By Chloe., the vegan cafe taking Manhattan by storm



(Similar Shirt: Marc By Marc Jacobs, Similar Skirt: InterMIX, Shoes: Vans)

My friend and celebrity chef, Chloe Coscarelli, just opened up her very first restaurant, in the West Village. By Chloe is centered around comfort food that many vegans have to miss out on, like hearty burgers and even mac n’ cheese. Since the restaurant opened about 3 weeks ago, the line has been out the door with locals and fans who have traveled just to get their hands on a delicious locally sourced vegan treat. I personally am not vegan, in fact, I love meat and am usually hesitant toward vegan versions of meaty foods, but I trust everything Chloe makes. She, of course, did not disappoint this time around. My favorite meal so far is the classic burger, air-baked fries and a cold brew Stumptown coffee. Chef Chloe started out as a vegan pastry chef (she won Cupcake Wars!), so the grab-n-go baked treats are her specialty. I have actually dreamed about her chocolate chip cinnamon espresso cookies and banana bourbon ice cream. I highly suggest vegans and non-vegans to go try out this new little place in Village out. It is even open late so you can satisfy your late night cravings or get that late dinner you have been waiting after a long day of work.

By Chloe. is located at the corner of MacDougal and Bleecker at 185 Bleecker St.

As for my outfit:

If you have known me for a few years, you probably recognize this t-shirt. I bought it at the Marc by Marc Jacobs store in LA probably 5 years ago and have gotten so much use out of it, it’s ridiculous. It’s now that perfect worn-in soft cotton and still goes with everything. I will probably still be wearing when I’m a crazy 100 year old woman with a fabulous sequin skirt.

This skirt is also a favorite piece but newer. Banana Republic is one of the few stores that sells petites, and I have been wanting a pencil skirt for forever. It was more than I was willing to spend at the time it came out so I admired the perfect skirt from afar. As soon as it went on sale, it had to be mine.

On Top Of The World (Well The City, At Least)

DSC_0378(Shirt: Zara, Similar Skirt: Topshop or ASOS, Similar Shoe: Rag & BoneBass or Aldo)

DSC_0364DSC_0369 DSC_0362I have a great rooftop terrace in my building in wonderful West Harlem. I decided to use the space for a silly shoot, by me and my self timer. I’m really glad no one from my building saw me trying to find places to set my camera and scurrying to beat the camera to my spot. As you can tell, I am not a model. In fact, far from that. I prefer to be behind the camera. I did like my outfit this day though, and decided it was blog worthy.

I’m often drawn to boxy tops that make me look like a toddler. I’m only 4’10” so looking young is not hard, but quite frankly, I do not care. Also, I have had this skirt for probably too long. I have been saving it for when denim skirts came back in style, and LUCKY ME they have! As for my shoes, they are apart of an extensive loafer/oxford collection. I am always drawn to menswear inspired shoes and I don’t think I will ever have too many pairs. This pair is my favorite and I get compliments on them all the time. I love mixing menswear inspired pieces with feminine ones, like a mini-skirt. Even as a kid, I have loved boys clothes and trying to make them sort of girly. It all started during my Avril Lavigne phase of wearing ties and boys underwear and a lot of black and pink (I was really cool, ok?). This style has seemed to stick with me my entire life and I love it. My style is most likely influenced by my mother, who dressed me like a tomboy while I fought to wear bows and pink. I think she knew my style before I even did.

Outside of the city: Montauk

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As much as I love living in New York City, getting out is refreshing. I haven’t spent any time anywhere on the East Coast other than the City so it was time to get a breath of fresh air and discover my surroundings.

DSC_0310Sunday, my friend True, my boyfriend Aidan and I set out on a short trip to Montauk. Montauk is a tiny town at the very end of Long Island, bustling with vacationers during the summer. I fell in love almost immediately. Maybe it is my California roots talking but there is nothing like a small beach town where everyone spends all day long outside, walking their dogs, brunching all day and drinking beers on the beach (which is legal there!!). Montauk is the perfect getaway for those wanting the chic beach scene without the fuss of the Hamptons.

We originally made the trip to go to the Surf Lodge to see the pop-duo, Sylvan Esso. The Surf Lodge is a hip, hotel/restaurant/bar with live music for free. Once an art haven in the 90’s, this place seemed magical, from the outside at least.The cocktails tasted like awful dive bar drinks for $15. The place was over run with overly drunk Hamptonites, not my exact favorite crowd to see a show with anyways.  Unfortunately, due to a rude security guard who tricked me into coming back only after the band played, we didn’t get to see Sylvan Esso and left feeling salty.

IMG_1126The day was spent exploring the town via golf cart thanks to TheFreeRide, drinking delicious beer at the Montauk Brewery, and making some nice friends. Quality time in a quiet, picturesque East Coast beach town with good company was just what I needed, even if I didn’t know it. I highly recommend anyone making the short trip out to “The End”.

In the end, in the words of Ice Cube, it was a good day.