NYC with H&M and Bloglovin’

HM outfit for BlogLovin Mentorship with Vanessa Hong from the Haute Pursuit

Where do I even begin?!

This weekend, Josh and I were flown to New York City for my mentorship with Vanessa Hong with The Haute Pursuit. I was selected from 1 of 3 finalist to be nominated for Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of the Year by Bloglovin’ and H&M!

Here’s a recap of our trip…

NYC with H&M and Bloglovin’

H&M airport outfit details NYC with HM and Bloglovin

H&M airport outfit details



First off, I want to praise myself for only backing my purse for this trip!! Nope, not even my bulky DSLR Camera! Bringing only one pair of shoes (these sandals from Zara were troopers and oh so comfy! AND they’re on sale!!), toiletries, 2 outfits and my makeup made it a weekend of comfort! No hassles at the airport; no stress. And I gotta say, wearing my hair pulled back the entire trip, made it easy for me to avoid hair going limp, packing more hair supplies than needed, and I just felt more polished and chic! Without Madewell’s Transport Tote, this would not have been possible!

NYC with HM and Bloglovin - View from the top! Airplane Instagram shot

You’ve probably already seen most of these pictures on my Instagram, but have no fear! I’m getting to the good stuff 😉

NYC with HM and Bloglovin -Charleston Airport Selfie

Charleston Airport Selfie

I LOVE plane rides!! It’s one of my favorite parts about traveling (crazy I know) But I loved my makeup for the plane and galavanting around New York. It was picture perfect, but not over the top for what we were doing.

TIP: Apply liner to the upper water line only and just apply mascara to the roots on the the upper lash line for a “no-makeup” look 😉


 

Before check-in, Josh and I wanted to pay our respects to Ground Zero.

NYC with HM and Bloglovin -One World Trade Center New York City

One World Trade Center New York City

Then Josh and I started hitting up breweries and bars like we always do. If I hadn’t told you, Josh is a home brewer and beer judge.. Incase that helps justify our drinking habits 😉

NYC with HM and Bloglovin - Beer at Clinton Hall New York City

Beer at Clinton Hall New York City

Clinton Hall had a wonderful atmosphere with an outdoor area full of games, great staff (who let us charge our phones behind the bar!) and a great selection of beer. No sours, but the ciders were a great substitute.

NYC with HM and Bloglovin - Walking around New York City in HM

Walking around New York City in HM

So, how awkward are my legs? Right?! lol I had to post this, not only because it was the best out of the bunch, but because it was a great representation of how awkward I can be at first encounters. That’s reality! And now I had proof that I’m not always on point 🙂



Checking in..The Marcel at Gramercy!

NYC with HM and Bloglovin-Checking in at The Marcel at Gramercy

Checking in at The Marcel at Gramercy

NYC with HM and Bloglovin-The Marcel at Gramercy

The Marcel at Gramercy

The room was fantastic!

NYC with HM and Bloglovin -Rooftop Lounge Marcel at Gramercy

Rooftop Lounge Marcel at Gramercy

Emily at Bloglovin’ hooked us up. It’s like she new what we liked in a hotel and a rooftop lounge area with a view is always a plus for us! ::applause::

 

After we changed for dinner, we scoped out some of my favorite movie locations! First stop Carrie Bradshaw’s neighborhood in Sex in The City..

NYC with HM and Bloglovin -Forever 21 upper east side New York

Forever 21 upper east side New York



 

NYC with HM and Bloglovin-Picnic at Central Park New York City

Picnic at Central Park New York City

Then we “popped a squat” in Central Park, from Pretty Women! I almost had to chuck Josh’s phone like Julia Roberts did to Richard Gere. It was so crazy to not see a single person on there phone-in New York of all places!!! (At least from where we were) I loved people watching. Seeing couples lay with their heads in each others laps, friends tossing frispies and playing cards, kids laughing with their parents..the interaction and undivided attention people had towards one another was so beautiful to me. It seemed so uncommon to me these days with all the distractions.

NYC with HM and Bloglovin-Picnic at Central Park New York City

Picnic at Central Park New York City

Next up was dinner! ..And more beer 🙂

NYC with HM and Bloglovin-Tap Room 307 New York

Tap Room 307 New York

I would have gone to this place for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. Would have stayed at this place all day! The atmosphere, the FOOD, everything. It was perfect. They had an outdoor cafe area with industrial string lights, vines and our Ikea bistro table and chairs! Even the front man checking IDs went to College of Charleston! It was meant to be 🙂

 

Then we decided, we couldn’t visit to New York without seeing Time Square!

NYC with HM and Bloglovin-Time Square at night

Time Square at night

Of course, I had to snap a picture of the reason I was there 😉

NYC with HM and Bloglovin-HM Window Shopping New York Time Square

HM Window Shopping New York Time Square

 

Day 2 – Mentorship Session!

NYC with HM and Bloglovin-Breakfast at BlueBell Cafe New York City

Breakfast at BlueBell Cafe New York City

We started our day with this delicious breakfast from BlueBell Cafe! This french toast was insane! Ain’t no Wonderbread here y’all.

NYC with HM and Bloglovin-HM outfit for BlogLovin Mentorship with Vanessa Hong from the Haute Pursuit

HM outfit for BlogLovin Mentorship with Vanessa Hong from the Haute Pursuit

Here’s the outfit I chose to wear to my mentorship session with Vanessa! I’m not going to lie, a pair of heels and a structured dress would have made me feel like a boss! But not only did I feel more approachable and comfortable in this, but it was more realistic to me to wear since I would be walking around New York in the Summer! It was my everyday style.



NYC with HM and Bloglovin-Beer at the Rye House in New York City Mentorship with HM Bloglovin Vanessa Hong

Beer at the Rye House in New York City Mentorship with HM Bloglovin Vanessa Hong

And here we were, saying cheers to a fabulous weekend and experience with H&M, Bloglovin’ and Vanessa! We can’t wait to come back in September!!

Stay tuned for my next post with behind the scene photos from the session at H&M’s showroom, what I learned from Vanessa and what’s to come in preparation for my next trip for the Bloglovin’ Awards Show in September!!

  • http://goldhattedlover.com/ Mary-Katherine Minnis

    Sounds like such a fun trip! Congratulations on the nomination, that is so exciting!

    xo Mary-Katherine
    http://www.goldhattedlover.com

    • http://www.liketheyogurt.com/ dannonkcollard .

      Thank you very much ! Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see in particular on Like The Yogurt or if you have any recommendations on content! Would love to hear what you’d like to see to make the blog it’s best! @mary_katherine_minnis:disqus

  • Lizlizo

    Looks lie such a fun trip. I still want to visit Carrie Bradshaw’s stoop! Congrats on being a finalist, good luck in the competition!

    – Liz Lizo
    http://www.LizLizo.com

    • http://www.liketheyogurt.com/ dannonkcollard .

      Girl, I’ll have to find the right place for you! Apparently the actual apartment isn’t the same house as the famous front stoop! I was so bummed when I couldn’t find it 🙁 But thank you so much for the congrats! Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see in particular on Like The Yogurt!

  • Lisa @ Southern Weddings

    Congratulations, Dannon!! So exciting and so well-deserved! 🙂

    • http://www.liketheyogurt.com/ dannonkcollard .

      I can’t thank you enough !! I’m so excited for this opportunity and I’m happy to have the support of my SW family! @lisasouthernweddings:disqus

  • http://www.mbzinteriors.com/ http://www.mbzinteriors.com

    Cheers! Congratulation on being a finalist. Looks like you had a wonderful trip.

    • http://www.liketheyogurt.com/ dannonkcollard .

      Thank you very much! Let me know if there is anything you’d like to see on the blog! I love getting feedback from others 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful day!

  • http://www.fashioncatapult.com Sarah

    Congratulations!

    Love the madewell transport tote!

    xx,
    Sarah
    http://www.fashioncatapult.com

    • http://www.liketheyogurt.com/ dannonkcollard .

      Thank you so much Sarah! It literally was my carry on! I couldn’t believe how it fit everything! @fashioncatapult:disqus

  • Angelica Sereda

    Love the outfits- so chic! And love the SATC shot 🙂

    • http://www.liketheyogurt.com/ dannonkcollard .

      Thank you Angelica!! I couldn’t visit New York for the blog and not go all Carrie Bradshaw on it! lol

  • Madison McCutcheon

    Congratulations on being a finalist in the breakthrough blogger contest! xoxo Madison
    http://www.mermaid-tales.com

    • http://www.liketheyogurt.com/ dannonkcollard .

      Thank you Madison! I really appreciate it! And if there is anything in particular you would like to see on Like The Yogurt, please let me know! 🙂

      • Madison McCutcheon

        I would love if you made a post with tips/advice for new bloggers! 🙂 I am struggling with finding the right audience to see my content.

        • LikeTheYogurt

          Here you go Madison! I hope that helps you out! Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

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  • http://www.accidentalicon.com Accidental Icon

    Congratulations, well deserved.

    Accidental Icon
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    • http://www.liketheyogurt.com/ dannonkcollard .

      Thank you very much! If you would like to see anything specific on the blog, please let me know! 🙂 @accidentalicon:disqus

  • http://www.graciousstore.com/ Gracious Store

    Congratulations and you seem to have had a nice time in NY

    • http://www.liketheyogurt.com/ dannonkcollard .

      Thank you so much @Graciousstore:disqus! We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to go back! Please let me know if you have any request for the blog 🙂

  • http://diva-in-me.com/ Diva In me

    Congratulations! I’m happy for you that you get to explore the town and for being one of the finalist =)

    • http://www.liketheyogurt.com/ dannonkcollard .

      Thank you so much! I loved New York so much and I can’t wait to go back! Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see on Like The Yogurt 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful day! @divainme:disqus

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  • http://www.lifeandchanel.com/ Anna

    KInd of obsessed with those sandals. Wish they weren’t sold out

    http://www.lifeandchanel.com

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