Over fall break, I had the amazing opportunity to go up to New York City to do some exploring and to meet with my friends up at Mogul, one of the largest media platforms for women worldwide. I vlogged my trip on my YouTube channel (go check it out here), but for this blog post I’m going to go into detail of everything we ate, where we stayed, and all about my visit to Mogul!
My aunt Judy was gracious enough to host my best friend Gillian and I in her breathtaking Upper West Side apartment, and we had the best time. It’s always a great time visiting Judy, who is one of the most fabulous women I have ever met. Her style is eclectic, but chic, and in a simple statement, her apartment is my DREAM! Staying in this apartment brings out my passion and appreciation for interior design, as well as my appreciation for beautiful art. My favorite fixture in Judy’s apartment, aside from all the beautiful plant life, has to be a hand-painted divider from 1929 displayed in her dining area right off of the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen, Judy whipped up the most incredible cappuccinos for us in the morning, and there is no better way to kick off a day in the city than a bomb-as-heck cappuccino.
We spent most of our time exploring the city, from Central Park to the East Village and Soho (which has to be my favorite neighborhood). I called this my “Eat, Pray, Love” trip, because it came at a time when I was feeling majorly uninspired and I needed to be back in my city, and we did just that. We ate…and ate…and ate. We stumbled upon what is my new favorite brunch spot, called BoCaphe. This funky, French-girl hotspot with a Vietnamese twist located on Lafayette Street offers everything from fluffy, fruit donned pancakes to the best avocado toast you’ll ever have (on cranberry bread, with an over easy egg on top…I mean, come on). Not only is it super delicious and affordable considering the location, it’s totally aesthetically pleasing. You’ll be sure to leave this sweet spot with a full belly and an even fresher Instagram feed.
Another must-eat stop in the same area as BoCaphe is the Chelsea Market. If you want endless options and amazing cultural exposure, be sure to put this stop on the top of your itinerary. I heard that a must-visit spot in the Chelsea Market is Mok Bar. I didn’t know I had a special spot in my soul for Korean barbecue until eating here, and it was a magical experience. If you go, I highly recommend getting the Bibimbap sliders. They’re filling, not too heavy, and I’ve been craving them ever since I ate them for the first time.
We found ourselves on Lafeyette, which is actually where the shopping is POPPIN’ (but seriously). On this street are some of my favorite stores to go to for funky pieces, which is all I wear anymore. We made sure to stop by & Other Stories and Uniqlo, which I highly recommend checking out! These two stores are ~cool girl~ hot spots, and I actually got some super cool pieces which I’ll be posting a styling video on, so stay tuned! Another must-visit spot for thrifting addicts like myself is The Vintage Twin. This locally owned vintage store is what thrifted dreams are made of, with racks full of carefully curated pieces that are made for one-of-a-kind looks…I thought I had died and went to vintage heaven.
On the topic of clothes and street style, here are some shots of what I wore on my trip and all the details of my look!
Shades – Steve Madden
Jumpsuit – Urban Outfitters
Belt – Urban Outfitters
Bucket Bag – J. Crew
Sneakers – Comme des Garçons x Converse
Bodysuit – Forever 21
Turtleneck – J. Crew
Lace Bralette – Free People
Trousers – Thrifted*
Chain – Thrifted*
Bucket Bag – J. Crew
Sneakers – Vans
I also had an incredible time visiting my Mogul family in the Hearst Tower! I intern with Mogul (onmogul.com), the largest social media & networking platform for women worldwide, as a President of the hub at my university. I was able to tour the offices, meet the founder and CEO, Tiffany Pham, and meet with the Marketing Manager, Danica Daniels. You can see the details of this trip and my visit with Mogul all on my YouTube channel (linked here)! I am so grateful to Mogul for this opportunity and I absolutely loved getting to take a peek at what goes on in the headquarters!
Until next time, NYC…