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Girls Trip to San Diego

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Operation girls getaway was in full force. I have been traveling non-stop for work lately but was craving a little ladies trip that was far enough from home but close enough that I did not have to deal with flights and rental cars. Being in LA that leaves me a few options; Santa Barbara, the desert or San Diego. I broke it down like this-

Santa Barbara – mellow and vino centric

Palm Springs- sunny and mellow

San Diego- sunny, good food, great bar scene and a fun nightlife scene

I think you get why I chose San Diego. Personally I am single and I thought a girls weekend escape would be perfect with my friends Claudia (@claudiagraziano) and Michelle Infusino (@michelleinfusino), but I honestly would do the same thing if I were in a relationship with my significant other. Going on trips for the blog is always fun with other bloggers, but it is even better when they are your real pals too :) Our weekend goal was food, food, food, good drinks, dancing and finding the best places in the city to share it with you all. I am proud to say I think we achieved that! But honestly this weekend would not have happened if it were not for this collaboration I had with San Diego Tourism : Visit San Diego (@visitsandiego). They are so dedicated to their audience, that they wanted to encourage people to come and explore their city. AND that is EXACTLY what we did.

Here is a detailed breakdown of the weekend, and for you cliff-notes types (me!), you can zoom to the bottom where I have all of the places listed. BUT do give the below a read because I put in some effort here! <3

Day 1- Friday: 

We got to our hotel and unpacked our stuff and had a full blown try on our outfits for the night party. We were prepping for a fab dinner at Born & Raised. Which I am still salivating over. IT WAS INSANE!! From the food presentation, the service, the cocktail bar cart (they literally made drinks for us at our table) and the steak grill cart where I got to see them cook my dinner right in front of me. The whole experience was truly divine and I highly suggest you go. Afterwards we went to False Idol for their delicious rum drinks. It is a speakeasy that is located in the restaurant Craft and Commerce. The vibe and décor reminds you of being on an island vacation. All I have to suggest is you should take a Lyft or Uber home. Those drinks were so delicious and STRONG. We stayed there until around 2 AM and kept the party going back in our hotel room.

 Born and Raised

Born and Raised

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Hello Gatsby, we came to find you!

 False Idol

False Idol

Day 2- Saturday:

We woke up to a rainy Saturday but that did not stop us. We grabbed umbrellas from our hotel and went over to the Little Italy Farmer’s Market for some French bread and to buy some fresh fruits. It was fun to see how many locals and tourists gathered there – rain or shine – everyone was out there enjoying the food and local experience. Then we went for a round of cava champagne from Spain and oysters at Ironside Fish & Oyster. We shot some content in our outfits and then went to Café Chloe for a late lunch. It is an adorable Parisian inspired café in the heart of downtown. After speaking to our nice server they let us know that we should walk over to their new café that opened up down the street (Parisian inspired as well) called Minou. They served delicious crepes and coffee and it really was a great place for us to escape the rain.  

 Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

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 Getting oysters at Ironside Fish &amp; Oyster

Getting oysters at Ironside Fish & Oyster

 Coffee and Crepes at Minou

Coffee and Crepes at Minou

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My jacket is clearly dipping into my coffee too

Once our food comas subsided, we went shopping in downtown to try to find outfits to wear that night. Saturday night was going to be our big night out food and nightlife wise so we took a 30-minute nap before heading out that evening. Also, made sure to wear something cute but not too tight (Well, Claudia and I did). I say this while chuckling because we teased Michelle all night for having a food baby in all of our pics. If you missed this video, it is in my highlights under Travel SD. Trust me..the meal was worth all of our food babies!

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The night started out Provisional, a super posh restaurant located in the hip Pendry hotel. Walking in we stumbled upon a champagne vending machine (so boujie) and an extremely friendly staff. I personally have loads of food allergies so I struggle to find places to eat in new cities. The restaurants I picked for the weekend not only happen to be some of the top restaurants in SD, but also the most accommodating. Which is not always the case with a city’s hot spots.

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Ok back to the meal..my favorite part about the meal was definitely the champagne and French fry flight. They brought three different types of fries out and carefully paired them with a champagne and dipping sauce that would complement them. You all know how much I love my French fries, so I was definitely sold on this experience! This was something new that they recently brought on to the menu (a suggestion from one of their new managers) and let me tell you…IT WAS WORTH IT. I am definitely coming back for it.

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After dinner we wanted to either go to Omnia, Parq, Bang Bang or the newer Oxford Social Club. We ended up going for Oxford Social Club. It was actually an amazing choice because the music was great and it had overall great vibes. Ironically, I ran into other friends who came to spend the weekend in SD from LA as well and we partied all night together. It was such a nice change from the regular LA scene and being a single little lady…I forgot how many cuties were in SD! Our one big night out ended perfectly as the girls and I went up to our room and snacked and laughed at our ridiculous videos we took all night.

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Day 3 - Sunday:

FINALLY, the rain was done and we wanted to hit as many spots as possible. We hung out at the roof deck of the Pendry Hotel which was super chic!! Then we went to a cute part of town called North Park. It is a more hipster area and it is home to that very Instagram/Pinterest friendly matcha shop called Holy Matcha. If you haven’t saved it on your Instagram, then go to my pic I posted and save the location. IT WAS perfect. The avocado toast was delish, so was the chia pudding and the coconut matcha I ordered was great. I am also very picky about matcha and I was not mad at this one. Then went over to communal coffee because I heard it was super cute and decided to get highly caffeinated for the day. We walked around some more, grabbed some lunch at Encontro (more fries of course) and went to Hunt and Gather, a thrift shop, to find goodies for Coachella.

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Holy Matcha

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Holy Matcha

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 You &amp; Yours Distillery

You & Yours Distillery

 Encontro

Encontro

We were DYING to go to You and Yours Distillery so we ventured back into downtown to grab some drinks and to take in their amazing décor. Anywhere to get a good gram in ;) I really suggest this place as it can be a spot to take your parents, to go with your pals, a client, but also a good date spot!

To summarize, I forgot how amazing SD was and how easy it was to trek there. I cannot wait to head back into the city and I am so grateful I partnered with Visit San Diego on a project that allowed me to experience all the charm SD has to offer. I made a list of my itinerary for you and put a star next to things I have been to and things people (thank you @sabrinalouisen) have suggested to me that I will have to try out next time I am in town! Until then, thanks for reading along and thanks to my girlfriends Claudia and Michelle for the best weekend ever!

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Rose All Day

Cafe/Coffee:

*Café Chloe- downtown SD

*Minou- downtown SD

Queenstown Public House- Little Italy

*You and Yours Distillery- downtown SD

*Holy Matcha – Northpark

*Communal Coffee- North park

 

Restaurants:

*Born and Raised- Little Italy

*Provisional- downtown SD

*Ironside Fish and Oyster – Little Italy

Cowboy Star- downtown SD

*Bang Bang (sushi) – downtown SD

 

Bars:

*Born and Raised Rooftop – Little Italy

Polite Provisions – North Park

Coin Op (arcade) – downtown SD

*Craft and Commerce – Little Italy

*False Idol (speakeasy) – Little Italy

Noble Experiment (speakeasy) – downtown SD

 

Clubs:

*Oxford Social

Parq

*Omnia

*Bang Bang

 

Note: Funded in part with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds

California Coast Road Trip Itinerary with Cotton On

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After a crazy couple of weeks, I decided to pack up some clothes and go on a road trip up the CA coast with my girlfriends. I used to always think that I needed to plan some elaborate getaway to just free my mind of stressful thoughts and I realized that you can truly just vacation where you live as long as you are with the right pals! You may have seen me in Miami, NYC or around LA with these girls (Kristen, Payton and Molly) and that is because we have sort of grown our blogs together over the years and have supported each other the whole time. We are a group of bleachy-blonde girls who grew up in different cities throughout the US, are in different age brackets and all bring something different to the table. We have a few other girlfriends we spend time with as well but they were not able to join us this weekend.

We packed our bags with the CUTEST Cotton On clothing items, rented a vintage Cadillac convertible and started our day in Santa Monica and ended deep along the coast past Malibu.

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Stop 1: Bondi Harvest

We had brunch at this DELICIOUS Australian hideaway called Bondi Harvest and caught up on our weeks of blogger shenanigans; events, brand and boys! Some of our favorite topics ;) Since we were just kicking off our day, I wore a super comfy pink velour jumper set (Top and Bottoms) and sneaks. PS if you go there, try the caveman bowl and a lavender latte with coconut milk. TO DIE FOR.

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Stop 2: Paradise Cove

First of all, this place is legit the Hard Rock of the PCH. You dance around in the sand and drink alcohol from the bar there. Yes please J We wanted to park our car there and take some girl gang pics and I am just warning you..we may have packed more outfits than we actually needed. But at least I am able to share different outfit options for you to take if you are going on a longer road trip!

Anywhoo! For this stop I am wearing these black denim jeans and this Merci top. I love how cozy these high-waisted stretch jeans are and I also appreciate that I can wear this shirt to bed and literally roll out and go to a coffee shop and look like a Parisian chic babe.

I got a little chilly and wore this cute rouched-sleeve white sweater and paired it when a black denim mini skirt. Pics below!

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Stop 3: Neptune’s Net

FOOD AGAIN. We decided to go to Neptunes for lunch. A super cute place to get fish tacos and fish and chips. And by chips I MEAN FRENCH FRIES. You guys know how much I love my fries and they are DELISH here. For this stop I wore something a little more dressed up and picked this chambray dress and paired with some fringe heels. The dress is perfect for an afternoon brunch or dress it up with a blazer for an elevated casual Friday look.

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Stop 3: PCH Frolics and Rosenthal Winery

To recover from our fried fish food comas, we went for walk by PCH and stumbled upon Rosenthal winery. We shot some pics outside and I may or may not have strolled through there to find groups of good looking people everywhere just sitting around having wine. Sounds like my type of place to go to on a Saturday!! CALLING ALL MY SINGLE LADIES!

Here I was wearing this super cute California striped tee and high-waisted ripped boyfriend jeans. I shot a few fun looks..see below!

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Stop 5: Will Rogers State Beach

After grabbing a few pics there I changed into the coziest knit sweater and stayed in my high-wasted denim jeans and we walked across the road to Will Rogers State Beach. We even packed a cute blanket and were all ready for a little sunset picnic.

I had the BEST day with my gals and it was so much fun having us all style these cute Cotton On clothes to match our own aesthetics. Isn’t that what is so great about clothes? Every person looks different and unique in their own way in it. Speaking of, with the holidays around the corner, Cotton On has tons of great clothing items and accessories to gift your love ones too :)

Hope you enjoyed my day recap and it hope it motivates you to grab your friends and plan a road trip!

If you end up following our itinerary and want to go further north, I suggest stopping in Santa Barbara for some vino and snacking on main street, going to Paso Robles and checking out the wineries there. Next go to Hearst castle and do the tour, Big Sur, Carmel and of course going to San Francisco if you have time!

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Photography by @miramarphoto

Clothes sponsored by @cottonon_usa

Blogger friends:

Myself @savvyjavvy , @paytonsartain , @highendhippie , @trendychickadee

 

 

 

Art Basel: A Full Recap Of All The Events, Exhibitions & Parties

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The Who: Art Basel- Basically it is a week filled with possibly the most stylish people I have ever seen across the globe all in one setting. 

The What: “what is Art Basel?”? It is an annual art fair in Miami Beach. It is hosted at a convention center that exhibits contemporary artworks by both highly reputable and emerging artists. With art, comes loads of creatives in different sectors: fashion, music, architects, furniture designers and the list goes on. Therefore, in addition to going to Art Basel, there are surrounding events and parties for people interested in other areas of the arts. One of my favorites was Design Miami, which is the premier venue for collecting, purchasing and exhibiting collectible design pieces for your home. My favorite exhibitor was Southern Guild, they are based in South Africa!

Where:

·      Eat-

  •  Prime Italian- A classy place typically filled with locals. The food was divine.
  • Nobu- Can’t go wrong with delicious sushi here
  • Ceconnis- Italian and located at Soho House
  • Yardbird- fantastic southern food
  • Bylbos- My favorite Mediterranean restaurant by far. Reminded me of being in Istanbul.
  •  DI/RT- go here for a clean and healthy breakfast. I started my mornings here with a matcha green tea latte with coconut milk, avo toast and an egg whites bowl.
  • My Ceviche- hole in the wall ceviche place that is incredible. Don’t get me started on the Tajin seasoned lime chips. HEAVEN.

·      Events

o   You can expect parties from Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Gucci, Public School, Coach, Ellery, the actual artists and many private musical performances. This year I got to see A$AP Rocky as well as Lauryn Hill. There are honestly so many going on throughout the night so you have a great opportunity to party hop. I used Lyft to go from party to party as I was wearing high heels! Now if you are into nightlife, the clubs in Miami also throw quite a few parties that last all night long. Check out Elleven, LIV, Afterlife, Wall.

·      Hotels-

o   The hottest hotels this week were:

  •   Faena
  •   Delano
  •   SLS
  •   W Hotel
  •   Soho Beach House (the best ambiance)
  •   The Setai

Wear: Pack resort wear or go shopping! So many boutiques on Collins Ave, my personal favorite? The Webster. Super high end curated shop. Also, check out the new Miami Design District for luxury retail (and good food).

Advice: I am a queen of spreadsheets, so I made a full blown daily plan from morning to the evening of things I would like to do. I legitimately scheduled in work hours, beach time, museum/art exhibits I wanted to visit, dinner reservations and events. DO IT. It is a life saver. 

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Why You Should Move to NYC

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If you are 30ish and under, single or in a questionable relationship then listen to me. MOVE to NYC. Go explore, go on dates, go shopping and soak up all of the city life you possibly can get. There are endless lists of "things you should do in the city this day/week/month" that you can find online. ALSO endless amounts of people you could meet there. Friends, random conversations with strangers and lovers to meet. I know this sounds like it is all out of a fairytale. But it is true. Also, don't be silly and wrap yourself up in a relationship the minute you get there. Especially if you are under 26. LIVE IT UP!

The one thing you will need...total buzz kill...I am sorry...but you will needs funds. The city is expensive and life is generally just more expensive there. Some may be blessed and can have their parents support this sort of rendezvous, or a significant other will (lucky ducks...werk it). I personally didn't, so I saved for months to make this all happen.

Here are some ways to save in the city:

  • WALK do not take the taxi. Or take the subway.
  • Do not eat out everyday, instead pack a lunch, make your own coffee and once a week treat yo-self out to a cool restaurant
  • pre-party at your apartment
  • get a roomie to save on apartment $$$
  • shop at TJ's, it is the affordable way in the city
  • say yes to dinner dates ;) yolo
  • Amazon for everything (you can use an Amazon locker nearby your apartment to ship it to incase you do not have a doorman and have sketchy neighbors)

Personally, I did not do all of the above (like half of them). I had saved for months and months and knew I would be in the city for half the year. So I sort of treated myself way too much. As in I legit gained 5lbs even though I walked EVERYDAY. All the pasta and french fries and eating out got to me. Oh and ice cream at Fresco in the East Village on the daily. I WENT HAM and I have zero regrets. But could you still move to the city and be cost conscious, absolutely, follow my above bullets (aka cost-savings city life mantra). That is what a lot of my friends (locals) shared with me.

One thing I want to note, don't go to NYC thinking you can escape life or people. Things will catch up to you no matter where you are. Although NYC is a fun busy city, it can get lonely at times too. Being alone in your thoughts can lead to a downward spiral. Heal within or go to NYC with a plan to heal within rather than escape. I will talk about healing within in another post. Okay, I will stop preaching, but I try to be really raw and open with you all about my journey and try to share advice beyond just travel, fashion, beauty and food. This really is a lifestyle blog and in life...crazy stuff happens and I hope to talk about it on the REAL REAL here with you. 

Speaking of being real, being in NYC made me feel as if that were my new home. I am temporarily back in OC/LA now and it is AMAZING being with my family and friends...but a piece of my heart is still in that city and it is still calling my name. My bf and I are both actively looking for a sublease there for me to make the trek back. All I really wanted to say is..living in NYC was the best decision I think I have ever made and I wanted to share that feeling with you. Perhaps to inspire your big city dreams in your heart (that Sex in the City life that does not really exist but it is still fun). PS, feel free to email me any questions you may have about making this big move. If you have made this move, share with me your story! Would love to hear it!

Oh and wearing this super-duper chic all nude outfit on my favorite little rooftop in the city! Shop the deets below!

Photographer: @selwyn.ramos

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Posted on October 20, 2016 and filed under travel.

Journey with Javvy to Palm Springs: the Most Epic 30th Birthday Party at the Le Parker Meridien

Ok..so it happened. I turned the big 3-0. SHIT! Was I stressed? Worried? Feeling fossil-ish? Feeling like my body would just go downhill from here? Feeling like I should be married with 2 kids with a white picket fence and obv two super adorable golden retrievers? Yes. All of those thoughts went through my head. But you know what else went through my mind? How society has shaped me to feel this way and you know what? F society, I am not going to be put into the box you have perfectly wrapped for me. Why? Because nobody should and I have so much more to offer than that.

Instead of dreading the 3-0 I started celebrating it and thinking of things I wanted to achieve before thirty/while thirty and going after them. So I built my list and magically things have serendipitously fallen into place to align with my goals. Life can be cool like that sometimes. But some items are a work in progress.

Some of the items on my list:

NYC- check. Lifelong dream achieved. 

Learn how to speak French- working on it

Travel- NYC counts :) and more more exciting places are in the pipeline.  

Pay off my debt- YASSSSSS!! DONE

Try not to get in more debt- eeek but these designer sample sales are too hard to resist. Treat Yo-Self!

Get closer with my parents- strangely being away has brought us closer. A nice mutual love and respect has grown. We already had it but it has definitely flourished.

Be selfish sometimes- Yes..necessary. Treat Yo-Self

Eat healthier- ok so I was off to a better start earlier this year. Being in NYC has caused me to dive into pastas and pizza like they were going out of style. Oh and Gelato. Lots and lots of it! Part of my Treat Yo-Self mantra. 

Heal- I was injured last year and it really took a toll on my confidence, happiness and overall well being. I have spent countless hours going to doctors appointments and physical therapy appointments trying to heal my neck injury and it has been a struggle. I miss being fit and toned. But I am staying positive that in time I will get better. Cross your fingers for me.

Simpler style- trying to buy more classic pieces instead of spending all my cash on fast fashion items

Be a leader- In all avenues, but mainly with work. I love my job and I am constantly looking for ways I can be better at what I do.

#bday goals 30th birthday party- yep it happened and it was MAGICAL!

Ok now let's jump into my 30th birthday because my boyfriend worked with my bff to plan an ultimate #bdaygoals party. It was truly a dream come true and these pictures do not do it an ounce of justice.

It started as a weekend getaway with my closest friends in Palm Springs. Eric asked me what I wanted and I said, cake, the Parker hotel, schmores, cake, more cake and gold balloons. Well he did that and so much more. He worked with Linz and they sent out an itinerary to everyone of what to expect. They actually had physical itinerary cards printed. SO beautiful. The plan was for everyone to lay out at the Parker Le Meridien all day, have a champagne toast in our suite and then head to Eight 4 Nine restaurant for a private dinner party. Oh and end the night with more champs and schmores around a firepit. Can you say #bdaygoals or what?

My favorite part (other than the amaze hotel) had to be the dinner. I walked into the gorgeous private dining room at Eight 4 Nine restaurant and it was perfectly decorated. The actual restaurant decor is fantastic, and the added personalized elements for my birthday just made it off the charts perfection. The table was decorated with 10 frames filled with my baby photos        (was kind of cute with my mushroom cut/sumo wrestler face/rolls), square vases filled with peonies and hydrangeas, customized set menus with my birthday details on it, personalized itinerary and J A V V Y gold balloons. The other really special thing he did was work with Over the Rainbow Desserts to make me a "allergy friendly cake". I am highly allergic to all things in standard cakes and always end up eating some disgusting faux cake or cupcake from an allergy specialty shop. Well, this place made me the most delicious fluffy vanilla cream cake stuffed with fresh raspberries. Everyone said it was the best cake they have ever had and guess what? It was dairy, nut and corn free. I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone going to the desert.

Then I go to the room and the Parker so graciously gave me a bottle of champagne and some treats but Eric was a gem and decorated the room with flowers, Veuve and cake. Oh and my GFs also brought me gorgeous flowers and a sweet note, so that was on the table of goodies. YASSS. All the things I wanted! Let's just say when speech time came around, I broke into a legit ugly cry and there were zero F's given. Tears of joy should never warrant feeling bad for crying! So basically...he killed it. So did my bff Linz by getting this thing moving and putting on her planning hat and championed Eric into making this all happen. She also had the itineraries made as a gift to me. LOVE her. Also LOVE all my dearest friends who came to celebrate my fossilness!

I am just going to stop blabbing and let you see the pictures for yourself. 

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Journey with Javvy to Bahamas: Nassau Travel Guide

Touchdown Bahamas for the 4th of July weekend! Luckily, I came with a crew of 13 people who have been going to the Bahamas every year for the past ten years. I knew our itinerary would be filled with the best restaurants and activities and I could not wait to experience it myself and then share it with you all!

Places to Stay

$$$: Atlantis- Try to stay here as this is the epicenter of entertainment in Nassau, but if it is too expensive, at least book one night so you get your daypass for all of the rides and it can last you for a couple of days. (I did not tell you that!)

$$: AirBnb- we happened to stay at a vacation home owned by some friends that came with us. This vacation home was built to look like a Bahamian castle and it was located on a secluded beach.

Places to eat

Brunch/Lunch: 

Atlantis- Any restaurant or poolside cafe at the hotel

Nesbitts- so delicious. Lots of locals!

 

Dinner:

Olives restaurant- Italian restaurant located in the Atlantis that has delicious grouper, salmon and the pasta dishes were tasty too. I would eat here over Nobu as I am a bigger fan of the Nobu in Malibu, but maybe I am partial to it's divine beachside location.

Studio- This awesome restaurant has a beachside view, fantastic food, live music and great service. I loved the fish sandwich I got!

Sapodilla- This restaurant should be saved for a special dinner night. Everyone dresses up in their nicest attire to dine here. They have a pianist in the middle of the restaurant that plays classical music but also mixes in classical renditions of popular music from Drake, Rihanna and Beyonce. He had me at Beyonce. Try their pasta, brie and lobster. They had fantastic wine too! 5 stars, but let me give you a heads up, the service is a little slow. But since they play awesome music, you are totally entertained the whole time. Perhaps that is a part of their 'experience', but either way, I would go back here 100%.

Nightlife:

Aura- Be drunk, be very drunk before you go in. Atypical club scene in a dark space.

Moon Club- main bar centrally located by the casino floor. They have an awesome jellyfish tank in there.

Dragon's Ultra Lounge- They play hip hop and top 40 mixes

Activities:

Beach- this is an obvious one! Grab a towel and go layout or play in the warm, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean 

Diving- If you are into adventure and not afraid of sharks, go swim with 100's of them and while you are at it..find Dori and Nemo.

Boating- This was my favorite activity we did on the trip. We took out the boat owned by our friend and some jet skis which were an added bonus.

Snorkeling- I am not the diving type because Sharks scare me, but I was totally ok with a little snorkeling action to see some beautiful fishes. Probably swam too close to sharkland but I was safe!

Water Park- If you want to feel like a 8 year old again, and in the best way possible, I highly suggest getting a day pass at the Atlantis and exploring the waterpark and riding the many slides they have available. Game changer!

Jumper: Get it here

Location: Nassau, Bahamas

Photographer: E.I.

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East Village Eats

Style in NYC is all about a mix of comfort and cool. I love this shirt dress as it is so versatile from daywear to evening. During the day I wear these with a pair of Converse sneaks and if I have to go to a meeting or dinner date I slip on a cute pair of blush heels to go with it. 

Running around NYC has taught me about which neighborhoods I love and which ones I don't mind. One I love is the East Village and it has become my mini neighborhood hub that I run to for a good meal. I listed out some of my favorites I drop by on a weekly basis that you may enjoy. Check them out!

Coffee:

Ost Cafe (pictured above)- adorable Parisian styled cafe. Great latte.

The Bean- A nice cafe to work at

Brunch:

Cafe Orlin- Their salmon benny is amazing!

PMF- French toast. Done and done.

Lunch:

Momofuku- Good ramen. Also try their chicken meatball steam bun. The bok choy salad is tasty too.

The Eddy- fantastic tartare

Dinner:

Upstate- Great seafood! Oysters overload.

Luzzo's pizzaria- Pizza pizza pizza. Possibly my top two pizza spots in the city.

Dessert:

Fresco Gelataria- If you follow me on snap, you may see I tend to go to this place far too often! Amazing gelato. They actually had a shop in Athens and made the move to the city and I am very happy about it. You will be too after you try it!

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Nudes are My Favorite

I am always on the go. It can be a bit exhausting, but at the same time, I find stagnant things in life to be quite boring, so as I quickly become overwhelmed, I do a few breathing exercises to remind myself the importance of being resilient.

While we are on the topic of resilience, let's talk about the need to be resilient in this life. The one answer interviewers love hearing about a candidate is that they are "resilient in their efforts at work". So why just settle at work, why not just be resilient in general. Being resilient does not necessarily mean to be a workaholic. It means that you work hard at the tasks in front of you. Whether that be being a girl boss at the office, or being a complete girl boss at home and managing a husband, children and keeping the house in order. You can be resilient in your health practice as well! I try to do breathing exercises, meditation breaks and stretches every day to keep my mind and body happy. Try it ;) Treat yo self!

Alongside my resilience obsession, I am also resilient in my commitment to being fashion forward, yet not breaking the bank. Pictured here, I mixed fast fashion with a few pricier staple pieces that I wear over and over again. I absolutely love mixing whites and nudes, they look so polished when they are worn together in the right way. If you are terrified of white pants, go for a pair of khaki or beige trousers. But coming from someone who treks on the subway, just don't sit and you will be golden!

Photographer: Selwyn Ramos

Top: Zara or similar

Pants: Zara or similar or similar

Jacket: Club Monaco or similar

Shoes: Louise et Cie

Purse: Chloe

 

Journey with Javvy to NYC: Central Park

Arrived in the city, and of course the first thing I had to do was grab a cup of coffee and walk around Central Park. This gorgeous park gives me a warm feeling, even though it was 50 degrees and the only thing that was actually warm was my coffee. My favorite movie growing up was Serendipity, call me a hopeless romantic, but I always dreamed of meeting the man of my dreams in the city. The only difference is, my dreamboat boyfriend joined me in the city so no need to find a new one. #winning

While walking in the park you will stumble upon a few awesome things; squirrels, people singing harmoniously, the bubble man, couples kissing and people picnicking (when it is warm). Also, you will see a ton of people of all ages getting their fitness on. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to see people older than my parents running much faster than I can. Kudos to them and their cardiovascular health. Werk, Werk, Werk, Werk, WERK!

After finishing at the park, I walked over to Columbus Circle and went to the mall to grab some lunch from Masa and a drink from Center Bar. Two beautiful spots with a nice view of the park and the city :)

Journey with Javvy: Your Guide to New York - Best places to sightsee, eat, shop and dance in NYC

Ahhh…NYC. City of dreams, incredible food, dancing and hustlers. Every time I go to NYC I feel so alive. Am I the only one that feels this way? I doubt it. There is something about the quick moves, hustle and bustle and fierceness there that has always lit a fire under my bum. I always leave feeling inspired to start something new. Fun fact, after a trip there several years ago for NYFW, I came home and immediately starting deriving the Savvy Javvy blog and I have not looked back.

For those of you planning a visit for the first time, or even going back for another visit soon, you may enjoy my guide to the city below. I hope to update it by the end of the Summer with new places. Why the end of the Summer? Because I plan to be in and out of the city multiple times in the coming months. Certainly looking forward to racking up my airline miles!

Best Sightseeing in NYC:

Top of the Rock- On top of the Rockefeller Center, there is an observatory where you can see incredible views of the city. Yes- that includes the Empire State Building!

Central Park- throw on some tennis shoes and go on a morning jog in the park. Or pack a picnic and head there with a friend, loved one or even just a great book.

The Met- One of my favorite museums in the states. In fact one of the biggest! I love the different exhibitions and their permanent collection is quite impressive. My favorite? I love Fernand Leger’s work.

MOMA- Another museum, but this museum is focused on modern art. So impressive!

Soho- This is a great area during the day for shopping and at night for grabbing bite to eat. Hip scene. Fun fact: SOHO stands for South of Houston street.

Brooklyn Bridge- Head there early in the morning and capture that awesome empty shot of just you and the bridge. This connects the city to Brooklyn. Which by the way, you need to go to. The city is hip, full of great restaurants and artsy boutiques.

The Highline- a gorgeous elevated park that used to be the NYC Central railroad. Close by the Chelsea Market, which is certainly a charming place you should stop by.

Chelsea Market- Come here for lunch, to pick up flowers or to grab a cup of joe. Love this indoor space of restaurants and boutiques.

Broadway Show- Try to book something in advance. I mean MONTHS in advance. My suggestions? Hamilton and Book of Mormon. You will not go wrong!

 

Best Restaurants in NYC: 

Brunch:

By Chloe- the best vegan food in town

Jack’s Wife Freda- avo toast heaven

Nomo Soho-  Mimosas in this pretty chandelier resto/bar

Hudson Clearwater- I want this everyday

Chalait- For their matcha green tea latte

Cafe Grumpy- Grab a cup of joe here

La Colombe- In Soho grab a cup of joe here too

Russ and Daughters- The best lox in town. Cute Jewish deli in the city. Long line usually!

Sadelles- Another lox spot, but this spot is a sit down resto.

 

Lunch:

Cafe Habana- Come hungry for the Cuban sandwiches

Bar Pitti- Pasta heaven, pretty casual

Eataly- Pasta heaven again and an incredible Italian market

Nugateen- A delicious Jean George’s restaurant for their prix fix. The price for their lunch is worth it.

Sant Ambroeus Soho- You may just sit next to an Olsen twin here on a Tuesday grabbing lunch

John's Pizza- My favorite pizza in Greenwich Village

Los Tacos 1- The carne asada tacos there is to die for. A must for a casual taco. It is located in the Chelsea Market.

The Halal Guys- One of the better food stands out there! I personally don't eat at many food stands due to allergies, but this one is pretty good.

Shake Shack- The East Coast version of In N Out burger. It is delicious!

Momoya- Casual sushi spot in Chelsea

 

Dinner:

Momofuku- Amazing food

Pylos- Delicious Greek food in the East Village

ABC Kitchen- can’t go wrong here. Great food and ambiance.

ABC Cocina- You must!!

Carbone- Get the spicy rigatoni and take the damn 10PM reservation on open table. Hard to get in but so worth it. Great wine and service.

Otto- Italian pasta

Del Posto- right under the high line. This is a must for Italian food if you feel like spending $$$$.

Relais de Entrecote- because I am a Parisian obsessed steak lover and this place is the best!

Totto Ramen- Delicious ramen in Midtown

Tacombi- the best crispy fried fish tacos! It is in Nolita. Cute ambiance.

Gramercy Tavern- great American restaurant in the Flat Iron off 20th

La Esquina- if you are in the mood for some Mexican food!

Sushi Gare- for their omakase

Pasquale Jones- Italian wood oven pizza. YUM!

Supper- just a good classic meal.

L'Artusi- delicious little Italian gem in the West Village. They also have a sister restaurant L'Apico.

Locando Verde- delicious rustic Italian food in the Tribeca area.

 

Drinks:

Hotel Americano- nestled right in Chelsea

Mother of Pearl- East Village spot

Drexler’s- another great bar in the East Village

Mulberry Project- great spot in Little Italy

Rose Bar- chic bar located in the Gramercy park hotel

Gato- beautiful bar to grab a drink.

Library room at the Nomad Hotel- awesome room that makes you feel like you are sophisticated slash a college kid getting wasted in the library. Done!

PDT- speakeasy through a phone booth

Bathtub Gin- nice cocktail bar with Burlesque on Tuesdays! Also a speakeasy. 

Jimmy at the James Hotel- My favorite rooftop bar

Mr. Purple- great rooftop. I actually love going during the day to grab a drink with friends.

 

Best Nightclubs in NYC:

Dream Hotel- Incredible views and good music

Boom Boom Room- You know why

1 Oak- you know why

Nighty Night- small but cool spot

Tao- Fun and large space

Provocateur- Tough door

Best Hotels in NYC:

Dream Hotel- Fun and young hotel

The Ace Hotel- Always a favorite

The London- Nice sized rooms, a good staple

Nomad Hotel- Hip boutique hotel

Nomo Soho- Boutique sized, great chandelier bar

Air Bnb- Very common to use this in the city. But be weary, some people charge so much on here and you do not even get the service you would get from a hotel. I always try to go for a hotel unless you are staying for a month or so, then definitely try Air Bnb.