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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I’m finally starting to get around the city easier. Today I roamed around the wholesale jewelry markets and ended up buying wholesale sterling silver jewelry. I learned some interesting things.

1. You can barter at some costume jewlery stores

2. If you want you can buy in bulk and use a discount

3. The cheapest place in the city don’t take card, they only take cash!

My favorite thing today (because I can name a ton) about NYC is how diverse the shopping is. If you can think it, it’s available for purchase somewhere here.

Ferragamo shoes for today. Matchy-matchy can be fun.

These earrings I scored at Marshall’s for $14! They can be worn two ways, the underside of the earring can be removed and you can wear just the studs. Two pair in one!

Outfit Details:

Shirt: Helmut Lang

Pants: Vintage 70?s

Shoes: Vintage Ferragamo

Scarf: Vintage 60?s

Earrings: Bella & Jack (found at Marshall’s for $14!!

Purse: Chanel Grand Shopping Tote

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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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