I love these head wraps from Styled By Jazz! Perfect for bad hair days or just adding a pop to a simple look. Jazzmine, the owner and creative behind this brand, has a great eye for style and infuses African culture into her pieces. I love supporting small businesses driven by women of color and Styled By Jazz is absolutely one of my favorites! Check out her site by clicking here and discover even more amazing prints and styles!   

I’m always on the hunt for amazing venues. While driving through New Haven I noticed what seemed to be a restaurant with a library inside. Turns out The Study at Yale is actually a hotel that includes a restaurant, private event space and indeed a lobby set up like a library. Super cute! The sales manager was kind enough to give me a tour of the private event space. Pictured above is the AMAZING view framed by huge windows. I mean, it really doesn’t get better. I didn’t get a chance to grab photos of the Heirloom restaurant or the lobby but check out additional photos of the private space below!

This space is perfect for all sorts of gatherings. Wishing I lived closer!

Of course when I hear about a new restaurant I have to try it for myself! I came across Butchers and Bakers on instagram and I was not disappointed. I have a thing for vibes and this hidden gem in Farmington has them. The decor and design are gorgeous and they even had a nineties throwback playlist playing to complete the ambiance. I’ll definitely be back to try more off the menu! I enjoyed a mojito (my favorite cocktail), a hot fresh cheesy personal pizza, and of course dessert! My server was great. We even chatted it up about cameras and vlogging! I could definitely see this being a go to place for a large party or just a night sitting at the bar. There is outdoor seating as well.   

What’s your dream job? I’ve always wanted to be a professional hotel + restaurant reviewer. I’ve even done mystery shopping as a side hustle to get a taste of the life. I love finding new places with great vibes. Road trips, day trips, weekend trips always lead me to gems that I can share with others who love to travel. Going forward I’m going to document these places and start a running catalog of all the great experiences. My first stop on this tour is Warwick, Rhode Island.

I was traveling to Warwick and came across a boutique hotel by the name of NYLO. Honestly driving up to the property felt like a scary movie. The building its situated between a dilapidated mill in a business park, a small residential area and a large mall.  Pulling up around nine pm to the dimly lit area had me rethinking my perfect streak for picking amazing hotels. Glad to say I was pleasantly surprised to get the full NYLO effect. Upon entering there’s a huge barn door painted in a very bold yellow. When  saw this door I immediately knew this spot would be a gem! The check in desk was backed by various art and the lobby was filled with hanging chairs and a large wall filled with books.

 The building looks as if it was formerly a mill or some type of industrial workplace. I loved the exposed brick in the rooms. My particular room did not have the best lighting but scrolling through instagram I noticed people using these rooms often for photo shoots. My room overlooked the river and one of my favorite sites, the Target bulls eye.
The hotel boasts a gym which was very clean and well put together. The best part was the gym area had a sauna, showers and lockers. I was surprised to see a boutique hotel gym with this many amenities. If you love working out while traveling this would definitely be a plus.
 Food is a major key any where I go. I had breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Everything was fresh and delicious. My meal was the signature breakfast with a side of fruit but there were definitely some exciting options on the menu.
I dined during a very slow hour but the service was great. It’s still a little chilly outside but there’s a full outdoor patio that looks perfect for warm summer days and a glass of mimosa!
 The hotel restaurant is the best part of NYLO. With vibrant nautical décor, ornate mirrors and tons of natural light, I could have sat in the restaurant all day. This setting is perfect for groups of all sizes. As you can see there is plenty seating and gorgeous photo opportunities. Check out more images below!        Warwick is about twenty minutes from Providence which means there is even more to explore. I’ll definitely be back to NYLO Warwick and I plan on visiting the brand’s other locations as well. This is the perfect spot for a girls weekend. Just make sure you’re traveling with friends who know how to catch you in best light because you will definitely want a million photos in this beautiful hotel!

 

I can’t believe the town I grew up in has such a cute modern restaurant! No shade to Bloomfield, but it is the average quiet suburb. Republic is a great addition for those who love a strong cocktail, great food and a lively environment. I’ve been in the past for a birthday gathering, as well as happy hour, and enjoyed myself those times as well. This time I visited to celebrate another birthday and the drinks were still top notch. I literally only needed one of whatever this delicious cocktail was, lol! It’s a brisk Spring here in CT so we did not get to enjoy the outdoor seating, but thats a cute setting for a summer happy hour. There is also a location Downtown Hartford which has enclosed outdoor seating and awesome interior decor. I highly recommend the BLT Squared (huuuuge BLT) as well as the fries which come with some sort of magical spicy ketchup. This spot is definitely number one place on my list to grab a drink and a bite if you’re ever in Bloomfield!

Happy Birthday to my sister! Both she and her the restaurant’s interior design are cute!

After enjoying Republic we went downtown to Max’s Downtown and discovered what is now our favorite wine: Elio Perrone Bigaro. Check it out!