Textured Monochrome

Monday, November 28, 2016

 

It's about that time of the year again when my wardrobe gets darker as temperatures drop lower. When it comes to battling a cold winter morning routine, I'm all about getting ready faster to sleep in longer. Hence my unchanged, everyday makeup involving just two strokes of winged liner.

Head-to-toe monochrome has always been my go-to when it comes to effortless outfits, though the best part is making it look different each time. In this case that means adding textured tweed details and hints of gold. If there is any accessory that best pairs with my dark winter wardrobe, it's this black/gold timepiece from Daniel Wellington

Work Out, Wear Out

Monday, November 21, 2016


In my last post with Reebok I introduced their Perfect Never campaign and the idea that a workout should be enjoyed, because ultimately the perfect body doesn't exist. I believe the same goes for style. I'm grateful to be part of an era when fashion and comfort are more aligned than ever. We are making strides towards the overall embrace of different body types, and while there are still some flaws, I'm hopeful that this path will continue.

With that being said, you can find me in my Reebok gear both in and out of a workout. If it feels good, why not? At the start of another New York winter, I'll take all the coziness I can get. This quilted sweatshirt and legging pairing will take you from yoga class to the streets without compromising comfort at any point. As I've said before, fashion is meant to feel good. The appearance will follow.

Soldier On

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Lately it seems as if this military-inspired coat couldn't have met my closet at a better time, for more reasons than following fall trends. Since exactly a week ago this nation as changed, though I'm not here to rant about the sources or implications. 

What I will say is that our country and people have been through much worse. We've conquered tragedies and overcome injustices, together. The worst thing we could do now is erase everything that was worked for over the past several decades. Unfavorable outcomes are no reason to regress. Whether at a personal or macro level, the struggles we are met with only give us more reason to stay determined, passionate, and compassionate. Change is what you make of it, so throw on your game face and soldier on.

Savannah, Georgia: Days 2 & 3

Thursday, November 10, 2016


It wasn't until I started editing this post that I realized my attention to taking photos in Savannah dwindled each day. By the time my mom and I were at our third day in the charming city, we were too busy making spontaneous plans to remember documenting them. But I think that is a beautiful side of travel -- to document experiences solely in your memory, for only yourself to hold onto.

While I am typically a schedule-oriented trip planner, there is something about Savannah that encourages impromptu exploration. In a small scale city, you quickly become immersed in the local culture and take notice of the details that give the community character. 

My mom and I spent the last days of our trip popping in and out of historic homes and strolling Savannah's waterfront area. We weren't able to hit all the important sites due to hurricane damage and marathon crowds, but it gave us the chance to explore the streets like locals.

Savannah, Georgia: Day One

Monday, November 7, 2016


Leading up to life as a post-graduate my goal has always been to give back to my parents, my day-one supporters. Now that I'm approaching a year as a full-time working girl, I am finally in a place where I can start doing so. 

My mom and I went on our first girls' trip to Italy this past February and still find ourselves gushing about it each time we get together. Come fall, I decided to treat her to a birthday vacation in a city that has all the charm and ease for the perfect girls' trip -- Savannah, Georgia.

Lined with Spanish moss-covered oak trees and elegantly historic architecture, Savannah has everything we wanted from a quaint Southern city. Beyond a welcoming environment, the locals made us feel right at home with a kind of friendliness that isn't always found in New York. It takes more than a few paragraphs to describe Savannah with its deeply rooted history and uniquely Southern culture. But I can say that from my mom's goal to visit all fifty of the United States, I'm so grateful we chose to explore this one together. 

Read on more details from our first day in Georgia's oldest but most beautiful city:

Belled

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


It's been a bit since I've written about my work wardrobe despite spending what feels like 90% of my time at the office. With temperatures dropping, I've been finding it more difficult to quickly pull together work-friendly outfits without the ability to throw on a cute day dress. Honestly, I'd wear my mom jeans and sneakers every day if I could.

When it comes to quick outfits, it's all about those details that show more effort that required. For this season, I'm relying on the bell sleeve. Sleeve detail has been everywhere lately (including this blog), and I'm loving the effortless drama that comes with it. The simplest tee can be easily upgraded with a great sleeve, making any office outfit more than your traditionally monochrome tailored look. I'm pretty sure I'll be living in this top for the next few months.

Staycationing With Arlo Hotels

Monday, October 31, 2016


Only since making friends with fellow working girl influencers did I start hearing about staycations. I've quickly learned that once we trade college for career, it becomes too easy to get wrapped up in the stresses of everyday life. While the idea of spending a weekend just a few miles away from home may sound less appealing than traveling abroad, the benefits are significant.

Victor and I spent Halloweekend at Arlo Hudson Square, a newer addition to the New York City hotel scene that blends efficiency with design. Despite being just a subway ride away from my apartment, it was the retreat we needed after a busy week. There is something refreshing about changing up your daily surroundings regardless of the distance. Amidst the chic, studious atmosphere of Arlo, we were nothing but relaxed. New York almost felt like a separate city from the one we scramble through from Monday to Friday.

Scroll on for highlights from my favorite corners of Arlo Hudson Square.

An Autumnal Dream in The Berkshires

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Though it feels like New York skipped over fall, this past weekend's foliage adventures were enough of an autumnal dream to keep me satisfied. Encompassing the westernmost part of Massachusetts is a rural region knows as The Berkshires, where the scenery and culture are unlike any surrounding region. My family spent a weekend exploring the vibrant hills of this area and by the end of the trip, I wasn't ready to return to the city.

Despite unfavorable weather for most of the trip, the foliage still seemed to shine through. Among my favorite stops in the Berkshires was Olivia's Overlook (shown below), where the autumnal landscape is almost unbeatable. We made it up just minutes before sunset and were rewarded with views of evening fog weaving between the colorful trees. As much as I will always be a city girl, I wouldn't mind spending every fall season in the hills of the Berkshires.

#PerfectNever

Monday, October 24, 2016


I'll admit it's been a while since I've been fully confident with my fitness level. Every day I skip a workout is another moment of appreciation for those daily sports practices in high school. I'm not the kind of girl who can be confined to a traditional gym. Give me a mountain to hike or a kayak to paddle, and I'll happily work out any day.

Here in New York, the gym is a lifestyle. But despite the endless membership options that line these streets, I'm not sure I'll ever fit in with that world. I prefer workouts that don't feel like exercise - the ones that create memories along the way. That is the beauty of Reebok's #PerfectNever campaign. I may never achieve the body of a supermodel, but I'll leave every "workout" knowing I achieved more than a chiseled body. 

In today's society, the perfect body is nonexistent, as is anything else that is subject to comparison. Work out to feel good, and do only what you enjoy. No one has time for anything else. What is your #PerfectNever story?

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