The Leopard & The City

“Quite simply, I was in love with New York. I do not mean ‘love’ in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and you never love anyone quite that way again.” – Joan Didion

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THE LOOK | white tank, grey sweater, leopard coat, ponte pants, black booties (similar), black handbag (similar), slouchy beanie, cat eye sunglasses

A love affair with New York City is a love affair like no other. Every year, I find myself writing about my love for the city that I was raised in (most recently here). I know for a fact that I am the way I am because of the city I’m from.

It wasn’t until I went to college that I realized just how cool it was to be from New York. And just how lucky I was. When most people graduated and couldn’t find a way to pay to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world, I was able to go back home. I was able to relax for two weeks and begin my career.

That’s something I will never take for granted.

Being a fashion blogger in New York City is also something special. Not only do I get to take pictures at some of the most iconic places, but I also get to attend so many fun events and network face-to-face with amazing companies and brands. In a way, being a fashion blogger in New York is “easier”. Of course, there’s a lot of competition since there are a lot of us, but there are plenty of opportunities for us to go around! I’ve also met such great girls through NYC network events, so I am definitely not complaining.

And again, this is something I will never take for granted.

Every day I wake up and head out into the city that some people call overwhelming, brutal, crowded, among other words. But at the end of the day, this city is the place where people’s dreams come true. The place where I’ve built my career, met some of the most amazing people, and the place I will never ever ever ever leave again.

New York City is my home, and for whatever reason, I’ve recently been taking the time to just simply look up. And around me for that matter. Just last week, I was on my way home and walking towards the new Q line. I was pretty annoyed because that means I’d have to walk through Times Square. When I was stopped on a corner, I just looked up. And I immediately felt a sense of happiness. Just a few days before that, there were TWO MILLION people where I was standing, ready to usher in the new year.

So as I looked up at that 2017 sign lit up, I told myself 2017 was going to be THE year for me. And the year I do more and more in New York. There’s just so much to see and do in this city, so I’m excited to really take advantage of being a tourist in my own city (except skipping all of the actual touristy things).

For now, I’ll be running around town in my favorite leopard coat, taking in the beautiful place I call home.


 photos by allie provost


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  1. 1.9.17

    Love. This. Leopard. Coat. Gorgeous as always, girl.

    • 1.9.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Aww, thank you so much girl! I LOVE this coat so much too!

  2. 1.9.17
    AryaChic said:

    Usually not a fan of animal prints but this jacket is gorgeous!

    • 1.9.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thank you!

  3. 1.9.17

    Such a great state of mind! I think too many people take for granted how wonderful where they live really is. I plan to be a better “tourist” in Boston this year! Bopping around the city in this coat isn’t half bad either 🙂 Hope you have an awesome Monday!
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

    • 1.9.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      That was SO me in college. I’m glad I realized how cool it is to live in NYC! I’ve only been to Boston once but I loved it! And I agree, wearing a leopard coat is kind of fun 😉 Happy Monday to you, Tess! Xx

  4. 1.9.17

    Love this post Dana! It’s such a great reminder no matter where you live to not take things for granted. Your outfit is the perfect mix of glam and casual chic! That leopard coat is too cute! xo Bryn

    • 1.9.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Aww, thank you Bryn! Xx Happy Monday!

  5. 1.9.17

    I love this post. You’r so right. I’ve been finding myself take a step back and just looking up and taking it all in. I also loooove this leopard coat on you!!!

    • 1.9.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thankkkkkkkkk you 🙂 We live in the coolest city ever, so let’s plan on doing more here!

  6. 1.9.17
    Jenn Lake said:

    Such a classic look! Love it so much!

    • 1.9.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thank you, Jenn! Happy Monday! xx

  7. 1.9.17
    Katie Schubert said:

    This jacket is SO cute on you!

    Katie |

    • 1.9.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thank you, Katie! Xx

  8. 1.9.17
    The Adored Life said:

    I cannot get enough of that coat and the shoes! How freaking DARLING are they?! Love them!

    The Adored Life

    • 1.12.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Aww thank you! My shoes are my favorite – I’ve worn the hell outta them over the last year and a half!

  9. 1.9.17

    Ugh I love this look so much. Fabulous coat!

    Emma | Seeking the South

    • 1.12.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thank you, Emma!

  10. 1.9.17

    I’m in love with NYC! You captured the city so well and I’m in love with that coat!

    ♡ Jaime

    • 1.12.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Aww, thank you, Jaime! xx

  11. 1.9.17
    Lauren Oliver said:

    That coat is absolutely gorgeous – I can never get enough of leopard print! And New York City is definitely such an amazing city… I hope I can head there sometime in the near future! Also, I’m very curious as to what made you a Pittsburgh fan since you’re from NYC! 😉


    • 1.12.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      It really is so magical here! Thank you for stopping by!
      PS: I’m going to answer that question in my Pop! Fizz! Chat! series tomorrow 😉

  12. 1.9.17
    Harmony at Momma To Go said:

    those photos really are gorgeous!

    • 1.12.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thanks, Harmony! Xx

  13. 1.9.17

    That coat!!!! Obsessed! I visited New York once and was so overwhelmed but super giddy at the same time… Being from the South it is so amazing to see how big a city can be 🙂

    Brittany 🙂

    • 1.12.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      It’s such a difference! I went to school in Northern Virginia (hardly the South, but still so different from NYC), so I can understand! Thanks for stopping by, Brittany! xx

  14. 1.9.17
    Magda said:

    Great look! Never been to NYC but definitely on my list next time I am in the US! 🙂

    • 1.12.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thank you!! xx

  15. 1.9.17

    Great post! It’s always fun to play tourist and rediscover (or discover) places around your city – esp New York! So excited to see what you have in store in 2017!

    • 1.12.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thanks girl! Xx

  16. 1.9.17

    First of all, I love that coat! The leopard print definitely makes a statement! And it’s so nice to hear how much you truly love NYC! I think it’s sometimes hard to truly appreciate a place when you’ve grown up there, but I’m glad you’ve grown to love the city.


    • 1.12.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thank you for stopping by! Your comment made my day! xx

  17. 1.9.17
    Mademoiselle Coconath said:

    Loving the coat! Such a perfect winter look!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

    • 1.12.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thank you! It’s definitely a good one!

  18. 1.9.17
    Neisha said:

    New York city is my favorite place in this world. I kind of get nostalgic reading your post 🙂

    • 1.12.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Aww, this made me happy! Thanks for stopping by! Xx