Guest post: {53Blonde}

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!)
dress: forever 21 (sold out) | necklace: apricot lane | bracelet: etsy |
shoes: charlotte russe (in suede) |
sunglasses: ray-ban
Thanks, Katie, for having me and thank you all for reading! Please feel free to come say hi!

Guest Post: DIY Marc Jacobs earrings from Mags Rags to Riches

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?

Guest post: High Heeled Traveler

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?