necklace from amy wings design

I love a bold necklace for special occasions, but for work / life I tend to pick a delicate piece and wear it daily. This new tiny blossom by Amy Wing is perfectly pretty for day-to-day wear.

landing in cancun

I'm only about three weeks behind on posting these. My trip to Mexico in April was a blast, I spent most of my time at the beach or the pool, hanging out with my mom, nieces, sister and brother-in-law. It was a great time to get a little sun and relaxation before heading back to busy New York.

more landing in cancun

the view from our rooftop terrace

a donkey at our resort in mexico

our beach at the resort

how to make a fascinator

The fine folks at Course Horse sent me to a feather fascinator course at Artikal this week. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but the teacher was patient and friendly and we got to work out of her amazing studio in the East Village (photos below). Making a fascinator wasn't as technical as I thought it would be, but they sure take a lot of time!

finished feather fascinator

Holly from Artikal was a pleasure to learn from and incredibly talented at making fascinators, hats and cage veils. Taking the class was a total blast. It's super easy to sign up on Course Horse and she teaches other fun millinery related courses here.

around Artikal millinery studio

The studio was jam-packed with feathers, hats, thread and other supplies.

wall of fascinators

around the millinery studio

I can't wait to sign up for another class from Course Horse. They have everything from photography, to food making/tasting, to wine, and crafting classes. If you have some free time I would strongly recommend trying something new with Course Horse. It was so fun to go alone and meet people, but it would also be fantastic to go to one with a group of friends.

crying in new york

When I first moved to New York someone told me that you are not a New Yorker until you have cried in public. It hasn't happened to me yet, but it's something I see nearly every day (especially on the trains). I never know what to do in these situations; do I ask the person if they are okay? Most people look as though they don't want to be bothered.

Then today I came across this article in the NY Times about crying in public. It turns out that the only place to get some privacy in this city is, in fact, in public. It's true that cramped apartments and small offices leave us no where to go but outside when we need some space. 

I guess next time I will turn away to give them what little privacy I can.

Alexandra Sophie Photographer

So, I'm a little behind on processing and posting my Mexico photos, but I just discovered this photographer Alexandra Sophie. She sure knows how to do pretty, right?

lucie on the beach

I've been MIA for a few days now. I swear I'll be back soon, but for now a preview of my Mexico vacation last weekend.

statue of liberty from the jewish heritage museum

It's not often I find myself near Battery Park, but we were there last Friday for an event and the skies were beautiful and clear. I still have to pinch myself when I see the Statue of Liberty; sometimes I still don't believe that I live in the most amazing city in the world.

two rector street

jewish heritage museum

bekka palmer on sneakpeeq

Have you heard of sneakpeeq yet? It's a fun shopping site with new deals every day. They are just starting to have their favorite bloggers and pinners add curated pages. My page went up this week, so check it out!

manhattan skyscraper

What's the best thing to do in Manhattan? Look up! The skyscrapers against the sky make the best shapes and patterns.

manhattan skyscraper

manhattan skyscraper

// photos by Bekka Palmer taken in the Financial District

comfortable vs cute shoes

Living in New York has made me more aware than ever about the comfort level of my shoes. If I can't walk 2 miles in them, then I won't leave the house in them. I've been trying to find the perfect blend of comfort and cute, and it seems like this season there are lots of choices for me!

// Above // Toms / Keds / Sperry / Tretorn / Chucks

If you want to take your shoes to a whole new level, get some shoe clips from!

shoe clips from shopbando