What I’ve learned living in New York City style. Growing up in North Carolina I always felt the need to try to fit in, and dress in a certain way so I wouldn’t stand out at all. In New York, I definitely feel comfortable dressing any way because everyone is so open minded. It’s one of my favourite things about the city. You can do anything, and become anyone. It’s a beautiful place to live and it’s progressive. I will say the same for the south, but NYC is definitely some ways ahead.

DSC_3905  1.) If you want to go shopping, get your hair blown out, or order Thai tea..you can do all of that at 3 am here. It sounds strange (and unnecessary) but I’m discovering that NYC is called the city that never sleeps for a reason.

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2.) The best stores are tucked away and not as easy to find. Chelsea, and Tribeca are both neighborhoods that have many tucked aways stores that a lot of people don’t know about. I also suggest going into a store that looks really interesting to you. Almost always, your gut feeling is right and you’ll find the most beautiful pieces randomly.

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3.) Trends dominate more so here than other places. However, unique outfits are also prominent. It’s refreshing to live here and see so many distinct people and styles.

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4.) New Yorkers are happy to help you. If you ask if a store has been picked over, or if a sample sale is worth the wait, you’ll be surprised how honest (and often times kind) most people are. There’s there stereotype that New Yorkers are rude, and excessively aggressive people that hate everyone. While I agree that New Yorkers are aggressive, I definitely don’t think they are rude, and insinuating that will cause one to be very rude to you. Just be polite and you’ll be surprised how far that will get you.

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Belle

The day that Brendan proposed, he told me to make sure I wore something nice. I didn’t know we were going to a palace but I was excited to see what I could pull together to go to one. Bren has in the past told me to wear something nice specifically because he knew I would want pictures. I really took more time than usual to pick this outfit. 

When traveling it’s essential to pack things you can wear more than once, such as a coat, a hat, sunglasses. Many tourists think they have to sacrifice style for comfort. This is not the case! I wore a white cotton off the shoulder top, warm wool coat, pants and chiffon pants. 

I was so pleased to see that my outfit seemed to even mimic the colors of the flowers in the garden. 

France was surprisingly chilly but once the sun peeked out it was finally warm enough to go without a jacket. 

I felt really good in this outfit and I even felt glamorous. This might be one of my favorite looks ever. The best part was that none of it was planned!

Outfit Details:

Coat: Vintage 60′s Lili Ann 

Shirt: Zara

Pants: American Apparel 

Shoes: American Apparel

Hat: Vintage 50′s black velvet

Purse: Chanel GST

Sunglasses: Prada

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You’ve unlocked a very old photo of me when I was 17! This photo was taken the day after my senior prom. Those were my first pair of Michael Kors heels. He wasn’t as well know then and I remember buying them on a shoe sale rack at Dillard’s for $25!!! I loved those platform shoes so much. They had gone to the cobbler at least four times and I actually just threw them away a few weeks ago after months of not wearing them (due to a huge hole in the left sole).

The front of the shirt says “I <3 Nerds”, a statement that is still true today. Skirt was thrifted and the little Louis clutch was a gift I got at 13 for my birthday! As you can see, my hair even back then was purple or blue.

Some things never change, and that is just what makes us…us!

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Belle