NYC Day Trips // Beacon, NY

If you live in a dense concrete jungle like New York City, you know how important it is to get out every now and then. Luckily for NYC residents, there are so many amazing places right outside our city to day-trip to (or stay overnight). Weekend getaways are one of my favorite things. I love taking a day or two to explore, clear my head, and spend time outside. I've been to a lot of great towns around NYC but still have so much more to discover. With that in mind, I want to start a new blog series to share some of my favorite weekend getaways, all within a few hours drive (or train ride) of Manhattan. First up is Beacon, NY.


Beacon is a town in the Hudson Valley. In the past few years it has gone from a working-class quiet town to a very popular weekend trip destination. The highlight in Beacon is the huge modern art museum, Dia: Beacon. It's a perfect getaway option for art lovers, but also offers awesome farm-to-table restaurants, lively bars, and an adorable main street lined with locally owned shops.

Getting There: Beacon is about an hour and a half from Manhattan. It's an easy drive, or you can hop on the Metro North train. The train station is a short walk to Dia: Beacon and there are tickets available that include your entry to the museum.

What To Do: As mentioned, Dia: Beacon is a big draw. The museum is housed in an old Nabisco box factory and it's a huge space. The interior is serene and gorgeous with a lot of windows and high ceilings, and it's dedicated to large scale installations. This is a modern art museum, and it's important to keep that in mind before you go. The exhibits are going to be minimalistic and perplexing... making you ponder what constitutes as art. I loved it, but people who don't enjoy contemporary art should skip it.

wearing: fringe sweater // scarf 



Beacon is home to some great restaurants and bars. I love Homespun for sandwiches and lunch fare. There are so many delicious vegetarian options which I appreciated. The Hop is a must-do for craft beer lovers.  Poppy's serves up the best burgers in town, and I had a yummy meal at tapas restaurant, The Vault.

Main Street in Beacon is full of cute boutiques, antique shops, and specialty food stores. This website has a good list of the town's best shops. Don't miss After The Barn for unique antiques and Lauren & Riley for women's wear.

Stay The Night: Beacon is a very doable day-trip, but if you want to spend the night I recommend Roundhouse. It's set in a gorgeous location along the Fishkill Creek and is walking distance to the best restaurants and shops on Main Street.

Do you live in or near NYC and have day-trip recommendations? I'd love to hear!

Weekend // Link Roundup

Sweater Dresses

There’s nothing better than quickly throwing something on in the morning but still feeling chic and well put together. I always try to give myself ample time to get ready before work or a social event, but more often than not time gets away from me. If I don’t have an outfit idea already in my head I can stand in my closet and stare for minutes… not the most time effective. One of my favorite cold-weather outfit staples is the sweater dress. They’re so easy, comfortable, and warm for cold winter mornings. Add tights (fleece lined if it’s extra chilly) and cute boots and you’re good to go. Such a simple thing to throw on and dash out the door. Two of my favorite recent sweater dress purchases are still available (one's on sale!) and I'm sharing some more cute options below.

  
Coziest outfit ever! Plus this dress is now on sale here!

A favorite sweater dress purchased last fall, available here

Top: one two three ($52!)
Bottom: one two three ($58!)

DIY // Gold & Marble Coffee Table

I've been shopping around for a new coffee table and I've noticed that I keep gravitating to gold and marble. I absolutely love this gold and marble beauty, but the price was a little steep. If you're on Pinterest (follow me here!) you've probably seen the numerous Ikea hacks out there. One hack that I stumbled upon was upgrading various Ikea items to have a gold and marble look. I've never really done a big DIY project before, especially one that would basically be the centerpiece of my living room, but I decided to give it a try. It ended up being super easy and I'm so happy with the results! I want to share the steps with you and some tips I learned along the way. 



You'll need:
Ikea Vittsjo Nesting Table (You could also do this to another Ikea item. This or this would be great!)
Gold Spray Paint (This is the exact type I used)
8 Square Drawer Pulls (I found mine on ebay)
Super glue

First, put together the table per the Ikea instructions. It was pretty easy as far as Ikea furniture goes! Leave the glass top and the bottom shelf piece to the side.

Next, super glue the square drawer pulls onto the four top corners of the large table. (You could do top and bottom if you want.)

Third, spray paint the table and handles gold with two coats. This is kind of silly, but spray painting was harder than I thought! There's a specific rhythm you have to get into and you have to be the right distance away to get an even coat without any streaking. Let the table dry per the paint instructions.

The last step is to carefully wrap the bottom shelf with the marble contact paper. The paper has adhesive on one side. It's very delicate, so you'll want to go slowly and pat out any air bubbles that come up (use your fingers or a credit card, anything sharp could rip the paper.) 

Voilà! You have a gorgeous gold and marble table that looks much more expensive than it was!

Do you have any awesome Ikea hacks or DIYs? I'd love to hear! I want to try more after this success!



Weekend // Link Roundup

St. John - Favorite Outfits

I absolutely love summer clothing. Breezy dresses, bright colors, strappy sandals, loud prints, cute bikinis, straw accessories… love everything about it. With my recent trip to St. John and another tropical vacation on the horizon, I’ve had a lot of fun looking at warm weather clothing (and dreaming of summer). Below are some of my favorite outfits from St. John, and check out my other resort wear picks here!

high neck bikini (on sale!) and straw hat (similar)

blue & white sundress (under $60)




Travel // St. John Restaurant Picks


I wrote an overview of St. John and posted about my beach recommendations, now I want to share my favorite haunts on the island. Cruz Bay is St. John's main "town" and where we spent most of our time when not exploring the beaches. It's a small area, but chock full of great bars, restaurants and shops.


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Weekend // Link Roundup

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1. Did you catch my St. John, USVI vacation recaps so far? The first is an island overview and the second is about my favorite beaches. Lots of great travel tips (and some seriously sunny eye candy!)

Travel // St. John Beach Recommendations


I wrote an overview of St. John and the Virgin Islands here and now want to break down the best beaches on the island. There are so many of different options, all offering something uniquely special.

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Travel // St. John - An Island Overview

I just returned from an amazing trip to the Caribbean visiting the US Virgin Island of St. John. While I'm less than thrilled to be back in frigid NYC sitting at my desk, I am very excited to relive the trip through sharing tips, tricks and my thoughts with all of you. First, some Virgin Island basics...


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Winter Getaway

It was mild in New York for so long… but unfortunately winter has arrived. Luckily, I’m heading out of town today for a trip to one of my favorite warm weather spots… St. John. I’m looking forward to doing some of my favorite things on the island (like visit the gorgeous Trunk Bay Beach) and I’m excited to try some new-to-me spots (Soggy Dollar has been on my bucket list!). I’ll be sharing everything on Instagram and following up with a St. John itinerary and travel tips when I’m back. In the meantime, to get you in a sunny state of mind, I compiled some of my favorite resort wear items that are out right now. (Summer isn't that far away, right?!)

16 Goals for 2016

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16 Goals For 2016

1. Visit a new country

2. Travel somewhere in Asia

3. Take a summer girls trip with friends
  
4. Redesign my blog

5. Start a blog series

6. Reach 3,000 blog Instagram followers

7. Launch travel guides (including NYC)

8. Take a trapeze lesson

9. Take surfing lessons

10. Start sailing again

11. Successfully complete a whole 30 challenge

12. Find and invest in a classic handbag

13. Host a dinner (or brunch or cocktail or wine) party in my apartment
   
14. Beef up my 6 month emergency fund
  
15. Attend a career networking event for women

16. Find a career mentor


Lilly After Party Sale // My Picks

The only thing keeping me going on this Monday after the holidays is the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. Lilly only has two sales per year, so when they happen, they're GOOD! The sale started at 8:00 this morning and goes all day. Sizes are selling out fast, but I wanted to pop over here and share my favorite pieces.

Skort Romper (under $60!) // Tassel Necklace (under $20!)  // Sweater // Striped Dress