6 Ways to Practice Self-Care During the Holidays

Cozy At Home Holiday Season

Is anyone else starting to feel the holiday stress? I’ve had a CRAZY couple of weeks between travel, my day job, wrapping up holiday campaigns, securing new business for Q1, and my social life, which these days includes catching up with friends and prepping to host this Christmas. I have a post planned for managing it all without losing it, so look out for that next month, because I’m seriously trying to figure it out! November and December are pretty much the time where we are all going out more, spending more, eating more (and usually less healthy stuff) and sleeping less.

My friends always say I am pretty good about taking care of myself, and being selfish when need be, so I’m trying to remind myself of how I do that. Self-care is pretty buzzy these days, but it’s crucial to stay balanced and centered. When it feels like the world is pulling you a hundred different directions, you need to find time to take care of yourself. I’m not sure about “having it all” but here are a few ways I practice self-care during the holiday season.

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Stay on top of your daily routine

We all have little things we do to start and end our day, but when schedules get crazy it’s hard to let that fall to the wayside. But don’t! When you get out of your flow that only makes things more intense, and it’s harder to get back into it once you’ve been off for awhile. 

 

Know when to say no

Yes there are holiday parties every night, or friends or loved ones who want to catch up for dinner, or trips you could go, etc. It’s hard to RSVP no, but sometimes you just have to take care of yourself. Sleep in instead of going to brunch, catch a workout you love instead of a boozy night out, or just lay around in your coziest PJs as long as you need to. I have had days where getting out of bed was physically not an option, so I cancelled my day and took the time needed to rest. The next day I was infinitely better, and ready to get back on track. When you need to hit pause, just do it! Your loved ones will understand. 

 

Don’t give into FOMO

Millennials are plagued by FOMO! However I’ve realized that when you need to skip social plans to take care of yourself or prioritize your to-do list, the fear of missing out can easily fade away. Just remember that you chose to be exactly where you are for reasons that were important to you. Plus, if you were out doing whatever it was that’s in the back of your mind you’d be having FOMO about missing your couch! 

 

Take time for your health

Sometimes self-care means laying at home, taking a hot bath or indulging in some of your favorite comfort foods and a glass (or half-a bottle) of wine. Other times it means putting in work to get reenergized and ready to take on the challenges. One of the main ways I stay sane is my regular workouts. I get in at least 3, but usually 4 or 5 a week! No matter how busy I am or how gross the weather is, because I know that workout time is an investment in myself, my health, and my body. Of course there are days where dragging myself to the gym is the last thing I want to do, but when I get there I never regret it. But if I skip a workout I always have regret the next day. So whether it’s fitness, meditation, or just some gentle stretching while YouTube is on in the background, find something that will be your thing and make time for it on a regular basis. 

 

Respect your budget 

November and December are also times where there is increased pressure to spend, on shopping, gifts, and socializing. By October I pretty much know how much I’m going to spend between holiday shopping, stuff for myself, entertaining costs, and socializing. Then I FIRMLY stick to those numbers, and am never shy about saying I need to prioritize my budget when saying no to things. Keeping up with the Joneses needs to be a thing of the past and anyone in your life who cares about you would not pressure you to spend frivolously.  There should be absolutely no stigma about living within your means!

 

Protect Your Sleep

I can’t stress this enough! Protect your sleep as vigorously as you may need to, It is paramount to your overall health and well-being. I always make an effort to be in bed unwinding about 30 minutes before I need to actually be falling asleep. That means the alarm is set, phone silenced, and I’m reading a good book and finishing my nightcap (usually a bourbon neat – I’m not a tea person). If you can’t stand the thought of fully silencing your phone, at least dim your screen and turn on the blue-light fliter, which is easier on the eyes before you go to bed. 

 

Let me know how you guys practice self-care through the craziness this time of year!

All the Art Basel Events You Can Actually Get Into!

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I’m on my way to another Art Basel Miami! I pretty much go every year, mostly because I love the art but also because it’s a great excuse to get somewhere warm when NY is freezing cold. If you are planning on attending but not sure what to do when you get down there, here are a bunch of options. These events are all open to the public so you can buy tickets and have an amazing time on the scene, even if your VIP pass went missing AGAIN!

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Obviously if you are in town for Art Basel you need to see some art. All of the fairs are open to the public and you can buy tickets online. You also MUST pass through Wynwood and explore the incredible street art all over the neighborhood. I’m leaving links to my favorites below. If you plan on attending let me know in the comments and maybe we’ll bump into each other!

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Art Basel Parties & Events

Part of the fun of Art Basel Miami is the parties and events. Here are a few that are open to the public that you can buy tickets to. I will probably check some of these out myself.

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Art Basel Miami Hot Spots

And while you are in between shows and events, pop into these hot spots to grab a drink or app, and of course, see and be seen!

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If you’ve got time and patience, check out Eventbrite for hundreds of other events as well! The options really are endless. And if you can squeeze in some beach time. I know I’ll need it before flying back to frigid NYC!

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Holiday Gift Guide Part 1 - Gifts Under $100 for Everyone on Your List!

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Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you are an early bird you probably already started around Black Friday! I don’t shop a ton to be honest, but I like to keep my list pretty curated and personal. Massive sales are great when you want to just buy random cute stuff at a great price then decide who gets what later on, but I try to take a more personalized approach. Here are some items from brands I love at every day affordable prices. Most are actually closer to the $50 mark, but since I snuck in a few higher priced items, consider this your ultimate Under $100 Gift Guide! 

Gifts for the Beauty Lover that are Under $100

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These are some of my favorite products that you’ve seen me posting about all year. Tula’s skin care system has really changed my skin and their Starter Kits are an easy and affordable way to try them out. Love Beauty & Planet has a full range of products that are perfect for the beauty lover in your life that is also eco-friendly. Shop them at Target & Ulta! And dpHue’s ACV rinse will work wonders on all hair types!

And since beauty starts within don’t forget the vitamins! Olly has a great assortment of easy to chew gummies, including everything from a classic multi vitamin to specialized ones for skin, energy, and hair. Also CND makes an amazing assortment of polish for the manicure lover in your life. Grab a few at RiteAid and wrap them up pretty for the perfect affordable gift. And I’m loving all the gift sets at Sephora, but this TooFaced Christmas Tree set is just the cutest! TooFaced is one of my go-to makeup brands so you pretty much can’t go wrong with anything from their line.

Home and Decor Gifts Under $100

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Everyone knows someone who is more or less a homebody, so give them stuff they can cozy up with all winter long! A bottle of Veuve Clicquot is always a winning option, or if they love at home cocktails, a fancy set of bitters or syrups will be perfect. Foodie gifts are also always fun, like this DIY Cheese Making Kit from Williams Sonoma. Candles are always another holiday favorite, and Anecdote Candles not only are high quality and smell great, the names are all super millenial friendly. I’m currently burning Adulting and Bottomless Mimosas, and adding Swipe Right to cart. Or go for something super cozy like a warm, fluffy personalized bathrobe or chunky throw blanket.

Gifts for the Fashionista Under $100

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Shopping for your fashion forward friends is always a challenge, but here are some of my favorites from brands I love! Clarks has a great assortment of boots on sale at Zappos and Pretty Little Thing is one of my go-to sites for affordable on trend items for any occasion. I also recently discovered Violet & Brooks, who make an assortment of gorgeous jewelry. They also donate 5% of net profits to Covenant House, so this is a great choice if you want to give a gift that gives back. And you guys have seen me post about Upbra on several occasions, but they really make the bra that is the perfect finishing touch for any look. And if one of Mum’s Handmade amazing knit sweaters are out of price range, they also make adorable beanies that are a fraction of the price. And if you love the dress I’m wearing in the pic above, definitely check out LA Made Clothing! That one is actually $106, so just over $100 but it was too good not to include here! Most of their items are way less than that and the range includes fun dresses and more casual items.

Holiday Gifts Under $100 for the Boys

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Even though I’m more of the whisky drinker in the relationship, a bourbon or spirit set is a classic gift for the guys on your list. And if you want to give a gift that you can also enjoy, the Manscaping Set is right up your alley! Or gift the Scotch & Porter Beard Collection to keep his scruff, well, less scruffy. Even though Jack Black is a men’s brand, this lip balm is hands down one of my faves and makes a great stocking stuffer. And this Thule backpack is one you’ve also seen me rocking, but all their products are unisex, affordable, and highly functional! And because the Little Blue Box isn’t only for the girls, give your man something Tiffany! These collar stays weren’t the only thing under $100! Think beer mugs, crystal whisky tumblers, and if you can spend up to $175 you’ll find money clips, tie bars, luggage tags and wallets.

Hope these tips help and happy shopping! And stay tuned for part 2 of my gift guide if you are looking for experiences you can gift.

All that Glitters! Bringing the Sparkle for this Holiday Season!

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Sequins? For holiday? Groundbreaking!

Obviously we all know the holiday season is the time for glitz and glamour and to bring all your sparkle, but seriously! Why not bring ALL THE SPARKLE! It’s the only time of year you can get away with dressing this obnoxiously, so don’t worry about being restrained. Go all out now and save your basics for January. Blazer dresses were a major trend for Fall, and I’m still loving it now!  Mixing two trends can be frowned upon, this one somehow combines the blazer dress trend and the holiday sequins trend and makes it work.  I got it from Rent the Runway, which is my hero this time of year because my Unlimited membership keeps me covered for all the events and parties that pop up. If you have been on the fence about membership, I’ll be posting more about it in a few weeks, but depending on your social schedule this month you should consider taking advantage!

But back to this dress! It’s definitely one to keep all eyes on you, and I love the loose silhouette. It hides all the sins from holiday eating and you can dance all night in it. I paired it with a pair of thigh high boots because it’s just too chilly for tights and heels these days, but if it were just a bit warmer it would look great with high heeled booties as well.  I finished the look with equally glam makeup – a soft smoky eye and deep red lip.

If you are still looking for the perfect standout dresses for whatever your holiday season may bring, shop some of my faves below!

How to Dress for the Holidays

Let me know what you guys have planned to celebrate the season and what you end up wearing to each. And if you want more tips for holiday makeup, check out this post here!

Power Dressing: The Red Plaid Jacket

I love styling statement pieces. One piece can really take your look to the next level in just one step! It can be an amazing dress, standout shoes or even jewelry. The options are really endless, but this time of year, jackets are the way to go. That’s the first thing most people see in the winter, so why not make it your statement piece? Plus having the perfect topper makes styling the rest of the look way easier.

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This red plaid blazer is from Zara and was an instant must-have. Doesn’t it give you major vintage Chanel vibes? The fabric is nice and rich, giving it that super expensive vibe, but it was such a steal. I especially love the frayed edge detailing that makes it extra unique. Plus it’s my favorite color so even more irresistible. I paired it with skinny jeans and equally bold red booties because why not make a statement head to toe? And minus the bag, this whole look was under $250! But since I got this amazing vintage Louis Vuitton I have been wearing it on repeat.

This exact style is sold out, but shop similar and the rest of the story below!

Red Jacket Style Tips

And let me know what you think about the video above! I didn’t plan on using it on the blog so didn’t have a wide crop when I shot it. But if you guys think I should post more videos here let me know! I have a few more coming this month, and can start doing wide and square crops if you like them!


Cyber Week Sales You Can't Miss

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Happy Thanksgiving guys! I’m getting ready to start stuffing my face, but before I do, I had to share some can’t miss deals you need to start shopping. This is the best time of year to save big on everything from holiday presents, your favorite things to stock up on, and even travel deals for your next vacation! If you are ready to do some serious shopping, here are my favorite sales for Cyber Week!

Fashion Sales and Deals

BB Dakota

Take 50% off Fall 2018 Black Styles starting Friday, 11/23, and starting Monday, 11/26 shop Fall 2018 Outerwear at 50% off. Use code THANKS50 at checkout for both!

Fashion Nova

How’s up to 80% site wide sound? Get some amazing discounts on already affordable items with code BLACK40.

Topshop

Take up to 50% off selected lines, prices already marked down on site!

Revolve

Influencer fave Revolve is also having 50% off select items! Some stuff can still be a bit pricey, so if you are anything like me, sort by price before diving in!

Nordstrom

Black Friday is the best time to shop Nordstrom, maybe even better than the Anniversary Sale! They are offering up to 60% off across categories, including Women’s, Men’s Kid’s and Home!

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Beauty and Skincare Sales

Nars

One of my go to brands is having a 20% off sitewide sale, including exclusives you won’t see anywhere else! This is the only time of year Nars offers discounts, so stock up while you can!

Ulta

A slew of Black Friday deals, from $10 mascaras $15 palettes, and 40% off beauty faves from Anastasia Beverly Hills!

Sephora

They just wrapped their VIB Sale, but are still offering up to 50% off items in their Beauty Sale section! Take a look, especially if you missed out on the VIB discounts!

Hum Nutrition

My go-to vitamin brand for pretty much anything is offering 50% off site wide with code HUMDAY18. I take about 6 of their vitamins on a daily basis so will be stocking up on my faves!

DevaCurl

Give your strands some TLC with Devacurl! I love their product line and they are currently offering Buy 2 get 1 Free on select products. Not the best deal, but they are pretty pricey and don’t discount often, so take what you can get!

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Holiday Travel Deals and Steal

Delta

Yes airlines have sales too! Delta is hands-down one of the best and on their limited edition Black Friday sale International Flights are on sale in a big way! I’ve seen fares from several major US cities to European destinations like Paris, Portugal, and the UK. Get to browsing and be prepared to get creative with your dates!

Priceline

The discount travel site is offering a slew of Black Friday hotel discounts for email subscribers, with Express Deal coupons for up to 50% in savings on hotels. Get on their email list so you don’t miss out!

Cathay Pacific

A flight to Asia for $600! Yes please. Cathay Pacific’s Black Friday sale is on, with up to 60% off flights to several Asian destinations.

IHG Hotels

IHG Hotel group is offering 25% off the best available rates on over 5,000 properties in their network, plus additional perks and bonus points for loyalty members. So if you aren’t planning a vacation, now is a good time to start!

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Let me know what you guys are most excited about buying!

3 Savannah Travel Tips You Need Now!

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Happy to be back home from a lovely weekend in Savannah! I’m making so much progress on my goal to do more domestic travel this year, and I can only say I wish I made it to Savannah sooner. It was my first time exploring the city, and I got a beautiful couple of days to experience the charm, beauty, and incredible food. We kept our itinerary light, even though there is so much to experience there. You could spend over a week here easily, just taking it all in! Here are just a few highlights of the trip!

Eat and Drink Everything

Some cities can be hit or miss with the restaurant scene, but not Savannah. I didn’t even have one single mediocre meal in town. Definitely do breakfast at 2 Cracked Eggs, brunch or lunch at Cafe M, and dine at 700 Drayton or The Olde Pink House. Plus there is no open-container law in Savannah so feel free to take your drinks around town with you.

Skip Plantations, Explore the Parks

We made it a point to avoid any plantations or related tours. As a woman of color it was not something I felt motivated to see, even though there are SO MANY options if you are into that. The parks and streets of Savannah are just as gorgeous and I didn’t feel like I missed anything by avoiding them.

Enjoy the Shopping (or Browsing)

Downtown Savannah has the cutest collection of local boutiques, antique shops, and mom and pop stores. I’m not big on souvenir shopping, but loved wandering in and out of the charming shops exploring all the little goodies.

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Let me know if you visit this charming city! And if you are in town and want some professional shots to commemorate your trip, check out Destiny Creations Photography. I decided to leave my tripod at home, save my Insta-Hubby the trouble, and partner with a pro instead, and I’m loving the results!

#ManiMonday! Nailing it with CND™ VINYLUX™

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Who is ready for Monday? I love to spend my Sunday relaxing, planning out my outfits for the week, and doing some at home beauty treatments. One of my favorite self-care Sunday treatments is an at home manicure. When my nails aren’t done I feel like the rest of my life just isn’t together. Dramatic, I know, but I can’t help it! You can’t be a boss babe with a chipped mani. I discovered CND™ VINYLUX™ Long Wear Polish at my local Rite-Aid and it’s become my secret weapon for the perfect mani that lasts all week. It’s a super easy and convenient 2-step application.

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Just apply two thin coats of the all-in-one base and color CND™ VINYLUX™ Long Wear Polish, then one coat of CND™ VINYLUX™ Long Wear Top Coat for a gel-like finish. No base coat necessary! And in about 8 minutes your nails are perfectly dry with a shiny, high-gloss finish. It really gives you a gel-like look that you can remove just as easily a traditional nail polish. Plus it’s the first-ever, long-wear polish infused with Vitamin E, Keratin & Jojoba oil to keep your nails nourished and healthy.

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This week I’m rocking Wildfire and Butterfly Queen, a bold red and glittery fuchsia that make the perfect combo. Next week who knows! If you aren’t a pro at nail art or complicated designs, an accent nail is the perfect way to spice it up.

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I love buying nail polish at Rite Aid because the Nail Bar has the best selection of colors and polishes, and they always have amazing deals. Be on the lookout for CND™ VINYLUX™ Long Wear Polishes NEW to Rite Aid stores. These polishes can be found in the Nail Bar or Wall Display with a brand new look!"And for a limited time only, visit your local Rite Aid store and buy 2 CND™ VINYLUX™ products to receive $4 Bonus Cash at Rite Aid. Valid 10/28/18-12/1/18 in-store only.

Let me now what colors you test out and how much you love it!

Nail the Trend! How to Rock Head to Toe Velvet

Who has a crush on velvet?

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Me, obviously! I can't get enough of the lush fabric, especially when it comes in a lush jewel tone. I got an amazing burgundy velvet jumpsuit from Pretty Little Thing a few weeks ago and have been scouting and shopping for more since then!

I was instantly obsessed with this velvet suit from Zara. Talk about a winning combo! There is something soft and drapey about the pants and jacket, lending a sophisticated pajama vibe to the look. I styled it with a statement belt instead of the coordinating sash that came with the jacket. It adds a little bit of a boss lady feel to the finished look. You could layer a stylish bralette underneath the jacket and let it peek out a bit, or just wrap it tight and go like I did! Just don't forget to add heels!

If a full body velvet look is too much for your taste, you can always style the pieces separately. The jacket would look fab with jeans or a simple black dress,  and you can easily pair the pants with a cozy knit sweater or classic white blouse. Velvet mini skirts or dresses are also adorable with tights and flat loafers. Shop this look and some of my favorite velvet pieces below!


And let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more videos on the blog! I typically share them on Instagram but can definitely post more here as well!



3 Ways to Travel More in 2019!

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What are the things that keep you from traveling more? For most people it’s a combination of financial resources or not having people to travel with. Since this was requested in my last Instagram story survey, I’m sharing a few of my tips for affordable travel on your own!

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 Save for It

In addition to my main savings account, I regularly stash away my coins in a travel fund. I’m never saving for a specific trip or destination, more just making sure I always have funds set aside for when the opportunity arises. I use a savings app called Digit which skims your checking account and quietly transfers small amounts of money into a separate bank account. The transfers are usually small -$5 here, $10 there and they include overdraft protection just in case one of their withdrawals accidentally causes you to into the negative.  I’ve saved thousands of dollars in the years I’ve been using them! Since transfers back to your back account typically only take a day, when I book a trip on my credit card I can immediately transfer money from my Digit account to pay it off.  I also loosely follow a great tip I read in one of R29’s Money Diaries – pop $20 a week into an envelope that you keep in a secure location in your apartment. At the end of the year that’s $1000! So when you see a super-cheap fare sale to an amazing destination, you can jump on it!

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 Try a Travel Group

Instagram travel groups are pretty much everywhere, from Travel Noire to Sisters and Suitcases. If you don’t have a group of friends you can travel with but don’t necessarily want to go alone those are a great option, albeit not the most affordable. I do think it’s worth paying a bit extra since they are conveniently organized and include some great experiences, but there are also a ton of travel groups on Meetup that organize different trips, and usually have get togethers in their city so you can get to know the squad before hopping on a plane with them. 

 

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Choose Your Destination Differently

You may have your heart set on an adventure with your squad in Thailand or somewhere far-flung and exotic, but if you are on a budget and going solo you need to think about destinations that make sense for you. Think about destinations you’d like to visit and how you would spend your days there. If you’d be happy to lay on the beach with a good book, cocktail and seaside massage, the Caribbean or even Southern California would be perfect! If you are an art buff and love museum and gallery hopping, there are plenty of affordable cities that are art nerd friendly, like Philadelphia in the US and London abroad. It’s not the cheapest, but fare sales are plentiful if you are flexible on timing and all the museums are free. Start trip planning not by thinking about the destination, but activities you would like to do and would be comfortable doing alone. I made a New Year’s Resolution to do more domestic travel this year, and I’ve been enjoying fun little weekends to classic destinations like Savannah and random spots like Hawley, PA.  

 

And now that you’ve found your dream solo-trip, this post has everything you need to make sure you still get amazing travel photos! Also let me know in the comments or on Instagram if there are other topics you’d like to see me cover! 

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Fall Goals! The Perfect Halloween Weekend in the Poconos

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You guys know the Poconos is one of my favorite weekend escapes from the city! It’s cute, it’s close and has a burgeoning foodie scene that is not to be missed. I spent a lovely weekend there in partnership with Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau to get in the spirit of Halloween! Check out some of the highlights from the trip below!

We stayed at Settlers Inn, a quaint property that sits on six acres of land and is bordered by the Lackawaxen River. It was built in 1928 and boasts a garden and farm-to-table restaurant with an award winning wine list. It’s the perfect place to relax for a weekend, eat way too much amazing food and enjoy the stunning views. The Halloween highlight was the Storytelling Dinner. The week before the dinner they host a Pumpkin Carving, where over 100 pumpkins are intricately carved then set on display around the hotel. I could spend hours exploring the unique, creative designs that are lit up all over the hotel and dot the tables in the Storytelling Dinner. We indulged in the decadent Fall inspired menu as a storyeller regaled us with spooky Halloween tales.

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The next day we took the long, scenic walk to the up to the Hawley Silk Mill. It’s a former silk and textile factory that now houses a coffee shop and assortment of local shops. I wish I had planned to do some shopping because there were so many lovely candles, body butterss, crafts and home decor waiting to come home with me! After a bit of wandering, we headed down the road to Ledges Hotel, a chic, modern property at the base of a natural river gorge fall. It has a stunning bar called Glass, with unforgettable views of the river Fall and a great menu of wine and tapas. It started raining so we stayed inside with a bottle of wine for a bit, then headed back to Settlers.

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The weather wasn’t really conducive to exploring, but Lake Wallenpaupack is supposed to be quite a stunner. You can have lunch at The Dock at Silver Birches and take in the views. And be sure to take the scenic route back to NY on Route 6. You can explore the charming town Milford and stop by Raymondskill Falls or GreyTowers National Historic Site.

If you are thinking about a late Fall or Winter weekend getaway, definitely make the trip up to Hawley! Check out the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau for everything you need to plan your trip any time of year, but especially for next year’s Storytelling Dinner!

The Best Bodysuits of the Season!

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I’m all about one-piece dressing. I love having one item that you can build a look around with ease. It’s the easiest way to get dressed when you are super busy, while still looking chic and pulled together. Dresses usually get the job done, but they can’t be the ONLY thing you wear! If you are feeling a little challenged by styling separate pieces, bodysuits are a great way to get the one and done vibe. You can rock them with skirts jeans, or dress pants, and layer them with pretty much anything to nail your look. And they solve the most annoying problem about styling tops and bottoms separately - how to tuck them in and keep them in place! I know I’m not the only one that gets crazy annoyed by my top popping out right???

This mesh floral bodysuit is one of my faves. The print easily goes from day to night, and it’s classic with a little rock and roll edge. It’s pretty see-through so I layered it with a simple bralette since a girl has to leave a little something to the imagination! And because the weather decided to suddenly get aggresive and drop 20 degrees, I added a little vintage fur cardi to keep warm. Skinny jeans and velvet booties complete the look. This exact style is sold out, but I linked a similar option below.

If you are on board with the bodysuit trend, shop my favorites for Fall below! And let me know how you would style them!

6 Bodysuits You Need Now

Fall Fun and Fashion with V8 +Hydrate™

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How is mid- October treating you? As much as I miss the balmy days of summer, I have to admit I love Fall! The weather gets crisp enough to really get creative with fashion and layering, and it is really nice being able to run around all day and not turn into a sweaty mess. Plus hello gorgeous leaves everywhere! In the spirit of the new season, I’m sharing some of my favorite Fall activities, a few tips on how you should dress for each one, and the one thing that you have to have in your bag for all of them - V8 +HYDRATE™!

V8 +HYDRATE™ is a plant-powered hydration beverage that offers superior hydration with a blend of natural electrolytes from vegetables and hints of fruit, so you can replenish quickly when you are on the go! Staying hydrated is probably the most important beauty or lifestyle tip I could ever give you guys and no matter how busy I am, I always make it a priority. V8 +HYDRATE™ makes it easy, with the great taste and travel-friendly can so you can always have one handy. Now you just have to figure out how you want to spend the perfect Fall Saturday.

Museum Hopping

Sometimes Fall weather calls for some indoor fun, and it’s a great time to catch up on exhibits you may have missed during summer when you were too busy on the beach or at the hottest rooftop bar. If your city has a great museum scene, make a list of the ones you can’t miss and plan a day to explore them all. Since that means you’ll be on your feet a lot, walking around and probably waiting in a few lines, the day calls for a stylish but comfortable look. I like the idea of a casual chic dress, lightweight blazer or jacket, and ballet flats or loafers. I usually keep my bag pretty small and light since carrying something heavy all day gets really tough on my shoulders, so you’ll catch me with a mini bag for the essentials! Being on your feet all day can dehydrate you faster than you think. This is why I carry my new favorite hydration beverage with me.

V8 Hydration Beverage

Apple/Pumpkin Picking

Sometimes nothing beats getting out of the city for a day! I love to round up the squad and drive up to the Hudson Valley area for a day of apple or pumpkin picking. You can find beautiful orchards just about an hour away from the city, and there are usually also adorable farms and markets that sell everything from locally made honey to fresh baked cider donuts. My go to look for this kind of day trip is comfy jeans or leggings, an oversized knit cardigan, and flat boots, and a bag big enough to hold my essentials for the day.

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Concerts/Live Shows

TBH, I hate concerts in the summer, even though they are super popular then. Call me crazy but I’d prefer to not be surrounded by a jam-packed room of hot sweaty people. Fall lineups are usually more my thing! Some of my fave venues are Terminal 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg for small acts and buzzworthy names. Check out their lineup or who is on tour and may be heading to your city! My go to concert look varies depending on what kind of band is going on, but pretty much always involves some combo of graphic T and jeans or skinny leather leggings. Since you typically can’t bring your own beverages into a venue, hydrate before the show and after you get home with V8 +HYDRATE™. You’ve gotta keep your energy up to get through the show! Plus it makes for the perfect morning recovery beverage after your night out.

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Make sure to get V8 +HYDRATE™ on Amazon or Amazon Pantry! You can place your order and have it before you know it thanks to Amazon Prime’s lightning fast shipping. And they have a great promo on site so you can take 30% off V8 +HYDRATE™ while supplies last. Just use the promo code 30V8Hydrate1 at checkout!
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There are 3 flavors available: Strawberry Cucumber, Orange Grapefruit and Coconut Watermelon, so stock up and try them all while you can save! Be sure you and your girl or guy friends are staying hydrated! It’s clean, crisp, and has a delicious taste, and you can buy a 24 pack that’s perfect for sharing on Amazon!

Let me know what you are looking forward to most this Fall, and of course how you plan to dress!

$50 and Under Halloween Looks You Can Rent!

 Images by Milli Stephania

Images by Milli Stephania

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Magical Halloween Costume Ideas

We’ve got about 2 more weeks until Halloween and even less if you plan to celebrate all weekend long! If you are like me you start thinking about costume ideas and scouting events weeks in advance, but if you are just now starting to think about making plans, it’s not too late to put together an amazing costume! Rent the Runway is one of my favorite ways to “shop” especially for standout looks for special events. If you are looking for an affordable, no-commitment Halloween look for a special event, they are a great option. The site has thousands of options at your disposal, at a range of prices!

For the purposes of this post, I searched for styles that were under $50 at the time of publication for a 4-day rental in NYC. There may be some variance based on availability, length of rental, and where the goods are being shipping, so consider this a starting place for your search!

I’ve rented for a few Halloweens and am never disappointed. The look above was just a spooky glamour girl, and one year I was Diana Ross, complete with huge hair and long gold sequined gown! The options are pretty much endless. The best thing is each of these looks can easily be customized to various different costumes, all you need to do is swap out your ears, accessories and makeup to give these looks new life.

Here are some suggestions based on ideas that I was debating. Of course if you prefer to go more traditionally scary or super silly, you may want to go to a traditional costume shop to get what you need. But if you just feel like dressing up and going out all glammed up, stay tuned for my picks below!

Classy Witch

Angel

Or Devil

Disco Diva

Affordable Halloween Looks

 

Let me know what you plan on being for Halloween, and share your pics with me on Insta

Getting Halloween Glam with Pretty Little Thing!

Halloween Costume Ideas

As you probably can imagine, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! Any excuse to get glammed up, go out with your squad and eat way too much candy is a hit in my book. I’ve been playing with so many costume ideas trying to figure out what I want to wear for the events the weekend before Halloween and of course the day of. Luckily Pretty Little Thing launched their Halloween Shop with pretty much everything you’d need! I partnered with PrettyLittleThing.com to bring you 3 ideas for the perfect glam Halloween look.

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Belle of the Ball 

Nothing is more glam than a Halloween Masquerade Ball! This lace ruffled gown would be a hit for so many different costumes, from masked diva, to glamorous witch! Just swap out the accessories depending on your idea. I paired it with the Masquerade Mask Face Stickers to finish my sultry glam look. Check out the PLT site for more accessories you could style this number with.

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Classy Kitty

Sure cat costumes aren’t the most original, but this Lace-Up Back Midi Dress was just too good to pass up. I love that it is the perfect base of a Classy Kitty costume when paired with a mask, but it’s elegant enough to wear again for date night. It’s a bit tricky to get into because it’s so fitted and has the lace-up back, but I was able to get the hang of it in no time and it looks stunning on.

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Haute Hippie

A burgundy velvet jumpsuit? SIGN ME UP! When I picked this item I wasn’t exactly sure what I would be. Devil was the obvious choice but usually devil costume are bright red. I was really into the 70’s vibe so decided to go for a glamorous hippie look, complete with matching flower crown. It also comes in emerald or blue which would be a great start to a peacock costume and PLT has plenty of options from face jewels to accessories to help you finish your look!

Let me know what you are thinking of dressing up as for Halloween, and shop these looks and more of my faves from PLT’s Halloween Shop below!

Glam Halloween Costume Ideas

How to Style Leopard: 4 Do's and Don'ts for Rocking the Trend!

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Images by Marc Levin

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Still feeling catty!

You guys already know leopard print is one of the hottest trends this season. It makes a comeback every few years, and is back in full force for Fall 2018. I’ve been wearing the print on dresses, coats, and shoes and love it pretty much every time! If you feel like it may not be for you or you are not sure how to pull it off, check out some of my do’s and don’ts for rocking the trend!

 

Do: Keep it Classic

The print is trendy enough, so no need to wear it on an anything too extra. Think simple, elegant heels, timeless shift or wrap dresses, and of course, jackets. Avoid mixing leopard and another trend since it can start to venture into gaudy territory.

 

Don’t: Let It Get Costumey

I’ve seen leopard on a lot of amazing pieces, and a lot of things that look like they came from the Halloween section at Ricky’s. Unless the goal is to actually look like you are going to a costume party, avoid leopard print on tight jumpsuits or bodycon dresses. Not saying it’s an impossible look to pull off, but it is a challenging one and really not accessible. 

 

Do: Accessorize with It

If you aren’t sure how you would look in leopard printed clothing, a safe way to try the trend is with accessories! Think a classic bag, scarf, or heels that you could rock with everything from jeans to a little black dress. Even look for jackets that have a chic leopard lining if you don’t want to go all out!

 

Don’t: Wear it head to toe

Leopard is a statement print – it will get noticed. I personally wouldn’t wear more than 1 leopard print item at a time, and even then only if they were the exact same print. Mixing and matching different versions of the print or wearing it in multiple ways at once is a definite don’t!

How to Style Leopard Print

 

How do you feel about the leopard trend? Let me know what you think and shop the story below!

 

 

Sweater Weather is Here!

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Can you believe it’s about to be October! I feel like summer just flashed by and now before you know it we’ll be putting up the Christmas tree and wrapping presents! Even though I wish summer 18 never would have ended, I have to admit Fall has its charm. The stunning colored leaves, crisp air, and of course the fashion. Fall dressing means you can get a little more serious and a little more dressed up, and pull out luxe fabrics and standout knits. I mean does anything really beat the perfect knit sweater??? This one is from one of my favorite Instagram brands – Mum’s Handmade.

One look at their feed full of incredibly stylish women in all eyes on me chunky knits and you will be obsessed. My first one was a pretty pink cardigan that I splurged on after getting a nice bonus last year, and it still looks just as amazing as it did the first day I got it. Then when they had a sale over the summer, I decided to grab one of their knit sweater dresses in classic black. They rarely discount so I jumped at the chance to get one on sale, and it’s finally chilly enough for me to actually wear it! And when it cools off even more I can rock it with tights or jeans to give me legs some coverage.

8 Perfect Fall Sweaters

If this sweater was way too far out of your price range, or you aren’t a fan of dealing with international shipping, check out a few of my other favorite sweaters for the season below!

What are you most excited about for Fall? 

The Perfect NYC Staycation at Nomo Soho

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Images by Wini Lao

Sometimes you just need to escape from it all! When life gets way too crazy and you find yourself getting overwhelmed, the perfect way to check out and relax is to take a little staycation. We can’t always jet off to exotic destinations unless you just happen to have major bank and unlimited time off, so a staycation is the next best thing. You can find a deal at a great hotel in your city to hideaway for a few days and get some much needed peace and quiet.  

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Nomo Soho is one of my favorites. It has everything you need for the perfect solo staycation – beautiful modern décor, a stellar restaurant and bar, comfortable, luxurious linens, plenty of cute nooks for photo opps, and heavenly plush bathrobes you can cozy up in! If you are feeling a little social the bar and lobby lounge are always great to hang out in. Or you can just lock your door and indulge in some of your favorite beauty treatments while ordering room service. Just be sure to get a room with a view, because the city skyline is not to be missed. 

If you are looking for great last minute deals I love Hotel Tonight and TravelZoo. And old fashioned, I know, but sometimes just calling the hotel reception can get you a major discount or unpublished rate. They may have a ton of rooms open last minute that they would love to fill. I’ve done this several times, for last minute trips and ones being planned weeks in advance, and have gotten up to 25% off the published rate, just by asking! 

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New York Moments - 4 of My Favorite Things About Life in NYC

I’m a native New Yorker. I’m lucky to be able to call this city is and has been my home and I’ve lived here most of my life, except for a few years in Italy for work and grad school. Even though I’ve traveled a ton, New York is like no place I’ve ever been. I’m not sure I’ll be here forever, but I know how much I love it now and how lucky I am to call this place home. Here are some of my favorite things about life in the city!

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The Creative Scene

NYC is full of amazing creatives. One of the things I love the most about my journey as a blogger is how many incredible, talented people I’ve had the privilege of working with. I’ve been so lucky to meet amazing photographers and content creators, and have had a blast with every one of them.

The Romance

There is just something magical about the city. I still lose my breath when I catch sight of the skyline at sunset or all light up after dark. The view never has and never will get old.

The Access

Whether you want warm cookies at 2am or authentic Vietnamese dumplings for brunch, New York has you covered. The dining scene is one that will, quite frankly, spoil you rotten for choice. Granted, I do wish I took more advantage of all the goodies the city has to offer, but a girl has to stay in shape!

My Rent-Stabilized Apartment

Seriously though! This city is expensive and rents are skyrocketing. If you are able to get affordable housing, hold on to it for dear life! My apartment is basically a unicorn - large, comfy, in a trendy neighborhood, has a great view, and is subject to regulated rent thanks to the city’s rent guidelines board. Rent-stabilized apartments can be hard to come by, so if you are looking work with your realtor to find one and keep it as long as you can!

4 Things to Know About Life in NYC

If you live here let me know what you love most about the city! And if you are planning to visit tell me what you are most excited about seeing here!

Meow! The Perfect Leopard Dress

Leopard Maxi Dress

Leopard is having a moment! From the runways to every street style post seen over NYFW, the print is suddenly back in fashion. I’ve always been a huge fan of leopard print clothing, so it’s nice to see it making a comeback in so many new ways. I love seeing new takes on this hot print on tops, dresses, skirts, jackets, and of course shoes and accessories!

Maxi dresses are another go to of mine! I got this amazing leopard maxi dress from Boutique Feel, after seeing it on Pinterest and I love the silhouette. It is a statement making one, with the semi low-cut neckline and sheer, flowing bottom.

Leopard Maxi Dress

I layered it with a black bralette just for a bit of coverage but you can definitely leave that out, especially if you are hitting the town for a night out. Just add a classic handbag and killer shades and you are all set. And when the temps cool off you can rock it with a jacket or cardi layered on top or a long sleeve knit underneath.

If you want to nail the look, shop some this look and some of my favorite dresses below!

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