The Cambridge Satchel Company x Madewell

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There is something so romantic about riding a bicycle here in the city. Especially come fall. The air is crisp and the harsh sun doesn’t slow you down as much. And bike riding in my favorite outfit from Madewell makes things even more fun; like these flared overalls and one of my personal favorites: the classic bag by The Cambridge Satchel Company which is now available at Madewell. The perfect finishing touch was having my initials monogrammed on it in gold. I spent my morning on 5th Avenue, and ended up biking to one of my favorite neighborhoods of the city, the charming East Village. Here are my top favorite spots including the best shop, best hotel, and best kept secret in the city.

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1. MADEWELL (115 5th Avenue):

Being a California native, denim remains a base to almost all of my looks. I knew that these overalls were calling my name the moment I saw them in the store window. “Yes, I need those in my life.” And now that they carry The Cambridge Satchel Company handbags, the shop is complete with my on-the-go wardrobe essentials. Leopard chelsea boots? Check. Oversize hat? Check. Perfect button-down? Check. I love their classics.

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2. STANDARD EAST VILLAGE (25 Cooper Square):

The Standard East Village is the spot to get an iced coffee in the morning, and sit out on the patio. It’s chic but still has a low-key vibe which I love. In the evenings, go for the HEY PAPI tequila cocktail, and head up to the roof for one of the best views in NYC.

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3. VILLAGE EAST CINEMA (181-189 2nd Avenue):

This little theatre on the corner of 12th street and 2nd avenue is the perfect date night spot. Their indie selection is fantastic. Definitely beats the blockbuster rush.

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4. SABAH HOUSE (211 East 12th street):

Ever heard of Sabah Sunday?! This eclectic East Village townhouse doubles as a shop selling Sabah shoes, a modern take on the traditional Turkish slipper (in just about every single color), and throws some of the best Sunday parties in town. This spot is definitely the city’s best kept secret.

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5. FUKU (163 First Avenue):

I love a really simple menu…and this fried chicken sandwich shop has just that. Their sandwich has a delicious asian twist. Eat it at the counter, and don’t forget the spicy hot sauce.

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// The Cambridge Satchel Company handbag + Madewell overalls, shirt, boots, and hat //

photographed by Dylana Suarez

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#NMInsider

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My Neiman Marcus #NMInsider event in Atlanta was a total blast. I had an incredible time meeting everyone who stopped by! My NMInsider curated boutique was all about the Folklorica trend. Bohemian, yet romantic. Florals, mixed prints, wide-leg denim pants. Furrry knits, metallic dusters, oversize hats. My style is very eclectic, so it was the perfect collaboration. For the event, I wore this killer 10 Crosby by Derek Lam dress.

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ISLAND CASITA

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From San Juan Del Sur, we boated out to the stunning Jicaro ecolodge, on it’s own private island off the coast of Granada. We were immediately greeted by iced lime tea, and the rush of fresh air surrounded by nothing but green lush. It felt nice to be so remote. With only about 5 other people on the island, it was extremely quiet and peaceful. Just the occassional sound of a boat passing by. Our casita was extra romantic. Two stories, super minimal, and all made of wood. I spent most of the afternoon dipping into the pool, before slipping on a perfect pair of True Religion jeans, and lying on our hammock. The sound of the waves hitting the rocks below like a lullaby. I had no intention of going back to main land.

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// True Religion Cora Midrise jeans, She Made Me crochet bikini, We Are Handsome kimono //

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TRUE RELIGION DENIM DIARIES

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I’ve had Nicaragua on my mind all summer. Maderas Village our final destination. Little did we know we’d be doing a lot more adventuring that sticking by the local beaches. I couldn’t wait to capture the country’s untouched beauty and colorful culture. And love any excuse to pour hot sauce on just about anything. A bottle perfectly set on every table. I knew that the country wasn’t as developed as some of Central America, but I was ready for a wild adventure in all of it’s rawness. For these types of adventures, I always travel in jeans. They survive just about anything in any circumstance. The more torn up the better. True Religion remains one of the softest denims out there, and you cannot beat their perfect slim fit. Being a California native, my style has always revolved around denim. Of every single wash. It’s currently rain season in Nicaragua, and I knew I’d be living in some good denim blues..whether it be just spread across the hammock at our casita or galloping on a horse at sundown. I packed my 2 favorite pairs. The Audrey boyfriend and Mid-Rise boot cut. Both getting better with age. I would immediately stepped into my jeans with my bikini on after getting out of the swell while surfing to warm up. Easily transitioning into the city nightlife of San Juan Del Sur by throwing on a vintage tee. We did as the locals did. We rode in the open back of the truck speeding down the narrow streets, holding onto our hats. Ate huevo rancheros every morning complete with a side of tortillas. We even rented a dune buggy for an afternoon zooming through the dirt roads, discovering secret beaches and passing the local farms filled with cows, chickens, and pigs. Traveling somewhere so foreign, where life is still so simple, is the perfect escape.

More from my True Religion denim diaries coming soon.

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// True Religion Audrey Boyfriend Jean//

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