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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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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I made my first Youtube video! I recently purchased a Chanel Grand Shopping Tote and friends have already asked me about what I’m carrying in such a large bag. I’ve always been fond of these videos, so here you go!

I have always wanted to create a YouTube channel of my own so this is a very exciting time! I hope you enjoy checking out my debut vlog. Although my channel is still in the early stages, I have lots of fun plans for future videos so please stay tuned.

Ultimately, if you want to get ahead of the competition on YouTube, then you need to make sure that you post regular and engaging content. Furthermore, it is no secret that the number of views your videos can get makes a huge difference to the popularity of your channel too.

One of my friends recently recommended that I check out Get Fans to give my YouTube views a boost. Their website (https://getfans.io/buy-youtube-views) is filled with lots of useful information so I am going to have to do some research before posting my next video. What kinds of videos would you like to see from me next? I would love to know!

What do you have in your bag?

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I hit Goodwill today!
And I goofed around just a little bit. I was headed to an antique mall and saw a goodwill and proceeded to spend three hours there. Oops!!

Today I wore my favourite red hats, giant men’s cashmere, leggings and Aldo rain boots from circa 2008! Oh I wore my “go topless” Wildfox Couture sweater. Love it.

I found this beautiful vintage blazer with velvet and beading! It’s a little big at a size 8 but it was so beautiful I had to have it. I know I can take it to a tailor and have it adjusted in all the right spots.

One thing I’ve learned about thrifting is if you love something and you’re not sure if you want to buy it, grab it. Because if someone else grabs it, and leaves with it, you might regret it! Many a one-of-a-kind items I wasn’t sure of left with someone else!

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