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For today’s post, Olia and I partnered up for a blogger style session in collaboration with TargetStyle where we took one pair of leather Ponte pants (they’re only $19!) and styled each other up.

 

I would have for sure paired them with a white oxford and a classic navy blazer but I’m actually into this edgier look that Olia chose for me! It was so fun to work with another blogger whose style is different than mine. I often get inspiration from women on the street of NYC or my co-workers and play with my style based on what I see. This just took that to the next level.

 

I can think of about a million ways to wear these pants and I’m sure they’ll become a regular staple in my fall wardrobe. How would you wear them?

 

 

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As I’ve mentioned quite a few times, the last few weeks have been emotionally and physically draining for me. Moving is always hard but doing that with a demanding job, persistant blog, and in the midst of NYFW is about a million times crazier. I feel like I’ve had no time for me at all. I literally barely even check my Instagram feed (Talk about social suicide!).

 

It has been so important throughout this process to literally force myself to take time to relax, recharge, and treat myself. Here is what I did. I hope it inspires you to create a little “me-time” this week! If you’re in need of a personal day, check out this post I wrote last year.

 

1. Get Your Glow On
Last weekend, I was physically exhausted and from packing boxes and running around in the heat for NYFW and emotionally exhausted given the fact that it was my last weekend as a New Yorker. Luckily for me, the amazing team at Erno Laszlo’s The Institute offered me an afternoon of luxury with a facial that featured micro-dermabrasion, a 25 minute LED light treatment, an assortment of high-end facial products, and an all around pampering experience.

 

Obviously this type of day isn’t generally an option, but check out spas nearby and book yourself a facial. The face massage alone does wonders but it also has long-term effects. I was recently tested and found out that I have the skin of a 23 year old (I’m 29). It’s because I’m a stickler about sunscreen (SPF 45 every day) and I get facials every 4 weeks religiously. I have almost no wrinkles or sun spots. The woman giving me the test was shocked!

 

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2. Whip your hair back and forth
A few days before my fancy facial, Joico gave me THE BEST blow out I’ve ever had (pictured above). No but really. . . I was super hungover when I arrived last Friday morning so the dark hair-washing room complete with comfy chairs and a head massage was exactly what the doctor ordered. Plus I left looking like a movie star. Win-win!

 

If I’m ever rich and famous, I plan to get blow-outs 2x/week. It’s a luxury that completely changes the way I feel about myself. I can be dressed like crap and look tired, but a good blow out keeps me holding my head up high.

 

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3. Give into that Craving
I’ve been dairy-free for 6 years now and I crave it most on hot summer days when I want ice cream. Last weekend was especially sticky-hot so I ventured downtown for a mint chip vegan ice cream cone from Van Leeuwen. Thank God they don’t serve vegan ice cream everywhere because I’m pretty sure that I’d eat it every day.

 

4. Unplug
At one point I had to shut down my computer, put my iPhone on airplane mode, and disconnect from the noisy online world for a few hours. Anel and I had a glass of wine and actually connected in a meaningful way for the first time all week. It’s amazing what a little R&R sans screens can do.

 

5. Quick Fix
My favorite life-hack is to go to the nail salon and pay $12 for a 10-minute back massage. It’s cheap, it takes 10 minutes and it can totally turn your day around. I recommend this during a lunch break or in between meetings. Life. Changing.

 

Photos by Meaghan.

 

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O.M.G. We did it. We packed up all of our stuff (over 50 boxes!) and moved our jaded-New York-selves out to the suburbs. There were tears shed (a lot of them), muscles pulled (a few of them), and magically only one thing broken. I have to say, it was all worth it- Sitting here writing this post from my spacious office (slash guest room) feels pretty darn great.

 

There are no sirens outside of the window (my ears are ringing it’s so quiet), the air smells clean, and I just washed my dishes in the dishwasher and used my very own washing machine. Mind. Blown. Despite all of that, I feel a small pang in my chest for Manhattan.

 

The gritty streets and busy people have kept me going for 7 years and the change is already a shock to my system. The weirdest part of living in Connecticut so far is that you have to drive to the store instead of walking there. It made for much easier grocery shopping and I definitely went to Target 3 times this weekend.

I took these photos right before I left in the East Village, one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. Sorry that I don’t have more to say but I’m completely fried physically and emotionally. Stay tuned for photos and updates from the new place!

 

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Photos by Bekka Palmer.

 

Fashion Challenges

Let’s sit down and have a little chat, shall we? Pick up your coffee and I’ll pick up mine. Here we go. My friends, family, and random acquaintances are always asking me questions about what to wear for certain events or body types and sometimes I feel like I give pretty decent answers. So I thought, why not do the same for my AWESOME readers?

 

I posed a question on Twitter last week: “What is one thing that you love about style, and one thing you find challenging?”. There were some great answers and I decided to address some of the challenges that you guys wrote in today’s little Q&A.

 

I’m by no means an expert but I’ve learned a lot about fashion over the years as a New Yorker and I hope I can help in some small way. Let me know if you like this kind of post and I’ll make it a regular thing. If you have a fashion challenge, comment below and I’ll respond to all comments with an answer.

 

 

Effortlessly Chic
@AliMackin wants to know about “looking put together but without looking overdone”
Shirt Dress

 

Great question and I have a great answer for this one! My go-to for effortless-chic is always a simple dress with my favorite pair of shoes. For fall, I’m totally crushing on this shirt dress and plan to buy it in olive, navy, and white. If you have a dress that you love and looks chic, you don’t have to do anything else besides add shoes and a bag. Truly effortless!

 

How to Stay on Trend
@Amandabnguyen asked “how to be on trend without steering too far away from your signature look”
Leather Leggings

 

 

I’m not a very trendy gal and struggle with the same issue. I try to buy one trendy piece each season and pair it with classic pieces. For example, this fall I bought this pair of leather leggings but plan to pair them with a classic button down and a blazer. I’ll be on trend but keep my preppy signature look!

 

Tips for Chesty Gals
@meghandono is challenged by “dressing when you have a chest on ya!”
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That depends if you want to accentuate the chest or show it off. I’m assuming since you’re asking that you want to tone it down (If I’m wrong, let me know!) I suggest a silk top that you can unbutton to the exact right spot and a SUPER flattering skirt, like this pencil skirt, or pair of pants to draw the attention downtown . . . That sounded dirty. Not my intention! Last tip is to wear heels to elongate your legs and (again) bring focus to the lower half of your body.

 

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

 

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