Thursday, July 26, 2012

cupcake tour {week five} eleni's

This past weekend, I took a little trip over to the Chelsea Market for brunch. Aside from the fact that I absolutely fell in love with everything about this unique space, which was full of amazing foods and adorable shops, I knew I had to pick up some cupcakes when I walked by the window at Eleni's New York.
Their shop was full of precious little confections, especially in the cookie department. I'm on a cupcake mission though, so I skipped out on the cookies and went for a few of the minis they had on display instead.
Not the best cupcake I've had in New York, I will admit, but they definitely hit the spot after stuffing myself with an amazing omelet over at Friedman's Lunch.
I was obsessed with their adorable cookies though, which seem to be their specialty. From New York themed treats to thank you cookies in different languages, the cookies just looked too pretty to eat.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

wanted: down to a tee

There are few things more satisfying than looking fabulous while wearing something as simple as a basic t-shirt. The right one can be dressed up so easily and can be paired with just about anything. The best ones are soft and ever-so-slouchy without being too baggy. Personally, I'm also a big fan of a v-neck.
On my search for the perfect tee, I found these amazing options.

 {Madewell $29}

Monday, July 16, 2012

style envy: ashley madekwe

As if I wasn't already obsessed with Ashley Madekwe's style on Revenge, one of my favorite new shows this year, I was overjoyed when I discovered that she has her own style blog.
Her looks are impeccably chic but surprisingly accessible. I love the way she mixes patterns and textures. She also combines classics with trendy pieces flawlessly. Her looks have definitely given me a ton of inspiration for my own wardrobe.

You can find more of Ashley's amazing looks over at her blog, Ring My Bell.

Who are your style icons right now?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

cupcake tour {week four} sweet revenge

As if I'm not already a sucker for clever names, I knew I had to make a trip to Sweet Revenge when I found out that they not only make amazing cupcakes but that they also have wine and beer pairings for each of their treats! Yes, seriously. This exists.
Seeing as it was only 1 in the afternoon, I decided to forgo the drinks on this first visit. Rest assured though, I'll be back for a glass of wine with my next cupcake.
Each day, Sweet Revenge features the classics along with a few of their artisan flavors. Just my luck, today's artisan flavor was a Fleur de Sel so of course I went for it.
I love the rustic parchment wrappers and the fact that they serve you your cupcake with a fork. They just know you're gonna need it.
The cupcake itself was decadent, moist and oh-so-good.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

wanted: chambray craze

I've been scouring boutiques, websites and everywhere in between for the perfect chambray shirt for what seems like months now. Every time I find one, it either doesn't fit right or seems overpriced. Well, I'm happy to report that after tireless searching, I finally found my perfect chambray at Zara this past week. It fits like a glove and is the ideal length for tying up or tucking in.
Since it's pretty hard to pinpoint the perfect chambray for everyone, this isn't the kind of thing I suggest buying online. Fit and cut is everything so taking the time to find the perfect one is important.
That being said, this week's wanted is all about different ways to wear the shirt I'd been wanting and finally got my hands on. These looks are from some of my favorite fashion bloggers and I can't wait to try my own versions of these looks with my new favorite blouse! Good luck ever getting me out of this shirt, I've already worn it twice.
{Cupcakes and Cashmere: tucked into a sleek leather skirt, Kendi Everyday: tucked into white jeans, Nany's Kloset: tied up over something frilly like lace shorts}

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

wanted: peplum perfection

I first spotted this dress on Nasty Gal a few months ago but was so sad to see that it had completely sold out. The second I spotted it back in stock this week though, I hurried to snatch one up for myself.
It's the perfect party dress for a night out and I love how the peplum works to update the bandage-style dresses we've been seeing around for a while.
{Peplum Bandage Dress $58 (also available in blue)}

I'll be sure to post a look with it once it comes in. If you're interested, hurry up and get one before they sell out again! This one has the tendency to fly off the shelves.

Monday, July 2, 2012

working girl

As relaxed as a work environment can be in the advertising industry, I still like to step it up from time to time. Dark jeans and flowy silk blouses typically make up my work-week wardrobe, but pieces like this make me want to go the extra mile. I scored this beautiful olive dress at Macy's right before I came to New York and love how easily it transitions from a work look into a happy hour look.
{Dress: Rachel Roy; Bag: BCBG MaxAzria; Shoes: Michael Kors, Watch: Kate Spade; Ring: David Yurman; Earrings: Sole Mate}
For every day, I'm usually toting an enormous bag to work to fit all of my essentials, but just swapping it for a clutch takes the look from day to night.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

cupcake tour {week three} butter lane

When I arrived at Butter Lane in the East Village, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it isn't your typical cupcake shop. In fact, they only feature 3 cupcake flavors, but they hook you with the frostings. With over a dozen varieties to choose from, it's all about the toppers on these fabulous cupcakes. So much so that you can even buy a frosting shot, sans cupcake!
Seeing as I'm a total sucker for the sweet and savory combo, I went for a chocolate cupcake with a sea salt chocolate frosting on top and WOAH was it good!
I also had a taste of the Cinnamon Honey frosting shot that Christina got, which honestly tasted exactly like a Cinnabon. Yet again, just too good.

Butter Lane is a bit out of the way but it was well worth the walk. Trust me.