A little over a week ago, my whole family went to Monmouth Park Racetrack to celebrate some of our birthdays. The track has a real vintage vibe to it, which is obviously something I'm into. I'm not much of a gambler, but now and then I'll put $2 on a horse with the coolest name. That's how you're supposed to do it, right?
sunglasses: Tumbleweeds Handcraft
top: Vacation Vintage
skirt: Topshop via Goodwill (similar)
shoes: Lulu*s (similar)
bag: vintage Coach
jewelry: all vintage
polish: Relique by LVX
Autumn is undoubtedly the best season (don't fight me) and although it's not quite here yet... I'm here today to talk about the Warby Parker Fall 2015 collection. Have you heard of Warby Parker by now? You probably have. But just in case you haven't: here's a bit of Warby Parker history!
Their Fall Collection launches today! How exciting! My favorites (if I had to choose favorites) are Simone in Tea Rose and Maynard in Whiskey Tortoise. Simone's unusual two-toned style is maybe too gorgeous, and I really dig Maynard's geometric shape so much. Every frame in the Fall Collection is available through their free Home Try-On program and starts at $95. And as always, for every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. :)
Today I'm sharing all the new frames (alphabetically) and where to wear them between September 23rd and December 22st. Grab a pumpkin spice latte and let's get autumnal.
WHERE TO WEAR: pumpkin picking/haunted hayride/corn maze
WHERE TO WEAR: searching for the perfect Christmas tree
WHERE TO WEAR: your nearest Oktoberfest celebration
WHERE TO WEAR: apple picking at your favorite orchard
WHERE TO WEAR: playing in the leaf pile (you're never too old for this)
WHERE TO WEAR: Thanksgiving dinner
WHERE TO WEAR: scary movie marathon/giving out candy to trick-or-treaters
WHERE TO WEAR: weekend camping getaway in a cabin in the woods (love that movie)
WHERE TO WEAR: drinking hot apple cider around the fire pit
WHERE TO WEAR: listening to holiday music and wrapping presents
WHERE TO WEAR: drinking hot toddies and baking desserts
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When I booked my flight to Belfast in June, I started packing pretty much immediately. Don't judge; I was excited! Because I'm crazy, I decided I wanted to travel for about 12 days with just a carry-on. I spent the last few months making lists and whittling them down to practically nothing. It was kinda perfect timing when the generous people at Uncommon Goods reached out to me for a product review.
Uncommon Goods truly lives up to its name. I mean, have you looked at this site? I'm willing to bet you could find at least one gift that's perfect for literally every person you know. How cool is it that that most of the products they carry are created in the US, half of what they sell is handmade, and one-third of their collection incorporates recycled/upcycled materials?
The coffee cup
The iconic Anthora coffee cup has been immortalized in ceramic! I love this little slice of New York history. Even though it has no handle, it's perfect for sipping my morning coffee.
This bag was perfect for my trip to Belfast and has been wonderful for my busy days before/after the trip too! I work at two part-time jobs, which means I'm out of the house most of the day and I need to bring a lot of things with me. It fits everything I need, from books to a change of clothes to my phone charger and wallet and makeup bag. And the best part: even though it's pretty roomy, items don't get lost like they tend to do in bigger bags! The shoulder straps are super comfortable, even when the bag is full and heavy. The outside pocket fits my phone and keys. Did I mention it's reversible? Bright yellow on one side and striped on the other. It's like two bags in one! For my flight to Belfast, I only brought a carry-on bag and this tote as my "personal item". Before I left for the airport, I put everything I knew I'd need for the flight to my friend's apartment in the tote so I wouldn't have to dig into my luggage in the airports or during the flight.
The phone charger
This charger is one of those things that you never knew you needed until you had it. Both on this trip and in real life back home, it has become such an indispensable resource. It's about the size of a credit card, though a little thicker. You charge it through a USB and it charges your phone up to 60%! Perfect for busy days.
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In a little less than two weeks, I'll be boarding a flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Belfast, Northern Ireland. I first visited Belfast about a year ago and I freaking loved it. My dear friend Adam lives there, and after years of him telling me to visit, I finally caved. I thought Northern Ireland was just a bunch of fields and trees, and while it is quite a verdant country, I spent most of my time there in the city capital, Belfast. Adam and his girlfriend and all their friends took such good care of this American lass, when I boarded my flight home I felt like it was the last day of camp. I even got a tattoo of the famous Samson and Goliath cranes! Belfast is a small and friendly city, with lots to do and see. I can't wait to see more of Belfast and NI in a few short days! Here are some of my favorites from last year. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
DUKE OF YORK: 7-11 Commercial Court
Super-fun and pretty-crowded bar with lots of outdoor alley space. I had my first half-cider (of many) and kept repeating that it reminded me of EPCOT. #american
ST. GEORGE'S MARKET: 12-20 East Bridge Street
Indoor market with tons of vendors and lots of food and drinks. Try a bap!
BLACK TAXI TOUR
If you're an uneducated heathen like I am, you might not know much about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Take a tour and learn some stuff.
THE MERCHANT HOTEL: 16 Skipper Street
Fancy hotel with a fancy lounge. I foolishly ordered a whiskey ginger ale before seeing their large selection of beautiful cocktails.
MCHUGH'S BAR: 29-31 Queen's Square
We went to McHugh's a few times and all of them were fun. Mega-drunk dance party one night, casual beer one (late) morning, food and cocktails with a friend one afternoon. Good times!
HOME RESTAURANT: 22 Wellington Place
Delicious and cozy.
THE SPANIARD: 3 Skipper Street
The night we went there was a great DJ who played the Pixies for us. Try a Dark and Stormy or two or three!
THE BOTANIC GARDENS
Beautiful gardens and greenhouses. Perfect for a long afternoon.
THE ULSTER MUSEUM
Located right near the Botanic Gardens! We saw an exhibit about the Troubles and it was truly moving.
COPPI: Saint Anne's Square
Their appetizer called "Feta Fritters" will undoubtedly change your life for the better. Tasty drinks and attentive staff, too!
THE CROWN LIQUOR SALOON: 46 Great Victoria Street
Historic and gorgeous. Stop in for a Guinness and some great Instagram fodder. ;)
MAGGIE MAYS: 2 Malone Road
Perfect for hungover brunch. So delicious, with large portions. Try a boozy milkshake.
ALLEY CAT: 46 Church Lane
I had my second boozy milkshake of the day here once. We need more of that in New Jersey.
One of my advertisers this month is WSDear, an online clothing store stuffed to the gills with tons of trendy pieces. Looking for cute summer dresses? Look no further. My favorite at the moment is the 90s-style polka dot dress. A trend I fully approve of but rarely wear for whatever reason is the romper. Though my favorite type of outfit is one that feels like pajamas but is decent enough to wear in public. Comfort über alles. When printed/elastic-waist pants came back into style a few years ago, my icy heart started beating again. These emoji joggers fit the bill and are absolutely amazing. The 100s are the best, in my humble opinion. The selection of bathing suits at WSDear is pretty cool, too. The crocheted style isn't one I'd normally gravitate to, but I think I'm starting to be swayed. So pretty! But what about tan lines? And of course, there's few things I love more than a good bargain, so the under $9.99 sale section is right up my alley.
I've spoken of my love of Firmoo eyewear again and again, and today is no exception. Firmoo generously sent me another pair of glasses recently, and like usual I love them! I opted for a slightly larger, tortoiseshell frame this time. Sometimes after a long day, my other glasses feel tight on my head. These are so light, I never have that problem! Also, how cute are these pink stone earrings Diana gave me? I think we should all give our friends little gifts for no reason more often. It was such a sweet surprise. :)