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Love NYC: McNally Jackson

With Summer fast approaching, we’re getting pretty excited for long afternoons spent catching up on this year’s must reads. Whether it’s the latest Pulitzer Prize Winning novel on a bench in Central Park or the season’s must have memoir sprawled under a beach umbrella, a good book is a necessity for a great Summer!

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But before you’ve dog eared the pages and bent the spine, you need to find the right read! Enter McNally Jackson, an independent bookstore standing proudly on Prince St. among the boutiques and cafes of SoHo. Sure, you can buy your book on Amazon.com or at one of the millions of Barnes & Nobles around the city, but McNally Jackson is more than just a place to pick up the latest New York Times Best Seller, it’s a destination.

Owner Sarah McNally opened the store with the “goal of having every book a customer could want and not a single one more.” As a result, the shop feels curated and not at all overwhelming. There’s no pressure to pick your book and purchase, rather the whole store feels like a second home, perfect for whiling away a rainy day. Books are stacked and organized by nation and there’s an Espresso Book Machine available for the sometime-writer who’s finally ready to take the next step!  Pick up a snack and a cappuccino from McJ Cafe and peruse piles of novels, non-fiction essays, biographies, beach reads and more.

This spot is also famous for their literary events! Many memorable writers have signed, read and shared stories here. Check out the events page to see what’s going on this month!

Shine On

We’ve fallen for the metallic trend here at White + Warren Inspired! It all started with the fine metallic details in our Spring Collection, and now we’re seeing metallics everywhere!  A touch of gold or a stripe of silver gives a classic look a modern update. Take a look at some of our favorites below.

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Our Metallic Asymmetrical Crew is just the thing for Spring’s in-between weather!

Pack light this season with J Crew’s Stationary Clutch.

Michael Kors’ Gold-Plated Watch adds a touch of gold to every look.

A Metallic Spot Mug to make your morning cup of joe extra special.

We love this subtle shade from Butter London

Make your travels more stylish with these rose gold Frends Headphones.

Oxfords from Marais USA are the perfect show for Spring walks through the city.

A Cire Trudon Candle, for cozying up on a rainy Spring afternoon.

Simple stripes for your iPhone from Rifle Paper Co.

Acqua Di Parma’s Iris Nobile is our favorite scent for the season. 

Urban Decay’s Naked 3 has a collection of neutrals to match our favorite Spring looks. 

Spring Braids

As the Spring weather begins to take over NYC, we’re getting inspired to try some new Spring looks! There’s something effortlessly cool about a girl in braids and we think it’s the perfect way to embrace Spring’s ethereal vibe. We pulled together some of our favorite tutorials, so you can get braiding! 

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Refinery29 updates the classic French Braid with some modern details. 

She Lets Her Hair Down gives a step by step guide to creating this romantic Braided Up-do.  

The lovely Mr. Kate, creates an intricate Braid Crown to rival Heidi’s.

If you’re looking for something simpler,  try A Cup of Jo's charming Braided Top Bun.

If braiding isn’t your forte then head to the Braid Bar at Bergdorf Goodman  for a hassle free braid!

Love NYC: Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Living in New York, there’s always a new exhibit on show, a cocktail bar opening or a food trend taking off (we’re still obsessing over the cronut!). We love sharing our New York with you, so we’ve begun a new series on the blog called Love NYC. We’ll be reviewing our favorite things to do, places to see, and (very often) spots to eat!

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We can’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate Spring’s bounty than with a slice of pie. And for us, the best slice in the city comes from Four and Twenty Blackbirds!

The charming pie shop, owned by sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen, opened it’s doors in 2010 and is located among the vintage boutiques and artist warehouses of Gowanus, Brooklyn. Monday through Friday, it’s filled with locals nibbling at slices of pie, sipping Stumptown coffee and typing away on their laptops. And on weekends, New Yorkers fresh off the G train come hungry and ready to taste all of the treats on offer. With creative combinations and an eye for seasonal flavors, including Chamomile Buttermilk and Salty Honey, these pies are a little surprising and always delicious. The menu here is changed seasonally, the butter crust is made by hand and ingredients are organic and local, whenever possible. The Spring Pie Menu was just released and we’re especially excited about Apple Rose, Buttermilk Chess and Pink Peppercorn Chocolate! 

If you’re not up for the journey to Gowanus, then you’ll be pleased to hear that they’ve recently opened an outpost at The Brooklyn Public Library. Spend a Spring day strolling through Prospect Park and then head into the library for a slice of Grapefruit Custard. Or, given the recent weather, cozy up in the library all morning and spend the afternoon pie tasting! 

Spring has Sprung!

Cherry Blossom Festivals, light jackets, rain boots, blush-pink magnolias, sun-dappled afternoons…Spring has finally sprung. You can practically hear the entire city of New York breathe a sigh of relief. It’s been a long (and snowy) Winter and we’re all looking forward to putting our snow boots and down coats into the deepest depths of the closet. We pulled together a few links and a Spring playlist to get you in the mood for a beautiful Spring! 

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Get the season started early with Reading My Tea Leaves’ guide to Spring planting.

Our new favorite fashionista! These dresses (and their designer) are absolutely adorable!

The perfect print to welcome Spring. 

We’re learning all about the upcoming May flowers with Design Sponge’s Flower Glossary.

And we’ll be rocking this gorgeous spring nail polish with Spring’s new neutrals this weekend!