Quick NYC Escape: Long Beach Visual Diary


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Over this past weekend I ventured to Long Beach. Let me tell you what a nice beach this is and how easy it is to get to from the city! This was my first time ever visiting Long Beach and I had so much fun. This is going to be my go-to beach for the rest of the summer and thought I’d share the best NYC quick escape.

Cost Breakdown:
$19 Round trip LIRR tickets from Penn Station + $15 Beach Pass to get on the beach.

The LIRR train is about an hour and it goes right to Park Ave (essentially the main street in Long Beach) which is only a few short blocks away from the beach and boardwalk. You can walk around or ride a bike along the long boardwalk or with the beach pass you can go on and off the beach all day. There’s also a small section with food trucks to grab a quick bite. We ate at the Taco Tuesdays Food Truck and I got a fish and veggie taco; SO good!

On main street, there are surf shops and this cute little health food store/cafe where you can escape the sun and recharge with some good food. It’s called Bob’s Natural Foods and although the ambiance seems very basic (health food store with stools at a counter in the back) the food is very well thought out and tastes amazing. I got the CELL ENERGIZER SMOOTHIE and the HUMMUS & AVOCADO wrap (highly recommend the wrap). PS; you can even recharge your phone since I found an outlet near the counter.

Shop some super cute beachwear below:

Here’s a video to help get the vibes of the boardwalk:

*NOTE; I don’t think there’s skateboarding allowed on the boardwalk, but there may be a skatepark around.

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How to Dress for Summer in New York City


blogger-dress-summer-nyc-streetstyleDress: Urban Outfitters (similar) (similar) / Jacket: H&M (similar) / Bag: Danielle Nicole / Shoes: Zara (similar) (similar) / Sunnies: Unknown (similar) (similar) / Bracelets: Michael Kors, Loft (similar) (similar) (similar)

We all know that the summer in New York City can be brutal and sometimes it can be confusing on how to dress. The struggle really comes in for those really hot days, yet whenever you step inside a subway car or a store, it is freezing! For these scorchers (which we’ve been having quite a few of lately), I usually resort to a light dress or romper and carry a layer to throw on when I’m in the train.

The light jacket not only provides some warmth, but it also pulls together the full look. It’s important to keep the jacket relatively small so you can carry it around when you’re not wearing it, or a keep a bag big enough to stuff it in. I tried to keep all the tones in brown or beige, and this jacket fits in so perfectly!

I paired this look with my new sunnies that I picked up the other day in an unnamed store in the East Village. They are just the right amount of oversized and I love the slight hint of the black and brown marble print. This choker necklace is DIY using a ribbon and wrapping it around my neck twice and tieing it in the front. TIP; if you can’t get the ribbon to lay the way you want, use a straightening iron to shape it!

I tagged a ton of similar items above since the pieces I’m wearing are mostly unavailable now. Shop more below to get a similar look:

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*Photos by Allie of AllieNYC.

White on White // Vintage Edition

blogger-vintage-shirt-streetstyle-outfit-inspoCrop Top: Vintage via PPQ on Etsy / Pants: Zara (similar) / Shoes: Qupid via Apricot Lane Dallas / Backpack: Forever 21 (similar) (similar) / Watch: Daniel Wellington / Sunnies: Ray-Ban

This summer it’s all about the white-on-white look! For this look, I paired a sporty slightly cropped vintage top with a more formal pair of white pants. I recently started getting really into white pants and these Zara skinny pants were a perfect contrast to balance out the look.

Let’s talk some more about this vintage tee that is NEW to my Vintage Shop! I actually have quite a few vintage tees avail (will be posting on Etsy soon), but this one really stood out to me. I thought I’d make it really modern (and let’s face it- 90’s) by cutting it short at the bottom and making it more of a crop! I really love how it came out – if you love it too, shop it HERE!

Another big trend for this summer is MULES. I shared some of my favorite pairs on a previous post but I’m actually obsessed with these Joie Mules! PLUS – they are not only on sale, but there is an additional 25% off the sale price (with code: designer25). Soo… why haven’t I bought them yet?? (Ps; for all you sale hunters, Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale starts today!!)

Shop my top picks below to pair with the vintage crop tee + get a similar look:

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*Photos by Em of The Lipstick Fever.

Getting Shady: Top Sunglasses for Every Budget

bloggers-sunglasses-nyc-streetstyle2Wearing: Quay Australia // featuring Liz of Liz Avenue, on Liz: Ray-Ban.

With summer in full force, I wanted to share some of my fave picks for sunglasses to keep you looking COOL. I always carry around a pair of sunnies (or 2) because I hate to be in need of them and not have them, plus they can change the total look of any outfit. My personal collection ranges from brand name to lesser known brands, to no name brands at all. It’s all about the fit on your face and of course how functional they are!

I tagged a bunch of pairs from different price points to help diversify your sunglass collection! Shop below:

SUNNIES >$100
Your first pair of designer sunnies should be a classic fit, like aviators or wayfarers depending on what fits your face best. Ray-Ban does this pretty well while also being relatively affordable (~$150). After you have a staple pair of designer sunnnies, then try venturing into different trending pairs. If you want to try out a pair of designer sunnies before splurging, I suggest subscribing to DITTO where you can rent designer pairs of sunglasses for only $24/month!

SUNNIES <$100
You can still get totally classic and on trend looks for under $100. Because of their price, these sunnie are easy to pick up and if you break or lose them, it’s not that big of a deal. Urban Outfitters and ASOS have some really cute pairs, including brands like QUAY Australia which looks more expensive than they are.

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*Photos by Nataliya of Style Tomes