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HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT STAY-CATION: WITH THE OMNI BERKSHIRE HOTEL

The Steele Maiden: How to Plan the Perfect Staycation in the City this Summer with Omni Berkshire Hotel

This past weekend Adam and I had one of those truly great, seriously unforgettable New York weekends. From Saturday to Sunday we deemed ourselves officially on ‘stay-cation’ – left our tiny downtown apartment behind, packed our bags and headed uptown to check into the gorgeous Omni Berkshire Hotel.

And while we only went about 40 blocks north of our home, it felt a world away. This trick to a stay-cation (or really any good vacation) is to indulge in the things you can’t do at home. Here – tips on how to plan the perfect stay-cation plus exactly what we did with our 24 hours at the Omni Berkshire. I promise, you’ll be wanting to hit ‘book‘ by the time you get to the end of this post.

The Steele Maiden: How to Plan the Perfect Staycation in the City this Summer with Omni Berkshire Hotel

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PREPPING FOR NYFW: WITH MARIE-LOU & D SALON

Prepping for NYFW with Marie-Lou & D Salon in Soho, New York

We’re just a day away from the official kick-off of NYFW and aside from pulling outfits, I always make time for a bit of beauty prep before the madness begins. This year I headed to Soho to check out Marie-Lou & D salon. Decorated by a French designer who usually sticks to chateaus, the interior reads more like a chic and inviting Parisian pied-à-terre rather than a stuffy salon (aka my worst nightmare).

Prepping for NYFW with Marie-Lou & D Salon in Soho, New York Prepping for NYFW with Marie-Lou & D Salon in Soho, New York Prepping for NYFW with Marie-Lou & D Salon in Soho, New York

One of my favorite parts of Marie-Lou & D is that they offer just about everything. For someone who is always short on time – that means I was able to freshen up my hair color at the same time that I got a glossy new manicure (I went with this color for Fashion Week). Did I mention I was sipping a glass of Prosecco at the same time? Now that’s multi-tasking.

Prepping for NYFW with Marie-Lou & D Salon in Soho, New York Prepping for NYFW with Marie-Lou & D Salon in Soho, New York

The result? A brighter, blonder color for Fall that plays up the natural color the sun afforded me this summer. A year or so ago I stopped using traditional highlights and switched to using the bayalage method. That means the roots grow out slowly and naturally and I only have to go in for color about twice a year. Major win. Yoann (the stylist I used) got it just right and I left feeling ready to tackle another exciting/exhausting/exhilarating round of NYFW.

If you’re looking for a new salon in town, I highly recommend Marie-Lou & D! Try them out for yourself and mention code THESTEELEMAIDEN for a 15% off discount.

The Steele Maiden: Bayalage blonde for Fall from Marie-Lou & D Salon in Soho, New York

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TOP OF THE ROCK

Top of the Rock NYC in pink midi skirt and off the shoulder top

First off – thank you all for the kind words both here on the blog, on social media and even in person about the launch of my first ever e-magazine earlier this week. It was so much fun to create my ‘Complete Guide to Summer Travel‘ and even more fun to finally share it with you all! And if you did already take a look through it, than you saw a hint of these photos. Last week Adam and I crossed a major item off of our New York Bucket List by finally visiting the Top of the Rock. And here’s the way to do it…

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GINGHAM SHIRTDRESS IN CENTRAL PARK

Gingham Shirtdress in Central Park

There’s something fairly magical about watching the season’s change in Central Park. So on Saturday, Adam and I went to take in a bit of that magic in the late afternoon light. Since we did quite a bit of walking, I kept it comfortable in flat espadrilles and a classic shirtdress.

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GRAND CENTRAL STATION: HOLIDAY TRAVEL STYLE WITH TALBOTS

Grand Central Station - Holiday Travel Style with Talbots

While I can’t wait for this week’s big meal, spending time with family & friends and having a few extra days off work – I’ll be the first to say I’m not looking forward to the holiday travel. I’ve taken trains, buses, cars and planes to get home on various holidays and it’s never without stress. Which is precisely why I wanted to add a dose of glamour back to the task. Grand Central Station and step on it darling…

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