Coffee Made Me Do It

I have had a DEEP love for coffee ever since I was 17-years-old.  It started summer of 2001 and the search for a part time job was on and I ended up getting a gig at Starbucks near Rockefeller Center. It was rad, blocks away from school, all the coffee I can drink, and a deep discount to match. 

Fast forward to 2017, nothing has changed...I still love coffee more than ever. So when my friend Candy launched her tee shirt line that had  a cute coffee pun, I had to support.

Faux fur coat, Sweatshirt:  1214 By. Candy Washingto n, Sunglasses:  LoveDay31 , Trousers: JCrew, Shoes:  Michael Kors   

Faux fur coat, Sweatshirt: 1214 By. Candy Washington, Sunglasses: LoveDay31, Trousers: JCrew, Shoes: Michael Kors  


Thankfully, the Meatpacking District has coffee shops at every other corner.  While I still love my Starbucks, I do enjoy an intimate coffee shop as much as the next gal.  The sounds and smell of an old fashion espresso machine just feel like home.  


I'm a tee shirt/sweatshirt fanatic there's never enough in my closet! If you are looking for some inspiration head over to 1214 By. Candy Washington.  There are now coffee mugs on the site! 


This post was done thanks to a big cup of coffee!  Shouts to coffee!!




Loveday 31: The Intimate Shopping Experience

A few weekends ago, Vickie and I went vintage shopping, not at our usual spots but in Astoria, Queens at Loveday 31 Vintage.

Walking in your greeted with the sweet mix of 90s hip-hop and 70s disco. After the music, the next thing that hits you, are vibrant colors of the shop. Color abounds at Loveday 31 Vintage, and not only on the racks but also on the painted walls. This shop has a 20th century modern feel, sans framed photos of 60s era luminaries.

Ivona Bilicic, the owner of Loveday 31 used to be a buyer for acclaimed NoHo thrift shop: Screaming Mimi’s, so she knows her stuff.  She finds all the pieces herself and doesn’t stock anything newer than about 1990, with the exception of some accessories by local artists.  Everything is in absolutely perfect condition, and the prices can’t be beat. Unlike other stores that claim they are vintage where they are just recycling clothes donated from customers.

Purses and clutches are displayed on shelves. This shelf makes me think of that scene in The September Issue where the camera pedestals up the shelf showing all the purses and shoes. You know, the scene that made you drool?

I came into Loveday, this time aiming to get a few accessories; I did achieve my goal in these rad gold frames.  They kind of remind me of something Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in Scarface would wear.  The frames are a perfect addition to any piece of outerwear (hint on upcoming #ootd post this week!)

This black and white cardigan tho! I am a cardigan fanatic! A skinny jean, sexy tank, cardigan and boots are my weekend uniform. What I love about this cozy cardigan, I can also wear it with a black or grey shift dress for work :)

Vickie rocked a few shades and scored vintage rings. Check out her post on Loveday 31 from a real estate perspective at Gousse Guidebook for Real Estate.

If you are looking to venture out for vintage, I strongly recommend Loveday 31 for an intimate shopping experience.  What better way to treat yourself then to curated vintage?

Loveday 31 is located at 33-06 31st Avenue in Astoria, Queens.

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My Jem Moment

Hey everyone!

Summer is coming to an end, I am not really sad about it.. it was a great summer the best I had in a very long time.  The weather was gorgeous, I got into a lightsaber battle, and found myself thriving in my new position. I am looking forward to fall, wearing my leather jackets again, NY Fashion Week, Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, Sports (Knicks and Giants fans stands up), and NY Comic Con!

I have been holding on to this dress since the springtime and I finally had a chance to wear it for a dinner meeting last week. The dress is vintage from Loveday31, I spotted it on their Instagram feed and immediately asked if I can purchase it on the phone. No real occasion for it at the time, I just know I wanted a piece like that in my closet for something! The dress is rad and different from what I had in my closet: not many brights. 

The dress also reminds me of what would Jem and the Holograms wear if they were in 2014? Mines a more sophisticated version lol, where do I sign up?

Dress:  Loveday31 , Shoes:  Nasty Gal , Bracelet:  David Yurman , Sunglasses:  Ran-Ban , Clutch:  Phillip Noel

Dress: Loveday31, Shoes: Nasty Gal, Bracelet: David Yurman, Sunglasses: Ran-Ban, Clutch: Phillip Noel

I always pair a dress that has so much color in it with accessories that are on the muted side.  That's a personal styling tip of mine when wearing a printed dress or mixing prints go muted on accessories.  My Phillip Noel clutch is my go to staple a style that can be worn all year round, I am getting a bright color from his growing collection this fall!

Photography by  Steve Zak

Photography by Steve Zak

I am looking forward to labor day weekend: oysters, Sin City 2, and fall shopping are on the agenda.   The goal is to relax and have fun, no thinking allowed since I start grad school next week and it's also NY fashion week, ha! Exciting and hectic at the same time! Truly Outrageous! 

How is everyone else enjoying the last days of summer? Any plans for fall? Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!