Friday, May 19, 2017

Top 10 Insta-Worthy Places to Get Your Ice Cream Fix in NYC This Summer

Summer is finally here! If you can manage to peel yourself away from the luxury that is modern-day air conditioning, your only hopes of staying cool outside are incessantly slurping on ice cream cones (yes, plural) throughout the day. Lucky for you, I've made it my personal mission to sample ice cream desserts from a variety of NYC hotspots - you know, for research. πŸ˜‰  It was difficult work, but someone's got to cover these hard-hitting stories!

I've rounded up a list of my favorite Insta-worthy ice cream shops for you to visit this summer, in no particular order. Stay tuned for my upcoming guide on NYC's top scoop shops!

1. Taiyaki 

Address: 119 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

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This little fishy is an Instagram favorite, and it's easy to see why. These warm fish-shaped cones, traditionally filled with red bean paste, are a mainstay at Japanese street fairs and festivals. At Taiyaki in Chinatown, you can choose your preferred flavor and toppings - my faves are matcha & strawberry!

2. Wowfulls 

(Alphabet City)
Address: 309 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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These bubble waffle cones are a derivative of the 1950s-style Hong Kong egg waffle, called Gai DΓ n Jai. Crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside, this delicious treat is perfect for the 'gram! Get the Madagascar Vanilla ice cream - it's rainbow!

3. Black Tap 

Address: 529 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

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The OG epic milkshake joint, Black Tap is well-known for their diabetes-inducing monster milkshakes. Take note - only go here if you're prepared to spend a decent amount of time waiting in line.

4. Amorino 

(Chelsea, Upper West Side, Union Square)

Address: Several locations

I mean, it's a gelato rose. You can also get a gelato macaron on top, as pictured above. What more could a girl (or boy) want?!

5. Frozen Sweet


Address: 184 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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Thai rolled ice cream has been trending around NYC for the past couple of years, probably because there is something oddly satisfying about watching your flattened ice cream become fashioned into delicate ice cream rolls. I love Frozen Sweet because they add cute little animal cookies, and I am a 5-year-old on the inside.

6. Tac 'N' Roll

(East Village)

Address: 124 E 4th St, New York, NY 10002

This neighborhood taco fave offers ice cream (in lychee, black sesame, and matcha flavors) ensconced in a warm paratha bread shell. Called a "Sweet Tac," this dessert is available with a variety of toppings, including a toasted marshmallow, bacon, and classics like (heart-shaped!) strawberries.

7. ChikaLicious Dessert Bar

(East Village)

Address: 203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

Take a quick walk from Tac 'N' Roll and you'll find yourself at ChikaLicious Dessert Bar, where you can order a churro ice cream cone, drizzled with goodness. Be careful, these babies drip quickly!

8. Emack & Bolio's

(Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Brooklyn Heights)

Address: Several locations

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These epic cones are loaded with cereal favorites like Froot Loops and Cookie Crisp. Choose from a huge selection of flavors to create a truly jaw-dropping cone masterpiece.

9. New Territories

(East Village)

Address: 190 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Choose from a milkshake or classic bubble cone at New Territories, a cute new shop in the East Village. The store has an adorable interior, with several small seating areas.

10. Macaron Parlour

(Lower East Side)
Address: 44 Hester St, New York, NY 10002
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If you've followed me for a while, you may have noticed I have a small soft spot for what could be better than a macaron ice cream sandwich?! The answer is....a rainbow macaron ice cream sandwich - with caramel ice cream. SO. DAMN. GOOD. It's called the "Care Bear Stare" and it's available from Macaron Parlour in the East Village.

What are your favorite ice cream shops? Have you tried any on this list? What did you think? xx

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Chanel Thrift Store Finds

Thrifting is definitely one of my favorite ways to shop. I've found some truly incredible things thanks to my determination and some good luck (more on that here, "How I Thrifted over $4,000 of Designer Shoes for under $500").

The most elusive and covetable thrifting finds are those from the holy trifecta: Hermes, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. Of course, finding any designer goodie is a delight, but finding Louis Vuitton (which never goes on sale), or Chanel (which is jarringly expensive), or Hermes (hahaha...wish I actually found authentic Hermes in thrift stores) is a special treat for any thrifter. 

In this post, I'll be sharing some of my favorite thrifted Chanel finds! I've managed to thrift two rings, a pair of earrings, a pair of sunglasses, a small wallet, and the holy grail....a BAG! 

I. Chanel "In the Business" Flap 

(Lambskin with silver hardware)
Price purchased for: $40
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I spotted this bag hanging inconspicuously amongst a slew of dusty, black leather handbags. It's a Chanel "In the Business" flap. Skeptical about authenticity from the get-go, I inspected the date code, tags, hardware markings, and quilting. Thrift store Chanel fakes are usually pretty blatantly bad...but this one was shockingly good. Still, I remained wary - I've seen my fair share of superfakes (fakes so good that even the little details are right).  I fervently opened Fashionphile and searched up previously sold "In the Business" flaps to compare details through photo after photo after photo.

Ultimately, the bag proved to be authentic, but the conspicuous tears remained an obvious caveat. The bag was heavily damaged and scratched up on the front and back. Given the fact that I'd been eying Anya Hindmarch's leather sticker collection for quite some time now, this seemed like the perfect opportunity for a little project. I've since redecorated this bag to conceal the gashes with leather stickers I got on sale, so stay tuned to see a before & after!

II. Chanel Sunglasses

Price purchased for: $50
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Considering they were stacked amidst a throng of other nondescript black sunglasses, spotting these Chanel sunglasses required keen squinting on my behalf. Nothing gets my thrifting senses tingling quite like the Chanel logo when thrifting, so when I caught that C-H-A... - I immediately requested them for inspection. Imagine my delight when the authentic (and flattering! Sorry, no '90s Matrix shades for me) Chanel sunnies also came with a case! They only cost $50. #Blessed

III. Vintage Oversized Chanel CC Gold Clip-On Earrings

Price purchased for: $45
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These vintage gold beauties (similar here) were $45. I almost didn't get them, since clip ons are heavy and can be difficult to wear for an extended period of time.  I'm glad I got them, though, because even if they're kind of outrageous, they're iconic. These are perfect to wear with your hair up in a bun with some bold lipstick.

IV. Chanel Rings

Price purchased for: $24 each
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These rings were $24 each. The left ring, with ruthenium hardware and tweed, is a simple classic. The black sparkly camellia ring was missing the center portion. It's not very noticeable but I also plan to adorn it with something else.

V. Vintage Chanel Wallet

Price purchased for: $100

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This wallet was a bit pricier than the usual thrifting find, but it was well worth it, as it has been one of my most-used pieces. It's practical, durable, compact, and super cute! I alternate between this and my new Chanel cardholder. I love tiny wallets - they're ideal for small bags and don't weigh your bag down.

Do you thrift? What are your luckiest finds? xx

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Re-Vogue Reveal & Shopping Experience

As you can probably tell, I have a weak spot for designer handbags - and a never-ending wish list, to boot! Prices are constantly climbing in today's luxury market, so sometimes, the best bet is purchasing a handbag secondhand. Shopping for luxury items online can be tricky, as you have to make sure the site you are purchasing from is reputable and trustworthy. There are a few online shops I wholeheartedly trust for authentic merchandise in like-new condition, one of which is a consignment store by the name of Re-Vogue.

Based in Dubai, Re-Vogue showcases a very chic set of bags, clothes, and shoes, ranging from classic favorites like Chanel and Louis Vuitton to trending designers like Balmain and Isabel Marant. My favorite thing about the site is that the items are in near perfect condition, worn only once or twice by the fabulous ladies of Dubai, and are still incredibly reasonably priced. The other fantastic thing about Re-Vogue is that they also have an eBay store, adding extra security to your purchase. I am an avid user of eBay and Paypal, so to me, this is always a benefit.

Shop My Favorites

• Celine Nano
• Miu Miu satchel (perfect for July 4th, as are the two Alma bags!)
• Louis Vuitton Alma (red and white)

• Chanel Jumbo (Green and navy)
 Chanel Boy (Amazing price)
• Celine Trapeze (LOVE this one)

I highly suggest you go explore the site for yourself - there are so many more bags on my wish list now!

The Chanel bag selection is beautiful, and the bags are all in such pristine condition. I prefer vintage Chanel to new Chanel, actually, and finding such gorgeously preserved bags is a rarity. 

Re-Vogue also carries a large variety of shoes, with plenty of classic Louboutins and my favorite, sneakers and espadrilles! Wishing those Burberry flats weren't sold out! ;)
Really taking it up a notch, the site also carries a whole slew of cool clothes, including the incredibly coveted and fashionable Balmain jackets. I'll take the green one! 

Without further ado, here was my selection from the site - a beautiful suede Balenciaga Papier A4 mini in the vert olive color.  This bag is absolutely perfect in its color and size, and was very well priced. It will make the perfect addition to my fall wardrobe of gray, burgundy, and olive, and is already fitting well with my cream-colored choices for summer! I feel so lucky to have found this beautiful bag. 

This bag has been on my wish list for ages, particularly in a suede, and this color was just perfect for me. 

Shopping with Re-Vogue was an absolute delight, considering the bag is in spectacular condition and had a fantastic price. I will definitely be choosing the site in the future for my luxury shopping needs! 

Shop Re-Vogue
Shop their eBay store 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

How I Thrifted over $4,000 of Designer Shoes for under $500

For me, thrifting is one of the most fun ways to shop. There's nothing quite like finding an amazing designer piece at 10% of the price, particularly new with tags. (No, I did not make a mistake - not 10% off, ten percent OF the price. Ninety percent off, baby!) In the past week, for instance, I've purchased this mint For Love & Lemons dress and this $330 Parker beaded top - they were $30 each and new with tags. People always ask me how I get so lucky, and to be honest, a lot of it is just the blessing of living in New York. I like to think I have a keen eye for spotting things, but perhaps it really is just serendipity! Even so, I've tried to sum up some of my thrifting tips below in hopes that they'll be helpful to some of you. 

The key to successful thrifting is maintaining a steady rotation and hitting up your favorite spots often.  My favorite stores include A Second Chance Resale, INA Consignment, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, Second Time Around's consignment stores, Housing Works, Tokio 7, Tokyo Joe, Buffalo Exchange, Beacon's Closet, Crossroads, and Cauz for Pawz. They're spread out all over the city, and several have more than one location, so there's always a new place to go. New York City is littered with thrift and consignment shops, and if I walk by one and have the time, I will usually pop in to check it out, get a feel for the merchandise and price point, and see if they've got anything special that day. If you can only go once in a while, don't get too discouraged if you don't find anything some days. Most of the time, I leave empty-handed, too, deeming nothing worth wasting money on. Sometimes you just get lucky!

Of course, as anybody could've guessed, a great deal of success comes from being at the right place at the right time. It just so happens that sometimes, you come into a store right after someone has consigned something fabulous in your size. Successful thrifting also takes knowing what to look for and how to properly inspect it once it's been found. As far as I'm concerned, all bets are off in any secondhand store in terms of authenticity, because plenty of times even the sales people at consignment stores are capable of making a mistake, in my experience. Therefore, it's important to familiarize yourself with what an authentic item from each designer ought to look like. There have been plenty of times I've seen fake bags, shoes, and clothes at secondhand stores. To make yourself comfortable and get a refresher, head over to a local high end department store or boutique and get a feel for the font and tag info from various designers, as well as an idea of what quality to expect. Once you're thrifting, keep your eyes peeled for designer styles - look out for high quality materials or familiar designs. Sometimes, I'll recognize a shoe or piece of clothing from a mile away, walk over, confirm my guess, and happily try it on. 

I'm only particularly enthused about buying things if they're new, particularly new with tags. This is especially true for shoes, but luckily and surprisingly, most of the shoes I've found have actually been new. If you're buying clothing secondhand, inspect it thoroughly for pulls, stains, holes, or other general wear. Sometimes these things are hard to notice at first glance. 
I've been having incredible luck with shoes these past few months, so without further ado, here are my latest finds!

Walter Steiger Venom Triple Buckle Claw Heel Booties
Walter Steiger Venom Triple Buckle Claw Heel Booties - $65 - Retail $995 (93% off)
(similar here)

My spree began with these gorgeous Walter Steigers, though I was wary of throwing down the money for them considering the crazy heel...but ultimately, that's kind of why I wanted them to begin with. I love Walter Steiger's claw heel, and these were surprisingly walkable. I think it would be unreasonable for me to spend over $100 on these, since they're not a shoe I can wear often, but for $65, I figured, why not? These were new.

Burberry Splotched Check Rain Boots gray
Burberry Splotched Check Rain Boots - $20 (Half off from $40!) - Retail: $225 (91% off)
(similar here and here; I still want these)
I'll be honest, I can't wholeheartedly recommend Burberry rain boots, because if you ever accidentally rub your feet against each other, the boots develop hideous dark splotches. That's why I purchased these Jimmy Choos a while ago, to wear instead of my classic oversized camel check Burberry rain boots. These particular boots kind of avoid that problem by already being covered in splotches as part of their design. They also happened to be half off, making them only twenty bucks. 

Alexander Wang Mackenzie Cut Out Suede Boots
Alexander Wang Mackenzie Cut Out Suede Boots - $95 - Retail: $625 (85% off)

These are just breath-taking and unbelievably cool; I can't wait to feature them in an outfit post! They're probably not a pair of boots I would have shelled out a lot of money for, because, again, heels (I'd rather pay money for flat boots I can wear every day, let's be real), but these were too cool to pass up. I love Alexander Wang. (I have a few other new pairs to share with you!)

Wine Oxblood Vince Chase Burgundy Foldover Boots Bordeaux

Wine Oxblood Vince Chase Burgundy Foldover Boots Bordeaux
 Vince Chase Burgundy Foldover Boots - $65 - Retail: $498 (87% off)
(Similar here, here, and here)
These burgundy Vince boots are one one of my favorite colors, and the leather is so buttery and soft. They can be worn two ways, though I think I prefer the leather when it's not folded over. These also perfectly match a new Celine Trio bag I may or may not have purchased....πŸ™ˆ

Isabel Marant Suede Dicker Boots
Isabel Marant Suede Dicker Boots - $30 - Retail $635 (95% off)
I was initially never crazy about these, but I understand the hype - they're easy to match and very comfortable; it hardly feels like you're wearing a heel. At $30, I couldn't pass them up. Channeling my inner Rosie Huntington Whiteley in 3, 2, 1....πŸ’ƒ

Coach Tavi Booties blacl leather silver hardware
Coach Tavi Booties - $40 - Retail $225 (82% off)
These might be the only pair I had second thoughts about, but they were brand new and I figured that it would be good to have a pair of boots with a heel that I don't have to worry about. I can easily wear these to a bar or a club and not concern myself with protecting them from any potential danger that might befall them. I'm generally really careful with all of my designer shoes (they're my babies!) and I hate wearing them to places I know they're likely to be ruined... (ahem dirty New York City bars....dirty New York city streets....dirty New York City subway....have you booked your ticket yet?)

Pour la Victoire Estel Crisscross Studded Bootie
The leather on these is so buttery and soft! They look killer on, too. These were brand new and I thought they were fun, and since I don't have any peep toe cut out booties, I totally justified this purchase to myself.  πŸ˜…      

Acne Studios Brown Cypress Booties
Acne Studios Brown Cypress Booties - $130 - Retail $720 (82% off)
I've wanted these forever, either in this brown color or black (or both, really), but couldn't pull the trigger because: I have plenty of boots, the heel is a little high, and the price was never good enough. The lowest price I'd seen them for was a bit over $200 or $250...but when I saw them brand new for $130, I couldn't resist. I mean, could you? Look at these babies! They'll match my vintage LV Monceau and thrifted Monsieur Gavriel Cammello tote ($45! Retails for $585)

So, there's my little (not so little) boot haul...I'll be sharing a bunch more with you guys soon, as well as whatever other tips I think of! Let me know what you'd like to see and if you have any questions. Wishing everyone a great week!

Total Cost: $490
Total Retail Value: $4,273

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Madrid Haul: Dior, Maje, Celine, Prada

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Earlier this summer, I traveled to Madrid with my best friend Audrey. We had a beautiful time in Spain! We wound up buying a few fancy things in Madrid, especially because the awesome friend we were staying with (thank you, Bobby!) lived right by a great street for shopping. Here's what we got...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

8 Dependable NYC Brunch Spots // Manhattan

fried chicken, buttermilk cheddar waffles, mac and cheese, pork belly bacon, arnold palmer, peach caprese salad at root and bone brunch in nyc
Click behind the cut to see which spot is #1 
If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably swiftly deduced that brunch is, in typical white girl fashion, my favorite meal. To everyone's great dismay (except that of restauranteurs, perhaps?), brunch in New York can be unreasonably expensive and still leave you feeling unsatisfied. To avoid wasting money, I've made it my personal duty to scope out drool-worthy breakfast spots in the city (particularly those that serve breakfast late, or better yet, all day) so that I'm never at a loss for where to go. I would like to pass on some of my New York City brunch knowledge to you! :) Today, I'll be sharing eight of my go-to spots around the city (Manhattan specifically, at least in this post) and some of my favorite dishes there. I'll be doing more breakfast and food-themed posts soon, including where not to go. In the meantime, you can follow me along on my food adventures on Instagram @MissYanaCherie if you like :)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Style Crush: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

I've admired Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's style for ages, so I decided to put together a little inspo post of some outfits I love from her. :) With fall's impending arrival, I'm excited to wear big, comfy sweaters, jackets, hats, and booties!
Go behind the cut for more photos :)