Ted Baker dress (also available here), Whistles heels (sold out, similar here), Rebecca Minkoff bag, Illesteva sunglasses, Tom Ford lipstick in Blush NudeFor a business brunch downtown, I wore this Ted Baker dress and paired it with black mules and my handy dandy Rebecca Minkoff bag.
Ted Baker floral dress (also available here) // Black mule heels // Rebecca Minkoff bag // Illesteva Mirrored SunglassesPhotos by Lydia Hudgens.
So nice they named it twice. A few months ago, when T booked his new television series that was to film in Spain immediately after our wedding, we made the decision to change our honeymoon plans from Hawaii to Europe. I didn’t complain – I love Europe (but I also love Hawaii so that trip has been rescheduled for later on)! T flew out to Spain one week after our wedding, but I decided to hang back at home in LA for a bit before flying out. However, I didn’t want to do a direct journey like T did – I knew I wanted to make a 48-hour pit stop in New York.
I have a love-hate relationship with New York. For those who don’t know, I was born and raised in New Jersey in a town about an hour outside of Manhattan. I didn’t visit New York for the first time until I was a teenager, when my parents took my sister and I to our first Broadway play (42nd Street). Next time I visited New York, I was 16 and participating in my very first fashion photo shoot (as the reigning Miss New Jersey Teen USA) which would ultimately be the starting point of my 8-year modeling career.
I ended up graduating high school a year early and moving to New York City at age 17 to attend a 2-year acting conservatory. I lived in Brooklyn Heights and LOVED it. Loved it, loved it. However, I only stayed for a year (hence why I am NOT an actress unlike my husband), and next lived on the Upper East Side as a struggling model with a very frustrating love life. Naturally, I wasn’t having a great experience there so I decided to move out west to California with my father.
The next time I lived in New York was because I had won Miss USA. As a 21-year old, you’d expect me to have the time of my life in New York (especially since I lived in Midtown) but I didn’t, and so this was another not-so-stellar New York experience. I was convinced I was the only person who hated New York. But as I have kept visiting since then, I have fallen in love with it all over again and could happily live there once more.
I definitely appreciate it more now that I am older. My newfound love for New York lies in the friends I have made there, the foodie in me, the fashion lover in me, and my new sense of adventure. I try to squeeze in as much as I can whenever I visit now. Even the sounds of sirens and car horns are my pleasant white noise before I fall asleep at night.
Maybe someday I will live in New York again, but for now, I love being a frequent visitor/former resident.
Ted Baker dress (also available here), Whistles heels (sold out, similar here), Rebecca Minkoff bag, Illesteva sunglasses, Tom Ford lipstick in Blush Nude
For a business brunch downtown, I wore this Ted Baker dress and paired it with black mules and my handy dandy Rebecca Minkoff bag.
Ted Baker floral dress (also available here) // Black mule heels // Rebecca Minkoff bag // Illesteva Mirrored Sunglasses
Photos by Lydia Hudgens.
Very cute dress! And I love these Rebecca Minkoff bags, they are so Chanle-like.
I can understand that love-hate relationship with New York. It always sounds so romantic and cool to live in New York, but reality is often something completely different!
Hi Alyssa, it’s me again.
At this point you know I’m from Brazil and I’ve never been in USA (or anywhere else in the world), and I really love when you share your history with the place because I feel like I’m there with you.
Again, your dress is perfect, I wish I like my legs to wear dresses.
Thanks for everything.
All the love xx