2020 | Chantilly

The Cutest Things to do in Beacon, NY

Have you ever heard of Beacon, NY? If not, you should! It offers some of the best things to do in the Hudson Valley.

Beacon is a charming little town in upstate New York. Restaurants, culture, and art are embedded in this community. Not only does it make a perfect day trip up from NYC, but folks from all over the Hudson Valley flock here on weekends to peruse the shops, art galleries, and people watch.

It's been having a resurgence in the last decade fueled by artists leaving NYC with the promise of cheaper rents and less grit. (In fact, my husband and I moved here from Brooklyn for a year!)

Because of this, you'll find many art spaces (including the famous Dia Beacon) and a prominent live music scene thanks to folk legend Pete Seeger (Beacon was his hometown.)

It's the perfect sleepy town getaway with an artsy twist. There are too many cute little cafes to count. And you'll have the time of your life stopping at each an every shop on your lazy stroll down Main Street!

So I've put together a list of the best things to do in Beacon, NY. That way, you can create your perfect weekend in Beacon for yourself!

Cute downtown area


Polka Dot Pretty Woman Dress / Style Dupe

Am I the only one who has fantasized about owning Julia Robert's polka dot dress in Pretty Woman? Ever since I was a little girl, I've wanted to get my hands on that dress. Oh, the casual elegance of it... that perfect shade of beige... and of course, the polka dots! Just laying eyes on that print somehow makes my day 100x happier.

polka dot dress Pretty Woman


Let's Talk Instagram Hashtag Strategy (and Why You Need a Good One)

Guys, it's time to talk about Instagram hashtag strategy!

How many of you out there have a strategy for hashtags? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

And how many out there are frustrated with your rate of growth? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️ If so, (and I'm guessing that's a lot of you) it's time to take a look at what you're doing and change it. That's why I recommend using a good Instagram hashtags strategy. This is the best way to increase your reach dramatically and find new audiences!

best Instagram hashtag strategy

Spring Outfit - Candy Colored Stipes 🍭

I hope everyone has been having a great week so far! I mean... considering 😏 I was just looking back at these photos from the end of March and decided that it might be time for a style post.

And I was just thinking... I know everyone goes crazy over everything floral in the spring... but aren't stripes in bright colors just as gorgeous?

Spring fashion posts_1


How to Meditate for Beginners

How to meditate

Have you ever considered a meditation practice? Also called practicing mindfulness, meditating is a wonderful way to manage stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, I was brought up with the idea that meditating was a little bit weird, and my family didn't really get it. But luckily, over the years times have changed, and meditation is now widely practiced by many people all over the globe.

Meditation is such a wonderful way to maintain a sense of calm and clarity in the most trying situations. How do I know? Because I've been personally meditating for years!


Easy Homemade Whipped Coffee Recipe

Have you ever heard of whipped coffee before? It's never even crossed my mind until recently. Whipped coffee been sweeping TikTok as the newest way to get your sugary caffeine fix. Since I'm obsessed with all things coffee, I was definitely intrigued. I watched tons of videos so that I could learn the best way to make whipped coffee, and I want to share it with you!

Whipped coffee recipe


5 Simple Tips to Refresh Your Living Room Decor for Spring

Hey friends!

How has it been going for you in these past couple of weeks? I hope that it's been full of self care, cooking good meals, baths, books, and exercise 😊

One thing that I've been focusing on more is my space. Specifically my living room. As I spend more time indoors, I find myself looking for things that can be improved. And I'm a believer in only having items around that make you feel happiness and joy every single day. So that's why I decided to revamp my living room for spring! 

I put together some simple tips to refresh your living room.. These tips definitely work if you're on a budget or live in a small space (both of these apply to me.) Because believe it or not, you don't have to go all out with hundreds of decorations to freshen things up. Small changes make a big impact!

So here we go, let's look at some tips for transforming your living room for spring!

Living Room Decor


Home Refresh ~ New Vanity

If there's one positive thing about staying home recently, it's that I've been paying more attention to my space. There's tons of things around the house that I've been meaning to fix or update forever, but just never got around to it. So even though I'm stuck here for a little while, it's nice to finally be able to turn my attention to improvements.

One of those things is replacing my old vanity!

vintage vanity


Best Tips on Working from Home and Working Remotely

Hello friends!

I guess you could say that I've been a "work from home" freelancer for several years now. It's a little funny to me, since to be honest, I usually can't get much done when I'm at home! 🙈 Weirdly, I find my home to be distracting and not all that motivating when I'm alone. I prefer to work around other people, so I usually opt for a local cafe or coffee shop.

The best tips on how to work from home

Obviously a lot has changed in the past few weeks, and going to work outside my home is not an option right now. So I've started to develop a routine that helps me to be even more productive than I ever have been before! I've put together seven tips that will help you do the same :)

(btw, get my faux ivy garland here!!)


What to wear in New Orleans // Southern Belle Aesthetic

Why I DO declare! 

shein floral dress

Hi cuties! How's your week going?

As you can tell, I'm trying to pop in here a little more often with updates and posts. I loved writing the last blog about New Orleans (I wrote most of it on the plane ride back!), and I just wanted to share with my favorite look for the trip!

So as you can tell from my last post, I fell hard for New Orleans during our recent trip. And when I was thinking about what to wear there, my first instinct was to conjure up some super femme, southern belle vibes. This gorgeous floral dress from Shein was literally perfect!


New Orleans- Your Guide to the French Quarter, Jazz, and Voodoo

New Orleans is known as a mecca for jazz, voodoo, drinking on Bourbon Street, and rich food. Your itinerary can include things like haunted hotels in the French Quarter. Mansions in the Garden District. Historic Tours of the city. And bars and restaurants galore. Basically tons of things to do in every direction you step.

For centuries, people have been attracted to the witchy charms of New Orleans, and I'm no exception. I found myself called there this year, and I can verify that this city is utterly hypnotizing. From the smells to the architecture, to the palm readers setting up shop in Jackson Square. There's something darkly alluring about New Orleans and I admit- I'm hooked!

New Orleans Tourist Guide
New Orleans Travel Guide
New Orleans Itinerary


How to Spend 48 Hours in San Francisco

Travel Guide for San Francisco California

Cue the Full House theme 🎶🎶 

I'll just go out on a limb and say it- traveling to San Francisco is always a good idea! Even if you only have a short amount of time to see it.  I just love its wonderful laid back energy and unique people-watching opportunities. Not to mention finding things to do in San Fran is a snap! It's pretty perfect bucket material, as there are so many famous landmarks to check out. The Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies, and Fisherman’s Wharf... just to name a few.

San Francisco has a reputation of attracting bohemians and free spirits of all types, but it's also a business hub, since the tech industry is based there. So if you're visiting on a work trip for instance, (or just have a really long layover) you might not have as much time as you want to wander...


Do a 30-Day Photo Challenge for the New Year!

30 day photography challenge

Photo by Brown Eyed Flower Child

I've been doing photography for this blog for a long time, and learning how to communicate visually has been a real journey for me.  Obviously, this has meant taking lots and lots (and lots) of photos!  I've cycled in and out of trends and learned that trends are not just for clothes or hairstyles... there are photography trends as well!

For instance, in the early 2010s, it was all about documentation-style details. Everyone was wanted those up-close shots and bokeh backgrounds. But on Instagram, I've noticed that it's more about the wide shot, especially when highlighting travel destinations. People love to be able to picture themselves where you are, and see what you're seeing. Over time, I've adapted and adjusted my style to fit each platform.

Part of the reason I've been able to roll with the punches and not get stuck in a certain style is because I'm always challenging myself. And let's face it, when you've been doing this for a long time, it's pretty certain you might run out of ideas from time to time.

But no worries! If you've been feeling a little bit stale, I think it's a good idea to take a step back, refocus, and do a Photo Challenge!


Journey through 2019 ... Year In Review

East Village New York NYC

So it's 2020. Are you psyched or a little hesitant about the New Year?! I feel mixed things. On one hand, I have the overwhelming feeling that this is going to be a really great year 😎  I'm not sure why! On the other, there's always this nagging notion that time is moving too fast. I wish I could pause the world sometimes rather than feeling like I'm just bouncing from moment to moment. But 2019 sure was an interesting year!

First of all...

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