travel series: nyc

Hello & happy summer! Hopefully, if you are reading this, you are already done with school or almost finishing up with finals.

 

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If you follow along with my personal insta account, you know that I have been doing quite a bit of traveling (a lot for me, that is). We recently went to new york city for Memorial Day Weekend. We spent four days in the city and explored various areas, such as brooklyn and soho.

 

I decided I would make this post more photo based, because, what better way to show our explorations on this trip than through photos! This post is the first of a travel series, as I will continue to share my favorite spots / moments after various trips.

 

Keep reading to see more of my trip to nyc…

 

D A Y  O N E

ballerina sculpture

// we practically walked into this sculpture. This awesome art installation is in Rockefeller Center. Read more about it here. (We didn’t have much time to explore our first day since our train got in later that afternoon)

 

D A Y  T W O

pressed juicery storefront

// day two was spent exploring the streets of soho. Pressed Juicery is a quaint and trendy shop with yummy pressed juices. Two words = fresh and simple.

 

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// it’s basically inevitable that we end up eating at Shake Shack at least once during our trip. However, my brother and tour guide in one led us to Soho Park – a hip, trendy, and delicious burger find. Better yet, they are much cheaper than Shake Shack!

 

ivy and lights strung in walkway

// if you’re looking for the perfect photo-op, head to Nomo Soho. This hip and trendy hotel has the coolest spots for photos. Their archway is ~ magical ~

 

mirror pic of girl with peace sign

// I always love going to Brandy Melville, so I had to include this pic! They are pretty strict with taking photos in the store so I snapped this mirror pic instead. Head to their online store to see their clothing selection.

 

soho buildings

// always love the buildings of soho

 

girl taking photos in crowded side street

// shoutout to mama auer for taking this shot! One of our favorite parts about soho are the unexpected finds within the side streets. There are so many photo-ops if you just remember to look up at the buildings.

 

storefront - by Chloe.

// before leaving soho we stopped in by Chloe for a quick bite to eat. I had been wanting to go here for so long because all of my bloggers and youtubers always rave about this place. It’s hip, trendy, and has plenty of healthy options to choose from. My dad isn’t the biggest fan of vegan style foods so he got a smoothie while my mom and I got avocado toast. TBH I enjoyed my dad’s smoothie more than the avo toast. The toast came with seasonal veggies on top, which happened to be peas and pickled onions. It wasn’t even photo worthy (and that says a lot!) The morale of the story is, I wish I had opted for a smoothie or one of their other options, but it was still tasty. I will def try again…

 

D A Y  T H R E E

girl walking on brooklyn bridge

// this is the second time that I have walked the Brooklyn Bridge, and it seems like each time just gets better and better. It was an overcast day, but the views were still breathtaking.

 

FEED storefront

// this coffee shop – FEED – was basically my mom’s dream store. She had been looking at it on insta and was so excited that we happened to find it. Check out their site (linked above) to learn more about their mission and story.

 

One Girl Cookies window

// my DREAM – One Girl Cookies…literally so good – if you happen to go here while in Dumbo, try one of their whoopie pies. They are delicious and totally worth every calorie. Of course, you can get coffee too, or a cupcake…or one of each! 🙂

 

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// nyc eats at One Girl Cookies

 

D A Y  F O U R

the high line

// we spent our last morning in the city walking the High Line. It has plenty of photo ops and awesome spots to sit and relax.

 

// views from the High Line…

 

madewell storefront

// almost immediately after walking across the High Line, we managed to find Madewell! I always love Madewell’s décor and storefront, but this particular store was amazing. I think I was focused more on the interior of the store than the clothes!

 

seflie

// selfies !

 

I hope you enjoyed this post ! Let me know about your thoughts on the layout of this post. I wanted it to be more of a travel diary with a greater focus on the photos and less on the text.

 

ALSO check out my friend Maddy’s blog! She recently started it and I loooove it. Seriously so cute.

 

xoxo,

madauer

ps – you should really check out Glossier. I went to their showroom while in soho and it was one of the coolest experiences. All of my youtubers (it should be noted that “my youtubers” = beauty and fashion vloggers / bloggers) rave about Glossier. Also, their packaging is beautifulllll. Probably gonna blog about them soon.

 

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complete spring look book

Hello from four floors up & happy spring!

 

I don’t know about you, but I am so excited for spring – warmer weather, longer days, and of course, spring style. Part of the reason why I love spring is because it is the perfect time to take a step back, look at your wardrobe, and consider parting ways with some of your older clothing items. This is exactly what I did when I went home for spring break, thus opening up space in my closet for some spring essentials!

 

In this post, I will be linking to a range of products, all of which will complete my “spring look book.” These items will range from clothing to accessories to home décor. Keep reading for some spring inspiration…

 

 

 

CLOTHING

 

madewell jeans

One of my favorite looks for spring will definitely involve pairing these Madewell 9″ high-rise skinny crop jeans with other items in my closet. These jeans have a classic blue hue that will complement any outfit. Also, they are extremely comfortable and pair great with slip-ons or your favorite pair of sneakers.

 

 

If you happen to check out these jeans or any other Madewell denim, be sure to read about their Denim Donation Program. (see small infographic below)

 

sweatshirt

Even though spring brings warmer weather, you still need a sweatshirt to stay warm on those chilly nights. I am loving this new Love Your Melon Sweatshirt. I purchased mine in the color light gray (of course) but there are several other colors available, such as red, dark gray, navy, and purple.

 

 

SHOES

 

adidas stan smith

I am so very excited about this next item – the Adidas Stan Smith sneakers! I have been looking at the different Adidas shoes, trying to figure out if I should go with the classic or the Stan Smith collection. Finally, after trying them on, I went with the Stan Smith Adidas. I am looking forward to pairing these with cut-off jeans and a tee for the spring.

 

 

ACCESSORIES

 

calvin klein denim cap

For those super sunny days, it’s always nice to have a baseball cap on hand. For me, I love this Calvin Klein Baseball Hat. Its classic denim material and simple logo make it easy to pair with any outfit.

 

 

opi nail polish

Looking for a great spring color for your nails? Check out my favorite OPI color at the moment, the perfect nude pink!

 

DÉCOR

 

succulent

For me, succulents are always in style, but if there is an essential time to invest in a succulent, spring would have to be the time. Brighten any space with a small succulent. Some of my favorite places to purchase fake yet life-like succulents are Target, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx. I recently purchased this real succulent from a farmer’s market in Philly, but you could easily recreate your own succulent habitat.

 

 

SPRING ACTIVITY

 

hammock time

One of my goals this spring is to spend as much time outside as possible. On campus, my friends and I love spending time on the quad in our hammock (shout out to Luke.) We are definitely looking to invest in a hammock soon so we can spend even more time out on the quad.

 

bullet journaling

Bullet journaling has been one of my goals for this year. Bullet journaling takes time and dedication, but I have started to treat my bullet journals as list makers, helping me to check items off of my to do lists.

 

 

 

One of my favorite bullet journalists is @journalbeanie. I aspire to create a bullet journal similar to hers. Check out her Instagram feed (linked above) for some serious bullet journal inspo.

 

SPRING TIME SNACK

 

healthy eating

Usually, the warmer months inspire me to get creative with my snacking and consider the healthier options. For me, a staple to warmer months is fresh fruit. If you’re a college student, always grab some fruit before leaving your dining hall. My favorites have been pears and clementines!

 

I hope that this post inspired you with some new ideas for this spring. Spring is the perfect time to start fresh. Whether it’s cleaning out your closet, reorganizing your room, or eating healthy, this spring time is full of new opportunities.

 

xoxo,

madauer

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my top 10 college essentials

Hello from four floors up!

Since I have been at college for a little over 2 months, I am going to be sharing 10 of my favorite essentials. I can’t imagine college life without these products, so keep reading to learn more…

 

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A weekender bag

When you want to head back home for the weekend or visit a friend at college, a weekender/ duffle bag comes in handy! I bought my grey weekender bag from Brandy Melville & it is by the brand John Galt USA. It is not available online, but you can find a similar style here from Herschel.

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Artificial plants & succulents

To brighten up any space, I suggest investing in some artificial succulents. Don’t get me wrong, I love real plants, but in order to avoid dying succulents, I invested in artificial ones. I purchased mine from Marshall’s and Target, but any local home décor store usually offers a large selection!

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Brita

To maintain a constant supply of fresh, filtered water, I advise purchasing a Brita. This Amalfi Water Pitcher fits perfectly in our micro-fridge and has a 5 cup capacity.

 

S’well

Sticking with the water theme, this next product is a common college necessity – the s’well water bottle. Featured in my “what’s in my backpack” post, more information about my s’well selection can be found here.

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Speaker

To jam out with friends or play some relaxing background music, I love my Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker. It produces an amazing sound and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Bose offers many other speakers with a range of prices if this particular version doesn’t match your budget.

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Room spray

Since most residence halls don’t allow candles, I found room spray to be a dorm essential. I purchased this Aura Cacia Peppermint Room & Body Mist from Whole Foods. However, it is also available at a range of online sites, such as Amazon. I love its subtle and refreshing peppermint scent.

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Rain jacket

My most used college essential would definitely have to be my rain jacket. It doesn’t rain much in Philly, but I have loved layering my Target Rain Anorak – Merona jacket. I purchased it in the color “Orion Gray” – the perfect mix of gray and navy.

 

Portable charger

Nothing is worse than your phone dying when you are out and about, so I suggest investing in a portable iPhone charger. I bought mine from Marshall’s but you can find one like it here from Target.

 

Milk makeup cooling water

I cannot say enough great things about this product. I have an 8am everyday and cannot imagine my mornings without this Cooling Water stick from Urban Outfitters. This “ultra-refreshing cooling water stick” leaves your skin feeling cool and refreshed. I especially love using it on my eyelids and under eyes, as it helps me wake up in the morning.

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Slip-on vans

Take a visit to any campus and you will see most students rockin’ some slip-ons. I purchased my Braided Suede Slip-On Vans in the color Wild Dove. Their braided texture and sleek design make them great shoes for walking the campus. They are extremely comfortable and I love them!

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That’s it for now…I hope you enjoyed my top 10 college essentials at the moment.

Let me know in the comments below what some of your essentials are that you can’t imagine living without.

xoxo,

madauer

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