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January 3, 2018

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Featuring the Cline Dining Table with Marble top and the Belmont Coffee Table from SIXPENNY
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It’s been almost 5 months since I’ve moved the home I own in Brooklyn. My first place that I could really call mine, and that made it special. It took me awhile to get it all together, and it is still currently a work in progress, but I have come a long way since my first month in my place when it was full of unpacked boxes and bags. I have dug through everything I owned and donated a lot of what I felt I didn’t need. It felt refreshing to give things away. I like the idea of having more clean, open space in my home. It makes me feel less stressed and more inspired. That was exactly the idea as I started to look for furniture and little pieces to add finishing touches with. I still feel like there is a lot to do. Change my curtains. Switch out the rug. Maybe a new couch in a few months. Move my electronic piano. Find a chair to complement the living room. My bedroom is just finally coming together. And I still need to hang up all my prints,. I just need to decide on which wall. Decision, decisions.

But what really helped my place come together were two really great, quality pieces from SIXPENNY. My dining area was used as a storage corner until I found this used white washed armoire to store all my extra things that I decided to keep. I already had tall white chairs around my kitchen area, so I thought keeping a white theme with the furniture would be cool. This Cline Dining Table with Marble Top from SIXPENNY was perfect. And it’s round shape added just the retro flair I wanted. I got four more chairs to match the ones surrounding my kitchen, but with darker wood legs to match the dining table. Some vases in the corner, and a serving plate in the middle of the dining table was all else I felt I needed. Clean and simple. 

For my living room, I kept my yellow velvet couch from my old apartment. It’s still in great condition and I love the color pop it adds. My current rug is an old one I had from my bedroom in my last place. I think I want to go darker (maybe burgundy or hues of deep green and blue) for my next rug in the living room, but this pink one will do for now. The metal side table and lamp were pieces I found in my building lobby, leftover from someone moving out. I snatched them up and they worked perfectly right near the couch. All that was missing was a coffee table. Since my sideboard was dark brown wood, I felt that I needed a dark coffee table to balance out the other light colors of my living room.  The Belmont Coffee Table from SIXPENNY felt just right! Simple and modest, I can see it fitting in even if I decide to change my couch and rug in the future. It’s classic! 

These two rooms were the first I focused on when I moved in, and I am happy with my space as it is right now. Next is getting my bedroom decor finished, and working on creating a work space behind my couch. I haven’t had time to think about that during the holidays, but soon I’ll be back at it! It’s a new year, and there are so many things I want to do to make my place feel like a real home. But one step at a time is the best way to do it.

Thank you SIXPENNY for the dining table and coffee table. My home feels so in tune with my aesthetic because of them. 

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Red is Not Dead

November 27, 2017


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Rebecca Taylor sweater
Seafarer suede pants
River Island boots
Liebeskind backpack
2 Bandits earrings
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I’m all about dressing like a confident woman more than ever now. I don’t know exactly what it is. Hitting 30 recently, I am in fact, officially a woman now. And creatively, I feel like my vision has come together into one that I trust deep down in my gut. It’s a feeling that I’ve strived to have when I was younger time and time again, but never fully reached it. I feel like I’ve finally come to a place where I’m extremely happy about where I am, where my strengths lay. Even the unknowns of the future keep me on the tips of my toes, and that lights a fire that isn’t one that is daunting and scary, but more freeing in a sense. A freedom of being open to the fact that I will be able to handle whatever comes my way in the years ahead with maturity and clear mindedness and a red hot passion. The color red is of course significant in this post. It’s less about the clothes and more about the feeling. It’s a color of desire, and man do I desire so many things in life. But at the same time, I am totally okay with the fact that I may never have them all. I’m more okay with knowing that what I do have is actually the greatest of them all. That’s what I wanted to get to here in this post. That desire to wrap your arms around what is exactly in front of you. No matter what shape or size or manner it comes in. The present has the greatest worth of all, so don’t leave it behind to quickly for the next thing. And now, I’m giving life back into my suede red pants because they make me feel like a confident woman. They shed light on my height, which I used to hunch over to hide. It took me years to start feeling like a bold, confident person. And here I am, so much closer to what I’ve dreamed of becoming that I ever thought I could be before. And because of that, I wear red. 

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Herbal Essences #EmbraceChange

October 17, 2017

 

There are so many things about being an adult that are both scary and beautiful. Some just scary, some just beautiful, but many end up being both at the same time. I just turned 30, and believe me, it took me some time to accept the changes that come with growing up. And especially the hard ones. The ones I fought hardest to get through are the ones I find are my luckiest experiences to go through. That’s exactly what Herbal Essences‘ latest campaign is all about. Embracing change and letting life in. 

When I was younger, I was a heavy dreamer with fantastic visions of the future that changed almost every second. And while in my dreams I was invincible and confident and spoke my mind, I found that when faced with reality, I held myself back. I wasn’t exactly the person I was in my head when I was asleep at night or daydreamed. There was something there that kept me from putting myself out there because I was afraid of failure, or unwanted attention or maybe something else that I still cannot explain today. All I knew was that my confidence was lacking, but I knew deep down, that I wanted more and that I was someday going to get to where I needed to be. For me, it just took some time.

Growing up I experienced bullying from a few male classmates. My features, my height, my ethnic background, these all became things that I was ashamed of about myself. My hair, long and straight, was always my reliable shield. Something to hide behind when I didn’t want to be seen. Or at least, it made me feel like I couldn’t be seen. I wanted to keep my hair long to hide the fact that I had scoliosis, But even then, my hair wasn’t something I loved, even though it helped protect me. I wished it was blonder. Wavier. Like what I saw on TV. 

It took me a while to come to terms with my body. It took years of comparing myself too much and scrutinizing my imperfections too harshly, before I could finally step outside of the perspective I thought others around me had of me. Once I stepped out of that, I slowly became more and more free. It was like a drawn out personal training session that I had to give myself on the daily. Creating my blog, expressing my feelings, showing my face to the world and being proud of what it represented . . . all of these things helped me. And finally, the hair on my head became less of a shield each day. Instead, it was just simply something that was a part of me that I appreciated purely for the fact that it was mine. Long and somewhere in the middle behind straight and slightly wavy. Always a little messy. Split ends here and there. Beautiful to some, maybe even plain to others, but to me it was just mine and that is all I needed to appreciate it. It felt good to no longer need a shield of hair to hide behind. It was my first step towards being courageous. I’m still on that path, and getting closer and closer every single day. Now you tell me . . . how do you #EmbraceChange and #LetLifeIn? What changes have you been through that made you who you are today? And how open are you what is to come next, especially when you have no idea what that may be? Take part and spread the word; share this VIDEO

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Take a Bite Out of Life

April 24, 2017
 
 
I’m so proud to be the DKNY Be Delicious fragrance ambassador for the United States, and super excited to give you all a peek into my life through this partnership. The fragrance’s name, Be Delicious, is refreshing and motivating, bold and energetic. That mindset, and work approach is something that I try to incorporate into my daily routine. It’s all the things that I try to get across with this blog, and have been trying to do since the day I started it way back in 2009. Of course, it’s not always possible to keep this sort of Be Delicious mindset up 24/7. I know that I am a human being, and I know you readers are, too. I know that you guys have come to really like the rawness I throw into this blog; the more personal aspects. So I want to say that being delicious doesn’t mean being perfect. It means being present in the moment, and positively so. Be Delicious is a reminder for me to do that, and that is why I share my process with you all. Going forward, I make a vow to TAKE A BITE OUT OF LIFE, meaning facing whatever life throws at me and turning it into something substantially worthwhile. It’s these sort of unexpected moments that test us the most, and resonate with us the most. I encourage you all to do the same, no matter what your path in life may be. 
 
Many of you have followed my adventure from starting my blog to working full time jobs in different parts of the industry to finally making the dedicated decision to pursue my blog full time. It’s been an invigorating experience, full of ups and downs, but so well worth the challenge. And I’m so happy with where my path has brought me to be. I know many of you are career ladies because I get a lot of questions about how to get started in the right direction when it comes to finding a career path, or even more importantly, finding a balance between career and passion. This balance is such an important aspect for us City Girls in the word. Being a girl boss is a true state of mind that just happens to align with the Be Delicious fragrance. No matter what you may be in your career. Maybe you are creative, or maybe you are completely technological and numbers driven instead. Maybe you are just a student or working an odd job until you find something that is your true calling. Being aware of your path, your goals for the future, and being open to the possible changes that will in the long term take you strides ahead, is true dedication in my eyes. Even making sure you get downtime from work is an important part of being a City Girl. A City Girl is healthy in her mind, body and soul. Her environment is a strong component of who she is, and she makes sure to build it from scratch so that she can be in the zone and on top of her game as much as she can. 
 
And so, this brings me to the main topic of this post . . . my work space! It’s always changing, mostly because I am inspired by different things at different times. And I like my work space to reflect that. A mood board in constant rotation of collages and personal photos is the foundation of my desk, surrounding the screen of my laptop with colors and textures and environments that showcase my biggest inspirations. In actuality, I work from a lot of places . . . makeshift desks during my travels, in my living room, at my sister’s apartment, sporadically out of a coffee shop and hey, even from the comforts of my own bed. But out of all of them, there’s no place that gives me the most motivational setting than at my desk, basking in the late morning light coming through the windows of my bedroom nook. My work space is full of candles, some flowers in a color scheme that reflects my mood and a lamp that I like lit up during my evening days at work as Cat Power plays in the background. This is usually the time when I write the most and at my best. Today, alongside my camera gear, external hard drive, and vase full of fresh cut flowers, is my Be Delicious fragrance. It allows for an easy mid-work pick me up . . . a whiff of it from behind my ears or on the pulse point of my wrists is even known to cure the annoyingly curious event of writer’s block, which hits at the most inconvenient of times I must say! And like the flickering candles, magazine tears and nostalgic snaps of my childhood and friends, it’s scent not only inspires me creatively when it comes to storytelling, but helps me unwind for a few moments. I’m trying to put breaks to destress and relax higher up on the list of City Girl guidelines, obviously. Be Delicious is the ultimate reminder that stopping to pay attention to one’s senses is just as important to one’s success as answering all the unread emails in your inbox by 10:30am.  
 
This post is made in partnership with DKNY Fragrances for DKNY Be Delicious
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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