From top to bottom and left to right:
Snow in Union Square // mini arrangements in ABC Carpet & Home // #dying because of the snow 
My second trip to Maman + more snow // even more flowers // are you tired of the snow yet (taken in the Flatiron district)
Stripes in the city (wearing this Zara coat) // Jimmy Fallon (pre hours of waiting) // pristine decor @ the Marlton // Midtown views // *more flowers* // a shot from my "run" in Greenwich Village 

I first visited New York in 2006. Nine years ago. I can’t even process that because time flies so quickly and I’m already almost ten years older. This is just weird writing about it. Anyways, nine years later I’m back at it in the city. As a proper ending to my “college trip” across the northeast, I spent 3 days in the city. The last few weeks or so I’ve been planning and getting recommendations for the city (thank you to everyone who commented on my post & friends who gave me recs!), there was so much to do in so little time. 

After combing through google search results for hours, I found the charming Marlton Hotel. Situated in Greenwich village and a short walk away from Washington Square Park, the Marlton is a small boutique hotel for those wanting a unique experience. A full lobby of locals and travelers alike meets you once escaping the cold weather and there is an instant “cozy feeling.” There is an espresso bar, bar, and restaurant complete with pale blue couches and marble coffee tables. My “petite” room was on the second floor, which was just up a flight of stairs (I’m convincing myself this was enough exercise for the week). As you can see, the decorator for this hotel definitely knows the word “aesthetics.” Although I’ve stayed at numerous hotels in midtown, the UES, the Meatpacking, etc., I loved this one because I was in my own little “corner” of New York. Across the street was a Stumptown coffee and next to that was a darling flower shop, Spina. 

Now on to the good stuff — the food. If people ask me what I do in NYC, I simply say “shop and
 eat” (emphasis on the eat). This trip I tried Maman, a new coffee shop in Soho and it quickly became my favorite. In lieu of coffee (shocking, I know) I tried the Lavender Hot Chocolate and was pleasantly surprised. When I returned a second time, I tried a kale salad with polenta croutons— very tasty as well. For dinner, I tested out Charlie Bird, an eatery with an Italian inspired menu. I recommend the grilled octopus. Of course I had to go back to my all time favorites: Buddakan, Spice Market (!!), Lafayette, Blue Stone Lane CafĂ©, ABC Kitchen, Happy Bones, and BG

Another tidbit about my NY experience — I was fortunate enough to attend a taping of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent on Hulu watching clips of the show and he never fails to make me laugh. Last Thursday, I finally got the chance to see him in person. After about an hour and a half of waiting in line, I was ushered into the studio and waited for it to begin. As much as I would have loved to take pictures, phones are strictly prohibited. The Roots came out and performed a few songs before they started and I can confirm that they are (seem like from afar) like the coolest people around. The guests for Thursday were Ben Stiller, Tim Gunn, and Rixton as the musical guest. If those weren’t awesome enough — Ariana Grande, slated to appear on Friday, had a conflict and came in and filmed her segment. The whole experience was amazing and I loved being a part of it and I even got to high five him!

P.S. If you haven't entered my giveaway yet, there is still plenty of time!



To help you recover from Spring Break, I'm giving you guys free stuff.

 Well, one of you will get something. I've teamed up with Melissa of The Atelier, an online shop & blog. I've been a fan of her cute stationary and prints for quite some time and I was happily delighted when she introduced jewelry. While I'm not one for statement pieces, these dainty necklaces fit right into my style. I chose the gorgeous Stella pendant  to give away today because of it's simple and timeless appeal. I love necklaces like these because I can throw it on with almost any outfit and it instantly upgrades it. Now how do I win this necklace? Simply enter via the widget below and follow the steps for multiple entries. This giveaway will run for one week, ending next Monday (3/31). The great news is that even if you don't technically win...you still win. You can use the code PEONIES10 to score 10% off your purchase at The Atelier. Besides the necklace, I've got my eye on this perfect palm stationary for spring and this chic print. So go ahead and enter the giveaway and don't forget to come back next week to see if you are the lucky winner! 



neutral facades // Madewell // ok not technically Georgetown, but Jaleo is my favorite // colorful door spotting.

Let's catch up shall we?
As you might know, I've been spending my spring break touring colleges. Since I haven't spent much time there recently, it was a nice change of scenery. Since I was mainly touring Georgetown University, I spend a lot of time in that area. Georgetown is full of colorful houses, quiet streets (except M), and great shopping. I loved the feel of Georgetown because it's the perfect medium-sized place and seems perfect for me. I loved walking around the hilly streets and couldn't help staring at the gorgeous town homes. Next up on my travels is New York City, which is where I currently am. 

To keep up with my travels, follow me on Instagram & more travel recaps coming soon!



This friday marks the beginning of spring break (cue happy dance)...

and I'll be traveling for the next week or so around the Northeast for college trips. I know my readers are scattered around the US--and the globe--so I know you guys will have some lovely recommendations for me. I've been to some of these cities before, but I'm always open to try new places. So, I'd love to know your recommendations on where to eat, the best coffee, the most darling boutique, a great place to photograph, a fun spot, or really anything worth visiting. I will be in Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Middletown, CT, New Haven, Poughkeepsie, and New York City. 

I would appreciate it if you could comment below with your recommendations for these places and I look forward to reading them! 



When I wear prints, there is a 99% chance it's stripes. 

After a recent trip to Zara, I've expanded my printed collection. This skort is not my usual buy, but for spring I'm trying to try some new styles out. I'm pretty sure I haven't actually worn a skort since about  2007 -- a plain navy one for a school, so this is a nice change. Plus, this one has pockets #praise. 

Is it just me or is it more difficult to find dressier outfits for the winter? It's not as simple as putting on a sundress & cute sandals like in the summer, and the capricious weather here is always a factor. To replace my usual dress + boots situation I'm adding in this number to do something a little different. 

How do you dress up for the colder months?



After weekends of rained-out outfit posts the  sun  clouds were finally out! Despite that, it's projected to rain all week. To protect me from the rain, I have this lovely Charles River raincoat. If you haven't heard of Charles River yet, please go check out their website! Of course, I got mine in navy because what other color is there? I paired this with my black jeans & colorful flats (it's technically spring now, right?) for an easy look. If it is seriously pouring, consider pairing this with rain-boots to protect your nice shoes. How do you dress for rainy day weather?

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