Brooklyn Food Festival

Polka-Dot-Button-Down-+-Jeans This was a fun-filled weekend- my good friend from high school came to visit me from Virginia. On Saturday we hopped on the L to go to Smorgasburg. It was my first time this season and I couldn’t wait to sample some of the delicious food there!

East-River-Park Of course I had to eat some of my favorites, donuts from Dough and hot dogs from Asia Dog. After we’d had our fill of food, we grabbed a bottle of wine and headed to a friend’s apartment nearby.

Pouring-Red-Wine The weather was quite nice, so we took our drinks and headed up to her rooftop. I’m so excited for warmer weather and more afternoons spent enjoying the sun on rooftops.

Friends-on-a-Rooftop Outfit Details: Jacket- H&M // Cardigan- Forever 21 // Shirt- J. Crew // High-Rise Jegging– American Eagle // Chelsea Flat– Payless // Purse- Erin Satchel via Macy’s // photos of me- my friend Siri

Giveaway: Win a DSLR Camera!

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Yay, I’m so excited to share what’s been in the works for a few weeks now! The lovely Latrina of Of Trees and Hues turned 29 recently and as a big birthday blowout decided to giveaway a Canon Rebel T3i (!!!). I helped sponsor this giveaway, along with a crew of other creatives (click on the pictures below to visit their blogs).

I got my own DSLR camera a few years ago as a graduation present and I love it so much. I’m thrilled that we’re able to give one away to one super lucky person! This giveaway is open internationally and will run until 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, May 6th. You can use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter and I’d love to know in the comments- What do you like taking pictures of?

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Beauty Fave: Essie Truth or Flare

essie polish, essie truth or flare, blue nail polish, dusty blue nails essie polish, essie truth or flare, blue nail polish, dusty blue nails essie polish, essie truth or flare, blue nail polish, dusty blue nails, essie truth or flare dark skin Confession time: I am obsessed with this nail polish color. Last week I saw it on Lily’s blog and then on Tamira’s blog and I had to have it. Normally when I see something I like I add it to my wishlist (aka Pinterest) and then maybe I’ll buy it down the line, or maybe I won’t. This was different though- the very next day I went to three different drugstores until I tracked this polish down. I think it’s the prettiest shade of dusty blue and *I don’t have any other color like it (*justifications of a nail polish addict). I did really nice, thin layers and it took me three coats to get it look like it does in these pictures. I said it on my instagram, but I’ll say it here too- a new nail polish is my go-to solution for a quick pick-me-up. A fresh manicure is always an instant mood booster for me!

Tell me: What’s the last color you painted your nails with?

(nail polish- Essie Truth or Flare)

Across the River

pleated skirt, colorblock skirt, sugarlips skirt, skirt with sneakers, pink cargo jacket This weekend I had my fastest and least stressful trip to Ikea ever. I had a wishlist of things I’d wanted for a while, but Ikea is kind of a pain to get to, so I’d been putting off the trip. However, it was gorgeous outside this weekend and I got my roommate to agree to go with me (such a good sport), so we made the trip to Ikea.

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financial district, on the ferry, ikea ferry, view of manhattan, tip of the islandFor our trip across the river*, I put on another easy, comfortable outfit. My black Everlane tee is so slouchy and comfy and I’m still loving my leopard sneaker slip-ons. It was warm enough for just a light jacket (ahhhh) so I wore my favorite spring jacket from H&M.

Outfit Details: Jacket and Sneakers- H&M // Tee- Everlane // Accordion Color Block Skirt c/o Sugarlips // Necklace- Forever 21 // Purse- Erin Satchel via Macy’s // photos 1, 4, 5- my roomie Kiet 

*And my hair is looking crazy because we’d just rode the ferry and the wind had whipped it into a frenzy. Probably should have done the pics beforehand- woops!