Sleepy Hollow Travel Guide + Vacay Inspo

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At the risk of sounding extremely basic, I LOVE fall. This time of year is my favorite! So, to continue my annual mission to fill my fall to the brim with memories, I embarked on a trip to the infamous Sleepy Hollow.

Of course, I’ve been a fan of the tale since I was a kid and used to watch the Disney version. My interest in Washington Irving’s story was reinvigorated when the Sleepy Hollow film came out (classic Johnny Depp, hello!) and then again when I relocated to New York where it takes place.

The spooky little town of Sleepy Hollow did not disappoint, so I’m thrilled to share what I learned from my adventure! Read on for my tips and tricks before you plan your own trip…

When to go

Halloween, duh. Sleepy Hollow was affectionately nicknamed the “Halloween capital of the world” (although I’m sure there might be some folks in Salem and NoLa that disagree). Even if you aren’t big on the ghouls and goblins side of Halloween, fall is absolutely beautiful in the Hudson Valley area. So trust me on this, go in October. I took the New York Water Taxi’s Sleepy Hollow Ferry. The view from the Hudson River was breathtaking and the ride there was honestly one of the highlights of my trip! Even if you’re coming in from out of town, I think this is the route to go.

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What to wear
The most important piece is comfortable shoes! Nearly everything fun in Sleepy Hollow involves walking and exploring large, hilly areas (especially the cemetery, but more on that later). Leave your witchy heels at home, this is a job for Adidas. As far as your outfit, leggings and a flowy fall dress will do!

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What to eat

If you’re day tripping from Manhattan like I did, I recommend kicking off your Sleepy Hollow adventure with brunch at Ichabod’s, appropriately adjacent to the Headless Horseman bar on Irving Place in Manhattan. Don’t confuse this awesome spot with The Horseman in Sleepy Hollow. That Horseman is a sad diner and you will be disappointed if you eat there. Pro tip: Walk a little farther from Sleepy Hollow to Main Street in Tarrytown where you’ll find a string of foodie friendly restaurants (The Twisted Oak, yum) and hipster approved craft beer bars (The Oath, double yum). When you’re done, grab some homemade ice cream at Main Street Sweets. SO good.

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Where to stay

Planning to stay overnight? If you’re coming in from another area, The Castle Hotel and Spa should be your home away from home. This stunning resort is a hot spot for weddings and special events with good reason. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and have an eerie elegance, perfect for a Halloween vacay. If you’re an NYC dweller looking to save a few bucks, you can totally skip the overnight part and ferry back after a full day (it only takes about an hour to get back to the city).

 

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Where to play

It just would not be a trip to Sleepy Hollow if you skip the Headless Horseman bridge and take an obligatory tourist photo at the very spot where the horseman made his infamous ride and scared the bejeezus out of our friend Ichabod Crane. Also worth scoping out: Washington Irving’s Sunnyside where you can tour the grounds of Irving’s beautiful estate. Another not to be missed sight is The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, a walk-through pumpkin promenade at Van Courtlandt Manor with over 7,000 decorated jack o’lanterns on display. You also can’t miss the Old Dutch Church and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (where many of New York’s elite have been laid to rest). Spooky, but beautiful.

Follow my advice and I promise you a perfect Halloween excursion to Sleepy Hollow! 👻👻👻

Celebrate Fall with Betsey Johnson at Macy’s

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Are you ready for a super fun fashion event to bring in fall? Love the movie Trolls?! Betsey Johnson will be at Macy’s to celebrate her new line, Betsey Johnson xox Trolls, and you can have a chance to meet her! Join to celebrate Betsey’s latest collection inspired by Dreamworks Animation’s Trolls and available exclusively at Macy’s.

I’ll be at the iconic Macy’s Herald Square on Thursday Oct. 13th at 6 p.m. to celebrate with Macy’s and Betsey and I’m SO excited. Be one of the first 100 customers in line and have your photo taken with Betsey! Plus, with any $50 Betsey Johnson purchase, receive a signature selfie stick. If you’re in the area, come hang with us! If not, definitely check out Macys.com to see where the nearest event is in your area.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/Betsey16.

[This post was sponsored by Macy’s, but all opinions are my own.]

Channel Your Inner Mermaid This Summer

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Happy summer, lovelies!

Every year around this time I’ve made it a tradition to celebrate the season by attending the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. The 34th annual parade went down on Saturday and I had an absolute blast!

This time around, I sported a comfort-chic mermaid look rather than going full mermaid with a full costume tail, wig and the whole nine yards.

Even though I wasn’t in full garb like many other merfolk, I got a ton of compliments on my mer-OOTD – especially my shoes!

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I wore my new Teva Original Universal Iridescent sandals in Deep Teal. Featuring reflective materials and a cool flash of color (like a mermaid tail!), these party-ready shoes take a classic style into new realms of glam. They were soooo comfy as I was running around the boardwalk (and in the sand) all day. I can already tell that these babies are going to be my go-to summer sandal this season!

To complete my outfit, I scooped up both my fun mermaid scale leggings and “Part Time Mermaid” tank on Amazon. Highly recommended for anyone who loves to live the #mermaidlife!

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Did You Update Your Martinis and Mascara App Yet?

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Gosh, I love technology.

If you haven’t already, be sure to update your Martinis and Mascara app to enjoy the latest and greatest version!

Don’t have it yet? The app is available for your downloading pleasure in the app store today! Get the best in beauty (and booze) delivered straight to your device.

Once you download, be sure to allow push notifications! I promise to push out only the most useful and/or hilarious notifications. 😉

And while you’re at it, take a look at my other favorite beauty apps! xo

Shopping for Summer with People StyleWatch Mag

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Is there anything more fun than shopping for summer?

My friends at People StyleWatch mag invited me on a blogger shopping trip to the amazing Tanger Outlets on Long Island last weekend. They didn’t have to ask me twice!

A bunch of my fav fellow bloggers and I all received a $250 Tanger Outlets gift card and a challenge to put together a summer look with our #TangerFinds!

Spoiler alert: I ended up falling in love with a summer-perfect clutch, crab coin purse, and white retro sunnies at Kate Spade. I mean… you can’t properly complete an outfit without the accessories, right?

We all had such a blast! Watch below to see all the fun that went down that day: