Dirty Lemon

Seemed appropriately placed at the time.


Tried out Dirty Lemon Detox and Dirty Lemon Skin & Hair. The skin & hair contains marine collagen, so you’re literally drinking the fountain of youth. V cool, however unsure if I saw any results. I got a facial around the same time and changed up some skincare products and my face has gotten generally much clearer and more fresh since September. 

The Detox contains activated charcoal and the drink was black so I was also very much into that. 

Mainly into this photo because it looks like a Dirty Lemon in the background of the Dirty Lemon. 

It’s also a text-based ordering system which seems exclusive AF, so I liked that too. Into this. 

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Happiness Today

If you expect other people to make you happy, you will always be disappointed.

You, alone, are responsible for your own happiness.

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Grace Church, NYC

Food for thought. Now enjoy some snapshots of NYC taken over the past week in the frigid air but beautiful sun. 🙂

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100% obsessed with NYC street art…

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Hustle hard. Obviously, because goals.

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…regardless of your relationship status.

Friday afternoon I strolled by (briskly walked, because it was freezing) this freshly painted street art in NYC. Still wet when I found it, the artist’s paintbrushes were dripping with black ink onto the pavement. Obviously I had to stop to snap a quick iPhone picture for my blog – what a great message to send. Especially on Valentine’s Day weekend. Just a reminder, you are loved. Don’t let yourself forget. ❤

Bullying is Real

I don’t really think about being bullied on a regular basis – or ever, really. Until recently, when I’ve literally been assaulted several times by several men on the subway or in other public places.

Before you start assuming anything insane, let it be known that I’m completely OK, I’m totally safe and I am not suffering any mental or emotional damage, aside from the regular. 😉

But really, I’ve been violated on the subway by ultimate creepers twice this month – both on the same action – weird butt grabbers. Let it also be known that I am NOT one of those happy-go-lucky subway riders… I don’t smile at people – not children, not grandparents, and especially not disgustingly gross men, OK? AKA, there’s no “flirting” coming from my end. Further, I am so not a fan of this type of harassment that I make it so absolutely known that the person is wrong and try to vocally shame them and make them look like pieces of shit in front of as many people as I possibly can. (Takes long, deep breath…) I feel as if it’s a duty of mine to shame people who deserve to be shamed. The following simple, yet loud statement will suffice: “Don’t you ever F*ing touch me again you dirty, disgusting PERVERT. I’ll cut your fingers right off your hand!” Maybe aggressive, but maybe necessary. Then he has to sit there while myself and others on the crowded subway give him dirty looks until he gets off the subway.

Two weeks ago I was assaulted (I think that is the proper word to use) by a complete stranger while I was walking through a rather empty Chipotle Mexican Restaurant. I was violently swung at and hit in the arm by a man that was much larger than me, for no apparent reason at all. He later screamed in my face, after I questioned this barbaric human that, “You was textin'” OH! ok, psycho. I forgot that texting warrants abuse to strangers. Understood. NOT. I maybe should have called the police, but like – what? To sit around and waste an hour of my life to report the crime after the guy had already ran away because he’s clearly a child, or deranged or something just so I can have a report written up? I mean, maybe. Maybe it would have stopped him from hitting another random humans due to his unhappiness or psychotic behavior. Who knows.

Point is that specifically women, but people in general are abused, assaulted, sexually or not in public places in NYC and all over, all the time. It’s one of those things where you may think, “Oh, that won’t happen to me…,” but it just may. It happened to me! Don’t stand for it. Speak up, tell somebody. I told a bunch of people and at the least, it strikes awareness. My awesome co-workers got me flowers, a teddy & chocolate to cheer me up after the Chipotle lunchtime incident. At the ultimate, very least a cheer-up is in order!

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Even better, your boyfriend may buy you pepper spray as a Christmas gift to ensure protection while in sketchy situations. Obviously an ass grab on the subway is maybe not reason enough to engage in pepper spraying, but your chops are! AKA – cause a scene.

Update, 1/19/2016: FYI, after reading this article from Gothamist, I learned that NYPD SVU is now investigating all subway-related sexual abuse and you can file any complaints via this link! 

Coffee Project | NEW YORK

Coffee Project | New York

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Coffee Project is a quaint little shop in NYC’s East Village that truly focuses on customer service. Upon entering, I was warmly greeted with a smile and welcome. I ordered the fan-favorite “deconstructed latte” (which must be consumed on-premise) aka can’t take it to-go!

The “Deconstructed Latte” concept is really fun if you’re a coffee person or just like doing interesting things while you consume food. Basically it’s served in a specific order – first you drink the espresso, then you drink the milk in it’s “raw-est” form, and finally the combined ingredients as a latte. The broken down order really does enhance the flavor of the final product, the latte – it’s also a two-for one because your’e totally getting more bang for your buck.

The owner, Sum explained the whole concept & process to me and even followed up shortly after to see if I liked it. The coffee experience is served with a small glass of sparkling water to cleanse the palette and a small wafer cookie. I’m a huge fan of experience over anything and this is definitely what you get at Coffee Project. Highly recommend for a spot to meet a friend for a chat!

Coffee Project New York
239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-7888

Look Up!

Things you see when you lift your head up from your iPhone while you’re walking down the street. But then you immediately grab your iPhone to take a photo or add to Snapchat story…

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Always remember to take a look around you because you might just miss something beautiful. ❤

Nothing is Weird

Nothing is weird in NYC.

Everything that’s considered different or weird or against cultural or social norms elsewhere in the USA, is just straight up blasé in NYC.

The strong smell of coffee as you walk down the street. Or urine. Normal.

Is it because there is such diversity here and that everyone is a little bit “different,” that the totally completely weird shit just blends right in?

Don’t even talk to me about the basics. They blend so far in to the scenery that it’s as if they’re invisible.

But that crazy couple you see on the subway, you glance at for a quick sec but then immediately go back to doing whatever you were doing before because:
1. It’s rude to stare and they may actually DO something about it.
2. It’s not actually that out of the ordinary that there are people in NYC that are behaving as strangely as they are.

Leading to my conclusion that nobody here is weird. Everyone has their own style and their own way of life that it’s all “just the way it is.” This is definitely why NYC is so diverse.

I’m still blatantly confused on how and why racism still exists. Especially in New York City. Based on all of the recent riots, police activity, activists and protesters in this city; racism is obviously still evident and relevant. I am at a point why I don’t understand how or why. Like – everyone coexists here – let people with different or opposing beliefs than you have, be. Let them go. Let them be. You don’t have to associate with them if you don’t want to. That’s the beauty of living in this beautiful city full of opportunities and growth and change. You can do you and they can do them.

So as I mildly observe that “strange” couple on the subway looking and almost begging for attention, I then immediately briefly glance at my phone and easily look away. Because I’m not phased by them and don’t care enough to make a face at them or really give any facial expression whatsoever. Maybe that’s the rude New Yorker in me. Maybe that’s what this city does to people. Who’s to say, really? Just the thoughts of one random girl taking whatever interesting experiences I can from this lively, diverse and exceptionally weird perfect city we all know and love, NYC.

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My Everyday View

Babel Fair

Nolita has got to be my favorite neighborhood in Manhattan and more specifically Elizabeth Street holds a special place in my heart. My first job in NYC was located on that quaint little street, and I can’t seem to get enough of it. ❤ Strolling down the street, there are many fabulous restaurants, Tacombi, BarBossa, Public, Lovely Day, The Butcher’s Daughter, Egg Shop and Black Seed Bagels (to name a few! or all…) Those are actually all amazing restaurants that I frequented often and absolutely love and they’re all in a 3-4 quick city block radius! YAS.

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Today I discovered an awesome clothing boutique called Babel Fair. I walked in to explore and find out more. What I loved most about this shop were the finite details and that each item held such importance no matter how large or small. Obviously, there are various clothing boutiques in NYC and in Soho for that matter, but what makes this boutique unique is that many of the designers are LA based or international (Korean & Australian).

Notice the Henna Lipstick! A favorite of mine!! <3
Notice the Henna Lipstick! A favorite of mine!! ❤

There are a variety of chic products in this store, carefully placed trinkets, jewelry, and beauty products on a large table in the center of the room and shelving toward the back. I also liked that the lip balms and beauty products had trial samples available!

It's all in the details!
It’s all in the details!

How cute are those rings?! Parallel walls have racks of clothing by international designers on either side. Naturally, my eye was drawn to the black, white and pale pink shades.

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Sometimes when I walk into boutiques, I feel compelled to shop. At Babel Fair, I was greeted very politely when I walked in and struck up conversation. No pressure, just great vibes. Babel Fair have a great customer loyalty program as well! I ended up purchasing the lip balm in the shape of a skull (photographed below). Black, obviously! 😉 Smells like mint – the pink one was fruity – it was a tough call!

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Be sure to stop in to Babel Fair next time you’re on Elizabeth Street in Nolita! I’ll definitely be back in soon!

Located at 260 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY.

Modern Backpack

The last time I purchased a backpack, I was in college, it was from The North Face and I was the coolest kid looked like every other kid on campus. That charcoal & pink backpack traveled throughout Europe and all over the USA with me; I do still love and wear it — but I needed to bring my backpack game to a more chic place.

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Photo from Everlane.com
Enter my BFF, @Kaitmills who sent me a photo of her new Herschel backpack asking if it was “chic enough” to wear to a fashion/hospitality interview in NYC? Le DUH! How fab does she look? After I realized how undeniably cool backpacks are again (from her chic fashion girl selfies below), I decided to go after these new Everlane packs I had been lusting after!

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Everlane has evolved into one of my favorite new brands. I read a tag line on The Fader recently about how “Everlane turned hipsters basic,” and I kinda love that because I ❤ hipsters and I ❤ basics (the clothes, not the persona). As seen in my previous post about their “Everyday Anorak”,  Everlane manufactures high quality clothing & accessories at affordable prices. They cut out the middle man and consumers reap the benefits. After weeks of awesome social media hype & presence, Everlane launched these great backpacks. I watched their Snapchat story everyday (blushing) – but you all know I’m obsessed with social media anyway.

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Very versatile! I purchased in the larger size, obv because I carry FAR too much (but the mini is awesome too!) in the “Reverse Denim & Black Leather” color.

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Love the black leather detailing! This pack has pockets for all things; fits a MacBook, iPhone, side pockets for a water bottle/whatever else you want easy access to, inside pockets, front zipper pocket for small items, etc. Highly recommend this item for back to school or around the city or anywhere your travels take you. Gets endless compliments and “where’d you get that bag?” comments galore!

Use my link for your first purchase!!! https://www.everlane.com/r/ashleybyrd

And check out all of my Glossier Rec’s that I carry around in my backpack! 

Cabana Southampton

Strolling through Southampton last Monday, I came across an interesting and beautifully curated pop-up shop, Cabana Southampton. The “Come Sale Away” sign drew me in….

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Brights!
Brights!
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A Peek Inside Cabana Southampton

Store owner Julie Heller explained that the store is inspired by vintage pieces. There are vintage books, gorgeous artwork, vintage Chanel handbags & jewelry, candles and stationary that are creatively detailed.

Based in NYC as ERA|LUXE, a cult-fave luxury vintage store, Heller decided to bring the shop to where she summer’s in Southampton, NY. The vintage does so well that she wanted to bring in new products from different designer brands that weren’t well represented on the east end of Long Island/Hampton’s.

Everything inside makes everyone that enters want to purchase something – I guarantee there is at least one piece in this store that will “speak to you.” There are TONS of awesome gifts in this shop – things that you’d “never buy for yourself” but you actually will because that’s how fab it is.

The Cabana Southampton Instagram is loaded with beautifully curated photos of products sold in the shop and gorgeous Hampton’s beachfront views – what’s not to love / “like”? The ever popular HASHTAG HAMPTONS gear is placed around the store between books, scented candles & sprays, accessories and perfectly placed artwork/paintings.

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Limited Edition Barbara Kruger sunglasses by Freeway Eyewear // swanky lingerie
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#HASHTAGHAMPTONS // Headpieces by Gigi Burris 
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#ART and oversize bags ❤ 

They’re staying open until mid-September so I suggest checking it out if you’re on the east end for any of the remaining weeks of summer! There’s an online shop for Cabana Southampton as well so if your weekends are already full of day trips & cocktails for the remainder of the summer, you can still check out all the goods.

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