NYitGirls x Travel Edition | Amalfi Cooking Experience

 

One of our favorite moments of the trip was an organized cooking experience with a local family from the village of Conca dei Marini in Amalfi.

We had decided beforehand that the best way to experience and remember the cuisine of the region would be to immerse ourselves into local family life and learn first-hand what goes into popular Italian meals. Through Hotel Santa Caterina and American Express Fine Hotels ,  we were able to find a perfect match for our request. 

Right away, the family picked us up from our hotel and drove us 10 minutes to their  coastal home.  As soon as we entered,  we immediately were greeted with hugs and kisses from "Nonna" or grandmother and her chef de cuisine granddaughter-it felt as though we were visiting long lost relatives. 

The three hour experience had us make bruschetta and eggplant parmigiana as an appetizer, followed with a baked lemon and olive local fish with ricotta gnocchi and a lovely tiramisu as dessert.  We enjoyed our family meal on their outside terrace with the best view of all Amalfi and Positano.

At the end of our meal- we were beyond stuffed, but even more so our hearts were full of love for this new family we had just met. 

 

NYitGirls x Travel Edition | The Amalfi Coast Part 1

Sana: Tassle Skirt  Intermix  (Similar)   | Sunglasses   Dita     | Shoes  Isabel Marant  (Similar)    | Clutch  Cult Gaia    Saman: Clutch  Saint Laurent    | Bracelet  Hermes  | Dress  Blue Marine    | Scarf  Etro

Sana: Tassle Skirt Intermix (Similar) | Sunglasses Dita | Shoes Isabel Marant (Similar)  | Clutch Cult Gaia
Saman: Clutch Saint Laurent | Bracelet Hermes | Dress Blue Marine | Scarf Etro

The end of summer can sometimes be daunting for New Yorkers, as we sense winter is coming. For this reason, we saved 'New York it Girl', The Travel Edition until now to bask in our summer glory one last time.

First stop was Italy, The Amalfi Coast where we stayed at the Hotel Santa Caterina Resort. Amalfi is one of the Mediterranean's brightest and most glittering coastal gems, and the Santa Caterina is a seaside  residence from the 19th century. The resort offered us history, scenic views, crystal clear water, and most importantly delicious pasta that we ate late night pretty much everyday. 

Amalfi is one of those places that can exude simplistic elegance, and luxury all at the same time. Coastal glamour was an inspiration for our first shoot. We selected soft, organic fabrics in cotton and linens that would drape and flow naturally. We also incorporated pieces with tassle and fringe, paired with accents of coral and blue to contrast nicely with the sea. To add a wow factor, we accessorized. Sana paired her look with a handmade wooden clutch by Cult Gaia, while Saman chose a cashmere silk sea blue scarf from Etro , and tassle clutch by Saint Laurent to add a touch of luxe. We could not have asked for a better start to our holiday. 

Stay tuned for more details on our trip! 

Fall Trends x NYFW Street Style Scene

 
Some of our favorite NYFW looks 

Some of our favorite NYFW looks 

NYFW is officially over. After attending a multitude of events and shows across the city, we've narrowed down a few of our favorite looks and must-have fall items as seen on the street style scene.

Gucci Anything: Gucci Purses and Princetown Slip-ons are having a major moment on the NYFW street style scene. Update the classic look by going for an eye-catching embellished look as seen on street style stars above.

Layer it up! Best way to transition into fall by layering your favorite tee with a slip dress. Make it velvet for an even more on- trend twist . Check out these awesome dresses from Are You Am I

Velvet Boots: You've seen it listed as the hot fall item on every major fashion magazine and celeb. Check out Zara and EGO UK for some affordable options.

 

NYitGirls x Saint Laurent: Launch

 

New York Fashion Week ‘16 is in full force, and we couldn’t think of a better time than now to officially launch ‘New York it Girls’. In preparation, we were lucky enough to work with the team at Saint Laurent (I know can you believe it), to assist in styling us for our site photo shoot (with photographer Joseph Chen). Playing dress up, talking tailoring and textiles, and learning which pieces complemented our petite figures was honestly any fashion lover’s dream come true. Our biggest takeaway from the experience is that Saint Laurent can pretty much do no wrong when it comes to apparel and accessories. The collection can get a bit pricey, so when looking to buy we suggest a statement piece such as the booties or handbags. Take a look at a few of our favorite photos from the shoot, and shop the new Fall looks.

 

Glenmere Mansion Day Trips

 
Sana: Playsuit  Zimmerman  | Sunglasses  Oliver People x The Row  | Shoes  Saint Laurent  | Hat  Forever 21  Saman: Clutch  Miu Miu  | Dress  Chloe  | Sun Hat  Pool to Party by Subtle Luxury

Sana: Playsuit Zimmerman | Sunglasses Oliver People x The Row | Shoes Saint Laurent | Hat Forever 21
Saman: Clutch Miu Miu | Dress Chloe | Sun Hat Pool to Party by Subtle Luxury

For Sana’s birthday, we knew we definitely wanted to get out of the sweltering heat in NYC and try out something new and different. By coincidence, our friends raved about Glenmere Mansion, a Tuscan-inspired estate only 1.5 hours from the city. Upon arrival, we were literally transported into an Italian country villa. This day trip was a great escape and style inspiration for our upcoming vacation in Italy. Stay tuned for our #NYitG Travel Edition.

 

Lululemon Wants to Dress You for Work

 

Sana: Pants & Top Lululemon Lab | Sunglasses Ray-ban Round Metal | Shoes Costume National
Saman: Fringe Top Apiece Apart | Wide Leg Pant Apiece Apart 

For Sana, working in a traditional business formal environment can get very monotonous at times, especially when she has to suit-up everyday to work. Although there is no better feeling than a power-suit, sometimes you just want to roll up in some athleisure and call it a day. Luckily for her, she was able to solve this issue by discovering the Lululemon Lab collection in Noho. With their monochromatic colors, technical fabrics and impeccable cuts, you can go straight from a business lunch to a Citi bike ride, without compromising style or comfortability.

 

Our First Street Style Shoot

 
Off the Shoulder Top  Kendall & Kyle  | Boy Bag  Chanel  | Jeans  Zara  | Shoes  Zara

Off the Shoulder Top Kendall & Kyle | Boy Bag Chanel | Jeans Zara | Shoes Zara

We lucked out when London based co-founder of the Comb fashion app, (who also happens to be a fashion photographer) offered to snap our first #NYitG shoot. Not only is Moeez Tali an esteemed photographer of the official Fashion Week Europe; he is also at the  forefront in the general London fashion scene, having shot numerous influencers/ bloggers.

We are 5’5, petite and are not models by practice, so Moeez directed us in a way that he could better capture our style which as bloggers is an extremely important learning experience. Thanks to his direction, tips to look/act natural, and his uplifting motivation, we felt confident that this dream of ours could in fact be a reality.

For more on #NYITG and Comb, check out our interview feature in Inside the Thread

 

New York it Girls Beginnings

 

Hello! We’re Sana and Saman, best friends who crossed paths in NYC. We immediately connected through our love for the city, our similar upbringing, passion for fashion, lifestyle and most importantly our obsession with black and leather. We knew right from the start we would make a great team.

A little bit about us: Sana is Indian and grew up in Dallas, Texas, and Saman is Pakistani and grew up in the Middle East. Now that we're in New York we are exposed to quite a bit of diversity, however we found that growing up as South Asian women, we were not always able to identify with most of the “it” girls we saw on TV, blogs, and in magazines. We’re proud of our ethnic heritage, and hope this blog can help broaden the idea of what an “it” girl can look like.  

We hope you’ll join us as we explore emerging fashion trends, personal style, travel, and making East meet West. We are thrilled to say we have officially launched.