From California to New York City.

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 This month has been a celebration in a lot of different ways. The first being my birthday (which I coincidentally share with Beyonce) and the second is officially hitting my two year “anniversary” in New York City. It feels like just yesterday that I moved. So much has happened these past two years and I’ve changed a lot. I feel more straight-forward, ambitious and I’m also an expert jay-walker now (not sure how proud I am of that last one).

I have a little confession to make – I had never even been to New York before I moved. That’s right, I literally packed up my bags and moved across the country without even stepping foot on the east coast. Looking back, it probably was not one of my more logical decisions and it was also a huge leap of faith.

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I spent a lot of my first year in New York going back and forth on whether the move was worth it. I decided not to continue with the acting conservatory. I ate a lot of pizza. I started taking blogging more seriously. Second year? I stopped hopping around from place to place and finally signed my first real lease. I ate a lot more pizza. I made amazing blogger friends. I fell in love with New York. It’s been a crazy ride, but so so so worth it. While I don’t know if I’ll stay here forever, I know that it’s been a great adventure full of learning experiences. It was a leap of faith that has changed me for the better.

When I talk to my friends back home, they always refer to me as a “New Yorker”, but I think I’ll always be a California girl at heart. Sun-kissed skin, Mexican food and the word “like” and “hella” (the second one is thanks to everyone in the Bay Area) will always feel like home. Still, I’ve discovered a new love for brunch, fancy events and strolls in Central Park. This gorgeous necklace from Shine Bright for Good is definitely a little reminder of both. It’s a big nod to my California roots with a polished New York vibe. I slipped the little beauty on as soon as it arrived and I’ve gotta say, it feels like home.

Someone once told me that the good things start at the end of your comfort zone and I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know if I’ll be in New York next year or the year after that, but I plan to keep growing and learning. From California to New York City and beyond.

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It seems like almost everyone I’ve met in New York is from another state too. There’s something so magical about this city and the way it attracts people from around the world. Have you visited yet? What did you think? Leave me a comment or connect with me on TwitterInstagram or FaceBook!

Photos by Guerrilla Photography

Birthday Wishes & Cupcake Picnics.

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Birthday-Melanie-Sutrathada-7Birthday-Melanie-Sutrathada-4It was my birthday last Thursday and it’s hard to believe that I’m another year older already. Being an adult is semi-fun, but I miss things like not having to buy my own groceries, living rent-free and getting to watch cartoons alllllll day long without any judgment. Especially the last one. Now there’s this thing called work and another thing called responsibilities. Sigh.

I was at the office all Thursday, so I celebrated my birthday with a simple picnic in Washington Square Park with some of my oldest New York pals and some of my newest! We had about 20 different flavors of cupcakes (true story), the most delicious macarons (in love with raspberry chocolate now thanks to the lovely Lisa) and the most mouthwatering drinks thanks to Onli Beverages. I pretty much had a bottle of Onli’s Lemon Watermelon in one hand and a cupcake in the other the entire picnic!

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It was wonderful to have so many amazing people there to celebrate with me and it reminded me again of how incredibly lucky I am. Last year was a bit haphazard – lots of running around like a chicken with my head cut off, quick fixes and sometimes just deciding to throw caution to the wind and go with it (whatever “it” was at the time). This year’s already been off to a great start, and I can’t wait to see what it holds for me. A lot of growing, laughter and macarons hopefully.

Here are my wishes for this upcoming year:

  • Have a “Ferris Bueller” day.
  • Learn the Thriller dance.
  • Go camping.
  • Host a cocktail party.
  • Karaoke! For the record, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is totally my go-to song year round.
  • Do a road trip along the east coast.
  • Go stargazing.
  • Visit my dear friend Rebecca in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!
  • Travel internationally. Preferably Paris or Spain.
  • Visit a pumpkin patch.
  • Ride a bike through Central Park finally!
  • Learn how to change a tire. Like a boss.
  • Read 25 books.
  • Launch my Youtube channel!

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Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes and love. I’m so excited to tackle this next year with all of you by my side! Did you recently celebrate your birthday? What’s on your list of birthday wishes?

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GuiltySoles.

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Why pay full price? That’s one of the statements on GuiltySoles website. Let’s just say that they really deliver. GuiltySoles is an online membership site that allows you to take advantage of low prices on shoes and handbags. For only $49.95, you get a one-year membership and unlimited access to designer quality shoes and handbags for only $19.95. They’re factory direct so there’s no middle man. Can I just say how absolutely amazing this concept is? Having worked for various fashion companies over the years, it’s been really eye-opening/mortifying to see the ridiculous mark up on pieces. I’m talking about a watch that might take five minutes to make with $2 worth of material being sold at huge department stores for $350.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sale shopper. I love a good deal and I absolutely adore finding beautiful pieces for 75% off retail. What I’m not so fond of is dropping a whole paycheck on a pair of Jimmy Choo’s or other designer shoes. Let’s be real, all that money that you spend on that one pair of incredibly painful (and admittedly beautiful) shoes could pay for about 4,560 slices of pizza and also a few sprinkle-covered donuts, or you know…rent.

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That’s where GuiltySoles comes in! The gorgeous pair of Tour de Force heels in this post would normally be $72, but with a membership, they’re only $19.95. What makes them even better? There’s no limit to how many pairs you can buy, GuiltySoles constantly updates their site with new styles and their pieces ship the same day you order them.

They’re currently running a fantastic deal. Head to the GuiltySoles website today and you can enjoy a free pair of shoes with the purchase of a $49.95 annual membership. You can even test GuiltySoles out with a 30-day trial for $9.95. I’ve had my eye on these Flashback Cognac heels, Premiere Blue sandals, and these Glamaholic White heels. Knowing that I’d be getting such a great deal on them makes me feel a lot less guilty about adding a few new pairs to my closet. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a few of these on LACB soon (; Be sure to check out their website today and sign up for a membership. The amount of money you’d save on a single pair of shoes pays is enough to pay for the annual membership itself, so it’s definitely worth it.

Guiltysoles-Melanie-Sutrathada-3Do you belong to any membership sites? What did you think? Which GuiltySoles pieces are on your wish-list? Connect with me on social media and leave a comment below!

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