A beautiful and sunny day, a quiet spot in the park with a stunning view, beautiful and amazing smelling flowers, a couple of fresh rose flavored lemonades (my absolute faves are from Belvoir!), strawberries, donuts, cookies and there you have it, the most amazing PINK picnic of all! How about you guys, what's your favorite summer activity?
If you're ever in need of a quick city escapade with a spectacular ending I would suggest Coney Island for many reasons. Supercool graffiti walls where you can snap amazing pics *wink*, tons of good food, rides, games and cheerful people everywhere and last but not least the glorious fireworks they have every Friday night. We had an absolutely lovely time there yesterday and I have to say I am literally obsessed with this off the shoulders, wide leg midi jumpsuit from Lulus I wore! It's something totally new for me but decided to give it a try and I'm so happy I did :) it's flattering, super comfy and so chic with all the ruffles and bow. All the summer vibes.
I am a firm believer in celebrating: I celebrate accomplishments (no matter how big or small), I celebrate my friends' achievements, I celebrate special dates, I celebrate life. Because really, it's all about the small things, those little everyday miracles that make life worth living. :)
So this year for my birthday party I went all out and organized the party of my dreams: it was all pink and gold and beautiful! It turned out to be the most perfect day ever, from start to finish. Everyone in my life did their part to make me feel so special and loved: from my coworkers, to my friends and even you guys! I just wanted to thank everyone once again for all the love and support. Now here's a few shots from my "Sweet Twenty-Six"!
I went for an all pink setting, with touches of gold here and there. Even the food was on theme: pink donuts, pink sugar cookies, pink cotton candy, pink Pocky and pink cupcakes that spelled out "HAPPY BDAY SARAH".
But my favorite part were the pink drinks! If you've never tried Belvoir's Elderflower and Rose Sparkling Lemonade if are missing out big time! I first tried it during a styling studio session last September during NYFW and it instantly became my new favorite drink. Plus the packaging in so cute, how can one resist?
Details from the party. My beautiful friend Katya from Flora Theory showed up with the most beautiful flower box I've ever seen. Seriously obsessed!
New York is a lot like life: always so full of surprises. You might it think have it all figured out and then you walk a little past your comfort zone and find yourself in completely new territory. There is nothing better than knowing that the possibilities are endless and whatever you can think of you can achieve. Strolling in the gardens at Tudor city this past weekend felt like I was travelling back in time. The complex, built in 1927, was the first residential skyscraper complex in the world! Can you imagine how it felt living there back in the 30s?
Fashion should be fun and colorful and if your outfit doesn't make you smile every time you see your reflection somewhere, then you're doing something wrong! When I first saw this skirt at Zara I fell in love: the color was one my favorites, the playful ruffles were so fun and the asymmetrical hem made it all the way more interesting. I have gotten so many compliments for it and so many random people stopped me in the streets to ask me where I got it. We rarely venture out of our comfort zone, in life like in fashion, but when we do the results are magical. So that's my way of saying to you to be daring this summer and don't be afraid to try new things, from a hot pink skirt to skydiving or swimming with sharks (yes those things really are on my bucket list :D ). How about you? What's on your bucket list for this summer?
Who doesn't love long weekends? Everyone escapes and New York turns into some kind of ghost town. And having the city as your personal playground is basically every blogger's dream! I was shopping around in Soho and the Lower East Side yesterday and just happened to walk by the most perfect backdrop for a 4th of July post. You gotta love New York! So here it is! I wish you all a wonderful long weekend, may your days be filled with sunshine, laughter, amazing food, good friends and memorable family moments!
I love how effortlessly and harmonically extremes coexists in the city. Skyscrapers are built next to historical monuments and low rise buildings making the contrast between them striking and fascinating. One minute you can be in the busy streets of Times Square bustling with tourists and street artists and the other you find yourself in the peace and quiet of Bryant Park surrounded by flowers and families spending quality time together. Either you love it or you hate it, there is no in between. And one thing is sure, just like wearing pink, I will never get tired of New York City.
Summer weekends have to be my favorite time of the year. Unfortunately NYC weather is trying really hard not to let us enjoy the beautiful weather as it seems like the sun only shines during the week and leaves its place to clouds and thunderstorms on the weekends. Anybody else in this case or is it just here?
So what happens when you optimistically plan a photoshoot in Soho on a Saturday morning, thinking you'll be fine and it ends up pouring? You end up in the Oculus at the World Trade Center, which by the way is probably the most expensive train station in the world with a $3.9B construction cost. The station slash shopping center with its beautiful natural light and stunning white Italian marble stairs turned out to be the perfect hideaway during the storm says not only me but also the tons of tourists that ended up there to escape the rain.
Surprisingly my outfit turned out to be weather appropriate after all. I have to admit I love this strange and unpredictable weather because it gives me the opportunity to wear mid-season pieces like this beautiful flowy old pink trench coat. I'm all about whites and soft pastels!
When I think of my ideal day there are a few things I always picture: beautiful weather is a must, a breathtaking location, amazingly fashionable people around and of course good friends to share all of this with. Veuve Clicquot made all my dreams come true last Saturday at their annual VC Polo Classic Event. It was an afternoon filled with sun, champagne and laughter that I spent, surrounded by people with an incredible sense of style, at the Liberty State Park which has stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The polo match was the first one I ever attended and I have to admit it was pretty exciting and very entertaining. As if all of that wasn't enough, to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of this event, Alicia Keys took the stage and sang a few songs for us. Listening to everyone sing along to Empire State of Mind while overlooking the beautiful skyline and Statue of Liberty was one of the best experiences ever!
Hello loves! Today I want to tell you all about the amazing long weekend I spent in Washington D.C. with my babe Yana (from @MissYanaCherie). D.C. is very different from most American cities I've visited: its historical neighborhoods, famous monuments and magnificent old buildings remind me a lot of European cities. The atmosphere there was one of timeless charm and we had an absolutely incredible time exploring the city. So if you're planning to visit D.C. in the future, here are the top things I would recommend.
We were lucky enough to partner with Marriott during our trip and got the opportunity to stay at the Marriott Georgetown. The hotel was the first Marriott built in the country's capital and has recently been renovated to showcase a reinvented hotel experience. Boldly transforming itself for global travelers who blend work and play (aka bloggers!), Marriott leads the industry with innovations enabling the next generation to #TravelBrilliantly. The location of the hotel is perfect: just a short 10 minutes stroll to Georgetown and a 20 minutes walk to the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall and all the Smithsonian Museums.
Our suite was extremely spacious, modern and comfortable. From cozy robes to a huge smart tv to top of the line bathroom essentials nothing was missing!
The personal handwritten note and this delectable welcome tray were such a nice surprise!
Because our hotel was in Georgetown we were there basically every day. The historical little town is the perfect destination to walk around, shop, eat and discover a few points of interest such as the Old Stone House and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.
You'll find there all the main street names from Zara to Forever 21, Intermix and even a TJ Maxx! (which, I'll admit, is on of my favorite stores ever!)
We had most of our meals at the Marriott Georgetown, taking full advantage of the M Lounge Club that offers an amazing breakfast buffet every morning, snack throughout the whole day and small bites and appetizers in the evening.
However we did indulge in a Italian dinner feast at Flavio, in Gerogetown. The cute outdoor seating area will catch your eye but the bite of margherita pizza they let you sample will steal your heart! Special mention goes to the uber popular Lobster Diavolo pasta: believe me when I say it's their most popular dish for a valid reason!
For a quick sugar fix there is plenty of choice: Sprinkle cupcakes, Laduree and of course the original location of Georgetown cupcakes.
The Old Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom are historic neighborhoods, all within walking distance from each other where the buildings are beautifully preserved. Walking down those streets early in the morning we just felt like time stopped.
The Library of Congress turned out to be one of my absolute favorite places I have ever visited in my whole life. No joke! The architecture inside the building was simply breathtaking and we just got lost in its stunning rooms. We also saw a couple of newlyweds taking their pictures there and let me just tell you that is actual #relationshipgoals!
Of course no visit to D.C. is complete without a stop at the National Mall. There are so many museums, memorials and monuments around it that we spent a whole day in the area and still didn't get to see everything!
It was such an emotional moment getting to stand where so many incredible men that shaped the history stood and walk their steps.
The Smithsonian castle and its gardens were our favorite part and the Hirshhorn museum of contemporary art was definitely the most interesting museum I've ever been at! They also hold very instagrammable temporary exhibitions there, unfortunately we happened to visit while they were right in between exhibitions! (just our luck..)
Have you ever been to Washington D.C. or anybody lives there? What are some of your favorite things to do? Let me know in the comments!
I will never be able to understand why people love wearing black so much. While I can definitely appreciate an all black outfit and opt for this option myself at times, I find it way more interesting to wear white (if you hadn't noticed yet!) or bright fun colors! So of course when I spotted this chiffon off the shoulders baby doll dress at Raul Penaranda's Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Show I knew I had to have it! Pair it with sparkly Givenchy heels and find an amazing colorful mural and you've got yourself a happy blogger!
Even though I'm already in New York I had to post these pictures I snapped a few days back in Paris. The Italian that lives in me had to stop everything and have an impromptu photoshoot when I stumbled upon this gorgeous façade in the 14th Arrondissement of the French capital. Can somebody explain to me why I was perfectly fine wearing short sleeves last month but I am now freeze my butt off and still wearing coats here in NYC? #struggles
For my first post from New York I wanted to give you guys a perfect overview of what my days looks like here. The Big Apple is unlike any other city I've ever been to and that's exactly why I love it so much. There's always something to do, see and discover. I usually spend my weekends checking out new cute restaurants or dessert places, shopping at my favorite stores and hanging out and pic-nicking at my favorite parks.
For my outfits I like to keep it practical (no heels for busy city days that's for sure!) but still cute and super girly. I love the off the shoulders trend and I am a sucker for cute summer dresses and two piece outfits because they make it so easy to get ready in the morning and you always look so put together. I love shopping online fir different, unique pieces and TOBI is definitely one of my favorite websites do to that.
I especially love shopping around in Soho where all the best stores are and stopping by a few trusted thrift stores like Buffalo Exchange. If you follow me on my Instastory you might have noticed already ;)
I also especially love strolling in Central Park and Washington Square park while snacking on macarons or yummy chocolate chip cookies from Levain bakery. Cherry blossoms season made the city look so pretty!
Two-piece: TOBI - Shoes: Chanel - Bag: Chloé
Because being in Paris is basically living in a fairy tale, my blogger "job" has never been easier. Everywhere I go there always is a perfect photo opportunity just waiting for me. After some shopping at Gucci on the Rue Saint Honoré I ended up on the Jardins du Palais Royal (the Royal Palace Gardens) and couldn't help myself from shooting some pictures with my news goodies. I fell in love with the marmont line and I'm so happy I found both items I wanted! The heels are AMAZING quality, very comfortable and run half a size big (so size down!) and this bag, in this size and color, completely stole my heart! Paris is after all, the city of love. :)
As I'm sure you've all noticed by now, pink is one of my favorite colors and when spring comes around I cannot help but wearing soft pastels and fresh whites. The other day I was strolling on avenue Montaigne and the Champs Elysées and decided to pop into Zara for a second to see the new arrivals. I saw this bubblegum pink ruffle top with bows on the sleeves and immediately knew it was meant to be shot in the colorful Rue Crémieux, where all the houses are painted different pastel shades. The street really looks like a giant box of macarons and was filled with people taking pictures. Of course I chose the pinkest of them all.
There aren't many cities in the world that take your breath away as often as Paris does.
It almost feels like time has stopped there: every little street is magical and every street corner seems to have in store wonderful surprises for the ones who are willing to look for them. Nothing can beat letting your sight wander out of the window of your car, while stuck in traffic, and seeing the iron lady stand tall and fierce in front of you. So here's an ode to the city of lights, may you always remain beautiful, strong and timeless.
Happy Friday loves!
With the sunny days approaching I wanted to share with you my best kept secret. I always get tons of compliments on my hair and so many people think it's all just fake (and proceed to stare at me in disbelief when I tell them it's actually my real hair and I do not wear extensions).
I take my hair care very seriously and I've gotten into the habit of doing a few little things that really have huge impact on how my hair looks and feels.
- Try to wash your hair as little as possible: it may vary for different types of hair but what works for me is once every 5 days. It will take some time for your hair to adjust and you could use dry shampoo in the meantime to extend the life of your blowout but you'll find that your hair will look healthier when it doesn't get stripped out of its natural oils every day. To that end I love using Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner: they provide a gentle cleansing while moisturizing with organ oil and other replenishing nutrients.
- Use a hair mask weekly: on top of my shampoo and conditioner I regularly apply the Intense Hydrating Mask to my hair once I'm done showering. This treatment improves texture, elasticity and shine. I'll leave it on and usually put a face mask on as well and rince both off at the same time after 10 minutes.
- Let your hair air dry: I always use hot tools to style my hair so I do what I can to avoid applying unnecessary heat. I usually wait for my hair to air dry before styling it with my flat iron and curing wand and always apply the Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream beforehand. This not only conditions, hydrates and tames frizzy hair but also provides an extra layer of protection to your hair before the styling.
- Try to chop off at least an inch every other month: this will make them grow faster and stronger and it will keep your haircut looking polished and fresh because all of the hair will be or the same length and your ends will look healthy and shiny.
Moroccanoil has an amazing range of hair products that perfectly adapt to everyone's needs. Not only they are super effective and make your hair feel amazing but they also smell great!
This post was written in collaboration with Moroccanoil. All opinions are my own.
Paris welcomed me with beautiful weather and warm temperatures. What else could I possibly ask for? On my first day in the French capital I woke up super early and headed out to rue Saint Honoré to walk around the shops and do some shopping. Because all the shops had just opened the atmosphere was super quiet and relaxing. I had tea at Chanel rue Cambon and tried on some jewelry, then went to to Ladurée to get yummy macarons and ended up on the Alexander III bridge to shoot these pictures. Couldn't have hoped for a warmer welcome from this amazing city!
If I had to write one blog post for every single gorgeous sight I saw while I was in Holland, it would take me weeks to get through everything. I really loved The Netherlands: not only the people there, or the number of doggies there were basically everywhere but the nature is so well preserved and treasured and the cities even though they are super busy and filled with people don't seem that stressful at all. We went to The Hague, a city on the western coast of the Netherlands home of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, ate delicious fish and were blessed with a breathtaking sunset!
The Peace Palace in The Hague, seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration
No trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the iconic windmills. We went to the Kinderdijk windmill park and it was so picturesque and rustic and just adorable! People actually still live in some of the windmills! Isn't that crazy?
Finally probably the most famous sight in the whole country are the endless tulip fields. Keukenhof is the country's Tulip Garden, is only open 2 months a year and we were lucky enough to go at the right time. The park is absolutely beautiful, there were many locals with the dogs as well as tons of tourists walking around admiring the beauty of all the flowers compositions. The entrance is 16€ per person and parking is 6€ which my Dutch friend thought was pretty expensive but I thought it was money well spent!
Hello there loves! I am coming to you from the Netherlands where I am spending 5 days visiting friends, exploring and discovering the country. This is my first time here but thanks to my awesome guides I am experiencing all the best Holland has to offer! On Saturday we had an amazing day in Amsterdam. This is what I advise you to do if you're ever here to make the most out of your trip:
Dam Square: the most famous square of the city was our first stop. Among all the wandering tourists and jostling locals you'll be able to see the royal palace, the historical church where all the royals' ceremonies still take place and the World War II national monument. Of course you'll also find amazing shopping like De Bijenkorf (the beehive), a 5-floor department store that carries all the most prestigious brands, as well as brands like Zara, Mango, Urban Outfitters, NYX and Forever 21 in the pedestrian street Kalvestraat.
Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam - the Royal Palace
The crooked houses: everywhere in the city you'll notice how so many of the buildings are leaning and look like they're going to collapse at any given time. Because these houses are so old and Amsterdam is a city built on water the foundations of these buildings, built with wood, have shifted quite a lot. Nowadays they filled everything with ciment so there's no actual danger but it still looks very impressive!
The kennels and the red light district: the kennels, constantly lines with parked bikes, make for the perfect photo backdrop. You can take a boat tour and go around the city or just walk the streets and wander among all the "coffee shops" and end up in the red light district, where women in sexy attire call out passing men to from behind the club's windows. A very particular and unique experience may I say.
Amsterdam Central Station, first opened in 1889
Art Square and I "am" Amsterdam sign: You'll find this always super busy with tourists taking pictures in front of the iconic sign and locals biking with their families checking out the latest art exhibitions. The square is huge and super duper pretty and makes for a perfect photoshoot spot!