Buffalo Exchange Finds

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Hey guys! I’m really excited to write this post because it’s about my first time going to Buffalo Exchange, and I’m really really excited to tell you that Buffalo Exchange is as cool as you may have heard it rumored to be.

I don’t know why I’ve never been to Buffalo Exchange, given that it’s only about two blocks from the Fashion Institute of Technology (on 26th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues) where I attended classes for two years, but better late than never, right?!

Aside from being a shelter from the torrential rainfall that day, Buffalo Exchange is treasure trove of consigned goods. Organized, bustling, and dazzling, the store amazed me; I had no idea where to start exploring! The space itself was massive, but the amount of clothing and accessories that filled it is debatably more massive. As I combed through more and more racks (kindly and neatly categorized by item and size), the pile of clothes on my arm grew larger and larger.

I left the fitting room with a super boxy crop top from Parker NY in a fair isle-esque print and a navy quilted mini skirt á la Cher Horowitz. While on line to pay, this gold pendant necklace caught my eye from one of the many racks of jewelry, so I bought it as well!

Oh, and did I mention that the prices are amazing?! xo linds

When in Soho

There are few places I love more than New York City. I am beyond lucky to have it at my fingertips, so, naturally, I take full advantage of it when I can. Most recently, I met up with one of my closest friends, Nicole, in Soho for a shopping-filled day. As we strolled up and down the designer-lined streets and passed a wide variety of people, we filled each other in on what is new in our lives, for the last time I saw Nicole was at a class that we took together at the Fashion Institute of Technology over a year ago!

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We spent the day popping in and out of practically every store on Broadway, Greene, and Spring. We were on the hunt for dresses to wear for our high school graduations (yikes!) and pieces to fill out our summer wardrobes (to commemorate the first day of summer). Sadly, we had no luck with the graduation dresses, but I did score some fab shirts at Zara! Beware of entering Zara during a sale, though; it was madness. I was mauled by crazed customers making a beeline to the fifty-person fitting room line. My items were not on final sale, so I bypassed that line and went straight to the register, figuring that if I didn’t like them when I tried them on at home (which didn’t happen), I could always return them.

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Shirt: Zara – Skirt: Forever 21 – Bag: H&M (similar) – Shoes: Kohl’s – Bracelet: H&M – Necklaces: Lord & Taylor (similar)

I particularly love this shirt from Zara. When I bought it, Zara’s sale was going on, so it was a steal! It has such a tropical vibe, which made it a perfect top to wear on the first day of summer.

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After a day filled with walking, Nicole and I worked up quite an appetite. We stopped to get a bite to eat at Soho Park on Prince Street for a late lunch. The outdoor seating area, complete with shrubbery and vines, is what drew us in in the beginning, but the snack bar-style system and the very affordable food sealed the deal. My chicken caesar salad and Nicole’s chicken sandwich were exceptionally delicious! Following our meal, we reluctantly made our way to our respective trains, knowing that we won’t wait another year to see each other again.

For now,

xoxo linds

Northside Festival 2014

Spontaneity has never been a trait of mine; I’m a planner.  For this reason, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more impulsive and spur-of-the-moment. I embraced the spirit of spontaneity on Saturday when I read about a concert in Brooklyn that was to occur later that day in an email. I immediately called up my best friend Emma and threw on a dress, and, before we knew it, we were on our way to Williamsburg!

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We had no idea what to expect when we got to Brooklyn. Neither of us had ever been to Brooklyn nor had we heard of the band that is playing! Are there going to be a lot of people at the concert? Will it be inside? Will the band sound good live? We had no idea.

We were more than pleasantly surprised when we got to the concert site. The “little concert” we were going to turned out to be a festival: Northside Festival 2014! The stage was set up on Bedford Avenue, the longest street in Brooklyn, and the street was closed off for blocks so that only pedestrians could use it. Unique vendors lined the sides of the street, turf covered the street, and the coolest kids of Brooklyn swarmed up and down the street. Emma and I grabbed iced teas, sprawled out on the grass, and soaked up the sun as The Piers played a fantastic live set.

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After the band finished, we popped in and out of the stores, drew on the street with chalk along with several fabulously-dressed toddlers, then we stopped for dinner at TRIX Restaurant on Bedford. Not only was the food delicious, the portions were large, the location was great, the staff were friendly, and the price was more than reasonable!

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Needless to say that we made the right decision by going to the concert last minute, and we are definitely going to visit Brooklyn again.

xoxo linds

Jonas Brothers Live Tour 2013!

The Jonas Brothers announced that they were having a comeback tour and  I knew had to go! Immediately my best friends contacted me and said that they wanted to go too, so we all went together! I was so excited when we bought the tickets, I felt like I was ten years old again.

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Yesterday, my friends and I printed our tickets, got in the car, and made our way to the outdoor theater. It was forecasted to storm but we held out hope that the weather will wait to unleash itself until after the concert. The traffic on the way to the concert was unbearable, but we made it there right in time! (We got there at 6:59, one minute early)

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The fantastic pop band Karmin was the opening act and they did not disappoint. All of their songs were spunky and fun and definitely loud. They performed four original songs, including my fav Broken Hearted, and one cover song, Look at me Now!

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The dark clouds were rolling in and the breeze from the ocean was blowing stronger; the storm was coming soon! Nick Jonas even tweeted that they were going to start the show a little early so that we could beat the storm! There wasn’t any rain yet, but there sure was a lot of lightning.

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The suspenseful music started, the lights turned on, and all of the girls started to scream. My friends and I nudged each other and whipped out our cameras, but I noticed something odd. There was a group of girls facing away from the stage, looking at one of the side entrances to the theater, with their cameras at the ready. I looked towards the side entrance, the music starts (Nick Jonas is already on stage playing the guitar), and Kevin Jonas walks out of the door!! He, surrounded by his body guards, walked RIGHT in front of me. I looked back at the entrance and Joe Jonas came out next! I was soo excited! I tried to stop shaking while I took the pictures but they still came out pretty blurry. (The pictures aren’t even zoomed!!)

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This concert was probably one of the best that I’ve been to. They played the perfect mix of popular throwback songs, catchy current songs, and brand new songs from their not-yet-released album! They are fantastic singers and Nick is beyond smokin-hot! The show that the brothers put on was so exciting and so much fun!

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xoxo linds

Teenage Politico

 

 

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Summer is the perfect time to try something new, pursue a new activity, and boost your resume. In addition to taking precollege classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I’m interning for a local politician in his current re-election campaign. I never thought that I’d have an interest in politics, but when this opportunity was at my doorstep I took it! So far, it’s been an amazing experience. In the few weeks that I have been interning Legislator Jim Maisano, I’ve learned so much about politics, strategy, and the voting process.

Last week, we had a fun beach-themed fundraiser for Jim at a waterfront restaurant! It was anything but stuffy. The interns, me and four other students, worked at the event signing in guests, taking donations, and shmoozing the important guests. We gave all the guests colorful Hawaiian lays, ‘Re-elect Jim’ stickers, and even Jim Maisano nail files! Jim really cares about the people of the city and he takes his job seriously. He loves talking and getting to know the people in his district first hand. Needless to say it was a fun and productive night.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the stuff we’re going to do!!

xoxo linds

Happy Independence Day!!

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Go red, white and blue!
Happy Independence Day! Today isn’t just about wearing a perfectly patriotic outfit or making honey BBQ ribs to bring to your neighborhood get together; it’s about honoring our country and the people who made it what it is today. Insurmountable groups of people sacrificed all they could for the benefit of the nation and to give us, the Americans of today, the life we live at this very minute. Count your blessings, watch a spectacular fireworks display, and have a wonderful Fourth of July!!
xoxo Linds

The Blizzard Named Nemo

I can’t decide what is the best part about snow days, if it’s the fact that I don’t have to go to school or the surreal feeling I get watching the sparkling snow cover the streets and houses with a blanket of white. Either way, snow days just feel like an unexpected gift given to us by mother nature.

Shout out to the storm-naming people for naming this blizzard Nemo and giving everyone that will be hit by it a really good reason to watch Finding Nemo while snuggling under some warm blankets. The snow has been persistently falling since about 6 am and should continue to fall until mid-afternoon tomorrow. Where I live in New York we are supposed to get about a foot of snow, which means I’ll be stuck in my house.

What’s the best way to make use of a snow day, you ask?

  1. Have a spa day! Take the whole day to relax and treat yourself, there’s nothing wrong for having a “Me Day” every once and a while. Give yourself a mani-pedi, a facial, and maybe take a nice long bath!
  2. Have a movie marathon! Have you ever seen commercials of movie previews that look incredible and must-see, but you never actually get the chance to see them? Watch them back to back all day, you can find almost every movie made on the internet. Don’t forget the popcorn!!
  3. Cross things off of your To-Do list! Have a lot of odds and ends to do but never get around to doing them? Now that you have the whole day free, organize your room, sort through your closet, anything!
  4. Have an arts and crafts day! Cut out a bunch of pictures from magazines or the internet and make a collage or a mood board.

Have tons of fun on your snow day! Stay warm xoxo

Snow Already?!

Hey Dolls,

Today was just a regular day of school; I had AM dance class, American History, and English. Then, as I was sitting (zoning out probably) in AP Biology, I looked out the window to find out that it was snowing. Yes, SNOWING, in November! Personally, I think that it is still too early in the year for it to snow; it’s not even winter yet.

Don’t get me wrong, I looovee when it snows. I just hate the cold. Weird right? I know. I tend to get cold very easily to I have to bundle up with lots of layers.

By the time I got home, it was snowing pretty heavily and the wind was blowing it around so that it was the inside of a snow globe! It was picturesque, I had to run around in the snow for a minute. It hasn’t stopped snowing for a minute since it started, it’s a true winter wonderland outside because everything is white.

I just stepped outside for a moment to take in the crazy weather and saw enormous fluffy flakes falling quickly and dancing in the wind. So pretty! It’s wicked cold out though. I put on the biggest sweater and the coziest slippers I own and made a nice cup of spice tea, yum.

Stay warm New England!

xoxo linds

Dance Moms Meet and Greet

I know most of you watch the show Dance Moms on Bravo, and some may even obsessed fangirls like me! I danced practically my whole life and when I was little I always dreamed of being a prima ballerina, portraying Odette in Swan Lake or dancing the Kitri variation in the Don Quixote Ballet.

I am sooo fascinated with Dance Moms because I probably could have seriously trained in dance my whole life to be as good as those girls are right now. They are all just so talented and so disciplined and SO YOUNG!! I hate Abby though, she is too hard on the girls; they need to have a little fun too.

So Melissa, Maddie and Mackenzie’s mom, posted on twitter that she was going to be doing a meet and greet at the mall in my town with Christi, Chloe’s mom, Maddie, and Chloe! And of course my sister and I haaaddd to go!

So my sister, my sisters friend, and I waited on line for a little more than three hours inside of the Westchester Mall (which was actually ideal because there was an enormous storm outside) until we finally got to meet the girls. We were rushed through pretty quickly but we still got to chat with them for a minute! They are so perfect!

 

It’s Back-to-School time!

Got back-to-school jitters? Me too.

There are lots of good things about going back to school but there are also reasons to be nervous. Who will be in my classes? Am I going to have nice teachers? Will I have a good lab partner? Where will I sit at lunch? 

And most importantly……

WHAT DO I WEAR ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL?!

Everyone knows that you have to dress to impress but so many girls don’t know what outfit would be the perfect outfit to wear.

To make sure you showcase your glowing summer skin, you might want to wear a bright (neon?) color or a crazy pattern. If you’re a little bit edgier, you might want to wear a vintage band tee or a distressed tank; it totally feels summery.

Tank tops or short sleeve shirts are usually the way to go because it’s still hot when it’s time to go back to school. If it seems a little chilly outside, then don a cute cardigan. On the bottom, both shorts and skinny jeans are acceptable. White shorts are always a great option because they will show off your sun kissed legs!

I always like to wear my hair down on the first day of school, but that may just be me. My go-to hairstyle is beach-y waves with my bangs braided and pinned back.

You may want to finish off your look with some jewelry (earrings and a necklace?) and a super cute pair of flip flops. Go crazy with your accessories, it’s a fun way to bring your personality into an outfit!

 

Good luck on your first day of school! I hope these tips helped you out! xoxo