Wednesday, April 10, 2024

T&P's Top 10 of the Week | No. 91 | Tweed Dresses, Spring Dresses, Workwear Dresses

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T&P's Top 10 of the Week | No. 91 | Tweed Dresses, Spring Dresses, Workwear Dresses

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Five Friday Favorites | 71 | New NYC Bar, Cannoli Dip, Cycle Bar & Tribeca Dining

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1.          Romeos bar- This new spot in the East Village is really cute. There are photos on the walls of movies where the storyline is based on Romeo & Juliet. Their margarita is really good! 

2.          Donnybrook- We had a relaxed St. Patty’s day celebration here with a few friends from out of town. 

3.          Tiny’s- I am always skeptical when I find a restaurant all over social media, but I was SO surprised by Tiny’s in Tribeca. In an adorable pink townhouse adorned with a bow, this three-story historic spot is minuscule but delicious. The drinks were amazing. I had the peach fizz specialty cocktail. The tater tots, popcorn shrimp and the spinach dip were incredible. I had the shrimp fried rice for dinner. I am still craving it! Big portions too. 

4.          Wegmans cannoli dip- Wegmans food store opened in Manhattan a couple of months ago, so we decided to check it out. The top floor at Astor Place was all premade or partially premade foods, like sushi, salads, sandwiches, cheese boards, cakes, half cooked quiches, etc. We got sushi and cannoli dip. Yes, that is exactly what that sounds like, cannoli cream in a container and then there are cannoli shell chips that you dip into the cream! GENIUS and oh so delicious. 

5.          CycleBar- NoHo CycleBar is doing a promo where your first class is only $10! I took a class over the weekend and it was so tough! It reminded me that I need to get back in cardiovascular shape. 

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

My Childhood Dream Came True: Elizabeth Esq.

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On October 31, 2023, I wrote, “I have to say I got really emotional walking to work this morning because I was like wow my lifelong dream of being an attorney in NYC is actually real life now and today, I wore my suit and heels like I always imagined walking down a city block going to court …. Like little Elizabeth would be so so proud.”

 

On March 27, 2024, a couple of months after writing that, at the young age of 25, I took the oath of attorney and was sworn into the legal profession. Little Elizabeth is so proud. 

 

Everything I had worked for and dreamed of for my entire life had culminated to that point.


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I bought a new suit, colored, because Elle Woods would have it no other way, even though I wasn’t brave enough to wear pink, and took the day off.

 

My parents and I headed past my office in Manhattan to 45 Monroe Street in Brooklyn to the Second Department Appellate Division for my swearing in ceremony.

This is the most beautiful courthouse in such a beautiful area of Brooklyn.

 

I changed into my Sarah Flint Perfect Pumps when I got there.


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All 30+ applicants and I walked into the courtroom, took our oath and then stood and listened to the justices speak about how we were beginning our journeys into a very well esteemed profession, just as many presidents and vice presidents had. It was a beautiful speech about how we should always take the high road, and never send an email angry. The justices invited us to turn around and face our parents and loved ones, because without them, we would not be having this special day. It was a lovely speech, that I had a difficult time paying attention to because I was so sweaty, nervous and shaking.

 

My mom later asked me why I was nervous, as this was the easiest part of it all. I had gotten into law school, passed all my classes, took all my tests, passed the bar exam, got a job and then this was the FINAL step.

 

I guess it was an overwhelming feeling of “wow finally, everything is coming to fruition.” After 20+ years of school, this was it. 

I tried to hold back tears as I focused on not passing out.


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After the 25 minutes of standing, we sat down, and then we were called up one by one to sign the book.

I signed the book and officially became an attorney!


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We celebrated with lunch at our favorite restaurant in midtown, Patsy’s Italian, over some pasta and glasses of wine.

 

The next day, I felt different. I felt official.

My first day as an official attorney, my first day as Esquire.

I felt great until I was scolded by a mean judge in the Bronx. My first day as Esquire and I was already punished, I guess that’s the legal profession for you. It was a true rite of passage.

 

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Once I got back to the office, my coworkers showered me in sweet words and excitement. They even bought me a cake! I felt so loved from them, my family, friends and all of you!

 

I am over the moon that I am now officially an attorney. When I imagined my future self 20 years ago, it was definitely the life I am living now, as an attorney, wearing suits and heels, walking down the streets of Manhattan, and I am stunned and amazed that that dream came true.  

 

Thank you as always to my family, friends, boyfriend, mentors and anyone that has cheered me on along my journey.

 

It has been a pleasure and a joy to share my life with you all on this side of the internet!

 

One big dream down, what’s next?!


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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

T&P's Top 10 of the Week | No. 90 | Spring & Summer Wedding Guest Dresses, Prom Dresses, Formal, Semi-Formal Dresses

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T&P's Top 10 of the Week | No. 90 | Spring & Summer Wedding Guest Dresses, Prom Dresses, Formal, Semi-Formal Dresses

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Friday, March 22, 2024

Five Friday Favorites | 70 | Broadway Show, Gallery Opening, Smash Burger, New To-Me Brand & More

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1.          & Juliet - This Broadway show is SO FUN! This is a jukebox musical, so all the songs are pop songs from some of the best artists, including Katy Perry, Brittany Spears, NYSNC, etc. The story is about what would have happened if Romeo and Juliet never died in Shakespeare’s play. 

2.          Theory slip dress- I discovered Theory for the first time a couple of weekends ago when  I went out to Tanger Outlets in Riverhead. The store was bright and airy. I tried on so many brightly colored items. I absolutely loved this slip dress, maybe I can wear it to an upcoming wedding or rehearsal dinner. The outlet was great! I’m excited this brand is now on my radar. 

3.          Rachel Uffner Gallery- I went to see a sorority sister, Susan Chen’s, exhibit “Plan B” on opening night. Her paintings are so three dimensional, it looks like the paint is icing! She is so talented.

4.          No nail polish this winter- This favorite is a bit different, but I decided to take off my nail polish on my toes after the holidays. I never not have polish on my toes. My nails were so dry and cracked. Now they grew out and are ready to be painted again for the spring! I am going to try to do this every winter now. 

5.          David’s Café- Voted best burger in NYC in 2016, this French-American burger joint in the East Village is not to be missed. We have always wanted to try this spot, and I am so glad we finally did St. Patty’s Day weekend! The Frenchie smash burger was incredible. Don’t skip out on the sweet potato fries. The prices were very reasonable too. Two burgers, two drinks, fries and mac n’ cheese for under $70! 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

T&P's Top 10 of the Week | No. 89 | Sofia Richie Style, Linen Vest, Shirtdress, Midi Dress, Maxi Dress, Suiting

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T&P's Top 10 of the Week | No. 89 | Sofia Richie Style, Linen Vest, Shirtdress, Midi Dress, Maxi Dress, Suiting

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Friday, March 15, 2024

Five Friday Favorites | 69 | Happy Hour Everyday, Brunch Spot, Wine + Chocolate Bar, New Lipstick Obsession & More


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1.          Love is Blind Season 6- This season was INSANE! The cast was really good this season. Don’t mess with Laura or AD! 

2.          Ofrneda- This delicious Mexican restaurant in the West Village has happy hour every day from 4-7, even on the WEEKEND! They make a mean $10 margarita!

3.          Yves- Tribeca has lots of great brunch spots, especially this one. I am a sucker for eggs Benedict.

4.          Azya Wine + Chocolate bar- This is a great spot for drinks with girlfriends. I had a chocolate and wine flight with some friends a couple of weeks ago. I love how unique this bar is!

5.          Tarte Juicy Lip - I think I’m the last one in the world to try this lipstick/lip gloss two in one, but it’s amazing. It’s the perfect amount of color plus the perfect shine. I bought a mini size starter pack, linked HERE.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

T&P's Top 10 of the Week | No. 88 | Spring & Summer Accessories, Beach Bag, Straw Bag, Rattan Bag, Straw Hat, Sandals

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

T&P's Top 10 of the Week | No. 87 | White Dresses Under $100, Little White Dress, Graduation Dresses, Bride Dresses

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Monday, March 4, 2024

No Spend January Recap

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I know it’s March, but I wanted to share what I learned from “No Spend January.”

I challenged myself going into the new year that I wouldn’t do any personal shopping for myself for the month of January. I needed a reset from the holidays and to start the year off on budget. Clothes and shoes are my weakness. I know I am very privileged to even be writing this post. 

 

I just started working full time in the fall after graduating law school, so at the end of 2023 I was shopping for birthday and Christmas gifts.

 

I am proud to say that I really kept to my word and didn’t buy anything for myself (except two dresses from the Tuckernuck Sample Sale at the end of the month! I couldn’t help myself because they were both 50% off and had been on my wish list forever). 

 

I think challenging myself to not buy anything for myself in January was a challenge that I wanted to win or a promise that I had to keep.

 

In January, I bought wedding gifts for all my friends and planned out my travels, vacation days and budget for the year.

 

To help with my budget for the year, I created a list of things I (think I) want to buy and how I’m going to buy them every month. I love planning so this fits right in.

 

For example, I’m going on a bachelorette trip in Key West in April, and there is this Hill House dress with sea creatures on it that I think would be so cute for the trip. I found several of the dresses being sold on Poshmark and the Real Real that are just sitting in my likes folder. I have no use for the dress now in cold March, so I am planning on buying it in April to wear on my trip!

 

I think also planning my purchases, helps me think and realize where my money is going and if I really need/want that item as the month comes up. It helps me remember not to just buy something because it’s on sale, unless I wanted it before it was on sale (example the Tuckernuck dresses).

 

Influencing and social media is so much about fast fashion and overconsumption. My January no-buy month was a great reset into realizing how many clothes I own and that I don’t need (or have room for).

 

I’m not sure if I could do a strict no-buy month again this year, but I will definitely do it again in January. 

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Friday, March 1, 2024

Five Friday Favorites | 68 | Snow Boots, Graduation Gift Idea, Hello Fresh, New Pajamas & More

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 1.          UGG snow boots- It has been a cold and snowy winter here in New York this year. (I’m not thrilled about it). Here are my favorite snow boots that have lasted me for seasons. I call them my all-terrain vehicles because they can withstand great amounts of snow, sleet, ice and rain. My feet have never been warmer too. They’re kind of ugly, which makes them kind of cute. 

2.          Homesick candle- I was gifted a Homesick candle for my desk. These candles are themed for different states and colleges. It would make a great gift for a soon to be college graduate or a friend who is moving soon. I got a North Carolina candle to remember my days down south. You can use my affiliate link to shop HERE, which makes me a small commission at no cost to you. 

3.          Hello Fresh- It’s no secret that cooking isn’t my favorite activity. I much rather make a dinner reservation, and I’m good at it. Hello Fresh reached out to me to work together and I was excited for the opportunity to make easy and delicious meals. So far, so good! I have made soup and salmon on two separate nights. Hello Fresh is great because they literally ship you all proportioned ingredients you need and give you step by step instructions with pictures. It really was super easy and fun! You can use my affiliate link HERE to get 16 free meals and free breakfast for life! 


4.          Lake Pajamas- I am a new proud owner of Lake Pjs. The cotton is so soft. I’ve bought my mom several pairs, and she loves them. I am so excited to have my own pair now. They really are so comfortable.


5.          Life Stride booties- These faux leather ankle boots were gifted to me. I keep them at my desk, along with a blouse and a black pant suit, just in case I’m needed at court. These shoes have the perfect size heel, that is thick and comfortable enough to walk around the streets of Manhattan without fear of getting the heel stuck in a subway grate. I also think the faux leather looks really nice and not cheap at all. But at the same time, I’m not worried about getting these shoes dirty or scuffed up. The padding on the footbed is really squishy. They’re very comfortable and I’m happy to have them in my rotation.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

T&P's Top 10 of the Week | No. 86 | Easter Dresses, Floral Dresses, Spring Party Dresses

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

T&P's Top 10 of the Week | No. 85 | Black & White, White Lady Jacket, White Linen Vest, Ballet Flats & More

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

T&P's Top 10 of the Week | No. 84 | Spring Workwear, Business Casual, Colored Work Pants, Trench Coat & Spring Lady Jackets

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Five Friday Favorites | 67 | Puppy Cafe, Commuter Tip, New Movie, Broadway Show & More

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1.          Boris and Horton- This is the cutest dog friendly café ever! It’s right by Alex’s apartment. We’ve walked by it so many times over the years and have never gone in until a couple of weekends ago. There are adorable puppies running around and playing while their owners sit, eat and drink coffee. Instant mood booster!

2.          Queer Eye Season 8- One of my favorite shows! The cast is adorable and they really help change people’s lives. So happy it is back for another season.

3.          Commuter benefits- If you are a commuter in the tri-state like me, you should check to see if your office does commuter benefits. Every month, federally, I am allowed $315 of pre-taxed money from my paycheck to go straight into my commuting budget. It’s a huge money saver! 

4.          Boys in the Boat- I have been dying to see this movie. I finally saw it this past weekend and it was incredible. I love a heartwarming story about grit and determination. It’s a true story about the Washington University rowing team that defied all odds and ended up winning a gold medal for team USA.

5.          Six the Musical- This hour and a half show is SO fun. It’s more of a concert than a traditional musical/play because the actresses break the 4th wall and interact with the audience. The six actresses who each play an ex-wife of King Henry VIII are so incredibly talented. They sing the most catchy songs. The costumes were great too!

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

T&P's Top 10 of the Week | No. 83 | Wedding Guest Dresses, Prom Dresses, Formal Dresses Under $100

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Fall & Winter Workwear

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We are in the dead of winter here now in New York so I wanted to share some winter office style with you all.
These are all the outfits I have worn the past several months to the office. 
All of my winter office outfits are linked HERE

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