A Whole New World

With so much changing this past month, it was nice to take a night off to enjoy the entertainment New York City has to offer that I quickly forget about with all of the hustle and bustle in the streets of NYFW. Thanks to my mom, she treated me and my boyfriend to a date night to the Broadway Musical that I have been dying to see and so desperately needed, Disney’s Aladdin! 

Every little girl grew up watching Disney princess fairy tales and dreamed of becoming their favorite princess-finding their handsome prince, flying on magic carpets, and rubbing a lamp to make all your wishes come true.  My favorite Princess and fave street rat has always been Jasmine and Aladdin. 

I don’t want to give away any spoiler alerts, BUT I will say this show was nothing short of spectacular! James Monroe Iglehart killed it in his performance as the Genie keeping me laughing through every scene with his witty comments and his empowering vocals. This show is a must see! And be on the look out for my two favorite scenes: when Aladdin rubs the magic lamp to set the Genie free and obviously the hopeless romantic in me loves the magic carpet ride with Aladdin and Jasmine singing “A Whole New World” soaring over the starry night. 

Don’t forget it’s Broadway Week until the 18th! Two for one tickets! 

From Accessories to Denim

Hello Fashionistas! Sorry I’ve been M.I.A for awhile. August has been a month of change. I said my final goodbyes to the place where I started my fashion career after I graduated college. After two years spent with Kleinfeld Bridal, I twirled in my last Christian Siriano gown and  said “cut” to my Say Yes to the Dress days. It was a magical two years playing dress up in feathery, sparkly, and colorful $10,000 gowns, putting princess tiaras on my head, and designing with designers from Jimmy Choo and Sarah Jessica Parker herself.

Before moving on to my next journey, I decided to take some time off to go home for about a week and a half where I had the chance to escape the fast lane of hailing cabs, honking horns, and crowded streets to go back to the quiet hills with starry nights. And of course lots of shopping, pool days, and reading in the hammock. I needed some time away from the city, and quality time with my family.


When it was finally time for me to take my hour flight back to the Concrete Jungle, I had one day left to prepare for the next chapter in my career. Drum roll please! I accepted a position with New York & Company’s corporate office as an Assistant Merchant working in Downtown Denim and Casual Bottoms.


I’ll admit I’m not very good when it comes to change, but I am very excited for this new journey of frayed hems, embroidery, and boyfriend vs girlfriend jeans. If there’s one word of advice I could give you fashionistas, it is to always step out of your comfort zone to learn more about an industry that gives you so much passion. Take every opportunity that comes your way, and learn something from it. Wish me luck on my second week! Xoxo. 

StyleMD-Retail Therapy


BIG NEWS FASHIONISTAS! I’m excited to officially annouce that I have teamed up with a brand new styling app called StyleMD which is designed to help you find an affordable fashion stylist that matches your specific needs within your budget. StyleMD is available for free on the Apple App Store right now!

What’s my role with the app? I am here to be your guide through fashion whether you just don’t have the time or energy to shop for yourself or you have no clue how to mix and match pieces! I specialize in styling tips, wardrobe consultations, personal shopping, and personal styling. I focus on categories including office wear, casual wardrobe, night life, weddings, red carpet, and accessories (including shoes and bags). I also work with various different styles as well- modern, traditional, elegant, preppy, and vintage.

Here are some examples of my work:

Casual Lunch Date w/ the Girls


Night Out on the Town


Edgy Chic


Work Attire

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Roll Out the Red Carpet

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Download StyleMD for free through the app store, and find me as your stylist. Please feel free to contact me through the app or by email at sammyjweb@gmail.com. I have set packages and extremely reasonable rates-however, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please feel free to contact me, and I would be happy to make a customized package for you! Now let’s do some retail therapy and get to styling!

 

House Divided

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One of my favorite things to do in the summer is drinking a cold beer in the hot sun (I’m just really not a wine girl), and where is the best place to do that? A baseball game! The other day I took my boyfriend to his very first MLB game- the Yankees vs. Red Sox. He grew up in New York City so of course he’s a Yankees fan, but I’m a daddy’s girl, so obviously I had to rep my dad’s favorite baseball team-the Red Sox, leaving our house divided! And if you know me, you know I went to a stadium full of screaming Yankee fans wearing my Red Sox shirt and hat loud and proud!

Not only were there sunny skies, but we had the best seats in the house(which I’m not going to lie, at Yankee Stadium, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house). Unfortunately, the Yankees ended up winning which gave my boyfriend bragging rights for the rest of the night, but it was the perfect day for some cold beers, cheesy nachos, and doing the wave with the whole entire stadium.

We’ll get ’em next time. LET’S GO SOX!

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Bieber Fever


SOS! Send an ambulance, I have Bieber Fever! Last week I flew home to watch my future husband, J Biebs, perform his Purpose Tour, and I’ve had his album on repeat ever since. I’m pretty sure my boyfriend knows every word to “Sorry” now unwillinging. 


I had the best time ever jamming out in the sixth row with my favorite concert buddy, my mom. Justin put on such an amazing performance! He’s actually performing today and tomorrow at MSG here in NYC, and I’m not going to lie, I may or may not have looked up tickets to see him again, but of course, he sold out MSG once again. Bummer. Guess I’ll just have to call in sick (because I do have a fever) and try to celeb spot in the city haha!

Justin also had two great show openers- Post Malone and Moxie Raia. If you haven’t heard of Moxie Raia, I highly recommend opening up your iTunes right now and start downloading! 

Gettin’ Loopy


Summers in NYC are brutal between walking in 95 degree weather up avenues that are way too long and waiting in the non-air conditioned subway for the N train that never seems comes on time, you would think I would have lost 5 pounds by now. Heck, it’s called the Concrete Jungle for a reason-only the survival of the fittest survive. But, summers in NYC definitely has its perks too-so what’s the best part about summer city living? Rooftop bars! There is no better Instragam-worthy site than the sun setting on the water and a backdrop of tall buildings.


My first summer 2016 rooftop adventure was at Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar located in the Conrad New York. This place has the summer essentials-wine and popsicles! Loopy Doopy is best known for their Prosecco and Ice Pop Cocktails at $22 per glass with a beautiful sunset view of the Lower Manhattan skyline. My favorite summer flavor is peach (just ask my boyfriend who has to buy me a Peach Snapple every day) so I went with the Peach Iced Tea Lemonade (and my boyfriend tried the Blueberry). One word-Tasty! There is also a gorgeous view of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, and the New York Harbor.

And little did I know July 6th was #NationalKissingDay so good thing we captured this cute pic. Cheers Fashionistas to a summer full of good wine, tan lines, and sweet summer kisses.

 

Stars (and Stripes) in the Sky Watching Fireworks Fly

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Hello my beautiful Fashionistas! I hope you all had an amazing July 4th weekend! Do anything fun over the long holiday weekend? I would love to hear so comment below! My boyfriend, myself, and his family decided we would take a spur of the moment trip to Seaside Heights, aka The Jersey Shore, fist pumping our way to The Shore with DMX Pandora on full blast. But, half way to The Shore, we passed the Six Flags Great Adventure sign-game changer! We changed our destination in the GPS and off to Six Flags we went. So, in the end, I spent my Fourth of July with my adrenaline rushing through my body as I anxiously waited in line for the Nitro and the Bizarro and falling into Houdini’s illusions and ending the night with an amazing firework show over the lake.

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But just because I spent the night screaming on rollercoasters doesn’t mean I couldn’t look cute while doing it. It’s Fourth of July which means your wardrobe better consist of red, white and blue so I wore this white and blue striped off-the-shoulder flowy top paired with white skinny jeans (my fave summer bottom color). And a summer outfit isn’t complete without the perfect pair of sunnies to protect those gorgeous eyes. What was your Fourth of July wardrobe?

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