Guess Who’s Back…Back Again

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You may have (hopefully) noticed that I’ve been missing for the past few months! For those of you who follow me on social media, you also have probably noticed that relocating to New York has kept me pretty busy! I’m finally feeling a bit more settled and able to get back to things that I enjoy and make me happy, like writing and keeping up my blog! Of course, a little break for the holidays helps too!

I’ve been trying to make the most of the city that never sleeps…which means I’ve been doing a whole lot of eating and drinking my way through Manhattan. I have tons of new restaurants, bars and cocktails to review, as well as a few shopping secrets!

Stay tuned and in the meantime here are some ways I’ve been spending my time.

 

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i made a few trips to DC for exciting celebrations!

 

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Spotted some of Fall’s most wonderful sights in Union Square.

 

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Stopped to smell the roses and see the skyscrapers in Bryant Park.

 

Embraced my inner-tourist and visited the Intrepid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like it. Love it. Buying it: J Crew Fall Fashion

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I’ve been waiting for retail brands to use Pinterest in more inventive ways and voila! Leave it to J. Crew to pave the way. The iconic brand just released its Fall Catalog Sneak Peek on Pinterest! Many of the looks aren’t as bold as the J. Crew we’ve come to know and love but there are still a ton of pieces that are making me crave the crisp fall weather and pumpkin spice lattes.

The collection is available on Wednesday and you can preview it at one of J. Crew’s Style Sessions happening nationwide. If you’re in New York, be sure to check out the Style Session this Thursday, August 22nd at J. Crew’s Prince Street (99 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012) store from 6:00-8:00 pm. As an added bonus, Habitually Chic has partnered with the store and if you mention the blog at check out, you’ll score a 25% discount!

Here are some of the looks that I can’t wait to see in person on Thursday:

Like It.

This outfit is so soft and pretty. I love the combination of neutrals and everyone woman needs a great white coat.

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Love it.

The softness of the outfit above is completely contrasted by this edgy ensemble. If done right. leather leggings can look professional and pass for 9-5.

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I love everything about this look, from the statement sunnies to the auburn-hued clutch. While the outfit is impeccable, each piece would pair wonderfully with tons of other items in my closet. Plus, it wouldn’t be a J. Crew season without a bold print or bright color!

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Like it. Love it. Buying it.

I picked up a few really stellar pieces last week during Ann Taylor’s Friends and Family 40 percent off sale. I had been eying these booties since the day they were released and found myself stuck in a downpour sans umbrella, serendipitously in front of an Ann Taylor. Ok, weather gods, I’m listening. Into the store I went!

I only had a few minutes (and the rain was slowing down), so I grabbed a few tops without trying them on and of course, the shoes! However, I kept noticing all of the adorable dresses scattered throughout the store. Without time to try anything on, I didn’t bother to give them the time of day. Until Ann Taylor decided to announce a flash sale on select dresses for $69.50. Many of their dresses are $120 and up, so there are some great savings to be had!

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Stripes and peplum make for a perfect pair. This dress is incredibly versatile and would transition flawlessly from work to cocktails or even a dinner date. Not to mention it can be worn year round: in summer with sandals, in fall with booties and a blazer, in winter with tights and boots and in spring with a bold colored shoe!

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Striped Knit Peplum Dress | $69.50 (originally $129)

Love it.

The silhouette of this dress is preciously feminine, but the bold, graphic black and white print keeps it from being too sweet. It is a great dress for a night out or even dressed up for a more casual wedding a bright red lip and a topknot.

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Ikat Cap Sleeve Dress | $69.50 (originally $138)

Buying it.

Moving from a casual to a more business casual office environment has lead me to look for staple pieces that are multifunctional. This dress fits the bill. The sea kelp color (not pictured) is a gorgeous, subdued green that can act as a neutral without being too boring. It has endless styling possibilities and, as much as I heart summer, it is making me quite excited for fall fashion!

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High Low Hem Shirtdress | $69.50 (originally $138)

Sale Savings in Spades

Ladies, if you haven’t been alerted to the Kate Spade Surprise Sale yet, I’m about to ruin your productivity for the afternoon. And no, I’m not sorry but you will be if you don’t check it out now!

There are some crazy deals happening and if you’re an avid Kate Spade addict fan like yours truly, then this sale is more exciting than Ryan Gosling without his shirt on. Ok, almost as exciting.

I’ve included some of my favorite finds below. You might be wondering why the heck I chose a baby bag considering I’m childless, but let me tell you. I have a similar bag from the Kate Spade Outlet and it is by far the best work bag I’ve ever owned. I use it every day and am able to comfortably fit and carry everything I could ever need, including my gym clothes. After all, isn’t that what baby bags are intended for – carrying anything and everything? My anything and everything just doesn’t involve any children.

Splodge Dot Baby Bag $149 (originally $298)

Splodge Dot Baby Bag $149 (originally $298)

Five Points Camille $169 (originally $478)

Five Points Camille $169 (originally $478)

Eat Cake for Breakfast Tote $119 (Originally $248)

Eat Cake for Breakfast Tote $119 (Originally $248)

Fringe Benefits Necklace $99 (originally $228)

Fringe Benefits Necklace $99 (originally $228)

Kingsbury Park Catalina $199 (originally $448)

Kingsbury Park Catalina $199 (originally $448)

Veronica Sandal $118 (originally $248)

Veronica Sandal $118 (originally $248)

I ordered the black and white Kingsbury Park Catalina bag. A friend has it and raves about it, so I thought I shouldn’t pass it up considering we live in different states now! I can’ t wait until it gets here! Hurry up and shop before the sale is over tonight at midnight!

Smorgasburg Sunday

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The weather last weekend was quite possibly as close to perfect as it could get. Sunday was simply glorious, so you can imagine how I squealed with glee when we went to visit our friends in Brooklyn and they suggested we attend Smorgasburg in DUMBO. Did I mention they also welcomed us with mimosas? And a nine week old french bulldog puppy? Sunshine, blue skies, a food market, mimosas and a puppy? Yeah, life really doesn’t get better! Don’t believe me, check this puppy out.

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I’ve been like a broken record since we moved to New York, telling my husband over and over how we have to go to Smorgasburg. Around 75+ vendors from the greater New York City area gather to sell their packaged and prepared food and drink. On Saturdays, you can stumble across Smorgasburg in Williamsburg and Sundays in DUMBO at Brooklyn Bridge Park inside of the historic Tobacco Warehouse. I was a total tourist snapping pictures of the bridge, but how could I not with this gorgeous view!

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Just one of the rows and rows of food stands.

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I sampled way more vendors than I’d care to admit, but my absolute favorite had to be the Bamburg chicken schnitzel sandwich from Schnitz. Life changing, seriously.

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And who wouldn’t enjoy some good old fashioned pigs in a blanket from Brooklyn Piggies? I also sampled a strawberry basil lemonade which was tasty but could have used a good straining. The mini cheesecakes from Bite Me cheesecakes will NOT disappoint.

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Last but not least, a few of my Sunday staples. A great hat, sunnies, some lipgloss, a statement necklace and a postcard from Bite Me.

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Hat – BCBG (similar fedora from Juicy Couture) | Shades – Dolce and Gabbana (similar here) | NARS Lipgloss in Easy Lover | Statement necklaces galore

If you’re planning to head over to Smorgasburg, friends so you can sample each other’s dishes and cash. All vendors are cash only and while there is an ATM onsite, it is best to be prepared Most dishes are a full serving, not just a sampling, and cost $10. The vendors with the longest lines aren’t necessarily the best, just the ones with the most notoriety. Don’t get sucked in and waste time waiting in line. Oh, and definitely save room for dessert.

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