Outfit of the Day- Brunch at Verde Kitchen and Cocktails

As someone who is constantly on the lookout for instagrammable places, you can imagine my excitement when I discovered this cozy little spot called Verde Kitchen and Cocktails.

Located on the Main Street of Bayshore, Long Island, this restaurant will make you feel like you’re dining inside a botanical garden. They’ve been open since October 24, 2014 and from then until now, it seems they’ve been perfecting the art of creating Authentic Mexican.

Jeffy and I enjoyed Sunday Brunch together complete with Barbacoa Beef filled tacos and pulled pork sandwiches. My dish came with a side of fried plantains that were surprisingly (and deliciously) spicy rather than the traditional sweet plantains I’m used to!

The real kicker though? We shared a tres leches cake for dessert that was TO DIE FOR. (Seriously, I’d be willing to take a bullet for this cake.) It was heavenly and light, topped with caramelized popcorn and dusted with spicy Mexican chocolate. I like my food to be just as adventurous as me, and this cake was an exquisite marriage of so many foods I never would’ve thought to combine.

And of course, where would brunch be without a cocktail or two? I’m not entirely sure when “brunch and mimosas” became the new “milk and cookies,” but you don’t see me complaining! Especially not when the mimosa of choice is watermelon flavored! It tasted like a jolly rancher, and that is a major win in my book. Jeff’s mimosa was Hibiscus flavored and it was just as delicious! This comes as no shock though as Verde is known for their craft cocktails. We didn’t have a chance to try them that morning, but their margaritas are said to be incredible too!

One of my favorite parts about Verde is their interior. We were seated in their sunny green house where the walls are made entirely of glass and little boxes filled with plants and herbs sit in each window. Our waiter confirmed that these herbs are, in fact, used in their cooking! Better still, everything is organically grown and super fresh. Perhaps it’s that freshness that makes everything so good!

I recently picked up this dress from Urban Outfitters, and couldn’t wait to wear it! It seemed like the perfect brunch ensemble (minus the fact that I spilled my Mimosa on it… oops!) I’m obsessing over all things linen right now and I’m sure I’m not alone on that one!

I wanted to keep everything simple to give off that “I’m-a-rich-Hamptonite” vibe. A girl can dream can’t she? So I paired it with my favorite white sunnies (also from Urban outfitters) and these strappy black heels I scored at Forever 21.

It was a lovely Sunday afternoon spent stuffing ourselves with fantastic food. Luckily, this dress lends itself quite well to the food baby you’ll want to give yourself at a place like Verde Kitchen and Cocktails.

How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Fashionable (the magic of accessories)

For quite some time now, I’ve been dealing with a bit of a Hannah Montana complex.

In other words… I feel like I’m leading a double life.

Yes, the internet is my outlet for all things fashion related, something I’ve been passionate about for as long as I can remember. My instagram is overrun with my outlandish attempts at style and my blog and YouTube are dedicated to it as well. But all too often people in my “real life” love telling me how unrecognizable I am outside of the magical interwebs. I mean, yeah… I don’t normally snap my Instagram pictures after rolling out of bed with no makeup on at 6:30am and spending the day rushing around between 5 different jobs.

I’m trying to build a business not scare little children.

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If I get one good day of Instagram worthy content, I make that shit last for WEEKS. Why do you think throwback Thursday was even invented? So that on Thursday, when we’re all nearing the end of the week, and we’re all exhausted and probably lying bed covered in nachos after work (just me?), we have an excuse to post a picture from a time or a place that doesn’t make us feel quite so much like an exhausted fat ass. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hold it against anyone for speaking the truth. But I’m sure anyone else attempting to pursue a more entrepreneurial life but who’s creative endeavors are not yet paying the bills will understand the struggle.

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I can look and feel wildly different from day to day because while I diligently work towards my goals, I’ve got a lot of dirty work to do along the way, (you know… building character and all that shiz.) They say you should dress for the job you want, but this proves to be kind of tricky for someone like me. Sure, my dream job requires me to travel around the globe looking fabulous all the time, but until I get there, most of my other jobs call for an entirely different uniform. While all of my staple wardrobe pieces are nearly exclusively white, a pair of ivory culottes is the last thing I’m going to wear when my jobs for the day consist primarily of cleaning up dog shit. Similarly, my collection of little white sundresses will never be on display when I’m busy taking care of kids who have an uncanny talent for spilling (and secreting) various juices. For these jobs, I dare to wear nothing other than the ultra sexy combo of a ratty old sweatshirt and leggings because I know whatever I’m wearing will be destroyed by midday. 
So I choose to share with the world about 2% of my life. It’s not that I’m attempting to pretend like those other parts don’t exist, it’s just that, 
1. I want to share my style because that’s where my passion lies, but I don’t feel the need to share everything. Like I don’t really need the world to know I took the browns to super bowl on Friday at 2:36pm. Call me private, call me old fashioned but that’s just not my thing. I like at least some parts of my life to remain a mystery.  
And 2. It’s that little 2% that I’m trying manifest into 100% of my life. Which is exactly why those are the moments I put forth into the world. 
Still, as an aspiring fashion blogger, I couldn’t shake the feeling of being a phony. I wanted to find a way to make that other 98% feel a little more like that glamorous 2%. 
And that’s when I discovered the magic of accessories.

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Shockingly enough, I’ve never been one for accessories. I always heard the common stereotype of women being obsessed with shoes and handbags and just never understood the appeal. It’s not that I wasn’t attracted to them or anything. I’d buy the occasional pair of funky earrings or statement necklace, but then completely forget to wear them. I’d always preferred to let my bold style do more of the talking via clothing, and never felt I needed to rely on accessories. That is, until the fateful day I decided to add a hat to my very simplistic, and truthfully unfashionable outfit. 
I was spending the day nannying for a 3 year old who’s favorite pastime was finger painting. So the uniform of choice for this was a pair of old leggings, a grey sweatshirt and no makeup. But I figured the least I could do was add a beret to the mix just to look SLIGHTLY more put together (and cover up my greasy mane to be honest.) The effect was shocking. The girl’s mother couldn’t stop saying how cute she thought I looked! I can honestly assure you I looked thoroughly uncute, but it was the magic of accessories! I wore the exact same outfit every other day and never generated such a response but adding a little something extra to the top made it appear that much more special! I suppose it’s difference between plain vanilla ice cream, and a sundae. The same boring vanilla ice cream becomes so much more delicious when dressed with a little whipped cream and a cherry, and whose going to turn down some hot fudge? So that’s the secret people! From now on, bathe yourself in the fashion equivalent of fudgy goodness… accessories!

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I began to experiment a bit and nearly always found the same result. The bare bones of my outfit remained pretty uninspired for the most part: leggings and plain top, as vanilla as could be. I simply started experimenting more with all the garnishes. A scarf around the neck here, a hat there, a different pair of shoes and BAM! Instantly I was transformed into someone vastly more stylish. This is why every fashionista rattles on about bags and shoes. Accessories possess such a transformative power!
Thanks to this epiphany, I currently feel so much closer to that 2% in my average day to day. Yes, 98% of my life is not nearly as glamorous as my Instagram might have you believe, but I’m learning to let my worlds collide a little bit. If you’re anything like me and lust over fashion but are feeling held back by your daily grind for whatever reason, let this be your inspiration to play around a little! Being busy, or stressed or knee deep in dog poop doesn’t have to keep you from style. Learn to make your closet work for you, after all that’s such a key factor of what style is: discovering ways to navigate around whatever life throws at you, in the most fashionable way you can! From now on, I’m taking the duller, dirtier parts of my life as style challenges and I hope you will too! 
with peace, love and pixie dust, 
-Veronica 

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

OOTD 5/20/17

Head Over Heels

soooo. these happened.
are they not GORGEOUS?!
After attempting to piece together an “out to dinner outfit” and discovering I had only one pair of heels, the same black ones I wear nearly everyday, I realized, no no no.  This can’t happen.  It was time to do some shopping.  So, wallet in hand, I set out in search of something to liven up my wardrobe a bit.  I’ve had a vision of this perfect pair of cheetah printed booties in my mind for agesssss, but the only ones I cam across were all WAY too expensive or just not right in some way.
And then, on this fateful night, I strolled into Aldo on a mere whim and BAM.  These babies were sitting on the sale rack, last one in my size, and on sale by %70.  It was destiny. 
   

So the next time I went out to dinner, and the best place on earth, Toast Coffeehouse, I was well prepared! 
I had a cheese platter with Brie, warm apples, grapes, cinnamon walnuts, and crackers. It wasn’t my all time favorite cheese platter ever to be honest, but I’ve been there a thousand times and that was the first time anything has slightly disappointed me in all fairness.  I also had a Chardonnay, which was delicious and my friend had pulled pork sliders and a creme brûlée beer.  I hate beer but that was incredible.