November 30, 2014

Astoria Finds: Sanfords

Going out for brunch was not something that I was used to doing when I was growing up in Miami.  I was so used to always making and having breakfast at home as a family affair.  As it became more popular, there were still very limited options on places to go.  It wasn't very common for us to go but it became a treat to head out for brunch but it was always to the same one or two places that we knew of.  Then I moved to New York, and now I love brunch.  I can't understand not going out for brunch now.  I sometimes think when friends come to visit, they are wondering why I am so insistent on going out to eat instead of making breakfast at home.  And that is when I take them to Sanfords...

One of my favorite things about living in Astoria is all of the great brunch options I have that are all walking distance of one another.  I have been to a number of different places but I always come back to my favorite spot, Sanfords, located on Broadway at the corner of 31st Street  It has been in Astoria since 1922 but has been transformed into a modern space that is open 24 hours.  I found Sanfords when I first moved to Astoria and had to make a conscious effort to try different places just because I found myself only going here.  But for good reason, the food and service is always on point.  You never have to worry about not enjoying your time here.  The people that work here are so nice and remember us every time they see us.  You can always count on everything you order to be tasty and you especially cannot beat the incredible brunch deal they offer.   A brunch entree along with 2 brunch cocktails, and your choice of juice or coffee, all for $16.  There is always a wait here but it is truly worth it.  These are the reasons that I will keep on going back to my favorite brunch location and houseguests certainly agree. 


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astoria brunch sanfords bloody mary

November 26, 2014

Grey Matters


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This is only my third year in New York but this has been the best Fall for me yet.  We even had a day that reached 70 degrees.  It has had its up and downs and now, the day before Thanksgiving, snow is falling.  This can really wreak havoc on those planning to travel for the holidays.  I will be here in New York for Thanksgiving but know that I will have to worry about the same thing when Christmas rolls around.  This can be very stressful especially when people have been planning to see family that they do not see on a regular basis.  I wish everyone luck in their travels today and a stress free holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Andrea


siwy jeans grey skinny jean black heels
Sweater: Romeo & Juliet, Jeans: Siwy, Shoes: Club Monaco, Purse: Aldo

grey sweater grey skinny siwy jeans


November 23, 2014

Ladylike Style

H&M tweed jacket Theory blouse, banana republic pants

Happy Sunday, hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  The weather finally warmed up this Sunday and it was nice to head out without a large, heavy jacket.  Sunny days like this are best spent outside to get the most out of these sporadic days of warmer weather.

The jacket I am wearing was actually purchased last year from H&M.  It is such a feminine jacket and goes well with this classic white blouse from Theory.  At one point, I barely owned any white blouses and now my closet is filled with long, button down white tops.  They have become a staple in my wardrobe.   Also, I always have a hard time finding pants to fit well and I was able to find these at Banana Republic.  They are straight and cut for petite sizing and also has a little stretch in them which adds to their great fit.  I just recently found these shoes at a Club Monaco sale and they are so comfortable, love finding heels I can walk around in for a while!   You can never have too many black heels!  This outfit is casual enough for Sunday outings but also can easily be worn to the office.  

Thank you for reading,

Andrea


Chanel vintage purse white blouse black pants tweed jacket

white silk blouse black banana republic pants


Chanel vintage purse black lambskin purse chanel
Jacket: H&M, Blouse: Theory, Pants: Banana Republic, Shoes: Club Monaco, Purse: Chanel




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November 18, 2014

The work sheath

Hello, hope everyone had a great weekend.  It has just been getting colder and colder.  Luckily before I needed to wear tights, I was able to wear this dress to work.  The classic sheath dress is always a great option for the office.  This dress from Asos has just the right amount of stretch which allows it to fit perfectly and really accentuate your positive aspects.  To offset the grey color and give it a little pop, I added pink accessories.  

Now, with the weather as cold it is, its time to pull out the tights and hefty jackets!

Thank you for reading,

Andrea


grey dress sheath dress asos dress

asos grey sheath dress pink necklace
Dress: Asos, Shoes: JustFab
asos grey dress pink bib necklace

asos dress grey dress pink bib necklace

November 12, 2014

Faux Fur Vest on a Fall Day

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It has been a long three weeks.  Work has been very demanding and i've been pulling 13-14 hour days for way too long.  It comes with the territory and expected at the end of each quarter.  Still, I am exhausted and ready to finally have a break and take some much needed time off.  The weekends are really never enough since you spend that time getting everything accomplished that you can't during the week.  A day off in the middle of the week is one of the best things.  You get to really recharge and relax.  My husband's office honors Veteran Day so I thought today would be a nice time to take it off as well.  We spent the day getting a couple's massage and having lunch together. I felt bad not being able to sit and have dinner at home with my husband for a while so I thought I would make it up to him.  Luckily for me, he is very understanding but I just wanted to show him my appreciation.  It is so important to make quality time for yourself and those you care about.  Does anyone else feel like there is just never enough time?

The weather was also incredible today.  I wore this faux fur vest that kept me warm as the sun set and the temperature got a little cooler.  The fur vest goes well with this dress from French Connection.  This is one of my favorite and most versatile dresses.   In the summer I wore it out and about with sandals, threw a blazer over it and wore it to the office with heels, and now on this fall day, paired it with knee high boots.  Added a fun necklace to give it a pop of color and was on my way to enjoy the day!

Thank you for reading,

Andrea


french connection long sleeve dress

black and white striped dress french connection
Dress: French Connection(similar), Vest: Jack by BB Dakota (similar), Boots: Modern Vintage, Necklace: Amrita Singh (similar)

fur vest striped dress black and white

November 4, 2014

Astoria Finds: Tailor Sop

It is so important to find a tailor who really knows their way around a sewing machine.  Someone you can trust with your favorite pieces and who cares about the clothes as much as you do.  I've found that person right here in Astoria and I know when I take my clothes there, I will get the honest truth about what can be done and feel safe knowing that when I do get my pieces back, I will be completely happy with it.  I found Elena at the Tailor shop, located on 36th Street and 31st Avenue,  last year when I needed a dress hemmed for my cousins wedding.  Since then, I have had skirts taken in, dresses and pants altered to fit better and now my husband has joined and taken a few pair of his suits to be altered.  Elena really understands how to make clothes fit the woman's body and makes every piece compliment me much more than they did before.

Your clothes are special to you and its important to not have to worry when they are in someone else's hands.  A good seamstress knows how to treat different fabrics and can give you the best recommendation for each piece.  Great seamstresses are rare and I am so happy to have found one right here in Astoria!


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tailor shop astoria seamstress

November 3, 2014

Pink & Pink


zara pink sweater pink pants

My favorite color is pink which is hard to tell from all the blue I have been wearing lately.  As a child, I actually hated pink thinking it was too girly and low and behold....I am now super girly!  Also, I wanted to wear this before October ended to show my support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  A dear friend of mine was diagnosed last year a month before her wedding.  A year later, she has come out of it stronger and more beautiful each and every day.

I got this soft pink sweater from Zara and paired it with these maroon pants from a local Astoria boutique, Hanger. I find so many great pieces there!  The sweater is so comfy and great for this fall weather.  It is an over-sized sweater yet still very flattering.  I wore these maroon pointed heels that are much more comfortable than they look.  I went with simple gold and white accessories including an Amrita Singh necklace that adds a bit of glamour to any outfit with this layered piece.  Very comfy outfit to spend the day hanging out with family.

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Sweater: Zara, Pants: Hangar, Shoes: Kenneth Cole, Bag: BCBG, Necklace: Amrita Singh, Bracelets: Coach, Mark Jacobs
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