Hiya! I’m Madeline Alford, a Brooklyn-based style and travel blogger. Thanks for stopping by my corner of the Internet.
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2013 I had one goal—to move to New York City and get a job as a writer in the magazine industry. So with the confidence one only has in your early twenties, I moved to NYC with two suitcases and no job or place to live. For two weeks, I lived in an extended stay hotel in Hell’s Kitchen and pounded the pavement. Funny thing is (or not so funny), I was caught in a major catch-22—in order to secure an apartment here, you have to have a job (plus make 40 times the rent, sign over your firstborn child, etc. etc.) and to have a job, it’s really important to have a place to live. Finally, in one of those classic NYC moments, a friend of a friend (of a friend) set me up with a six month sublet in Alphabet City, and my new roommate happened to know someone who worked at Lucky magazine. In one fell swoop, I had an apartment to my name and a job in the space of three weeks.
I began in the events and promotions department, before getting my dream job writing for what would become LuckyShops.com. As the editorial assistant and then the news writer, I wrote and produced content I was really proud of. I also worked with the best team around—we still meet up regularly for what we affectionately call “Guac n’ Talk” (aka some guacamole and lots of tequila). And at the old Condé Nast offices at 4 Times Square, every day I ate lunch brought from home in Tupperware with someone who would turn out to be a bridesmaid at my wedding (hey Steph!).
After two years, Lucky folded. First the print magazine, and then the website all of us had so lovingly contributed. Then the unthinkable happened—with no warning, LuckyShops.com went dark. All the work that we had put in over the years disappeared.
Even though at that point I had realized that my dream career actually lay back where I started in marketing and events, I was extremely proud of my writing for LuckyShops. And even though being an editor full-time wasn’t exactly where my career path led me, I still have a passion for writing.
So, The Postscript was born. Merriam-Webster defines “postscript” as “an additional statement that provides further information on or a sequel to something.” So here it is, my personal addendum to the work I did at Lucky.
Here, you’ll find a real hodgepodge of content—whether it’s a travel itinerary of Venice, my favorite book of the month (hint: it’s probably going to be a mystery/thriller) or a roundup of summer wedding dresses. Speaking of style, everything you find here will most likely fall under $200. I’m in my 20s and live in New York, so as much as I love designer pieces that’s frankly not what I can afford. I’ll do my very best to always feature items that are more budget-friendly. Anything over $200 is definitely a rare splurge in my opinion!
Finally, a little bit about me. I’m a native Texan, Brooklyn transplant and live in Fort Greene with my husband Zach. For my first 3 years in New York I lived in Manhattan, and must confess I was a super Manhattan snob, and all but refused to move to Brooklyn when my husband suggested it every time our lease was up (I’m so obnoxious, I know). But after living here for over a year, I’m perfectly fine confessing how wrong I was—Brooklyn really is the best.
Most of the time, you’ll probably find me reading, cooking or planning my next trip. I hate sitting still for too long and love traveling and exploring new cities (I have a particular love for Charleston, SC). But since we only get so many vacation days, I love staycations too—I’ll play tourist in places close to home like Williamsburg, Red Hook and Sagaponack.
Want to talk about cats, true crime, BBQ or something equally random? Shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.