Thursday, November 26, 2015

Giving Gratitude

Photographer: NeNe


Coat: Steve Madden | Poncho Sweater & Pants: metrosyle | Pom Pom Shoes: ASOS
Scarf: VeVelle | Jewelry: Kara Ross NY | Nails: Akiko | Handbag: FURLA

It's Thanksgiving week, and I am all about giving gratitude! Sometimes it's really important to step back and reflect on all of the great aspects of your life. I made a promise to myself, to take better care of my relationships, especially the one with myself. One of my personal goals this year & for 2016 is to get more in touch with my spiritual side, and inner connection to the universe. I recently started making time for meditation, and reflection on a daily basis. (I am not a full blown yogi or guru, but I am taking the first steps) I am starting with "gratitude walks" and a "gratitude journal". These walks are personal time for me, away from my cell phone or the hustle/bustle of city life.  I simply take time to walk in a park or around the neighborhood and give thanks for all of the great things in my life. 

I am so beyond grateful to work with such amazing brands, and follow my dreams in fashion. Not only do I have the ability to purchase my own clothes, but to be able to wear new pieces before they hit stores or promote new styles is truly a blessing. I fell in love with this cobalt blue princess cut funnel coat by Steve Madden from Alloy Apparel instantly. It makes such a strong statement with any look. My pants and sweater poncho are by metrosyle, when in doubt go with all black.  This look is casual and comfortable, yet with the right accessories can still be extremely chic. My beautiful silk printed scarf is by VeVelle, I truly believe a scarf can enhance any outfit. And lastly, these kick ass pom pom heels are  by ASOS.  (how damn cute and they?!)

I wanted to share something extremely personal with you guys this week, especially because it's Thanksgiving week and this is very relevant to my life. I came across an interesting way to get in touch with you "inner gratitude" and spiritual side. I have tried mediation before, and to be quite honest it is very hard for me to sit still and quiet all of the thoughts in my head to focus on breathing & chanting. It just doesn't work for me... and that's OK- everyone is different. Mediation comes in other forms besides sitting on the floor crossed legged and eyes closed. I recently started a gratitude journal, I write in it almost everyday in the morning or at night. This is a way for me to practice my grateful thoughts and put it into the universe. Everyday answer these 3 questions, and try not to repeat yourself day to day:

- Who/What inspired me today?

- What made me happy today or brought peace to my day?

- How did I contribute to my own happiness?

You can also list everything you are grateful for in a given day, and the people in your life. This is something that is so easy to do, and yet it makes such an impact. Now you might think I am crazy, but research & studies have shown an impressive range of benefits for people that keep these journals including: better sleep, fewer symptons of illness, and a deeper level of happiness. Since this is something very personal for me, I wanted to share it and see if any of you are interested in trying it out. 

On that note, I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Take some time to be grateful for all of  the good in your life. xo 


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Holiday Texture Trio

Location: Abington House Rooftop, NYC | Photographer: Seef7

Top: H&M | Skirt: Calvin Klein | Beanie: Juicy Couture | Plaid Coat: ASOS | Sunnies: Ray Bans 
Cut-Out Gloves: ASOS | Jewelry: Kara Ross NY | Boots: H&M | Scarf: Vintage

I am extremely grateful & blessed that I can dress and express myself everyday. I can wear what I want, and own it in any setting. Whether I am dressing for work, an event, or brunch with my friends it is extremely important to still have my personal flare and sense of adventure in my look. I do not mold or give in to trends, rather I prefer creating my own. Fashion is not about following a set of rules, it's really about expressing ourselves and showcasing your personality. 

I really can't believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I did some light Christmas shopping today and strolled around the city. EVERYTHING is already decorated for the holidays. Windows are  up and glistening, lights everywhere you look, and Christmas trees already set with ornaments. Now I don't know about you, but it all came a little too soon for me this year. The best way for me to get myself into the holiday spirit is dressing for it! 

A little sparkle and texture is just what I needed. The weather has been extremely on and off in New York. One day its hot, the next it's freezing, so layers are crucial for any city gal on the go. I have been really into long sleeve bodysuits lately. They are wonderful to wear under any short sleeve shirt for an extra layer of warmth. I completely love this sequined blouse from H&M. The first time I saw it hanging I knew it would be a holiday staple. This shirt literally made me smile. It was weird, and colorful, and I couldn't figure out the front hanging pieces that stuck out all over....but I LOVED it.  I wore it to a corporate-esq industry breakfast recently and the main response was, "you look like a disco ball and I like it", naturally I take that as a compliment. haha 

I don't want to sound so cliche here, but obvi plaid makes me think of the holidays. This over-size boyfriend blazer from ASOS is so easy to wear. I purchased it last year and still absolutely adore this coat. The booties were a super score from H&M, flat pointy toe is the way to go. I added in a super chunky knit black and white circle scarf for an added layer of texture. The cashmere beanie was actually a Christmas gift last year and I'm still totally obsessed, I have a cool beanie collection that has some serious character. 

To sum up my pre-holiday vibe- take some risks! Mix and match your prints, cause why not?! Life's too short to wear the same safe thing. Spend a good 20 minutes in your closet tonight and play dress up. Put together pieces you would normally not think of and try them on creating new looks with your current wardrobe. You would be surprised at how many holiday styles you already have. 

Have a big holiday party coming up and your stressin on what to wear?! 
Girl I got you... 

(guys are welcome to join the convo too, happy to help)