Friday Feels

Happy Friday friends! I was thinking on Fridays it would be fun to share my “feels” from the week as we head into the weekend. Each Friday, it will be a recap of my feelings from the week and my weekend plans, favorite outfit and inspiration for the weekend. Let me know what you think of this new series!

Friday Feels: Especially excited for this weekend knowing it’s a three day one plus it’s going to snow a ton! Ready for it. Overall, I had a really great week. No wedding stress, no real work stress and some super fun news.

Weekend Plans: This weekend, we are keeping it low key. I’ll squeeze in some workouts here and there. It’s my soon-to-be father-in-law’s birthday so we are headed there for an early dinner on Saturday. Then we’ll head home to enjoy the snow and relax (and stay off the roads!) And Sunday, depending on how the roads are, we’ll either head out to watch the football games or enjoy them at home. It all depends! Monday I’ll be devoting the day to working on the blog, so if you have any suggestions, send them my way!

Fashion Favorite: My stripe sweater outfit and my new Louis Vuitton apple watch band! I can’t even tell you guys how much I love the sweater and the band. The sweater alone I’ve gotten a ton of use from but I know the winter is long and I will continue to wear it often. This watch band too – omg obsessed. I have a faux leather one from Amazon that I love, but I’m always looking for new ones to spice it up. In case you can’t tell, I love to switch up my jewelry.

Weekend Inspiration: This past week, I did some searching and writing towards what I want my year to look like. I filled out personal and professional goals and it’s really inspiring me to stay focused, motivated and be better about planning and visualizing what I want. So my inspiration for this weekend is to continue my workouts and eating health (no dairy for me), take good photos and work on my content for next week and continue my meditation practice.

What are you guys up to this weekend? Let me know and enjoy! xo

 

 

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Recent Obsessions Volume 1

Hi guys and happy hump day! We are halfway through the week and this girl has a three day weekend. Very, very happy about that. While I was home over the weekend and saw all my girl friends, they were loving some new stuff I had. So, I thought it would be fun to share some of my recent finds that I’m obsessing over and hopefully you are too!

  1. Round Rainbow Ring: Ok you guys – few things I have gotten more compliments on than this ring. If we’re being honest, I was really admiring the beautiful rainbow jewels from Stephanie Gottlieb, but couldn’t justify the price. Hence – Amazon. Where else would I look?! I found this beauty and it had amazing reviews, not to the mention the price is INSANE. It looks beautiful in person. I got the size 5 – I have very small fingers and could have used a 4.75 or 4.50 so it’s a little big, but I’m obsessed and wear it almost daily. It is a little uncomfortable at first (it’s under $30 after-all), but I got used to it the more I wore it.
  2. Chanel Round Sunglasses: The best Christmas gift from my secret santa! They’re such a fun blue color and they add a fun element to all my outfits. If you know me, you know I have a sunglass collection and love to switch them up, but these are quickly becoming an essential pair for me.
  3. Hydrogel Eye Patches: I have the pink ones and love them! Not only are the fun to look at and wear, they’re hydrating and refreshing. Always keep them in the fridge for extra de-puffing power!
  4. Steve Madden Reece Sock Bootie: If you guys can’t tell from basically every photo, I’m living in these booties. I got them during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and finally wore them in the fall. Since then, I wear them at least three times a week. They’re super affordable and comfortable too. Such a great buy!
  5. Alison Lou x J.Crew Beaded Hoop Earrings: This year I’m declaring the statement earring year for me. Recently I’ve been big into switching out my earrings every day and updating my collection. In my defense, I haven’t bought earrings for myself in years (I’ve preferred rings as of late) plus I got rid of a bunch of old ones to make room for the new. Sadly these are the perfect summer earring so I won’t bring these out for awhile but I’ve eyed them for awhile and needed to buy now that they’re on clearance. Such an amazing deal!

Dress Pant Roundup

Hi guys, hope you had a great holiday! I can’t believe it’s over already but I’m ready to get this year moving. In the spirit of starting new, or purging your closet or post holiday shopping, I rounded up the dress pants every lady needs in her work wardrobe. The best part about these pants are that whether or not you work in the office, you’ll get so much use out of all of them. Scroll down for all my favorites!

Can you tell I love my red ones? I wear them with everything!

  1. Slim City Pants: These are the cobalt blue pants you see me wear frequently except mine are old so the color isn’t available, BUT even though they’re blue I wear them all the time. I’m 5″4′ and have the 2 and they fall right at my ankle. I usually wear heels but love that I can also wear flats with them. Perfect with sweaters, blazers, blouses, etc. SO many options!
  2. Skinny-Fit Solid Ankle Pants: Ok these I have in black and LOVE. I wear them to everything with everything: the office, the bar, with leather jackets, blouses and graphic tees. These are insanely versatile and a staple in your closet.
  3. Sailor Trousers: Now these I don’t own but think I need them. A classic trouser with a cute nautical accent is so perfect for anyone who has a bit preppier style. I wouldn’t classify my style as preppy, but I love these and know I’d wear them often. Ready for you summer – hello Cape Cod!
  4. Wide Leg Pants: Are you guys sick of my red pants yet? They are super old but nothing I love more than a good flare pant (I own at least 3 high waisted jeans – oops). So flattering and so fun when you’re sick of all your skinny pants. And since it’s unfortunately NOT summer yet, the winter print on these are so cute.
  5. High Rise Pant: If you don’t own high-waisted pants, you are MISSING out (see #4). For the day when you know you’re going to eat too much, or it’s that time of the month, or God damnit you just want to wear a crop top (but still look chic, you know?) High waisted pants are the absolute best. Flattering, stylish, modern, chic, etc. Literally everything.

Top 3 Best Leggings for Barre

Hi guys! If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know I got my nose done in November. On Monday, I got the ok to start working out again, as long as it’s low impact so I can start slow. My favorite low impact worked is barre, specifically Pure Barre (I might be biased?) So that’s where my workouts will be starting and as a former Pure Barre instructor, I’ve got the goods when it comes to workout clothes. I’ve tried so many different leggings on you can’t even imagine. These are hands down the best leggings to have in your arsenal to make you feel strong and confident when you hit your next barre class.

  1. AloYoga Flocked High-Waist Moto Legging: Ok I have these without the high-waist but if you get them, get the high-waist. Must, must. Not only are they comfortable, but you can wear them from the barre to the bar. So chic, not too heavy and they STAY UP even when you’re in weird, compromising positions which happens in barre class. I love all the colors but the black especially because they can be worn as regular leggings. Get them, immediately. You will not regret.
  2. Splits 59 Raquel Classic Flared Tight: Similar to the Moto Legging, I love these because you can wear them outside of the barre studio and still look cute. They also come in different lengths which is amazing. I’m 5’4″ and got the short version which was perfect on me. They’re super flattering, suck you in and stay put during your barre classes. Not to mention they’re super comfortable.
  3. Beyond Yoga Stripe High Waisted Midi Legging: So in full disclosure I don’t have this exact print and I have them in the ankle length but I do have these leggings and to say I’m obsessed is an understatement. I love a good print (you probably could guess that already) and I love that these have spandex in them so you can wear them for other workouts. Leggings that do double duty are a non-negotiable for me (are you noticing a theme here), especially when they cost $80. So I love that I can wear these to run, spin or do barre.

Winter Coats You Need

Ready or not, winter is officially here. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really learned to appreciate a beautiful, warm coat. I grew up in the northeast but spend four years at college in South Carolina, so coats were a thing of the past. However, I was in for a rude awakening when I moved back and since then, I have been collecting winter coats. Unfortunately, winter is quite a long season here in Massachusetts so I don’t feel bad about spending a little more on a coat since I know I’ll get so much use out of it. Since I have a few, I rounded up my favorite styles below. Which one is your favorite?!

  1. Teddy Coat: I have a moto style one from H&M that I got last year that I couldn’t be more obsessed with. Trend or not, these are warm and cozy which is everything I want all winter long.
  2. Puffer Coat: If you live anywhere north of the Mason Dixon line and do not own one of these, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Honestly, I used to kind of hate them because they remind me of the Michelin man but I can’t possibly live without one. Now there are so many cute and affordable options. I like ones with a belt to cinch my waist in so I don’t feel like a puffer fish. Plus this one has a faux fur collar which you can’t go wrong with (obviously).
  3. Shearling Aviator Coat: I’m obsessed with these coats. I got a Topshop one last year (not available anymore) that I LIVE in when it’s above 30 degrees. Below freezing and it’s puffer always but these shearling coats are insanely warm and stylish. Win, win.
  4. Long Wool Coat: Perfect for nights out, business meetings or other events that might require you to be warm but also still look put together.
  5. Ski Jacket: For those of you who ski or snowboard, or just want an extra warm coat for those below freezing days, having another warm coat in your arsenal can never hurt.

I got a nose job.

Yup. That’s why I was MIA on stories for about 10 days. BUT let me tell you, tomorrow marks two weeks into my recovery and I’m SO HAPPY I finally went through with it. I spent YEARS of my life on this decision. I’ve always hated my nose. From middle school until now, it has always bothered me. In my photos, you’ll notice you never see a side/profile view. You never see a side part. You never see a slicked back hairdo. I am methodical and do this on purpose because all of those things draw attention to my (old) large nose. It might sound crazy, but we all have insecurities. My nose in particular was one that just has always gnawed at me and since it can be fixed, why wouldn’t I fix it? I always wanted to do it, but for years there were two things that stopped me: fear and money.

Oh fear. Something we all relate to, all have and all joke about. I’m afraid of snakes, spiders, car accidents, etc. But how many people talk about real life fears like I’m afraid to have a kid because what if I’m a terrible mother? Or I’m afraid to get surgery because what if I don’t wake up? I went through worst case scenarios of what if I don’t wake up? Am I proud of my 28 years on this Earth? Would I wish I had said done/said something to anyone? Told them I loved them one more time? (FYI anesthesia is pretty safe and you have to get a blood test prior to surgery to show you are healthy enough to go under) When people are forced into surgery, like open heart or an ACL tear, they don’t say I’m not going to do it because I’m afraid. They do it because their doctor told them they had to. And we all trust (most) doctors don’t we? And if they told us we needed to get a certain surgery to fix something, we would, wouldn’t we? This, along with the many success stories from others about their surgeries for a plethora of ailments, have helped me confront this fear. Would I really let fear get in the way of this? Do you want to know what else helped? Skydiving. I’m not even kidding. It was a bucket list item of mine that I never thought I would actually do because I am (was?) afraid of heights. However, my future sister-in-law found a place in Oahu that we could go to and I knew I couldn’t back out. Skydiving in Hawaii?! I mean, it doesn’t get any cooler than that. So I did it. I told her she couldn’t let me back out. I wanted to kill her the hours leading up to it and the entire plane ride. But, now I owe her a thanks. I conquered a HUGE fear of mine. And guess what, it’s all in our heads. Mind over matter. It’s always your mind that tricks you into these fears and it’s your mind that will get you out of them. Trust yourself.

Also another FYI I am squeamish AF. Like I-fainted-in-my-consultation-with-my-doctor kind of squeamish. I was nervous about the blood work for months because I knew I had to get it. I hate needles, I have a terrible pain tolerance and I was so anxious the day before that I could barely eat and fainted at work. So again, if I can do it, TRUST ME, you can. No joke, my family and friends were laughing that I actually went through with it because they know how squeamish I am. So yeah, there’s that.

Next up: another fun topic that everyone loves to talk about LOL money. We all have it, we all need it and we all want more of it (no? just me?). Rhinoplasty (nose job) is a cosmetic procedure for me since I don’t have a deviated septum or need it to be fixed after breaking it. Aka I need to pay for all of it with zero help from insurance. So how was I supposed to come up with the $7,500 I got quoted for? It wasn’t going to be easy, but with some budgeting, spending cuts and a vision of my new nose in my head, I did it. (Spoiler alert). I’m good with money thank goodness and was able to save all of it over 6 months. I paid the bill on October 30th for my November 21st surgery date. And not only was it a big relief, it was a proud moment. I was proud of myself that I was making this happen after years and years of thinking about it. And I would never go back. I would do it 100 times over.

SO – my secret is out. Do you guys have questions? What was recovery like? What did I look like? How scary was I? Should I do a post on saving money? Budgeting? I’m happy to be an open book. As someone who was freaking out and so nervous, the more I knew (in certain instances, like what recovery would be like NOT like what they are doing when I’m asleep), was SO helpful. Also I’m less than two weeks from the surgery so I can give you a complete play-by-play on what I was feeling and looking like each day afterwards. Plus give you tips on how to help the swelling (thanks to Lauryn Evarts of TSC).

Thank you, thank you for reading. Below is the simulated photo of the before and after and my doctor says he got it to look exactly like the after picture. It’s still swollen, so it will be a little bit before it looks exactly like that, but I’m thrilled with how it looks so far. And if you’re local to the NJ area, I have the most amazing, amazing, doctor rec for you. Dr. Zubowski and his team has been nothing short of amazing. I would recommend them 10000000x over.

Talk soon,

A

Bold Suiting

Hi guys,

I know, I know but don’t say I didn’t warn you. The red blazer is back…again. I can’t help myself! I’m actually obsessed with it. You can wear it with basically everything – what’s not to love? Now when it comes to a suit, I’ve always been a bit intimidated. I’ve always loved the look of them especially when Rachel Zoe wears them. She can rock a suit like no other. So when I realized that I had red pants in my closet and could wear them with my red blazer, I was intrigued. I put them on together with a pair of heels (Something Navy sock booties) I felt like a rockstar. There’s nothing more bold and powerful than a red suit on a woman. What do you guys think? Would you rock one? If you’re nervous and feel like it’s too bold, start with a neutral color. You can always do black or baby to begin. To make it more modern and avoid that god awful 80s style suit (you know what I’m talking about), pick a slim fit jacket that’s tapered at the waist, slim fit pants, flared pants or a boxy oversized blazer. Go either oversize on top with slim bottoms or the opposite. And always, always, amp it up with shoes, jewels and an amazing bag.