This post was sponsored by Spritzr
At the beginning of each season I always mentally make a to-do list of things I want to do, projects I want to accomplish or events I want to attend. I decided to put that plan in action this season and talk about my Fall F-Trifecta: Friends, Fun and Fashion! Check out my list below and let me know what you want to do this fall!
Do All Things Pumpkin
Hand me a PSL, let me decorate a pumpkin and do all things basic, because I love fall! I love getting little pumpkins from the grocery store, painting them (see last year’s post here) and spicing up my tabletop centerpiece. It’s a fun and easy way to get into the holiday spirit!
Wear As Much Plaid As Possible
This is the one time of year that I can overload on plaid and not feel overly preppy or borderline lumberjack. One of my favorite pieces is this vintage men’s plaid button-up that I wear a shirt dress over jeans or tights, or tie around my waist as a layering piece. It’s perfect for fall and I plan on wearing more plaid this year!
Attend a local holiday event
New York has a ton of events during the holiday season, and last October I attended the Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade (see here). This Halloween weekend I’ll be attending an event called Brew at the Zoo at The Bronx Zoo. There will be over 40 beer vendors, food trunks and of course, halloween costumes! I also would love to go apple picking and find some other Halloween events around the city!
Meet More People!
Moving across the country and starting a new life can be hard; and meeting new people can be even harder. I’m lucky to have a good handful of close friends, but I am still trying to grow my friend group and network all of the time. And can we even talk about dating in New York City?! It’s pretty hard too! I work in fashion (rarely any men), I don’t have an office-job (rarely any men or connections) and I’m still pretty new to NYC so it’s been an interesting dating experience so far – a handful of weird first dates that don’t lead into second dates, or a few nice guys that ended up being fun to date for awhile. I honestly can’t complain though because it’s been an exciting year of meeting new people, going on new adventures and re-hashing it all with my roommates and friends.
A frequent question I get from other single friends, is if I use dating apps. Guilty. I have tried out a handful of phone apps – I won’t be sharing any in-depth details – but I used a couple when I moved to NYC as a way to meet new people and discover the city. Recently, I was introduced to Spritzr. Spritzr is a little different than other apps because it lets your friends play matchmaker for you. Now I have a ton of friends who are in relationships who are always try to play matchmaker for myself and friends, or want to swipe through the single girls’ apps when we’re together. It’s a new outlook to dating apps and I thought it could be fun to try.
Now, I totally get that there is a stigma about dating apps – I actually had one until I moved to NYC and realized that sometimes that fairytale of meeting someone on the subway or in a coffee shop just probably won’t happen – I blame 90’s Rom Coms. And I think most of my single friends in cities can agree – it’s hard to meet people or the people you’re meeting while out, aren’t necessarily the quality you want. Either way – I thought Spritzr was kind of a fun way to make the whole thing more social/casual and leave behind that negative connotation that dating apps are just for hooking up.
And no matter what your opinion of dating apps are – I have good and bad impressions of them – it’s easy to meet more people, network and have fun with friends!
Do more day-social events
Now that the weather is cooler and the weekends are filled with sports, it’s the perfect time to do more social things during the day! From watching football at a local bar, to visiting a new museum or brunch with the girls, I want to take full advantage of good weather before it’s winter!
Do an afternoon in Central Park before it’s too cold
Central Park is possibly one of my favorite places in the city. I feel very fortunate that I live walking distance to the park, because it’s easy to go for an afternoon picnic or meet-up with friends. Last fall I did a weekend afternoon in the park with my friends (see here) and I look forward to planning another one!
Find A New Coffee House
I split my “office hours” between coffee shops and my apartment. If I have a day filled with meetings around town, I love finding new little coffee shops to pop in during my down time and catch up on work. I have a couple go-to spots in my neighborhood, but I want to find a few more! Let me know if you have any recommendations.
Plan new holiday projects for SAK
Last, but certainly not least, I have a few new things I’ll be rolling out this season on SAK. I’m excited to dive into this business full force and figure out what works and doesn’t work for me, you and collaborators. I’m starting to plan some holiday projects too, so stay tuned, and I’d love to hear your feedback! This post was sponsored by Spritzr