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Brunch at Lafayette

Lafayette Cafe and Bakery was the perfect meet up spot for brunch with my girlfriends.  It’s a large and bright French style cafe with outdoor seating up front, a small bakery, a zinc bar adorned with a large clock and tons of seating in the main dining room.

We started our brunch with a mimosa toast, a cheese platter and lattes before moving on to our meals.  From the cheeses I loved the Pyrenees Brebis but didn’t care too much for the Tarentaise (a bit bitter) and the Tomme De Crayeuse, a soft, mild and brie-like cheese.

Pyrénées Brebis (sheep), Tarentaise Cheese and Tomme de Crayeuse (both raw cow), served with fruit stewed in cognac and pain aux noix et raisins secs from our bakery| © 2015
Pyrénées Brebis (sheep), Tarentaise Cheese and Tomme de Crayeuse (both raw cow), served with fruit stewed in cognac and pain aux noix et raisins secs from our bakery | © 2015


Latte at Lafayette| © 2015
Latte at Lafayette| © 2015

The winning dish was definitely the fluffy and citrusy lemon pancakes.

Lemon Pancakes with fresh berries| © 2015
Lemon Pancakes with fresh berries| © 2015

The rest of the dishes we ordered were good old brunch style eggs.

Smoked Salmon Benedict on brioche with sauce choron| © 2015
Smoked Salmon Benedict on brioche with sauce choron | © 2015


Egg White Frittata with Field Mushrooms  |© 2015
Egg White Frittata with Field Mushrooms |© 2015


Soft Scrambled Eggs, leeks, chèvre, pain de campagne | © 2015
Soft Scrambled Eggs, leeks, chèvre, pain de campagne | © 2015
The bar @ Lafayette | © 2015
The bar @ Lafayette | © 2015

There’s a large outdoor seating area at the front (not pictured), perfect to grab a bite and enjoy the weather. For those looking to grab and go, there’s also a small cafe/bakery with really good pastries right when you walk through the entrance and to the right.

The bakery| © 2015
The bakery| © 2015
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Chocolate Eclairs | © 2015
Chocolate, Butterscotch Coffee and Strawberry Chesesecake Eclairs | © 2015
Lafayette Pastries | © 2015
Lafayette Pastries | © 2015
Lafayette Macaroons| © 2015
Lafayette Macaroons| © 2015

The strawberry eclairs were flying off the shelf but I opted for delicious macaroons instead, which they packed for me in these cute little boxes.

Macaroons in box| © 2015
Macaroons in box: Lafayette, Magnolia flower and Birthday cake | © 2015

If you visit Lafayette, be sure to  pick up some goodies at the bakery on your way out.


Xo, Leslie


{Memorial Day Weekend 2015 Sales} The Best Shops for Office and Work Outfits

Are you looking to revamp your work style, try a new trend, buy a couple of dresses for the summer  or add a couple of statement pieces to hold you up until the fall? Well, you landed in the right place. I’ve piled up a list of stylish office friendly shops with amazing memorial day weekend sales to keep you chic from head to toes for the rest of the year.  Here we go!


Bauble Bar:  Take 20% off with promo code: MEMORIAL20; Buy 4 or more and take 30% off with code: MEMORIAL30; Buy 3 Baubles and take 25% off with code:  MEMORIAL25. Ends on 5/25/15 at 11:59 PM EST.

Stella & Dot: Extra 25% off Sale Items + earn $25 in Dot Dollars for every $50 you spend!

Lingerie/ Undies

True & Co.’s: Get up to 30% off select styles plus a free Nikibiki tank on orders of $75+ at True&CoPromo Code: FREETANK (5/22 – 5/25).  Get $15 off your first purchase using my personal invitation link.  You can earn additional discount towards your purchase by referring friends.

**update: Target: Buy one, get one 50% off Bras & get 6 Panties for $20 – Online only 05/24/15 – 05/30/15.


6PM: Save up to 70% off on Nine West Shoes! (5/21-5/24)


GiGi New York: Now through May 31st, get 15% off the chic GiGi New York Handbags with coupon code: exclusive15

Rebecca Minkoff– up to 50% off sale

Micheal Kors– 30% off stores and online


Forever 21:  Take 30% off select items. Offer ends 5/25/15; Buy one get one 50% Off, Select items.  Promo code: B1G150OFF. Only only, through 5/25.

Target: 30% on all Apparel with promo code MEM30 + additional savings.

Amazon FashionTake 20% off select clothing, shoes, jewelry and more with code FUN20SUN.

Express– 40% off everything

ASOS– 20% off all full priced merchandise with code LONGWKND

Mango: Buy one get one 50% off, promo code: 6SP2SM

BCBG generation40% off Sitewide!  Valid 5/14-5/25

BCBG: 30% Off Sitewide @! Valid 5/20-5/26


Macys– extra 20% with code HOORAY

Bloomingdale’s– extra 20% of sale & clearance with code SPRING20

Nordstrom:  Up to 40% OFF at the NORDSTROM Half-Yearly Sale to May 31!

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5THTake an Extra 40% OFF Summer Contemporary Event;  Online Designer Event Up to 80% OFF featuring Donna Karan, Elie Tahari, Escada, Lafayette 148 New York & More.  Offer valid online and in stores 5/29-5/31.

Barneys Warehouse– an additional 40% off site-wide, 50%  clearance items + free shipping!


Xo, Leslie


A Mag-nificent Date at NYBG

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calvin Klein. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

The NYBG is one of my favorite places in the city and it’s not just because I’m obsessed with flowers (I obviously am) but because I love to be able to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, tune out the noise and just relax and breathe fresh air.

This weekend my fiance and I went on a casual date and the cherry blossoms and magnolia trees were in full bloom. We spent quite a while just sitting under a magnolia tree enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful view (tip: a picnic basket would have been awesome!).  We took tons of pictures on the gorgeous flowery backdrops lent to us by nature and on a bed of white and yellow daffodils.

A little while later we walked the trail that led us to a small waterfall and even stumbled upon an outdoor New York state wine tasting they happen to have on site. I picked up bottles of pear, apple and raspberry hard cider.

If visiting the NYBG, I highly recommend that you have fun with your outfits when you go for your pictures but be sure to dress comfortably. There is a lot of walking to be done and the last thing you’d want is for your clothes to not allow you to enjoy yourself.

I wore a a flowey top, paired with a fun hat to protect me from the sun (and be extra cute!) and wore my new everyday Calvin Klein tote I picked up at Macy’s last week. Of course I sprayed on a few splashes of euphoria Calvin Klein because the garden flowers are not the only ones smelling pretty!

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Tip: Don’t forget that from now through Mother’s Day, anyone who purchases a large spray from the euphoria Calvin Klein fragrance collection at Macy’s or Dillard’s will receive a complimentary live orchid.  

Antonio was also dressed very comfy cool.

The hubby is a big fan of nature and so am I,  so this was truly a joyful and perfect date.

What’s your idea of a perfect date?



Gorgeous Event Alert: Saks Glam Garden

If you haven’t heard yet, Saks Fifth Avenue has transformed into a garden paradise for the month of May, featuring stunning  beauty-themed garden installations on the stores’ famed windows and main floor.  And it sounds absolutely heavenly.


Stop by tonight for an elegant customer event  and enjoy special services such as fragrance bottle monogramming and engraving, mother’s daymakeovers, mother-daughter portraits, express facials, floral inspired gift wrapping and hand and neck massages.


Look out for a floral cart from 1800-flowers that will offer hand-tied bouquets with your $125 fragrance purchase.

If you can’t make it tonight, don’t fret! This is just the kick off the month-long celebration of over 250 exciting beauty events.





The Orchid-Inspired euphoria Calvin Klein

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calvin Klein. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I absolutely love flowers and their delightful beautiful smell.  I also enjoy the therapeutic aromas that come from fruits, trees/woods, and spices.  This weekend I received a treat for my senses, a gorgeous phalaenopsis orchid and the opportunity to sample euphoria Calvin Klein, an addictive oriental fragrance that contrasts exotic fruits, seductive florals.

This is definitely a very bold, mysterious and sexy scent.  I’ve been wearing euphoria Calvin Klein to work daily for the past week and I really like it.  I spray in the mornings and it lasts all day. I did find that it is best suited for wearing in the evenings for a night out, to an event or to a place where you want to be noticed.  It is not obnoxiously loud, but it does make a statement.  This perfume has confidence, femininity and strength written all over it.

  • Top Notes: pomegranate and persimmon.
  •  Mid Notes: rich black orchid and sensual champaca flower.
  •   Base Notes: liquid amber, mahogany wood and cream accord.

I learned that euphoria Calvin Klein’s bottle is inspired by an orchid about to bloom and you can see the amethyst hue of the fragrance is visible through the curve of clear glass.

This is such an amazing gift and I will definitely continue to use this.  I think this makes a very sexy gift for a confident woman in your life, whether she is your mother, sister, wife or friend and from now through Mother’s Day, anyone who purchases a large spray from the euphoria Calvin Klein fragrance collection at Macy’s or Dillard’s will receive a complimentary live orchid.  (That’s pretty cool!)

Here  are 3 quick tip on how to take care of an orchid:

  1. Add 3 ice cubes or 1/4 cup of water weekly
  2. Place in a bright, well lit location.  Avoid direct sunlight
  3. 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit, never below 40 degrees.










Xo, Leslie


Office Style Spring 2015: Midi and Pencil Skirts

This has been one of the longest winter in NYC but leg season is quickly approaching, so here I’ve compiled a couple of office appropriate skirts that you can easily wear to an after work event and still be dressed to impress.

The Trend: Knee High & Midi Length Skirts

Length is in, so for this post I am focusing on  knee and midi length skirts.  In general these skirts look best with heels (instead of flats), they are meant for dressing up but feel to use your judgement when selecting the right shoes for you.  If you are petite like me, I know what you are thinking,  but you can DEFINITELY rock these skirts, however you will absolutely need a little height boost from your heels otherwise you’ll get lost in it.

The Details: Slits, Color and Playful

To add a fun twist to a work outfit pay attention to the details.  Look for pieces that have zippers, a cool slit (but not over the top), colors, buttons and texture.  I would stay away from print unless you absolutely love it, because those are more memorable and therefore you will not be able to wear them as often.  Now simplicity goes a long way, you can also just pick very plain clothing and add a kick to the outfit with jewelry (I learned this being on a budget).

The Picks: Pencil Skirts 

The Picks: Flowy Midi Skirts

Hope you enjoyed reading.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

Xo, Leslie


Announcing New Blog Section – Office Style Picks

Hey lovies,

I think is so hard to find office style inspiration from fashion bloggers and that’s probably because work clothes is generally really boring!  So, who really cares to blog about that?!  But that leaves a lot us (myself included since I am not a fashion blogger) having to come up with our own fashion style for work and for lack of experience end up giving up and crawling back up to our comfort zone uniform.

But since I spend a minimum of 40 hours per week (2,080 per year) I am determined to look for cute office-appropriate affordable outfits that I can also comfortably wear outside of work to an after-work events or activity.  I stress affordable because at this point in my life I have some financial goal I am working on that I cannot compromise that for shopping, but that doesn’t mean I have to give up style.

office fashion = office style - 9 to 5

Starting today I will be posting my office-appropriate fashion picks on a regular basis.  Some posts will be store specific and some will just be a combination of pieces that I found appealing.  I will also include fashion inspiration for celebrities and other bloggers.

You can tip me off to something cute by leaving a link in the comment or sending me a message here.  You can also drop me a line if you want to contribute your picks in guest blog post.

Let me know what you think.

Xo, Leslie


PS super pumped for this!