Ever since I was a little girl I always loved getting dressed up, taking pictures + dreaming of a fabulous NYC adventure. While I live in LA now a few things still remain the same, I love taking pictures, I love dressing up AND I still love going back to NYC to shoot my Carrie Bradshaw esq moments. This Carrie moment was shot at the New York Public Library, a library so beautiful it actually makes me want to read haha :p
Anytime I want to live my best Carrie Bradshaw life I include a tulle skirt. For some reason a tulle skirt just makes me feel like Carrie so I stocked up and ordered this skirt from Amazon in EVERY color it comes in…I’ve styled it so many ways for so many different occasions but this shoot is by far one of my favorites.
I paired this tulle skirt with an off the shoulder bodysuit, another key item in my wardrobe that I have in every color because when I find something I love, I buy it in every color!
I love bodysuits because they suck everything in and are super flattering when paired with the right pieces, for me it is A Line fit + flare skirts.
I love adding some nice accessories to the look so I paired the look with one of my signature Gucci belts. I love this belt so much that I bought it in every color it comes in to match every ensemble.
For shoes I paired the look with pumps that make a statement, cobalt blue pumps! I wear these all the time because they just brighten up any look.
Get it? Because I am wearing a checkered print blazer haha :p Anyways I’ve had a super swamped week this week and this weekend is going to be a pretty hectic one as well! I am currently packing to head to Washington for a fun Back To School themed event at the Capital Mall in Olympia, Washington which I am so excited for! I love to travel, especially when I get to create amazing content like the images in this post from my recent NYC trip.
When I put this look together and brought it to NYC i instantly thought Gossip Girl! I feel like Blair Waldorf would totally rock this on the Upper East Side, shopping on Madison Avenue hehe :p I’ve always been a girly girl, always obsessed with pastel hues + chic blazers and of course pointed toe pumps, so this outfit combined my love of all these trends into this perfect look that you’ll definitely want to add to your wardrobe.
This was the first trip I had to visit NYC in such a long time since I moved and it was such a breath of fresh air to shoot gorgeous city content in my forever home with a renewed outlook + perspective. When you live somewhere and shoot in the same areas all the time, creativity can be drained but heading back to NYC sparked my excitement and it was so great to do something different other than my traditional colored walls for a change.
That is why I am excited about the trip to Washington this weekend! Exploring a new city I’ve never been to, shooting new content + making new memories with my boo…what could be better?!
Anytime I travel, I always bring a neutral bag to style for work or play like this Chanel bag AND I always bring neutral pumps to instantly bring any look from day to night.
I also tend to pack a blazer or too so I am ready for anything that comes up during my trip!
Here we are…back where it all started, Madison Avenue! A few weeks ago I headed back to NY for business + while shooting new looks around the city I just so happened to be near my old stomping grounds + the basis for my blog name ‘Missy On Madison‘, Madison Avenue.
I figured since it’s been a while since I shared the story of how ‘Missy On Madison‘ came about, now would be the perfect time to give you all the 411 on how I began blogging, why I moved to LA + reflect back on what an amazing journey it’s been!
Isn’t it crazy to go back to where you grew up or where you first started your career + realize how life takes you on such a crazy ride whether you expected it or not?! Well, that is definitely what I was experiencing when I was back in NYC for this most recent trip. I reflected back on how I started my career, what NYC life was like + how I never in a million years thought now, years later I would be living in LA with my partner in crime living my best life…still in disbelief this is my life sometimes haha.
Before I reflect on NY vs LA, let’s get into how I got here today!
So here’s little about me…
I went to Hunter College in NYC where I graduated with a degree in Media Communications. During my time in college I was completely OBSESSED with the NYC lifestyle (I watched way too much Sex & The City and was basically Carrie Bradshaw right down to my dating stories hehe :p).
I spent my afternoon lunch breaks shopping at Bloomgindales + Saks, walking through Central Park, visiting the Met + trying countless hot spots around the city. It was beyond energizing, motivating me to hustle + really accelerate my career. I had always intended on being the next Anna Wintour + be Editor In Chief of Vogue, but that changed once I took an Online Journalism class where I was assigned to make a blog on TUMBLR which I of course made about finding ‘chic finds for less’ which I named ‘Looks 4 Less’ + there in that class is where my passion for blogging + social media really began.
I saw the editorial world was quickly changing so rather than trying to break in to an already competitive market that had an unknown future due to technological advancements, I decided to try something I had never thought could be a career path before, social media marketing.
What really kicked things off was my social media marketing internship at WWD. While most girls were dying to work in the editorial office where you start off in the fashion closet organizing samples, running errands + conducting research, I worked in the digital marketing department running the WWD TUMBLR (which is how I found out about + applied to the internship since my blog was still solely on TUMBLR), Twitter, Pinterest + Facebook (this was PRE Instagram, crazy to think right?!)
I absolutely LOVED it + realized hey this can be a career and I enjoy doing it. It was a way to get into the industry I love with a different angle. Shortly after I began interning at WWD I came across various business in NYC that needed social media assistance so I began consulting while still in college handling social media strategy for various brands + companies in the fashion industry.
I learned that the more I went to events, networked + talked to people on social, the more opportunities came my way + blogging really helped with that. Sharing my fashion tips, style finds etc has always been a creative outlet for me but the added bonus was building a community of like minded individuals that soon enough became my really good friends + colleagues.
After graduating college I continued blogging + continued working in social media marketing which lead me to Madison Avenue…where Missy On Madison started. My first full time job out of college was on Madison Avenue + during that time I was learning more and more about blogging, more specifically the process of setting up + running an independent website, monetizing creating content etc. I had to migrate from TUMBLR to my actual domain name + site and that meant it was time to build my own brand.
For weeks I sat wracking my brain trying to come up with a name for the blog + BAM one day I was walking to my office and my dad texted me and said ‘How about MissyOnMadison?’ GENIUS! My nickname since childhood has been Missy + I was now on Madison Ave and that is how MissyOnMadison was born!
Crazy to think that was 2012 + here we are in 2019. After spending years in NYC working + blogging, I began meeting more + more bloggers from LA and finally visited California for the first time. I instantly fell in love + decided endless sunshine and palm trees was for me + if I didn’t like it NY would always be home. So I got a job offer, packed up + road tripped cross country with my dad (FULL STORY HERE).
Years later + here we are! I have lived in different parts of LA, had my fair share of ups + downs and met my best friend + partner in crime that I’ve been with for 2 1/2 years now. If only the Missy on Madison ave knew how life would turn out years later, she would be in disbelief + being back on Madison Ave near my original office was honestly surreal but super nostalgic + exciting to reflect on the direction life takes you + how unexpected it could be!
♥ Do you ever reflect back on the journey your life has taken? Does it make you appreciate where you are + how you got there? ♥
Spring is just around the corner so that means it is time to update your wardrobe, transition your winter pieces into spring + prep for warmer weather (even when it still a tad chilly outside). Whether it is slowly wearing spring pieces mixed with winter ones or simply embracing some color or a fun spring print, there are plenty of ways to transition from winter to spring in style…especially with a fun rainbow striped sweater like this one from one of my favorite online shops Pink Lily Boutique.
The second I spotted this sweater, I became OBSESSED! I love the fun pastel colors paired with the off the sleeve detail making it the ultimate cozy top. It is great to style with white jeans like I did here for spring or regular blue jeans or leggings etc.
I scored it for under $55 + it is definitely a great buy from Pink Lily Boutique.
I paired the sweater with my trustee white skinny jeans from Old Navy. Their ‘Rockstar‘ style has been my go to for years because of the amazing quality + fit. They hug my curves in all the right places and they are flattering on every figure.
I am loving all of the cozy vibes this season. Whether it’s oversized sweaters, comfy cardigans or my go-to pullovers, nothing makes me happier than SWEATER WEATHER! With Thanksgiving behind us + the holidays quickly approaching, I am super excited to spend the rest of this season in some of my favorite sweaters, like this colorblock one from Splendid LA!
I have been living in this cozy sweater ever since I got it a few weeks ago. The colorblock style makes it perfect to match with various pieces like jeans, leggings or my personal favorite, a gray skater skirt. I have loved skater skirts for as long as I could remember. They are feminine, comfortable + easy to dress up or down no matter what the occasion. I personally bought this skirt in practically every color from Amazon Fashion here.
As for my shoes…they are my newest obsession. I love a great pair of mules + these ones from Cecilia New York are legitimately the most comfortable pair of mules I have ever owned. They are great for work or play + I can be on my feet all day in these and not feel the slightest heel pain!
As for my bag…it is also my newest obsession, the Chanel I got in Las Vegas with my boo. While I adore this bag…3 weeks into wearing it I wore a black blouse and the dye from the shirt transferred onto the bag…causing me to have a full on breakdown. Luckily, I found PurseRehab here in Malibu + they are repairing her to look brand new! Can’t wait to get her back in a few weeks. #FirstWorldProblems haha