While in Memphis, Desirae and I were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful and historic Peabody Hotel. Everything from the lobby to the rooms are gorgeous. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, the hotel is iconic in Memphis for several reasons.
For example, Elvis visited the hotel multiple times, most notably to attend his prom in the hotel ballroom in 1953. He returned to the Peabody in 1955 where he signed his record deal with RCA. The hotel is also home to the famous Peabody Ducks. The ducks first came about in 1933 when the hotel manager placed ducks in the lobby fountain as a joke. Now the duck march happens daily. The ducks come down in the elevator from the penthouse at 11am and march into the fountain, where they stay until 5pm, then they march out of the fountain and back into the elevator and back up to the penthouse for the night. We spoke to the Duck Master, and he told us they keep the ducks for 3 months at the Peabody, then they release them back into the wild.
They take their ducks very seriously at the Peabody, and there is duck themed decor everywhere. Everything from the soap in the bathroom, to duck design tile on the elevator floors. They even had duck shaped deserts, including a white chocolate duck they were nice enough to send up to the room for us one night.
Overall, The Peabody is a gorgeous hotel, which I would definitely recommend! I know I would love to stay here again if I am ever back in Memphis.
Thank you to The Peabody for comping our room for our two night stay!
If you'd like to learn more about The Peabody, you can check out their website here:
Top: Madewell; Skirt: Forever 21; Shoes: Franco Sarto; Bow: Claire's
Location: The Peabody Hotel (Memphis, TN)
This past Saturday, I went to the movies and saw "Call Me By Your Name" (which was good and I would recommend seeing it). The movie takes place in 1980's Italy where the main character, a teenage boy, spends his summer days reading, writing and listening to music. This aspect of the film made me nostalgic for the days before social media. It made me realize how much time we waste mindlessly staring at our phones and how easy it is to pick up your phone and start scrolling through apps out of boredom. While I love creating content for Instagram and my blog, and I have no plans to stop doing that, this year I want to be more intentional with my time on social media. I want to avoid falling down the rabbit hole of hate stalking frenemies on Instagram or reading poorly written Facebook articles. So here are some tips I've already began implementing to limit my social media screen time.
•unfollow accounts that no longer inspire you
By now, you are probably aware of the "follow/unfollow" method a lot of Instagramers use to gain followers. If you're not familiar, a user will go through and follow a bunch of accounts, hoping they will follow back. Then they go through and unfollow anyone who did not follow them back. I've ended up following a few bloggers this way, bloggers whose style I do not like at all. Every time their posts would come up, I would get a little annoyed, or ask myself, why am I following this person? I decided to start cleaning up my following list, and make sure I'm only following accounts whose content inspires me. It's not worth it wasting your time looking at images you do not enjoy, especially just for the sake of a few extra followers.
•mute instagram stories
I started muting certain people's Instagram stories a few months ago, and will continue to do this in the new year. I've muted a bunch of friends who I've grown apart from, because I was constantly getting FOMO sitting home on a Saturday night and seeing them uploading story after story all hanging out together. I've also muted some bloggers, not because I don't enjoy their stories, but because they were just posting too often and I was wasting a lot of time watching them. The beauty with muting Instagram stories is you are still able to watch them if you go to the persons profile, but you're not tempted to keep clicking to see their next story every time their little icon pops up in your queue.
•turn off notifications
I don't use Facebook much, it's not a platform that I post content to or interact with friends on. The main reason I keep it around is because it is a way I find out about events happening around the city. However, if I see I have a Facebook notification, I'll end up mindlessly scrolling through the app once I open it. I turned off notifications, so I am opening the app less, which is less opportunity for me to waste time on it. I've also unfollowed a bunch of pages, such as Elite Daily, Glamour Magazine and E! News, pages that are constantly posing click bait articles, which I would waste so much time reading when I was bored. With less temptation and opportunity, I will hopefully end up spending less time on Facebook in the new year.
•schedule time for activities that don't include your phone
One of my goals for 2017 was to read more. While I did finish a few books, I didn't read as much as I would have liked to. Often times I'd find myself bringing a book along somewhere I might have free time to read, but then end up scrolling though Instagram instead, merely out of habit. To get myself in the habit of picking up a book rather then my phone, I am going to schedule time to read. I am going to try to plan to read every night before bed, instead of staring at my screen until right before I go to sleep. Hopefully this will help me stop using my phone as a security blanket and find more fulfilling outlets for filling my time.
I hope these tips were helpful if you also want to become more intentional with your time on social media. What are your goals for 2018?
Dress: c/o Karina Dresses
*I am wearing the "Ruby" dresses from the Resort 2018 collection, which will be available on Jan 12th
Beret: Target; Shoes: Franco Sarto
Location: Pardon My French (East Village, Manhattan)
2017 is coming to a close, so this will most likely be my last blog post of the year. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog posts, liked or commented on my Instagram photos, and anyone who has chosen to spend time in my little retro inspired world. I've had a lot of great opportunities to connect with some amazing brands and people throughout the year, and I hope to continue to do so going forward.
With 2018 fast approaching, I've been thinking about how I want my personal brand and blog to evolve in the new year. My goal for 2018 is to create inspirational content that steps outside the cookie cutter type photos we have become so accustomed to seeing across social media. I want to continue working with small businesses and brands vs big corporations as much as possible. I also want to buy and wear vintage and thrifted clothing as often as I can, and show my followers how simple alterations can revive a second hand garment.
Wherever you're at in life, I want to encourage you to write down your own goals for the new year. Here's to a great 2017, and an even better 2018!
Dress: c/o Tallulah’s Threads
Headband: American Apparel; Tights: Hue; Shoes: LF/Life; Bag: Urban Outfitters
Location: Strand Book Store (Union Square, NYC)
Last weekend I rode the holiday vintage train, an event that happens annually in NYC. They take old subway cars from the Museum of Transit and bring them out on the subway tracks so people are able to ride them. The subway cars range from the 1920's to the 1960's. They do this every Sunday in December, and some weekends they even have live bands playing swing music to add to the ambience. I went with a group of fellow vintage lovers that also live in NYC, so it was fun to go with others who share my affection for the past. It was a bit crazy because there were so many photographers there posing us for photos or snapping shots of us while we were riding the train. Even regular people on the subway platform bombarded us for pictures with their cell phones. A few people came up to me and asked why we were dressed up, or if we were part of a club, when in reality, this is basically how we dress everyday.
I prefer to dress vintage with a more modern and quirky twist, so I thought this fifties inspired coat dress I recently received from Unique Vintage would be perfect for the occasion. I added this piano bag from Charming Charlie, polka dot tights and leopard print flats for a whimsical touch.
If you live in NYC, the vintage holiday train is still running for the rest of the month, so catch it if you can!
Dress: c/o Unique Vintage
Bag: c/o Charming Charlie
Tights: Express; Shoes: Franco Sarto (bought from Century 21); Bracelet: Kate Spade
By now you probably know I love a good theme, so I decided to match the holiday Coca Cola can to my polar bear printed dress from Lady V London. I figured I'd follow through with the theme and shoot outside of Lexington Candy shop, where their windows are filled with various bottles of Coke.
I was never allowed to drink soda growing up, unless it was a special occasion. I started drinking Coke when I was in college because I was getting migraines from coffee, so Coke helped me get rid of my migraines and also gave me my caffeine fix when I was only sleeping four hours a night. I still drink one everyday at lunch. Sometimes I try to drink sparkling water as a healthier option, but my cravings for Coke often cannot be ignored. Oh, and I also will not drink Pepsi if that is all that is available. Whoever said they taste the same was very, very wrong!
Dress: c/o Lady V Vintage
Beret: old; Tights: Hue; Shoes: Franco Sarto
Location: Lexington Candy Shop (Upper East Side)
Photos: Steve Wong (Instagram @ illuminouswong)
Everyone knows New York City is home to so many amazing museums. I love spending time in them on the weekends, and I'm always keeping my eyes peeled for new exhibits or exploring museums I have not visited yet. So I wanted to recap my favorites, and let you know which ones are underrated, overrated, plus some tips to make the most of your visit.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Upper East Side):
This is probably the most iconic art museum in NYC, but to be honest, it's not my favorite. The modern art section (my favorite type of art) is very limited, and the museum is always packed, regardless of time of day, week, or year. One benefit of The Met though is that it is donation based. They have suggested ticket prices, but it is always pay what you wish. So since you can literally pay $1 to enter, The Met is great if you want to have a museum day without breaking the bank. Another tip, The Met Bruer, a second and much smaller location, is just a short walk away, and your same admission is good at both locations, just save your ticket!
The Whitney (Meatpacking):
This is my absolute favorite museum in the city. It is completely modern art based, and the museum itself has an amazing view of the NYC skyline. It's a little more pricey ($18 for a student ticket, $25 for a regular adult ticket), but every Friday from 7-10pm, you can pay what you wish. A tip though, arrive early, I'd say around 6-630, because there are always tons of people in line.
The Museum of Modern Art (Midtown East):
My second favorite museum, which is also filled entirely of modern art. They offer free admission every Friday from 4-8pm, which is amazing. It's actually more beneficial to show up a little later in the evening, about 5-6, to avoid long lines.
Chelsea Art Galleries (Chelsea):
The Chelsea neighborhood is filled with tons of modern art galleries, and they are all free!
New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn):
Not an art museum, but if you’re reading this, you most likely are into vintage and would appreciate this museum. The New York Transit Museum is all about the history of the subway, and they have actual subway cards, ranging from the 1910’s to present day. You can actually go inside these cars and take photos.
T-shirt and Skirt: c/o May 68
*please note- I hemmed the skirt about 6 inches
Turtleneck: Style We; Tights: Hue; Shoes: Franco Sarto
Location: The Guggenheim Museum (Upper East Side)
Stopping by with a super short blog post to show you some more photos of this Atomic Swag t-shirt. I love this brand, they have so many cute, retro inspired tees. This one is actually a men’s style, but I loved the Elvis inspired sketches on it. Randomly enough, there is an Elvis statute at a store near my mom’s apartment in Philadelphia, so I thought, what better place to shoot these photos. Shooting this outfit also got me excited, because I have a trip planned to Memphis, Tennessee in January. I’m going with my blogger friend Desirae, who I met through Instagram, and we’re going to be going to Elvis’s Graceland, plus lots of other vintage inspired museums, stores, and restaurants. This will be my first time in Tennessee (or the South for that matter!), so if you have any suggestions for things to check out, please let me know!
T Shirt: c/o Atomic Swag Tees
Skirt: Ruby & Jenna; Tights: Hue; Shoes: Bait Footwear; Glasses: Warby Parker
Location: Mr Bar Stool (Philadelphia, PA)
Introvert and extrovert are two words people love to throw around nowadays. Most commonly, I see people labeling themselves as an "extroverted introvert", stating that they enjoy going to parties, but also are okay staying in and watching Netflix. While it is true that most people fall in between the two extremes of introvert and extrovert, I feel that people like to label themselves as a hybrid because they don't want to identify solely as an introvert. Introvert has a negative connotation, and conjures up images of a hermit with no friends. When you hear the word extrovert, a bubbly, life of the party, social butterfly comes to mind. However, these stereotypes are simply not true. I am definitely on the more introverted end of the spectrum, and I appreciate my alone time, but that doesn't mean I don't like socializing. I often feel misunderstood by the people around me, so I decided to write a post about the most common misconceptions of introverts.
we don't hate you
So many people have told me they thought I didn't like them the first time they met me, but that couldn't have been farther from the truth. Introverts just take a little bit longer to warm up to you.
alone time doesn't always mean staying home alone
People always assume that introverts prefer to be home alone all the time. While there's nothing I love more then coming home to relax in bed after a long day out, on the weekends I love getting out of my apartment and exploring New York. However, I usually prefer to be out and about on my own. I would rather vintage shop, go to a museum, or grab brunch by myself. I consider these activities to be my alone time, even though I'm still surrounded by thousands of people around the city.
we prefer small groups vs big groups
Introverts find small talk draining, so we would rather hang out in a smaller group and have meaningful conversation with a few people we really care about. If you have a friend who is an introvert, consider making plans with them one on one, rather than inviting them out in a large group setting.
I could go on, but these are just a few of the misconceptions about introverts. Being an introvert doesn't mean that we don't like being social. I hope that if you have a friend or family member that's an introvert this helps you better understand them. I also want to mention Madison from Minnie Muse Blog. She wrote a similar post about understanding introverts, which inspired me to write this post. You can check it out here if you want some additional reading:
What do you consider yourself, an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between?
Pajamas: c/o Emily and Fin
Last Sunday, I spent the day in Cold Spring, New York. It's a cute little town that is only a short train ride away from Grand Central Station. Cold Spring has a ton of vintage and antique shops, so that was the main reason for my trip.
I decided to wear this vintage dress I received from The Art of Hannah Jane. I'm guessing this dress was from the 80's or early 90's. It was originally calf length, but I chopped it to make it above the knee, and also removed the shoulder pads and shortened the sleeves. With the holiday season upon us, when it's easy to feel overwhelmed by bloggers or brands encouraging us to buy, buy, buy, I wanted to put up a post with the benefits of shopping second hand.
Vintage can be expensive, but in general shopping second hand is significantly cheaper, especially if you are shopping at a thrift store as opposed to a more curated vintage shop.
•creates a more unique wardrobe
One of the reasons I like shopping at vintage and thrift stores is actually a selfish reason. I love getting my hands on things that nobody else can, so that's why I'd rather shop second hand, instead of shopping fast fashion stores where everyone else is.
•helps the environment
Fabric cannot naturally decompose, so any clothing thrift stores cannot accept ends up sitting in a landfill, which is terrible for the environment. Anytime you make a purchase from a thrift store, that's one less piece to get discarded into a landfill.
Lots of thrift stores benefit charities. One of my favorites in NYC benefits diabetes research, while another takes its profits to fight against AIDS and homelessness.
•better quality clothes when you buy vintage
The old saying, “they don’t make them like they used to” is around for a reason. Vintage clothing withstands the test of time, and is just better quality all around, from the fabric to the construction of the garments.
•supporting small business supports someone's dreams
Lastly, when you're shopping thrift or vintage, whether it be a brick and mortar location or online shop, you're supporting someone's dream, rather than contributing to a larger corporation. I'm definitely going to be buying as many gifts as I can from vintage or small busisnesses this year. Happy shopping!
Dress: c/o The Art of Hannah Jane
Belt & Tights: Anthropologie; Beret: Top Shop; Shoes: Franco Sarto (bought from Century 21)
Location: Cold Spring, New York
A few days ago, I stumbled across an amazing article entitled “Social Media Sickness”. You can read it here, http://leblow.co.uk/social-media-sickness/ and I highly recommend you do because it is incredibly accurate. In the article, the author calls out all the cliches we see across Instagram nowadays. While reading, I noticed a cliché she mentioned in her article present in these photos: that “looking to the side, right foot forward, tippy-toed” pose. When I first started taking photos for social media, I never naturally posed like this, but I began to notice other bloggers posing that way, and I started to mimic their body language. Although I try to create unique content and look outside of Instagram for inspiration, this article really emphasized how formulaic social media has become.
With 2018 fast approaching, I'll be reevaluating my blog and Instagram to see where I want to take things in the new year. I know one thing I'll be focusing on is trying to break away from the cookie cuter Instagram mold so many of us have fallen into and create imagery that (hopefully) will actually inspire my readers and followers.
If you’re interested in shopping my dress, you can find it here:
Dress: C/O Smak Parlour
Beret: Top Shop: Tights: Hue; Shoes: Franco Sarto (bought at Century 21); Purse: Vera Bradley
Location: West Village, NYC