It’s a beautiful day in Manhattan and today I went out and did what most New Yorkers do on Sunday afternoon. I went to brunch. While I know this is a topic I’ve already discussed in some detail I have a few new things to add.

Going to brunch is an occasion (life is an occasion isn’t it?) and that means it’s time to get dressed up. Pick comfortable clothing that you won’t feel embarrassed to be seen in. I tend to run into someone the minute I’m not put together. 

Another way you can tie a look together is tossing on a hat. It’s one of my favourite ways to get dressed up fast. 

*Brunch tip- when you finally pick a place to go to brunch, pay attention to what everyone else is ordering. If you see a common plate that most people are getting, order it too! It’s popular for a reason.

Outfit Details: 

Shirt: Helmut Lang

Pants: AG

Cardigan: Vintage wool

Shoes: Chanel 

Purse: Givenchy

Hat: Chanel

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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. 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

Today I felt like dressing up just a tad. I recently found these brown Manolo’s on Ebay and fell in love. It’s funny because I really don’t like the color brown. I usually don’t wear it, even for shoes. However, I love the kitten heel and it was the perfect fit for my breezy outfit today. 

Mixing vintage and modern clothing can sometimes be a challenge but it’s fun to try different combinations. If you’re worried about looking too dated, don’t! Fashion is all about taking risks, and if you feel like wearing a full circle skirt with bicycles all over it (like I did), by all means try it! You never know when you’ll find your favorite outfit combinations!

Outfit Details: 

Sunhat: Century 21

Shirt: 90′s Rampage

Skirt: 50′s Mayfair 

Shoes: vintage Manolo Blahnik 

Purse: Chanel classic flap bag 

Sunglasses: Dior