Let Me Clear My Throat

If you are like me, there are two pieces that make working out fun and desirable: great music, and workout gear. I was in the gym the other day, and I was ready to say eff it and go upstairs and eat tacos when the old classic ‘Let Me Clear My Throat” came on. I was suddenly the most motivated girl on the entire planet. I had the music piece down, now I needed new workout gear. I rounded up some great items to help me get my mojo back. Nordstrom has some great options, and many are on sale!  Hover over the image, and click on it to go directly to the site!

My Blogging Resolutions

Blogging Resolutions

This past weekend I was at dinner with a few friends, and one of them asked that we go around and speak about resolutions. I announced that I don’t really have any, as I feel like I never stick to them. In fact, sometimes I think resolutions are a jinx, and that in fact you will break all of them post January.

I started thinking more about this today, and I realize that I do have some resolutions that perhaps I need to make, for my own sanity, however these resolutions are very specific–they are blogging resolutions. I have developed some behaviors since I have been blogging that honestly, I need to shake. There are also some things I really need to remind myself, so maybe not resolutions, but just..well..reminders. I love the quote from “A League of Their Own”, because this is so directly related to my life. I need to remind myself of this quote every single day, because it couldn’t be more true.

So without further ado…I give you my blogging resolutions.

1. Stop comparing myself to other bloggers. I do this all of the time, and it drives me insane.

2. Be more consistent. I was doing this for awhile, until I wasn’t.

3. Get more organized. I am a hot mess right now. :)

4. Learn more about my camera. I need to do this for my hubby’s sake, as he takes a lot of my photos.

5. Keep putting myself out there. I have made a few blogger buds, however I live in a HUGE blogging city. There is always more I can be doing.

6. Don’t think too much. This always ruins me–some of my best content comes to me on the fly.

7. Be proud of what I have accomplished.  This goes back to #1 –I am never satisfied, which is a good and bad thing.

8. Appreciate my wardrobe, and really use it. I feel like I get bored with my clothing too easily, and then I am not really using what I have.

And lastly….

9. Remember that the hard is what makes it great.

Sweater Weather

It is that time of year in NYC where most people would rather die than leave the four walls of their apartment than go out. My Seamless account has been getting a lot of love these past few weeks. This is also the time of year I find myself in a rut. A clothing rut, a makeup rut, and a hair rut. I veto everything in my closet because it isn’t warm enough, or just generally hideous. (C’mon, I know I am not the only one here). Needless to say, here I am rounding up my fave chunky sweaters that I am coveting at the moment. I find myself never having enough sweaters. These babies need to get in my closet immediately. Side note- please be patient with me over the next few weeks. Shooting blog photos in sub zero temps has been challenging. I am working on it. That is all. :)

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Remove the January Blues

The first week after the holidays might be the worst of all. You are literally taking down all of the fun decor, stepping on the scale, and beginning to check your work phone to combat the billion unread emails that you are facing. Reality is setting in, and she looks mean. January is also the coldest month ever in NYC, which means hibernation and cabin fever. Oh, did I mention I am doing a detox this month? Yeah, so no booze, coffee, or refined sugar. I used to get through January with all three of those things. #yikes. Whenever I am feeling a little blah, I do a few things- plan a vacation with the hubs, (We did that yesterday.) watch a ton of Sex and the City, (check.) and lastly, make a playlist. CHECK! May I present to you, the latest HT playlist. Check it out, and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to follow and subscribe on Spotify. Seriously, I need some Spotify love, people. Enjoy the Monday ear-gasms, and here’s to hoping the gym isn’t too packed, and the emails aren’t too overwhelming. Have a cup of coffee for me, will ya?

Bonne Année

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Happy New Year! What a year it has been for me. I am taking this opportunity, (while nursing a very aggressive champagne flu from last night) to reflect upon the highlights of 2014. This session with Carin Olsson from Paris in Four Months, is undoubtedly a highlight. Who wouldn’t want to roam the streets of Paris during Christmas to shoot photos? I remember that day well. It felt so surreal to me. For the first time I really didn’t care how many followers I have attained over this past year, or what my Google Analytics looked like. The moment was the moment, and I was in it 100%. After the session with Carin, I headed to a nearby cafe, and had a coffee and some soup. I looked around and tried to remember every single thing about that moment, and write it down in my mind. In pen. Today begins a new year, and who knows what this year will hold for me. I feel like I really got closer to discovering myself in 2014, so 2015 is going to be even more interesting. I hope wherever you are in the world,  you are closer to who you want to be as well!

Striped Turtleneck: Anthropologie / Tulle Skirt: Chicwish / Boots: Stuart Weitzman / Pearl Baubles: Baublebar (similar style) / Clutch: Burberry (similar here)

 

NYE

So now that the Christmas sparkle has worn off a bit, and you are dreading getting on that scale, in comes NYE like a ton of bricks. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good NYE shindig, however the burning question of what the hell to wear has been haunting women for decades. I mean, clearly you want something effortlessly stunning, but you don’t want to look like you are trying too hard. Will he kiss me at midnight? Will I have red lipstick on my teeth? Is there really such a thing as too many sequins? Ignore these questions, and just check out the pieces that I am coveting. There is still time to order the perfect outfit! Listen, I am sure Taylor Swift is still deciding what to wear, if that makes you feel any better.

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Winter Winds

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“As the winter winds litter London with lonely hearts…”

As many of you may know from keeping up with my Insta, I have been traveling a bit lately. Work brought me to London last week, and so naturally, I was listening to one of my favorite holiday tunes, (Winter Winds) by some Brits you may know as Mumford & Sons. As we approach the last few shopping days before Christmas, I must say, I am as busy as ever. Work has me running all over the globe, holiday parties, and shopping need to happen, and I find myself drained. One thing I need to get better at is just slowing down. I rarely take the time to enjoy little moments, as I am always focused on the next thing. (a common trait of Type A personalities). Please friends, do me a favor and just relax and enjoy this time, wherever you are.

Dress: Topshop (not available online, but plenty of festive styles here) / Boots: Stuart Weitzman / Necklace: Baublebar / Clutch: Burberry (similar here)

Photos by Alexandra Gibbs

Holiday Chambray

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I have been living in this scarf lately. In fact, on my current Euro trip, it has sort of doubled as a pillow and blanket. This scarf can also be a great addition to a casual holiday look. If you are looking for an outfit that is something less dramatic, yet festive, this is a great option. Say it with me: holiday chambray–it even rhymes! Throw a super cute pair of heels on, (my Loubs are my faves) maybe throw some leaves in the air, like I am doing here..or whatever you have at the moment. Shop the look below!

Chambray: Madewell (many options here) / Denim: JBrand / Scarf: Topshop (not available online, similar here) / Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simple 100mm (sold out, similar here) / Bag: Michael Kors (not available, similar here)

Photography by Alexandra Gibbs

Twirl

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So can we please address my tulle obsession? I will compare this love affair with tulle to that of Bey and Jay. Ross and Rachel. Kelly and Dylan. Alex Vause and Piper Chapman. Ok, you get it. I found myself thinking about holiday looks for the season, and the answer was clear. Tulle. You cannot go wrong with a tulle skirt and pretty much anything. It is just that simple. I found myself twirling in Central Park on Sunday, because that is just what tulle makes you do. I felt like a 6 year old again in my dance class just twirling and laughing at the random tourists staring at me. I didn’t care. Twirl like no one is watching. Check out the look below, as well as an array of tulle skirts for your pleasure.

Tulle Skirt : Chicwish / Bomber Jacket: not available, similar here / Boots: Sturat Weitzman / Clutch: not available, similar here / Lips: Makeup Forever #43

 

Cyber Monday

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How is your wallet holding up after this weekend? Black Friday has officially been put on this Earth to overwhelm us, and then along comes its friend Cyber Monday! Now is your chance to snag any items you might have missed during the craziness this weekend. See some of my favorite CM deals and links below. Do work, son.

Anthropologie //

Cyber Monday  free shipping

Bloomingdales//

Cyber Monday 25% off a selection of regular and sale price items

ASOS (US) //

Cyber Monday  30% off

ModCloth //

// Cyber Monday – 25% off sitewide

Club Monaco 

// Cyber Monday check ClubMonaco.com for their biggest sale of the year

Everlane

// Cyber Monday On December 1, Everlane is opening up their popular 1-hour delivery service to New York City. For the same cost as standard shipping, customers in select Manhattan ZIP codes will be able to order Everlane’s most-wanted styles and receive them in under an hour.