Dan and I officially closed on an apartment in DUMBO, Brooklyn and I’m moving in 12 hours!!! I remember arriving in NYC after graduating college and vowing to never leave Manhattan. Now that’s what I call young, foolish and naive.

After 4 apartments in 4 years, I’ve finally decided to call it quits and make the huge move to what I once deemed a haven for hipsters and hip moms. But then again it’s also home to quiet neighborhoods, SPACE and overall less grit and grime than Manhattan. Oh and of course, there’s the fact that my style icon, Olivia Palermo, will be my neighbor. (I swear I didn’t move to there just to stalk her and her dog in Brooklyn Bridge Park).

I can’t wait to move in with Dan, get a corgi named Bob (eventually), have picnics on the DUMBO waterfront where you can get the best views of Manhattan without actually having to smell Manhattan, and last but not least, redecorating!

I took a style quiz from Havenly, an app that pairs you with interior designers who can create your space online. The quiz was surprisingly accurate – this go-around, I’m trying to channel Scandinavian minimalism with hints of nature sprinkled throughout the apartment. I’m thinking a charcoal gray sectional, lots of plants, and a simple white desk. Basically I just want my new place to be a sanctuary of simplicity and somewhere I can just zen out and relax.

Obviously before and after photos to come soon.

xo

Zara coat, H&M jeans, Michele watch, Quay sunnies, Louis Vuitton bag

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Despite being an (amateuer) contemporary art enthusiast and 4th year NYC resident (not the medical kind, I practically failed anything science related), I had never visited the annual Armory Show until last weekend. We did a little window shopping in Soho first before heading to the middle of nowhere, aka 12th avenue, for this Big Apple version of art basel. I had also only recently lost my By Chloe virginity – I know, what kind of wannabe fashion blogger am I if I don’t eat instagram curated vegan food? Yet I somehow managed to eat Chloe 3x in this one weekend.

The show was awesome as expected but also ginormous. I literally couldn’t fit into my loafers the next morning because my feet were so swollen from walking around for hours. It didn’t help that Dan took a snail’s approach to observing the art. At one point, we got separated and I had gotten to the back of the first showroom while he was still barely 1/4th of the way through. Thanks dude.

It was also super interesting to see how our iPhones have changed the way we view art. We see everything through our pixelated screens now rather than with our bare eyes. In fact, the last photo on the left was a pool of water that was programmed with facial recognition and mirrored the audience’s face, but the artist had to tell everyone to put our phones away because they were covering our faces. Now that’s pretty dope and corrupted.

My roommate asked me about my taste in famous dudes the other day and I explained that I’m attracted to actors based on the roles they’ve played and the talent they exude. I’ve never been into “pretty boys” like Channing Tatum and Chase Crawford but I love rugged, unconventionally hot guys who play very serious roles. My boyfriend jokes that it only took him 7 years of friendship and 2 tattoos for him to win me over.

My favorites include:

Tom Hardy, especially because he’s regularly casted by Christopher Nolan who’s one of my favorite directors

Alex Skarsgard, even when he played a psycho husband in Big Little Lies

Christoph Waltz, mostly because he plays Tarentino’s quirky roles so well

Viggo Mortensen but only as a Russian gangster in Eastern Promises

 

  1. Drone camera so he can get those awesome aerial shots of you when you travel #instaboyfriend
  2. Dear Evan Hansen tickets because finally you won’t be the only one crying during a show
  3. A sassy card that he will (or will at least pretend to) appreciate
  4. Common Project sneakers that give his t-shirt and jeans uniform a sophisticated edge
  5. Tom Brady jersey because let’s face it: he really is the G.O.A.T.
  6. Bedsheets from Brooklinen because no boy ever has ever owned an extra set of sheets
  7. Tray table plus breakfast in bed. Feel free to Seamless because who are you kidding when you say you’re going to cook
  8. Apple TV so you can spend even more time Netflix and Chilling
  9. Harry’s subscription service even though you love his stubble
  10. All Saint’s sweater so he can stay warm when he’s doing #1 above
                 

  1.  Holiday gift pack of Jeni’s Splendid that you can share while watching Bridget Jones’ Diary for the millionth time
  2. Michele Watch which I’ve been eyeing for over a year
  3. A care package of her favorite Asian snacks because shrimp chips > Lays
  4. Monogrammed coffee mug
  5. Headphone splitter so you can finally both listen to Kanye at the same time
  6. Trendy workout leggings for the Equinox class she loves
  7. Gold rimmed agate coasters
  8. A piece of art from Society6 that she can liven up her room with
  9. A cool pair of silver sneakers
  10. Away carry on that she can use every time she visits you (which you wish was every week)