Downtown Casual

Casual style | Minnie in Manhattan

Casual style | Minnie in Manhattan Casual style | Minnie in Manhattan

Casual style | Minnie in Manhattan

Casual style | Minnie in Manhattan

Casual style | Minnie in Manhattan

Casual style | Minnie in Manhattan

Urban Outfitters crop top // Guess shorts // Adidas sneakers // Michelle watch // Miu Miu bag // Ray ban sunnies // Henri bendel collar and leash on Minnie

I’ve been living downtown for the past 7 years, and as much as I’ve always loved it, I’ve started to appreciate it even more in the past year or so. There used to be a time when I felt like I had to leave downtown for any good brunch spots, events, and shopping.  I can honestly say I feel completely differently now. As FiDi becomes a more residential neighborhood, I’ve seen so many amazing restaurants and stores pop up, bringing great events and things to do along with them.

On the East side, the South Street Seaport is getting a total revamp: the touristy mall is gone and they’re working to build a new structure that will house stores that New Yorkers will actually want to shop at, as well as great restaurants and outdoor space for dining and events. On the West side, Battery Park City is becoming a nicer place to visit with the addition of Brookfield Place: a massive destination filled with designer stores and some of NYC’s best eateries, along with a gourmet market named Le District that I’ve recently become addicted to (that’s a post of it’s own, coming soon!).

These photos were taken at Battery Park recently. Battery Park was always one of my favorite places in Manhattan. It’s kind of an escape from the city, with great park areas overlooking the water. The only drawback to Battery Park City used to be that going there felt like I was stepping back in time. The stores and restaurants were all on the older side, and there wasn’t much that catered to a younger crowd. John and I would grab food beforehand and take it with us to picnic by the water. It’s definitely exciting to see the entire area change, and to now have more amazing food and shopping options to choose from than I’ll likely ever have the time for 🙂

As for the outfit above, this has pretty much been my weekend uniform. These Guess shorts are so damn comfy, I find myself slipping into them way too often. A crop top, cutoff shorts, and a crisp pair of all-white sneakers are heaven during summer in New York City.

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