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

2 Months and Counting

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

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!

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 :)

Christine2 Months and Counting
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Neutral Essentials

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As a bona fide “black clothes addict” I’ve been challenging myself to look for some more neutral hues. Neutral is a loose term to me.. and in the words of Jenna Lyons “as far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral.” I truthfully do not own enough neutral shades in my closet and have realized… it’s time for a change!

Shades of blush, tan, cream, tawny, tortoise and leopard are all things that define a neutral to me! I’m working on branching out and so I’ve widened my view of what I would consider to be something that easily pairs with other colors. I’m looking forward to layering coats with tan booties and pops of color underneath! What are your style habits?

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Rebecca Minkoff mini perry satchel  •  Theory camel coat  •  Ann Taylor tortoise belt  •  Bauble Bar feather curb collar  •  Blush drape skirt  •  Free People hat  •  Michael Kors Regina over the knee boot  •  Clare V. haircalf mini sac crossbody

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Like To Know It and Mobile Updates

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For many of you that follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen and wondered what Like To Know It is all about! I try to explain as much as possible in my Instagram photos, but sometimes I need a little more than just that little blurb. Here’s how it works!

You simply register your e-mail at Like To Know It, follow me on Instagram, and when you see my images that contain the “@liketoknow.it #liketkit” handle and hashtag you’ll know it’s an enabled photo! Then you just check your e-mail for links to the products. It’s that simple and you can even decide how often you want to receive the e-mails. I opt for once a day and it sends me all of them at once. Make sense?

It’s become a new saving grace for me now that I have way less free time than ever before. I also don’t have a chance to post everything I wear, and there are some days when I really want to share a fun outfit or even other products I’ve hunted down that you might want to scout out with me! You can also always find them all in one place by navigating to Shop > Instagram on the top navigation menu. Easy as that!

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If you read my blog from your mobile device, you’ve also noticed that we got a facelift! It’s now easier than ever to shop my posts directly from your mobile device using “Shop The Post“! Thanks to Chloe and her extremely tech savvy ways, you can see all of my posts quickly and even my “Edits”. I have curated 4 shops that are easy to find within my mobile site — I’ll be curating the best of the web in Coats, Shoes, Accessories and Petites. So exciting!

Lots more to come with the Holidays around the corner, so stay tuned and thanks as always for reading and following along! xo

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I’ve been feeling under the weather for going on 3 weeks now … the absolute worst! It’s that time of year and so easy to pick something up, so I’ve found myself looking for easy ways to feel more put together while still wearing my tried and true favorites.  Sometimes it’s that extra little touch that makes you go from feeling boring and blah to pulled together. For me, it’s a swipe of lipstick or a pair of heels!

This summer I invested in a white blouse that I could wear time and time again. It’s a wardrobe staple that I’ve found myself grabbing out of closet for layering over, under and just by itself for a simple pulled together look. I also wanted to find a pair of leopard pumps that I could throw on instead of a usual black or nude heel.

This weekend was a very relaxing one! I spent most of it resting, but did get out to brunch a bit at The Dutch and Grey Dog – two places I’d definitely recommend to any other New Yorkers or visitors! Saturday was one of the prettiest days we’ve had since I moved here and was followed by a brisk and chilly Sunday. More updates on what I’ve been up to lately coming this week!

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SHIRT: Equipment Adalyn blouse (on sale!)  •  VEST: Urban Outfitters utility vest (similar)  •  JEANS: Madewell skinny skinny c/o  •  SHOES: Sam Edelman Delilah leopard pumps (more here and here)  •  RING: Kendra Scott Naomi ring c/o •  BAG: Black tote (similar)

Photos by Jen Dang

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