I'll Follow You Anywhere

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I’ve been to New York a number of times, but Johanna had somehow never made the short trek, so when we decided to go down together I knew it had to be an extra special visit. Instead of staying in a ritzy hotel we booked a room in a loft listed on AirBnb, and though we’re both somewhat terrified of strangers we decided it was worth the risk of being awkward all week for the amazing location and epic views.

Of course, it wasn’t awkward at all – it was perfect. We drank wine pretty consistently, woke up to sun streaming through the loft’s massive warehouse windows, and walked less than a block to stroll over the (surprisingly pink) Williamsburg bridge. We fell in love with little shops and restaurants all over Brooklyn, my favourite part of the city (and a part I didn’t get a chance to visit on my last trip). Every time we went for a walk to get coffee or a snack we ended up swooning all the way there and all the way back. It was a never ending parade of cute pastel everywhere we turned!

On top of all my usual favourite stops, like Cha Cha Matcha and Pietro Nolita, I wanted this trip to be more than average, so I reached out to some of my favourite NYC-based brands and makers to arrange a couple of “meetings”. To our delight, everyone we reached out to wrote right back, and though we were only in town for less than a week, we somehow ended up seeing so much more than we’d bargained for. Below we’ve listed some of our favourite “special stops” from the trip:

Scroll to the bottom for even more NYC shops, restaurants and more that caught our eye this time around!

Bing Bang //

If you like pearls, crystals, gold, rose gold… ok, pretty much any sparkly things, you’ll love Bing Bang. We’ve been big fans for ages, admiring their collaborations with Me & You and Ban.do from afar, and we figured why not stop in for a real life hello?

The studio space was so FUN – in an unassuming building in Chinatown it was loaded with glittering treasures, plants, and pink details. We tried on just about everything, inherited a few new pieces for our personal collections and about 100 feminist buttons to cover all of our jackets.

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Chillhouse //

I met Cyndi, the founder of Chillhouse NYC way back in August on the GIRLBOSS trip with Netflix, back when the whole concept was just an idea she was developing. It has been truly amazing to watch Chillhouse come to life over social media, and I was super dedicated to seeing it IRL while I was in town.

Cyndi did us one better – Jo and I each got a set of amazing signature nail art from their look book, sipped pastel purple taro lattes, and I even slipped in for an “Express Focus” massage.

The whole morning was really, truly ~chill~, and everything from the epic drink list to the metallic pastel marble wallpaper left me feeling inspired and recharged.

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Samantha Pleet //

If you ask Jo or I who our favourite designer is, we’ll almost always answer “Samantha Pleet” (often in unison). A few years back when I met Samantha at a Victoire event she mentioned I should visit her studio if I was ever back in NYC, and I made a silent vow to try and make it happen. Turns out she was just as serious as I was about the whole thing… a couple emails later and we were in Samantha’s house meeting her sweet baby Valentine, trying out her Mom’s homemade Kugel and playing dress up in all of the amazing clothing!

Strawberry prints embroidered with tiny green seeds, magnetic lemon accents on dress sleeves and ruffled denim shorts were just a handful of highlights from the “appointment” and don’t even get me started on the decor situation. Basically Samantha Pleet lives in a dreamworld, and we were so lucky to get to be a part of it, if only for a short while.

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SHOP

Glossier showroom
Malt & Mold
Outdoor Voices
Dusica Dusica
American Two Shot
Swords-Smith
TicTail
The Frankie Shop

EAT

Pokito
Seamore’s
The Lucky Bee (for brunch!)
Jars by Dani
Tacombi
Black Flamingo
Sweethaus
Butler Coffee
Doughnut Plant
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
Roberta’s Pizza

PAMPER

Pucker
Dream Dry
Chillhouse

Dress Up

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Time is flying by, and somewhere between moving, travelling and about 1000 other things we’ve got on the go, Spring has somehow sprung! Though the weather is definitely still super patchy here on the Canadian East Coast, I’m finding every opportunity I can to don my Spring best.

This amazing pink lace Lovers + Friends dress arrived from Revolve while I was in California, but since returning to cold Canada I hadn’t had much of a chance to take it out of the closet. An evening out in NYC for oysters and lavender prosecco cocktails was just the occasion I’d been waiting for, and Sel Rose proved to be just as picture-perfect in real life as it looked online when I was shopping around for pastel places. Complete with my favourite blush trench from Club Monaco and my brand new Mansur Bucket Bag (the dream New York souvenir)

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I'll Follow You Anywhere

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New York City is like a tattoo – one time in the chair, and you’re left only wanting more. There is way to much to do for just one sitting – it’s truly impossible even if you run all day, every day, from start to finish.

I used to pop down all the time – after all, NYC is so close to Toronto, and once I had tasted a nibble passing through on an overnight road trip at age 20, I wanted nothing more than to devour the entire apple. After a lifetime as a West Coast girl with no New York minutes under my belt, I started packing trips in whenever I could, each time leaving with a list of places I still hadn’t found the time to see.

It’s been a few years since my last NYC visit and I can’t really tell you why – I suppose my last relationship really halted my usual travel spontaneity, and though my ex and I had plans to hop a plane a few times, we just… never got there. For some reason coming back from California, New York was the first word on my lips: I suddenly just really, really needed to go. A couple friends happened to be down there already, so though I had just returned from LA and had yet to move my apartment from the old spot to the new, I booked a ticket. If not now, then when, right? I had put it off long enough already.

This trip to New York was unlike any of my previous adventures. For one, I stayed in Manhattan instead of Brooklyn, and though I loved the bustle I think Williamsburg is definitely a bit more my pace. I also somehow didn’t step foot on a train over all three days! Travelling above ground helped me fill out my internal map of the spaces I passed through, but it was strange to be in that particular city without taking any transit.

Because this trip was so different for me, the whole city seemed more foreign than ever before. It was so quick, and over far too soon! In short, there’s still a lot that was missed on my list, and a whole bunch of new spots piled up as I wandered new neighbourhoods, but not to worry… Johanna and I already have another trip booked for the beginning of April!

Scroll down to see my NYC #pastelhunting picks!

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Where to Eat + Drink //

Sel rose
Cafe Henrie
Pietro Nolita
Cha cha Matcha
Le Bain (better in SUMMER)
By Chloe
Sweets by chloe
While we were young
Lucky bee
Catch
Dirt Candy
Jack’s Wife Freda

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Where to stay //

Dream hotels
Standard hotel
Ace hotel

Where to Shop //

Mansur Gavriel Pop Up
Acne Studios
Chloe Soho
Miu Miu Soho
Matter
Apiece Apart
Catbird

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Where to Primp //

Paintbox nails
Lush spa
Drybar

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Still on my hit list //

Bisou
Pucker
Tacombi
Seamores
Snow Days
De Maria
Baker and Co.
Dudley’s
Orchard Grocery
Dovetail
Modern Love
Pizza Beach

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Party Time

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After totally crushing on Hartland Brooklyn’s social media for months, Paige and I finally decided a collaboration of some sort was in order. We reached out to Emily, the incredible artist behind this cute little card company, and she agreed to send us some tattoos for our pastel pool party guests. When push came to shove though, Paige decided she wanted to share Hartland Brooklyn’s awesomeness with everyone, so we’ve got some great news: you can now buy Emily’s cards and temporary tattoos at Bicyclette!

When the box of tattoos, stationary sets, and watercolour cards dotted with hints of pink arrived at the shop we immediately agreed a little mini shoot was required to show off the new goods. Paige covered me in sweet tattoos from head to toe, grabbed a handful of greeting cards from the shop, and then we were off to spend the afternoon taking photos (oh, and eating froyo of course!)

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Photos by Paige Boersma

I'll Follow You Anywhere

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Though New York is known as “the city that never sleeps”, and draws millions of people in each year to see shows on Broadway, the big lights of Times Square, and all the yellow taxis racing around, I’m much more interested in the quiet bits when I visit. I love Williamsburg, the side streets of Soho, and the High Line mid day when everyone else is at work, but for my most recent trip I wanted to experience something totally new. After a little bit of digging, Em and I found the Playland Motel in Rockaway Beach, and decided to book a night.

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The Playland Motel is a beachy paradise located just an hour away from downtown NYC, and it’s totally worth the trip. A restored building, this tiny boutique hotel has only 11 rooms, each uniquely designed and decorated by a different artist. Downstairs there’s a pizza shop, a bar with amazing tiki drinks, and a massive sandy “patio” yard complete with kiddie pools and rainbow lawn chairs (sadly it wasn’t open yet when we arrived).

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Though Rockaway Beach is teeny tiny, the combination of ocean breeze, the amazing taco shack, and Playland Motel’s sandy “patio” make this place feel like a slice of heaven (aka L.A.) We spent our days devouring “cukes” on the beach (a delicious snack which I’ll be DIY’ing and posting about here soon), and our nights jumping on the bed in our hotel room and drinking local beers. It was a totally perfect ending to our busy NYC trip, and I can’t wait to head back (maybe sooner than you think…)

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