Spring Fling

Spring Fling
SPRING!!!!!! I never thought I would see the light at the end of the tunnel and be able to say that word. Spring is finally here! I am dreaming of the day when I can finally pack away my Canada Goose, vacuum seal my sweaters, stash away all of my boots, and bring out all of my summer clothes from storage. I had a mild panic a few days ago, with the seasons changing and the temperatures rising I realized I had yet to spice up my Spring/Summer wardrobe. So, I decided to go on a little web search shopping spree (imaginary of course) and put together a mini dream wish list. I never thought I would say it but Birkenstocks and Birkenstock inspired sandals are here to stay another summer. I actually caved and bought a pair, they looked really comfortable! Eek! I am actually venturing more towards color this spring, but I still feel items like shoes and purses should be kept in the neutral (blacks, browns, whites) so they can be worn with anything, especially when making an investment. Right now I am really into simple understated jewelry. I love Hirotaka & Catbird, they are both known for dainty pieces that can accompany any outfit. Other things on my list: bucket bags, floral perfumes (Viktor & Rolf to be precise), skirts, flowing dresses with low backs, vintage denim shorts, and stylish “athleisure”. Shop away ūüôā
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High Tea for Three

The one thing I wanted to experience in London was high tea. My sister & I already had our fill of tea over the days spent in London, but we were excited to be fancy for a day, get dressed up, and go to one of the most extravagant hotels in England. Our seating was at 1:00, so we spent the day walking around, exploring the streets of London until it was time to get ready! I was in awe everywhere we went. While I love the architecture in some neighborhoods like Soho or the West Village, it was so nice to see so many streets untouched by modern architecture.

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We journeyed back to our hotel & primped ourselves for high tea at the Ritz London! We hopped in a cab and were greeted by the most amazing cab driver of all time. I never believed I had a strong New Jersey accent, but our cab driver surely thought we did. He asked if we were on that show called the Sopranos, which caused us to burst into a fit of laughter. We finally arrived at the Ritz & headed inside. Our hotel was very modern so we were amazed by the opulence and grandeur of the place. The gold trimming, the ornate fixtures, the marble floors, it was spectacular. We were quickly ushered inside and in true Mrs. Conroy form we were one of the first parties to arrive for our seating, hence why all of our pictures look like no one was there! It was jam packed by the time we departed.

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We were beyond full when we left, having eaten our fill of scones, clotted cream, jam, finger sandwiches, pastries, and tea. Ashley headed back to the room for a nap, so my Mom & I decided to walk around in search of a tea shop. We stopped in a small cathedral along the way. The molding, the columns, the pews, everything was so gorgeous. My mom has yelled at me multiple times when I have said I do not want to get married in my childhood church. I believe it is too modern and lacks beauty, and after seeing how gorgeous these churches were, I am more adamant about it now. There is so much character in older churches, the effort that went into building them, the attention to detail, it makes a huge difference.

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We moseyed around Covent Garden and finally made it to our destination! I picked up a few boxes of tea, some Earl Gray and Chamomille!

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We headed back to the hotel had a beer, showered up and headed out for dinner. I did not take pictures this night because 1. the lighting in the restaurant was horrible, 2. we were not fond of the restaurant (a small tapas place), and 3. I left my good camera in the hotel room. We got back to the hotel after dinner had some drinks, then drifted off to sleep wanting to be well rested for our last day in London!

 

 

 

London Calling x 2

For some reason we lucked out with the weather in London it only rained for an hour the entire time we were there! That happened to be the day we woke up bright and early…no really my mother had us wake up at 7am (or 2am NYC time) to eat breakfast and head up to Buckingham Palace. We needed a FRONT row spot to watch the Changing of the Guards.

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We strolled through Saint James Park on our way to the palace. Stopping to take in the sights as we went along. The one thing I noticed about London, everything was SO clean! We stopped to take some pictures along the way sticking out as the ultimate tourists to all the locals.

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Finally after a 30 minute walk or so we arrived at Buckingham Palace, took a million pictures & then waited the three hours until the Changing of the Guards actually began.

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This was the only thing my mother wanted to see in London so my sister and I tried not to complain during the three hour wait. Eventually we caved & went on a search for Starbucks, making it back just in time! Did you know they play Michael Jackson songs? We found this quite humorous.

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Needless to say it was something cool to witness, but it was a one time thing. From here we planned to head to Harrod’s, but it began to rain so we decided to go on a tour of Buckingham Palace instead, no photos allowed ūüė¶ . It was an incredible experience, being able to walk through the halls and see the opulence of the architecture and decor. We managed to get this one picture outside of the palace.

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From here we headed back to our hotel, my sister needed a nap and some gym time, so my mother & I went to tea!

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The tea in London was out of this world, I have hunted down the purveyor of the tea I drank every day and plan on having a case or two shipped to the states. After tea, we headed back to our room to get ready for dinner! The dress that I wore (pictured above) is one of my absolute favorite purchases! It is from ASOS and is on SALEEEEE ‚̧ & the boots were so comfortable yet stylish (similar). I love planning dinners and had researched & made reservations at some of the best restaurants in London! For our second night, we headed to Berners Tavern. It was incredible, my favorite meal of our London trip. I started off with an heirloom tomato salad which was impeccable.

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I then moved on to a glass of wine and a new season pea, broad bean and goat’s cheese risotto with crispy quail egg, pea shoot and spring onion salad! It was delicious. The quail eggs were perfectly cooked, the risotto was just right & the presentation was simple but appetizing. After, we once again split a dessert! This time we went for a toasted coconut creme brulee, with a pineapple, coconut and malibu sorbet!

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I really recommend that you make a reservation if you are ever there, but make sure you book in advance! You can do so here. Once dinner was over and we had stuffed ourselves, we walked around Piccadilly circus! My mom was not a fan of the area so we headed back to our hotel & stopped for a drink before heading off to bed ūüôā xx

 

 

 

LONDON CALLING

So, my obsession with London may stem from my love of¬†my future husband…Prince Harry. No just kidding, but maybe not. Ever since I was a little girl I have been begging my parents to go to London and FINALLY as an early 25th birthday present my parents agreed (it has secretly been my Moms dream too). It was a magical trip and I even convinced them to sneak in a few days in Paris as well! My dad unfortunately was unable to come on this trip due to my parents new puppy & work ūüė¶ but we sent him a million pictures so I hope he felt as if he was with us!

Our journey started off at my NYC apartment where we packed and weighed our bags and yelled over who stole each others shoes, etc. Finally, we were off to JFK!!! After a traffic filled drive we sailed through check in, security and so on! My sister even got hit on by a TSA agent of course. Eventually we boarded and were off on our red-eye to Heathrow.

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We touched down to sunny skies and perfect weather! My sister did not sleep the whole plane ride but surprisingly fought through her exhaustion and once we checked into our insane hotel (images below)& got settled we were off! For anyone taking a trip to London I definitely recommend staying at the Corinthia Hotel! It was right in the middle of everything but in a secluded area so it was quiet!

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Off we went to see Big Ben, which we found out from a friendly cabbie was not actually called Big Ben (I feel like my childhood was a lie).

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We strolled along, stopping to be typical tourists and take pictures. The architecture is INSANE! We passed Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, and many other known sites in London!¬†¬†We stopped in front of Westminster Abbey to take pictures, but were unable to go inside as it was closed to visitors at that time ūüė¶

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What trip to London would be complete without a photo in one of their iconic phone booths? We were warned that they would smell like pee and oh did they. Living in NYC I guess I have gotten used to the smell, but my sister was freaking out the entire time she was taking her picture haha. I also learned a little fact, to show his love for his wife Coco Chanel, her husband put the signature double C on every lamp post in the city!

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After a few hours the jet lag began to sink in. We headed back to our hotel to wash up and get ready for our first dinner in London! We stopped by the hotel lobby for some tea, some WINE for me and some little snacks before our reservation.

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We headed to the restaurant which was so conveniently located in our hotel and settled into our table. The restaurant was so beautifully decorated, everything was so grand. If you are ever in London, check out Massimo in the Corinthia Hotel. It was great fresh Italian food & the pasta was homemade which always makes for a better dish. I apologize in advance for the blurry food pictures, the lighting was so bad for photography.

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We started off with some appetizers,  I had the autumn salad & it was delicious. Layered with mixed greens, pumpkin shavings, butternut squash and other seasonal vegetables it hit the spot! Of course to accompany this I had to have a glass of red wine. I think I drank wine every single night I was in Europe but hey why not.

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For my entree, I snacked on mafalde con rag√Ļ napoletano e ricotta or in English pasta with a meat ragu & ricotta. It was exquisite! I am such a foodie, I love going to different restaurants and trying different cuisines. It makes me so happy when food is presented beautifully & tastes amazing as well, but at this point I could have cared less because it was cooked to perfection & seasoned just right! The rest of the family agreed.

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We finished our meal with a dessert to share deciding on the pastiera con gelato alla vaniglia or Neopolitan cake with vanilla gelato. After paying the bill the my mother, sister & I headed up to our beds for a jet lag induced sleep.

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Black, Red and Blue

Black, Red and Blue
When it comes to clothing, I tend to ALWAYS wear black and when I decide to wear a color it is usually a muted hue of tan or a dark color. You will never catch me in bright neon colors, they are just tacky. Fall is just around the corner & I am beyond excited. Fashion during fall is much more elegant and expressive. You are able to layer and style pieces to give an outfit more depth and it is truly a way to show that you know how to put items together without looking like you just threw on everything in your closet & walked out the door! My hues for fall are blacks, reds, and blues…not bright red or blue but darker more understated tones. I know oxblood was big a few years ago but I am still in love with the color and the best part is leathers are available in these colors as well. Leather is another fall staple and it is on everything right now shoes, pants, hats, shirts, you name it. The T by Alexander Wang bra top would look sick under a simple blazer. Maybe with some leather pants if you want to go all out. What could go heather with a pair of leather pants than a wide brimmed fedora! I have a collection of fedoras and need to add another to my lineup this fall, I have fallen in love with the above dark blue fedora from Rag & Bone. It is PERFECT and is going to be a treat to myself in the near future. Another thing that is sure to be a treat this fall…flats! They are still the it shoe and it makes me and my feet so happy! A staple leather boot is essential…if you are looking for moderately priced fashionable boots hit up Zara they always come through when you’re on a budget. But Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, and Church’s are my favorites for a splurge ūüôā They are so sleek. Along with boots, simples heels and sneakers are must haves! A last piece everyone should have for this fall/winter is an oversized coat! They are¬†amazing when paired with anything really and add instant sophistication to any look! Well now that I have spent the last hour drooling over these pieces, I need to do something else so I do not blow my entire savings account. If only I could win the lottery.

Summer Must Haves

Spring Must Haves
Summer is right around the corner & this weekend is the unofficial start. Since moving to NYC my closet seems to only consist of clothing in different hues of black. There’s a saying popular here “I will stop wearing black when they make a darker color,” and nothing could be more true. No I am not gothic, black just seems to be the fashion staple in NYC. This summer I am going to force myself to try to go back to my bohemian, girly style…I even bought a pair of pastel shorts the other day! My must haves for summer fail in this respect, almost everything is black or white. Oops. I mean who can pass up those Givenchy sneakers (they’re my ultimate must), followed by incredible Isabel Marant birks, and Antonio Berardi/Rupert Sanderson killer heels. Two of my favorite clothing brands make appearances on the list Lovers & Friends with these epic¬†collab pants with uber stylist Monica Rose and Cameo the Label,¬†an incredible Australian label¬†with these edgy, yet feminine shorts! As for accessories, Tamara Mellon is becoming one of my favorite designers (she was the former CCO & co-founder of Jimmy Choo) and she makes me swoon over¬†this handbag, Wildfox Couture always kills it with the sunglasses, and Spell & the Gypsy Collective is my go to when in need of classic bohemian pieces, including incredible jewelry like the necklace above.

My Dream Christmas List

My Dream Christmas List
It is safe to say I love fashion. When my parents yell at me for spending all my $$ on clothes I tell them that to me it is like collecting art. This is my imaginary Christmas list. It features two of my new favorite shoe designers, British favorite Kurt Geiger and Antonio Berardi who recently collaborated with Rupert Sanders on some absolutely incredible masterpieces for the feet. Those blue pumps are killer. In my list are some past season favorites that are now starting to go on sale as well, the Burberry flats are a pair of shoes I have had my eyes on for months. Celine bags will never go on sale but one can dream about the day they will, and the ACNE leather jacket feels like butter…hence the price. New & upcoming favorite watch brand Larson & Jennings hails from England as well, offering some stylish yet classic wrist candy. Sarah Chloe offers reasonably priced jewelry, that is personal and monogrammed. I have her Lana Signet ring and I never take it off. There are some other personal favorites of mine on this list, Pamela Love who offers incredible jewelry pieces and of course Tom Ford, and some more Burberry. Shop away, dream away, whatever your heart desires.

A Coat for Every Occasion

A Coat for Every Occasion
There are so many amazing coats this fall! From shearling to tartan to leather, there is something for every budget and taste. Above are some of my favorites, that will keep you cozy during winter. Some are a little more extravagantly priced than others, but hey why not dream. The Marni leather jacket is seriously as close to perfection as one can get, the price tag may be a bit steep, but just think how fabulous you would look walking down the streets of NYC in that amazing creation. Stay warm, buy a coat! xx

Isabel Marant for H&M

Isabel Marant for H&M
My countdown began months ago, but we are only a few weeks away from the Isabel Marant for H&M collection. My excitement is seriously out of control! I have been eyeing these five pieces since the collection preview a few months ago. The boots are to die for and stay true to the Isabel Marant structure.  Most of the pieces in the collection look like the could have been pulled straight from the Isabel Marant main collection, which makes me incredibly happy, because ill get the Marant look I love for a fraction of the cost. Is it sad that I have already set money aside and have an alarm set for November 14th. The second that clock strikes midnight I will be shopping my little heart out, and just in time for a little birthday present to myself. Above are my top five picks from the collection but you should definitely check the rest of the designs out here.

What I’m Loving

What I'm Loving
We all have those days, where we wish we had an endless amount of money and enough closet space to have our dream wardrobe! Unfortunately that is not the case. In NYC, the rent is steep and the closet space is nonexistent, making this dream quite impossible. I love to daydream though. I think about what I would do if I were to win the lottery. Of course there are things like helping out family, charities, homes, that first come to mind, but I would also love to splurge on a shopping spree. Above are some of the items I am currently craving. From Saint Laurent & Marni to Topshop. The options are endless. The Wildfox Pizza sweater is my absolute favorite right now, along with those gorgeous Rachel Zoe thigh high boots, and Sophie Hulme bag! Shop away or dream away, it’s always good to indulge in a little retail therapy whether real or imaginary.