Going to Greenwich

So crazy how much good one little getaway can do for the soul... With the intention of silencing the sirens and subway rumbles of the city, I escaped to Greenwich, Connecticut for a day. Walking the quiet streets and simply slowing down for just a couple hours did my mind wonders. A little retail therapy and a decadent meal (washed down with a mint julep) made for the perfect springtime escape from the noise and the bustle of Manhattan. 

Wearing: Sweater - Banana Republic; Shirt - Banana Republic; Denim - Banana Republic;
Boots - Vintage: Similar

Bus Stops and Bomber Jackets

(Photos by Courtney Charles

We're always on the move in New York - hailing a cab, running to the subway, jumping onto the bus. It's become so much of our identity as a people and as a city. In a way, it connects us. We are all going somewhere. 

When I'm on the go, dressing is the most important part.... I love this bomber by Members Only. It's the perfect jacket for running around the city - from bus to subway and back - because it's easy to wear and super lightweight. The color is fun and vibrant which is such a great match for the season.

Wearing: Jacket - Members Only; Shirt - Zara; Denim - Big Star;
Shoes - Dr. Scholls; 

All photos by Courtney Charles

"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." - Oprah

Take Me to Miami

Last year - as most of you know - I ended my summer with a bang, traveling with my best friends on a road trip from New Orleans to Marfa, Texas. The trip was memorable to say the least (and so were the Snapchat stories). Well, this year I've decided to begin my summer with a bang - with a weekend getaway to the one and only Magic City, Miami.

This year has already been one of the craziest so far, and it's only beginning. So a vacation is definitely much needed. Especially this one, where I will be joined by my two best friends. Nothing grounds you and also awakens you like getting away, and reuniting with true friends.  On this trip I hope we three will not only grow closer together, but also that I'm reminded of my true self- the person I was, am today, and supposed to be... As well as get really effin' tan and drink way too many mojitos!

Here is a few of my must-haves for a Miami beach trip:

1. Shades are essential. More so, these beautiful Ray Bans are.

2. Disposable camera, obviously. Because it's my thing.

3. I love John Varvatos fragrances! This one is perfect for summer. It's perfect for the beach. It's perfect for Miami.

4. Sandals are a no-brainer for a beach trip, and these Ipanema's are a classic.

5. Baxter's Hydro Salve Lip Balm is the bomb - and certainly a must when spending a lot of time in the sun. Cracked lips? Not sexy.

6. Baxter's Beach Soap smells incredible. The whole "Atlantic" thing was definitely too hard to pass up.

7. Mr. Turk swimming briefs. Need I say more?

8. We can't lay out in the sun without sunscreen. This Kiehl's Facial Fuel is the perfect additional to our UV protection routine. Sunburn? Wrinkles? Both, also not sexy.

Party in the city where the heat is on.
All night, on the beach till the break of dawn.

The Beauty of Springtime

Changing of seasons always means a change in routine for me. It's a chance to try new things and test new products. Here are some fun springtime beauty products and accessories I'm currently trying out. All perfect to celebrate springtime; with floral scents, pastel colors, and a fresh take on beauty/grooming.

1. Capri Blue Candle, Muse Aloha Orchid; $65
2. Baxter of California, Hard Cream Pomade; $20
3. Clinique, Moisture Surge; $39
4. Gentle Monster, Sunglasses; $270
5. Milk Makeup, Cooling Water; $24
6. Milk Makeup, Sunshine Oil; $38
7. Dr. Jart, Ceramidin Lipair; $15