NYC trip // part gaga

Monday, November 25, 2013

On the last night of my trip to NYC - I very randomly and luckily got to go to Lady Gaga's album release party for her new album, Artpop. Needless to say, it was one of the most ridiculous nights of my life. The moral of this story is basically that you need to be friends with cool people who are friends with even cooler people and you get to do cool stuff. On Friday, my good friend Shae who lives in Brooklyn received a text from one of his friends who lives in Vegas, asking if he would like to go to this Gaga party in Brooklyn on Sunday night. He obviously said yes, and when he got an email confirming that his name was on the list for the party, he realized he got a +1 and since I JUST SO HAPPENED to be staying in New York until Monday morning - he asked me to go with him. I said, "yeah, whatever - might as well."

So Sunday night rolls around - I ended up having to leave a work dinner a little early - and I take a cab to meet Shae at this place near the East Village where you get on ferries to go to Brooklyn. The actual location of the party was undisclosed to us, but we knew we had to go to this place and get on a boat that would take us to Brooklyn. So I get there and there's a huge line - I cut a bunch of people (who were less than thrilled about this) to meet up with Shae and we wait for a little while - the boat didn't start loading until 8:45. Tons of people start showing up - and apparently you had to have your name on this list or you weren't getting in. A lot of these people were just trying to get in without being on the list and it was a mad house. Supposedly about 1800 invites had been sent out for the event and you had to have your invite with you. Lucky for us, we did, and so we made our way to the front of the line, got our wristbands - and literally skipped onto this ferry boat. Everyone on this boat is like freaking out - for obvious reasons. The ferry starts heading towards Brooklyn - it was about a 15 minute boat ride. We look off the side of the boat and see a huge warehouse with lights, etc and we can tell that's where we're headed (see blurry iPhone image below).


We run off the boat and up to this warehouse. The first thing we see is this huge statue of Gaga (the doors are behind her). This was just one of the amazing Jeff Koons sculptures that were on display throughout the space. Jeff Koons is an artist who has collaborated with Lady Gaga on her album cover and a few other things. You've maybe heard her say his name in her song "Applause".

This one was really romantic and beautiful.

Naked.

Once we got beyond the art pieces, we saw the huge stage. Since we were on the first ferry boat to get there we like ran right up to it so we could stand right by the stage when she showed up, but we got bored doing that once we fully grasped that we were in Gaga wonderland.


More naked statues. This one was really beautiful as well.

Shae and I when we first got there!

Behind the bar there were different people in these types of outfits - most of the others probably aren't super appropriate for me to post pics of (more naked). But they were quite impressive. Like - that dude (or girl??) is at work in that picture.

Also worth noting is that when you walked out back, there were 3 really awesome food trucks and all of the food was just free. I got a cake pop that said ArtPop on it, put it in my purse, and the next day I had a really awesome squished up piece of cake! So cool!

There were also other areas around the warehouse that displayed art and a technology room where you could go play with her new House of Gaga app, etc.

Then she came out and performed a bunch of songs from her new album and it was amazing/everything.

Favorite part of the show for me was when she played "Gypsy" and "Dope" on the piano. It really showed just how talented she is.

Hearts.


So, yeah - that was Lady Gaga's album release party. Huge thanks to Shae for taking me - it was seriously one of the funnest nights of my life.


Cheers,
Ellie

NYC trip // part one

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I was lucky enough to head back to NYC again a couple weeks ago for work, and I gotta say - that city is really growing on me. The 3 other times I've been able to visit have literally been in the middle of July, so being able to explore the city in the middle of fall was just a bit more enjoyable. I did have to work quite a bit, but fortunately I was able to see and do a few fun things - it was just kind of hard because NYC really doesn't have a lot going on.

 I passed this staircase at Opening Ceremony while shopping in SoHo, and I am seriously obsessed. Trying to figure out how to do this in my house...

 Can't go wrong with a fall-themed window display at the J.Crew Men's Shop.

 The second night I was there, I met my friend Shae at a darling little tapas restaurant in the East Village called Grape & Grain. I would highly recommend the house-made soft pretzels and roasted portobello salad.

 After dinner we moved on to this amazing speakeasy called Blind Barber - it's a barber shop during the day, and then at night you walk through the actual barber shop through a sliding door in the back and it becomes a speakeasy! Super cute - so fun, highly recommend!

I don't have a picture of it, but Friday night I met a friend for dinner at Tolani on the Upper West Side. I would probably say that this was my favorite meal of the trip. It's a wine restaurant with South African cuisine - definitely different but delicious.


 After dinner we went to another little speakeasy - Little Branch. This was a cocktail bar hidden in the West Village - and I mean hidden - we had to look for the door. But it's tiny and the bartenders are really fun to watch.

 Saturday for lunch I had an authentic Danish culinary experience at Aamanns-Copenhagen in Tribeca. I will say - this place is very European, and I wouldn't recommend it for everyone - but the interiors alone are worth a stop. Don't get me wrong - the food was amazing, it was just definitely different!

 Cute little Danish dishes - they tasted just as good as they looked!

 After lunch we made our way over to Central Park - and you really cannot go wrong with the gorgeous fall trees surrounding you.

 All throughout the park that day, different jazz bands were playing. Pretty cool.


 We kept smelling vendors roasting almonds and peanuts so obviously we had to stop.


 I literally cannot go to NYC without having at least one meal at Shake Shack.

 I stopped at this Parisian cafe, Maison Kayser, for some espresso on my way to abc carpet - totally adorable.

I could've wondered around abc carpet & home for hours - especially since they had so much Christmas decor out. For some reason I was really taken with this little guy - should've taken him home!

Another restaurant I went to that I don't have a photo of but deserves a mention was Alta in the West Village. This was another tiny hidden gem - they had a ridiculously long list of tapas. Luckily I was dining with a large group so we ordered about 30 little plates and I have to say every single one was good. The brussels sprouts are not to be missed.

So it was a really great 5 days in the city! I did get to do one other really cool thing on my last night in the city, but I'll talk about that part tomorrow!

Cheers,
Ellie

wishlist wednesday | october 16

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

happy wednesday, y'all!


1. I am lov.ing. this Chevron Bone Side Table from west elm. It's so cute and versatile - it could go in virtually any space.
2. This printed top from Zara has a great floral pattern and fall color palette - plus the silhouette and sheer fabric is so pretty and feminine.
3. This Erin Gates Bateau Ritz Tray from Jill Rosenwald is so darling. I could see it as a jewelry catch-all on your dresser, or even as a cracker plate for entertaining.
4. How pretty is this Madewell Smoke Stone ring? It's -sadly- sold out online, but hurry to your local Madewell store and pick one up. While you're there, could you grab me one too - because the nearest one to me is 4 hours away. sad face.
5. I love this gorgeous Nars Ride Up to the Moon Eyeshadow palette - absolutely perfect for fall.

Cheers,
Ellie

october playlist

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hey guys. So it's October or something. Not really sure how that happened, but it did, and my favorite month is now in full swing! Seriously - it's the best month of the year. But you probably could have gleaned that opinion from every girl on twitter on October 1st. At least we can all agree that it's great. Anyway, in lieu of this fine month, I've put together a little playlist. Most of it is just music that I've been listening to lately, but a couple are semi-seasonal. Justin Timberlake's True Blood from his latest, 20/20 Experience release definitely needs to make its way onto any and every Halloween playlist. And don't judge me for the Miley Cyrus song, Adore You. I know we all have our own special opinions on little Miley, and you can hate me for it, but I like her new album. Other than that, it's just a bunch of great chill music, and if you only listen to one song on this list, make sure it's Fare The Well by Marcus Mumford & Oscar Isaac. Find the playlist on Spotify here.

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Also, I just upgraded to Spotify Premium, and I HIGHLY recommend it. It's only $10 a month and a usually spend at least that much on itunes a month anyway - I love it.

Cheers,
Ellie

fall 2013 style

Monday, September 23, 2013

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It's not a secret that Fall is far and away my favorite season. One of the reasons for that is the style - I love the layers - scarves, cardigans, jeans, boots, blazers, all of it. Now that fall is officially upon us(!) I thought I would share some of my favorite looks for this glorious season. If this isn't enough inspiration for you, I implore you to check out my Fall 2013 style pinboard. It's my favorite go to to get inspiration for outfits for tailgating, patio dinners, weekend shopping, etc etc etc.

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Cheers,
Ellie

girl in a green dress

Friday, September 20, 2013

So when I set out do this little blog makeover I decided it would be appropriate to have a new, grown up headshot. And since I work with my amazing and talented photographer friend, Candice Budgick, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to take advantage of her and her talents. We had a super fun shoot at this amazing coffee/cocktail bar in downtown Tulsa called Hodge's Bend - which you should definitely check out if you're in the area. As you can see on my site, we got my prof pic, but she also took a bunch of other fun photos. I'm super awkward in all of them, and if you can't pick up on that it's only because she's a good photographer and made me look normal. I guess you could also consider this something of a style post as these kind of look like me masquerading as a style blogger (which I am not). Enjoy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 dress: J.Crew / boots: Target (similar) / purse: Madewell / necklace: J.Crew


Cheers,
Ellie

Emily & Meritt for PBteen

Thursday, September 19, 2013

In case you didn't catch it from the name, PBteen is technically made for teens. BUT. I still consider it to be a great resource in certain situations. Especially right now because celeb stylists and fashion designers Emily Current & Meritt Elliot just launched a collaboration with the brand that is absolutely to die for. Seriously, I love every single piece in this collection. Check out a few of my favorites and check out the entire collection here.


Cheers,
Ellie

wishlist wednesday | september 18

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

happy wednesday!


1. What is a better reason to keep up on your correspondence than to use these darling What Up Notecards from Leif? I can't think of one.
2. It's September which means it's finally appropriate for me to wear plaid button-ups again! Right? What? It's still 90 degrees everyday? I don't care, I'll still wear this Madewell Flannel Popover and you can't stop me.
3. How darling are these 3 Wise Owl figurines from Z Gallerie? Put them on my desk.
4. I know I will for sure someday have European style bistro chairs in my home - I just wish that day were today. with these adorable Serena & Lily Riviera Side Chairs. Gimme.
5. This "Brutalized Gainsborough 2" Print by Chad Wys is quite eye-catching, and would be a great addition to any print collection.

Cheers,
Ellie

gallery walls | part deux

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Honestly, the question I get the most from my friends is, "what do I do with this big empty wall?" I pretty much always tell them - gallery wall. Not only is it the easiest way to fill a large, blank wall space, it allows you to showcase personal mementos and favorite art prints and really express yourself - and I know all of you are just dying to express yourselves through interior design. I posted a couple weeks ago about gallery walls and included some examples of my favorites. Today I'm going to give you just a few resources to help you in your quest for frames and prints as you create your ideal gallery wall.

Clockwise from top right: Target / Ikea / West Elm / Target / Target / West Elm / Ikea / West Elm (bottom left) / Ikea / West Elm / West Elm / Target / West Elm (top left)


Please note that the above frames and prints may not be exactly to scale in my images, so make sure you check the actual sizes before ordering anything.

Also, just in case this isn't enough info on gallery walls for you, here is a little round up of other gallery wall posts from some great blogs:

I hope this in some way helps you with any and all of your big empty wall issues.

Cheers,
Ellie

changes...

Monday, September 2, 2013

image via EyePoetryPhotography
You may notice that things look a little different around here today! I've been wanting to implement a new blog layout for a while now. Don't get me wrong, I loved my old one - it was just time for something a little more streamlined and functional. I'm loving what is going on so far - but be aware that it is still a work in progress. Therefore please bear with me as I adjust to this new layout and get everything running like clockwork. My hope is that this new design will keep the focus on the content and not so much about everything going on around it. Anyway - like I said, it's not quite perfect yet, but hopefully it will be soon! What do you think so far?

Cheers,
Ellie

wishlist wednesday | august 28

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Happy Wednesday!


1. If you don't read and religiously follow fashion blog Man Repeller, you are wrong. Twenty-something Leandra Medine, founder of the website and one of my biggest style icons, is releasing a book based on her engaging and hilarious take on fashion - Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls. I've got my copy on pre-order already.
2. I am SERIOUSLY OBSESSED with all of Madewell's new fall arrivals - like, it is a problem. I'm loving the whole aesthetic to this season's offering, and this Merino V-neck Sweater in Varsity Stripe has that tomboy, classic feel that they're known for.
3. Basically, I love anything that is heart-shaped, so this Heart Shaped Cutting Board would be perfect for everyday cooking or food presentation when entertaining.
4. The color and texture of this Fringed Scarf from Nordstrom is perfect for the upcoming crisp fall days (read: tailgating season).
5. Back to School time always makes me want to buy school supplies, and these pink striped pencil storage bins from Target (aka school supplies) could be easily disguised in my office as grown up office supplies... right?

Cheers,
Ellie
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