Monday, July 27, 2015

{Where to Eat in NYC} Three Spots I'm into

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Hi guys! Hope you had all had a great weekend! Today I'm not necessarily sharing places from my "ultimate favorites list," but rather, a few places I've been in to.

First up, The Butchers Daughter. Not a spot that's for everyone in that it's super healthy and vegan, but if you're craving a place with lots of fresh and healthy options, this is a good one to try. Whenever I travel to LA, I'm always jealous at how many healthy places they have. New York obviously has some of the best restaurants in the world, but it's not always easy to find a restaurant where you can sit down and know you're feeding your body something clean and nutritious. 

As per usual New York, always packed on the weekends, so keep that in mind. Also, best to come in small groups as the place is kind of tiny.
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A place dedicated to one of my favorite foods in this entire world…eggs. I could probably eat eggs every single day, so naturally, I love Egg Shop. I've seriously enjoyed almost everything I've tried here but my favorites include anything that comes on the biscuit (or you can customize your own sandwich), the B.E.C. and the hash browns. 

If you come on a weekend, expect an obnoxiously long wait (1.5hours?) but at least it's in an area where killing some time is easy. The times where I've coming during the week, I've been seated immediately.
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Bluestone Lane is one of most charming little Australian cafes with indoor and outdoor seating options. I had a chance to visit Melbourne last year and till this day, I dream about their food and coffee. Some of the best (if not THE best) I've ever had. This place makes me feel like I'm back there with options that are bright and flavorful.  And despite it being an overly photographed food of instagram, I love avocado toast and they make a damn good one. Also, lots of gluten free options.

In case you've missed. Some food and drink related posts from the past:
Where to Eat: {Manhattan Edition}
Where to Eat: {Brooklyn Edition}

Follow along on instagram with #BKBlondeEatsNY.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Marissa

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Vest: Marissa Webb ℅ | Shirt Dress: Marissa Webb ℅ | Shoes: Aquazzura (other colors here) | Wa†ch: Hermes | Needle Bracelet: Brandy Pham 

Wearing two pieces from one of my favorite designers, both for her insane personal style (hello instagram crush) and for the beautifully, well thought out, pieces she creates. As soon as I got this vest, I could not wait to put it on and especially when the weather gets a bit cooler, I know it's going to be on constant rotation. Then there's the white shirt dress: a classic piece that should be in every woman's closet and such an easy piece to build an effortless outfit around.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo,
Helena

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Essentials

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 Bag: Balenciaga | Shoes: Valentino | Ring: YSL | Watch: Rolex Tudor | Blazer: Theory | Shorts: Vintage Levis | Striped Tee: H&M

I'm a big believer in having a uniform. The type of outfit that requires little thought, can easily get you out the door when you don't have much time, and that speaks of your personal style, without having to say a word. Today, I teamed up with one of my favorite sites for pre-owned luxury goods,  Vestiaire Collective, to bring to you my summer life essentials.

I'll start with my favorite of any outfit, (obviously) the accessories. I got this Balenciaga Papier a few years back and it remains one of my favorites from my handbag collection. One thing about New Yorkers, our handbag is like our car and our entire life goes into it. On some days I can get away with a smaller bag, but there are days when I need to carry my life. Balenciagas are my favorite for that purpose. They're incredibly durable, light-weight, buttery, while still being chic. Vestiaire has an excellent selection of Balenciaga bags, including this style in anthracite and a beautiful smaller version light grey.

Next up is the shoes. Yes, I'm typically a high-heels girl, but I do also wear flats a lot more than I show. It's only in the last few years that my flats became so much more than just a commuting (read: not cute) shoe that I quickly changed in and out of. These days, I have a few pairs that I love almost as much as my high heels. While I don't necessarily LOVE the Valentino Rockstud heels, I do love their flats and Vestiaire has so many great options including thesethese & these.

Lastly in the accessories department, the jewelry and watch. I usually like to stick to 1-2 statement pieces and today it's my dads vintage Rolex Tudor Submariner and a YSL ring that my best friends gave me a few birthdays back.

And as far as the outfit goes, a striped tee, a black boyfriend blazer (for layering in overly air conditioned situations) and denim cutoffs. Requires little thought and I'm out the door. 

Photos by Keith Hodne

Monday, July 20, 2015

Basics

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Photos by Keith Hodne

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New York Minute

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Top: Zara | Denim: Topshop | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (similar alternative)

In celebration of an incredible 'New York Minute' event happening at the Clinique Counter at Bloomingdale's 59th street, todays look is all about a bold red lip, inspired by this beautiful city that I'm lucky enough to call home.

This event is about three quintessential New York experiences: 


  • Broadway Bound: A show-stopping look that starts with a rich, red lip.
  • Beauty a la Cart: Your look, your way- served up NYC Style.
  • Hail & Glow: The quickest way to a New York- natural look.


  • For me, going with Broadway Bound was a no-brainer. It's bold, powerful and I love adding a pop of red to my outfit, especially in the form of my lipstick. I have to say, I've tried many reds and many don't work for me, but in all honesty, this color has become one of my newer favorites. It's a little creamier than I normally go for, which makes it wear so beautifully. Highly recommend! 

    Event Details:

    WHEN: 7/17 from 1PM-3PM

    WHERE: Bloomingdale's 
    1000 Third Avenue (@59th Street)
    New York, NY 10022
    (212) 705-2000

    CLINIQUE MAKEUP USED HERE:
    *Cheek Pop in Nude Pop

    Photos by Keith Hodne

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    Light Wash

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    Shorts: Current/Elliott (more sizes here) | Tank: ATM | Duster: Topshop (just ordered this one) | Shoes: Louboutin (other version)

    While we're smack in the middle of summer, I'm trying to do whatever it takes to enjoy every moment before the season slips away. That means making plans with friends I haven't seen in months, going to museum exhibits and not letting the days all blend into one.

    These photos were taken before I met up with some old college girlfriends at one of my favorite city spots, Gottino.  Good food, good wine and the outdoor garden area is a sanctuary in the middle of the bustling city. If you follow me on instagram,  you may have noticed I'm tagging all my favorite NYC eats with #BKBlondeEatsNY.

    photos by Karen

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    Touch of Chestnut

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    Tee: Express One Eleven | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Steve Madden | Clutch: Celine

    When I packed for my Colorado trip, earlier last week, I did everything in my willpower to not overpack, something I'm still trying to get better at. I knew that our air bnb house came equipped with a washer and dryer, so I was totally okay with bringing pieces I'd wear more than once. Case in point: this combo from Express.  I paired my favorite jeans and this light-weight tee from their One Eleven collection and ended up wearing it to dinner one night and then with a change of some accessories, as my airport outfit.

    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

    xo,
    Helena

    photos by Keith Hodne