Dec 25, 2014

Christmas in New York!







Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel! Feliz Navidad! 

I didn't get the chance to spend Christmas in New York because I wanted to spend the holidays with my family in Montreal, however I did get to experience the holiday spirit in the streets of this beautiful city. With my friends we walked all the way from 27th street until Rockefeller Centre to see the Tree and also the windows on Fifth Avenue. New York is a city of lights all year round! 

Happy holidays!

-Nelly 

Dec 24, 2014

The Montrealer in New York





I feel like ever since I've moved to New York... all I write about is my journey and I hope I'm not boring any of you. However, since I'm living here I can't attend any media events back in Montreal and because I've recently moved to the Big Apple I don't have enough followers to have good based PR connections. I hope to soon come in contact with more social medias in New York because I do miss doing some fabulous product reviews for you! Anyways, as a Montrealer living in New York I have a completely different perspective on this city than any other New Yorker. 

It's been a couple of days since I got back home (Montreal) and it simply feels weird to be back...But I'm definitely enjoying the simple things in life like showering without flip flops, cuddle with the boyfriend, watch TV, make a smoothie or just fall sleep without earplugs...(NYC can be noisy).
Living in New York has made me realize that the city life is not meant for everyone. I've started to appreciate more and more this city not only because it's where I'm living but because it has a magical feel to it. When I first moved to the city, I really hated it and I was homesick 24/7 but now that I've made friends and I've adapted to my student life; I've started to appreciate what this city has to offer.

There is ALWAYS something happening in New York whether it's a gallery opening, a parade, a museum exhibition or even a strike! This city is continuously in movement and it literally never sleeps.

My last few days before coming back home were a bit nostalgic because I didn't have classes anymore so I had somewhat of free time to explore the city. Those days reminded me of how I felt the first time I visited New York, and how much this place means to me.

It's the city of Dreams.

-Nelly 

Nov 17, 2014

Top 10 Reasons Montreal vs New York

I never thought that one day I would be missing Montreal this badly and seeing the bright side about my city. A big part of Montrealers take pride about the city as I do, but unfortunately due political shifts, economic instability and countless many other problems; the city has taken its toll on Montrealers. Many only see the negative aspects about living there, however now that I've been living on American soils I truly appreciate much more Montreal. 

Montreal is far from being a fully functional city but in all truthfulness, what city is perfect? Living in New York, has made me realize that all cities share a similar type of mentality. Everybody is stressed, rushing through the day and the noise is frenetic! New York is a global capital for business, fashion and many other industries; it has earned its name as the city that never sleeps because that's literally every New Yorker's reality.

New York is a great city but Montreal has a unique air that no Big Apple will ever fulfill. Here are some of the things I really miss from my home, Montreal. My top 10 reason why I will always be a Montrealer at heart. 

1. Green Areas 

New York is a concrete jungle, endless streets with blocks of buildings lined one after the other. For someone that has never lived in a city, it can definitely be a shocker to live in New York. I love that Montreal has trees even on the sidewalks of downtown and has many parks at a walking distance. I also love that college/university campuses have large green areas for students to unwind. My school is located in midtown aka the main downtown area of Manhattan, I live at a walking distance from time squares. There are no green areas in my campus...

source: http://mymontrealautumn.wordpress.com/


2. Restaurants

Now don't get me wrong, New York is a gastronomical metropolis but Montreal has nothing to envy. More and more Manhattan is losing the uniqueness of small and local restaurants. Big Chain restaurants like Mcdonalds, Chipotle, Dunkin Donuts, Panera Bread,Starbucks are winning over family based businesses. Everybody knows that living in New York is expensive and rent is the biggest expense of all. Small businesses struggle to pay rent and so chain restaurants take advantage of this financial crisis. I find that eating healthy in the city is expensive... fruits and vegetables are excessively pricy. Eating a good baguette sandwich can go up to 15$ with a drink. It's difficult to find a place that is fresh and affordable. I use to think that Montreal was expensive but New York is definitely pricier. I miss being able to walk into a good local sandwich place that is not a "deli"...

source: le cartet.com


3. Montreal Bagels

I absolutely miss Montreal bagels!!! I though that New York had good bagels... but so far I haven't been impressed... nobody believes me that our bagels are hand rolled! Montreal bagels are amazing :) New York bagels are thicker, and do not taste like in house made. 


4. Metro 

Montreal is obviously smaller than New York but our subway system is way more simple and fast! Subways here can either come every 10 to 20 minutes and usually the weekend schedule changes from the weekday. I really love Montreal subway even if the trains are older and they don't have AC in the summer... at least they are all consistent and the schedule rarely changes...




5.  Bilingual

I never thought that one day I would miss ordering my food in French... The English that is spoken here is very broken and sometimes I don't understand what they are saying... I miss being able to switch from French to English whenever and wherever I go in Montreal. I really miss that "Frenglish" side of me. Living outside of Montreal has made me realize that we have a strong bilingual culture. We should be proud about speaking two languages or at least having that possibility.

source: Montreal Gazette


6. Montrealers!

A city is a city and that is the reality of any urban environment, however New York is not really friendly. I have not met a single person in retail that has been nice to me... I thought that Montrealers were cold but New Yorkers are worst. Whenever I walk I always get hit or bumped by someone... I know the flow of people is significantly higher than Montreal, but people normally move when they see you walking towards their direction... here they don't. In the subway you should NEVER make eye contact with anyone! People here can be very defensive and touchy about certain things. I also HATE how people here are frequently saying "EXCUSE ME!" instead of "I'm sorry" or "pardon me". I don't feel at ease to ask someone for directions or help... Some people have told me that maybe retail and restaurant employees are not very friendly because they have to deal with tourists all day long... anyways I just don't feel they are approachable.

7. Old Port

I miss the Old Port so MUCH! Soho is architecturally similar to the Old Port but it doesn't have the spirit or the warmth of the cobbled streets. I really miss having desert or having a drink at the Old Port. It's such a unique area of Montreal that no other city has (except Quebec city) but Montreal is much more vibrant!


 8. Food: Poutine... etc.

I feel like this entire article has been about food but seriously there is a major difference between NYC and MTL food... I really miss digging into a poutine! I've seen a couple of restaurants serve "poutine" but it's completely different from what it should be. Everything is different here even McDonald's! They don't serve muffins and the menu appears even less healthier with their egg and steak morning sandwich... 



9. Education 


I'm currently enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and I'm quite happy with everything that I've learned. However, it's ridiculously expensive for what it truly is... nothing is included in the tuition fee... everything has an "extra" cost. The only reason why I'm here is because it's the only school in North America that has this program; everything I'm learning is valuable but nothing is given. We have to purchase all the supplies and leather is not cheap! I'm currently paying more than going to a Canadian university in Montreal and on top I have materials to add... I think the States should look into reducing fees... I miss my cheap tuition from college :(

Dawson college/ source: The Montreal review

10. RENT

It's absolutely ridiculous how expensive it is to live in New York! Although rent has risen in Montreal it's nothing comparable to this city. Even living outside Manhattan is still pricy... some people are even predicting that maybe Brooklyn will soon become too expensive... the last option is either the Bronx or Staten island... but then you have to pay about 112$ for the unlimited subway pass and maybe some cab expenses when the subway is not working... I wish rent could be cheaper and more affordable. Some people tell me that rent is higher because salaries are more competitive but what is good about 8$ per hour for minimum paid employees? New York has beautiful apartments but you will never find a one bedroom apartment in a good location for under 2000$. 




I'm no one to say that Montreal is better than New York because they are two different cities, however it's hard not to compare when you've experienced both cities. My view on this city might change in the following years but as a first impression this is my opinion on it. 

-Nelly






Nov 6, 2014

Look of the Day: Fall in NYC




Fall has slowly been digging in New York... rainy days, windy afternoons and some sun cracking on the weekend. The weather is unpredictable and layering is the only way to dress during fall. The one thing I enjoy the most about this season is being able to wear a coat without disappearing beneath it! I hope you're all enjoying this season!

COAT:ZARA/KNIT:ZARA/JEANS:ZARA/SCARF:HM/ BOOTS:ZARA/ HANDBAG:COACH

-Nelly 

Oct 27, 2014

Intimate Britney Spears










Who doesn't love lingerie? Obviously most men won't object to women wearing lingerie, however many women haven't found the right pieces for them. It's hard to find what works for you, but it's not impossible! Influential pop star artist, Britney Spears' has recently launched a lingerie line and it's actually very nice! Regardless, of what the tabloids say about her I'm still a big fan of her old school tracks. She's always been a sex icon and with her provocative image in her music videos, it's no surprise to see her designing lingerie! 

Her collection is very tasteful and carries many styles to fit everyone's style. Lingerie is very different from ones' fashion style... I'm more of a tomboy lay back type of gal but when it comes to lingerie I very much love lacy bralettes and sheer garments. You simply have to try and see what works better for you; and the Intimate collection has a lot to offer. They have corsets, thongs, guarders, baby dolls, kimonos, and many more! The pricing is very reasonable and the quality is quite good. So far I find them very comfortable and everything fits nicely with my small frame. 

Visit their website to see the rest of the collection and enjoy a 20% discount until October 30th. 


-Nelly 


Oct 19, 2014

Friends & Ralph Lauren's Coffee



A couple of weeks ago, some of my friends and I went to take a look at Ralph Lauren's coffee shop at their Flagship store on 5th Avenue. The place is a bit small but it's absolutely adorable and worth seeing. It's the perfect spot to unwind from a hectic downtown shopping with friends or just to sit down and read a book while sipping on some tea or coffee. 

Going to this cafe brought me back good memories of going out with some friends in Montreal and just spending hours talking over a cup of tea. While being at this coffee shop, I realized that my life has changed so much and that I've met some pretty amazing people that I can now call friends. 

Over the years I've lost some friends because life changes as you grow... Some move to another city or simply don't share the same mentality as you... However, even while being in Montreal I've realized that some people won't call or text unless I do so... so we never hang out...and that is another reason why I've lost friends because friendship is not a "one-way" relationship. 

Now that I've moved here and that I'm no longer near my family or friends, I've also realized who are truly meaningful. I've found myself talking more to certain people that I would have not thought to become so close to, while others that I thought were closer to me have sadly not shown any interest...

Being away from home definitely makes you reevaluate different areas in your life. Nevertheless, I've made some friends here and I'm so thankful to have bumped into them.



Everything in life happens for a reason and that can very well apply to my current living situation. Initially, I was going to share an apartment style room with other girls but in the end the room were all taken and I now live in a different building... and because I live here I've met some amazing girls. Even though there is a significant age difference, they have proven me that regardless their young age they are mature and quite independent. I'm so glad to have met them and share this journey with them. Living here has also made me realize that some of the people that I've met here will eventually become a big part of my life since we are all working our way into the fashion industry. We all try to support one to another and listen to each other's worries and problems because you don't have anybody else here... your family, your friends and boyfriends are far away. I'm grateful to be making friends that are from different places in the world because you never know where life may take you.


Anyways, these are just some of my thoughts and feelings that I have on friendships. 
I hope you get the chance to visit Ralph Lauren's cafe in your next visit to NYC.

-Nelly

Oct 15, 2014

My New York Journey (1)

Fact: New York is unique.

Looking back and remembering the first thought that made me fall in love with this city is quite behind my mind at this moment. I use to love visiting New York, because I felt that everywhere I would walk was a scene from a movie and it made me feel like a star...However, things take a different shape when you live here. 

I've realized there is a HUGE difference from visiting and living in New York. Who wouldn't love taking shameless selfies in Time square or indulging at Magnolia bakery... I mean, seriously who would not want to visit the best areas of the big apple and eat at the nicest restaurants...But when you start going through the day to day routines it's a different story than just a simple weekend trip.

It bothers me to hear people tell me that I shouldn't be sad or missing home since I'm in New York city. That I should be having a blast and enjoying what the city has to offer. I use to get really frustrated by these comments but I've realized that they're not in my shoes and they will never understand the magnitude of this change in my life. I'm not here as a tourist, I'm a full time student with classes and homework. I have a fixed schedule and I can't be splurging in the meatpack district restaurants or shopping on fifth avenue every weekend... I'm also not living in a luxurious apartment.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't hate New York but I kind of feel like that guy who thought a girl was hot but is actually not?... I won't deny there is no other city like New York but it's a very stressful environment. People aren't very nice and as any other city everyone is selfish...
People tell me that it will grow on me and that I probably feel like this because I'm not living a New yorker's lifestyle. Living in a dorm and being on the same street every day does not help the cause. I do enjoy taking walks on the high line and window shopping at Soho but I really wish I could immerse myself more in the NYC lifestyle.

New York can easily become a solitary place for anyone that does not know the city and doesn't have friends. I've met some people and I'm grateful to know them but it takes time for me to consider someone an actual friend after a bit over than a month of acquainting. Anyways, I recently came back from my first trip home and that is another story to tell!



I hope you're all pursuing your dreams!

-Nelly 



Sep 18, 2014

New York Fashion Week Street










Last year, I travelled to New York just to experience a bit of New York's fashion week ambiance and I really enjoyed that trip. However, this time I got to live Fashion week from a different angle. Even though, I've only been living here for a month I'm starting to notice the difference between being a weekend tourist and New Yorker civilian. As an FIT student, you get the opportunity to volunteer if you'd like... Twice a year students can wait in line for hours to work for free at fashion week and if they are lucky; they will get to work for a higher end designer such as Alexander Wang or Oscar de la Renta... but if you're not you'll simply be in the backstage of a rising designer. 

Some New Yorkers adore fashion week because they are part of this industry and get invited to exclusive events. It's also the time to shine and peacock your style to the world. As for others, it's another occasion to have even more crowded restaurants, less taxis and walk along sky scrapper models. As for me... well I expected more of the fashion entourage at school. I was hoping for my school to profit from this week and organize events (conferences) supported by a panel of fashion specialists that are visiting the city. Imagine a city full of Vogue editors, stylists and influential bloggers and not take advantage of this opportunity!

I went for a day to the Lincoln Centre and I didn't find that many interesting people to shoot (photo). I saw too many people trying really hard to look fashionable which was deceiving... Anyways here are some of the pictures I took! The best dressed goes to that little girl with the flower head band :) She had the cutest bright pink mini Chanel bag. 

-Nelly 

Sep 15, 2014

Dorm decor?

I'm back in college, however this time around I'm no longer a minor and I'm actually living in a dorm?!? Initially I wanted to move into an apartment, but we all know that finding a place in New York is very hard especially if you're not from the city. For safety reasons and also avoiding additional stress from commuting, I opted to live in dorms. I was really hoping to get an apartment style dorm, but they were completely booked... I currently live in what we call a "coed" room which is basically a small room that you share... Did I mention that I also share my bathroom with the rest of the girls on my floor? It's actually not that bad... but it's definitely not the most comfortable option. 
No bubble baths this year! Sorry Lush!
 The hardest part in all of this "dorm life" is sharing absolutely everything... no room or bathroom and I also do not have a kitchen... I'm not a chef but I do enjoy preparing my own food and having control on my nutrition. As silly as it sounds but I really miss making my own smoothies in the morning! 

Here are some pictures of my room :) Some minor decorations.


My desk is a bit small but I try to make it work; I might get a small side table because my dishes (left) take a good amount of work space. I actually enjoying working on my desk which is weird because normally back home I never used mine...



I went to a flea market and found this really nice photo and I've added it to my clear tray.



I really love this clear tray that I bought at the container store (yes they have a store dedicated to containers...) In my tray I keep these little three pigs and also my fur balls that I got at a leather show I attended. On the right side are my shoe lasts! 


My bed is on the window side :) 


I found these beautiful bird illustrations at a flea market and I got three of them. This is probably my favourite one because it reminds me of my boyfriend :) (his favourite bird) 


I have a dresser and on top I keep some pictures and my beauty products. I found this cute accessory holder in forever 21!


The one thing I love the most about my room is being able to admire the empire state building from my window! I love seeing all of the colours that light up at night. 

Even though I would have loved to have my own place, I'm glad to have a roof over my head and have a bed to rest in. When I see all of those people on the streets, sleeping on that dirty cold cement... it truly makes me appreciate my dorm. Nevertheless, I'm hoping to switch into an apartment style dorm next semester and if not I might move next year into a place outside the campus. I try to keep in mind that this is only temporary and hopefully things will turn out well. It feels weird to be 24 and living the college life... There are days that I feel weird and forget that I'm in a different city... 

Blessings.

-Nelly 

Sep 7, 2014

MTL to NYC

I was so busy in August, that for the first time in the history of my blog I did not post a thing! I feel a bit guilty but it was definitely a hectic month... I have lost counts of the times that I've started to write this post and never finish it! Every time I decide to work on it, I end up rewriting it...but this time I'm actually posting it!
In a couple of days it will be a month since I've moved to New York and it's been quite a journey so far!
Festival , Place des Arts, Montreal

Basilique Notre- Dame , Vieux Port, Montreal

 Before leaving, I was extremely stressed and I guess what weigh the most on me was the emotional transition. Unlike most of the young ones here I wasn't very thrilled about leaving my comfort zone and being away from my parents... I love my family and I enjoy spending time with them. The first week here was very hard... I missed them tremendously and I felt like running back home. Another factor that did not contribute to my homesickness was that I did not have classes until the week after... I had an entire week to settle in by myself and hopefully make friends! I felt a bit out of place when I first got here because most of the freshmen students are 18... however I've met some really nice people and they are very mature for their age. I'm very grateful to have bumped into them because I would probably feel very lonely by now...
Vieux Port, Montreal
 The other part of the emotional transition that sometimes gets me nostalgic is being away from my significant other... Dating was completely out of the question but it simply happened and I don't regret meeting such an amazing person. I believe that everything in life happens for a reason and he brought me calmness when I was stressed out of my mind and kept me levelled throughout this entire process. He's been very supportive and being away from him has made me appreciate him even more. I feel very lucky to have him :)

Soho, NYC
It's been two weeks since I've started classes and for the first time in my life I'm actually enjoying my courses. Homework is surprisingly enjoyable and even though it's a lot of material I'm really looking forward to seeing the outcome of my projects. I might post some of my work later on.. once they look a bit more concrete.

NYC
Anyways, I don't want to make this post too long so I will probably post another one talking more about the HUGE difference there is between Montreal and New York... I've realized there is a big difference from living here and just visiting the big apple for the weekend... 

-Nelly