Monday, June 27, 2016

NYC Travel Guide


I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to compile a few places here in NYC that I would recommend visiting. I just want to go ahead and say that there are tons and tons more places, so if you still have any questions or want more recommendations, please shoot me an email or feel free to comment below! 

Whether you're new to New York City or just visiting, these 20 places are definitely places you must see.

Have you been to any of these places? If so, what are your favorites?

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1. Rainbow Wall in DUMBO - Intersection of York St. and Fleet Alley.

This is one of my favorite walls in New York City. It stretches on for quite a bit and has more than just the Rainbow wall part (note above). It's actually in a weird location and I was a little taken back when I arrived at the destination because it was literally right under a bridge. It's a great photo backdrop for an Instagram shot... ;)

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2. Central Park

A must-see. I've only seen it during the warmer months, but it is beautiful in the Spring time. I really want to see it in the fall, but Central Park is great for summer picnics and just strolling around on any summer day. 

3. EATS - CHOPT

I tried this salad place the first time I was in NY and fell in love. This isn't your typical salad though. There's so many fresh options you can choose from and the best part is that you can create your own bowl. I always get kale, chia seeds, avocados, and salmon (sometimes). SO good.

4. EATS: Ladurée - two places: Soho and Madison

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I am obsessed with macarons. I've only been to the one in Soho, but they seriously have the best macarons. Hands down. If you're wanting a sweet treat, I would recommend this place! 

5. Brooklyn Bridge

Okay, I have yet to take photos on the Brooklyn Bridge, but every time I'm passing through it, I love looking at the beautiful view. But you can also walk along the Brooklyn Bridge, which I would recommend doing.

6. Seaport Village - 89 South Street, Manhattan.

It's the historic district in lower Manhattan with a beautiful view overlooking the water. Not to mention, there's cobblestone streets with cute cafes and restaurants with outdoor patios. Tons and tons of options for Happy Hour and dining. You can even walk along the harbor like I did here.

7. Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District - 75 9th Ave.

Chelsea Market is a must-see, especially if you've never been. It's located in the Meatpacking District and has a ton of shops, eateries, and fresh produce that you can purchase all within the indoor facility. I love walking through it and seeing what's around. It tends to get pretty crowded though, and my favorite part is this lit area that you can't miss if you're walking through the Market. 

8. Washington Square Park - Greenwich Village.

I stumbled across this Park on accident while heading home after a meeting back in March. But I'm glad I did because even though it was crowded when I visited, it had a beautiful arch with tons of chalk art with motivational quotes and art that reminds you of what you need to hear time and time again.

9. West Village - 66 Perry Street located at West 4th Street in Greenwich Village.

For all those Sex & The City fans... remember 66 Perry Street? Carrie Bradshaw's address?
West Village has to be one of my favorite places to blog shoot. The steps leading up to the beautiful townhouses are always so "New York-esque," and you simply cannot not visit West Village while in NYC.

10. The High Line - Chelsea.

The High Line is a great date spot. Or if you're with friends, that works too. The reason I say this is because it's an elevated park that stretches for 1.45 miles. I went around golden hour and caught a glimpse of the epic sunset. Seriously. VIEW GOALS.

11. One World Trade Center - 285 Fulton St.

Tourist or not, if you haven't been to the One World Trade Center at least once, you need to. The picture of the view from up above does not even do it justice. It's located in the Financial District (FiDi, as many call it). P.S. It has the fastest elevator ride to the top, which is amazing considering it has 104 stories!

12. Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar at the Conrad NY Hotel - 102 North End Avenue. 

This has to be one of my favorite rooftop bars in NY. I haven't been to many others, but they are famous for their prosecco and ice pop cocktails. It's a summer classic, and the view doesn't hurt either.

13. SOHO

SOHO is great for shopping, for those wanting to do a little retail therapy.

14. EATS: By Chloe - 185 Bleecker Street in West Village. More locations! 

I've seen this coconut drink everywhere on Instagram and just had to try it out. I love that By Chloe is carries vegan options. Their avocado toast is a must-try and their coconut drink ($5) is so refreshing! Just a fair warning though: there's also a long line and it gets super crowded especially during brunch hour. We had to wait a while for a table, so make sure you go early!

15. Brooklyn Bridge - 455 Water Street in Brooklyn.

Gossip Girl fans may all know that to the right of that Bridge is Dan Humphrey's apartment AKA the Humphrey Loft. You also get a beautiful view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

16. EATS: Le Pain Quotidien - several locations!

This avocado toast, in my opinion, is actually better than the By Chloe's one because it has chia seeds on it. My favorite. It also has a ton of great options and is one of my favorite places to eat. They have avocado toast, chia seed pudding, green smoothies, and more... 

17. Grand Central Station

It's always a classic. I usually end up stopping by at Grand Central on my way home from work, and always people watch at the top of the steps just for fun. It can get crowded and noisy at times, but hey... it's a train station... 

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18. Top of the Rock - 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

I haven't made it to Top of the Rock yet, but I see these incredible photos all over Pinterest. You get a beautiful view of Central Park from the Rockefeller Center. 

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19. EATS: Black Tap - 529 Broome Street in Soho.

You've probably seen these insane milkshakes on Instagram or Pinterest. Well. It's in Soho and I hear the line is pretty insane, so make sure you don't go on an empty stomach.

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20. EATS: Momofuku Milk Bar - several locations!

Unfortunately, I haven't tried this either, but I am definitely planning on doing so while I'm here. I've heard so many good reviews about this cereal milk ice cream. It's also very popular on Instagram!


I hope this mini travel guide was helpful. A lot of you asked me to do a travel guide post like this, so if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask me!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

When In Brooklyn...


My best friend Natalie visited me last weekend and we did an epic 32 hours in NY girls weekend with Katy, who is a blogger (and amazing writer!) here. Her most recent blog post about New York is incredible and a must read. Basically, Natalie had a itinerary map of all the places she wanted to see while visiting me in New York and... we made it happen. *insert fist bump emoji here*

You can even view her NYC vlog on her YouTube channel here

I posted here that I would try my best to make a post on 'Places To Visit / See in New York' blog post for you guys, so I'll try to create that over the weekend. If there's something in particular you want me to include, please shoot me an email or comment below!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope everyone has a great weekend :)

SO happy she was here!

On our itinerary: DUMBO Rainbow Wall. One of my favorite walls here!

 Literally...twins.


Wearing: dress: old, similar here + here | leather cap: Windsor (one of my favorites!) | bag: Forever 21 (similar here) | sneakers: Adidas Superstars | chambray button-down shirt: Banana Republic (similar here) | lipstick: MAC's 'Hot Chocolate' | sunglasses: DITTO (use code GRACELEE for your first month free!) | watch: Marc Jacobs | earrings: ℅ 7 Charming Sisters | rings: ℅ 7 Charming Sisters | 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Going Green


Ever since I posted this gallery wall shot on my Instagram, I have been obsessing over palm prints and green plants lately. It's so funny because everyone in the office at Rebecca Minkoff always has plants on their desks. I'm not sure if it's a New York City thing, but people are just. Obsessed. With. PLANTS. You've probably seen me snap them a couple of times on Snapchat (bygracelee). I mean, when you're working long hours on a daily basis, you need some sort of entertainment... am I right. Haha.

This Show Me Your Mumu dress from Uniquities (located in Cameron Village, Raleigh, NC) is the perfect dress to kick off the *official* start of the summer season. The dress actually cuts into a deeper V, but I had to pin it because my swimsuit tanline was really bad! Ha!

P.S. How perfect are these gladiator sandals?! What's so great about them is that there's a zipper on the back of the sandals, so you don't have to spend all your time lacing them up. Praise.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wearing: dress: Show Me Your Mumu via Uniquities | clutch: Rebecca Minkoff via Bevello | gladiator sandals: Vince Camuto via Bevello | bracelet + ring + earrings: via Bailey's | hat: via Uniquities | sunglasses: DITTO (use code GRACELEE for your first month free!) | 

[the items marked with 'via' can be found in the Cameron Village shopping center located in Raleigh, NC ]

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