Last Wednesday I was invited to join Timberland for their 40th Anniversary bash in Williamsburg (Brooklyn), New York. It was so exciting to fly in for this celebration with such a highly respected brand. I was there and back in less than 24 hours, but it was well worth the trip!

Timberland 40th Anniversary

I’ve traveled to New York many times over the years but I’ve never been to Williamsburg so I was thrilled to finally check it out. It’s super chill and effortlessly cool – the perfect location for a party to celebrate a brand with the same charm and personality.

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Have you ever dreamed of owning a gorgeous designer dress from NY-based designer label Milly? I sure have and now the dream is within reach! Banana Republic has collaborated with Milly designer Michelle Smith on a beautiful and affordable capsule collection for summer 2013 and it hits stores May 30th 2013…

…that’s TODAY people!

Banana Republic Milly Collection

The 60-piece collection includes men’s and women’s apparel plus accessories with price points between $35 and $205 CAD.

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NYC Day 3: Union Square, East Village and Greenwich. It’s a brisk but beautiful sunny day here in NYC so we took to this streets this morning to walk off all the guacamole from Dos Caminos in Soho last night! I didn’t have any shopping aspirations for today since I had such a productive day yesterday, but it was nice to window shop and explore other, less hectic neighbouhoods.

As mentioned in my NYC Shopping post, I really enjoy the laid-back vintage vibe of the East Village so today we walked south from Midtown in that direction.

On our way, we passed through Union Square which was hosting its weekly farmers and artisans market. It was fun to browse through the vendors and the unique food and product offerings. Just south of Union Square, starting at 14th and 1st is the East Village; we explored 1st Ave and St. Mark’s Place as I reminisced on my first visit to NYC when I stayed in this hood. Good memories!


On our way back north, we passed by Washington Square Park and into the lovely Greenwich Village and NYU territory. My friends mentioned a fun little puppy store called Le Petit Puppy specializing in miniature puppies nearby and of course I can’t resist a puppy, so we stopped in. My heart melted when I got to hold a couple of cuties!


After a wonderful 3 hour walk, we’re back at home relaxing until dinner time. Tonight we’re going to Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world from famous chef Mario Batali. I fly home tomorrow night, but before I leave, I’ll be spending some time in another one of my favourite neighbourhoods: Soho! I’ll probably stop by the West Village too. Always save the best for last!

NYC Day 2: Midtown Shopping Extravaganza! This morning Macy’s NYC opened at 10am and I was there shortly after ready to start my fun day of shopping! Since this is the President’s Day long weekend in the States, I knew that Macy’s would be having some sales. TIP: Macy’s provides all tourist visitors a 10% discount card that’s good for one week; just go to the visitors centre and show your ID. Awesome!

My goal for Macy’s was to find a discount on the Michael Kors Hamilton Tote – and I did! It was cheaper than I had seen it in Canada and I got my 10% off too!






I also toured the other women’s floors and found some great sales on apparel and shoes and settled on these two items:

Rachel Roy Pop Bloc Dress









FCUK Animal Instincts Dress











I also managed to get EVERYTHING on my Urban Outfitters Shopping List! Hooray! Finally, I grabbed a Starbucks Skinny Mocha and walked the 18 blocks back to Jenn’s place.

Tonight, we’re going to get some fresh Mexican food at Dos Caminos in Soho. Can’t wait!

NYC Day 1: Pizza, Shopping and a Birthday in Chelsea! Winding down an eventful day and my first of 4 in NYC. My Porter flight landed at 5:30pm this afternoon at Newark Airport and after a quick train ride I arrived at the always bustling Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. I emerged from the station to be greeted by my friends Jenn and Evan who will be my hosts during this visit. We dropped off my luggage at their place, conveniently located just around the corner, and immediately left for dinner at Grimaldis – my favourite pizza in NYC – well my favourite pizza EVER to be honest.

After devouring a pepperoni pizza, we went over to the Limelight Marketplace – a gorgeous church turned shopping emporium with everything from fashion and accessories to art and home furnishings. It’s three stories of independent NYC boutiques all in one beautiful building. I bought this adorable crocheted crop top there:













I can’t wait to wear it with a high waisted skirt or layer it over a loose flowy tank with skinny jeans! We topped off the night stopping in at a birthday party for one of Jenn’s friends at Chelsea Manor. It was a nice place but definitely too noisy for me! *Yawn* time for bed!

Stay tuned for more NYC updates! G’night!