosophy and Theatre classes… the latter is certainly a different choice for me (the last time I acted was probably when I was 7 and played Glinda in an adorable production of the Wizard of Oz) but I guess, when in London…

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Now on a more serious note, I do realize how blessed and fortunate I am to be able to go out and have an experience such as this. I am so grateful to my parents for giving me this opportunity and I am certain that I will take full advantage of it. I realize that not everyone is able to travel like this and I truly do realize how lucky I am.

Whenever I travel, especially abroad, I have a flashback to my trip to Ecuador a few years back. It was an amazing trip and Ecuador is a beautiful, scenic and very natural country with amazing food and culture, yet most of its inhabitants suffer from severe poverty. I wanted to share this story with you from this trip because it really put things into perspective for me and reminds me to thank God everyday for the amazing life that I have.

I will never forget my trip to one of the main food markets, where I made eye contact with a girl around the same age as me, which at the time was sixteen. She was sitting on the dirt ground among a pile of leeks and celery and looked up at me, her eyes speaking a perspective that will be forever engrained in my memory.

It was clear that this girl had not been granted an education. She had not experienced the joys of a good book, the luxury of travelling to a new place or the freedom to make choices that would affect her future. For one instant I saw myself through her eyes; a girl about the same age, blonde hair, light skin, store bought clothes, peeking into her life for a week and then going back to the privileged U.S. I was immediately embarrassed at how fortunate I was, at the future I looked forward to, at the fact that I had the luxury of going on a vacation, of getting an education, when all she would know was her life at home and at the market. How was this fair?

I held her gaze for another moment, until two toddlers appeared from behind her and she put them on her lap. With tears in my eyes I turned away, realizing how truly lucky I was to have the life I did, and how different the lives of teenage girls around the world could be.

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I know that I have an incredible few months ahead of me and I am so ecstatic to get started. Get ready for a blog revamp because CCG is off to LONDON!

I’m totally up for suggestions on where to visit (either in the U.K. or anywhere in Europe), where to eat, sights to see, etc. Just leave a comment below or you can send me an e-mail!

This is going to be a great year guys!

Cheers! Stay Classy xx

I Do What I Love & I Love What I Do

Can you believe how fast the first weekend of 2016 went by? I feel blessed that mine was filled with great food, my family, friends, boyfriend, and of course champagne and glitter. But the celebrations have died down and school and work start up again today for most — yet a little bit of routine will be awesome for getting into the groove of following your New Year’s resolutions!

I for one am excited about the amazing opportunities 2016 already has to offer. I’ve decided that this year is going to be both HAPPY and HEALTHY. I hit a few bumps in the road last year and I’m totally grateful and excited to turn to a blank page. I’m ready to start 2016 with healthy lifestyle resolutions and challenges that I know will not only make me happier but will also increase my quality of life! I plan on first and foremost doing what I love and what makes me happy.

A few weeks ago I started Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide (BBG) program and it has been kicking my butt (in a good way)! I’m loving the HIIT workouts and stretching routines as well as her healthy meal recipes in the nutrition guide.

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I’m definitely going to stick with this! I find myself excited for the next day’s workout and the feelings of soreness after remind me throughout the rest of the day (OK to be real, the next few days…) that I’m putting in the physical work, so I should also put in the mental work to resist the sweets I’m tempted by 24/7. (Kayla does allow one cheat meal per week though… she’s a tough cookie). The BBG community is all over social media, and they are AWESOME and incredibly motivating and supportive!

I’ve also fallen in love with Ellie Goulding’s new album “Delirium” and have been working out to it pretty exclusively (“I Do What I Love” is a fabulous track you should check out!)

I know that a big trend last year was c-runs (coffee runs, except the kind where you chug a cup of coffee before you work out, not where you’re running late to work and need to grab a coffee), but although I do love the caffeine boost I get from coffee, I find that it ends up upsetting my stomach. In forms of “pre-workout” beverages for women I hadn’t been able to find anything comparable to the options available for men. (If there’s any pre-workout powders that you use and love, let me know!) But I have come across one energy drink that I’ve found to be flawless so far!

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I’ve seen Celsius drinks on Instagram endorsed by celebrities promoting healthy lifestyles such as Khloe Kardashian and Jillian Michaels and decided to give it a chance. In just the past two weeks I’ve found that I LOVE the drinks and that they give me the kick I need to get the most out of my workouts! I’ve tried five flavors and Raspberry Acai Green Tea is definitely my favorite. I’ve also found that I only needed to drink half a can before each workout and it stays well and the leftover drink can be used the next day! The drinks aren’t carbonated which is awesome and they taste great.

I’m just hoping they sell them in London…

You’ll see why in my next post! ;)

Stay Classy! xx

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Celsius Energy Drinks (Raspberry Acai Green Tea and Sparkling Wild Berry) Retails approx. $20 for a pack of 12 drinks. / Under Armour Fleece Lined Running Sweatshirt (Couldn’t find the exact one online but I’m linking to a darker purple – it’s so comfy!) Retails $52. / Jamberry Nail Wraps on my nails in Metallic Berry. Retails $15. (They’ve stayed on perfectly for about a month! / Kayla Itsines’ BBG Retails $10 for the App. (only includes workouts not the nutrition guide) and $70 for the hard copy.

Viva La Vive – The App That Is Going To Make Your Holiday Beauty Routine 100x Easier

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The incredible salon I went to for my blowout – with all natural and organic products! Courtesy of Mauricio Hair Studio Privato.

I’m a self-admitted makeup junkie and proud of it. Even though for me there’s no such thing as a makeup bag, more like an overflowing set of three bags, shelves and counters with enough products to service two large families of females, or perhaps an entire hallway of a college dorm, yet I find each of these products to be useful to me and simply don’t have the strength to part with them.

When it comes to makeup and nails, I’ve got it down. I have a routine that I stick to, which makes it easy! When it comes to hair though, that’s another story.

I recently got a major haircut on a whim. This is completely unlike me, as I’ve always only wanted longer hair, and it usually takes months for me to decide something like this. What really pushed me to do it was that I was frustrated with not having enough time to do my hair in the morning and I knew that cutting inches off my length would be a huge time saver.

It has been and I love having short hair! I shaved half an hour off my time getting ready after showers because shorter hair is quicker to dry and style. But for special occasions, not even a few extra minutes could help me style my hair so that it looks the way I want it to.

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Loving the way I feel after my blowout, thanks Vive!

This is where the lifesaver Vive app comes in. It gives you access to over 250 of the best salons in NYC, Chicago and, in early 2016, LA and you can make an appointment for a blowout less than 24 hours in advance.

I was going on a Christmas date in the city and knew I wouldn’t have the time (or the patience) to do my hair so I threw it into a ponytail and went into the city before dinner to get it done using my Vive app to make an appointment. It was so convenient because I was able to pick my salon based on the location I needed to be at later (Eataly’s pop-up rooftop restaurant Baita — which you NEED to try before it closes).

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Baita, Eataly’s pop-up rooftop restaurant. Great decor, fantastic food!

For my blowout I got matched with Mauricio Hair Salon Privato on 5th Avenue (the first picture above!) and I had a truly wonderful experience. It is an incredible salon with a great minimalist yet glamorous aesthetic and a top tier team of stylists. They also only used totally organic and all-natural products in my hair, which was a plus! They used a peppermint shampoo and conditioner, which felt amazing on my scalp. With the Vive app I was able to walk right in without waiting, get my blowout and head to dinner, doing little else than giving my awesome stylist a tip!

Vive offers subscriptions based on the number of blowouts you need per month. “The Occasion” gives subscribers two blowouts per month, “The Essential” is four blowouts per month, and “The Lifestyle” is UNLIMITED blowouts per month! The subscriptions start at $65 per month, which is a total steal because even with the smallest subscription, you’re getting two blowouts for the price of one ;) PLUS if you use my referral link you’ll get 20% off any subscription of your choosing. Do your hair (and your sanity) a favor this season and pamper yourself with Vive – you know you want to!

Stay Classy! xx

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I’m wearing a LBD from Express but couldn’t find the exact one online. I’m linking to a similar one that’s under $50! / My lipstick is Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Coraly Nude 01, a steal for $7.99 / And of course my blowout was courtesy of Vive at the Mauricio Hair Studio Privato on 5th Ave!

Christmas In New York City Pt. II

As if you couldn’t tell from my last few Instagram posts, I definitely meant what I said about being in love with Christmas in New York City! In between a few stressful weeks of finals and wrapping up the fall semester I managed to take some breaks from studying and spend some amazing days in the city, finishing up the list of festive sights I love seeing each winter. There’s one more week until Christmas and hopefully those of you in the area will be able to use that time to get into the Christmas spirit! xx

1. The Plaza Hotel

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The Plaza’s decor is always on point but especially during the holidays the iconic Manhattan hotel is know for its beautiful details. If you walk in through the front entrance you’ll be greeted by the chandelier and majestic tree you see above (not as brilliant as the Gatsby themed tree from two years ago but hey, not much would be able to match that standard)! Don’t forget to head downstairs to the Plaza cafe and the Eloise room– the pink Eloise tree is adorable! Plus the movie is always playing in the back of the Eloise store so you can just take a seat in one of the bean bag chairs and rest for a while :)

2. The 5th Avenue Windows
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My friends and I decided it would be a good idea to walk 7 miles during our trip to the city (it was basically spring weather, how could we not)? We started over by Lincoln Center, walked through Central Park to the exit that leads out towards the Plaza and from there we meandered down 5th Avenue, passing Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston…. etc. etc. The decorations down this street are so gorgeous and extravagant and they are definitely a must-see if you can find the time!

3. Bryant Park

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Bryant Park transforms itself into an adorable winter wonderland at the start of December! It brings in a multitude of artisans and delicious food vendors that wrap around the 42nd Street side of the park. It also features the fun tree above, an ice skating rink and a yummy restaurant, Celsius (which has heat lamps above the outdoor tables)!

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4. Madison Square Park

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Proof that Santa’s Workshop is on 5th Ave and Madison? Probably. These adorable gingerbread houses are actually part of the playground at Madison Square Park under the picturesque Flatiron Building. There’s also an awesome tree decorated with all yellow and different featured art projects that you should definitely check out! It’s super close to Eataly… but there’ll be more on that in my next post :)

5. Decor Down Avenue of the America’s & Radio City Music Hall

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Casually located down Avenue of the America’s are these awesome larger than life decorations that will be sure to brighten your day! In the background of the second photo you can see Radio City Music Hall in the distance which is known for its Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular – which is amazing and if you have never seen it you totally should!

6. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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And, of course, you need to go see the tree at Rockefeller Center when it’s all lit up at night. (Ben and I went on a 68 degree day which was insane and that’s why we’re not even wearing coats!) It honestly was not as crowded as it should have been and we went on a weekend. The tree will be up until early January so there’s definitely still some time to head over and see it!

Did I miss featuring one of your favorite sights? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay Classy! (& Merry Christmas) xx

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Max Studio Pointelle Woven Sweater Wrap (It’s actually on super sale right now for under $50 and you can find it here). / Hair by Mauricio Hair Studio Privato (Blowout Courtesy of Vive.co. If you use this link you’ll get 20% off your subscription for 2, or 4, or unlimited blowouts each month! Think of the possibilities <3 ) / I’m wearing an LBD from Express but couldn’t find the exact one online. I’m linking to a similar one that’s under $50! / The lipstick I’m wearing (Shade: Lady in Red) is actually on super sale from Julep, under $10 which is rare and I’m thinking of snagging a few more as back ups!

Christmas In New York City

It’s officially my favorite time of the year! As much as I complain about the cold weather and the need to pile on multiple layers to stay warm, I’ve always believed that winter is the most beautiful season – especially in New York City. The background cityscape and building silhouettes provide the perfect backdrop for festive colors, decorations and sparkling lights.

It’s only been one week into December, but so many exciting and festive events have already kicked off! I’m sharing a few of my favorite experiences so far below and can’t wait to keep sharing them with you guys as the countdown to Christmas continues!

1. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting12342628_681661625203629_5584617460490549126_nThe iconic Rockefeller Center Plaza is already glistening with the Christmas spirit! This year’s tree, hailing from Alaska, is beautiful in its evergreen nudity. I’m going later this week to see it all lit up and I can’t wait!

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to attend the pre-taping of Andrea Bocelli, The Band Perry and The Band of Merrymakers the day before it aired live on TV.

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The concert was incredible, despite the pouring rain and the fact that we were standing on the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink (they put down a white carpet on top of the ice), but it was still freezing! The tree is now beautifully lit and I can’t wait to see it this weekend.

2. Saks Fifth Avenue

It wouldn’t be Christmas in NYC without the glamorously decorated windows at Saks Fifth Avenue, right across the street from Rockefeller Center. The windows are incredible this year, surrounded by evergreens and shimmery white lights, they are centered around the theme of fairytales. I went on a rainy day to see them, and will definitely be going again this weekend to hopefully capture some images that do them more justice. If you’re in the area this holiday season, you should definitely make time to come to this area!

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Not only are the windows outside Saks gorgeous, but the decorations inside the store remind you of the true, sparkling beauty of Christmas.

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3. Grand Central Station

Even if you’re just passing by, Grand Central Station decorated for the holidays is an iconic NYC sight to see. The station is beautiful on any given day, however the decorations truly make it stand out. Throughout the holiday season it will be hosting a Holiday Market near the 42nd Street & Vanderbilt exit of the station. It’s full of artisanal vendors and adorable stocking stuffers that you didn’t know you needed until you started to peruse.

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4. Columbus Circle

The Shops At Columbus Circle could be your one stop place to shop for all of those last minute gifts you haven’t had time to buy yet. It’s decorations are up already, creating a fun aesthetic that gets shoppers in the Christmas spirit. The mall features stores including H&M, J.Crew, Sephora, Bebe and a pop-up Goop MRKT (Gwenyth Paltrow’s high-end lifestyle store based on her lifestyle blog!) She was actually here signing copies of her new book last week.

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While you’re at it, get yourself a delicious snack from GROM two blocks away. It is an authentic Italian gelato shop with flavors including Straciatella e Pistachio. Mmmm, it’s never too cold for ice cream.

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I’ll keep you updated on the fun holiday spots I have yet to see this season! I definitely want to make it over to the Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink and Celsius, the Bryant Park restaurant! The decor inside the Plaza Hotel is also stunning during the holidays (even the adorable Eloise section downstairs) and, of course, the stores down Fifth, Madison and Park Avenues.

What are your favorite holiday spots to see in NYC??

Stay Classy! xx

Classy & Comfy Collaboration With No Nonsense

I had such a relaxing Thanksgiving break, filled with family, friends, yummy food and really successful shopping trips and coming back to school was exactly as hard as I had imagined it would be. The first thing I did upon my arrival to campus was unpack and then head straight to the gym — no more stuffing for me! Then I caught up with friends I hadn’t seen for a week, as well as the homework I pretended I did not have while I was home. Slowly getting back into my routine, I knew that I would be losing sleep to get everything done on my to-do list. The next morning, there was nothing I wanted to do more than shut off my alarm and snuggle back into bed. Instead, I robotically got up, and rewarded myself by putting on one of my favorite pairs of leggings and the comfiest black fuzzy sweater. Ready to start my day, cup of black coffee in hand!

It is as if wearing leggings and a comfy sweater to class on Monday morning has become an unspoken yet expected uniform. Especially the Monday after a holiday weekend, the world seems to forgive you for throwing on the comfiest items in your closet. But sometimes it is creating a comfy yet put together look that helps you to tackle the week head on.

I love these olive green “Ponte Knit Pintuck” leggings from No Nonsense, because with the right styling, they can look incredibly put together while making you feel comfy throughout the day! I’ve also tried out the No Nonsense Zippered Cotton Leggings in Black and have found them to do the same. These leggings are great quality for a great price and have become wardrobe staples for me already.

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                        Stay Classy! xx

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Get The Looks:

No Nonsense “Twill Leggings in Shadow Olive,” retails for $14.99 / Forever 21 Fuzzy Black Cardigan (I got this on super sale in stores and couldn’t find it online so I’m linking to a similar style here,) retails for $27.99 / No Nonsense Zippered Cotton Leggings in Black, retails for $14.99 / Victoria’s Secret Leather Platform Booties (No longer in stock, I’m linking to a similar pair here!)

P.S. Shop No Nonsense until midnight tonight for 40% off EVERYTHING and free shipping!

 

Coffee Is Not My Cup Of Tea

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Obviously, cold weather equates to grumpy people. Chilly days are unpleasant by definition. Gloomy clouds bounce around the sky and contribute to an unhappy society. They make people bundle up in pounds of clothing just so they can sweat when entering a heated building and still freeze with every gust of cold wind that blows down from the control centers above.

But even the grumpiest person needs to learn how to cope if they don’t want to be unapproachable, fired from their job or even just so they can stay on good terms with their friends and family. For many, the answer is in the tealeaves, literally.

People need to drink more tea!

If you haven’t picked up on it already, I’m a tea lover through and 11140033_676133602423098_4171763640332512481_nthrough. I have stash of a wide variety of tea bags in my room and prefer sipping on multiple cups throughout the day to get my caffeine and a sense of calm. Of course, tea is nothing without hot water and nothing makes me simmer more than waiting for water to boil. When I first tried out Rosewill’s Stainless Steel Water Kettle I realized that I’d been totally missing out.

First of all the Rosewill electric kettle (I have Model # RHKT-15001) is incredibly stylish. (Who knew electric kettles could be classy??) I have the white kettle, and was delighted when I first used it and discovered that when you turn it on part of it lights up a iridescent blue. Not only am I in love with the design, but the kettle holds the perfect amount of water (1.5L) for multiple cups of tea so you don’t need to keep refilling. Using 1500 watts of power, the kettle brings water to a boil in a matter of minutes. In my own experience, it takes about a minute, which saves SO much time compared to my previous kettle!

12289468_676133632423095_4563701602647720590_nAs the temperatures keep dropping (it’s snowing today in Chicago and London!?) snuggling in bed with a cup of hot tea, a fabulous book and some fuzzy socks is going to become more and more enticing. Give yourself a break for convenience and go out and purchase this electric kettle (it’s okay to spoil yourself!) it retails for $59.99 and you can get it on rosewill.com.

Also—all of those books featured in the photos are AMAZING (and totally different from each other) and I’m going to have reviews up for them soon for all of my bookworms :)

There’s certainly nothing more agreeable than tea and a good book!

Stay Classy! xx