Snow Day

8 Jan

Snow DayWhat I’m Wearing // SWEATER Target // JEANS Levi’s Bold Curve Skinny // SCARF Old Navy // COAT Topshop // BAG Cornelia Guest // BOOTS Dav // SUNGLASSES JustFab

So it’s freaking FREEZING here in NYC.

As you may or may not know, we were hammered with a pretty nice snowstorm last week.  So it’s been a bit tough getting around.  I’m actually really thankful I picked up these Dav moto style rain boots this past summer.  I’ve never been a huge fan of traditional rain boots.  I hate the knee-high ones and find it uncomfortable to not be able to get a full range of motion in your ankles all day.  These moto ones are shorter, plus they don’t look like rain boots, which I really love.  I never even thought of using them in the snow until this past week, and so far they’ve been working great at keeping me nice and dry.  Even while trudging through the 9 inches of snow we just got.

Also, I’d like to point out that after trying on tons and tons of jeans I finally found the perfect brand for anyone who has Crossfit butt and quads like I do.  The Levi’s Curve collection is great.  They’re a bit stretchy, and designed for ladies with a small waist but more junk in the trunk.  I didn’t even have to get these altered, which is unheard of for me in regards to pants.  Especially pants that aren’t leggings.

For anyone in the northern part of the country, stay warm this week!

 

What to Wear While Traveling

6 Jan

This week I leave for yet another business trip! In the past I’ve gotten a lot of questions from readers on what I like to wear while traveling, so I figured today was a great day to give you a few examples to make your next flight comfortable and stylish.

Business Travel

When traveling on business, your meetings sometimes dictate what you can wear during your flight. For example, there have been times where I travel several hours and then head straight from the airport to a meeting. I find the best course of action to stay comfortable while maintaining my sanity is easy: a dress.

I usually like to pair a comfortable jersey, sheath or sweater dress with a smart blazer. That way it feels like your in pajamas but you look appropriate for the board room. I’ll usually wear a chic pair of flats on the plane, but then switch out the flats for heels just before the meeting.

I love my Cornelia Guest Nicholas satchel handbag so much I very recently invested it’s larger version exclusively to use while traveling. It’s a bit larger than my everyday bag, which means it’ll carry my laptop and electronics, snacks, water, and more for my flight. It also looks really sharp so I don’t need to worry about changing bags for my meeting.

As far as luggage goes, I very recently replaced my well loved but worn out carry-on. After extensive research, I settled on the 21″ eBags Motherlode Wheeled Duffle . I have mine in a hot orange color (not shown below) that’s pretty cool looking and goes with anything. You can fit so much stuff in this tiny bag. I refuse to check bags when I travel, so the luggage’s capacity is super important to me.

What I Wear While Traveling for Business

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT // DRESS // BLAZER // FLATS //

Personal Travel

When I don’t have a meeting immediately upon landing, or when I travel for vacations and other personal reasons, my priority is the same: to be comfortable! I usually like to pair a pair of leggings (faux leather preferred) and match it with a simple tank and sweater. Lately I’ve been living in my white chucks on weekends, and they’re perfect for me to travel with being I can Crossfit in them at my destination. So there’s no need to bring another pair of workout shoes.

I also always try to bring some sort of a scarf. Scarfs on flights are heaven. They are much nicer than the crappy airline blankets they give you and you can wear them multiple ways. I usually just use mine as a blanket.

What I Wear While Traveling Casually

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT // SWEATER // SCARF // SNEAKERS // LEGGINGS // TANK

What do you usually wear when you fly?

My Best Friend’s Wedding

3 Jan

Just prior to the holiday season, my best friend Nikki got married! Nikki was my Maid of Honor five years ago at my own wedding, and it was really enjoyable to return the favor as the Matron of Honor for her wedding.

Here’s some of my favorite shots from the wedding, as well as our bridesmaids getups. Our bridesmaid dresses were actually rentals from Little Borrowed Dress.

My Best Friend's Wedding

My Best Friend's Wedding

My Best Friend's Wedding

My Best Friend's Wedding

My Best Friend's Wedding

My Best Friend's Wedding

My Best Friend's Wedding

My Best Friend's Wedding

One of my favorite memories of Nikki’s wedding was after the photos that afternoon, Nikki accidentally ripped a hole in the front of her dress. With about an hour to go before her ceremony, we grabbed her emergency sewing kit and I attempted to patch it up. Emma, the photographer, was there to catch it all going down. In the end, you could barely tell there was a rip!

My Best Friend's Wedding

My Best Friend's Wedding

Congratulations to the gorgeous couple, Nikki & Gene. I’m so happy for you both and thankful to have you both in my life.

My Best Friend's Wedding

PHOTOS BY // Emma McDonald Weddings

Time to Minimalize My Life

1 Jan

Minimalize My Life

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season.

I’d love to say mine was great, but it was more “meh” than anything else. In addition to Jim and I both being sick with various strains of the flu from Thanksgiving through Christmas, I was so busy with commitments and work in the month of December that we didn’t even get around to sending out Christmas Cards. That or putting up or Christmas Tree. Every day I would put it off that I was too tired, and before we knew it, Christmas was here!

Instead of getting depressed about it, I’m instead looking at how I put myself in this position and how I can prevent it in 2014. All in all, I think the answer is simple. I need to make it a priority in 2014 to simplify my life and minimize where possible. I take on too many projects, travel commitments and other stresses which I really aren’t 100% necessary. Then as a result, I spend what little free time I have wasting it away on brainless internet browsing and television, instead of spending time with loved ones out and about experiencing new things. I’ve been a total couch potato lately.

To add even more insult to injury, my apartment which Jim and I spent so much time earlier this year streamlining is once again packed to the gills. When you only have 700 square feet to live in, clutter can kill you mentally. My closets are busting at the seams, making it difficult to find shoes and clothing and giving me zero inspiration to be creative in what I wear each day, which is something I usually take great joy in.

So my primary intention for 2014 is simple, I want to minimalize my life. Here’s a quick list on a few things that will be a priority for me.

  • Minimalizing my wardrobe. I want to own more high quality, well fitting classic pieces and less trendy pieces I only wear a few times. This goes for clothing, shoes and handbags. I’m thinking a classic, french capsule wardrobe with my own twist.
  • Minimalizing my apartment. Currently our apartment is I’d say 80% there. Jim and I only want things around us we absolutely love. Everything else is just taking up space. Also, the less stuff you have the less you have to clean each week which is another benefit for me.
  • Minimalizing my spending. I want to stop mindlessly spending on takeout and other non-essentials (shopping included!) and start saving for the things in life Jim and I both really want.
  • Minimalizing my commitments. I’m going to stop saying yes to everything. From extra work projects, to girls trips or even after work cocktails during a hell week from work. I’m going to make my health and well-being more of a priority.
  • Minimalizing my media consumption. I’m going to watch less TV, surf the internet less and instead use the extra free time with my family and friends, reading a good book, or better yet for more creative endeavors (like my blog!).

Here’s hoping cutting back on these few things will bring me back tenfold a healthier and happier being.

What changes will you be making to make 2014 your best year yet? I’d love to hear your resolutions and intentions!

// ON AN UNRELATED NOTE //

A blog follower notified me this past week that they haven’t been receiving Brooklyn Bliss post updates via email for a few months. After looking into it, it appears when I transitioned the site from wordpress.com to a self-hosted wordpress.org site back in July my email subscribers got lost in the mix. Sorry guys!

To make up for it, I’ve created a new weekly newsletter, and have made sure anyone previously signed up is on that list. If you’d like an easy alternative to stay up to date with my posts, you can sign up via the form on the left-hand sidebar, or here.

Of course, you can always follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr as well.

2013 Year in Review

30 Dec

2013 was a whirlwind year for me. It was full of exciting travel, career highlights, visits with faraway friends and more. Looking back I’m amazed I packed as much into this year as I did.

I’ve traveled twelve times this year and been at the airport to catch flights over six times.  Some of the places I’ve visited include Las Vegas, Baltimore, Los Cabos, San Antonio, Vermont, Philadelphia, Boston, Virginia, the Finger Lakes and other towns in Upstate New York, San Francisco, Sonoma and Denver.  Usually, most of my travel is for business.  This past year I did a lot of traveling with friends, or with Jim.  This was beyond awesome and I now have so many memories from this past year to look back on.

Cabo Sunset Cruise 2013
Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013
Anniversary Trip: Finger Lakes 2013
Wanderlust Vermont 2013 97
I also got to see not one, but both of my best friends from college.  They came to visit NYC and stay with us from as far as Germany and Chicago.  While it would have been amazing to get to see them both at the same time, I am so grateful to get whatever time I have with them either together or apart.  Seeing these two faces in person was one of the highlights of my year.

Gina and Mark Visit NYC
Camera Roll-1779
Speaking of friends, I also had the honor of being Matron of Honor for my best friend Nikki’s wedding.  I had so much fun planning her bridal shower and bachelorette parties.  She had the most beautiful, small and intimate wedding I’m so happy for her and honored to be a part of it.

My Best Friend's Wedding
I also after talking about it for the past two years finally chopped off all my hair!

Haircut Appointment 2013
What I’m most proud of this past year is having accomplished one of my 2013 resolutions, which was to get in the best shape of my life.  I became a total Crossfit junkie, and watched myself over the past year set lifting records I never dreamed I could accomplish.  I also did two competitions, which was a lot of fun!  Needless to say I’m hooked.  I’m looking forward to changing things up a bit in 2014, where I’ll probably focus more on OLY (Olympic Lifting) than Crossfit being I seem to perform pretty well at that sport with minimal formal training.

Intrepid Civilian Military Combine
Christmas Throwdown

All in all, I’m pretty happy with how my 2013 turned out.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Compassion Couture Holiday Sample Sale

27 Nov

Sale-Image---Press-Facebook

 

Hey ya’ll!

Sorry it’s been so quiet around here.  I went on a business trip to San Fran the beginning of this month, and came back with a lovely case of the flu.  It was awful!  I seriously felt like I was dying.  Today is the first day I feel human in over a week.

Luckily I’m feeling better just in time to learn about Compassion Couture’s Holiday Online Sample Sale!

Our friends at Compassion Couture (a one-stop e-boutique for the most stylish and high-quality vegan and eco-friendly handbags, shoes & accessories) are hosting their Holiday Online Sample Sale – 7 Days Only!  This is their biggest sale of the year – Up to 70% off!  From November 26th – December 2nd, items will already be marked down BELOW WHOLESALE PRICES.  No coupon codes required.

It’s great to have a one-stop shop to buy gifts for the stylish vegan gal in your life, so be sure to check it out.

By the way, if anyone feels like getting me an early Christmas gift, these Beyond Skin Danni Ankle Boots and Cri de Coeur Annie Boots are totally up my alley.  Just sayin’.

 

A Brooklyn Bridal Shower

4 Nov

Nikki's Bridal Shower

My bestie Nikki is getting married! I am over the moon happy for her. The wedding is coming up in the next two weeks and we all can’t wait for her big day.

Being her Maid of Honor, I was tasked with planning both her bridal shower and bachelorette party.  One of Nikki and my favorite places to meet up for drinks is Williamsburg’s own Brooklyn Winery, so I figured it would make a very suitable bridal shower venue.

Nikki loves bright colors, especially yellow.  Her husband-to-be is a big fan of orange.  So for decorations I created these giant fluffy flower pom-poms out of tissue paper in their favorite colors.  They are super easy to make, and you can learn how to make your own here.

Nikki's Bridal Shower

Since Nikki lives in a typical, super tiny Manhattan apartment and most of our guests were coming via mass transit, we had to get creative as far as the gifts go.  It’s not fun cramming all those boxes into the subway.  To solve this problem, we included a note card for the guests to complete with what they got Nikki for her shower, and all the gifts were shipped to her address on the registry.  Nikki still got to open gifts at the shower, they were just envelopes instead of packages.

Nikki's Bridal Shower

In addition to Brooklyn Wineries fantastic wines, we also chowed down on a great Italian antipasto spread.  When playing the host you want to make sure everyone is happy, so there were lots of omni, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Nikki's Bridal Shower

For dessert, Nikki’s sister-in-law (and my fellow bridesmaid) made these adorable mason jar desserts.  She’s a professional pastry chef, and they were amazing.  I helped out by making the flowers for the jar decorations.

Nikki's Bridal Shower

I had so much fun planning this event and it couldn’t be for a person more deserving.  I’m so excited for you Nikki!!

Nikki's Bridal Shower

Museum of the Moving Image

1 Nov

 

Museum of the Moving Image

A few weeks back, Jim and I went for a quick bike ride from Williamsburg to Long Island City, Queens to check out the Museum of the Moving Image.  We’re both self-professed movie and television buffs, and I can’t believe it took us this many years of living in NYC to finally check it out.

Museum of the Moving Image

One thing I was really impressed with is how modern and clean the design of the museum is.  Jim and I LOVE white interiors, and from the second we set foot in the museum we wanted to set up camp and just live there.  The decor was fantastic.

Museum of the Moving Image

So the main reason we decided to check out the museum that day is they had a special exhibit dedicated to our most favorite TV show ever, Breaking Bad.  If you’re not familiar with the show, you should be.  Probably the best show on television EVER.

So it’s safe to say we were both in absolute heaven getting to see a lot of the props used on the actual show.  They even had the pink teddy bear!

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

The rest of the museum is set up with a few permanent exhibitions, including one great one that actually explains what each person on set does, and walks you through a movies production start to finish.  They had tons of sketches and props, from Chewbacca’s makeup to Mork from Ork’s costume.

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

They also had a fair amount of vintage memorabilia.  These magazines were fantastic.  It was a film industry publication.

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

You can’t talk about moving images without addressing gaming.  They had some vintage arcade games on display, including Pong!  Many of them you could actually play granted you had quarters.

Museum of the Moving Image

Another permanent exhibit included the history of both movie and television cameras, as well as television sets.  I find this stuff fascinating especially considering I work in the TV hardware business.  They had several TV sets on display I remembered from my childhood.

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

All in all it was a fantastic day.  I’d especially recommend it for kids.  We both agreed if we visited as a child we would have been even more blown away by it.

Have you been to the Museum of the Moving Image? If so what was your favorite exhibit?

Portia Goes for a Walk

31 Oct

Portia Goes for a Walk

What I’m Wearing // SWEATER Alloy (old, similar one here) // JEANS Silence and Noise (thrifted, similar ones here) // AVIATORS Canal Street Vendor (similar ones here) // SNEAKERS Converse // DOG CARRIER Amazon

A few weekends back, my vegan gal pal Emily Nolan of My Kind of Life invited me and Tanya from GastroModel to participate with her for the Farm Animal Sanctuary Walk for Animals. The event was dog friendly, so Portia got to go for an extended walk and adventure to the island of Manhattan for the day, subway ride and all! Look at how excited she is!

Portia Goes for a Walk

The walk started at Merchant’s Gate and went around Central Park. It was the perfect fall day to be outside walking. I have a pedometer app on my phone and granted it’s not lying to me we walked over 5 miles! Right after we all went for a much deserved brunch at Le Pain Quitoden at Sheep’s Meadow in the park.

Portia Goes for a Walk

Portia Goes for a Walk

My camera battery died within seconds of arriving at the walk that day, but luckily Em brought hers and got some great shots of all of us from the event. You can check out her full post here.

Portia Goes for a Walk

PHOTOS BY // Emily Nolan

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Vegan Versions / Badass Boots For Fall

30 Oct

Now that we’re full on into fall, it’s only appropriate I share my favorite picks for badass vegan boots. There’s a ton of great options this season, so get your shop on!

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