Summer short shorts

vowboy bootsI have to be kind of breaks my heart that retailers are already starting to entrance in their Pre-Fall merchandise. HELLO?! IT’S JULY!!
Dont get me wrong…I am SO excited for all the lush velvet and plaid galour that is to come, but I’d like to enjoy Summer mode for AT LEAST another 2 months without being reminded that September is in 6 weeks! Whose with me?!
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walking awayAs you can see from many of my past blog and instagram photos, I have been L-I-V-I-N-G in my One Teapsoon denim cut offs that I bought from Planet Blue in SoHo last month. If I could, I would wear denim cut offs 365 days a year {literally..although I would prefer a bikini but that’s another blog post} which prompted me to write a post about my favorite Summer shorts and all the amazing trends surrounding them right now. These are not just boring cut offs…these are embroidered, patchwork, destructed & embellished denim shorts from my top 5 go to retailers when it comes to denim shorts. Who knows-maybe within the next few weeks we’ll get lucky and score some of these babies on sale!

Zara is killin’ it in the denim shorts game. They have the most fashion styles of denim shorts if you’re not looking to play it safe as a plain Jane. Here are my picks!
Average price point: $39.90

My fav branded denim shorts from UO are Levis and BDG!They always seem to fit JUST RIGHT and they have a nice offering of high waisted or low rise (my personal fav to compliment my hourglass shape).
Average price point: $49-$69
My favs from BDG: {How CRAZY cute are these retro pin ups on the right?!}
My favs from Levis:
Also, side note: Can we talk about these WHY THE F Urban would EVER consider selling these on their website??? Is this a joke?!

And NO I did not link the photo to their shopable webpage for you because if you even considered clicking on it to shop, I might slap you!!


This is hands down my favorite brand for denim shorts. My fit picks are their low rise bandits and bonitas! If you havent tried these shorts yet, you can thank me later!! They are a little on the pricey side but SO SO SO SO worth the splurge!
Average price: $98-$200

#MyGoTo. You know I love Free People. In fact, I’m 98% sure every blog I’ve written so far has mentioned FP! The last ones obvi aren’t even denim but I love them so decided to throw them in to mix it up!
Average price point: $58-198
Also, they have an awesome assortment of One Teaspoon shorts if you don’t find what you’re looking for on the One Teaspoon website OR if they’re sold out of your size!

If I can’t find what I’m looking for elsewhere, I can always count on Nordstrom. My top brand picks that I typically shop here are Paige, Rag & Bone & TopShop. {Below}
Average Price Point: $44-375

Bohemian Style: Off the Shoulder

Hello lovelies..I hope you all had an amazing fourth of July!
It’s been SO hot here in NYC but I’ve been LOVING all the off the shoulder tops and cute dresses I’ve been seeing EVERYWHERE! I’ve been living in off the shoulder anything and everything since Spring and it’s definitely a trend that won’t be going away any time soon.
denimI compiled my favorite Bohemian off the shoulder tops, dresses and rompers from my favorite brands below. I’m warning you in advance prepared to pull out your wallet! I purchased a few of these beauties for myself last week and cant wait to wear them out. Happy shopping!!

Planet Blue is where I shop when I’m looking for more of a boutique-like shopping experience and when I’m missing the Southern California sunshine! I actually didn’t realize until last month when I was in their NYC store that their headquarters is located in favorite place to get away on the weekends when I was living in Santa Monica last year! They specialize in Bohemian clothing and although most of their pieces are a minimum of $100, I promise they’re worth the splurge! In addition to their gorgeous clothing, they have some amazing accessories as well.
Shop all Planet Blue dresses HERE!
Shop all Planet Blue Tops HERE!

I absolutely adore this brand for their unique style and pieces! Everything feels very one-of-a-kind and boutique style like no one else in the world will own the same item as you. Embroidery, tassels and pom poms? YES PLEASE! My ultimate favorite are their beautiful swim cover ups.
Shop Miss June dresses HERE!
Shop Miss June Tops HERE!

If you haven’t heard of this brand yet I’m sure you will soon..They are blowing up! Show me your Mumu is my favorite brand for their tropical prints and beach vibes. They have gorgeous maxi dresses and cute rompers that are reasonably priced, all proudly made in the USA! This is definitely an amazing brand to watch as I’ve noticed more and more retailers are beginning to carry their clothing.
Shop Show Me Your Mumu dresses and rompers HERE!
Shop Show Me Your Mumu Tops HERE!

What can I say? Free people will always be at the top of my list. I actually just purchased the adorable Flower bomb set in the middle..the bottom portion is actually a skort! Has anyone else noticed how popular sets are becoming lately by the way?? Adding that to my list of upcoming trends to blog about!!
Shop Free People dresses HERE!
Shop Free People Tops HERE!

Summer Bralette Babe: The Best Brands

Hey Boho Babes! I am SO excited that it’s officially SUMMER!! Longer days and hot weather definitely put me in a happy mood because it also means 90 degree days in NYC. {Can I get an Amen?!}
If there’s one major trend out there I love for hot Summer days it’s bralettes! Not only are they easy to layer and style under tanks, dresses and overalls, but they keep you cool and register the Bohemian style that I adore. Pretty feminine lace and floral? I AM IN!
Below I am showcasing my favorite bralettes out there right now from retailers that I feel dominate the bralette market. Each of them have a different vibe (i.e. casual, sexy, feminine), different levels of comfort and different price point ranges so you can shop for whatever vibe and price you’re looking for.

Ready? Here we go!

VICTORIA’S SECRET: Best at Feminine and Sexy Bralettes
{Lets start here because, well..I work for them!! And honestly, they have the BEST variety}
Trends: Romantic and feminine lace, strappy details, applique, pretty layering pieces AND bralettes that can be worn as a top
Price Range: $20-$54.50

URBAN OUTFITTERS: Best at Casual & Comfortable Bralettes
Trends: Sporty, mesh, embroidery and applique.
Price Range: $16-48

FOR LOVE & LEMONS: Best at Romantic & Unique Bralettes
If you’re willing to splurge a bit, this is the place to find pretty and unique pieces!
Trends: Embroidery, lace, bows, applique and strappy.
Price Range: $41-$140

NASTY GAL: Best at Sexy and Playful Bralettes
Trends: Strappy, lace, applique and embroidery.
Price Range: $20-$50

FREE PEOPLE: Best at Feminine & Flirty Bralettes
Trends: Layering pieces, lace, mesh, smooth options.
Price Range: $20-$78

Top 10 Fav Embroidered Finds for Spring

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I’ve been in embroidery heaven this Spring! There are so many gorgeous pieces to shop right now from apparel to jewelry to footwear so I decided to curate my 10 favorite embroidered accessory finds for the season. You can shop directly from this blog post by clicking on each photo.
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Embroidered Pom Pom Wristlet (Moonlight Gypsy) $30

Embroidered Earrings (Moonlight Gypsy) $22

Fantasia Coin Purse (Nordstrom) $25

Embroidered Mule (Asos) $40

Brocade Backpack $ (Free People) $68

Jessica Simpson Lace Up Espadrille (DSW) $49.95


Embroidered Fanny Pack (Asos) $21

Embroidered Choker (Asos) $13

Sketchers embroidered sneaker (DSW) $64.95

Embroidered Bejeweled iPhone Case (Free People) $28

Curls for days! {How I get my long lasting curls}

How do I get long lasting, beautiful curls you ask?? Here’s my “mane” regimen of tools and products I use and LOVE!
1) A damn good blow dryer (brand recommendations below!)
2) Regular Hair brush
3) Round Brush
4) Deep conditioning mask
5) Smoothing serum
6) Hair clips
7) Curling wand
8) Finishing cream or serum
If you’re looking for a great blow dryer, I would recommend one that has at least 1875 watts of power + using the blow straight attachment on the end that typically comes with most blow dryers. I used to be the haircare Buyer at so I personally feel it’s worth it to splurge on a good blow dryer because you’ll have it for years AND because more expensive ones typically have ceramic, ionic or torumaline technology. This technology helps to lessen frizz and reduce the amount of heat damage to your hair. If you’re looking to learn more about the difference between these technologies, read more HERE. In addition, many brands offer a 1 to 2 year warranty which is sometimes also renewable for a small price in case something goes wrong or it breaks.
Best brands (in my opinion) are SolanoBabyliss and DryBar. For the ultimate splurge, go for T3 or GHD. Personally, I use and love Solano because I feel like you’re getting a good value without spending $250+.
Step 1
In the shower, wash your hair as you normally would with shampoo & conditioner.
After conditioning, I recommend using L’Oreal’s total repair damage erasing hair mask in the shower. It will make your hair feel soon soft and adds an extra layer of protection to hair breakage and heat damage. It’s only $5.99 at and you can shop the product HERE.
After you apply the mask, and let it soak in for 5 min per the instructions. Brush your hair out in the shower using a detangling brush (I use the $15 Tangle Teaser from Sephora HERE) and rinse out the mask under COLD water. The cold temperature of the water actually helps to reduce frizz!
Step 2
Once out of the shower, towel dry and brush out your hair before applying a smoothing or frizz reducing hair serum. Ive been using John Frieda’s anti-frizz and smoothing hair serum for YEARS and swear by it! It works wonders for my natural beach waves and curly hair as well, even on humid and rainy days. It’s only $7.99 at and you can shop this product HERE.
Let your hair naturally air dry for 20 minutes before blow drying {as long as you’re not in a rush}. This reduces frizz and dry time..the best of both worlds!
Step 3
Start by sectioning your hair half up with a clip. (I find that it’s easiest to blow dry the bottom portion of my hair first.)
Section off the bottom half into two sections and pick a side to start with. Depending on the thickness of your hair, you may need to break this section out into 2 more using another clip. I have super thick hair so I do but it’s not always necessary!
Step 4
Start with a round brush at your head and place your blow dryer on the round brush, working your way down the section. Simply repeat this step over and over until each section is dry. Make sure to completely blow dry each section of hair before moving to the next section!
Step 5
After blow drying the bottom potion of your hair, break out the top portion into 2 or 4 sections as you did the bottom portion, again depending on the thickness of your hair. Dry each section at a time until complete.
Once your hair is completely dry, I recommend waiting until the next day to actually curl it. This allows your hair to produce natural oils which will hold your curls better and longer!
Just as I walked you through blow drying your hair in sections, I also curl my hair utilizing the same sections. Most importantly, I use a wand instead of a traditional curling iron because you can start curls closer to your head and because a wand holds curls better. I use the Conair Infiniti Pro Curling wand, only $20 at Ulta. It will take some getting used to but I promise you will be SO happy with it once you learn how to use it! I may take you 4-5 times to get the hang of it. Buy this amazing wand at Ulta Beauty HERE.
Step 1
Start by clipping the top half of your hair up. Break the bottom portion of your hair into 2 sections and start with about an inch thickness of hair and begin with the wand pointing down and thickest part of the curling wand on your section of hair closest to your head. Wrap your hair around over and over working your section of hair down the wand. Again, it may take some practice but I promise you will get the hang of it!
Step 2
Once you finish curling the bottom section of your hair, begin with the top section. As when you blow dried, break out the top portion into 2 sections. Start with an inch of hair and continue to wrap it around the wand, again with the wand pointing down and thickest part closest to your head. Repeat with each section until complete.
Step 3
For finishing touches on my curls, I use biosilk. It’s smells AMAZING and also makes your hair luxuriously soft. You can purchase a travel size version that goes a long way for $15 at Ulta Beauty HERE.
It may come as a shock, but hair spray is an absolute NO NO for me. It allows my curls to look more natural when I sleep on them. I’m able to make my curls last up to 3 days and use dry shampoo & conditioner to look fab all week!
If you’re looking to make your blow dry and curls last longer, I recommend using dry shampoo and conditioner each morning. I use Oscar Blandi, Living proof or Drybar brand but prefer the powder over the spray because I feel like it absorbs grease and dirt much better. Shop Sephora’s dry shampoo products HERE and dry conditioner products HERE.

Happy Curling!

Exploring Soho, Boho Style!

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Manhattan is hands down the most amazing city in the United States. I’ve lived here for 8 years after graduating from college {not counting my 14 month beach getaway to Santa Monica last year. I had to break up with East coast winters for a little bit!}

Despite my undying love (literally) of beachy SoCal cities, I have grown to really appreciate living in New York. It’s definitely not an easy place to live. I moved here when I turned 21 and absolutely fell in LOVE. I had never been to New York in my life but had nailed a Summer internship at Chanel’s corporate office and I would have been CRAZY to turn the opportunity down. Since then I have built my resume at companies like Jimmy Choo, Bergdorf Goodman, Victorias Secret, Macys & JustFab.
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Sitting shot_outfit 2The best thing about NYC? The fact that it’s the fashion capital of the world!!

My second favorite thing about New York is the fact that every neighborhood has a different character, a different personality and a different vibe. You could be walking down a deserted cobblestone street, turn the corner, and find the most remarkable stores or unique coffee shops and cafes.

Soho is one of my top favorite neighborhoods in the city and my absolute favorite for shopping! There are so many cute boutiques that line Broadway as well as high end luxury retailers, up and coming brands and pop up shops. Every time I’m there, I can’t help but automatically feel cool living in NYC. (If you live here, you know what I mean!)

With that said, here are some of the highest rated places to stay, best coffee shops, best sweet treats and the best cafes to grab brunch or dinner in Soho!*I have linked each place to websites where you can find more info on each place!

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Soho Grand Hotel ($$)*
Arlo Soho ($$)
SIXTY Soho ($$)
The James Hotel ($$$)
Nomo Soho ($$$)
Trump Soho ($$$)
Crosby Street Hotel ($$$$)

Best Brunch

Laduree (French + outdoor patio)
Jacks wife Frieda (Mediterranean) *Pictured
By Chloe (Vegan)
Pietro Nolita (Italian)
The Butchers Daughter (Vegetarian & Vegan)
Pera Soho (Mediterranean + outdoor Patio)
Hundred Acres (American)
Aurora Soho (Italian)

Best Coffee Shops

Everyman Espresso (Coffee & Espresso)
Birch Coffee (Coffee & Espresso) *Pictured
Gasoline Alley (Coffee & Espresso)
La Colombe (Coffee, Espresso & Tea)
Cha Cha Matcha (Coffee, Tea & Soft Serve)
Joe & the Juice (Coffe & Fresh Pressed Juices)
Juice Press (Fresh Pressed Juices & Smoothies)

Best Soho Sweet Treats

Dominique Ansel Bakery (The original cronut + donuts)
Eileens Special Cheesecake (cheesecake)
Laduree (macaroons) *Pictured
Brigadeiro Bakery (Brigadeiros & Cakes)
Jars by Dani (Mason jar desserts)
Kith Treats (ice cream with unique cereal mix ins)
Georgetown cupcake (cupcakes)

Best Cocktail Bars

The Ship (Speakeasy)
The Jimmy at the James Hotel (Rooftop bar)*
The Mulberry Project (Craft Cocktails)
Houston Hall (Beer)
Pegu (Craft Cocktails)
The Handy Liquor Bar (Piano Bar)

Best Dinner Spots

Balthazar (French) *Pictured
Blue Ribbon (Sushi)
La Esquina (Mexican)
Ed’s Lobster Bar (Seafood)
Charlie Bird (Italian)
Lombardi’s (Pizza)
Boqueria Soho (Tapas)

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All photos of locations are from respective establishments websites. Please note this list is curated by me and is solely based off of my own personal opinions and research.