Num Pang & Northern Tiger

BY TARA BURKE

Cai and I our big fans of NYC food markets because you’re not limited to a restaurant’s cuisine of choice and you don’t have to deal with that one friend who always wants to split the check, haha! 😛 This time we went to one of our favorite markets, Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place.

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Feature Friday: Joanna Baker

Happy Feature Friday!

joanna-pic2This week we are featuring fashion illustrator, Joanna Baker! Joanna is a testament to taking the leap from the corporate world and becoming your own boss. Joanna took that initial risk and started her very own illustration business. Since then she has garnered recognition from some of the fashion industry’s top names and we can definitely see why. We love her illustration style in all its pretty details and chic accents! Read on to learn more about Joanna’s story.

Castle LogoTell us about yourself.

gold-signature: Hi, I’m Joanna! I currently live in Manhattan with my husband and our cat, Junebug. Originally from Maryland, we’ve lived in NYC for a little over eight years now. (Junebug is born and bred a New York City girl, though)

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Heat Wave x Swing Dress

BY TARA BURKE

Thank goodness for dresses and skirts in the summer! We have been going through quite the heat wave in NYC and my swing dress has come to the rescue. It’s so easy breezy and takes no effort to throw on in the morning and style. You can really change up this look depending on what accessories you pair with it, but this time I went for a casual summer vibe with a long Half United Hunger Necklace, Pura Vida Bracelets and a Freely Clothing Bracelet.

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Backyard Oasis at Greecologies

BY TARA BURKE 

After sitting inside all day working it’s always great to find an outdoor oasis to relax and have a cool drink in the city. Of course, there are all the great rooftop bars in NYC, but sometimes you may want a change from your go-to happy hour spot. If you’re a latte or greek yogurt lover, Greecologies may be your new summer hangout.

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Feature Friday: Berna Buen

Happy Feature Friday!

pic4This week we are featuring Berna Buen of design company, BLUESOUTH. Berna creates awesome cement jewelry and housewares. Yes you read that correctly, she creates her pieces using cement! We love how she works with such an industrial material and makes it into something usable, wearable and stylish. To learn more about Berna’s entrepreneurial and creative journey, read on!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

12724972_473671252821468_1480888292_a: I grew up in a small city off the gulf coast in Texas, Growing up I was a beach child I lived to be in the water, One of my fondest memories is how me and my brothers would swim so far out in the ocean we would land on small islands, you couldn’t see them from shore but the water became shallow again and you could stand or sit on a piece of earth. I eventually moved away to start on my grown up life I went to California, then moved to Austin TX where I got married and started a family before finally settling down in Dallas, TX. I am the proud mother of 2 very strong willed girls, they are a challenge but I cant blame them I know where they got it from.

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Birthday Picnic

BY TARA BURKE

24! Woohooo! My 24th birthday just passed and I wanted to let you in on the festivities. Ever since we were little Cai and I decorate the house for each other and this year Cailin set up this awesome photo station with gold balloon letters.

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Milk Bar

BY TARA BURKE

There is nothing like an ice cream on a hot summer day in the city. Cailin and I were craving soft serve one day and decided it was the perfect opportunity to try Milk Bar’s cereal milk flavor. We went to their East Village location which always seems to have a line, but it moves fairly quickly. This location has a set of benches outside, but the inside is designed purely as an ordering window.

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Floral Dresses & Red Lips

BY TARA BURKE 

The first day of summer is around the corner and summer fashion is already in full swing! With so many fun summer trends to wear, Cailin and I don’t really stick with a certain style and instead try them all, haha! We also go to a lot of outdoor concerts and tend to dress in accordance with the vibe of the band, so we can be hipster one day, countryfied another day and edgy the next. It’s a lot of fun to switch it up from time to time and on this particular day I went with a girly floral shift dress and Cailin chose to be edgy and bold in her hand painted shirt by @strollingcanvases!

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Feature Friday: Mo Milligan

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetHappy Feature Friday! 

This week we are featuring Mo Milligan of Destiny City Threads! We just love her fun, unique and quirky embroidery art. Among her embroidery hoops you can find bright colors, pretty botanicals and sassy sayings. Mo is currently getting her Etsy store up and running and after you guys see her work you’ll be happy she’s setting up shop. We can see all her pieces being the perfect little accents to brighten up your space. To learn more about how Mo started Destiny City Threads read on!

Castle Logo: Tell us about yourself.
isla_500x500.20505935_8suw99oq: I’m a Pacific Northwest native, but I love to travel and have had the opportunity to go on some amazing adventures stateside and abroad. I have always been an avid reader, but have found that since having two young children my attention span has been reduced to that of a gnat and I don’t read as much as I used to. I love music and try to see a few live shows every year, although a lot of my favorites aren’t around any longer. I have a sweet tooth, I’m a coffee addict and I love pickled foods.

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Chiffon Doughnuts at BESFREN

BY TARA BURKE

We’ve been on a matcha/green tea kick lately so when we heard of the Jasmine Green Tea Chiffon Doughtnut at BESFREN we had to try it. BESFREN is located on 5th Ave. in Koreatown right by the Empire State Building. It is a cute space with all their fabulous desserts on display, housing about five small tables. If you haven’t been to BESFREN before it may be safer to look for the Cafe & Ginseng sign since the company, Korean Red Ginseng, renovated their location to collaborate with BESFREN just last year. In fact, the other side of the cafe still sells red ginseng extracts and powders. Once you see Cafe & Ginseng you know you’re in the right place and you’ll soon see BESFREN’s rabbit logo.

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