Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Outfit: Before Juno

Zara scarf (similar) // Zara coat  // Unknown leggings (similar) // Zara sweater // Kenneth Cole shoes

So obviously these pictures were taken before Juno covered the Northeast in snow that quickly turned to grey slush. I don't mind winter when I just have to add a couple layers to my usual outfit to go outside, but as soon as the freezing slush puddles arrive I'm done. This look was perfect for wandering the East Village Sunday morning on my way to get bagels with a friend. A cozy sweater, leather leggings, and slip on sneakers make me feel like I'm still in pajamas without actually looking like I just rolled out of bed. Add a blanket scarf and it feels like I never even left my warm covers. 

Sadly, I'll be retiring all shoes except my Sperry boots until these giant slush puddles recede. I can assure you that on my walk to class tomorrow morning I will be not so gracefully hopping over the frozen lakes. All that being said, NYC did avoid the brunt of the storm and I'm hoping that everyone in New England is doing ok digging themselves out of the more than 2ft of snow they got. Stay safe!

Monday, January 26, 2015

A New York Weekend

The last few days have been all about exploring the city and getting back to my favorite spots that I haven't been to in far too long. I have a growing list on my iPhone of all the places I've been missing and all the new places that have popped up since I left the city. I figured my first weekend back was the perfect time to jumpstart checking off my must-visit list. 

The weekend started with a wandering of the West Village, my absolute favorite neighborhood in the city, Friday afternoon. I lucked out and saw some of the last few buildings with their christmas decorations up. Then, Saturday morning some friends and I celebrated my friend Alice's birthday with an absolutely delicious brunch at The Butcher's Daughter. We had planned to go to Jack's Wife Freda, but found ourselves at The Butcher's Daughter after giving up on a two hour wait and it couldn't have worked out better. My avocado eggs benedict was to die for and my vegan friend got to have a real breakfast for the first time in a while. Sunday began with a trip to the East Village for the best bagels in New York and continued with errands and a much-needed stop for coffee at Toby's Estate on 5th Ave. I don't know how they do it, but I swear I've never had a better latte. 

I really couldn't have asked for a better first weekend back in the city. However, reality is quickly slapping me in the face since the semester starts this morning and I already have a busy week ahead. If I survive my first day of class then I will be wearing my pjs inside out, putting a spoon under my pillow, and doing everything I can to ensure that Tuesday is a snow day. Cross your fingers for us NYU students!

Friday, January 23, 2015

A New Chapter

Happy Friday and welcome to a new Peachy Keen! I'm so excited for you all to see the new design of the site. I am not usually one for reflecting on life or really making resolutions, but as you saw I made some pretty hefty resolutions this year and this has become apart of those resolutions

 One resolution that I didn't write down though was to really make sure to be true to myself and focus on what is important and special to me. I've changed a lot in the past year and a half and with these changes my blog design no longer really felt like me. You know what I mean? Not only is pink really not my thing but I wanted a design that would really showcase what I love. With a simple design and more space for pictures this design was really what I was looking for. 

I don't like to talk about or even admit to the fact that I have plans and goals for Peachy Keen because I still have no idea what my future looks like. I have ideas and dreams for my future, but often they change every day. The only thing I know is that I will still be writing and posting here. Going forward, I want Peachy Keen to be a place that reflects where I am right now instead of what I was like when I started this blog back in 2012 (which can still seem like yesterday sometimes). My love of fashion, personal style, and affordable shopping haven't gone away, but I do have new interests I would like to start sharing with all of you. Since moving to New York I've become so much of a foodie and traveling abroad for a semester has kept me dreaming of far away destinations. I want these passions of mine to be as present on this space as they are in my life.

I couldn't be more ready and excited for this new chapter of Peachy Keen and I want to thank all of you for following along as I figure out where I'm headed. Also, a huge thanks to Stephanie of How Sweet Designs and Phil of Pipdig for my logo and blog design. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Top 4 NYC Instagrammmers

I'm finally back in NYC and it couldn't feel any better! While my first day back was spent unpacking and figuring out an incredibly tricky closet situation I am ready to get out of my room and explore the city I've missed for so long. 

Whether I'm in New York, Boston, or Madrid I always love scrolling through the instagrams of New Yorkers. When I'm away from the city it gets rid of a bit of my (second)home sickness and when I'm here I constantly find new restaurants, coffee shops, parks, neighborhoods, etc that I need to check out. I'm sure you've noticed that some of my favorite instagrammers are Amy Stone, Hallie Wilson, and Jackie Greaney, but on top of them I have a few more  favorite NYC instagrammers!

@sophiesvob is a fellow NYU student who has an incredible eye for photography. Her West Village snaps cannot be beat and when she travels you'll want to plan a trip with the exact same itinerary. The second picture of hers shown above is from one of my favorite spots, Tea & Sympathy

@aguynamedpatrick makes New York feel incredibly homey (almost like a small town?) with his warm pictures of cozy spots. You'll find plenty of coffee shop inspiration here. Above on the far left is my go-to brunch spot Lafayette

@alyssainthecity is a new favorite of mine thanks to her incredible style and even more incredible brunch pictures. If you need a guide to brunching in NYC look no further than her instagram! She frequents Bluestone Lane, a favorite of mine as well. 

@eggcanvas has not only mastered the mirror selfie, but she also takes a mean food picture and captures New York at it's prettiest. I've recently added Chalait, Reynard, and Cafe Habana to my must-try list thanks to Erica. 

Do you have any favorite NYC instagrammers or must-try spots? I'm always looking for new inspiration! And of course don't forget to check out my instagram. I'll be taking lots of NYC snaps now that I'm back!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Outfit: Hats Off

Stradivarius coat | Max Studio sweater via TJ Maxx | American Eagle jeans
Target hat | Nine West slip ons (similar)

Continuing on with the trying new things trend I started last week with a bright red turtleneck, I brought home a black fedora and a blush sweater. If you follow me on pinterest you know that I'm constantly pinning pictures of women in amazing hats, but until now I'd never really gotten into the trend myself. I finally convinced myself that the risk of looking stupid was worth the possible reward, and I kind of loved the end result. 

Then, of course, we have the blush colored sweater, that I've worn an unmentionable amount of times this week. After being inspired by Julia Engel's beautiful blush looks and Amy Stone's perfect pastel coat I felt like I needed a little bit of spring in my wardrobe. So, when I found this beautiful sweater for only $30 at TJ Maxx (while I was supposed to be looking for sheets) I went straight to the register. 

Who would have thought that my new favorite look could be made up of pieces I never thought I'd ever wear? 
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