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What I Did

March 12

Brittany Bauer

This past Saturday I had nothing to do. Which is an excellent problem to have when you live in an extremely exciting city. My roommates and I decided to take a little trip to the Museum at FIT. The Fashion Institute of Technology is a prestigious art and design school located in Chelsea. It is one of the most sought after schools for fashion students, being ranked one of the top five fashion schools in the world. The museum is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday and admission to the exhibits is free. 

The museum houses three exhibition galleries for the public to view. We visited all three on our trip. I hope you're ready for A TON of photos. 


Denim: Fashions Frontier

"The exhibition traces denim from its origins in work wear of the 19th century, through its role as a symbol of counterculture rebellion in America, to its acceptance into mainstream culture."

Gucci - Tom Ford, spring 1999

Gucci - Tom Ford, spring 1999

Junya Watanabe, spring 2002

Junya Watanabe, spring 2002


Fairy Tale Fashion

"Fairy Tale Fashion uses some of the most extraordinary, beautiful, and luxurious examples of fashion to illustrate fifteen fairy tales, including well-known tales such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood."

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood - Comme des Garcons, spring 2015

Red Riding Hood - Comme des Garcons, spring 2015

The Snow Queen fur lined gown - Jean-Paul Gaultier, fall 2002

The Snow Queen fur lined gown - Jean-Paul Gaultier, fall 2002

Snow White studded gown - Alice + Olivia, fall 2014

Snow White studded gown - Alice + Olivia, fall 2014

Rapunzel gown with golden tresses - Alexander McQueen, fall 2007

Rapunzel gown with golden tresses - Alexander McQueen, fall 2007

Cinderella glass slipper - Noritaka Tatehana, 2014

Cinderella glass slipper - Noritaka Tatehana, 2014


The Women of Harper's Bazaar, 1936-1958

"Organized by the graduate students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program, the exhibition draws from the Museum at FIT's extensive collection of Louise Dahl-Wolfe color photographs donated by the photographer herself."

Betty Bridges wearing Claire McCardell wool swimsuit - May 1946, pg. 99

Betty Bridges wearing Claire McCardell wool swimsuit - May 1946, pg. 99

Mary Jane Russell wearing Handmacher wool suit - August 1949, pg. 83

Mary Jane Russell wearing Handmacher wool suit - August 1949, pg. 83

Model wearing Christian Dior wool coat - November 1947, pg. 175

Model wearing Christian Dior wool coat - November 1947, pg. 175


The Museum at FIT is honestly amazing. If you want to check out any of these exhibits for yourself, hurry up! Come April and May, they will all be taken down and new ones will be in their places. Although I'm pretty excited for when that happens. I'll just have to go back and see what's new!

Until next time!

L O V E. Britt.  

March 7

Brittany Bauer

Cute, right?

I revealed in my last post that I am newly unemployed. While that is one of the scariest things I have ever said, it's also one of the most liberating. I have all this time now to figure out what I want. What do I enjoy doing the most? What would my ideal job be? Where do I want to devote my time? All important questions and all things I'm trying to figure out myself. 

And since I know I love to write, I'm devoting more time to doing just that. Which means more blogging. YAY. I need this. 


So I'm coming at you with a new adventure. This past Monday I roamed around Long Island City in Queens. Obviously the day consisted of food. Pizza to be exact. This is L'inizio Pizza Bar.

Waiting for dat pizza like...

 I think the best way to start this is with the obvious. This pizza is DELICIOUS. Like really delicious. Like "how do I eat this for the rest of my life" delicious. We ordered the meat lovers signature pie (with the hot chili pepper oil on the side because obviously I'm a baby). It was such a good choice.

You know how sometimes when you get meat lovers pizza, it's piled high with so much stuff you can't even hold it? Like I'm ordering pizza here, not meat with a side of dough. Come on. Well this isn't like that. There's just enough toppings to make it really enjoyable and delicious. It's just true Italian pizza, where the dough is thin and chewy and the toppings are light and fresh. Perfection.

The restaurant itself is nice too. It definitely has a family-friendly atmosphere, given the amount of children we saw during our stay. There's a comfortable vibe with long bench seating and a pretty patio area in the back. You have the option of ordering full pizzas if you want to stay, either signature or "create your own," or you can order pizza by the slice if you're in a rush. This restaurant is definitely a must if you're ever in the area. 


If you're ever in the mood to see a beautiful sunset over Manhattan (who wouldn't be though), then Gantry Park in Long Island City is the place to go. 

The  only thing to really say about Gantry Park is that it's a nice place to go to relax or if you need some peace and quiet. It's a strange combination of old industrial structures, grassy fields, and a playground for the little ones. It's a really cool place to go and relax with a nice view of the city across the water. This park was the perfect place to go after eating my body weight in delicious pizza. Love it. 


Well I think that's all for now. With this amazing weather coming our way, I'm sure I'll be back with something spring-inspired!

Photo credit: Alfie Friday

Until next time!

L O V E. Britt.

International Women's Day

Brittany Bauer

I discovered something this morning. I don't give myself enough credit. What? WHY?

The answer is: I honestly don't know. 

I was having a blah morning, as people do every now and again. Just thinking too much and getting into my own head. 

I was on Instagram and discovered that it was International Women's Day. All these amazing women were posting about the incredible things they've done and giving themselves credit where it is rightfully due. Well HELLO BRITT. Celebrate this day. Give yourself a pat on the back every once in a while. Start today. 

So you know what I did? I made a list of my accomplishments this year. The big and the little. Every small victory acknowledged. Why not? And you know what I discovered? In the two short months that make up 2016 so far, I've done so much! I can honestly say that I've scratched so many things off my nonexistent bucket list, things that I didn't even know mattered. I think that's what this day is supposed to do. It's supposed to help us remember that we're strong and we can DO THIS, whatever "this" may be in our own crazy lives. 


So here we go, acknowledging my awesomeness: 

  • I'm a maid of honor! My lifelong friend Kelsey is getting married this summer and I get the honor of being in the wedding party. Now I've known this for quite some time now, but we've been planning the bridal shower and the bachelorette this year and it's all so exciting. All our hard work will pay off. It's going to be beautiful.
  • I've discovered new corners of this beautiful city and have drank enough coffee to last me a lifetime. Not going to lie, I've become somewhat of a coffee snob. I always thought Dunkin had my New England heart, but this girl is shifting gears. That's right, my light and crunchy iced coffee days are over. Tear. 
  • I went to Buffalo, NY for a week for work. It was so nice getting out of my home store and working with new people. Everyone I met was so incredibly nice and I wish I could have taken them all home with me. Buffalo though, not for me. Ice pellets? That's the weather forecast? No.
  • I started praying. Like really praying. I've always struggled with not only opening up, but being consistent with talking to God. But I've started to take it more seriously and I feel like it's changing my life. 
  • I joined the Welcome Team at C3 Brooklyn and get to spend every Sunday with my amazing church family. I love meeting new people and this is the perfect way to do just that. 
  • I got my nails done! Now this may seem like just another day for some people, but you have to understand where I'm coming from here. From the wise words of Ashley, "Brittany, your hands are awful." So I got a manicure. And let me tell you something, in those two short weeks it lasted, I could have ruled the world. 
  • I've reconnected with someone that I thought I lost touch with. If you've read my earlier post about the 5 Things I Learned About Myself, you'll know that I hate losing touch with people. Especially people that are so incredibly important. So this reconnection has brought me so much relief and it makes me really happy. 
  • I filed my taxes BY MYSELF! No H&R Block this year. Just this girl, using her tax knowledge, oh yeah. 
  • I learned how to make hot chocolate in a crock pot (may sound trivial, but life changing nonetheless).
  • I took a little break from blogging after my crazy move to the city, but I've gotten back into it. Consistency is key here and I know it's something I still have to work on, but I'm taking steps in the right direction.

And finally.

  • I quit my job. After months of beating myself up over a job that I wasn't happy with, I finally did it. I wasn't learning, I wasn't growing, it was an unhealthy work environment, and I was overall just ready for something new. Don't get me wrong, I'm petrified. I don't know what to do without an actual "job." I'm working on me, however, so I'll figure it out. 

I feel really good after writing this. Refreshed almost. Like it was long overdue. 

I want to challenge everyone, woman or man, to acknowledge all the things you've done, no matter how small.  I think we forget how strong we really are and how capable we are of being awesome. Go forth and rule the world. 

Photo Credit: Alfie Friday

Until next time!

L O V E. Britt. 

Galentine's Day

Brittany Bauer

Hello everyone! 

I had such an incredible Valentine's day and I hope you all did too! I spent the morning with my church family at C3 Brooklyn, serving on the Welcome Team at our two morning services. It is such an amazing feeling to spread love to every person that walks through the doors at church. To make people feel welcome in a place of such vulnerability is something that is truly irreplaceable. 

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.
— 1 John 3:18

I tried to spread the love throughout my entire day, moving on to a fun Galentine's Day celebration. From church, I went straight to my friend Ashley's apartment on the Upper East Side. I wanted to celebrate the day with her, but also get an inside look at her blog (and be the taste tester for her delicious treats, of course). She has been running The Pike Place Kitchen for several years now, and her recipes keep getting better and better.

On the menu: Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate with Red Wine Marshmallows. Woah.

I think I should start by saying I had absolutely nothing to do with this. My jobs included stirring things and adding sprinkles. That's basically the extent of my culinary skills. 

Ashley started off by making the red wine marshmallows and (after a four hour prep time - another reason my impatient self does not do well in the kitchen) we dipped them in melted chocolate, also infused with red wine. I decorated the marshmallows with adorable gold crystals and pink hearts, like the expert sprinkle sprinkler that I am. 

We used the marshmallows to top off the coconut hot chocolate that Ashley had previously made in the slow cooker. The drink is a combination of coconut milk, condensed milk, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and other amazing ingredients that I can't remember (partially due to my sugar coma that inevitably occured upon drinking a glass). The only word we could think to describe this hot chocolate is indulgent. Don't just take my word for it; you'll have to try it for yourself.

I would give you the recipe to this heavenly drink, but I honestly can't take any credit for it, nor do I remember the exact ingredients that went into it. I'll let Ashley handle that one with an amazing blog post of her own.

I loved going behind the scenes of The Pike Place Kitchen and seeing how Ashley sets up her blog. I got to watch her not only create the recipe, but set up her studio lights and then photograph her amazing creations. She was an absolute inspiration and I hope I get to be back on set soon! 

And that pretty much sums up my Galentine's Day. Hot cocoa and my bestie. Does it get any better than that?

Until next time!

L O V E. Britt. 

February 8

Brittany Bauer

Welcome (back). 

Is it just me or has this been the most confusing winter of your life? I've been on this planet for 25 Februarys now and I have never seen such drastic weather change, not only from one day to the next, but from one region to another. While everyone back home in Rhode Island was getting slammed with snow this past Monday, us New Yorkers got the lightest dusting (if any accumulation at all). What I thought was going to be a day spent in avoiding the weather, turned out to be a relaxing day exploring a new corner of New York that I had yet to see.

Because I was recovering from a long, crazy weekend in the wild world of retail, I convinced myself to do the bare minimum on my day off. Only the most relaxing of activities were allowed and I had to eat delicious food (obviously). I was brought to the lovely Hudson Clearwater for lunch, a gem of a restaurant tucked away in West Village. With very little signage and a hidden side door entrance, I would have been completely lost had I not had a friend with me to lead me in. 

If I have to choose one word to describe Hudson Clearwater, I would choose dreamy. I absolutely loved the ambiance, considering it was a dark, trendy setting with a "take it easy" vibe. The restaurant itself is pretty small, but the open kitchen makes the best use of the space (not to mention its entertaining watching the chefs in action). 

When we went, there was plenty of seating, although I have read that it fills up quite fast and reservations are absolutely necessary on the weekends.  

Hudson Clearwater is the perfect place to go if a traditional American meal is on your mind. The menu is short and sweet, but consists of well thought-out, sophisticated meals that are sure to serve as comfort food.

I ordered the cornmeal-crusted fish sandwich with a side of french fries. I paired my meal with a Founders Pale Ale, a light beer that I thought went great with my fish. My friend ordered the pulled duck sandwich with french fries and a Doc's Draft hard apple cider to go with it. The food was so flavorful and surprisingly very filling (although I never got that weighed-down feeling that some heavy foods can result in). And I can't wrap this up without giving praise to that amazing homemade ketchup. YES.

Overall, I have to say this restaurant really surprised me. I'm interested in going back to try out their brunch and dinner menus as well. Hopefully I'll visit again soon!

Photo credit: Alfie Friday 

Until next time!

L O V E. Britt.