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Real Life Style #29 // Gingham & Pearls

Disclaimer: This post is a throw-back to a few months ago when the weather was slightly warmer. Fun fact: these steps happen to be the steps of the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt. History! 

OK, on to the outfit! I love this look. I love it because it looks polished and classy, but it’s still super comfy.

It’s pretty simple, pair a soft wash button down with a full skirt (make sure the skirt has pockets. Pockets are key), add some killer accessories and you’re good to go.




This skirt  (which PS, is from H&M! Here’s a similar one in-stock now!) has a more casual feel because of the woven texture, but you can still dress it up with some glam accessories.

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photos by Kelsey Combe


The past few days have been surreal. A week ago I was taking pictures at a rehearsal dinner
Tonight I’m watching a telethon raising money to help MY city…
I am lucky enough to live in an apartment that never lost power. My roommates and I put out the call to our friends – inviting anyone from “SoPo” {south of power} to seek refuge with us. For the last 5 days we’ve had a full house. At first it felt like an extended Sunday Funday – but slowly the reality of why they were all there sank in. We saw images of lower Manhattan that you would think came out of a movie.  
Today we watched the Con Edison twitter feed as they announced which neighborhoods had power back on, cheering and dancing for each one – not because we were sick of each other – but because each light that came back one was another step towards returning our city to life…
I’ve been truly amazed by New York the past few days. People with power running extension cords with power stripes into their front yards to share with those who had none. Gyms opening their doors to anyone in need of a hot shower. Everyone jumping at any opportunity to volunteer or lend a hand… I love you New York – now more than ever.  
Thanks to my co-worker for this list of ways to help:
Red Cross
All donations will provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the storm. To donate, visit, call 800-Red-Cross or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
NY Blood Center
Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most.  The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit
Feeding America
All donations will provide emergency food, water and supplies. To donate, visit or call 800-910-5524.
All donations will provide medicine and other supplies to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. To donate, visit
Save the Children
All donations will provide relief to families and their children. Visit http://www.savethechildren.orgto donate.
New York Cares
New York Cares is accepting volunteers, but is asking for those who have previously attended an orientation seminar. If that’s you, visit for more information. If you haven’t preregistered, text iCARE to 85944 to donate $10.
The Food Bank For New York City
You can help by donating money, food, or volunteering your time to serve hot meals. Text FBNYC to 50555 to make a donation from your mobile device

*Images via coco kelley & by me 


Hello darlings! Today I bring you an engagement shoot, shot by me! Congratulations to Priti and Manish– an absolutely adorable and completely-in-love couple, getting married in Georgia later this year. We did a NYC engagement session at their favorite Manhattan locations to celebrate their love! Check out my photography website, here. And enjoy the pictures below :).

Manish and Priti had their very first date at the MET.

Sometimes, the outtakes are my favorite pictures, like the one above where Manish picked on Priti for not holding her “heart” up correctly. 🙂

Metropolitan museum love.

Stay tuned for pictures from their friend’s baby shower, coming soon! For now, happy spring NYC. And for even more pics from the session, click.

Spring in New York

I finally visited the High Line. Beautiful day. 

I love exploring the city… I should really find time to do it more. 🙂