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Theme 36: Holiday Season. 70s Party Vibes with Revolve

Revolve blogger. Clayton burgundy jumpsuit. 70s vibes.

Holiday season is approaching and we all are on a lookout for perfect gifts and beautiful outfits. Of course sparkling embellished dresses for New Years Eve parties and cozy sweaters for Christmas dinners are not going anywhere, but 70s style is making a huge comeback this season!

Revolve has always been one of the websites where I go to to find new cool designer pieces and the trendiest of outfits, and Clayton collection really caught my eye. I picked this stunning, but soft and comfortable Clement jumpsuit that is as perfect for a glam party as it is for a vacation in warmer places. Please bare in mind that the jumpsuit is quite tall, so either wear heels or prepare to get it shortened (or maybe you are actually above 6', so this is made for you and I congratulate you on your endless legs!) 

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Fashionista Ulia Ali in New York wearing burgundy Clayton jumpsuit from REVOLVE.
Burgundy 70ps look in 2017. Deux Lux bag and Clayton look.
Clemente jumpsuit at Revolve by Clayton


Week 24: Candy Shop. Best Candy Stores of NYC + Willy Wonka is coming!

Best Candy and Chocolate Stores in NYC, New York. Full list on Pastiche.today

Ben calls me a "fat kid on the inside" because of the amount of candy and chocolate I consume. If I see a candy store I always run to indulge my sweet tooth, while my husband sighs and mumbles something about me getting diabetes. Naturally, I explored a fair amount of chocolatiers and candy bars in New York this year, and I would love to share my yummy list with you!

1. Dylans Candy Bar

Founded by Ralph Lauren's daughter, Dylan Lauren, Dylan's Candy Bar is one of the biggest candy stores in the world! Dylan revealed that she was inspired to create her candy boutique by Roald Dahl's famous story, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

There are several locations all over New York (as well as other US and international locations!), but my favourite is their flagship store located on 60th Street and 3rd Avenue. Dylan's Candy Bar has been featured in films and TV series many times, including Gossip Girl.

best candy stores in new york.
best candy store in the world.

Bonus Tip: Everything I have ever tried in the store was AMAZING, except the macaroons. Go to Macaron cafe or Laduree for macaroons. 

2. MarieBelle

MarieBelle yummy

The most gorgeous and sophisticated chocolatier in New York. You can find the sweetest and most original gifts in beautiful packaging here.

My personal favourite is Marie Antoinette's chocolate ganache cake in an antique book box. You can keep the box after you eat the DELICIOUS cake and use it as a decor item or a secret storage compartment.

3. Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Vosges is a luxury chocolate boutique that offers unusual and creative flavours. My husband often likes to treat me with a box of outstanding chocolate truffles with flavours like Indian curry & coconut, banana pudding, anise with fennel and absinth and many more. I literally have never tasted anything like Vosges chocolates before! 

Best chocolate in NYC.
Vosges chocolate

4.  Godiva

Godiva's gold boxes filled with high quality chocolates are always a great gift idea. For men I would recommend the chocolate cigars. I gave them to Ben on our second date and it was my first ever gift to him!

5. Hersheys, M&M's

Cute little candy store on Times Square stocking a great range of Hershey's chocolate and collectibles. By the way there is a great M&M's store super close by as well!

6. Leonidas

If I crave delicious fresh Belgian chocolate I go to Leonidas on 3 Hanover Square.

oldest candy shop in New York

7. Economy Candy

Not as fancy as the other candy stores on this list, Economy Candy is the OLDEST candy store in NYC which makes it kind of worthy of a visit.

 

 

 

 

 

Did you like the list? Which of these candy stores have you already visited?

And as promised, I am sharing bonus Candy News with you! The most candilicuous show is back on Broadway. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory the musical will be in NYC in Spring 2017, and you can already buy tickets here. Happy Sweets Days to you!

Week 21: Greek. Finding Santorini in NYC.

Finding Santorini in New York City. Souvlaki Gr - Greek restaurant.

One of the best things about New York is that it is so multicultural. You can find any part of our world secretly tucked away with love on one of the many streets of the city, or openly blossoming as a miniature version of countries like Italy, China and Russia.

Being a great appreciator of Greek cuisine and culture, I enjoy finding new Greek restaurants or spotting new murals and pieces inspired by the colors of Santorini. One of my favourite "portals" to Greece in NYC is Souvlaki GR (116 Stanton Street).

Photography by my favourite NYC photographer - Dennis

Blogger Ulia Ali in Souvlaki Gr Greek restaurant in NYC. Wearing white and blue dress from Shein.

For this Santorini inspired photoshoot I wore a beautiful blue-patterned, white dress from Shein.


Dress - Shein | Heels - Steve Madden (I also love these) | Bracelet - Club Monaco  | Sunnies - Ray Ban

SHOP THE LOOK:

Blogger Ulia Ali in Souvlaki Gr Greek restaurant in NYC.
Souvlaki GR restaurant in NYC. Greek Week on blog pastiche today.
Souvlaki GR restaurant in NYC. Greek Week on blog pastiche today. Платье Shein
Ulia Ali is NYC blogger born in Azerbaijan.
Souvlaki GR restaurant in NYC. Greek Week on blog pastiche today. Платье Shein
Blogger Ulia Ali in Souvlaki Gr Greek restaurant in NYC. Wearing white and blue dress from Shein.
Souvlaki Gr fashion in NYC.
Steve Madden Stacy shoes.
Souvlaki GR restaurant in NYC. Greek Week on blog pastiche today. Платье Shein
Souvlaki GR restaurant in NYC. Greek Week on blog pastiche today. Платье Shein
Souvlaki GR restaurant in NYC. Greek Week on blog pastiche today. Платье Shein
Souvlaki GR restaurant in NYC. Greek Week on blog pastiche today. Платье Shein

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Week 18: Summer in NYC. After the Sun Goes Down.

What to do in New York at night! After the sun goes down

There is always something to do in New York at any hour of the day. However, when museum doors close and shops start politely shooing everyone away, many people obligingly go to the nearest take away place, and go either home or back to their hotel, abandoning the exciting wonders of nighttime Manhattan. Wouldn't you want to have a proper night dance with the city?

I decided to give you a little 5-step guide of what to do this September after the sun's last ray disappears somewhere behind 14th Street.

1. It's SHOWTIME!

Let's start the evening at a Broadway musical. One of the newest, and already celebrated shows, is Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR, a magical marriage of a classic musical and amazing Cirque du Soleil performances. Ben and I sawit a few weeks ago and thought that it was overall very aesthetically beautiful. To be honest, it is not the best musical we have ever seen, nor is it the best Cirque du Soleil show we have ever witnessed, but it is certainly a show worth seeing at least once!

Paramour Cirque du Soleil on Broadway review.

Alternatively, you still have time to book the last available tickets for one of the greatest musicals of all time, Les Miserables, which is having its last show on the 4th of September. Book your tickets here before they are gone.

2. Feed me!

Musicals and plays are rarely shorter than 120 minutes, so chances are you tried to fill yourself up with overpriced pretzels and jellybeans sold during intermission, but you are stillreally hungry. I suggest you have a late night dinner at the amazing Italian restaurant, Marea, which specializes in seafood and has two Michelin stars. Prices are actually quite reasonable for such a high-end, gorgeous restaurant, but book your table in advance!

3. Midnight in New York

Ben abnd Ulia

Nothing is more romantic and surreal than midnight at the top of the Empire State Building. My husband took me there on our third date and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Usually crowded, the Empire State Building is quite empty at that late hour, so don't miss your chance to admire a bird's eye view of Manhattan by night.

4. Party like a VIP

If you want to party in the top rated nightclubs in New York, sit at VIP tables and have access to exclusive events, contact Blue Circle NY. Just call and tell them whatever your energetic heart desires (from bottle service to partying with celebrities). No need forstanding in that line to Marquee anymore and loosing precious time!

5. Drunk cravings or Feed me part 2.

Your night was crazy and fun, but suddenly you realise that your alcohol infused body desperately wants some delicious food. The majority of cafés and restaurants are closed and you promised to yourself to not eat at McDonalds anymore. Luckily, New York has a few great 24/7 places. I recommend Katz’s Delicatessen (205 E Houston St) or Ukrainian eatery, Veselka (144 2nd Ave).

So there is your 5-step guide to an intense NYC night! Do you have any other ideas? Comment or message me on our Facebook page

Week 18: Summer in NYC. Cute SheIn Top

I am sharing more casual looks with you this week. I noticed lately that I have traded my ultra short, revealing denim shorts for more classy looking shorts. Am I getting older and wiser… or what's happening? :)

Original Shein Top. Best blogger NYC

In today's look I have paired my Walter Baker black shorts with a very cute and original top from Shein. I love how affordable everything is at Sheinand that the quality is often really really good. At the end of this post I will also link to a few other cute tops that will make any simple "wear it with jeans/shorts" outfit look very original and stylish.

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I am also sporting a new Walter Baker bag for the first time. The bag is from the designer's upcoming collection and it comes in many different colours.

Ulia wearing Shein white top pom-pom
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Walter Baker bag.

SHOP CUTE TOPS:

1. White Top | 2. Cute Shein Top | 3. Blue Striped Top | 4. Fun Sweater