We had our first real snow in NYC yesterday! I don’t know what it is, but snow in New York is kind of magical when it’s really coming down. It’s almost like being in a real-life snow globe! … But then five minutes later you realize you are FUH-REEZING, you’ve already taken your #SnowyNYC instagram, you can’t open your eyes because snow is pelting you in the face, and you still have 9 more blocks to walk. Those first few minutes though… They really are magical. You’ve got to savor them!
PS: There are plenty of pictures of me making a fool of myself on Lexington Avenue during the morning commute. And almost getting hit by two different taxis… So keep reading! 😉
While my trip to California wasn’t as warm as expected (more on that here!), coming back to these twenty-degree-temps in New York has been bru-tal. A full (and very busy!) week of work, plus a cold commute. Oy! Throw us a bone, Mother Nature.
I hope you had an absolutely wonderful holiday season! It really seemed to fly by this year, didn’t it? While it’s sad to see the season go, I’m excited for all that is to come! I’ve started my annual year-end decluttering phase to be able to start the new year on a fresh note. Clearing out random notes and post-its all over the place, tearing pages I no longer need out of my notebooks, deleting files on my laptop that I no longer need, moving photos and documents to external hard drives, etc. I’ve found that clearing away all of this clutter (whether it’s in person or virtually) really helps me to hit the reset button and start the year off on the right foot!*image via Joanna Baker
I’ve raved about my Jawbone Up band before. (See this post if you missed it!) But if you need any more of a reason to get one, their customer service is absolutely amazing. I was having a problem with mine holding a charge and they were seriously SO helpful. They even emailed me a few days later to make sure everything was still running smoothly after I updated the firmware! Gotta love good customer service.. Unfortunately hard to find sometimes!
I attended a mini coding session at General Assembly two weeks ago and it got me thinking about taking classes, furthering my knowledge and education, and learning new-to-me things, too. Resolutions for 2015!
I’ve been on such a beanie kick lately. (Proof here & here.) Specifically, I’ve been loving all of the beanies with pompoms on the top. Current favorites — this one, this one, and this one.
Before I became a full-fledged wino (just kidding.. kind of), I was always super intimidated by wine. Admittedly, I now only know very little about the wines that I drink often, but it’s a start. The Beginner’s Guide to Ordering Wine
Can you believe how quickly 2014 flew by?! As fast and fabulous as it was, I’m ready for a fresh start. 2014 was pretty good to me, but I know that 2015 is going to be one of the best years yet! Over the next week, I’ll be sharing a few of my goals and resolutions on the blog. So stay tuned for that! Today, however, I want to share the challenge that I’ll be taking part in throughout the whole month of January — the Birchbox 31-Day Challenge.
Over the next 30 days, I’ll be partaking in one challenge per day. Easy, right? Each day, there will be one fitness, beauty, nutrition, or wellness challenge to help make 2015 the best year yet. Think smoothies for breakfast, swapping tv for a book, tricep-toning arm workouts, energizing yoga poses, face masks, tricks to improve sleep, and more!
I think it’s going to be a ton of fun! A lot of times, resolutions can be quite broad and hard to successfully measure progress. I’m a total “list person” so checking off a little daily challenge will be nice and gratifying! Each to-do is seemingly easy, but I have a feeling that making these small tweaks daily will really help to start the year off on the right track! (And hopefully create a few lasting habits, too!)
Intrigued? You can take the challenge, too! (And I hope you do!) You can find the daily assignments here, as well as the daily prizes! If you decide to join in on the fun, be sure to join in on social media with the hashtag #BirchboxChallenge.
I’ve rambled on about my football fandom on quite a few occasions. I shared my love for my Alma Mater, the University of Illinois. I’ve worn outfits showing how football and fashion can coexist. I’ve given you the backstory on how I ended up liking sports in the first place. And today, it all kind of comes full circle!
Today, Hallie & I are headed out to Pasadena, California to attend all of the fun festivities surrounding the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl with the team at FTD! Pinch-me moment, 100%. I am so excited to go behind the scenes with FTD and experience the Rose Parade from an insider’s view! Aside from attending the game, the pep rallies, and the tailgates (which will all be a ton of fun.. obviously!), we get the incredible experience of going behind the scenes at the famous Rose Parade. We’ll have the chance to get an up-close and personal peek at the floats, see the VIP vehicle decorating first-hand, chat with the amazing designers behind it all, and more. I’m overly excited to get to see all of the beautiful blooms in person … Can you imagine? ALL OF THE INSTAS. Even if football is not your thing, the Rose Parade is something that almost everyone can get behind! 6,000 stems of flowers and foliage will be featured on this year’s vehicles and over 300 pounds of flowers will be used on each. I can hardly wait to see it all in person!
My parents went to the Rose Bowl in the 2007-2008 season when Illinois played and they absolutely raved about the Rose Parade, the intricacy of the floats, and overall how wonderful it was to experience such a historical event. I’m so excited to see it all for myself!
Hallie and I have a packed itinerary and it’s sure to be a fun-filled week! Plus, escaping the Northeast weather for the week and spending New Years in sunny Pasadena sounds pretty fabulous. We’re flying out today and will be in California through the end of the week. We’ll be ‘gramming and tweeting up a storm so be sure to follow along!
Black and gold has always been one of my favorite color combos. (I mean, see the logo at the top of this blog..) Gold sparkles pair perfectly with classic black. And a little pop of red is the best way to add some sass!
Hello from sunny Florida! Actually, where we are (right outside of Sarasota) hasn’t been sunny much at all this week. Sunny or not, I definitely can’t complain! The temperature has hovered right around 70 degrees, which has allowed for morning coffee by the pool, eating all meals al fresco, long walks around the neighborhood, and plenty of time relaxing on the back patio (in a sweater).
The first full day I was in Florida was actually the hottest. My grandfather and I drove up to Tampa to pick up my parents from the airport. On the way, we stopped at Hyde Park Village to do a little last minute Christmas shopping.
Even though I’m an advocate of wearing white denim almost year round, I happily packed my white jeans and this new top from Sail to Sable’s resort collection! I love the flattering fit of this top. It’s nice and flow-y, but doesn’t make me lose my shape. And the oversized buttons down the back? Can’t get enough! The gold hardware dresses up the fun fish print and adds a bit of flare. My sea-foam green Kate Spade pumps with the gold bow were the perfect touch!
As you’ve probably realized by now, I have a thing for bows. Bow belts, bows on my toes, bow jewelry, little bow details on bags, bow sweaters, you name it. I love the fun, girly touch! Typically, I try to only incorporate a single bow piece into an outfit to avoid overkill, but with today’s look, I just kind of said screw it. It’s the holidays and I’ll wear three bows if I want to! With the simple black and gold color palette, though, I think it works!
Whenever Carly and I meet up, we usually just look at each other and laugh. Nine times out of ten, we’re wearing some type of coordinating outfit! Take Wednesday morning, for example. Carly and I met up for breakfast (breakfast dates before work are seriously the best!) at Sarabeth’s and were planning to do a fun shoot with our matching santa hats afterwards before I headed into the office. There were almost tears when we met up in front of The Plaza… Plaid skirts, navy tights, sweaters, monogrammed crossbody bags, navy suede shoes, etc. I think we’re as close to twinning as humanly possible, without actually wearing the same thing. Honestly, the only thing we planned on matching was our hats. (We later realized that she has my Vineyard Vines skirt and I have her J.Crew skirt. #closecall)
I’m so happy with the way the photos turned out… They’re so festive and fun and capture how magical the city is during the holiday season. We look like Santa’s Little Helpers! When I splurged on this Santa Hat a few weeks ago, I didn’t realize how much I would actually wear it. I just loved it so much and knew I had to have it! (Even if just for a dress form decoration in my bedroom!) But I’ve been sporting it on the commute to work, running errands on the weekend, you name it. It’s so cute! It’s currently on sale and then an extra 25% off so if you’ve been lusting after it, nows the time to get it!
PS: If you’re in New York over the holidays, you have to check out the fountain in front of The Plaza! Once the water is drained from the fountain, it’s filled with Fraser Firs. So pretty! The perfect backdrop for festive photos.