Enjoying a peach tart on this cloudy Sunday. Life is sweet. ?

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I discovered this past weekend that New Yorkers like brunch. A lot. So much so, that many people that live in New York City take the time to prep where they are going to go, make reservations and go as far as to plan every food they order. Growing up, brunch was more reserved for Easter and Christmas. As I got older and hit the legal age to order alcohol, brunch became a way to have champagne in the afternoon. Here in New York, brunch seems to be a normal part of weekend life, as opposed to just be reserved for very special occasions. 

I knew that I would be going to mass after said brunch but I wanted to keep my outfit from looking overly conservative, I wore my vintage Dior suit jacket over a crop top. This way I could have the best of both worlds, I simply just buttoned the blazer up to go to church!

Here’s a picture of the cathedral where I attend mass. St. Patricks on 5th ave. 

Outfit Details: 
Jacket: vintage Christian Dior 

Crop Top: Necessary Clothing

Handbag: Givenchy 

Shoes: Prada 

Earrings: Vintage 60′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 was the hottest day I’ve spent in NYC to date. Not normally a girl to wear anything very short, I soon changed my tune when I felt how muggy it was.

Pro Tip: if you are like me, a little self conscious whilst wearing anything teeny tiny, wear biker shorts. no, not the padded ones silly! If the breeze finally decides to show up and your skirt picks up, jokes on everyone else because you’ll have on some sort of under armor skin short. 

One of my favorite things in the world is mixing high fashion with vintage pieces. I would never say I do this to avoid looking “dated”, because a huge chunk of my clothing is over 40 years old. The Dior fusion sneaker is a shoe that I’ve been thinking of for some time now and when I paired it with this vintage 60′s dress, it was like a dream from heaven. The pink from both matched! Some people might tell you not to get too matchy-matchy. I, on the other hand, love it. There is something deeply satisfying to me when I buy something and the color matches perfectly to something else I own. It’s almost like meeting a clothing soulmate, and you were always meant to be a “match”.

Fanning myself because I feel like I’m melting. It’s hard to be so “glamourous” when it’s 95 degrees.

Outift Details:

Dress: L Train Vintage pink 60′s dress.

Shoes: Black Mary Janes Prada/ Sneakers Dior Fusion

Sunglasses: DIor

Purse: Chanel Grand Shopping Tote

Earrings: Vintage 60′s 

Do you like mixing vintage fashion with high fashion?

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