If you have not seen my NYC haul video yet where I also show you the giveaway item (& everything I bought in NYC), click here!
YES. It is indeed giveaway time!!!! You guys have noooo idea how excited I am to be hosting a giveaway for you all. 1) because this is my first ever giveaway 2) because I think you guys are really going to adore the giveaway item & 3) because this is my way of saying THANK YOU to all of my awesome readers. Whether you’ve always read my posts, just started to, or do on occasion, I really really appreciate you taking the time to pop in & see what my scatterbrained self is up to from time to time! So, thank you for the support whatever it may be, a like on my ootd instas, watching my videos, reading my posts, or even just retweeting a twitter link to my work. You guys rock lots. Ok ok I’m going to stop being sappy & let you guys read about how to enter the giveaway contest down below!!
Giveaway item: trendy beaded wrap choker
how to enter:
-must be following me on instagram
-must be subscribed to my blog
(on computer: find on the right hand side of my blog. on phone: scroll all the way down to the bottom)
-comment on corresponding instagram photo when done (say ‘done’ or something along those lines) MAKE SURE THOSE WHO ALREADY FOLLOW ME COMMENT SO I KNOW YOU ARE ENTERED
*to win you must be following & subscribed, I will be checking!!*
for an additional entry, tag 3 friends in a comment below the corresponding instagram photo!
Entries will close on Saturday, July 23rd at 11:59 pm & I will be announcing the winner on Sunday July 24th at 5:00 pm! The winner should look out for a tag on instagram as well as a DM (direct message). The contest is only available to people who live within the U.S.
In case you don’t follow me on Twitter, Snapchat (mandadimarco), or Instagram, I was in NYC this past weekend!! My mom & I went up for an impromptu girls trip (one we usually take every summer) & had a fabulous time. If you haven’t already, go check out my NYC weekend video to see all of the fun things we did & cool places we went! If you have already seen it, well, just keep reading to hear all the details behind the video!
As soon as we touched down in NYC, we took a cab to the hotel, dropped our bags off, & headed straight to Soul Cycle! After we worked our booty’s off, we grabbed some juices at Joe & the Juice & switched paces at a relaxing Korean spa. Following the most amazing spa day, we went to Jesse Tyler Gerguson’s one man act, Fully Committed, & grabbed some guac & chips for din at Dos Caminos!
Soul Cycle w/ Akin: Soul Cycle is a cycling studio that will change your perspective on not only cycling, but cardio in general. Combining spinning, dance, music, & spirituality, Soul Cycle will make you feel. If you love working out & bettering your mind & body, this is your kinda place. Akin is also one of the most well-known & amazing soul cycle instructors, so it was kind of a treat to take his class! And also intense, really intense lol.
Joe & the Juice: My mom & I just discovered this cute juice cafe on this trip & were obsessed. The cafe itself has a trendy, chill vibe to it (even though it was busy the entire day), seating & wifi, & also serves sandwiches & coffee! But the juice… was on some other shiz. Too good.
Juvenex Spa: no words. If you haven’t already been to a Korean spa, all I can say is go. It is amazingly life-changing. And quick disclaimer: nude is the norm there. Lol.
Fully Committed: Jesse Tyler Ferguson stars in a one-man act that is so fast-paced & undeniably hilarious. If you love comedy, go & prepare to be laughing the whole duration of the play.
Dos Caminos: The best place to grab Mexican food EVER. My fam & I always hit this restaurant up when we’re in the city (I wonder if they have other locations around the country?). From the food, the ambience, the margs… (lol), it’s just all around great. But especially the ambience cause when you’re in the city, a nice ambience is a must.
We woke up bright and early to grab some breakfast in the hotel lobby, The Crosby, & catch a 9:30 am workout class at KORE. On the walk back from KORE, we grabbed some tea at Dean & Deluca & went back to the hotel to get ready for our shopping day. We stopped for a quick bite at Sarabeths & then hit lululemon, Bergdorfs, Saks, & a couple little soho boutiques. After a long day, we got ready & headed to Chef’s Club for dinner. We decided to hit up the rooftop bar at the James hotel to see that one of a kind New York skyline after dinner & then called it a night.
The Crosby: A beautiful & trendy boutique-esque hotel in Soho with again, an amazing ambiance. Service’s goal is to make you feel at home & they truly do just that. If you’re familiar with the city you know that a decent sized hotel room is hard to come by, but at the Crosby the rooms are impressively spacious.
KORE: So, this is a high intensity interval training workout studio in the city. When my mom & I went, the workout was focused around a full body strength workout with little-to-no cardio (dumbells & bandwork, too). Not my personal preference, as I like a workout more centered around cardio, but it was definitely awesome for strength building. Let me just say I did this on Friday & my legs are still sore, lol.
Dean & Deluca: Apparently they have locations in Napa as well as the city, but this was my first time going to a Dean & Deluca store. It’s almost like a fresh market or whole foods, but more options & more grab and go items for sure. Super minimalistic & clean look to the store which I absolutely love.
Sarabeths: Cute little American food restaurant in the city. We sat outside at the one by Central Park & it was such a beautiful sight. Yummy lunches & I’ve heard they have great breakfast as well!
Chef’s Club: My mom was recommended to go here by our friend who works at The Crosby & it most definitely did not disappoint! The restaurant itself was very nice & had an open kitchen so you could see the chef’s cooking. I personally love open kitchens because it brings a whole new feel to the restaurant. Food was super fresh tasting & just down right delicious.
Rooftop bar at the James Hotel: So, if you ever get up to the city, getting to some type of rooftop bar is a must. Nothing beats that NYC skyline- especially during the night when the city is wide awake & the lights are twinkling from every direction.
On Saturday, we woke up around 8 am & did a Soul Cycle class before we had to leave for Orlando. After Soul Cycle we grabbed some breaky at the chicest vegetarian cafe, The Butcher’s Daughter, then grabbed a cab to the airport.
Soul Cycle w/ Samantha: Can you tell we
like love Soul Cycle? We had Samantha as our instructor this time around & I absolutely adored her! The instructors are just so motivating in their own unique way; you leave feeling more & more inspired each time.
The Butcher’s Daughter: The most adorable plant-based cafe in the city with the best juices & prettiest decor! If you love breaky, definitely give this place a try.. & usually I would say sit outside, but the inside might even be prettier!!
ALSO, GUYS. I’m thinking of filming an NYC haul where I’ll show you all what I got while shopping OR doing my first ever giveaway with a super awesome accessory I got at a Soho artists market! Which one would y’all like to see first?! Let me know in the comments!!
Greetings all you beautiful people! My best friend (hence the title) Kat & I filmed a best friend tag video for you & here it is!!!! Don’t mind me, it was lunch time & rainier cherries are the BOMB.
Let me know if you liked watching something like this & I’ll totally film more. It was so much fun to record & took me forever to edit. I worked really hard on this, so I would love to hear feedback!! Thanks for watching & I hope you enjoy xx
Hello lovely people! I hope all my American readers had a fun, but SAFE independence day… & to all you non-Americans, proud of you for getting through yet another Monday.
Update: I feel like this has been the most eventful summer I’ve ever had (that I can remember) & I’m really lovin’ it. And being that my family trips & travels for the summer haven’t even begun yet, it doesn’t look like it’s calming down either. Speaking of traveling… I have a HUGE announcement. I will be attending a Pre-SCAD abroad program for a week in Lacoste, France!!!! Yes, you read right… FRANCE. The trip is made so students get the chance to stay at SCAD’s Lacoste campus & embark on a journey of cultural enrichment. We’ll go on hikes, visit local village markets, swim in lakes, & travel to Paris to see the Eiffel tower. You guys… I am over the moon excited. This is so me. I’ve always found culture extremely fascinating & I feel so lucky to be able to share this new experience with SCAD students/staff &…. YOU GUYS. Cause duh, you know I’ll be blogging my entire trip. Isn’t it somethin’ that the summer before I start college is one of the most exciting & memorable ones yet! Ah, bittersweet.
Anyways, I’ve done some research & Lacoste’s weather is basically just like Florida except with chilly nights. Basically, it’s perfect. I looooveee this look & I definitely think I’m going to be bringing it to France with me because it includes layering (perfect for shifts in weather). Layering is one of my most favorite styling tools, but since Florida is always too hot to do so, I really want to take advantage & make this a staple when I travel to France. The look pretty much exudes a “summer anywhere” vibe since I wear it here in Florida & feel perfectly comfortable in it; however, by throwing a jean or leather jacket over top, it’s the perfect outfit for a cool night in Lacoste.
I leave in late August, so I still have quite a bit of time, but stay tuned because I would really love to share every step of my adventure with you rad people 🙂