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  • Brooklyn, I Love You

    There are very few things in this world that I love more than a day spent in New York City–very, very few things. For me, nothing can really beat the sensational feeling that consumes me as I enter Grand Central Station; it’s as if I’m being transfixed into another world. I feel all stress and worries start to subside as an overwhelming presence of joy enters my body. This, for me, is the feeling of pure happiness.

    When deciding where to attend college, I was significantly more attracted to colleges and universities that were located within close proximity to the city. Having lived the first eighteen years of my life near Boston, I felt that college would be the perfect opportunity to change things up a bit. One of my favorite things about going to Fairfield University is that although it is located in Connecticut, there is only a short train ride standing between me and NYC. I particularly love the idea that Fairfield isn’t located directly within NYC because in being located in a cute beach town, within close proximity to the city, I truly feel as though I am getting the best of both worlds. My friends and I constantly take advantage of this short commute to NYC, while at the same time take advantage of what the charming town of Fairfield has to offer.

    A couple weekends ago, some friends and I decided to venture into the city, particularly Brooklyn, as none of us had ever been. On this day, the weather was rather grey, indicating the possibility of rain, so I decided to dress accordingly. This time of year can also be rather difficult to dress for, as the temperature seems to fluctuate multiple times throughout the day. My helpful tip for those finding themselves in a predicament due to this is simply to layer. Layering your clothes is more or less the answer to being comfortable during this transitional time of year. On this day, I decided to first pair my comfortable Anthropologie grey turtleneck with my new favorite jean skirt (on sale here) from Free People. Recently, I have been very into pairing chunky knits with denim skirts. I also feel as though you definitely can’t go wrong with this combo on days like these. Not only will you be comfortable, you will look trendy and put together. I absolutely love taking part in reviving 90s’ fashion trends, and I definitely feel as though this sweater-jean skirt-combo channels that love. To keep warm from the morning chill, I layered my light Anthro army green jacket over my outfit. I love this jacket because it never fails to add an element of unique style to any outfit I layer it onto. Because the grey sky shed light on the possibility of rain, I decided not to take any chances and wear a hat (similar here). I love this floppy wool hat because not only is it super trendy, it’s super inexpensive (win win!) To add, I also wore my everyday Steve Madden booties, while sporting my go-to Madewell sunnies and leather tote.

    For me, crossing the iconic Brooklyn Bridge was everything. The Brooklyn Bridge is so much more than just a bridge. It is symbolically the threshold into the artistic, magical world that is Brooklyn. Upon entering DUMBO, Brooklyn, my friends and I warmed up with  lattes at One Girl Cookies. One Girl Cookies serves delicious specialty coffee and treats; and not to mention, it has an extremely chic, picturesque interior–yes please! Following this, we spent some time in an extremely cool thrift shop, gazing from vintage tees to rustic silver rings.

    Following our time spent in the always trendy Brooklyn, we made our way back to Manhattan. While in Manhattan, we had the amazing opportunity to shoot our outfits from a rooftop building (thanks to my bestie from jessicamiele.com), hence the impeccable view (I can finally cross that off of my bucket list!). To add, prior to our visit in Brooklyn, we grabbed lunch at by CHLOE., a delicious vegan restaurant located in West Village (among other locations). Here, we enjoyed guac burgers–definitely one of the best things I’ve ever eaten, not gonna lie. And of course we had sides of sweet potato fries and homemade lemonade because hey, why not?

    Overall, we had an amazing time venturing around this breathtaking city. NYC, you never fail to amaze me.

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    xo Shae




    1. Brenda
      April 6, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      Love the post! You make a dreary day dreamy in NYC!!!

      • styledbyshae
        April 7, 2017 / 3:53 am

        Love you:)

    2. Lisa
      April 7, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Such great details Shae…makes me feel like I was there too!

      • styledbyshae
        April 7, 2017 / 7:33 pm

        Thank you so much! It means a lot:)

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