Hi Ruffles & Truffles readers! I’m Melissa from 53blonde, and I’m so excited to be sponsoring Katie’s blog this month since I’ve been stalking following her blog for a long, long time. In fact, Katie is the reason I’ve been stalking TJ Maxx lately – she always has such great finds that I wanted to get in on the action!
Since Katie is always up on the latest fashion, I chose an outfit that I thought showed a trend I’d never thought I could pull off – the maxi dress. Let’s be honest: there’s a lot working against me with this dress. First of all, I’m pretty short at only 5’3″ so I never thought that a maxi would look good on me. Second, as much as I love stripes, horizontal stripes aren’t always flattering. But surprisingly enough, I actually love this entire outfit!
(And yes, I am actually running away in this photo – it is way too hot out in Indiana right now!)
Thanks, Katie, for having me and thank you all for reading! Please feel free to come say hi!
Hi everyone, this is Maggie from Mag’s Rags to Riches. When Katie asked if I was interested in guest blogging for her, I literally jumped at the opportunity! I’m a lover of all things sparkly, thrifty & DIY, so we worked together to pick the perfect DIY project for you, her fab readers!
We both fell in love with these gold bolt earrings from Marc Jacobs, but knew the price tag ($48) was a little steep since the need for fall clothes is literally right around the corner. So rather than splurging this month on accessories, I stepped out to the local Lowe’s home improvement store and picked up some inexpensive goodies in the nuts & bolts aisle. So here it goes:
So – what do you think? Is this a DIY project you would take on at home?
Hello! This is Jamie of High Heeled Traveler. I was so excited when Katie asked me to guest blog for her a second time, I really enjoyed it the first! Just in case you aren’t familiar with me or my blog, I am an art historian and travel writer. I’ve lived in Florida, Paris, New York City, and am now in Washington DC. On my blog I write about my travels, art and art history, wine, fashion, and some weekend musings.
In honor of Katie’s visit to New York City, here’s a quick guide on what to do, wear, and see if you only had one day in NYC (which would be so sad!).
Begin your morning with an early(ish) brunch at Cookshop on 10th Avenue in Chelsea (reservation recommended). You must try the pastry basket. Then walk it off on the Highline (possibly my favorite spot in the City!) and check out the shops at Chelsea Market. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs that aren’t as touristy, like brownies from Fat Witch. There is also a kitchen supply store in there which has the best stuff and great prices. I believe Anthony Bourdain’s been known to shop there too!
If you are in the market for something chic swing by the Parisian staple, Maje, on Bleecker Street. Around there you will also find a great bookshop (across the street), Nars, Marc Jacobs, and the Coach flagship. If you go with your man, drop him off at White Horse Tavern while you shop.
You’ll probably be hungry for lunch now, so jump in a taxi and head over to Bread on Spring Street in SOHO for some delicious soups, salads, and sandwiches then do some more damage to your bank account on the famous Broadway, which is home to H&M, Top Shop, Zara, Madewell, Uniqlo, and Bloomingdale’s amongst other treasures. Get lost in SOHO if you’d like. There’s a great coffee shop I like to stop in for a pick me up called Café Café which is on the corner of Broome St and Greene St. And Balthazar, also on Spring Street, is renowned for its bread and baked goods (and food in general). If you’re done shopping I highly recommend checking out the New Museum or heading up town to the MOMA or Metropolitan Museum of Art for the afternoon. If you’re over stimulated, grab some ice cream from a street vendor and sit in the grass in Central Park.
Although it isn’t known for its nightlife or trendiness, I love the Upper East Side and called it home for almost four years. My favorite spot for dinner is Uva on 2nd and 77th, which was downstairs from my apartment. They serve old school Italian (try the veggie platter to start, the pickled carrots are so good!) for a romantic evening or girl’s night. You can grab a PBR at Brother Jimmy’s across the street if you’re feeling the need for something casual to end the night with.
If you don’t venture all the way uptown, try wandering around the Lower East Side for a hot spot. Schiller’s is a go-to for me but almost any joint you stumble into is likely to knock your socks off. Stay in the Lower East Side for late night carousing.
Other NYC staples are Kesté, Adrienne’s, and Patsy’s for pizza, Ess-a Bagel for the perfect NYC bagel, and Papaya Dog for hot dogs.
And what to wear? Something causal chic, you’ve got a lot of ground to cover…
Diamond print tee: Madewell // Grace high rise straight jeans: ShopBop // RayBan Clubmaster Sunglasses: Solstice // OGJM Azalea bracelet: J.Crew // Rebecca Minkoff Romeo Satchel: ShopBop // Belle by Sigerson Morrison printed flats: Piperlime
Remember to bring cash everywhere. Cash is king in New York City!
If you’re in town during weekday happy hour, check out my favorite watering holes here. I would recommend staying at the Larchmont too.
What are YOUR favorite places in New York City?
Hi there! I’m Pen from New York Nonsense, where I blog about the ups and downs of making life in New York City work on a real person’s budget. You can also find me as Mrs. Porcupine on Weddingbee, finishing up my wedding recaps! I thought I would share an ideal, fun day for you all in the city I have always called home.
What can I say about New York City that you can’t find in the multitude of guidebooks that are available out there? Having grown up in New York City my entire life, my New York is a different place than the traditional visitor’s experience. I can’t recommend the best double decker tour bus, tell you the best hotel to lay your head, and I’ve never even been to the Empire State Building. (Not even on a school trip!)
My New York is a blur of sweaty sidewalks in the summer that turn to crisp fall mornings while rushing to work. It is a land of crystal sidewalks in the winter that melt to sludge as spring peeks out from behind concrete.
Hopefully not this snowy again – personal photo of sidewalk crossing via the Blizzard of 2010
If you want a day that breaks away from the traditional visitor’s guide you might want to start with brunch at Essex Restaurant. For $22.95 on the weekend, you can drink all the mimosas and bloody marys you want. They claim the deal caps off at three drinks each, but the waiters always come back to refill your glass without keeping tabs. Savor a mimosa and a Mexican matzo brie among the chatter of the hundreds around you.
Photo via Essex Restaurant
After brunch, go for a walk on the Highline, a park unlike any other you will find anywhere else. A piece of nature packed tightly between an urban jungle of concrete and architecture. Once an elevated freight train rail system used to transport meat and other goods to the New York of the past, it is now a FREE place to stroll on a sunny New York afternoon.
Personal Photo of the view from the Highline
Then take a trip across the Brooklyn Bridge. Take a breather to avoid the packed subway cars, and forget for a few minutes that you are amongst millions.
Stop at the New York Transit Museum once you make it across the bridge for a piece of history about the subways and buses that breathe life into the city. With all their stops, stalls, track work, and headaches they bring thousands of people to work and school each day. For $7 you can learn about the early beginnings of the New York City subway system, before it was the MTA, and frolic through restored subways cars of the past.
Personal photo of the entrance to the Transit Museum in an actual old subway station
Make sure you never go home without sampling a slice of pizza. It can be from anywhere and it will be some of the best in the country. Usually the best spots are the least ritzy, simplest pizzerias. But, you can never go wrong with a pie from my all time favorite- L&B’s. Nestled in the more residential, less trendy neighborhood of Gravesend, Brooklyn you can’t get wrong with a Sicilian or traditional slice.
Sicilian Slices – Image via Roadfood.com
What are your favorite spots in New York, whether on a visit or after living there for years?