It's my birthday!! So today is not a normal blog day. I'm just sharing my latest visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to see the Cherry Blossoms in my new robe my dad brought back to me from India! 


Robe: Gift from Dad (love this and this) I Shirt: Tank I Jeans: Zara (similar here)




I love the patterns and color. You'll probably see me wearing this a lot through out the spring and summer. 



The Cherry Blossoms haven't reached full bloom yet so there's still time and if you're in the area check out the Sakura Matsuri festival April 29-30. 




*Photography by Jac'leen Smith.


Spring is upon us and I am all for it, I'm officially over the cold weather! I'm ready to start wearing my favorite dresses and sandals, that's why I'm so excited over H&M's latest spring collection. Particularly this sheer, floral dress. 


Paired with my favorite boyfriend jeans and colorful accessories its the perfect look to sport while walking around Brooklyn Bridge park for the day. 


Dress: H&M I Jeans: FCUK old but I love these  I Shoes: Marc Jacobs (love these) I Bag: Borrowed from a friend (similar here and here)



I tend to go back and forth over sheer and tulle styles. They can be trendy and sometimes a little too much for my taste but I really enjoy this piece. It's a great neutral that can be worn in different ways and can easily transition from look to look through spring and summer.



Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize! 


Do you have any favorite sheer pieces for summer? Let me know in the comments below!



*Photography by Jac'leen Smith





The Brooklyn Bridge is a must-see attraction. The gorgeous structure and views make it an unforgettable experience and now that spring is finally here its the perfect time to stroll and take in the sights. 



Inspired by the gorgeous architecture of the bridge I decided to emulate that with my look. I found this amazing oversize double-breasted pink blazer from Zara and couldn't resist the opportunity to sport it on the bridge. 


Blazer: Zara I Top: Topshop (similar here) I Pants: J. Crew I Shoes: Juicy Couture (old) I Sunnies: Ray-Ban



I love the views of Manhattan from the Brooklyn side!




Make sure to visit when you're in the area and walk or bike the entire thing! 




*Photography by Jac'leen Smith


I love anything floor length so last year when I came across this H&M skirt I immediately fell in love! It's perfect for spring and easily transitions from day to night. In honor of my maxi moment I'm sharing some of my favorites you can get now!


Jacket: Yigal Azrouel (old but I love this one) I Top: Zara I Skirt: H&M (similar here) I Shoes: Zara (old)


A long skirt doesn't have to look drab and boring, pick one with color and patterns. Also style it with a cute crop, jacket or even an oversize top. There are countless ways to style this classic piece that will stay in your closet for many seasons to come.


Shop my favorites!!




Do you have any go to skirts for summer? Tell me in the comments.





Photography by Jac'leen Smith.



One fun fact about me is I am super behind when it comes to beauty. I didn't really start paying attention to makeup until recently because as I get older I start to see changes in my face, some good and some a little different. For example, as I age I notice I'm starting to get freckles, which I'm super excited about because my grandma has them (the same Edie this blog is named for) and I was always envious of them growing up but then there are other things like dark circles under my eyes that weren't there before, so that's no fun.

But another fun fact about me is I'm lazy! I am not the girl who is going to wake up an hour earlier to put her "face" on, never have and never will. I want to spend about 10 minutes max on my makeup and I don't want to look too made up. At this point in my life I enjoy my face and want to look like me so it needs to look natural but a little enhanced like the flower or star crown snapchat filter. LOL!


If you're like me and don't want to spend too much time putting on your makeup but still want a few a basics -- check out my lazy girl beauty must-haves:

The Bases:

Nars Tinted Moisturizer: What can I say? This is a God send, it provides smooth coverage along with protecting your skin against the elements with a SPF 30. It's also really light so if you have oily skin like me it doesn't feel too heavy or like its going to melt off.

Mac Concealer: This is super simple for quick fixes, I love applying this to small blemishes, acne scarring or dark circles.


Multi-Purpose:

Nars The Multiple: I LOVE this! It's super easy to use and you can use it for everything from blush, lipstick and/or eyeshadow. I have it in South Beach and against my skin tone it gives me a bronzy glow so I tend to use it as a highlighter.

Bobbi Brown Rouge Pot: This is another multi-use must-have. I recently got this and have no regrets, you can apply it to both your cheeks and lips for a rosy look.

Nars Dual Intensity Blushes: These are great for when you're on-the-go.


Extras:

You could stop here and have a natural look but take that extra couple minutes and finish off the looks with these favorites.

CoverGirl So Lashy Mascara: It gives your lashes that extra curl and volume. If you want to take it a little further try Maybelline's Master Kajal eyeliner.

Dolce & Gabbana Eyeshadows: I love the Perfect Mono in Pure Bronze its great to use along with my Nars multiple for a warm glow. I also love Cocoa eyeshadow all four shades are perfect to take from day to night.




All of these products are so easy and you can mix and match for an overall gorgeous look. Another fun thing about them is they are all portable. Grab your Mac Concealer and Nars Multiple and head out the door or maybe just your Bobbi Brown Rouge Pot for touch ups. Easy 5-10 minute tricks that keep you moving without any stress.

Do you have any easy makeup tricks? Let me know in the comments below I would love to hear about them.



*Portraits by Jac'leen Smith.




It's freezing here in NYC so I found a way to cheat the elements and indulge in some warm weather by trekking to the Bronx of all places (LOL) to enjoy a spring day and take in the vivid and vibrant sights at the New York Botanical Garden to see the illustrious The Orchid Show: Thailand!


I went to Thailand about two years ago (see the posts here, here and here) and it was one of the best trips of my life so I jumped at the opportunity to get a taste of it again without a long 24 hour flight! 


It was as gorgeous as expected and I was also excited to blend into the flowers with my favorite pastel pieces. Now that spring is officially upon us I'm ready to break out my light weight jackets and pastel color skirts and dresses. My go-to is my favorite BCBG Maxazria pink trench. I got it ages ago but its a classic piece that I love to break out during the warmer months.



Trench: BCBGMAXAZRIA (similar here) I Top: Signorelli I Skirt: H&M (old) I Shoes: ASOS (similar here)




The Orchid Show is going on until April 9th. If you're in the area check it out! Also in the comments below let me know your favorite pastel looks for spring.




Photography by Jac'leen Smith.

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It may finally be spring but it still feels like winter in NYC! So until the flowers start blooming and the temps go up I'm still pulling out my sweaters and this one is my favorite. I'm a big fan of texture and graphics with clothing so I find myself gravitating towards chunky knits and mixed patterns and that's why I LOVE this Yigal Azrouël cropped sweater. 


Sweater: Yigal Arzouël (old but I love this and this) I Jeans: Uniqlo I Boots: Steve Madden  I Sunnies: Ray-Ban


I've had it for a long time and it never seems to go out of style so I couldn't think of a better way to showcase it than the classic architecture of the Brooklyn Academy of Music aka BAM building.  I saw this gorgeous staircase and couldn't imagine a better backdrop.



If you're in Brooklyn or planning a visit to the area soon, stop by BAM for a show you won't regret it!

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