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Staying Warm and Trendy in NYC

In the fashion capital of the world, maintaining your style and staying warm when the temperature drops can be somewhat of a challenge. Here are a few winter essentials that are a must in the concrete jungle…

  1. Blanket scarves: A perfect blanket scarf can add color, style, and spunk to your outfit while keeping you warm! blanketscarf
  2. Oversized sweaters: Boyfriend chic, you can never go wrong with a comfortable and warm oversized sweater that will always be in style! oversizedsweater
  3. Chelsea boots: Boots that keep on giving! Perfect for cold weather; right at the ankle and can be dressed up or down. chelseaboots
  4. Fingerless gloves: Fingerless gloves keep your fingers cozy while having functionality that allows you to scroll on your phone or type on your computer. fingerlessgloves
  5. Beanies: One of the most important places to keep warm is your head! While doing that, beanies of all sorts are a definite essential for New York City weather. beanies
  6. Heavy jackets: A durable and stylish heavy jacket to keep you from freezing in a blizzard will always be helpful! heavyjacket
  7. Wool coats: Wool coats can make you look like a million dollars if styled correctly! Wool coats are the norm in NYC and are a winter essential that is not negotiable. woolcoat

Discover a New City: Boston

Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a great long weekend and Valentine’s day. I recently took one of my first trips of 2016, it was a 3 day trip to Boston. It was a last minute decision but I am officially hooked, I think I need to move there! What is great about the area is that you can take a train there from NYC, drive there its a 3-4 hour drive depending on where in New Jersey or New York you are.Bridge

For my trip I drove it took 4 hours and 40 minutes from central jersey. It was an awesome road trip there was so much to see on the way as well as when we were there.SignThe weekend was filled with so many fun sites and shopping, and did I forget to mention… the best lobster I have ever eaten! We arrived on Friday night at the West end of Boston, at the Liberty hotel. untitled.png12I have to say this was the coolest place I have ever stayed at. It used to be one of the first prisons in Boston, that was recently renovated into a hotel. The picture above is the lobby, you can see where they changed cell blocks into sitting/bar areas.  The light fixtures are original and refurbished to working chandlers, as well as the original brick and beautiful window you see above. It was the most beautifully designed places I’ve ever been in.

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After we settled in on Friday and explored the huge hotel we walked around Quincy market, which is an indoor and outdoor shopping area. The space was filled with beautiful statues and shopping and more lobster (haha). I don’t think I have ever been so full, and gained about 5 pounds just from the 2 days. We mostly tried to stay inside it was only 7 degrees and within minutes I got frostbite on my face.

Besides that, All of the streets were cobblestone , the history, the architecture all blew me away. Although I was surprised at how small Boston actually was, and how quite. Coming from New York city being our closest city were used to everything very bright and loud and millions of people. But when we got to Boston on Friday we went to eat at 8:30-9 and no one was on the street it was so quite. It was definitely a different atmosphere but that’s really what made me love it more. It has the city feel I was missing from back home but its still pretty suburban. I really didn’t want to come home and come back to my desk but I will definitely be visiting again soon when its not so cold!

Have you been to Boston? Any suggestions for my next trip?

Xoxo

Kailee

 

Keep Calm and Final On!

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Well the clock is ticking and finals are just starting or are about to start for most of us. Its the time of the year that you don’t know if you should give up and watch some Netflix or push yourself to study more. So as these tough times start to approach us I have a few tips for you.

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Don’t waste time watching Netflix and telling yourself it will help you prepare. Because before you know it you’ll be a whole season into a show and finals are the next morning. So get motivated to study. Don’t sweat the small stuff , students typically don’t have many concerns around this time such as eating habits, makeup, working out, are usually not a main priority and that is ok , your final grade is what you worked for all semester.

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Make a self created study guide , they are great tools when you rewrite the important information it helps you recall everything you went over this semester. Its also a handy thing to have to look over minutes before the exam. Finals do not have to be so terrible if you make good head way and are prepared. Study guides, study time, note cards and limited distractions are ideal in reducing the anxieties of finals week. Once in the study zone you may even enjoy it.

2357a300f4f67b166be6f3da9d682ec8Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Xoxo Kailee

Holiday Markets

With the holiday season in full swing, don’t just head to your regular Macy’s or Shops at Columbus Circle.  There are SO many opportunities to get unique gifts that your friends and family will love that you can’t find walking down 34th St.  I’m here to provide you with a list of some of the best markets and stores for gifts in the city!

  • Union Square Holiday Market
    • Unique gifts from individual vendors at this outdoor market
    • Location: Union Square Park
    • Now – December 24th
    • Weekday hours 11am – 8pm
    • Saturdays from 10am – 8pm
    • Sundays from 11am – 7pm
  • Columbus Circle Holiday Market
    • Similar to Union Square Holiday Market
    • Location: West 59th St & Central Park West
    • December 1st – December 24th
    • Monday through Saturday from 10am – 8pm
    • Sunday from 10am – 7pm
  • STORY
    • This store has a point of view like a magazine, changes like a gallery, and sells things like a store.  The current “story” is Home for the Holidays featuring extraordinary gifts perfect for everyone on your list
    • 144 10th Ave (19th St)
    • Now – End date TBD
    • Sunday-Monday: 11am – 7pm
    • Tuesday-Wednesday: 11am – 8:00pm
    • Thursday: 11am – 9pm
    • Friday-Saturday:11am – 8pm
  • Chelsea Market/Artists & Fleas
    • Always a crowd favorite, the permanent Chelsea Market never disappoints.  Stop into Artists & Fleas that features artists and shops that are uniquely New York.  The main part of Chelsea Market is not to be forgotten.  From grabbing a crepe for yourself at Bar Suzette to giving gourmet nuts from Nut Box, Chelsea Market has it all.
    • 75 9th Ave (15/16th St)
    • Chelsea Market Hours:
      • Monday – Saturday: 7am – 9pm
      • Sunday: 8am – 8pm
    • Artists & Fleas Hours:
      • Mon – Sat 10am – 9pm
      • Sun 10am – 8pm
  • Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg
    • If an indoor market in Brooklyn sounds appealing, Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg is the way to go.  Featuring 120 vendors and 60 food vendors, you could be there for hours!
    • 241 37th St, Brooklyn
    • Now – March 30th, 2016
    • Weekends 10am-6pm

Happy holiday shopping!

Ashley

Things to Do in NYC on a Rainy Day!

Winter is among the Concrete Jungle…

My dorm room view on a rainy day in NYC!

My dorm room view on a rainy day in NYC!

From rain to snow and all in between, winter in New York City can be horrifically beautiful; and like Ashley said make sure to get an umbrella! Flooded curbs and pouring rain won’t stop the city that never sleeps, therefore it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your day!

Here are a couple of things to do in NYC on rainy day!

  1. Chelsea Market: Take a gastronomic tour of the world at Chelsea Market. Shop at Buon Italia for the best homemade ravioli and imported olive oil and linger over cappuccino in their cafe. Try Thai cuisine, shop for rugs at Imports from Marrakesh.
  2. Museums, Museums, Museums! : New York City is home to a mind-boggling line-up of world-class museums and institutions. You could spend all day dry and cozy inside admiring masterpieces of art and design or marveling at the wonders of the natural world, and with an FIT
  3. Madame Tussauds: Walking through the bright lights of Times Square with crowds of people all around you is an incredible experience — except when it’s raining. If you see the skies start to darken as you’re walking along 42nd Street, dart into the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds for an entertaining afternoon of snapping selfies with your favorite celebrities and other famous folks like Rihanna and Katy Perry to President Obama.
  4. Grand Central Terminal: Classic architecture, a gourmet market, boutiques and quality food — Grand Central is the perfect hideaway for a rainy day afternoon. And, if you decide to escape the city, this is where you can pick up trains that fan out north of NYC. Upon entering, gaze up at the famous astrological ceiling and then head down to the Whispering Gallery, which has this distinct attribute.
  5. One World Observatory: New to NYC, the One World Observatory is a perfect rainy day get-away with an amazing view! Start by ascending to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than sixty seconds, then look toward the horizon and feel the city’s invincible spirit. With a sky-high restaurant to dine at while looking upon a gloomy and beautiful cloud-filled cityscape, it’s an activity that can be done year-round!