PSA: Listen. Love. & Be Kind.

PSA: Listen. Love. & Be Kind.

Hey everyone,

I know that I’ve been a little MIA lately (again, ugh, I know.. I just can’t seem to beat the cycle and get on top of my blogging game.. one day..) and that’s because I haven’t been feeling my happiest. Of course the source of that issue is something completely separate than today’s topic, but nonetheless, it’s at least inspired me to get some thoughts down and out into the world.

In the midst of Kate Spade’s and Anthony Bourdain’s suicides, I thought it important to check in with all of you guys.

I’m fortunate and blessed that I truly don’t believe I’ve ever been depressed a day in my life. Of course I experience the ups and downs just like any one else, but it’s never handicapped me. Although I’m lucky enough to say that, that mostly is not the case when it comes to others.

In high school, I lived in a bubble. A bubble I was comfortable and happy in, but a bubble nonetheless. It wasn’t until I got to college that I met and became close with those that do have depression. Since then, I can’t claim to fully understand it; however, I’m much more aware. People can be living their best life all on the outside, but on the inside are battling something completely unbeknownst to everyone around them.

You might not know what everyone is going through. Everyone has their own story and their own problems, but unless you reach out you’ll never know. And that’s truly what I’m imploring for each and every one of you to do. Whether you are suffering from depression or not, just reach out. In the case that you fall into the former, reach out to your closest support network, you would be surprised to find out how many people care. In the case of the latter, reach out to those you might notice subtle changes in. Let them know you’re there.

It’s important to remember that there are resources available for you at all times of the day and night. I genuinely believe the stigma associated with mental illness is getting smaller each and every day. It’s okay to feel the way you do, but please don’t feel it alone.

These are just two examples of people who on the outside looked as though they had it all. Money, fame, and fortune will get you nowhere in life. Hold on to the friends and family you know are there for you, they are the gems in life.

Listen. Love. And show the world and all of its inhabitants the kindness that we all deserve.

Remember approximately 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression alone. It’s real and with all the optimism in the world amenable.

I feel as though I have a lot that I could include in this but I’m going to keep it as a brief little PSA for all y’all. In other news, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled program here on the blog soon. I’m going to work on some new content very very soon.

Lots of love to all of you and..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

P.S. The first designer purse I ever bought was Kate Spade. I knew I loved her quirky designs and I had waited years until I made the plunge and just got a bag. It’s my favorite purse to this day and it truly saddens me to see another fashion legend gone. That being said, I’m so proud of any Kate Spade item I’ve managed to snag over the years and I can’t wait to continue to show them off.

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Does Dry Brushing Really Work: Benefits & Tips

Does Dry Brushing Really Work: Benefits & Tips

Happy Thursday Everyone!

A.K.A. Happy Rupaul’s Drag Race Day!

Today on the blog we’re going to talk about something a little gimmick-y that you may (or may not) have been wondering about.. dry brushing.

What is it? Why should we care? And does it really work? Are all questions I wondered myself and will be answering for you today! So let’s get right into it and learn a thing or two about this little technique!

What is dry brushing?

Okay, so for those of you that are unfamiliar with it dry brushing is basically just taking a bristled brush to your bare skin and brushing in a specific direction to maximize on health benefits. These benefits include exfoliation and stimulation of the lymphatic system (amongst others that will be touched upon later).

Brushes can be found literally anywhere but I purchased mine from Amazon. They can have a long handle to get to hard to reach places on the back or they can be hand held. Mine is hand held, but maybe in the future I’ll look into getting a different one.

Although you can get your brush practically anywhere (Target, T. J. Maxx, Walmart, etc.), be aware that some may be softer than others. The one I got from Amazon is perfect for me. It isn’t uncomfortable at all; however, for those that have dry brushed before, it may even be considered too soft. Moral of the story is, is that the brush shouldn’t be so rough that it’s breaking your skin when being used, but some redness is normal!

Brush I Bought from Amazon

How do you dry brush?

I, as well as many others, would most likely recommend dry brushing before you shower. In this way you then just want to take your brush and go in vertical sweeping motions starting at the feet and working your way up towards the heart.

I normally will go pretty quick up my legs, move on to my arms, and then take some time on more sensitive areas around the belly.

Many people will then take their shower as usual and then afterwards apply a natural oil. I normally just stick to a moisturizer because I’m picky about what kinds of smells I put on my body, and I still think I’ve noticed results!

Dry brushing is normally recommended a few times a week in order to see the maximum results and I would have to agree. I do it about 3 times per week and for me, this seems to be a good amount (:

Benefits to Dry Brushing

1. Exfoliation

Okay this is a no brainer, right? You’re literally rubbing all over your skin with a (soft) bristled brush. Obviously any dead skin cells are going to get demolished.

For me, this is the most noticeable benefit. Beware: The first time you dry brush, your skin will probably freak and look mega scale-y/dry afterwards but don’t worry, after a few times and some good moisturization (is this a word??), you’re skin will be soft and glowy in no time.

2. Lymphatic System Drainage

The lymphatic system is just another one of the body’s systems and is crucial for detoxification of tissues. Therefore drainage is important to ensure buildup doesn’t occur. When dry brushing, there are specific areas and circular motions you can do to target your lymph nodes and help promote that drainage.

Will you know you’re doing it? I’m still not sure I’ve seen a difference but I like to think it’s good for my body (:

3. Reduction of Cellulite, Improved Muscle Tone, and Unclogged Pores

Again, this one is still out for determination. I mentioned earlier that you definitely do exfoliate your skin so maybe this is a ‘side effect’ of that? Maybe, dare I say, placebo? Most likely yes, but again it’s worth a try, right? You’re getting other really good benefits so if this is just another one, then you can’t really go wrong!

If this is something you would be interested in, you might want to try specific oils that can help!

As far as unclogged pores are concerned? I can see this being a benefit. Again, I can’t actually know for sure but you’re exfoliating your skin and in my mind I can just see the pores of your skin finally being able to breathe.

Allegedly this unclogging of the pores will aid with better digestion too, which is something my very poor digestive system would like to believe is happening (:

4. Improved Circulation

Because you’re brushing your skin, the abrasive-ness of the movements help to bring blood to the surface of your skin. In addition to this, because of the way it is suggested to brush the skin, in short strokes towards the heart, it is helping even more move that blood.

This definitely happens, you might not necessarily be feeling the benefits of this in the moment but it’s just common sense that this is good for your skin and overall health!

5. Stress Relief

Okay this one is kind of a stretch but it could be a benefit. If nothing else, I will let you all know that dry brushing just feels good. It’s like an itch you can’t scratch and then all of a sudden you hit that sweet spot and it’s all good again.

Also, like I mentioned before, many people opt to do this right before jumping into the shower so after a majorly long day, this becomes a ritual people look forward to in order to just decompress.

I’m definitely not claiming dry brushing will solve your problems, but it’s become an unexpected treat in my grooming routine and I’m sure it is for many others as well.

My Opinion

I never really thought I would be saying this but.. I love it. Not only does it just feel good to do before you take a shower, it definitely has approved the appearance of my legs (perfectly in time for the summer months). Because you’re exfoliating the skin, I find that when I shave it gets closer to the root and that I actually have to then do it even less.. which that’s the real goal here, right? My legs are glowy and moisturized in a way they never have been before and considering the only thing I’ve changed is adding this to my routine, I can confidently say dry brushing is certainly worth it.

I’m not sure if it really does reduce the appearance of cellulite, but considering all of the other benefits that you are going to get, it’s worth it to try out. Maybe I’m just not using the right oil to get the maximum effect, but because I’m truly just not that big into oils to begin with, that’s alright.

My only regret is not taking before and after pictures to show you guys, but I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it please and thank you (:

What do you guys think? Is this just a placebo effect or is it the real deal? How many of you dry brush already and how many of you think you might start trying it? Let me know in the comments below!

And..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

What’s In My Carry-on Bag: Disney Edition

What’s In My Carry-on Bag: Disney Edition

Happy Friday Everyone!

As you all may know, I’m in Disney World this week! Of course, I’m taking some time to just enjoy the trip for now and cannot WAIT to be bringing y’all some story times soon, but in the meanwhile I thought it’d be fun to show off my carry-on bag essentials!

I don’t travel an excessive amount; however, I’ve been lucky enough to have gone somewhere in the world in which a plane is involved a few times within the past few years, and since I’m older now, it’s my responsibility to pack my own bag with my very own essentials. So since I recently had to prioritize packing, I thought it would be fun to show you all some of my carry-on necessities: Disney Edition.

So without further ado, let’s get right into it!

The Necessities

1. A reading book

I seriously will never travel without a book in my backpack. True, sometimes it doesn’t get touched as much as I would like it to, but you also can’t go wrong with this. No matter where you are or whether there is good cell connection or wifi, a book has always got your back. I truly can’t tell you how many times they’ve saved me from boredom and have also helped me stay a little less connected to the interwebs, something that I definitely appreciate when on a vacation.

This trip I’ll be bringing along the second book in The Darkest Minds trilogy, Never Fade. For anyone looking for book recommendations, I would 10/10 suggest this series for all of my dystopian society lovers out there (:

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2. Headphones

This is another life saver. Although I typically listen exclusively to Spotify and sometimes when in the air am unable to access all of my music, I just am one of those people who needs to have background noise. I can blast some tunes, get into my own groove, and either close my eyes or focus on something else like the previously mentioned book.

They’re also a necessity for me considering I’m a YouTube watching fiend and when in a hotel room or in the airport, I can’t expect everyone around me wants to listen to Shane Dawson or my favorite makeup gurus and their latest make up reviews, so these are seriously a lifesaver for me!

3. Sweatshirt

You never know what the temperature is going to be when you’re in the air. Even if I’m flying somewhere super warm like Jamaica, it’s still pretty probable that it’ll get a little chilly half way through your flight. And trust me, I find nothing more uncomfortable than having goosebumps and the chills for any longer than like, 3 seconds.

You can see where this is going, right? Bring a jacket! Even if you don’t use it, you’ll regret it even more if you find yourself wanting one. Bonus Jonas: They can double as a pillow too if needed!

4. Sunglasses

Who doesn’t want to pretend you’re a celebrity in the making? Or at least that’s what I think I am when I’m wearing sunglasses 24/7. Although these are something you could definitely pack in your luggage, I just find I prefer them to be on me just in the event that I find myself needing them. It’s kind of similar to the sweatshirt mentioned above.. I’d be kicking myself even more if I forgot them!

Now, I know Kanye’s lowkey a little controversial right now, but I still totally stand with him and when he says big glasses are out, you listen. Check out this pair I snagged from H&M for super cheap. They’re very chic and although they are, dare I say.. trendy, in black I just feel like you can’t go wrong! (:

5. A wallet

This is a no-brainer. You literally can’t go anywhere without it. It carries ID and money and that’s pretty much all you need it for, but at least everything is in one place!

The Electronics

1. My laptop

As sad as this is, sometimes I really don’t think I could function without this bad boy. It has my entire life on it, and leaving it behind just feels odd. Even though on vacation I know I won’t be using it to the extent that I’m used to at home or in school, I still just like to have it in those ‘just in-case’ moments. Plus, it’s a bigger screen to watch my YouTube videos so it’s a win-win, right?

2. GoPro

This is new and unique to this trip. I recently went out on a limb and purchased a GoPro because I really wanted to get a ton of vlog footage for both the blog and eventually a little travel diary. Disney is one of my favorite places to visit and I thought it would be a good chance to get creative with my free time and I can’t wait to see what comes of it. In addition to the camera, I’ll have a few little accessories such as a back up battery and handheld tripod to (hopefully) make filming just a little bit easier.

Obviously I’ll keep y’all updated on how the process goes but I’m optimistic that this will be a really good investment for vlogging in the future!

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3. Polaroid

This is lowkey very unnecessary but a fun extra. I really enjoy taking my polaroid camera on trips but I’m infamous for forgetting about it or not taking the time to get the right shots with it, but where better to change that attitude than in Disney, am I right? I’ll also be bringing some extra film and a little carrying case for it, so it won’t be a hassle to lug around the parks (:

The Disney Essentials

1. Autograph book

One of my favorite Disney traditions is always the autographs. My mom got me a special book this year for Christmas and I can’t wait to start filling it asap. You can see it’s a storybook/autograph combo and I really love it so much. Some of the people I most want to meet include: Peter Pan (this shouldn’t be a surprise), Gaston, Rapunzel, and all of the Winnie the Pooh friends!

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2. Minnie Ears

I’ve gotta include these. They’re pretty much going to be an extension of my body for this entire trip and for that reason will definitely be packed in my carry-on. You better believe they’ll be on my head the minute we touch down in Florida and I’m so so so excited. They’re beyond cute and I love that they’re sequined, taking a classic take on the normal Minnie Ears. In my opinion, these are an essential for any day in the parks!

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The ‘Just In-Cases’

1. Extra clothes

This is just a precaution in the event that your luggage goes MIA. The probability of that happening is low, but you also don’t want to be stuck wearing the same underwear all week, right? So do yourself a favor and pack at least one back up plan outfit. Again, you won’t regret it in the event that something DOES happen.

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2. Gum

I tend to not chew gum, but I am often around those who do and they really appreciate when you’re able to offer them a piece. It’s also a good thing to have on a plane and can help with the pressure built up in your ears!

3. Chapstick

When you’re going some place sunny, you always want to keep those lips moisturized and protected. There is seriously nothing worse than burnt, crusty lips. So you can bet I bring not one, not two, but at least three of these bad boys anywhere I go.

I got this pack of Hatchimals chapsticks from T.J. Maxx and it was a steal and a half. They’re so cute and yummy!

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Luckily, a flight from PA to FL is pretty short so there isn’t a need to pack anything big like blankets or neck pillows. For me, I get to pack the things that I could possibly need or can’t bear to part with (my laptop). I also don’t need to worry about things that I would normally pack such as a passport or sunscreen since I’m not leaving the country and my mom will be handling the ‘boring’ stuff.

What are some of the things you all make sure gets in your carry-on bag? Who are some Disney characters you’d like to meet/get an autograph from? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to follow me on Instagram @manhattanskye to stay up-to-date with our Disney adventures!

Until next time..

xx.Britani Skye

Disney Designs: Fashion Inspiration for Your Next Vacation

Disney Designs: Fashion Inspiration for Your Next Vacation

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

This week on the blog, I’m tickled pink to be telling y’all that in t-minus 4 days I’ll be on my way to one of my all time favorite places: Disney World. And with that, I’m giving you all the 411 on some of the cutest things I found to wear on your next trip to the parks (or on the daily if you’re a die-hard Disney fan)!

So let’s get right into it!

Up first I want to show off some of the shirts that I just fell in love with! Some of which I actually purchased, and others that I just admired and will keep on a watch list for the next trip!

1. Voguing with Villains

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As soon as I saw this, I practically fell over. I immediately thought it was so chic and I knew that this was one I would have to have! I saw other shirts kind of similar with princesses but I just thought the villains added something a little extra and edgy to it. Like obviously the Disney princess girl squad is goals for life, but I guess I just resonated with these rule breaking, powerful women more!

It comes in both white and grey and all of the shops/links will be listed below!

FandomJungle | Etsy

2. Agrabah Always

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This is another one that I knew I just needed in my life. There was something unique about this that I knew not everyone would be wearing. And not only that, but it’s beyond adorable too! Not to mention this one comes in purple and blue, and although black is my power color, nothing can replace the special place purple has in my heart.

Magic Threads Co | Etsy

3. Hakuna Matata

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Okay so yes, this shirt is super simple but isn’t that kind of the point of hakuna matata? No worries? Keep it simple? That’s the vibe I’m picking up from it anyways. I just loved that this came in a heathered green! I feel like this would be the cutest to wear for a day in Animal Kingdom and it’s a color that (for me at least) would spice up the rest of my wardrobe. I feel like it can be dressed up or down with plaids and dark denim and all in all is just very cute, classic, and a staple for all of us Disney lovers (:

Zmunki | Etsy

4. Destination: Mickey Mouse

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I found this one scrolling through Instagram one day and again just fell in love. I’d not seen a shirt similar to this and knew that it was one I really wanted to sport around the parks. I mean yes, Florida is known for lots of good stuff but if I’m being frank with you all? If I’m in the state, I’m there for the Mouse and I can’t wait to be Soarin’ through Epcot smelling the oranges with this one on!

The Magical Trading Post

5. Mommy and Me Moments

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My mom actually found this one and believe it or not I was really into it. I’m not normally the type to be into matching t-shirts but something has inspired me for this upcoming vacation, what can I say. Not only this, but we’re actually going on Mother’s Day and we’ll be sporting matching tops for the occasion.

I think the design is so special as well. I’ve only ever gone to Disney with my mom and she manages to make every single time memorable and is most of the reason I’ve fallen so in love with the place to begin with. From our first trip when I was 3 to our most recent now that I’m 21, I can’t wait to see what it will bring!

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6. Never Grow Up

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This is another one that I feel like would break up the monochrome looks that I’m always drawn to. Not only does the color attract me but so does the saying and design. Peter Pan is one of my all time favorite Disney characters and reading ‘Never Grow Up’ brings the movie full circle to me. I feel as though when at Disney, we all are back in touch with the kid that still lives inside us, and that is something so special to connect with. Plus I love that the design incorporates little elements from all of the parks and I think this would just be an all around cute t-shirt to pair with high waisted shorts, Mickey ears, and matching peachy/pink sneakers for any day!

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Next, I want to highlight some Disney denim that I think is just the absolute cutest! These are probably a little less practical than a simple t-shirt (especially in the hot weather) but still very fashion forward nonetheless!

1. Mickey Embroidered Shorts

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Okay, I live, breathe, and DIE for these. They were originally sold from Zara about a year ago and apparently I missed the memo so until recently I thought I had missed my opportunity to ever get my hands on these. But never fear! I’m hear to give you the 411 on where you can get dupes!

There is an etsy shop that is currently selling them and I think that’s totally awesome considering I highly doubt Zara will ever bring them back to market! So check them out and I’m just gonna throw it out there.. 10/10 WOULD recommend for these! They’re high-waisted, perfect for summer, and can be worn either at the parks or on the daily for a quirky spin on a more classic style!

Hidden Mickey Ears Co | Etsy

2. Mickey & Minnie Jacket

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Okay, I’m not sure if this is even still sold any more but I remember seeing this in the Gap around January and really loving this! I think it’s super cute and although I know it’s hot in Florida, I thought it would be the perfect piece for night time activities or if there was just a random cold day in the forecast. The fact that it’s white denim too makes it so unique and a piece that I would love to add to my wardrobe on any day!

3. Mickey Overall Dress

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This was once upon a time made by Lazy Oaf and if you’re lucky, might still be able to find it from second hand sellers! It’s seriously the cutest overall dress that is literally made for the best day at Disney! One of my regrets is not swiping this up as soon as I saw it, but the practical side of myself said.. ‘Britani, are you really going to be running around the parks comfortably in a dress??’ The answer to that question is no. And sadly this was a pretty penny just to get for an Insta pic (:

That being said, I would definitely still recommend! It’s so cute and I love Lazy Oaf as a brand. It would be a piece to add to your wardrobe that is perfectly unique and will add so much fun to any day!

And finally, to end this Disney masterpiece off right, I wanted to show you all some of my favorite ears/hats for the day!

1. Classic Minnie with a Twist

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Okay, this is not revolutionary like, at all. But it’s also a staple! I love me a cute pair of ears and these are right up my alley. They are sequined (hallelujah) and can go with seriously any outfit! Other than that, there isn’t much to say!

You can opt for the sequins in a variety of colors (rose gold is a close runner up for me) or maybe just go for Minnie ears without the glitz. Either way, you’ll rock the parks with whatever you chose!

2. Floral Festival on a Headband

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These are so so so so so to die for. Especially right now since the Flower and Garden festival is still going on! I feel like these are so special because you get to spice up a simple (or Disney-ed out) outfit in such a unique way!

I love that the ears are hollowed out and the flowers are really what take the stage in these. They come in lots of color combinations and can be co-ordinated with your favorite princess/Disney movie! Pixie Supply Co is the shop I’ve found that I like the best but of course you can find lots of Etsy stores online doing their own version as well! I would have to say these are a show-stopper and a must have when it comes to your next Disney adventure (:

Pixie Supply Co | Etsy

3. Monsters University Always

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Because I like to have the option to switch it up a little bit, this is the perfect way for me personally to accomplish that! Despite Peter Pan’s special place in my heart, I also love love love Monsters Inc. and I was so thrilled when Monsters University was released around the same time I was moving on to college.

Either way, this hat is perfect. I get to rep some Pixar, protect my face from the sun, AND look cute while doing it. I feel like this is perfect for a day at Animal Kingdom (or any park, really) when you just want to look a little more dressed down and earthy for the day. That probably doesn’t make a lot of sense to anyone, but to me, I’m getting the vision perfectly. Needless to say, this is another little accessory I had to have for my Disney vacay. Sometimes it’s the little things that go the furthest distance and I think doing something as simple as wearing this hat will really pull together an outfit!

And that about sums up some of the things I think are most necessary when trying to look your best (while also remaining practical) on your next Disney adventure. I know I’ll be sporting most of these things over the week that we’re there so of course, stay tuned for all of the insta pics and story time posts to follow!

What do you guys think about all of these options? Are they overrated or totally necessary? What would you bring in your suitcase for a day in the parks? And most importantly.. which park is your favorite? Mine is Animal Kingdom (: Let me know in the comments below!

And..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

Is ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ *REALLY* Worth It?

Is ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ *REALLY* Worth It?

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today on the blog is another storytime/review hybrid that I wanted to set free into the world, as it’s something some of us probably idealize on the daily.. a boujee Sunday brunch surrounded by your socialite friends and a neck dripping with pearls.. or maybe that’s just me? I’m not sure, but I’m going to give y’all the 411 on what it’s ACTUALLY like to snag a spot in the coveted Blue Box Cafe and if it’s really worth it! So stay tuned and let’s jump right into it!

Okay, so as you all know, I’m fortunate enough to say I get to go to the city lots of times each year. So of course, I like to keep each time interesting and am always looking for new (and instagram-worthy) things to do! This time around, the Blue Box Cafe had my attention.

To be honest, I didn’t know much about it, other than that I wanted to go, so I did a super quick search for it on the inter-webs and quickly learned these are reservations you need to make 30 days in advance. Of course, that’s no biggie, but that’s also really important to know if you want to live it up in this little cafe for the day. Tables open up at 9 a.m. EST for the next month and let me tell y’all, they go quick. It definitely helps to have your credit card info saved on your computer and to know exactly what time you’d like to go and how many people will be attending before the reservations are made available. Otherwise, you’ll just be scrambling around and gasping like a fish out of water when all of a sudden ‘I’m sorry, but this time slot is no longer available’ pops up on your screen. So yes, have a plan A, B, C, and maybe even D if you want to be super prepared, because chances are the time you want to go is the time everyone else wants to go too and spoiler alert.. the cafe is NOT that big so the tables will get swiped up in no time flat.

Also, it’s important to note you probably can’t just walk into Tiffany’s and expect to have a table if you didn’t make the reservation. I watched them turn down multiple people who were trying to butter up the hostesses, and unfortunately unless you know someone mega important, I truly don’t think they’ll even bat an eye at having to tell y’all no.

So anyways, stressful reservation making aside, I had a table for my boyfriend and I on March 24th for 1:15pm. Mission Accomplished.

Okay so fast forward to the actual day in NYC. Seth and I arrived with a few minutes to spare and we were taken up in the elevator to the fourth floor. To actually get to the cafe itself, you have to walk through the first part of the floor which is littered with sparkly china, smelly candles, and keepsake mugs. Finally, you get to the hostess and upon confirmation of your name, they seat you pretty promptly.

Like I said, the cafe is TINY. I don’t know why I didn’t expect this, but it couldn’t have been more than 1/4 of the entire floor. It maybe held 20 tables tops and not every table could fit more than two people. That being said, I fell in love with the ambiance almost immediately. It’s sophisticated, very aesthetically pleasing, and a combination of calm, liveliness all at the same time.

They have everything set out for you at the table when you arrive, it’s the classic Tiffany blue plates and mugs in combination with an Erlenmeyer flask holding two flowers in the middle of the table. I’d be lying if I told you it wasn’t pretty to look at, but get your insta pics quick because as soon as they know what you want to eat they swipe it all up and take it away from the table. This low-key devastated me. I had barely been in the cafe more than 5-10 minutes and I already missed my first opportunity to capture what I came for.

The menu they have is pretty simple. For each category they have a few options to choose from. Breakfast is $29, lunch is $39, and drinks/desserts have their own individual pricing. Seth and I decided on lunch considering our reservation was in the late afternoon and I think we were both hungry for something that was more along the lines of a meal than just some classic brekkie, although yes, I do know I’m letting all my ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ fans down by settling for anything OTHER than the avocado toast, scone, and tea assortment offered.

For drinks, we both ordered a refresher. Sethy went with the Emerald and I went with the Red Opal Spritz. The former consisted of honeydew, cucumber, parsley, and granny smith apples while the latter consisted of cranberry, lime, and honey. I wasn’t blown away by the drinks. I thought Sethy’s was weird because of the parsley and mine was a little sour, but they were cute and I guess a part of the experience. Alone, I probably wouldn’t drink them again, but with some food, they weren’t the worst.

We both went for the Blue Box Chopped Salad as our starter. To be honest? It was actually pretty good. I’m a particularly picky eater and this seemed to be the safest thing on the starter menu for me. It’s basically some leafy greens, bell peppers, feta cheese, and sriracha. The portion size is pretty small, but considering the main dish is still to come I wasn’t particularly bothered by that.

Then, for the main part of our meal, I ordered the Fifty-Seventh Street Flatbread and Sethy ordered the CLT club sandwich. So, like, hear me out. I ordered the flatbread with tomato and fresh mozzarella… and like the fool that I am, I expected it to be raw. So when they bring out the epitome of a pizza, I’m literally shocked (for more reasons than one). First of all, I gave up pizza for lent, and like, HOW am I supposed to just tell the people at Tiffany’s that I just can’t eat this? I can’t. And secondly, WHY is Tiffany’s making pizza? Isn’t it a little boujee for that? Nevertheless, I’m not proud to admit this.. but it was delicious. I’m not saying it beats a slice of greasy pizzaria pizza (shoutout to Prince Street), but it was yummy either way. I would say Seth’s sandwich was just okay. I kind of thought it was lacking flavor and honestly I think he might agree.

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**Bonus Jonas: Peep the look on my face the moment I realized I ordered a pizza during lent**

So by the end of the meal, can I say it was really worth $39 per person + what we paid for drinks? No. It’s really not.

The food is okay, it’s nothing special. To be the most honest, I would have probably been happier with a Taco Bell $5 box and a Baja Blast Freeze. The service is suuuuuper slow and the people working don’t really treat the customers as though those in ‘fine dining’ would. Not only that, but sometimes the lighting depending on where you are sitting is kind of wonky and therefore the instagram pictures that you’re probably going for are hard to get and the ones you do get might leave you unsatisfied.

Of course, there’s no way to know all this and I think the experience was worth while, but rest assured, that’s probably the first and last time I’ll ever be going and I don’t even think I would recommend this before some of my other favorite cafes in the city to my friends.

But what do you guys think? Have you been there and what are your opinions? Is it worth it for a die-hard fan? A boujee brunch lover? Or is it all just hype? Let me know in the comments below (:

P.S. Enjoy this very brief picture featuring my outfit for the day! The dress is from ASOS and I was seriously head-over-heels obsessed after first sight!

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Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

Storytime: Romping with Rhinos

Storytime: Romping with Rhinos

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today on Manhattan Skye let’s all say a big hallelujah to the Earth and I’ll tell you a quick little story time about my new friend Tony, a 16 year old Southern White Rhinoceros living at the Philadelphia Zoo (Originally from Texas, and named Antonio, he had to be called something a little more Philadelphia-ized).

Okay, now hear me out, I know it’s low-key twisted to be visiting a zoo on Earth Day, but that’s what went down and so obviously I had to make the best of it. Also, fun fact, rhinos have been my favorite animals since like the 5th grade and I was beyond thrilled to see that the zoo offered a behind the scenes tour with their very sweet rhino.

Also, a quick disclaimer** I am by no means advocating for rhinos as pets, although I do, and will continue to, describe Tony to you all as a big dog. I know and recognize that he is a wild animal, and that in my heart all animals like this belong in the wild; however, I cannot deny that experiences like these are special and may even be necessary to inspire a movement in people. Okay.. enough of that, let’s get to the main event: My main man, Tony. (:

Now, from the website you kind of get the gist that the rhino likes to be brushed but you don’t really get much else. I kind of went in with the mind set that I most likely wouldn’t be able to touch it directly with my hands and that the whole experience might be 10 minutes tops, but I’m so happy to say that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Basically, once there we were taken behind the gates and met with Tony’s keeper. She was eager to answer any questions from the group and definitely was an expert in rhinos, she was seriously able to answer anything! She then briefed us pretty quickly on how we should brush Tony once he comes over and that we were even encouraged to rub him with our hands as well if we wanted.

And just like that we were out and behind a few poles waiting for Tony’s arrival. His keeper told us that he’s trained by audio cues considering rhinos’ eyesight is so poor. So when she rings the bell, he’s expected to come to wherever the noise is. Honestly? It wasn’t looking good for a little while. Tony was just chilling in his area and was doing a pretty good job at ignoring his cue. I kind of had to get a laugh out of that though because they prefaced the meeting by saying he’s basically a big dog, and I know my dog at home would do the same thing. Whenever you want them to listen, they do the exact opposite..

But after the third bell ring, Tony was up and on his way over to us.

In addition to being taught to come in response to an audio cue, he’s also taught to stand at a certain distance from the barrier in order to get his behavior reinforced with pets. His keeper let us know that he isn’t particularly food motivated but that he really loves getting rubbed and that’s why we got to help with that; however, if Tony ever got too far from the poles we had to stop petting him so that he knew being at that length was wrong.

Being up close to a rhino is just so incredible. You see them in a way you never would just in pictures or videos alone. I noticed things like their eyelashes, the little hairs sticking up from his horn, the texture of his skin and how it changes from tough to soft depending on whether its on his back or face, and even how adorably shaped his big feet were.

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After he had enough of our brushing on one side, Tony let us know it was time to switch it up and he did a little half circle so we could get the other side. He was just so sweet. Depending on where his face was, his keeper let us touch around his forehead and cheek area. He wasn’t a fan of his ears being scratched but they were just another thing about him that made me fall in love — the way they swiveled to their surrounding sounds and how he would react to beeping noises echoing throughout the zoo was just one of the things that would sometimes catch it attention. He was just so aware and smart, and had his very own personality. It was just the best. He was truly a big goober as his keeper might say.

His keeper also taught us how he rubs down his horn himself against the poles and the wood posts around his enclosure, as well as the little toys he has to push around. She showed us how depending upon the way he plays in his enclosure, how he also sometimes will hurt himself. More specifically, he uses his forehead to spar and sometimes will get little scrapes and scratches there because of it.

After plenty of pets, rubs, pictures, and memories it was sadly time to say goodbye to Tony. Since he had moved a little far from the poles we had to stand behind, we all shook his horn and thanked him for being so wonderful. We were led away from his enclosure and taken back into the main part of the zoo where we continued to enjoy the rest of our day.

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Overall, I really enjoyed my time at the Philly Zoo. Honestly, there are moments that I do feel sad because an animals looks as though it wants to be somewhere else, but I have hope that they have keepers who care and want to do what is best for them despite the situation. It’s been such a long time since I had last been, that I forgot exactly what they had there and I truly loved getting to watch how the animals interacted with one another (especially the monkeys).

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At the end of the day, if I could recommend anything to you all, it would just be to take the time to explore these animals more. They are in danger of becoming extinct and their protection is so important. So for the sake of wanting to show my great grandchildren one day the beautifulness that is the rhino (or whatever animal you may be passionate about) let’s all just take a moment to recognize what the problem is and try to make conscious decisions on how we can help/move forward.

I know this was a quick little story time, but it was such a fun experience that I wanted to let you all know! Maybe there are behind the scene tours at your local zoo, as well as ways to get involved in the preservation/conservation of species close to home! Let me know what you think in the comments below, as well as what your favorite animal is!

I’ll be seeing y’all in the next one, but..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

My Top 5 Style Influencers

My Top 5 Style Influencers

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room.. I’ve been MIA for like a month, I know. I’m sorry because obviously that is never my intention, but sometimes ‘real world’ responsibilities creep up on you and a break is suddenly in the forecast. BUT we are back and better than ever (hopefully), so let’s get right into this post!

Okay so for those of you that know me, know that I really love some good fashion inspo. and that is pretty much what I’m picking up from these 5 ladies! So today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite influencers and why I think they’re style is 100%!

1. Arielle Charnas from ‘Something Navy’

This one should NOT come as a surprise to many of you. I’ve been following Arielle since I was in high school. For a quick frame of reference, I’m a junior in college now, so at the very least, four years. I’ve even gotten the chance to meet her and spoiler, she’s nothing but sweet, wonderful, and everything in between. But okay, enough gushing..

What I love most about Arielle is that her style is so classic. She keeps her daily outfits simple combining skinnies, a sweater, a blazer/jacket, and a killer pair of shoes and then struts her stuff all over the greatest city in the world (NYC). I think it manages to be youthful but mature, effortless and so chic all at the same time!

And one thing that I think she’s taught me over the years is to love your shoes. She has quite the collection and although I might not be buying Christian Louboutin’s or Jimmy Choos (yet, anyways), I’ve expanded my options quite a bit.

I think there is so much coming from her in the future and I can’t wait to continue following her journey. If you aren’t following her, do yourself a favor and start. Adorable pictures of her daughter, Ruby, included (:

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2. Kristin Johns

I’m a new follower of Kristin’s, and I truly adore her and her style. She brings something different to my style inspo than anyone else on the list. It’s more feminine and flow-y and there is a softness that comes along that I kind of love.

She’s very inspired by unique, thrifted pieces as well as higher end options from Anthropologie or Free People. Her vibe gives me carefree and youthful and although I’m only 21, sometimes I still feel way old, so holding onto as much of that youth is totally up my alley now-a-days.

Honestly, ever since watching her YouTube videos, I’ve been scouring ThredUp and ASOS for new pieces (specifically dresses) that I can add to my wardrobe. It’s been fun and refreshing to feel inspired again after a long winter!

Bonus Jonas: This is kind of irrelevant but she has two golden retrievers, Camper and Honey, and if that’s incentive enough for me to check her out, y’all should too! (:

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3. Lauren Elizabeth

This is another girl I discovered through YouTube and have been following for quite some time now.

Her style is very very chic, and dare I say trendy? Yet at the same time, she’s taught me to invest in quality over quantity, because it is the staple pieces in your wardrobe that are going to go the furthest. She’s also taught me to embrace a good leopard print piece, which I never in a million years thought I would ever be saying, but here we are.

I find that she’s always trying something new and usually is really ahead of the times which I love because sometimes I feel like I’m getting a little sneak peek into what the future of fashion is going to hold.

Not only that, but her approach to a simple, but contoured, make up look is something I’ve been living for since again, my high school days.

She’s another gem, 10/10 WOULD recommend (:

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4. Zoella

Up next, our THIRD YouTuber of the day.

Something that Zoe adds to the mix is a quirkiness that I don’t get from any one else. She has a very vintage/90s inspired style that is somehow modernized and ALWAYS super cute! She can rock polka dots and colored pants for days and I seriously adore it. She also has a very distinct style and that consistency is something I definitely appreciate.

I love that she shows how to really mix and match things you might not expect, and that she also shows clothing that may have been originally thought as ‘ugly,’ totally transformed into the exact opposite.

Be on the lookout, I know she can rock a pretty adorable ASOS outfit, only giving me MORE of a reason to constantly be checking the ‘New In’ section. If you haven’t already, check her out (:

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5. Kim Kardashian West

Last, but CERTAINLY, not least.. My hero, Kimmy K.

Kim is my favorite Kardashian and I live every day for the West family. Seriously, North is already so fashionable that she could have even made this list.

I truly feel that ever since being with Kanye, Kim has elevated her style to an entirely new level. It’s so modern, fresh, and for lack of a better word.. COOL. Yes, it’s sometimes simple and the colors are dull but it’s a look and I’ll practically fight anyone who says otherwise.

She rocks anything from basics to bedazzled and I am seriously so excited to see what else she can bring to the table next.

No matter where she goes, she’s killing it and has definitely taught me that even if you’re just stopping off at a random gas station for gummy bears, you can still do it with high fashion. *Hair flip necessary*

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And that concludes this short and sweet style inspired blog post! I have so many influencers that I look up to, but these are some of the ones that came to mind first. If y’all liked this type of post, I would love to do more in the future so let me know in the comments below! I’m happy to be back and I really want to give you all the best content (:

Who are some of your every day style icons? What kind of fashion makes you excited? Let me know your thoughts!

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Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye