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Top 9 Destinations on the Pacific Coast Highway

Top 9 Destinations on the Pacific Coast Highway

First off, I apologize for being MIA, I didn’t realize a whole month has flown by since my last post! Over the past month I took two trips, one of which I’m sharing with you today, and last week I celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday and […]

Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

When you are a city dweller during the week, going to the park could literally feel like a mini vacation. That is why the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of my favorite places to visit locally. It’s a stunning 52 acre flower park with lush greenery […]

Best Rooftops in Williamsburg with Views

Best Rooftops in Williamsburg with Views

At the first sight of spring, there really is no better way to enjoy the warmer weather with a cold beer in hand, outside on a rooftop with a couple of friends! Hey, after months and months of dealing with the cold, the slushy sidewalks from the snow, and overall tad depressing weather, it’s very well deserved!

So where are the best roof tops, you may ask. I may be just a liittle partial since I live here, but the rooftops in Brooklyn are honestly the best because you get sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline that you simply cannot get when you’re actually in the city. And the smaller crowd and bigger space are always a plus.  From low-key hang out spots to swanky new hotels, there is something for everyone. So grab your friends and  your metro pass and head on over to Brooklyn for panoramic views of the city and an overall great time.

1. Northern Territory

Northern Territory

 

Northern Territory Brooklyn
Inside the bar & restaurant

 

At the rooftop where the magic happens!
The rooftop

 

Northern Territory Brooklyn
Golden Hour

 

Northern Territory Brooklyn

 

Northern Territory tops my list because it has a huuuge rooftop with plenty of breathing room, places to sit and eat, and has a great, laid-back vibe. Although on this unusually warm Sunday (80 degrees in April!) I guess everyone was thinking the same thing and all thought about hitting up this great bar! But I honestly do not remember being this crowded ever last year and we came here a lot!  But its okay, this place is still big enough to share 🙂

Located at 12 Franklin St, Brooklyn NY 11222

2. The Ides at Wythe Hotel

Wythe Hotel
Wythe Hotel

 

Wythe Hotel

 

Wythe Hotel
Wythe Hotel

Wythe Hotel

 

The Ides at Wythe Hotel

 

Wythe Hotel
Not sure where all the guys with Bermuda shorts came from!

Con – you will wait in line to get in before you can get on the roof top on the 6th floor of The Wythe Hotel. Pro – the views are worth it! The sleek interior with floor to ceiling windows provide sweeping, panoramic views of the city, which makes this bar an attractive location – indoors or outdoors.

3. Berry Park

Berry Park

 

Berry Park

 

Berry Park

 

Berry Park

 

Berry Park

 

Berry Park

 

Berry Park

Berry Park

Like Northern Territory, this place is massive, and space is always great. Their new glass enclosure means you can enjoy the rooftop rain or shine. Downstairs is a gigantic beer hall. Low key, casual vibe here, and my favorite place to hang out for those nights when I don’t want to go out, but still want to go out and have fun! Berry Park, you get me.

Located at 4 Berry St, Brooklyn NY 11211

4. Output

 

Daytime partying Rooftop @ Output

Output is mainly known as a night club, but they also have a rooftop area where you can enjoy DJs, drinks, and seating areas with cushions and pillows. If you are an aficionado of Japanese lagers like me (I know you are out there!), you will be pleased to know they serve Asahi  at the bar!

Tip: Subscribe to their newsletter to get emails offering free or reduced admissions before (I believe) 3PM

Located at 74 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn NY 11211

 

5. The William Vale Hotel

The William Vale
Source William Vale

Gigantic, white, and shiny, The William Vale is exterior and sheer size definitely makes a statement among the smaller establishments and hotels in the area (like the Wythe) that are nice but has more low key vibe. I always see its ultra-posh exterior as an indication of what this area will be like in 10 years. This is what may have kept me away from William Vale Hotel, however, with its rooftop perched on the 22nd floor, roomie says the view here is best because it’s so much higher up than the other rooftops I have mentioned in this blog post. I definitely want to go check it out in the summer time and see how much the fee is to go take a dip in their pool as well!

Located at 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

 

So there you have it! What are you favorite rooftop bars? Be sure to leave a comment below!

 

Best Rooftop in Williamsburg

with gratitude

The One Product You Need to Get Naturally Glowing Skin

The One Product You Need to Get Naturally Glowing Skin

Over the past few months, I’ve been watching quite a few Youtube Vloggers (it’s part of my job!) and admiring how flawless these vloggers look. I admit I did buy a contouring kit and a concealer because I wanted to look flawless like them– but I […]

Poke Bowl Recipe

Poke Bowl Recipe

Poke bowl shops are popping up left and right, so when I saw a stand at Smorgasburg selling poke last summer, I was excited to try it… but when I saw these local kids serve cut up pieces of tuna with less than great seasoning and seaweed […]

A Weekend Guide to Catskills, NY: Bachelorette Edition

A Weekend Guide to Catskills, NY: Bachelorette Edition

Last September, my friend’s bridesmaids planned a chill and relaxing bachelorette party in Hunter, NY 3 hour north of the city by car (maybe more with traffic, which you will most certainly hit, booo). I thought it was perfect for the bride-to-be since she loves outdoors activities.

Here is my Weekend Guide to Hunter, NY: Bachelorette Edition!

 

From Cindy’s Instagram: Pinterest inspired bachelorette decor and DIY

 To do:

1. Kaaterskill Falls

Kaaterskill Falls Hunter NY
Hiking at Kaaterskill Falls

 

Kaaterskill Falls Hunter NY
The main attraction at the hike

 

Kaaterskill Falls Hunter NY
Brave girls who hiked up behind the fall!

 

Kaaterskill Fall Catskill NY
On the other side of the falls

Kaasterskill Falls

 

Kaaterskill Falls

 

Kaaterskill Falls Hunter NY
The view from beginning of our hike

Even though the fall didn’t have tons of water gushing down (there may not have beeen enough rainfall around the time we went) Kaaterskill Fall was nonetheless a beautiful hike.

Tip: pack lunch! There’s a place you can sit and eat by the big fall. Also pack a bathing suit if you want to go swimming in the reservoir- I have to warn that while I was totally planning on taking a dip,  when I realized how cold the water was I totally chickened out! But there were people swimming – more the power o them!

2. Ziplining

Who knew Hunter Mountain has the longest zipline in North America, and apparently the second longest in the world!?

The bridesmaids opted for us to do night ziplining course since they wanted something to do after hiking (we got a group discount which came out to $62 per person). For me this was thrilling and terrifying at the same time plunging into the darkness – but it was definitely exciting, in a heart-stopping way, hahaha!

 

zipline
Girls, girls, girls, at night zipline + staff photobomb

Two of the girls stayed in Hunter Mountain longer to do the long zipline “SkyRider” and they were raving about it! It does cost more – $129 per person on the weekends but it’s something that might be worth doing if it’s within your budget. If not, they also have a shorter “midmountain” ziplining for $89 per person!

 

3. Millbrook Vineyards

Millbrook Vineyards

 

Millbrook Vineyards
Fun fact: the owner of the winery also created the I love NY logo!

On our third day, we drove about an hour away to Millbrook Winery. We all wore black dresses to the winery while the bride wore a white dress since it is a bachelorette after all! Once we got there, we got a tour of the winery, tried all sorts of wine, and picnicked outside with snacks and more wine. It was the perfect Sunday.

Where to stay:

Bathroom decor

 

Hunter, NY
The outside deck and backyard

We stayed in Hunter, NY at this old, gorgeous house that one of the bridesmaids Cindy found through AirBnb. You can check out the listing here.

At night, we would come back and watch Netflix which they provided and this is where we got hooked on Stranger Things, haha!

We also got into their jacuzzi and wined under the stars, hung out at the deck, and made food for the weeekend. It was the perfect house for a group of girls!

 

Guide to Catskill, NY bachelorette

 

There you have it! What are some other “out of the ordinary” places you’ve been for a bachelorette? Share in the comments below!

 

Top 3 Outdoor Brunch Spots in Greenpoint You Do Not Want to Miss

Top 3 Outdoor Brunch Spots in Greenpoint You Do Not Want to Miss

For those that don’t know me, or for those that may know me but forgot, I live in an area of Brooklyn that’s north of Williamsburg called Greenpoint. This neighborhood is peppered with charming stores, cafes, and great brunch spots, the last of which I […]

A Weekend Guide to Aguadilla, PR

A Weekend Guide to Aguadilla, PR

Back in January, my friends, the boyfriend, and I took a quick 3-night trip to Aguadilla in Puerto Rico to get away from the hustle & bustle of the city. We didn’t really know what to expect, but the trip turned out to be just […]

Hello world!

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog! I am so excited that you are here!

After all this time, I decided to start a blog for a couple of reasons.

First off my hope is that this will become a guide – to city living, makeup, favorite eats, travel tips, or a place to showcase some of my interests and progress (like room décor!) in the hopes that someone will find them useful.

Secondly – full disclosure – I work in marketing and the beauty industry, so I thought a blog would be a good platform to showcase my work and my aesthetics. I am hopeful that if I work at it and with a little bit of luck, it will even help me in my career development. We shall see.

I also have to give credit to my dad who told me to take on activities outside of work. And while starting a blog probably isn’t what he had in mind (I think he specifically said to “study more,” but I was never good at studying!), he always has my best interest in mind so when he said I need to be doing something outside of work to improve myself, I thought why not make something for myself like build a portfolio of a sort to reflect who I am.

All of this isn’t to say I didn’t have any doubts starting my blog. With so many beautiful blogs out there, it can be more than a little intimidating!

But sometimes you have to cast away your doubts and your fears, take a leap of faith. Sometimes someone just needs to nudge you in the right direction. I appreciate my boyfriend and friends for your input and encouragement, and of course my dad for telling me to do more in life.

I am beyond excited to share this journey with you. Thank you so much for reading.

Stay tuned for another post (very) soon!

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My Diary

Hello world!

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog! I am so excited that you are here!

After all this time, I decided to start a blog for a couple of reasons.

First off my hope is that this will become a guide – to city living, makeup, favorite eats, travel tips, or a place to showcase some of my interests and progress (like room décor!) in the hopes that someone will find them useful.

Secondly – full disclosure – I work in marketing and the beauty industry, so I thought a blog would be a good platform to showcase my work and my aesthetics. I am hopeful that if I work at it and with a little bit of luck, it will even help me in my career development. We shall see.

I also have to give credit to my dad who told me to take on activities outside of work. And while starting a blog probably isn’t what he had in mind (I think he specifically said to “study more,” but I was never good at studying!), he always has my best interest in mind so when he said I need to be doing something outside of work to improve myself, I thought why not make something for myself like build a portfolio of a sort to reflect who I am.

All of this isn’t to say I didn’t have any doubts starting my blog. With so many beautiful blogs out there, it can be more than a little intimidating!

But sometimes you have to cast away your doubts and your fears, take a leap of faith. Sometimes someone just needs to nudge you in the right direction. I appreciate my boyfriend and friends for your input and encouragement, and of course my dad for telling me to do more in life.

I am beyond excited to share this journey with you. Thank you so much for reading.

Stay tuned for another post (very) soon!

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