Dessert Goals 2018 with Planoly!

You know, generally the 55 thousands different e-mails junking up my inbox everyday is pretty annoying. However, there was one little e-mail that happened to sneak past my delete-happy reign of terror on this fateful morn. When I noticed an e-mail from the Planoly App I use for instagram regarding something called “Dessert Goals,” my heart nearly stopped. 
I am self proclaimed Christmas elf, abiding by the four food groups of course: candy, candy corn, candy cane, and syrup. In other words I LOVE SUGAR!!!!!!! Ironically enough though, I’d just recently decided to cut back on sugar hard core and do a bit of a detox when, naturally, I receive this e-mail…. but we don’t talk about that. 
How could I resist such a magical event!?! It was less than $20 to attend, and they promised an INSTAGRAM GARDEN for fabulous photo-ops. If that didn’t real me right in right there, well the food line up was the icing on the cake (pun intended.) There was Japanese shave ice, Mochi Ice cream, bubble tea, cotton candy, macaroons, crepe cake and these ADORABLE cake pops!!! (I’m sure as you can tell by my overblown use of exclamation marks in this post… I’m still kind of on a sugar high.) 
this damn thing was $20!!! That’s New York for you. 

 Here’s the thing people! You have to live a little! I’m doing my best to eat as well as I can as often as I can but when something extra sweet rolls around, why not indulge?! Life is short but it can also be sweet! Well, now that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my unicorn themed, chocolate covered cake-pop cone, please excuse me as I proceed to shove my face with kale. Here’s to finding balance!

New York Fashion Week Blogger Event with Midori Linea

Hello world!

Today I have a couple quick outfit shots to share with you. I was recently invited to the Midori Linea event in New York City, my first ever New York Fashion Week event! It was hosted at the W Hotel Downtown and from the moment we walked in, we were transported to another galaxy! The ceiling was covered in lights and had this really interesting shape to it, making it appear almost as if it were moving like waves.

Without realizing that the event was galaxy themed, I coincidentally decided to deck myself out in a totally star themed outfit! This jumpsuit from Stoned Immaculate is one of my favorite pieces when I’m looking to feel comfortable yet stylish. And I went for two stars under the eyes because somehow the furry coat just wasn’t quite enough pizazz for me.

One of my best friends Alex came with me, and we spent the entire night enjoying the company of some incredible and like minded vloggers, bloggers, makeup artists and fabulous fashionistas! There’s little more I love than chatting it up with strong, independent women who dream just as big as me, and who inspire me with their determination and drive! This is where I met the absolutely lovely Noel Labb who has a STELLAR instagram, YouTube channel AND blog, killin’ it girl! Check her insta page @noellabb out!

So it was an absolute honor to go despite my inexperience with events like this! Of course it was a little intimidating, but as much as I can, I try to abide by the rule to always, no matter how you’re feeling, get up, get dressed, and go out. You never know what could happen!

Until next time<3

Nomo Soho Hotel NYC Review!

best hotel rooms at the Nomo Soho in NYC
the front arch of the Nomo Soho in NYC
The best rooms in the Nomo Soho Hotel NYC

NOMO SOHO HOTEL NYC REVIEW 

SOHO AT A GLANCE 

Right in the heart of Manhattan’s charming little Soho, sits one of the most Instagram worthy hotels on the planet, the Nomo Soho Hotel. Soho alone is one of my favorite place is all of New York City. There are cobblestone streets everywhere you look (which, I don’t know if that excites anyone else as much as it excites me… but that right there makes it’s a huge winner in my book.) Soho is also loaded with one trendy restaurant and cute coffee shop after another and is much quieter than what you normally expect from New York. While Time Square has it’s perks, it can be difficult to relax in such a loud and bustling area of the city. So if you’re looking for a place to enjoy the Big Apple while also feeling refreshed, the Nomo Soho is the perfect hotel for you!

MY EXPERIENCE AT THE NOMO SOHO 

As an avid lover of all things blog and Instagram related, it probably comes as no shock that I’ve dreamt of staying at the aesthetic haven that is The Nomo Soho for quite some time! It seemed like something I’d never be able to afford but my wonderful boyfriend, Jeff, gifted me with a weekend away in NYC for my 24th birthday. We had such an incredible experience that I had to create a review of the Nomo Soho for anyone else wondering whether it’s actually worth it! I was expecting it to be a magical experience, but what I wasn’t expecting were all the many surprises waiting for us the moment we walked in the door!

We had booked a room on the smaller side to stay within our small budget, after all we were just looking forward to the experience of the hotel in general! But when we arrived and they noticed the GIANT, obnoxious balloons I had with me (a gift from my mom), they kindly upgraded us to a King SUITE, one of the best rooms in the whole hotel! Once more for dramatic effect you say? Sure: A KING. SUITE, PEOPLE! I could hardly contain my excitement! Not only that, but they put us on the 24th floor as a little nod to my brand new age. And WOW, the view of Soho from our hotel room was one of the best views in NYC!

The best hotel rooms at the Nomo Soho Hotel, NYC
The best hotel rooms at the Nomo Soho Hotel, NYC
beautiful bathroom at the Nomo Soho Hotel NYC
Best rooms in the Nomo Soho Hotel NYC
Best rooms at the Nomo Soho Hotel NYC
Birthday celebration at the Nomo Soho Hotel NYC

We entered our room, lined with floor to ceiling windows throughout the entire apartment, to discover that we had the PERFECT view of the entire city! I’m not being dramatic when I say that I gasped every time I walked by those windows. The view just never got old.

Best rooms at the Nomo Soho Hotel NYC
The beautiful bathroom at the Nomo Soho Hotel NYC
The view of Soho from The Nomo Soho Hotel NYC

For dinner one night, we headed to the Nomo Kitchen, a fabulous little spot right inside of the hotel. The decor is stunning and the food was heavenly! During the day, the place can be pretty empty but at night it get’s PACKED! I will admit, on the first night, our lovely waiter accidentally brought me the wrong dish, but told me I could keep it and that it was on him! It actually ended up being my favorite part of the whole meal! And though we didn’t even tell him it was my birthday, the Nomo must have informed him because he came over with a complimentary dessert to finish off our already amazing meal!

The next night we went for drinks with a couple friends and sat in the lounge away from the regular tables. In the spirit of honesty, I must admit that this waiter was not nearly as attentive as the previous one. We ultimately had to go chase him down to put another order in and then he told us that they were closing soon. We were pretty disappointed but this was truthfully the only issue we had the entire weekend. Every other person who worked at the Nomo Soho was wonderfully helpful and gracious and the manager even came over to apologize for the mishap. I don’t expect any hotel to be perfect, people make mistakes after all. But how those mistakes are handled speaks volumes to the quality of the hotel as a whole in my opinion, and the Nomo seems to have an excellent grasp on customer service.

The Nomo Kitchen at the Nomo Soho Hotel NYC

We spent most of the weekend gallivanting around Soho of course, but on our last day there, we befriended Chris, the hotel concierge who talked to us for nearly an hour as if we’d known each other for years. Right before we left for the day, he stopped us and offered us each a glass of champagne, saying “you’re not leaving until we celebrate your birthday!” That really started the day off in such a special way and we were really sad to leave when the weekend was finally over. But as we said goodbye he told us to never forget that when we “came to Soho, and stayed at the Nomo, we met the most wonderful HOMO!”<333

Birthday celebrations at the Nomo Soho Hotel NYC

This was by far one of the most fabulous birthdays I’ve ever experienced! So thanks to Jeffy for helping me achieve such a long time dream! And thanks to the Nomo Soho for treating us like gosh darn royalty! We will back ASAP.

The view from the Nomo Soho Hotel NYC
couple kissing at the Nomo Soho Hotel NYC
Overall, I can’t recommend this hotel enough! Everyone was so kind and helpful and the views are unprecedented. The whole weekend we were truly treated like celebrities. It’s definitely an expensive place but if you’re willing to splurge a little, even for just one night, I think you’ll find it’s absolutely worth it! 
Nomo Soho Hotel Review, why you should stay

Camp Bisco

For over a year, my wanderlust had been slowly bubbling up inside me.  I was desperately craving adventure and working my butt off with the images of future trips branded into my brain. When I met Jeff, a boyfriend was the last thing that would fit into my plan.  I was going to take the world by storm!  And NOTHING was going to keep that from happening, especially a relationship (which, in my experience, only ever dragged me down.)  I was pretty sure there was only an endlessly spinning globe where my heart should be.  However, all things happen exactly when they’re meant to, and despite my best efforts to avoid him, he soon discovered I did in fact have one of those red, beating, (generally) bad decision makers. We were suddenly, passionately in love.   I never expected that anyone would support my crazy dreams of a wild globe trotting let alone hop on the next plane with me.  But less than a year later, with (hardly) adequate funds, we quit our jobs and ran off into Jeffronica Adventure Palooza 2015 (the official name.)  This was going to be the Summer of all Summers.  We kicked it off with a 3 day music festival in Pennsylvania, and 24 hours after returning home, we were jet setting off again for a month of traveling Europe… and 24 hours after returning from THERE… we boarded yet another plane to spend a week in Mexico.  And then we were done I promise.    
We might have waited in line for 9 hours (literally) but we were still smiling and it was all worth it. 

Everything about the weekend was a dream.  The festival was set up on the side of Montage Mountain right next to a water park that we got free access to every day.  We danced the nights away, ate crepes oozing with nutella and peanut butter, rode to the top of the mountain in a ski lift, and made memories we’ll never forget.  We made it out just in time to drive home in the pouring rain, but after the skies cleared, the most insane rainbow was left behind.  It felt like pure magic.. but that was only the beginning.

FALL-ing in love

The crisp air, the golden sun, the pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING.  There’s no greater season.  We finally stepped back into reality after our European adventure just in time for autumn to begin 😀  

Most days are filled with copious amounts of work but we decided to set aside a day to just enjoy every ounce of this gorgeous season that we could.  We took a trip to a nearby arboretum, had a picnic, and for dinner headed to the coolest coffee shop EVER, Witches Brew, where it’s Halloween all year round! (but what better time to go?) 

It was absolutely perfect <3