West 4 Tattoo // New York, New York 

This past Thursday my family and I headed into the city for a very special day…my first tattoos! My entire life, I never really envisioned myself with ink. Both of my parents have lots of tattoos and I have always thought they were cool but never necessarily for me. Recently my sister got tattooed and while she was looking for ideas she introduced me West 4 Tattoo’s Instagram page. West 4 specializes in fine line tattoo’s and I had never seen anything like them before. They were so delicate, dainty, feminine, and beautiful. As I continued to scroll through this shop’s work my mind was completely altered. I decided right then that I HAD TO get fine line tattoos! Coincidentally, my friend Shelby went to West 4 a few days after I decided that I wanted to get a tattoo there! Her work was done by tattoo artist JK Kim and she had her aunt’s signature done. The line work and quality was impeccable. I contacted JK that day after I decided what I wanted to get tattooed. I then made my appointment for flowers on my arm and a heart on the back of my neck!

I can’t recommend West 4 Tattoo enough. The shop is super cool and clean, the front desk staff is so friendly and helpful, and the artists are so nice and unbelievably talented! JK was so sweet and I seriously cannot stop staring at my work. It is truly a piece of art. I am so thankful for such a great experience and look forward to getting some more ink done in the future! I am going to be including all of this shop’s information in case you are looking to get tatted! West 4 has tattooed lots of celebrities including Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, and Justin Bieber to name a few so come financially equipped and book your appointments as soon as possible…the books fill up super quickly! If you have any questions definitely leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer them!

West 4 Tattoo: 163 West 4 St New York, New York 10014 

Head over to http://www.west4tattoo.com for further information including hours, contact information etc. 

xo, lexie

But First, Brunch // West Village NYC Eats

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to lots of amazing places at such a young age. This is something I will never ever take for granted. No matter how far and wide I may have traveled, I have to say that the greatest place I have ever been is New York City. My friend Shelby described it best in a tweet of her’s, “there’s something about pulling into Manhattan that gives an overwhelming sense of opportunity, every time”. I experience the similar sensation every single time I get off the train at Penn Station. I walk up the stairs from the station into the city and am greeted by the hustle and bustle of the people, the bright yellow taxis, the beeping of horns and most importantly NYC’s powerful/magical energy. Being in New York makes makes me feel like the world is mine to conquer, that anything can happen, that love and magic exist, that I can be whoever I want to be, that dreams come true…. I never feel more alive than when I’m in this city. In my previous post I wrote solely about my time in the tattoo shop, but today I am giving you guys a look at my day spent in the West Village!

Brunch is everything, especially in NYC! My family and I celebrated that fact by heading over to The Butcher’s Daughter in their West Village location for an amazing mid-morning feast. This restaurant is any photographer’s dream. The food not only looks incredible and tastes incredible but the interior design is artsy and filled with plants! They serve a 100% vegetarian and mostly vegan fare and it is seriously to die for! My dad is the biggest meat eater out there and he was even raving about how delicious his vegan rueben sandwich was! I had ” Butcher’s Grilled Cheese” which featured sourdough bread, vegan cheese, avocado, heirloom tomato, adzuki bacon, and wilted basil and it is the best sandwich I have ever eaten in my life. I can’t recommend this place enough! The energy of this place is chill and inviting and you will want to spend the entire day here just talking, sipping on mimosas and enjoying life! After we finished up brunch we walked a bit around the village. I was in full daydream mode looking at all of the colorful brownstones and imagining myself living in one of them…I’ll get there one day; I’ll make sure of it!

What are your favorite NYC brunch spots? I’m always looking for new spots to try…right now by CHLOE and Sweets by CHLOE are high on my list! Please leave recommendations below in the comments if you have any!
xo, lexie