East Village Date Night

IT’S AQUARIUS SEASON!!!! A few famous Aquarius birthdays: OPRAH, Michael Jordan, Chloë Grace Moretz (my birthday twin on Feb. 10th!), Emma Roberts, Ed Sheeran, and Ellen. Needless to say, we’re a great bunch. To celebrate my birthday weekend Peyton and I had a date night in the city on Saturday and we had the BEST time! We have been so excited to start exploring NYC together and since there are a million things to do, we decided that when we plan a date day/night, we’ll try to stick to one neighborhood instead of bopping all over Manhattan. This weekend we had our date night downtown in/around East Village!

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Peyton wanted to stop at this popular shoe store called Flight Club where there are literally hundreds of sneakers plastic wrapped on the walls. It’s known for rare and collectible sneakers (some cost $10,000 whoa) it was actually pretty cool. That’s the best description I could give but if you are into shoes like Peyton is I’m sure you know exactly what this is! He was in his glory. For the ladies who have a man that’s into sneakers or style and want to take him somewhere unique, this is the perfect place. I wish I knew about this beforehand and planned on surprising him! But now you guys can surprise your dates(;

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Stop number 2 was the cutest, coziest wine bar, Bibi. I had a glass of the cabernet, my favorite, Peyton and I shared the pigs in a blanket appetizer (so yummy and fun fact I LOVE hotdogs haha) and ended with a glass of champagne! We hung out there for quite a while, the ambiance is so relaxed and laid back and it was full of other young twenty-somethings! I’d love to go back for another date night or with my girlfriends! It is such a gem and has landed a place on my favorite hang out spots.

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For dinner, we went to Emmy Sqaured and had the Colony Pizza. It’s topped with pepperoni, pickled jalapeños, and is ~ drizzled with honey ~ . It was beyond delicious we ate the entire pizza and I have been dreaming about going back since we left. Another really cool spot with a super yummy menu.

On our way home, we stopped by Grand Central Station, neither of us have ever been! It was a romantic moment to experience something so iconic to New York City for the first time together and for the first time as true New Yorkers. Meaning I OFFICIALLY live here this wasn’t just a short visit and then back to North Carolina, it was a surreal feeling. Peyton is in his last year of college, so he had to leave on Sunday. Without a doubt we made the most of the weekend together. Instead of trying to cram in a lot of things we want to do in one weekend, we picked a few things and got to thoroughly enjoy them without rushing around.

Can’t wait to do more date night posts!! xx. G

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

The holiday season is in full swing! I think the hardest gifts to buy are for your closest friends and family. I know I want them to love what I picked out just as much as I do and feel special when they open it. So, I put together a gift guide For Her of products that I think would make great gifts for any of your friends, family members, and loved ones! I tried to pick a variety of different things so there is something for everyone, but things that are all beautiful and useful.

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Chanel Compact Mirror

A sleek and beautiful addition to anyone’s makeup counter or handbag.

$42
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Travel Jewelry Case

A must-have!

$85
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Art Prints from SnoogsAndWilde on Etsy

For all the art lovers like myself! SnoogsAndWild is my FAVORITE print shop on Etsy. She makes super chic, colorful, modern, and versatile art prints that will look beautiful in any space. Art is something you typically keep forever, so I think it makes a really lovely gift.

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Diptyque Candle

Nothing says “I love you” or “You’re my best friend in the entire world” more than the infamous Diptyque candles from Nordstrom. I want this for the sole purpose of its aesthetic I would never dare to light it haha! (kidding…but I’m not).

$35
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Dogeared Necklace

I have loved Dogeared for years and years. They make such dainty (my favorite), beautiful pieces of jewelry with a special meaning attached to each one. I think this is something that is so thoughtful for any gift giving occasion.

$58
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Mejuri Turquoise Studs

Another jewelry brand I love. These are on the expensive side, but if you have someone who is hard to buy for and you know they will love something like this and get their use out of them, I think it’s worth the investment. Not to mention the color is gorgeous.

$89
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Longchamp Tote

This is the one high end item in this gift guide, but I still wanted to include it because it’s so good! This is a lifetime bag. It’s a classic. I know I have wanted one for years and if you know the person you are shopping for is into clothes/style/fashion, they would love this. This is also a great gift for an older adult such as a grandmother or mother-in-law/mother-of-your-significant other because it’s very classy, stylish, a good size, and goes with everything.

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VS Satin Robe

Nothing says luxurious more than a classic Victoria’s Secret robe.

$54
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Nordstrom Butter Socks

The SOFTEST socks I have ever worn in my life!!! They’re appropriately named butter socks because they are seriously as silky smooth as butter.

$10
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All The Feels Blanket

They had these at Target last year and my sister got one and I kid you not, no blanket in the world is softer than this. It’s one of those blanket’s that are so soft you can’t stop touching it. I kept taking my sister’s so then she got me one and I can’t live without it.

$45
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Planner

For all the organizers out there! Target hands down has the best agendas I buy one from there every year and they’re so cute! This is a great option if you want to give a gift basket type of present. You could get this, some cute pens, a mug, candy/chocolate, you can really mix and match anything and not break the bank. Gifts don’t have to be expensive to be great and as a 22 year old, I love getting USEFUL things and this is exactly that.

$10
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Personalized Stationary

I received a graduation card that was on personalized stationary and I immediately thought “Well I need some of those”. It was really beautiful and it’s not something you’ll use everyday, but it will be very nice to have when you do need it.

$18
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Lush Bath Bomb Set

There is a section on their website dedicated to gifts for the holiday season and there are so many to choose from and they are all so cute! The only way to take a bath is with a Lush bath bomb.

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Fenty Gloss Bomb

I could go on forever about this lipgloss. Just buy it. You need it. And so do your friends.

$18
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Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Pricey to spend $25 on a tube of mascara every time you run out in my opinion, but this is a fun gift for anyone!

$25
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La Vie Est Belle

Good perfumes are so hard to find! Everyone has their own particular scent they like, so buying someone perfume as a gift can be a gamble, but this is an extremely popular fragrance that Lancôme makes. It’s very sweet smelling. I have it and love it, I recommended it to one of my best friends last year and she fell in love with it too!

$72
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JOY by Dior

I smelled this when I was in Ulta recently and I looooooved it. I am someone who is super picky with the scents I wear I didn’t expect to like this, but it smells SO good. To me, it smells very fresh with a hint of sweetness. I highly recommend going to the store and trying out La Vie Est Belle and JOY.

$75
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Camille Long Stem Red Wine Glass

The Olivia Pope wine glass! Elegant and timeless.

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French Kitchen Marble Fruit Bowl

For the homemaker! Such a beautiful addition to anyone’s counter top.

I hope you guys liked this gift guide and found some inspiration! Happy shopping!