Steal vs. Splurge: New York State Pendant Necklace

Identity State Necklace

Splurge: New York Identity State Necklace from Max & Chloe ($88)

Ever since I started college in upstate New York, I’ve been proud to call the state of New York my home. So when I came across these state pendant necklaces, it was great to see that there were pendants for every budget and every state. Not only are these necklaces excellent ways to show your state pride, they also make perfect going away gifts.

New York State Pendant Necklace

Steal: Gold Tone Sterling Silver New York State Pendant from Kohl’s ($24)

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5 Free Apps Every City Girl Should Have

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Being a city girl isn’t always easy, the rents are high, the crowds are crazy and sometimes it’s impossible to find a cab. Luckily, there are apps that can make city life a little easier. Here are my go-to apps that if you don’t have already, you should totally download.

1. HopStop:

In spite of the fact that I’ve lived in NYC for almost five years now, I still use HopStop at least once a week to find the best ways to get places on the subway. This amazing app providing subway and bus directions along with maps for over 140 cities around the world, always keeps me sane while commuting. It even accounts for route changes and construction.

2. Hotel Tonight:

For the spontaneous traveler, Hotel Tonight is a dream come true. Starting everyday at noon, Hotel Tonight lists unsold rooms for purchase the night of at a fraction of the price. To get the best deals, check the app as close to noon as possible as the cheapest rooms tend to fill up first.

3. YPlan:

In cities like New York, there’s often so much to do, that’s is hard to decide what to do on a night out. As tonight’s going out app, YPlan was created by a team of entertainment experts who believe that the best nights are unplanned. This app allows you to browse through a curated short list of the top events of the night where you can book your evening out in two taps.

4. Candy Crush Saga:

With its pretty colors and challenging puzzles, Candy Crush has become one of the most popular apps. I often a look around the subway and notice that over half of the people in my subway car are playing Candy Crush. Though it has caused me to miss my subway stop a couple times, I find Candy Crush a huge form of relaxation because it gives you something to focus one aside from the often overwhelming city. Plus, these’s no better way to start your day than passing a level of Candy Crush on your way to work.

5. Uber:

Thanks to Uber, every city dweller can now have their own private driver. Instead of trying to catch a cab on a rainy night or walking to the subway in heels, simply request an Uber to take you door to door. The app offers cashless clear pricing that includes tip. They even let you know exactly when your driver in on their way, send you a photo of the driver previous to pickup and give you the option to split the fare.

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Top Weekender Bags for Summer

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Summer is the season for weekend getaways and spontaneous travel. Since no weekend trip is complete without the perfect weekender bag, here are some of my favorites:

Kate Spade

Kate Spade Small Weekender Bag In Pencil Sketch

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Tumi Jonathan Adler Are We There Yet Duffel

Graf & Lantz Duffel Bag

Graf & Lantz Duffel Bag

Wishing you safe summer travels!

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Winter is Coming: Fashion Statements Seen on Game of Thrones

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At this point, I think it’s safe to say that I’m kind of obsessed with Game of Thrones. Aside from the betrayal, thirst for power and intrigue seen on the hit HBO series, the costumes, hair and makeup have also captured my full attention. While everyone wants to sit on the iron throne or marry someone who does, all of the kingdoms of Westeros each have their own distinct personality and style.

While the costumes are bright and ornate in the capitol of King’s Landing and the hair fully styled, darker simpler dresses are seen in the North complimented by furs and simple hair styles. When I watch the show, I immediately know what kingdom the scene takes place in based on how the characters are dressed and styled.

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I think all Game of Thrones fans would agree that the finest fashion statement made on the show so far was Sansa Stark’s purple necklace. After all, it made her an unknowing accomplice to Olenna Tyrell in killing Joffrey on his wedding day. Talk about a statement necklace.

Winter is Coming

In case you haven’t noticed from my choice in photos, Sansa Stark is by far my favorite character. In spite of all she’s been through, her style always remains top notch. However, it must be a lot easier to look your best on mornings when you feel your worst when you have handmaidens helping you get ready. I’m also a huge fan of Margaery Tyrell’s scandalous style and schemes. But, it’s Sansa who I’m really rooting for. Though she tends to get screwed big time, I’m still hoping for a huge Sansa comeback. Until next season…

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Father’s Day Weekend at the Mets Game

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On Saturday, I spent the day with my Dad at the Mets game. The Mets may not exactly be on a winning streak, but the weather was warm and the beer was cold. The veggie burgers were also pretty good. Our marvelous afternoon at Citi Field totally reminded me of the times my Dad took me and my sister to baseball games when I was a kid. Just don’t ask me what the score was.

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At the ball game with Dad

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My boyfriend came to the game too. This photo basically describes our relationship – me trying to take a selfie while he tries to watch sports.

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