Food and the City

October 12, 2016


*todays post is brought to you by Lindsay Brown, a Food and the City reader from Richmond, VA!

If you find yourself in Richmond, VA, whether it be for business or for pleasure, do yourself a favor and go to En Su Boca! Skip the Flying Squirrel's baseball game down the street, and head to this cute little Mexican joint boasting loud colorful paint and funky charm. While indoor seating is available, make sure to sit outside where there are twinkling lights and enormous greenery that make you feel like you're on vacation. Sit back and enjoy an adult lavender lemonade or one of their many delicious margaritas that they are known far and wide for!

If you are hungry- which, if you come here, you should be - get any assortment of tacos ranging from spicy pork belly to chorizo to fish. You simply can't go wrong, as each and every one is boasting of rich flavor: a little sweet from the veggie relish, a little spicy, a little creamy, the juice from the perfectly cooked meat... you get the idea! 

October 11, 2016


It's October, it's cold outside, you're wearing leggings more and more and you're kind of needing a new slew of places to check out. I get it, it's time to put your Fall layer of fat on. My NYC roundups have become few and far between, so I figured since we are currently in the greatest food season of all food seasons, I would hit you in the face with a few new spots to consider for dinner this week/weekend.

I've been becoming more and more critical of my #EEEEEATS lately, so the following 4 places are solid choices for anything from date night to drinks with your girls. Come one, come all, and lets unbuckle our belts together.

1) HK, Hell's Kitchen: Just as the name suggests, HK is situated on 39th and 9th in the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan. Decked out in #AllWhiteErrthang, this spot is one of my absolute favorites for girly brunches (see above). Their menu is massive, and for $21, you can add the only thing that makes brunch worth it: unlimited drinks. Mimosas, bloody mary's, screwdrivers, or straight glasses of champagne, HK will have you showing up late to any other plans that you made for the rest of the day.

Editor tip: CASH ONLY for brunch, and their asian chicken salad is where. it's. AT. Also, Anthony is the absolute best.

October 07, 2016

Oreo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie

It was once said that technology will eventually kill the traditional way of communication. Text messages turned into the new phone call, and emojis turned into the new vocabulary. But what's there to say about social media tagging, and the way we ~*bond*~ with our homies in the comments section of memes and videos? Truth-be-told, it's not a day that ends in Y if I haven't tagged every friend that I have in at least one relatable article or Instagram. It's the new way to say, "Hey, this reminded me of you. I'm thinking of you. Here, look at a puppy.

While my very deep thought about the new wave of communication really has nothing to do with todays post, it has everything to do with this pie. Which, I guess, then has everything to do with todays post. You see, my ~boyfriend~ tagged me in one of those addictive Tasty videos that you always see floating around Facebook, featuring this pie. WHICH BY THE WAY, those videos take up 50% of the hours in my day, and about 18% of my entire existence. I can scroll through their Facebook page for hours, and while just typing out that sentence, I realize how sad that actually is.

Sunlight Mel, sunlight.

ANYWAY - the recipe seemed easy enough, and since he's a big fan of mint chip ice cream (I actually loathe the stuff like how am I even w someone who likes it idk guys but he's cute so whatever) I figured I'd be an adorable girlfriend and surprise him with it.

So that's what I did yesterday. Except...

September 30, 2016

FASHION: Layering Tips For Fall

Girls everywhere are rejoicing because they can finally walk around in their yoga pants drinking a ~pumpkin spice latte~ and talk about how much they love fall. They can finally start putting together outfits to wear to the pumpkin patch and practicing their poses for the ultimate #FallGoals Instagram photo. Of course, fall would be nothing without the fashion. See, when fall comes along, we get to change up the way we dress—goodbye, shorts, and hello, flannel! Heading into a new season is like a chance to start fresh. When you’re wearing a new wardrobe, you feel a little bit different, and it’s honestly the best.
Now that we’ve officially entered the autumn season, there are a lot of fashion opportunities among us. Some people will go out and buy all the hottest trends, wear them all in a row, then have nothing unique to don after a week. Although you’d most certainly have a super-stylish week, I don’t recommend doing that. Instead, you should practice your layering skills so you can create endless interesting outfits and never feel like you’ve hit a dead-end. When it comes to layering for fall, there are some fun techniques I think you’re going to like…

Shirts under dresses

You might slightly remember this look from the ‘90s, and like the other trends from the millennials’ decade, the shirt-under-dress look has resurfaced. Just slip a tighter fitting tee or turtleneck under your simple spaghetti-strap dresses, and you’re completely ~*on-trend*~. It’s perfect for making slip dresses last through cooler weather, and you can always change out which shirt you layer. Literally, just watch Clueless 3 or 4 times and you'll master this look in no time.

Socks with heels

Don’t let those open-toed shoes stay unworn in your closet all through the cold seasons. There is an easy remedy to this technique: just wear socks with your heelsBustle gives a good overview of how to do it, but it’s quite easy so long as you go with your gut and can get a feel for what goes and what needs to be tweaked. It might take some experimenting, but that’s half the fun! Also, who honestly keeps up with pedicures during the colder months? Like, nobody.

Tights under shorts

If you’re having a hard time saying goodbye to your shorts (ME), make them last a little longer by layering tights underneath them. You can do the same with skirts, but tights with shorts are a little more edgy and unexpected. Just make sure you coordinate your shoe choice—toed tights look pretty weird with open-toed shoes. Try pairing them with flats or fun sneakers instead.

Denim under or over anything

Denim is having a major moment (and has been for a while now), which means it’s pretty much acceptable to wear it everywhere and anywhere. Layer a denim shirt under a sweater for a cool vibe, or wear a denim jacket over one of the many trendy tops featured on Lyst. There’s really no wrong way to do denim, which makes it the easiest layering idea this fall. Plus, you'll be making your mom proud, seeing as most of us 80's and 90's babies were dresses to DA NINEZ in denim. I actually remember having a denim bow for my hair. True story.

September 21, 2016

Fall Style ~ BEANIE HATS

Every year, right around this time, I tend to forget that it's still hot in New York City and start focusing more on my fall wardrobe. 85 degrees outside? "No problem" - I say to myself - "I'll just wear this here heavy flannel button-up top with daisy duke shorts to balance it out." The result? Getting 5 blocks from my apartment before the first salty drop of sweat drips down my forehead and then I'm all like "what is my life even"

But, just like the character of your ex-boyfriend, somethings never change, and here I am; September 21st, 2016 talking about beanie hats and fall attire. However, it must be noted that at least I waited until the day before fall (!!!omg!!!) to assault your faces with materials and fabrics that you probs don't want to see right now.

For starters, we need to talk about my new favorite brand, RELLA. If you know me personally, and I apologize if you do, you'll know that I show up to pretty much everywhere sporting a beanie hat the second a red leaf hits the grass of Central Park. When I got an eye-full (is that even a word?) of RELLA's new catalog, I knew I had just found the sole supplier of my 2016 headpiece collection.

I have a thing for pom-poms. I think they're cute, flirty, and just overall extremely cozy looking. I'm also really excited that we started clipping pom-poms onto our purses, because I like touching them and squeezing them and I will most certainly pet yours if you ever come in contact with me.

Anyway - when I saw the Softy hat, I knew it had to be mine. Equipped with two detachable poms, the fabric is so soft and the stitching is perfect for obtaining that slouchy look. I went with this chestnuty color, since I love the way that shade contrasts with my black hair. Plus, chestnut is the black of both fall and winter; it goes with everything.

Headbands are a new thing for me, but I think it's because I finally started to embrace my love for head pieces over the summer. Chains, crowns, you name it - I bough em' and I wore em'. Now that we're transitioning into a new season, it seemed only right to pick up a more suitable candidate for the changing weather. I went with the Lea.

Lastly, everyone needs a basic beanie in their wardrobe. Something without pom-poms, something without stripes. Just a basic, soft, solid color that will take you through the season and match with pretty much anything in your closet. The Cloud will be that staple for me. Unbelievably soft, you have to feel it to believe it. The fabric is sturdy enough to stick up, but light enough to achieve the slouch, which is everything you want in a beanie.

So yea, hats. I kind of love them, and if you do to, I highly recommend checking out RELLA for some new ones. The good news? Right now RELLA is running a deal where you can save 24% off your entire order just by signing up with your email address until September 30th! So treat yourself to a fall welcoming present, and go jump in a pile of leaves.


* Thank you to my friends at RELLA for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

September 15, 2016

#TBT: VMA's 2016

The date: Friday, August 26th
The location: My inbox
The subject: The 2016 VMA's 

It was Friday morning, and I had just woken up with a slight hangover from attending the NFL Fantasy Daft party at The Hard Rock Cafe the night before. I was dehydrated, ravenous, exhausted, and I was just about to give myself "the day off" to lay in bed and rethink why I thought it was *such* a good idea to take that last tequila shot.

While in between checking all of my *vvv* important social media accounts, I saw an email come through with the subject line "VMA's." Just as I was about to brush it off as someone needing a last minute favor to help get the word out about the award show happening that weekend, I decided to open it and see what it was all about.

Well, two days later, I was sitting in the VIP Verizon Suite at Madison Square Garden, sipping on champagne and watching the VMA's live and in person. 

With just two days to prepare for one of the coolest events I'd ever been invited to, I quickly jumped out of my hangover to find a dress, some shoes, and a fully charged social battery (lol). I picked up my tickets from the Verizon Herald Square location (which btw this store is oddly gorgeous?), and I was on my way to the VMA's baby!

While the entire show was absolute fire, I think we can all agree that two of the most noteworthy stage times were Kanye West and Beyonce. First of all, anytime an organization gives Kanye West a full 4 MINUTES to say or do whatever he wants on national TV, I'm allllll eyes and ears. He rambled a bit about going to the grocery store with his daughter, probably said the word "bro" at least 6 or 7 hundred times, and all the while I sat there completely fascinated by the eerie silence coming from a room that holds over 18,000 people. If anyone would of dropped and broken a glass at that moment, the entire arena would have heard it.

By the end of his speech (rant?), I really had no clue what had just happened, but I knew something did, and I'll always remember it. 

Beyonce, in true queen fashion, decided to pretend like she wasn't going to be performing this year, but ended up surprising us all with a superbowl worthy performance. There was fire, there were spotlights, there was a lot of screaming, and of course, there was #lemonade. 

Overall, the night was pretty enchanting, and I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Verizon for allowing me to experience such an awesome award show. It truly was a night to remember, and I'll be waiting for my invitation to the Oscars to come in any day now.