PINEAPPLES & Creativity with a Side of Shame and Guilt

Pineapples are having a major moment right now and I’m ALL about it! I’m loving the pineapple tees // tops // shorts.  Banana Republic has some really cute pineapple-embellished shorts right now, which I’m wearing in this look.  This top is also really comfortable and a great staple for work attire.  It’s light enough and can be worn in the summer (and in this Texas heat!), but also made of merino wool, which is perfect under a cardigan or blazer in the fall/winter.  I think I’m actually going to grab the one in hot pink soon. 🙂  Both items are on sale right now:  top is $40.50 and shorts are $37.99.

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In addition to this fun summer outfit, I wanted to talk about something a bit more personal on this Monday…a topic that is near and dear to my heart: Creativity and the shame and guilt that can come with it.

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Hey y’all!

When we were planning our trip to New York, I started looking for some cute walking shoes.  From my experience, that has been an oxymoron. 🙂 However, I felt determined to prove myself wrong.  [In the past, I had purchased Clark’s that my husband made fun of me for because they looked so nerdy! So comfy, yet so nerdy!] So I started to scour the internet for recommendations for comfortable walking shoes where you didn’t have to sacrifice on style.  I looked at various shoes and settled on the Pikolinos Alcudia sandals. They are gladiator-style sandals and I got the ones in ‘Brandy.’  I have to say, these are a little more “outdoorsy” than I typically tend to go but I actually love that they’re a little more rugged.

So here’s the scoop, brass tacks:

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For our two year wedding anniversary, my hubby surprised me with a trip to New York. I had not been to NYC since I was a sophomore in college, exactly 10 years ago! Naturally, I ran and bought a guide book immediately. (My research showed that this guide book was the best one, and it did not disappoint.)

With most cities, guide books and online / pinterest searches can give you all of the best restaurants, sites, activities, etc. However, with New York, I was totally overwhelmed with all of the food options — there are SO MANY amazing restaurants to choose from.  Being my maximizer self, combined with an insatiable desire to find the best places to eat (ahem, self-proclaimed foodie right here), I hit up my New York contacts for their recommendations. I also checked out one of my favorite (and most reliable) foodie websites, Eater.

So, I’ll start off this NYC recommendations list with my favorite places to eat, and then go to hotel, sites and activities.

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