Friday Fun

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween! I’m so happy to be back in the city and to see some of my friends this weekend. Per usual, Halloween snuck up on me and despite brainstorming costume ideas with one of my best friends for the past year I’m costume-less and racking my brain for last minute ideas. You don’t even want to hear what they are (I’m too embarassed to share)!

In other news.. can you believe it’s almost November?! I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by.. only 2 more months! This is one of my favorite parts of the year, though. I’m so ready for some family time, Holiday parties and dressing up! My birthday is just around the corner as well and I’m on the hunt for a party dress or two that will be fun for the season. Here are a few of my favorite below. Have a wonderful weekend, keep up with my daily life here and see you Monday!

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Two Ways

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One of my favorite things about style is that you can really let your personality shine. I have my days when I like to dress more conservatively and with softer, warmer tones. I love a little personalization, a full dress (like the creations from Temperley London),  and a little shimmer from time to time. Believe it or not, there are days that I can not wear black!

But, I also have my days when I kick off my heels and opt for flats,  love a good studded bag and edgy rose gold accents. That’s probably no secret to you guys. There have been times when I try to reign back my sassy/edgy side, but at the end of the day it’s a part of me that I love embracing. Do you guys see your personality shine in your style?

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 SWEET  •  3.1 Philip Lim white encrusted top  •  Mulberry slim wool trousers  •   A.P.C. tan dune bag  •  Eugene Riconneaus gold calfskin heels  •   Illesteva tortoise sunglasses  •  Estelle Deve ring

SASSY  •  Tanya Taylor stripe top and skirt  •  Alexander Wang black leather bucket bag  •  Frends rose gold layla headphones  •  Schoshoes loafers  •  Bjorg rose gold ring

Special thanks to Avenue 32 for sponsoring this post! 

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Morning Light with Piperlime

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Early mornings are tough for me. With the change in seasons come darker nights and hazier mornings making it even harder to climb out of my cozy bed. I’m a night owl and always have been, but I’m trying to find ways to pop out of bed. Lately I’ve been playing a lot of feel good music as soon as I wake up – even before I check Instagram (I just heard your gasps). It’s been my new favorite way to start the day!

I also try to pick out something that puts a smile on my face because I find that helps too. I’ve been anxiously waiting for a chance to pull out my favorite over the knee boots for the season! One of the few pairs of shoes I purchased in brown before I had a black pair, I’m now on the hunt for another color as well. I’m torn between a pair of flat back boots or a leather heeled pair. I’d love to find a gray pair in my size, but I’m having a bit of a hard time with that search!

The morning light was especially beautiful this day, and kind of serene for how the day unfolded. I ended up getting really tough news and headed back to Texas to be with my family so I’ve been a bit out of touch. Thanks for the thoughts and love, it means a lot!

 

P.S. I’m excited to have teamed up with Piperlime for this post! Since their site relaunch, I’ve found myself going to them more often for key pieces that are working-girl-in-NYC budget friendly!

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TOP: Autumn Cashmere hi-lo boatneck sweater c/o  •  JEANS: Madewell skinny skinny •  BOOTS: Sam Edelman over the knee boots (previous season, similar here)  •  CLUTCH: GiGi New York clutch c/o  •  RING: Kendra Scott Naomi double ring c/o  •  NECKLACE: T+J Designs luxe medallion necklace c/o

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2 Months and Counting

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So it’s been about 2 months since the big move and it’s time for a proper update! The most common question I get asked since moving is “are you loving New York?!” .. and the answer is honestly, yes. I have so much to gush about, but I will say that the honeymoon phase is winding down and I’m getting comfortable now!

I feel settled and have a routine going and am enjoying the days – long and short, cold and warm.. just trying to take it all in. Moving across the country for a new life in a bit of a whirlwind isn’t exactly easy – my life is not all rainbows and sunshine and as glamorous as it may come across. I post a lot of the exciting stuff on Instagram, but here are some other updates and some funny stories!

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I took a weekend and walked around the entire south part of Manhattan – from Chelsea down to Battery Park and back up the East side. On my way back home I popped into a little area that I fell in love with – it felt like a little sea port town and for a minute I forgot where I was! I stumbled across a cute outdoor beer garden and a beautiful flower shop. Wandering is one of my favorite things!

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Friday night out on the town — remembering how much I love a little lace slipdress and a blazer (Helmut Lang) and heels (Vince Camuto)

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Chelsea — one of my favorite places so far by day and night

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It only took me about 2 weeks to get hooked on an amazing lunch place across the street with the most bomb salads. Then one day, I walked in to find that Bill Cunningham himself also loves my spot! I said hello to him and told him I loved his work — he couldn’t have been nicer and sweeter. It was so great to meet him when he wasn’t working!

new york life, christine petric, the view from 5 ft. 2

Before the weather turns too cold I wanted to soak in the fact that I am so close to the Hudson and some incredible sunsets and views. I have spent many Sundays hanging out on the West Side highway catching up with my Chicago friends on the phone and lounging

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I don’t have as much time these days to do outfit posts (especially when the weather is so gross) so I’ve been trying to snap a few of my favorite outfits for Instagram too

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BRUNCH! That’s pretty much it. Full belly, full heart, right?

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So cliche, but I love it. The Times + Taxis!

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Brooklyn from across the river with the moon coming up.. pretty great right?

new york life, christine petric, the view from 5 ft. 2

new york life, christine petric, the view from 5 ft. 2

Our apartment has come along quite nicely and I think the last few things we want to do may or may not happen in 2014.. I’ve learned that you have to get it done fast or it won’t get done at all! It took me over 6 months to finally get this Gray Malin print framed but I love the spot we put it in near the door. Eventually I want to have a print from each city I’ve lived in — Gray is from Texas and I actually met him in Chicago so he’s shot in both places!

new york life, christine petric, the view from 5 ft. 2

SoHo is oh so dangerous. I’m steps away from some of the best shopping in the city.. everyone needs a little retail therapy here and there am I right? Oh yea, there was a random Saturday in October in the 70’s. Don’t mind if I do mini skirt it up..

And then there’s the stuff I would never photograph, but am happy to enlighten you on..

  • The subway is the worst place ever, but I’m so thankful for it. It’s never been easier to get to work and saving me tons of money on cabs I used to take when I overslept (yea, I’m that girl). I hate it because it’s disgusting and the things I’ve seen… well just trust me.
  • I’ve been asked for directions 3 or 4 times now (obviously that makes me feel good because I look like I know where I’m going) and once I was wrong and realized it after walking away. Sorry tourist!
  • There’s no such thing as “just drinks” in New York – you probably went so late that you end up eating anyways and your bill will be the equivalent of at least a 3-star dinner in any other city
  • New York might be weirder than Austin, but it has a swagger to it that you can’t quite explain
  • People are way nicer than you expect.. and that has been the most pleasant surprise of all

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you next week :)

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