Boho Chic in Astoria

I never thought I’d say this, but Astoria here I am! I recently moved to Queens from Manhattan and I absolutely love it. After six years of living in Manhattan, I just needed and a change and a slower-paced neighborhood. So a couple months ago, I moved out to Astoria and the rest is history.


Now that it’s fall, I’ve rediscovered my signature look – boho witch. While Halloween is just around the corner, it’s not really a Halloween thing for me. It’s a lifestyle thing. The boho witch is really a cross between my love of spirituality and my admiration of 70s fashion. Stevie Nicks may be my music icon, but she’s also my top fashion icon. I hope this outfit will make her proud because I might wear it to her concert in November.


Without further ado, here’s how I got this look. I started with the Tobi Kailee Shirt Dress. This lace button down is so much fun and really made me feel chic. I then paired it with a  Wool Felt Round Crown Floppy HatSPANX Cropped Essential Leggings (which are so slimming and flattering BTW), Vince Camuto Sendra Stretch BootiesBaubleBar Portia Choker and my Mom’s vintage purse from the 70s. My nail color is Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish #Hollywood Royalty. To get the dark eyes, I used Maybelline The Rock Nudes PaletteStila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye LinerAnastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Soft Brown and Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara.

Photos by: Zarif Taufiq








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Aspiring Socialite’s New York Fashion Week Diary!

I can’t believe another New York Fashion Week is almost finished. As a fashion blogger, I like to measure time in Fashion Weeks instead of years. This season, the highlight for me was once again the parties and lounges. Here’s what went down!


On Saturday I hit up the ShopStyle lounge in the dress I got the night before at the Lulu’s party. I accessorized it with a BaubleBar Portia Choker SetAlex and Ani – Initial V Charm BangleDaniel Wellington ‘Classy Sheffield’ Crystal Index Leather Strap Watch and of course a glass of pink champagne. Many thanks to my friend Joel Cas for capturing this classic NYFW moment!


Take two of the dress!


I absolutely love this monogramed GiGi New York Catie Crossbody Blackberry Embossed Python bag I got at the ShopStyle lounge!

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A much needed latte break at Fair Folks and a Goat with my Warby Parker Eyeglasses


A pool filled with beach balls at the MakeupPlus app makeup bash

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5 Life Lessons I’ve Learned Over the Past Three Decades

As many of you know, I just celebrated my 30th birthday and I’m super excited to be done with my 20s. While I learned a lot from the mistakes I made as a 20 something, I don’t believe in regrets because at the time that’s exactly what you wanted. With everything I’ve learned in my 30 years of living, I feel that I should share my knowledge and help others make better life decisions. Here are the top lessons I’ve learned the hard way so that maybe you don’t have to.


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1. Just because the drinks are free doesn’t mean you have to drink them.

I have no further comment.

2. Being fired isn’t the end of the world. It’s the start of something new.

Not every job is for you and not everything you pursue is going to work out the way you think it will. And that’s okay. Just because you failed at something or were unceremoniously fired from a job doesn’t mean that you’re a failure or are doomed to a life of failure. Some of the most successful people in the world have been fired and are even more successful for it. To me, being fired just means that you should be pursuing something else that will serve you better or you should be taking a different approach to what you’d like to continue to pursue.

3. When fashions go out of style, keep them because they will always come back in style.

The 90s are back and I would give anything to still have my chokers, Calvin Klein tees and vintage Tommy Hilfiger pieces from my childhood. While I plan on stocking up again on chokers this season, I really wish that I had my originals from the 90s because it would save me money and I’d be wearing unique originals rather than mass produced copies.

Everything comes back in style every 20 years. There’s nothing truly new. Just recycled ideas that are brought back as new because they are new to people who weren’t alive 20 years ago. So find a dark corner of your closet to store old fashions because there is no doubt that they will become new again and we all need to be prepared for the next trend (even if it’s old news to you).

4. Credit cards are the root of all evil

I spent much of my early 20s maxing out credit cards. And guess what? They’re still pretty close to being maxed out. As I work to pay them down, I now only use my debit card in order to avoid taking on additional debt. Avoid credit cards if you can and if you have them make sure you pay them in full each month. The airline miles, the cash back or whatever else they are offering isn’t worth it unless you pay off your credit cards fast. While I’m finally getting serious about escaping the hold Chase Freedom has over me, the best way to get out of debt is not to get in it.

5. You’ll always regret what you didn’t do rather than what you did.

During my 20s I wasted a lot of time being hung over and asleep. Looking back, I really wish I would have used that time to pursue yoga, writing or anything else really. Now I make up for lost time by experiencing everything that I can. When I’m sometimes tempted to back out on plans or think I might not want to try something new, I always tell myself that I’m more likely to regret not doing it than doing it. So far, it’s been 100% true. I never hesitate to hit up a unique art show or go out of my way to visit a friend in another city. In order to live a full, well-rounded life, you need to embrace, try, pursue and say yes to everything. After all, you don’t really know if you like something or not until you’ve tried it and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to do it again.

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Why I Couldn’t Be Happier to be Turning 30

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What’s even better than a 30th birthday party? A 30th birthday photo shoot of course! This Labor Day weekend (September 4th to be exact) I’ll be celebrating my 30th birthday. While many of us lament the loss of our 20s as the end of our youth, I personally couldn’t be more excited to be leaving my 20s behind. While I learned a lot from my mistakes and had some great accomplishments like graduating from college, starting this blog, moving to New York, meeting my amazing boyfriend and getting my first real job, the truth is it was a sad decade filled with uncertainty and the struggles of being broke. It was basically like being 13 again only you have to pay your own bills. The further I got into my 20s, the more Britney Spears’ 2007 breakdown made perfect sense. That basically sums it up, but everything good or bad must always come to an end.

Today at 30 I feel younger, happier and more vibrant than I ever did in my early 20s (mush of that is because I’ve replaced drinking with fitness and feeling sorry for myself with taking action). As I look toward the adventures to come I often wish to be richer, skinnier, prettier or smarter, but I don’t wish to be younger. It took me almost 30 years to get it together. So in many ways my adult life has just begun and I look forward to embracing the coming years as a smarter, happier and humbler person. For once in my life I truly love who I am because I’ve fought, failed and failed again to be her. While I don’t know what the future will bring, I know that I’ll continue to fight for the person I am and want to be.
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At the end of my aerial fitness classes they often share a quote from Antigravity Founder Christopher Harrison. It goes, “Hidden in the forces that bring us down, is the energy to lift us up.” If anything my 20s gave me that. In the spirit of feeling and looking great, I decided to pose in front of the Goddess Wall in Soho. I recently discovered this work of street art and it really speaks to me. Many thanks to artists @jeremypenn and  @lambrosart for creating such an inspiring mural.

If you’re a struggling 20 something, I know exactly how you feel because not so long ago I was you. We all have our own paths in life, so the only real advice I can give you is that it doesn’t matter where you’re going or how you get there as long as you continue to move and look forward. The path is almost never straight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep moving forward. And when you turn 30, celebrate the amazingness of being 3 decades old with a 30th birthday photo shoot! If you’re in the New York area, Zarif Taufiq would be happy to do yours too.

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Speaking of 30th birthday shoots, I know you’re dying to know how I got this amazing look. The dress is a J.Crew Spaghetti-Strap Dress in Colorful Brushstroke Print. I paired this happy birthday dress with Swedish Hasbeens Ornament Clogs in Black (my fav summer shoes) and my Mighty Purse Gold Stud Wristlet that has a built in phone charger.

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Many thanks to Valerie Star from Caravan Stylist Studio for doing such a beautiful job on my hair, makeup and nails. I really felt like a movie star! If you’re looking to recreate this look or just get your hands on some fab beauty products, I’ll tell you what she used. She styled these beautifully modern curls using OGX Anti-Gravity + Hydration O2 Weightless Oil & Lift Tonic, OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Elevated Finish Spray and OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Oil. For my makeup she made my eyes really pop with Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral PalettePixi Endless Silky Eye Pen, POP Beauty Pow Wow Powder, Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick and POP Beauty Brow Shape & Shade. Manuka Secrets was used on my skin and I wore Color Club’s It’s a Sauna Out Here Nail Polish.

Photos by: Zarif Taufiq

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Sunset at the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park

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You’d never guess that I was still in New York City or any city for that matter. You’d probably think I was across the pond in some Celtic countryside castle. However, I am very much in downtown Manhattan at the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park just steps away from Wall Street.

The Irish Hunger Memorial is a super interesting landmark that you should consider visiting next time you’re in New York. It represents the rural Irish landscape and abandoned stone cottages that many Irish left behind during the Great Irish Famine. It also stands as a reminder of the hunger that remains today. Being half Irish, the memorial really means a lot to me.

Inspired by the natural elements of the memorial, I put together a boho chic look centered around my favorite Lucky Brand Midi Dress (this one is similar). Lucky Brand has some great summer dresses that are sure to make anyone feel like a chic modern hippie. For accessories I complemented the dress with a Daniel Wellington ‘Classy Sheffield’ Crystal Index Leather Strap Watch, Kendra Scott 
Naomi Double Ring in Gunmetal and Mighty Purse Black and Gold Wristlet which has a built in pack to recharge your phone inside the purse (it’s a pretty awesome feature). I also wore (of course) my fav summer shoes ever my Swedish Hasbeens cross strap ‘Debutant’ sandals. Their clogs have not left my feet all summer. They’re super comfortable, super stylish and go with pretty much everything in my wardrobe. I will be stocking up on tons more Hasbeens come next summer. You seriously will not find a better summer shoe. If you can’t find your size Zappos, 6pm and Amazon also carry them.

My hair was inspired by Sansa’s latest hair styles on Game of Thrones.  I kept my makeup natural with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Soft BrownMaybelline New York Eyestudio Colortattoo Concentrated Crayon Eye Color, Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara and the Maybelline Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette.

Photos by: Zarif Taufiq

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