Sakura Matsuri 2017 at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Visitors enjoying cherry blossoms at BBG’s Sakura Matsuri. Photo by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s that time of the year when you get four seasons in one day, and the spectacle of cherry blossoms in full…

Beauty & Fashion Hacks I Learned at New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is a race against the clock. Making it to different shows a day in time is a real feat, especially when the weather decides to go crazy. If this past New York Fashion Week taught…

Ahnu by Teva Montara Boots: A Manhattan Love Affair

Now that the winter weather is finally settling in after a few days of unseasonal mildness, it is important to gear up for whatever Mother Nature intends to send over New York City. As finding snow boots that are…

A NYE Look on a Budget with Coolway

If Santa Claus has gifted you a pair of comfy rocker boots, why don’t you style them up for New Year’s Eve? I recently received a sample of the Alida boots by Coolway, and they are so comfortable that…

Good Resolutions Holiday Gift Guide

January is about to roll in along with our good resolutions: Exercising more, eating better, or even consuming more responsibly. The key to the success is to take things one day at a time. If you want to be…

Bookworm: Affordable Gifts for Readers

If you haven’t already, you should put a bookworm in your life. Readers are some of the easiest people in the world to gift, plus they (ahem, we) have the advantage that we like anything sold at Strands. Easy…

Made In USA Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the time of the year to start drawing up your Wish Lists for Santa. Along the next twelve days, and coinciding with the Twelve Days of Christmas, New York For Beginners will feature a variety of holiday gift…

How-To: Makeup Masterclass with Rae Morris

After nearly a decade working in the beauty industry, I’ve interviewed countless makeup artists and creators from all over the world. The one thing in common they all have is a simple piece of advice: If you want to…

Review: Touch in Sol, a must-have K-Beauty brand for New Yorkers

Living in a city like New York with extreme temperatures can render useless the time you invested applying make-up by just waiting for the Q line. Finding light yet durable formulas is one of my personal quests. And I…

Issey Miyake launches L’ Eau d’ Issey Pure

Issey Miyake launched in 1992 the first perfume that captured the smell of water. His creative quest has taken him places ever since, and his latest adventure embodies the spirit of nature maintaining his signature simplicity. A small work…

My Favorite Netflix TV Shows About Fashion

If you love fashion and binge-watching Netflix, welcome to New York For Beginners! You absolutely share two of my passions, so as a fellow fashionista I want to share with you my three must-watch Netflix shows about fashion: 1.…

My New York: Celebrities Talk about the City

Imagine I told you there is one book that captures the essence of New York: You’d probably know I am lying! However, what if I told you I found one book with extremely insightful stories of the many perspectives…

Best Halloween 2015 Plans in New York City

‘Tis the season to start digging our coats and preparing for the winter. Even though it is only October, a few Canadian gusts of wind leave behind a chilly trail that keep most (or at least myself) longing for…