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May 2015 – Miami to Manhattan

Last updated on October 8, 2021

I spent Memorial Day shooting a project with my friend Daniela (who also shot these photos) and despite the sweltering heat and the fact that I was wearing one too many layers of clothing, I managed to really enjoy exploring the cobblestone streets of Dumbo, one of my new favorite places thanks to the Sunday weekly Smorgasburg food fair in Brooklyn. If you happen to attend on an upcoming Sunday, some of my must-try favorites are:

1. Dough (for the ‘cafe au lait’ donut)

2. Oaxaca Tacos

3. Home Frite

4. Goa Taco

5. Alchemy Creamery

I would suggest getting there early because the lines for the aforementioned get VERY long or they run out of food the quickest. The area is so picturesque, as it overlooks the Manhattan bridge and the city from a very close, waterfront angle. Particularly on the weekends now that it’s summertime, Brooklyn Bridge Park is lively and the perfect place to either lay on the grass for a while with some ice cream or have some lemonade at the nearby Lizzmonade.

Hope you all enjoyed your MDW! x

What I wore: Shirt: Brandy Melville, Kimono: Missguided, Joggers: Market Miami, Shoes: Franco Sarto, Bracelet: Balenciaga, Sunnies: Chanel

This is my first post on a series I’ve been planning to work on for a few months now… ‘Let’s Staycation’ – where you will find reviews of my favorite hotels to spend the weekend in without having to leave the city, starting with some favorites in both Miami and New York (naturally). This month I had the pleasure of staying in the King Suite at Gild Hall, a boutique hotel by Thompson Hotels with a rustic vibe and earthy decor. Gild Hall is nestled in the heart of the Financial District in Manhattan, and upon walking in you’re greeted with tufted leather couches, tables with chess games, and books surrounding the entire lobby area. Walk a bit toward the left and you’ll stumble into Felice, a bar and restaurant offering Italian fare (and the most delicious gnocchi I’ve had in a while).

The Financial District is also an area that is quieter compared to the streets of SoHo or Midtown Manhattan, but I find that in recent years its been expanding to accommodate more restaurants and bars. My favorite places to stop at in FiDi are Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine on New Street for the necessary fix of home cuisine, Bean & Bean on Broadway and Rector Street for a honey latte and a pastry (or two), and for the mandatory brunch or night out, heading over to Stone Street is always a must.

If you enjoy these kinds of posts, let me know! I’m currently brainstorming for my next stay and welcome all suggestions. Photos by Vanessa and myself.

xxx Grace

I’ve been really into black denim lately. All I’ve been wearing have been black denim cutoff shorts and some black denim skinny jeans from Topshop I’m obsessed with. I was wandering around the newly minted Edition Hotel in Miami Beach and found this warm-hued area which I love. If you haven’t been The Edition, I recommend trying out The Basement; a bowling alley, ice skating rink and nightclub all in one — definitely a new favorite in Miami.

Blouse: Zara, Shorts: Jewel Be Mine Boutique, Shoes: Valentino, Hat: Market Miami, Sunnies/Bag: Chanel

Vintro Hotel + Kitchen is a lovely boutique hotel nestled in a secluded avenue on South Beach. The block makes for the perfect area to take out one of their bicycles and roam the beach, or brunch out on the patio area by the water. I loved the vintage inspired decor, the marble counter tops and the general warm ambience.

Dress: Missguided, Shoes Valentino, Bag: Lacoste c/o, Sunnies: Forever 21

I had a great time celebrating Miu Miu’s grand opening in the ever-expanding Design District last night. The flagship is enormous, bigger than the one in Europe. We had Caipirinhas and were able to view and try on the pieces at the store… my favorite (naturally) being a loud pair of signature style Miu Miu platform pumps.

What I Wore: Set via The Boutique, Shoes: Valentino, Bag: Chanel, Bracelet: Balenciaga and Chanel, Sunnies: Forever 21. Photos by Zeinab.

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