What to do in Atlantic City

Most people think that the only thing to do in Atlantic City is gamble, but when I went last weekend I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there was so much more to this beautiful seaside town than the slot machines. For my chicas that love to explore on their travels, these are the top 3 Atlantic City attractions that you won’t want to miss!

1.The Atlantic City Boardwalk – Being the oldest boardwalk in the United States and the longest in the world has given it fame, but this boardwalk has so much more to offer than simple facts. There’s beach side shops and restaurants , a pristine beach, the Steel Pier amusement park, and even a Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum! A word of beauty advice para mis chicas, bring sunblock and a hat because it takes HOURS to walk from one side to the other and I ended up looking like a lobster at the end of the day!

2.The Pool at Harrah’s – I may be a bit biased since I stayed at Harrah’s, but the pool is legit gorgeous and not only is it the perfect spot to spend an early afternoon, The Pool After Dark turns into a night club!

3. The Tanger Outlets – For a bit of retail therapy, head to the Tanger Outlets in Atlantic City, conveniently located near the boardwalk. There’s Kate Spade, Forever 21, and lots of other well known retail hubs to hit up and fill your vacation wardrobe.

 

So if you want a memorable time in Atlantic City but don’t want to be stuck in the casino’s all day hoping to strike some luck and make a milli in a night, then follow my guide. And after a fun filled day, make sure to check out the plethora of buffets, restaurants and bars that line the streets and resorts in Atlantic City. There’s something for everyone in the world’s playground!

3 Simple Tips To Make Traveling Not So Stressful

The idea of traveling sounds romantic but that’s because most people are only thinking about the destination and not the 3 hour drive or 18 hour flight to get there. Not to mention the crowded airports, traffic jams and instances of plain old bad luck like losing your luggage or missing a flight connection. But wherever the road takes you this holiday, use these 3 tips to actually enjoy getting there. After all, the journey is part of the adventure!

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  1. Bring Snacks | Traveling can be really expensive even before stepping foot anywhere, so lighten up the load by bringing some pre-made snacks like PB & J sammies, empanadas, and fruit to munch on. If you’re flying, bring a reusable water bottle to fill up on the way. If you’re driving, make sure to bring a gallon of water and a thermos of coffee.
  2. Listen To A Podcast | Listening to the same songs on your playlist can get boring, so why not listen to some meaningful conversation, witty chatter, or learn something new on a podcast? Lately I’ve been listening to the Girl Boss podcast by Sophia Amoruso and it’s awesome! Sophia brings lots of business women from all walks of life on the show and they really dig deep into how they went from working as cashiers and waitresses to being the CEO of their own company. On my radar to listen to next is A Piece of Work with Abbi Jacobson and the Influencer Podcast with Julie Solomon.
  3. Bring A Notebook | Some people like sleeping on the plane, others like to watch movies. I, on the other hand, HATE sleeping on planes and my seats’ tv screen never seems to work so I opt to ditch the technology once I’m done listening to my saved podcasts and bring out my notebook. I like to create lists of activities I want to do once I get to my destination or plan my work schedule for the weeks ahead. You can write down your thoughts or draw and just the feeling of using a pen and paper makes the process so much more relaxing and organic than doing it on an iPad or phone.

I hope these tips are helpful for all of you traveling to see loved ones during this time of year!

Bendiciones y Feliz Navidad!

Melanie.

 

Sundays in Brooklyn

After a full weeks worth of work and then a nights worth of drinking the stress away, Sunday is when I go into full on hibernation mode. Typically I sleep in, cuddle with my fur baby, and lock myself in the apartment all day. On the occasion that I actually want to do something other than be a potato my boyfriend and I have a traditional outing planned in Brooklyn that never disappoints. Check out my guide to a day filled with eating, drinking and exploring in Brooklyn, New York!

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Eat: The first thing on the list is brunch at Harefield Road. This full time bar, part time brunch spot offers the best deal in the city that not only satisfies your poached eggs fascination but your wallet as well. Their $14 brunch includes a coffee or tea and a Mimosa or Bloody Mary and let me tell you I have tried almost everything on the menu and never have I encountered a miss. Everything is delicious and fresh, and they’re happy to customize plates so vegans are welcome!I take everyone I know here for brunch, it just can’t be beat.

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Drink: Walk off that big brunch and enjoy the graffiti art that’s quintessential Williamsburg. When you start feeling thirsty, head over to Barcade. This mecca is where childhood dreams and adult fun combine to create a memorable experience…until you had one too many beers and forgot where you left your phone! Play old school games like Pac Man and Donkey Kong while sipping on a smooth one. Come for the games, stay for the local beers on tap.

Do: Head south to Dumbo and stroll through the Brooklyn Flea. Local food joints and vintage connoisseurs gather to offer the community an eclectic market of goods. Here is where I’ve found vintage art pieces and old Playboys that have made my house their home. The day is not complete until I’ve had a Cafe au Lait donut from the Dough stand. They are pillowy mounds of sweetness in your mouth, you shall not be disappointed!

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After all the eating, drinking and walking around I love to spend the rest of my Sunday at home watching movies and eating popcorn before a new week of possibilities begins. 

I’d love to try out some new places, so let me know your favorite spots around Brooklyn! 

PS. I have a 25% off discount code for you from Fashion Nova! Yaaaas girl, go get you some new threads for the winter, gogogo!  https://share.fashionnova.com/x/g41mTi 

Hasta Luego,

Melanie.

Welcoming Fall in Middlefield, Connecticut

It’s officially Fall! But the jacket, thigh highs and chunky sweaters are on hold in the Northeast until the weather stops feeling like it’s the middle of July. Even so, the warmth is a blessing in disguise because I was able to spend all day outside last Sunday in Middlefield and Middletown, Connecticut. My boyfriend and I decided to go pumpkin picking and grabbed a few peaches for a tart I’d like to make (If all goes well I’ll have it up on the blog!). We then went to a nearby waterfall which was like something out of a story book! Our romantic Sunday out ended with a scary movie at the cinema. I definitely recommend going to Connecticut because it’s the perfect place to see the foliage change while enjoying what nature has to offer.

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Do: Start your day early and head over to Lyman Orchards. They have an array of crops you can pick on your own like apples, peaches, pears and during this time of year PUMPKINS! The views from the hill tops are amazing and the rows of crops were so cool to take pictures in. I even saw a couple taking their maternity portraits in the pumpkin patch! Not to mention, the best part is eating and picking your fruit at the same damn time. #YAS.

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After being out in the fields all day, take some time to relax at Wadsworth Falls State Park. Dip your feet by the waterfall, take a deep breathe and listen as the water crashes down. This is such a gorgeous place to cool down and destress.

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Eat: Unfortunately I didn’t try out any restaurants in the area. However, if you are heading to Wadsworth Falls then grab some food from the supermarket and have a picnic! I personally have a friend who lives near by so my boyfriend and I headed to their place for a BBQ. Twas delicious and the perfect way to end the day.

Pues chicos, that’s all I have for you today. Let me know where your favorite outdoor spot to go during Fall is, I’d love to check it out!

Muchos besos,

Melanie.

OOTD: Summer Nights in the City

Hola mis amores!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer thus far. The chilly nights and brisk mornings are starting to return to the city and I can’t wait for Fall! But before we give up our sleeveless shirts for some sweater dresses and tights, I’d like to share with you some outfit ideas that’ll be sure to impress while keeping you cool and collected this Summer.

1 PM at The Highline Park:

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Walking along the Highline Park.
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Don’t forget your sunglasses!
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A light and breezy outfit for a hot and humid day.

When I go out with my boyfriend Eddie for a day of exploring and bar hopping in Chelsea, I like to be cute and comfortable. I paired peach shorts with a detailed white crochet bodysuit from Express and to keep the look a bit modest (because even if I try, these girls can’t be tamed 😉 I added an old denim tie-front crop top to layer on top of the bodysuit. And obviously, chanclas are my go to shoe choice in the Summer.

The exact outfit I wore has pieces that I bought YEARS ago, but I found similar pieces for you to try out: Peach Shorts , White Bodysuit, Denim tie-front crop top.

 

7PM at Studio Square:

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A seat at the Highline Park.
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Exploring the old cobblestone roads and new storefronts in the Meatpacking District.

As the sun sets and the night cools down, Eddie and I like to go back home to Queens and hit up Studio Square in Astoria. I went for a classy yet sexy vibe with a white sleeveless peplum top and classic dark blue jeans. The red velvet heels matched my mani/pedi, which pushed the outfit to another level!

Here are some similar pieces you can use to recreate this look: White Peplum Top, Dark Blue Gap Denim, Red Velvet Heels .

Make sure to check out my Instagram @TheMelDez to see daily outfit posts and new content by me 🙂

Hasta luego mis amores!

 

Sunday at City Island, New York

Do you ever get tired of the typical Eggs Benny with a Mimosa for brunch? Are you tired of your go-to restaurant being the same back drop to your Instagram pictures every weekend? Ladies and Gents, I FEEL YOU! Which is why I have chosen to travel the boroughs in search of new swoon-worthy spots to enjoy, and first on the list is City Island, New York.

¿Alguna vez te cansas de los típicos platos y bebidas del brunch? ¿Estás cansada de que tu restaurante favorite sea el mismo fondo de tus fotos de Instagram cada fin de semana? Señoras y caballeros, ¡TE Siento! Es por eso que he elegido viajar por los barrios en busca de nuevos lugares para beber,comer y disfrutar. El primero en la lista es City Island, Nueva York.

 

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This fishing village located in the Bronx is the perfect near-by escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Once you take the exit heading towards Orchard Beach, you become surrounded by an endless forest. The trees then give way to a narrow bridge, overlooking a liter of boats in the water. The island is so small that there’s only one main road that takes you past cute nautical themed shops and seafood specialty restaurants.

Este pueblito esta situado en el Bronx y es perfecto para escapar el alboroto de la ciudad. Cuando tomas la salida de Orchard Beach, te encuentras rodeado por un bosque sin fin. Los árboles luego dan paso a un puente, con vistas de barcos en el agua. La isla es tan pequeña que sólo hay una carretera principal que te lleva pasando por tiendas náuticas y restaurantes de mariscos.

Johnnys reef food optionsEat & Drink: I’ve taken trips to City Island since I was little, and the ONLY place I go to eat is Johnny’s Reef Restaurant that’s located all the way at the end of the island. Grab yourself a tray of fried shrimp, a frozen piña colada, and take a seat outside to enjoy the view of the Long Island Sound.

Comer Y Beber: Yo he tomado viajes a City Island desde que era pequeña, y el único lugar que voy a comer es Johnny’s Reef Restaurant que está ubicado al final de la isla. Coge una bandeja de camarones fritos, una piña colada congelada, y toma asiento afuera para disfrutar de la vista del Long Island Sound.

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Que hay de hacer?: City Island no sólo es rico en mariscos, pero tiene una historia interesante que puedes averiguar en el City Island Museum. Si desea dar un paseo después de un almuerzo cargado, luego diríjase a Orchard Beach a caminar a lo largo de la costa. O, si usted está buscando algo de diversión, vete a jugar una ronda de mini golf en Turtle Cove Golf Center que queda cerca de la isla.

I definitely recommend that you go and enjoy this escape before Summer is over!

Sin duda recomiendo que vayas a disfrutar de esta escapada antes que termina el verano!