Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 Resolutions


I have high hopes for 2015. Are you always as amazed as I, when you look back over the previous year and realize how much has actually happened? 2014 was a particularly eventful year for me. It wasn't a traditionally monumental twelve months, I didn't get engaged or have a baby, like some of my friends, but when I think back I see just how many experiences I managed to pack into a reasonably short time. I felt like 2014 was when I really got my stride of living in the city. Even though I was very familiar with Manhattan prior to my move, there still was a learning curve associated with a transition to a relatively small city to one of the biggest in the world. I have established an amazing group of friends and have honed in on exactly what I want to do with my life (now comes the fun part of actually making it happen). I have traveled to several new and exciting places and gone to more events than I could ever have imagined. It's easy to get distracted by chaos of everyday life, and to feel inferior when your station in life may not measure up to your peers, but when you stop and think about it, you realize just how truly blessed you are. 


Which brings me to my resolutions for next year...

First and foremost, I want to continue prioritizing my 101 in 1001. It's a more comprehensive resolutions list than I could every hope to make by midnight and will definitely take more than one year to accomplish, but those are the most essential and important goals to me. 

Second, I would like to relax a little more. I'm such a control freak that my anxiety frequently gets the best of me. So much so, that I sometimes miss out on simply enjoying the moment. Which means that this year relaxation takes precedence, whether it's treating myself to a massage, watching some mindless television, or burning a great candle. 

Third, document more. I want to take more pictures. I also want to keep a journal, even if it's a line-a-day, to remember everything. 

Fourth, compare myself less. In a city as cutting edge as New York, there are always girls that have more. Wether it's the latest Celine bag, my dream job, or a model boyfriend, sometimes people are just a little further along than you, and that's okay. One of my favorite quotes is "we tend to compare our behind the scenes with everyone else's highlight reel". You are exactly where you should be. 

Five, make health a priority. I try to do this already, but definitely have room for improvement. I want to go to Soulcycle even more often, and try new things like barre or bikrim yoga. 

Six, be more financially responsible. I've come to the unpleasant conclusion that in New York it's impossible to do everything all the time, at least financially. I want to prioritize what I truly want most and learn to sacrifice the other things. 

Seventh, read 20 books. I feel short again this year, after stalling on more than a few of the books I read this year, so I'm determined to make my goal next year.. 

Eighth, blog more! This is one of my favorite things and I need to be better about carving out time to dedicate to it. 

So there you have more than you ever wanted to know about my resolutions. I have a feeling 2015 is going to be the best year yet! 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Refresh

I'm a huge fan of New Years. I'm on board with any holiday that gives you an excuse to dress up, drink excessively, and dance into the wee hours of the morning. I also love that it gives us the opportunity for a fresh start. After weeks of holiday parties that culminated with a few days in which an exorbitant amount of goodies and libations were consumed, a resurge of my fitness routine has become a necessity. And there is no better way to motivate this girl than by investing in some new workout provisions. 

GIft Guide: Fitness Fanatic

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

First and foremost, the activewear needs to fit all of your needs. I have a slight addiction to SoulCycle, so loose tanks and crops make up 90% of my wardrobe.
(If you find yourself "tapping it back" a few times a week, like me, here are some more options:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4)

The accessories are where the fun starts. I've been dreaming of a Fitbit for forever and when I saw Tory Burch was manufacturing a more fashionable alternative, I was sold. I also spend more time with my headphones than, arguably, anything else I own (excluding my phone) so a good pair is vital. Bose never disappoints. Comfortable shoes (I got this pair from Santa) and a headband, to keep your hair out of your face, and you're almost set.

Grab your gym bag (I got an MZ Wallace tote for my birthday and am obsessed. You will not believe the amount of room you have, not to mention the fun colors and patterns they come in.), and you're good to go!

Here's to making some of those resolutions stick!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gift Guide: Glamour Girl

Since I'm the quintessential girlie girl, there is nothing I enjoy more than picking out gorgeous gifts for my friends. There's something so yummy about treating people to things they may not splurge on for themselves. Everyone needs some more glamour in their lives right? So transport your pals back to a time when everyone used to dress for dinner and big sunglasses were more necessity than accessory. 
Gift Guide: Glamour Girl

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

What are your go-to gifts for your glam gals?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gift Guide: Deck the Halls

One gift that is always a hit, especially when you're stumped for ideas, is a holiday themed present. Everyone always appreciated a new ornament that they can treasure year after year. Here are a few of my favorite holiday trinkets that would be the perfect giveaway to a friend.
Deck the Halls
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Any holiday trinket ideas?



Monday, December 15, 2014

Gift Guide: Hostess

So I have obviously been a little MIA lately, but I'm back with several gift guides for all of you last minute shoppers out there. 

First up: Hostess Gifts. 

With the holidays comes tons of glorious parties and you definitely can't show up empty handed. That's why it's important to constantly have a few trinkets hanging around for hostess gifts. I'd like to say that I have enough forethought to constantly stock these, but I'm totally the last minute, run to the liquor store for a bottle of wine, kind of girl. But in a world in which I wake up for rooster SoulCycle and cook organic dinners every night, I'd be full stocked with these goodies to hand out. Hey maybe in the New Year...Gift Guide: Hostess


1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

What are your go-to hostess gifts? 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gallery Wall

Yesterday I told you that I finally invested in a new dresser (and hung up my Gray Malin Central Park photograph) but the space is still missing something. I have my eye on a fun periwinkle lamp to add a little pizazz to the top of my dresser but I need to add a little color to the wall. I've been admiring other peoples gallery walls for what feels like forever and feel like this is the perfect solution to the sea of white. Gallery walls are the ideal way to showcase so many different kinds of artwork and are the perfect representation of someones personality.

I have to admit, though, I'm a little daunted by the process. First, deciding on, and acquiring all of the artwork is overwhelming. I want every piece I hang to have personal significance. Then the prospect of actually hanging the artwork already gives me anxiety since I'm so compulsive I'm not sure I'll be able to achieve the haphazard look that is essential. But never the less, I'm challenging myself to go for it and invite you along on this journey. 

Here are some of my inspiration walls: 

If you have an tips please pass them along! Be sure to check back soon when I share all of my artwork selections.

Monday, November 24, 2014

101 in 1001 Updates

Slowly but surely I have been trying to tick away at my 101 in 1001 list and figured it was time to let you in on my updates. 

PERSONAL

5. Do a full closet purge and get rid of anything I no longer wear, or doesn't fit my personal style: 
The Happiness Project inspired me to do my closet overhaul and as Rubin's ensured, I actually feel as though I have more to wear. 

26. Go through my "Things to do in New York" books and highlight what I've already done: 
One boring night I decided to buckle down and highlight where I've already been (even color coordinated them based on when I went)

33. Invest in five new pieces of furniture of my apartment (dresser, armchair, bar stools, another bookshelf, coffee table):
Five hours after my trek to Brooklyn to Ikea, another eight hours to build it, and two nights of five hours of sleep (or less) I can definitely check that one off 

NEW YORK

39. Play shuffleboard in Brooklyn:





This was one of my favorites to check off. A group of friends rented a cabana, took advantage of the open bar libations, and celebrated one friends birthday at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. It was well worth the wait and if you're looking for a fun activity for a large group of people this is perfect! 

42. Attend a Knicks game:

 


This was one of my other favorites to check off. Last saturday night my roommate surprised me with tickets to the Knicks-Sixers game since she knew it was on my list. Such a fun night! 

59. Attend the 9/11 Memorial 

In the midst of my five hour journey to-and-fro to the Brooklyn Ikea, I kept running into obstacles (such as both the 2 and 3 trains randomly stopping) and found myself directly under the memorial. It's something every American should see. 

I have a few more things in the works for next month so hopefully I'll be back with some more progress. 


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Back to Black

This week has given us our first real taste of winter, here in the city, and I have to say that I have already lost my appetite. But one of the gloriously refreshing things about the start of "the grey days" as I like to refer to them, is the reintroduction of the winter wardrobe. It's hardly a shocking revelation that all New Yorkers wear, even in the summer, is black. But what's so interesting is that they constantly find new and inventive ways to showcase their monochromatic palates.

(Get the look: here and here)

As I glanced around the N Train, which suddenly more closely resembled a funeral home, than a subway car, I was captivated by the different ways women were showcasing their personal style all dressed in the same color. 

Since it appears that my wardrobe will now predominately consist of one shade until the first blooms of spring I thought it was necessary to seek out some Pinspirstion...

What's your favorite look head-to-toe look? 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Santa Baby...

You can keep your 54' convertible (though if you insist…) but I have been brainstorming a few items for when you "hurry down the chimney"…


3. Blue Ray-Ban Aviators  
4. The Entire Furbish Website (more specifically 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 )
7. Soulcycle Attire (such as 1 / 2 / 3 ) 

And if you're feeling particularly generous this year (I have been an "awfully good girl") this Prada Daino Hobo Bag would receive a lovely home. 


Feel free to cross any item off this list if you feel so inclined...




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Handbag Essentials

A few weeks ago Julia from Rue La La reached out to me and asked me to discuss the necessities I carry around with me everyday in my handbag. Living in Manhattan, your purse becomes your car, your desk, and your overnight bag all rolled into one. At a moments notice you need to be prepared for anything that life will throw out you. Being that I was a former Girl Scout (but more likely because I'm a little bit OCD) I have my handbag necessities down to a science.


iPad (Cover) // Kate Spade Wallet // Ralph Lauren Sunglasses (old, similar pairs here and here) // Burberry Eyeglasses // Clinique Mascara // Stila Bronzer // Stila Retractable Makeup Brush // Emi-Jay Hair Ties // Gum // Metrocard // Earbuds // Band-Aids // eos // 


I'm guilty of being somewhat of a pack mule and my purse regularly weighs over 10 lbs. My preferred purse style is a tote due to the amount of essentials I carry with me, but unfortunately it means that you begin to accumulate an exorbitant amount of junk, as well. One of the best things I've ever done is switch to a smaller handbag, forcing me to substantially downsize. These are the few things that keep me sane. 

What are your handbag essentials? 



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Grid Pattern

Like I said in last weeks installment of Trendy Tuesday, there are a few trends each season that I usually fall in love with, and one of the other ones I absolutely cannot get enough of is the grid pattern. It's a bold pattern but yet is still subtle enough for work or brunch. 

There are so many different ways to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. 

My personal favorite interpretation is with a matching shirt-skirt combination. 



You can never go wrong a dress 

(Get the look 1 / 2 / 3)

Add some color! 




If you're feeling bold, you can mix two trends with a grid pattern crop top. 


Are you as in love with grid patterns as I am? 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Blanket Coats

Every year, there are a few trends that I become completely obsessed with, and as soon as I saw the photo of Sarah Jessica Parker rocking her (monogrammed) Burberry blanket coat I knew this was going to be one. 

This season we have seen tons of tribal influences and the Native American look to these is extremely on point. I don't think you could get more quintessentially fall than these jackets. One of the great things about them is that they're available at really reasonable price points.


Thoughts on blanket coats? 

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Book Review

The Happiness Project
By: Gretchen Rubin

I had started and stopped Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project more times than I care to admit. For some reason, I could never seem to get into it. But a few weeks ago, on a particularly low Saturday, I decided to give it one last try. Similar to when I finally read Eat, Pray, Love, I tend to identify with , and enjoy, these types books much more when I'm in a particular head space. The first few times I attempted this book, I felt that Rubin was being too dramatic, since she appeared to have a pretty wonderful life, before I realized that was the relatable part. Of course, Elizabeth Gilbert's story was so captivating because of her complete renovation of her entire life, but Rubin's approach was much more identifiable. Most of us, also, have fantastic lives, but are not gaining the amount of joy we should out of them.

Gretchen's story inspired me to look at life differently, and to incorporate so many of her simple, yet significant, resolutions into my routine. I no longer put off a task that takes less than a minute to complete (i.e. hanging up my jacket when I walk in the door). I try to tackle a "nagging task" as often as I can (i.e. I completely cleaned out my closet). Of course some weren't directly applicable to my life, such as the marriage advice, but her tips were always useful and her approach was unique. I highly recommend this if you're looking to appreciate your life more.

Not That Kind of Girl 
By: Lena Dunham

I'm a huge Lena Dunham fan. I think she is a comedic genius and has talent beyond her years so when I heard that she was coming out with a book I was thrilled. The title sat on my "to-read" list for months until it was finally released this month. I devoured this book, and caught myself laughing out loud on the subway more than a few times. Along the same lines as Bossypants by Tin Fey and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kahling, it is a brief glimpse of the life of Dunham. Her chapters on dating and ultimately finding love were so relatable to a twenty-something navigating that scene in Manhattan (I guess it's no surprise why Girls is such a huge hit). Dunham tackles everything from losing her virginity, to battling her weight, to writing her first web series with three of her closest friends. If you haven't done so already, stop on your way home tonight and purchase this book. I promise you won't regret it!

Any reads to suggest? 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Weekend Wardrobe

If you're anything like me, by the time the weekend rolls around, all you want to wear are comfortable clothes. I spend so much time and energy trying to decide what to wear during the week that come weekend I have exhausted all of my fashion inspiration. I'll completely confess that when I'm running around, checking things of my to-do list, I am almost always in head-to-toe Lululemon, or other workout clothes. Partially I figure that if I'm wearing gym clothes I'm more likely to force myself to actually participate in some physical activity, and partially it's because they're comfortable and easy.


One of the new trends lately are more glam leisure clothing, which I'm obviously on board with. They allow you to look stylish and put together, but offer the comfort of pajamas.

Basic Tees
Forever 21, $4 (you can't beat that price!) 

Sweaters/ Sweatshirts 

Bottoms
J.Crew, $49 (25% off right now, I just bought them and they're heavenly) 
J.Crew, $49 (25% off) 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

It's Wednesday again kiddos, and you know what that means...

I've been a Taylor fan since my best friends and I wore out her first album in high school. And while I've wavered on my opinion of the artist from time to time, there's no denying that her music is catching and damn fun to sing along to. Plus I'm such a sucker for those hidden messages she always provides.

I think this powder blue Jenny Packman gown (and L.K. Bennett Agata Sandals) is one of my new, all time favorite, looks. I must own those shoes!



I'm dreaming of these robins egg Valentino's 


How are you feeling this Wednesday? 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Haunted by Halloween

I'm just going to say it, I hate Halloween. I've never been a huge fan, even when I was little, but as I've grown up it has just filled me with so much anxiety. I can never come up with clever costume ideas and even when I do manage to concoct a half baked attempt, I feel silly. I had kind of hoped I was past the point when I was expected to dress up but alas I was roped into giving it one more go, with two of my friends. (I swear this is the last year!)


Queen Bee (my personal fave) 

If you're anything like me, a Halloween costume has been the last thing on your mind. But before you know it, you'll be expected to don a mesmerizing ensemble. So I thought I would share some of my favorite, easy, costume ideas.







Kelly, from StudioDYI is literally a genius and while I long for the day when I no longer have to dress up, these ideas actually put me in the Halloween mood! Check out her other ideas here

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Shop Shopbop's Sale

It's one of my favorite times a year, and I don't just mean because it is officially fall, the semi annual Shopbop Friends & Family sale is upon us! I have scoured the site and have tried to narrow it down to my favorites. Since the sale only happens twice a year I feel compelled to stock up on all the things I've had my eye on, and some other wardrobe staples.

I've been trying my best to squelch my shopping addiction lately so it's been especially difficult to rein myself in. But I'm in desperate need (okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration) of some new fall additions. 

Here are a few of my absolute favorites: 

This Clu Too Ruffled Striped Top has been in my "favorites" folder for weeks. I'm obsessed with it and can already envision myself living in it. (I also snagged this one). 

I'm also dying over these two top options ( 1 / 2 )

I'm slightly obsessed with the grid print trend and the moment I saw this Endless Rose Prep Sweater, I knew I had to have it. 

You can never have too much houndstooth and this BB Dakota Nolan Sweater was screaming my name. 

I'm also loving these sweater options ( 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

I've realized that I am in desperate need of some fall/winter "going out" dresses and this BB Dakota Jaylee Dress is right up my alley. I'm obsessed with the cobalt blue hue. 

Here are a few of my other favorite options ( 1 / 2 / 3

I've been drooling over these gorgeous SKOT Partyskirts for two years and think this might finally be the year I pull the trigger (I also adore the "ball point blue"). I mean, how perfect is it for the holidays?! (I picture it paired with this simple, Three Dot Cropped Sweater).    

I contemplated purchasing each one of these ( 1 / 2 / 3 ) 

I'm head over heels for this entire look, particularly the BB Dakota Darby Sweater Vest. While, it didn't make it into my cart this time, it's at the top of my birthday wish list (hint hint Mom). 

Here are some other outerwear pieces I have my eye on ( 1 / 2 / 3

Be sure to use code FAMILY25 at the register for your discount! 

I'm dying to know, what did you pick up at this years sale? 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

This week's What I'm Loving is dedicated to Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl


Gone Girl: I read Gillian Flynn's novel about two years ago and have yet to find a book I have enjoyed that much. I've been eagerly awaiting David Fincher's adaptation (especially after finding out Ben Affleck was cast, because wow) and finally got to see it Friday night. Rarely do films capture the same magic of a book but I have to tell you, if you liked the book, you will love the movie.

One of the favorite passages of the novel is Amy's "cool girl" speech. It has been dissected and discussed countless times and I was dying to see how it would translated to the silver screen. Without giving too much away, yet again Fincher hit a home run and paid perfect tribute to Flynn's words. (For those who have seen the movie, this perspective is amazing- just be forewarned there are spoilers).

Rosamund Pike was absolutely the perfect choice to play Amy Dunne. To feed into Amy's "cool girl" esthetic, the costume choices were amazingly on point. 

And finally, the beauty, and talent, that is Ben Affleck. 

I'm dying to know, have you read the book? Did/ will you see the movie? 




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

It's my favorite time of the week, when I get to share what I'm loving with you. Here are some of my favorites this week: 



This Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup recipe (perfect for a chilly fall evening) 
Blanket Coats (more on that to come)
The return of American Horror Story next week. (Check out the trailer here
My new budget friendly distressed jeans
George Clooney's Wedding

Thursday, September 25, 2014

These Boots Were Made for Walking

Boots have to be one of the best parts of fall and winter. In my opinion, you really can never have too many pairs (especially in a place where they're pretty much the only option four months of the year). So I have decided to expand my collection this fall.

Boots

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Frye: I own both the Frye Jane and Melissa Button boots and live in them during the fall and winter. The Jane style has the perfect heel height that allows the perfect transition from day to night. The Melissa Button boots are extremely versatile, based on their low heel, and get used more than any other boots in my closet.m

Sole Society: I have been looking for a reasonably priced, slouchy, suede boot since college and feel like I have finally found my solemate (get it?). I discovered them last year, but was reluctant to pull the trigger and they ultimately sold out. Let's just say I've learned my lesson and won't be making that mistake again this year.

Stuart Weitzman 50/50- The over-the-knee trend has got to be one of my favorite looks. It's sophisticated and chic, all the while being hip and relevant. You can't get more on point than with the Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boots.

Over-the-Knee- The are tons of more wallet friendly options out there to achieve the 50/50 look without being forced to eat Ramen Noodles every night. The Michael Kors and Soce Society pair are amongst my favorite.

Do you have your eye on any boots this season?

Routine 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Here are a few of the things I'm loving lately: 

Dying over this Emoji Stationary: it's at the top of my stocking stuffer wish list for Christmas

Spending some extra gorgeous outside time, enjoying the fall

The return of Scandal: I'm obsessed with this show and have been dying since last seasons finale. My friends and I are planning a popcorn and red wine premier party (we're so Olivia right?). Not to mention, The Limited is releasing their own Olivia Pope themed clothing line- as Rachel Zoe would say, I die.

Having my first (and second,third, and fourth) Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season

Reading The Skimm: After Mackenzie did a profile on the two creators of the website, I immediately signed up. I have since told basically everyone I know about their ingenious concept (a daily email blast with the days headlines and pertinent information explained in layman's terms). Sign up immediately.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag

Few bags illicit the same panicked response that the famed Hermes Birkin Bag has. There's something to be said when impatient New Yorkers willingly wait for a product, but fashion forward girls will stop at nothing to get their hands on that years "it" bag. For the past two years Mansur Gavriel has been building their brand and has established themselves as one of the new designers to watch. There rapid rise to fame is all thanks to their gorgeous, and timeless, bucket bag (read more about their story here).


But the moral of the story is that last week I joined the elite (totally kidding, FYI) and finally got my hands on one!

After going back and forth a few too many times, I ultimately settled on the Camel/ Dolly combination and could't be more thrilled. 

This is a bag that will only get more gorgeous with age and that I am certain I will continue to carry for years! 


Monday, September 22, 2014

Artwork 2

I'm ridiculously indecisive when it comes to deciding on artwork for my apartment. The selection process has probably taken over six months and consists of me scouring every website. I'm starting to narrow it down but wanted to share some of me favorites with you and see if you had any preferences? 
Artwork 2
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

Where do you find artwork for your home?
 
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