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Our Kid- Free NYC Weekend: Eating & Drinking Our Way Through Manhattan

This past weekend the hubs and I snuck out for a weekend away in NYC! We were there to celebrate our friends wedding and were able to join 3 other couple friends to have some fun with!

It all started with an Amtrak ride and an iced coffee!

This mama was ready for a little break!

We checked into our hotel in Midtown East Manhattan and then set out to have some fun!

Our first stop: Crimson & Rye

Apparently it was Negroni Friday at Crimson & Rye, and I was happy to oblige! I went with the NGO Negroni – Street Pumas Gin, Cocchi Rosa, Aperol, Campari, Grapefruit.

It was 100% as delicious as it looks and sounds!

We had late dinner reservations with our friends once everyone got into town so we decided to share a little bite. This Brussels Sprouts + Roasted Tomato Flatbread with fresh mozzarella + balsamic glaze was insane! The perfect start to the weekend.

Can you tell that this mama is excited for this weekend away?!

// tie top {under $20!} /  FAVORITE denim 

After a drink and a bite we headed back to the hotel to change and get ready to meet everyone for dinner. I wish I took an outfit post to show what I wore, because I LOVED it, but it was too dark for #ootd pics.

The struggle is so real.

But it was this jumpsuit. It was so much fun to wear for a fun NYC night out with friends! Great price too!

After changing we met everyone for pre-dinner drinks at Blackbarn Tavern, which was recommended by one of my good friends who used to live in NYC. It’s a cool little spot with fun drinks!

I enjoyed the Jack of Spades: Jack Daniel’s, Chamomile, Honey, Fresh Blackberries, Iced Tea

It was amazing. If you go to this farm to table spot in NYC, get this drink!

Next it was time for dinner! We met our group at Scarpetta, which actually has a location in Philadelphia – but I’ve never been to it before. After this amazing meal in NYC, you can bet our next night out we are going to Scarpetta in Philadelphia because this meal was insane.

As with many restaurants for dinner, the lighting wasn’t great for photos, but here are a few snaps of our meal. We got a bunch of plates for the table to share and here’s a look at {some of} what we had!

Above: Cauliflower Romanesco: roasted, salmoriglio, herb bread crumbs

Below: Braised Octopus: artichokes, marble potatoes, celery, guazzetto charred scallion vinaigrette

The pasta here was homemade and INSANE.

I can’t say enough good things about it – I had some tastes of these and ended up getting the Akaushi Wagyu Strip as my main meal, which was incredible. Already dreaming about my next meal at Scarpetta in Philadelphia!

The next morning I woke up bright and early for a walk in Central Park and Brunch #1 with my friend. It was a perfect morning for a stroll before a busy day getting wedding ready!

//  top /  jeans / boots / sunglasses

We decided on Sarabeth’s Central Park South location, because it was right along the park! It was just us girls and we knew we would be meeting the boys later for Brunch #2 so we kept it light with Avocado + Burrata Toast – sunnyside egg, petite greens, espelette.

Yes, this was absolutely as delicious as it looks.

After that we did a little more walking and exploring around the city before it was time to meet up with the boys. We decided on The Smith in Midtown for second brunch!

I wanted something somewhat light and somewhat filling, since I knew it would be a while before we had dinner at the wedding, so I went with a Steak Salad: arugula, endive, red onion, goat cheese, tomato, balsamic.

It was perfect and delicious!

Also a Bloody Mary, because Brunch #2!

After second brunch the girls made their way over to get blow-outs and updos before the wedding at DryBar. This was my second time getting a blow-out and it was just as amazing as the first. Such a nice little treat before a big night out.

I debated getting an up-do but went with The Cosmo style and I loved it!

Here’s my look for the black-tie optional NYC wedding.

I tried on about 20+ dresses before deciding on this classic little black dress.

And my FAVORITE part of this look are the heels. These NearlyNude Sandals in Lamè Platinum were EVERYTHING!  100% worth the money as they were so comfortable, I wore them all around NYC and dancing all night long. They are beautiful and I can’t say enough good things about them – even more beautiful in person!

// dress / heels / clutch / earrings / necklace / lipstick 

Our group met for drinks before the wedding at The Pierre Hotel in the Two E Bar which was PERFECT for a big group all dressed and ready to go.

And then we enjoyed the beautiful wedding of Amanda & Greg at The Harmonie Club.

This was a really cool spot, the venue was beautiful and fun but the food was OUT OF THIS WORLD.

Seriously this filet was the things dreams are made of! And writing this post it looks like I had a ton of red meat on this trip! Ha!

It was a magical 48 hours away. I loved being able to spend a fun weekend with friends and enjoy some of what NYC has to offer. I hope we can come back again soon and next time squeeze in a Broadway show!

What’s your favorite thing to do in NYC? Let me know!

Fall Layers with PopSugar at Kohl’s

I am so excited to share with you a new opportunity I have been working on! The new PopSugar at Kohl‘s collection has launched and I was able to get a first hand look at all the beautiful new pieces and even got to take some of them for a spin around the city with me!

This line is super cool because its actually inspired by the real women who work at PopSugar. They have come up with some not so basic, basics for work + play! Since I’ve been working with PopSugar for years, I was so excited to see what they came up with in their collection with Kohl’s.

Let’s check it out!

First up, probably my FAVORITE item in the entire collection is this athletic bomber jacket.

I have been pairing this with everything.

Literally everything.

And it works perfectly, every time!

I see myself wearing this bomber jacket for a long time. As a #boymom I think it’s pretty much a perfect layer for all those soccer, baseball and football games in my future.

Plus, its on sale now which is pretty cool.

I paired it with this beautiful flounce hem mini dress, which comes in 2 colors – I love the long sleeve and the striped hem on the cuffs and neckline. Makes it a little extra sporty and fun!

Also, can we talk about my new booties? They go with everything and I’m in love.

Check out my review post on them here, if you haven’t seen it yet!

I also paired this dress with another layer – the essential blazer – which comes in black and white. This is another great basic that will go with anything and everything, such an amazing staple to have in your closet and a fabulous option to have to dress up any look.

Next up – another beautiful dress! I am super into boots and dresses this season – so much fun to wear and layer together. This floral ruched detail dress comes in two colors, but I love this green so much, so perfect for the season!

Even more perfect for a day apple-picking with the boys!

I paired it again with the athletic bomber jacket and I couldn’t love this look any more!

These are FOUR of the amazing pieces in the PopSugar at Kohl’s line – there are almost 100 different pieces in regular and plus sizes that are geared to take you from this season and beyond in basic essentials and playful looks. And as an added bonus, because of the holiday most pieces are on sale for an amazing price!

Thanks so much to my friends at PopSuar and Kohl’s for hooking me up! I can’t wait to wear all these pieces all season long!

Which piece that I’ve shared with you is your favorite?

I’d love to hear what you are loving!

My New Favorite Farm – Apple Picking at Hill Creek Farms, Mullica Hill, NJ

Last week the boys and I continued our Pumpkin Patch/Apple Picking tour of the surrounding Philadelphia area and we stumbled across what might be my absolute favorite one!

outfit details:  dress {on sale!}/ boots 

Ladies and Gentleman of the BLOG,

May I introduce you Hill Creek Farms.

I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE this place.

About 35-40 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Hill Creek Farms is an absolute DREAM. Great attractions for the kids, fresh farm market, farm to table experience – a fall loving foodie’s heaven on earth.

Our main purpose for visiting Hill Creek Farm was to pick some apples!  I was pleasantly surprised when we could also pick asian pears or vegetables from the garden as well!

The boys obviously loved getting to pick their own as well!

There were three different orchards for picking – the boys loved the wagon ride around the property. The driver of our wagon was Farmer Fred, who actually owns and operates the beautiful Farm.

I don’t know any better way to spend a beautiful Fall day than exploring a farm with kids!

The vegetable picking was awesome too – I got fresh peppers which were amazing. I loved being able to show the boys how the different fruit and vegetables are grown!

Another amazing part of the farm is all the great stuff for kids! The boys LOVED the barrel train rides, apple cider donuts, hay rides, corn hole, duck races and massive playground.

Hill Creek Farms is a place you can easily spend a whole day with your family – like we did!

While the kids enjoy the play area I was able to enjoy one of the fresh juices from the Loft Cafe. They also make great smoothies, looked like TONS of great food and have local wine too.

Honestly, we could have stayed FOREVER.

The farm was beautiful, the boys had a blast and I loved it too!

We can’t wait to plan our next visit back again soon!

Sharing My TOP 15 Fall Favorite Shoes, Boots + Booties at Benjamin Lovell Shoes

This week I was invited by my friends at Benjamin Lovell Shoes to stop by and enjoy a Fall shoe moment! I have worked with Benjamin Lovell a few time before – with NAOT and Earth Brand – so I was totally excited to see what new shoes they had in store for Fall!

I went through the ENTIRE store and I picked out my TOP 15 Fall Favorites to share with you!

I’m going to walk through each of them with you in order of what I tried on – at the end I’ll share with you what shoes I took home with me!

Here’s a look at the shoes I picked out – lots to try on!

I was so excited to work with Benjamin Lovell Shoes again because they carry the most amazing brands. They focus on carrying quality brands that are comfortable and stylish – shoes that will LAST and look great as you wear them! The shoes is SO FULL of amazing shoes, but I tried to pick out a wide variety of boots, booties, sneakers and shoes!

Let’s get to work:

# 1 -Pikolinos – Baqueira, Lead

I am totally sensing a bit of a western style this fall season and I love it because these are just so cute! I LOVED these shoes – they were comfortable with a little bit of a heel for added style and I really loved the gold buckle detail with the contrasting leather/suede! I am still dreaming about these!

#2 -Earth Shoes – Beaufort, Olive

These mid-height suede boots are amazing. I am LOVING the olive color and the slouchy detail. Such an easy pair of boots to look cute in, be completely comfortable and wear all season long! They are similar to a pair I have and love which is why I was drawn to them – the green is beautiful and a great color to wear with everything!

#3 – Pikolinos – Ordino, Black 

I LOVE these boots. They are even more beautiful in person. The leather in the front, sort of green/grey suede on the heel with a beautiful wrap detail. So comfortable too – Pikolinos makes amazing shoes!

#4 Taos Footwear – Top Star, Bordeaux Distressed

This is a new to me brand but I LOVED these sneakers. They are a bit of a high top, which I think is so cool for Fall/Winter and the Bordeaux distressed color is perfect. So comfortable and easy to wear – these come in a non high-top version as well, which is one of their best sellers!

#5 – Pikolinos – Santorini, Ocean 

These I asked to try on in a different style/color option, but this was what was available in my size. I have to say, I sort of fell in love! The coloring is beautiful, different and so easy to wear. I love that they are a little unique.

#6 – Samuel Hubbard – Freedom Now, Faded Denim Suede

These I initially picked out to try on in grey, but love this faded denim color too. Another new brand to me and it was so comfortable and cute!

#7 – Earth Shoes – Zane, Navy

I love that these are casual and easy to wear sneakers. They come in a few different color options, but this navy and red is really fun and sporty!

#8 – Pikolinos – Rotterdam, Cuero Brown Olmo Leather

Another bit of a western nod – which I love! This color is BEAUTIFUL! These are another great option to dress up or down this season!

#9 – Earth Shoes – Jaunt, Taupe

High top sneaker/boots in grey – I’m in love!

#10 – Earth Shoes, Keren – Olive

These were the #1 pick in my instagram stories in grey! They only had green in my size and it was such a pleasant surprise because I loved the green! Beautiful and a great pop of color this Fall!

#11 – Taos Footwear, Runaway – Cognac

Cognac boots are my weakness. I love them and can’t get enough of them. These boots were amazing – again, I’m new to this brand but it was pretty much walking on a cloud!

#12 – Ecco, Low Bootie – Black 

I have heard amazing things about this brand, but this was my first time trying it on. Now I know what all the fuss is about! They are so comfortable and stylish, easy to wear all day long – I loved these!

#13 – Earth Shoes, Brook – Almond

Another Earth favorite – these were classic and sweet. I totally see these with pants or dresses/tights! A few other great color options too!

#14 – Reiker, Bernadette – Black 

This was my first time trying on this brand as well – they were SO COMFORTABLE! I really loved the look of these and inside they had a sherpa lining so they would be so warm and cozy!

#15 – On Running, Cloud – Sea/Stone

Last shoe! Ha! Another new to me brand but OMG this shoe is comfortable. These are supposed to be great for running and walking – they come in a ton of beautiful color ways! Love these too!

The aftermath:

That was a LOT!

A lot of shoes and a lot of fun!

I’m about to share with you my favorite pick, but I’d love to know what you think – which is your favorite?

Which Shoe is your Favorite?

 
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So which ones did I take home?!

I feel completely, head over heels in love with the Pikolinos Ordino in Garnet. I loved these in black and then I saw the garnet and it was all over. Something completely different in my wardrobe that I seriously love so much. I’ve already worn them basically everyday, and they are magic.

Still dreaming about them in black too, might have to add them to my Christmas list – they are the BEST!

What do you think of my pick?

What did you think of my try on session?

I’d love to know which shoes you are loving for the Fall – please share so we can shoe obsess together!

Thanks so much for following along to the end of this loooooong post! It was so fun to try on so many Fall shoes and experience some new brands. I’ve still got my eye on a few that I might have to come back for, they were all so perfect!

And Thanks so much to my friends at Benjamin Lovell Shoes for a great morning and for the shoes! I can’t wait to wear and style them all fall!

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