The last days of summer are always the sweetest. Normally, back home in North Carolina, the air has cooled down and it’s still warm enough to be outside all day long without feeling sticky. Here in NYC it’s an entirely different story. The hair is heavy and sticky so all I really want to wear as of late is sheer fabrics, and very breathable cotton. 

Having chiffon pants is so incredibly cooling on hot days, I got mine from American Apparel and I can’t say enough great things about them. They are extremely comfortable and go with so much. I wore them with very sheer leggings, although normally I pair this with black shorts. 

Outfit Details:

Shirt: Thrifted 

Pants: American Apparel 

Shoes: Chanel

Bag: Chanel Grand Shopping Tote

Hat: Vintage 80′s 

Earrings: Vintage 80′s

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Today I decided to dress causual to hit the grocery stores. I found out today that shopping for food in NYC is quite different from what I’m used to. Of course there are regular grocery stores (nowhere close to they size of a Publix or Harris Teeter, but similarly structured). Most people shop small, buying meat at a butcher, buying fruit at a fruit stand, etc. I went to a butcher for the first time today and I went to a fish market. I can’t believe I waited this long to get my meat from a butcher’s. I couldn’t even tell you the reason why I’ve never been to one before; I just haven’t. My friend’s go quite often, and when they don’t, it will probably mean that they have hunted for their meat and will be using the best electric meat grinder that they have to prepare it. The type of meat that they prepare varies, it just depends on the animals that they’ve caught that day. They were telling me to have a look for a meat grinder myself the other day, but I’ve only just gone to the butchers for the first time and I only want to place all of my focus on one aspect at the moment. Shopping this way has helped to broaden my horizons.

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Not only is it way cheaper to buy your groceries this way (so if you’re looking at how to save money around your home, you might want to consider this) but you also support small business at the same time. It’s important not to wear a super luxe shoe just in case you drop ice on yourself at the fish market, or fruit etc.

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Why a poodle skirt for food shopping? I’m not usually a jeans and t-shirt kind of person and I really like the freedom that comes with wearing a longer skirt on a breezy day. It’s super easy to toss on a skirt and pair of oxfords. If you want to try something new from jeans and a t-shirt, try a t-shirt and a skirt! It sounds simple, but switching it up by just that much might give your outfits a whole new boost!

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Cute little spray paint art on the ground in Midtown.

Outfit Details:

Shirt: Amelie’s American Apparel

Skirt: Vintage poodle skirt (thank you Kimsioux!!)

Shoes: Vintage “Romano” oxfords

Sunglasses: Dior

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Well it finally happened. I’m here! I moved to Manhattan on Saturday, and I’m staying.

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A lot of people have asked me how I like it, what it’s like and what I’m doing now. I have all the answers!
First and foremost, moving to New York City is not for everyone (someone maybe like my baby sister who is overcome with distress when in a cab and who hates smells), but it might be for you! There’s only one real way to find out. Visit. I know many girls who have moved to NYC only to return home. That’s okay! If you are trying to decide if a permanent move is right for you, visit often. Visit often enough to understand the subway before you move here, and already know a favorite dinner spot. If you’re comfortable enough to have a restaurant in your phone book, then this might be the place for you.

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Above all you have to do what’s right for you. For me, that meant moving to Manhattan and pursuing this dream.

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Even though I’ve been to Manhattan a ton (I’m thinking I was around my hundredth trip by the time I moved), I realized once I woke up here the next morning that I was a little bit scared. A big change is scary! Honestly, what doesn’t scare you doesn’t challenge you.

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My best tip for making a big change is to just do it. When Bren and I decided to move to Manhattan we were both absolutely sure. At the same time, it was similar to ripping a bandaid off; you just do it all at once. We packed up our apartment and started looking for a place to live right away, we looked at studio, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom apartments. There were so many to choose from and we needed to find the perfect one for our price range. Of course, there’s more to consider than that. You have to find a removal company to move your things (unless you are lucky enough to know somebody with a van or something). If you have vehicles, you will probably want to learn more about car shipping companies too. You also need to think about what insurance plan to go for – this decision can be made easier by taking some time to check out great reviews of insurers to help inform you before the final verdict.

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So many reasons to love NY:
1. $1 slices of pizza

2. Fashion everywhere

3. $116 for an unlimited Metrocard (subway card) gets you anywhere you want in any of the boroughs.

4. Food food food

5. Art, museums, music etc.

I could probably keep listing for the next several years…

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This blog has been a huge refection of what my life has been about, and now it will also be about my transition in NYC. I’m beyond thrilled that I’ve made this move and I’m even more blessed. Thank you to the many of you who have been reading and asking me about this move, I’m ready for you NY! My mom always taught me that if you want to do great, you have to put your whole heart into everything you do. My parents took me to New York when I was 10 for the first time, and I knew even back then, that one day “when I grew up” I would move to Manhattan. It’s crazy how life work sometimes.

love always,
Belle

Outfit Details:

Dress: Zara

Skirt: Handmade by Holly M

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Bag: Aldo

Hat: Vintage 50?s

Sunglasses: Christian DIor

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Today I decided to get lost. In Chinatown! It’s been a long time since I’ve explored Chinatown, so I looked around! Chinatown is such a wonderful place to go exploring. SO many sounds, and smells (especially smells, there’s a ton of fresh fish markets). Some of my absolute favorite markets are in Chinatown. Chinatown is so much more than just Canal Street. If you ever get the chance, go and explore it!

Canal street is crazy busy like much of New York, but a lot of Chinatown isn’t! There are a ton of Asian beauty supply stores, salons and cute boutiques to look at! I got a few packages of cookies and tea!

Is this a cucumber? I didn’t see a sign anywhere for these and they look like fat cucumbers. 

Gorgeous little streamers in a Chinese party decor store. I especially love all the red!

Outfit Details:

Shirt: Vintage top

Skirt: Rampage 

Shoes: Dior Fusion sneakers

Sunglasses Dior

Handbag: Chanel Grand Shopping Tote

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What do you think of my Easter nails? I love the little bunny with lashes!

I love getting my nails done. I feel like it’s one of those simple pleasures in life that a woman should indulge in. Nothing is more cheerful to me than a beautiful mani. And even if it’s not a special occasion, go get a mani! I know it’s cheaper to do at home but whenever I do my nails it looks like a Jackson Pollock painting. Lol

I hope you’re having a great day!

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