This very pink post concludes my New York adventures. On this last day in the city my babe Yana and I met up with the lovely Katya from Flora Theory and we had an amazing lunch at Bluestone Lane in the West Village. Then we proceeded to snap some pictures with this gorgeous flower box by Flora Theory! The weather was absolutely perfect but the company was even better! So sad to be leaving this amazing city once again!
I've walked by this building hundreds of times and took pictures of it almost every time. I always thought it was a beautiful church since it even has a beautifully taken care of garden with gorgeous blooms and many very picturesque tables and benches and of course a fountain. That was until I actually stopped by and inquired. You'll never guess what this is: it's one of the numerous branches of the New York Public Library! Isn't this amazing? It made me appreciate this stunning building even more. No matter how well I think I know you, New York, you'll never stop surprising me!
Watch: Marc Bale (it's even on sale right now!)
My final day in the city was all about friends and good times! It started with the most delicious brunch ever at Ladurée in Soho with my girls Yana and Audrey. There I got my ultimate favorite treat: french toasts with raspberry coulis and rose infused whipped cream. If those sound like heaven to you, I can confirm that they really are!
Of course I couldn't leave Ladurée without a box of macarons to go!
After brunch and a little bit of window shopping in Soho, we headed to the upper west side. I love the vibe that the lush green spaces and renowned performing arts venues give to this area. The immaculate brownstones and impeccable storefronts lend this neighborhood a surprisingly village-like vibe.
My favorite shopping spots in the Upper West side are Century 21 and the Bloomingdales Outlet store. I always end up making one in a lifetime designer finds at ridiculous prices there! I love to go to Shake Shack if I'm ever craving burgers and yummy milkshakes and Levain Bakery's cookies are a must try if you're ever in this area!
My look for the day was edgy but comfy.
We wanted to get a couple of those delectable Levain Bakery cookies (the chocolate chip and walnut ones are my FAVEE!) but the line was insanely long! So we decided against it. When we got tired of walking and shopping around we stopped for cupcakes at Georgetown cupcakes. The perfect sweet ending to a perfect day!
My second day in the city was even crazier and jam-packed than the first one! It started with a pampering appointment at the CARAVAN Styling Studio, located at the Gregory hotel which is right around the corner from Herald Square. There I met up with Valerie, a beauty junkie and connoisseur who got me ready for the photoshoot I had planned in the afternoon by taking care of my nails, hair and make up.
Let me just tell you that she's simply amazing at what she does! I was in love with my braided hair and my make up never looked so good!
I really loved the quirky luxe vibe of the studio!
How fun are these fashion dollls from a New York city based fashion designer/artist??
Can you name them all? (Let me just tell you that I spent like an hour trying to!)
Nails were a struggle. I had been on a 5 hours flight then day before which really weakened my nails and a lot ended up breaking. So all my nails were different lenghts. But Valerie quickly trimmed them and make them look very cohesive! I chose white for my mani, which I think is a perfect color for spring and looks extremely good on a tan hand!
The space is filled with powerful positive messages just like this mirror art installation by Bottled Brooklyn which promotes self empowerment.
After a couple of hours I was fabulous and photoshoot ready! But since it was still too early i decided to shop a little bit and take care of the beautiful day by walking around the city.
Needless to say that this Forever 21 outfit came home with me!
Once again my favorite thing to do while walking around in the city is to look up.
But sometimes the cutest things are just right in front of you! Like, can we talk about this pastel pink Vespa and polka dot helmet?? #GOALS
After all this walking it was finally time for food! We stopped at 12 Chairs Cafe and ordered a feast for ourselves! Shakshuka with a greek salad, mini lamb kebabs, guacamole, french toasts and pancakes with fresh fruits and the most delicious fresh squeezed lemonade! Everything was absolutely amazing! I definitely recommend this spot!
After we got our energy back it was finally time to shoot my look. Loved the vibe of this hotel ever since I walked by it a year ago.
Coat: Shein - Sweater: Brooks Brothers - Skirt: Forever 21 - Bag and espadrilles: Chanel - Sunglasses: Rayban Clubmasters
A Dutch braid, a fishtail braid and two classic braids intersect to create this beautiful hairstyle.