Ashley Montalvo

Author

Hi, I’m Ashley! I’m a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, studying Fashion Business Management. I was born and raised in New York, so I am very proud to be a New Yorker! New York City will forever hold a special place in my heart. It is where I discovered my true self and aspirations. In addition to my passion for fashion, I love reading and writing. The Strand bookstore is one of my favorite places in NYC. I also love exploring different parts of the city, and finding cute cafés and restaurants. I look forward to writing about the wonders of New York City and fashion, while spreading lots of love and positivity!

Finding Connection Through Fermentation in NYC: Anton Nicola

Nicola has experienced so much of New York through the fermentation scene. He has connected with world-renowned chefs and learned about the intricacies of fermentation and experimentation. The diversity and opportunity for growth bubbles with every new connection and recipe.

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A Dream Around the World: Q&A with Meagan Morrison of Travel Write Draw

Meagan Morrison is a traveling fashion illustrator who has worked with brands from Dior, Anthropologie, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors to Conde Nast Traveler and the European Union. She has traveled the globe to create vibrant artwork that embodies the culture and style of the area. Read for my Q&A with Morrison for an in-depth look into her career, muses, and future manifestations!

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Leaving a Mark: Richard Haines was Here

In an age where the majority of the population has a camera in their phone and where visual images can be captured and transported with a click, what place does an illustrator hold in fashion? Why look at an image drawn by an artist rather than the image itself? We spoke with Richard Haines, a noted fashion illustrator, to understand his perspective on his work and to appreciate art that captures not only an image, but the imagination.

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G.N.O in the Midst of a Pandemic

After months of spamming each other’s inboxes with TikTok videos titled “Hidden Gems of NYC” or “Must Visit Places in NYC,” we finally got around to setting a (safe) dinner date at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar last Friday.

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Tips for Falling Asleep Faster

Even in the city that never sleeps, many of us are struggling to get a good night’s rest. Insomnia can negatively affect your entire day. If this sounds familiar to you, read on! These helpful tips for falling asleep faster are easy to work into your nightly routine.

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A Look Inside The New Sour Patch Kids Store

2020 has been pretty sour, so treat yourself to something sweet. NYC’s first-of-its-kind Sour Patch Kids Store is open for business. Located on the corner of Broadway and Bond Street, the Sour Patch Kids Store is a sweet haven for kids and adults alike.

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The Best City Work Bags for Women

The days of running to catch the Manhattan-bound bus, piling onto a packed subway car, and hustling into the office with an almond milk latte in-hand may seem like a lifetime ago for many of us. And while the exact date remains TBD, the hustle and bustle of NYC will eventually return; and with it will come the return of one of the working woman’s most important undertakings – the search for the perfect work bag.

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WOOM Center Co-Founder Elian Zach on the Role of Wellness Communities in a Socially Distant Time

How does a wellness center function when those within the community cannot enter a communal, immersive space due to social distancing? How do wellness centers adapt to the needs of the community from afar? I found myself on a mission to learn how places like WOOM Center and those within the WOOM community in New York City sought to evolve and elevate their mission through socially distanced and socially tumultuous times. To find out more, I spoke with Elian Zach, Co-founder of the WOOM Center, Yoga and Breathwork Guide, and navigator of all things body, mind, and soul.

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Love in the Time of Corona: Part I — I Started a Social Experiment on Hinge, Then I was Banned for Life. Here’s What I Learned

Is it possible to find love in the time of corona? Here we are, nearly six months deep into quarantine, and the most “realistic” advice that top medical professionals can give us for navigating COVID-era intimacy is to wear a mask and avoid kissing at all costs (no, really). I got on Hinge and asked the sweet users of the greater San Francisco Bay Area and New York City what they were looking for during this time, and whether or not they were finding it.

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A New Yorker’s Long Weekend in Maine

Craving a vacation but feeling like hopping on a plane to a tropical island might not be the best idea right now, I was on the hunt for the perfect getaway. The requirements: must be driving distance from New York, allow for social distancing, and be dog-friendly. Located on the Mid-Coast of Maine, Camden is known for its panoramic water views, unique shops, and of course, lobsters.

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How to Stay Ahead of the Winter Blues

2020 has been a relentless year. Our normally lively, bustling city life has nearly been brought to a complete halt. I’m sure many of us have done the best we could to enjoy our summer, but I’ve often felt that these erratic days seem to linger on and have imposed themselves deeply upon my social life. Now that September is here, autumn is the start of a different type of change for many of us, leading to what’s commonly known as the “Winter Blues”. But keep reading, and you will find there are plenty of ways to not only cope, but flourish, during this transition.

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A Saturday Night in Washington Square Park 2020

I’ve personally found that the best “nights out” (who even knows what that means anymore?) now consist of takeout and a little picnic in a cozy and socially distanced spot. Last weekend’s lineup: Bareburger takeout, Washington Square Park, and Popbar for dessert.

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Famous New York City Film Locations to Visit

Who doesn’t love to watch movies and TV shows? While many known movies and shows were shot and produced in California, there are a handful of iconic scenes and locations that are based in New York. Ready to take a walking tour of New York City? Let’s go!

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My First Love: New York City Edition

The shimmering, bright lights. The billboards spread across 42nd and Broadway. The pathway leading through nature in the park. The thousands of shops to glance through. This is New York City. This is the city I have been in love with since I was eight years old.

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7 Outdoor, Socially Distanced Things to Do in New York City

With September gifting the city with perfect early-autumn weather and COVID-19 restrictions slowly being lifted, now is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors that NYC has to offer — Safely, of course. Here are 7 outdoor activities to do in New York that are relaxing, fun, and social distancing friendly.

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Money Management Skills Every Young Professional in NYC Should Have

We watched the toll that the 2008 crash took on our parents, we’ve seen some of the biggest dips in our economy since the Great Depression. We know the importance of money (especially in careers that don’t provide a 401K). Ever since moving to New York City, I have become determined to take this previously terrifying subject and make it less daunting. You should, too.

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Yes, You Can Go Whale Watching in New York

In the bustling city of New York, one might find it hard to conceive the idea of witnessing something as miraculous as whales in the wild. Located in the borough of Brooklyn is a neighborhood called Sheepshead Bay. There, one can be greeted with the scent of salt water and the sight of humpback whales, the size of a school bus.

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Why NYC Comedy isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon

Stand-up comedy has been one of the most notable and authentic qualities that New York City has to offer. From open mic nights to a sold-out Madison Square Garden, New Yorkers will find a place to go where they can have a laugh and forget about the struggles of their day. It’s difficult times like these when people need to laugh the most, and while the city is battling the pandemic, stand-up comedy finds a way to adapt.

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These are the Top 10 Random Things I Miss About The Big Apple

Are you a New Yorker who is currently spending quarantine being a #backhomeballer and enjoying your mom’s endless Costco runs and pick-up laundry service? Or did you escape the city because your roommates are psycho and you needed something even close to resembling greenspace because the fire escape just doesn’t cut it? Well, even with these simple luxuries, you probably have your fair share of things you miss about everyday life in NYC. These are the top 10 random things that I miss about living in The Big Apple.

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5 New York Times Best Seller Books Turned into Movies

If you are anything like me, the statement “New York Times Best Seller” on the cover of a book will bring you a step closer to purchasing it. But what if you want to spend a nice evening with your loved ones, or don't want to commit to hours of reading? Here are 5 New York Times Best Seller books that have been made into movies.

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5 Ways to Stay Safe at the Gym During the Pandemic

Going to the gym in the middle of a pandemic can be stressful and cause anxiety for many fitness fanatics. Whether you plan on going to the gym on opening day or two months from now, here are a few guidelines to follow to get your workout on and stay safe from COVID-19.

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