When you find yourself living in the biggest city where you interact or pass by thousands of humans every day, you are often met with an overwhelming feeling only a few can relate to. So what do you do when you’re surrounded by the best of the best when it comes to restaurants, and wine or dive bars? You seek out the secret spots that are rare to come by, and very few know about. Why? Because it’s calm, cool and collected amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. Last night we found Hi Bar, atop the 6 Hotel in Columbus Circle, only steps from our Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. From the roof deck you can look out into the East Side skyline and over the busy streets beneath. And when you find a place that’s special enough, you write about it and share it with the blog world. Okay maybe I made that last part up, but I thought it was cool enough to share!
This past weekend was some of the HOTTEST weather I’ve experienced in NYC. I can’t begin to explain the feeling you have when you’re waiting on your train in the subway station as it’s nearly 105 outside. I’ll spare you all from hearing more about that… so let me tell you about these killer views and a killer brunch at Teddy’s in Brooklyn.
My brunch pal, Michael and I hit up the Williamsburg area of BK for a unique spot, and we just so happened to stumble upon a quaint little place with divine bloody marry’s and a heck of a bbq nacho appetizer. Not to mention, the croquet madame was DELICIOUS. We stuffed our faces, enjoyed the air conditioning, and planned our quick walk to the East River to see the views of Manhattan. It’s pretty awesome, right?
Another moment of pure city bliss is felt when looking up into the Manhattan skyline. I mean do I really live here? I often ask myself that, and I’m quickly reminded of how fortunate I am to have this life changing experience.
We all know I love a good laid back look, especially in summer when it’s too hot to think about wearing anything else. This look is made up of two of summer’s best: denim and linen. These shorts are light and breezy, and totally wearable for any good day or your worst bloated days (ya feel me girls?). With a tie waist, and a boyfriend fit, they are my favorite shorts of this season (I have them in khaki and black too). Let’s not forget, denim is always a good idea! The little details on this blouse are what sold it for me, and when paired with my easiest, color block sandals and light accessories, this final product is a winning look in my book.
For those of you who follow Lex What Wear daily, I’m sure you’ve noticed the few little plugs for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Well, good news guys: Public access to the BEST SALE in of the year starts in two days. In Nordstrom’s famous words, “Good things come to those who wait”. So what are we doing to prepare? I’m skimming the site, picking my top picks for sale shopping. From winter coats and fall essentials to next summer’s must haves, my list is growing day by day. I thought I’d encourage y’all to start planning too, and by sharing my list of sale hits, maybe you’ll find just what you’re looking for too. Happy shopping!
This summer is all about exploring this gorgeous city, and I’ve grown quite fond of a Central Park afternoon. When you pack a picnic with your pals and enjoy the sun on the Great Lawn your in for a total treat and lots of great people watching… seriously great people watching. At any rate, this outfit was cool enough for 90 degree weather, and I jus to happen to love this print and these light linen shorts. It is definitely a relaxed casual look, one that I am sure to be seen in another time or two. Lastly, y’all have been asking for more braids and this is my go to, especially on day 3 hair. This is just a simple french braid, wrapped and pinned into a low bun at the bottom of the braid. I’ve taken the bottom of a comb and lifted the roots of each part of the braid to make it look a little messy and undone. Simple as that, that’s my look.
When I think of a classic relaxed look, I often think of a flowing maxi dress that’s light and easy to style for the entire summer season. Before I styled this outfit, I pondered (for several minutes) whether or not I still liked this denim vest. I absolutely love denim and my denim jacket specifically, but the vest I go back and forth with. For me, it’s all about how you style it and when you wear it. For casual purposes, it’s a great addition to any outfit. So I thought it relaxed this look even more and gave me a little shape. Paired with a simple flat sandal and gold accessories, this look can take me from work to happy hour just like that!
This summer I’ve challenged myself to learn 10 braid hairstyles (it’s a bit harder than it looks)! So far, I’ve tackled 6 new tricks and I’m excited to learn the next 4. Helping me out on this braid adventure are several famous YouTubers and Pinterest pros. I could not go this challenge alone. My ultimate goal is to video tutorials for each style to share with all of you. Let me know which one you’d like to see first. In the meantime (meaning I have to figure out this whole video thing) check out my braid adventures on Instagram @LexWhatWear. Plus I’m letting you, my readers, pick which braid style I try next. Take a look at the braids below and let me know which one you’re loving!
On Monday evening a little past sunset, we (Evan and I) ventured to the very top of One World Trade. Everything from the ride to the top, to the views and the visitor services were just magical. I could even spot my tiny apartment amidst the biggest buildings in the Big Apple. Once at the top, after soaking in the breathtaking 360 degree views, we dined at the amazing One Restaurant. After 3 course meal and a bottle of wine, our bellies and our hearts were full with truly an impeccable experience. So yes, this totally means I recommend visiting the 9/11 memorial and museum, as well as the top of One World Trade building on your next trip to NYC.